Cantillon Mamouche | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by rvdoorn on 11-07-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber at Beerbistro shared with Ken. Cloudy yellow with orange tinge, and alcey. Funky aroma, but pleasant not barnyard, with some herbs. Lambic, some sourness that is hidden behind herbal and definate elderberries. The palate feels a delayed harshness. A break of water helped to get through it, and I imagine food would certainly.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mamouche has been a whale for me, so getting a full pour on tap at hops and pie yesterday was a delightful treat, unexpected, and fully wonderful and up to the hype. elderflower can be so soft or so intense, and using it right in anything from lotion to tea can be a balancing act, which is why i am so impressed with the beer here. at its base is a lambic i know and love from cantillon, perfectly mixed between musty woody funk and lactic sourness, with a fuller bodied wheat base and only as much carbonation as is absolutely necessary to keep it moving. the difference here is this delicate blooming elderflower presence that transports me to distant fields in nicer weather with warm breezes blowing endlessly. its beautiful. not the least bit perfumy, but absolutely brightly floral in the smell, while it takes on a bit more bitterness in the flavor, but not a hop bitterness that comes at the end. its all up front here, and the softness of the floral smell is never lost among the intensity of the base beer, which is a wonderful testament to the artisan skills of the brewer, as if we needed another from cantillon right? this is as well refined as anything they make, more interesting than many, and frankly just absolutely delicious sour beer. the elderflower is used to perfection here, and while i also enjoyed the mikkeller spontan version, i think the cantillon adds more than just lactic acidity, but also a beautiful oak and funk profile that makes this a much more layered and complex drink. elite stuff worthy of trying at nearly any cost.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2013 edition, in a capped and corked Burgundian bottle, as ever was for the Cantillon offerings available here in Alberta. This one appears to have the most limited distribution of any of its ilk to date, glad I got a chance to grab one of 'em! Not sure what the name translates to - 'ma mouche' means 'my fly' (as in the insect), but I dunno.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves little beyond a few wayward specks of soap sud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells, well, it smells pretty much like nothing I have yet encountered - musty, piquant, peppery, and vegetal florals, moderately sour generic orchard fruit, gritty pale malt, further spicy wheat malt, tart Polskie Ogórki juice, and some mildly funky, heady farm-bred yeast - shah. The taste is more disembodied fruity sourness and tartness right up front, but that perfumed, musty, and still peppery flower character comes racing over like a helicopter parent when they sense gluten, with some decent dry bready pale and wheat graininess holding down the fort, a slight lactic acridity adding its two cents worth to the fray, and some rather understated funky, earthy, and dusty yeast muddling about.

The carbonation is pleasant in its reserved frothy quality, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and more or less smooth, once one becomes acclimatized to the tartness, and cognitive dissonance kicks in - and, then, presto, there's even a twinge of airy creaminess. It finishes dry, fruity, floral, and still peppery, in a vegetal sense.

Well, I gotta give this one credit for providing flavours that were, on the whole, new to me, and agreeable enough, at that - the peppery florals go a long way in ameliorating the harsh acidity still present (it is Cantillon, after all), and the funk keeps mostly to itself. Good, and interesting overall, but I can't quite say that the stiff shelf tag (even for these guys) would be really worth having another go, even if presented the opportunity.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With copious additions of edel flowers, the talents at Cantillon revisit the 2009 Zwanze and rebrand it in this cleanly soured Mamouche ale.

Within its bright straw hues lurk the pungency and tangy perfumes that leap out at the moment of the pour. Evoking jaw-tightening and mouth-whetting sensaitons, its floral fragrance is laced with white wine, cider, citrus and light vinegar. Earthen with soft saddle leather and fresh mushroom, the scent gives way to the tepid grain sweetness of malt.

But any sweet flavors are short as they dissolve effortlessly on the middle palate. What follows is a clean souring that's remiss of grapefruit, bitter orange, dried lemon and lime, crabapple and sour white grape. Trailing spiciness of cinnamon and medicinal chloroseptic provide a peppery finish with the softness of marzipan.

Dry and bracingly acidic, the beer's strong vinous, cider and white cider vinegar puckers the mouth and strips all thirst from the palate with surprisingly ease. Highly refreshing, crisp, clean, and curiously bitter with citrus peel- the ale closes the session with a short aftertaste and echoes of floral arrangements and damp burlap.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014:

High B / GOOD

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2016 vintage on-draught on Zwanze day 2016 @ Fool's Gold in NYC.

Murky copper body. No head. Not a great looking beer, if we're nitpicking.

Aroma showcases lambicus yeast beautifully. Clean funkiness, mild sourness (maybe a 3-4 out of ten in terms of sourness), gym sock like funkiness, a blip of acetobacter, twang. I don't pick up on any oak. Suggests an acidic brew. I wouldn't pick up on elder flower if not prompted first; I don't pretend to know what elder flowers smell or look like.

