Lambic Rhubarbe
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
ABV:
5%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.53%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
273
From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
95
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Notes: Previously released as Zwanze 2008 and Zwanze 2012.
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4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Straight old world funk. Strong lambic funk nose with a balanced, refreshing & smooth taste and finish. Not much rhubarb left at this point. One of the best!

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mrn1ceguy from Illinois, Mar 30, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, shared by a random at rogerdandy's latest typically epic bottle share. And yeah, dude, sorry I pronounced this one's name wrong, jeez. Apparently made with rhubarb.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber colour, with one finger of loosely foamy and wispy off-white head, which leaves very little lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of musty yeast, tart applesauce, gritty and grainy pale malt, a bit of red balsamic vinegar, and ephemeral earthy, leafy, and floral hops. The taste is rather tart white wine and cider notes, light cooking vinegar, a bit of banal barnyard (the best kind), gritty and grainy pale malt, and more very tame leafy and floral noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is very mild in its barely-there frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and actually quite smooth for style. It finishes tart, musty, and grainy.

Overall, as usual, this is great stuff, balanced and surprisingly easy to drink, even if the rhubarb character has essentially disappeared, or perhaps just morphed into a generic sour fruitiness. Whatever, I am thankful that I got a chance to drink this fairly rare offering.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), May 30, 2017
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4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

With absolute masterful hands, only brewers, blenders of cantillon can create a dry, sour and flawless taste while keeping the identifiably, radiant character that keeps the fruit tasting like rhubarb. Grandma's rhubarb never tasted so good!

Cantillon Rhubarbe seduces the senses with its vibrant fruit perfume of rhubarb- caught somewhere between raspberry, strawberry and blackberry, and is also indicative in the beer's deep mauve hue and its light pink froth. Candy-sweet to taste, the initial flavors are of hard candy and a hint of pastry with a kiss of jammy maltiness.

But the sweetness is soon forgotten as the brisk carbonation and the pungency of sourness steals the show. Remaining just as radiant with rhubarb as ever, the taste calderns from below with citrusy lime, crabapple and the spicy tang of gooseberry. Currant, red grape and an overall musty wine taste round out the fruit and introduces a light briny taste. Weathered oak, cellar-like woodsy nuttiness and a hint of cedar swirls about the senses as the finish looms.

Medium-light, crisp and clean despite its robust fruit flavor, the sour ale strips the thirst from the palate and ushers in an utmost refreshing taste. Lightly peppery, red wine-like a tannin-balanced with wood, a soft afterglow of rhubarb and pastry remain in a brief echo.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Nov 05, 2016
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3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy pastel yellow-gold with a soft, creamy white head that persists throughout as a thick clingy collar.

Really funky but light stinky cheese aromas are followed by overripe peach, and a little sawdust or crushed almond.

I do not get a lot of rhubarb in taste, more like a lemon-raspberry tart, which I guess in itself is pretty close to straight rhubarb, but we have rhubarb that grows all around the house so it's not a flavor I'm unfamiliar with when ultra fresh. I also get some barnyard funk, and as it warms, some fresh rhubarb faintly emerges. Luckily I had some rhubarb jam nearby to tease out the rhubarb flavor, but it is not like a mouth puckering crunch of that green-pinkish stalk, it's just a slight twinge running along the background.

Medium body with a soft, frothy feel.

I had this on draft at a Cantillon tasting for Cleveland beer week in Oct 2016, and it was simply listed as "Rhubarb (Draft)--a blend of 2 year old lambics brewed with rhubarb." I believe it is actually Zwanze 2012 as there does not appear to be a Cantillon beer simply named "Rhubarb," but we did not receive clarification from the bar that held the event.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Oct 15, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy peach color with pearl white head. Aroma is really fruity and sour with lots of farmhouse funk. Taste is sour but not puckering, really fruity and fresh, not too acidic. Really interesting fruit profile, another great lambic from Cantillon.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Sep 02, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: I do not know what rhubarb smells or tastes like.

