Cantillon Zwanze 2010 - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 94
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Pennywise on 06-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is a spontaneously fermented "witbier" recipe. Not a lambic nor a gueuze, but a wild ale.
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Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for opening this up for Rich's birthday.

This beer is super pale with a little dappled foam. The aroma is a little funky and "wheat-y." It tasted pretty blande for a Cantillon, not very tart, not much funk just metallic coriander and a little moldy orange. Not terribly impressed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. 2010 vintage.

The beer pours a straw orange color with a white head. The aroma is quite tart. I get a lot of sour lemons and a little bit of funk. The flavor is more of the same. The predominant flavor is tart lemons and sour apples, but I also get some wheat and biscuit malt. There is also some orange citrus notes and a little bit of farmhouse funk mixed in. Fairly dry and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another winner from Cantillon.

Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2010)

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Zwanze Day 2011

Hazy golden orange and yellow with a thin white cap. Specks of lacing dot the glass.

Musty earth and barnyard funk highlight the aroma, along with some subtle citrus and grass notes, a bit of black pepper, herbs, and a hint of melon. Interesting and unique.

Hay, grass, bready wheat, and barnyard funk lead the way in flavor, along with a touch of citrus and melon. A relatively simple, albeit, strange and unique, wild wit. The spices have probably mellowed quite a bit over the last year.

Light to medium mouthfeel with airy, bubbly carbonation. Terrific.

Very glad I got to try this, though it won't become one of my favorites. Perhaps it was better fresh?

Photo of glid02
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by a friend of Dan's - thanks! Straight from the brewery.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with hints of wheat, light floral hops and lemon peel, and finally a bit of funk and tart citrus fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Light pilsner malt and wheat flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of funk and light citrus flavors. Midway through the sip hints of grassiness come into play, carrying through to a crisp and slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily drink a few more of these.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer and drank it down quickly - a complex beer that's well worth a shot.

Photo of tetu
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avenue Pub Zwanze 2011 Release Party

Straw color with small head that holds well. First thing I smelled was vinegar and pineapple, and some funk, but there was something more to the vinegar aroma that I had to figure out. It was Fried Pickles.

Very sour tasting with the pineapple turning more to a lemon tartness and the fried pickle taste turning to an faint dry vinegar. The funk really comes out to say "hi" to your mouth. It's like this for every sip and I enjoy it more and more as my glass empties.

Very light clean tasting beer. Wish i could have stayed longer for more. One of those beers I'll never forget.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared at a tasting. 4oz. pour into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a .5 layer of white head that hangs out a while. Beer is a clear yellow. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Nose is particularly sweet. Hints of cane sugar, wheat, and lychee acidity. Not what I'd normally expect from Cantillon but definitely very enticing.

T: Opens sweet with a building sourness that peaks towards the middle. Notes of lychee, sweet lemon, cane sugar, and Brett funkiness as it warms. Wheatiness peaks just a bit towards the end. Finish is wheat with a slightly powdery, filmy aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied with a perfect, moderate level of carbonation. Smooth and lively in the mouth at the same time and goes down all too easily. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: Probably the most drinkable beer I've had to date. This one is refreshing anytime and is complex enough that you might get something different each time its sampled. If this is indeed a wild-ale and not a lambic, then American brewers have a lot to learn from Jean Van Roy!

Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of largadear. Shared with largadeer, Sandstone, alfrantzell, oggock, Swallows2much, 2ozToFreedom and out-of-town guests dyan, Masterski, TommeArthur, BobbyBoucher, and ArthurPendragon. Quite the tickfest, but I got a good pour myself.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small white head sitting on top.

Aroma is lemony, herbal, and funky. Lots of barnyard notes, particularly wet sheep wool and the always enjoyable farmer's daughter.

Flavor is fairly tart, very lemony and citric. Maybe some lime in there as well. A bit like a good berliner weisse. Very wheaty and a little oaky.

Nice palate. The carbonation is fairly lively and the acidity is at a great level. Medium body and a long finish.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Not one of the best Cantillons I've had, but very good.

