Cantillon Zwanze 2010 - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 156
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 94
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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: 84 | Hads: 156
Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,607 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

811th Review on BA
Bottle to goblet
4oz pour

@Stone Zwanze Day

App- A lighter yellow with a one finger fast receding head. Very soft bubbly head and then falls to just a small ring of bubbles.

Smell- A bit tart and lemony. Has some wheat notes and just a touch of I would call white pepper. A bit lacking in aromatics to make memorable. A bit barnyard which was expected but it smelled flat and yeasty.

Taste- Taste follows the nose but a little bit better. A little lighter on the hay and funk notes but comes across more with the wheat and lemon and spice notes from the wit. Had a little tang on the backside of this one. Pretty good but expected more.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Not as light as I would think this would’ve been. More pepper and wheat forward residual tastes.

Drink- This was pretty good. I wouldn’t expect a wit-wild ale to be all that impressive but this was pretty taste and had some interesting flavors behind it. (964 characters)

Photo of dmsohyea
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this a Churchkey, which was poured from a bottle, at Zwanze Day 2011.

A: Poured a pleasant orange-peach color, extremely clear, with a slight foam for a head. Think DFH's Aprihop, only in a snifter.

S: In the fruit category, I got Braeburn apples upfront, along with a moderate amount of vinegar, and maybe a tinge of spice.

T: The sweetness that I was expecting and hoping for was totally bleached out, and I found this very off-putting. Overall, this was like drinking apple juice, with bleach, and a very dry finish.

M: While there was a mild amount of lacing, the sugar content was so low, that if I were to come across this one again, I'd open the bottle and pour a vat of sugar in it before drinking it.

O: Very disappointing considering the reputation of this brew. Probably the least memorable Cantillon brew I've ever tasted. (846 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a bottle at Churchkey

A: Hazy yellow pour with a small white head. Very little head remains.

S: Acidic smell full of barnyard funk. I liken it to a sour saison with cherries underneath.

T: The acidity and funk start it off, followed subtly by the cherries. The cherries finish off the taste cleanly, nice and tart.

MF: Light, acidic, a tad under carbonated. Dry throughout, especially on the finish.

O: Very funky, the cherries were only noted in the background. The funky saison really took over. I really enjoyed it overall, but wanted the fruit flavor to be a bit more forward. (599 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
1.96/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

5 oz. pour from a bottle, served in a tulip just after sampling Zwanze 2011 at Lord Hobo. Reviewed from notes.

The pour is a light, pale yellow, almost straw-like. Just a wisp of a white head on this one that left some nice lacing around my glass.

The aroma is a strange amalgam of funk and Belgian yeast. There are some lemony, somewhat peppery qualities to the nose, but they're nearly drowned by a smell that I can only describe as cat pee. It smells a little musky, a little old.

This was a tough beer to put down, to say the least. It's almost like a witbier that's far past its prime. There is a very strong, fetid character not unlike rotting cabbage. The image of greenery turned brown stayed with me for the 20 or so minutes I spent drinking - though not really savoring - my glass. Just a hint of wet cardboard rounded things out.

The mouthfeel is a little flat, which certainly didn't help matters. Again, this tasted like an over-the-hill wit that had lost most of its body and character.

This was a rough go, though I appreciated the opportunity to taste it. I'm quite glad that I tried this after drinking Zwanze 2011. (1,139 characters)

Photo of ixodus
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doing this review from memory.

Got this bottle at Cantillon's Zwanze Day 2011 at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn

A: Hazy yellow color with an orange hue, this beer presenting a billowing head with moderate lace and slight head retention. A totally different color from the 2011.

S: Smells very earthy and funky. Some of the aromas I can remember are Mud, Grass, Hay, Damp Must almost like a basement, Cardboard, Moss, Lemon Zest, Wheat, Bread, Brie, Apple. Again much different then the 2011

T: Earthy and funky with a sharp twangy lemon sourness and a little oak. A lot of the hints in the nose come out in the taste with tons of barnyard funk. Quite a delicious beer, definitely one I won't forget.

M: Smooth with soft carbonation, pretty much spot on.

O: This beer is great. I really wish I could have grabbed some bottles for my cellar but the bartenders opened the bottles immediately. Although I preferred the 2011 both beers are drastically different so I can't really compare I suppose. (995 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened at Zwanze day 2011.

