Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dukeofearl on 01-23-2005

Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.
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Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a cask at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a stemmed glass
This beer was being poured under the alias Cantillon Cuvée St-Gilloise.

Hazy, yellow ochre appearance. The liquid was capped by a lasting, bright white ring of froth.

The nose was one of the most complex and intense I have ever experienced within the style. Super funky and musty with hints of aged cheese. Tons of brettiness. Lots of oaky barrel character and fresh cut hay. There was a slight sweetness as well that tempered the acidity and lent the beer even more complexity.

The flavor profile was sharply acidic. Fresh lemon juice and a mix of other types of citrus fruits came thorough strong. Tart and slightly oaky. Wheaty in the center. Crisp and bright. The finish contained notes of bitter citrus rind and a good dose of earthy hops.

I tend not to be a fan of the mild carbonation present in most cask offerings, but it worked amazingly well in this beer. The liquid was pillowy soft, creamy and supple. The subtle effervescence really let the flavors shine.

Cantillon's only non-aged hopped beer was truly magical. Between the earthy, hoppy bitterness, the intense acidic notes, the complex funk and the supple mouthfeel, this beer put me in a state of sensory overload.

Photo of alfrantzell
4.59/5  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.

Photo of dennarb
4.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.57/5  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.

Photo of philipquarles
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from 2009. Pours cloudy orange-gold with a surprisingly large head. Smells of wonderful lactic tartness and lots of Brett character. Very musty and oaky. Some citrus and other fruit, as well as a bit of grassiness. Sharply sour taste with strongy earthy, musty notes from the Brett. Very fruity--almost vinous. A bit of mineral character. Incredible dry. Light-ish body with low carbonation. This is a hell of a beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  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.

Photo of grub
4.57/5  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!

Photo of champ103
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | 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.

Photo of bobsy
4.57/5  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!

Photo of dgilks
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright golden colour with big, creamy white head. Decent head retention for the style.

Wonderful aroma. Nice combination of tropical fruit, lime, earthy funk, oak and spicy hops. Very nice and well balanced.

Again the flavour combines a punch of fruit, tartness and hops. The funk is a little subdued but the tropical fruit and earthy, spicy hops is great. Moderate bitterness. Moderately tart. Incredibly balanced for a Cantillon Gueuze.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A wonderful lambic. The dry hopping adds a nice note and the balance of yeast flavours in this one are great.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at La Bodega in midtown Anchorage. Cork reads 2009.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with some light orange highlights and good carbonation. The head rises pretty quickly, but turns to a skim and ring around the glass pretty quickly and leaves mediocre at best lacing.

Nose is full of green apple and lactic armpit. Some good lemony zest and slight spicey oak notes.

Wow. This is an excellent lambic. Excellent. Very large green appley awesomeness. A great lemon zest spritz and oaky dryness. The finish is exceedingly dry with the perfect amount of sourness. Very refreshing, green apples linger into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty damn solid. Very spritzer-like carbonation, exactly where it should be for the style, almost like a champagne yeast was used. The dryness is exquisite.

Drinkability is hard to beat for the style. Very refreshing, and incredibly easy to drink.

Overall, this is one of the best lambics ive had in a while. The green appleyness almost rivals that of Ithaca Brute (almost). Can't wait to see how this does with some age. The Drinkability is downright amazing right now. Certainly one of the best lambics on shelves. Great, great beer.

Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked as St Gilloise. Shared wtih many at my cellar cleaning party.

Light fizzy head, clear golden orange color.

Nose awesome, great sour, tart fruit, lambic funk, light bready malt, just pure awesome lambic blending.

Taste mild hoppy slight grassy hop, then nice tart lambic, sour fruit like, lemony grassy and bready tart funk, juicy but tart, little flemmy tart sour finish, delicious.

Mouth med to lighter bod with little flemmy, lactic acid, nice carb.

Overall great lambic blend with good hoppy touch to it, a really interesting beer. I don't think there is anything the Cantillon family can touch without it turning to gold.

Photo of mikey711
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 bottling

A: bright orange and gold color with a fluffy champagne like head that has a layer which lingers at the top that is about a quarter inch thick. It is cloudy and looks quite a bit like a DIPA

S: Very nice tart lemon smell along with hints of melon and apricot. the hoppiness is floral and earthy. notes of vanilla and wood

T: A bit of a cheesy flavor back by some tart lemon and melon flavors. oak and funky become more prominent in the background a bit more acidity comes through as it warms.

M: Crisp refreshing feel. not to heavily acidic and no harsh vinegar notes

D: very quaffable and the fruity aspects make it very easy to casually sip throughout the day

Photo of BierJager89
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this open to celebrate the overturning of Prop 8, to the tune of We Are the Champions with some friends.

A: Yellow/orange with a white ring of head.

S: Nose has a lot of Belgian funk, tropical fruit and lemon, maybe a touch of orange.

T: Lemon, funk, orange, tropical fruit and raspberry.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: One of the better sours I've had. I payed something like $45 for a 2011 in 2013.

Note: 2011 vintage, consumed in mid 2013.

Photo of Kshock
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally conquered one of the elusive Cantillons

A-Hazy orange color with a pearly white head with great lacing.

S- Smells of citrus fruits, mainly grapefruit, and dryness. Smells awesome as all Cantillons have that unique aroma to them.

T-Holy shit what a great flavor. Just like the nose, lots of grapefruit and drys out quickly. Literally no residual flavor on this one, has to be the cleanest finish ive ever had on a beer, which is wild considering its a lambik.

M- Great mouthfeel, light on the palate with a decent carbonation. Finish is incredible, nothing compares to it.

