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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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186
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826
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Andy for the generous Christmas gift. Mamouche version. Poured into a tulip and shared with four friends. Pours a golden honey color with a huge airy head. The head settles down to a thin layer of foam.

Very floral and perfumy on the aroma. A slight golden delicious apple aroma and a little bit of oak and must. A little bit sweet on the pallet; it really reminds me of dried apples. Floral flavors and just a little bit of lemon in the finish making it a little bit tart. Kind of oaky on the finish.

Light crisp feel but the carbonation seems a little bit exposive. Overall an interesting beer. I'm having a little trouble summing it up here because it seems so unique. Enjoyable and worth trying.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared a couple bottles of this at the Cheval Blanc night of the funk, post Mondial. 2010 bottling.

Pours a hazy golden color, sort of like cloudy apple juice. Two fingers of head with some staying power. Looks good.

Nose has a light tartness reminiscent of apples, elderflower that has a slight musty note, light funk.

This beer is fantastic and so drinkable, less acidity that many of Cantillon's offerings - on par with something like Fou Foune. Light apple tartness, biscuity malt, elderflower that vacillates between a sort of musty weediness and a more floral, sweet hay. Light and buoyant mouthfeel, lush carbonation. Complex and so drinkable, one of my all time favorites - wish it wasn't so hard to get. Just superb.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.57/5  rDev -14%
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 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 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 unclejazz
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5oz. Pour from a bottle at Queens Kickshaw

A-similar to Fou Foune, apricot colored

S-I am catching flowery notes and tart apple skin and some requisite funk.

T-granny apple skin some funky cheese and sour apricot. There was some flower and plant note in the aftertaste. At 1st it was unpleasant, but as I sipped it this grassy aftertaste really tied it together

M-full of tingly carbonation and tart that makes the mouth water.

O-this is some delicious stuff, executed wonderfully. Not my favorite type of sour but unique and well above average.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to the "King of Beers" Steve for sharing this one.

Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.

Murky golden yellow in color. The aroma has a strong sensation of chilis and pita bread. A dirty earthiness underneath, and some sunflower seed nuttiness.

The flavor is very grassy/herbal. The chili spiciness (the elderflower) which was strong on the nose is a bit more subdued in the flavor, but still very present. Lemon zest and hay round out the flavor profile. Pretty sour, but not compared to some of the more potent Cantillons.

The body and carbonation levels are appropriate for the style (good). Overall, I felt this beer was extremely unique, but it was more of a noteworthy curiosity rather than an enjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of danieelol
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Jonada
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 2013 vintage bottled on June 26th 2013. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow/orange color with 1 finger of a white head that settles to a lasting white ring. Body is hazy with some light amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Big floral character, honeysuckle, grassy, green peppers, herbal, oak with some lemony tartness as well. Less sour and funky than most other Cantillon beers I've had. The aroma is really unique, unlike any other beer I've experienced. It's strange but at the same time inviting.

Taste: Follows the aroma closely. Typical Cantillon bright lemon sourness upfront followed by the same floral, grassy and general green character as the aroma. Strong general herb character as well along with a light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high end of medium.

Overall: One of the most interesting beers I've ever had. The flavors imparted by the elderflowers are unique and unexpected, but they end up working well with the base lambic. A bit less drinkable then most other Cantillons but still a great beer that's worth seeking out to try at least once.

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Photo of mulder1010
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very floral with a lemon/grapefruit aroma, pretty funky and lightly sour aroma.

A: Bright yellow, slightly hazy with a moderate, uniform white head that has solid retention. There is light lacing in the glass.

T: Floral upfront, slightly mineral, moderately funky, with a lemon/grapefruit note, very clean lingering sourness and a dry finish.

M: Med-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; the elderflower provides an interesting floral and slightly spicy character that well compliments the gueze base.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at zwanzie day. I still cannot spell that Damn word. Also known as Marmaduke.

A- hazy orange body with a white wispy head.

S-starts out fruity and maybe has a little chili powder in the end.

T-follows the nose. Very spicy. Acidic and very funky

M-medium body and smooth

O-like the spiciness. I think my dad would like this.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lighter straw gold.

S - Sweet elderflower cordial with a bittered, fatty blue-cheese hint.

T - Elderflower predominates. Mildly sour with a little floral sweetness. Acrid finish is biting. Medicinal plant fibre.

