Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Cantillon Mamouche - Brasserie Cantillon

Not Rated.
Cantillon MamoucheCantillon Mamouche

Educational use only; do not reuse.

168 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 168
Hads: 751
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 400
Gots: 200 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rvdoorn on 11-07-2009

Cantillon Zwanze 2009 = Elder flowers. In 2010, Cantillon re-released this beer as Mamouche (same beer), which will be brewed on a regular basis.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 168 | Hads: 751
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I typically don't struggle to find the words to adequately describe beers, but this one is almost above me. The nose is at once tart, funky...a bit of musty oak...but also soft and sweet on the floral side. Exquisite on the tongue, with tart fruits being toned by a slight pepper-like spice. Incredibly unique and delicious. What a treat to sample a beer I'll most likely never see again.

 388 characters

Photo of peensteen
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Cork

Pours golden orange with a ring of white head, some lace as well. Smell is quite floral right away, funk and elderflower, lavender, acidic, cheesy and lactic , with an oak closer. Taste is sour and floral, spicy earthy flavours with elderflower and more of the lactic-cheesy flavour form the nose, pot-pouri/acidic/oak finish, quite dry with a lightly fruity aftertaste. Medium carbonation, dry-medium body. While this ranks among my least favourite offerings from Cantillon it is still fairly good, at first I found the spicy/floral points distracting but on the second and third pour I found it was integrated much better, would gladly revisit this.

 662 characters

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a large fading head.
Nose shows funky notes, pronounced elderflower, peppery characters, perfume-like.
Flavours include more pepper, some elderflower-derived capsicum notes, more floral perfume, followed by a refreshing tartness.

 245 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by a friendly random guy at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a bright golden yellow, with a half inch head, and just a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like honey, flowers, a little bit of vinegary brine, and perfume.

This is one of the more peculiar sours I've ever had. The elderflowers really impart a unique and slightly weird flavor, there's some floral and perfume character, some honey, hay and light funk. The sourness is pretty low, compared to other loons I've had. There's a slight bit of citrus and lemon and whatnot as well. There's also a mild pickle flavor that's odd.

This is light bodied, with a slightly "sweaty" mouthfeel, if that makes sense. There's a pretty soft level of carbonation.

This was unique, while the strong perfume and pickle flavors may not be amazing, this was still a delicious beer.

 856 characters

Photo of Bugs318
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Worst loon for me. Still good, but floral and honeysuckle notes are a bit I'll fitting, but a discernible insect repellent finish (once noticed) is a huge turn off.

 166 characters

Photo of M-Fox24
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pour is reminiscent of the sun: yellow, orange, & gold. The head is white, and small, with little retention and lacing

S: Notes have a floral, woody/earthy, funkiness for sure: dandelions, peach, apple, orange, citrus, pepper, honey

T: Very suggestive of the aroma, and very refreshing: herbs, acidity, brett, citrus, lemon, assortment of floral characteristics (elderflowers)…

M: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation; doesn’t necessarily go overboard on the floral/herbal notes IMO, but can see where others may have an issue…especially when considering the bottling year, condition, and presentation

O: The floral notes certainly make this out to be a distinctive lambic, or Cantillon for that matter. There is a lot going on here, and perhaps the bloomy notes are a bit overpowering at moments. Nonetheless, this is quite refreshing, and will most certainly have another

 883 characters

Photo of aleigator
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mamouche '14 vintage

Pours a clear, sun yellow color, with a small white head, producing a ring of lacing.

The aromas reveal flowery green pepper, wild honey and dandelions among a well pronounced barnyard funkiness. The beers sourness is easily recognizable on its own, while it blends really well into the dough flowers, without overpowering their nuances, highlighting the beers subtle qualities. Produces a certain wine gum aroma, without turning sweet at all, exhibiting old hops and dusty malts.

Has a lower carbonation, with a slick finish among a pleasantly light bodied beer, with a nice tart refreshing mouthfeel to it.

The taste offers dusty malts among leather and a lemony tang, among matured grassy hops and a brett infused tartness. This foundation gets lended more depth by the addition of young green pepper, wet flowers and a whiff of wild honey. Pushes the flavors into a slick dryness, while featuring a unique blend of flowers and herbs, with green pepper tying the taste together. Finishes with a lemon peel infused sourness, creating a dry crispness, together with earthy malts, showcasing slightly toasted green pepper in the very back end of the palate.

