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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Cuvée Des ChampionsCantillon Cuvée Des Champions

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.01%


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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ccrida

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottling, the last bottle at the Bier Stien, sweet! Poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet (in honor of the Tour de France, as I'm not a football fan), Cuvée Des Champions is hazy dull gold with a pleasant amount of carbonation (note this is not a true lambic, or gueze, but a blend of 1 and 2 year old lambics, dry-hopped) that forms a white head that settles to a persistent skim, leaving very light, scattered lace.

Smell is fantastic, big pithy tropical citrus notes, lemon at first, but then some amazing orange creamsicle blossomed. A little wildflower, I'm not sure much is still there from the dry-hopping, but this brew is best drunk on the fresh side IMHO.

Taste is good, a nice lambic tartness but not overly sour, but very mineral laden, chalky, with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is acidic, dry, with a light body.

Drinkability is high, a very nice, refreshing beer, basically a gueze. Would love to try this fresh to enjoy the dry hopping more fully, but after only having the pleasure of enjoying this once before (thx Frank!!!!), I'm just happy to have gotten my hands on a bottle for myself.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 00:17:55 | More by ccrida
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at teresas next door. Served in a flute.

A- comes to me with no head. Hazy yellow orange in color.

S- musty funky wood and cheesey feet. Wet hay and grass.

T- tart and lactic up front with some sour apple and lemons. Lots of funky oak and cheese. Vegetative and grassy hints.

M- medium to light in body with a nice crisp effrevesant carb that tingles. Nice pucker.

D- this stuff is the cats pajamas a very refreshing offering from cantillon.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 19:38:18 | More by oglmcdgl
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dennarb

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The South Philadelphia Taproom followed by a Phillies game at Citizens Park is bound to bring a smile. This fine lambic came to the table with a little head and a whole lot of attitude. Just a bit cloudy pale yellow with fine carbonation and an earthy bread-like aroma gave way to a lemony scent and a definitely bold lemon crisp first taste. The flavor is exciting with every sip - to me a really distinctive quality. There is a beautiful balance between the hops and the rest of the broad gamut of flavors in this complex aged lambic. The Cantillon St.. Gilloise is the definition of fresh despite its years in a cask.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 03:20:11 | More by dennarb
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

January 29, 2010 bottling, 5% ABV. Apparently this is the same beer as the Cuvee des Champions, but ze label sez what ze label sez...

This beer pours a slightly foggy pale golden colour, with one finger of late-arriving thin soapy white head, which disappears shortly thereafter, leaving very little head worth mentioning. It smells of bread, funk, citrus, and earthy hops - a very rustic, simmering summer meadow. The taste is sour upfront - acidic citrus, some green apple, and a bit of vinegar, then some mild barnyard funk, a decent barley grain backbone struggling to keep its head above water, and a dose of spicy and herbal hops - the dry hopping did the trick. The carbonation is fresh and sprightly, the body medium weight and crisp, and it finishes clean, and quite dry.

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 somewhat to the softer, smoother nature. Nice and drinkable, a flavour contrast to some nice homemade cupcakes!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 04:23:05 | More by biboergosum
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
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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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly epic brew. 2009 bottling shared with another BA at Monk's in Philly in June of 2010.

A: Hazy orange-golden body. Large off-white head after each pour into a cantillon lambic glass. Spotty clumps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Truly world class. Nice acidic sour lemons, wheat, straw/hay, barnyard funk, yeast, oak, musty funk, and a little orange. Layers upon layers of funky lambic goodness.

T: Honestly, this was a bit of a let down after the nose... but upon further reflection this was quite delicious. Sour lemons, some lactic tartness, straw, oak and barnyard funk. Not quite the same level of complexity and layered depth as the nose.

M: Medium bodied. Gentle carbonation. Lingering sourness with some tartness in the middle. Refreshing and invigorating.

D: Really enjoyable... kicking myself for not stocking up when I had the chance months ago... if you see this on the shelves buy two... one for you and BM me to trade the other!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 03:55:06 | More by callmemickey
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why is this even listed? This is the same damn beer as the cuvee des champions.

On tap at churchkey.
Pouring a hazy orange with a thin white head that recedes too quick, this looks decent. Imo, cantillon beers look better out of the bottle. The last vintage of champions was a screamingly good beer, and this 2010 vintage is close. The dry hop character is immediately noticeable, bright, vibrant, earthy, lemony, quite old world in character. Behind that lies a gentle cantillon funk with the usual suspects- grassy, barnyard and a little stilton cheese. Nothing like a wet dog or horseblanket though. Refreshing. The palate opens bright and vast with moderate acidity, with lemons and a touch more vinegar than i remember this beer having. The hop character is quite pronounced, reminding me of a good, grassy pils. Great balance. Drying and lemony on the finish, this is great stuff. Maybe a touch overcarbonated? I also get a light aspirin character. All told, a beautiful beer. While this might be a weaker vintage, i look forward to meeting jean van roy in a couple of days!

