Lambic D'Aunis
Brasserie Cantillon

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #12
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4.47 | pDev: 8.5%
Brasserie Cantillon
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Notes: Formerly Pineau d'Aunis and Pinot d'Aunis.

Lambic d'Aunis was originally a test batch using Pineau D'Aunis grapes provided by Olivier Lemasson at Les Vins Contés. This beer is very similar to what was later brewed and released as Zwanze 2011, however that beer also had Brambling Cross hops added. Pineau d’Aunis grapes are a minor grape from the Loire region of France.
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swid from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby red, with some carbonation that quickly dissipates. The aroma is a tart grape; the taste is a faded wine that becomes a bit more funky while working through the bottle.

Bottled 13 November 2017; purchased at the brewery during 2018 Quintessence.

May 01, 2020
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John_M from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Belmont Station the other day. Was quite surprised to see a keg of this here in PDX, and even though I'm not a sour fan, I just couldn't resist.

The beer pours a fairly light rose color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. The nose is just mind boggling. No brewery I know of makes a beer that smells like this. There's a huge aroma of wet blanket, barnyard and camel sweat, along with some barely detectable lime, lemon, wine and dark fruits. This beer smells like a rancid chicken coop on a warm day (but hey, in a good way). Fortunately, very little of that barnyard aroma comes through on the palate. Also, while the beer is on the tart side (with mouthwatering acidity), there's enough fruit and earthiness on the palate that I'm not overwhelmed by it. Mouthfeels is fairly light, with a long, dry, tart finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile and is essentially unnoticeable.

Interesting beer to try for sure, even if it's clearly not my cup of tea.

Mar 02, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle at the brasserie. Dark red, plenty of head if you allow it on the pour. Nice fruity grape must on the nose, with a bit of blueberry and soft funk. Very smooth and easy drinking with a more mild sour than some other lambics from Cantillon.

Jul 25, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly foggy semi-clear ruby red with a soft, fluffy white curled collar.

Woody funk pairs with sticky peach and herbal vinous grapes that also have a uniquely earthy element. It's not really sour at all, as the soft fluffy medium-light body finishes dry.

Jun 06, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had this was at Sheltonfest but I was drunk off lambic so of course I thought it was amazing. The second time was from the bottle at Cantillon. The grapes were really spicy in the flavor and I thought it might be a bad bottle but I got a sample from a neighboring bottle and it was the same. Fruity but spicy. Overall I would prefer St. Lamvinus over this one. The label is fantastic though.

Jan 28, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl cap and cork bottle, 11/2017 bottling. Served in the proper Cantillon balloon glass.

Medium reddish-pink body, relatively clear on the first pour out of the bottle, hazes up nicely on the third (and last of the bottle) pour; one finger white head, appropriate retention, beautiful light pink collar, no lacing.

Aromas of tannic and musty grape skin, light cereal sweetness, sweet grape flesh evoking something more like pinot noir grape; light leather, mild lemony zest, more grape and a touch of funky oak. The grapes are front and center on the aroma, and appropriately funky and musty all the way through as it warms to room temperature and opens up some. It seems to me that the lambic underneath the grapes is the buttress, holding everything up while the grapes are the entire show. This is in contrast to Saint Lamvinus, the most obvious intra-brewery comparison, where the lambic is a bit heavier, leathery and funkier and in comparison, seems to muscle itself in alongside the grapes. This is a more "delicate" grape lambic in the sense that it still has all the big elements of the lambic, but it either plays better with the grape or the grape is more distinct and forward than the Bordeaux grapes used in Saint Lamvinus.

Either way, the palate is a wonderful medley of mildly sweet and spicy grape flesh, earthy tannins, musty grape skins, red berries and oak, light leathery hay and funk. The funk is distinctly different than the smell of the brewery as well, which makes me think that the terroir of the Loire Valley has also made its way into the beer- also adding more to its distinctness from other Cantillon beers.

Medium in body, good and lively carbonation without being too creamy or prickly- appropriate for a grape lambic. Musty grape skin and tannins linger all the way through the end of the palate. Easy to savor, but also very easy to finish quickly.

I thought that this was a distinct and delicious grape lambic that really showcases the particular grape varietal well, although when one thinks about the relative difficulty of obtaining this versus Saint Lamvinus, one cannot be blamed for thinking that it's worth the tick but not so much as a regular presence in a lambic drinker's rotation.

Jan 12, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared bottle. Amazed how the grape flavor has stayed at the front of the taste, plenty of hay, oak, orange, and funky yeast. Classic cantillon feel, with decent sugar and black pepper on the finish. Smell is more pure than taste with grape

Sep 23, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pineau d’Aunis. 2010 vintage. BA merges lambic d’Aunis and Pineau.

. Peach hued nude color. Definitely different than Lambic d’aunis.
Amazing white grape flavor. Herbal. White wine and tannin notes. Very fruity. Spice notes, especially in the flavor. Tart and citrus in the finish. Amazing.

