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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Cuvée Des ChampionsCantillon Cuvée Des Champions
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.

Added by Dukeofearl on 01-23-2005

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Reviews: 271 | Ratings: 1,185
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer from Cantillon, what a surprise.

A: Orange hue with a bubbly bone white head of a pinky that dies down slow. Straw highlights on this.

S: Has the classic Cantillon farmhouse yeast and funk and nice toasty oak. Maybe a light hop presence here as well, with champagne grapes and straw. Some green apple too, maybe even apricot./

T: Great flavor with cherry, grape, green apple, tart berries mixing with a dirty earthy oak. Quite nice bread malt and grains for support of the tart fruit flavors. Not as sour as other beers from the brewery but elegant and champagne like with a good amount of tartness and even some bitter hops. Lots of apple lingering at the back of the palate.

M: Spritzy and lighter in body. Good tartness.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Beer Revolution. Pours a hazy, light amber with a a two finger fluffly white head that has good retention and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a decent earthiness, funky brett, hay, and some lemon tartness. The taste has the same earthiness as the aroma. Medium tartness, some wheat, hay lemon. The finish has a strong brett funkiness as well as a lingering bitterness that is quite unique among the gueuzes I've had. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Awesome beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of jdense
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Portland International Beer Festival PDX multiple samples 7.15.11.

Minimal white head, a wee bit of lacing over straw yellow a bit opaque body with no visible carbonation. Lemony esters and salt dominate the nose, some barnyard aromas, a faint bit of floral hops. Taste is more sour than tart, lemony and salty, a bit of hayish funk, lingering dry finish. Fairly light mouthfeel, light and refreshing. A very unique beer, not really my cup of tea, err gueuze, but I certainly see what the buzz is about. Certainly in the pantheon of beers for this difficult to capture style glad I was able to try this.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ebenezer's Pub and served into wine glass of sorts.

A - Pours a darker golden color, thin collar, sticky lace, thin whispy cap.

S - Light sour tart, slight funk, barn, hay. I'm really surprised there isn't the hoppy notes I remember from the bottle. Truthfully, I didn't enjoy them all that much, just surprised they're gone from this one on-tap.

T - Chris called this "Cantillon Light". I think that's pretty much true. Tastes like a "light gueuze", light tart, sour, funk, oak, barn, slight funky dry finish. No real hops, which I don't mind at all.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable and very easy to drink. I had two of these and my fiancee had another...a perfect beer for the summer. Really enjoyed this one on-tap much more then from the bottle. Recommend!

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to FooFaa aka Dan for opening this one up at Ffej of July IX. No idea of the year.

A - Pours murky amber yellow with a small one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of wet grassy hops, lemon and other bold citric fruits, dry oak, and the typical wet basement funk. Complex yet simple.

T - This one isn't as sour as some of the other Cantillon beers I have had. Starts off with a nice bright citric kick, mostly lemon, slowly giving way to a mix of musty basement funk, moderate sourness, and some dry wood tannins. The finish is a mix of dryness and lingering tartness.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart, musty, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Overall I really liked this one. It wasn't an over the top sour like some of the other Cantillon offerings I have had and it really hit the spot on this hot afternoon.

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Photo of scott451
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Saint Gilloise – bottled in 2010, drank in July 2011

A very light orange, slightly hazy. A bubbly head which soon diminishes to a thin layer.

Sour horseblankety notes dominate the smell. The first sip is very sour then mellows after you get used to it a bit. Some mild fruit in the middle. Grapefruit and maybe some grape. A lemony sour finish. Very dry. A long sour aftertaste

Smooth and well balanced. A refreshing carbonation level. Overall a very smooth gueuze. Not too extreme or overwhelming in the funk or sour departments. Just a nice refreshing sour.

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Photo of ggilman
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour in a wine glass at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, Maine .

Solid light caramel color, thin tightly bubbled head. Tart funky fruity nose. Sour apple, immediate dry finish. Super tart and yeasty. Cider vinegar, lingering bitterness in the back of the throat. Thick creamy mouthfeel, with nice carbonation.

A delicious light lambic, that makes you pucker, refreshingly tart, but with an insanely dry finish. Very enjoyable!

Love ending a meal with a Cantillon lambic.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Stone Sour Fest.

Murky golden color about a finger of fizzy white head. Not a very pretty beer.

Smells of hay and funk. Some tart and zesty citrus notes. Some light earthy hops.

Tart apple notes, zesty citrus, hay, funk, pretty bitter and hoppy for what I'd expect.

Zesty, sharp, light in body, but super well carbonated making it seem a little fuller.

Yeah, just zesty tart and bitter goodness.

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Photo of Kshock
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally conquered one of the elusive Cantillons

A-Hazy orange color with a pearly white head with great lacing.

S- Smells of citrus fruits, mainly grapefruit, and dryness. Smells awesome as all Cantillons have that unique aroma to them.

