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Cantillon Mamouche - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
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445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: rvdoorn on 11-07-2009)
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml split after breakfast on a nice and relaxing Sunday morning in Waterbury, VT. Bottle date I believe was June 26, 2013.

Appearance - Hazy peach-orange color with a small white head that retains well as a ring leaving spots of lace, looks great.

Smell - Really nice and unique, lots of floral, herbal, plant/veggie, farmy tones, vinegar, sour fruits. Sourness/funk is pretty low-key for Cantillon, nice strength and presentation here though.

Taste - Doesn't stick out as much as the scent did but still quite nice. Elderflower giving off a nice mix of floral, herbal, pepper, and tea-like flavors. There is a light earthy funkiness that is more akin to a farmhouse ale rather than a lambic, more sour and fruity than the smell (apple and lemon) but still somewhat restrained. Some bread and buttery tones in there as well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with ample carbonation, good body to it for 5%. Really quite drinkable compared to most Cantillons. Not much complaints here.

Overall - As usual for this brewery, it was solid all around and could be considered a staple example of a lambic, but the elderflowers really do make this one special. It will be interesting to see how this will age, but I am more tempted to drink this fresh while I can.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 12:16:24 | More by Chico1985
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Cantillon mini flute. 2013 vintage.

Pours a dark straw yellow color with fizzy white head that settles to a whitewall atop the surface. Surprisingly clear for being brewed with flowers.

Aroma is upfront with the elderflowers, no messing around. A potpourri of old perfumey field flowers hits the nostrils right away followed by the signature Cantillon Gueuze smell giving off soft funk, sweet citrus fruit, pineapple, grass, and oak.

Then the taste, kind of like chewing on elderflowers while sipping classic gueuze. Adds a bitterness to the flavor profile as well, almost like that of a bitter/fruity tea. The funk gets lost in the flowers a bit while the lemon rind and pineapple flavors pop out. I have to say, it's like lambic and tea. I'm digging this! Earth notes come out more as it warms. Tastes like something you would drink in the olden days on a sunny spring day out by the barn on the most festive of days. Rustic but refined. Easy drinking yet celebratory.

Mouthfeel is light. Crisp carbonation with a bitter dry finish. Goes well with the beer. A fuller body would probably do no harm.

I have to say, this beer is unique. I think I'm enjoying this more than most other people. It seems to be less appreciated among the Cantillon lineup. I personally can find little faults in it. If you've never chewed on a piece of prairie grass or flower while out on a hike or other outdoor activity and enjoyed it, then you might not be a fan of this beer. Sometimes you want to feel closer to Mother Earth, and if you want to do that while enjoying a beer in your living room, seek this beer out to do it!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 02:28:12 | More by MarcWP
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. This was bottled on June 26, 2013. Served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Pours a translucent (but nearly opaque) honey-rose color and leaves a finger of white head which fizzles away quickly to nothing.

Smell: Very interesting/different. Funky/floral/vegetabley/peppers (both hot and sweet)/pollen. A unique aroma. The floral notes, which are hidden behind the big vegetable/pepper smell is really nice. As it warms, a green pepper smell becomes quite pronounced.

Taste: Actually hits a lot of the same notes as the aroma, but more subtle (luckily). Flower stems, flower blossoms, lemon zest, peppercorn, still has a lot of pepper : green in particular, a hint of hot peppers though (without the spice). Only a bit sour. Definitely unique.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation, although for some reason it feels a bit flatter than it is. Light to medium body. Pretty dry all the way through.

Overall: Way different than I could have expected. The flavor is very plant influenced, and it is unlike any beverage I've consumed. Definitely not my favorite Cantillon, but is very interesting and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 23:21:34 | More by Resuin
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 18:36:58 | More by MDDMD
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle bottled on 26 June 2013.

A - Gold with a slight haze and a moderate white head. Very inviting.

S - Very floral with some funky and lemony notes. Interesting and complex.

T - A lemony tart bite but not especially intense. Very floral. It was very interesting but I'm not sure the floral aspects enhance the underlying work. It starts better then it finishes.

M - Smooth and silky with a low to moderate carbonation.

O - Glad I tried it but not one I'd pursue regularly.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 13:54:25 | More by GJ40
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 tonasco flavor really threw me off.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 05:00:51 | More by Zach136
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 2013 vintage bottled on June 26th 2013. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow/orange color with 1 finger of a white head that settles to a lasting white ring. Body is hazy with some light amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Big floral character, honeysuckle, grassy, green peppers, herbal, oak with some lemony tartness as well. Less sour and funky than most other Cantillon beers I've had. The aroma is really unique, unlike any other beer I've experienced. It's strange but at the same time inviting.

Taste: Follows the aroma closely. Typical Cantillon bright lemon sourness upfront followed by the same floral, grassy and general green character as the aroma. Strong general herb character as well along with a light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high end of medium.

Overall: One of the most interesting beers I've ever had. The flavors imparted by the elderflowers are unique and unexpected, but they end up working well with the base lambic. A bit less drinkable then most other Cantillons but still a great beer that's worth seeking out to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 20:29:08 | More by Jonada
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:33:12 | More by falloutsnow
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heygeebee

Australia

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many many thanks to MrKennedy for gifting this bottle.

