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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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Photo of megahurts4
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions

Appearance: golden amber, large head, and good lacing.

Smell: acidic sourness, earthy, and a nice oak aroma.

Taste: sourness, oak, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a very nice lambic. It has a great deal of flavor and a nice sourness. There is a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle Westside in Athens, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of nuanced funk - leather and wet hay. Also present are solid amounts of tropical fruit hops with hints of deeper earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by lightly tart citrus flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are hints of lighter citrus hops that temper the tartness. Midway through the sip the funk takes over, carrying through to a moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was one of Cantillon's more interesting beers however I'm not sure it's one of my favorites made by them. Still, the hops add a nice dimension, making this well worth a shot.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An early pour (4 oz, give or take, to a short goblet) off the 750ml capped/corked bottle I shared at an epic tasting among BAs. The base of the back label reads 'Brewed November 2005 --- Bottled January 2008'.

I recall getting a taste (well, maybe two) of this fine lambic at a distributor's event back in 2009... And it was poured by the now-departed Toby Day; we chatted a few minutes about the beer and about his job repping imported brewers like Cantillon. I digress...

A: Golden, somewhat hazy (with a few stray larger bits), but loads of rising carbonation to a small but tight whitish head, creamy then fading to a slim ring.

S: Sharp, nostril-twitching tartness at first, then a transformative moment where sweeter fruit (a lighter apple, or white grape maybe?) and 'barrel' mustiness introduce themselves.

T: 'Tart' is both a given and an understatement. Yes, it's wonderfully sour, projecting pithy lemon, brash green apple and unripened raspberries, but there's a lurking woodiness and dry spice (hops?) in the finish. Never grows into sweetness much, but really that's ok because there's so much depth to the simple little word 'tart' here.

M: Among the more pucker-inducing, cheek-tugging, tongue-twisting mouthfuls I can recall. So acidic; saliva flows like an open spigot. Busy carbonation, clinging sourness, drier finish.

O: Clearly one of the favorites among all the wilds/sours tried - and rightly so. Wonderfully ripe and pungent, juicy and lasting, great depth. Sure, it's what Cantillon is known for, but it's always nice to be reminded of why they are, arguably, the best at what they do. A pleasure to drink and to share among friends.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a stemmed Cantillon glass. 2010 Vintage.

Pours a clear gold with a dense frothy head. Lots of carbonation evident with tons of tiny bubble racing to the top of the glass.

Nose is full of tart fruits and a light funk. I get a suggestion of hops, but nothing more.

Taste is sharply sour, but not as overwhelming as other unblended lambics I've had. The finish is surprisingly smooth, leaving me ready for the next sip.

Mouth is highly carbonated. The high carbonation and signature Cantillon dryness makes this a crisp, drinkable beer. A very approachable and enjoyable lambic.

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Photo of mmercede
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a 750ml bottle of this at the opening weekend of the farmers cabinet.

A: Golden gueuze like color with lively carbonation, a small head, and great clarity.

S: Big lemon and green-apple aroma. A rather light funkiness which is perfectly blanced by the fresh hop aroma. The dry hopping of this beer really added another dimension. Oaky undertones throughout.

T: The flavor very much follows the nose. Green Apple, Lemon juice, Bitter lemon zest. Grapefruity hop aromas. Oak and brett in light quantities. Once again, I really liked the dry hopping.

M: Just like a great gueuze. Effervescent and Champagne like. Just the right level of carbonation. A nice medium body as well.

O: This dry hopped, unbelnded, lambic is an extremely refreshing brew which would be perfect on a warm summer night. Also paired well with the tuna crudo and sweet breads I ordered. Definitly the best unblended lambic I've tried! Highly recommended!

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

Pours hazy gold, thin white head. Smells cider and alcohol, some slight feet, oak, vinegar. Taste is tart, cider, almost salty, almost some Bleu cheese funk. Mouthfeel is medium light, Hugh carbonation, pretty dry, drinkability is pretty good but the bitter cider keeps you from sippin too fast.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of hawks10
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage - 750ml green corked and capped bottle - Poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange with a bit of fine bubbled white head/haze that surprisingly sticks around for a while, somewhat resembling apple juice...

Interesting aromas on this one, you find all the wonderful typical Cantillon aromas yet something is noticeably different. The dry-hopping adds a completely different dimension to this Cantillon, slightly spicy, dry, but in more of a herbal/floral way. Tart and lemony aromas are pushed to the background. The funk shows up late, but does pack some punch when this beer warms a bit. Different, but very enjoyable nose.

