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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 - Brasserie Cantillon

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 164
Gots: 15 | 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 WillCarrera
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Churchkey for Zwanze Day 2012, this is the 2012 version of the rhubarb lambic, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of white head, nice retention and very spotty lacing.

S- Really interesting aroma, lots of the usual acidity and light citrusy aromas, but once it warms up some really cool earthy, funky rhubarb aromas come out as well as some wood.

T- Similar to the nose, the rhubarb is actually pretty understated but works really nicely, its tartness complements the sourness of the lambic while lending some mild earthy vegetable flavors and a very mild sweetness, lactic acidity and mild wood flavors are also noticeable.

M- Light-bodied, really nice, effervescent feel, dry finish, the feel makes it hugely drinkable and I had to really try to pace myself through the glass to avoid drinking it too quickly.

O- A delicious beer, one of the more subtle Cantillon lambics I've tried, but it's highly drinkable and very tasty, a real treat.

WillCarrera, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

IrishColonial, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of brez8791
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

brez8791, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Gatch
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Armsby Abbey for Zwanze Day.

Seriously good stuff. Beautiful color and typical head for the style. Very dry and tart with hints of oak, earth, and fruit. You get the rhubarb. Incredibly smooth and full of flavor. A pleasure to drink and well worth the effort to seek out. Goes down so quickly and easily that its tough to review. Very unique.

Gatch, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

polishkaz, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -8.7%

aztraz, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey on Zwanze day 2012.

A - Poured into a stemmed mini chalice an almost crystal clear rosey straw with a half a finger white head that left a thick and creamy halo with a nice creamy cloud.

S - Aromas are very tart yet earthy. Nice acidity from almost veg rhubarb with an almost creamy acidity in it. Not really vinegar or super bright very earthy almost mushrooms and funk. Nice.

T - Taste is very dart ans sour. Puckeringly rhubarb notes here so tart and crisp with gentle funk. Its lightly puckering with good tartness and light sweetness. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel was a bit lower carbed with super drinkability for the style. Incredibly enjoyable beer.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer. Not maybe mt favourite Cantillon but it is worth the hype and super enjoyable. Well worth swinging down.

rudzud, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Florida9
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at WLV Liquors:

Cloudy pinkish yellow. Served with just the slightest bit of head. No lacing. Ara smells of a combination of sweet/tart berry fruits and decay. Strawberry, raspberry, but the there is a stinky note of fermentation. Taste is similar, but with a brighter, more sour quality. Flavor is more reminiscent of berries than rhubarb. Sweet sour mouthfeel. A nice beer. Can't say it's worth $10 for a 2 oz pour, but never the less a good beer.

Florida9, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 version. Poured into a chalice. This one pours a hazy light brownish red with a small cap of white foam.

The aroma has a nice tart aroma with sour woody notes. Rhubarb for sure with some grains in the background. The pallet is tart with a bit sweet in the middle with nice finish that lingers of rhubarb.

The body is light with ample carbonation. Lingering flavors. Overall a nice nique endeavor from these guys. Great to try!

Bendurgin, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice. The color is hazy orange. There is a small layer of white bubbles.

The aroma is full of rhubarb! Wow this takes me back to my days of eating raw rhubarb.

This starts out similar to a typical Cantillon, but the rhubarb character is overwhelming. The vegetal rhubarb tartness particularly lingers strong in the finish.

This is medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Delicious!

andrewinski1, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of JasonSiedman
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

JasonSiedman, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Rhettroactive, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of beerpirates
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thx to Jean @ cantillon for sharing a glass with me !

Nice hazy golden / redish pour with nice degree of carbonation. Nice mild lambic aroma has some pedio. Can definitely smell the rhubarb. Smooth, soft carbonation. Really smooth, almost nutty palate is fabulous. Not so sour but a good degree of funk. the fruitiness is barely there, which I like, allowing the lambic to come forward and leave its gently assertive character on my tongue.
A very smooth beer , very well balanced

beerpirates, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of tendermorsel
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to have Jean share a glass with me at a recent visit to the brewery. He said it was a Rhubarb lambic that was going to be the Zwanze 2012.

Redish in color. Head was very typical for lambic. Whispy and thin.
Slightly fruity in the nose. Sour upfront but fruity flavors mixed in.

Extremely well balanced. Wonderful and delicious stuff. Much more balanced and subtle compared to the Zwanze 2008. One of the more balanced and better Cantillon's I have tried.

tendermorsel, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -3%

t0rin0, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of durwoodx
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

durwoodx, Jul 06, 2012
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 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 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 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
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

ygtbsm94, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +14.2%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jerz
5/5  rDev +14.2%

jerz, Nov 16, 2011
Cantillon Zwanze 2008 from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.