Cantillon Zwanze 2008 - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.97/5 rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Sampled from the bottle at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas; July 2010
The beer pours with a lightly hazed, pale gold / hint of honey color and is topped by a pale, white colored head. The beer would have been visually perfect if the head had any staying power as it started out quite voluminous and impressive looking. The nose smells musty and musky, of damp clay, with hints of medicinal phenolics, a light urea note, of dried leather and French Farmhouse cheese that has been lightly funkified (not quite totally ripe / dank). The aroma is quite funky over-all, though not aggressively so.
The beer feels effervescent as it hits my mouth; it is light feeling and tart which combine to make this quite refreshing. The lactic sourness is accented by a citric-like quality that is perhaps contributed by the rhubarb. While this beer is light feeling, it has just enough lactic character to add some textured viscousnous such that it does not come off as thin or watery. My first sip was surprising in that I noticed rhubarb like flavors towards the middle / end through to the finish; I wasn't expecting there to be any rhubarb character left for some reason. I am not quite sure how to describe it, but it is not really herbal (but sort of), not really "green" tasting, not bitter, but it is soft and seems to combine into the citric tartness that is found here.
This is a very integrated, balanced and shows a consumate finesse. I really like the hints of rhubarb character that still comes through in the flavor. This is a very tasty beer that I wish I had a lot more of. It is so well balanced, it is everything you could want in a complex Lambic; nothing dominates, but there are many, many, complex notes that contribute and are noticeable in the whole. This is quite fantastic, though I probably wouldn't have guessed that this was brewed with rhubarb if I was handed this blind. Still, this is quite simply a fantastic bottle conditioned Lambic, and while I have not really done it justice in describing why, I find this an incredibly, incredibly impressive beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2010 02:40:40 | More by Gueuzedude
District of Columbia
4.93/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A truly rare, hard to acquire, and excellent treat! Served half from a snifter and then half from a cantillion tumbler.
Appearance: Almost gueuze-like in appearance, nice foam head, is a semi-transparent straw-golden yellow. The label on mine was a bit more elegant thatn the one in the picture.
Smell: Incredibly potent, this one brings the funk! Rhubarb adds an interesting twist and dominates, followed by musty attic, mildew and cat piss. This one has nothing to hide, very in-your-face. This beer smells alive - like Cantillion raw. It almost transplants you to a musty attic brewery full of cobwebs and old leather.
Taste: Rhubarb like no other, followed by a healthy dose of funk, straw, oak, honeysuckle, vinegar, mildew, and cat piss. Not a drop of sugar. I can see why someone who isn't familiar with the main note wouldn't like it. Seems to be aging beautifully and I would think it would only get better. Apparently Jean Van Roy himself is a big fan.
Mouthfeel: Bone dry (as rhubarb should be), each sip leaves you wanting another, finishing clean with minimal aftertaste of the strong rhubarb and cantillion flavors but with a nice mouth coating. Light and pleasant carbonation.
Drinkability: highly drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2010 02:37:52 | More by craytonic
Cantillon Zwanze 2008 from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.