Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.06/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass
A) Quite clear with a reasonably bright hue. One finger head fizzles to a slight layer. Pretty color and nice clarity.
S) Pleasantly restrained aroma with enjoyable subtleties. Very clean for a gueuze. Soft tones of oak sit atop. Apple and pear mix with citric hop notes. Hints of grass and a floral suggestion. Faint earthy undertones round it out. Musty without being particularly funky.
T) Tastes tangy and tart with crisp apple notes. Quite fruity. A good swirl or two draws forth funky tones of musty oak, antiques stores and cheese. Dry with a tart, sour twinge throughout.
M) Dry, light and crisp feel. Carbonation is higher than I prefer but it adds some crackle that manages not to trump the flavors.
D) Perhaps not the most proper take on the style, it is very tasty and does subtlety full justice.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2013 01:01:48 | More by Ryan011235
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4.71/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Fresh 2014 bottle into Cantillon balloon.
Pours hazy, juicy light orange color, with a one finger active white head that settles to a ring around the edge of the glass with a little left over bubble mass in the center. Looks inviting.
Aroma is deep older lambic funk with wet horse hair, dusty basement, pungent tangy flowers, grapefruit pulp, subtle Bordeaux grape, and earthy/woodsy hops. Damn this is smelling good. Similar yet different than Iris. I prefer the stronger funk of this.
Taste is just the shiznit. Mellow, refined lambic unlike the maltier Iris. Nice bright citrus and grape flavors come out as the result of the smooth 2 year old lambic underneath. The funk is there but balanced. I'm getting peach notes, limeade, and sweet apple along with a lot of those nuances from the nose.
This sports a light body, creamy lower end carbonation, and dry, tart finish with a pleasing acetic bite coming through the lacticness.
This fresh Gilloise may be drinking better than the 3 year old Lou Pepe I had last week. And that Lou Pepe was amazing. And I certainly enjoy the 2 year old base lambic better than the all pale malt Iris base. The hops seem to shine through more on this as well without the sharper hop bite of Iris. Yes, yes, yes..
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 03:27:53 | More by MarcWP
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.