Cantillon Zwanze (2017) Cuvée Bijette

Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
My youngest son, Sylvain, will be 18come October. As we did for his older brother, Florian, I wanted to celebrate this milestone by dedicating a beer to him. And what better beer than the Zwanze. I wanted to involve Sylvain in choosing the beer, and when I asked him what blend we could make. He told me : “ I love iced tea, could we try a blend with tea?”. After a superb tasting of several different types of tea at “Nong Cha” tea shop in the center of Brussels, we chose three teas for trial blends with Lambics. After a few days of maturation with 2 years old Lambic, we decided on a “Oolong” (Wulong), a semi-fermented blue-green tea. The Lambic-tea blend gave a great result. The beer was delicate and round, with notes of fruit and slight bitterness. Sylvain is a huge fan of “Game of the Thrones” wich inspired the graphics for the 2017 edition of our Zwanze. But in our version, no one dies and everyone has a good beer !

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ClarkVV (7099) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2018
Bottle acquired from the Trillium folks, shared very generously with me by James at CBC Boston on 9/23/17. To say I was surprised to see this would be a massive understatement! Thanks!!
Typical deep, golden-bronze-copper, good clarity with a large but steadily falling, off-white head.
Well-developed lambic character shows soft lactic acid and mild, fruity Brett mix with light wood, no toast of course, and moderate honey and biscuit-like malt/wheat behind it. Quite funky, though very even and mellow with no aggressive characteristics. No tea noted in the nose, but just a fantastic gueuze character nonetheless.
In the mouth you do get the tea, I think it's even there if you're not looking for it, though it certainly could be mistaken for spices/herbs of some other sort. Anyhow, it's light and doesn't interrupt (or for that matter, really augment) the lambic base, which itself is very flavorful, even, low on sourness and leaving lime, cherry, light oak, sulfur, horse and mild lactic acidity lingering. Tight, engaging carbonation, of course, with a malty/wheaty, supple texture and strong attenuation. I'd much prefer they go a bit light on the tea, as they did, then the opposite. Bravo.

thomashall (1611) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2018 On tap at Scheras for Zwanze day. Golden pour. Gueze aroma, little tea but not much. Taste follows, subtle and pretty good but not much going on. Decent.

anders37 (28075) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2017
Draft @ Himmeriget, Copenhagen. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity sour funky weak tea aroma. Fruity sour tart flavor with hints of tea. Has a fruity sour tart funky finish with weak hints of tea.

gnoff (11277) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2017
Draught at Ölrepubliken, Göteborg, during Zwanze day, on September 23, 2017.
Cloudy orange color, white head with some lacing. Acidic to sour, slight sulfury scent. Acidic, tart, fruity taste. Tart aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low to no bitterness.

kermis (15282) - The Hague / Amsterdam / Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2017
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Sample from bottle. Hazy orange with a white head. Aroma of barnyards funk, oak, fruity notes, citrus and a definite noticeable tea presence. Flavour is light moderate sweet and sour. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

fonefan (53396) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2017

From Tap.

[ As Cantillon Zwanze (2017) ].
Clear medium yellow orange colour with virtually no head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, pale malt, moderate horse blanket, barnyard, citrus, tea - earthy tea, sweet tea, apple - green appl, vanilla, light grass. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate acidic with a long duration, tart, citric, tea, tea leaves, apple - green apple, funky, farmyard, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20171001]

Dogbrick (14443) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2017
Sample at Novare Res during the Zwanze Day event on 09/23/2017. The beer is a hazy bright orange color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily to a film. Strings of lacing on the glass. Funky yeast, berries, herbs and malt in the nose. Light to medium body with flavors of tart berry, funky yeast, herbal tea and malt. The finish is funky and woody with a tea and yeast aftertaste. Good beer all around.

rhoihessegold (2200) - Mainz, Rineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2017
23-09-17 // bottle shared at Zwanze Day 2017 @ Mon Petit Café Stuttgart. Thanks for sharing! Murky orange. Yeasty lambic character, with barnyard, funk, dry and tart. Mild bitter tea notes, some Lemon and apricot. Interesting!

mabel (10011) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2017
[9628-20170923] Bottle. Light dusty smoked fruit and old yeast barrel aroma. Slightly hazy, pale orange body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Yeasty wooden barrel flavour has an old fruit note. Medium body is smooth and yeasty. Really interesting. (8/3+/8/4/16) 3.9
(Zwanze Day 2017 @ Birreria Volo, Toronto, ON)

_angst_ (5009) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2017
Keg @ Ölrepubliken. Hazy orange pour with a frothy white head. Lemon, peach, apples, hay, minerals & light funk in the nose. Sour, fruity & funky taste. Balanced tea presence. Soft, dry, tart & slightly astringent mouth. Great stuff really! Masterfully balanced tea presence.

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