Zwanze 2016 - Cantillon Framboise
Brasserie Cantillon

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
4.41 | pDev: 6.35%
Brasserie Cantillon
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Marius
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Marius from Netherlands, Jan 05, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Magic lambic / zwanze 16

Pours a bright ember-orange color with a small white head.

Smells pretty raspberry forward, due to the generous amount of lou pepe framboise used in this. On a second note, the blueberries blend into this foundation marvelously well, empowered by a unique, natural sweetness, resulting from the vanilla beans. The three different aromas manage to combine to a whole new level of complexity, creating a beautiful fruitness with an additional sweet, flowery vanilla sweetness on top, pointing out the juicy ripeness of the berries. Pastry lambic?

Drinks soft and refreshing, complex and light bodied, with a surprisingly powerful tartness during the finish, still complimenting to the fruit.

On the taste, surprisingly enough, blueberries is what i detect at first, most likely because they benefit the most from the present, flowery, slighly sweet vanilla. The raspberries push the flavor intensity onto a different level, adding a lovely tartness, funk and leathery note. Finishes effervescent, with more raspberries adding in, a faint remaining blueberry quality and a fruit stone earthiness.

This is great, different to anything I‘ve had so far from cantillon and satisfying throughout. The fruit blending works incredibly well with the potent vanilla bean, creating sweet and sour, fruity and dusty flavors at the same time.

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aleigator from Germany, Nov 19, 2016
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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Phil-Fresh from California, Oct 14, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia, Oct 08, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of captaincoffee
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Zwanze Day of course, at the Kernel in London. Pours deep purple with thick dark-pink head that leaves nice lacing. Beautiful beer really. Nose has some of that Cantillon funk, but in this case, I think is muddled by the dark fruits. Heavy feeling in the nose. Vanilla may be further muddling it. Taste is tart, slightly tannic, with the blueberry being the primary fruit I get coming through with cherry and lemon behind. A sipper with a bit extra pucker, but lots of flavor for sure. Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp at the same time. Overall, I feel like the heavy blueberry didn't work quite as well with the raspberry and other lambic flavors (and especially he nose) as many other Cantillons. Still pretty damn good. Maybe if I didn't have the amazing St Gilloise prior...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Fools Gold. Got there around 2pm or so to a large but manageable crowd. Cheers to FG for offering up this ENTIRE keg for free. Cloudy blood red pour, with a small pink head that sank to a tiny ringlet. Raspberry and funk on the nose, as would be expected, with a lemon-lacto twist. Mostly raspberry in the taste, with a mix of typical lambic funk, very light blueberry skin. No vanilla whatsoever, and very subtle hints of clean-cut barrel. Crisp mouthfeel, mildly acidic. Not great, but I'd put it at my #2 favorite Zwanze behind Florian.

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Rifugium from North Dakota, Oct 04, 2016
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4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright raspberry/beet magenta with some foam. Smell is huge raspberry and stone fruit. Blueberry is in there, and the vanilla hides in there as well. Taste is straight berry fruit essence, raspberry, blueberry, boysenberry, and the vanilla creaminess rounds it out ever so faintly at the end. Vanilla showed up a bit more prominent in the finish as it warmed in the glass. Feel is smooth and soft, but a little sharp with the tartness at times. Smoothness too, came out as it warmed. Overall, very unique, and very glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Thin Man Brewery in Buffalo, NY. Zwanze Day!!

This one pours a darkish and mostly clear red, with a small fizzy head, and no lacing.

Smells like very sour raspberry, lemon, a hint of blueberry, and oak. Can't wait to dive into this one.

All of the expected flavors are here- there's obviously more raspberry, it's sour, it's fleshy, and very authentic tasting, with some exceedingly sour blueberry flavors too. I want to say I can taste the vanilla, and maybe I do, a little bit, but it's hard to know if my mind is suggesting it because I know it's in there, because there's really not much in the blend. It's quite sour, but not overwhelmingly so. There's definitely some oak, and a lemony sparkling funk. This is one of the best Cantillon beers I've ever had.

This is lighter bodied, very crisp, and very drinkable, with a good level of carbonation.

This is god level- near perfection.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Oct 03, 2016
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4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Jester King Zwanze Day celebration. Pours a clear light red color with minimal very pink head. Raspberries, cherries, vanilla, blueberries, plenty of berry on the nose along with some tartness and funk; follows onto the palate. Light and crisp. Finishes with plenty of nice berry flavors complimented by a subtle sweetness from the vanilla and ends with the tartness of the lambic. Very well done.

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Photo of safaricook
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this in Amsterdam at the Bierkonings outing to Butcher's Tears brewery.
Killer aroma on this one. The fruitiness is so nicely smoothed out by the hint of vanilla. Perfect dose.
The taste and all the rest of it are top notch Cantillon as it is.

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safaricook from Netherlands, Oct 02, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small wineglass pour at Slow Boat Tavern for Zwanze Day.

Pours dark purple-red with a small, purplish head, moderate to low carbonation. Smell is very light berries with a little bit of tartness.

Taste is tart, straw/wood funkiness, berries, with a moderate bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light and dry, falls a little bit short of a lot of Cantillons I've had (but still very nice mouthfeel). Overall, very nice beer.

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snaotheus from Washington, Oct 02, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Schera's in Elkader, Iowa for Zwanze Day- 1 October 2016. Served in the requisite Zwanze stemmed glass.