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had reviewed this in the past but the review disappeared along with a few others from Cantillon Zwanze Day 2011??? Enjoyed while attending Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Avenue Pub! Served from bottle into a wine glass. Poured a hazy golden pale yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, earth, floral, tart, sour, pepper, and grass. The flavor was of sweet malt, spice, earth, bell pepper, sour, funk, and floral. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. There was a nice earthiness to this brew that definitely kept me coming back for more. Just about everything on this brew was spot-on for what you would expect from Cantillon by now. It has the type funk that they are known for, as well as their nice subtle tartness that gives you just the right amount of pucker. A really well done brew with a great touch of complexity along for the ride. A very well done brew that I hope to get more of in the near future.

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

[edit] Had this again recently and I would say it has improved a decent amount since the last time I had it (about seven months ago).[/edit]

Yet another great beer to thank Frank (lurchingbeast) for! Cheers! Had at a big birthday tasting.

Appearance – Pours a hazy straw color (wow, I’m using the same descriptor as everyone else but I’ll be damned if it didn’t look this way). Slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Hints of apple, lots of musty earth and barnyard funk, lemon zest, odd pepper, and cardboard.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. Quite earthy and funky, but honestly not in the good way. Slight citrus (lemon and orange), hints of floral and grass, and just a bit of citrus (granny smith apples).

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – While I want to pump this up seeing as I have a bottle in the cellar...this was a bit lackluster. Who a few years this may be fantastic (ehhhh). But as of with the 2011 version this is not the best Cantillon by a long shot.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bunzfest2012: Make it so... quick review from written notes, served in a mini-tulip glass.

Bright gold body, frothy white foam settles on the surface, leaving an irregular halo of spotty lace all around. Maintains some foam for the duration of the glass.

Lightly floral aroma, some citrus and coriander blend into a dusty wheat sweetness.

Rustic, light mellow tartness, clean and dry with a hint of oak in the aftertaste. Wit traces, with signature Cantillon barrel and citrus. Very quenching and dry, would be easy to finish off an entire bottle no problem.

2013: Much more sour, layer of added complexity, seemingly.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy golden color lambic with a large enough foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light barnyard notes with some light tart notes as well which are offset against some wheat malt notes. Taste is lighter then expected with nice notes of barnyard and tartness with some wheat malt. Refreshing factor is great with nice drinkability. Acidity is not a factor and probably one of the only Cantillon that could be deemed a session beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Churchkey into a tumbler 10 ounce pour as part of Zwanze day.

Small white cap is presented sitting on a dull brown yellow body. Not much lacing is shown while finishing the drink. Cloudy. A little dull but not too unpleasant to the eyes.

Nose is a very acidic and tart lemon. Mild floral sweetness sense becomes obvious as the drink warms up.

Taste brings a surprising ending. Tart apricot on the finish with a mid palate of lemon. Yeast punch in the middle with an interested flat fizzy called carbonation resembling and tasting like orange soda.

Overall just more fun win for Cantillon as always. Light abv with a bold citrus flavors what is not too like? Wasn't as sour as I expected either.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ditmier opened this one a while back... reviewed from paper notes... Thanks buddy!

Pours a hazed yellow with an okay white head... no lacing...

Aromas are all over the place.... phenolic with light clove and pretty pronounced Bazooka Joe bubblegum... mild Cantillon funk... pretty nice lemon... earthy.. sorta mushroom notes with warmth.

Flavor begins like a traditional Cantillon, but trails off really quickly.. tart lemon and some barnyard funk... but odd phenols come out swinging.... clove and again the pink bubblegum.. pale malts and dusty earthiness...

Body is heavier than a normal Cantillon.... carbonation is also a bit lighter... odd...

Not too sure what to make of this one other than, it is not what I was expecting.... decent for sure.... probably pretty good, but if I had bottles, I would not open them for probably 5+ years and hopefully my disappointment in the fresh bottle would be made up for with the cellar time.


Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes, this was easily one of my favorites in a long time. poured into a tulip.

very hazy golden yellow color. A little white head on top, maybe a quarter of an inch but it stayed on top for damn near the entire session, really looked quite nice

Loads of tart apple notes, hints of sour grapes, lots of fruit all over the place. Bright, with a touch of light citrus notes bouncing around as well.. Huge tart and sour notes just pucker your lips and leave you in amazement of the flavor you are experiencing. It was like that times ten. I was floored. Clean, crisp, super funky and tart, I was beyond impressed here. ONice long drawn out close to it really lets that flavors absorb on the palate and that taste, which wonderful sour taste just will not fade and hangs in your mouth forever.

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale blond, typical witbier appearance. Nice soapy white head with good retention, this looks solid.

Lots of musty funk in the aroma, like walking into a damp basement. A little spiciness and pale malt, but funk is dominant and wonderful.

Huge brettanomyces character on the palate backed by mild lactic sourness. Tannic and acidic, a hint of pale malt and ambiguous spice. Refreshing lemon and pineapple fruit flavors, quite dry and light. Brief tannic finish, highly drinkable and delicious.

Photo of dmsohyea
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured by Dr. Bill at Zwanze day at Stone.

A - light orange/yellow with pearl white head, a little over 1 finger for the 4 oz pour. The lacing is non existent but head retention is good.

S - Barnyard funk and some lemony sourness. Next to the '11 it was much less cheesy, had more of a fruit rind scent.

T - taste is not too far off from other Cantillon offerings except that it's quite watery. Moderately sour, and pretty dry. No alcohol is detectable. More lemon and grapefruit flavors than anything, unfortunately not very much else going on.

M - Moderate to low carbonation and watery on the finish. Not the best.

O - A good beer, but not great like other Cantillons. I liked it better than the '11, and I would certainly drink again.

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden-orange color with a surprising amount of white bubbly head that dissipates rather rapidly leaving no lacing

Aromas begin with that typical Cantillon yeast blend of musty funk, green melon and slight earthy wet hay. Light pilsnery and wheaty maltiness but really not much, mainly the funky yeast.

The tastes initially throw me off guard. While it smells like it would be funky and sour, the flavors are more inline with a wit beer with no spiciness. There is a subtle mix of spice, sweet malt and very light lactic tartness. The funk is there, but it's just sort of wet with a bit of a dusty earthy, rustic quality.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with very soft and subtle carbonation. Finish is lightly funky but not overly so, no spicy wit characters as I was expecting.

Overall, I was sort of caught off-guard by this beer. While I'm aware of how this beer was brewed, I was expecting much more of the usual Cantillon lambic character to come through. The aromas suggests nice big funky sourness but the flavor was a little hollow, maybe it is past it's prime or just in a downturn right now. Not bad, just not stellar in any facet. Heard the 2011 was better, maybe I'll eventually get a chance to find out.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened without a pop which was about as eventful as the pour. Zwanze laid in my glass lifeless with a milky yellow color. I get that signature clean brett funk. Damp earth and hay. Mild mushroom flavor. The brett jumps out to center stage with just a small hint of green apple sourness and some tangy wheat. Little carbonation gives it a silky mouthfeel. This beer lacks effervescence and any level of flavor. This is like a brett session beer.

Photo of beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

75 cl bottel poured into my cantillon glass

A: An unclear golden beer with a small white head.

S: The aroma has notes of brettanomyces, wood, and horseblanket , and i can smell THE sea , yes , THE sea

T : The flavor is slightly sour with notes of lemon, brettanomyces, horseblanket, cork and wet wood , leading to a tart finish

M: very dry with good carbonation

D very drinkable , no alcohol taste

Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the "King of Beers" Kevin for sharing this one.

Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.

Pours an effervescent glowing yellow color. The aroma is light straw, burritos, tart lemon zest, and a bit of a metallic note.

The flavor is lightly tart and wheaty. Similar to a nice Berliner Weiss. Lots of lemon zest as well. A lighter flavor profile than any other Cantillon I've had.

