Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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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 jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a bottled on date of early 2008. drank out of duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a bright and hazy golden colored body with a small fizzy white head. the head fades fast and leaves behind tiny spots of lacing.

S- very pungent odor here. lots of barnyard scents. theres also lots of light citrus like lemon peel. very musty and slightly sour smelling.

T- the taste is less funky and more tart than the nose told me. lots of lemon and green apple. musty/earthy funk also.

M- light to medium bodied with a nice and high level of carbonation. leaves the mouth feeling very dry.

D- easy to finish and left me wishing i had some more. nice and sessionable without being too sour to make an entire bottle a chore. check this one out.

Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden yellow hue with a small white head.

S: Nice bold funkiness. Lemon and wet grass stand out. Dank basement and cheese.

T: Tart apples and lemon up front. Wet hay and wonderful funk. Crushed sweet tarts and a nice blast of acidity.

M: On the light side of medium, nice tartness (not overly) with a grassy hop bitterness.

D: Darn good, man Cantillon does no wrong.

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is Cuvee de Champions, in case anyone was wondering. Popped this open at a recent tasting to share, since its dry hopped I realized I shouldn't let it age, plus there have been a few recent beer reviews of aged Champions that were less than encouraging.

Beer is yellow with a slight haze and thin head of white small bubbles that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is a little grassy with some mild hop presences and mild acetic notes. There is also some lactic in there and some nice strong funk. Smells like I expected, Cantillon gueuze plus hops. Nice.

Beer is medium to light in body. In the palate, the hops are lost among the carbonic and acetic notes with a strong lactic background and a slightly funky finish. There is no aftertaste, just another great palate cleansing sour beer. Not as complex as some of the other lambics but this beer is quite good overall. Nice drinkability.

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Transferred from my Cantillon Cuvée St-Gilloise review (that has now been deleted)

Best beer day ever. Amazing draft at Churchkey. Cantillon anything please.

Beer is straw yellow with moderate to high haze. Forms a big thick white head of medium bubbles, two fingers. Head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is steady and moderate. Looks awesome. I think I got the first pint of this beer out of the keg.

Aroma is overall kind of mild. There are those classic Cantillon sour notes in there, citrusy, a little lemony, lactic and mild acetic. There is also a hoppy aroma in there, very interesting.

Beer is thin, as expected, and not as sour as I thought it would be. Interesting earthy bitterness to this beer, citrusy in a way, just like the aroma indicated. Finishes nicely with a slight dryness at the backend. Not bad, not bad at all. Overall sourness is lower than other Cantillons but this is a young unblended lambik, so what should we expect. A great beer none-the-less.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of mmercede
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a 750ml bottle of this at the opening weekend of the farmers cabinet.

A: Golden gueuze like color with lively carbonation, a small head, and great clarity.

S: Big lemon and green-apple aroma. A rather light funkiness which is perfectly blanced by the fresh hop aroma. The dry hopping of this beer really added another dimension. Oaky undertones throughout.

T: The flavor very much follows the nose. Green Apple, Lemon juice, Bitter lemon zest. Grapefruity hop aromas. Oak and brett in light quantities. Once again, I really liked the dry hopping.

M: Just like a great gueuze. Effervescent and Champagne like. Just the right level of carbonation. A nice medium body as well.

O: This dry hopped, unbelnded, lambic is an extremely refreshing brew which would be perfect on a warm summer night. Also paired well with the tuna crudo and sweet breads I ordered. Definitly the best unblended lambic I've tried! Highly recommended!

Photo of SFLpunk
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to freud for this one! I'm not convinced that this is the same beer as Cuvee des Champions. On RB the Commercial Description says it's hopped with Styrian Goldings, but the back label on this bottle says Hallertau...

375mL green glass corked & capped bottle. Cork dated 2010.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with thin white head. Nose is full of apricot and freshly cut white oak, hay follows and lovely lovely funk.

Taste is nicely crisp and tart. Lemon zest, tangerine and lime oil. A little residual sweetness in the middle helps balance things out and makes for a really pleasant un-fruited gueuze blend. Nice faint hop bitterness.

Excellent beer. Like it better than Iris which I consider to be a fair comparison.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a lucky score ran in for a 6er and spotted this gem! After reading reviews fresh not aged seemed to be the way to drink this. Poured into a rodenbach glass, opaque hazy straw gold rests under a head of white rocky foam. Initial blotting of lacing ceases, but the head never leaves this beer. The aroma is soft, mixture of hay and straw, horse blanket, grassy hops (surprising), and lemon. Acetic jowl puckering sour that transitions seemlessly into a soft Brett flavor with a nice balance of horse-y-ness. Citrusy sour lemon and grapefruit. Tanic barrel goodness on the back end, any indication of the initial hop aroma is gone in the flavor. Most unblendeds I've had have been Brett bombs, this is nuanced and delicate. My favorite Cantillon to date.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by bmanning at a recent tasting along with Azurelimits, amyliz4, and hhanson.

