Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 1,093
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.03%
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Belgium

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 Beerandraiderfan
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle from the Reno Sour Bottle Share @ St. James Infirmary, jmoore50 thanks a bunch, this is one of if not my favorite gueuze.

Pours a rough day of partying urine orange, small white head to it. Plenty of carbonation. Like champagne, this uses little bubbles. Much like the classic gueueze, a tart, tight and minerally funk permeates the nose. Mixture of pear and apple. Of course, there's lemon. Huge salivating sour factor.

Despite the funkiness in the nose, and the sour on the tongue, this really has a refreshing edge to it. Light hopping. Shares some of the apricot it seems from fou fune. Throw in a little hay and grassy notes, and you have a complex but clean and enjoyable gueuze that is balanced throughout from the first sip. (751 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously shared by Spider889 as a part of a gueuze tasting we put together with some other BAs. 2010 bottling.

Appearance
Here is a good looking gueuze. The color is a nice, middle value gold that shines very brightly. My glass had just a little amount of haze. The head fades to a healthy skim and leaves lots of droopy, heavy lacing.

Aroma
A sturdy funk is pushing through bitter and juicy citrus rind. This beer is a lot more floral, juicy and leathery than the others. It also has more funk than most other Cantillons that I've had.

Taste
Quite juicy up front, which is a very nice characteristic here. There is a lot of lemon rind. Sourness is even-keeled and fairly low.

Mouthfeel
Cuvee Des Champions has a slightly fuller body in the realm of gueuze. Carbonation is a little high, but it isn't stabbing, its more fluffy.

Overall
The fuller body and dry-hopped juiciness makes this a pretty interesting beer. and it works quite well. (951 characters)

Photo of nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage served in a Mystic Flute

A- slightly hazy straw gold, a nice thick head.

S- Barnyard, hay, lemons, green/sour apples, some musty notes.

T- Tart, sour apples, lemons, some barnyard flavors, lots of depth, some hop citrus flavors, a nice musty slightly-bitter flavor on the finish. very impressive. The musty, vegetal flavors with hop characteristics add a very interesting complexity to gueuze.

M- sour, nice high carbonation

O- A really interesting take on gueuze. I love mixing hoppy dipas and ipas with lambic and this is not quite what I was expecting in terms of hop profiles on the nose. It was much more interesting this way, I really enjoyed how the hops played with the barnyard and sour notes. (721 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy yellow orange toasted hay like color with a very white head which fizzles away after having stood tall, leaving little lacing on the glass.

S: Granny smith, earthy funk, and Meyer lemon dominate the nose. Interesting to say the least.

T: Crabapple, Granny smith apple, and lemon follow through onto the palate. Amazing carbonation lights up the entire tongue. Tart nectarine/ white peach, anjou pear fruit flavors fill in as well. Very tart but completely acidic, Acetic acid whatsoever.

M: Amazingly carbonated, tiny bubbles.

O: Great beer albeit a bit heavy handed on the tart with not much on the funk. (620 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: My pour has a cloudy tangerine orange color with a delicate white froth. The head only remains for a minute before fading to a ring and a thin film, but it still leaves a few wisps of lace.

Smell: The aroma is full of barnyard funk, horse blanket, and leather. Slightly musty as well. There is some good tart acidity to the nose. Tons of Brett in this one.

Taste: The flavor is pleasantly sour, blended, and balanced. Some light grains prelude lemon zest and a little grapefruit sour flavor. Some straw and grassy notes draw out the flavor, and the finish has some musty earthiness.

Mouthfeel: This is acidic, with some lactic character. Fairly dry, medium bodied with delicate carbonation. A bit more dry at the finish.

Overall: This was one of the first gueuzes that I was able to really get into, and now I think I am an addict of the style. (936 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a glass of this in March, 2011 at the Cantillon brewery cafe, where this is called Cuvee St. Gilloise. Reviewed from notes. Gueuze dry hopped with Hallertau.

Body is a hazy gold, no head, just some bubbles in a ring.

Smells funky, leathery, with orange notes.

Tart, with notes of light malt, orange rind, with a spicy finish. Characteristic Cantillon funkiness. I really enjoyed the Hallertau, which lends this the orange flavor.

Body is light and the carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is clean and tart. Brought a few bottles home for the cellar.

A nice drinking gueze. I like the tartness and the orange in this, which makes it distinctive.

I talked with Jean about the name change (now named after the area rather than the football team who have not been champions in awhile). Jean pointed out that each vintage is different because the lambic is always different and he cannot predict how the lambic will react with the hops he chooses.

So I'll just keep drinking this year after year then. Save some for a short vertical in the future. (1,060 characters)

Photo of pdoran10
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a slightly hazy golden color into a snifter. One finger of white head that leaves decent lacing.