Pours straw truly delightful pillowy head. Fads to film spotty lace

Tart, vinegar, hint floral.

Cantillon true to form sourness, lemons, green apples, vinous, with a whack of floral petals but an overall lightweight taste.

Zesty, refreshing, palate cleansing with a slight 'stick' in throat from floral-ness

A good Cantillon but not a great beer, the floral notes overpower a little.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 03:39:00 | More by heygeebee
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cantillon Mamouche

Appearance: orange, some good lacing, and a small head.

Smell: sweet floral notes along with a light hop and fresh grapefruit.

Taste: sour grapefruit, light floralness, and a bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a very nice sour. Perfect for warm days. Don't pass it up if you like sours.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2013 07:37:00 | More by megahurts4
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle, bottled 07 June 2012. Thank you Eduardo for this bottle. Poured into a Cantillon sherry glass today, 10/4/2013. Split this bottle into four pours.

Review #275.

Pours a beautiful, hazy light golden colour with a nice, effervescent and fluffy white head with very good retention (for Cantillon). Small bits of lacing persist as I swirl the beer in the glass. Very nice, refreshing appearance.

Smells so unique. Its incredibly floral. I can't get over how floral the nose is; there is also a very nice earthy presence with some citric acidity remniscent of lemon. A bit of oak. It all comes together really well into this beer that made me think I was smelling a bouquet of freshly picked flowers. I have never smelled anything like this before and I really, really enjoy it.

Drinking this makes me wonder if I'm drinking liquid flowers. It is so floral, no bitterness at all with a nice complementary lemony-acidic bite. There is a lot of that Cantillon bug in this beer as well, just in case you weren't sure you were drinking a Cantillon. Still can't get over how floral this beer is; even floral-hop heavy IPAs like Two Hearted don't come anywhere near close. Of course, these beers don't use elderflowers, but thats not the point. Totally unique flavour profile, very well executed.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium bodied, well-carbonated and creamy. So incredibly refreshing and drinkable. Nice acidity that isn't overwhelming but is very complementary to the floral aspects.

I love this beer. I can see why some people hate it, but I absolutely love it. It is very unique and masterfully executed. It made the Cantillon Iris next to it seem like such an uninteresting, bitter lambic. Eduardo, can you please send me another bottle?

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 06:08:19 | More by Stevedore
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Pale hazy orange body. Nice big white head. Lasts forever as a pillow of foam.

Smell - Hmm. Green peppers. Grassy. Grainy. Lemony acids.

Taste - Green peppers again. Kinda malty. Sour. Grassy green sourness.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Seems heavier than other Cantillons.

Overall - Still no idea what an Elderflower should taste or smell like, but this smells and tastes like green peppers.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 01:06:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle thanks to Chris at Ebenezers, a generous selection to say the least. Reviewed from notes. Bottled on June 15, 2010.

A- Split 5 ways into stemmed goblets with a hazy golden body, clearly some yeast floating around in solution. A foamy white head builds up to a finger tall. Good retention. A good pillow sticks around from the head but doesn't leave any lace somehow.

S- Reminds me a lot of the regular Gueuze but with a superb flowery aroma added into the mix. Lemon sourness, herbal, barnyard grass, funk, oak and that Cantillon bug mix you get used to after having a few beers. Floral feel contrasts the lambic beautifully.

T- Just like the aroma a very nice floral feel atop something reminiscent of the Classic Gueuze. Funk and a nice sourness are followed by herbal and grassy notes. A nice base of lemon sour, oak, lactic, tiny acetic, apple and grape notes.

MF- Light body that is dried out by all of the flora present. Sour level is moderately high but other Cantillons can top this, for better or worse. Standard foamy carbonation.

I had no expectations for this one but for me the elderflower addition gave off a nice herbal and floral feel that combined amazingly with the Cantillon funk. Might be my favorite of their beers so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 00:43:11 | More by cbutova
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:54:17 | More by bluejacket74
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dpool

Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in France @ Bootleggers.

Pours a nice golden color with a thick head that quickly disappears. Smell is intensely floral with a strong dill (pickle) note. Taste is tart and full-frontal sour with again a slight dill flavor. The oak is kind of lost but does add a slight smoothness to the mouthfeel.

Overall a very interesting brew with intense flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 04:36:12 | More by dpool
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 13:29:30 | More by jrenihan
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:35:31 | More by jeonseh
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to AnotherJoe for bringing this to a tasking... 2011 vintage...

A: Pours a hazy light wheat yellow with about a half finger of pure white head. The foam settles quickly, leaving a good bit of lacing on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is earth. I get dirt, fresh cut grass, a bit of lemon, and a small floral component. It's crazy how much this beer smells like a garden. It's funky, with a lot of barnyard and some some nice sourness in there.

T: Holy cow. This bee is fantastic! It's sour, tart, refreshing, floral, grassy, and even a bit dirty. I know that doesn't sound like a recipe for success, but damn. It's like your backyard in a glass. Sweet, sour, and crisp. Love it.