This is a very unique beer, as it creates an unforeseen melange of great flavors, ranging between flowers, honey and fresh green pepper, blending together to a fantastic lambic. It tastes very refreshing, while it reveals a lovely depth of flavors, which makes this a gulper and a sipper at the same time.

 1,490 characters

Photo of TheSSG
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft, tan head that has great persistence. Intensely sour, floral aroma. Hazy, straw color. Starts intensely sour with flowers and slight bitterness. A touch of malt comes through the tart, slightly bitter fruits. The finish is lingering bitter fruit over malt.

This is interesting; great sourness and maltiness. The elderberry is disctinctive, and I can see how this could be divisive. I like it a lot, it gets better as you drink it, for sure, so stick with it.

 478 characters

Photo of gcamparone
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Cantillon taster glass. Acquired in a trade with Cody, thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold body with a 1-2 finger white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing and a ring of retention.

Aromas are delightful - pungent tartness, musty basement, apple cider vinegar, slightly floral and earthy, lemons and citrus.

I allowed this to warm to room temperature before rating it's taste, as I think that's when it tastes best. Very tart, borderline sour, lemon juice, funky yeast, grassy hay, light oak and acetic on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with medium carbonation. Very easy to drink, not harsh or cloying whatsoever.

I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious Mamouche is - it doesn't get the highest ratings of the Cantillon beers but I actually enjoyed it more than others. Very complex and balanced with tons of nice flavor.

 906 characters

Photo of brianmandell
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/26/2013

Taste evolved as the beer warmed over several hours. I recommend drinking this beer closer to room temperature. The elderflower takes center stage of this lambic and showcases as green, herbal, medicinal, floral and peppery. It's quite unlike any other Cantillon or for that matter any other beer I have tasted. The green pepper flavor is off putting at first but opens up into something that is quite interesting and complex. Wet grass, pungent fresh cut weeds, a sweet floral aroma and a peppery floral overtone. The lambic base is sour, funky and slightly cheesy. A nice experience for sure but I'd choose a classic geuze next time.

 659 characters

Photo of guityler83
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow color with a fleeting bright white head that fized away quickly. Clarity is good on the first poor and gets cloudier with suspended sediment (expected). Lacing is mild but doesn't stick around long. Classic lambic look

S: Big bright classic Cantillon funk (hay and barnyard) leaps from the glass. Soft floral perfume like aroma with compost-ey / decomposing leafs aroma. Unique in aroma and not as brightly sour in the aroma as other Cantillon beers I've tried.

T: A refreshing medium-heavy lemon citric sourness that seems to evolve as the beer opens up. A pleasant balance of damp basement, decomposing leafs as the elderflower is flavors increase in the beer. Neutral oak flavor that adds more of a grainy mouthfeel then a flavor. Slight lactic bite with refreshing finish.

M: Crisp finish and moderate carbonation. Mild body. some tannin extraction giving the impression of drying / more body. mild tingly sensation from the sourness on the tongue.

O: Uniquely flavored lambic like Cantillon knows best. I'm not very familiar with elderflower in any other context so it would be hard for me to identify the exact contribution on the beer but the floral to wet leafs nose and flavor would be my assumption. Nice beer overall

 1,249 characters

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pissy yellow w/champagne loose head. 4
Pure perfume yet mulchy vegetal and also some funk - never smelled a beer like it. 4
Wheat and floral, a powerful nectar hit, dirty funky middle, powdery herbal (natural aspirin) bitterness to end. 4
Stone fruit finish and lingering branchy bitterness.
Crisp, lean, fizzy, light. 4

-- Weird one. Big perfume, lots of metallic bitterness, and a blast of funk. A bit too astringent at then end - fragrant but not sweet. Interesting and well done, if hard work. 4

 501 characters

Photo of Franck
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Smell is sour, traces of oranges and spices. In mouth, sour lambic explodes followed by tropical aromas (citrus and orange. Bitterness is sour and bitter. Nice Cantillon again.

 176 characters

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

A-Cloudy yellow orange, nice carbonation and a one finger head

S-Dill pickles, tart with funky notes.

T-Dill, pickles, tartness, funk, wheat and some spice.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, crisp with a dry finish.

O-Not the best Cantillon but one of the more interesting ones.

 283 characters

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.1/5  rDev -1%

Lemonade infused with dandelions, ginger, and cat pee. Palate just as spicy - white peppercorn, medicinal herbs. Also apricot preserves. A good beer but better in small quantities due to intense herbal flavor.

