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Cantillon Zwanze (2010) Blanche de Quenast BHV

Formerly brewed at Cantillon
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Brussels, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
How will a high fermentation beer ferment in the environment of a Lambic brewery where wild yeasts pervail? This old style white beer give you the answer. Ingredients: malt(60%), wheat(35%), oats(5%), hop (exact wording on bottle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5681) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2016
750mL bottle drunk 8/13/16.
Light haze to this very pale, straw-golden body. White head atop is medium-sized and shows moderate retention.
Oh wow, what is that nose??! Intense pepper/spice shows a very robust fermentation, yet there’s nothing unwanted associated with it; no fusels, no peach/banana/cotton candy or what have you. Almost a tea-like character with light, delicate honey notes, as well. Perhaps some hops are at play here? Whatever the case, it’s very aromatic and complex and at the same time, quite delicate. No alcohol or flaw.
Very herbal, with a zesty, tight carbonation propelling pepper, grass, tea, honey and honeysuckle all about the palate, in a very drinkable and balanced way. Delicate honeysuckle character on the finish is quite distinct and highly enjoyable, and yet malt, wheat and hop also produce a very natural, easygoing, everyday drinker (I wish). Awesome stuff and seems like a witbier of old (the only thing I really have to go on is Des Rocs version which is also a traditional witbier, so I’m to understand).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4456) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 14, 2016
Cantillon Zwanze 2010 It's a really lovely cloudy gold with an awesome aroma of wheat cream and fruits. Really interesting flavor, oaky, tart, wheat, pineapple, acidic - totally elicious stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GrumpyOldTroll (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Light yellow body, small white head with long retention. Smells of grains and peppercorn and oak. Taste is wheat, leather and funk with acidity some floral notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (8045) - Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2015
750 ml bottle to teku (generously shared by Dogbones). Looks good; a somewhat hazy vibrant orange with foamy white head. Smells great! Awesome funk alongside some tartness and mild yeast. Some orange and a touch of apricot as well. Tastes like it smells, but less robust and more damp, with a mouthwatering medium light-bodied mouthfeel that finishes semi-dry. Great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiammanghilla (953) - Genova, ITALY - SEP 24, 2015
Bottiglia 75cl @ thedome. Chiara con bella schiuma. Incredibile abbia 5 anni di bottiglia con solo 4 gradi. fresca come appena fatta, bel coriandolo e acidità da bretta. Divina

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2815) - Odense SV, DENMARK - APR 28, 2015
Bottle kindly shared by Anker, thanks buddy. Hazy golden with a small white head. Yeast, wet basement, sugar, light fruity, tartness, earthy, light bitter hops. Easy drinkable. I miss the sourness from other Cantillons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Colleen!! Bottle @ Bruce’s. Hazy gold pour with a small head. Dried poo and lemon sherbet. Not particularly nuanced. The taste is very similar. Lemon slice and wheaty funk. Dried earth and bits of driftwood. Molding cotton. Light body, active carbonation. Decent, but lacks that extra dimension you find in the best sours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmahut (1841) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 20, 2014
Hazy yellow body with low foam. Sour on the nose at first, little bit fruity in the background, pears, peach. Taste has medium fruity sourness, acidic after taste, dry. Body is full, high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manker (65) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle @ summer tasting and now bottle @ Moeder. Very refreshing with lemons, grapes and white wine. Sour with some not too long lasting herbal notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gn0sis (63) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
One of the original Zwanze experiences, this time a lambic fermented with Witbier yeast, a unique and light experience. Perfect for a summer day, this has gone through some ups and downs over the years.. Starting out lacking something and experiencing a bit of a glut around 2011-2012. The last bottle I opened in 2013 had come into its own, rounding out a bit and developing a blunt , mild funk and flat sourness and losing some of the witbeer character. Though still mostly a curiosity, it’s been quite interesting to watch this develop.

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