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
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
On-tap at Spuyten Duyvil during Zwanze Day.
A: Warm orange-rose colored body under the thinnest of rings of pink bubbles. Nice color.
S: Peppery, earthy grape notes on top of lemony, grassy funk. Highly acidic. Juicy, fruity, spicy, sour, nice.
T: A little understated up front, with grape juice + lemony acidity leading in to some dry, grassy, floral funk. Very fresh _ bright, with a bone-dry finish. Delicious.
M: Light, lively, and prickly. Fun.
O: Terrific beer, and well worth the trip. Cantillon really knows their way around a fruit Lambic. I actually preferred this to the 2010 St. Lamvinus we shared before Zwanze went on tap, although it couldn't hold a candle to the 05 I got to sample a few months back. I can't wait to see what they release next year!
10-30-2011 02:06:58 | More by woosterbill
4.18/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
10-20-2011 01:57:03 | More by axeman9182
4.22/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured into cantillon small tulip at Zwanze Day 2011 courtesy of West Lakeview. Thanks Kristina!
Pours out a bright, slightly opaque, reddish orange - reminiscent of blending raspberries and beaches - with a light frothing of tiny peach bubbles that fade into a ring.
Smell is subtle - funky, earthy horseblanket, and citrus tartness - somewhat similar to ruby red grapefruit in sourness - and a bit of spice on the finish.
Taste is more tart than the smell indicates. Lots of earthy funk, a touch of grape sweetness, more sour grapefruit and a distinct touch of pepper.
Feel is good - highly carbonated and prickley.
Overall, a solid, intriguing offerring, but doesn't quite hold up to the Lou Pepe fruits or Fou Foune.
10-17-2011 21:09:20 | More by readbaron
4.08/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
10-13-2011 20:17:35 | More by brystmar
4.88/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
10-11-2011 00:46:34 | More by ktrillionaire
4.47/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
10-08-2011 20:35:27 | More by largadeer
3.85/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
09-30-2011 19:49:41 | More by zaphodchak
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
09-27-2011 18:30:32 | More by petacutlasaurus
3.93/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
09-27-2011 14:37:26 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
09-26-2011 05:55:50 | More by jethrodium
Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
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