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Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 174
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 231
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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Photo of alfrantzell
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2009.

Two of three bottles were still, looking and pouring like crimson-colored, unblended lambic. One was carbonated, looking and pouring like moderately-carbed, crimson-colored unblended lambic.

Underripe red grapes, rose-hips, minerals, wood, and black pepper comprise the odor and taste. It's tart, but not yet sour. Gene is reminded of his grandmother's perfume; evidently he is descended from winos.

The mouthfeel is where Pinot d'Aunis falters; with the grape juice, it lends the beer the sensation of watered-down wine. Some age might improve the balance of the fruit and sourness.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeppe for bringing this for our little gathering! 750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - Pours a reddish/brown, some chunks of stuff here and there, a very small head that reduces down to a few bubbles. No retention or lacing, looks like a glass of Pinot (!).

S - Oak, grapes, lots of herbs/spices. Lots of pepper/spice notes, which I'm not sure I really like, but it's not bad by any means.

T - Decent sour/tart, some funk, lots of oak and spices. It's not mind-blowing, but very unique and different.

M - Light, low carbonation, dry/oaky finish. The carbonation really hurts the feel...

D - I was let down by this one. I was really expecting more wine characteristics but instead, was hit by a lot of pepper and spices. Good, not great...

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Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For startes, having drank both Pinot D'Aunis and Zwanze 11 I can say these are most assuredly not the same beer, at least in how they look, smell, taste, and feel.

This is a review of Zwanze 11 on Zwanze Day at West Lakeview.

A - A lighter reddish, sometimes pink beer with a decent amount of bubbles. Small white head that had some pretty solid retention and a decent bit of lacing on the glass.

S - A lot different than the Pinot D'Aunis. Grape is more subdued, with a bit of spice to liven things up a bit. Smells light, with a small amount of funk, and a minor bit of tartness. The hopping really did an interesting number on this one nad seemed to make it less of a fruit beer.

T - Lighter tasting. Once again, the grapes are somewhat subdued compared to the Pinot D'Aunis. The hopping has added a bit of spice character as well as some earth or wood tones. Really has a lot of distinct things going on here, making it fairly complex. I actually thought it tasted a bit like flowers, which was also interesting, but not really something I was a fan of.

M - Lighter, good carbonation, a bit dry on the finish.

O - Definitely a lot better than the Pinot D'Aunis, but that wasn't a particularly high standard. Good beer that has a lot going on and was easy to drink, but i wasn't in love with it. Would definitely drink again, but as far as Cantillon goes I drank a ton of Lou Pepe Kriek in lieu of this one.

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Monk's for Zwanze Day '11. Served in a Cantillon tasting glass, about 6-8oz or so. The brew appears a light pink to rose color. Slightly hazed with a thin white film for a head that fizzes away quick. A light swirl brings back a thin film of white bubbles across the top that again rapidly dissolves.

The smell of this brew is that of funk. Almost off-putting at first with a nontypical display of poopy diaper meets stinky cheese, sweaty feet, herbs and medicine. I know that might sound horrible but it warms up to you as the experience continues. Grassy at times, a light swirl brings out a fruity sweet note that is faintly vinous at best.

The taste is earthy and herbal at first. Each sip gows on me with an acidic property that is salivating. It includes a minor amount of vinous character that increase in character as it warns. My first impression of this brew was that perhaps the vines and leaves were used in this brew instead of the grapes. After it warms up though my opinion changes a bit. It is acidic yet well integrate with flavors of funk, stinky cheese and very minor vinous quality. The aftertaste left in the mouth is more funky and earthy than vinous.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of this brew is it's ease of drinkability. There is little to no alcohol impact. It is light bodied with a very light level of carbonation. It could have used some more carbonation to increase the feel but overall this one just didn't do it for me. Most Cantillon offerings I've been very satisfied with, this one just didn't cut it for me. Of the Zwanze offerings I've had, 2010 was my favorite with this 2011 and Mamouche well below. I wish I could have this again under different circumstances (unfortunately that will never happen.) I'm sure sitting down with a full glass at appropriate temperature would have brought out subtleties and nuances that I missed packed in a tiny room with 100 people rubbing up against each other.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Jeppe. Served in a wine glass.

