Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 499
Gots: 213 | FT: 19
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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Pours a hazy as can be golden color with a dense white head. Smells of tart acidity and apricots. Sour beginnings give way to a peppery spice of a finish. Lemon notes, crisp green apple, and fresh cracked pepper. Delicious.

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Reviewed from notes taken August 2014. Label: Cuvee des Champions. 2003-2004.

BOTTLE. Bottled May 19, 2009. 5.00% ABV. Purchased at Olutravintola Pikkulintu in Helsinki for 28 euro. 75 cl with colorful label art.

Served cold into stemware and allowed to come to cellar temp during consumption (per instructions on the label). Expectations are very high given the brewery, rarity, and style.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide of white colour. Nice supple complexion. No lacing. Retains for 2-3 minutes. Could appear softer. Head is average for a gueuze.

BODY: Translucent quasitransparent pale copper with faint orange hues. Above average vibrance. No yeast particulate is visible - at least not in the first pour from the bottle.

Appears aptly well-carbonated. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it looks like any other upscale gueuze.

AROMA: There's definite sourness - maybe a 6/10 in terms of intensity. Lambic yeast, wild bacteria (incl. lactobacillus), and pedio. A faint neutral oak tone is present throughout. I love that it's not as cereal-emphatic as many of Cantillon's gueuze. Has some wet wood notes, indicating the 5 years of age have induced some pleasant changes. A hint of apple and pear. Light vinegar. Faint grassy hops.

It's a pleasant aroma of mild strength.

TASTE: Lovely. Grassy hops complement the mellow not-too-malty not-too-grainy neutral base nicely. Hints of apple, pear, lime, and plenty of esters. It's not cereal-emphatic like many inferior Cantillon gueuze, but maybe that's the aging at work. Sourness intensity is a 6/10; not puckering, but pleasantly smacky. The fantastic wild yeasts and bacteria (pedio, a bit of lacto, mainly lambicus) complement each other and the rest of the flavour profile beautifully.

Has a hint of white vinegar. White oak undertones throughout. Some apple cidre. It's not real funky or "farmyard-y," but there is some faint wet hay.

Balance is excellent overall. Plenty of complexity, intricacy, and subtlety is featured here, but it could have more depth of flavour. Has a long duration of flavour, with the acidic vinegary notes lingering in the throat in the aftertaste. Very pleasant to drink, and refreshing as well. The lambic/wild yeasts are the highlight here.

It's a very cohesive, dareisay gestalt build, though there is room for improvement. I could definitely go for more sourness, and some lemon and/or farmyard character would be nice. It's not as tart as would be ideal, either. But boy is it tasty.

TEXTURE: Wonderfully smacky on the palate. Smooth, wet, and refreshing. Perfectly carbonated. Ideally medium-bodied. Approachable and enjoyable. This texture complements the taste wonderfully.

It's not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy on the palate.

OVERALL: This is a damned impressive gueuze from Cantillon, and absolutely one I'd get again...at non-Finnish prices. Well worth trying for those who enjoy the style, and certainly one of the better gueuze I've had from Cantillon. I think the 5 years of age helped erase the cereal signature of Cantillon's younger beers in the style. I'll greedily finish this bottle alone.

High B+

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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.