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Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
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 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 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 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%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pperez38
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of christopheraknox
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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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 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 JAXSON
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brian44556
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of deebo
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

Photo of charliedvrs
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!).

Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.