Zwanze 2017 - Cuvée Bijette
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Lambic - Traditional
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 7.39%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
47
From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  2
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Notes: 2 years old Lambic, steeped with “Oolong” (Wulong), a semi-fermented blue-green tea.

Made in honor of Sylvain Van Roy's upcoming 18th birthday.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 47 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange / golden with small white head.
Aroma has tea, apricot, lemon tart, hay, barnyard
Taste is lots of cold tea, tart, moderate sour, little funk, little sweetness

Oct 19, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Green Bench. Hazy deep orange. Smells of mostly lambic influences. Citrus, oak, dried grass. Faint earthy tea aroma that I probably wouldn't pick out without knowing it was there. Tastes much more influenced by the tea. Citrus up front. Dries out as the tea flavor builds. Earthy, herbal, and astringent. I enjoy it, even though the tea does taste overbrewed. Is that the word I'm looking for?

Oct 09, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zwanze 2017 at the Kernel. Pours just slightly darker than the regular gueuze with a thin head that leaves some lace. Nose is quite subdued for a Cantillon beer. Some acidity and citrus, but only hints at the characteristic farmhouse smells you expect. Taste is subdued as well. Acidity is moderate, which is good IMHO. Hay, citrus, and the typical Cantillon gueuze profile is there, but slightly softer, and the tea brings a light astringency and oolong flavor well into the background. To my taste, the light touch is appreciated here, but it won't blow your mind and is just "good" as this brewery goes.

Oct 07, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Thin Man Brewery in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This has a wonderful floral fruitiness on the nose, almost hibiscus and sour blueberry, with a grassy funk and oak.

This is really quite good. The tea that was used is clearly perfect for the beer, as it adds such a nice floral fruitiness to this- sweet, herbal, and floral, and maybe a little spicy, with a sparkling lemony funk, and some oak.

This is light bodied, and super soft and delicate, with a great level of drinkability.

This is really quite good, and probably the best Zwanze beer of the 3 I've had. That's saying something, as last year's was truly amazing.

Sep 24, 2017
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Crooked Stave for Zwanze day. I went into this thinking I would not like a tea leaf lambic but this really works well. It has a crazy tear aroma, like sweet iced tea and lambic in the background. The flavor is fruity, tea-like, but again it actually works really well. Cantillon really knows how to make unique and great lambic.

Sep 24, 2017
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Thomas_Picton from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft from Armsby Abbey at their spectacular Zwanze event--which would require a review of its own. I've enjoyed several of Cantillon's wonderful beers, but I thought this was really unusual. The tea flavor is really present, but also sort of...moves and changes, if that makes sense. There were moments when it was like an incandescent iced tea bell-shaped flavor all the way forward, then it would recede and become the almost smokier smell-of-tea tea flavor. Gorgeous color and not a whole lot of head. One of the most interesting beers I've ever had. And one of the best.

Sep 24, 2017
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jrenihan from Canada

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a tea drinker, so I guess I started in the wrong place, but this is a disappointment for me. Tart, tea, some cherry and a bitter, astringent finish which doesn't work. Not bad, but not Cantillon quality. You can't win every year!

Sep 23, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another killer year celebrating zwanze at fools gold in nyc. NOBODY does it better than patrick. murky orange pour little head.

nose is fruity. taste is SUPER fruity. the flower and tea really create a super unique flavor...comes across so fruity. it's so fruity for having no fruit in it. really dig this yrs. tea and flowers...who knew?

Sep 23, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

White head. Sunburnt orange color.

Nose has a lot of tea. Some stone fruit. Orange and melon. Light funk. Taste is more tea but fairly light in flavor. Lemon acidity. Brett funk. Dry on the finish. 4.1
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Bottle. Consumed 12/17 from JVR

White head. Golden orange color. More pronounced tea flavor. Still has an orange and melon fruit taste. Light lemon citrus. Tons of flavor here. Ends with a dry, tea flavor. 4.3
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Test Batch Peach Tea Lambic consumed 3/2017 from JVR at the brewery.
This was one of the experiments that wasn't chosen.
No head. Golden orange color. Very strong tea flavor. Nice peach noes as well. It tastes like the arnold palmer of lambic. Not a lot of funk comes through. Some oak and lemon citrus, Very refreshing and easy drinking. Clean and light bodied. A fun beer to try. I wish this one would have been chosen for the final blend. 4.4

Sep 23, 2017
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heygeebee from Australia

3.29/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cant believe I am the first to rate a Cantillon!
Short lived head , dull gold / amber
Classic and generic Cantillon nose.
THEN
Hugely astringent sour puckering initial taste - not the aftertaste. Very tannic.
The astringency dies as it warms and this review reflects the warming.
Lovely and classic in mouth.
Have to say I am not a big tea fan and that is reflected in the score, but it was not very drinkable.

Sep 23, 2017
Zwanze 2017 - Cuvée Bijette from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 47 ratings