Cantillon Mamouche - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 724
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 390
Gots: 205 | FT: 24
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Belgium

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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zwanze 2009 very generously shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

A: Appears a very hazy straw color with a huge head and copious amounts of lacing. Much more head and lacing than I was expecting from a Cantillon brew.

S: OK...this is shockingly different than any beer I have ever smelled. Huge herbal and floral aromas combined with an intense scent of what can only be elderflowers. Points for intrigue, originality, allure and potency. Wow...

T: Again, a taste unlike anything I have ever had. Peppers, peppercorn, vegetable garden, chiles, jalapenos, pickles, and flowers. What a combination. If you could imagine drinking an herb & vegetable garden, this is it. Normally, when one describes a beer as tasting vegetal, the statement carries a negative connotation. Not the case here - a special experience for your taste buds provided by Cantillon.

M: Zwanze 2009 is unique in every aspect. The finish is quite dry with pronounced floral notes.

D: Profoundly interesting. What an experience. This is a great beer to share with a few folks. I am thrilled at the opportunity to try this rare delicacy. (1,104 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with MrKennedy and mulder1010. Thanks for opening this Owen.

Hazy, cloudy golden colour with a dense, thick, white head.

Floral and funky aroma with some good tartness. Elderflower is certainly there. Nice.

Big tartness on the palate as is characteristic of Cantillon. Lots of floral elderflower character. Some fruit. Really neat.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. True to style.

A really nice, different lambic. The flowery character really works. Well balanced. (494 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark hazy golden color with small white head that quickly dissipated

S - Tart lemon, white vinegar, slight lactic acid with elder flower presence. Slight blue cheese funk.

T - Tart lemon and lactic acid with light elderflower presence in the back with slight blue cheese funk on the backend.

M - Light carbonation with a dry and slightly funk that lingers in the finish

O - Nice muted version of gueuze with light floral and funk presence. Really liked this and could sit and drink for awhile. Reminded me of classic but a bit softer with the elderflower presence (572 characters)

Photo of myspoonistoobig
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2011 bottle split two ways, poured into a tulip

Appearance: hazy orangish gold, thick, active head that eventually receded to just the ring around the glass.

Smell: vibrant citrus and floral notes, with a hint of a pleasant vegetal aroma - like a freshly cut, ripe jalepeno.

Taste: more of the same plus a small dose of the funk. Tart and puckery, just like you'd expect. Extremely pleasant.

Mouthfeel: very active carbonation, very drying and puckering... again, just what I'd expect, but lacking the length I'd like.

Overall: delightful beer. Would happily drink this one again, though maybe on someone else's dime. (628 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and capped bottle at beerbistro.

Pours a lightly hazy straw yellow, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a medium layer and ring around the glass, good retention for a lambic, some lace spots stick.

Smell is real neat, elder flowers, barnyardy funk, lemons, leather, horse blanket, a bit of toast and biscuit maltiness, lightly fruity and acidic, some oak, not as sour as some Cantillons, real nice character.

Taste is nice too, almost has a fruit leather flavour in a good way, some biscuity malt, elderberries/flowers, some sour fruit, a bit of lemon peel acidity, some orange, very funky, wheat, earthy, woody finish, neat character.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Very drinkable stuff, more funky than sour and acidic. Really nice! (793 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My glass has a pale tan tinged, off white head. The beer is a nice amber color that shows a fairly clear, orange / gold tinged, pale amber hue when held up to the light. My first smell of the aroma has me noticing notes of dried grassy grain, lots of tart lactic acid, musty oak, touches of urea and some significant, but smooth phenolics. My second go at the nose thought smells significantly of a big herbal / grassy note that is clearly from the elder flowers; this note is significantly peppery, but in a green sort of way (it smells like a the green oozing sap from some spicy, somewhat poisonous plant). The elder flower is still the dominant note in the nose though

Lots of lactic sourness leads the way up front, and this has a smooth body with a nicely popping carbonation. This yields way to a peppery / herbal green elder flower note that melds with a slightly medicinal, sort of curing plastic phenolic character, both of which sort of balance the up-front lactic character. The elder flower notes are not as dominant as in the nose with more of the Lambic character coming through, though this is still significantly flavored by these little flowers. Hints of buttery oak mixed with buttery lemon rind subtly perfume the flavor here.

