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Cantillon Zwanze (2008)

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


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RATINGS: 223   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10348) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
King_Alex_II (294) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Cloudy orangy color under a little foam hat. The smell is sour and dry. The beer reminds me strongly of the cantillon iris. Maybe a not more on the aggressive sour side than on the hoppy one. The aftertaste is typically sour and long lasting. This beer meets my taste buds almost perfectly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SinH4 (550) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Golden color with big white head. Fresh, funky and bitter. Rhubarb is always interesting. It has that magical funk feeling. Very refreshing, but still challenging. Fizzy carbonation. Amazing! A masterpiece.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1930) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2015
January 23, 2015. Bottle at Cantillon, as Zwanze 2012. Shared with Douberd.
Golden with a white head. Aroma is earthy, funky, citrus with the typical rhubarb acidity. Taste is tart fruity with rhubarb, lemon and apple skins along with earthy barnyard notes, dry and lasting acidic finish. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerconnaiseur (161) - BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2015
Pours hazy golden with frothy head, medium retention. Aromatic elements that come up are pepper sniff, hop acids, earth, sour, tartness, co2. Taste is predominantly rubarb peel, lactic acid, barnyard, hops, grapefruit, citrus. Strong acidic aftertaste, lingers on forever! We have the bitterness of the rubarb and hops combined, to thank for that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (2892) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2015
(Cantillon Zwanze (2008)) 750 ml bottle shared with hackobock, as Zwanze 2012. Slightly hazy body, bright golden yellow in colour, big white head, thick enough to have a good retention. Aroma of grapes, cork, wood, vegetables-like aroma but the ones that grow on a field, difficult to describe. Taste is quite sour with again the aforementioned vegetables, I guess is the rhubarb, wild plantation, light white sour grapes. Quite tart on the palate, medium thin body, average carbonation. Good, surely interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Draught (as Cantillon Zwanze 2012). Orangeish golden colour, small white head. Aroma is tart wood, earth, mild grass and some berryish notes. Flavour is tart wood, some berries/fruits and mild earthiness. Could do with some more age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enegaard (68) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from Cantillon Brewery. Super wonderfully sour, finding the rhubarb is like playing hide and seek, it appears slightly at the end of a sniff and then disappears to sometimes pop up a bit in the far back corner of your mouth. I don’t know, not the perfect rhubarb sour, but damn delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2014
One-off from Cantillon, a rhubarb lambic, with some added sugars for refermentation, necessary because rhubarb contains less fermentable sugars than fruits. Loose, cream white, thin head, pretty deep orange blonde colour, cloudy. Complex Cantillon aroma of hay, lemon, sherry, sweat, sulphuric accents, fresh acidity in the onset, very quenching, lots of champenoise carbonation, fruit sourness which probably, but subtly, represents the rhubarb; sherryish and tart Cantillon character but somewhat softer and less acerb than usual from this brewery, bit thinnish end. Not the best Cantillon I had, but interesting nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steasy66 (1021) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2014
2012 Bottle at Cantillon. Drank this immediately after the unblended lambic and it had a lot of similarities besides the pleasant rhubarb in the finish. Really drinkable, and if you dig rhubarb, really pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (2990) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle, shared by Tom10101 @ Cantillon Brewery, labeled as Zwanze 2012. Pours a hazy golden beer with a medium sized, bubbly white head on top. Aroma has feces, sulfide, mineur and barnyard. Really some fecal presences in here. Flavor is light sour, medium fruity and has some leathery influences. Sour apples and a vineous presence complete this beer. Aftertaste is fairly tart and dry.

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