Pours a beautiful dark purple body, medium pink hue, rich reddish pink head that measures about one finger, excellent retention, bits of lacing. Smells of rich raspberry, Cantillon funk, darker fruit presumably the bilberries, oak, hay, musty cobwebs. It's really much like Rose de Gambrinus with a bit of different fruit character. Flavour follows, however the vanilla lends a bit of rich velvety sweetness on the finish, especially when it warms up some. It's mostly what fresh Lou Pepe Framboise tastes like, but with a little more complexity on the finish. The bilberries don't really show here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich, good carbonation with that light velvety texture on the finish from the vanilla. Lots of raspberry. Overall, a very tasty rendition of a framboise, and the vanilla was noticeable although not as in your face as many vanilla adjunct stouts- this is an example of a well-done vanilla addition to an already rich base beer.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Oct 02, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent. I can't say that the vanilla is obviously there, but the raspberry and blueberry are lovely. Perfect level of tartness, fruity, funky. Exactly what you want from something like this.

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jrenihan from Ontario (Canada), Oct 01, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pink raspberry purple. Pink head.

Berries!! Tastes of raspberries and sweet vanilla. The blueberries are faint but add a contrast to the raspberries. Funky and sour. Tart with minimal acidity. Green apples.

Great lambic and fun to try. Would love to see what age does to this one.

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mothman from Minnesota, Oct 01, 2016
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4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my first Zwanze review but my fourth Zwanze Day event. Having previously attended at Lord Hobo, and with that bar not on the announcement sheet of hosting locations, my friends and I decided to go to the Portland, ME venue (Novare Res) this year.

Well, 3 o' clock rolled around and we were presented with this gorgeous reddish-hued lambic after much revelry (and perusal of a really impressive, diverse taplist). A finger of foamy pink head sits atop a deep red beer that presents with impressive clarity. Though the head dissipates over the course of a few minutes, it can be re-roused fairly consistently and tends to sit around for a while afterwards. Beautiful beer.

Nose is very raspberry forward, with some stem-y blueberry, oak, tannic funk and vanilla (especially once allowed to warm to cellar temperature). Jammy raspberry and strawberry preserves, wild blueberries, floral notes and wet hay/earth combine with the requisite Cantillon horse blanket-y funk to make for a fairly conservative but overall amazing-smelling fruited lambic.

Extremely tart upfront with a sweet and oaky backend that gets a bit bitter, surprisingly. Sweet, sour raspberry flavor with slight wild blueberry and earthy hop in the finish. Very fruit forward but eventually melds with the rustic and band-aidy Brett aspects before drying out completely.

Feel is fluffy and light, almost like the beer version of a meringue, complete with an airy carbonation and soft wheat palate that makes each sip satisfying. I could easily savor this for hours, and that is the mark of a true, traditional lambic for me. This is the first time I've had a fruited lambic Zwanze and I'm excited by the prospect of future entries. What a great day with great friends! À votre santé!

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ichorNet from Massachusetts, Oct 01, 2016
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4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tapped 3:00 pm at Green Bench, St Petersburg Florida. All 200 of us in line for our 4oz pour. Clear ruby red color with nice thick pink head. Not much smell cold but as it warms i get raspberry, Vanilla and i guess some Blueberry. Funky nose but not as much as Cantillon's Kriek (which i also have a glass of to compare). The taste is unusual, can't pinpoint any dominating flavors, just melts together so nicely. The vanilla comes through but also the other 2 fruits. Its all nice and tart with the base Lambic not hidden by all the additives. At room temp it transforms into another equally outstanding beer with the Vanilla dominating the nose and aftertaste in a good way. A truly one of a kind offering well worth its name.

This happens to be my 1,000 Beer Advocate rating and it was somewhat planned but also good timing since Zwanze Day fell were it did on the calendar.

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KensWorld from Florida, Oct 01, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy ruby red color with pink head. Aroma has lots of raspberries buy you also get the subtle vanilla sweetness. Really fresh and fruity. Taste starts with raspberry jam, tart, unripe fruits and continues with some light funk, but quite clean overall. It really makes the fruits shine. Finishes tart and quite dry. A really tasty and aromatic fruity lambic.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Oct 01, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ Fool's Gold NYC.

Translucent red of average vibrance. No head, really. No lacing. Has a pink ring of floating foam.

Aroma brings notes of tart powdered sugar glazed raspberries. Slight smacky sourness is evident - maybe a 5/10 in terms of intensity. No oak, no blueberry, no vanilla. Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a lovely fruited lambic.

Tart raspberry, powdery sugar, smacky Lactobacillus bacteria, moderately high acidity. Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, refreshing. Ludicrously drinkable; I find myself inhaling the glass. Impeccable balance. Nice depth of flavour.

It could go more sour and smacky, but it's nice as is. I wouldn't notice any blueberry or vanilla in a blind tasting, to be fair. I love the tartness.

Well built. Excellent execution for a Lambic, though there's room for improvement in terms of oak presence and depth of flavour.

Acidity is apt; not palate-stripping.

Lovely stuff. I'd definitely buy a bottle if available. More stellar work from Cantillon, though not their best.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Oct 01, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, what a fucking day at fools gold in nyc. 7am doors, arrived about 30 prior to a small line, everyone on line got table or bar seats which stayed open for several hours before the rush round 11 for cantillon tappings. it was an awkward hour or so of looking around before the first bottle got cracked and a legendary bar wide bottle share began.

great food, great taps all day and great people. but the beer....

at 5 to 3, Patrick, bar owner, announced that zwanze was on the house this yr cause was all about sharing. and today could not have been a better example w legends from the past shared alongside the hyped brews of the moment.

zwanze brew was an immaculate blend of berry and vanilla. nit universally loved by all, but far and away the best zwanze in NY now 4 yrs of consecutive zwanzes. amazing day, punctuated by a gorgeous modern sour cantillon style. worth the hunt if it exists beyond today. very dessert vanilla and berry. great palate cutter after a day of everything. sante!


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cosmicevan from New York, Oct 01, 2016
Zwanze 2016 - Cantillon Framboise from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 74 ratings