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Cantillon Zwanze (2008)

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


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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

KimJohansen's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, - DEC 2, 2012
Cloudy orange with a medium white head. Aroma had horse blanket, leather, oak and hints of rhubarb. Flavor was quite sour and dry with notes of barnyard, leather, wood, horse blanket, rhubarb. Even though I’d like to see new styles of lambic on the market, I don’t think rhubarb lambic is a winner. It wasn’t in 2008 and it still isn’t. I’d rather drink the Rosé de Gambrinus which I had minutes before, also on draft.
Earlier Rating: 6/2/2009 Total Score: 3.8
Clear golden with a medium white head. Aroma had lemons, barnyard and rhubarb. Sour flavour with barnyard, wood, leather and rhubarb. Finished sour. Much like a Gueuze really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2016
2008 750mL bottle drunk 8/13/16
Small, smattering of white head sits atop a rich, copper-golden body with light carbonation and high clarity.
Ahhhh, finally some sulfur! I’m amazed we’ve gone 11 lambics with very little, if any, sulfur character in the nose (which I love). Add to that a very still-present, juicy rhubarb character and you’ve got quite the bizarre, ultra-funky lambic nose. The rhubarb is difficult to describe. Certainly there is that tart/acidic character present, but past that, I wouldn’t call it highly vegetal, or at least not in the bad sense of the word. There’s even some spiciness to it (light black/white pepper). Lactic acid lingering on the finish nicely, with soft minerality and lots of cellar-like mustiness to balance this lovely juicy rhubarb. No alcohol or flaw.
Soft in the mouth, with light yet tight carbonation and lightly to moderately sweet honey-vanilla notes complementing the pureed rhubarb juiciness and light acetic character. Great depth of flavor, and the malt is matched perfectly to the both the bacteria and rhubarb acids. Long finish, very funky. Certainly wins most drinkable-yet-unique lambic of the day, though I still prefer the non-fruit/vegetable lambics at the tasting (and in general). 8/5/8/5/16
2012 750mL bottle drunk 8/13/16
Soft, light mineral, light sulfur again. Bigger white and black pepper character in the nose with even some light lavender suggestions, perhaps. Definitely more wood and less intense rhubarb juice, which is odd, given the 4 year difference. Definitely not as evened out, as a result, but with very enjoyable aromatics and light brett and lacto lingering behind it all. No alcohol or flaw.
Black pepper in the mouth with lots of "mint"-like character and soft, pleasant, vegetal notes from the rhubarb. Some sharpness from the wood, a touch like Crianza, adding both flavor and tannin/body. A touch of alcohol on the finish, mixing with dry, very bitter rhubarb juice. Tight carbonation. Earthy grapefruit rind and very light brett lingering. Obviously a bit bigger/fuller of a lambic all around than the 2008, but I’m sure given time this will probably be even more softly rich and juicy/flavorful than the 2008. 8/5/9/5/17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidezdonz (290) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - AUG 17, 2016
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. It poured a hazy golden orange colour with a half finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left almost no lacing. Aromas were tart, funky and oak with a touch of leather and some fruitiness (which I will assume is rhubarb). Tastes sour, tart and funky. Some hay, lemon, grapefruit and a tart fruitiness (which again I will assume is rhubarb). 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markoijelena (2140) - Belgrade, SERBIA - AUG 16, 2016
Draft 0.15l at Oedipus Carnivale Brettanomyces 2016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 23.06.2016. Taste as Cantillon Zwanze 2012. Pour it hazy golden-orange color with small white head. Aroma rhubarb, some red fruits as well. Taste starts with lemons feel, continues with rhubarb, quite dry and sour all the time, long finish, nice balanced, tart, smooth feel. Really nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (6554) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Bottles(2008 and 2012). Golden pour with white head. Light rhubarb, light fruit, funk and oak aromas. Flavors are sweet, tart, rhubarb, fruit, wild tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3980) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2016
Bottle at Cantillon. Aroma of tart, red fruit and old wheat. Fresh taste of sourness, oaky tart, wheat and sweet red fruit that must be the rhubarb. Very nice variant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (6596) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2016
How: Draught.
Where: Akkurat, Stockholm.
Appearance: Golden colour with a small white hea.
Aroma: Sour, fruit, rhubarb, citrus, funk.
Body: Light to medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Sour, fruit, funk, rhubarb, tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (6044) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2016
On draft at Soveriegn in Georgetown. Pours a hazy gold with an off white head. Lovely tart funky nose. Classic barn yard and saddle blanket notes with a bit of rhubarb flavor poking throught. Very tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (1910) - Hagen, GERMANY - JUN 24, 2016
From tap at Oedipus as ’Cantillon Zwanze 2012’. Hazy, golden amber with a white head. Funky, sourish-fruity aroma of lemon, rhubarb, barnyard and oak. Very sour, fruity and quite funky taste of lemon, rhubarb, a touch of gooseberry, barnyard and oak, followed by a medium long, rather tart and dry finish. Medium body, spritzy and very astringent mouthfeel, average carbonation. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nische (1836) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2016
Draught at Akkurat as Cantillon Rhubarb. Slightly hazy, pale pinkish with very small white head. Tart aroma with grapefruit, earth, rhubarb, citrus and floral notes. Similar tart rhubarb/citrus flavor with floral notes, grapes and a little barnyard. Quite sour and not so heavy rhubarb but well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (17976) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2016
Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm. Hazy pale golden/yellow beer with a decent offwhite head. Rubber and grapefruit aroma, hay, citrus notes, rhubarb, floral notes. Sour tart floral flavor, rhubarb, hay, grapes, lemon zest, rubber notes, hay, some dandelions. Great complex beer.

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