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Cantillon Zwanze (2008)

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


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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 (10397) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NBird (552) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2015
2012 Btl at Cantillon july 2015. Looks..Orange Amber, little - no head. Smells .. Good dose of the stanky barnyard,the rhubarb and fruity notes are there too. Tastes..loads of that cantillon sour, lemons green apples, but the rhubarb in this one has its presence. It is delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1729) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle at the brewery (2012 version). Pours hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is very herbal and floral. With some rhubarb, lemon peel, hay, straw and some grains as well. The taste is also pretty herbal and floral with some grainy notes. Also some rhubarb and of course some tartness and funk. It was pretty good but not what I expected at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (6085) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2015
From a bottle at the brewery. Shady golden, medium white head. Slightly doughy aroma, grapefruit and rhubarbs. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry, medium to high acidity, some unpleasant astringency.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fillepolo (143) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle @ cantillon brewery. What a Beer. Rhubar bretty sour taste and aroma. Dry finish. One of the best

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zinneke (148) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2015
Very herbal, vegetal aroma, some rhubarb and a lot of funk. Taste is soft in the beginning, but then the tartness kicks in. Beautiful long rhubarb fruity finish. Very funky

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neongolden (847) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
(750ml bottle as Zwanze 2012 @ Cantillon brewery, July 25 2015) Pours nearly clear gold with a big lingering white head and no lace. Aroma is surprisingly fresh and almost salty with rhubarb giving tartness, a bit of a vegetal character like steamed celery, tart berry character almost like sea buckthorn. Funk is wet leaves in the forest. Palate is really quite rhubarb forward, tart and somewhere between fruity and vegetal. Sourness is on the lactic side, a bit of kefir and soft lemon. The finish is a little less wild than most with funk being dusty and wood light. Lightish of body with high effervescent carb. The rhubarb is really nicely integrated and yet still quite prominent, and the whole sour/tart character of the beer is just beautifully balanced. Ultimately, the charm is that this beer is so goddamn drinkable. Would be perfect outside on a hot summer afternoon. Beauty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (577) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2015
Vintage 2012 dégustée à la brasserie. Couleur orangée et bien sûr non filtrée et très trouble affichant une mousse importante. Fortes arômes herbacées de jardin, rhubarbe. Bière plus sûr qu’acide, elle présente des notes quelque peu boisées, fongiques à la limite terreuses. Je déguste cette bière à la manière de la tarte à la rhubarbe que nous avions l’habitude de manger à la maison à Saint-Ours pendant mon enfance! Le Bonheur!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCametron (2127) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle at Cantillon. Zwanze 2012. Hazy Gold with a small White head. Nice fruity aroma with a touch of menacing sourness. Not too much though. Tastes acidic and has a very pronounced Rhubarb flavour. Reminded me of when we had rhubarb growing in our back garded when I was wee. Sour and earthy with a delicious acidity. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (1167) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 Bouteille 750ml, 2012. Couleur dorée trouble, mousse blanche laissant un anneau sur les parois du verre. Arôme de rhubarbe, acidité, levure sauvage, champignon. Goût de rhubarbe, malt, bonne acidité. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2761) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle at brewery. Tart rhubarb aroma with white grape and faint vanilla. Almost totally clear orange yellow under a lasting, white collar. Sour and gueuzey at first before the rhubarb kicks in, which works beautifully. Mouth puckering sourness, moderate to medium carbonation, crisp.

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