Zwanze 2014 - Cuvée Florian
Brasserie Cantillon

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
4.45 | pDev: 6.74%
Brasserie Cantillon
Retired (no longer brewed)
Zwanze 2014 - Cuvée FlorianZwanze 2014 - Cuvée Florian
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of aleigator
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of kojevergas
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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.


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Photo of kkleu357
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of StJamesGate
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of HitchSlap
4.94/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of TX-Badger
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold amber color with white head. Christmas-like spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, funk, tartness, and light fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with lingering spice, tart and dry.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle in a basket. Split into a bunch of wine glasses at the Cantillon brewery.

Pours reddish/pinkish/brown. Unique in color to the other beers I've tried here. Smell is grapes and something mysterious no one can quite name. It reminds me of grape must.

Taste is grape / winey, something herbal and bitter, some kind of sharpness. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth but effervescent. Overall, very good.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Cantillon

Pours a clear red-orange, heavy on the red side. Good head retention for a sour beer. Big fluffy head pops up in the little degustation glass.

The hops come out nicely. Never got them too much in Iris I guess from drinking older bottles. A touch of the cherry pie-ness from the cherry addition. Of course it brings da funk.

For a light cherry addition it comes across nicely. Yummy musty old cheese funkiness. Light hop quality as well. Stone fruit.

Light on the tongue and fairly tart and dry.

This thing blew me away. Really amazing beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at barVolo. Served in the accompanying Cantillon tulip.

A - Slightly tan foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and minimal lace. Hazy pink body; quite pretty.

S - Like the base beer it's made from it's sweeter than your usual Cantillon offering, with vanilla and cereal grains supporting the cherries. There's a lightly grapefruit, lemon, and herb note that reminding me of Zwanze 2011; might be the Bramling Cross hop addition?

T - Taste is more lambic-esque, with tart crab apple and grape skins, and a light minerality. Light cherry, particularly in comparison to the regular or Lou Pepe Kriek. Loses some of the depth of the aroma, but it's still quite refreshing and delicious.

M - Medium-light body, spritzy carbonation, dry texture, and a refreshing, clean finish.

D - Best Zwanze in years. I was really glad the event was so low-key that I was able to have multiple glasses of this one.. Hopefully I can drink a bottle at the brewery in a few months. Great beer to drink on a patio on a sunny fall day.

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Photo of orangesol
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #900!!
Served on-tap at Monk's during Zwanze day 2014.

A - Pours ruby red with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a very light film, leaving small strings of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of tart cherries, the usual Cantillon must, some horse blanket funk, earthen minerals, bit of herbs and spices, oak and some sweet malt. Love the mix of tart cherry skins and the base Iris.

T - Starts off with the tart cherry skins and some spice and herbs quickly being joined by the musty farmhouse funk, woody oak, dash of sweetness and some faint grassy hop bitterness. Finish is quite dry, lingering long after consumption.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, tart feel that doesn't really overpower the palate. Not as dry as I was initially expecting it to be, I finished my pour and would have gladly taken another.

O - Another great Zwanze creation. The cherries complement the base version of Iris very well and it is very drinkable. I am really glad I made the trip down to try it this year. I hope to try the original version in the future.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Served on draft at Zwanze day Chicago at Westlake View Liquors, served in a Zwanze day glass.

Beer is ruby red and has a thin white head, low retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Light cherry aroma with the oakiness and sourness from the classic cantillon sourness. the Iris comes through in the nose.

Beer is light in body and bright on the palate, it is sour with hints of fruit sweetness but dry finish. It is super easy drinking and a wonderful not overly fruited beer. I really loved this beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey on Zwanze Day. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a hazy cherry juice hue with thin light wisps and a light halo. 4

S - Aromas of barnyard funk, flowers, hay , grass, light cherry and fruit aromas, light pit/seed notes . 4.5

T - Taste is great funk and barnyard, candy cherries, floral petals, meadows, 4.5

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, funky 4.5

O - Overall this beer was really good, best since 2012 which was my favorites. 4.5

Serving Type: On-Tap

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

I must begin with a ginormous thank you to drabmuh and Thorpe429 for ensuring I was able to try this, as I was unexpectedly unable to attend Zwanze Day this year.