Poured into a bubble glass... approximately 12 ounces

Pours a hazy yellowed orange. Lots of white head. Frothy, pretty. Smells spicey and funky. Almost a rye spice on the nose (though not identical) Lots of sweetness and yeasty aromas as well. Tastes smooth and malty. Wheat, some spiciness (though not NEARLY as spicey as the nose was). Very tasty. The funkiness permeates wonderfully. High carbonation that hits your throat nicely. Overall my favourite zwanze (490 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generous pour into an oversized wine glass from a 750ml at 2011 Zwanze day in Louisville at Holy Grale.

Soft, clear golden hue with a collar of foam around the edges of the glass.

Forward with nice wet hay and barnyard qualities, as well as interesting tropical fruit characteristics. Papayas and mangos come to mind, with a hint of lemon zest.

A nice barnyard and goat cheese presence with again those papayas and mangos. Some lime in there as well. A little more vegetal on the tongue, but still a nice fruit presence.

Fluffy and medium bodied with a tingle of carbonation.

Great tropical fruit sweetness and barnyard funk. This was probably my favorite beer of the day at the event and I may have to seek out more of this. (732 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Zwanze day with my wife. Pours a nice opaque yellow with a golden hue. One finger snow white head, kinda loose and fades but some bubbles always hang around. Nice scent, oak-y, a nice clean barrel flavor, dry basement must, these are the main aromas followed by a light lactic sourness and soft wheat. The classic Cantillon aroma is here, but somehow different. There is not a lot going on in the taste, but I actually like that. Sharp lactic sourness, bit of lemon, basement funk, wheat which is a prominent flavor, and just a hint of spice like coriander. All in all the flavor is soft and well composed, nothing to much, nothing missing. Nice over the palate, well carbed, not thin although it is low abv and a sour well done. This beer creates a real full feeling in the mouth. Overall this beer is simple, but delivers on its simplicity the way other beers can't, simply, just wish I could have walked out with a bottle to drink next year. (956 characters)

Photo of ahalloin
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Churchkey as a prep for Zwanze '11

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with egg shell head that receded to a thin lace atop the beer.
Medium strong barnyard funk greeted me right off the bat. A slightly fruit background provides some balance. Champagne dryness comes through a bit with pineapple rind as well.

Great funky flavor with fruit notes. Tropical pineapple with some kaffir lime leaves provide peripheral notes.

The mouthfeel is medium thin, with high carbonation. Very drying finish as well.

Overall a really nice sour. Could use a little more complexity. (583 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 at Stone.

A- Hazy pale yellow with minimal white head.

S- Acetic funk and sour apples. Some tart lemon as well.

T- Wow! Not nearly as sour as I thought it would be. Starts out tart with lemon and grass. Mild sourness mid-palate is rounded out with juicy, sour, green apples, and barnyard funk. There is some sweetness in the finish and a slightly sour aftertaste which lingers a bit.

M- The beer is medium bodied with a low level of carbonation.

O- This was very nice. I was expecting an "in your face" mouth puckering experience, but was pleasantly surprised with a mildly sour, complex brew with some great lemon and sour apple characteristics. Recommended. (687 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-golden body with a nice white head that sticks around for awhile.

S-spiciness and a little bit of malt. Very wowed for a beer from this brewery. Apparently from the yeast

T-follows the nose but the tartness has slowed down alot to alot and smoothed in

M-light body and smooth

O-very good beer. I can't tell which one I like more (335 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of Soonami
3.28/5  rDev -17%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a hazy straw-yellow color with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Musty hay, yeast, lemon, grass, clove and lactic/lemon sourness
Taste: Tart with sour fruits (apple and lemon). Wheat is clearly present, with some hints of clove and oak. Crisp and refreshing with moderate sourness.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and smooth.
Overall: A unique brew, something completely else than the regular Cantillon line-up. Could drink this any warm day in the sun. Underrated? (485 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks during the cantillon mad monday

Pours a hazy straw yellow, slight golden hue. Fluffy white head retains for a bit with nice legs and a halo of film on top.

More funky in the nose than I initially expected with some hay and sour notes. Horse blanket and straw with some light fruit sweetness.