This is not as aggressively flavored with Elder Flowers as was the Zwanze version, but it still forms a significant portion of the flavor profile. It does work though, but it may take a bit of getting used to the peppery, somewhat astringent, green sap like flavors that the elder flowers contribute. This is a quite interesting, thoroughly enjoyable beer (it is a Cantillon though, so, coming from me, that should be taken with a grain of salt). (1,696 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy mandarin hue which leaves a fast vanishing two finger head that settles to a layer of head and a rim of lacing.

S-Salami,Floral fragant flowers,honeydew,barnyard funk,a slight mustiness and chilies.

T-Very floral with tastes of barnyard funk,ripe peaches,fruity flowers,lychee and finished with a pineapple bitterness.

M-light bodied,very zesty and finishes bone dry.

O-Another fine example of what Lambics should taste like and this is a new one for me but it definately will not be the last as the Elderflowers add a beautiful touch to this to make it totally different to the rest of their range and another one of their brews that if you find it you buy it and looking forwards to sampling the rest of my Cantillion haul cheers. (751 characters)

Photo of kif
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Zwanze

A: Golden with a nice white head. Looks like almost every Cantillon.

S: Very floral. The elderflower shows through immediately. Also a bit of funk.

T: Again the flowers are present. A nice sourness follows.

M: Crisp and refreshing.

O: One of my favorite lambics. I really liked the elderflower smell and how much the flavor followed. I mostly find fruit lambics have the sourness overwhelm the extra flavor and that didnt happen here. Very nice. (462 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. 5/16/2011 bottle.

This looks a lot liek a gueuze. A light golden straw color, transparent everywhere and even more clear at the edges.

A soft floral sweetness dominates the aroma, with a soft funky back. Lemon zest, white pepper, and some biscuity malt provide support. The flavor starts and stays tart, with an overlaying flowery sweetness. There is a lemon zest sourness that closes out the flavor. Lemon tartness and some floral funkiness dominate the flavor, but it works out well, unlike Iris.

The body and carbonation, like the appearance, are standard Cantillon. Medium, slightly creamy carbonation, and a medium body.

I was pleasantly surprised by this; I was expecting something similar to Iris, which I did not like, but instead it was more like a slightly floral Classic Gueuze, which is great. I would drink this again for sure. (889 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy yellow orange color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-lemon, yeasty funk, floral, slight herbal

T-grain, lemon, floral, herbal, nice funk, tart apple, little oak

F-medium body with lively carbonation, tart and crisp

O-another solid Cantillon lambic, found the floral and herbal notes of the elder flowers quite enjoyable (340 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From: Etre Gourmet, Beauvechain, BE
Date: 2013 vintage
Glass: Cantillon stem glass

A delicious lambic, and perhaps one of Cantillon's more underrated beers. Mamouche is an aromatically floral beer with strong sour undertones, with a flavor that reverses this. Not as cripplingly sour as some others from Cantillon and other breweries, but this lets the flavors of the elderberry flowers express themselves a bit, as well as the remnants of the malt and oak. A bit sad that it's one I may only be able to enjoy once in my life given the difficulty in obtaining this.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of white foam, composed of small-sized bubbles and yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is about average, the foam lasting slightly over one minute in a decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a large, thin island of lace atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is minimal, a few small dots cling to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark, cloudy, golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the nearly opaque body (80-90% opacity), moderate in number, but high in activity.

Aroma is much brighter than normal Cantillon lambic, with strong floral characters added to a potent lemon-apple-cider vinegar tartness, some serious wet hay "funk" and basement mustiness, and a bit of light/bright oak smoothing things out.

