Cantillon Mamouche | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon MamoucheCantillon Mamouche

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Brasserie Cantillon

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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


A big thanks goes out to Chris for the present! Thanks, Buddy! Mamouche is golden with a glowing apricot hue. Clarity is a little clouded, dispersing the light and adding to the overall glow. The foam is easy to rise, crowning at a couple fingers in height before slowly fading to a cap and ring with impressive staying power for the style. Patchy lacing is left behind on the glass and tiny carbonation bubbles rush to the surface from everywhere.

The nose is snappy like your usual Cantillon but it lacks, comparatively, the bracing sour notes of some of the others. The minerality of wet stone leaps from the glass, and from the bottle as a matter of fact. The elder flowers take on an unusual and welcomed soft honeydew note. Wet oak is noticeable and aged hops take on tea leaf like qualities. There's even a whispers of old spearmint which ends up being surprisingly soothing. There's a touch of champagne vinegar and wildflowers. I like this.

The elder flowers lead the way on the palate. Again, they bring about that wildflower, tea leaf, spearmint, and honeydew quality. It's all delicious and unique. A couple splashes of champagne vinegar add some tartness and awaken the salivary glands. There's a touch of oakiness on the periphery bringing with it depth. This is a good beer. A different direction than most of Cantillon's offerings but certainly good.

The body is light, soft, and effervescent. The active carbonation brings with it an airy feel that it seems only the Belgians have perfected. A little tannic dryness and even a touch of bitterness linger on the tongue after each drink. A highly refreshing, immensely approachable libation is Mamouche.

This is a damn fine beer. While I prefer some of Cantillon's other offerings this one stands alone in its uniqueness. The elder flowers add all kinds of character and it has that typical Cantillon depth and mineral profile. Thanks again, Chris!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky to find this and luckier still to find it in summer.
Aroma was the top factor here, promising much.
And I it delivered, despite me hesitation for the sour family.
The sourness and the fruit was a great thirst quencher.
And of course, I shared at an outdoor dinner party.
Even the wine-drinkers were amazed at these full flavors and most wanted more.
Cantillon's reputation is deserved.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
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 zac16125
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Teku
Vintage 2013

Thanks to sliks96 for sending this one over in a trade, quite a while ago.

A: Crystal clear, dark golden yellow, large 3 fingers width of bright white head which dissipates slowly and leaves a few small patches of lacing. 4.25

S: Pungent. Tart, floral, biting acidity, citrusy, subtle oaky vanilla, peppery spice. Improves as it warms. Intoxicating aroma. 4.5

T: Quite tart, lots of floral notes, some funk with a plastic-like character, spicy pepper notes. Its quite excellent. 4.5

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation on the higher end, drinkability is average, quite dry on the finish. 4

O: Complex and unique. Not near my favorite Cantillon but still a gem, that’s much appreciated. 4.5

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Photo of amano_h
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage. Poured into a taster glass at Brasserie Cantillon.

Fragrant dandelion-like floral notes dominate the nose upon the first whiff of the brew. The floral notes linger around just enough for you to want take another sniff without giving you a headache, unlike those you tend to get from some stronger or more pollen-y flowers like roses and acacias. The initial floral breeze is further accentuated by a warm scent reminiscent of cold chrysanthemum tea, and finishes with very light funky barnyard notes with a touch of cracked pepper.

Wildflowers and cold chrysanthemum tea are again the dominant flavors on hand. There's a hint of a refreshing mint-like quality that I can't quite put my finger around which starts to slowly surface along with the "cold tea"; the oak and funky barnyard notes gracefully ornate the finishing touches upon the tongue, along with a slight hint of cinnamon / nutmeg (I can't tell the two apart at times) and peppery spice.

Medium-light bodied--sips like herbal tea to be honest--with a moderate amount of pleasant tongue-tickling carbonation. While I can understand that most will either end up absolutely hating this beer or adoring every last sip of it like I did, it's definitely a brew worth trying once for the experience; and of course, the fresher the better.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dull yellow, significant amount of haze, lambic hefe. Pristine white head. Aroma was pepper, flowers of a purple variety, lemon, sour tartness.

The pepper flowers (like black pepper) are some of the most unique flavors going on. Not my cup of tea (this and grand brusccella are my least fave Cantillons). Lots of carbonation. Too much pepper domination.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I typically don't struggle to find the words to adequately describe beers, but this one is almost above me. The nose is at once tart, funky...a bit of musty oak...but also soft and sweet on the floral side. Exquisite on the tongue, with tart fruits being toned by a slight pepper-like spice. Incredibly unique and delicious. What a treat to sample a beer I'll most likely never see again.

