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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 164
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -3%

t0rin0, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +14.2%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -3%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -3%

GRG1313, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

ygtbsm94, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

womencantsail, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

largadeer, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
5/5  rDev +14.2%

JAHMUR, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

jlindros, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

MasterSki, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of oline73
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Churchkey on Zwanze day 2012. Served in a Gueuze glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orange/golden color with a half finger of fluffy white head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: This is a very tart smelling beer. I'm getting traditional lambic funk, but the overall smell is rather light. Some barnyard funk and lemon juice as well. There is also a nice presence from the rhubarb.

Taste: This is quite tart for a lambic that hasn't been aged. The sour notes from the lambic and the tart notes from the rhubarb work very well together. There is a slight herbal component along with some lemon juice and funk. Very light and refreshing. The finish is quite tart.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a lot of tingly carbonation and a finish that is super dry.

Overall: This definitely lived up to my expectations. So light and refreshing. I would love to try the 2008 version. I only with this was easier to come by.

oline73, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

mdfb79, Apr 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

beernads, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

stakem, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -11%
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 Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Huhzubendah, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

BARFLYB, Dec 02, 2012
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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.