Cantillon Lambic Rhubarbe | Brasserie Cantillon

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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
Ratings:
259
Reviews:
79
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
7.94%
 
 
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170
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17
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Photo of sludgegnome
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of russwbeck
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -7.5%
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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Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -1.4%
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 +6.3%
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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Photo of bmur112
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Googs
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Jefe73
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of SummitVA
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of SourinQns
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jhighlandbrewing
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Treebs
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is for Zwanze 2012. Enjoyed on tap at WLV Liquors at Zwanze Day, 2012. Served in my Zwanze taster.

A: Pours a cloudy peach color with a fluffy white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin ring and leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Strong rhubarb with some spicy oak. A little funk with a mild sweetness on the finish.

T: Big lactic sourness up front, bitter rhubarb and oak. Light berry with a little funk and sweet finish.

M: Spritzy carbonation with a sweet and tart finish. Light bodied with a little dryness as well.

O: Very good. Rhubarb is a unique flavor that is different from anything else I've tried in a lambic. Glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Crooked Stave for Zwanze Day 2012. I was going to skip this event figuring it would be too crazy but it was handled very well, glad I went. The pour was an orange color, a little hazy, not much head. Aroma was just strange, sort of herbal, lambic, slight funk. The flavor was also weird, herbal, vegetal, sour, whoah. I can't remember what rhubarb tastes like since I have not had it in over twenty years but this was very interesting. I would not try to tick this again even if I could, one was enough. I also predicted that the Fou Foune on tap would blow this away and it did, that has to be Cantillon's best lambic.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a large tumbler at Churchkey for Zwanze Day 2012. From notes, happy Zwanze Day!

Cloudy unfiltered looking, orb glowing, lemon yellow and nectarine/peach body as the light punches through. Not much of a head given, but a small crown is presented with a nice collar of off white. The king has apparently been summoned and we are off. Very nice looking.

Nose comes off a little simple. Light sour melds with a good amount of grass. Slightly earthy, with a nice sense of acid quality coming. Rhubarb? not a favorite flavor of mine, and I am not detecting it, however it does smell like a solid Cantillon lambic without fail.

Palate is a very quick tartness on first sip. Grass and malt action (no doubt it's that dang rhubarb with that grass angle) come first, but also some good lemon fruit too. Finally that plant hits on the aftertaste and swallow, yup rhubarb but mostly bringing a peppery white angle. Kosher salt dry, and slightly brine in the middle palate also, crackly in a sense. Going back to the nose that white pepper/rhubarb action just will not go away, it's practically stuck in my nostrils. Feel is quite solid with good acid, and a little bit of depth. Not quite as juicy as I would want it, but gets there almost.

Overall this is a pretty fun one, and the flavors really stick with you for quite some time.

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Cantillon Lambic Rhubarbe from Brasserie Cantillon
4.28 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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