Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 171
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 6.73%
Wants: 220
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DefenCorps on 06-10-2010

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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 171
Photo of BucketBoy
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Drank this on Zwanze Day 2011 at Monk's Cafe with the gang. Since then I've had a bottle of the original vintage (thanks Joel), which was noticeably better, but I don't have notes on that bottle.

L - Pink grapefruit and Gulf sunset in a glass. A light, near clear haze from a perfect morning overlooking Long Bay in Antigua.

S - A lot going, with an abysmal depth though singular in spirit. Pinot wine grpes - fresh, sweet, smoke, sea salt, nice light citrus/grapefruit, strawberry. Just great, like a burst of white grapefruit corpuscels.

T - So subtle in the deepest flavors. Hauntingly beautiful pinot grape, pinot jam (if there is such a thing), grapefruit pith, even a trace of smoke/salt/earth. Hint of lime rind, actually. All about the depth of pinot, which is substantial.

M - Crushable velvet, delicate linen, soft feather bed. Delicate and delightful. I', surprised and even a bit taken aback - tannic yet uplifting, smooth palate-coating with the right amount of carbonated tingle. Really just right with the balance of oakey tannins.

O - 4.5 Clearly special. I wanted the taste to pop more with fruit flavor, but the depth is pretty delightful. (1,182 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Great Lambic Summit

Pours a purply pink lemonade color with spritzy carbonation. Scent is of watery white wine grapes filled with peppery spice. Id hate to say it, but smells sort of like a sugary sweet wine akin to Boones Farm. The taste brings the watery sour grapes and pink grapefruit with an herbal, peppery spice background. Very mild funk to it. Light bodied, spritzy. An interesting offering to say the least. (422 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone as Zwanze 2011

A: The beer pours a flat purple-red color with a nice haze and no head.

S: The fruit provide a slightly sweet aroma with plenty of red grape aroma. There is also a nice grapefruit note as well as Cantillon's usual musty funk. Plenty of lemon, some grass, and straw.

T: Tart lemon and grape flavors with lots of earthy funk in the form of grass and straw. Somewhat musty with a more mild fruit character than the nose lets on. Only a mild funk, which is sort of disappointing, considering the nose.

M: The body is medium with a rather low level of carbonation.

O: Very pleased to have tried this. A great nose and very pleasurable overall. (674 characters)

Photo of Doodler
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle – big thanks to Jason for sharing this beauty. Poured into my Cantillon taster – a pinkish red with a creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma has a great funkiness to it, with white pepper, grape skin and citrus notes. Taste is apple tart with a vinus backbone. Fresh fruits and red wine dominate the palate. Nicely carbed. The finish is fairly minerally and dry, though overall really well balanced. Glad I got a taster of this, but jealous of those who will be pounding this at Zwanze day. A terrific sour. (520 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey for Zwanze Day. A huge thank you to drabmuh and Thorpe429 for making sure I got to sample this.

The beer is a beautiful shade of pinkish purple, with virtually no head or lacing. The aroma is funky, with a lot of musty grapes. I'm also getting some berries, particularly blackberries. The flavor is good, but not great, at least as far as Cantillon goes. Quite musty, with a slight tannic note. The body is pretty thin, with low carbonation. Overall, I am thrilled to try this. Another great beer from my favorite brewery. (545 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Zwanze Day 2011

Dark ruby with purple and dark pink edges. Almost no head, though there is a thin layer of near-white bubbles atop. Spots of lacing.

Bright aromas of red grapes and plump, juicy grapefruit, a touch of barnyard funk, earth, and grass. There's a mild sourness lingering underneath the more sweet and earthy aromas.

Bright grapefruit flavors initially, followed by a mild muskiness, sweet grapes, barnyard funk, hay, and grass. A complete, unique, and very pleasant combination.

Thin bodied with low carbonation, though incredibly dry and a pleasure to drink.

An interesting combination of bright, vibrant fruit flavors and earthy farm funk. A delight. (710 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Monk's Cafe in a Cantillon tasting glass x2.

Pinot D'Aunis boasts a deeply dark shaded orange, rose red color with not much activity to speak of. The top portion had no bubbles to speak of, no lace.

Smell is on the funky tip with old feet and some grapes. Musty old wood with some hay and other things from the barn. Not as pungent than other grape infused cantillons. Some earth from the small hopping.

Light grape going into musty barnyard territory, hay/straw. The grape lays down a fruity essence that blends OK with the funk from the barrel & the wet wood. The pepper is there at the end but understated. 'St. Lamvinous light' with different grapes.

Light acidity mixed in with some lactic quality, neither to big. The body is a small step up from light. The pucker is nice and pronounced yet not at 07' 100% Kriek levels. Almost no activity carbination wise, very still.

