Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.5/5 rDev +2%
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
11-04-2011 01:55:46 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +2%
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.
09-18-2011 22:52:38 | More by amphion1065
4.53/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
09-06-2011 15:11:54 | More by Bardwashrind
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
Small pour at lambic summit event. Peach-pink hue, soft white ring and lacing. Lemon rind, red grape skin, of course typical Cantillon barnyard on the nose, but a bit more refined and subtle than the gueuze and some others. Extremely dry, mouth focused on dry, sour red grape skins. Very short finish. Some green melon flavors shone. Light and vibrant, very dry and short. Enjoyable and interesting; I'd like to see this one again. ***EDIT - Split a bottle with Justin at the brewery. No notes, just the memory that this was amazing, endlessly soft and almost airy. Flavors were subtle, playful, amazing. Round in the mouth and totally unlike any other Cantillon. Not very sour but just wild enough to finish this beautiful tapestry of flavors. Perfume-like. Score gets knock way up here.
09-07-2010 02:34:58 | More by JAXSON
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
Full pour into an oversized wine glass. Was lucky enough to have the chance to try this at the Holy Grale in Louisville.
Pours a pinkish hue with almost no head and leaves a nice thin lacing around the sides of the glass. Beer looks like grapefruit juice. Smell notes of pepper, grapes, and tart. All of the smells compliment each other and mesh together perfectly. Taste notes of peppercorns, raspberries, grapes, and tart. Beer has a bit of a spice to it and is complimented very well from the tart from the fruit. Beer drinks very well and has a dry finish. Glad I was given the chance to try this. An amazing beer, a bit pricy ($14 per glass), but probably will never be able to drink again so I'll pay the price. Thanks Cantillion and Holy Grale for giving me the opportunity to taste this amazing beer.
09-18-2011 15:09:36 | More by brian44556
4.6/5 rDev +4.3%
A 75 cl bottle opened at brewery, bottled 23-Dec-10.
A-Dull red color with lively small CO2 bubbles rising to a white foam that rims the glass.
S-The lambic smell-barnyard earthy yeast with hints of black peppery spice.
T-The pepper spice is definitely there but the lambic flavor is most dominant flavor. A hint of hops is there too. A syrupy dark liquor on bottle of bottle-the last glass with this added is more sour and overall more assertive.
M-Clean and smooth, a bit of black pepper and hoppy end note, not as sour as other Cantillon beers.
D-I drank the whole bottle myself-so damn good for a sour.
O-An interesting almost refreshing lambic. Really glad I had the opportunity to taste this one, a highlight of my most recent trip to Brussels.
12-22-2011 02:16:27 | More by deebo
4.6/5 rDev +4.3%
Review #1100!!! Had this one at Holy Grale in Louisville during Zwanze Day 2011! Just for the record, I drove ~7 hours to be there and ~7 hours home after to sample this beer... Served from tap into a Cantillon taster flute (which I got to keep!). Poured a peachish fluorescent red-orange with a very minimal pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, earthy funk, tart cherry, and a floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, big funk, tart cherry, earthy funk, dark fruit, and grapes. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. I really enjoyed the aroma on this one as we sat waiting for the toast to begin. Once I drew my first sip off the glass I knew this was something special. Everything on this one worked in unison and complimented everything else nicely. My only gripe with this beer??? They didn't bottle it. I could see this one really developing over the next year or two into something truly amazing. Definitely worth the ~14 hours of total driving I conducted during that day if that tells you anything...
09-19-2011 17:07:22 | More by thagr81us
4.6/5 rDev +4.3%
On tap at Lord Hobo for Zwanze Day '11. Pours a hazy pink-red, with orange and gold highlights with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is tart and funky, with a strong red grape mixed with grapefruit. Taste is the same with quite of bit of acidity. I'm also picking up a very strong peach type flavor from the grapes, strawberry as well. It carries a light to medium body with a moderate carbonation, ending with a nice dry, mouth-puckering earthy tartness. A truly amazing beer I couldn't be more thankful for the chance to have tried.
09-20-2011 01:28:42 | More by charliedvrs
4.65/5 rDev +5.4%
I was lucky enough to sample this beer at lord hobos on zwanze day 2011, just never got around to reviewing it.
This beer pours a nice pinkish red color kind of like a pink grapefruit. There is very little head but this may be because they poured pictures and then glasses then distributed thm to the whole bar. The smell is slightly winelike with a little funk in the background and a peppery finish. The flavor follows suit with a slightly winelike flavor a good sourness notes of grapefruit and a peppery finish. The mouthfeel was dry but the grapefruit notes made my mouth water with every sip. Overall I thought this was great.
12-09-2011 13:07:22 | More by rowingbrewer
4.65/5 rDev +5.4%
I had this bottle at Cantillon, 10 euros. Jean told me that one half the bottles were still and the other half had carbonation. Only the still bottles were available at this time, so that's what I had. I was also told that only 200 bottles were made, which surprises me as there were still some all these months later when I visited. Lucky me.
