Cantillon Zwanze 2014 (Cuvée Florian) | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Some of you have already had the opportunity to taste Iris Grand Cru aged 3 years in a 400-litre cask. This product was sold without having been blended with a younger beer and so there was no possibility of secondary fermentation. As a result, Iris Grand Cru is a non-sparkling beer and it is meant to be drunk like cereal wine. Without cold hopping, its fragrances tend more towards the characteristic acidity of a spontaneous fermentation product associated with a slight caramel taste.

In other news, my eldest son, Florian, turned 18 on 3 May. To duly celebrate his transition to adulthood, and as the worthy son of a lambic brewer, Flo received a rather original birthday gift: an entire cask filled with “Cuvée Florian”.

Admittedly, finding the name was easy, but it was another matter to come up with the actual beer we were going to produce on this occasion. When I first tasted the Iris Grand Cru, I immediately thought that adding a touch of fruitiness to the caramel accent could be very complementary. And since my son’s favourite beer is kriek, I based myself on a mix of these two products to create his birthday present.

As my goal was not to create some kind of kriek clone, I reduced the amount of fruit by 40% in this blend with the Iris Grand Cru. After all, the core idea was to contribute fruitiness and mellowness to the base beer, not recreate a beer that tasted like sour cherries. Although cold-hopping with the same quantities used for “traditional” Iris would probably have masked the blend’s very subtle fragrances, I still wanted to add a touch of bitterness to this birthday present and decided to opt for a small dose of superb and very delicate Bramling Cross hops. The linger on the palate is very complex while the fruity fragrances of the hops play a subtle role without throwing off balance the beer's range of flavours and bouquet.

Added by MasterSki on 08-31-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
26
Ratings:
223
pDev:
6.76%
 
 
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44
Gots:
3
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Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spoda1983
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark amber with beige head.
Aroma has lots of hops, sour cherries, floral, funk, oak, some sweetness, vanilla.
Taste is hoppy, sour cherries, oak, some sweetness, almost sherry like, well balanced.

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4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cuvee Florian

Pours an entirely hazed lilac, ruby color with a small ring of white lacing at the rim of the glass.

Smells utmost funky, like sticking your nose in an old, wet cellar with a toasty, almost nutty cherry pith fruitiness underneath. Its fruit character develops a nice ripeness, which pops out really nice, once adjusted to the prominent funk.

Has a higher, effervescent carbonation, with a late, long lasting wood bark mustiness. Finishes with a stony mineral quality, soft and aqueous, with the cherry cutting through lots of blue cheese.

Mushroom driven, lots of decadent blue cheese and a dry, oaken spiciness blending flawlessly into the dusty, leathery cherry fruits. Sour from the mid palate onwards, with a balancing wood bark earth profile with the cherries becoming more and more fruity. Finishes with funk and cherries being in perfect balance to each other, with an actual ripe, sweet, fruit note revealing itself.

Incredibly funky, with matured cheeries putting up a perfect display of balance, while mellowing earth and dried earth add subtle notes to the throughout convincing taste.

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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on-draught on Zwanze Day 2014 @ Jester King Brewing. One of many pours of Zwanze 2014 I got for free that night. Reviewed from notes:

HEAD: None. No lacing.

BODY: Peach-auburn colour. No yeast or sediment is visible within. Nicely vibrant.

I'm looking forward to trying it. Appears adequately carbonated.

AROMA: Fantastic; holy fuck. Tart sour cherry. Powdered sugar/powdered sugar glazed berries. Sourness seems to be about a 5/10 in terms of intensity, but the accompanying tartness is lovely.

A salivating aroma of mild strength with no overt hop character. Neutral Belgian malt/wheat backbone hides beneath the sourness and fruit.

TASTE: Mindblowing sour cherry with accompanying tartness. Sourness is about a 6/10 in terms of intensity. Malt base stays neutral, letting the fruit and sourness shine. Wild lambic yeast and lactobacillus bacteria fill this out with intangible intricacies. Supple cherry skin.

Depth of flavour is good, as are flavour duration and intensity (not too high, nor too weak).

Impeccably balanced. No overt hop flavours; hops were just preservatives here. Very well put together; I love it and it boasts impressive subtlety of execution as well as a gestalt cohesive build.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, supple, smacky, refreshing, perfectly carbonated. Complements the taste well, coaxing out its many nuances.

OVERALL: I could murder litres of this, one after another. A damned impressive sour from Cantillon, and well worth getting. Wow. The powdered sugar covered cherry note that dominates is just wonderful. A divine brew everyone should try, and one that will impress even those skeptical going in.

A (4.38) / OUTSTANDING

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4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkleu357
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 9/10/15. Bottle at Cantillon. Nice spiced aroma. This beer seems to be more acidic than the other Cantillon’s I’ve had. Kind of a spiced fruit taste.

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4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the brewery, Brussels.
Hazy dark ruby with steady off white foam. 4
Earth, a bit of lemon rind, berry seed, and soap. 4.25
Tiny crackery grain, some acetic bite, berry sweetness, and some bright hops. 4.25
Earthy finish and chalky, cheese rind linger.
Crisp, dry, light. 4.5

Iris [all pale malt with fresh Saaz] with cherries and Bramling Cross dry hopping.

Ruby red grapefruit! Super clean - both nose and end. Hops push the cherries to more raspberry character, while nutty tannins from the cherry stones make it pretty lean. Rounds out and deepens at the end. Subtle and drinkable with flecks of sweetness but overall plenty tart. A bit too easy. 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HitchSlap
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Redlight Red Light in Orlando Florida for Zwanze day '14.

Pours a bright red with a little head which dissipates quickly.

Smell of grassy funk but cherries are prominent

Taste of fresh cherries, bold but not overpowering, really clean flavor, perfect

Mouthfeel on par with the best lambics with good carb

Best I've had so far from Cantillon, and certainly best Zwanze. I wish this was a regular offering as it's better than regular Kriek and LPK. Just outstanding!

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4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftCaskBC
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At Cantillon.

3/4" beige head over red liquid.

Cherries with a backdrop of blackcurrant and hay.

Sour and slightly bitter. Tastes how it smells. Very refreshing.

Creamy mouthfeel. Perfect. The 35% wheat they use is perfect.

Pretty much perfect.

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4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 223 ratings