Wow, drinking this beer "fresh" is COMPLETELY different than with two years on it. The dry hopping is at the forefront. Dry and just slightly bitter, floral with loads of funk and must in the middle. The finish is dry and musty, but not the oaky dryness most Cantillons have, instead, earthy. Slight lemon tartness is quickly washed away by the dry-hopping, but some residual fruit flavors can be found when you lick your lips! This is weird. Good, but weird. It kinda tastes like Cantillon made a Farmhouse/Saison...

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Not nearly as acidic or tart/sour as most Cantillons. Finish is very dry and there is a lingering funk/mustiness...

Very different, very good. Easier to drink than most other Cantillons as the acidity levels seem to be cut down significantly by the dry hopping...

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Photo of Soonami
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently had a 2010 bottle of Cuvee des Champions with friends on thursday night--thanks Jeff for sharing this with us. This is a beer I've looking forward to try but it was difficult to find enough beer geeks to share it with. 7 people splitting a 750 ml bottle meant that each person got a 4 oz pour, which unfortunately is not as much as i want to drink but enough to get a good feel for the beer. This beer combines two of my favorite brewing techniques wild yeast fermentation and dry hopping.

The Lambic was golden orange in color with a good bit of haze and sediment. Not sure if it was hop bits flocced yeast or pieces of barrel, but the color was gorgeous and capped with a solid white cap of foam. The head really helped carry the aroma which was was definitely wild, musty straw, squeezed lemons, and a sawed pine wood aroma that is likely coming from the hops.

The beer tasted very smooth with great light carbonation and a du finish. The bugs are very expressive giving good lemony tartness and restrained classic Cantillon funk. The dryhops help to keep the beer grounded providing a woody and herbal character almost like oak aging would contribute.

Refreshing, spritzy, and delicious. I'm glad to have tried this and to share it with friends

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Labeled Saint Gilloise. October 2010 European release, 5 months old

Pours a golden yellow color with 3 fingers of head that leaves wisps of lacing.

The aroma is somewhat unique for a Cantillon, you can tell that something is different here (in this case, the dry hopping). Not as much dusty attic or farmhouse funk as expected, instead it is mostly lemon, grapefruit, pine needle, and flowers. There is still a bit of the signature Cantillon beneath, but the dry hopping has added a thick layer on top.

The flavor is excellent. Musty attic and sunflowers lead the way, with a sour lemon finish that is both acidic and vinegary. Quenches my craving for sour and doesn't sacrifice depth in the process. Some earthy nuttiness, oak, and grass. Faint banana sweetness and stank cheesiness.

The body is medium to light and carbonation is high and feels appropriate.

Overall this is yet another top quality offering from the best brewery in the world. If you see some, pick it up!

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle shared by Oreo. Served in my Captain Lawrenece tulip.

Very very carbonated. Wow. Dark gold color with bright fluffy white head. Three fingers of sticky white awesome. Great lacing and retention.

Smells peppery... Lemons and melon notes are here too. Very interesting and tasting. Small sweetness up front with some dry funkiness blending into melon and lemony citrus... Peppery hop notes on the finish.

Feels very well-carbonated. Prickly and dry, strong medium body... Very nice... This is excellent and easy-drinking. Great sour beer to drink. Exceptional and delicious.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2008 vintage. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a cloudy golden orange color with a coastered white head. Super clean aroma with lemon, peach, straw, some barnyard, and really slight hops. Drinking this is really close to a perfect dream. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Lemon zest start with some sweetness, minimal hop bitterenss in the end. Slight funkiness but nice balance to the overal fruit tart fruit notes. Peach fruit flavors as well. Overall, this is just a fantastic beer, clean and crisp with a really nice flavor.

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
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

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Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a lucky score ran in for a 6er and spotted this gem! After reading reviews fresh not aged seemed to be the way to drink this. Poured into a rodenbach glass, opaque hazy straw gold rests under a head of white rocky foam. Initial blotting of lacing ceases, but the head never leaves this beer. The aroma is soft, mixture of hay and straw, horse blanket, grassy hops (surprising), and lemon. Acetic jowl puckering sour that transitions seemlessly into a soft Brett flavor with a nice balance of horse-y-ness. Citrusy sour lemon and grapefruit. Tanic barrel goodness on the back end, any indication of the initial hop aroma is gone in the flavor. Most unblendeds I've had have been Brett bombs, this is nuanced and delicate. My favorite Cantillon to date.

