Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Pinot D'AunisCantillon Pinot D'Aunis
BA SCORE
96.8%
Liked This Beer
4.44 w/ 190 ratings
Cantillon Pinot D'AunisCantillon Pinot D'Aunis
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DefenCorps on 06-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#454
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
190
Liked:
184
Avg:
4.44/5
pDev:
9.68%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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252
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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of aleigator
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of edhizdeid
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of callmemickey
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of POTABLE83
4.91/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Foley67
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of atpca
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of SStein
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of axeman9182
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of straightlambic
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisPro
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MrDarcy
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pperez38
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Anatole
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Highbury09
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Quackus
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amano_h
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Oakhtar
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cantillon Pinot D'Aunis from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 96.8% out of 100 with 190 ratings
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