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Cantillon Zwanze 2010 - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 99
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle shared by kbutler1. Thanks a million Kevin.

A: Poured into my taster glass the beer is golden yellow. Small white head, soapy lace.

S: Hints of lemons and oranges. Mild musty wood and wet straw. Hint of lactic sour.

T: Mild tartness, lemons, grass, just a touch of band aid. Muted flavors as a whole.

M: Medium to light body. Dry finish.

D: Overall a middle of the road wild. Rare but nothing super exciting.

beerwolf77, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

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!

SpeedwayJim, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle poured into a tasting glass. I believe thanks go out to Kevin for sharing this with us.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color that produced a decent white head.

(S)- Really dry and floral with a mild aged honey must and sweetness turning into white grapes.

(T)- Funky and floral with some chili pepper in there. Dry and mildly sour. Hints at some fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Light, but has a smoothness as well. Complex floral characters. A mild pepper kick/bitter aspect.

(D)- An interesting comparison to the '09. Lighter and milder, yet the floral character was able to shine through more which I enjoyed.

sweemzander, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle. 2010 bottle. Pours a fairly clear golden straw color with a slight white head. Pretty muted aroma with notes of floral and barnyard. The taste is pretty low key as well by nice and easy drinking. Nothing extreme by any means. Light mouthfeel with some good carbonation. Somewhat lingering bitterness by other than that pretty clean ending. No really overally sour, more like a Berliner type sourness.

kbutler1, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

alcstradamus, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Sean9689
3.78/5  rDev -6%

750ml bottle.

A - Pours golden yellow, white fizzy head that dissipates down to a thin ring around the glass and some faint bubble on top here and there which act as a cap.

S - Nice funk/sour notes, lemon zest, barnyard.

T - Not quite as funky as the nose would suggest. Light hay notes, some bitter funk, slight lemon zest. Slight bitter funky finish.

M - Light, crisp, fizzy carbonation, dry finish.

D - I like this offering but it doesn't blow me away. Very light and refreshing that is something great and easy ti drink. Good, not great.

Sean9689, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

BearsOnAcid, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -1%

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.

womencantsail, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! Very exciting.

A: Slightly hazy yellow with minimal head and some spotty lacing.

S: Distinct Cantillon aroma. Barnyard funk and witbier. Wow - really interesting and intriguing.

T: Quite tasty and different. I applaud the effort. This beer is truly unique and innovative. Not incredibly sour or funky. Basically, this beer is as described: a Cantillon take on a witbier.

M: Slightly sour with moderately low carbonation.

D: Anytime I am drinking Cantillon, it's a good time. Thanks to Matt for sharing this treat from one of my favorite breweries.

Huhzubendah, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

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

drabmuh, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%


A: Vibrant straw golden with a large frothy white head.

S: Light brett notes, reminiscent of hay, leather. A slight solvent character is evident, as well as subtle lactic notes. Notes of lemon and orange are present.

T: The flavor is light and tart with notes of lemon and orange and a subtle brett profile. Displays a mild lactic sourness, but is mostly just tart, and only slightly tart at that. Finishes dry and crisp.

M: The beer is light bodied with high carbonation, and a dry, spritzy mouthfeel

Overall: Sort of simple at this point, perhaps it's young, or perhaps it will remain simple. Only time will tell. I could easily drink the whole bottle. A nice light and refreshing beer, though nothing about this reminds me of Cantillon and I paid WAY too much for this. Note to self, make more intelligent purchases in the future, as in don't buy beer online from Belgium at 3 AM when extremely drunk.

HopHead84, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of JAXSON
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%

Bottle. Clear light gold, large white head. Nose is tart with light green apples, lemon, but mostly a lactic kind of tartness. Seems more like a light American sour, not nearly as intense as a traditional lambic, which I know this is not. Soft body, more green apples. Some hop bitterness upfront. Young and thin in body and flavor. Not much sour or fruit complexity, just thin and maybe too young right now.

JAXSON, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.18/5  rDev +4%

750ml bottle shared with beerloco last weekend.

Appearance: Pours golden orange with a 1 finger fine white crown that displays moderate retention and great lace. The body is quite radiant!

Smell: Like lightly soiled underwear....soft brett over pungent wheat, a hint of sweat, moderate Cantillon funk but its still young!

Taste: Really wheaty with a slight citrus twang, a hint of malt sweetness, and a large amount of tartness from the wheat to balance. The funk is really integrated in an interesting fashion.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with ample soft carbonation...really enjoyable!

Drinkability: Quaffable - Super Refreshing!

koopa, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

nickd717, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Thanks, Chris!

Pouring hazy yellow with a dense white head that falls off to a disk leaving no lace, this looks good. Smells like a wit with a bit of funk. There's a little sulfur and moderately fruity with orange mango. Sulfur falls off as it sits in the glass. Some coriander. Not particularly funky. Some brett. Palate opens mildly sour with lactic and lemon sourness, some orange and coriander. With light acidity, this very refreshing. Moderately funky on the palate, this is quite surprisingly fruity with a bit of pineapple. Drying finish with spice and pepper on finish. Light body with moderate carbonation, this beer is just super refreshing. Very drinkable, though I'd like to wait 6-12 months to give it a little more funk.

DefenCorps, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of alfrantzell
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%

Bottle courtesy of largadear.

Thin of head and sallow-hued, this wit/lambic mongrel smells more like a Berliner Weisse than either of its inspirations. Its jumbled melody plays out with notes of wheat, old pineapple, metal, lemon, vanilla, and lactic acid. It limps across the palate, thin and dry.

With this Zwanze I feel the joke is on us.

alfrantzell, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +7%

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.

MasterSki, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +9%

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.

largadeer, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a pale straw hued yellow.

Aroma: Herbal notes, funk, sour notes, belgian yeast, lemon zest and spice flavors.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. More herbal flavors, lemon zest, yeast. Some wheat. It is slightly sour, but very young. Has a lemongrass taste to it as well. Not to sour, but what is here is nice.

Mouthfeel: Lightly tart with a light body and a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean with a bit of funk.

Overall, one of the easiest drinking cantillons I have had. A lot of great flavors that really surprised me as this beer originally didn't appeal to me very much. The flowers actually are uniquely good. Very drinkable.

mothman, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

glid02, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Gueuzedude, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of craytonic
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: Initial pour has a nice head, no real lacings. Looks similar to a saison, a sun-drenched golden-straw-yellow.

Smell: Very funky and complex; you pick up the belgian white / wit element instantly. Faint spiciness.

Taste: Tastes exactly like tart yogurt initially. Followed by some sour funk, wet horse blanket, and faint piss.

Mouthfeel: Excellent, very full and smooth with just a hair too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Taste is so funky you can't gulp it, but otherwise very drinkable at 4%

I prefer the 2008 vintage, this one isn't much of a lambic and is probably in the wrong category

craytonic, Jul 02, 2010
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Cantillon Zwanze 2010 from Brasserie Cantillon
90 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.