Cantillon Zwanze 2013 - Brasserie Cantillon
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District of Columbia
3.64/5 rDev +0.3%
On tap at ChurchKey for 2013 Zwanze Day. Mini-snifter glass.
A: Pours an apple cider-like color, mostly opaque, with a thin white ring of head. Good retention.
S: Some light, dry caramel and fruity esters (green apple). Fall spices, light vanillin and oak which are well integrated. Overall, quite appealing and good complexity on the nose. It really grows on me. Almost like the nose on a Chardonnay.
T: A bit on the watery side, with the focus on earthiness and funk. Not a whole lot of flavor, really. Moderate-high bitterness, mild tartness, finishing bone dry and tannic on a long finish.
M: Medium-light body and soft, light carbonation.
O: The flavors aren't really that great, though the nose is quite appealing. Also a bit on the bitter end for my taste.
09-15-2013 00:18:04 | More by pmarlowe
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
09-15-2013 00:01:51 | More by smakawhat
Cantillon Zwanze 2013 from Brasserie Cantillon
82 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.