Aug 25, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Pinkish red body. Kinda hazy. Small white head. Smells of bright grapefruit zest. Light acidity. Oak. Awesome. Tastes of bright acidic grapefruit also. Dry oak in the middle. Fresh woodiness. Like grapefruit wood. Back end had just a little bit of what I would more commonly call grape flavor. Light with medium carbonation. Spectacular fruit flavor and nothing like weekday I expected.

Oct 06, 2016
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 750ml bottle at the brewery. I didn’t see a bottled on date but as this bottle had the newly printed red label, it was probably early 2016. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear strawberry red with a two finger white head that dissipated almost immediately and left sparse lacing.

Aroma: Light funk with fruity strawberry, cherry, grape and light oak plus floweriness.

Taste: The floweriness really comes out in the taste followed by grape, strawberry and raspberry fruit with bits of hay.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very nice sour with fruit. Not a big fan of the floweriness, but this was ok and not overpowering. Very easy and refreshing to drink.

Aug 15, 2016
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pepper notes threw me off with the first sip or two but by the end of the pour (white pepper is what got, specifically), I could appreciate the depth to this. Really nice stuff. Matt, thanks so much man.

May 29, 2016
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w5baron from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of their best offerings.
Smell of fruits and grapes are so vibrant.
Color is bright and dark ruby red.
Taste delightfully flavored with wine characteristics. Grapes and fruits are so present and robust. Feel like this doesn't the perfect amount of time in the barrels.
Feel slightly champagne like.
Absolutely loved this beer and would love to keep on drinking it time over.

May 11, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not to be confused with Pinot D'Aunis; apparently, this is not dry hopped.

75cl green glass bottle with a pry-off crown cap sealed over an internally housed cork purchased at Cantillon for 15 euro and consumed on-site with the use of a Lambic basket. Label is red and white, displays the name as "LAMBIC D'AUNIS" and notes it's a collaboration with Les Vines Contes.

Served into stemware. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery behind it.

HEAD: ~4cm wide. White colour. Average (~2 minute) retention. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Not the thickest, creamiest, or frothiest head out there - even amongst Cantillon's own offerings. But it's fine.

BODY: Bright red colour of average vibrance. Translucent; transparent (though it's not clear per se). No yeast is visible within.

Appears aptly carbonated.

It's a nice look for a Lambic, but I have seen better (especially from Cantillon).

AROMA: White grape, strawberry, neutral malts (wheat, pale malted barley), a hint of raspberry, mild sourness (maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity), clean Cantillon lambicus funkiness, bacterial intangibles, acidity (but no vinegar or acetic character), rose wine, red grapeskin, a kiss of jam (probably raspberry), restrained tartness.

I think the strawberry dominates. More sourness and tartness are desired.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a balanced delicious Lambic, though I did expect more of a grape emphasis.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Lovely. Strawberry dances in the foreground, giving it a light refreshing touch. Rose grapes and red grapeskin lend it a teasingly supple texture. And boy is it refreshing...light-bodied, a bit acidic, fresh, Mildly smacky on the palate. There's a ludicrously good harmony of texture and taste here.

It's impeccably balanced as well, combining its aforementioned fruity notes with a subtly jammy fruit sweetness. The neutral malt profile (wheat, simple malted barley of a pale variety) stays out of the way.

Sour, but not puckeringly so. There's a sourness of about a 3-4/10 intensity. More tartness wouldn't hurt, if we're nitpicking.

A gestalt whole of a beer with a natural harmony of texture and taste. Smooth and wet on the palate, though there's room for more softness. Carbonation is perfect, in classic Cantillon fashion.

OVERALL: If we're nitpicking a great beer, I want more softness, more acidity, more tartness, more sourness, more fruit, more bacterial notes. But it's subtlety is one of its key strengths, and there's already enough intricacy and depth of flavour to interest the most discerning if drinkers. Given how damn drinkable this is, I couldn't be happier I greedily have the whole 75cl bottle by myself...I'll finish this with graceful ease. Just a great Lambic, period.

Low A- (4.04) / EXCELLENT

Mar 24, 2016
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amano_h from Oregon

4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

75cl bottle from the brewery.

Initial impression is a lighter red wine like Pinot Noir, which is unsurprising given the varietal of grape used here. Definitely regaled with a white pepper presence that Pineau d'Aunis is most famous for; hints of barnyard funk, darker berries, and even some cheesy notes on the back end as well.

A refreshing blast of sour grapes, followed by flavors of white fruit and the signature Cantillon funk. Pepper is not as well-pronounced on the palate but makes a cameo appearance once you give it some time and temperature. The red grape flavor becomes more profound on the back end, balanced superbly against a more pungent, oak character. Reminds me of St. Lamvinus but with more spice and funk.

