Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.48/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Pours hazy gold with not too much of a head, but a head that held for the duration of the drink. Some slight lacing came up as well.
The aroma was fragrant and crisp. Tart came through as well as citrus and some slight vinegar.
The flavor was very smooth and incredibly refined for a gueuze. While it was very sour, it never really led with that aspect. It represented itself with a ton of tart, as well as some grassy hops, bready malt, and citrus. While it sounds like a basic formula, the beauty was in the balance. Regretably, I can taste the complexities in the drink, but struggle to put them into words. It was a graceful, balanced drink, while still being a bith sharp and exciting.
The body was medium full and medium heavy. Carbonation was integrated so perfectly that I could have forgotten it was there. For a lighter beer of this style that's quite an accomplishment. The finish was moderately dry and slightly sticky.
Overall, this has to be the most refined gueuze I've had to date. It might not have been the most memorable, due to its lower alcohol and smoother taste, yet I think I would say that it was the finest crafted I've had yet. I sort of think of this as the gold standard for gueuzes now.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2012 03:25:02 | More by BBP
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