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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 - Brasserie Cantillon

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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 164
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Rhubarb in 2008, remade in 2012.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-16-2009)
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Reviews by jlindros:
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

Somehow didn't review this the first time around, but now I get a second chance thanks to Zwanze Day at Armsby Abbey.

Very light fizzy head covering, typical for lambic, hazy golden orange color.

Nose great tart fruit funky lambic, light sour rhubarb, light bready malts, lambic like, hint lemon, little cherry like.

Taste rhubarb right off, tart funky sour fruit, funky earthy wild, sour cherry and lemon fruit, light bready malts, yeasty, funky, delicious lambic flavors. Light acid compared to other lambic, but nice. Finish is dry and sour, tart fruit and rhubarb, dry bready malts and light yeast lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, tart fruit and nice acidity, light but nice carb.

Overall awesome.

12-02-2012 04:02:11 | More by jlindros
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rand

California

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

Zwanse 2012

On tap at Toronado SD for Zwanse Day, reviewed from notes.

A. Orange apricot in color, no head, effervescent.

S. Rhubarb, unripe fruit, light vinegar, orange zest.

T. Nice tart front, unripe citrus, rhubarb. Lemon zest, white pepper, straw funk.

M. Light and bubbly, clean, no residue

Lives up to hype, refreshing.

12-30-2013 08:07:46 | More by rand
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backbaybrewer

Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +5.5%

Sampled at Cantillon on 4/23/2013.

Ap: Hazy Orange with a nice head that dissapates slowly.

Ar: Fruity and sourness up front dominates. some earthiness.

F: I personally didn't taste the rhubarb at all until I was told that it was in there. Rhubarb is a pretty tart vegetable so I had trouble differentiating it from the tart/sourness that is in any sour beer of this sort. Lots of funk.

M: Very effervescent. Dry finishing.

O: Love it. Perhaps my favorite of the day at Cantillon, although it's a toss up between zwanze and fou fone.

04-30-2013 02:24:43 | More by backbaybrewer
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-22-2013 01:08:11 | More by warnerry
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deebo

Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottle courtesy of Alberto.
A-this is a lively lambic. Looks like their guezue. A lingering film of white head atop a clear golden brew.
S-Typical Cantillon. Funky. Notes of leather, must, and stable. Sour, not picking up rhubarb but then again rhubarb doesn't have much of an aroma.
T-like the aroma. The sourness is quite high. The rhubarb seems to give this beer some astringency. Lots of that Cantillon funk.
M-very light bodied and dry.
O-distinctly Cantillon. No problem to drink a bottle of this at the brewery. Refreshing brew.

01-25-2014 15:52:26 | More by deebo
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3%

11-06-2013 03:51:02 | More by chickenm
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JasonSiedman

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-01-2012 20:11:45 | More by JasonSiedman
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weonfire

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

12-16-2012 22:34:35 | More by weonfire
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -9.6%

A real find for Beer bistro to bring in this rare one. Pours lightly yellow/transparent with some foaming head. Takes tartness to the edge, and a little beyond, offset by some sugar. Masterful, rhubard like you never tasted it, I do like red cabbage salad with balsmatic vinegar, and it was a cousin to that taste. Supported by fruitiness, a tad strawberry and apricot. Good till the last drop.

08-12-2009 19:56:50 | More by Sammy
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Insubordinator

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-24-2013 21:54:40 | More by Insubordinator
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

750ml corked and caged bottle. Shared by Ineedabeerhere. 40z. pour into a Founders snifter. Reviewed from notes at a tasting on 10/16/10.

A: Pours near no head. Just a thin white wisp atop a golde, slightly cloudy, yellow beer. No lacing. Very lightly carbonated but appropriate for its style.

S: Nose is slightly tart, Brett, horse blanket, and very cheesy. Intensely pungent funk character almost like sour feet dipped in spoiled cottage cheese... mmm... tasty right?

T: Brett character upfront is very noticeable. A pleasant, muted tartness on the back end. Flowery, cheesy and funky towards the middle to end. Cobweb and band-aid finish with a dry, floral, esthery aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated but surprisingly abrasive. Tickles the tongue and lively on the palate. Finsh is dry and aftertaste is filmy and lingers.

