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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 - Brasserie Cantillon

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 165
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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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.28/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Zwanze 2012

Light reddish honey colored pour. Smelled like dirt and sort of sulfury. Rhubarb did a number on the nose. Some celery like aroma but not as pungent.

Tart and feels oily on the palate. Sharp lemon acidity. Light bitter celery flavor. Sourness hits the back of your throat. Not incredibly interesting for Cantillon but drinkable.

BearsOnAcid, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of alfrantzell
3.33/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a decanter. This was served in one of those cute little bottle baskets, making the beer look like a baby in a cradle.

Lambic always wins in the end. Our server told us this when he poured it - you can add lambic to anything, but the lambic will consume anything given the time. This is two years old.

Straw colored, like a lambic. Smells faintly of strawberries and rhubarb. The taste is of rhubarb, strawberries, and lambic. Subsequent sips are mostly lambic, despite being separated by bites of quiche and malt. Thinner than the regular unblended lambic, and quite dry.

An interesting result. Fresh, this would have been more rewarding as I do like rhubarb. Now, two years later, it's a curiosity at best.

alfrantzell, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

IrishColonial, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

ygtbsm94, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Adamostella, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

beernads, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

bobv, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

jbuddle, Jan 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Quackus, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of pixieskid
3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at La Fine Mousse in Paris, France.

Pours like a gueuze with a thin white head.

Nose; gueuze with some rhubarb.

Taste; reminds me of Cantillon gueuze with a little age (maybe 4 years) on it and a touch of rhubarb in the finish to make it a bit more crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel; like Cantillon Gueuze, crisp and dry.

Overall; honestly, after how awesome last years Zwanze was and knowing this years was the same as 2008, it's about what I expected. Another tasty lambic from the people who I think do them best. It was another awesome zwanzeday though and I look forward to the next; thanks Jean and Family for doing what you do, the way you do it!

pixieskid, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Dreizhen
3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

75 cl bottle at Cantillon Brewery. Poured into a Cantillon chalice.

A: Poured a cloudy, golden yellow. Little, if any carbonation visible. Small foamy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Sour, signature Cantillon funk, and a little citrus. Reminded me of the Vigneronne.

T: The comparison to Vigneronne is close, but not exact. Less sour, particularly at the beginning but still with quite a pucker at the end. A friend I shared it with said "sour skittles." Not typical BA language, but it's kinda there. It's a very straight forward sourness with citrus. Doesn't seem to be a ton going on here, but what there is is certainly good.

M: Light, tart, and crisp. Reminiscent of most Cantillons.

O: I was a little disappointed with this beer. It's still very good, but the restrictions on taking it away and the price tag (the highest at the brewery per bottle, though still not bad) made me expect a bit more. I like where they're going with the beer, but I think it just turned out better with Saint Lumvinus.

Dreizhen, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Monk's for the Zwanze Day celebration. Served in 6oz portions, the brew appears a hazed pale golden orange with a white cap that is quick to dissolve. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface which is quick to fade.

The smell is rather funky with diaper, earth, sulfur and wet oak. Some enjoyable citrus and fruity tropical quality blending into the funky cheese notes makes for an interesting combination. When swirled, it gets a but musty and more notes of poopy diaper emerge.

The taste is tart and earthy with funky cheese and wet wood. Some cardboard and sulfur mixes with mild citrus hints. A bit of herbal rind quality imparts a mild fruity to bitter earthen component. Some suggestions of greek yogurt and lacto run throughout.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is tart and funky. A pleasantly drinkable experience due to the flavor despite a rather off and atypical cantillon nose. I will say I wasnt the biggest fan of this or last years Zwanze yet I appreciate the chance to join in on the celebration and try them.

stakem, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of cps98
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Poured a dank hazy orange with a small white head which didn’t last long. A nice ring of bubbles did linger around the edge of the glass till I finished my 10oz pour.

S – Had a very earthly smell like a fresh tilled garden. A little bit of citrus but it was hidden fairly well.

T – Very acidic, didn’t get much in the way of rhubarb (not that rhubarb has much flavor on its own anyway). I picked up some wheat and some citrus notes in there too.

