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Cantillon Zwanze (2008)

Formerly brewed at Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Every year, Cantillon has open brewing days, with animation, known as "Zwanze" in Brussels’ dialect. Fortwith, a special beer will be released every year, with every year a new ingredient: rhubarb for 2008.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlchemikalGab (43) - Borgomanero (Novara), - DEC 1, 2012
On tap @ Sherwood Pub, Nicorvo, Italy. It’s amazing how this drink dug in some taste memories of mine. Poured an absolutely gorgeous golden-orange with a fluffly off-white foam. I could feel the same smell you can find in many basements were they keep wine here where I live, some leather and, last but very present, the rhubarb note, very balsamic, with hints of honey and lemon. Really impressive. At the first taste I could feel the back of my jaw almost aching for the carbonation and the acidity, just like with fizzy candies, then it got really pleasant, the rhubarb/balsamic note mellowing the classic lemony lambic acidity. Very light in body, leaves your mouth dry and craving for more. I really hope it becomes a regular, I’m not a big fan of sour beers, but everyone liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2490) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2014
Bottled. Pours deep golden body with a small white head. Aroma of rhubarb, brett, barnyard, funk and caramel notes. Medium bodied, watery to oily texture and soft carb. Sour flavor that ends up dry and tart. An excellent Lambik.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6140) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2014
Initially big offwhite head, but shrinks quickly to medium. Hazy deep yellow body. Metallic waxy aroma. Dry, adicic and faintly sweet, faintly fruity and waxy taste. Mid-to-light body. Sharpish mouthfeel. Dry-acidic waxy metallic wooden afertaste with unidentifiable fruit notes. Nice, drinkable, subtle. (0.75l bottle at Cantillon.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8019) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle at Nick’s tasting thanks to JBeatty. 2012 Zwanze. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose/taste of rhubarb, spicy herb, funk, sour fruits, sour grapefruit and light acid funk. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElManana (205) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
On tap at Quintessence. Pours clear golden coloured with a creamy egg white head. Aromas of sulphur, earth, white bread and citrus. Tart and dry flavour with notes citrus fruit, wood, and vinegar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
manker (44) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
2012. Keg @ Akkurat and bottle @ The Brewery. First time I had it at Zwanze Day it delivered lots of rhubarb although not as well incorporated with the base beer. Now the fruit has grown into the beer and the sourness and rhubarb goes great together. I enjoy the acidity and tartness towards the end

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6012) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2014
Shared 2012 bottle at the brewery. Hazy gold, thin head. Vinegar nose, rather discreet. Fresh, balanced. Fruit, but hard to identify. Some sweetness. Light flavour, no real wow factor here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (893) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
Shared 2012 bottle at the cantillon brewery. Poured a hazy amber colour with a white head. Green Apples, grapes, acid, earth, "rabarber" tart, malty, medium carbonated. Nice touch of the rabarber. Real complex beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (964) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 6, 2014
At quintessence. Golden colour with white head. Fruity, brett aroma. Fruity, sour taste. Light to medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (183) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2014
Golden-amber color, fizzy small head. Very tart aromas, yeast, wet leather and of course rhubarb. Taste offers a lot more rhubarb, than the aromas displayed, along with vegetables, very fruity and refreshing. Of course going along with a tingy acidity, straw and hints of wood - but all of these ingredients only support the amazing, mellow rhubarb, and let it stand out. Great balance, not as tart as the usual Cantillon, focuses more on the fruits, which works very well. Aftertaste adds a subtle hint of lime, dry, and ends with a long refreshing sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gn0sis (48) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
The addition of rhubarb seems such a match made in heaven for a lambic, and the intense tastes notwithstanding, proves for a truly unique beverage. Such a treat to smell the rhubarb lambic marriage, reminiscent of the pies my grandmother used to make mixed with some more recent olfactory memories. I really enjoy the dry, earthiness that comes through in the form of fresh rhubarb, as well as the beet colored hue in my glass. Quite a frothy, messy foam with sparse particulate matter, certainly not ashamed of its farmhouse roots. A splendid example of what the Zwanze series is all about.

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