D: I can't really recall the last time 375ml of ANY Cantillon offering was enough and this is no exception. Great feel and complexity with a very appropriate, funky, cheesy nose. Hard to find but definitely worth a try!

10-17-2010 16:47:03 | More by SpeedwayJim
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dirtylou

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -6.6%

750ml bottle - Cantillon

2012 vintage

Served in Cantillon wine-style glass. Bright orange body with a white foam ring. It's definitely a tart one - there are fruity notes coming from the Rhubarb, but in a beer of this nature, you'd have to have an expert palate to be able to identify that without knowing it was included. Some strange vegetable notes in the finish. Some good things here, some not so great. Glad to tick it, but least impressive of all of the bottles we had.

08-31-2013 21:01:42 | More by dirtylou
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emilylee

California

4.5/5  rDev +3%

12-02-2012 05:17:34 | More by emilylee
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-02-2014 20:53:04 | More by hooliganlife
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aztraz

Sweden

4/5  rDev -8.5%

12-01-2012 20:38:41 | More by aztraz
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.5%

Zwanze Day 2012 on tap at Redlight Redlight.

Appearance - Not overly cloudy, but a hazy orange/peach body. No head, save some bubbles.

Smell - All the aromas of a Cantillon lambic. Lemon zest acidity and a muted funk. Fruity, but I wouldn't claim it to be rhubarb.

Taste - Again, it's fruity, without being a distinctive rhubarb flavor. It seems as if the rhubarb gave the acidity of the beer fruity character without being a definitive fruited sour, if that makes sense. Finishes like other Cantillon fruited lambics. Musty without being overly funky. Clean and pretty sour.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, spritzy. Nicely acidic without being overbearing. Well carbonated. No surprise here.

Overall - I had this along side Zwanze 08 and Fou Foune 12. Fou Foune 12 was a significantly better beer. The fruit character is spectacular by comparison. The 4 year old Zwanze, however, had a much better lambic profile. It had funked up nicely and hadn't turned too sour. No fruit character left, though.

12-02-2012 23:12:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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Leftofthedial

California

4.5/5  rDev +3%

06-05-2014 04:49:04 | More by Leftofthedial
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OddNotion

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-27-2013 21:17:17 | More by OddNotion
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%

Review #1900!!! Enjoyed during Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Avenue Pub in New Orleans! Served from tap into a wine glass. Poured a fluorescent hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, grass, earth, sour, tart, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, dark fruit, white grape, wood, sour, tart, funk, earth, and rhubarb. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I have been lucky to make it to the past two Zwanze Days thus far and I can honestly say that both have been worth it. I will be honest that the rhubarb was definitely a pretty strong aspect going on in this one which is what you would expect with it being fresh. While this was the case it really didn’t hurt the brew at all. Cantillon really has something special going that is hard to put into words with their brews, and this one wasn’t an exception to this. Wish it would have been a little more tart, but other than that another solid brew from them.

12-31-2012 13:17:11 | More by thagr81us
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-11-2013 03:16:57 | More by GRG1313
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-11-2012 19:31:50 | More by jsilva
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

I was lucky enough to have Jean share a glass with me at a recent visit to the brewery. He said it was a Rhubarb lambic that was going to be the Zwanze 2012.

Redish in color. Head was very typical for lambic. Whispy and thin.
Slightly fruity in the nose. Sour upfront but fruity flavors mixed in.

Extremely well balanced. Wonderful and delicious stuff. Much more balanced and subtle compared to the Zwanze 2008. One of the more balanced and better Cantillon's I have tried.

10-16-2012 13:35:04 | More by tendermorsel
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-02-2012 17:22:25 | More by mdillon86
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -8.9%

Bottle: Poured a dirty light beige color lambic with a generous white foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of acidic notes with some tart and sour notes also easily noticeable. Taste is also a nice mix between some sour lambic notes with farmyard and wet leather notes and a balance mix between acidic notes with some tart notes. Rhubarb is kind of hard to notice because of the resemblance between the tart notes of this fruit and the base tartness from the beer. Well done overall and this is one experience they should try to repeat.

08-12-2010 17:46:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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durwoodx

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-06-2012 22:51:58 | More by durwoodx
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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 from Brasserie Cantillon
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