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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

804 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 470
Gots: 186 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beerbistro, a bargain at $30. A geuze for intermediates, this is a smooth drinker. Aroma still floor cleaner and funk, sweat and arseic. Light orange body, medium mouthfeel. Not too hard on the palate initially, a key for beginners. however it is there hours after.Fruit and ginger and apple.Bottle with Todd B

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 23:02:13 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

08-29-2012 02:15:56 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Label says Cuvee Saint-Gilloise. Bottled 10/4/10.

Pours a clear honey orange with an orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and herbal hop aromas. Taste is exactly the same with a slight bitterness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great gueuze with a nice hoppy presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 21:11:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 19:37:49 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 16:00:32 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down and left some lacing.
S: The nose has strong aromas of sourness and funk.
T: The beer is very tart and sour and also has flavors of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink for the style because although the sourness is strong it does not overpower your palate.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 00:40:05 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives rather cloudy, the honey colored liquid lacking any cap; no lacing

Smell: Rather cheesy, with hints of hay, peach and pineapple

Taste: Tartness dominates from the outset, with a range of subtle citrus, tropical and stone fruit flavors developing, in the middle; the cheesy funk builds a bit, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Overall: A really nice Geuze; I like the impact of the hops but it is the funk that makes it

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 02:16:00 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-15-2012 01:29:47 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a night, Went through a good bit today driving around with the kids and shopping, and did not get home till after 8 oclock. I reached in the fridge and the first thing I grabbed was this gem. Served cold I opened it and let it breath before decanting into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 09/12/2009.

The pour produced a very nice golden color. Nice darker color with a nice head of near two inches that settled down nicely into a covering of about a quarter of an inch. Rich aroma of barnyard funk, lemon, hints of grass and nice funk coming through very nicely. Clean, crisp and very tart. The very first sip yields a very clean and fresh taste. Lots of lemon and hints of hops right off the bat. Letting it warm brings forward a nice grape skin and funky fruit like note. Nice and well balanced here. Near perfect carbonation lends to a light feel and very crisp finish. I could have easily had another bottle of this one right after I finished this one.

Overall it was very solid. This was just amazing crisp and clean and really just incredibly drinkable. I was really very pleased and think this one needs a bit more attention. One of the light of the Cantillon brews and worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 01:12:29 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color lambic with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funk and barnyard with some dry hoppy notes. Taste is also a funky mix with medium barnyard notes with well balanced tart and acidic notes and a dry European hops finish. Body is quite full with average carbonation. Very well brewed with hoppy notes mixing quite well with the tartness and acidity.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 02:07:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pungent and deeply earthen, the brine character of old lambic meets the youthful zest of sour citrus and a pang of acetic sharpness and plays out fully on the palate from nose to finish.

Cuvee des Champions opens with a rusted haze of deep gold with orange highlights. Allowing only a diffused glow from behind, the beer carries a mystic semi-opaque appearance beneath a fluffed head off eggshell white which stands tall throughout the session but with minimal lace. Eventually, the low pH gets the best of the beer.

Surprisingly tart and complex aromas flood the olfactory senses with wave after wave of varying scents that stands off that first sip until the nose first becomes comfortable with the pungent aromas. Sour grapes, lime, grapefruit pith, light vinegar, crab apples and bruised fruit rise in those early visits to the glass. But becoming acclimated to the aromatic matrix more robust notes arise in the shape of wet hay, leather, dried tobacco, weathered oak, sandalwood, horse hair, mushroom and sea air. The beer takes the nose on quite a journey even before the first sip is taken.

But then the intense pang of sourness penetrates the soft tissues of the mouth with ease, bringing with it the fruity sourness of white wine must, dried limes, and complementing bitterness of white grapefruit. What follows is a mid palate of dry woody, husky malt taste that pins against the taste of straw and hay from hops. And then the long a drawn out finish reveals the more mature lambic taste of leather, sea brine, tobacco, worn oak, copper, mushroom, and light Stilton cheese. Despite the clean lactic sourness closes the beer suddenly and sharply, the aftertaste of maturity lasts seeming indefinitely. But throughout, this becomes one salty gueuze.

