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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

812 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 474
Gots: 189 | FT: 14
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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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

***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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 00:52:06 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

04-21-2014 21:06:01 | More by mikecharley
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DStoked

Ohio

3/5  rDev -31.2%

05-16-2013 17:11:51 | More by DStoked
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -31.2%

03-24-2014 02:22:00 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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krl2112

Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.2%

08-25-2013 23:16:23 | More by krl2112
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BeerMothaLova

California

3/5  rDev -31.2%

01-21-2014 21:52:14 | More by BeerMothaLova
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dctriman

Virginia

3/5  rDev -31.2%

09-14-2013 21:37:57 | More by dctriman
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -31.2%

12-21-2012 04:47:57 | More by chippo33
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GClarkage

California

3.15/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 15:15:16 | More by GClarkage
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

09-30-2013 20:45:31 | More by Kmlund
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TheBeerTrekker

New York

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

07-22-2014 11:52:41 | More by TheBeerTrekker
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

07-08-2014 00:57:31 | More by MeisterSmudge
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

09-15-2013 14:37:58 | More by Davepoolesque
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Roze

New York

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

06-25-2014 17:04:51 | More by Roze
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.28/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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)

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 01:04:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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incubuscience

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

06-15-2014 02:14:56 | More by incubuscience
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

07-15-2014 15:13:29 | More by BGsWo22
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

11-15-2011 01:47:44 | More by ygtbsm94
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

09-12-2013 01:58:56 | More by CityofBals
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 00:04:09 | More by tbeckett
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

01-19-2013 15:18:28 | More by drummermattie02
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Quackus

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

05-30-2013 02:05:36 | More by Quackus
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Overlord

California

3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 08:36:48 | More by Overlord
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale hazy yellow, small head, no lacing.

S - Very faint - lemon and grapefruit with tart white grapes. Way too faint.

T - Sour, slightly funky. Strongly tart lemon citrus with a touch of grapefruit. A touch of barnyard funk with a faint earthy yeasty fruitiness. Alright.

M - Slightly smooth, thin a little refreshing, carbonation is noticeable.

D - It is mild and not to sour. PLeasant overall. I wouldn't mind having this one again. Not fantastic, but definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2007 07:49:06 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Crosling

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant aroma, with more fruit hints than a normal lambic with subtle lemon, orange and peach and lightly herbaceous, floral hops from the dry hop, perhaps? Light orange color. Dry with mild tartness and wld yeast flavors. Well balanced. Really your typical Cantillon lambic, which is still mighty tasty, but I didn’t notice much from the Goldings addition, except a little bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 03:39:49 | More by Crosling
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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.