Great stuff and easy enough to drink. It hits all the marks of a true lambic. Not sure if the low carb was intended but it does not hurt the overall brilliance of this beer. (1,065 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at the brewery, poured into a Cantillon tulip...Pours a clearish medium pink, very similar to a cherry 7up. A bright white head with good retention and lacing. This was carbonated nicely...The aroma is complex with a lot going, oak, spices and grapes combine nicely...The taste is very vinous, not as grapey as the Don Q but still a very vinous beer. Again oak, with black pepper, and flowers. Comes mostly across as sweet red wine. The feel is super dry, tannic and superb on the palate, rough, sticky, and full...Easy to drink as this crushed by the girlfriend and I in about 15 minutes.

This is a unique taste, easy to drink and well worth trying, especially if you are a red wine fan.

Had this a second time thanks to Jeppe. Not nearly as impressed, this one was still and drinking it at Cantillon gave me some rose color glasses. (860 characters)

Photo of gyllstromk
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sure you can only get this at the cafe. It was one of the few that they wouldn't let us leave with. I think it's probably a legal issue with the label (i.e., no X-ed out pregnant women means not street legal). Still, this one is worth a visit if you're close, but in my opinion is not up to par with most of Cantillon's other fine offerings.

Pours light reddish brown, with a thin head, and reasonably clear for a lambic (as compared to the relatively cloudy kriek and framboise). I wonder: is this a sign of less fruit?

Flavor is vinous, with tannins, peppery notes on the finish, all of which make for a tasty beer. This one is a bit more reserved than many of the other offerings of Cantillon. Perhaps the grape is a bit shier than the Merlot or Muscat grapes from the excellent St. Lamvinus and Vigneronne. I think it was an experiment that went well but will probably not make it into their regular offerings without a bit more work. (947 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap version of Zwanze 2011:

Cross between blood orange and pink grapefruit color. Vinious grapefruit aroma. Peppery red grape flavor. Pencil lead and lemon acidity. Slightly sweet grape finish.

Bottle review of original Pinot d'Aunis:

White head on top of a light mahogany-orange body. Good carbonation. Smell has a sharp lemon acidity blended with red grape. A little spicy from the grapes and straightforward bretty funk. Some bandaid and perfume-esque qualities as well. Flavor is blended very well with the grapes. Peppery spice and subtle sweetness rolling into a lemon accented acidity and a clean musty brett flavor. I'm almost getting a pencil flavor I believe from the grapes. Finish is like a moderately dry red wine. Not over the top. This beer's flavor shows restraint and pure craftsmanship rather than something heavy handed. (842 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey yesterday for Zwanze Day 2011. Luckily, this wasn't nearly as crowded as was expected and I got to have a few glasses. Served in a stange.

Pours a nice light red with a bit of a maroon tint to it. Good white head with a touch of a pinkish hue. Nice retention and a bit of lacing as it went down.

The nose was interesting, especially at first when it was fairly cold. At that point, there was a bit of grape character, but mostly it was a bit of musty earth along with faint bits of spice, maybe pepper. As it warmed, the grape character started to come through along with some light acidity. Must, earth, and pepper then faded toward the background. Really intriguing.

The taste fall back a bit from there. Each component was present, but there wasn't the type of fruit and lambic integration that you get from the best Cantillon fruit lambics. The fruit was a bit too muted, with the focus too far toward some must and light tannin. Maybe it's the type of pinot grape; I'm certainly no expert there.

Mouthfeel goes back toward the nose. Nice light-medium body with low-ish carbonation. Faint acidity and a nice earthy dryness through the finish. Very drinkable and not super-acidic like many Cantillon fruit lambics.

All in all, quite tasty and I'm really glad I got to try this one. The concept of the release was nice; I'd be quite happy if this became a tradition for Zwanze releases. (1,415 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zwanze Day 2011! Pours hazy red orange with a thin layer of bubbles on top.

The aroma is tart orange with some sweet grape. There seems to be just a tad bit of blanket smell, but this is overall a clean smelling sour.

The taste starts out with grape skin and has just enough sweetness to balance the crisp tart finish. The sourness is mellow compared to other Cantillons, allowing the fruit flavor to have more emphasis.

The body is light with some nice mellow carboation. This feels juicy.

Very delicious; I continue to enjoy the grape lambics. (549 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Zwanze Day Chicago. Served in a Cantillon glass, I was fortunate enough to get quite a few glasses of this through the course of the night.

Appearance – A hazy pink rose color with about a finger of off white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Taking the first smell myself, and everyone around me, immediately proclaimed a dominant peppery presence up front. Red grapes, classic Cantillon funk, barnyard, and more spices.

