Cantillon Zwanze 2016 | Brasserie Cantillon

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4.4/5
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75 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For Zwanze 2016, raspberry lambic was blended with blueberry lambic with a small addition of vanilla added for flavor. The ratios are 82% rapberry lambic to 18% blueberry lambic with .05% vanilla added.

Added by mothman on 08-18-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
20
Ratings:
75
pDev:
6.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marius
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Zwanze Day 2016 at Butcher’s Tears. Semi-hazy ruby pour with a pink head. Notes of raspberries, minerals, lambic funk, horse blanket, bitter cherries, vanilla, oak. Medium body and carbonation and a light tart and refreshing finish.

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Photo of spycow
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zwanze 16 drank at the scource on 161119

Pours ruby red with a purple note and a fluffy, bright pink head.

Smells of old wood and a light funkiness which gets overruled by ripe, sweet raspberries, which got the most jammy quality I have so far experienced in a Cantillon Lambic. Scented wood with a nice vanilla nuance mingles into a stone fruit earthiness, creating a very intriguing fruit composition.

Soft on the tongue with a fitting carbonation, adding a nice crispness to the fruits, while the mouthfeel maintains its silkness throughout. Easy drinking with a sweetness, which gets almost matched by the berry tartness.

On the taste, the beer starts with raspberries, initially not unlike the Rosé de Gambrinus, until it gets accompanied by flowery sweet vanilla, finding a well fitting interaction in the old oak, which creates a soft rusticness. This revolts against the refreshing fruit acidity, evolving from a stone pit earthiness with raspberry jam on top. It finishes with a dominating, yet pleasant fruitiness which has by now overcome its wooden antagonist for the most part, while its lively tartness maintains the ability to cut through.

Overall I don't think the vanilla addition is overly substantial, it almost prevents the beer from developing its usual complexity, since it cuts off the oak to a certain degree, replacing it by a unneccesary sweetness. Don't get me wrong, its sweetness is never coming close to being artificial on the tongue, it just does not provide the greatness of the Rosé (which, to be fair, is one of my all time favourites).

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4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Bright raspberries, moderate vanilla, coupled with light blueberries, slightly funky with a lingering sourness.\

A: Bright pink, hazy, with thick uniform head with solid retention, and light lacing in the glass.

T: Lots of raspberry flavor upfront, coupled with moderate vanilla and light blueberries. The beer is slightly funky with a lingering sourness that lasts through the finish.

M: Med-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The vanilla provides a bit of smoothness.

O: Wow; the beer’s fruit components come together very well. The raspberries provide a bright and tangy aroma that’s nicely contrasts the vanilla beans. The sweet/tart aroma and flavor is further complimented by the light blueberry presence to bring up the acidity. Delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Sovereign for Zwanze Day.

Dark ruby body with a small collar. Raspberry leaps out in the aroma. The raspberry character is dominant, overpowering the blueberries. Perhaps a mild sweet note from the vanilla. While delicious, I found this one dimensional.

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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Playalinda. Bright red with a pink head. Smells of raspberry and something that could be blueberry. I never get a very distinct blueberry flavor out of lambics anyway. Maybe vanilla. Something is softening the acidity. Tastes more of the berry flavor. The raspberry lends a lot sourness. Again, the vanilla seems to just soften the sourness more than taste of clear vanilla. Maybe I just can’t taste it. Back end is dry and oaky. Light body. Very tasty. I’m always happy when Zwanze is a fruit lambic.

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4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Cantillon Zwanze 2016 from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 75 ratings