Cantillon Mamouche - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed out of a 750 mL bottle, but I have no idea of the vintage, as this one was placed in front of my by the owner of my favorite local watering hole as a 'thank you' for being a regular. Well, no thanks necessary, but I'm not about to turn down a surprise glass of Cantillon. It pays to find a favorite spot to grab a brew and support it, boys and girls. But I digress--poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.
Appearance - Body is a rich, sunny yellow-orange, reminiscent of the yolk of an over-easy egg. Golden and delicious looking, as well as sufficiently murky, but with a hint of translucence at the edges. Atop the body sits a bone-white sudsy head about three-fourths to a finger thick, but it doesn't stick around for long, fading into a smattering of film across the top and some sparse bubbles lining the edge of the liquid. Not very much lacing to speak of, just some hints of silky spotting on the side of the glass.
Smell - Having sampled a few from Cantillon before, I fully expected this to be all sorts of tart acidity up in the nose, the kind that makes your tastebuds water with anticipation of that wonderful tartness. However, this was much more subtle, with a wonderfully tart element of ripe fruits, like starfruit and apricot, as well as a pleasantly delicate bit of funkiness and wood. The elderflowers definitely bring a uniquely herbal, floral element to compliment the tart fruit notes.
Taste - Much like the nose, the taste is very unique, with the floral stink (in a good way) of the elderflowers leading the way. Grassy, herbal and now that I'm drinking it, the fruitiness of the smell isn't quite as present, instead allowing the sour notes to shine, but not in an aggressively puckering way. There is certainly a little spice, more like cardamom and saffron than it is a heat spice.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a finish that is predominantly dry, with just a hint of the impression of sweet imparted by the strong floral aspects.
As every other beer I've had from Cantillon, this one is just great. The fact that it's a little different than the other varieties I've had makes it that much more special, and the fact that it was completely out-of-the-blue makes it just unspeakably awesome. The only drawback is that I now have one more fantastic 'Loon beer that it will be hard to resist paying an arm and a leg for anytime I see it randomly appear on a shelf or online.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2014 06:16:41 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 03:45:29 | More by wordemupg
Cantillon Mamouche from Brasserie Cantillon
93 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.