As Zwanze 2012 version. A 750ml bottle at the brewery. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy golden orange colour with a half finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left almost no lacing.

Aroma: Tart, funky and oak with a touch of leather and some fruitiness (which I will assume is rhubarb).

Taste: Sour, tart and funky. Some hay, lemon, grapefruit and a tart fruitiness (which again I will assume is rhubarb).

Mouthfeel: Dry-ish, light bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Another nice beer from Cantillon and my first Zwanze. I do kind of wish I tried actual rhubarb first before trying this beer so that I had at least an idea of how close or how strong the rhubarb came through. But in any case, this was still very good.

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kitch from Hong Kong, Aug 17, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015-05-14
Cantillon Zwanze 2012 served from a 750ml bottle in a basket, split amongst a bunch of a wine glasses at the Cantillon brewery. Not sure why the 2012 link takes me to the 2008 listing, but who am I to argue?

Pours a hazy golden. Looks flat. Smell is vaguely tart.

Taste is bright -- sweet and sour with a slight rhubarb flavor. Seems more citrusy thank anything else to me.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Overall, this is a very good beer.

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snaotheus from Washington, May 14, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle drank at the source as Zwanze 2012 on 9/6/14. Cantillon in Brussels. Pours clear golden colored with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet sugars, tart rhubarb, dusty oak. Flavor has lots of funk, sweet and sour with light fruitiness, tart rhubarb with some twigs and dirt to go along, lemon tart finish. Very light bodied but with plenty of flavor and lots if carbonation. This was really nice, with the rhubarb influence subtle but noticeable.

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BMMillsy from Florida, Sep 12, 2014
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4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle @ Cantillon

Hazy gold with a white head. Quite a bit of carbonation present that holds a head.

Almost straight lambic but there is a nice little amount of rhubarb hanging in there to give it some dynamic. Wood, leaf, cheese, musty.

Lots of carbonation and sourness to it which is a bit of a shock at first sip. Dry of course.

Really nicely done. I bet this was exciting fresh.

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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Alberto.
A-this is a lively lambic. Looks like their guezue. A lingering film of white head atop a clear golden brew.
S-Typical Cantillon. Funky. Notes of leather, must, and stable. Sour, not picking up rhubarb but then again rhubarb doesn't have much of an aroma.
T-like the aroma. The sourness is quite high. The rhubarb seems to give this beer some astringency. Lots of that Cantillon funk.
M-very light bodied and dry.
O-distinctly Cantillon. No problem to drink a bottle of this at the brewery. Refreshing brew.

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deebo from Minnesota, Jan 25, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Zwanse 2012

On tap at Toronado SD for Zwanse Day, reviewed from notes.

A. Orange apricot in color, no head, effervescent.

S. Rhubarb, unripe fruit, light vinegar, orange zest.

T. Nice tart front, unripe citrus, rhubarb. Lemon zest, white pepper, straw funk.

M. Light and bubbly, clean, no residue

Lives up to hype, refreshing.

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rand from California, Dec 30, 2013
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4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cantillon Zwanze

Appearance: grapefruit colored, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: nice sour fruit.

Taste: nice lambic sourness with a light fruit finish. 4

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy sourness.

Overall:
This is a good sour. The potent nature of it makes it hard to admire all of the complexity inside it.

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megahurts4 from Louisiana, Nov 22, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.

2012 vintage that is apparently a rebrew of the 2008 vintage.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and tart fruit and rhubarb flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an interesting rhubarb presence that comes through slightly better in the flavor.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Keg in Earl of Essex, Sept 2012. Colour is clear amber, no head, some oiliness on the surface. Nose is burnt lambic yeasty, rhubarb, sour yeast. Taste is sour green apples, fresh rhubarb, cheesy burnt lambic, sour green fruit. Finish is tongue curling sour and some nice rhubarb fruit.

