Zwanze 2010 - Blanche de Quenast
Brasserie Cantillon

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Belgian Lambic
4.05 | pDev: 12.84%
Brasserie Cantillon
Retired (no longer brewed)
Zwanze 2010 - Blanche de QuenastZwanze 2010 - Blanche de Quenast
Notes: This is a spontaneously fermented "witbier" recipe. Not a lambic nor a gueuze, but a wild ale.
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Light haze, but mostly clear orange. Nose is sweet doughy breadiness. Oxidized. Some cardboard. A little citrus. Taste is brighter. Lemon and orange. Wheat breadiness again. Still oxidized. Medium light body. Soft carbonation. Never had it fresh, but I assume age has degraded this. Oxidized and kinda boring.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml cork and caged bottle. Served in a stemmed glass 4/30/2016.

Light yellow body, one finger white head, effervescent and long retention. No lacing. Smells of cereal grain, classical brewery funk, touch of non-descript spices and peppercorn, oak. It's different for sure, but certainly it is acidic. Flavour is a bit of leather and oak, wheat, moderate acetic acidity with a bit of lactic acidity, touch of hay and floral notes as well. It's different, and doesn't really wow in any way. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fluffy, effervescent and refreshing. A nice tick to be sure, and very refreshing one at that.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, May 01, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, funk, acidic, wood, citrus fruit, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with sour citrus fruit, floral, funk, hay, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with interesting citrus and floral qualities that work well with the sour and funk.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Jul 28, 2015
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4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle at Moeder Fontainas, bottled in 2010, poured into a Cantillon goblet/tulip kinda glass.

A- Pours a cloudy yellow/gold color, nice layer of creamy white head with great retention and lacing.

S- Surprisingly fruity, lots of lemon, apple and pear. Also some dry, musty funk. A bit of wheat sweetness.

T- A bit of wheat sweetness at first, again lots of lemon/apple/pear, finishes with a mild tartness and dry Cantillon must/funk. This is actually a lot more tasty and complex than I expected.

M- Light-bodied, soft, smooth, creamy feel.

O- Fine it's not lambic, but this is a killer beer, it's very, very tasty and complex, probably the best 4% wheat beer I've had.

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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared by Moeder Lambic at the pre-TdG Dark Lord tasting 2013. Legendary is an understatement.

From a 750ml into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, fluffy, white head with good retention. Gamboge orange in color, hazy, with medium levels of carbonation. Lots of wisp remains until the end of the glass and leaves lots of nice lacing. Pretty nice.

SMELL: Lemon sourness on the nose, with tart citrus aromas and a slightly acidic quality. A touch of wheat malt in there with some funky notes as well.

TASTE: Milder flavors compared to the nose, with lemon citrus sourness, some funky, musty flavors, floral hop bitterness and a touch of acidity at the swallow. Bold flavors and a persistent aftertaste that's funky, lightly sour, with some floral bitterness and wheat notes lingering on the palate. A light spicy yeast flavor rounds it out nicely.

PALATE: Lighter body and airy on the palate. Creamy enough going down and finishes dry on the palate.

OVERALL: This was pretty nice. A wild witbier is an interesting concept and I think it worked out quite well here. The wheat was there and it worked well with the citrus tartness and lightly funky qualities we'd expect from Cantillon. This was a pleasant surprise and it makes me interested in what Cantillon can do with a wild stout. Let's go Zwanze 2013!

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Jeffo from Netherlands, May 28, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had reviewed this in the past but the review disappeared along with a few others from Cantillon Zwanze Day 2011??? Enjoyed while attending Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Avenue Pub! Served from bottle into a wine glass. Poured a hazy golden pale yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, earth, floral, tart, sour, pepper, and grass. The flavor was of sweet malt, spice, earth, bell pepper, sour, funk, and floral. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. There was a nice earthiness to this brew that definitely kept me coming back for more. Just about everything on this brew was spot-on for what you would expect from Cantillon by now. It has the type funk that they are known for, as well as their nice subtle tartness that gives you just the right amount of pucker. A really well done brew with a great touch of complexity along for the ride. A very well done brew that I hope to get more of in the near future.

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thagr81us from South Carolina, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden-orange color with a surprising amount of white bubbly head that dissipates rather rapidly leaving no lacing

Aromas begin with that typical Cantillon yeast blend of musty funk, green melon and slight earthy wet hay. Light pilsnery and wheaty maltiness but really not much, mainly the funky yeast.

