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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.57%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 19:56:50 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 16:47:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must start off by expressing my extreme gratitude to Greg for trading this bottle to me. This has been my biggest want for as long as I've been interested in lambics. At long last, I can tick it off my list and a very worthy beer for review 1300.

A: The pour is the very typical cloudy golden-orange color with a fizzy white head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles.

S: Plenty of lactic tartness in the nose along with a very diverse wild character. Lots of wet straw/hay and oak, grass, must, and a lot of dry, leathery character too. No inherent rhubarb, aroma, unfortunately, but still quite enjoyable.

T: A very green and wild funk to this beer lead by grass and hay. A very citrusy sort of lactic sourness that is not quite as lemon-forward as I usually expect. There are some surprisingly floral notes as well. I do pick up some mild rhubarb flavor, but maybe that is just me wanting it to be there.

M: The body is quite usual for a lambic. Light on the tongue with a soft but lively carbonation.

D: What can I say, the chase is done. I am quite pleased to have tried this, though I wish I could have done so when it was fresher. Still, a good lambic if nothing else. Thanks again, Greg!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 08:16:30 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 17:46:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Cantillon wine glass.

Pours a mostly clear, though somewhat-hazy, yellow-golden color with a small white head that left a few spots of lacing before falling to a collar.

The nose brought some light barnyard and earthy notes behind a surprising amount of rhubarb. Both the flavor and mild acidity from the rhubarb came through along with a bit of lactic acidity.

The flavor took the rhubarb component to the next level, as the signature Cantillon lemon and citric acid components combined quite well with the rhubarb and bit of backing earthiness and funk.

Flavor held for a long time on the palate after swallowing, followed by medium-heavy acidity and a light funk. Body was light with average carbonation and a very dry finish.

I was really, really impressed with this one and it was one of the big standouts to me. The fruit character held much more than I thought it would.

Glad to finally have this as well. To quote Sean below, "Final Zwanze tick." Let's hope the draft Zwanze days continue so I can easily keep this streak alive.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 12:26:44 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"A mix of 2 years old Lambic and rhubarb." A single run beer made by Jean, who seems to be doing some experimental stuff these days. Served in a Cantillon mini-pint glass at Beer Bistro in Toronto.

A - One finger of egg-white foam, decent retention, and clarity that ranges from transparent to slightly hazed depending on how much sediment makes it into the glass. There are a few tiny bubbles making their way to the top of the glass. Looks like most lambic.

S - Horsey funk, tart rhubarb, musty barn, graham cracker malt, acidic lemon, mellow herbs, and a light touch of barrel. The smell is incredibly potent, but the plethora of flavors are quite well-balanced somehow.

T - Explosive tartness and rhubarb at the onset that morphs into graham cracker sweetness and sour lemon. The funk is significantly milder in the flavor. Ends with a shockingly clean finish with minimal aftertaste - I'm not even sure how this is possible for a Cantillon beer.

M - Dry finish, with some mild pucker and cottonmouth. Not palate destroying in the slightest, actually quite refreshing with light carbonation and a thin body that never verges on being too watery.

D - Somehow Jean has created a great session lambic here - low ABV, mild aftertaste, mild carbonation, yet somehow tons of flavor. The 375ml was sadly not enough (especially since I had to share some with my wife). Hopefully I get another crack at this stuff in Belgium this summer. I'm looking forward to Zwanze becoming a yearly thing with rotating oddball ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 13:49:21 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Cantillon wine glass shaped glass because it makes the beer taste better, try it sometime. Beer is yellow with a thin lazy white head of small bubbles, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is bright, strong lactic, a little grassy and fruity with a mild finish. Smells good.