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 22:47:47 | More by DefenCorps
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dirtylou

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, consumed at moeder lambic. dont recall the vintage offhand

reviewed from brief notes

appearance: nice bottle, pours a pale straw-golden color into a cantillon tulip

smell: sour lemon, oak, funky yeast, citrus

taste: another fine unblended lambic consumed at a lovely rate - sour lemon, barnyard funk, white grape, tart apple. love cantillon

mouthfeel: lovely tartness

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 17:41:01 | More by dirtylou
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage picked up at the COOP a while back and shared with the boys on the first night of Inflatablechair's hair cutting extravaganza.

Pours a hazed lite golden.. short lasting white head... descent lacing.

Nose is sour lemon and more barnyard funk than I am used to... but I dig it... oaky and hints of some grassy hops...

Wow.. did I mention lemon yet... tart.. puckery.. tannic woody notes with some white grape essence... dusty and dank.. juicy as it pulls from the salivary glands... again, something that I identify as hops in all the funky goodness...

Slightly bigger body than I was expecting... the carbonation was about right and still showed with every glass swirl.. but was more pronounced on the tongue where it magnifies the flavors.

Nice brew.... I wish my repertoire was more filled out with lambics.. but alas, I am still a NOOB.

I want more Lambics into Boise, but Christ... we fight for every interesting brew we get in already.

4/4/4.5/4/4

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 09:19:30 | More by JohnGalt1
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Labelled under it's alias, 'Cuvee St-Gillesoise'.

Pours a hazy and almost flat gold, with a small white collar that dies to nothing after a minute or so. The surface is perfectly still, only disturbed by the occasional bubble. The nose has some great funky notes, which really come out with a leathery character. Definitely some barnyard there, as well as hay and tree fruit. Decent lemon notes, but not remotely as sour smelling as some of their other beers.

The restrained sourness continues in the flavour. There's obviously a good amount of puckering goodness there, but its more in the mould of a very dry white wine than of a bottle of white wine vinegar. Good splash of lemon upfront, and a mild funkiness that liquifies the barnyard, before diluting it down. Smooth mix of flavours with a mellowing fruitiness. I'm surprised by the carbonation, which is more active than the appearance suggests, and it works wonders here.

This is perhaps the least sour of all the Cantillons I've come across, but its ridiculously drinkable. I'd like to up the funk a little, but perhaps taht would alter what is evidently a very fine balance and a great work of brewing. Pretty magical stuff!

Huge thanks to Cristian for sending me this bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 19:25:05 | More by bobsy
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a hazy yellow that had a finger head and some good sticky lacing.

S: up front hits acidic lemons with slight oaky notes and slight hay like funk.

T: lots of lemon tartness that reminded me of the cantillon iris. Like the nose it also had slight oaky funky flavors going on in the mix.

M: meduim body with good carbonstion to accent the taste with a dry finish that cleansed the palate.

D: very good beer by cantillon but not my favorite from them, too expensive for what it is at $35 bucks. The iris comes close to the overall characteristic and is almost half the price of this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 07:19:12 | More by Gobzilla
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Sunlit, straw-orange-golden pour, nice mother-of-pearl foamy head

Smell: Tart and funky, some cat piss along with lemon/lime citrus, musty cheese (I don't often notice this one), white grape juice, fresh pear, and green apple

Taste: Tart and funky again, faint cat urine, dry hops (?), white grape juice, pears, and apple? Not as bracingly sour as other cantillion offerings, although I prefer their other lambics.

Mouthfeel: Decent body, nice tingly light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable; not my favorite cantillon but not one to turn down either!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 03:27:45 | More by craytonic
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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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gyllstromk

Belgium

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the beautiful event "Quintessence" at Cantillon, which featured a tour of lambic/cheese pairings (including some other interesting foods, such as lambic jellies and sorbets). The table for the St-Gilloise was operated by none other than beer legend Lorenzo Dabove, who, by the way, is a hilarious and fun guy. Also at the table was the Iris.

This lambic, like Iris, is distinct from the usual lambics in its more traditional use of malts and hops. The Cuvée is dry hopped with Hallertau for 2 years.

The beer is quite unique and interesting. The aroma is quite similar to Orval, with its characteristic blend of hoppiness and constrained Brett funkiness. There is an astringent bitterness from the hops which is made more acute by the lambic sourness. Think grapefruit pith, soaked in tea. Overall, a much stronger hop effect than Iris. An interesting experiment and a true delight to try! Unfortunately (but unsurprisingly) this limited release was already sold out within the day and we could not bring a bottle home.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 10:44:07 | More by gyllstromk
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alfrantzell

California

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap @ Akkurat.

In a tall tumbler this looks like a hefeweizen, straw-colored and cloudy. But it smells like an infected IPA with all the grapefruit bitterness, sweet malt, and lactic acid. Yet it drinks like water.