A: Pours a bright gold with a nice single-finger or so bone-white head.

S: Nice touch of hops in this one, which really stands out, especially as earlier in the night I had said I'd like to a sour with some dry hops coming into play. This worked out really well in the nose alongside sourness, some funk, and general earthy characteristics.

T: Funk, wheat dryness, citrus, lactic sourness, a bit of acetic acid, and some hoppy characteristics, mostly of the dry, floral variety.

M: Very nice all-around sourness in addition to some nice dryness. Good carbonation. As always with Cantillon, nothing really to complain about.

D: Very nice. After this I'd love to try a fruitless wild ale, gueuze, etc. that had been freshly dry-hopped with something like Amarillo.

Photo of klikger
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 pour served in a tulip - thanks madvike!

A - Light gold-colored and a little hazy. Not much head, decent lacing.

S - Raspberries, Belgian yeast, and champagne

T - Bitter and vaguely fruity up front, with vinegar appearing next. Funky yeast and lemon juice bitterness compose the back half, with a sour apple flavor finishing it off. Relatively complex. Delicious.

M - Light amount of carbonation, yet feels alive in the mouth.

D - High

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shared with mark, kristi and allie.. a real nice treat.

orange overall and clear.. sparkling with carbonation following a loud pop of the cork (previous pop-less reviewer, try another bottle!). aroma exists in funkytown with a sweet lime tourist and pear essence passerby. lactic with slight plant-like quality, most likely a generous hop addition masked by the barnyard pissyness. some candy apple wafts could be my imagination, and are certainly not supported by the extreme musty but mouthwatering flavor. lemony tart and mellower sourness makes it more drinkable than the usual suspects (see iris, fou foune). bready finish and age depth gives this beer some serious body for 5% lambic. sum this one up with an earthier than usual taste with obscure differences in lambic style. still great, love cantillon.

Photo of jrenihan
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 27, 2012.

Beer is translucent golden, bordering on opaque. Moderate white head, OK retention.

Very nice smell. Funk is notable but a bit restrained. A strong fruit smell is present. Apple.

Taste is quite tart. Funk and barnyard flavours are there, but not overwhelming. The added hops have a big impact. A bitterness accompanies the tartness expected from the lambic. Grass, apple, lemon and oak are all detectable.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, but with delicate bubbles. Dries the mouth.

Overall, very good as one would expect from Cantillon, but I found the bitterness a bit jarring. I may like this beer more with a bit more time on it.

Photo of jethrodium
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Beer Revolution. Pours a hazy, light amber with a a two finger fluffly white head that has good retention and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a decent earthiness, funky brett, hay, and some lemon tartness. The taste has the same earthiness as the aroma. Medium tartness, some wheat, hay lemon. The finish has a strong brett funkiness as well as a lingering bitterness that is quite unique among the gueuzes I've had. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Awesome beer.

Photo of hawks10
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage - 750ml green corked and capped bottle - Poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange with a bit of fine bubbled white head/haze that surprisingly sticks around for a while, somewhat resembling apple juice...

Interesting aromas on this one, you find all the wonderful typical Cantillon aromas yet something is noticeably different. The dry-hopping adds a completely different dimension to this Cantillon, slightly spicy, dry, but in more of a herbal/floral way. Tart and lemony aromas are pushed to the background. The funk shows up late, but does pack some punch when this beer warms a bit. Different, but very enjoyable nose.

Wow, drinking this beer "fresh" is COMPLETELY different than with two years on it. The dry hopping is at the forefront. Dry and just slightly bitter, floral with loads of funk and must in the middle. The finish is dry and musty, but not the oaky dryness most Cantillons have, instead, earthy. Slight lemon tartness is quickly washed away by the dry-hopping, but some residual fruit flavors can be found when you lick your lips! This is weird. Good, but weird. It kinda tastes like Cantillon made a Farmhouse/Saison...

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Not nearly as acidic or tart/sour as most Cantillons. Finish is very dry and there is a lingering funk/mustiness...

Very different, very good. Easier to drink than most other Cantillons as the acidity levels seem to be cut down significantly by the dry hopping...