M - Lightly carbonated with surprisingly thick body.

O - Interesting but not particularly tasty due to some of the weirder elements. Smells amazing though!

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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 jeonseh
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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 rvdoorn
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Zwanze beers are especially brewed for the Open Brewing Day at the Cantillon brewery. Every year the beer has a special and different ingredient. The 2009 version is brewed with...elderflowers! I was at the brewery at 7.00 a.m. and took the first guided tour. After this tour, we could try the Zwanze 2009.

Color: with the artificial lights in the dark brewery a bit difficult to see.... Looks like slightly hazy orange color, with an incredible big and fluffy head, that was not long lasting (but ok, contrary to many other brewers, Cantillon makes beer with 100% natural ingredients and therefore, the brewers don't add any products to make the froth persist).

Smell: Full of elderflower, together with the typical sourness of a (Cantillon) Lambic beer. Wood and spices are also clearly present, together with some hints of fresh citrus.

Taste: WOW, I love this one. Very well balanced sourness all over the place (with very light bitter hops tones and malts), mixed with elder flower, herbal spices, wood (from the oak barrels). The finish is a dry and spicy (herbal).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: I only like this style of beers if they are of extremely high quality. About the Zwanze I can only say I didn't like it... I LOVED IT! A unique beer, with a unique taste. A great experiment from the Cantillon brewers. This must be the most well balanced Lambic beer I ever had (together with the Dirty Horse from de Struise brewers). I think this beer might become even better over time (I think it is still a bit young), so in case you manage to get your hands on a bottle now, be patient, it will be rewarded for sure! (by the way, the brewer advised me to open my bottle at least 30 minutes before drinking....)

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Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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 Khazadum
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to huhzubendah for sharing.... Thanks Matt!

Pours a golden color with a thin off white head. Very cloudy looking. Nose is jalapeño, pickle, funk, and floral notes. Amazing nose. Taste profile follows suit. Unique, but very tasty beer. The pickle and jalapeño really come out in the taste. Feel is medium with excellent carbonation. Great beer overall! Really lucky I got to try this one.

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

Mamouche. From a bottle, pours a lightly hazy orange with a large white head that recedes fairly quickly and loudly. Beautiful look. Nose is herbal, mint-like, softly funky, a touch cheesy. Flavor is very heavy on the elder flowers, which comes across with a heavily herbal quality. When they tend toward minty I'm not sure if I like it. As it breaths it balances out a bit. It's actually a fun beer, kind of singular, not one of their more funky or sour offerings, but definitely well executed and pretty tasty.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
2013 Vintage

Appearance: Mamouche pours an almost clear golden colour with touches of orange. A rough pour yields a large white head that lasts really well for a sour, but doesn’t leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: According to Jean’s Facebook status the 2013 Elderflowers didn’t have as much flavour as usual, but I can’t see that it has affected the beer too much as elderflowers (think wild flowers, a lightly herbal, crushed leaves, slightly resinous and a tad peppery) are noted almost as soon as the cork is out. That said, the base lambic is far from overwhelmed with a nice sourness, some tart citrus, white wine, some musty notes, old dry grass and a touch of cheese all well noted.

Taste: As the nose suggested, Mamouche certainly ranks among the most interesting lambics I have come across. I can’t believe how well elderflowers combine with lambic. Notes include: A big floral character, herbal leafiness, almost peppery, white wine vinegar, a tart lemony character, some mustiness and old hay. The flavour isn’t hugely tart, but there is a pleasant acidity throughout.

Mouthfeel: The body is light or just over and there is a medium level of carbonation. The carbonation is slightly finer than most loons and combined with the moderate tartness makes this ridiculously drinkable.

Overall: I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy an elderflower sour as much as I do the more traditional fruited lambics, however after a just a few sips I am convinced! Mamouche easily ranks as one of my favourite Cantillons and I will certainly be purchasing it again.

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Photo of mattsander
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep golden, medium hazy, thing ring of dense foam. Medium carbonation.

S: Very unique, peculiar... peppery flowers, earthy, lactic sourness, perfumey. A little vegetal.. I have to admit this is not particularly appetizing for me. It is nice to smell (like perfume) but nothing compels me to drink it.

T: The base beer is tasty but I can't get past the floral flavor, it just isn't my thing. Cantillon is my favorite brewery but this is just not for me.

M: Very dry but only lightly carbonated for Cantillon.

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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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