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Cantillon Zwanze 2008 - Brasserie Cantillon

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229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 163
Gots: 15 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of beerpirates
4.32/5  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

Photo of tendermorsel
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of jerz
5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
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!

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of Overlord
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Some light bubbling. White foam.

Smells lightly of lemons and strongly of a yeasty, slightly funky zest. Smells pleasant!

Taste is surprisingly puckeringly sour. Lemon and earthy funk, with some abrasive wood/oak/tree branch harshness. I LOVE IT!

Pity they retired this recipe. Despite its strong, sour-y oak-y flavors, not palate wearying. Very nice mouthfeel. Seems like it is at its peak now.

**also, I learned that rhubarb is NOT a berry. Knowing is half the battle.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes from mikey's tasting.

Pours an orangey straw color, not much head, appears somewhat still. Super funky aroma. Footy, body odor and last year's wet ugg boots. Damp and musty smelling. The taste is similar, good rich, hearty funk. There is acid, but the taste wavers more towards this funk profile and is lacking a balance of brighter flavors. Rhubarb... hmm well I had been baking strawberry rhubarb pies in anticipation all week and the flavor is nowhere to be found. Very faint at best. There is some lemon, though it is not in its usual garb. Unearthed flowers in the dry finish, musty and earthy. And surprisingly active carbonation despite the appearance, though it is still not enough to highlight the tartness and sharpen up the profile of the palate at all.

Very glad to have tried it, but there are many more attainable lambics that are just as good if not better.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Shared by Ineedabeerhere. 40z. pour into a Founders snifter. Reviewed from notes at a tasting on 10/16/10.

A: Pours near no head. Just a thin white wisp atop a golde, slightly cloudy, yellow beer. No lacing. Very lightly carbonated but appropriate for its style.

S: Nose is slightly tart, Brett, horse blanket, and very cheesy. Intensely pungent funk character almost like sour feet dipped in spoiled cottage cheese... mmm... tasty right?

T: Brett character upfront is very noticeable. A pleasant, muted tartness on the back end. Flowery, cheesy and funky towards the middle to end. Cobweb and band-aid finish with a dry, floral, esthery aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated but surprisingly abrasive. Tickles the tongue and lively on the palate. Finsh is dry and aftertaste is filmy and lingers.

D: I can't really recall the last time 375ml of ANY Cantillon offering was enough and this is no exception. Great feel and complexity with a very appropriate, funky, cheesy nose. Hard to find but definitely worth a try!

Photo of womencantsail
4.49/5  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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of craytonic
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A truly rare, hard to acquire, and excellent treat! Served half from a snifter and then half from a cantillion tumbler.

Appearance: Almost gueuze-like in appearance, nice foam head, is a semi-transparent straw-golden yellow. The label on mine was a bit more elegant thatn the one in the picture.

Smell: Incredibly potent, this one brings the funk! Rhubarb adds an interesting twist and dominates, followed by musty attic, mildew and cat piss. This one has nothing to hide, very in-your-face. This beer smells alive - like Cantillion raw. It almost transplants you to a musty attic brewery full of cobwebs and old leather.

Taste: Rhubarb like no other, followed by a healthy dose of funk, straw, oak, honeysuckle, vinegar, mildew, and cat piss. Not a drop of sugar. I can see why someone who isn't familiar with the main note wouldn't like it. Seems to be aging beautifully and I would think it would only get better. Apparently Jean Van Roy himself is a big fan.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry (as rhubarb should be), each sip leaves you wanting another, finishing clean with minimal aftertaste of the strong rhubarb and cantillion flavors but with a nice mouth coating. Light and pleasant carbonation.

Drinkability: highly drinkable.

Photo of alfrantzell
3.32/5  rDev -24%
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.

Cantillon Zwanze 2008 from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.