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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 1,173
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 549
Gots: 264 | FT: 32
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Brasserie Cantillon
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Style | ABV
Gueuze | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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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 KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pear colored appearance with an active and alive foam. Sour, tangy pear aroma with white wine, vinegar and Apple cider. Lemony tart flavor with some Apple cider, balsamic vinegar, earth, and mineral. Tart, sour feel, quite tangy it feels alive on the palate.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
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..

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

Cuvée Saint-Galloise purchased @ Mi-orge Mi-houblon - Arlon - Belgium.
Bottled @ the 17th of February, 2014.

A: Beautiful art, first of all. Cantillon trademark. Corked and capped bottle. Pours a hazy light orange color forming a thin but very fizzy and big bubbled white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacings at all

S: Very malty and fruity. Very complex. Let me try to describe it: Notes of sweet malts, vinegar, grapefruit, leather, orange zest, honey, peaches, wet grass and flowery hops. A bit earthy in the end

T: Also very complex. Slightly sweet upfront becoming quickly, tart and funky. Moderate sourness, nevertheless. Notes of pale malts, vinegar, grapefruit, leather, orange zest, honey, peaches followed by an absolutely great hops bitterness and finished by some metallic and earthy notes. Lambic yeasts

M: Smooth, bit creamy and a bit molasses body. Fizzy "alive" carbonation. Malty/funky aftertaste

O: Perfect drinkability. Quite hoppy and bitter if compared to a classic Lambic Gueuze. Very unusual and interesting. IMHO, Cantillon is the best brewery of all times...

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Corked and capped 750 ml bottle from Tipples dated July 4, 2013. Pours hazy tangerine colored with a small white fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of vinegar, oak, hay, sour apples, lemon peel, wet dog, maybe a little mango pineapple tropical thing going on here. Flavor is sour oaky vinegar, dust, juicy tangerines and other tropical fruits, grass. Low to medium body, low carbonation, finishes dry. A nice beer, but maybe a tad unexciting.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - hazy gold straw, delightful pillowy head.

S - muted, moderate funk, vinegar.

T - vinous, tart, hoppy, dry finish. Oak to the fore. Quite a light flavour overall. Not too sour, either.

M - quite light carbonation, smooth.

O - not certain if this is my favourite Cantillon due to dryness and oak, but still a top drop. Brilliant match with blue cheese.

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Photo of t8dd
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-lemon, bready malt, yeasty funk, tart grapes, grassy

T-bready malt, lemon, yeasty funk, grass, tart grapes, vinegar

F-medium body with nice crisp carbonation, dry and puckering

O-really enjoyable, could drink this often if I could find it

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Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Labelled St Gilloise. Sent to me by my friend in Calgary. Split with my girlfriend.

A - Cloudy deep orange pour. One finger fluffy white head. Spotty lace, half finger retention.

S - Orange, vinegar, alcohol, dusty, lemon candy. Pleasant.

T - Acidic, way less tart and sour than expected, orange. Less complex than other Cantillon beers.

M - Medium carbonation, sweet and tart with a funky grape finish. Medium body.

O/D - OK. Definitely a letdown based on the reputation and my experience with Cantillon. Tame in all respects for a beer from them. Definitely not sour. OK, but certainly wanted more.

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Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives rather cloudy, the honey colored liquid lacking any cap; no lacing

Smell: Rather cheesy, with hints of hay, peach and pineapple

Taste: Tartness dominates from the outset, with a range of subtle citrus, tropical and stone fruit flavors developing, in the middle; the cheesy funk builds a bit, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Overall: A really nice Geuze; I like the impact of the hops but it is the funk that makes it

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very opaque, no head.

Noise is strongly of vinegar, some sweetness underneath? Funjy.

Taste its bit nearly as acidic as i would have thought. Sourness is 6 of 10, and much more pronounced on aftertaste. Acidity really lingers.

No real hint of the dry hops, very funky.

This was delightful, not nearly as acidic as the regular gueuze, it seems as if the hops really moderated some of that. The hops are very subdued, I really couldn't detect them all that much, they may have muted some of the vinegar in the nose.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a HUGE thanks to merc7186 for breaking this bad boy out.

a 2012 cork date on this bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a finger of off white head.

Smells of old damp basement, stinky cheese, and a bit of sweat.

Taste is interesting, a tartness quickly washes over the tongue, followed by a peach and apricot flesh taste. Following this, a quite hit of tartness, and the it fades to almost nothingness. After a few seconds, a cold root cellar flavor emerges, almost like moist underground dirt.

As the beer warms up, the flavor profile opens up, allowing for more fruit, along with the tartness to expand a bit and a subtle hop sharpness as you swallow, which then once again fades to cold dirt basement floor. The mouthfeel also opens up, become soft and smooth.

Overall, a super enjoyable beer, one I would absolutely drink again.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy honey amber colour with frothy white head that dissipates fairly quickly

S - Aged cheese, lemon tart, apple, almost vinegar like

T - Lots of lemon tartness up front, earthy grassiness, light floral hops. Slightly sour but not over the top with a slightly dry finish. Amazing for a beer.