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottled on January 29, 2010, label says Cuvee Saint-Gilloise.

a - Pours a murky orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of lemon, pepper, spices, sour fruits, some grass, very light funk, light acetic notes, and some flowery/floral notes. Smell is a nice mix of lemon/sour citrus and spice up front, and wasn't as tart or funky as I was expecting. Some definite hop presence in the nose as well. As it warmed up it got more and more sour, and a little more funk came out.

t - Tastes of lemon, tart citrus, vinegar,
earthy notes, floral notes, spices and pepper, and some funk/cheese. Wow, the tart is a lot more tart and funky than the smell was, and there is some definite vinegar in there.

m - Dry mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall I thought this was another great beer from Cantillon. I really liked the smell and enjoyed the hops mixing with the classic Cantillon gueuze smell. The taste was good, though slightly too mch vinegar. None the less, I had no problem finishing a 375ml bottle of this and glad I have another bottle of it.

Photo of jdense
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Portland International Beer Festival PDX multiple samples 7.15.11.

Minimal white head, a wee bit of lacing over straw yellow a bit opaque body with no visible carbonation. Lemony esters and salt dominate the nose, some barnyard aromas, a faint bit of floral hops. Taste is more sour than tart, lemony and salty, a bit of hayish funk, lingering dry finish. Fairly light mouthfeel, light and refreshing. A very unique beer, not really my cup of tea, err gueuze, but I certainly see what the buzz is about. Certainly in the pantheon of beers for this difficult to capture style glad I was able to try this.

Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced a giant frothy off-white head that stuck around for quite some time. Tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A wonderful combo of funky dry lactic oak with bits of lemon rind, white grape, and an earthy acidity to it. A beautiful harmonious aroma for the style. It does get more funky and earthy as it warms.

(T)- Lots of dry earthy Brett funk up front. Hits you with a good sour kick of lemon rind in the middle. Mildly grassy at the end.

(M)- A surprisingly high carbonation level, but in no way does this deter from the fell or enjoyment. Already has a good integration of oak and funk within its sourness. Still feels a bit hoppy on the finish, but it adds another dimension to the beer's profile.

(D)- Cantillon never disappoints. Yet another solid to great Gueuze from their lineup. Definitely will only get better with some more time since the dry hopping is definitely detectable. Great stuff.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a perfectly gorgeous hazy straw golden color with some slight orange hues. There is a nice white and dense 1.5 inch head that recedes very very slowly. Near perfect appearance.

S - Funk funk and more funk. Very old smelling beer with some nice barnyard aromas. Slight phenols and yeast aroma with some nice bready malt grain notes. There is some good wood notes to the beer that mellow all the other aromas out. There is some slight tartness in the nose with some slight vinous notes. There is mild pear and apple sweetness as well.

T & M - Starts with some massive funky funk. Dusty, musty and old tasting. All in a good way. There is some nice wet oak notes. Great vinous notes mixed in with some tartness and some nice balsamic acidity and tartness that is not too intense but definitely present. There are some slight sweetness notes near the middle as the beer takes on a slight white wine flavor profile. Near the finish the tartness beats everything out and finishes dry and refreshing. Good carbonation and nice light body with some refreshing dry notes and great woody notes.

O - The beer was quite impressive. Very delicious wood notes and a vinous profile that help the tartness be a compliment and not so "in your face".

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. I have been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time.

2009 vintage. The beer pours a murky yellow color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemon with some oak and earthy qualities. The flavor is heavy on the lemon tartness with some oak notes. There is not as much funk as I was expecting. The beer is very acidic and is very, very dry which forces you to drink more and more. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green 750ml bottle at Toronado SF. I was turning the big 27 and figured I'd spring the crazy $35 for this bad boy to share with a few of my doggs. The blend of champions, this is.

Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head and some good lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, wild tartness, and funk - your usual Cantillon smell - as well as floral hops, which are a nice touch here.

Flavor is typical Cantillon as well. Pale malt, their usual awesome wild yeast, and barnyard funk, with light fruits (pineapple/citrus) and floral hops. This was a fairly fresh bottle (less than one year old), so the hops really came out.

Medium body with pretty mild acidity for a Cantillon beer. This is not overwhelmingly sour.

Great beer overall. I'd like to see Cantillon make more forays into the hopping arena, although they should use some darker bottles if they're going to do that, or the beers could become major skunk-o-ramas. A Cantillon IPA sounds amazing.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 1/29/2010. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Barely a pop. Small white head atop a mostly clear body.

Smell - Herbal. Funky. Less acidic than a Cantillon usually is. More in the 3F vein. White pepper in the back.