 209 characters

Photo of macher0
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

On draft at Zwanze 2014 Holy Grale

Pours hazy straw. Nice fine bubble head. Sliky appearance. Tart nose - sour yeast, neutral oak, cider vinegar. The taste is tart with sour apples, white grapes, oak, with a noticeable earthy finish.

Very good as expected.

 260 characters

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

June 26, 2013, thanks to rudzud for sharing. Guess I never reviewed this.

Pours a great fizzy bubbly almost 1 finger head fades pretty quickly though, mostly clear golden color. 4.25

Nose very floral, sweet flowery chamomile tea like, sweet tea and candied notes, then Elderflower really comes through, mild citrus rind note, faint lemony and Clementine like, just a little lambic funk, fruity weird berry like. 4.25

Taste sweet to start, little sugary sweet tea, quickly into herbal flowery tea, little chamomile and Elderflower, definite bitter Elderflower, bitter leafy medicinal thing, dandelion like weed herbal bitter note. Little sticky lemony funk, funky lambic but meh. Finish is dry bitter, quite bitter Elderflower bitterness, so bitter almost wormwood like. Finish dry bitter, little grapefruit note, bitter, wormwood, Elderflower, etc. 3.75

Mouth is med bod, decent fluffy carb, tart.4

Overall 4

 913 characters

Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros. 6/26/13 bottle date.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo. 4.25 (x .05 = .213)

S - Aromas of floral elderflowers, great tartness, musty basement, great earthy lambic notes, light citrus. Quite pleasant. 4.25 (x .2 = .85)

T - Taste is very tart, loads of floral elderflowers. There is a medicinal herbal note that doesn't work for me. Rather sharp and harsh. Very nice lambic notes but the floral I'm not digging. Too herbal and medicinal. 3.75 (x .45 = 1.688)

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, bright. The finish is rather medicinal. 4 (x .1 = .4)

O - Overall this beer was a big let down. The elderflower was rather harsh and brought some off flavours. Shockingly underwhelming, never thought I would find a Cantillon I didn't like but yeah, this is it. 4 (x .2 = .8)

Total Rating Score: 3.95
Serving Type: Bottle

 929 characters

Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into balloon snifter 14/6/14 cheers Kmat10 for opening the bottle

A a bit of a yeasty pour, cloudy orange liquid, a few bubbles but not a whole lot for head or lace

S floral, cheesy funk, kinda smells like taking out ragweed with a whipper snipper, caramel, lemon, apple pie filling crust included, mild spice, vinegar, and wet wood

T plenty going on much like the nose, less floral notes, some cereal comes out, sour but not overly so, not exactly what I was expecting

M almost foamy, slick on the palate, some pucker to it but mellow, strange weedy finish

O something different and interesting, I can't think of anything else I've had that's similar, not my favorite offering from Cantillon but worth a try

I'm happy to try it but not the same world class experience I've gotten from Cantillon in the past, maybe I'll like it more in a decade or two.

 883 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mamouche has been a whale for me, so getting a full pour on tap at hops and pie yesterday was a delightful treat, unexpected, and fully wonderful and up to the hype. elderflower can be so soft or so intense, and using it right in anything from lotion to tea can be a balancing act, which is why i am so impressed with the beer here. at its base is a lambic i know and love from cantillon, perfectly mixed between musty woody funk and lactic sourness, with a fuller bodied wheat base and only as much carbonation as is absolutely necessary to keep it moving. the difference here is this delicate blooming elderflower presence that transports me to distant fields in nicer weather with warm breezes blowing endlessly. its beautiful. not the least bit perfumy, but absolutely brightly floral in the smell, while it takes on a bit more bitterness in the flavor, but not a hop bitterness that comes at the end. its all up front here, and the softness of the floral smell is never lost among the intensity of the base beer, which is a wonderful testament to the artisan skills of the brewer, as if we needed another from cantillon right? this is as well refined as anything they make, more interesting than many, and frankly just absolutely delicious sour beer. the elderflower is used to perfection here, and while i also enjoyed the mikkeller spontan version, i think the cantillon adds more than just lactic acidity, but also a beautiful oak and funk profile that makes this a much more layered and complex drink. elite stuff worthy of trying at nearly any cost.

