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Cantillon Mamouche - Brasserie Cantillon

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168 Reviews
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 748
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 22.71%
Wants: 400
Gots: 201 | 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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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Franck
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Chincino
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of jrenihan
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.29/5  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

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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).

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Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of kif
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.33/5  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

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Photo of myspoonistoobig
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bunzfest2012: Make it so... Quick review from written notes, served in a mini-tulip glass.

Light haze, golden orange body with copious white foam at first that fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass.

Bell peppers and fresh cut jalapeno, chlorophyll, citrus rind, sandalwood, dry oak, savory with herbal dried elderflower notes.

Tart citrus lambic notes, green bell pepper zestiness, floral with some peppercorn savory qualities. Effervescent, dry aftertaste, lingering oak and lemon pith. Very unique and potent in smaller doses, one to share, but certainly enjoyable.

Zwanze 2009:
2 pours, 2nd time sampling. Fairly cloudy, lasting surface skim, ring of spotty lace.
Spicy aroma, sliced bell peppers, slight floral, musty wood.
Similar flavors, bell pepper, green organics, cracked pepper spiciness, lightly floral, less so in Zwanze 09 vs Mamouche 11. Medium bodied, dry with lingering spice. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with an orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with a very nice floral presence from the Elder flowers. Taste is much the same with a slightly bitter quality on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good lambic with a nice floral presence in the smell and taste.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in July 2011 for my birthday Cantillon tasting.

Dark hazy orange color.

Smells very unusual. Like no other beer I've smelled really, hard to identify any particular scents. Maybe some odd floral notes, some odd citrus. Mainly my reaction was "what the heck is that smell?" It's hard to assign a rating to a smell when your main reaction is surprise, but I'll give this one some points just for being so unique and memorable.

Taste is just as unusual as the smell. What the heck? I've never eaten elderflowers, but I expected something much closer to other flower flavors I've had in beer--chrysanthemum, rose, etc. This was not remotely like those things. A very dark, tangy kind of floral flavor, not at all what you'd expect from the pretty white flowers on the label. The sourness is also a very odd kind of sourness, reminds me much more of eating a grapefruit than of drinking a sour beer. There's some grapefruit and other weird citrus in the flavor too.

This is a totally unique beer that really caught me off guard, but I definitely liked it and would love to try it again now that I'm better prepared for it.


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Photo of macher0
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

On draft at Zwanze 2014 Holy Grale

Pours hazy straw. Nice fine bubble head. Sliky appearance. Tart nose - sour yeast, neutral oak, cider vinegar. The taste is tart with sour apples, white grapes, oak, with a noticeable earthy finish.

Very good as expected.

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Photo of PerHops
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon one of the best breweries in the world just continues to make damn good beers and this is one of the many that they do. The beer pours a nice golden straw color and has good carbonation. The aroma is funky and floral, I have no clue what Elder Flowres smell like but I detect a different note in this beer from other Cantillon offerings. The taste starts sour and puckering and then finishes dry with the floral note. Really nice beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my contributions to last night's tasting extravaganza. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a finger or so of eggshell foam that dissipates to a thick collar and hazy film, leaving behind a few spots of lace. The body is a slightly hazed peach/apricot color.

S - Peppery and floral - the elder flowers are front and center, imparting salt, pepper, and dill notes. There is some light barnyard, as well as lemons, white wine vinegar, and stone fruits. Unique, and I'm finding the elder flower to have mellowed since the last time I had this back in March.

T - Taste is more sour, with significantly less floral and pepper flavors. I get the sense that the lambic is starting to "win" as Arne would put it. Again, there is lemon and citrus, with a bit of understated funk.

M - Super dry, light-bodied, refreshing. Carbonation is present, but not overly tingly. Pretty standard here.

D - This was pretty easy to drink. I could have had a significant amount of this one. I get the feeling that the elder flower flavor is pretty polarizing - if you don't like it you probably won't enjoy this very much. Thankfully I'm in the like it camp.

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