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Cantillon Zwanze 2010 | Brasserie Cantillon

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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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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of axeman9182
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
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 petacutlasaurus
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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be curious to see what this beer first tasted like, but a year in, it's interesting as one of Cantillon's much more withdrawn beers.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 BdubleEdubleRUN
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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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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 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 afdempse
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 oz pour at ChurchKey during Zwanze Day 2011

A: Dark blonde color with frothy head. Tiny frothy bubbles.

S: Slight tartness with sour apple, some fresh herbs, bready yeast.

T: Mildly sour, musty funk and fresh grass. Clean, wheaty backbone.

M: Refreshingly smooth and light-bodied.

A very different Cantillon than those I've tried before. Enjoyable, but not my favorite offering from them. I wouldn't mind trying this again in a few years to see if the sourness and complexity improves.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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 FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 dmsohyea
3.74/5  rDev -7%
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 Chaney
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
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 russwbeck
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a bottle at Churchkey

A: Hazy yellow pour with a small white head. Very little head remains.

S: Acidic smell full of barnyard funk. I liken it to a sour saison with cherries underneath.

T: The acidity and funk start it off, followed subtly by the cherries. The cherries finish off the taste cleanly, nice and tart.

MF: Light, acidic, a tad under carbonated. Dry throughout, especially on the finish.

O: Very funky, the cherries were only noted in the background. The funky saison really took over. I really enjoyed it overall, but wanted the fruit flavor to be a bit more forward.

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Photo of amphion1065
1.96/5  rDev -51.2%
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 ixodus
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doing this review from memory.

Got this bottle at Cantillon's Zwanze Day 2011 at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn

A: Hazy yellow color with an orange hue, this beer presenting a billowing head with moderate lace and slight head retention. A totally different color from the 2011.

S: Smells very earthy and funky. Some of the aromas I can remember are Mud, Grass, Hay, Damp Must almost like a basement, Cardboard, Moss, Lemon Zest, Wheat, Bread, Brie, Apple. Again much different then the 2011

T: Earthy and funky with a sharp twangy lemon sourness and a little oak. A lot of the hints in the nose come out in the taste with tons of barnyard funk. Quite a delicious beer, definitely one I won't forget.

M: Smooth with soft carbonation, pretty much spot on.

O: This beer is great. I really wish I could have grabbed some bottles for my cellar but the bartenders opened the bottles immediately. Although I preferred the 2011 both beers are drastically different so I can't really compare I suppose.

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Photo of orangesol
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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 Urbancaver
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 auroracrisis
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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 pmlondrigan
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Zwanze day with my wife. Pours a nice opaque yellow with a golden hue. One finger snow white head, kinda loose and fades but some bubbles always hang around. Nice scent, oak-y, a nice clean barrel flavor, dry basement must, these are the main aromas followed by a light lactic sourness and soft wheat. The classic Cantillon aroma is here, but somehow different. There is not a lot going on in the taste, but I actually like that. Sharp lactic sourness, bit of lemon, basement funk, wheat which is a prominent flavor, and just a hint of spice like coriander. All in all the flavor is soft and well composed, nothing to much, nothing missing. Nice over the palate, well carbed, not thin although it is low abv and a sour well done. This beer creates a real full feeling in the mouth. Overall this beer is simple, but delivers on its simplicity the way other beers can't, simply, just wish I could have walked out with a bottle to drink next year.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Churchkey as a prep for Zwanze '11

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with egg shell head that receded to a thin lace atop the beer.
Medium strong barnyard funk greeted me right off the bat. A slightly fruit background provides some balance. Champagne dryness comes through a bit with pineapple rind as well.

Great funky flavor with fruit notes. Tropical pineapple with some kaffir lime leaves provide peripheral notes.

The mouthfeel is medium thin, with high carbonation. Very drying finish as well.

Overall a really nice sour. Could use a little more complexity.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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 brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-golden body with a nice white head that sticks around for awhile.

S-spiciness and a little bit of malt. Very wowed for a beer from this brewery. Apparently from the yeast

T-follows the nose but the tartness has slowed down alot to alot and smoothed in

M-light body and smooth

O-very good beer. I can't tell which one I like more

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Photo of imbibehour
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 yourefragile
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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 corby112
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Funky, earthy aroma with vinegary acetic acid, crisp light fruit, funky bugs and earthy oak.  Sone bready yeast with subtle spices.  Lots of citrus and light fruit in the nose.

Soft carbonation up front with a dry and tart mouthfeel that is nicely puckering without being harsh or overly acidic.  Not too sour or abrasive.  Slightly funky with some bugs and earthy oak followed by citrus light fruit and zesty spice.  Hints of lemon, apple and pear.  Well balanced with a lingering crisp dry finish.  Very quaffable.

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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 rvdoorn
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Cantillon Zwanze 2010 from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 165 ratings
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