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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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world-class

898 Ratings
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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 487
Gots: 202 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.

(Beer added by: Dukeofearl on 01-23-2005)
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Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smudged label but looks like a 2011 bottle.

Pours out a hazy gold with a big white head in a Cantillon tulip.

An inviting aroma of lemon, orange, hay, earth, wood, and spice. Seems a little fruitier than most unfruited lambics I've come across.

Nice drinkable level of tartness. Lots of that lemon tartness. Grass and hay. Light cheese and spice.

Drinks smooth with light carbonation.

Easy drinking yummy beer.

MattSweatshirt, Dec 19, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for splitting his bottle with me - Cantillon in any form is always greatly appreciated. Cuvee de Champions (a.k.a. Cuvee St. Gilloise) pours a somewhat translucent, golden-yellow color with a huge, foamy, eggshell tinted head that fizzes up quickly and leaves some nice bouts of chunky lacing along the glass. Very volatile beer, as even a modest pour produces a huge layer of foam.

Before I even lean in to the glass, I can already smell the funk in this one. Extremely funky from start to finish; cheesy, musty barnyard, horse-blanket, wet hay, old cork... you name it. The funk is based off of that signature Cantillon aroma, but even takes it up a notch and amplifies it quite a bit. The funk is accompanied by some herbal lemon zest, a bit of grass and leaves, and a mild, abrupt tartness that is mostly akin to apples and white grapes. If anyone asks you what "funk" smells like, let them take a whiff of this.

Needless to say, I was very excited to finally toss this one down the gullet after the insanely funk aroma that had just pierced my nostrils. The first sip includes a nice round of pears and even some peach tartness that went primarily unnoticed in the aroma, along with smaller amounts of green apples and white grapes as noted earlier. The tartness exerts itself quickly, jolting your taste buds for a moment before fading away into nothing more than a lasting, fruity sweetness.

The funk is actually a bit toned down on the palate, although it's still incredibly apparent and certainly the most important part of this brew. Funky musk, damp cellar, and corky horse blanket all come to mind when tasting this brew. Sometimes it's hard to accurately describe the funk you're smelling, but those words all come to mind. Just know this - Cuvee de Champions is an incredible funky brew, bottom line. The mouth feel is pretty sparky with a nice, highly carbonated snap. Light bodied; slick with a dry aftertaste.

Probably one of the nicest additions of funk I've tasted - so incredibly funky while remaining drinkable and free from anything offensive or off-putting. A nice meshing of flavors with some fruits and a light, yet assertive tartness that keeps you coming back for more. If this were more easily available, it would be the "go-to" brew to introduce someone to the world of unabashed funk.

tectactoe, May 28, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Typical Cantillon funk in the nose with lemon, earth, and a noticeable floral hop bouquet.

The taste isn't as sour or acidic as some of their others, which sets the tone for how drinkable it is and ups how approachable it is. Earthy hay and subtle lemon with a nice, dry, hoppy finish. Great carbonation as well.

Thanks to nightbrew for opening yet another stellar Cantillon brew.

brownbeer, Mar 05, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

SkiBum22, Sep 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

FadetoBock, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 27 June 2012 (Cuvee Saint-Gilloise label)

A -Pours a slightly hazed deep golden brown with one finger of creamy off-white head. Head has good retention before fading to a thin cap.

S - Nice lemon and funk initially. The funky element of the aroma is persistent throughout the aroma, but it isn't particularly strong and not overpowering, though it seems to get stronger and pick up more of a cheese element the further I get into the glass.

T - Very tart up front, with a lot of lemon and some under-ripe peach. The tartness masks the funk initially, but a nice earthy layer comes in midway through and lingers into the aftertaste. Both he tart elements and the funk linger for a long time after the finish.

M - Very creamy mouthfeel to accompany the mouth puckering tartness. Finishes moderately dry, but less so than many other gueuzes. Pretty impressive.

O - Still relatively young, so I assume this may become more dry over time, but this is a very enjoyable gueuze.

warnerry, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Todd, Jun 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Yeast fest @ Spuyten D in Bklyn. Poured cloudy light apricot, nose is of funky cheesy feet with a slight lactic sourness. Smokey, moderatly sour brew. With a long flavorful finish. Approachable Lambic, Brett present but not out of control, give a try of this one to Lambic newbies. Great brew to experience if you can find any more around.

