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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

788 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 471
Gots: 183 | 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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured to decant, but also build a head, the Cuvee D.C. 2003-4 delivers a beautifully clear, glowing, orange and gold body beneath a full head of creamy off-white foam that steadily settles to a thin surface covering... and then nothing.

The nose is sweet and lightly tart; and loaded with notes of fresh cut apple and white grape.

In the mouth it's delicately zesty on the tongue, and then thin and smooth, but also mouth-coatingly astringent and almost puckeringly tart. This, however, is made from aged lambics, and doesn't have the additional sugars of a vos version to add to its carbonation.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, and there's a balance between sweet and tart that's not found in most of the other Cantillon beers.... they're usually more full-tilt sour. The apple flavors are quite nice, and there's some other fruit in there as well (cherries, peach), along with a good deal of grassy & floral hops. It's lambic characteristics are oddly toned-down, perhaps because it's made only from a blend of older geueze (although the yeast pour brings out alot more wet-straw and mud.

This is quite accessible, and except for the fact that it's a limited edition and rather pricey, this would make a great entry in to geueze for those who've only experienced the fruit-flavored lambics.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 21:45:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 17:55:07 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-15-2013 23:38:08 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Sampled 7-19-2007. I believe this is my first unblended lambic. Pours a brown hued orange. Nose is slightly like a certain flavor of Ricola throat drops. I can't remember exactly what kind, but I think it was lemon and herbs or something like that. Antiseptic tone to it. Fair amount of wood is on there too. Flavor is sour indeed. Definite wood character to it. Just a pure mix of tart and wood. This is what a lambic is. Feel is as expected on the liquid and ripe with carbonation. Overall very drinkable. If you haven't had a real lambic and don't appreciate that sour funk, you won't dig this one. This is a purists dream. Very much worth taking the bus to Philly for a day to get a hold of.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 20:18:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

2010 vintage at Prairie Moon. Served in a tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick cap but no lace. Mostly transparent golden body, until you get to the end of the bottle of course.

S - It's got that signature Cantillon funk, some light medicinal flavors, stone fruit malts, wet leather, gypsum, a bit of acidity, and minimal hop presence - guessing two years is too long for the dry hopping to stay present.

T - The taste is far more acetic than I was expecting. Sour lemons, under-ripe stone fruits, musty basement funk, a light brackish note in the finish.

M - Medium body, pleasant moderate carbonation, dry finish, and some growing acidity. A touch less delicate and more hearty than I was expecting.

D - I really enjoyed this vintage - I've had mixed success with Cuvée Des Champions in the past, but the bottles I've had most recently have ranged from very good to stellar. I'm looking forward to the bottle I have in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 18:35:05 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is Cuvee de Champions, in case anyone was wondering. Popped this open at a recent tasting to share, since its dry hopped I realized I shouldn't let it age, plus there have been a few recent beer reviews of aged Champions that were less than encouraging.

Beer is yellow with a slight haze and thin head of white small bubbles that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is a little grassy with some mild hop presences and mild acetic notes. There is also some lactic in there and some nice strong funk. Smells like I expected, Cantillon gueuze plus hops. Nice.

Beer is medium to light in body. In the palate, the hops are lost among the carbonic and acetic notes with a strong lactic background and a slightly funky finish. There is no aftertaste, just another great palate cleansing sour beer. Not as complex as some of the other lambics but this beer is quite good overall. Nice drinkability.

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Transferred from my Cantillon Cuvée St-Gilloise review (that has now been deleted)

Best beer day ever. Amazing draft at Churchkey. Cantillon anything please.

Beer is straw yellow with moderate to high haze. Forms a big thick white head of medium bubbles, two fingers. Head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is steady and moderate. Looks awesome. I think I got the first pint of this beer out of the keg.

Aroma is overall kind of mild. There are those classic Cantillon sour notes in there, citrusy, a little lemony, lactic and mild acetic. There is also a hoppy aroma in there, very interesting.

Beer is thin, as expected, and not as sour as I thought it would be. Interesting earthy bitterness to this beer, citrusy in a way, just like the aroma indicated. Finishes nicely with a slight dryness at the backend. Not bad, not bad at all. Overall sourness is lower than other Cantillons but this is a young unblended lambik, so what should we expect. A great beer none-the-less.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 16:23:45 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this a lot ...thanks to stake for sharing this w/ negation and me. From the 750 into a cantillon tulip.

