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Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 11.56%


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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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at Churchkey in DC at Zwanze Day 2011.

A: Bright, glowing red-orange.... almost carnival in nature actually, with a non-translucent disposition, and virtually no head. Well, maybe just a bubble here and there.

S: This one skated on the edge of glorious fruit profile and compost... sour pixie stick candy and stomach acid. All of this funk was wrapped up neatly into a somewhat peppery package.

T: Very acidic, with more than a dash of white and black pepper. Additionally, I got hay bail, vomit, melted "Astro Pop" candy, and kerosene. How's that for complexity?

M: Funky and very dry, but not nearly as palate-wrenching as something like... say... Red Poppy. The barnyard elements and sweetness meshed very well together and layed on the palate quite well. Fortunately, there was just enough vinegar to tame it.

O: Having a day like Zwanze Day, where a bunch of BAs can get together to celebrate one of the world's most beloved breweries is not only a treat, but a gateway to something truly nostalgic. Cantillion knows this, and produce a product worthy of the event...

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 02:16:20 | More by Chaney
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Cantillon for the beer; if it wasn’t for them making it, I’d not have had it. Blush-cranberry hue with evident petillance ; good looking, at any rate. The nose is fantastic from the get-go (and does nothing to let up subsequently) and offers a rich bushy berry mélange atop trademark musty Cantillon funk, with slight notes of green apple. Upon the palate, flavors of tannic berry and grape, lactic and generally light acidic notes, mustiness and antiquity, and finally, perfectly apportioned nuances of black peppercorn are awash. The dry-hop also seems to be at play here, both in the aromatic as well as gustatory, imparting a healthy dose of herbal earthiness, in a manner not usually found in Cantillon. The feel is near-perfect, with a great balance between effervescence and weight. Overall this is a fantastic Cantillon, with its mainstay in a lighter flavor, with a less challenging general tone, but making up for it with a layer of additional (well-placed) complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:46:34 | More by ktrillionaire
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 16:36:06 | More by Sean9689
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -9.3%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 03:22:00 | More by yourefragile
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks in philly during Zwanze Day 2011

Pours a hazed cherry red with some burnt orange tones. Light beige head fades out leaving some wispy film behind.

Tart and funky in the nose with peppery spice. Red wine and red grape skin with slight acidity. Soft fruitiness with a light touch of oak as well.

Sour up front driven by red wine and grape skin character. Hints of oak and tannin with merlot. Touches of a funky cheese and yeast. Decent amount of acidity and tartness, definitely reliant on the red wine notes. Long, lingering finish with tart dark fruit.

Medium body, nice carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue in a pleasing manner. Really impressive offering, I enjoyed the wine characteristics, although I probably prefer St. Lamvinous with some age on it to this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 00:55:02 | More by xnicknj
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.1/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 22:45:13 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 15:24:23 | More by Urbancaver
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 01:16:01 | More by KickInTheChalice
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 20:11:16 | More by orangesol
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 01:51:38 | More by russwbeck
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 01:40:29 | More by SpdKilz
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pores into a taster. Pours a vibrant red grapefruit color with a cap of snow white head.

The aroma tart start to finish with a little bit of sweet grapes somewhere in the middle. A little bit of a red wine vinnegar finish here. Crisp red grape skin flavor. Seems to have a bit of a red grapefruit tartness to it. Fruity and tart straight up and simply delicious.

The body is light with active carbonation. Seems to be a little tannic. Overall this one is darn good. Nice and tart with great grape flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 19:28:58 | More by Bendurgin
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's during Zwanze day. Lucky to get four pours ... its good to stick around after the tickers leave!

Initial impression is that this doesn't have the same pop that Pinot D'Aunis did out of the bottle when I had it last year. In particular, the nose is much more restrained and muted in this offering.

A: Reddish-orange-pink body. Initial pour had a smaller pinkish head--presumably due to being poured from a pitcher. Later pours had a more substantial head that left a fine film like lacing.

S: Soft vinous notes, oak, slight must and lemon-citric notes. Not getting the fruitier-strawberry notes that were plentiful in the first batch.

T: Ripe red-wine grapes. Lemon, funk, some mineral notes, oak and tannins. Still missing the fruitier notes, but more assertive and impressive than the nose.

M: Smooth bodied, with low, but appropriate carbonation. Nice dry finish leaves a refreshing, almost zesty close.

O: A delicious, unique Cantillon. Not quite as nice as the initial bottling. There has been discussion that its not quite the same recipe ... I'd believe it. It also could just be harvest to harvest variation in the grapes. Regardless... I dig this beer and was glad to get a few.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 00:28:29 | More by callmemickey
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zwanze day 2011 at west lakeview liquor chicago

Poured into stemmed cantillon glass

Pour was a light ruby red. Very similar to watermelon juice. Very little head but some. Head was light pinkish.

Lots of soured red grape with a nice funky and spicy mix.

Soured red grape with a lemon bite. Through out the middle was a spicy bite, like black or chili pepper. Oak was faint.

Very dry through out with a light to mild carbonation. Nice light pucker.

At first i was not feeling this but i quickly started loving it. I want more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 02:04:32 | More by hooliganlife
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brystmar

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 20:17:35 | More by brystmar
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 01:57:03 | More by axeman9182
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 18:52:59 | More by brew3crew
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zwanze Day 2011! Pours hazy red orange with a thin layer of bubbles on top.

The aroma is tart orange with some sweet grape. There seems to be just a tad bit of blanket smell, but this is overall a clean smelling sour.

The taste starts out with grape skin and has just enough sweetness to balance the crisp tart finish. The sourness is mellow compared to other Cantillons, allowing the fruit flavor to have more emphasis.

The body is light with some nice mellow carboation. This feels juicy.

Very delicious; I continue to enjoy the grape lambics.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 19:28:49 | More by andrewinski1
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:00:25 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Beerenauslese

California

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 01:55:36 | More by Beerenauslese
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:34:58 | More by JAXSON
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 11:08:54 | More by rvdoorn
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 19:49:41 | More by zaphodchak
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.88/5  rDev -12%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 23:35:19 | More by bishopdc0
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 13:07:22 | More by rowingbrewer
Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.