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Cantillon Zwanze 2013 - Brasserie Cantillon

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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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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4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during Zwanze Day 2013. Quick review from written notes.

Hazy amber orange color, thin layer of off white foam on the surface that parts quickly.

Unusual aroma, wet wood and some malt presence, a little musty.

Lightly malty and somewhat tart with an intricate funk from the lambic addition, firmly bitter and dry aftertaste. Medium bodied, the malt content makes the body a bit more significant. The bitterness and malty notes are reminiscent of Iris somewhat, though it's clearly it's own thing. Not bad, a unique experiment.

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4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this bottle at Moeder Lambic shared with my wife served in a cantillon goblet.
The color is deep amber almost copper with light haze and thick white head that falls to a ring of fine beads...visibly carbonated. The smell has a soft sour aroma with light citrus and wood with heavy aromatics like a humidor with mild sweet toasted aroma and subtle floral hop accent. The feel is great light bitter entry with moderately low carbonation for the style with subtle woody texture and light sweet with tangy and soft astringent aspect with light fade from fruity and woody into hoppy and dry finish.

The flavor has a clean smooth malt with slight sour entry and mix of tropical flavor like grapefruit and sweet orange rind mixed with a herbal and lightly woody toasted flavor and gentle toasted grain brings more yeast with light lactic notes and mild funk in the background with a subtle caramel tinge with elements of lemon and a bit of quince-like tropical fruit bitter yet pear/lime like fruitiness is there as well. Overall I loved this it was not really what I think of when I think tripel, but that is really not what this beer is about ..it is a spontaneously fermented tripel style with smooth artfully crafted and delicate experience with no one flavor taking the spotlight - the blend showcases the best of a strong yet wild ale.

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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in the accompanying Cantillon tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a solid cap, thick collar, and minimal lacing. Lightly hazed amber-orange body. Looks like a Belgian tripel alright.

S - Funky, musty, and earthy, with notes of mineral and green apple, layered over top of a candi sugar and stone fruit malt backdrop. Smells like a sweet, malty gueuze; a touch like Staffe Winter actually but not as complex or acidic.

T - The taste is quite similar, with a hefty dose of malt sweetness and some milled grains. Secondary notes of dry, earthy brett and a mildy medicinal finish. Not particularly acidic; more of a funky Abbey ale than a lambic. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

M - Creamy, smooth, soft texture, with sufficient heft to support the higher ABV. Carbonation is pretty low, and the finish is fairly dry considering the pronounced malt character. Again, there's no alcohol heat.

D - An OK beer, but not one of Cantillon's strongest experiments; I preferred the Iris Grand Cru that was poured later in the day to be honest. That being said, I'm curious how this will develop as I was similarly indifferent to Zwanze 2010 and it is now quite excellent.

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3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer served on draught in Churchkey DC. Beer is amber and hazy with a lazy head of small bubble. Low carbonation. No lacing.

Aroma is sour and sweet in tha order. Mostly lactic and succinic acid in the nose

Beer is medium in body and sweet with a sourness on the finish. Medium in body and dry on the finish. A decent beer but the blended lambic is winning here.

I have regrets about contributing to the culture that forced Cantillon to stop bottling beers like this. I don't know if after a year this beer would be amazing or not. Zwanze 2010 was better after a few years. Better than initially. This beer will likely continue to improve bit I likely won't have a chance to say so.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enormous thank you goes out to Matt for ensuring I was able to try this. 6 ounce sample into my Cantillon taster.

The beer appears orange and fairly hazy with a thin head. The aroma offers lambic funk, oak, citrus, Belgian yeast character, earth, white wine. An odd flavor, and certainly a departure from the norm for Cantillon. The taste is more of a lambic than an abbey ale. This beer seems trapped in an identity crisis, caught between two styles. While the beer is decent enough and I will happily enjoy the rest of the glass, this is not up to the world class standard that I have come to expect from Cantillon. It's funny that a "disappointing" beer from Cantillon is still delicious.

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4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap during Zwanze day 2013 into a snifter.

A perfect glowing tangerine orange. Looks like I am holding that fruit in my hand. Opaque slightly orb glowing with a thin collar whose color I can't quite make out.

Nose follows with the orange theme. Zesty orange oils, citrus and tangerine with a good funk body and acid. No candi sugar, no deep malt, it smells like a regular Cantillon beverage.

Large bitter orange zest and rind on first sip. Light bodied for a tripel with not much malt depth but enough to bring some density. Lots of orange flavor and quick sour, with a quick oily bitterness that really mellows after some time. Slightly juicy and luckily not too wet either but flows through the mouth nicely. Spritzy sour oily aftertaste, and large aromatics on the exhale.

This is nothing like your Belgian standard tripel, but it's a fantastic take on one and I love the huge orange angle on this beer. It's one of the reasons I love this style so much because it can be incredibly diverse. Remember during Christmas time you'd get those Mandarin oranges and you loved them cause they were so sweet? But then you'd get a bitter one and it would be awful? Well this is sort of like that except it doesn't suck, it's really nice.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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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