Bright golden w/ translucent clarity and thin white cap comprised of tiny beads,lace sticks ok. The scent is strong w/ woody and light sour yeast w/ hints of earthy and floral notes. The smell of mild funk is present w/ subtle spice and gentle vinous odor. The feel is moderately funky and dry w/ light tanning from the wood w/ some extremely high coronation which gives the perception of subtle spice and toasted elements. There is a light bitter and acidic aspect that brings a balance that is great for the style w/ moderate puckering astringency and a drying finish.

The flavor has bits of wood w/ lemony sour and other funk aspects-there is mild citrus rind and slight bitter herb w/ a hint of white pepper and pineapple+ melon w/ a hint of grassy astringency. the tropical fruit presence goes well w/ the oak in the finish. Overall I thought this was a pretty great gueuze - I enjoyed other for its complexity and the level of sourness ...this is pretty drinkable and brings a nice amount of oak from the barrel and funkiness to the experience

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 12:18:41 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked as St Gilloise. Shared wtih many at my cellar cleaning party.

Light fizzy head, clear golden orange color.

Nose awesome, great sour, tart fruit, lambic funk, light bready malt, just pure awesome lambic blending.

Taste mild hoppy slight grassy hop, then nice tart lambic, sour fruit like, lemony grassy and bready tart funk, juicy but tart, little flemmy tart sour finish, delicious.

Mouth med to lighter bod with little flemmy, lactic acid, nice carb.

Overall great lambic blend with good hoppy touch to it, a really interesting beer. I don't think there is anything the Cantillon family can touch without it turning to gold.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 04:01:16 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. I have been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time.

2009 vintage. The beer pours a murky yellow color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemon with some oak and earthy qualities. The flavor is heavy on the lemon tartness with some oak notes. There is not as much funk as I was expecting. The beer is very acidic and is very, very dry which forces you to drink more and more. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 05:23:59 | More by Mora2000
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

09-14-2013 18:06:29 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottled on January 29, 2010, label says Cuvee Saint-Gilloise.

a - Pours a murky orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of lemon, pepper, spices, sour fruits, some grass, very light funk, light acetic notes, and some flowery/floral notes. Smell is a nice mix of lemon/sour citrus and spice up front, and wasn't as tart or funky as I was expecting. Some definite hop presence in the nose as well. As it warmed up it got more and more sour, and a little more funk came out.

t - Tastes of lemon, tart citrus, vinegar,
earthy notes, floral notes, spices and pepper, and some funk/cheese. Wow, the tart is a lot more tart and funky than the smell was, and there is some definite vinegar in there.

m - Dry mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall I thought this was another great beer from Cantillon. I really liked the smell and enjoyed the hops mixing with the classic Cantillon gueuze smell. The taste was good, though slightly too mch vinegar. None the less, I had no problem finishing a 375ml bottle of this and glad I have another bottle of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 22:41:56 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottle at Max's Belgian Beer Fest.

Appearance: Pours straw golden and is very slightly cloudy. There is a two finger very fluffy white head of which a good size layer remains throughout.

Smell: I pick up a bit of barnyard/straw, and some sour citrus. There is also an herbal quality as well as some spice from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Again there is a bit of a barnyard/straw type taste. I'm picking up a lot of sour vinegar and citrus notes. There is some spice from the yeast and a quite bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and super dry. There is a medium amount of carbonation which is quite light.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one a lot and it was worth the price. I would love to have more if I ever get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 00:50:09 | More by oline73
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 bottling, Sampled September 2005
Pours a hazy straw-orange color with a hint of ruby-grapefruit colored notes. The carbonation seems quite low, as the cork did not pop at all when pulled, it is carbonated though, but the head is wispy and a frothy pale color. Ah, the aroma; a suitable funky smell greet my nostrils as I take my first draught of the nose. The aroma is a mix of citrus, funky notes of mushroom, perhaps some notes of farmhouse cheese, and musty earth. The Brett character is quite pronounced, and the aroma just keeps the senses piqued for continued sniffing pleasure.

The beer is of course shockingly tart in the first sip, after that is through it becomes pleasingly tart with a bracing note of acidity. The beer is quite light, and has just enough carbonation to enhance the spritzy refreshing character. I do think that there is a bit of grassy herbal character here too from the dry hopping in the cask. This has a nice note of tart grapefruit, and is not nearly as funky in the taste as the nose suggests. There is a light note of funky cheese in the finish that seems to linger a bit in an astringent manner after the beer has been swallowed.

As this beer warms up it really begins to soften a bit, open up, and become quite a bit more fruity with lots of grapefruit and lemon notes. This is definitely quite enjoyable, and I definitely do not enjoy Lambics enough, it is definitely a special occasion type beer for me, and I would much prefer that it was an everyday beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 03:25:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-25-2011 23:41:54 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, I've got to pounce on a chance to try this rarity at Beachwood BBQ, brewed 1/07, bottled on 5/17/09, $32/750 mL,

A: Pours a hazy orange with a lightly fizzy white head, good retention for a lambic for sure.

