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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 1,106
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.03%
Wants: 556
Gots: 239 | FT: 25
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Dukeofearl on 01-23-2005

Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -8%
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... (881 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (953 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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! (1,083 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (406 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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 (973 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.57/5  rDev +7%
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! (1,241 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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! (575 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of gyllstromk
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of alfrantzell
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  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. (474 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,388 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.57/5  rDev +7%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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 (666 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of fropones
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle, corked and capped, brewed January 2007 & bottled May 2009, purchased in Columbus for $17.99. After consuming a disappointing Fantome Noel, this beer turned out to be a real treat. It pours light straw color, clear in the first glass (and progressively hazier with subsequent pours due to sediments), with a thin wet foam. The aroma is classic barnyard funk but with a nice citrus edge (lemons, even moreso than in the Lou Pepe Gueuze I had last night). The taste starts sour and ends with a crisp tart bite and aftertaste of sour lemon juice. Maybe a little grape too. Wow, this is easy to drink (of course you have to like sour beers to agree with this sentiment). I have only seen this for sale once in my area, and bought it immediately. I'll do the same if I see it again in the future, an outstanding display of quality. (839 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the beer I finished the night off with at Novare Res and I'm glad I did. A perfect beer to cap the night and something I wish I had more of.

Pours a straw color with a good sized head, fades fairly quickly but leaves a lasting impression.

For something described as a dry-hopped lambic, I had my hopes rather high, unfortunately I hardly picked up any hops at all, instead was a mild funk with light fruit aroma (apples and such).

The taste was exceptionally drinkable about, not overwhelming in any aspect but perfectly balanced, still didn't pick up that dry-hopping but I didn't care, the funk is more present than the sour yet still lingers, the citrus really shines through and I found long after I drank it I could pick up some of the hop bitterness (but barely, and don't rinse or drink anything else if you want it).

Personally, I think it's one of Cantillon's more accessible brews and almost sessionable for the style, wish I would see it more often. (973 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at La Bodega in midtown Anchorage. Cork reads 2009.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with some light orange highlights and good carbonation. The head rises pretty quickly, but turns to a skim and ring around the glass pretty quickly and leaves mediocre at best lacing.

Nose is full of green apple and lactic armpit. Some good lemony zest and slight spicey oak notes.

Wow. This is an excellent lambic. Excellent. Very large green appley awesomeness. A great lemon zest spritz and oaky dryness. The finish is exceedingly dry with the perfect amount of sourness. Very refreshing, green apples linger into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty damn solid. Very spritzer-like carbonation, exactly where it should be for the style, almost like a champagne yeast was used. The dryness is exquisite.

Drinkability is hard to beat for the style. Very refreshing, and incredibly easy to drink.

Overall, this is one of the best lambics ive had in a while. The green appleyness almost rivals that of Ithaca Brute (almost). Can't wait to see how this does with some age. The Drinkability is downright amazing right now. Certainly one of the best lambics on shelves. Great, great beer. (1,181 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Some lace is left behind.
S: Barnyard funky aromas and some yeast. There is a fruity tartness of apples, pears, and grapes but it is not overbearing. Floral and grassy hops with some citrus aromas. Some Dry wood, biscuit and crackers. This is great.
T: Again, this is just awesome. Funky barnyard flavors and yeast again. The perfect amount of sour and tartness with apple skins and grape tannin flavors. Some lingering hop flavors that are great. Grassy and floral with some citrus flavors. Quite A bit of hoppy flavors actually, but everything is perfectly balanced.
M/D: A medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Crisp, very dry, and refreshing. This is incredibly smooth to drink. There is a lighter vinegar and acidic flavor here, and that makes it so easy to drink.

Plenty of funky flavors, sourness, and tartness here. Though the dry hopping really adds a unique depth of flavor. All in all a a great beer that should not be missed. One of my favorites. (1,107 characters)

Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.