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Photo of peensteen
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Cork

Pours golden orange with a ring of white head, some lace as well. Smell is quite floral right away, funk and elderflower, lavender, acidic, cheesy and lactic , with an oak closer. Taste is sour and floral, spicy earthy flavours with elderflower and more of the lactic-cheesy flavour form the nose, pot-pouri/acidic/oak finish, quite dry with a lightly fruity aftertaste. Medium carbonation, dry-medium body. While this ranks among my least favourite offerings from Cantillon it is still fairly good, at first I found the spicy/floral points distracting but on the second and third pour I found it was integrated much better, would gladly revisit this.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a large fading head.
Nose shows funky notes, pronounced elderflower, peppery characters, perfume-like.
Flavours include more pepper, some elderflower-derived capsicum notes, more floral perfume, followed by a refreshing tartness.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by a friendly random guy at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a bright golden yellow, with a half inch head, and just a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like honey, flowers, a little bit of vinegary brine, and perfume.

This is one of the more peculiar sours I've ever had. The elderflowers really impart a unique and slightly weird flavor, there's some floral and perfume character, some honey, hay and light funk. The sourness is pretty low, compared to other loons I've had. There's a slight bit of citrus and lemon and whatnot as well. There's also a mild pickle flavor that's odd.

This is light bodied, with a slightly "sweaty" mouthfeel, if that makes sense. There's a pretty soft level of carbonation.

This was unique, while the strong perfume and pickle flavors may not be amazing, this was still a delicious beer.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Worst loon for me. Still good, but floral and honeysuckle notes are a bit I'll fitting, but a discernible insect repellent finish (once noticed) is a huge turn off.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pour is reminiscent of the sun: yellow, orange, & gold. The head is white, and small, with little retention and lacing

S: Notes have a floral, woody/earthy, funkiness for sure: dandelions, peach, apple, orange, citrus, pepper, honey

T: Very suggestive of the aroma, and very refreshing: herbs, acidity, brett, citrus, lemon, assortment of floral characteristics (elderflowers)…

M: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation; doesn’t necessarily go overboard on the floral/herbal notes IMO, but can see where others may have an issue…especially when considering the bottling year, condition, and presentation

O: The floral notes certainly make this out to be a distinctive lambic, or Cantillon for that matter. There is a lot going on here, and perhaps the bloomy notes are a bit overpowering at moments. Nonetheless, this is quite refreshing, and will most certainly have another

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Photo of aleigator
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mamouche '14 vintage

Pours a clear, sun yellow color, with a small white head, producing a ring of lacing.

The aromas reveal flowery green pepper, wild honey and dandelions among a well pronounced barnyard funkiness. The beers sourness is easily recognizable on its own, while it blends really well into the dough flowers, without overpowering their nuances, highlighting the beers subtle qualities. Produces a certain wine gum aroma, without turning sweet at all, exhibiting old hops and dusty malts.

Has a lower carbonation, with a slick finish among a pleasantly light bodied beer, with a nice tart refreshing mouthfeel to it.

The taste offers dusty malts among leather and a lemony tang, among matured grassy hops and a brett infused tartness. This foundation gets lended more depth by the addition of young green pepper, wet flowers and a whiff of wild honey. Pushes the flavors into a slick dryness, while featuring a unique blend of flowers and herbs, with green pepper tying the taste together. Finishes with a lemon peel infused sourness, creating a dry crispness, together with earthy malts, showcasing slightly toasted green pepper in the very back end of the palate.

This is a very unique beer, as it creates an unforeseen melange of great flavors, ranging between flowers, honey and fresh green pepper, blending together to a fantastic lambic. It tastes very refreshing, while it reveals a lovely depth of flavors, which makes this a gulper and a sipper at the same time.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft, tan head that has great persistence. Intensely sour, floral aroma. Hazy, straw color. Starts intensely sour with flowers and slight bitterness. A touch of malt comes through the tart, slightly bitter fruits. The finish is lingering bitter fruit over malt.

This is interesting; great sourness and maltiness. The elderberry is disctinctive, and I can see how this could be divisive. I like it a lot, it gets better as you drink it, for sure, so stick with it.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Cantillon taster glass. Acquired in a trade with Cody, thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold body with a 1-2 finger white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing and a ring of retention.

Aromas are delightful - pungent tartness, musty basement, apple cider vinegar, slightly floral and earthy, lemons and citrus.

I allowed this to warm to room temperature before rating it's taste, as I think that's when it tastes best. Very tart, borderline sour, lemon juice, funky yeast, grassy hay, light oak and acetic on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with medium carbonation. Very easy to drink, not harsh or cloying whatsoever.

