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Cantillon Zwanze 2010 - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 98
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is a spontaneously fermented "witbier" recipe. Not a lambic nor a gueuze, but a wild ale.

(Beer added by: Pennywise on 06-13-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-29-2012 02:29:00 | More by t0rin0
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-18-2012 01:19:39 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 14:15:10 | More by Thorpe429
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South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:11:43 | More by mikesgroove
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Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:47:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jer for sharing this fine libation.

A: The pour is a cloudy pale golden-orange color with a surprising amount of white head.

S: The nose is sort of odd, but I expected that from this beer. A blend of musty funk, green melon, and witbier spiciness. A surprising amount of malt character, though it's of the soft and pale variety.

T: Everything about the flavor of this beer is mild; not at all that I expect from Cantillon. 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 cobweb feeling to it, though I don't know how I would have ever tasted on before.

M: The body is light with a very soft and subtle carbonation.

D: 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...perhaps with age.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 08:27:51 | More by womencantsail
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-07-2011 04:55:23 | More by spycow
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-15-2011 02:00:36 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-11-2013 03:21:02 | More by GRG1313
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4.18/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:40:45 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2011 14:06:44 | More by JAHMUR
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4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 22:27:29 | More by largadeer
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-14-2011 17:59:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Chris for supplying this to our Sunday night tasting event - was literally off the plane and sampling this in his living room 30 minutes later. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Looks similar to Zwanze '09, maybe a bit lighter with a tad more foam - foam quickly dissipates to a thin cap and chunky collar, with some splotchy lace fingers. Body is a hazy straw or light white-flesh peach color.

S - Sweet bretty fruity notes with loads of pineapple, oak, vanilla yogurt, pale malt, light lemon, and a nice slighty funky and musty character. Reminds me of some Fantôme beers I've had.

T - Taste is a little more muted, and contains more sour lemon and musty attic character, again mixed with fruitiness, lactic flavors, and light funk. For 4% this is still exceptionally flavorful, especially with no fruit addition.

M - Light, ephemeral, and quite refreshing, although I thought it could use a touch more spritz to it. Slightly dry, but otherwise clean finish.

D - I could drink a lot of this - it's an extremely well-crafted and somewhat subtle low ABV brew with delicate touches of sweet, sour, and funky. If it weren't stupidly expensive and difficult to obtain it'd be something I'd have all the time.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 23:10:11 | More by MasterSki
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split this bottle with the other Matt. Beer is medium yellow and forms a small white head of small bubbles. Not a lot if lacing on the glass but that's OK. Carbonation is moderate. Looks ok.

Aroma is nice strong chardonay. Mild funk mild sulfur it smells pretty good.

Beer us light in body. It finishes nicely but there is an odd late bitterness to it. It's quite light in

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:09:38 | More by drabmuh
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4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:29:14 | More by jlindros
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4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 05:31:19 | More by Mora2000
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3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 00:43:51 | More by Rifugium
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Had at our DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a murky yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, fruit, earthy notes, floral notes, pepper,

t - Tastes of spices, herbal notes, light fruit, earthy notes, oak, pepper, floral notes, citrus.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a good beer and better then 2009, though not as nice as 2008. Had more spice and pepper to it compared to 2008, and not as sour or funky in the nose. A good beer but I'd seek out Zwanze 2008 first.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:07:03 | More by mdfb79
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4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sampled at Cantillon tasting cafe; July 2010
As I pour this I smell earthy coriander like notes and perhaps a touch of orange. The beer is topped by a pale, thin, off-white colored head that sits on top of a hazy, orange tinged, gold colored beer. Musty mushroom aromas mix with notes of coriander up front. Other notes of sock lint fouled by sweat and an interesting, over-ripe cheese note lightly pepper the nose. I am really enjoying the aroma on this beer and I am actually not quite sure why; the musty spice notes mix in really well with the base musky / funkiness.

