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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

808 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 470
Gots: 187 | 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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

06-23-2013 16:41:06 | More by mrfrancis
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #1551

Presentation: Typical 750ml Cantillon dimpled base green glass bottle comes with a fully impressed cork and large brass crown cap, all this is covered in a thick black foil that covers the slender neck for about 3”.

A limited release to celebrate the fact that the local Football Team called Royale Union Saint-Gilloise (hence the USG symbol and the striking yellow and blue colored label) were Champions of Division 3B after the 2003-04 Season and that they therefore gained promotion to the Second Division.

Listed at 5% Alc. Vol., the ‘Cuvée des Champions 2003-2204’ is a very unusual 100% Gueuze-lambic in that it is a blend of only two year lambics; the young spritzy one year and aged three year lambic typical of more traditional Gueuze-lambics are both missing. Rumor is that the two year old lambics were personally by Jean-Pierre Van Roy (as opposed to his Son who is now the brewmaster) and then dry-hopped prior to blending.

Cork was in great condition and dated “Botteld 2.004”.

Appearance: As always for these sorts of special occasions, my ever trusty straight sided Cantillon tumbler was thoroughly cleaned and dried prior to being used. On the pour a highly audible fizzing off-white head vibrantly dissolves & decays before your very eyes in a few seconds leaving a very small but virulent tiny head which leaves only the barest amount of bubbles. Golden yellow it has some light brown hints that give the appearance of a watered down Lipton’s Iced Tea at times. Gentle swirls remind you that this is not flat, but that it dos have some inherent carbonation, but it takes some teasing out.

Nose: Sharp acidic pungent aromas pull you deep into the Cantillon tumbler. Rounded funky farmyard traits with some savage urine and damp hay lingers in amongst some old fruity yet aged hops.

Taste: Gosh, it’s always great to be assaulted by Cantillon. The CdC has some smooth qualities despite its shockingly acerbic character. The Gueuze character is definitely here; sharp, biting, mouth-puckering and distinctly ‘in yer face’, yet the dry-hopped nature of the two year old lambic adds a balance to the normally more aggressive “younger” versions. Solid Gueuze which has been taken down a peg or two but with a nice juicy aged hop character to balance for that.

Mouthfeel: Low key carbonation is a direct result of lacking the urban young upstart the one year old lambic, yet nevertheless I do love the flatter feel once in a while. Still has a nice puckering feel at the death.

Drinkability: I find it hard to judge this objectively for I love lambics and I find the more traditional versions all the more quaffable. Not a drop was spilled. Easily a Session brew for the satanically minded lambic-lovers but in the general scheme of things I think a 4.5 is a fair drop of the hat here.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this ‘special release’ Cantillon which I thought I would never get to taste. A seriously Big Thanks goes out to the awesome Beerica-weizen for the opportunity to try this one! I owe ya!!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 07:02:11 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Labelled St Gilloise. Sent to me by my friend in Calgary. Split with my girlfriend.

A - Cloudy deep orange pour. One finger fluffy white head. Spotty lace, half finger retention.

S - Orange, vinegar, alcohol, dusty, lemon candy. Pleasant.

T - Acidic, way less tart and sour than expected, orange. Less complex than other Cantillon beers.

M - Medium carbonation, sweet and tart with a funky grape finish. Medium body.

O/D - OK. Definitely a letdown based on the reputation and my experience with Cantillon. Tame in all respects for a beer from them. Definitely not sour. OK, but certainly wanted more.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 00:04:09 | More by tbeckett
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popery

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-27-2013 08:06:24 | More by popery
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KAF

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-18-2012 21:58:48 | More by KAF
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

750ml bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured an orange-gold with a quarter inch bright white head with a slightly hazy clarity. Nose was citrus, cork and some french oak. Taste was citrus and a little woody. Mouthfeel was medium-light with some tartness up-front and a consistent background effervescence. Tartness stimulates the salivary glands in the cheeks towards the latter half, before culminating in a slightly dry finish. Nice sour - not over the top and really quite drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 00:33:33 | More by Jwale73
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-06-2012 04:10:19 | More by whartontallboy
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle ('05 vintage) poured into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Rich, lightly hazy orange body with a finger of very fine head; light lacing. Great looking lambic.

