Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 214
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DefenCorps on 06-10-2010)
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Photo of Bardwashrind
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so very much to Popkas for sharing a beer that I had given up the thought of ever trying. Had at his second late summer sour tasting (9/4).

There was a lot of excitement around a bottle without a label and only a sticky not attached to indicate it's contents. "Pinot d'Aunis" as if it was a memo to not forget, can't imagine anyone misplacing their interaction with a beer so damn tasty.

Cork pops out and a soft wave of salmon colored liquid emerges. Aromas of ripe grapefruit juice, green apples, and a little of that Cantillon funk were expressive and fragrant. Nice carbonation that wasn't overly foamy but gave the beer a slight champagne like comparison. The grapefruit aroma was intensely expressive, almost to the point that this could have been a little Cantillon brunch beer.

The nose was a marvel and the flavor was similar in precision. Much softer around the edges than expected. Grapes, tart cranberries, citrus rind and a fresh juiciness gave a much more obvious wine styled body and flavor. The high acid showed through the fruit but took second place to the grape's presence. Very delicious and balanced, more of a softer and elegant bottle from Cantillon.

In comparison to some other grape based sours, There wasn't as much vegetal grape vine flavors as in Don Quiote, not as intense as Saint Lamvinus, less sweet fruit and lemon flavored as in Vigneronne and seemed to have a touch more of that faint cheese rind funk compared to Malvasia Rosso.

Beautiful and refreshing for it's approach of being such a brightly flavored bottle of Lambic. This was a joy to drink and hope to one day experience it again. Excited to hear how it compares to the 2011 Zwanze version.

Photo of Desaparecido
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel

Photo of ChrisPro
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of deniserat
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pperez38
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of christopheraknox
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pixieskid
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mrbubbler
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of LSUPT
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of amphion1065
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 oz. pour enjoyed at Lord Hobo on Zwanze Day. Reviewed from notes.

The appearance is appropriately wine-like, with a body that is hazy red, almost pink. Not quite translucent, but fairly light. There's a small, one-finger white head that really sticks around, and leaves wonderful lacing around my glass at the slightest swirl.

The nose is more grape-forward than any lambic I've ever smelled. Like so many other Cantillon lambics, Zwanze 2011 is ultimately a gorgeous expression of fruit. The sweet fruitiness of the grapes is tempered by a slight musty scent - it's a strange funk, and not one I would call tart.

That musty funk really shines in the taste. Again, the grapes are very prominent, and that vinous, wine-like quality makes this a very special beer. The sweetness is somewhat akin to eating a cold grape, and that juicy fruit is very pleasant. But all of that sweetness combines with a barnyard funk, lending a complex quality to this lambic. Though this is wonderful, I can't help but wish that there were a little more mouth-puckering tartness to it.

Carbonation is spot-on, no doubt enlivened by the fact that it was served from a keg. I could have drank the entire pitcher from which my glass was served.

Allowing this beer to warm up over the course of 30 minutes or so did wonders for the taste, though the barnyard/horse blanket/mouth-puckering quality I hoped for wasn't quite there. I would imagine that that element of Zwanze 2011 would really shine with some age, but alas, I'll sadly never know.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 75cl Bottle

We ordered 2 x 75cl bottles at the brewery split among friends. We had to drink it there as there are no to go bottles available of this beer.

Pours a cloudy hazy reddish/orange with a very slight white head. Smells of tart, sourness with plenty of glorious funk comprise the nose. First sip is surprisingly dry with still some sweetness left. Green apples, lemons, and sour fruit dominate the flavor with a nice tad of oak peeking thru. Mouthfeel is amazing as it is perfectly carbonated. Wow X TWO!

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zwanze 2011. Draft at RRBC. Glowing reddish-pink color with a thin collar, no head. Smells like sweaty funk and grapefruit. Peppery, vinous notes pop out beneath the dominant citrus character. Really nice palate, red grapefruit, vinous fruit, a bit of black pepper and tobacco. Nice tartness with a juicy mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish, mild tannins. Really enjoyable, better than the first batch of Pinot d'Anuis.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Russian River Brewing Company on International Zwanze Day. First enjoyed this from the bottle at Cantillon in March 2011.