The tastes initially throw me off guard. While it smells like it would be funky and sour, the flavors are more inline with a wit beer with no spiciness. There is 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 earthy, rustic quality.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with very soft and subtle carbonation. Finish is lightly funky but not overly so, no spicy wit characters as I was expecting.

Overall, 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. The aromas suggests nice big funky sourness but the flavor was a little hollow, maybe it is past it's prime or just in a downturn right now. Not bad, just not stellar in any facet. Heard the 2011 was better, maybe I'll eventually get a chance to find out.

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claspada from New Jersey, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at Lord Hobo during Zwanze Day '13.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy but translucent golden straw color, thin layer of white bubbly head forms that recedes fairly slowly to a flat top with just a ring along the edges, minimal carbonation, slight lacing that slides down the glass.

S- Pepper, wheat, vanilla, slight oak, some other spices. Very interesting, complex aroma that is fairly hard to describe.

T- Slight pepper presence, wheat balances with vanilla that might be attributed from e barrel, slight hay presence, and just a slight hint of acidity. Not bad but definitely not my favorite Cantillon.

M- Medium bodied, maybe slightly on the light side, low carbonation, fairly drinkable.

O- Definitely not my favorite Zwanze but very interesting wild that was fun to try. I definitely liked some of the Zwanze's better but this was still a quality offering from Cantillon. I'd definitely recommend trying this beer for any Cantillon fan, I probably wouldn't pay the price to try it again though.

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jaasen64 from Massachusetts, Aug 12, 2012
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4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The aroma is of spicy yeast, sour grapes and a barnyard funk that increases as it warms.

T: Sourness/tartness is balanced by a barnyard/ blue cheese funk, finishing prickly and crisp. The tartness resembles the aroma, tasting of white grapes.

M: This is highly drinkable.

O: This is a great example of what a Belgium Lambic brewery can do with an American Wild Ale. Glad I had the chance to try this, thank Monk's



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Mbrown44 from Delaware, Aug 10, 2012
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3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

261st Review
75cl poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass
Vintage: This is self explanatory ;-)

Enjoyed at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas in early June 2012.

A: Sunshine yellow. 1.5+ (bright white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of earthy hops, soft hay, and touch of must. Hint of very mild citrus as well. Not terribly inviting or "classic" Loon-esque, but good all the same.

T: Follows smell with mostly earthy overtones. Nice soft must along with mild hop bitterness, citrus, and muted spice. Hint of dried flowers as well. Interesting, but not overly enjoyable.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Light and refreshing. Not what I was expecting from this beer, but a decent change of pace for Loon fans.

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spdyfire83 from Ireland, Aug 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[edit] Had this again recently and I would say it has improved a decent amount since the last time I had it (about seven months ago).[/edit]

Yet another great beer to thank Frank (lurchingbeast) for! Cheers! Had at a big birthday tasting.

Appearance – Pours a hazy straw color (wow, I’m using the same descriptor as everyone else but I’ll be damned if it didn’t look this way). Slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Hints of apple, lots of musty earth and barnyard funk, lemon zest, odd pepper, and cardboard.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. Quite earthy and funky, but honestly not in the good way. Slight citrus (lemon and orange), hints of floral and grass, and just a bit of citrus (granny smith apples).

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – While I want to pump this up seeing as I have a bottle in the cellar...this was a bit lackluster. Who a few years this may be fantastic (ehhhh). But as of with the 2011 version this is not the best Cantillon by a long shot.

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SpdKilz from Illinois, Jun 24, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled provided by thetomG.

A-Light orange in color, light cloudy with about a half fingers worth of champagne-like white head.

S-Nose is sweet, earthy, and liightly funky.

T-Flavor is less wit forward than I remember, it’s actually pretty balanced now.

M-Light mouthfeel, some acidity, decent carbonation.

O-Had gotten better with some age, still not close to my favorite Cantillon.

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Tnudish from Wisconsin, Jun 21, 2012
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3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Monk's, Philly, PA
Thanks to whoever it was that let me get a share of this.