M: Light bodied beer. It's sweet right off the bat with a big blast of tart and flowers. It hits the palate hard, but softens up as it drinks. Lingering mild sour in the back end.

O: My goodness. I enjoyed this beer immensely. I don't even know what to say, other than this might be my favorite of all the Cantillons I have tried before. So delicious. I need to seek out more of this for future consumption.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 16:54:49 | More by trxxpaxxs
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

Pours a slightly cloudy rosé color with golden orange edges and a pillowy two finger head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Funky barnyard aroma with a strong floral presence along with some lactic funk, dry oak and earthy bugs.  Subtle barrel/oak presence but the flower petals and lactic funk/cheesiness really stand out.  Very faint acetic character but not solvent like or vinegary smelling.

Medium bodied with a dry, musty barnyard funk presence that lingers over light fruit notes, pale malts,  musty brett and toasted oak into a slightly acetic, dry finish.  The sourness is kind of tame but there is a lot of farmhouse/barnyard character and lactic funk, especially creamy cheesiness in the back end.  Flower petals are also really prominent adding an odd, lingering bitterness.  Not overly complex or as sour as I like from cantillon but packs plenty of funky bitterness and unique flavor.  

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 00:42:48 | More by corby112
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle served in a flute glass.

Bottled in March, 2012.

A: Pours a yellow to orange cloudy color forming a big bubbled and aired white to yellow head. Good retention and many lacings left around. Interesting enough is the fact that you can see some pollen floating around inside the bottle

S: A mix of flowers and Lambic. Sour and, at the same time, delicate. The perfume of elderberry flower is really fantastic. Unique and perfect

T: Again, a flower bomb. Strong notes of elderberry flowers followed by malts and Lambic yeasts. Slightly sweet and sour upfront followed by a mild bitterness in the end which I suppose comes from the flowers too. In overall, a dry taste. Perfect in the mouth too

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Flowery aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. A unique experience. One of the best Cantillon I've ever had

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 22:08:05 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of our Kebab and Cantillon dinner party the other weekend. Cheers guys!

From a 750 into a tumbler
Bottled 7 June 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking white head with decent retention. Hazy amber orange in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick ring but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some citrus fruits in there, like lemon and orange peel perhaps, with an underlying layer of funk that resembles sea weed as well. A strong floral element from the flowers obviously that somewhat dominates the lambic. A little overwhelming perhaps.

TASTE: Lots of flowers up front, with some lemon and tart srouness through the middle into the finish. Sour lemon, bitter notes and some funky, dank mouldy flavors compete with the flowers, unltimately losing in the end. The floral flavors very much run the show here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry. Puckering and somewhat acidic after the swallow.

OVERALL: This is definitely a flower dominant lambic. The floral aroma and flavor really do take the lead here, which, unfortunately, quickly became quite challenging. I understand that many people quite enjoy this one, but for me, at this point at least, I found this difficult and didn't go back for a second pour. Not something I'd want to drink again for the next little while at least. At least not this fresh. Perhaps a couple years in the bottle would make a big difference.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 19:50:44 | More by Jeffo
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

#800

Big thank you to Jeffo for this most awesome treat, very high up on my list of wants. Bottled June 15, 2010. Poured into a Cantillon tumbler.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, rich gold colour with a ton of bubbles rising and 2+ fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell. Bitter floral perfume and fresh savoury herbs, some berries and lemon juice as well as some old wood and that nice Cantillon funk ...which is as close to the classic "horse-blanket" description as any funk I've come across.

Taste. Amazing light floral perfume and some lightly bitter, savoury herbs along the lines of dandelion leaves. There's also some lemon juice, a bit of old wood and maybe a touch of leather, along with a nice light lingering dry funk.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with full, lively but still somewhat soft carbonation. Pretty much perfect for the style.

Overall. The most interesting beer from this brewery that I've tried so far, wasn't expecting the herby aspect. Thanks again for this treat from across the pond, Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 23:01:10 | More by Rutager
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Gobzilla

California

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light pale golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and a thin bubbly head that leaves nice wisps of lacing sticking to the glass. Definitely has the signature cantillon bretty barnyard funk character wtih nice citrus, good acidic in the nose, slight pineapple and mango fruit and oaky wood. The wood oakiness with barnyard bretty funk meld very well with citrusy accents, mild grapefruit twang, pineapple notes and a touch of corky flavor. The brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a funky bretty horseblanket, citrusy oaky sour and slight dry finish. Finally got to try it and I wasn't dissapointed at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 23:54:23 | More by Gobzilla
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Texas

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 07 June 2012

Pours a little hazy darker golden color. The white head falls apart quickly.

Never smelled elderflower, but that is what seems to be most upfront. There is a grassy floral component up there. A big vegetal pepper smell as well. Some lemon and barnyard funk. Very interesting aroma going on.

This is sour but not overpoweringly so. Flower, grass, bell pepper, funky earthiness, lemon acidity. Very dry. Light-medium body with a calmer carbonation compared to other lambics.

Fun to try and extremely drinkable. The vegetal bell pepper of this took me by surprise.

Serving type: bottle

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