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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Ratings: 154 | Reviews: 85
Photo of AlexFields
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
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.


Photo of ShogoKawada
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes, enjoyed @ MA BA tasting. Poured into Stone VE Tasting glass.

A- Bright lemony gold, lively carbonation, spritzy.

S- Heavy on the funk- actually did a double take.

T- Light, crisp, refreshing. Green apple tartness. Fresh cut grass- although light and sweet. Really crisp and refreshing.

M- Light, high-carbonation, very enjoyable. Wow, so easy-drinking.

O- Really did not know what to think but I enjoyed this. I easily could have had the whole bottle, and wished I had another one, very refreshing.

Avoid the dregs, though. Kind of harsh lemon rind.

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 portia99
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass, opened at a massive tasting last weekend by ShogoKawada.

A - Hazy, glowing, pale orange color, thin white head and no lacing...yeasty.

S - Funky, barnyardy - extremely yeasty, tart but not really sour.

T - Lighter than the aroma...delicate. Funky, light, mildly tart, citrus, orangey.

M - Very thin, almost watery, light carbonation, tingly, lemony.

O - Excellent, very, very drinkable. Easy, lemonade like qualities, surprisingly smooth. I could sip on these all day, especially on a hot summer day. Very enjoyable. Glad to have a chance to try this of several tonight that I thought I'd never have an opportunity to sample.

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 rudzud
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle, had a small pour. Reviewed from notes.

A - A clear golden yellow pour with minimal side lacing, which I suppose is to be expected with such a low ABV.

A - Getting some light wit notes throughout (which makes sense seeing how this is a wild witbier). There are some nice sweet notes and some really good light citrus aromas as well (mostly lemon).

T - Some nice tartness with this. More of those lemons along with some orange as well. Theres that nice Brett funky flavour too with more of those witbier flavors on the end.

M - To be expected, this was super light and very crisp and dry. Perfect carbonation and ridiculously easy to drink.

O - Super nice wild ale here. Its an epic pain in the ass to get a bottle of, or atleast it appeared to be. Very glad I got to try this. Only knock is the appearance, which I guess one could cut slack for due to the ABV. A must try if one has the chance.

Photo of fewa
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A white beer with wild yeast, sounds like a very interesting experiment. The smell is tart, citrus, wheat and lots of grasses (hay). Taste is sour, but not too much. Lots of hay, wheat and malts. Some nicely hidden citrus. What an interesting experiment, IMO it is slightly underrated.

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 jrallen34
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in a Cantillon Pint glass...A slightly more hazy and darker gold than the typical Cantllon gueze. An off white head with good retention and ok lacing...The aroma is light lemons with a little horse blanket, this is more sweet than anything...The taste is light lemon with a sour akaline finish, not much typical horse blanket gueze aroma or taste. A yeasty finish. You can pull out more of the blonde than the gueze in this, as if its a blonde only accented by a gueze. Its an interesting combo but not super successful. Its easy to drink but just reminds me of an infected blonde.

So-so but I can't recommend trying, and if you do don't pay or give up much for it.

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

Had at a tasting thanks to Douroguy(thanks again Rick!!). Poured from a 750ml bottle into my tasting snifter. Pours a hazy straw/yellowish color with a decent size finger and a half size white fizzy head with decent retention. Leaves a very nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is beautiful!! Haha, can I say that. Very floral, citrus, and some wheat. There's that consistent slight funky tart note complimenting the aroma overall.

Wow, again...Cantillon just makes beer(Lambics) right! This beer is excellent. So clean and crisp. It definitely goes down a slightly different path then your typical Cantillon, but clean and crisp light mouthfeel just like every other one! A good amount of tart funkiness resides, but leaves way to lots of wheat, floral, and lemon like sharpness. Some wood notes follow in the after taste, as well as a slight dryness. Carbonation is high, but perfect for the style. As expected, booze is a non-factor. In my oppinion, this beer from Cantillon is slightly under rated. It's a different style then the norm...but a good different. Again, like all other lambic from Jean Van clean and crisp!

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 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 sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 Sean9689
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 womencantsail
3.97/5  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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Photo of HopHead84
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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.

Photo of JAXSON
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cantillon Zwanze 2010 from Brasserie Cantillon
89 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.