The smell is musty with a pleasant lemon acidity, mildew and tart.

I get big lemon tartness up front which becomes more complex with slightly grainy and funk flavors coming through. Finishes dry with a lingering bitter grassy flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side with moderate and well done carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall a great beer, very complex tasty flavors and excellent mouth feel. As to be expected from Cantillon, this beer is delicious. (580 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portland International Beer Festival. $3 for a 4oz pour is a winner in my book. Poured into an actual glass taster!

A: Unfiltered pale gold with a short lived white head dissipating to just a smidge of lacing. 4/5

S: I was quite surprised how hoppy this was as I didn't know about the dry-hopping ahead of time. Peaches and Florida citrus stood shoulder to shoulder with clean lactic and barnyard funk. Very interesting aroma. 4.5/5

T: Strong sourness up front, musky barnyard on the mid palate, and a long fruity finish that includes a little umame. I think I would have preferred less hop character. This is definitely one aspect where I think age would benefit. 4/5

M: Crisp, smacking, and dry. Just what I wanted. 4/5

O: I prefer the Cantillon Classic Gueuze to this but that could be because of the age. At around 1-2 years old I have a feeling this would be in my sweet spot. That isn't to say this is a bad beer. It's an excellent example of the quality one can expect from Cantillon, albeit a little young. 4/5 (1,037 characters)

Photo of victory4me
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 6oz wine glass at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a golden yellow with more head than I've ever seen in a Cantillon beer. Monks seemed to be having difficulty with this tap as it took a while to pour due to the gushing. Aroma of Fruity citrus hops blended nicely with Cantillon funk and tartness that I found preferable to the Iris I had tasted a few days prior.

Initial blast of the dry hopping provided flavors of summer fruit and lemon. Apricot and peaches quickly turned to a violently acidic finish. More acidic than sour leaving a slight burn in the back of the throat. Left me satisfied, but not smitten. Despite not being totally blown away, a tasty lambic that I would happily drink again and again.

I have an '07 in the cellar that I'm holding for the next Philly sports championship. Hopefully will not have to cellar much longer as I'm not sure it will hold up well. (899 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks during the cantillon mad monday

Pours a hazed golden color with orange hues. A layer of white head slowly dissolves leaving spots of lacing on the glass, light cloud of film retains for a bit.

Slight bitterness with funky tart notes in the nose. Fruit and oak with lemon, pear, apple, and damp tones. Very inviting and balanced.

A light notion of hops up front on the tongue, swept away by sour tones. Not intensely funky or sour, but a nice balance of oak, straw, hay, and fruit. Touches of pear, apple, and citrus are present amidst the tart flavors. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Medium body, nice carbonation, lingering and dry on the tongue. This was a bit of a surprise beer for me, and I was definitely into the addition of fresh hops amidst the already fantastic Cantillon funky/sour flavors. (827 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A bright, dark orange and a thin white head. Highly carbonated. Looks thin, with a myriad of little bubbles racing their way to the top of the glass.

A spicy, musty, funky aroma, consisting of bright fruit, lemon, and apple, tangy Brett yeast, hay and grass, and lots of barnyard funk. Pretty awesome. This seems like Cantillon's classic gueuze amped up to the n-th degree, and it just smells extraordinary. Heavenly!

The sweet fruit flavors are really able to shine here--lemon, apple, and pear. The tart funk and sourness is huge, though this beer seems extraordinarily well balanced and a touch sweeter and brighter than the classic gueuze.

Light, bubbly, airy mouthfeel--an absolute pleasure.

Perfect.

Hands down, my favorite beer of the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Festival. (841 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer from Cantillon, what a surprise.

A: Orange hue with a bubbly bone white head of a pinky that dies down slow. Straw highlights on this.

S: Has the classic Cantillon farmhouse yeast and funk and nice toasty oak. Maybe a light hop presence here as well, with champagne grapes and straw. Some green apple too, maybe even apricot./

T: Great flavor with cherry, grape, green apple, tart berries mixing with a dirty earthy oak. Quite nice bread malt and grains for support of the tart fruit flavors. Not as sour as other beers from the brewery but elegant and champagne like with a good amount of tartness and even some bitter hops. Lots of apple lingering at the back of the palate.

M: Spritzy and lighter in body. Good tartness. (749 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

666th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750 ML

(Not sure year)

I think this was Domtronzero

App- A darker orange with a some yellow outlying colors. The head was a bit thin but I was expecting that.

Smell- One hell of a smell. Was a bit rustic, and damp. Had touches of some hay, some tannin to me.

Taste- A very classic taste indeed. Only thing is its been tamed a bit. All classic notes of the hay, funk, damp, wet, however you want to call it, just a bit small.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium in carbonation. Leaves a nice funky note on the finish.