Beer is sulfury and you can taste a fruit in there but I wouldn't identify it as rhubarb. Interesting but the fruit has considerably faded out of this one. I like the bright palate, the dry finish, the mild oakiness, the mild grassiness. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 17:19:56 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Arizona

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
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mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Had at our DC Sour Tasting.

a - Pours a clear golden yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, light fruits, some sour fruits, floral notes, citrus hops. Very nice nose, sour and funky.

t - Tastes of nice funk, earthy, light fruits, oak, some spice. Not as sour as the nose and more spice, a step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice crisp body.

o - Overall this was my favorite of the Zwanze's... I liked it a little better then Zwanze 2010 and a ton better then 2009/Mamouche. Worth checking out, would like to have it again.

EDIT from 12/01/12: Had this again as Zwanze 2012 on tap in Brooklyn. 4.2 still sounds about right, though I found it a little fruiter and less sour fresh. Good stuff, would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:02:18 | More by mdfb79
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 15:04:03 | More by stakem
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and capped bottle at Beer Bistro in Toronto.

Bruised yellow delicious apple with a very witbier-like complexion. There is a fair bit of foamy lining along the perimeter but its center remains bare. The beer is heavily blurred, it has a Nimbostratus cloud-like overcast despite being accented by bright, almost fluorescent strokes of white. The shadow of a finger - but nothing more - is had on the other side of the glass. (The common beer drinker may see murkiness but I see authenticity).

Musty attics, mildewed oaks, damp, earthy and fragrant air; you can smell Cantillon - you can smell the barrel room, you can smell the yeast spores coming in through the open slats in the wall of the coolship room, you can smell the antique brewing equipment, you can smell the cobwebs and the spiders. I've been to Brussels, I've seen the museum at Cantillon and this fragrant must and underlying tartness comes from exactly there.

Tartness surpasses must in flavour. Juicy, sun-ripened orchard fruits have long since departed and faded. Apples curdled, peaches wilted, pears all mushed up and decomposing under the tree branches from which they fell. I did presume those fruits before rhubarb, even while I knew rhubarb was in fact the produce used. Still, there is a faint vegetable-like leafiness that lends a pronounced tartness and makes the connection believable.

Unlike the more popular (and cheap) commercial examples, traditional Lambic makers like Cantillon don't use fruit to sweeten the beer. In fact, without using juices or synthetic syrups, a lot of the fruit flavour is never soaked into the beer. Does it really need a fruity flavour? Given the wheat and barley and wild yeasts of this two year old blend offer plenty of dried, musty barnyard straw and soured, funky citrus: no, just a hint is enough.

This has a residual sugariness that is not quite as sugary as a faro but is still plenty sweet. It's not as puckering as a traditional gueuze either but is still rightfully tart. Likewise, the acidity is better restrained than most of this brewery's offerings and as result is something more drinkable (by conventional standards) than most typical traditional Lambics. This beer needs no carbonation, you want flavours like this to linger.

I share Cantillon's values and I love everything they do. I love the idea that this brewery does an 'open to the public' brew session every year and I think it's a great idea that they've now decided to bottle the beer made that day into an annual special release. The concept of adding a new ingredient every year is ingenious. I'm happy to have tried the inceptive release and hope to be there in person to see the next year's batch being made.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 22:04:58 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 375ml bottle.

Pours a very lightly hazed golden/amber, got chunky near the bottom though, almost no head forms, thin ring of bubbles, no lacing, looks like a lambic! Smell is awesome, sweet and sour, lemony, horse and barnyard funk, hay and straw, light rhubarb sweetness, oak, honey, very earthy, acidic, nice. Taste is similar, rhubarb jumps out, earthy, lemony tartness, wood, hay and straw, barnyard funk, toasty sweetness, more rhubarb and a nice acidity in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, almost spritzy, very acidic, light burn going down but very drinkable for a Cantillon. This was great, and from what I hear they didn't make much of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:02:36 | More by Viggo
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at our sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012. The only Zwanze I have yet to try, and a rhubarb lambic...yeah, I am pretty excited about this one.

Served in a Cantillon gueuze tumbler.

The beer is clear and golden yellow hued with a small white head that leaves a few random spots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lactic, acetic, classic Cantillon funk, hay, lemons, earth.

