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Cantillon Zwanze 2010Cantillon Zwanze 2010

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: 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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Photo of tetu
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
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 mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes, this was easily one of my favorites in a long time. poured into a tulip.

very hazy golden yellow color. A little white head on top, maybe a quarter of an inch but it stayed on top for damn near the entire session, really looked quite nice

Loads of tart apple notes, hints of sour grapes, lots of fruit all over the place. Bright, with a touch of light citrus notes bouncing around as well.. Huge tart and sour notes just pucker your lips and leave you in amazement of the flavor you are experiencing. It was like that times ten. I was floored. Clean, crisp, super funky and tart, I was beyond impressed here. ONice long drawn out close to it really lets that flavors absorb on the palate and that taste, which wonderful sour taste just will not fade and hangs in your mouth forever.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a hazy straw-yellow color with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Musty hay, yeast, lemon, grass, clove and lactic/lemon sourness
Taste: Tart with sour fruits (apple and lemon). Wheat is clearly present, with some hints of clove and oak. Crisp and refreshing with moderate sourness.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and smooth.
Overall: A unique brew, something completely else than the regular Cantillon line-up. Could drink this any warm day in the sun. Underrated?

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Photo of fewa
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A white beer with wild yeast, sounds like a very interesting experiment. The smell is tart, citrus, wheat and lots of grasses (hay). Taste is sour, but not too much. Lots of hay, wheat and malts. Some nicely hidden citrus. What an interesting experiment, IMO it is slightly underrated.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 at Stone.

A- Hazy pale yellow with minimal white head.

S- Acetic funk and sour apples. Some tart lemon as well.

T- Wow! Not nearly as sour as I thought it would be. Starts out tart with lemon and grass. Mild sourness mid-palate is rounded out with juicy, sour, green apples, and barnyard funk. There is some sweetness in the finish and a slightly sour aftertaste which lingers a bit.

M- The beer is medium bodied with a low level of carbonation.

O- This was very nice. I was expecting an "in your face" mouth puckering experience, but was pleasantly surprised with a mildly sour, complex brew with some great lemon and sour apple characteristics. Recommended.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a tasting thanks to Douroguy(thanks again Rick!!). Poured from a 750ml bottle into my tasting snifter. Pours a hazy straw/yellowish color with a decent size finger and a half size white fizzy head with decent retention. Leaves a very nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is beautiful!! Haha, can I say that. Very floral, citrus, and some wheat. There's that consistent slight funky tart note complimenting the aroma overall.

Wow, again...Cantillon just makes beer(Lambics) right! This beer is excellent. So clean and crisp. It definitely goes down a slightly different path then your typical Cantillon, but clean and crisp light mouthfeel just like every other one! A good amount of tart funkiness resides, but leaves way to lots of wheat, floral, and lemon like sharpness. Some wood notes follow in the after taste, as well as a slight dryness. Carbonation is high, but perfect for the style. As expected, booze is a non-factor. In my oppinion, this beer from Cantillon is slightly under rated. It's a different style then the norm...but a good different. Again, like all other lambic from Jean Van clean and crisp!

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Photo of WillCarrera
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of axeman9182
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of glid02
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Mbrown44
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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 largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale blond, typical witbier appearance. Nice soapy white head with good retention, this looks solid.

Lots of musty funk in the aroma, like walking into a damp basement. A little spiciness and pale malt, but funk is dominant and wonderful.

Huge brettanomyces character on the palate backed by mild lactic sourness. Tannic and acidic, a hint of pale malt and ambiguous spice. Refreshing lemon and pineapple fruit flavors, quite dry and light. Brief tannic finish, highly drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generous pour into an oversized wine glass from a 750ml at 2011 Zwanze day in Louisville at Holy Grale.

Soft, clear golden hue with a collar of foam around the edges of the glass.

Forward with nice wet hay and barnyard qualities, as well as interesting tropical fruit characteristics. Papayas and mangos come to mind, with a hint of lemon zest.

A nice barnyard and goat cheese presence with again those papayas and mangos. Some lime in there as well. A little more vegetal on the tongue, but still a nice fruit presence.

Fluffy and medium bodied with a tingle of carbonation.

Great tropical fruit sweetness and barnyard funk. This was probably my favorite beer of the day at the event and I may have to seek out more of this.

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Photo of mmercede
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the epic Monk's Cantillon event

A: Gold color similar to a fou foune with a bit of haze left over. You can tell the bugs still have some work to do.

S: Initially I get a lot of clove, saison yeast, bread with some nice lactic sourness in the background. Very little funk on this one.

T: Extremely unique. It reminds me much more of a saions base than a standar witbier. The clove and bready flavors come through here as well. The true beauty of this brew comes through in an amazing balance of lactic acid, funk, phenols, and esters. I think this one didn't get as high reviews because people purely wanted a gueuze like lactic attack. I loved it.

M: Perfect effervescent quality Ive come to love. Pretty smooth tannin wise.

O: An extremely unique beer that I was lucky to try.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened at Zwanze day 2011.

