Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | 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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4.71/5 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
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