Acidic, smacky, and dry, evoking lambicus yeast beautifully with prominent notes of clean funkiness and moderate sourness (maybe a 4/10 in terms of intensity). Elder flower? Sorry, I don't know what that tastes like. Balanced and straightforward, which might be a kind of way of saying it isn't a highly complex Lambic.

Smooth, refreshing albeit acidic, light-bodied, and approachable.

Highly drinkable fare though admittedly not Cantillon's best, Mamouche is a classic Lambic. Obscure elder flower never works its way into my sensory impression, but whatever intangibles it adds are working for me.

High B / GOOD

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Photo of oline73
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a flute. I had this at the sour beer event at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with an orange tint. There is a small amount of golden head that disappears.

Smell: Very herbal with some sour notes. A bit weird, it kind of reminds me of burning plastic.

Taste: Bitter like natural grapefruit peel. Herbal with a lemon sourness and some funk. The finish is bitter.

Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was really excited to get to try this, but it didn't really live up to my expectations. The smell turned me off. I don't think I would search this out again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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:
A4.25s4.5t4.5m4.25d4.25
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a tiny cap topping the hazy pale honey-colored liquid; a few spots remain as the liquid descends

Smell: Herbacious flowers, green peppers and the woods

Taste: Sour and funky, up front, with the herbacious element most prominent; in the middle the green pepper flavors become discernable, with the peppery character turning to jalapeno, after the swallow; oaky flavors combine, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting, for sure, but I don't care for it as much as the sours that use other adjuncts

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty yellowish color lambic with a large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing as well. Aroma is absolutely dominated by elder flowers and is somewhat of an acquired taste. Taste is also dominated by elder flowers and provides a floral and somewhat peppery taste to this beer which is well integrated with the tart and oak from the base lambic. Very refreshing overall though a bit too much flowers for my taste.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zwanze 2009 Edition consumed Oct 2010

Pours a white head. Decent retention. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: More elder flowers than the mamouche. Big herbal floral notes. It also has a big pepper burn to it with chiles here.

Taste: Big amount of chiles and pepper. Kind of spicy. However, it is more herbal and floral than the mamouche. A big grassy, oaky, and funky with vinegar notes. Some lemon citrus and acidity.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, funky, spicy. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, I like it better than the mamouche. It has more elderflowers and it works better with the spices. Somewhat drinkable.
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June 7, 2012 bottle consumed 7/2017

White head. Golden orange color.

Peppery, herbal, spices, earthy. Basil, crushed black pepper, green bell peppers. Funky and musty. Light lemon citrus.

This one is soft and rounded out nicely. Medium carbonation. I'd prefer a bit less for this one. This one is really nice.
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May 22, 2014 vintage consumed 7/2017

Pours a large white head. Golden color.

This one is very similar to the 2014 but not as soft and rounded out. All the similar great spice and herbal flavors but just doesn't have the age. A bit of floral bitterness in the finish which was noticeable. 4.3
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June 26, 2013 consumed 9/2017

All the elderflower. Spicy, green peppers, crushed black peppers. Dill. Smooth. Oaky. Dry finish. Earthy and floral. Some bitterness. 4.5
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May 31 2017 bottle consumed 12/17
More floral and bitter than other vintages. Still has the dill, green peppers, and spice. It starts to show more as it warms. Very enjoyable and very drinkable. 4.4
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2014 jeroboam from JVR for his 50th bday

This bottle had a ton of flavor going on. Everything was pronounced so well. Dill, green bell pepper, crushed black pepper, garden vegetables. Wow! This drank so well! 4.6
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2010 bottle consumed 12/17
White head. Burnt golden orange. Great herbal notes. Very floral and earthy. All the flavors are so balanced. Garden vegetables, crushed black pepper, dill. This has to be one of my favorite bottles of mamouche. Great carbonation and feel. 4.7

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really fresh bottle, just 4 months old. Hazy golden color with a bit of off-white foam. Aroma is fruity and floral mostly with a quite clean yeast funk. Taste follows with the fruity notes, mostly stonefruits, hay, quite bitter finish, really earthy. Quite soft mouthfeel for a lambic. Quite good lambic with a very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%

June 26, 2013, thanks to rudzud for sharing. Guess I never reviewed this.

Pours a great fizzy bubbly almost 1 finger head fades pretty quickly though, mostly clear golden color. 4.25

Nose very floral, sweet flowery chamomile tea like, sweet tea and candied notes, then Elderflower really comes through, mild citrus rind note, faint lemony and Clementine like, just a little lambic funk, fruity weird berry like. 4.25

Taste sweet to start, little sugary sweet tea, quickly into herbal flowery tea, little chamomile and Elderflower, definite bitter Elderflower, bitter leafy medicinal thing, dandelion like weed herbal bitter note. Little sticky lemony funk, funky lambic but meh. Finish is dry bitter, quite bitter Elderflower bitterness, so bitter almost wormwood like. Finish dry bitter, little grapefruit note, bitter, wormwood, Elderflower, etc. 3.75

Mouth is med bod, decent fluffy carb, tart.4

Overall 4

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