S: Wow, this smells as intense as any beer I've ever experienced. Hugely spicy, hugely funky, and hugely sour. Great.

T: Cantillon goodness. Need I say more? I guess I should. It's super sour, and packed to the brim with complex and totally distinctive funk - mustiness, barnyardiness, mustardseed, lemon, and spice. Fantastic.

M: Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Pleasant.

D: I think I could drink Cantillon forever (cue clip from The Sandlot): for....ev....er.

Notes: Outstanding gratitude has to go out to Matt for generously sharing this treasure. There's just nothing like a well-aged Cantillon to delight the taste buds. I'm so glad I got the chance to try this wonderful lambic - a far better example of the unblended style than the totally flat (albeit tasty) Bruocsella.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 02:45:59 | More by woosterbill
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-15-2013 00:44:24 | More by aasher
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

01/10/2006 vintage, almost three years in the bottle. Nice golden color, sports a white head but quickly becomes semi-still, smells like a hint of cobweb, tastes wheaty and sour lambic, citrus, especially sour lemons. Funky a bit but very drinkable, some cheese, I like it.

2010 vintage tastes in April of 2011

This is the freshest sample I've had yet and it is a completely different beer. The dry hopping is powerful and reminds me a bit of Le Terroir. Very nice and I won't bother to cellar this in the future. Wish it was easier to get fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 05:41:52 | More by ArrogantB
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 02:26:17 | More by sweemzander
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FosterJM

California

4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 03:25:31 | More by FosterJM
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this up in VT during my travels. This is a 2011 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear vibrant gold with a one finger head that quickly faded to leave a super thin fizzy cap that never left.

S - Getting ALOT of musty funk on this one. Mostly the basement funk here with some super light citrus. Not really as potent as most Cantillons.

T - Very, very sour here. Which is pretty nice. Not getting much fruit/citrus just super sour dusty sacks/basement. Really different. Not a super huge fan but it is tasty. The finish is the lingering sour with light wood and some light vinous qualities. Not as complex as other Cantillons.

M - Mouthfeel is solid as usual. Nice light, carbonation, super dry and tart.

O - Overall, while this is a tasty beer its possibly my least favourite Cantillon. For me, it just lacks the complexity of others.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 03:39:18 | More by rudzud
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tpd975

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 01:24:15 | More by tpd975
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.28/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/11/08. On tap at Spuyten Duyvil Brett Fest. Pours orange with no real head. Aroma is not very strong, mostly of sour funk. Flavor of lemon, slight sourness, and slight hop bitterness. The hops add an interesting dimension to this lambic, but I'm not sure they blended well with it. The palate also seemed weak and unlike other Cantillons I've had. Tasted like an American sour ale/lambic-esque beer and didn't quite impress.
6/4/7/3/15 (3.5/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2008 01:04:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-15-2014 00:10:01 | More by DrBier
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared bottle courtesy of egajdzis (and I've had this one multiple times to boot!).

Poured a medium and cloudy orange color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of horseblanket, leather and musty. Tastes of green apples and light lemons. Nice lighter sour and tart finish. Very good.

Notes from: 4/24/05

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 23:00:30 | More by hopdog
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-17-2011 13:30:02 | More by Reagan1984
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Zwanze Day @ Avenue Pub.

Appearance: light yellow, light haziness, bone white minimal head.

Aroma: lemony tart notes, funk, acid, musky sourness, floral notes, with some herbal spiciness.

Taste: strong sour note, lemony zest, musk, funk, sour apple, earthy yeast, floral.

Mouthfeel: light, a bit crisp, but lower carbonation.