The carbonation simply glides off your tongue; low acidity and a medium body provides for a delightful finish.

If St. Lamvinus and Vigneronne are little prods in advocating the use of grapes in lambics, this is a hearty old push

Feb 19, 2016
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Nachojon from Oregon

4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Cantillon, beautiful beer as most of theirs are. Glorious shade of reddish orange. Great aroma and complexity from unripe grapes, fruit and farmyard funk.

Feb 03, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Pineau D’Aunis at Cantillon. Pours a hazy reddish color with off-white head. Spicy Cabernet like grape aromas, with funk and tartness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a lot of spice, dry, and tart.

Jun 07, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Has a sherry, dark red, very saturated color, with a small, fizzy head.

Smells of oaky barnyard, wet hay, ripe, spicy grapes, wrapped up by a pleasant sourness, inheriting apple skin and citrus peel.

Tastes of red, matured grapes which got an earthy pepperiness to them, as well as balancing, mellow, wooden malts. The pepper is recognizable in the most pleasant way, accentuating the rich grape foundation of the beer, brought down to a round figure by a tart, fruity acidity. Due to the spicy pepper infusion this becomes much more complex than any druiven lambic I have tasted so far, complimenting the stone qualities of the grapes, as well as adding a maturing, oaky aspect to them. Finishes very tart, sour, with a convincing dry note to it, revealing characteristics of a young, slightly fermented wine.

Feb 17, 2015
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BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Drank this on Zwanze Day 2011 at Monk's Cafe with the gang. Since then I've had a bottle of the original vintage (thanks Joel), which was noticeably better, but I don't have notes on that bottle.

L - Pink grapefruit and Gulf sunset in a glass. A light, near clear haze from a perfect morning overlooking Long Bay in Antigua.

S - A lot going, with an abysmal depth though singular in spirit. Pinot wine grpes - fresh, sweet, smoke, sea salt, nice light citrus/grapefruit, strawberry. Just great, like a burst of white grapefruit corpuscels.

T - So subtle in the deepest flavors. Hauntingly beautiful pinot grape, pinot jam (if there is such a thing), grapefruit pith, even a trace of smoke/salt/earth. Hint of lime rind, actually. All about the depth of pinot, which is substantial.

M - Crushable velvet, delicate linen, soft feather bed. Delicate and delightful. I', surprised and even a bit taken aback - tannic yet uplifting, smooth palate-coating with the right amount of carbonated tingle. Really just right with the balance of oakey tannins.

O - 4.5 Clearly special. I wanted the taste to pop more with fruit flavor, but the depth is pretty delightful.

Jun 30, 2013
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joel66 from New York

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Apr 25, 2013
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Fux from France

4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle of Zwanze 2011 opened at Zwanze Day 2012 at La Fine Mousse. Wonderful surprise for a wonderful Cantillon day.

A: Dark ruby, with some purple glints. Small off-white head that fades quickly.
S: Smell is very funky, with lots of barnyard aromas, leather, even horse blanket, some light tartness come after. Quite smooth and very well balanced with fruity scents (dark grapes and berries). More fruity flavors hide behind this very unusual nose for a Cantillon (apples, pears, etc.). Deep, complex, amazing.
T: Sour and funky, even smoothier and more balanced than the nose, with an oaky and fruity character. Still white fruits, grapes and berries. Quite bitter and tart aftertaste.
M: Not much carbonation. Rough on the palate. More a sipper than a refreshing beer.
O: Mind blowing lambic. Zwanze 2012 was supposed to be the king of the night, but this one was even better, one of the best Cantillon I have had actually. I would love to have this again!

Dec 02, 2012
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had summer of 2011 at Ma Che, review from notes. Pour is mostly tranparent dark orange with a creamy white head. The nose is amazing, dusty cob webs with a bit of cellar musk and some earthy cheese notes. Lightly peppery and nice vinous red grapes. It is awesome! Musky cellar and notes of cheese rind. A bit dusty mid palate with a strong peper note balanced by a red grape vinous quality. Balanced and integrated so well with the spice and sweet grapes. Body is light, soft and airy with a gentle carbonation and extremely dry tannic finish. Such deep character to this and so well integrated, world class stuff.

Oct 23, 2012
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Tnudish from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Aug 16, 2012
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spdyfire83 from Ireland

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Aug 14, 2012
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xpimptastikx from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Cantillon. Ruby orange with off white head, fades to thin ring, light lacing. Nose is dominated by the peppery grapes, light wood and horse blanket finish it out. Taste is light grape juice with the pepper coming through yet again, some cheesy bretty flavors, and very lightly sour. Creamy carbonation with a light clean finish, not very dry at all. Not my favorite fruit Cantillon by a long shot, nice to try, but this grape doesn’t do anything for me.

Mar 13, 2012
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev 0%
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!

Feb 20, 2012
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