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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

708 Ratings
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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.78%


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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BeerNFoodDood

Colorado

4.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, very slightly chilled.

The nose is so complex. There is lots of citrus and spice from the dry hopping. I smell lemon, lime and grapefruit zest. There is a woody, musty. funky smell to it that is truly intriguing. I can smell some rick stone fruit in there as well.

The beer is carbonated nicely with visible yeast on the bottom. There is some citrus on the tongue but not as prevalent as the nose. Some oak in there but not overwhelming. Very delicious geuze. Extremely complex while being incredibly session-able.

Recommend to anyone.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:08:58 | More by BeerNFoodDood
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putnam

Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green apple paste, lemon marmelade and oak aromas emerge from the brown paper and orange colored liquid. The top is a scummy slick of dirty white. Sweet cherry and strawberry pulp flavors detail a huge thrust of leafy, lemony hop aromas which are, in turn, buried by gastric, sour, cidery mustard extractions. Solid, tender textured but scarcely sweet. Monumental.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 18:30:57 | More by putnam
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ausonius

New York

4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010.
It's a 2 year old , unblended brew, so I'm assuming 2008 Vintage.

Enjoyed in a 22 oz. Riedel red wine glass.

Appearance - Golden straw.
Big fluffy, almost Weisse-beer head (served at 55 degrees F) Subsides in about 5 minutes to a thin foamy head with a good amount of lacing.

Aroma - Big, pointed, wheaty, sour wild-berry, sappy, key-lime, fresh straw. Beeswax (but no honey) & flowery fruit, with decent amount of waxy, silky, pungent, floral, spicy, noble hops. Funky, complex Lambic, Brett & old oak lactic nose.

Palate - Wow! Great assertive mix of funky lactic key-lime, lemon, dry tangerine, blood orange & sour wild red cherry. Medium, but positive sourness blending with grainy wheatiness & round, but pungent, waxy, spicy, sappy hops.
Very firm, complex end flavor. Slightly bitter, very fruity, powerful russian olive, medium sour/bitter, waxy, dry finish.

Love the balance of flavors. Fairly dry. The combo of hops & focused Lambic funk, & fruit is all of a piece, intense, pungent & perfect.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Grainy/wheaty, lactic, full, complex, with hoppy finish.

Drinkability - Great!

This is Great, & unique beer.

If I were King, every Lambic brewer would make a version in this vein.

Not quite as big & round as Cantillon IRIS, but more pointed, & hops more powerful on nose & on palate.

96 Points

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 06:23:42 | More by ausonius
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Matcpd

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to sample this at the well-respected Spuyetn Duyvil in Brooklyn -- always an enjoyable place to drink!

*The Cantillon ale was poured into a large but thin wine glass with a huge "pocket" which supported the lambic beautifully. The color was an opaque / hazy orange hue. The head was slighty off-white with a creamy, but thin consistancy. It clinged around the edge and was "islandy" in the middle, only sparsely floating around.

*Fantastic smell! Very aromatic - the traditional horseblanket, earthy, barny, sour sent was present and it seemed to overflow out over the glass - it was very thick! The unique part of this beer was the fruity scent present in the nose. Definate notes of banana, pineapple, and slight hints of citrus.

*The taste was not overly sour - not like cantillon's Rose de Gambrinus, gueuze, Fou'Foune, etc... Overall it was much more "mellow and winey." Beautiful! The fruitiness was a little more prevalent, but the beer was not sweet by any means. There was no carbonation felt and it was light on the palatte. Slight grape flavor. Earthy, organic. A little orangey. Even though this beer is dry-hopped for 3 wks I didn't taste any hop flavor or character. Perhaps a slight bite in the after taste as the palatte becomes noticably dry, but thats probably the tart character coming though. Beer films on mouth. Slight smooth, vanilla-like accent near end.

*Much more drinkable then the other Cantillon products - a truly special brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 00:46:43 | More by Matcpd
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champ103

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Some lace is left behind.
S: Barnyard funky aromas and some yeast. There is a fruity tartness of apples, pears, and grapes but it is not overbearing. Floral and grassy hops with some citrus aromas. Some Dry wood, biscuit and crackers. This is great.
T: Again, this is just awesome. Funky barnyard flavors and yeast again. The perfect amount of sour and tartness with apple skins and grape tannin flavors. Some lingering hop flavors that are great. Grassy and floral with some citrus flavors. Quite A bit of hoppy flavors actually, but everything is perfectly balanced.
M/D: A medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Crisp, very dry, and refreshing. This is incredibly smooth to drink. There is a lighter vinegar and acidic flavor here, and that makes it so easy to drink.

