Cantillon Menu Pineau | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Same recipe as Pinot D'Aunis/Zwanze 2011, but with white grapes.

Added by psiweaver on 05-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 8
Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Menu d aunis 2009 vintage

Pours a hazy, bright orange color with a tiny, bubbly film of lacing to it.

Smells of grassy, young grapes which got a nice floral quality, complimented by a faint wild honey note. Got a nice mushroom leaden funk foundation to it, with a hovering unripe berry tartness on top.

Lower carbonated, with a black pepper spiciness amongst a pungent wall of tartness, while drinking easy and pleasantly refreshing.

Got a dried red apple peel fruit note together with some rotten wood bark and soft grape peel. Turns very dry after this initial sweeter whiff, with a pungent, lemony tartness to it till the end, with some earth and dust cutting through.

Very nice, surprisingly sour with a nice, light bodied, soothing grape appearance.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really hazy peach color with a bit of white foam. Aroma has bee wax, some honey, wood and fermented fruits. Taste starts with sour grapes, slight honeycomb, hay and dusty wood. Really complex taste, overall a really nice lambic.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle @ Pat’s. Thanks, Jer! Cloudy orange colored pour with a finger of white foam. Really funky, musty, leathery nose up front. A big white grape skin character. Lemon juice and a bit of green apple. Hints of peach and apricot as well. Slightly earthy. Really a whole lot going on here. Flavor is quite sour, typical of Cantillon fruited lambic it seems. Big time grape flavor. Kind of funky and earthy. Perhaps some mushroom and dusty leather. A lot of citric acidity and a hint of unripe stone fruits. Reminded me a bit of Vigneronne, not surprisingly.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, no label, gifted to a friend by Jean who hand-wrote "Menu Pineau" on the bottle.

Pours an sunny orange color, white head, bubbles here and there on top. Nose is still fairly vinous and the white grapes work well with the base along with some tannins, oak, musty funk. Dare I say the nose reminds me a bit of Don Quijote, but not quite as good. Flavor is most grape skins, some citrus, oak, and funky sour notes. Light body, soft carbonation, sweet and slightly dry finish.

Overall, this was a really nice beer and I love the white grape addition. We had this next to Zwanze 2011, and I think they made the right choice going with the red grapes over the white. That said, I would never turn this one's excellent.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of having this beer at Cantillon when I was there in Feburary.

This beer is made in the exact same style as the Pinot D'Anunis but instead of using red wine grapes this beer utilizes white wine grapes from the same vineyard in France that the grapes for the Pinot D'Anunis are sourced from.

This beer was brought out by Jean while we were drinking a bottle of the red wine Pinot D'Anunis with an Austrailian beer advocate who we had met at Cantillon.

It was poured into a Cantillon tasting tulip and poured a hazy yellow with a nice soft white head.

an almost gueze like smell but with a nice bouquet floral notes and a crisp acid from the white wine grapes.

great extremely balanced taste with a nice sour funk and the perfect balance of acidity. fantastic white wine grape flavor. absolutely fantastic, I can only hope that this makes its way into a zwanze form of some sort.

crisp mouthfeeel with the perfect amount of carbonation.

overall a great beer that I can only hope to have again, absolutely fantastic and delicious.

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Cantillon Menu Pineau from Brasserie Cantillon
4.36 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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