Front of palate tastes expressive and bright floral characters, pleasantly mild to moderate lemon-apple tartness, hints of pale malt sweetness, and light oak. Mid-palate experiences pepperiness, oak, bright flowers, moderate intensity tartness with lemon-apple-cider vinegar overtones, faint pale malt sweetness and slight acetone. Back of palate is of intense lemon-apple-cider vinegar tartness with undertones of oak, wet hay and basement mustiness. Aftertaste is of lingering lemon-apple tartness, floral characters, basement mustiness, wet hay "funk," and nuances of pale malt sweetness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-light intensity, resulting in a beer that is foamy (2/5) and otherwise smooth (3/5), a very satisfying, full and gently rolling mouthfeel that's perfect for this or any sour beer. Closes surprisingly semi-dry, with light to moderate stickiness clinging to the palate and lips. (2,325 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 7, 2012.

Beer is an opaque dark orange colour. Moderately sized white head.

Smell is soft and perfume-like. Clearly the elderflower scent, but not something I am independently familiar with. A slight funky, musty smell. Pretty restrained.

Taste contains a nice floral-like flavour (if you forgive the synaesthesia) that must be elderflower. The taste is quite tart, with some funk. However, the sour is not as intense as some Cantillons, and not as intense as it probably would be with some time. Wheat stands out as the primary malt base.

Light bodied, very strongly carbonated. Puckery. The carbonation is nice and champagne-like, but still a bit too strong.

Overall, very good. Despite the characteristic Cantillon sourness, it is a rather delicate beer. (775 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Sample had at Max's during their Rare & Obscure Festival (from notes, 4/17/14)

A: Copper.
S: Mild. Yeasty. Farmhouse funk.
T: Sour. Tart. Nice on the backend. Funky.
M: Smooth.
O: Good stuff. (197 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass

A - Pours a hazy bright Orange colour. Pure White head that retains surprisingly well for a Lambic.

S - Wow I can really smell those flowers with some lemon and grassy hay and oak. The funkiness is dominant with some lemon peel to back it up.

T - Plenty of sour Lemon and Wildflowers. The Oakyness is so perfectly balanced with sourness and a little sweetness. This is a masterful display of balance.

M - High carbonation and medium body. A little sticky but not in a bad way.

O - I really enjoyed this Cantillon, again Jean-Pierre has displayed masterful balance in this brew that somehow retains the classic Lambic sourness, but also offers up some interesting flavours. Recommended. (726 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage reviewed live.

A - Light straw with solid carbonation.

S - Funk centric, rose petals and slight tartness detected too.

T - Green pepper, Tabasco and rose petal. Green apple sourness and light oak.

M - Light, refreshing, drying finish.

O - Phenomenal, but probably my least favorite Cantillon thus far. The green pepper tobasco flavor really threw me off. (372 characters)

Photo of Franck
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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 Gtreid
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Cantillon for our sour night. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Slightly hazy, pale orange color. The pour dropped a small eggshell white head, that quickly fades to nothing.

A: Huge floral aroma here. Spicey, herbal notes, small citrus, and wet grass. The flowers really dominate the nose, and in a good way.

T: Again, huge flower domination. THe label says these are elderflowers, I don't know what that is, but I like them in this style of beer. Some grapefruit, and a very nice sour bitterness finishes the brew.

M: Light body, very nice carbonation(as with most Cantillons).

D and overall impression: Drinkability will be limited due to the floral nature of the brew. Overall, I thought this was the most one of a kind brew of the night. So floral and sour at the same time. Very unique, and for that I give it props. Skal. (845 characters)

Photo of Chincino
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this beer in an in-person trade at the Alvinne festival in Belgium and had been looking forward to trying it.