Overall: fantastic. Ended up with this when they kicked the Kriek keg, and I'm glad it did. The highlight of the night for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 20:59:46 | More by EgadBananas
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Cuvee Saint Gilloise and a different beer. Not sure why they are put together in one on here. Pour is a transparent golden peach with a very loose small bubbled white head. The nose has a lightly dusty funk, cob web, hint of sea salt and some zesty yeast notes. There are some golden fruits behind and a strong hp punch of juicy citrus and floral hops. The taste seems brighter and more balanced. Very dusty funk, lemon rind and a bit of sour peach. There is a fair bit of lingering sourness, citrus hops, and an assertive bitterness with just a light touch of heat. Medium body, very active and granular on the palate, high carb and fairly dry. This is starting to open up in flavor and has an interesting and awesome hop presence and bitterness but not quite balanced and integrated enough to be great.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 15:25:41 | More by cpetrone84
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of Cuvée Saint- Gilloise into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. November 12, 2012 bottling date.

Pours a cloudy off-golden color with a nice big white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is a tad tart, tad vinegary and very yeasty. The taste isn't very sour at all, but much more on the subdued vinegary side. Yes its acidic but not overpowering by any stretch of the imagination and is one of the least lip puckering beers ive had of the style. Very herbal. Lemon is the most pronounced flavor. Bitterness on the back end, though its slight. The flavor profile is excellent and just what you want in a gueuze. Medium bodied, mild carbonation. Real easy drinking. ends extremely dry

Overall another high quality offering from Cantillon. The least sour tasting beer I've had from them, but the flavor profile is top notch.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 02:13:23 | More by Axnjxn
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

07-15-2014 15:13:29 | More by BGsWo22
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for splitting his bottle with me - Cantillon in any form is always greatly appreciated. Cuvee de Champions (a.k.a. Cuvee St. Gilloise) pours a somewhat translucent, golden-yellow color with a huge, foamy, eggshell tinted head that fizzes up quickly and leaves some nice bouts of chunky lacing along the glass. Very volatile beer, as even a modest pour produces a huge layer of foam.

Before I even lean in to the glass, I can already smell the funk in this one. Extremely funky from start to finish; cheesy, musty barnyard, horse-blanket, wet hay, old cork... you name it. The funk is based off of that signature Cantillon aroma, but even takes it up a notch and amplifies it quite a bit. The funk is accompanied by some herbal lemon zest, a bit of grass and leaves, and a mild, abrupt tartness that is mostly akin to apples and white grapes. If anyone asks you what "funk" smells like, let them take a whiff of this.

Needless to say, I was very excited to finally toss this one down the gullet after the insanely funk aroma that had just pierced my nostrils. The first sip includes a nice round of pears and even some peach tartness that went primarily unnoticed in the aroma, along with smaller amounts of green apples and white grapes as noted earlier. The tartness exerts itself quickly, jolting your taste buds for a moment before fading away into nothing more than a lasting, fruity sweetness.

The funk is actually a bit toned down on the palate, although it's still incredibly apparent and certainly the most important part of this brew. Funky musk, damp cellar, and corky horse blanket all come to mind when tasting this brew. Sometimes it's hard to accurately describe the funk you're smelling, but those words all come to mind. Just know this - Cuvee de Champions is an incredible funky brew, bottom line. The mouth feel is pretty sparky with a nice, highly carbonated snap. Light bodied; slick with a dry aftertaste.

Probably one of the nicest additions of funk I've tasted - so incredibly funky while remaining drinkable and free from anything offensive or off-putting. A nice meshing of flavors with some fruits and a light, yet assertive tartness that keeps you coming back for more. If this were more easily available, it would be the "go-to" brew to introduce someone to the world of unabashed funk.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 12:44:33 | More by tectactoe
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-27-2013 07:03:16 | More by KevinGordon
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

09-12-2013 04:04:36 | More by eawolff99
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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