Poured a kind of murky golden-yellow color with an active, foamy white head that receded quite a bit and left a little bit of lacing on the glass. Pale malts on the nose, grassy funk, light fruit esters and a bit of sulfur. This beer uses a wit as the base, so I didn't really have high hopes of liking it too much. It was a bit smoother than expected when it hit the palate, flavors of pale malts, bready, lightly woody, yeasty spice, sulfur and musty grass, light pepper, citrus zest, with a mild ubiquitous tartness, and a dry bitter finish. Definitely complex, but lacking a full flavor, and pretty thin in the body; moderately carbonated, slight metallic twinge in the aftertaste. Decent brew, but I'd take a Temptation over this any day.

Simply not worth the inflated price (as with most Cantillons). Fortunately I didn't pay for it.

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Rifugium from North Dakota, Jun 20, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bunzfest2012: Make it so... quick review from written notes, served in a mini-tulip glass.

Bright gold body, frothy white foam settles on the surface, leaving an irregular halo of spotty lace all around. Maintains some foam for the duration of the glass.

Lightly floral aroma, some citrus and coriander blend into a dusty wheat sweetness.

Rustic, light mellow tartness, clean and dry with a hint of oak in the aftertaste. Wit traces, with signature Cantillon barrel and citrus. Very quenching and dry, would be easy to finish off an entire bottle no problem.

2013: Much more sour, layer of added complexity, seemingly.

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emerge077 from Illinois, May 22, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Had at our DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a murky yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, fruit, earthy notes, floral notes, pepper,

t - Tastes of spices, herbal notes, light fruit, earthy notes, oak, pepper, floral notes, citrus.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a good beer and better then 2009, though not as nice as 2008. Had more spice and pepper to it compared to 2008, and not as sour or funky in the nose. A good beer but I'd seek out Zwanze 2008 first.

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mdfb79 from New York, Apr 18, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a golden amber color with a creamy white head that lingers for quite some time. The nose is huge of cob web, cellar musk, and an earthy dust. There is a citrus hop behind that does a pretty solid job balancing the funk. The taste is all over the place. Dusty cellar and cob webs, plant root, earthy dirty and some citrus hops all play around seperately and it lacks integration. Medium body, lower carb and creamy feel. A bit flabby, the earthy root flavors and citrus don't fit together. Carb is too low and there is some malt sweetness that seems to creep up.

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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania, Jan 30, 2012
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3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ditmier opened this one a while back... reviewed from paper notes... Thanks buddy!

Pours a hazed yellow with an okay white head... no lacing...

Aromas are all over the place.... phenolic with light clove and pretty pronounced Bazooka Joe bubblegum... mild Cantillon funk... pretty nice lemon... earthy.. sorta mushroom notes with warmth.

Flavor begins like a traditional Cantillon, but trails off really quickly.. tart lemon and some barnyard funk... but odd phenols come out swinging.... clove and again the pink bubblegum.. pale malts and dusty earthiness...

Body is heavier than a normal Cantillon.... carbonation is also a bit lighter... odd...

Not too sure what to make of this one other than, it is not what I was expecting.... decent for sure.... probably pretty good, but if I had bottles, I would not open them for probably 5+ years and hopefully my disappointment in the fresh bottle would be made up for with the cellar time.


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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer an lord hobos on zwanze day 2011. Poured from a 750ml into an Allagash glass.

The beer yours a hazy straw yellow color with about 1/4-1/2 a finder of white foam. The smell was tart citrus wheat and some funk. The flavor was lightly tart wheat beer with a good barnyard characteristic to it. The mouthfeel was light well carbed and overall the beer was not bad but it was not nearly as good as zwanze 2011 and by far my least favorite cantillon to date. Again let memsay the beer was enjoyable but not stellar.

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rowingbrewer from Massachusetts, Dec 09, 2011
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2.74/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Bottle into tulip-- thanks to lurchingbeast for sharing!

Slightly hazy, straw colored, golden body. Small shiny offwhite head. Very little lacing, and the bubbles settled into a thin collar pretty quickly.

Smells of sweet cracked wheat with a bit of citrusy lemon bite.
Taste is about what expected. There is hardly any sourness or funk here. Really pretty disappointed.

The feel is thin, watery, and undercarbed.

Overall-- quite a let-down. Probably the worst Cantillon I've had to date. This reminds me more of a decent home-brewed sour than a commercial brewery release.... At least it beats Depomation, the lousy Depuration clone.

