Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon

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rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 6.73%
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Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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 ATLbeerDog
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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! (519 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

273rd Review
Served in a Loon tulip on a cool, rainy summer's night

I missed enjoying Zwanze 2011 at Cantillon by about a week, but a friend who lives in Belgium was generous enough to open this one up during a tour around the country in early June 2012. Cheers!

A: Purplish ruby red. 2+ (pinkish) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of classic Loon lambic - funk, must, and dry. Loads of unripe dark grape, soft red fruit, and oak. Hint of lemon too. Nice!

T: Taste follows smell, but grape skins are pungent and the oak character is nice, smooth, and balanced. Reminds me of a blend between St. Lamvinus (Stilla) Unblended and Vigneronne - in the best way possible. Young "funk" character, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: I was stoked to try this surprise beer and didn't mind polishing off the dregs either! Wish I could get another bottle of this, but stoked to have enjoyed the opportunity to try it. Classic (young) greatness, per the usual! I have come to expect nothing less. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (2,990 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2011 Zwanze poured at Churchkey in DC arrives a reddish pink with no head. The nose is a lot more lemony than the first batch of the pinot d'aunis, with the lambic being more assertive. There's oak, tannins with grapes and grape skins. This is quite bright on the nose. Moderately fruity with mild yellow peach and some blackberries. Not as peppery as the first batch.



The palate is medium light with a low level of carbonation, working well with the moderate vinous character. Lots more black pepper and blackberries than on the nose. Grape character is moderate with a definite tannin character. The acetic character is very low, and that makes this less strawberry-like and more blackberry-like. The midpalate has a lot of lemon. Drying and tannic on the finish with a lingering lemony sourness and a mild black pepper note, this is excellent. The lambic is great, but i wish the grapes were more assertive. Nonetheless, this is an excellent beer, one i'm glad to have had a chance to revisit this. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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... (1,097 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Cheers! (779 characters)

Photo of psiweaver
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this bottle at Cantillon. Not sure what vintage as I got a labeless bottle. Jean's sister indicated that it would be still as thats the only bottles they had. I ended up getting a carbonated bottle. Served into their tulip/wineglass style glasses.

pours a lighter almost clearer than the kriek or framboise but the same shade of red. has a whitish reddish 1/2" head that quickly dissipates.

smells of grapes and raisins with some funky barnyard while still having some acid and citrus notes come through. the taste was amazing.

wonderful rich minerally taste with layers of grapes, raisins and a small hint of citrus over the top. really enjoyed this as you got some of the tannins from the grapes and it had a very vinus quality without being harsh. perfectly carbonated. almost like a rose champagne with some sour to it.

wonderful mouthfeel with soft refreshing bubble's

very easy to drink. wish I could have taken some to go, but very happy i got a carbonated bottle.

they mentioned multiple times that the reason they don't sell to go any more any of the really limited stuff is because they don't like the ebay thing.

we also got to try a glass of the white grape version of this beer with the grapes being from the same producer. This was amazing like vigeronne but not nearly as acidic or harsh. Really wish he'd bottle this but he said its only for fun. Was outstanding. (1,397 characters)

Photo of grub
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010.

750ml corked and capped bottle.

pours slightly hazy pale orange with a big white head. the head drops fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. vanilla and raw oak. white grape. light alcohol. horse blanket and leather. white bread and biscuit.

taste is great. vanilla and raw oak. white grape. horse blanket. more leather and brett character than in the aroma. very mellow sourness and almost no acidity. white bread and biscuit. low bitterness level. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is is great. just under medium body with a super dry finish. slightly above medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. very drinkable. nice mellow funk. (719 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish hue with a a small pinkish head.

S: Nice funky tart citrus fruit and vinous grapes.

T: Funky and tart green apple and lemon zest. Hints of wine with a nice oakiness.

M: Medium in body, sour, crisp, good.

D: Good I enjoyed this one quite a bit. (266 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of Chambic
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful cigar brown -- clear, bright brown

S: easily identifiable as something that's sour and oh-so-spectacular

T: bright, tart, sour, with a barnyard-y finish

M: sparkling, dry, refreshing

D: non-stop, this can go for days ... Please, someone force-feed me Zwanze with a beer bong -- even though it'd be such a crime against this goodness

Notes: on tap at Russian River Brewery on Zwanze Day 09.17.11 (412 characters)

Photo of Agold
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ended up getting this at Spuyten Duyvel in NY on Zwanze Day. Zwanze 2011 pours a burnt orange color with a small amount of head that recedes to a small white ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma is huge funk and white grape juice with what I can only describe as fresh paint (in a good way) and mustiness. Flavor is very funky and quite sour with again that whit grape juice flavor. Mouthfeel I light and refreshing with a very nice level of carbonation. Overall this beer plus the experience of zwanze day was outstanding. (532 characters)

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Also known as Zwanze 2011...this might be an early release...hand written bottle label. Not dry hopped. Deep tart aroma, tiny head, copper gold color. A touch of grapes, apple, bugs...nothing too tart but rich and flavorful. Very slight touch of wood...dry...lemon. (265 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of Tnudish
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes I wrote on a scrap of paper. Served on tap at Zwanze Day ’11 at West Lakeview Liquors. Sampled in my newly acquired Cantillon tasting flute.

A-Zwanze pours a light pinkish red with about a half fingers worth of thin white head. Not much to add in terms of lacing as the head dissipates rather quickly.

S-Nose is predominately pepper, grape, light cherry, lemon rind, grass, must, and horse blanket.

T-The taste follows suit with more grape and lemon rind, cob web, some light grass, and pepper on the finish. I was told at Zwanze Day that the pepper character actually came from the grapes that were used in Zwanze ’11....pretty interesting.

M-Light to medium bodied, with pleasant acidity, light carbonation, and a nice finish.

O-Though I still need to try Zwanze ’08 (which I thankfully have in my cellar), this has been my favorite of the series by far. I hope Zwanze Day happens for years to come, couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. (987 characters)

Photo of SMortiL987
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Avenue Pub in New Orkeans for Zwanze Day.

A - Slight cloudiness. Burnt amber, orange, rose. Carbonation evenly falls down side of glass when tilted, but ring persists. 

S - Funk. Horse blanket. Classic Cantillon smell. Slight band-aide, medicinal. Grapes in the nose.

T - Earth, spiciness. A little residual sweetness. Oaky red wine at the end.

M - Slight carbonic dancing on the tongue. Coats the mouth well. Slight astringency yet residual sweetness balances it out. A touch of acidity in the after taste.

O - Exceptional sour as usual from Cantillon. Glad to have partook. (603 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of MrFootstones
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of kappldav123
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Luckily I got to try the new Zwanze this morning at the open brew day at Cantillon. Deep red in the glass, very small head. Fruity-berry aroma, reminds me of dry red wine. Starts mild with an increasing fruitiness. Fine berry notes. For a short moment there are some sweet hints, but that disappears fast. Mild-sourish finish, fruity-berry aftertaste. Very drinkable. Great beer! Too bad there are no bottles of it... (417 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (725 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,130 characters)

Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.