S: Hoppier than any lambic I've had. Lighter than I expected in its pungency, lemons, definite Cantillon funk.

T: Great. Lemons and fermented oranges galore. Big lactic acidity and some Brett notes in the secondary mixed with an interesting dry hop character from the Hallertau.

M: Moderate acidity, the acid is not crazy here. Dry, absolutely. Very smooth and elegant with lots of complexity.

D: This is delicious, it really gets good when it gets near room temperature. Expensive, but where else am I going to get to try this.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 22:16:13 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Max's Belgian Fest.

Appearance: hazy orange yellow color with a short one finger head that falls immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: muskiness is up front and dominates the nose.

Taste: strong initial sourness that mellowed after the tastebuds got accustomed to the flavors. Sour and tart grapes, tart green apples, fruity sweetness, and some mild bitterness wrapped in a musky barnyard blanket. Extremely dry beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth and very dry throughout. Long sour aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decent despite the strong sour flavors. This beer grew on me during the session, and the taste score rose as it warmed. Very interesting on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2007 20:27:08 | More by Gavage
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -8.3%

10-14-2013 20:33:01 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

3.15/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10/14/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA. Paid $19.99.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, capped and corked. Cork says bottled in 2008. Poured into my miniature Cantillon wine-like glass. Think it's a 6oz glass as it took me 4 full pours to empty the bottle.

Appearance- Unfiltered peach or brighter pear juice in color. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour which disappears in a blink of an eye. Leaves ultra light spotty lace, which is all common for such a style.

Smell- Light farmy aspects, mostly a mid range sourness and a whaft of tart citrus fruits. A fair amount of oak as well.

Taste- Well, my bottle must have been from a different batch or something...not even up to the standards of those previous reviewers. From the first sip it was very watery. It became a tad less as I consumed the rest of the bottle, but for the most part, it was quite watery. It was sour, but not even to the standards to an unblended lambic. More tart than sour with some pera, lemon and maybe a touch of melon. Oak flavor is nice, which saved the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel- Thin, watery, but a nice carbonation level. Considerably dry.

Drinkability- I have to admit, it was refreshing and easy to drink, but the watery part made it a bit borning and dull to drink. I've had much much better from Cantillon. Maybe just a bad bottle. But, I don't think I am willing to shell out another $20 to find out.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 15:15:16 | More by GClarkage
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-05-2013 09:25:34 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-21-2011 10:13:26 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-30-2011 05:25:28 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

09-12-2013 06:30:29 | More by MarkyMOD
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA.

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a large whitish head that settles into a persistent film with clumps of scattered lace. Aroma is a my favorite part of the beer, a complex and potent blend of funk, lemon zest, yeast, must, oak, and mild hoppiness. Flavor is a little bit of a letdown from the nose and just general expectations of Cantillon. Flavor is a clean, dry punch of zesty lemon, mild funk, apple and earthy dry hops. Body is medium thick with sparkling fine carbonation, nothing too remarkable. Very drinkable, and refreshing. Another excellent offering, but not the best Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 23:33:58 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 750 mL corked and capped bottle with '2008' stamped on the cork.

A: The ale is an apple juice yellow, hazed up by both temperature and sediment from the bottle. The current mugginess is making the glass very sweaty with condensation. A small white head arose on pour only to quickly dissapate.

S: The aroma is sharp, tart with citric lemon and grass flavors. A mild hoppiness and cereal grain profile stands out on the back end.

T: The first impression is citrusy tartness, sour but fleeting. On second and third sips, the sourness lasts much longer, well into the last quarter of the sip. Lemon and green apples are dominant behind the tartness. The cereal malts and a stronger than normal hop flavor linger near the end. Sweet fruits fill the void near the end, but the lasting memory is more citric tartness. A nice beer for a warm day.

M: The lemony mouthfeel is tart but not astringent. A grassy mint and lemon aftertaste doesn't overpower.

D: At 5% or so, this is a very easy sipper, which explains why this first glass took all of 20 minutes to get through.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 22:11:41 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Yeast fest @ Spuyten D in Bklyn. Poured cloudy light apricot, nose is of funky cheesy feet with a slight lactic sourness. Smokey, moderatly sour brew. With a long flavorful finish. Approachable Lambic, Brett present but not out of control, give a try of this one to Lambic newbies. Great brew to experience if you can find any more around.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2006 11:22:10 | More by Billolick
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.