T-Holy shit what a great flavor. Just like the nose, lots of grapefruit and drys out quickly. Literally no residual flavor on this one, has to be the cleanest finish ive ever had on a beer, which is wild considering its a lambik.

M- Great mouthfeel, light on the palate with a decent carbonation. Finish is incredible, nothing compares to it.

O- Once again Cantillon has managed to make my jaw fall to the floor.

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

Continuously poured from a 750 into two Russian River tulips, then dumped the yeast into a taster glass. This is the 2010 Cuvee St. Gilloise labeled one.

Pours a murky golden yellow color with a quickly dissipating head. The color really pops in the light and once the beverage has been drank down, it begins to have some clarity. No lacing, no legging.

The smell begins with tart lemons and loose, dank hay with a lactic quality to it. As the beverage warms, the acidity really comes out and once the beer is at room temperature you can really feel a tingle in your nose from it.

Taste opens up the palate with a citric-like acidity, profiling lemon and lime like flavors that quickly flow into a cheesy bit of funk and hay flavors. Not overly funky at all, much more subtle than a gueuze by other blenders but enough funk for the seasoned lambic drinker to pick up on. After flavors of an unsweetened lemon candy. Almost like a made from scratch lemon bar, with emphasis on the lemons. Refreshing, to say the least.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Medium body with moderate carbonation, some drying as well once the brew is swallowed.

Overall, a great gueuze from Cantillon. This one is dry hopped, but I did not pick up any of the dry hopping which is most likely due to the age of the beer, being bottled 10/4/2010. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an acidic gueuze that retains its drinkability. Not perfect, but definitely a solid example of the style.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rattle n Hum, this one was an 8oz pour.

Cuvee des Chamions pours a mildly hazy orange, lightening to tangerine when backlit. There's a thin white head that dissipates quickly into nothing. The nose is a bit delicate, and it's largely a blend of sweet pale fruits (apricots and peaches) and woody oak notes. There's a faint tart aroma present as well. The sour notes noticeably increase in intensity in the taste. The resulting balance between sweetness, barrel notes, and acidity is just about perfect. It's still not nearly as aggressively tart as some of the other Cantillon offerings I've had, but that only allows the other flavors to really shine through. The body is as dry and light as I'd anticipate from a 5% brew that probably has little in the way of residual sugars, but the carbonation is a pleasant surprise. It doesn't really come alive until mid palate, but when it does a torrent of tiny bubbles appear and liven the beer up. Cuvee des Champions maybe isn't as challenging as Cantillon's other beers, in terms of how much the wild yeast and bacteria have taken over, but it's subtle and artfully balanced. I imagine it would be accessible to someone new to sours/wild ales, but at the same time still has more than enough depth to please a seasoned drinker. My favorite sour to date.

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Photo of infi
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at RnH.

Served in a wine glass.

Hazy and translucent yellow liquid with lots of effervescent activity. A white, thin film atop this lambic. Smell is full of unripened, sour, green apples and sour cherries with a thin, bready yeast quality underlying. Small amount of Brett barnyard funk as well. Nice vinous quality too with some sour grapes. Overall, very lemony and ascorbic in character on the nose.

Taste was fluently sour, but gladly not overly puckering on the palate, with the oak barrels giving it a nice complexity push. Good amount of lemon/orange sourness and citrus impact. The funk is evident, but remains in the background amongst the sourness of the lambic. Very desirable overall. Never thought I would be able to try this. Loved it.

Mouthfeel was nicely prickly on the tongue. Light-bodied and generously carbonated throughout. So glad to have been able to try this Cantillon offering. Well worth being sought after.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon cuvee de champions:
On tap at Rattle n hum
Served on a white wine glass

A: It pours a straw-like golden colors with a milky clarity.  There was a strong one finger white head that the bartender dumped to give me a full pour.  There is little to no lacing. 

S: The nose is quite floral with large elements of apples, white grapes, and peaches.  There is a lovely sour funk billowing from the glass like a barnyard gone awry.  It is incredibly well rounded and appetizing. 

T: I am greeted by the dry hops on the first sip. It is quite floral and herbal. White grapes and apple peel are not lost amidst the other flavors  The oak barrels also come through wrapped in a lovely sour bouquet. The sour notes predominate with the funky leather notes hanging in the background. The more it warms the more layers reveal themselves.

M: Moderate body with champagne-like carbonation. 

O: I feel like a lucky man today.  I would rank this as an exceptional gueuze. The hops really pushed it up a notch.

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Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer among a number of sour beers at a sour beer event at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan. It was great to taste so many sour beers side by side and this one really stood out as the gold standard among the many others I tried.

Poured a golden orange with a nice frothy head that left a great deal of belgian lacing behind.

Aroma was of oak as well as some slight fruit and a little bit of sweetness.

