Cantillon Mamouche - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 388
Gots: 206 | FT: 25
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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 alpinebryant
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, Bottled May 16, 2011, picked up personally from the Cantillon Brewery in Belgium on a trip last fall! Poured into my Cantillon Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear goldenrod yellow with a healthy white head that lingered for almost the entire glass. Healthy carbonation rising to the top throughout as well.

S: Wow, this has an extremely potent wildflower aroma. Straw and lambic aromas all mix together perfectly. Perhaps from being outside all afternoon doing work with trees and woodchips this is even better in aroma.

T: Simply put, delicious. There is a white pepper taste along with the elderflowers which actually taste Green still. I was thinking the elderflower taste may have calmed down a little but it is still potent after a year in the bottle and creates a green apple pucker. Herbal brett, lacto other lambic style sour notes come together well and play perfectly with the flowers. I was not expecting to like this as much as I am right now, but very glad to have had the chance to bring this back from Belgium last fall.

M: Crisp and refreshing with a champagne dry finish and sparkling clarity. If champagne tasted like this, I would drink it much more often.

O: Glad to have finally tried this. I have been waiting about 8 months since Oktoberfest to open one of these in the spring and today was the perfect occasion. Highly recommend doing this after finishing a long afternoon of yardwork.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled on May 16, 2011, drank on its first birthday, poured into a little Cantillon sort-of-tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, topped with two fingers of bubbly white head, recedes to a thin layer, leaves little lacing.

S- Hugely complex aroma. Elderflowers are very dominant here; a sort of green pepper smell and dried spices mixed with a flower petal aroma, like putting your nose into a glass of flowers. Beneath this is an earthy funk, apples, and the usual Cantillon notes of tartness and acidity.

T- Similar to the nose, has a peppery, spicy herbal flavor, mild floral bitterness, beneath is earthy, woody funk, apples, wet wood and hay funkiness, a lightly lactic tartness and dry tannins. The tartness here is firm but not quite as sharp as on some Cantillon brews. Finishes with peppery herbs and earthy funk.

M- Light-bodied, smooth and crisp feel, very dry finish.

O- A really nice beer, the elder flower flavor is really interesting and makes for a complex, fascinating beer.

Photo of kif
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Treebs
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of khumbard, thanks Kevin! 750 ml capped and corked bottle served in a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a frothy, pure white head forming on the pour. Some soapy splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Some light funk and fresh cut grass are present. Some sweet flowery notes as well, but overall the profile seems somewhat restrained.

T: Dewy grass and sweet flowery notes. Lemon grass, green apple and some light tartness. Restrained funk and tartness on the finish.

M: Light and crisp. Refreshing with spritzy carbonation.

O: The flavors were light and slightly restrained. It was still a nice beer, but wasn't all that tart or sour.

Photo of biga7346
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011

A - Golden, straw colored, a little haze but firm.

N - Super fresh picked berries, vinous, grape tree limbs, very oakey, charcoal; wet hay, mustiness, cellar floor. I just can't get over that such a distinct smell of fresh picked fruit, so fucking nice.

T/M - More of the berry-like suggestions, wood, tart grapes, peach, wild berries. It comes in thin and leaves a nice strawberry and oak in the finish; champagne-like in texture, rolls on the tongue.

D - Definitely my favorite Cantillon so far, would like to put this up against fresh Gambrinus side-to-side, I definitely wouldn't want to age this much, that fresh berry is just so damn good.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on May 16, 2011.
750ml bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear, golden orange with a two finger cream-colored head that fades quickly.

S - Funk, herbs, spices, wild flowers.

T - Tart funk, oak, floral - Spring Time in a glass.

D - Great carbonation and a lively body.

O - Ahhh... I love Cantillon! A Spring Time wonder.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage. I always wondered why this is categorized as a fruit lambic since as far as I know, flowers aren't fruit.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Retention is mediocre and no lacing is left.

4.5 S: Plenty of musty, earthy, and dirty funk in this. Pond water, sweat socks, diaper to start. Rotting peachiness, woody, lightly astringent. Lemongrass, lemon zest. The elderflowers offer a pleasant herbalness along with something along the lines of an Anaheim pepper. Fairly dry and without a lot of acidity. Perhaps a touch of lactic acid with no acetic to be found.

3.5 T: There is a surprising sour kick in the taste though. It's not super intense, but it gets the job done. Also a much bigger bitterness and tannic astringency. Perhaps it's the elderflowers that add this bitterness. I wouldn't know since I don't go into fields and munch on whatever I see. Lighter pepperiness in the taste. Lightly herbal. Dirty diaper is back along with sweat socks and pond water. Lemon and peachy fruitiness. Very oaky with a rotting wood component. Again, on the drier side.

3.5 M: Not bad here, but it could use a bit more spritz and more creaminess. Lighter body. Active carbonation. Mildly astringent aftertaste.

3.5 D: This was good and I loved the nose, but it's too bitter for my preference and the astringency is a bit distracting. I'm not sure that I'll buy this again, but it was worth a try.

Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of SeanChiro
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL

A: Held up to the light, held a nice cloudy golden orange color with a fairly white head on it. Head held for 3/4 of the glass and left nice lacing on the edge.

S: First sniff picks up the lactic overtones. Second brings in the tartness. Third brings out the dried grass and flowery undertones from the elder flowers.

T: Puckering goodness with a dirty sweat sock finish. Tartness is rich in complexity because the finish still had a "sweet" flower finish.

M: puckering....can't say more.

O: This was my first experience drinking a Cantillon beer and I think I am hooked. Thank goodness my sister in law lives on Belgium and can start hunting these down for me.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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).

Photo of AleWatcher
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ontap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle IL.