The rhubarb aspect emerges more in the flavor than in the aroma, though I would not be able to single out rhubarb if I was not aware it was used in the making of this beer. Lemon zest, hay, lemon juice, a hint of fruity sweetness, oak. Though the rhubarb seems to have faded (I would love to try this beer fresh!), this is still a fantastic tasting brew.

Pretty light in body, with some light, prickling carbonation. Lingering notes of lemon, hay, citrus, funky lambic.

Overall, what a treat it is to have finally tried this beer. Cantillon makes the finest beverages on the planet.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 15:41:36 | More by Huhzubendah
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a large tumbler at Churchkey for Zwanze Day 2012. From notes, happy Zwanze Day!

Cloudy unfiltered looking, orb glowing, lemon yellow and nectarine/peach body as the light punches through. Not much of a head given, but a small crown is presented with a nice collar of off white. The king has apparently been summoned and we are off. Very nice looking.

Nose comes off a little simple. Light sour melds with a good amount of grass. Slightly earthy, with a nice sense of acid quality coming. Rhubarb? not a favorite flavor of mine, and I am not detecting it, however it does smell like a solid Cantillon lambic without fail.

Palate is a very quick tartness on first sip. Grass and malt action (no doubt it's that dang rhubarb with that grass angle) come first, but also some good lemon fruit too. Finally that plant hits on the aftertaste and swallow, yup rhubarb but mostly bringing a peppery white angle. Kosher salt dry, and slightly brine in the middle palate also, crackly in a sense. Going back to the nose that white pepper/rhubarb action just will not go away, it's practically stuck in my nostrils. Feel is quite solid with good acid, and a little bit of depth. Not quite as juicy as I would want it, but gets there almost.

Overall this is a pretty fun one, and the flavors really stick with you for quite some time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 15:09:59 | More by smakawhat
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/12/2011

Huge thanks to Mike for opening this rarity.

A: Yellow gold with a big white head. Nice retention and scattered lacing.

S: Oak and lemon with horse blanket and a brackish presence. Wet leather with musty and lactic notes. Faint floral profile.

T: Salty cheese with musty barnyard notes. Lemon blends with oak and a moderate citric acidity. Finish has a lot of citrus and oak. I think I can taste some rhubarb, but I can't be sure. The finish is dry and lightly tannic.

M: Light in body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry.

Overall: Really good. Definitely the best Zwanze I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 16:44:43 | More by HopHead84
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 00:20:20 | More by mothman
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dirtylou

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 21:01:42 | More by dirtylou
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nerd for opening this up out of nowhere.

Clear burnished amber with little head or lacing.

A lot of woody funk and spiciness on the nose. Floral, peppery, acidic. Nothing overtly rhubarb-like on the nose. Smells like a nice gueuze more than anything.

Palate is very good, again very gueuze-like, with a more floral/spicy element. Rhubarb comes through a bit more on the palate, contributing a unique sourness that's complementary to the sourness of lambic. Quite dry, a little peppery and oaky. I like the subtle rhubarb element here, wish I had a chance to try this when it was fresh. Still quite good, however.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 18:07:26 | More by largadeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 05:04:50 | More by DefenCorps
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 re-brew, on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil during Zwanze Day 2012.

A: Hazy amber body, ultra-fine off-white head. Great.

S: Sour, fruity, and vegetal. Apples, rhubarb, and edamame. Leafiness. Starch. Weird, and interesting.

T: Nicely tart up front with familiar green apple acidity leadin the way to profoundly bizarre rhubarb, asparagus, edamame, and sweet potato notes. Apple skin and dryness on the finish. So weird it's terrific.

M: Fairly light, frothy, and creamy. Excellent.

O: This was great and unique, but frankly it was a distant third behind St. Lamvinus and Mamouche in the best Cantillon of the day contest. I'd love to savor a larger pour some time, but it's not killing me that that almost certainly won't happen. There are many better Lambics out there.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 02:20:59 | More by woosterbill
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 23:12:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.