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Cantillon Mamouche - Brasserie Cantillon

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168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 751
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 401
Gots: 200 | FT: 23
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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.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | 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.

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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.

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

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4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours an amber golden color. Small ring of whitw foam, no lacingat all. Nose is floral and a bit like green peppers, very nice.

Taste is earthy and floral with some light green pepper. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, not too sour but lightly tart and very rich. Overall quite tasty and refreshing.

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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very light yellow with unexpected amount of haze, like a lighter hefeweizen almost. The small ring of white head is virgin white as they say. Aroma is sour, lemon, flowers, pepper.

Wow, the pepper. This was the spiciest pepper meets rye like quality I've ever had in a beer. And there's no rye in here, but it was mentioned to give an approximation of the taste and mouthfeel, it is like someone just dumped a bunch of pepper and rye into a lambic, which I assume is the taste I get from these elderflowers. Carbonation was ample, maybe amplifying the pepper like fatigue this induced on my palate during our first sour beer we had on Sunday morning at Triple Rock. Really, if I tried this blind, I would have guessed someone did a hot pepper wild ale.

Yeah, the beer was sour, floral and all that, but I thought the pepper was a distraction. Ultimately, this one kind of fits the bill that the more rare Cantillons aren't worth pursuing. I have a bottle, so I'll get to try it again, but for now, this is one of the more disappointing Cantillons I've had, even if it is a decent beer, it doesn't compare to their more accessible beers like the kriek or classic gueuze. A pretty dry beer all around as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Cantillon Mamouche from Brasserie Cantillon
92 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.