Taste - Back to the true Cantillon sourness. Strong white wine notes and it gets herbal again after the sourness fades. The finish is far less acidic.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Strong wine presence that takes away from its spritz.

Overall - Excellent. Maybe lacking in complexity, but the flavors it has are phenomenal.

Photo of shbobdb
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008. I don't know why this beer is "retired" since it commemorates something that happened in 2003-2004, has 2 year old lambic in it according to the bottle, and was bottled in 2008 . . .

But I'm not one to question the ways of the beer gods. I'm just here to enjoy a fantastic beer from one of the world's greatest breweries.

My overall impression of the bottle I got is that the beer is a little young. There was plenty of sourness (I got a pinch of acid-reflux from the beer, which I do not normally experience even with their Grand Cru) as well as a hefty dose of bretty barnyard funk that married quite well with the earthy hops . . . but there seems to be something off about the beer. Perhaps I am just not sure about dry hopped lambics, since aging the lambic would clearly destroy the delicate hop. But at the same time, the flavors of the beer don't quite feel like they have blended into each other.

I mean, all the classic lambic flavors are there, don't get me wrong. But they hit me one-by-one on their own. Bam! Barnyard! Bam! Sour! The sort of interplay that I've come to expect from Cantillon seems to be missing.

But that doesn't mean it isn't an incredible beer. I am absolutely loving this bottle, my birthday beer. But if I had a few bottles, I would sit on them. That is all.

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear (for the first glass at least) and straw colored with a fast-fading one finger head that leaves a few wisps of lace.

Smell: Strong funk and earthy/herbal hops - unusually hoppy for a Cantillon beer, in fact. Refreshingly different and enjoyable.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pretty mild sourness for Cantillon. Fruity notes of green apple and lemon peel are met with an interesting herbal hop flavor. Carbonation is fairly low here, but it's ample enough to make it dance a bit on the tongue. Really a remarkably subtle and balanced beer.

Photo of knucks999
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle. Average carbonation, slight foam, not much lacing in a beer clean glass. Massive funk in the nose, no hop aroma detected. Same in the taste, couldn't find any of those dry hops in it, just massive Cantillon funk. More sour than a classic gueuze, I loved it. Really drinkable.

Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000, crazy that this day has finally come. The best beer I could bring out of the cellar and still review. Cantillon always does the trick. I have had this once before but it was a 2004 vintage consumed at Ebenezers in 2009 and I only remember a few things.

Bottled June 27th, 2012.

A- Poured out with a hazy golden body. A white head forms to a finger or two in size with a silky, creamy texture. The foam retains fairly nicely and leaves a thick ring around the top of the beer. This ring leaves spotty lace but still on par with other Cantillons I have had.

S- Certainly not the strongest overall of Cantillon offerings, it doesn't hit you quite as hard. Signature Cantillon funk, acetic acid, tart apples and grapes, oak, lemon and that nice horsey barnyard feel.

T- Pretty much the only thing I remembered from the 2004 vintage was how drinkable this was. It is like the Classic Gueuze but a bit tamer in most ways. A good sour character but not at the level of the Classic or Kriek. Notes of tart apples, apricot and its pit, sour grapes, oak, white wine, lemon juice and funk. Horsey barnyard goodness. The one thing I really notice differently from other Cantillon is an herbal note, maybe from the dry hopping, certainly some hop bitterness too.

MF- Lighter body dried out by all of the wild bugs and yeast. Carbonation level is lower-moderate and foamy. Sourness gains with time and is at a great level.

Similar to the Classic Gueuze but a bit toned down with sourness and funk. Also somewhat of a hop feel with bitterness and an herbal hint. Solid and very drinkable.

Photo of levifunk
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Matt for graciously sharing this with us. Pours golden yellow with a ton of carbonation. head forms, but doesn't retain, just a lot of bubbles in there. Smell is a bit funky. Kind of smells like wet grass, but with some lemon notes. Taste was great. Sour/tart flavor. Main thing I identified was a grapefruit citrus flavor. Not sure if I'll ever be able to have this again, but I hope I am.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on Cantillon Night during Sour Week at the Flying Saucer.

Golden apricot body with a white head.

The nose is peach and orchard fruit, floral notes and barnyard.

Green apple, fresh hay, lime zest, mouth watering acidity that bursts with a snap. Very sharp acidity, but no acetic character. More complex than my vocabulary can describe.

The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied.

Awesome beer. Not very musty or earthy. Brett is big on the nose, but acidity rules the palate. Seems like a fresher batch.

Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.