Body is a hazy orange/pink/garnet. Seems a bit more hazy and subdued in color than when I had this. No head to speak of, just a ring of bubbles.

Smells of red wine grapes and the characteristic Cantillon funkiness and old wood. There is a bit of spice in the nose.

Tastes of light red wine, oak, a bit of tannin, and long spicy, dry finish. I get some light cinnamon spice. Somewhat tart, but not overly sour. I think this is tasting a bit drier now that it has aged another half year.

Body is light and carbonation is low, giving this a flattish mouthfeel. But there's a lot of action with the wine flavor, acidity, and long dry spicy finish to give this an interesting mouthfeel.

I thought this was delicious and worth going out of my way for. Now the only way to get this will be at Cantillon in bottles. Hope I get back to Cantillon soon enough to have some more. Thanks Jean.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2011 Zwanze poured at Churchkey in DC arrives a reddish pink with no head. The nose is a lot more lemony than the first batch of the pinot d'aunis, with the lambic being more assertive. There's oak, tannins with grapes and grape skins. This is quite bright on the nose. Moderately fruity with mild yellow peach and some blackberries. Not as peppery as the first batch.



The palate is medium light with a low level of carbonation, working well with the moderate vinous character. Lots more black pepper and blackberries than on the nose. Grape character is moderate with a definite tannin character. The acetic character is very low, and that makes this less strawberry-like and more blackberry-like. The midpalate has a lot of lemon. Drying and tannic on the finish with a lingering lemony sourness and a mild black pepper note, this is excellent. The lambic is great, but i wish the grapes were more assertive. Nonetheless, this is an excellent beer, one i'm glad to have had a chance to revisit this.

Photo of russwbeck
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey, enjoyed directly after the 2010 version.

A: Clear red/pink pour with no head.

S: Far more fruity than the 2010. Grapes, cherries, hints of funk underneath and much less acidic than 2010 overall.

T: Very fruity for a Lambic. Grapes and cherries really take this beer over, it is a very interesting taste.

MF: Very dry, under carbonated, light and drinkable.

O: This was a lot better than the 2010. The taste is more full, great balance. Solid.

Photo of spdyfire83
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

273rd Review
Served in a Loon tulip on a cool, rainy summer's night

I missed enjoying Zwanze 2011 at Cantillon by about a week, but a friend who lives in Belgium was generous enough to open this one up during a tour around the country in early June 2012. Cheers!

A: Purplish ruby red. 2+ (pinkish) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of classic Loon lambic - funk, must, and dry. Loads of unripe dark grape, soft red fruit, and oak. Hint of lemon too. Nice!

T: Taste follows smell, but grape skins are pungent and the oak character is nice, smooth, and balanced. Reminds me of a blend between St. Lamvinus (Stilla) Unblended and Vigneronne - in the best way possible. Young "funk" character, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: I was stoked to try this surprise beer and didn't mind polishing off the dregs either! Wish I could get another bottle of this, but stoked to have enjoyed the opportunity to try it. Classic (young) greatness, per the usual! I have come to expect nothing less.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottled November 2009, sampled at Cantillon tasting cafe; July 2010
Wow, I feel quite lucky that this was available for on-site drinking when I came in to purchase some other Lambics to take home with me to the states. I felt a bit guilty quaffing a whole 750ml bottle to myself, but what else are you going to do :-)

The beer pours with a pretty, lightly hazed, pingk-red color that shows the same colors, but a touch of gold too, when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, pink tinged, light tan colored head that would have been perfect if it didn't disappear so quickly. The aroma has a large, tannic oak woodiness to it up front; really this smells like fresh cut oak, just through the mill. There is an underlying tartness and fruitiness that reminds me of lemons at first, but then more of tart berries, especially if you really dig around in the nose. The nose gets musty, reminding me of damp clay, as well as having an earthy Brettanomyces character, some slight medicinal notes and a definite lactic presence. As the beer warms more berry notes become noticeable; in fact a general fruitiness really becomes quite apparent as this beer sits in my glass.

