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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Photo of amphion1065
1.96/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

5 oz. pour from a bottle, served in a tulip just after sampling Zwanze 2011 at Lord Hobo. Reviewed from notes.

The pour is a light, pale yellow, almost straw-like. Just a wisp of a white head on this one that left some nice lacing around my glass.

The aroma is a strange amalgam of funk and Belgian yeast. There are some lemony, somewhat peppery qualities to the nose, but they're nearly drowned by a smell that I can only describe as cat pee. It smells a little musky, a little old.

This was a tough beer to put down, to say the least. It's almost like a witbier that's far past its prime. There is a very strong, fetid character not unlike rotting cabbage. The image of greenery turned brown stayed with me for the 20 or so minutes I spent drinking - though not really savoring - my glass. Just a hint of wet cardboard rounded things out.

The mouthfeel is a little flat, which certainly didn't help matters. Again, this tasted like an over-the-hill wit that had lost most of its body and character.

This was a rough go, though I appreciated the opportunity to taste it. I'm quite glad that I tried this after drinking Zwanze 2011.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.74/5  rDev -31%
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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Photo of alfrantzell
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of largadear.

Thin of head and sallow-hued, this wit/lambic mongrel smells more like a Berliner Weisse than either of its inspirations. Its jumbled melody plays out with notes of wheat, old pineapple, metal, lemon, vanilla, and lactic acid. It limps across the palate, thin and dry.

With this Zwanze I feel the joke is on us.

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Photo of Chaney
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this a Churchkey, which was poured from a bottle, at Zwanze Day 2011.

A: Poured a pleasant orange-peach color, extremely clear, with a slight foam for a head. Think DFH's Aprihop, only in a snifter.

S: In the fruit category, I got Braeburn apples upfront, along with a moderate amount of vinegar, and maybe a tinge of spice.

T: The sweetness that I was expecting and hoping for was totally bleached out, and I found this very off-putting. Overall, this was like drinking apple juice, with bleach, and a very dry finish.

M: While there was a mild amount of lacing, the sugar content was so low, that if I were to come across this one again, I'd open the bottle and pour a vat of sugar in it before drinking it.

O: Very disappointing considering the reputation of this brew. Probably the least memorable Cantillon brew I've ever tasted.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
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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Photo of Soonami
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
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 JAXSON
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Clear light gold, large white head. Nose is tart with light green apples, lemon, but mostly a lactic kind of tartness. Seems more like a light American sour, not nearly as intense as a traditional lambic, which I know this is not. Soft body, more green apples. Some hop bitterness upfront. Young and thin in body and flavor. Not much sour or fruit complexity, just thin and maybe too young right now.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
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 Rifugium
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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 -13.1%
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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Photo of readbaron
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of jrallen34
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in a Cantillon Pint glass...A slightly more hazy and darker gold than the typical Cantllon gueze. An off white head with good retention and ok lacing...The aroma is light lemons with a little horse blanket, this is more sweet than anything...The taste is light lemon with a sour akaline finish, not much typical horse blanket gueze aroma or taste. A yeasty finish. You can pull out more of the blonde than the gueze in this, as if its a blonde only accented by a gueze. Its an interesting combo but not super successful. Its easy to drink but just reminds me of an infected blonde.

So-so but I can't recommend trying, and if you do don't pay or give up much for it.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not surprisingly, this looks like a witbier. Light yellow wheat color, maybe slightly hazy. Looks kindof like sunshine, very pretty.

Smells, hm, like citrusy sour witbier I guess with some odd funk too.

I had a Cisco Lady of the Woods recently (it was awesome) and expected this beer to taste kindof like that one, but it did not. Much more gueuze type funkiness in this one. Some orange, some lemon, maybe some grass. Definitely an odd kind of sour funk. Pretty decent but not outstanding.

Nice highly carbonated witbier kind of mouthfeel.

Overall, a good beer but not a great one. This was the weakest in the lineup of eight or so Cantillon beers we drank for my birthday tasting. Glad I got to try it, but not really worth what I had to trade for it.


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Photo of Tnudish
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened without a pop which was about as eventful as the pour. Zwanze laid in my glass lifeless with a milky yellow color. I get that signature clean brett funk. Damp earth and hay. Mild mushroom flavor. The brett jumps out to center stage with just a small hint of green apple sourness and some tangy wheat. Little carbonation gives it a silky mouthfeel. This beer lacks effervescence and any level of flavor. This is like a brett session beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

811th Review on BA
Bottle to goblet
4oz pour

@Stone Zwanze Day

App- A lighter yellow with a one finger fast receding head. Very soft bubbly head and then falls to just a small ring of bubbles.

Smell- A bit tart and lemony. Has some wheat notes and just a touch of I would call white pepper. A bit lacking in aromatics to make memorable. A bit barnyard which was expected but it smelled flat and yeasty.

Taste- Taste follows the nose but a little bit better. A little lighter on the hay and funk notes but comes across more with the wheat and lemon and spice notes from the wit. Had a little tang on the backside of this one. Pretty good but expected more.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Not as light as I would think this would’ve been. More pepper and wheat forward residual tastes.

Drink- This was pretty good. I wouldn’t expect a wit-wild ale to be all that impressive but this was pretty taste and had some interesting flavors behind it.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from weissbierdrinker I brought home from Belgium. I can't thank this guy enough. From notes.

Poured into champagne flutes to celebrate my birthday.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden colour with a 2 finger beauty of a white head. Strong carbonation with nice rings of lacing with a great white head retaining at a full finger.

S - Apple juice, lemon, wheat, and some citrus with funk.

T - Quite tart with apple and wheat, lemon candy, sourness, dusty cobwebs, and a light citrus note.

M - GOod carbonation, light creamy body with a tart finish.

O/D - Not the best from Cantillon but still interesting. Most definately seemed like a tart wheat beer. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of dmsohyea
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured by Dr. Bill at Zwanze day at Stone.

A - light orange/yellow with pearl white head, a little over 1 finger for the 4 oz pour. The lacing is non existent but head retention is good.

S - Barnyard funk and some lemony sourness. Next to the '11 it was much less cheesy, had more of a fruit rind scent.

T - taste is not too far off from other Cantillon offerings except that it's quite watery. Moderately sour, and pretty dry. No alcohol is detectable. More lemon and grapefruit flavors than anything, unfortunately not very much else going on.

M - Moderate to low carbonation and watery on the finish. Not the best.

O - A good beer, but not great like other Cantillons. I liked it better than the '11, and I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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 claspada
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of spdyfire83
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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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