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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 484
Gots: 195 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

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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2.68/5  rDev -38.5%

***EDIT: I didn't realize Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions was an unblended lambic when reviewed. I will re-review when possible***

Draft pour into an 8 oz tall and narrow flute. $8.

A: Two fingers of dense foamy pristinely white head. Excellent retention being aided by lazily paced bubbles. Very hazy and opaque except when held to light. Pale straw golden yellow body. Looks divine in the glass.

S & T: Nose foreshadows sour and tart flavors, yet they are very restrained by Cantillon standards. Sweet, fruity and citrusy. Orange and lemons, some peel and spices. Bit of barnyard funk but again restrained. There is an off-putting sulfuric note, very recognizable. This follows through on the palate but only on the backend. Phenolics come through much less on the palate and make for better flavor than aroma.

M: Tame and on the disappointing side. Light body, inadequate carbonation.

D: Low. And the high price adds insult to injury.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 02, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

mikecharley, Apr 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

DStoked, May 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

krl2112, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

BeerMothaLova, Jan 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

dctriman, Sep 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -27.8%

10/14/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA. Paid $19.99.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. Cork says bottled in 2008. Poured into my miniature Cantillon wine-like glass. Think it's a 6oz glass as it took me 4 full pours to empty the bottle.

Appearance- Unfiltered peach or brighter pear juice in color. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour which disappears in a blink of an eye. Leaves ultra light spotty lace, which is all common for such a style.

Smell- Light farmy aspects, mostly a mid range sourness and a whaft of tart citrus fruits. A fair amount of oak as well.

Taste- Well, my bottle must have been from a different batch or something...not even up to the standards of those previous reviewers. From the first sip it was very watery. It became a tad less as I consumed the rest of the bottle, but for the most part, it was quite watery. It was sour, but not even to the standards to an unblended lambic. More tart than sour with some pera, lemon and maybe a touch of melon. Oak flavor is nice, which saved the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel- Thin, watery, but a nice carbonation level. Considerably dry.

Drinkability- I have to admit, it was refreshing and easy to drink, but the watery part made it a bit borning and dull to drink. I've had much much better from Cantillon. Maybe just a bad bottle. But, I don't think I am willing to shell out another $20 to find out.

GClarkage, Oct 15, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Kmlund, Sep 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Basoos1, Friday at 10:04 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

TheBeerTrekker, Jul 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

MeisterSmudge, Jul 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Davepoolesque, Sep 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Roze, Jun 25, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -24.8%

Reviewed on 6/11/08. On tap at Spuyten Duyvil Brett Fest. Pours orange with no real head. Aroma is not very strong, mostly of sour funk. Flavor of lemon, slight sourness, and slight hop bitterness. The hops add an interesting dimension to this lambic, but I'm not sure they blended well with it. The palate also seemed weak and unlike other Cantillons I've had. Tasted like an American sour ale/lambic-esque beer and didn't quite impress.
6/4/7/3/15 (3.5/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

incubuscience, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

BGsWo22, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Daniel101, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

tbeckett, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

drummermattie02, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Quackus, May 30, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -17.9%

Thanks Deaconbluez!

Pours a hazy golden orange. About two inches of white foamy head.

Smells like sadness. LOL. I crack myself up. Actually, faint wisps of grass and hay, along with a familiar funky lemon/vinegar smell.

Taste is surprising. Really not like any of the other Cantillons I've had. A weird spicy, musty, funky herbal lemon thang that's really exotic. Hm. The funk and sour notes are blended with this strange background.

Interesting. Not particularly drinkable. Well carbonated, particularly considering the style.

Overlord, Nov 01, 2009
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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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