M – Medium Bodied a little heavier than most lambics, Carbonation was on the lighter side and faded very quickly.

O – As far as a Lambic goes I thought it was pretty nice. Good amount of funk and acid. As far as a rhubarb lambic goes I felt the rhubarb didn’t add much. Really thankful I got to try it since a lot of people got shutout at ChurchKey.

cps98, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Poured into a wne glass, this years version of Zwanze casts a golden color with a semi yellow shade to itself. Bubbles rising up forming a half inch of plain white bubbles forming a healty cap. No stickage to the glass, but the foam sticks around a bit, nice retention. Smell explodes with Rhubarb mixed in with those musky Cantillon scents. I also cant help but to smell a diaper everytime I sniff this, which I never really experienced in a young lambic before, maybe fresh st. Lamvinous though. Some berry pops out with warming. One of the weirder smelling Cantillons to date. Taste is Rhubarb forward, tangy, tart, musty. Oak comes through hen it comes up to temp with some faint berry flavor. Semi acidic in the mouth with a light body and a lively carb presense. This was a tasty lambic, yet not my favorite Zwanze. Maybe Rhubarb just aint my thing.

BARFLYB, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a layer of white head. Color is a pale yellow.

Aroma: Funky and sour. Very earthy. I can't really smell the rhubarb. Some fruity notes show. I get a bit of spice.

Taste: Nice amount of sourness and tartness. Herbal and grassy. I have no clue what rhubarb is supposed to taste like in a beer. Lemon acidic flavors. Nice. Edit: after tasting rhubarb in other beers, I realized that the rhubarb provides an extra layer of sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light tartness and fizzy. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and clean.

Overall, a really decent beer. Best of the series by far. Pretty drinkable.

mothman, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Crooked Stave for Zwanze Day 2012. I was going to skip this event figuring it would be too crazy but it was handled very well, glad I went. The pour was an orange color, a little hazy, not much head. Aroma was just strange, sort of herbal, lambic, slight funk. The flavor was also weird, herbal, vegetal, sour, whoah. I can't remember what rhubarb tastes like since I have not had it in over twenty years but this was very interesting. I would not try to tick this again even if I could, one was enough. I also predicted that the Fou Foune on tap would blow this away and it did, that has to be Cantillon's best lambic.

ArrogantB, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sammy, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hop and Vine. Served far too cold, but I let this warm until it was a suitable temperature.

A: Reddish gold color with a whisp of lacing.

N: Funk, rhubarb, lemon, and straw. Has scents of cherry. Hazelnut and pecan.

T: Strawberry, rhubarbs, lemon, and horse blanket. Moderate sourness, but very well balanced. Citrus and straw. Yes, this very nice.

M: Perfect on the tongue. Dances on the tastebuds.

O: Glad this showed up in Portland. Would love to have this again. Maybe in 4 years?

Sarlacc83, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at armsby abbey.

this beer pours a light red with minimal head (may have dissipated between pouring and getting to me as they were just trying to get everyone in the bar a pour in as little time as possible)
the smell is lightly peppery with a definite vegetal aspect to it. kind of smells like celery with funk and a definite sourness.
the flavor follows suit with a nice dry tartness that is immediately follwed by a bit of pepper flavor and the vegetal celery taste.
the mouthfeel is light thin and well carbed.
overall its a good beer that was very enjoyable.

rowingbrewer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -8.5%

aztraz, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Roscoe Village Pub, in conjunction with WLV for Zwanze 2012.

A: Brassy orange body with a nice white head.
S. Lots of dry rhubarb and mushroom funk in the nose. The rhubarb is slightly tart and melds into the aroma well.
T. Rhubarb in the front, dry and tart, with some pineapple-like acidity and earthy hay. Wheat and mild brett character as well.
M. Light-bodied with light carbonation.
O. Very good, but not my favorite fruit lambic from Cantillon. The rhubarb is interesting, but not very assertive, leaving the beer feeling a bit too simple.

Etan, Dec 02, 2012
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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.