A - Apparently this is one of the still bottles. Pours with a minimal carbonation and maybe a thin ring of big bubbles, and a spot or two of lace. Pink-red hazy body. Looks like unblended grape lambic.

S - Very peppery - reminds me of some red wines I've had. There's some funk and a touch of diaper and baby vomit. Grapes are present, and are definitely more potent than 3F Malvasia Rosso, but are still somewhat mild.

T - Taste is very smooth and vinous, with less pepper and more acetic notes. In some ways this is more similar to Zwanze 2009/Mamouche than it is to any of Cantillon's other grape lambics.

M - Almost no carbonation. Medium-light body, medium dry finish. Very wine or juice-like - surprise!

D - This is very drinkable, and I'd gladly have a bottle if I stopped by Cantillon or Moeder Lambic. That being said, it may be my least favorite druiven lambic from Cantillon - I'm not a huge fan of black pepper in my beer, and the lack of carbonation seens to defeat the more lambic elements while emphasizing the vinous ones.

I had to keep myself from being overly harsh. It's a very nice beer, but not up the Cantillon's extremely high standards. Some bubbles would make this an A- (or even an A). Sorry Dyan, I'm with Arne on this one.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey.

Trace of head on a gold-amber body.

Smells like urine-y funk and vinegar. There's a trace of berry sweetness buried somewhere in there though. The smell made me nervous.

Taste was much better than the smell. Lemony, tart with some raspberry. Pretty balanced, actually. Slightly vegetal (arugula, maybe?)

Mouthfeel is like that of... lemonade? I could really annoy people and suggest an Arnold Palmer, but I'll stop short ; )

Apart from the unnerving smell, this tasted pretty darn good. Overhyped, but good.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Cantillon. Ruby orange with off white head, fades to thin ring, light lacing. Nose is dominated by the peppery grapes, light wood and horse blanket finish it out. Taste is light grape juice with the pepper coming through yet again, some cheesy bretty flavors, and very lightly sour. Creamy carbonation with a light clean finish, not very dry at all. Not my favorite fruit Cantillon by a long shot, nice to try, but this grape doesn’t do anything for me.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Novare Res, served in a Cantillon glass. My wife and I both got two glasses filled and were lucky enough to be sitting at the bar.
The beer pours ruby red like a watermelon transparent and has a thin wisp of head nice

The aroma is sweet and sour with a good grape wine aroma that mixes with a woody earthiness

The taste is great a mix of a grapes sourness and carbonation start this beer. The flavor is a subtle sour, a sweetness of the grapes and a sourness linger and then finish quick and clean nice

Overall glad to have had it and I always enjoy the Novare events, that said not the best beer I had this day

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, Zwanze day @ Stone.
The beer pours a very odd color that reminds me of pink lemonaide with a deeper pink to it, not much of a head is fromed and a few bubbles pop around the edges. The nose is a little faint, its got a strong funkiness to it with tart fruits and grapes. The tast is slightly tart with lemon and grapefruit citrus and a light tannin grape taste as well as funky. The feel is medium-light with better carbonation then there appears. Its a enjoyable beer that I'm glad I had the chance to try.

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Photo of jale
4/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey for Zwanze Day. A couple of 6 oz pours in stances and snifters.

Pours a murky, ruby red with a frothy, large pale pink head. Minimal retention and lacing. Aroma is musty and mildly sour; vinous, oak, grapes and lemon. Flavor is similar, strong vinous fruit flavor with a light sour finish. Minimal "funk" and overall quite simple. Medium body with light carbonation. Very nice and enjoyable across multiple samples, but I'd rather drink St. Lamvinus among other things. Would love to try the first batch...

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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.
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.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.09/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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