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Cantillon Zwanze 2013 - Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Zwanze 2013
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 235
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 41.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"This Zwanze is not a Lambic. As you know, everyone can produce an abbey beer in Belgium, and my goal was to brew a top fermentation 'abbey style' mixed with a double spontaneous inoculation (natural one coming from the wild yeast present in the brewery and from the 10% Lambic we added after the first fermentation."

"In Brussels dialect, 'zwanzer' is joking—and if we called this beer Abbaye de Cureghem, it's to laugh about the fake legend built around some belgian abbey beers. Cantillon is located in the Cureghem area but the Cureghem Abbey never existed!"
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Monk's Café, Zwanze Day 2013. First of all, this is not a tripel. Not at all. Admittedly, I don't know jack about sours, but this seemed much more like a lambic than any of type of abbey style designation (dubbel/tripel/quad). Color was somewhere between straw yellow and lavender.

The two most immediate and pronounced flavors were vinegar and white grapes. There was also a berry-like tartness. Very little carbonation and the mouthfeel was soft and creamy, which was surprising given the beer's tartness. An earlier reviewer noted that the smell was similar to a chardonnay, which I think is spot on. Actually, this beer shares a lot of characteristics with white wine.

Overall, a pleasant, interesting brew, but not outstanding.

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On tap at Redlight Redlight. Served in a taster glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Pushing reddish. Thin collar. Not much of a head.

Smell - Acidic. Very musty. A little wine-like. Malty. Seems like a slight burnt caramel aroma too.

Taste - Bright sourness. Wine flavors persist here. White wine. Oak. Malty again. The burnt flavors are replaced by bitterness. Grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness is off-putting, as it is very strong. Not crisp like most Cantillon beers.

Overall - The bar is set so high for Cantillon, so it's tough to objectively judge this. It's good but definitely not up to the standards of a Cantillon fruit lambic.

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Cantillon Zwanze 2013 from Brasserie Cantillon
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