Burgundy, ruby body with a small, off white collar that gradually receded to a thin collar. Aromas of red wine, huge oak presence, musty funk, basement, light cherries. As expected, this is lovely. The unblended, earthy, mineral qualities of Iris are complemented by a soft, tart cherry presence, offering a delicate sweetness, similar to a fine burgundy. Musty, funky throughout, with low carbonation. Delicious.

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Photo of stakem
4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Monk's served in an 8oz wine glass. The brew appears a clouded reddish copper moreso than the expected ruby stain from the fruit addition. An off-white creamy froth rests atop leaving spotty lace as it fades.

The nose has quite a lot of cherry scents going on. It is earthen with funky oak bringing a pleasant mustiness along with a scent of lemony tartness. There is also a hint of something like vegetative rhubarb...kinda.

The taste is tart with cherry. Plenty of earthen notes that are pitted and very natural to over-ripened. A spice almost like cinnamon is present and full of so much cherry flavoring it is at times like pie filling. There is a faint herbal hop touch present and the finish is reminescent of luden's cherry cough drops as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Some very nice stuff here but i think the base is also amazing without the fruit addition. Wonderful beer, would love to have it again some time.

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Photo of guityler83
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Sampled (2 glasses) at Zwanze Day (Sept 20, 2014) in Bruges, Belgium @ Cafe Rose Red

A: Poured into a wine style glass from draft, the light pink head comprised of tiny bubbles was one finger tall and had moderate sustain. The beer had a deep ruby red color with moderate clarity.

A: The nose is full of maraschino cherries, tart and sweet cherry, over rippened raspberries and an underlying funk that gives lots of character to the aroma.

T: Crushing sourness - even after the three sip rule - Maraschino cherry again in the taste with slight sweetness in the middle. Funk is minimal untill it warms up, then it becomes more apparent along with the oak and barn yard. Lemon like sourness keeps the palate interested the entire time. Wine like with more body and complexity. Crisp finish and a tartness you can feel all the way to your belly.

M: The finish leaves a prickly mouthfeel on the toungue with a dry finish, carbonation is moderate with a nice bite - adding to the sourness.

O: Glad I was able to enjoy this in Belgium. Fantastic blend with tons of great sourness and bright fruit flavors.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City as part of the Zwanze Day 2014 festivities. Poured into a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Pours a cranberry red hue with a slightly magenta twinge and a bit of haziness to it that prevents me from actually seeing through the liquid. Atop the liquid sits a finger of frothy white microbubbles that have just the faintest pink twinge to them. Retention is moderate, and leaves a healthy drifting of foam around the sides of the glass, as well as a film that covers about half of the surface area of the liquid. Lacing is nonexistent, but I can't hold that against the beer too much, as Bier Station had several pours ready to go right when they opened to expedite the line.

Smell (4.5) - A great blend of aromatic profiles, with the funky, musty oak element leading the way with notes of citric and acetic acid bring to mind lemons and light vinegar. Beyond that, there is some faint grapefruit zest and of course, a subtle cherry tartness that comes through from the small amount of cherries that this was aged upon.

Taste (4.5) - Here, the cherries are a bit more obvious, but they still don't dominate the beer the way they do in Cantillon's kriek lambic. I really like the way the pungency and grapefruit pith bitterness of the hop presence blends with the tartness of the cherries to create a flavor that is really ripe and juicy, but not overpoweringly sweet or sour. Underlying all of it is that classic musty barnyard funk and the pinch from the acidity that is present from the natural yeast and bacteria used to sour the beer.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with just enough fizz to give the sour fruity blend an effervescent feel on the tongue but doesn't overpower with prickly CO2.

Overall (4.5), this is a fantastic beer. There is a lot going on, as one might expect from a hoppy lambic aged on a small amount of cherries--there are just so many components and it's a testament to the guys at Cantillon that it doesn't become a mess of a beer, instead blending all the various components into seamless, refreshing beer.

