Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by botham:
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
2003 vintage poured into a tasting glass. pours a midlly hazy orangish amber with a single finger of tight white head that has moderate retention and leaves no lacings.
aroma is vinous, with an acidic sour note and a light funk. a lightly yeasty fruit note hides behind the sour note and grounds the overall profile. very pleasant and sour in the nose.
taste is of a sharp sourness up front with a light funk and a decent fruit presence. a mild funk note on the back end eases a bit of the tartness after the fact, with a sharp sourness on the way down. residual fruit and sour/tart notes linger.
mouthfeel is tart and sour with a vinous character and a supremely sour texture. the brew smooths out as the palate gets used to the sourness, with a finish that carries a light bite and leaves the palate with a distinct tartness.
drinkability is great. wonderfully sour and just mellow enough to keep a bite and remain drinkable. a solid sour with a very drinkable aura (for those BAs who love a good sour beer). cheers!
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2009 18:18:38 | More by botham
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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 802 ratings.