This has a really interesting, soft texture; it is very light but creamy, which must be from the oats. The long finish sees the coriander being noticed for the first time in the flavor; it is herbal, but very smooth and earthy, but without the green-grassy objectionable coriander-character that many a Wit have. Green pepper flavors and maybe even some bell pepper notes are joined by a mineral character that adds a soft texture somehow. This has a very soft lactic acidity to it, that may be subdued because my palate has been so calibrated to Lambics on this trip.

This is not as Lambic like as a Jolly Pumpkin beer of years ago, though it could be said to be on the "soft" end of the Lambic spectrum. It is only going to get more funky with time though. I am really enjoying the texture here; it is very soft, creamy, yet light and quaffable, all at the same time. And, I am definitely a sucker for both a well made Wit and Lambics.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 14:27:22 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Funky, earthy aroma with vinegary acetic acid, crisp light fruit, funky bugs and earthy oak.  Sone bready yeast with subtle spices.  Lots of citrus and light fruit in the nose.

Soft carbonation up front with a dry and tart mouthfeel that is nicely puckering without being harsh or overly acidic.  Not too sour or abrasive.  Slightly funky with some bugs and earthy oak followed by citrus light fruit and zesty spice.  Hints of lemon, apple and pear.  Well balanced with a lingering crisp dry finish.  Very quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 02:14:01 | More by corby112
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-30-2011 05:24:34 | More by imperialking
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4 oz pour from a bottle at Churchkey for Zwanze Day.

Pours a pale, clear straw golden color with a frothy white head; fades to a crown with no lacing.

Aroma has a slight vinegar sourness with lemon, faint pepper, apple, and wheat.

Medium light body, soft carbonation and a dry, light cardboard finish. Lemon and grass dominate the flavor with a surprising persistent sourness.

Aging well, developing a little sourness, happy to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 16:23:51 | More by yourefragile
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zwanze Day 2011 at Monk's, there were something like 20 bottles available and were offered in 6-8oz tasting glasses. This brew pours a hazed straw yellow with a white cap. Some spotty fingers of lacing stick to the glass that fades when sips are taken. A light swirl brings back some fizzy white bubbles and produces spotty lace.

The smells of this brew is vibrant with lemon and coriander slice balanced with a pleasant herbal touch. Sweet and without a cleaner aspect of solvent alcohol. Very nice. Fresh and grainy sweetness almost like candy sugar is noted across the back instead of the expected grainy wheat character of a typical wit.

The taste is just as fresh and bright with lemony notes somewhat spiced with coriander and a bit of funky diaper. Not so much a sour in the typical and expected Cantillon sort of way but more tart and wild with funk instead of acidity. As it warms, it gets to be a little herbal and pleasantly more tart. A touch of plastic funk evolves with the increase in temperature.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that was light and lively in the feel. Perhaps just a touch under-carbonated but not distracting or unpleasantly so. Very easy drinking and a welcomed and unexpected change of pace/enjoyment. I could see someone expecting the typical Cantillon offering being unsatisfied with this. But drinking it with the expectations of it being a wit left me very pleased. I wouldn't mind having this again, in fact I would really like a bottle of this or a chance to have it on tap. Of all the Zwanze offerings I have had (to date '09-'11) this one was my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 18:11:56 | More by stakem
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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle on Zwanze day at Monk's.

A - Pours hazy yellow, with hints of orange around the edges, with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass. Very nice pour.

S - Smells of strong lemon zest, apples, bready wheat, wet hay, light spice, and the ever present barnyard funk. This nose was a littler better than the last time I had it.

T - Starts off with a big fruity twang up front; mostly lemon and sour apples; slowly giving way to a mix of chewy wheat, fresh cut grass, damp basement funk, and some light peppery spice. The finish is dry with some light funkiness, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, light, feel with the perfect amount of carbonation. Even with all those strong flavors it remained easy to drink.

O - Very good. I had this one on-tap about a month ago at Monk's and it was very good, but I think I prefer it from the bottle. The fruit really came through this time and it really helped round things out. Another winner here.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 18:55:02 | More by orangesol
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Cantillon Zwanze 2010 from Brasserie Cantillon
90 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.