I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious Mamouche is - it doesn't get the highest ratings of the Cantillon beers but I actually enjoyed it more than others. Very complex and balanced with tons of nice flavor.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 6/26/2013

Taste evolved as the beer warmed over several hours. I recommend drinking this beer closer to room temperature. The elderflower takes center stage of this lambic and showcases as green, herbal, medicinal, floral and peppery. It's quite unlike any other Cantillon or for that matter any other beer I have tasted. The green pepper flavor is off putting at first but opens up into something that is quite interesting and complex. Wet grass, pungent fresh cut weeds, a sweet floral aroma and a peppery floral overtone. The lambic base is sour, funky and slightly cheesy. A nice experience for sure but I'd choose a classic geuze next time.

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Photo of guityler83
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale yellow color with a fleeting bright white head that fized away quickly. Clarity is good on the first poor and gets cloudier with suspended sediment (expected). Lacing is mild but doesn't stick around long. Classic lambic look

S: Big bright classic Cantillon funk (hay and barnyard) leaps from the glass. Soft floral perfume like aroma with compost-ey / decomposing leafs aroma. Unique in aroma and not as brightly sour in the aroma as other Cantillon beers I've tried.

T: A refreshing medium-heavy lemon citric sourness that seems to evolve as the beer opens up. A pleasant balance of damp basement, decomposing leafs as the elderflower is flavors increase in the beer. Neutral oak flavor that adds more of a grainy mouthfeel then a flavor. Slight lactic bite with refreshing finish.

M: Crisp finish and moderate carbonation. Mild body. some tannin extraction giving the impression of drying / more body. mild tingly sensation from the sourness on the tongue.

O: Uniquely flavored lambic like Cantillon knows best. I'm not very familiar with elderflower in any other context so it would be hard for me to identify the exact contribution on the beer but the floral to wet leafs nose and flavor would be my assumption. Nice beer overall

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pissy yellow w/champagne loose head. 4
Pure perfume yet mulchy vegetal and also some funk - never smelled a beer like it. 4
Wheat and floral, a powerful nectar hit, dirty funky middle, powdery herbal (natural aspirin) bitterness to end. 4
Stone fruit finish and lingering branchy bitterness.
Crisp, lean, fizzy, light. 4

-- Weird one. Big perfume, lots of metallic bitterness, and a blast of funk. A bit too astringent at then end - fragrant but not sweet. Interesting and well done, if hard work. 4

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Photo of Franck
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Smell is sour, traces of oranges and spices. In mouth, sour lambic explodes followed by tropical aromas (citrus and orange. Bitterness is sour and bitter. Nice Cantillon again.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

A-Cloudy yellow orange, nice carbonation and a one finger head

S-Dill pickles, tart with funky notes.

T-Dill, pickles, tartness, funk, wheat and some spice.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, crisp with a dry finish.

O-Not the best Cantillon but one of the more interesting ones.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Lemonade infused with dandelions, ginger, and cat pee. Palate just as spicy - white peppercorn, medicinal herbs. Also apricot preserves. A good beer but better in small quantities due to intense herbal flavor.

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Photo of macher0
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

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 jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

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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Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros. 6/26/13 bottle date.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo. 4.25 (x .05 = .213)

S - Aromas of floral elderflowers, great tartness, musty basement, great earthy lambic notes, light citrus. Quite pleasant. 4.25 (x .2 = .85)

T - Taste is very tart, loads of floral elderflowers. There is a medicinal herbal note that doesn't work for me. Rather sharp and harsh. Very nice lambic notes but the floral I'm not digging. Too herbal and medicinal. 3.75 (x .45 = 1.688)

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, bright. The finish is rather medicinal. 4 (x .1 = .4)

O - Overall this beer was a big let down. The elderflower was rather harsh and brought some off flavours. Shockingly underwhelming, never thought I would find a Cantillon I didn't like but yeah, this is it. 4 (x .2 = .8)

Total Rating Score: 3.95
Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into balloon snifter 14/6/14 cheers Kmat10 for opening the bottle

A a bit of a yeasty pour, cloudy orange liquid, a few bubbles but not a whole lot for head or lace

S floral, cheesy funk, kinda smells like taking out ragweed with a whipper snipper, caramel, lemon, apple pie filling crust included, mild spice, vinegar, and wet wood

T plenty going on much like the nose, less floral notes, some cereal comes out, sour but not overly so, not exactly what I was expecting

M almost foamy, slick on the palate, some pucker to it but mellow, strange weedy finish

O something different and interesting, I can't think of anything else I've had that's similar, not my favorite offering from Cantillon but worth a try

I'm happy to try it but not the same world class experience I've gotten from Cantillon in the past, maybe I'll like it more in a decade or two.

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Cantillon Mamouche from Brasserie Cantillon
4.15 out of 5 based on 828 ratings.
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