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EdKing from United Kingdom (England), Sep 30, 2013
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4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was delicious. The rhubarb flavor was spot on-- I need to hit the minimum character requirement so I can Mark this beer as "had."
It seems like a glitch in the programing because I can't jist mark this as "had," so I I'll tell whoever reads this that this beer was pretty fucming spectacular.
Sadly it is not available. Tough shit. You missed out.
Seriously.

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AleWatcher from Illinois, Sep 15, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - Cantillon

2012 vintage

Served in Cantillon wine-style glass. Bright orange body with a white foam ring. It's definitely a tart one - there are fruity notes coming from the Rhubarb, but in a beer of this nature, you'd have to have an expert palate to be able to identify that without knowing it was included. Some strange vegetable notes in the finish. Some good things here, some not so great. Glad to tick it, but least impressive of all of the bottles we had.

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dirtylou from District of Columbia, Aug 31, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

75 cl bottle at Cantillon Brewery. Poured into a Cantillon chalice.

A: Poured a cloudy, golden yellow. Little, if any carbonation visible. Small foamy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Sour, signature Cantillon funk, and a little citrus. Reminded me of the Vigneronne.

T: The comparison to Vigneronne is close, but not exact. Less sour, particularly at the beginning but still with quite a pucker at the end. A friend I shared it with said "sour skittles." Not typical BA language, but it's kinda there. It's a very straight forward sourness with citrus. Doesn't seem to be a ton going on here, but what there is is certainly good.

M: Light, tart, and crisp. Reminiscent of most Cantillons.

O: I was a little disappointed with this beer. It's still very good, but the restrictions on taking it away and the price tag (the highest at the brewery per bottle, though still not bad) made me expect a bit more. I like where they're going with the beer, but I think it just turned out better with Saint Lumvinus.

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Dreizhen from District of Columbia, Jun 29, 2013
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4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try a sample of this at Moeder Lambic at the pre-TdG Dark Lord tasting extravaganza! Thanks for shairng gents. This was a really fun day!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a small white head with good retention. Gamboge in color, hazy, with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Rhubarb I presume, lemon citrus notes a la Cantillon, as well as some funky aromas in there too. Very bold and funky, with the rhubarb making it all the more interesting. Well balanced and enticing.

TASTE: Rhubarb again, with lots of funky and mouldy flavors up front. Some lemon and citrus sourness through the middle with more lemon and some foral bitterness at the swallow. A persistent finish is bold and quite well balanced, with the funk and sourness being nicely balanced by the rhubarb. Nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Sour and puckering finish. Good stuff.

OVERALL: This one was really nice. Nothing traffic-stopping per se, but definitely something I'd be happy to drink on a regular basis. I completely missed Zwanze Day this year, so I was really happy to give this one a shot at Moeder Lambic. Thanks again for hosting a really fun day guys!

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Jeffo from Netherlands, May 28, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Cantillon on 4/23/2013.

Ap: Hazy Orange with a nice head that dissapates slowly.

Ar: Fruity and sourness up front dominates. some earthiness.

F: I personally didn't taste the rhubarb at all until I was told that it was in there. Rhubarb is a pretty tart vegetable so I had trouble differentiating it from the tart/sourness that is in any sour beer of this sort. Lots of funk.

M: Very effervescent. Dry finishing.

O: Love it. Perhaps my favorite of the day at Cantillon, although it's a toss up between zwanze and fou fone.

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backbaybrewer from Massachusetts, Apr 30, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage - 750ml corked and caged bottle served by Julie Van Roy at Cantillon! Pours a beautiful honey/amber hue with a bright white head that dissipates into a latte-like froth embedded with tiny pinpricks. Nose is both herbal and medicinal. Taste is tart and vinegary with perhaps a suggestion of something vegetal, but just a hint. Mouthfeel is light in body with just a kiss of effervescence and an acidity that is slightly puckering and stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheek as well as the tastebuds. Overall, a very good sour but quite acidic, making it difficult to tease out all the nuances.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Apr 20, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 re-brew, on-tap at Spuyten Duyvil during Zwanze Day 2012.

