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.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of nicole-mac
4.44/5  rDev +21%

Photo of July2Nov
3.56/5  rDev -3%

Photo of parris
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CaptainCrunk
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mikemurphey0113
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jm6367
4.91/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of HookemHoos
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Slatetank
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this bottle at Moeder Lambic shared with my wife served in a cantillon goblet.
The color is deep amber almost copper with light haze and thick white head that falls to a ring of fine beads...visibly carbonated. The smell has a soft sour aroma with light citrus and wood with heavy aromatics like a humidor with mild sweet toasted aroma and subtle floral hop accent. The feel is great light bitter entry with moderately low carbonation for the style with subtle woody texture and light sweet with tangy and soft astringent aspect with light fade from fruity and woody into hoppy and dry finish.

The flavor has a clean smooth malt with slight sour entry and mix of tropical flavor like grapefruit and sweet orange rind mixed with a herbal and lightly woody toasted flavor and gentle toasted grain brings more yeast with light lactic notes and mild funk in the background with a subtle caramel tinge with elements of lemon and a bit of quince-like tropical fruit bitter yet pear/lime like fruitiness is there as well. Overall I loved this it was not really what I think of when I think tripel, but that is really not what this beer is about is a spontaneously fermented tripel style with smooth artfully crafted and delicate experience with no one flavor taking the spotlight - the blend showcases the best of a strong yet wild ale.

 1,347 characters

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of erbu
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bstyle
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Ant4711
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of beerpirates
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of kermis
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of my_knew_craft
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of RedHaze
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jamvt
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of towboatman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JSOBB
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Abawol01
5/5  rDev +36.2%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.