Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.6/5 rDev +4.3%
A 75 cl bottle opened at brewery, bottled 23-Dec-10.
A-Dull red color with lively small CO2 bubbles rising to a white foam that rims the glass.
S-The lambic smell-barnyard earthy yeast with hints of black peppery spice.
T-The pepper spice is definitely there but the lambic flavor is most dominant flavor. A hint of hops is there too. A syrupy dark liquor on bottle of bottle-the last glass with this added is more sour and overall more assertive.
M-Clean and smooth, a bit of black pepper and hoppy end note, not as sour as other Cantillon beers.
D-I drank the whole bottle myself-so damn good for a sour.
O-An interesting almost refreshing lambic. Really glad I had the opportunity to taste this one, a highlight of my most recent trip to Brussels.
12-22-2011 02:16:27 | More by deebo
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-07-2010 02:34:58 | More by JAXSON
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
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
3.88/5 rDev -12%
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
09-18-2011 23:35:19 | More by bishopdc0
4.18/5 rDev -5.2%
3 oz. pour (I had 3 of 'em). Rudy purple-ish brown, burgundy maybe? (like a purple cherokee tomato), thin, thin white ring. I found the aroma to be muted, though it probably was just too cold. Somewhat typical of Cantillon, barnyard, hints of fruity, juicy grape. My nose is not excited. All of my fears have been washed away, this beer tastes amazing! Perfect, tart, sharp, pie crust, with juicy grape fruity-ness. The acidic tartness hits you first, then a wave of fruity juicy wine like grape quality finishing slightly barn like and oh so dry. One mean sour. Dry, dry, dry, what else can I say. I truly special beer, and a tasty one. I am really glad to have shared this beer with good friends old and new.
09-18-2011 03:06:52 | More by pmlondrigan
4.2/5 rDev -4.8%
Tap version of Zwanze 2011:
Cross between blood orange and pink grapefruit color. Vinious grapefruit aroma. Peppery red grape flavor. Pencil lead and lemon acidity. Slightly sweet grape finish.
Bottle review of original Pinot d'Aunis:
White head on top of a light mahogany-orange body. Good carbonation. Smell has a sharp lemon acidity blended with red grape. A little spicy from the grapes and straightforward bretty funk. Some bandaid and perfume-esque qualities as well. Flavor is blended very well with the grapes. Peppery spice and subtle sweetness rolling into a lemon accented acidity and a clean musty brett flavor. I'm almost getting a pencil flavor I believe from the grapes. Finish is like a moderately dry red wine. Not over the top. This beer's flavor shows restraint and pure craftsmanship rather than something heavy handed.
09-20-2010 01:48:34 | More by BearsOnAcid
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
4.1/5 rDev -7%
On tap at 2011 Zwanze day at Holy Grale in Louisville. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.
Clear pinkish red with a white head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the edges of the glass.
White peppercorns and some sage on the nose. Cranberries and white wine grapes offer a fruit presence, and a nice barnyard funk with some cheesey undertones. A dull spicyness from the hops.
Forward with great notes of fruit and funk, primarily wet hay and grapes. Then a touch of earthyness and spice. Sage and white peppercorn again, most likely from the hops used in this. Nice.
Fluffy on the palate with a medium body, soft spritzy carbonation.
A real nice grape lambic with notes of funk, spice and earth. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one because after today, it would be next to impossible to ever try again.
09-18-2011 03:53:29 | More by auroracrisis
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
08-14-2012 19:02:27 | More by spdyfire83
4/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
09-20-2011 19:05:41 | More by jale
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
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
09-04-2011 22:09:24 | More by DenverLogan
4.83/5 rDev +9.5%
On tap at Stone
A- Reddish, orange body with little to no head.
S- Wet horse blanket and subdued red fruit. Pronounced funk in the nose.
T- Sour cherries at the outset. Tart red fruit, strawberries? Mild funk. Finishes tart with a mildly puckering aftertaste. Exquisite!
M- Medium to light body with low carbonation.
O- A wonderful beer! Perfect marriage of tart, sour fruit and funky, barnyard characteristics. Wish this was available all the time. I wouldn't tire of it ever. Highly recommended!
09-17-2011 20:50:33 | More by Sideswipe
4.78/5 rDev +8.4%
Pinot di Aunis, bottle poured into a cantillon taster. Big thanks to Manuele from Ma Che Siete for hooking me up with this world class beer and big thanks to Jbeatty for trading me another
A- dark orange with creamsicle looking head
N- Huge depth of white and red grapes. red wine, vineous with an earthy/grassy and almost pepper yeast funk.
T- wow,... wow.... by far top 3 of the day for our 4/20/13 tasting which consisted of veritas vertical, loerik, YB, eszett. Uli blends, beekeeper, le woody so on and so forth. I freakin love this fine liquid.
earthy funk, pepper spice,vineous red wine, cobb webb. such a combination of deep characteristics. simply amazing.
M- Light, airy, smooth, gods nectar poured into a cantillon tasting glass
O- One of my favorite Cantillons. Cant wait to see how my other bottle ages. I think ill open it in 2031.... in the meantime ill be ISO a few more bottles so that I can see what 5 yr intervals does to this one.
04-25-2013 15:28:38 | More by joel66
Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
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