Bite of tartness up front, which drops off pretty quickly. Wheat and straw flow throughout the sour notes, which are tempered by some soft fruit sweetness with citrus. Light suggestions of pepper and spice. Finishes dry and tart on the tongue.

Lighter medium body, nice carbonation, pretty smooth but definitely dry, especially on the finish. Nice balance between tart and sweet, and an excellent take on a Belgian wit. (734 characters)

Photo of mmercede
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the epic Monk's Cantillon event

A: Gold color similar to a fou foune with a bit of haze left over. You can tell the bugs still have some work to do.

S: Initially I get a lot of clove, saison yeast, bread with some nice lactic sourness in the background. Very little funk on this one.

T: Extremely unique. It reminds me much more of a saions base than a standar witbier. The clove and bready flavors come through here as well. The true beauty of this brew comes through in an amazing balance of lactic acid, funk, phenols, and esters. I think this one didn't get as high reviews because people purely wanted a gueuze like lactic attack. I loved it.

M: Perfect effervescent quality Ive come to love. Pretty smooth tannin wise.

O: An extremely unique beer that I was lucky to try. (801 characters)

Photo of Beerisheaven
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monks as part of their ridiculous offereing of Cantillon beers. Had to go for this given that it is the only keg of the 2010 in the US.

To be honest, I probably should have gone for something else as I was not that impressed with this offering given the general quality of their beers.

A - Served in a small glass with the color of hay and a nice white head that left little behind as you consumed the offerings.

S - I was getting a strong sense of Temptation from the nose with light funk, earthy mustiness, and a slightly sour aroma.

T - Getting a little more of the temptation here as well in that it has a little sour bite, earthy taste, some lemon or grass flavor, and a fairly tame brett finish.

M - Very carbonated, no complaints here. Pretty crisp and light, very refreshing.

O - A nice beer but given their menu I probably should have gone another direction. Still great to have the opportunity to taste it though on tap. (946 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Monk's cafe for their MMM Cantillon event.

Zwanze came to me in the wine glass looking a faded yellow color and some light bronze within the body. Just a small sparse cap of fizzy white bubbles on top, no lace sticks to the glass, although it tries. Smell is fairly even between the base wheat beer and the wildness that Cantillon can only deliver. Smells of wet hay, wheat, some spent grian, and some wild yeast giving off a musty earthy scent. Im surprised at how the wheat beer character is maintained under the wild, it's not completely lost. Tastes of wheat, light malt, grass/hay. The wild comes in the middle and towards the end and ain't all that wild, more of a brett presense than anything else. The funky earth is big, the acidic lactic quality that I get in many Cantillon is very light. Feel is light as well, the body is thin with some funk in the middle and some acidic quality toward the end giving a slight pucker. Zwanze is carbed up just fine. Glad to have a go at this one. It's an interesting take on a style that does not get much chatter in beer circles. Cant wait for the 2011 on draft in a few weeks, Philly is the BEST!! (1,157 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from weissbierdrinker I brought home from Belgium. I can't thank this guy enough. From notes.

Poured into champagne flutes to celebrate my birthday.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden colour with a 2 finger beauty of a white head. Strong carbonation with nice rings of lacing with a great white head retaining at a full finger.

S - Apple juice, lemon, wheat, and some citrus with funk.

T - Quite tart with apple and wheat, lemon candy, sourness, dusty cobwebs, and a light citrus note.

M - GOod carbonation, light creamy body with a tart finish.

O/D - Not the best from Cantillon but still interesting. Most definately seemed like a tart wheat beer. Glad I tried it. (678 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not surprisingly, this looks like a witbier. Light yellow wheat color, maybe slightly hazy. Looks kindof like sunshine, very pretty.

Smells, hm, like citrusy sour witbier I guess with some odd funk too.

I had a Cisco Lady of the Woods recently (it was awesome) and expected this beer to taste kindof like that one, but it did not. Much more gueuze type funkiness in this one. Some orange, some lemon, maybe some grass. Definitely an odd kind of sour funk. Pretty decent but not outstanding.

Nice highly carbonated witbier kind of mouthfeel.

Overall, a good beer but not a great one. This was the weakest in the lineup of eight or so Cantillon beers we drank for my birthday tasting. Glad I got to try it, but not really worth what I had to trade for it.

7.2/10 (765 characters)

Cantillon Zwanze 2010 from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.