M - Lightly bodied with medium carbonation

O - Very enjoyable geuze that goes down very well.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass

Thanks Chris

A) Quite clear with a reasonably bright hue. One finger head fizzles to a slight layer. Pretty color and nice clarity.

S) Pleasantly restrained aroma with enjoyable subtleties. Very clean for a gueuze. Soft tones of oak sit atop. Apple and pear mix with citric hop notes. Hints of grass and a floral suggestion. Faint earthy undertones round it out. Musty without being particularly funky.

T) Tastes tangy and tart with crisp apple notes. Quite fruity. A good swirl or two draws forth funky tones of musty oak, antiques stores and cheese. Dry with a tart, sour twinge throughout.

M) Dry, light and crisp feel. Carbonation is higher than I prefer but it adds some crackle that manages not to trump the flavors.

D) Perhaps not the most proper take on the style, it is very tasty and does subtlety full justice.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light amber with a foamy, shortlived head. Lots of lace trails drape the glass on the way down. Acidity, restrained funk and cheesy hops fill the nose. Acidity lingers in the nostrils for a good while. The taste is huge sourness, but not quite as puckering as the Cantillon Geueze. Lemon, barnyard funk, gym socks, some vinegar and some tea(?) notes mingle together. Hugely complex and enigmatic. The mouthfeel is briskly carbonated, almost like a champagne. Finishes sour and earthy with a lingering citric edge.

This is an excellent lambic, apparently straight 2 year. The differences between a standard gueueze are apparent - a bit less funk depth and south intensity - but still stupidly quaffable and complex. Another must try from Cantillon.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head.

S-Very funky, oak and grapes.

T-Great balance, very funky, very acidic oak and grapes.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry crisp finish.

O-First Cantillon Gueuze. It was tasty. Not as good as the Classic Gueuze.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Zwanze Day @ Avenue Pub.

Appearance: light yellow, light haziness, bone white minimal head.

Aroma: lemony tart notes, funk, acid, musky sourness, floral notes, with some herbal spiciness.

Taste: strong sour note, lemony zest, musk, funk, sour apple, earthy yeast, floral.

Mouthfeel: light, a bit crisp, but lower carbonation.

Overall: fantastic. Ended up with this when they kicked the Kriek keg, and I'm glad it did. The highlight of the night for me.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle at ChurchKey for 2013 Zwanze Day. Mini-snifter glass.

A: Opaque, light orange/pale color with a half finger of snow white head. Superb retention which lasts indefinitely.

S: Like fresh laundry, oddly enough. Light lemon and ridiculously integrated spice (?), some caramel and stone fruit. Very unique, nice complexity, and the aromas are highly complementary.

T: Odd, not quite integrated and a little off putting funk. Finishes with a lot of bitter/tannic notes, like overextracted fruit/tea. Very dry, a little stone fruit, and a nice mild-to-moderate sourness.

M: Creamy medium-light carbonation and medium body.

O: The nose is really interesting and unique, great stuff. But the flavors don't really come together at all.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle at Churckey DC during Zwanze 2013 into snifters. Double helping woot!

Dull and opaque lemon body, with some deep orange center. Not much head given or presented.

Oh my god the bouquet on this brew just absolutely rips! Giant sour peach and pineapple topical fruit. Wonderful. Juicy. Quenching. Salivating. Mild funk aromatics hit the back but I litterally feel like I just ripped open a peach or sliced a fresh pineapple in front of me. Exquisite.

Palate seems less of a surprise, since the bouquet is so grand. The fruit notes hit nicely but come with a slightly wet body and feel. Light pepper finish and mild to moderate funk, with the acid a little downplayed. Watery finish unfortunately, but some good yeasty stickiness to match.

Overall I smelled this brew more than I drank it, if that's possible, but it's go some incredible impressive character.

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Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of Cuvée Saint- Gilloise into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. November 12, 2012 bottling date.

Pours a cloudy off-golden color with a nice big white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is a tad tart, tad vinegary and very yeasty. The taste isn't very sour at all, but much more on the subdued vinegary side. Yes its acidic but not overpowering by any stretch of the imagination and is one of the least lip puckering beers ive had of the style. Very herbal. Lemon is the most pronounced flavor. Bitterness on the back end, though its slight. The flavor profile is excellent and just what you want in a gueuze. Medium bodied, mild carbonation. Real easy drinking. ends extremely dry

Overall another high quality offering from Cantillon. The least sour tasting beer I've had from them, but the flavor profile is top notch.

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Photo of Jonada
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 27th June 2012. 750ml served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a light golden orange color with 1+ finger of a white soapy head. Body is moderately hazy with low medium levels of carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Big sour citrus notes of lemon and even some grapefruit. Barnyard funk, a bit of musty basement, grass, and herbs.

Taste: Lemon, surprisingly herbal, wood, tart green apples, hay, slight hint of earthy hops. Sourness is medium (low by Cantillon standards) and is more acidic than lactic. Finishes with a twinge of mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp with medium prickly carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: Seems as though I'm continually impressed every time I try a new Cantillon beer and this one is no exception. This is an excellent beer and worth seeking out.

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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.