Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.39/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow, a HUGE thanks to merc7186 for breaking this bad boy out.
a 2012 cork date on this bottle.
Pours a cloudy yellow with a finger of off white head.
Smells of old damp basement, stinky cheese, and a bit of sweat.
Taste is interesting, a tartness quickly washes over the tongue, followed by a peach and apricot flesh taste. Following this, a quite hit of tartness, and the it fades to almost nothingness. After a few seconds, a cold root cellar flavor emerges, almost like moist underground dirt.
As the beer warms up, the flavor profile opens up, allowing for more fruit, along with the tartness to expand a bit and a subtle hop sharpness as you swallow, which then once again fades to cold dirt basement floor. The mouthfeel also opens up, become soft and smooth.
Overall, a super enjoyable beer, one I would absolutely drink again.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2013 01:27:46 | More by taylor714914
3.99/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours a hazy honey amber colour with frothy white head that dissipates fairly quickly
S - Aged cheese, lemon tart, apple, almost vinegar like
T - Lots of lemon tartness up front, earthy grassiness, light floral hops. Slightly sour but not over the top with a slightly dry finish. Amazing for a beer.
M - Lightly bodied with medium carbonation
O - Very enjoyable geuze that goes down very well.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2013 08:09:43 | More by PolarBear3
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle from the 2012 vintage, generously shared by thedarkestlord at our crazy bottleshare last night, 10/5/2013. This came after drinking Vigneronne and Saint Lamvinus.
Pours a hazy, golden-amber body with an effervescent 1cm white head with excellent retention. Looks like a Cantillon lambic to me.
It smells so musty, its ridiculous. Like an old attic.. kind of like Brasserie Cantillon's attic! It smells quite a bit different than the Classic.. but has more of the pears and an earthy, floral smell which I imagine is from the dry hopping. Pretty intense aroma without much indication of vinegar or lactate.
This was way more sour than the Vigneronne and Saint Lamvinus, up there with Blabaer and Fou' Foune. It tastes so much different than the Classic. Its cleaner, more crisp while bringing a mustier quality with more of pears and oak. There is a nice tartness on top of the vinegary sourness. I don't get much of the florals here that I did in the nose; really I can't tell that its been dry-hopped. Still, I really appreciate the difference in this Cantillon from some of the other ones I've had.
Such a crisp, dry, refreshing beer. Its not as crisp like Vigneronne was, but it is crisp in the sense that the lambic flavours just pop out more. Very enjoyable, really refreshing. Rather sour, very clean and enjoyable.
Clean, crisp and musty. Highly recommend to any sour head. This is a really good lambic and a nice change-up from many of the other Cantillons out there that have the classic brewery funk all over them.
Re-review (18 months): Had this one again, from the same November 2012 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass today, 4/1/2014. So a year and a half of age. Basically, I found this to be significantly better than at 11 months of age. The floral aspects have faded and there is a much more lemon zesty, white vinous quality to the beer. I could be fooled into thinking this had some white grapes, especially accompanied by the oak and mustiness. Clear Cantillon barnyard horseblanket funk that's developed a good bit in the past few months. Really good stuff, especially as the vinous qualities seem to have developed in this beer somehow.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2013 04:34:24 | More by Stevedore
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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