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Photo of mikey711
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 bottling

A: bright orange and gold color with a fluffy champagne like head that has a layer which lingers at the top that is about a quarter inch thick. It is cloudy and looks quite a bit like a DIPA

S: Very nice tart lemon smell along with hints of melon and apricot. the hoppiness is floral and earthy. notes of vanilla and wood

T: A bit of a cheesy flavor back by some tart lemon and melon flavors. oak and funky become more prominent in the background a bit more acidity comes through as it warms.

M: Crisp refreshing feel. not to heavily acidic and no harsh vinegar notes

D: very quaffable and the fruity aspects make it very easy to casually sip throughout the day

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Photo of grub
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another from my trades with freud. thanks again fred!

375ml corked and capped bottle. bottled 2010. sampled feb 4/2011.

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a big cap of fine white head. the head drops fairly fast but never completely disappears. spotty lace.

aroma is great. lemon. cider and malt vinegar. bright and floral. light herbal component. lots of horse blanket and leather. bit of tobacco. white bread. grain. cracker. hint of alcohol. light citrus and fruit.

taste is great. much like the aroma. lemon and light malt vinegar. cider vinegar. bit of mineral character. hint of sweetness to the light citrus character. white bread and cracker. hint of grain. leather and horse blanket. low bitterness level. fairly low acidity. balanced sourness.

mouthfeel is great. light body with a nice dry finish. very fine medium-light carbonation level. nice brett mouthfeel.

drinkability is great. this may be one of the most balanced cantillons i've had. not overpowering in any one direction. great sour depth and complexity. good stuff!

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

From my tasting notes. On tap at The Lion's Pride. A hazy golden yellow color with some lacing. Nose is of citrus fruits, most notably lemon, with some barnyard funk and light hop notes as well.

Very refreshing taste, with the lemon and funk intertwining beautifully to make this a very drinkable and unique unblended lambic. Not as harsh on the palate as other lambics, so I could see myself drinking more than a few glasses of this and still having some taste buds left.

Very rare to see this on tap anywhere. I'm very glad I got to try it. Keep the Cantillon coming!

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.67/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

***EDIT: I didn't realize Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions was an unblended lambic when reviewed. I will re-review when possible***

Draft pour into an 8 oz tall and narrow flute. $8.

A: Two fingers of dense foamy pristinely white head. Excellent retention being aided by lazily paced bubbles. Very hazy and opaque except when held to light. Pale straw golden yellow body. Looks divine in the glass.

S & T: Nose foreshadows sour and tart flavors, yet they are very restrained by Cantillon standards. Sweet, fruity and citrusy. Orange and lemons, some peel and spices. Bit of barnyard funk but again restrained. There is an off-putting sulfuric note, very recognizable. This follows through on the palate but only on the backend. Phenolics come through much less on the palate and make for better flavor than aroma.

M: Tame and on the disappointing side. Light body, inadequate carbonation.

D: Low. And the high price adds insult to injury.

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

Color is pale straw yellow. Has a white head.

Aroma: More funky than sour. Some lemons, dry cloves, spice, and a bit of sourness. A bit of oak. A lot of barnyard funk shows with this beer.

Taste: A bit nicer than the nose. This cantillon is much more acidic than others I have had. Very acidic and tart. A big lemon citrus. Oak notes as well. Again, it has a big barnyard funk to it.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Lighter bodied. Lower amount of carbonation. Some brett shows here. It ends a little bit dry.

Overall, a decent cantillion. Much more acidic than others which is why I would have to limit myself to this one no matter how much I liked it. I definitely enjoyed this one.

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

750 pour served in a tulip - thanks madvike!

A - Light gold-colored and a little hazy. Not much head, decent lacing.

S - Raspberries, Belgian yeast, and champagne

T - Bitter and vaguely fruity up front, with vinegar appearing next. Funky yeast and lemon juice bitterness compose the back half, with a sour apple flavor finishing it off. Relatively complex. Delicious.

M - Light amount of carbonation, yet feels alive in the mouth.

D - High

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Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of BTPete
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Des Champions 2008 bottle had at Novare Res. Poured to Cantillon stemware.

A: hazy golden, thin head that wistfully creates bubbles as swirled.

S: musty nose, smells of green grape, vinous in a way. Lemon rind and light hops.

T: tart and funky. A definite grape/lemon presence over a dry barnyard finish.

M: carbonation seems low in glass until swirl, livens right up as it goes across your tongue. I guess less carb due to unblended status?

D: pretty darn good, would drink a second if I could afford it!

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