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AleWatcher from Illinois, Nov 20, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a wine glass; shared at Spuyten Duyvil during Zwanze Day.

A: Hazy orange body under a finger of frothy, sticky white head. Light lace. A little low on carbonation for a Wit, but pretty solid for a sour.

S: Huh. Sharply, piercingly grassy Brett, and that's about it, honestly. It smells fresh + funky, and I like it, but it could really use some actual complexity.

T: Lightly tart wheat is up front, with some generic fruity acidity and a ton of grassy funk. Dry, chalky finish. Interesting, but not particularly appetizing.

M: Soft, lively, + smooth. Excellent.

O: This was a serious letdown for everyone at the table. My expectations for Cantillon are so high that they're bound to be disappointed from time to time, but this beer was simply not very good, interesting as it was. Definitely not worth anywhere near the $35 we paid.


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woosterbill from Kentucky, Oct 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dunt for sharing this rarity.

Pours out a light, bright, cloudy, golden yellow with half a finger of cloudy white bubbles.

Smells a lot like a berliner weiss. The wheat base of the beer is evident in the nose. The tartness that follows has a hint of smarties or sweet tarts to it. Reminds me a bit of the nose of a lot of Cascade's sours.

Initially starts of light and tart, but as I continue to sip, it gets progressively more bitter and earthy. There's definitely an herbal, bitter finish to the beer that is somewhat unpleasant. Overall, it's dissapointing.

Feel is crisp and dry. Light bodied and well carbonated.

Overall - a bit of a dissapointment given the deliciousness of Cantillon's standard offerings.

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readbaron from Illinois, Oct 25, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Dunt for bringing out this hard to find bottle.

Appearance: This looks like a standard wit beer. A hazy golden color with a thin white froth.

Smell: This has a mild aroma. Wheat, some light lemon zest tart notes, a little bit of funk.

Taste: This tastes like a watery gueuze. Light wheat malt, some light white grape and lemon tart notes, tart and a little funky at the end.

Mouthfeel: The body is light and watery. Somehow the 4.0% alcohol dried out the body and watered down the flavor. It has an oily residue I don't particularly care for.

Overall: This has a light flavor, light body, and a slight oily flowery flavor that is not that good. Kind of disappointing out of Cantillon.

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4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, from the 2011 Zwanze tapping at Spuyten Duyvil last month. It was served at cellar temperature, and poured into a wine glass.

Zwanze 2010 pours a hazy goldenrod, with two fingers of fluffy white foam sitting atop the beer. The head shows good retention, but lacing is spotty at best. The nose is both wonderful and varied. It's built around notes of green apple and citrus, with a definite earthy brett presence as well. The flavor carries through on that, and it's exactly what I imagined when I read the description. Each sip starts with a vibrant flash of Granny Smith apple. Next up is a big citrus note mid palate. It's got an orange flavor to it like a modern wit, but there's a tiny bit more of a sour edge to it. Earthy funk closes things out. The body is super light, and the carbonation is spritzy and active. It's very similar to a wit, an bring a similar refreshing quality to the beer. I really enjoyed my bottle of 2010 Zwanze, and thanks to it I've got "wild witbier" on my to brew list.

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axeman9182 from New Jersey, Oct 18, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at ChurchKey, D.C. on Zwanze day 2011. This was an interesting option among the three beers that were poured (Iris and Zwanze 10/11). Definitely the most mellow and the most subtle.

The beer is colored and smelled like straw. Also smelled some lighter citrus & brett. Very soft carbonation, very easy to drink.

I would be curious to see what this beer first tasted like, but a year in, it's interesting as one of Cantillon's much more withdrawn beers.

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petacutlasaurus from Washington, Sep 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 2010 bottle by Dr. Bill at Zwanze day.
The beer poured a hazy wheat straw color with about 1/4" of white head that sticks to the glass as it resides. The smell is sweet and sour like a sugar covered lemon, with a bready yeast, vinegar and funk. The taste has a light sourness to it with some spice, yeast and a very subtle citrus, no alcohol apparent. The body is medium and lifted by great carbonation, a very refreshing beer. This was the highlight of Zwanze day for me, I liked this one a lot.

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BdubleEdubleRUN from California, Sep 27, 2011
Zwanze 2010 - Blanche de Quenast from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 167 ratings