A: Hazy amber body, ultra-fine off-white head. Great.

S: Sour, fruity, and vegetal. Apples, rhubarb, and edamame. Leafiness. Starch. Weird, and interesting.

T: Nicely tart up front with familiar green apple acidity leadin the way to profoundly bizarre rhubarb, asparagus, edamame, and sweet potato notes. Apple skin and dryness on the finish. So weird it's terrific.

M: Fairly light, frothy, and creamy. Excellent.

O: This was great and unique, but frankly it was a distant third behind St. Lamvinus and Mamouche in the best Cantillon of the day contest. I'd love to savor a larger pour some time, but it's not killing me that that almost certainly won't happen. There are many better Lambics out there.

Cheers!

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woosterbill from Kentucky, Jan 11, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #1900!!! Enjoyed during Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Avenue Pub in New Orleans! Served from tap into a wine glass. Poured a fluorescent hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, grass, earth, sour, tart, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, dark fruit, white grape, wood, sour, tart, funk, earth, and rhubarb. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I have been lucky to make it to the past two Zwanze Days thus far and I can honestly say that both have been worth it. I will be honest that the rhubarb was definitely a pretty strong aspect going on in this one which is what you would expect with it being fresh. While this was the case it really didn’t hurt the brew at all. Cantillon really has something special going that is hard to put into words with their brews, and this one wasn’t an exception to this. Wish it would have been a little more tart, but other than that another solid brew from them.

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thagr81us from South Carolina, Dec 31, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 2012 Zwanze day at WLV Liquors in Chi. Reviewed from notes.

Pour: Hazy orange with a nice finger of white, fluffy head. Head doesn't lace, and sticks around as a fizzy rim.

Smell: Lemony tartness and funk up front, followed by some earthiness. Some vegetal rhubarb sweetness, and a rootiness... almost like sweet earthy radish. Funk throughout.

Tate: Tart lemons up front again, along with more earthy funk. Big sweet rhubarb throughout, both vegetal yet fruity (citrus and... well, rhubarb - think of that one flavor in a strawberry-rhubarb pie that you just don't know what to do with... that one). Lots of funk for a relatively young lambic. Finishes earthy and tart.

Mouthfeel: Superb tartness, and quite dry. Incredibly drinkable... arguably the most drinkable offering I've had yet next to fresh kriek. Tartness lingers.

Overall: A really, really nice lambic from Cantillon. I would love to see this in bottles regularly, and it has the uniqueness of Mamouche, yet the familiar aspects of something like Fou'Foune.

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cfrances33 from Illinois, Dec 28, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Spuyten in BK for Zwanze Day in small snifter.

Appearance is a light golden color with a very thin head. Its` nose contains apple, white grapes and some vinegar. A bit sour in the nose but not too much so. Sipping on this small 6 ounce pour and I taste more of the white grapes, the rhubarb also comes through, and certainly a sour aspect is present. But not too sour, very nicely done. Mouthfeel is just right, medium, some carbonation. All in all, this is a great beer. I went into it hoping for another solid beer from Cantillon and that is what I got, along with a big crowd toasting for this special event !

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mltobin from Connecticut, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zwanze Day at Armsby Abbey. Always good to check off another Cantillon.

A light hazy orange/reddish color with a small white head. Decent retention with the head forming a thick ring towards the end with a bit of lace left.

Lots of bretty bugs, sour lemon, funk, oak barrel and a noticeable earthy veggie-type aspect that must be the rhubarb. Good strength. Expected Cantillon with a twist.

The rhubarb didn't come out as much in the taste to me but this is still very solid. Reminded me of their classic gueuze kind of. Good amount of funk and bugs, sour light fruits, some white wine.

Nice puckering mouthfeel with high-ish carbonation, proper for the style.

Not sure how much the rhubarb really added here but a nice lambic that brings on the smooth sour funk, as expected from Cantillon. Just not one of my favorites.

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Chico1985 from Massachusetts, Dec 10, 2012
Lambic Rhubarbe from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 273 ratings