Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.44/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle from the 2012 vintage, generously shared by thedarkestlord at our crazy bottleshare last night, 10/5/2013. This came after drinking Vigneronne and Saint Lamvinus.
Pours a hazy, golden-amber body with an effervescent 1cm white head with excellent retention. Looks like a Cantillon lambic to me.
It smells so musty, its ridiculous. Like an old attic.. kind of like Brasserie Cantillon's attic! It smells quite a bit different than the Classic.. but has more of the pears and an earthy, floral smell which I imagine is from the dry hopping. Pretty intense aroma without much indication of vinegar or lactate.
This was way more sour than the Vigneronne and Saint Lamvinus, up there with Blabaer and Fou' Foune. It tastes so much different than the Classic. Its cleaner, more crisp while bringing a mustier quality with more of pears and oak. There is a nice tartness on top of the vinegary sourness. I don't get much of the florals here that I did in the nose; really I can't tell that its been dry-hopped. Still, I really appreciate the difference in this Cantillon from some of the other ones I've had.
Such a crisp, dry, refreshing beer. Its not as crisp like Vigneronne was, but it is crisp in the sense that the lambic flavours just pop out more. Very enjoyable, really refreshing. Rather sour, very clean and enjoyable.
Clean, crisp and musty. Highly recommend to any sour head. This is a really good lambic and a nice change-up from many of the other Cantillons out there that have the classic brewery funk all over them.
Re-review (18 months): Had this one again, from the same November 2012 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass today, 4/1/2014. So a year and a half of age. Basically, I found this to be significantly better than at 11 months of age. The floral aspects have faded and there is a much more lemon zesty, white vinous quality to the beer. I could be fooled into thinking this had some white grapes, especially accompanied by the oak and mustiness. Clear Cantillon barnyard horseblanket funk that's developed a good bit in the past few months. Really good stuff, especially as the vinous qualities seem to have developed in this beer somehow.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2013 04:34:24 | More by Stevedore
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4.4/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
thanks for knocking this beer off my wants list Steve!
poured into cantillion wine stem. #properglassware!
Appearance- straw pale yellow bodied beer with a huge soft fluffy white head that has a decent amount of staying power. really elegant looking beer especially when sitting in a cantillion wine stem.
Smell- I can smell this as soon as a little bit of this beer is poured in the glass, don't need to even put my nose into this beer to know it smells great! immediately you smell 2 things... that trademark cantillion funkiness and that sour lambic twang! hint of floral and earthy hops. also smells fruity like white grapes.
Taste- mild tartness. moderately funky. minimal hop presence even though this beer is dry hopped. honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. as this beer opens up the funkiness goes through the roof and it begins to have a vinous quality in the flavor profile like that of a white wine. really and interesting and nuanced beer by cantillion.
Mouthfeel- light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. spritzy and delicate. it also feels so very fresh. the mouthfeel of this beer reminds me of spring. super easy drinking and really refreshing. premium mouthfeel as always when speaking of most all cantillion brews.
Overall- I wasn't really sure what to expect of a dry hopped lambic, but I am here to tell you this over exceeded my expectations very much so.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 09:39:43 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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