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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 - Brasserie Cantillon

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205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.57%
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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cbutova

Massachusetts

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

2012 on-tape at Armsby Abbey at 3PM on Zwanze Day. Reviewed from notes.

A- Really hard to see where I was in the room with the lighting but it appeared to be a golden-peachy color with a fair amount of yeast haze. A bubbly head formed initially but didn't retain for a great length of time, similar looking in all aspects to other Cantillons I have had.

S- Cantillon bugs and funk like the classic Gueuze with a definite rhubarb influence. I have a hard time describing rhubarb since I have had it like 3 times in my life but there is a vegetal, herbal fruit trait here that cannot be missed. Not as in your face as other Cantillon offerings.

T- The main flavor is certainly the classic Cantillon microflora and barrels. Big funky sour white grape, apple, lemon juice/zest, oak and general fruit tartness. Some great horse funk and barnyard from the Brett. Slightly sweet vegetal, herbal rhubarb really adds a nice dimension to the flavor.

MF- Feels like pretty much most other Cantillon offerings. Thinner body but greatly supported by that puckering sourness and nice carbonation.

Everytime I have a Cantillon I just get more and more impressed by what they get out of their house microflora. The flavors produced by the bugs are amazing and go good with added fruits and rhubarb in this case. Give it some time and the rhubarb seems to gain strength with each sip.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 17:32:30 | More by cbutova
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brystmar

Texas

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

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil for Zwanze Day ’12. Sure rhubarb is an herb (not a fruit), but for simplicity's sake it will be referred to as a fruit in this review.

Fruity, slightly vegetal aroma. Dry, soured fruits on the palate with high acidity -- considerably moreso than most fresh Cantillon fruit lambics, likely a factor of the rhubarb’s inherent tartness. This was *considerably* better than Zwanze '11 and should age like a champ.

I only discovered the deliciousness of rhubarb earlier this year, and its inclusion in Zwanze ’12 met my lofty expectations. Take a fruit with inherent tartness, convince Jean to blend it with lambic, and blissfully sip on it until the world ends.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 17:29:25 | More by brystmar
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light ruby color with a still head outside of a few bubbles on the edge of the glass.

Typical Cantillon funk with some musty basement smell with some bright lemon and berry fruitness.

Never had a rhubarb beer before, but should have known Cantillon could pull it off. Typical Cantillon stuff up front with a general berry flavor, some funk and some sour, but the finish is supremely tart rhubarb like the kind you get when you sample the rhubarb pie before adding the sugar.

Crisp creamy mouthfeel. Finishes somewhat oaky and dry. Pretty spot on like always.

Nice beer and glad I got to attend my first Zwanze day! This one ended up overshadowing the Fou Foune I had along with it and was one of the best ones in a day full of great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 17:19:51 | More by jmarsh123
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bmur112

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-03-2012 15:40:34 | More by bmur112
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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-03-2012 13:05:58 | More by seeswo
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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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Googs

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-03-2012 02:18:54 | More by Googs
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Jefe73

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-03-2012 00:56:55 | More by Jefe73
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SummitVA

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-03-2012 00:15:33 | More by SummitVA
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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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oline73

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 22:39:51 | More by oline73
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SourinQns

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-02-2012 22:31:33 | More by SourinQns
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klipper

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-02-2012 21:32:40 | More by klipper
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jhighlandbrewing

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-02-2012 21:14:33 | More by jhighlandbrewing
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Treebs

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is for Zwanze 2012. Enjoyed on tap at WLV Liquors at Zwanze Day, 2012. Served in my Zwanze taster.

A: Pours a cloudy peach color with a fluffy white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin ring and leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Strong rhubarb with some spicy oak. A little funk with a mild sweetness on the finish.

T: Big lactic sourness up front, bitter rhubarb and oak. Light berry with a little funk and sweet finish.

M: Spritzy carbonation with a sweet and tart finish. Light bodied with a little dryness as well.

O: Very good. Rhubarb is a unique flavor that is different from anything else I've tried in a lambic. Glad I got the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 18:10:29 | More by Treebs
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-02-2012 17:57:15 | More by HopsHopenstein
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-02-2012 17:56:21 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-02-2012 17:22:25 | More by mdillon86
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ArrogantB

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

12-02-2012 17:12:00 | More by ArrogantB
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Wowcoolman

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-02-2012 15:53:02 | More by Wowcoolman
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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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fmccormi

New York

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

On tap at Redlight Red Light in Orlando, FL; poured to a small wine glass (4oz pour, as per the directions of Cantillon for Zwanze Day).

Appearance (4.0): Poured with minimal white head, with little retention or lacing. The body is a chill-hazy peach color, and very pretty. Head could be a bit fuller, but otherwise this is about right for the style, and the body is just gorgeous.

Smell (4.0): There’se a nice, even mix of lactic and acetic acid tones in the nose, smelling a bit like kombucha. Some tart peach and just the lightest rhubarb scents make their way into the nose, but really it’s mostly composed of the scents you’d expect from a well put-together, light-bodied sour.

Taste (4.5): Quite a bit more rhubarb that in the nose, and it’s quite tart. More lactic than acetic, and the funk is minimal. It finishes with a clean, mildly acetic finish, but leaves some mild cheesy-funky tones in the aftertaste. Incredibly drinkable. The rhubarb is unmistakable, though—very well-balanced and well-integrated into the sour character. The tartness is present and full but not harsh in any way—this is a very approachable, but dry, full-flavored sour.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very, very nice—spritzy, without being prickly or tingling too much, and has a light body with a palpable character nonetheless. Very dry finish, never too sour at all.

Overall (4.5): Excellent—well-done. This feels like the balanced product of a brilliant idea and a natural fit: using rhubarb in a light, golden sour ale, and it’s a delightful little beer. Appetizing, entertaining, and palate-cleansing all at once. Could easily drink a large bottle of this by myself—4oz is far too little! Glad to have gotten to try this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 14:45:59 | More by fmccormi
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-02-2012 14:23:16 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-02-2012 05:48:36 | More by Resuin
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emilylee

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-02-2012 05:17:34 | More by emilylee
Cantillon Zwanze 2008 from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.