Cantillon Zwanze 2010 | Brasserie Cantillon

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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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5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cantillon Zwanze 2010 from Brasserie Cantillon
3.97 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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