Lightly hazed golden apricot body with a thin white head that settled into a little collar. No lacing.

Smells like a regular gueuze-- some lemony citrus blends with oaky notes while a little woody floral note kicks in on the backend.
The flavor has a light wheat malt nore up front with a decent sour bite on the back.

This is not a fruited Lambic-- this should just be called a gueuze... And in terms of gueuze, it isn't bad... But it isn't the best, even of the ones by Cantillon.

Kinda thin an oily feeling.

Photo of Khazadum
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice tangerine color, minimal bubble and head maintenance. Laces decent for what you have elsewhere.

Crisp, lemon zest, more tart then expected, citrus and light earthen background. Not terribly complex.

The flavors open instantly tart, bitter citric acid. It's the perfect acidity, I want this level for every gueuze when opening it fresh. Finishes muddled vegetation, dry herbal character. Brambles and twigs. Awesome..hidden in the center is a lemon zest flavor.

Crisp, medium bodied, earthen, bitter, lactic and citric, bubbly center and near creamy finish. Dry and tart.

Very awesome.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sour Saturday @ the blue monk

Poured as expected a hazy golden yellow with an inch of fluffy white head that faded quickly. The smell was rather neutral but was undeniably sour. The taste on the other hand was continually changing from sour to a peppercorn/chili aftertaste (from the elder flowers)...outstanding and different.
The mouthfeel is an expected sourness and dryness that sucks the saliva from your tonsils. The aftertaste is almost like a vomit...but somehow still delicious.
This was a pricey, hard to find 10oz of beer...but worth it to try once.

Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a straw orange color. Two finger bright white head that slowly worked it's way to a thin white layer. No lacing, very little carbonation showing.

S-- Floral and spicy peppers. Interesting enough smell to this.

T-- Green apple vinegar, white pepper, smoked peppers, and elderflowers. Not really tart, or sour. More of a crispness really, but has the elements of it. Elderflower is quite reserved really.

M-- High carbonation, prickly and creamy. Smoked serrano pepper in mid and back followed by crisp and fresh apple and lemon tartness in the finish.

O-- Not really a sour person, per say, as my reviews are of IPA, DIPA, and IS but this is very approachable. Probably a good lambic to start off with. Just my opinion but a better option to drink fresh than age.

Photo of PerHops
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color on this is an indescribably wonderful golden orange. The head starts off about 2 inches high in a snifter and over the next two or three minutes gradually settles into a semi-thin white layer with visible carbonation on the side of the glass. The nose starts off tart if a little musty, but finishes with some spice, plums, grapefruit and floral aroma. This one is incredibly complex upon first sip! Starts off a little spicy, as in serrano pepper, but quickly reveals many more layers. The elderflower is present, but very subtle lending some floral notes and grapefruit along with the lemony tartness that is evident without dominating. Many other flavors emerge such as ripe apples, The mouthfeel is phenomenal. There is ample carbonation, but the texture is creamy and culminates in superb balance. The low abv makes this easy to drink the whole bottle to yourself, or start your night by sharing with others. Well worth the hype, Cantillon has yet to disappoint me.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zwanze 2009. Pour is a hazed golden amber with a tight bubly head. The nose has the dusty funk found in so many cantillons with notes of lemon and a huge blast of flower petals. There is a hot type spice and its a little seedy. The taste follows the nose, juicy citrus up front, a dusty funk takes over with the huge flower petal that takes over. A jalepeno spice has an interesting presence with more citrusy flavors and some light bitterness. The body is light and creamy but has an active carbonation and a very dry finish. Extremely unique beer, rare flavors I haven't seen before.

Photo of antoines15
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: typical Cantillon gueuze look. light with a smallish white fluff.

S: The smell is unbelievable. It was like walking through a garden. I imagine this is what elder flowers smell like, but there was also a pepper like smell and some light citrus notes. Just awesome.

T: Flowery, biscuity, citrusy, peppery. Ha. The taste just follows right along with the nose.

M: on point again with a crisp, clean drying mouthfeel that keeps you coming back for more.

O: Very nice brew, near the top for me as far as Cantillon goes in my limited experience. Very glad I got the chance to try this. Charley!

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of myspoonistoobig
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of cpmichael
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Founders snifter

A: Pours a light golden orangish colour, with a thick white foam that dissipates slowly.

S: floral notes, lemon, fruity, along with the hint of Cantillon funk.

T: The usually Cantillon taste, along with lemon and grapefruit and other fruity notes. The floral aspect of this beer, the Elder flower, is very discernible. It adds a complexity to this beer that makes it interesting and delicious.

M: The typical Cantillon fashion of tart and dry. It is highly carbonated, lightly bodied.

O: I had no idea what to expect from this beer, but it exceeded those expectations. As with the Cantillon beers I have had so far, this is delicious, but the Elder flower added a very interesting element. I am kicking myself for not purchasing another bottle.

Photo of danieelol
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lukie @ IBS via Owen

Pours a golden mango lemon colour with a nice white head which recedes rather rapidly.

Smell is massive capsicum and green chilli. Fascinating deep Thai green curry spicy notes. Jalapeno flavoured jelly beans. There's a corny lambic note behind it. Even some malt sweetness. Really good. Also, a big dose of marijuana. Mango, peaches; it's also fruity.

Taste is more of the same capsicum/green chilli and herb notes plus some dust and cobwebs. Also has a marked sourness to it, which is solid and delicious already.

Mouthfeel is medium and sour. Good.

Unlike Fou Foune, this is ready to go out of the gate with some nice funk and mouthfeel happening. Perhaps I just prefer this style of "fruit lambic" in the first place. Very, very good, and can be compared to some far "rarer" gueuzes/lambics I've had in the past.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Cantillon Mamouche from Brasserie Cantillon
93 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.