Cantillon Zwanze 2013 | Brasserie Cantillon

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85
very good
243 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
243
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
14.1%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
3
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Jester King

Pours a clear orange with a thin white head.

Caramel, spice, floral, pear, apple aroma.

Medium bodied and carbonated with a slight sour edge to it. The lambic comes through and dries this out.

Zwanze in Texas! Who'd a thunk it.

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1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Mongrel
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Monk's Café, Zwanze Day 2013. First of all, this is not a tripel. Not at all. Admittedly, I don't know jack about sours, but this seemed much more like a lambic than any of type of abbey style designation (dubbel/tripel/quad). Color was somewhere between straw yellow and lavender.

The two most immediate and pronounced flavors were vinegar and white grapes. There was also a berry-like tartness. Very little carbonation and the mouthfeel was soft and creamy, which was surprising given the beer's tartness. An earlier reviewer noted that the smell was similar to a chardonnay, which I think is spot on. Actually, this beer shares a lot of characteristics with white wine.

Overall, a pleasant, interesting brew, but not outstanding.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can't tell if some of the negative feedback towards this beer is that Cantillon made something they traditionally don't make or that it's not the "greatest triple ever", or even resembling a triple. To me, this is a good beer and at least worth a try and quite frankly doesn't easily fit into a label. Poured a orangish gold with two finger head that died quick and left lace patches. I do get some traditional orange/citrusy aromas and touches of yeast associated with Belgians but also some tart funkiness. Taste is an interesting blend like the aroma as there is some citric and spicy zip on the tongue and then there is a sour base to the beer. Not much in terms of smoothness or fullness from yeast or sweet malt tastes, but still goes down easy and has good taste notes. A new style or a combo (or a mistake if you don't like it), this is a hard beer to pin down but I enjoyed my glass..

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Luk13
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at DDC. Pours a gold-orange with no head. Aroma is earthy, peppery ,wood with some light peach notes. Really an hybrid between a lambic an a tripel in terms of funk. Taste is more malty and yeasty (candied peach) than standard lambic. Slightly tart and bone dry finish. Richer body than most lambic (tripel like) but almost flat. Subpar for Cantillon but still a nice experiment worth trying.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Cantillon Zwanze 2013 from Brasserie Cantillon
3.76 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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