Plenty of funky flavors, sourness, and tartness here. Though the dry hopping really adds a unique depth of flavor. All in all a a great beer that should not be missed. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:39:13 | More by champ103
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - It pours a radiant golden hue, and is capped with a small amount of off-white froth.

S - The nose announces delectable Cantillon funk, loud and proud. Lemon, lime zest, farm/pasture, musty basement, et al. The hoppiness is there too, adding big grassy notes which are sublimely integrated.

T - Great Gueuze flavor; tart, slightly briny, woody, lemony, grassy and musty. Acetic and green apple skin notes are minimal, just barely there, contributing tartness. There is a green flavor that is pleasantly pervasive which is a function of the cohesive melange of dry-hopping and Cantillon oak-induced elderflowery funk. I can't get enough of this stuff. Phenomenal.

M - Bright, tart, expansively flavorful on the palette.

O - One of the best beers ever; every bit as good as any Cantillon I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:24:46 | More by ktrillionaire
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared bottle courtesy of egajdzis (and I've had this one multiple times to boot!).

Poured a medium and cloudy orange color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of horseblanket, leather and musty. Tastes of green apples and light lemons. Nice lighter sour and tart finish. Very good.

Notes from: 4/24/05

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 23:00:30 | More by hopdog
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alampear

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2010 vintage. Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head. Intense aroma of lemon, peach, grass, and funky barnyard. Flavors of lemon, lactic acid, subtle hops, and herbs. Fairly light body and carbonation with a long dry finish. Very delicious and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 18:13:42 | More by alampear
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. Poured from a 750 mL corked and capped bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: My pour has a cloudy tangerine orange color with a delicate white froth. The head only remains for a minute before fading to a ring and a thin film, but it still leaves a few wisps of lace.

Smell: The aroma is full of barnyard funk, horse blanket, and leather. Slightly musty as well. There is some good tart acidity to the nose. Tons of Brett in this one.

Taste: The flavor is pleasantly sour, blended, and balanced. Some light grains prelude lemon zest and a little grapefruit sour flavor. Some straw and grassy notes draw out the flavor, and the finish has some musty earthiness.

Mouthfeel: This is acidic, with some lactic character. Fairly dry, medium bodied with delicate carbonation. A bit more dry at the finish.

Overall: This was one of the first gueuzes that I was able to really get into, and now I think I am an addict of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 22:25:09 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.72/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 16:37:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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fropones

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer of the decade! The cork broke when I was trying to get it out, but luckily I got all of it out and none fell into the beer.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with about one finger of bubbly white head that fades fairly quick. Visually very effervescent.

S - Smells tart like muscat grapes. Some nice funk to it. Apples and a bit of pear.

T - A nice tartness like a granny smith apple up front that is very pleasing. Some nice barnyard funk here in the background. There is some grapefruit and lemons here as well. A hint of hop character noticed here as well. All in all very delicious.

M - Nice light body and extremely effervescent. Very small lively bubbles.

D - Light and refreshing, extremely delicious. Look forward to getting more into the world of lambics and guezes.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 00:14:19 | More by fropones
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cantillon Saint-Gilloise on-tap at Moeder Lambic, in Brussels.

Funny that one of the highest rated beers of one of the rarest styles from one of the world's most sought out breweries look quite simply just like pineapple juice. Though a little more golden in colour, it is so murky that I half expect to find pulp. Its head is big (while it lasts).

The aroma has a blend of tart and sweet that makes me dizzy with glee. Soured, overripe apricot and sweet marmalade preserves rise above the notorious 'barnyard' notes of the Lambic. Something 'funky' is sensed, but it doesn't result in a dance party... more like a family picnic.

Indeed, Saint-Gilloise is a bit more agreeable than other wild-fermented ales. Make no mistake - it has an acidity every bit as tot and a tartness every bit as fierce, but these qualities are neither blustery nor menacing; they merely enhance an already stimulating mouthfeel.

Flavours of sweet apricot and pineapple also help downgrade the acidity from 'thorny' to a more pleasant, palatable citrus-level. They also temper the tartness - just a bit - and are an innate partner with the orchard- and farm-like elements that include hay, apple, earth and grass.

I don't think I've smiled this much since getting a puppy as a child (come to think of it, a few of my happiest memories involve drinking Lambic under a clear blue Brussels sky). Cantillon Saint-Gilloise should have stuck with its maiden name (Cuvée des Champions) because it is, in my opinion, a perfect Gueuze and one of Cantillon's finest offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 00:23:36 | More by biegaman
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon cuvee de champions:
On tap at Rattle n hum
Served on a white wine glass

A: It pours a straw-like golden colors with a milky clarity.  There was a strong one finger white head that the bartender dumped to give me a full pour.  There is little to no lacing. 

S: The nose is quite floral with large elements of apples, white grapes, and peaches.  There is a lovely sour funk billowing from the glass like a barnyard gone awry.  It is incredibly well rounded and appetizing. 