 1,559 characters

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2013 edition, in a capped and corked Burgundian bottle, as ever was for the Cantillon offerings available here in Alberta. This one appears to have the most limited distribution of any of its ilk to date, glad I got a chance to grab one of 'em! Not sure what the name translates to - 'ma mouche' means 'my fly' (as in the insect), but I dunno.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of soap sud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells, well, it smells pretty much like nothing I have yet encountered - musty, piquant, peppery, and vegetal florals, moderately sour generic orchard fruit, gritty pale malt, further spicy wheat malt, tart Polskie Ogórki juice, and some mildly funky, heady farm-bred yeast - shah. The taste is more disembodied fruity sourness and tartness right up front, but that perfumed, musty, and still peppery flower character comes racing over like a helicopter parent when they sense gluten, with some decent dry bready pale and wheat graininess holding down the fort, a slight lactic acridity adding its two cents worth to the fray, and some rather understated funky, earthy, and dusty yeast muddling about.

The carbonation is pleasant in its reserved frothy quality, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and more or less smooth, once one becomes acclimatized to the tartness, and cognitive dissonance kicks in - and, then, presto, there's even a twinge of airy creaminess. It finishes dry, fruity, floral, and still peppery, in a vegetal sense.

Well, I gotta give this one credit for providing flavours that were, on the whole, new to me, and agreeable enough, at that - the peppery florals go a long way in ameliorating the harsh acidity still present (it is Cantillon, after all), and the funk keeps mostly to itself. Good, and interesting overall, but I can't quite say that the stiff shelf tag (even for these guys) would be really worth having another go, even if presented the opportunity.

 2,086 characters

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
2013 Vintage

Appearance: Mamouche pours an almost clear golden colour with touches of orange. A rough pour yields a large white head that lasts really well for a sour, but doesn’t leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: According to Jean’s Facebook status the 2013 Elderflowers didn’t have as much flavour as usual, but I can’t see that it has affected the beer too much as elderflowers (think wild flowers, a lightly herbal, crushed leaves, slightly resinous and a tad peppery) are noted almost as soon as the cork is out. That said, the base lambic is far from overwhelmed with a nice sourness, some tart citrus, white wine, some musty notes, old dry grass and a touch of cheese all well noted.

Taste: As the nose suggested, Mamouche certainly ranks among the most interesting lambics I have come across. I can’t believe how well elderflowers combine with lambic. Notes include: A big floral character, herbal leafiness, almost peppery, white wine vinegar, a tart lemony character, some mustiness and old hay. The flavour isn’t hugely tart, but there is a pleasant acidity throughout.

Mouthfeel: The body is light or just over and there is a medium level of carbonation. The carbonation is slightly finer than most loons and combined with the moderate tartness makes this ridiculously drinkable.

Overall: I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy an elderflower sour as much as I do the more traditional fruited lambics, however after a just a few sips I am convinced! Mamouche easily ranks as one of my favourite Cantillons and I will certainly be purchasing it again.

 1,642 characters

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lighter straw gold.

S - Sweet elderflower cordial with a bittered, fatty blue-cheese hint.

T - Elderflower predominates. Mildly sour with a little floral sweetness. Acrid finish is biting. Medicinal plant fibre.

M - Lightly carbonated with surprisingly thick body.

O - Interesting but not particularly tasty due to some of the weirder elements. Smells amazing though!

 376 characters

Photo of mattsander
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep golden, medium hazy, thing ring of dense foam. Medium carbonation.

S: Very unique, peculiar... peppery flowers, earthy, lactic sourness, perfumey. A little vegetal.. I have to admit this is not particularly appetizing for me. It is nice to smell (like perfume) but nothing compels me to drink it.

T: The base beer is tasty but I can't get past the floral flavor, it just isn't my thing. Cantillon is my favorite brewery but this is just not for me.

M: Very dry but only lightly carbonated for Cantillon.

 514 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

June 26, 2013 corked and capped 750 ml bottle from Tipples. Pours hazy golden almost tangerine color with a half finger of white fizzy head that quickly recedes. Aroma...well this is interesting. Peaches, vinegar, floral notes, light dry oak and sourness, and yes, dill pickles. Somehow not off-putting though and the sweet peachy smell is nice. Flavor is pickle juice, sour vinegar funk, dry oak, light peaches or apricots. Weird. Light bodied but sweet with prickly high carbonation. Finishes dry. This is unique to say the least.

 532 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Cantillon Mamouche from Brasserie Cantillon
92 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.