Cantillon Zwanze 2013 | Brasserie Cantillon

246 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This Zwanze is not a Lambic. As you know, everyone can produce an abbey beer in Belgium, and my goal was to brew a top fermentation 'abbey style' mixed with a double spontaneous inoculation (natural one coming from the wild yeast present in the brewery and from the 10% Lambic we added after the first fermentation."

"In Brussels dialect, 'zwanzer' is joking—and if we called this beer Abbaye de Cureghem, it's to laugh about the fake legend built around some belgian abbey beers. Cantillon is located in the Cureghem area but the Cureghem Abbey never existed!"

Added by MasterSki on 07-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On Tap at Novare Res for Zwanze Day 2013. Served in these small toulip glasses that meh maybe not the best vessel. I have to assume everyone else at bars around the world had the same glass given that they're charging us for the glass this year.

Color: Deep amber with minimal head
Smell: Framboise, cider, and a hint of wet wool
Taste: This reminds me of a cross of too many things I don't enjoy. There's some hopps, a hint of cider, and a bit of a wet-dog taste that lingers on the palate still about an hour after my last sip.
Overall: I'm not a fan of this...but I think it's a very interesting beer. It could be wonderful in the right setting...but this wasn't it. Maybe this is meant to be served in 1-Liter Steins with charred animal...given the historical receipe I think it's well worth trying because of the rarity I'm sure there will be plenty that will stand in long lines to try still can't hold a candle to last year's Zwanze though.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A- A beautiful dark amber color, with a hint of autumn brown-red, poured into a stemmed wine glass. No carbonation or head to speak of, however, and the beer did not stick to the sides of the glass.

S- Some tart notes, but overall, very light and wine/ apple cider-like.

T- Very light, almost watered down taste, with a underwhelming tartness and sour, lemon, apple cider, white wine flavors. There is a touch of Belgian yeast spice, but no beer quality to speak of.

MF- Watery with no carbonation. The lack of carbonation is the killer here.

This beer was expensive and completely underwhelming. I wouldn't drink it again if offered to me over any other standard bar offerings.

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Cantillon Zwanze 2013 from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 246 ratings
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