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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: 192   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle at zwanze day with Linh, VI, Thi and Ken. Pours a hazy orange red body with no head. Aroma is wild funk and light fruit. Mouthfeel is slightly tart with notes of fruit, tartness, yeast, funk, and light vinegar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle. Crazy wild flower, herbal, green grass, rustic. A touch of plastic. Lemons. Herbal, rustic lemon wheat beer with some green apple yogurt sourness. Touch of solvent is a tad offputing, but pretty enjoyable overall. Saisonlike. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6527) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle (75 cl), courtesy of rlgk. Shady golden, medium white head. Soft green apple aroma with notes of grapefruit, wood, and barnyard. Moussy mouthfee. Dry with soft acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle. Courtesy of rlgk. Pours cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma is barnyard, stable, some sweetness, fruity, sour, pears, apple and honey. Flavor is tart, woody, dry, fruity and sour. Finishes bitter, dry and sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2011
(Bottle) Pours pale light hazy golden with a white head. The aroma is woodsy and citric up front with undertones of mold, white and black pepper, alongside a light fruity touch. For a Cantillon this beer is quite low on brett and lacto. Rather one-dimensional compered to other Cantillon beers. The flavor is dry and medium acidic with almost no bitterness. Citric, woodsy, light spicy, crackers-like and light moldy. The mouthfeel is tart and a but watery with near medium carbonation. Citric and woodsy finish. Light bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6071) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
(75cl bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clear amber, lasting white film of bubbles. Nose of tangerine, gueuze-like, currants and moss. Taste of tangerine, lightly tart, oats, a bit of salt, tangerine and a delicious linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2011
The aroma is light earthy and sweet with almost candi sugar notes. It pours golden with a light amber orange hue. The flavor is earthy and yeasty with the same base flavor as Mamouche without the elderberry flavors. The ending is dry and light and not as tart as you would expect from Cantillon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fred82 (2143) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2011
750ml bottle from the brewery thanks to beerpirates.
Appearance : Clear pale yellow with small white head. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Great funk with oak sourness and acidic notes. Great barnyard profile with notes of mushrooms, basement and brett. Nice oak too. Nice green apple tartness. Stinky feet.
Taste : Light acidity with nice wheat. Nice oak with nice funk. Not as complex as the nose. Nice finish with wheat, oak, funk and nicer citrusy tartness.
Palate : Fizzy carbonation but a bit weak. Almost quaffable.
Overall : Great complex nose. Nice funk. Not as sour as the regular Cantillon. I like the balance that comes from the added wheat. Great acidity on the finish. Nice oak all around. Very refreshing and rather drinkable for a lambic. Think this will age nicely. Awesome drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2362) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Pale gold in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of lemon, horse, wet wood, and faint floral kitchen spice. Typical Cantillon flavours of lemon curd, old wood, and herbs, along with a raw wheat berry note. Unique on the palate as it has a moderate dose of lambic acidity that goes with a soft yet refreshing witbier like texture. Very charming in its subtleties, and super drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2011 Transparent and lighter gold than Zw09, thin white head remains atop. Nose reminds of a very musty basement, dank earth throughout, and some wheat. Flavor is an odd mess, bringing potatoes, salt water, mushroom, and generally, the earthy quality of a vegetable skin. Soft body, salty throughout with a creamy wheat finish. Not a preference and not particularly coherent... bottles on 9/17/11 were very nice, husky, muted, very un-Cantillon mellowness, though not much signature or complexity like Fonteinen.

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