Cantillon Zwanze 2010 | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a spontaneously fermented "witbier" recipe. Not a lambic nor a gueuze, but a wild ale.

Added by Pennywise on 06-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 87
Reviews by Thorpe429:
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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update: 09.17.2011

From the bottle at Churchkey during the Zwanze 2011 release party. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours a hazy straw color with a good white head and quite a bit of white lacing. The nose is tart with a bit of lemon, wheat, and light funk. Faint white pepper. Dry and a bit bitter. Similar to the De La Senne offerings that are blended with Cantillon lambic. Very nice.


Original Review from 11.21.2010 (3.5 / 3.5 / 3.5 / 4.0 / 4.0)

Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a straw yellow color with a single-finger white head. A bit of sticky lacing around the edges toward the end, but overall not that much. The nose is fairly tame with a hint of citrus--some lemon and a bit of light orange. There's some mild Brett and a bit of funk.

The taste is ever-so-slightly funky and a bit of wheat. There's a slight tartness there as well. Nice amount of lemon zest and some acidic fruit. Very mild sourness and a light funk throughout. The feel is fairly light with good carbonation. This drinks fairly well and is by no means bad, but a bit disappointing in that it really lacks the complexity I expect from Cantillon, even taking into account the lighter style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of codysjb
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. 2010 vintage.

The beer pours a straw orange color with a white head. The aroma is quite tart. I get a lot of sour lemons and a little bit of funk. The flavor is more of the same. The predominant flavor is tart lemons and sour apples, but I also get some wheat and biscuit malt. There is also some orange citrus notes and a little bit of farmhouse funk mixed in. Fairly dry and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another winner from Cantillon.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2010)

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Zwanze Day 2011

Hazy golden orange and yellow with a thin white cap. Specks of lacing dot the glass.

Musty earth and barnyard funk highlight the aroma, along with some subtle citrus and grass notes, a bit of black pepper, herbs, and a hint of melon. Interesting and unique.

Hay, grass, bready wheat, and barnyard funk lead the way in flavor, along with a touch of citrus and melon. A relatively simple, albeit, strange and unique, wild wit. The spices have probably mellowed quite a bit over the last year.

Light to medium mouthfeel with airy, bubbly carbonation. Terrific.

Very glad I got to try this, though it won't become one of my favorites. Perhaps it was better fresh?

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Photo of Soonami
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for opening this up for Rich's birthday.

This beer is super pale with a little dappled foam. The aroma is a little funky and "wheat-y." It tasted pretty blande for a Cantillon, not very tart, not much funk just metallic coriander and a little moldy orange. Not terribly impressed.

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Photo of glid02
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by a friend of Dan's - thanks! Straight from the brewery.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with hints of wheat, light floral hops and lemon peel, and finally a bit of funk and tart citrus fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Light pilsner malt and wheat flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of funk and light citrus flavors. Midway through the sip hints of grassiness come into play, carrying through to a crisp and slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily drink a few more of these.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer and drank it down quickly - a complex beer that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of tetu
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avenue Pub Zwanze 2011 Release Party

Straw color with small head that holds well. First thing I smelled was vinegar and pineapple, and some funk, but there was something more to the vinegar aroma that I had to figure out. It was Fried Pickles.

Very sour tasting with the pineapple turning more to a lemon tartness and the fried pickle taste turning to an faint dry vinegar. The funk really comes out to say "hi" to your mouth. It's like this for every sip and I enjoy it more and more as my glass empties.

Very light clean tasting beer. Wish i could have stayed longer for more. One of those beers I'll never forget.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared at a tasting. 4oz. pour into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a .5 layer of white head that hangs out a while. Beer is a clear yellow. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Nose is particularly sweet. Hints of cane sugar, wheat, and lychee acidity. Not what I'd normally expect from Cantillon but definitely very enticing.

T: Opens sweet with a building sourness that peaks towards the middle. Notes of lychee, sweet lemon, cane sugar, and Brett funkiness as it warms. Wheatiness peaks just a bit towards the end. Finish is wheat with a slightly powdery, filmy aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied with a perfect, moderate level of carbonation. Smooth and lively in the mouth at the same time and goes down all too easily. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: Probably the most drinkable beer I've had to date. This one is refreshing anytime and is complex enough that you might get something different each time its sampled. If this is indeed a wild-ale and not a lambic, then American brewers have a lot to learn from Jean Van Roy!

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Photo of grownfool
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Desaparecido
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of PretzelCity
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of hooliganlife
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of largadear. Shared with largadeer, Sandstone, alfrantzell, oggock, Swallows2much, 2ozToFreedom and out-of-town guests dyan, Masterski, TommeArthur, BobbyBoucher, and ArthurPendragon. Quite the tickfest, but I got a good pour myself.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small white head sitting on top.

Aroma is lemony, herbal, and funky. Lots of barnyard notes, particularly wet sheep wool and the always enjoyable farmer's daughter.

Flavor is fairly tart, very lemony and citric. Maybe some lime in there as well. A bit like a good berliner weisse. Very wheaty and a little oaky.

Nice palate. The carbonation is fairly lively and the acidity is at a great level. Medium body and a long finish.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Not one of the best Cantillons I've had, but very good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
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 thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy golden color lambic with a large enough foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light barnyard notes with some light tart notes as well which are offset against some wheat malt notes. Taste is lighter then expected with nice notes of barnyard and tartness with some wheat malt. Refreshing factor is great with nice drinkability. Acidity is not a factor and probably one of the only Cantillon that could be deemed a session beer.

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Photo of durwoodx
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Churchkey into a tumbler 10 ounce pour as part of Zwanze day.

Small white cap is presented sitting on a dull brown yellow body. Not much lacing is shown while finishing the drink. Cloudy. A little dull but not too unpleasant to the eyes.

Nose is a very acidic and tart lemon. Mild floral sweetness sense becomes obvious as the drink warms up.

Taste brings a surprising ending. Tart apricot on the finish with a mid palate of lemon. Yeast punch in the middle with an interested flat fizzy called carbonation resembling and tasting like orange soda.

Overall just more fun win for Cantillon as always. Light abv with a bold citrus flavors what is not too like? Wasn't as sour as I expected either.

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Photo of edthehead
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Cantillon Zwanze 2010 from Brasserie Cantillon
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