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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 235
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 4.01%
Wants: 163
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Rhubarb in 2008, remade in 2012.
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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 235
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.24/5  rDev -23.6%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of alfrantzell
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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! (658 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,080 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of cps98
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of Dreizhen
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
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? (502 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zwanze Day at Armsby Abbey. Always good to check off another Cantillon.

A light hazy orange/reddish color with a small white head. Decent retention with the head forming a thick ring towards the end with a bit of lace left.

Lots of bretty bugs, sour lemon, funk, oak barrel and a noticeable earthy veggie-type aspect that must be the rhubarb. Good strength. Expected Cantillon with a twist.

The rhubarb didn't come out as much in the taste to me but this is still very solid. Reminded me of their classic gueuze kind of. Good amount of funk and bugs, sour light fruits, some white wine.

Nice puckering mouthfeel with high-ish carbonation, proper for the style.

Not sure how much the rhubarb really added here but a nice lambic that brings on the smooth sour funk, as expected from Cantillon. Just not one of my favorites. (826 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pre-Toronado 24th Tasting. Thanks, Mike! Final Zwanze tick.

A - Pours a golden yellow, fizzy white head, spotty lacing, whisps on top.

S - Citrus sour, slight tart, oak, some zesty lemon peel, nice funk, no real rhubarb notes though. Not quite as funk as I was expecting, but still nice and sour, nonetheless.

T - Lemon zest citrus, oak, funk, light tartness, some herbal/floral notes in there as well. Again, no rhubarb notes, but still very solid. On the lighter funk/tart scale as far as Cantillon goes.

M - Light body, good carbonation, zesty, oaky dry finish.

O - Another solid offering from Cantillon, go figure. No real rhubarb notes but doesn't really detract from my enjoyment. Doubt I'll ever have this again but it was awesome to try such a huge want thanks to Mike (aka nerd). Recommend! (809 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.

2012 vintage that is apparently a rebrew of the 2008 vintage.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and tart fruit and rhubarb flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an interesting rhubarb presence that comes through slightly better in the flavor. (738 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle @ Cantillon

Hazy gold with a white head. Quite a bit of carbonation present that holds a head.

Almost straight lambic but there is a nice little amount of rhubarb hanging in there to give it some dynamic. Wood, leaf, cheese, musty.

Lots of carbonation and sourness to it which is a bit of a shock at first sip. Dry of course.

Really nicely done. I bet this was exciting fresh. (388 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (478 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage - 750ml corked and caged bottle served by Julie Van Roy at Cantillon! Pours a beautiful honey/amber hue with a bright white head that dissipates into a latte-like froth embedded with tiny pinpricks. Nose is both herbal and medicinal. Taste is tart and vinegary with perhaps a suggestion of something vegetal, but just a hint. Mouthfeel is light in body with just a kiss of effervescence and an acidity that is slightly puckering and stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheek as well as the tastebuds. Overall, a very good sour but quite acidic, making it difficult to tease out all the nuances. (625 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks in philly during Zwanze Day 2012 - approx 6 oz pour in wine glass

Pours a lightly hazed soft golden color with some straw and orange hues. Fluff of white head dissolves fairly quickly into a collar of film with little lacing on the glass.

Very tart and funky in the nose - reminds me of Classic Gueuze with an added fruit/vegetal note from the rhubarb. Straw, wet hay, horse blanket and yeasty funk. Touch of citrus and lemon with lingering acid.

Stark, yet balanced sour flavor right up front driven by citrus, lemon peel and rhubarb. Underlying fruit and soft vegetal tone with hints of oak and white wine. Funky and dry throughout with straw and wet hay. Rhubarb and acidic sourness in the lasting finish.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and gripping on the tongue. This felt like a rhubarb twist on the Classic Gueuze, which happens to be one of my all time favorite lambics. Getting a glass of this was total madness, but I'm psyched I had the chance to taste it. (1,013 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Hop & Vine in Portland. Thanks, Brian.

Orange with a thin, white head that falls off to a ring rapidly, this looks decent. The nose has a massive rhubarb character, crunchy, fresh and stalk-like with the vegetal, celery-like notes also present. The fruit aspects of the nose do evoke strawberries as well. Blended very well with the sour base beer, this smells surprisingly oaky with tannins and vanilla apparent. Nicely integrated and very enjoyable.

The palate opens tart with rhubarb, fruity and sour with a mild celery leaf-like character. Lime and lemon, the base lambic is bright and fresh with a little oak on the finish. Rhubarb really does linger on the finish, excellently so. With a blend of lemon and lactic acidity, the base lambic is enjoyable, though it isn't particularly funky. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation and a nice, drying finish with lingering sourness and rhubarb, this is excellent. Recommended. (952 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try a sample of this at Moeder Lambic at the pre-TdG Dark Lord tasting extravaganza! Thanks for shairng gents. This was a really fun day!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a small white head with good retention. Gamboge in color, hazy, with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Rhubarb I presume, lemon citrus notes a la Cantillon, as well as some funky aromas in there too. Very bold and funky, with the rhubarb making it all the more interesting. Well balanced and enticing.

TASTE: Rhubarb again, with lots of funky and mouldy flavors up front. Some lemon and citrus sourness through the middle with more lemon and some foral bitterness at the swallow. A persistent finish is bold and quite well balanced, with the funk and sourness being nicely balanced by the rhubarb. Nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Sour and puckering finish. Good stuff.

OVERALL: This one was really nice. Nothing traffic-stopping per se, but definitely something I'd be happy to drink on a regular basis. I completely missed Zwanze Day this year, so I was really happy to give this one a shot at Moeder Lambic. Thanks again for hosting a really fun day guys! (1,341 characters)

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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 from Brasserie Cantillon
93 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.