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Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 213
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
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 womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
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 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 JAHMUR
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
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.
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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.

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 orangesol
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
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 stakem
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -9.1%
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...

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey for Zwanze Day. A huge thank you to drabmuh and Thorpe429 for making sure I got to sample this.

The beer is a beautiful shade of pinkish purple, with virtually no head or lacing. The aroma is funky, with a lot of musty grapes. I'm also getting some berries, particularly blackberries. The flavor is good, but not great, at least as far as Cantillon goes. Quite musty, with a slight tannic note. The body is pretty thin, with low carbonation. Overall, I am thrilled to try this. Another great beer from my favorite brewery.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Monk's Cafe in a Cantillon tasting glass x2.

Pinot D'Aunis boasts a deeply dark shaded orange, rose red color with not much activity to speak of. The top portion had no bubbles to speak of, no lace.

Smell is on the funky tip with old feet and some grapes. Musty old wood with some hay and other things from the barn. Not as pungent than other grape infused cantillons. Some earth from the small hopping.

Light grape going into musty barnyard territory, hay/straw. The grape lays down a fruity essence that blends OK with the funk from the barrel & the wet wood. The pepper is there at the end but understated. 'St. Lamvinous light' with different grapes.

Light acidity mixed in with some lactic quality, neither to big. The body is a small step up from light. The pucker is nice and pronounced yet not at 07' 100% Kriek levels. Almost no activity carbination wise, very still.

Great stuff and easy enough to drink. It hits all the marks of a true lambic. Not sure if the low carb was intended but it does not hurt the overall brilliance of this beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/17/2011

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.62/5  rDev +5%
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 AlexFields
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at the brewery, poured into a Cantillon tulip...Pours a clearish medium pink, very similar to a cherry 7up. A bright white head with good retention and lacing. This was carbonated nicely...The aroma is complex with a lot going, oak, spices and grapes combine nicely...The taste is very vinous, not as grapey as the Don Q but still a very vinous beer. Again oak, with black pepper, and flowers. Comes mostly across as sweet red wine. The feel is super dry, tannic and superb on the palate, rough, sticky, and full...Easy to drink as this crushed by the girlfriend and I in about 15 minutes.

This is a unique taste, easy to drink and well worth trying, especially if you are a red wine fan.

Had this a second time thanks to Jeppe. Not nearly as impressed, this one was still and drinking it at Cantillon gave me some rose color glasses.

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Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.