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.
Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 273 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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Photo of backbaybrewer
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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Photo of rand
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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Photo of andrewinski1
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice. The color is hazy orange. There is a small layer of white bubbles.

The aroma is full of rhubarb! Wow this takes me back to my days of eating raw rhubarb.

This starts out similar to a typical Cantillon, but the rhubarb character is overwhelming. The vegetal rhubarb tartness particularly lingers strong in the finish.

This is medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Delicious!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Zwanze 2012 at Churchkey in DC 12/1

Pours a nice healthy orange with a nice ring of bubbly white head. Really nice look. 4.5

The smell has a great potpourri of interesting sweet and sour smells, the rhubarb shines through brilliantly. It has a nice berry note to it as well, with a crust like malt as well it truly seems like a rhubarb pie. A nice tartness in the nose but it's more subtle than other beers by cantillon. 4

The taste follows suit and again is quite tart but maybe not sour like some other cantillon beers certainly are. The rhubarb is there and the malt is elegant and pastry crust like in taste, a very balanced and round flavor profile. Some oak and vanilla notes there to help with the evenness of flavor. This isn't an in your face kind of sour, but I think it's very nice and quite tasty. 4.5

The mouthfeel is nice and has a great carbonation level and density to prop up the tastes. 4.5

Overall another great beer from cantillon I certainly enjoyed this one very much, though it isn't my favorite beer of theirs I've had. 4

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks in philly during Zwanze Day 2012 - approx 6 oz pour in wine glass

Pours a lightly hazed soft golden color with some straw and orange hues. Fluff of white head dissolves fairly quickly into a collar of film with little lacing on the glass.

Very tart and funky in the nose - reminds me of Classic Gueuze with an added fruit/vegetal note from the rhubarb. Straw, wet hay, horse blanket and yeasty funk. Touch of citrus and lemon with lingering acid.

Stark, yet balanced sour flavor right up front driven by citrus, lemon peel and rhubarb. Underlying fruit and soft vegetal tone with hints of oak and white wine. Funky and dry throughout with straw and wet hay. Rhubarb and acidic sourness in the lasting finish.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and gripping on the tongue. This felt like a rhubarb twist on the Classic Gueuze, which happens to be one of my all time favorite lambics. Getting a glass of this was total madness, but I'm psyched I had the chance to taste it.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at La Fine Mousse in Paris, France.

Pours like a gueuze with a thin white head.

Nose; gueuze with some rhubarb.

Taste; reminds me of Cantillon gueuze with a little age (maybe 4 years) on it and a touch of rhubarb in the finish to make it a bit more crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel; like Cantillon Gueuze, crisp and dry.

Overall; honestly, after how awesome last years Zwanze was and knowing this years was the same as 2008, it's about what I expected. Another tasty lambic from the people who I think do them best. It was another awesome zwanzeday though and I look forward to the next; thanks Jean and Family for doing what you do, the way you do it!

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4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle. Shared by Ineedabeerhere. 40z. pour into a Founders snifter. Reviewed from notes at a tasting on 10/16/10.

A: Pours near no head. Just a thin white wisp atop a golde, slightly cloudy, yellow beer. No lacing. Very lightly carbonated but appropriate for its style.

S: Nose is slightly tart, Brett, horse blanket, and very cheesy. Intensely pungent funk character almost like sour feet dipped in spoiled cottage cheese... mmm... tasty right?

T: Brett character upfront is very noticeable. A pleasant, muted tartness on the back end. Flowery, cheesy and funky towards the middle to end. Cobweb and band-aid finish with a dry, floral, esthery aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated but surprisingly abrasive. Tickles the tongue and lively on the palate. Finsh is dry and aftertaste is filmy and lingers.

D: I can't really recall the last time 375ml of ANY Cantillon offering was enough and this is no exception. Great feel and complexity with a very appropriate, funky, cheesy nose. Hard to find but definitely worth a try!

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Photo of Chico1985
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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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil for Zwanze Day ’12. Sure rhubarb is an herb (not a fruit), but for simplicity's sake it will be referred to as a fruit in this review.

Fruity, slightly vegetal aroma. Dry, soured fruits on the palate with high acidity -- considerably moreso than most fresh Cantillon fruit lambics, likely a factor of the rhubarb’s inherent tartness. This was *considerably* better than Zwanze '11 and should age like a champ.

I only discovered the deliciousness of rhubarb earlier this year, and its inclusion in Zwanze ’12 met my lofty expectations. Take a fruit with inherent tartness, convince Jean to blend it with lambic, and blissfully sip on it until the world ends.

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Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Churchkey on Zwanze day 2012. Served in a Gueuze glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orange/golden color with a half finger of fluffy white head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: This is a very tart smelling beer. I'm getting traditional lambic funk, but the overall smell is rather light. Some barnyard funk and lemon juice as well. There is also a nice presence from the rhubarb.

Taste: This is quite tart for a lambic that hasn't been aged. The sour notes from the lambic and the tart notes from the rhubarb work very well together. There is a slight herbal component along with some lemon juice and funk. Very light and refreshing. The finish is quite tart.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a lot of tingly carbonation and a finish that is super dry.

Overall: This definitely lived up to my expectations. So light and refreshing. I would love to try the 2008 version. I only with this was easier to come by.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Lambic Rhubarbe from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 273 ratings