A peppery, fizzy carbonation leads into a lactic slickness and oak derived, tannic structure that lingers on the tongue for quite some time before an astringent oak character seems to scrub the palate clean and demand that you take another sip lest you become overly parched. The oak character definitely has quite a bite to it that is much more noticeable than in you typical Lambic; it makes me wonder if this got a few "fresh" oak barrels in the mix (almost as a homage to the wine grapes perhaps). This is nicely sour tasting (all Lactic for the most part), though I wouldn't quite say it was bracing or a "hard" Lambic. The beer bone dry, effervescent and quaffable just like a carbonated Lambic should be.

When paired with a lightly smoky Gueuze-aged sausage, more of the grape derived berry like flavors become noticeable in this tart Lambic; though even this still remains fairly subtle. Hints of percieved sweetness come out with the sausage at times too and this helps to accentuate the berry and red-table-grape like flavors that are in this beer. Musty notes become quite apparent as well and are joined by notes of urea that adds sharpness, a mushroom character as well as some medicinal touches and even a hint of plastic like flavors.

This really needs to warm to allow the grape influence to become more noticeable; it is still subtle, but at least it plays a contributing role. I definitely like that the grape notes where subtly introduced in the end. This ends up being quite nice, it is quite tannic / woody for a Lambic, though still balanced between the lactic character, fruit notes, funk and wood. I almost wonder if the specific grape varietal has contributed to the woody character here as the brewer said that this didn't get any special oak treatment.

Photo of Chaney
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at Churchkey in DC at Zwanze Day 2011.

A: Bright, glowing red-orange.... almost carnival in nature actually, with a non-translucent disposition, and virtually no head. Well, maybe just a bubble here and there.

S: This one skated on the edge of glorious fruit profile and compost... sour pixie stick candy and stomach acid. All of this funk was wrapped up neatly into a somewhat peppery package.

T: Very acidic, with more than a dash of white and black pepper. Additionally, I got hay bail, vomit, melted "Astro Pop" candy, and kerosene. How's that for complexity?

M: Funky and very dry, but not nearly as palate-wrenching as something like... say... Red Poppy. The barnyard elements and sweetness meshed very well together and layed on the palate quite well. Fortunately, there was just enough vinegar to tame it.

O: Having a day like Zwanze Day, where a bunch of BAs can get together to celebrate one of the world's most beloved breweries is not only a treat, but a gateway to something truly nostalgic. Cantillion knows this, and produce a product worthy of the event...

Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Spuyten Duyvil during Zwanze Day.

A: Warm orange-rose colored body under the thinnest of rings of pink bubbles. Nice color.

S: Peppery, earthy grape notes on top of lemony, grassy funk. Highly acidic. Juicy, fruity, spicy, sour, nice.

T: A little understated up front, with grape juice + lemony acidity leading in to some dry, grassy, floral funk. Very fresh _ bright, with a bone-dry finish. Delicious.

M: Light, lively, and prickly. Fun.

O: Terrific beer, and well worth the trip. Cantillon really knows their way around a fruit Lambic. I actually preferred this to the 2010 St. Lamvinus we shared before Zwanze went on tap, although it couldn't hold a candle to the 05 I got to sample a few months back. I can't wait to see what they release next year!

Cheers!

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of psiweaver
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this bottle at Cantillon. Not sure what vintage as I got a labeless bottle. Jean's sister indicated that it would be still as thats the only bottles they had. I ended up getting a carbonated bottle. Served into their tulip/wineglass style glasses.

pours a lighter almost clearer than the kriek or framboise but the same shade of red. has a whitish reddish 1/2" head that quickly dissipates.

smells of grapes and raisins with some funky barnyard while still having some acid and citrus notes come through. the taste was amazing.

wonderful rich minerally taste with layers of grapes, raisins and a small hint of citrus over the top. really enjoyed this as you got some of the tannins from the grapes and it had a very vinus quality without being harsh. perfectly carbonated. almost like a rose champagne with some sour to it.

wonderful mouthfeel with soft refreshing bubble's

very easy to drink. wish I could have taken some to go, but very happy i got a carbonated bottle.

they mentioned multiple times that the reason they don't sell to go any more any of the really limited stuff is because they don't like the ebay thing.

we also got to try a glass of the white grape version of this beer with the grapes being from the same producer. This was amazing like vigeronne but not nearly as acidic or harsh. Really wish he'd bottle this but he said its only for fun. Was outstanding.

Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.