Flavor as well featured a combination of wood, sour and sweetness blended together perfectly.

Overall a very good beer that I was glad to try on tap, as I've only had Cantillon beers in bottles.

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Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Par of the epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and crew

A-straw yellow with nice head
S-nice yeast smell with a little bit of grass
T-very dry and sweet. Alot lime it smells
M-light body and smooth. Very carbonated
O-nice offering. Would like to try again

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a decent amount of white head. Smells tart and sour. Lots of hops and sweet sourness. Tastes sweet with a mild tart kick. The tartness is fairly subtle. Overall incredibly drinkable. Nice carbonation levels. A great drinker

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Photo of knucks999
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle. Average carbonation, slight foam, not much lacing in a beer clean glass. Massive funk in the nose, no hop aroma detected. Same in the taste, couldn't find any of those dry hops in it, just massive Cantillon funk. More sour than a classic gueuze, I loved it. Really drinkable.

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Photo of alampear
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2010 vintage. Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head. Intense aroma of lemon, peach, grass, and funky barnyard. Flavors of lemon, lactic acid, subtle hops, and herbs. Fairly light body and carbonation with a long dry finish. Very delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - It pours a radiant golden hue, and is capped with a small amount of off-white froth.

S - The nose announces delectable Cantillon funk, loud and proud. Lemon, lime zest, farm/pasture, musty basement, et al. The hoppiness is there too, adding big grassy notes which are sublimely integrated.

T - Great Gueuze flavor; tart, slightly briny, woody, lemony, grassy and musty. Acetic and green apple skin notes are minimal, just barely there, contributing tartness. There is a green flavor that is pleasantly pervasive which is a function of the cohesive melange of dry-hopping and Cantillon oak-induced elderflowery funk. I can't get enough of this stuff. Phenomenal.

M - Bright, tart, expansively flavorful on the palette.

O - One of the best beers ever; every bit as good as any Cantillon I've had.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw colored beer with a large white head. Nice lace in a slightly hazy beer.

S - Great load of musty barnyard funk followed by some muted tartness and lighter fruits. Bit of hops with some apple and oak.

T - Musty with some hay, funk, lemon, sour apples (although not sugary) and some citrus hops bite that melds greatly with the softer sour notes of the rest of the beer.

M - Strong carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Really great beer that was easy enough to drink and had a great flavor profile. Good stuff, would like more.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a perfectly gorgeous hazy straw golden color with some slight orange hues. There is a nice white and dense 1.5 inch head that recedes very very slowly. Near perfect appearance.

S - Funk funk and more funk. Very old smelling beer with some nice barnyard aromas. Slight phenols and yeast aroma with some nice bready malt grain notes. There is some good wood notes to the beer that mellow all the other aromas out. There is some slight tartness in the nose with some slight vinous notes. There is mild pear and apple sweetness as well.

T & M - Starts with some massive funky funk. Dusty, musty and old tasting. All in a good way. There is some nice wet oak notes. Great vinous notes mixed in with some tartness and some nice balsamic acidity and tartness that is not too intense but definitely present. There are some slight sweetness notes near the middle as the beer takes on a slight white wine flavor profile. Near the finish the tartness beats everything out and finishes dry and refreshing. Good carbonation and nice light body with some refreshing dry notes and great woody notes.

O - The beer was quite impressive. Very delicious wood notes and a vinous profile that help the tartness be a compliment and not so "in your face".

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Photo of ausonius
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010.
It's a 2 year old , unblended brew, so I'm assuming 2008 Vintage.

Enjoyed in a 22 oz. Riedel red wine glass.

Appearance - Golden straw.
Big fluffy, almost Weisse-beer head (served at 55 degrees F) Subsides in about 5 minutes to a thin foamy head with a good amount of lacing.

Aroma - Big, pointed, wheaty, sour wild-berry, sappy, key-lime, fresh straw. Beeswax (but no honey) & flowery fruit, with decent amount of waxy, silky, pungent, floral, spicy, noble hops. Funky, complex Lambic, Brett & old oak lactic nose.

Palate - Wow! Great assertive mix of funky lactic key-lime, lemon, dry tangerine, blood orange & sour wild red cherry. Medium, but positive sourness blending with grainy wheatiness & round, but pungent, waxy, spicy, sappy hops.
Very firm, complex end flavor. Slightly bitter, very fruity, powerful russian olive, medium sour/bitter, waxy, dry finish.

Love the balance of flavors. Fairly dry. The combo of hops & focused Lambic funk, & fruit is all of a piece, intense, pungent & perfect.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Grainy/wheaty, lactic, full, complex, with hoppy finish.

Drinkability - Great!

This is Great, & unique beer.

If I were King, every Lambic brewer would make a version in this vein.

Not quite as big & round as Cantillon IRIS, but more pointed, & hops more powerful on nose & on palate.

96 Points

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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.