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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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

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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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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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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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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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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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zwanze 2014 - Cuvée Florian from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 223 ratings