Jean Van Roy may now call this beer Cuvée St-Gilloise because the soccer team for which he brewed it is no longer on top, but if Cantillon brews you a beer you're always a champion in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 08:24:09 | More by alfrantzell
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nickd717

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green 750ml bottle at Toronado SF. I was turning the big 27 and figured I'd spring the crazy $35 for this bad boy to share with a few of my doggs. The blend of champions, this is.

Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head and some good lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, wild tartness, and funk - your usual Cantillon smell - as well as floral hops, which are a nice touch here.

Flavor is typical Cantillon as well. Pale malt, their usual awesome wild yeast, and barnyard funk, with light fruits (pineapple/citrus) and floral hops. This was a fairly fresh bottle (less than one year old), so the hops really came out.

Medium body with pretty mild acidity for a Cantillon beer. This is not overwhelmingly sour.

Great beer overall. I'd like to see Cantillon make more forays into the hopping arena, although they should use some darker bottles if they're going to do that, or the beers could become major skunk-o-ramas. A Cantillon IPA sounds amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 00:11:52 | More by nickd717
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Halcyondays

California

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
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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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came out of my cellar for the Philly Epic Tasting of The Ages. Enjoyed with randawakes, treyrab, CoolJosh, Dyan, and Melissa and Ashley. I had been looking forward to the tasting for a chance to finally enjoy this beer with good friends. Bottled in 2008, still with the old label displayed.

The pour produces a typical geuze-like color of translucent golden straw. Some of the yeast definitely got off the bottom and into the pour. A thin layer of head remains after the coarse 1-finger head produced by the pour subsides.

The aroma is very interesting. Definite evidence of dry-hopping with noble hops, especially Hallertauer, adds a nice twist to a classic style. The wild yeasty and bacterial funk so characteristic to Cantillon sours lingers in the background, as if it is hesitant to show itself. But show itself it does once you take a sip. The funkiness of that spontaneous fermentation really come through here. The pilsener malts and the dry noble hops contribute a dry earthiness to the flavor. The finish is pretty acidic and leaves me looking for a water glass. The flavor left on the tongue is that of citric acid and lemon zest.

The beer displays tangy citric acidity, light body, and sticky texture. This lambic is extremely well-balanced, and the hops just serve to enhance the dryness and the flavors already in the beer. I will certainly seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 01:02:37 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Typical Cantillon funk in the nose with lemon, earth, and a noticeable floral hop bouquet.

The taste isn't as sour or acidic as some of their others, which sets the tone for how drinkable it is and ups how approachable it is. Earthy hay and subtle lemon with a nice, dry, hoppy finish. Great carbonation as well.

Thanks to nightbrew for opening yet another stellar Cantillon brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 00:52:24 | More by brownbeer
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 750ml bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a light hazy gold with a decent white head and retention. Not much lacing here.

The aroma is prety nice and strong with a balance of nice tart horse funk and some hops. One of the first times I could get hops in a lambic.

The taste is like the aroma, nice funk with a hop finish.

The feel is nice with a dry finish and very drinkable.

Overall a pretty good geuze.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 23:24:37 | More by jrallen34
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armock

New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to champ103 for hooking this one up in a trade.

A - Poured a hazed golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - This is one stinky lambic funky barnyard scents with some citrus as it warms the nose gets a little tart

T - The taste is quite a bit more tart and less funky than the smell but still has a a touch of lemon citrus to it very good tasting

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - I don't really know what else to say about this beer I'm loving the taste of this one I'm the type of person that will drink sour after sour and don't see any problem in drinking this 750ml myself tonight worth finding to try

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 00:51:03 | More by armock
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a bottled on date of early 2008. drank out of duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a bright and hazy golden colored body with a small fizzy white head. the head fades fast and leaves behind tiny spots of lacing.

S- very pungent odor here. lots of barnyard scents. theres also lots of light citrus like lemon peel. very musty and slightly sour smelling.

T- the taste is less funky and more tart than the nose told me. lots of lemon and green apple. musty/earthy funk also.

M- light to medium bodied with a nice and high level of carbonation. leaves the mouth feeling very dry.

D- easy to finish and left me wishing i had some more. nice and sessionable without being too sour to make an entire bottle a chore. check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 15:51:55 | More by jwinship83
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tpd975

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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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fropones

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer of the decade! The cork broke when I was trying to get it out, but luckily I got all of it out and none fell into the beer.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with about one finger of bubbly white head that fades fairly quick. Visually very effervescent.

S - Smells tart like muscat grapes. Some nice funk to it. Apples and a bit of pear.

T - A nice tartness like a granny smith apple up front that is very pleasing. Some nice barnyard funk here in the background. There is some grapefruit and lemons here as well. A hint of hop character noticed here as well. All in all very delicious.

M - Nice light body and extremely effervescent. Very small lively bubbles.

D - Light and refreshing, extremely delicious. Look forward to getting more into the world of lambics and guezes.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 00:14:19 | More by fropones
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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