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Cantillon Zwanze (2008)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 273   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
On tap at Crooked Stave for Zwanze Day 2012. I was going to skip this even 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. Serving type: on-tap 12-02-2012 17:12:00

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7480) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Hazy golden hue under a thin white foam cap. Great big earthy funky tart aroma with light strawberry and semisweet wild nuances. Very delightful but refrained flavor of strawberry and funky earthy tones and a light bit of tartness. Mild acidity and big funk and Belgian earthy blonde guezue tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mateuszk (2156) - Poznań, POLAND - OCT 5, 2016
Bottle - Zwanze 2012 (tried in 2014). Light orange in colour, slightly hazy, no head. Aroma of zest, funk, citric, not much rhubarb in my opinion, still very nice. Similar in taste, the beer is lightly sweet at first then solid acidity comes, the beer is very dry, funky and crisp. Medium body, moderate carbonation, finish is sour. Very nice but unfortunately no rhubarb anymore.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Draft at The Sovereign on 7/6/16, as lambic with rhubarb. Hazy gold with small white head. Barnyard funk, yeast, interesting and tasty floral notes (assuming that is the rhubarb). Full flavor, with decent depth. Very unique taste. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Zwanze Day 2012 on tap at Redlight Redlight. Review of 2012 next to 2008. Not overly cloudy, but a hazy orange/peach body. No head, save some bubbles. All the aromas of a Cantillon lambic. Lemon zest acidity and a muted funk. Fruity, but I wouldn’t claim it to be rhubarb. Tastes 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. Crisp, spritzy. Nicely acidic without being overbearing. Well carbonated. No surprise here. 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maracuja05 (734) - Mainz, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2016
05-05-16 // sample at Cantillon Quintessence 2015. Labeled as Zwanze 2012, but a new batch brewed. Sour, with notes of rhubarb, funky, dry, earthy. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (1425) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 3, 2016
Slightly hazy peach color with pearl white head. Aroma is really fruity and sour with lots of farmhouse funk. Taste is sour but not puckering, really fruity and fresh, not too acidic. Really interesting fruit profile, another great lambic from Cantillon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, 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 (328) - 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 (2480) - 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 (6731) - 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.

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