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Photo of macher0
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ticket 122 of 125 at the Holy Grale. Oh what a treat.

A. Bright ruby color, fine bubble rim/film with faint pinkish tint. A little hazy but still translucent.

S. Sour to begin. Big cherry on front, also floral and earthy notes. Neutal oak and sour yeast are present. Moderate fragrance. This develops as it opens. A little yeast funk.

T. Tart but not big-time. The tartness is balanced by a peppery bitterness from the dry fruit and minor hop character. Big cherry flavors that combine with a buttery crust to bring cherry pie to mind. Minor notes of blueberry, orange zest and raspberry.

M. Big smooth, high carbonation, light body, not too burpy.

O. Not to be redundant but oh what a treat. I barely got a ticket which makes this special. Worth the early morning line. It is a beer to be celebrated and the staff and patrons at the Holy Grale in Louisville made this the case. An excellent beer, with many characteristics of a Kreik. Just delicious.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Ruby red pour with a small cherry red head. Big sour aroma of cherries. Flavor has a an amazing acidic sour cherry flavor backed by just a touch of yeast. Light bodied and mildly carbonated. Great tart finish.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Schera’s in Elkader, IA. Poured into a Zwanze 2014 glass 9/20/2014.

A- Beautiful dark purple-pink body, with a thick 2 finger white head, lots of hang time and lacing. Looks great. [4.25]

S- Beautiful. That classic Cantillon brewery funk, tart lemon, sour cherries, resinous noble-like hops and grape must. Very complex, very interesting. Less of the sour cherries than the 100% Kriek, but I’m not complaining as this makes it quite a different beer from that. [4.25]

F- Just as good as it smells. Sour cherries up front, musty barnyard hay and wheat in the middle, slightly bitter and astringent grassiness and Cantillon brewery funk on the backend. This is very good; a major improvement on Iris Grand Cru. [4.25]

M- Medium bodied, creamy and well carbonated just like the other Cantillon. Peppy and very easy to drink. Enjoying the sour cherry finish. [4.25]

O- As I expected, this is a more than solid beer. Very significant improvement on the Iris Grand Cru. I enjoyed the complexity here more than anything else- sour cherries, dry hopping, pale wheat, and plenty of that Cantillon brewery funk that never fails to remind me of my visit to the brewery last year. Ah, memories.. [4.25]

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Photo of LehighAce06
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Zwanze day was wonderful! On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia

Appearance - Vibrantly red, semi-opaque

Smell - Cherry and a bit of funk.

Taste - Very nice cherry flavor, just a bit of the bitter pithy quality that the Iris Crand Cru had in spades. A bit sweet but no more than a touch.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, light but not thin. Very nice

Overall - Really good. Very glad for the opportunity to try this!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Redlight Redlight. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Bright red body. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Cherry without being really juicy cherry. Acidic. Some dry grass.

Taste - Musty cherry. Very sour. Kinda malty. Grainy. Cherry finish. Very woody.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Nice sourness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - A vast improvement over last year's Zwanze. Impressive.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

Just had it today on 9.20.14 at Bier Station in KC, MO as part of the world wide festivities. A truly remarkable beer.

Pinkish red, almost purple in appearance. Slight bloom that dissipates quickly. Some lacing. Lovely, floral bouquet of berries, lemon, and cherry. Very complex flavor profile. Definite notes of cherry, lemon, and slightly yeasty flavors. Smooth, refreshingly tart and very drinkable. Another classic from what may be the greatest brewery in the world.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

Great day at alewife...Great beer, great people, mellow vibe, patrick does it again!

Brew pours a murky yet attractive orange red pink. No head to speak of.

Nose is young kreik. Deep cherry, light plastic, but appetizing and inviting.

Taste is like a young kreik, the cherry is in a good spot but not all that sour, very fruity. A bit dry on the finish, easy drinker. Really nice beer, very happy to try it. not mind blowing but way better than I expected. How can ya go wrong? A day of cantillon and friends, thank zwanze day!

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Zwanze 2014 - Cuvée Florian from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 224 ratings