Poured into a bubble glass... approximately 12 ounces

Pours a hazy yellowed orange. Lots of white head. Frothy, pretty. Smells spicey and funky. Almost a rye spice on the nose (though not identical) Lots of sweetness and yeasty aromas as well. Tastes smooth and malty. Wheat, some spiciness (though not NEARLY as spicey as the nose was). Very tasty. The funkiness permeates wonderfully. High carbonation that hits your throat nicely. Overall my favourite zwanze

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Chris for supplying this to our Sunday night tasting event - was literally off the plane and sampling this in his living room 30 minutes later. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Looks similar to Zwanze '09, maybe a bit lighter with a tad more foam - foam quickly dissipates to a thin cap and chunky collar, with some splotchy lace fingers. Body is a hazy straw or light white-flesh peach color.

S - Sweet bretty fruity notes with loads of pineapple, oak, vanilla yogurt, pale malt, light lemon, and a nice slighty funky and musty character. Reminds me of some Fantôme beers I've had.

T - Taste is a little more muted, and contains more sour lemon and musty attic character, again mixed with fruitiness, lactic flavors, and light funk. For 4% this is still exceptionally flavorful, especially with no fruit addition.

M - Light, ephemeral, and quite refreshing, although I thought it could use a touch more spritz to it. Slightly dry, but otherwise clean finish.

D - I could drink a lot of this - it's an extremely well-crafted and somewhat subtle low ABV brew with delicate touches of sweet, sour, and funky. If it weren't stupidly expensive and difficult to obtain it'd be something I'd have all the time.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! Very exciting.

A: Slightly hazy yellow with minimal head and some spotty lacing.

S: Distinct Cantillon aroma. Barnyard funk and witbier. Wow - really interesting and intriguing.

T: Quite tasty and different. I applaud the effort. This beer is truly unique and innovative. Not incredibly sour or funky. Basically, this beer is as described: a Cantillon take on a witbier.

M: Slightly sour with moderately low carbonation.

D: Anytime I am drinking Cantillon, it's a good time. Thanks to Matt for sharing this treat from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sampled at Cantillon tasting cafe; July 2010
As I pour this I smell earthy coriander like notes and perhaps a touch of orange. The beer is topped by a pale, thin, off-white colored head that sits on top of a hazy, orange tinged, gold colored beer. Musty mushroom aromas mix with notes of coriander up front. Other notes of sock lint fouled by sweat and an interesting, over-ripe cheese note lightly pepper the nose. I am really enjoying the aroma on this beer and I am actually not quite sure why; the musty spice notes mix in really well with the base musky / funkiness.

This has a really interesting, soft texture; it is very light but creamy, which must be from the oats. The long finish sees the coriander being noticed for the first time in the flavor; it is herbal, but very smooth and earthy, but without the green-grassy objectionable coriander-character that many a Wit have. Green pepper flavors and maybe even some bell pepper notes are joined by a mineral character that adds a soft texture somehow. This has a very soft lactic acidity to it, that may be subdued because my palate has been so calibrated to Lambics on this trip.

This is not as Lambic like as a Jolly Pumpkin beer of years ago, though it could be said to be on the "soft" end of the Lambic spectrum. It is only going to get more funky with time though. I am really enjoying the texture here; it is very soft, creamy, yet light and quaffable, all at the same time. And, I am definitely a sucker for both a well made Wit and Lambics.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks during the cantillon mad monday

Pours a hazy straw yellow, slight golden hue. Fluffy white head retains for a bit with nice legs and a halo of film on top.

More funky in the nose than I initially expected with some hay and sour notes. Horse blanket and straw with some light fruit sweetness.

Bite of tartness up front, which drops off pretty quickly. Wheat and straw flow throughout the sour notes, which are tempered by some soft fruit sweetness with citrus. Light suggestions of pepper and spice. Finishes dry and tart on the tongue.

Lighter medium body, nice carbonation, pretty smooth but definitely dry, especially on the finish. Nice balance between tart and sweet, and an excellent take on a Belgian wit.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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 DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Chris!

Pouring hazy yellow with a dense white head that falls off to a disk leaving no lace, this looks good. Smells like a wit with a bit of funk. There's a little sulfur and moderately fruity with orange mango. Sulfur falls off as it sits in the glass. Some coriander. Not particularly funky. Some brett. Palate opens mildly sour with lactic and lemon sourness, some orange and coriander. With light acidity, this very refreshing. Moderately funky on the palate, this is quite surprisingly fruity with a bit of pineapple. Drying finish with spice and pepper on finish. Light body with moderate carbonation, this beer is just super refreshing. Very drinkable, though I'd like to wait 6-12 months to give it a little more funk.

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Photo of craytonic
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Initial pour has a nice head, no real lacings. Looks similar to a saison, a sun-drenched golden-straw-yellow.

Smell: Very funky and complex; you pick up the belgian white / wit element instantly. Faint spiciness.

Taste: Tastes exactly like tart yogurt initially. Followed by some sour funk, wet horse blanket, and faint piss.

Mouthfeel: Excellent, very full and smooth with just a hair too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Taste is so funky you can't gulp it, but otherwise very drinkable at 4%

I prefer the 2008 vintage, this one isn't much of a lambic and is probably in the wrong category

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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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