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Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 215
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 zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at ChurchKey, D.C., on Zwanze Day 2011. Incredibly unique beer. I was at the event with a friend of mine, and both of us thought the smell on this beer was just outrageous. Not necessarily good, but outrageous. Maybe because it was simultaneously so bitter/musty/funky.

Past the smell, the taste had a mellow brett funk that worked really well with the pretty grape-heavy backdrop. Also some wild sourness at the finish, fun + astringent. Overall I really enjoyed it, but would probably enjoy it even more in a few years.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of jethrodium
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Zwanze Day at Russian River. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with a small white head that goes to a ring around the glass. The aroma is cherry, funk, some light medicinal notes, light oak, as well as some red wine. The initial taste has some cherry sweetness that goes into light oak and red wine grapes. Typical funk on the finish with some light medicinal notes and a light astringency. Mildly sour. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Has slightly more sweetness than many Cantillons, but it worked well for this beer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of jale
4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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 womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 stakem
3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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 SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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 orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Monk's on Zwanze day.

A - Pours orangish red with a very small half finger tall head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace at all down the glass.

S - Smells of grape juice and grape skins, ripe blackberries, oak tannins, light spice, and the ever present damp barnyard funk. This one is fairly vinous with just enough funk to bring it all together.

T - Starts off with hints of pinot grape flavors, both the juice and the skins, quickly giving way to a mix of musty barnyard funk, wet hay, lemon twang, and a tiny bit of grape jelly sweetness. The finish is a mix of vinous grape skin, funk, and light sweetness, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Smooth, dry, feel with very little carbonation but I think that is a good thing for this particular beer.

O - I really liked this one. Compared to the other two Zwanze's this was a bit more complex. It could have used a tiny bit more carbonation, mostly to help with the looks, but it was still a very enjoyable beer. Glad I made the trek down to Monk's to try these.

Photo of voteforgoat
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of MrFootstones
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River for Zwanze Day 2011.

App: pours with no head and a hazy watermelon color. Or looks like grapefruit juice.

Aroma: cantillon funk and faint plactic-y phenolics, tart berries and general fruit.

Taste: biting fruity acidity, soft grain, wheat and oak. Ripe and tart berries. Tannins and grape skins. Way more enjoyable than the St. Lamvinus I had recently, where the plastic and pool water taste was too prominent. Peppery phenols and vanilla emerge as it warms.

M: nice carbonation, not too slick, great for the beer.

Overall: cool beer, great idea, fun event, one of the top fruit lambics I have had.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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.

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