Taste – Not as mouth puckering as I was hoping. There was a sharp lemon and red grape flavor, subtle barnyard funk, light oak at the tail end. Finishes with a spicy peppery finish that makes itself known throughout the sip, but more so as it ends.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes a hint dry and spicy.

Overall – I had this side by side with 2008 Lou Pepe Kriek. That beer won hands down. While not my least favorite Cantillon, definitely not my favorite. Still, as with all great ticks, glad to have been able to try it. (1,057 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 oz pour in a Cantillon tasting glass. I had this at the Zwanze Day tapping at Spuyten Duyvil, and the review is based on notes taken that afternoon.

Cantillon Zwanze 2011 pours a solid burnt orange to light red. There's a wispy bit of white foam that serves as a head, but there's not enough of it for me to even observe any lacing or head retention. The first thing to greet my nose is a mild funk, but it's quickly drowned out by a pronounced acidic tartness. This eventually bleeds into an aroma that's reminiscent of red wine. That vinous aspect is what leads off the flavor profile, as there's a bit of fruity grape and a peppery presence that wasn't found in the nose. This bleeds into a wine-like acidity and tartness that dominates the flavor as it did the aroma. The barnyard funky character that was the first aroma to jump out is the last to hit my taste buds. The body trends towards being on the lighter side, and the carbonation is mildly active. The mouthfeel works, but it's nothing special. I enjoyed my pour of 2011 Zwanze, but it's got an intensity of flavor that I think limits the amount I would really enjoy to not much more than the six ounces I got. (1,176 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at ChurchKey DC into a tumbler almost half small stange like glass as part of Zwanze day 2011. Full pour given.

Prepared from the tap, a copper ruby body is noticeable with a pink foamy head texture looking like it gets some hues from the body. While resting the beer is served with the head mostly gone but mine had a small pink collar that never disappeared. On closer inspection up front a sheet of paper behind shows the beer as a classic looking grapefruit juice color, EXACTLY like grapefruit with cloudy character also. That's pretty darn impressive.

Bouquet. Sure here we have classic brett character and some tartness, some small cherry, but a distinct are you kidding me? It's tomato. There are tomatoes in my grapefruit beer. Woah what's going on here!?

Taste follows the nose. Tomato V8 quality comes out with mild cherry tartness. I am looking around within 12 feet radius for a salad that just got prepared to make sure this isn't messing with me. Quick slightly sharp sting gives a biting pepper quality which practically makes this black pepper stinging bloody-mary sense. Viscosity seems a little muted not so much teeth coating as other lambics. Tartness seems just a little buried behind this vegetative slightly thick texture and character. Maybe even ratatouille?

Overall this is one crazy beer never had any lambic or beer taste like this before. This was odd but it was fun you got to admit. (1,432 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/17/2011

Zwanze 2011 on tap at Stone for Zwanze Day.

A: Hazy reddish orange with a small fizzy white head.

S: Damp earthy notes with prominent horsey and barnyard characteristics. Lightly spicy floral presence blends nicely with the lambic. There's a little vinegar and evident grapes. Oak is present. Smells great. There's a moderate lactic profile.

T: Opens with hay, oak, and earth. The beer has an upper moderate mouth puckering tartness. A light acetic acidity blends with a light lactic presence. There's a touch of short-lived sweetness midpalate. The beer has a lightly spicy floral profile with pronounced musty barnyard notes.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry.

Overall: Good stuff. The hops were a nice touch. (757 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy Zwanze Day 2011! Had on tap at Spuyten Duyvil. About a 4oz pour served out of a Cantillon flute. Reviewed from notes.

Served with a 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention. No lace. Beer is a clear tomato peach. Moderate legs. Decent but average.

Nose is a pungent sweet grape, cheese, farmhouse dung, wet hay, and cobwebs. Very typical and very delicious of Cantillon. Some sharp fruitiness tickles the nose also.

Opens grape tartness, some sharp cheese. More sour grapes in the middle. Grape pulp, seed, and skin. Some wet hay at the end. Finishes with a residual sweetness and a tart grape skin aftertaste. Super funky and delicious but quite simple.

Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Oily, dry, and sticky in the mouth with a dry finish and a puckering, dry aftertaste. Really brings out the funky tartness in this one.