This beer poured to be a hazy orange color with a thick white head. Right away you can smell a strong interesting aroma of floral essence. Sour, smooth, great beer overall. I've become a big fan of cantillon beers! (337 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine taster. Bottled June 2010. Nice golden color with very little haze. There is a good off-white head.

One whiff and I'm excited. There is a great blackberry aroma that has a hint of sweetness.

The taste is full of lavender and some hint of berry. The finish has a lasting flowery taste to go with the typical Cantillon tartness.

This is light bodied, with lots of sharp carbonation.

I know this is kind of a love/hate Cantillon; I really really enjoy it. This is delicious. The aroma really hooked me. (522 characters)

Photo of M-Fox24
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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 DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010, shared with the guys last night.

Pouring a light yellow with a dense, frothy head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous beer. The nose is unlike anything I've previously experienced. Incredibly spicy with a blend of white pepper and jalapenos (!!!), there's a moderately floral character to it Behind it, the lambic is noticeable. Lemony and moderately oaky with a lactic bite, there's some funk noticeable, but it's really covered up by the strong elderflower aroma.

The palate opens spicy, again with a blend of crushed white pepper and a jalapeno-like vegetal spiciness. Moderately pefumey, the mid-palate brings out the base lambic. Wonderfully lemony and lactic, this has a solid lip-smacking tartness. A little oaky with some vanilla and tannins, this beer dries out on the finish with a blend of lemon and pepper. Light in body with absolutely wonderful carbonation, this is airy, creamy and the combination of sourness and spiciness on the finish is unique. Excellent stuff, though I feel like the elderflower character is just a little overdone. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by ejyoung. This was brewed with elderflowers handpicked by the Cantillon team and soaked in two-year-old lambic. Bottled July 2010.

Deep, hazy pumpkin, very nearly opaque, with lighter tangerine at the edges. The carbonation is massive, building a head two or three inches tall structured with bubbles as big and pop-able as the ones you made with a wand as a kid. The cap quickly fizzles to a thin, silky white layer, leaving thin lines of horizontal lace.

Very floral. Elderflower is the major contributor, of course, though I get hints of lavender, spruce and grass as well. The brett, however, reigns over the nose, lending a nice barnyard funk. Sharp lemon juice settles in the back.

Tastes like a mouthful of herbs and spices. Elderflower, spruce, pine, lemon peel. The dry spices lead the front; the back is where tartness roams. Big hits of vinegar and funk pinch the tongue with strong fingers. The hops are still pretty impressive, despite this thing’s age. Finishes just a little dry.

Soft, fluffy medium body. Not as much carbonation or fizz as expected, though there is still a good amount of both. It expands quickly as it moves about the mouth. Tartness is big but never gets out of control. Fairly large bitterness in the back as well.

Elderflower is one of my favorite flavors, and Mamouche is a nice display of it. Balanced, spicy, herbal — it tastes like a handful of spices. (1,412 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml capped and corked bottle, bottled on 07 June 2012. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours golden/orange with about an inch off-white head that didn't stay around for very long. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and tart, the brew smells like tart lemon, herbs/flowers (which I assume is from the elderflowers), oak, and some funk. It tastes like tart citrus, elderflowers (herbal/floral taste), green pepper, funk, oak, and some apricot. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's well carbonated and enjoyable to drink. I thought this was a good brew, I'd like to pick up another bottle at some point. Bottle from Etre Gourmet. (641 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

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 unclejazz
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5oz. Pour from a bottle at Queens Kickshaw

A-similar to Fou Foune, apricot colored

S-I am catching flowery notes and tart apple skin and some requisite funk.

T-granny apple skin some funky cheese and sour apricot. There was some flower and plant note in the aftertaste. At 1st it was unpleasant, but as I sipped it this grassy aftertaste really tied it together

M-full of tingly carbonation and tart that makes the mouth water.

O-this is some delicious stuff, executed wonderfully. Not my favorite type of sour but unique and well above average. (550 characters)

Cantillon Mamouche from Brasserie Cantillon
91 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.