The body is medium and carbonation is low and appropriate. Overall, this is a highly sessionable beer that I would really enjoy to drink bottles of, however as a stand alone beer it isn't particularly strong.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update: 09.17.2011

From the bottle at Churchkey during the Zwanze 2011 release party. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours a hazy straw color with a good white head and quite a bit of white lacing. The nose is tart with a bit of lemon, wheat, and light funk. Faint white pepper. Dry and a bit bitter. Similar to the De La Senne offerings that are blended with Cantillon lambic. Very nice.


Original Review from 11.21.2010 (3.5 / 3.5 / 3.5 / 4.0 / 4.0)

Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a straw yellow color with a single-finger white head. A bit of sticky lacing around the edges toward the end, but overall not that much. The nose is fairly tame with a hint of citrus--some lemon and a bit of light orange. There's some mild Brett and a bit of funk.

The taste is ever-so-slightly funky and a bit of wheat. There's a slight tartness there as well. Nice amount of lemon zest and some acidic fruit. Very mild sourness and a light funk throughout. The feel is fairly light with good carbonation. This drinks fairly well and is by no means bad, but a bit disappointing in that it really lacks the complexity I expect from Cantillon, even taking into account the lighter style.

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Thanks to ShogoKawada for this one.

Pours a light fizzy head, with a hazy golden wheat straw color.

Nose has nice light tart fruit, plenty of funk with some barnyard light horsehair, a touch of a lemony citrus like aroma.

taste starts with light tart flavors, some light malts and straw, light citrus and lemon again, light funk and very light barnyard, just a touch of sweet but mostly dry, light fruit, and a very light apricot like fruit flavor (?), light acidity as well.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb but less than I expected.

Overall delicious, very easy drinking, light but tasty but a bit more on the fruit and funk in the flavor aroma would have helped, some tart flavors and a bit of funk, little citrus, so delicious and drinkable, I could drink this all day.

Photo of Rifugium
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Monk's, Philly, PA
Thanks to whoever it was that let me get a share of this.

Poured a kind of murky golden-yellow color with an active, foamy white head that receded quite a bit and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. Pale malts on the nose, grassy funk, light fruit esters and a bit of sulfur. This beer uses a wit as the base, so I didn't really have high hopes of liking it too much. It was a bit smoother than expected when it hit the palate, flavors of pale malts, bready, lightly woody, yeasty spice, sulfur and musty grass, light pepper, citrus zest, with a mild ubiquitous tartness, and a dry bitter finish. Definitely complex, but lacking a full flavor, and pretty thin in the body; moderately carbonated, slight metallic twinge in the aftertaste. Decent brew, but I'd take a Temptation over this any day.

Simply not worth the inflated price (as with most Cantillons). Fortunately I didn't pay for it.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Bottle into tulip-- thanks to lurchingbeast for sharing!

Slightly hazy, straw colored, golden body. Small shiny offwhite head. Very little lacing, and the bubbles settled into a thin collar pretty quickly.

Smells of sweet cracked wheat with a bit of citrusy lemon bite.
Taste is about what expected. There is hardly any sourness or funk here. Really pretty disappointed.

The feel is thin, watery, and undercarbed.

Overall-- quite a let-down. Probably the worst Cantillon I've had to date. This reminds me more of a decent home-brewed sour than a commercial brewery release.... At least it beats Depomation, the lousy Depuration clone.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle at Moeder Fontainas, bottled in 2010, poured into a Cantillon goblet/tulip kinda glass.

A- Pours a cloudy yellow/gold color, nice layer of creamy white head with great retention and lacing.

S- Surprisingly fruity, lots of lemon, apple and pear. Also some dry, musty funk. A bit of wheat sweetness.

T- A bit of wheat sweetness at first, again lots of lemon/apple/pear, finishes with a mild tartness and dry Cantillon must/funk. This is actually a lot more tasty and complex than I expected.

M- Light-bodied, soft, smooth, creamy feel.

O- Fine it's not lambic, but this is a killer beer, it's very, very tasty and complex, probably the best 4% wheat beer I've had.

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Cantillon Zwanze 2010 from Brasserie Cantillon
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