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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: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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 18/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2010
APR-Pours a pale orange gold color that is just a bit cloudy but still can be see through. effervescent carbonation forms a small/ medium sized head that holds itís integrity for a few minutes. some small bubbles dance up the liquid. lots of lacing stick to the glass as the head falls and the beer is drank. SML- I can smell the funk from a foot away. at first its the funky barn yard then a bit of pineapple. there is a sweet note of white bread followed by some lemon zest acidic tartness. (woops, thereís a nose dunk) the brett is very potent and the malt is a fairly big factor in this lending a richness to the smell. some musty oak sprinkled in. I swear i already know what the Cantillon brewery smells like and i have never been there. it has a distinct essence like no other and that is what helps this beer come together so well. TST- One of the most potent, yet gentle flavors of brett funk delivered. ranging from the funky barn yard, horse blanket to pineapple. the funk is delivered right off the top. next the farmhouse is backed up by a slightly bready malt with a hint of residual sugar. the sweetness dries up for the most part and is accompanied with a tangy sourness. i detect some kind of spice like flavor cloveish but idk but there is definitely a touch of banana. the end is mostly dry but there is some residual sugar. some musty oak delivers a final complexity for this. MFL- smooth prickly mouth feel. light/ medium body. moderately carbonated with small smooth bubbles. there is a decent tannic dry feel to this leaving the mouth watering afterward. there is a but of a creamy smooth feel but just slightly. OVL-this is most certainly the most drinkable Cantillon beers that ihave tasted. wonderfully complex though not as invasive as many Cantillons can be. overall this is a highly enjoyable beer. this can quench your thirst yet it can be a beer to sit back and sip slowly. i prefer the latter. Iím happy and gratefull got the opportunity to try this beer. would love to see how this develops over time. itís one hell of a brett bomb CORK- it was a bit crumbly and definitely would not have stood the test of time. GLS- Cantillon stemware and wine tulip

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JAXSON (524) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Bottle. Clear light gold, large white head. Nose is tart with light green apples, lemon, but mostly a lactic kind of tartness. Seems more like a light American sour, not nearly as intense as a traditional lambic, which I know this is not. Soft body, more green apples. Some hop bitterness upfront. Young and thin in body and flavor. Not much sour or fruit complexity, just thin and maybe too young right now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2010
31st July 2010. ChrisOís íRaise The Roofí tasting.
Bottle courtest of tdtm82 - Cheers Thomas! Hazy gold beer with a little white head. Sourish woody nose. Light palate - dry and soft. Lightly sourish wood. Okay not really getting much wheat beer vibe! Okay but not a patch on the 2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2010
2010-08-09. Lightly hazy golden yellow, small foamy white head fades. 4+ Flavour is very interesting, fruity sweet estery notes are super brief before a modest wave of sourness rides through, light acidity, allusions to pineapple/tropical fruit. Sweeter notes re-emerge after a time in the aftertaste and finish. 8+ Smooth average palate is delicately carbonated, and dances on the tongue. Aroma is pleasant, sweet fruity introduction with slow building funky undertones. 7+ Exceptionally drinkable, subtle and nuanced it benefits from having a larger sample to ponder at length. Excellent. Bottle at Cantillon, Brussels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by Deyholla at the RBSG (no shirts required) hotel tasting. Hazed yellow white pour with a wispy head. Lots of funk in that nose. Earthy hay wheat oats tart and overall funky. Light sweet tart earthy lemon flavors. Smooth lemony. The tartness blends well with the wheat. Solid. 8/3/8/4/16

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2410) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle at ChrisOís "Raise the Roof" tasting, 31st July 2010. Thanks Thomas! Cloudy light yellow. Light apricot flavour, soapy. Sharp on the nose. Not a style Iím really drawn to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Straw/Golden pour at Ebenezers, Aroma is funky, lemon rind, plain cheesecake, some hay, light spice, and mild tartness. Flavor is tart wheat, some more savory cheesy funk and lightly tart. Refreshing dry finish. Interesting, and relatively good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2010
Bottled@The Chriso rock the roof down pre-GBBF tasting. Hazy yellow colour, small slightly off-white head. Aroma is surprisingly witbiery with some mild sourness in it. Flavour is witbier, sourness, mild wood and some slight spicyness. Pleasant semidry and mellow Cantillon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Very weird and interesting. An apricot pour with a white head. The aroma presents banana, cheesecake, funk, and lemon. Lots of wheaty lemon in the flavor with a nice tart funk profile and a finish of more cheese. Thin palate, but refreshing and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
afrantzell (39) - The Court of the Crimson King, California, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle courtesy of largadeer on BA.

Thin of head and sallow-hued, this wit/lambic mongrel smells more like a Berliner Weisse than either of its inspirations. Its jumbled melody is composed with notes of wheat, old pineapple, metal, lemon, vanilla, and lactic acid. It limps across the palate, thin and dry.

With this Zwanze I feel the joke is on us.

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