Billolick, Jun 03, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. I have been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time.

2009 vintage. The beer pours a murky yellow color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemon with some oak and earthy qualities. The flavor is heavy on the lemon tartness with some oak notes. There is not as much funk as I was expecting. The beer is very acidic and is very, very dry which forces you to drink more and more. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 19, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

innominat, Sep 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

jaminjohnson, Oct 22, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into a hill farmstead tulip. Bottled 02 November 2011, labeled Cuvée Saint-Gilloise.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow miner with a very small white ring of foam. Nose is slightly hoppy, bitter, tart, and very crisp.

Taste is much happier than the other Cantillon beers I've had, which is really nice with the tart Cantillon funk. Taste is classic Cantillon tart and funk, a bit fruity with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Very good beer.

kingcrowing, Mar 01, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A bright, dark orange and a thin white head. Highly carbonated. Looks thin, with a myriad of little bubbles racing their way to the top of the glass.

A spicy, musty, funky aroma, consisting of bright fruit, lemon, and apple, tangy Brett yeast, hay and grass, and lots of barnyard funk. Pretty awesome. This seems like Cantillon's classic gueuze amped up to the n-th degree, and it just smells extraordinary. Heavenly!

The sweet fruit flavors are really able to shine here--lemon, apple, and pear. The tart funk and sourness is huge, though this beer seems extraordinarily well balanced and a touch sweeter and brighter than the classic gueuze.

Light, bubbly, airy mouthfeel--an absolute pleasure.

Perfect.

Hands down, my favorite beer of the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Festival.

ehammond1, Aug 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

sourdog, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Cynic-ale, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

amstokesdb9, Jun 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

doremite, Mar 24, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently had a 2010 bottle of Cuvee des Champions with friends on thursday night--thanks Jeff for sharing this with us. This is a beer I've looking forward to try but it was difficult to find enough beer geeks to share it with. 7 people splitting a 750 ml bottle meant that each person got a 4 oz pour, which unfortunately is not as much as i want to drink but enough to get a good feel for the beer. This beer combines two of my favorite brewing techniques wild yeast fermentation and dry hopping.

The Lambic was golden orange in color with a good bit of haze and sediment. Not sure if it was hop bits flocced yeast or pieces of barrel, but the color was gorgeous and capped with a solid white cap of foam. The head really helped carry the aroma which was was definitely wild, musty straw, squeezed lemons, and a sawed pine wood aroma that is likely coming from the hops.

The beer tasted very smooth with great light carbonation and a du finish. The bugs are very expressive giving good lemony tartness and restrained classic Cantillon funk. The dryhops help to keep the beer grounded providing a woody and herbal character almost like oak aging would contribute.

Refreshing, spritzy, and delicious. I'm glad to have tried this and to share it with friends

Soonami, Mar 12, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle from the Reno Sour Bottle Share @ St. James Infirmary, jmoore50 thanks a bunch, this is one of if not my favorite gueuze.

Pours a rough day of partying urine orange, small white head to it. Plenty of carbonation. Like champagne, this uses little bubbles. Much like the classic gueueze, a tart, tight and minerally funk permeates the nose. Mixture of pear and apple. Of course, there's lemon. Huge salivating sour factor.

Despite the funkiness in the nose, and the sour on the tongue, this really has a refreshing edge to it. Light hopping. Shares some of the apricot it seems from fou fune. Throw in a little hay and grassy notes, and you have a complex but clean and enjoyable gueuze that is balanced throughout from the first sip.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 11, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a stemmed Cantillon glass. 2010 Vintage.

Pours a clear gold with a dense frothy head. Lots of carbonation evident with tons of tiny bubble racing to the top of the glass.

Nose is full of tart fruits and a light funk. I get a suggestion of hops, but nothing more.

Taste is sharply sour, but not as overwhelming as other unblended lambics I've had. The finish is surprisingly smooth, leaving me ready for the next sip.

Mouth is highly carbonated. The high carbonation and signature Cantillon dryness makes this a crisp, drinkable beer. A very approachable and enjoyable lambic.

mondegreen, Mar 26, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

williamjbauer, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

jtladner, Sep 14, 2013
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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.