To the mouth, the sharp acidity reigns supreme with high astringency that hides behind the taste of sourness and bitterness in much the same way as does grape skins and raspberry seeds. The salty taste informs the skim malt underpinnings and provides just enough texture for the carbonation to reside; giving the beer slight creaminess at first but sparkling wine sprite at mid palate. Powdery-dry to finish, the notion of old dried woods return with tannin and alcohol evaporation.

Cantillon delivers once again a superior gueuze that takes the palate in all sorts of directions at once. As complex as the beer is, so many flavors reveal at once that is seems to confuse the nose and palate as much as it satisfies them. It's akin to that Picasso that's awe inspiring in the gallery but you don't want hanging in your home.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 16:57:52 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

10-27-2012 03:10:42 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:50:01 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-03-2013 22:44:45 | More by kjkinsey
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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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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-03-2013 22:23:13 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-07-2011 04:51:56 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-15-2013 23:34:34 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-09-2013 22:29:15 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy yellowish orange color. The head is decent looking, thin retention with a pretty good lacing. The smell of the beer gives off a good amount of funk along with grassy malt. The taste of the beer is along the lines of a Gueuze and a pilsner. Tart and slightly sour, some grains and wheat hidden in the faith distance. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated and drinkable. Overall this beer is really quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 00:17:37 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a becher at ChurchKey.

My first unblended lambic, and, lo and behold, it's on draught at the CK. These guys know what they're doin', I tell you what. It pours a cloudy pale straw that's suffocated for a while by a tall, thick, white froth. Once this head dies down, the smell is detected: a good amount of funk, wet hay, cobwebs, and a rather tart vineyard of white grapes. I'm not sure what to expect after that whiff. The taste is composed of sour apple, tart white grapes, yeast (you know the taste), bread, lemongrass, and that nice citrus combo of lemon and lime that 50/50 and Squirt managed to mimic so well in the soda world. While puckering somewhat, my mouth determines a light body with an active but small-bubbled carbonation and a dry finish. I'm intrigued, to the point that I want more of these unblended beauties. Luckily, one's in my fridge right now...

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 21:13:35 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label reads: Bottled 10 Jan 06

Pours a hazy deep golden tone, with a good half-inch of dense foam. Coloration is fairly saturated and bright. Aroma is of wet grass and sharp citrus, orange at first, becoming sharper lemon once it sits for a bit. Melon is also apparent.

Carbonation races, it's fairly spritzy and prickly in the mouth at first. Cidery with subdued acidity, with a dry residual aftertaste that hints at hops. Character is mellow only in it's lower acidic sharpness than other Cantillon Lambics. Not as funky or "farmhouse" either, it's bright and straightforwardly citrusy.

Paired best with a Morbier cheese and pears. Shared this with some euro soccer fans, but it would be a treat to have a bottle to myself...

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 05:06:31 | More by emerge077
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped and corked affair, the January 29, 2010 bottling. Apparently this is the same beer as the Cuvée des Champions, but ze label sez what ze label sez. So, a hoppy Cantillon, eh?

This beer pours a slightly foggy, medium burnt golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy eggshell white head, which disappears slowly, leaving very little beyond a few instances of ocean swell lace around the glass.

It smells of wet, spicy bread, earthy, funky yeast, musty tropical fruit and more pedestrian citrus pith, and leafy, dry grassy, and floral hops - evoking images of a very rustic, simmering summer meadow. The taste is much more sour upfront - acidic citrus, green apple, aged lemon, and free agent vinegar, alongside some mild barnyard funk, a decent barley grain backbone struggling to keep its head above the tartness line, and a hefty, but well moderated dose of spicy grassy and herbal hops - that dry hopping sure did the trick.

The carbonation is fresh and sprightly in its understated frothiness, the body more or less medium weight, and quite crisp, which detracts a bit from any (snicker) smoothness that might have been. It finishes just a touch off-dry, the funk, base grainy malt, and fading floral hops riding us out into the sunset across the aforementioned meadow.

Definitely a tart one, but in a much more manageable way then a number of other offerings from this brewery. The two years spent in oak isn't overtly noticeable, but must contribute to a certain degree to the softer, smoother nature. Nice and drinkable, with the usual caveats, and now with a hoppiness quotient to boot! A sassy flavour contrast to some nice homemade cupcakes - thanks, babe!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 04:23:05 | More by biboergosum
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 13:49:18 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 23:04:46 | More by largadeer
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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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