Lambic Rhubarbe
Brasserie Cantillon

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From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
Style:
Fruit Lambic
ABV:
5%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 7.55%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
192
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 14, 2019
Added:
Jun 16, 2009
Wants:
  169
Gots:
  16
SCORE
97
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Notes: Previously released as Zwanze 2008 and Zwanze 2012.
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Rated: 4 by LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado

May 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.4 by BEER88 from Washington

May 05, 2018
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Reviewed by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.96/5  rDev +13.5%
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!
Mar 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

Nov 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Aug 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina

Aug 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by mig100 from Texas

Aug 19, 2017
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.
May 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.99 by Filabee from Michigan

Apr 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.53 by nvbrew from Nevada

Apr 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Kurmaraja from California

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.05 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Mar 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by HopBelT from Belgium

Mar 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Mar 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.65 by South2NW from Oregon

Mar 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Feb 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.05 by berto714 from New York

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Nov 21, 2016
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
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.
Nov 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

Oct 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
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.
Oct 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Sep 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by Dicers from Colorado

Sep 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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.
Sep 02, 2016
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.15/5  rDev -5%
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.
Aug 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.58 by billab914 from Virginia

Jul 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by kvgomps from New Jersey

Jun 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by hdtrice from England

May 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

May 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.36 by Euroglot from Belgium

May 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.65 by samEBC from Belgium

May 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.34 by Deltoro from Florida

Apr 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.85 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey

Apr 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Pletser from Belgium

Feb 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.34 by YvesB from Belgium

Jan 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.93 by HopBroker from Washington

Nov 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.16 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Nov 05, 2015
 
Rated: 3.71 by acurtis from New Jersey

Sep 23, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by halo3one from Georgia

Sep 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.47 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

Jun 09, 2015
Lambic Rhubarbe from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 273 ratings