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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

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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4.14
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21.74%
 
 
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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks!

I have no idea whatsoever how elder flowers smell like or even look like but I am assuming that everything different in this beer is because of them.

Very floral and herbal aroma with those elements dominating the taste as well. The sourness in this beer is either harsh or appears so, I cannot tell. Mouthfeel is excellent but this beer is not doing it for me even though I find myself going back for another whiff and another sip. I am glad to have had it but it either is not as good as other Cantillons, or challenges my palate so much that I am baffled. Regardless it is fairly above average compared to some other swill (Mariage Parfait, I am looking at you!).

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow/gold. Small white head fading and leaving little lacing.

I've never heard of elder flowers before, but the best description I can come up on the aroma is the smell you get when you tear into a fresh green pepper and get that juicy pepper flavor although with a touch of spice maybe more akin to a jalapeno.

This different flavor is even more intense in the flavor. Tons of floral components and a massive green pepper flavor with some more hot spice coming out as it warmed a bit. It's interesting and even though I love peppers, I'd like more complexity. I really don't get many other flavors because they are so far in the background and almost undetectable. None of the typical Cantillon funk and acidity that I usually love is noticeable here.

Typical mouthfeel for the style and finishes fairly dry.

As far as unique experiences, this ranks a 5. I've never had a beer that's really been remotely close to this, however if you line up Cantillons and force me to pick one, this would be near the bottom of the list. Not sure what age does to this, but a fairly fresh bottle is mostly pepper and nothing else.

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Photo of maximep
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a bottle poured into Cantillon tumbler.

A- extremely vigorous bubbles, medium clarity, moderately pale and tan. pours a lovely typically belgium head that quickly dissipates to a white outer ring

S- white peppercorns, rotten eggs, sulfuric, lemongrass, smells like a freshly cut sweet pepper. got me excited!

T- opens fruity, tart, moves to sour lactic sweetness ends on piny grassy botanical

M- full at start, moves to a bit of a dryness and ends on a round and chewy note

O- excellent marriage of fruity sweetness, botanical pepperyness and lactic acidity.

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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Woodshop 7 at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach. Light peachy color with a small white head. Strange floral scent, obviously the elderberry flowers. Plenty of acidity but rather subdued flavor, mainly your typical funky lemony citrus pith notes with a touch of bitterness.

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Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a straw yellow with a soft white 1/4 inch head on it

S - nose is tones of elderflower (very planty - jalepeno and minty) with some citric lambic. Very earthy/herbally/floral.

T - Starts off with citric lambic flavors over the first 1/3 of the tongue. The lambic gives way to a minty jalepeno / herbal flavor...hard to describe without trying it, but it is a sharp, yet refreshing greenery flavor. The lambic returns on the backend with a little bit of spicy black pepper.

M - soft carbonation that imparts a soft mouthfeel overall

D - one of the more interesting Cantillon offerings I have tried to date. I think I prefer their wine barrel and fruit lambics over this venture into the plant world. Although it's harder to get it's worth a shot, as are any in Cantillon's line up.

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Photo of SneezyAchew
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank along with some other great beers just before BA Lalaloveyou takes off to Montreal.

a: Pours a hazy golden, somewhat gueuzey color. Lacing sticks a little. Lots of sediment/funk at the bottom of the bottle.
s: Smells like sitting by a pond on a log that was just flipped over, right after the rain stops, while eating Chipotle at the end of July.
t: As it warms up, I start to taste some real spice here. Habanero chili peppers keep popping up. Otherwise it's reminiscent of a Cantillon gueuze. A nice sour funk. Really not a lot of fruit here. More earthy and spicy characteristics.
m: Medium bodied with a nice bubbliness going on.
o: Great peppery gueuze-like lambik. Really interesting! and unlike other Cantillon's I have had.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, this one was on tap at the Blind Tiger and served in an 8 oz teardrop shaped glass.

Mamouche pours an opaque light orange, with minimal white foam capping the beer. The nose has a lot of funk to it, with a bit of acidity present as well. There's just a faint hint of oak, and a subtle spicy-herbal aroma that seems to build in intensity a bit as the beer warms. The flavor has much more pepper/herbs to it, with a light touch of fruitiness shining through as well. There's some wet hay, barnyard funk, but definitely not as much as in the nose. Can't really say the beer tastes tart or sour either. The carbonation is nice and bubbly, but the body is noticeably more full/chewy than you'd normally expect for the style. Mamouche is a decent wild ale, but definitely not up to the usual standards of what I expect from Cantillon.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine taster. Bottled June 2010. Nice golden color with very little haze. There is a good off-white head.

One whiff and I'm excited. There is a great blackberry aroma that has a hint of sweetness.

The taste is full of lavender and some hint of berry. The finish has a lasting flowery taste to go with the typical Cantillon tartness.

This is light bodied, with lots of sharp carbonation.

I know this is kind of a love/hate Cantillon; I really really enjoy it. This is delicious. The aroma really hooked me.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Nice of Monk's to have this one on tap at their latest Cantillon event. I actually had not had this before, so I figured I'd give it a try. Poured a hazy golden-yellow color with a small cap of delicate white bubbles that faded to a ringlet, streaking the glass with lacing until the last drop. Champagne-like bubbles blipped from the bottom of the chalice. Aroma of barnyard funk and wildflowers. Crisp taste, more of the characteristics noted in the nose: wet grass, cardboard, very floral, tart, but not overly so; mid- to end-palate displays heavy flavors of green peppers, pickle brine, and a touch of white wine and cheap Champagne (ps - all Champagne tastes like cheap Champagne to me). Light body, prickly, and quite drying, as expected for the style. Decent overall.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had as part of the "Evening with Cantillon" event at the Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka during Good Beer Week in Melbourne.

Pours a light hazed golden colour, with a fine but filmy classic lambic head. Some foamy lace forms, but the body is light. Overall, a classic, if generic lambic appearance.

Nose is anything but generic however. Incredible herbal elderflower gives a burst and lift above the classic funk and rubbery gueuze characters. Bright vegetative hints of capsicum and mild japapeño give a sweet, peppery capsicain bite. It's a fascinating, and perfectly blended aroma. Just gorgeous.

Clean, clear and bright on the palate. Crisp peppery spice, with a clean funk through the centre and a sharp, dry acid finish. Aftertaste gives more of those greenery characteristic, with a leafy vegetative finish. Feel is just as crisp and good as you expect. It's just lovely.

Wow. This is an exceptional beer from Cantillon as part of a strong range of exceptional beers. It's a lovely twist to a really well made lambic. Amazing stuff.

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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:
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 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 alpinebryant
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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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 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 Treebs
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of biga7346
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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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 Phelps
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of SeanChiro
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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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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Cantillon Mamouche from Brasserie Cantillon
4.14 out of 5 based on 817 ratings.
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