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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 UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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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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 Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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 emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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 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 jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Thanks to ShogoKawada for this one.

Pours a light fizzy head, with a hazy golden wheat straw color.

Nose has nice light tart fruit, plenty of funk with some barnyard light horsehair, a touch of a lemony citrus like aroma.

taste starts with light tart flavors, some light malts and straw, light citrus and lemon again, light funk and very light barnyard, just a touch of sweet but mostly dry, light fruit, and a very light apricot like fruit flavor (?), light acidity as well.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb but less than I expected.

Overall delicious, very easy drinking, light but tasty but a bit more on the fruit and funk in the flavor aroma would have helped, some tart flavors and a bit of funk, little citrus, so delicious and drinkable, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a pale straw hued yellow.

Aroma: Herbal notes, funk, sour notes, belgian yeast, lemon zest and spice flavors.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. More herbal flavors, lemon zest, yeast. Some wheat. It is slightly sour, but very young. Has a lemongrass taste to it as well. Not to sour, but what is here is nice.

Mouthfeel: Lightly tart with a light body and a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean with a bit of funk.

Overall, one of the easiest drinking cantillons I have had. A lot of great flavors that really surprised me as this beer originally didn't appeal to me very much. The flowers actually are uniquely good. Very drinkable.

Edit: 2016 tasting. Very nice beer. Incredibly drinkable. Still lemon and funk. Very herbal.

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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 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 womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jer for sharing this fine libation.

A: The pour is a cloudy pale golden-orange color with a surprising amount of white head.

S: The nose is sort of odd, but I expected that from this beer. A blend of musty funk, green melon, and witbier spiciness. A surprising amount of malt character, though it's of the soft and pale variety.

T: Everything about the flavor of this beer is mild; not at all that I expect from Cantillon. 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 cobweb feeling to it, though I don't know how I would have ever tasted on before.

M: The body is light with a very soft and subtle carbonation.

D: 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...perhaps with age.

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Photo of orangesol
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle on Zwanze day at Monk's.

A - Pours hazy yellow, with hints of orange around the edges, with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass. Very nice pour.

S - Smells of strong lemon zest, apples, bready wheat, wet hay, light spice, and the ever present barnyard funk. This nose was a littler better than the last time I had it.

T - Starts off with a big fruity twang up front; mostly lemon and sour apples; slowly giving way to a mix of chewy wheat, fresh cut grass, damp basement funk, and some light peppery spice. The finish is dry with some light funkiness, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, light, feel with the perfect amount of carbonation. Even with all those strong flavors it remained easy to drink.

O - Very good. I had this one on-tap about a month ago at Monk's and it was very good, but I think I prefer it from the bottle. The fruit really came through this time and it really helped round things out. Another winner here.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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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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 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 stakem
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zwanze Day 2011 at Monk's, there were something like 20 bottles available and were offered in 6-8oz tasting glasses. This brew pours a hazed straw yellow with a white cap. Some spotty fingers of lacing stick to the glass that fades when sips are taken. A light swirl brings back some fizzy white bubbles and produces spotty lace.

The smells of this brew is vibrant with lemon and coriander slice balanced with a pleasant herbal touch. Sweet and without a cleaner aspect of solvent alcohol. Very nice. Fresh and grainy sweetness almost like candy sugar is noted across the back instead of the expected grainy wheat character of a typical wit.

The taste is just as fresh and bright with lemony notes somewhat spiced with coriander and a bit of funky diaper. Not so much a sour in the typical and expected Cantillon sort of way but more tart and wild with funk instead of acidity. As it warms, it gets to be a little herbal and pleasantly more tart. A touch of plastic funk evolves with the increase in temperature.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that was light and lively in the feel. Perhaps just a touch under-carbonated but not distracting or unpleasantly so. Very easy drinking and a welcomed and unexpected change of pace/enjoyment. I could see someone expecting the typical Cantillon offering being unsatisfied with this. But drinking it with the expectations of it being a wit left me very pleased. I wouldn't mind having this again, in fact I would really like a bottle of this or a chance to have it on tap. Of all the Zwanze offerings I have had (to date '09-'11) this one was my favorite.

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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 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 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 drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split this bottle with the other Matt. Beer is medium yellow and forms a small white head of small bubbles. Not a lot if lacing on the glass but that's OK. Carbonation is moderate. Looks ok.

Aroma is nice strong chardonay. Mild funk mild sulfur it smells pretty good.

Beer us light in body. It finishes nicely but there is an odd late bitterness to it. It's quite light in

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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 BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Monk's cafe for their MMM Cantillon event.

Zwanze came to me in the wine glass looking a faded yellow color and some light bronze within the body. Just a small sparse cap of fizzy white bubbles on top, no lace sticks to the glass, although it tries. Smell is fairly even between the base wheat beer and the wildness that Cantillon can only deliver. Smells of wet hay, wheat, some spent grian, and some wild yeast giving off a musty earthy scent. Im surprised at how the wheat beer character is maintained under the wild, it's not completely lost. Tastes of wheat, light malt, grass/hay. The wild comes in the middle and towards the end and ain't all that wild, more of a brett presense than anything else. The funky earth is big, the acidic lactic quality that I get in many Cantillon is very light. Feel is light as well, the body is thin with some funk in the middle and some acidic quality toward the end giving a slight pucker. Zwanze is carbed up just fine. Glad to have a go at this one. It's an interesting take on a style that does not get much chatter in beer circles. Cant wait for the 2011 on draft in a few weeks, Philly is the BEST!!

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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 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 yourefragile
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4 oz pour from a bottle at Churchkey for Zwanze Day.

Pours a pale, clear straw golden color with a frothy white head; fades to a crown with no lacing.

Aroma has a slight vinegar sourness with lemon, faint pepper, apple, and wheat.

Medium light body, soft carbonation and a dry, light cardboard finish. Lemon and grass dominate the flavor with a surprising persistent sourness.

Aging well, developing a little sourness, happy to try this again.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Vibrant straw golden with a large frothy white head.

S: Light brett notes, reminiscent of hay, leather. A slight solvent character is evident, as well as subtle lactic notes. Notes of lemon and orange are present.

T: The flavor is light and tart with notes of lemon and orange and a subtle brett profile. Displays a mild lactic sourness, but is mostly just tart, and only slightly tart at that. Finishes dry and crisp.

M: The beer is light bodied with high carbonation, and a dry, spritzy mouthfeel

Overall: Sort of simple at this point, perhaps it's young, or perhaps it will remain simple. Only time will tell. I could easily drink the whole bottle. A nice light and refreshing beer, though nothing about this reminds me of Cantillon and I paid WAY too much for this. Note to self, make more intelligent purchases in the future, as in don't buy beer online from Belgium at 3 AM when extremely drunk.

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Cantillon Zwanze 2010 from Brasserie Cantillon
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