O- Once again Cantillon has managed to make my jaw fall to the floor.

Photo of dcmchew
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvée Saint-Gilloise, 2014 on the cork.
Light orange pour, hazy, bubbly one finger head kept alive for a while, settles to a sticky thin lace in due time.
Two elements are really strong in the smell: vinegar and wood barrel/old dusty stave. "Green" fruit with a big acidity also, with grapes, lemon, cider apples, some "sweetish" fruitiness also, probably from the Hallertau hops. Lots of funk too, with grass, green hay, herbs, very fresh and springtimey, not too heavy with the earthy barnyard notes.
Really sour taste, literally tons of lemon made me cringe at first. Settles fast with some green apple, musty white grapes and even some tart yellow cherries, and the vinegar gets weaker. Big grassy funkiness, green twigs, field flowers, really fresh. Faint dry white wine barrel, nice dusty oak. Dry crisp finish, as expected. Nice fruitiness in the aftertaste, there are even some nice faint hints from the hops, a bit of tropical fruit, and i even got some watermelon peel.
Light to medium bodied, hearty prickly carbonation.
Not the most complex gueuze, but really fresh and tasty, Cantillon prove themselves yet again.

Photo of stumac
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was already a little bit drunk at this bar when some crazy cowboy walked up to me and said with a thick southern accent, "You drink from the fountain of youth?" "From time to time," I replied. He looked at me and grinned and muttered, "Boy, you have a lot to learn," as he filled my empty glass with this golden elixer....

pours a light gold color with a big white head. the nose is sour with aromas of wood in there. the taste is very earthy, oaky, mellow sourness, some lemons. medium body, dry dry beer.

I've never been the same since...

Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer among a number of sour beers at a sour beer event at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan. It was great to taste so many sour beers side by side and this one really stood out as the gold standard among the many others I tried.

Poured a golden orange with a nice frothy head that left a great deal of belgian lacing behind.

Aroma was of oak as well as some slight fruit and a little bit of sweetness.

Flavor as well featured a combination of wood, sour and sweetness blended together perfectly.

Overall a very good beer that I was glad to try on tap, as I've only had Cantillon beers in bottles.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled October 4, 2010, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy, really pretty golden color, topped with two fingers of creamy white head, good retention, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Very funky, hay, apples and some lemon.

T- Very fruity and citric, big lemon flavors, nice funky tartness, floral notes as well, not picking up on a lot of hops in the aroma or flavor.

M- Light, crisp feel, well carbonated, slightly puckering, dry finish.

O- A really excellent beer, this is the only Cantillon gueuze I've had besides their regular Gueuze 100%, and I definitely enjoyed this one just as much, if not more.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Saint-Gilloise Bottled on 04 Oct 2010, Opened on 9.25.12.

A - Pours a clear, copper orange with a huge off-white frothy head with amazing retention.

S - Lots of funk, green apples and pears are most noticeable.

T - Nice barnyard funk, then some tart lemon, apples, pears, and hay.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body. A crisp light finish on the tongue.

O - More muted, but I love the apple/pear flavors that dominate.

Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, big thanks to oakbluff for bringing this one over.

Pours a lightly cloudy orange amber, thin white head forms, quickly disappears but drops some spots on the glass. Smell is insane, woody, crazy acidic, very lemony, hay, funky and sour, almost a grapefruit or tangerine acidity going on, touch of vinegar, pretty awesome. Taste is just as good, for woody and acidic, lemons, nectarines, light toasted/ashy oak, funk, very sour in the finish, but pleasant and balanced. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very drinkable stuff. Damn this was a good lambic, thanks Scotty!

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Pours light hazy straw yellowish orange with a large white and pillowy head. Retention is good.

The aroma has the signature Cantillon Brett funk, but it's more restrained here, and notes of citrus seem more prominent than usual. Lemon is strong, as well as some orange and light floral notes. The Brett is musty with lesser notes of barnyard and horsey. The malt profile is light, with some graininess.

The flavor is of tart citrus in the form of lemon and grapefruit. Bitterness is at a low-medium level. Brett provides some funk but it's restrained, as it was in the aroma. Mustiness is apparent as well as a little cheesiness. The finish is very, very dry, with moderate acidity and a nice level of tartness.

Light bodied, effervescent. The mouthfeel is very dry. This is insanely drinkable. This was split 3 ways but finishing an entire 750ml alone would be very easy.

Photo of UnionMade
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided courtesy of the guy below me. Purchased at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. Thanks Jim!
Clear brass, coated with a thin white mist. Hyperactive carbonation streamers. Satisfyingly funky aroma. Fruity and quite tart, with lemony and green apple sourness. Farmy, musty and deliciously odd. The first sip reveals that signature puckering sourness. Quite funky, with a pervasive lemony feel. Moldy and bacterial, with nuances of wet wool, damp basement, rotting vegetables and rat cage, all held together with a peculiar sharpness in the finish, somewhere between chewing on aspirin and flower petals. A hint of medicinal phenols. Green apple tartness, like sour candy. Lemony overall, and deliciously strange. Light bodied, with champagne-esque carbonation.
This brewery is proving itself to be outstanding in my eyes. Everything I've tried from them has been solid and unique. Always in the same style, of course, but each has it's own personality. This one's no different.

Photo of 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.

Review #226.

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.

Photo of t8dd
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Aroma-wow, lots of funk, citrus, bleu cheese, pepper. A lot going on here. Poured a hazy straw color with no head, minimal carbonation. Taste-again, wow. Sour, tart, funky, mild citrus sweetness. As it warms flavors of spice and white pepper peek through. Finish stayed with me for hours. Lucky to try this. Simply amazing.

Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.