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Cantillon Lambic Rhubarbe | Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
4.37/5
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270 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Previously released as Zwanze 2008 and Zwanze 2012.

Added by MasterSki on 06-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#568
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
270
pDev:
7.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
172
Gots:
17
Trade:
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Ratings: 270 |  Reviews: 80
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of claspada
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft @ Monks in Philly for Zwanze Day 2012.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small white head that leaves some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with musty funk, light earthy herbaceous notes and fruit skins. As it warms I get some more emergin tart sour fruitness.

The tastes follow the nose with notes of tart grape skin, juicy citrus grapefruit, earthy oak, cheesy funk and some light berries. There is something else there which could be the rhubarb but I cannot say for sure. Our course there is the standard fantastic Cantillon lemon and barnyard yeasty funk.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is mildly fruity, oay and acidic.

Overall I really enjoyed this lambic and I believe it is one of my favorites I have had from Cantillon. It had so many sublte qualities that make it difference that many other fresh Cantillon lambics. The tart, tangy, fruity aspects were restrained and balance the underlying musty and earthy notes. Wish this was in a bottle, but super glad to have had the opportunity to sample

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Photo of Tnudish
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage sampled on tap at West Lakeview for Zwanze Day.

A-Pours a cloudy light orange in color with a thin, tight white head.

S-It’s hard to judge the nose here. Our bartenders just washed a bunch of glasses so it started out smelling dirty and awful right after she washed them. The longer I held onto it, the more the rhubarb opened up. It is tart, a little earthy and vegetal, some lemon, and must.

T-Rhubarb pops pretty well in the flavor, this is a well executed lambic. The rhubarb is the forefront, backed by lemon rind, and some must. The secondary characteristics are pretty nuanced.

M-Light mouthfeel, light acidity, gentle carbonation, and a moderate finish.

O-Great lambic, very distinct. The rhubarb adds a funky dimension that I really enjoy. Well done Jean, looking forward to popping my ’08 to see how it compares.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
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%
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hop and Vine. Served far too cold, but I let this warm until it was a suitable temperature.

A: Reddish gold color with a whisp of lacing.

N: Funk, rhubarb, lemon, and straw. Has scents of cherry. Hazelnut and pecan.

T: Strawberry, rhubarbs, lemon, and horse blanket. Moderate sourness, but very well balanced. Citrus and straw. Yes, this very nice.

M: Perfect on the tongue. Dances on the tastebuds.

O: Glad this showed up in Portland. Would love to have this again. Maybe in 4 years?

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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Churchkey!

A: Very hazy with about a finger of white head. plenty of bubbles hold the head up. Sunlight flitters through in small amounts, highlighting the haze and bright yellow color of the beer. 4

S: The aroma is of rhubarb and tartness. I grew up in a family where rhubarb is grown in your backyard for various cooking purposes, so I'm quite exposed to the stuff. The acidity overall is very nice in the aroma, as it's sour throughout. 4

T: The taste is amazingly balanced. Sour up front Zwanze boasts a nice amount of rhubarb in the middle that carries it home. It's funky and tart throughout and finishes with a nice dry aftertaste. Berries and lemons both seems to make appearances as well, making this simply another wonderful lambic produced by Cantillon. 4.5

MF: The beer has a medium body and is carbonated very well. I thought that, even as the sixth sour beer enjoyed today, Zwanze still stood out and was very drinkable. 4.5

O: Best tasting Cantillon of the day. I found it to be an outstanding sour. I loved what the rhubarb did to it and how that worked with the tartness. I'm very impressed. 4.5

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at armsby abbey.

this beer pours a light red with minimal head (may have dissipated between pouring and getting to me as they were just trying to get everyone in the bar a pour in as little time as possible)
the smell is lightly peppery with a definite vegetal aspect to it. kind of smells like celery with funk and a definite sourness.
the flavor follows suit with a nice dry tartness that is immediately follwed by a bit of pepper flavor and the vegetal celery taste.
the mouthfeel is light thin and well carbed.
overall its a good beer that was very enjoyable.