The beer has a light rosy hue, in terms of color it's halfway between wit and kriek, very clear with no head at all. Just a ring of small bubbles around the glass. It smells mildy sour and tart, hard to get classic grape aromas, but the pepper from these grapes comes through brilliantly. Really peppery, almost as if the spice itself were added. It comes through in the flavor as well, peppery grape juice without any spicy bite. Stunning and unique, almost cedar aged flavors.
The mouthfeel matched the flavors and made it feel more like a wine. I'd have personally liked to have the carbonated version but I'll take what I can get. Overall this was really good, I could have finished the whole thing myself but wanted to share it with some other people who took the tour (but only small pours for them!).
11-02-2010 06:25:22 | More by TurdFurgison
4.68/5 rDev +6.1%
Had summer of 2011 at Ma Che, review from notes. Pour is mostly tranparent dark orange with a creamy white head. The nose is amazing, dusty cob webs with a bit of cellar musk and some earthy cheese notes. Lightly peppery and nice vinous red grapes. It is awesome! Musky cellar and notes of cheese rind. A bit dusty mid palate with a strong peper note balanced by a red grape vinous quality. Balanced and integrated so well with the spice and sweet grapes. Body is light, soft and airy with a gentle carbonation and extremely dry tannic finish. Such deep character to this and so well integrated, world class stuff.
10-23-2012 16:55:03 | More by cpetrone84
4.68/5 rDev +6.1%
Had this new Zwanze 2011 beer at the brewery open day at Cantillon. The beers pours a deep red color with a small white head that was not long lasting.
The beer smells a bit like red wine. Fruits, berries, some spicy notes.
Taste: moderate sourness, much less than the average Cantillon beers. Clearly berries are present with a mild sour, pepper spicy aftertaste.
Medium carbonation, very easy to drink. A great brew, one of my favorites cantillons already!
03-06-2011 11:08:54 | More by rvdoorn
4.7/5 rDev +6.6%
2011 Cantillon Zwanze @ Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, CA
A- Light burgundy red with zero head.
S- Very tart lambic-ey berries; strawberry and raspberry.
T- Funky, acidic and delightully fruity. Flavors become more pronounced with temperature.
M- Light, biting and clean, tannic, with lactobacillus and genre-defining accompanied salivary ejaculations.
I- As with the vast majority of special Cantillon releases, I just can't get enough. Some age would probably allow the fruit character to mature and 'ripen'. Love it.
09-17-2011 19:20:09 | More by OfficerBarbier
4.7/5 rDev +6.6%
A - Served a cloudy red-orange color with a bit of pink mixed in and a thin ring of white head around the edges. The head fades fairly quickly but did leave some lacing behind.
S - Aroma is a mix of sour and tart white grape with a bit of over-ripe strawberry. There is some hay and some funk with a bit of brett character as well.
T - Starts off with some sour white grapes and some tart over-ripe strawberry flavor. It tastes just a bit acidic in a good way. Through the middle, some hay and funky character comes through with a bit more acidity as well. The finish is a mix of tart and sour with a nice funky and brett flavors lingering alongside the fruit.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth with a nice acidic and slightly pucking tartness.
D - Very drinkable. Very nice balance of sour and tart flavors with the right level of acidity. I also really liked the fruit flavors throughout.
09-18-2011 18:35:05 | More by ngeunit1
4.72/5 rDev +7%
Zwanze day at Spuiten Duyvil in Brooklyn. Great event, nice taps, reasonable prices and well-run by the bar staff.
A- mild, lighter pink grapefruit color, a bit hazy
S- some funk and hops in the nose.
T-nice acidity (teeth-cleaning kind, but this was my third lambic of the afternoon), a lot of hoppiness present, mildly fruity. A bit more funky than other Cantillons.
M-lightly carbonated, refreshing.
O- an excellent beer I would love to drink everyday, if available and I had the budget!
09-18-2011 19:51:23 | More by voteforgoat
4.72/5 rDev +7%
Zwanze! Served on tap in a Cantillon tasting flute at West Lakeview Liquors for Zwanze Day 2011.
Appearance: The center of Zwanze has a raspberry hue with grapefruit surrounding and transparent edges. Typical for the style, a quick fading white head maintains only a ring around the glass.
Smell: The aroma is pretty phenomenal. Nice moderate barnyard funk, light cherry, tart lemons, and a little stinky cheese.
Taste: A light malt flavor is present up front. Lactic sour cherry, white grape sweetness, a little balsamic vinegar, with a little bit of straw and white pepper toward the finish.
Mouthfeel: This has a light to medium body, pleasantly funky and sour while still retaining balance. The finish has more vinegar acidity than the start.
Overall: This was an incredible beer, pretty squarely my favorite of the day. I would still be going back for another pour if there was any left. Zwanze has all of the requisite characteristics of a great sour without needing to bash you over the head with any of them. The gentle balance was appreciated.
09-20-2011 01:16:01 | More by KickInTheChalice
Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.