A really solid offering from Cantillon but probably the least impressive of the grape-based fruit lambics that I've had from them. Still, I'd love to have the opportunity to have this one again some time. (1,063 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 oz. pour (I had 3 of 'em). Rudy purple-ish brown, burgundy maybe? (like a purple cherokee tomato), thin, thin white ring. I found the aroma to be muted, though it probably was just too cold. Somewhat typical of Cantillon, barnyard, hints of fruity, juicy grape. My nose is not excited. All of my fears have been washed away, this beer tastes amazing! Perfect, tart, sharp, pie crust, with juicy grape fruity-ness. The acidic tartness hits you first, then a wave of fruity juicy wine like grape quality finishing slightly barn like and oh so dry. One mean sour. Dry, dry, dry, what else can I say. I truly special beer, and a tasty one. I am really glad to have shared this beer with good friends old and new. (710 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 2011 Zwanze day at Holy Grale in Louisville. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.

Clear pinkish red with a white head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the edges of the glass.

White peppercorns and some sage on the nose. Cranberries and white wine grapes offer a fruit presence, and a nice barnyard funk with some cheesey undertones. A dull spicyness from the hops.

Forward with great notes of fruit and funk, primarily wet hay and grapes. Then a touch of earthyness and spice. Sage and white peppercorn again, most likely from the hops used in this. Nice.

Fluffy on the palate with a medium body, soft spritzy carbonation.

A real nice grape lambic with notes of funk, spice and earth. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one because after today, it would be next to impossible to ever try again. (827 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

812th Review on BA
Draft to Goblet
4oz pour

@Stone Zwanze Day

App- A good mix of dark pinks and reds. Had 0 head to it. Very flat with maybe at most a 1/16” ring of bubbles. No lace or cling. Seemed to be more like a red wine with its lack of carbonation.

Smell- Very tangy and tannin on first whiff. A lot of fruit mixed in with a bit of a funk and yeast notes. Had a touch of the barrel and Brett notes as well.

Taste- The taste on this was where this shined. Had a nice mix and blend of some ripe fruits along the line of cherries and raspberries. A soft yeast with the barrel notes and a little bit of acid as well. The back end flavors of the Cantillon notes such as the barnyard blanket come in.

Mouth- Light-Medium bodied with a low-medium carbonation level. A bit of residual ripe fruits and funk notes remained.

Drink- I liked 11 a lot better than 10 and I think its more due to the fact Witbiers aren’t necessarily my favorite and adding funk to it wasn’t what I was looking for. (1,001 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. On tap for Zwanze Day 2011 at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn.

Pinkish-red 6oz pour into a mini snifter, small layer of white head up top and around the edges. Active body.

Nose holds tart fruit, bacteria, musty yeast. Zwanze tastes mostly of sour strawberries with wild yeast pulling the strings. Smooth, crisp, lots of carbonation, and a very dry finish.

A good sour indeed, but well behind the best Cantillon offerings. (432 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Zwanze day at holy graile. 2011 vintage

A-red body with no head what so ever

S-very tart fruit. Maybe cherries. Very nice.

T-follows the nose. Very funky. Fruit comes out more as it warms up.

M-light and smooth with a crisp clean finish

I- nice beer. Would lovecto see one with age. (288 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Holy Grail for Zwanze Day!
Thanks guys for a great event!

Poured into my Cantillon tasting glass (too cold.... waiting for the toast for the beer to warm a bit)

While I wait:
Pours a beautiful pinkish red. A nice white very faint pink ring of head on the edges. Looks very nice. Smells tart and fruity. Definitely get grape on the nose as well as some funkiness. The brett is very prominent on the nose. No real hops to speak of. Did I hear somewhere this one was dry hopped? hmmm

3:01... I want a sip!
The upstairs loft decides to toast early as we can't wait for them to finish talking downstairs!

Tastes tart and grape heavy. a sweetness from the grapes that is very unique. The bretty funkiness and bitterness from the grapes meld well. Quite enjoyable. Well carbonated. Light on the tongue. Overall a very enjoyable sour (839 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my selfishness, I drank almost an entire 750 ml of this but in my defense, everyone else had the same opportunity to buy some. Served in a snifter and stange in 6 ounce pours.
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Beer is pink, hazy, nice white head of small bubbles, overall lowly carbonated, interesting.

Beer smells mildly medicinal, with grape skins, sweetness, mild acetic, good overall.

The base of this beer comes through with a mild fruitness, definitely the grape comes through here. It is mildly sweet, very tart on the finish, mildly dry, overall a good beer. Interesting but I heavily prefer St. Lam to this beer. Something seems fake about it, an almost plastic taste. (651 characters)

Photo of jale
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap for Zwanze day at West Lakeview in Chicago.

A: Pours a dark pink with two quarters of white head.

S: Light wine grapes,cantillon funk and maybe some peppery spice.

T: Very mild grape and mild sourness. Small amount of hop spice. Lighter then expected. Dry finish.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: Would drink another. (340 characters)

Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.