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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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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Photo of unclejazz
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Jonada
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -3.4%
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 brew3crew
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +0.7%
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 +2.4%
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 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 rvdoorn
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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 -15.5%
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 Khazadum
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +8.7%
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 -1.9%
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 +12.3%
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 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 Ineedabeerhere
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes. Zwanze 2009. Thanks Mikey.

whoa this beer was weird.

poured orangey amberish with some haze and decent lace.

Super pungent nose, like you stuck your nose in a spice mill, just tons of pepper, overwhelming at first with some floral perfume emanating. Bretty taste, perfumey spice throughout, with a musty floral earthiness throughout but not too acidic. The dominant character is from these elderflowers. Really odd. Tons of assertive bretty flavor, good carb but not spritzery. Not my favorite cantillon but nice to try for sure. I'll revisit the madouche - i mean, mamouche version.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave for bringing over this treat!

Pours a cloudy orange with a nice foamy white head. Spritzy bubbles rising up from the bottom. A few patches of lacing.

Sharp, grassy, somewhat spicy elderflowers on the nose. A touch of brett and funk. Mustiness and sweet malts. The elderflowers really define this. Pretty cool.

Like the nose, the elderflowers are fairly dominant in the flavor and add an interesting spiced bitterness. Juicy light fruits mix with the elderflowers. Herbal tea like flavors. This beer starts to grow on you after awhile.

Mouthfeel is smooth with perfect prickly carbonation. Good sourness for a younger beer. Nice balance between bitterness and sweetness.

Drinkability is good. The elderflowers really add a lot of character to the beer and make it a unique addition to the Cantillon line up. Not my favorite Cantillon, but still quite good and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cantillon Mamouche

Appearance: orange, some good lacing, and a small head.

Smell: sweet floral notes along with a light hop and fresh grapefruit.

Taste: sour grapefruit, light floralness, and a bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a very nice sour. Perfect for warm days. Don't pass it up if you like sours.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Cantillon mini flute. 2013 vintage.

Pours a dark straw yellow color with fizzy white head that settles to a whitewall atop the surface. Surprisingly clear for being brewed with flowers.

Aroma is upfront with the elderflowers, no messing around. A potpourri of old perfumey field flowers hits the nostrils right away followed by the signature Cantillon Gueuze smell giving off soft funk, sweet citrus fruit, pineapple, grass, and oak.

Then the taste, kind of like chewing on elderflowers while sipping classic gueuze. Adds a bitterness to the flavor profile as well, almost like that of a bitter/fruity tea. The funk gets lost in the flowers a bit while the lemon rind and pineapple flavors pop out. I have to say, it's like lambic and tea. I'm digging this! Earth notes come out more as it warms. Tastes like something you would drink in the olden days on a sunny spring day out by the barn on the most festive of days. Rustic but refined. Easy drinking yet celebratory.

Mouthfeel is light. Crisp carbonation with a bitter dry finish. Goes well with the beer. A fuller body would probably do no harm.

I have to say, this beer is unique. I think I'm enjoying this more than most other people. It seems to be less appreciated among the Cantillon lineup. I personally can find little faults in it. If you've never chewed on a piece of prairie grass or flower while out on a hike or other outdoor activity and enjoyed it, then you might not be a fan of this beer. Sometimes you want to feel closer to Mother Earth, and if you want to do that while enjoying a beer in your living room, seek this beer out to do it!

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big pour into an oversized wine glass from a 750ml at 2011 Zwanze Day at Holy Grale in Louisville.

Bright yellow with a dense hue, plenty of murkyness as well. Small head upon pouring that dissipates into a ring of foam around the edges of the glass.

Big vegetal presence on the nose at first similar to bell peppers, daisies, and tomatoes. Some chilis in there as well, with a background of mango and papaya. Some sage and more vegetables. Not as funky as most other Cantillons on the nose, seems to be missing that big haystack and cheese funk.

Bell peppers, chilis, some tropical fruits like papaya and mangos all have an equal presence on the tongue. A very strange experience that I have never had in the flavor of a beer. Some floral and sage presence with minimal funk. Pretty strange, really.

Medium body with some stickyness. A tingle of carbonation

Massive vegetal, herbal and floral presnce with minimal funk on the nose and tongue. A real unique but strange beer. Glad to try it, don't think I'lll ever seek it out again though.

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Photo of mattsander
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
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 TheSSG
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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 rhinos00
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Anders for giving me this opportunity. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into four tulip glasses.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden color. Produced two fingers of white, foamy head. Dissipated to a thick foamy, film through consumption. Great head retention.

S- Elderflowers dominate. Very floral, almost perfume-like. The combination of aromas give off a scent akin to the unlikely combination of floral hops and chili peppers.

T- Upfront the beer has a sweet flavor combined with a bit of farmhouse funk. Almost instantly, the elderflowers takeover. Adds a peppery flavor combined with some sourness. Transitions into a spicy pepper, sweet finish. One of the most unique sours I have ever had.

M- Light to medium bodied. Just enough carbonation. Coats the palate well.

D- The elderflowers were too much for me. Bottom line.

Overall, a very unique beer, but as states above, the elderflowers really need to be toned down.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from a tasting...

Poured from a 750ml cork and capped bottle into my Cantillon snifter glass. Pours a hazy yellow color...kinda straw-like in color. A decent amount of fizzy white head rises relatively quick...and maintains good retention! Leaves a spotty fizzy lacing.

Aroma is kind of what I expected...but that doesn't mean it's a let down in any respects. Very floral from the elder flowers. Funk and zest is mild; tartness is also noticeable. Picking up slight lemon and citrus fruit notes as well.

Wow! Cantillon never dissapoints! Loads of citrus, lemon peel, oak, and sharp crisp tartness! The floral aspect isn't over the top; rather the mild funk and strong tartness are in the fore-front. Finishes slightly dry...mild carbonation. Light to medium body. And of course, like all Cantillon lambics, booze isn't noticeable. This is why I love Cantillon beers! I haven't had one yet that I didn't love...but this one specifically is just simply wonderful!

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours with an audible crackle of the CO2 being released. Slightly soapy crystal white head. The color is dusty, rudy, brownish gold. The aroma is pleasant, s bit of classic funk, some old dusty barn, and a floral perfume. The nose leads me to believe I'm in for a great experiance. My first sip leaves me perplexed and a second confirms my fears. Mamouche starts with a delicate soft sourness and slight lemon-y funk. Then I get this strange vegitile flavor, it is slightly floral but reminds me more of tomatillos. While I like some of the aspects of this beer I can't get past the vegitile tomatillo thing. Otherwise this is a flawless lambic, great mouthfeel, its fluffy and not thin. In the end the pluses of this beer just don't outweigh how I felt about the flavor. But I can at least respect this as a well crafted product.

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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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