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4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 on-tape at Armsby Abbey at 3PM on Zwanze Day. Reviewed from notes.

A- Really hard to see where I was in the room with the lighting but it appeared to be a golden-peachy color with a fair amount of yeast haze. A bubbly head formed initially but didn't retain for a great length of time, similar looking in all aspects to other Cantillons I have had.

S- Cantillon bugs and funk like the classic Gueuze with a definite rhubarb influence. I have a hard time describing rhubarb since I have had it like 3 times in my life but there is a vegetal, herbal fruit trait here that cannot be missed. Not as in your face as other Cantillon offerings.

T- The main flavor is certainly the classic Cantillon microflora and barrels. Big funky sour white grape, apple, lemon juice/zest, oak and general fruit tartness. Some great horse funk and barnyard from the Brett. Slightly sweet vegetal, herbal rhubarb really adds a nice dimension to the flavor.

MF- Feels like pretty much most other Cantillon offerings. Thinner body but greatly supported by that puckering sourness and nice carbonation.

Everytime I have a Cantillon I just get more and more impressed by what they get out of their house microflora. The flavors produced by the bugs are amazing and go good with added fruits and rhubarb in this case. Give it some time and the rhubarb seems to gain strength with each sip.

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Photo of brystmar
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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 jmarsh123
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light ruby color with a still head outside of a few bubbles on the edge of the glass.

Typical Cantillon funk with some musty basement smell with some bright lemon and berry fruitness.

Never had a rhubarb beer before, but should have known Cantillon could pull it off. Typical Cantillon stuff up front with a general berry flavor, some funk and some sour, but the finish is supremely tart rhubarb like the kind you get when you sample the rhubarb pie before adding the sugar.

Crisp creamy mouthfeel. Finishes somewhat oaky and dry. Pretty spot on like always.

Nice beer and glad I got to attend my first Zwanze day! This one ended up overshadowing the Fou Foune I had along with it and was one of the best ones in a day full of great beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Hop & Vine in Portland. Thanks, Brian.

Orange with a thin, white head that falls off to a ring rapidly, this looks decent. The nose has a massive rhubarb character, crunchy, fresh and stalk-like with the vegetal, celery-like notes also present. The fruit aspects of the nose do evoke strawberries as well. Blended very well with the sour base beer, this smells surprisingly oaky with tannins and vanilla apparent. Nicely integrated and very enjoyable.

The palate opens tart with rhubarb, fruity and sour with a mild celery leaf-like character. Lime and lemon, the base lambic is bright and fresh with a little oak on the finish. Rhubarb really does linger on the finish, excellently so. With a blend of lemon and lactic acidity, the base lambic is enjoyable, though it isn't particularly funky. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation and a nice, drying finish with lingering sourness and rhubarb, this is excellent. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Zwanze Day 2012 on tap at Redlight Redlight.

Appearance - Not overly cloudy, but a hazy orange/peach body. No head, save some bubbles.

Smell - All the aromas of a Cantillon lambic. Lemon zest acidity and a muted funk. Fruity, but I wouldn't claim it to be rhubarb.

Taste - Again, it's fruity, without being a distinctive rhubarb flavor. It seems as if the rhubarb gave the acidity of the beer fruity character without being a definitive fruited sour, if that makes sense. Finishes like other Cantillon fruited lambics. Musty without being overly funky. Clean and pretty sour.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, spritzy. Nicely acidic without being overbearing. Well carbonated. No surprise here.

Overall - I had this along side Zwanze 08 and Fou Foune 12. Fou Foune 12 was a significantly better beer. The fruit character is spectacular by comparison. The 4 year old Zwanze, however, had a much better lambic profile. It had funked up nicely and hadn't turned too sour. No fruit character left, though.

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Cantillon Lambic Rhubarbe from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 270 ratings
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