T: I am greeted by the dry hops on the first sip. It is quite floral and herbal. White grapes and apple peel are not lost amidst the other flavors  The oak barrels also come through wrapped in a lovely sour bouquet. The sour notes predominate with the funky leather notes hanging in the background. The more it warms the more layers reveal themselves.

M: Moderate body with champagne-like carbonation. 

O: I feel like a lucky man today.  I would rank this as an exceptional gueuze. The hops really pushed it up a notch.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 19:23:20 | More by Neffbeer
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks during the cantillon mad monday

Pours a hazed golden color with orange hues. A layer of white head slowly dissolves leaving spots of lacing on the glass, light cloud of film retains for a bit.

Slight bitterness with funky tart notes in the nose. Fruit and oak with lemon, pear, apple, and damp tones. Very inviting and balanced.

A light notion of hops up front on the tongue, swept away by sour tones. Not intensely funky or sour, but a nice balance of oak, straw, hay, and fruit. Touches of pear, apple, and citrus are present amidst the tart flavors. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Medium body, nice carbonation, lingering and dry on the tongue. This was a bit of a surprise beer for me, and I was definitely into the addition of fresh hops amidst the already fantastic Cantillon funky/sour flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 04:17:46 | More by xnicknj
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle. 2004 Vintage. Dark golden yellow with a nice head of tight white foam. Lacing is minimal, but pretty none-the-less. Aromas are all lactic lambic funkiness with a real juicy earthiness abounding in this particular vintage bottling. I get hints of horse blanket in the aromas as well as hints of very acidic fruits, musty juice, and more. Ya know, the normal stuff. The taste is exceptional but very subdued for a Cantillon. This is not nearly as sharp, acrid, or acidic as most of Cantillons other offerings. This is quite juciy in fact, and less dry than most other gueuzes available on the market today. There is also a distinctively bitter aftertaste, that must be from the use of dry hopping. Although this brew is still far from, what i'd call, hoppy. Mouthfeel is champagne like. Spritzy and grand, and the drinkability is absolutely awesome. Wow, what a quaffable, laid back gueuze from the masters of lambic. I need to try the Loerik next. For sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 21:24:29 | More by francisweizen
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008.
A: straw colored with a slight haze
S: musty, earthy, acidic
T: phenomenal!, one of the great beers of the world, tart but so much so that it takes the enamel off of your teeth, earthy
M: great, lively
D: truly a summer beer, temps right now in low 80s and perfect for quaffing, just wish the price wasn't so high

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 22:10:13 | More by wisrarebeer
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle, corked and capped, brewed January 2007 & bottled May 2009, purchased in Columbus for $17.99. After consuming a disappointing Fantome Noel, this beer turned out to be a real treat. It pours light straw color, clear in the first glass (and progressively hazier with subsequent pours due to sediments), with a thin wet foam. The aroma is classic barnyard funk but with a nice citrus edge (lemons, even moreso than in the Lou Pepe Gueuze I had last night). The taste starts sour and ends with a crisp tart bite and aftertaste of sour lemon juice. Maybe a little grape too. Wow, this is easy to drink (of course you have to like sour beers to agree with this sentiment). I have only seen this for sale once in my area, and bought it immediately. I'll do the same if I see it again in the future, an outstanding display of quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 00:17:45 | More by TurdFurgison
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alfrantzell

California

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap @ Akkurat.

In a tall tumbler this looks like a hefeweizen, straw-colored and cloudy. But it smells like an infected IPA with all the grapefruit bitterness, sweet malt, and lactic acid. Yet it drinks like water.

Jean Van Roy may now call this beer Cuvée St-Gilloise because the soccer team for which he brewed it is no longer on top, but if Cantillon brews you a beer you're always a champion in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 08:24:09 | More by alfrantzell
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly epic brew. 2009 bottling shared with another BA at Monk's in Philly in June of 2010.

A: Hazy orange-golden body. Large off-white head after each pour into a cantillon lambic glass. Spotty clumps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Truly world class. Nice acidic sour lemons, wheat, straw/hay, barnyard funk, yeast, oak, musty funk, and a little orange. Layers upon layers of funky lambic goodness.

T: Honestly, this was a bit of a let down after the nose... but upon further reflection this was quite delicious. Sour lemons, some lactic tartness, straw, oak and barnyard funk. Not quite the same level of complexity and layered depth as the nose.

M: Medium bodied. Gentle carbonation. Lingering sourness with some tartness in the middle. Refreshing and invigorating.