Drink- A very well done beer. The classic gueuze is hard to do and Cantillon does it very well. I would come back to this anyday. (684 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour on this one is the usually hazy golden-orange color with a nice white head.

S: An incredibly funky nose to this, much more so than the regular Cantillon gueuze. An almost blue cheese level of funk with some nice straw and must along with the usual tartness of green apple and lemon.

T: The tartness is there, though perhaps a bit more moderate than some other Cantillon beers. Lots of funkiness here, too. Intensely earthy and barnyardy with lots of wet hay and grass. A bit of damp oak and must, too.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I think I still prefer regular Cantillon Gueuze, but this was really quite good. (655 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ebenezer's Pub and served into wine glass of sorts.

A - Pours a darker golden color, thin collar, sticky lace, thin whispy cap.

S - Light sour tart, slight funk, barn, hay. I'm really surprised there isn't the hoppy notes I remember from the bottle. Truthfully, I didn't enjoy them all that much, just surprised they're gone from this one on-tap.

T - Chris called this "Cantillon Light". I think that's pretty much true. Tastes like a "light gueuze", light tart, sour, funk, oak, barn, slight funky dry finish. No real hops, which I don't mind at all.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable and very easy to drink. I had two of these and my fiancee had another...a perfect beer for the summer. Really enjoyed this one on-tap much more then from the bottle. Recommend! (810 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to FooFaa aka Dan for opening this one up at Ffej of July IX. No idea of the year.

A - Pours murky amber yellow with a small one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of wet grassy hops, lemon and other bold citric fruits, dry oak, and the typical wet basement funk. Complex yet simple.

T - This one isn't as sour as some of the other Cantillon beers I have had. Starts off with a nice bright citric kick, mostly lemon, slowly giving way to a mix of musty basement funk, moderate sourness, and some dry wood tannins. The finish is a mix of dryness and lingering tartness.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart, musty, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Overall I really liked this one. It wasn't an over the top sour like some of the other Cantillon offerings I have had and it really hit the spot on this hot afternoon. (910 characters)

Photo of scott451
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Saint Gilloise – bottled in 2010, drank in July 2011

A very light orange, slightly hazy. A bubbly head which soon diminishes to a thin layer.

Sour horseblankety notes dominate the smell. The first sip is very sour then mellows after you get used to it a bit. Some mild fruit in the middle. Grapefruit and maybe some grape. A lemony sour finish. Very dry. A long sour aftertaste

Smooth and well balanced. A refreshing carbonation level. Overall a very smooth gueuze. Not too extreme or overwhelming in the funk or sour departments. Just a nice refreshing sour. (570 characters)

Photo of ggilman
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour in a wine glass at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, Maine .

Solid light caramel color, thin tightly bubbled head. Tart funky fruity nose. Sour apple, immediate dry finish. Super tart and yeasty. Cider vinegar, lingering bitterness in the back of the throat. Thick creamy mouthfeel, with nice carbonation.

A delicious light lambic, that makes you pucker, refreshingly tart, but with an insanely dry finish. Very enjoyable!

Love ending a meal with a Cantillon lambic. (472 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Stone Sour Fest.

Murky golden color about a finger of fizzy white head. Not a very pretty beer.

Smells of hay and funk. Some tart and zesty citrus notes. Some light earthy hops.

Tart apple notes, zesty citrus, hay, funk, pretty bitter and hoppy for what I'd expect.

Zesty, sharp, light in body, but super well carbonated making it seem a little fuller.

Yeah, just zesty tart and bitter goodness. (412 characters)

Photo of Kshock
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuously poured from a 750 into two Russian River tulips, then dumped the yeast into a taster glass. This is the 2010 Cuvee St. Gilloise labeled one.

Pours a murky golden yellow color with a quickly dissipating head. The color really pops in the light and once the beverage has been drank down, it begins to have some clarity. No lacing, no legging.

The smell begins with tart lemons and loose, dank hay with a lactic quality to it. As the beverage warms, the acidity really comes out and once the beer is at room temperature you can really feel a tingle in your nose from it.

Taste opens up the palate with a citric-like acidity, profiling lemon and lime like flavors that quickly flow into a cheesy bit of funk and hay flavors. Not overly funky at all, much more subtle than a gueuze by other blenders but enough funk for the seasoned lambic drinker to pick up on. After flavors of an unsweetened lemon candy. Almost like a made from scratch lemon bar, with emphasis on the lemons. Refreshing, to say the least.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Medium body with moderate carbonation, some drying as well once the brew is swallowed.

Overall, a great gueuze from Cantillon. This one is dry hopped, but I did not pick up any of the dry hopping which is most likely due to the age of the beer, being bottled 10/4/2010. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an acidic gueuze that retains its drinkability. Not perfect, but definitely a solid example of the style. (1,478 characters)

Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.