D: Really enjoyable... kicking myself for not stocking up when I had the chance months ago... if you see this on the shelves buy two... one for you and BM me to trade the other!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 03:55:06 | More by callmemickey
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dennarb

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The South Philadelphia Taproom followed by a Phillies game at Citizens Park is bound to bring a smile. This fine lambic came to the table with a little head and a whole lot of attitude. Just a bit cloudy pale yellow with fine carbonation and an earthy bread-like aroma gave way to a lemony scent and a definitely bold lemon crisp first taste. The flavor is exciting with every sip - to me a really distinctive quality. There is a beautiful balance between the hops and the rest of the broad gamut of flavors in this complex aged lambic. The Cantillon St.. Gilloise is the definition of fresh despite its years in a cask.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 03:20:11 | More by dennarb
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ccrida

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottling, the last bottle at the Bier Stien, sweet! Poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet (in honor of the Tour de France, as I'm not a football fan), Cuvée Des Champions is hazy dull gold with a pleasant amount of carbonation (note this is not a true lambic, or gueze, but a blend of 1 and 2 year old lambics, dry-hopped) that forms a white head that settles to a persistent skim, leaving very light, scattered lace.

Smell is fantastic, big pithy tropical citrus notes, lemon at first, but then some amazing orange creamsicle blossomed. A little wildflower, I'm not sure much is still there from the dry-hopping, but this brew is best drunk on the fresh side IMHO.

Taste is good, a nice lambic tartness but not overly sour, but very mineral laden, chalky, with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is acidic, dry, with a light body.

Drinkability is high, a very nice, refreshing beer, basically a gueze. Would love to try this fresh to enjoy the dry hopping more fully, but after only having the pleasure of enjoying this once before (thx Frank!!!!), I'm just happy to have gotten my hands on a bottle for myself.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 00:17:55 | More by ccrida
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a night, Went through a good bit today driving around with the kids and shopping, and did not get home till after 8 oclock. I reached in the fridge and the first thing I grabbed was this gem. Served cold I opened it and let it breath before decanting into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 09/12/2009.

The pour produced a very nice golden color. Nice darker color with a nice head of near two inches that settled down nicely into a covering of about a quarter of an inch. Rich aroma of barnyard funk, lemon, hints of grass and nice funk coming through very nicely. Clean, crisp and very tart. The very first sip yields a very clean and fresh taste. Lots of lemon and hints of hops right off the bat. Letting it warm brings forward a nice grape skin and funky fruit like note. Nice and well balanced here. Near perfect carbonation lends to a light feel and very crisp finish. I could have easily had another bottle of this one right after I finished this one.

Overall it was very solid. This was just amazing crisp and clean and really just incredibly drinkable. I was really very pleased and think this one needs a bit more attention. One of the light of the Cantillon brews and worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 01:12:29 | More by mikesgroove
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 00:52:24 | More by brownbeer
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Labelled under it's alias, 'Cuvee St-Gillesoise'.

Pours a hazy and almost flat gold, with a small white collar that dies to nothing after a minute or so. The surface is perfectly still, only disturbed by the occasional bubble. The nose has some great funky notes, which really come out with a leathery character. Definitely some barnyard there, as well as hay and tree fruit. Decent lemon notes, but not remotely as sour smelling as some of their other beers.

The restrained sourness continues in the flavour. There's obviously a good amount of puckering goodness there, but its more in the mould of a very dry white wine than of a bottle of white wine vinegar. Good splash of lemon upfront, and a mild funkiness that liquifies the barnyard, before diluting it down. Smooth mix of flavours with a mellowing fruitiness. I'm surprised by the carbonation, which is more active than the appearance suggests, and it works wonders here.

This is perhaps the least sour of all the Cantillons I've come across, but its ridiculously drinkable. I'd like to up the funk a little, but perhaps taht would alter what is evidently a very fine balance and a great work of brewing. Pretty magical stuff!

Huge thanks to Cristian for sending me this bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 19:25:05 | More by bobsy
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another from my trades with freud. thanks again fred!

375ml corked and capped bottle. bottled 2010. sampled feb 4/2011.

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a big cap of fine white head. the head drops fairly fast but never completely disappears. spotty lace.

aroma is great. lemon. cider and malt vinegar. bright and floral. light herbal component. lots of horse blanket and leather. bit of tobacco. white bread. grain. cracker. hint of alcohol. light citrus and fruit.

taste is great. much like the aroma. lemon and light malt vinegar. cider vinegar. bit of mineral character. hint of sweetness to the light citrus character. white bread and cracker. hint of grain. leather and horse blanket. low bitterness level. fairly low acidity. balanced sourness.

mouthfeel is great. light body with a nice dry finish. very fine medium-light carbonation level. nice brett mouthfeel.

drinkability is great. this may be one of the most balanced cantillons i've had. not overpowering in any one direction. great sour depth and complexity. good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:48:53 | More by grub
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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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