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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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Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured an orange-gold with a quarter inch bright white head with a slightly hazy clarity. Nose was citrus, cork and some french oak. Taste was citrus and a little woody. Mouthfeel was medium-light with some tartness up-front and a consistent background effervescence. Tartness stimulates the salivary glands in the cheeks towards the latter half, before culminating in a slightly dry finish. Nice sour - not over the top and really quite drinkable for the style. (504 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Deaconbluez!

Pours a hazy golden orange. About two inches of white foamy head.

Smells like sadness. LOL. I crack myself up. Actually, faint wisps of grass and hay, along with a familiar funky lemon/vinegar smell.

Taste is surprising. Really not like any of the other Cantillons I've had. A weird spicy, musty, funky herbal lemon thang that's really exotic. Hm. The funk and sour notes are blended with this strange background.

Interesting. Not particularly drinkable. Well carbonated, particularly considering the style. (532 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly wish I'd picked up more than one bottle of this while it was available locally...

Pours a hazy glowing pale copper with a frothy white head that leaves little lacing and holds nicely around the edges.

The aroma is really what makes this beer for me (well, it's gorgeous in the glass, too)... layers of fruity funk, peaches and maybe a hint of grapefruit, grassy, herbal barnyard notes and a lemony sharpness.

It's actually just ever so slightly disappointing on the palate... there's a specific flaw... it's a little too bitter. Combined with the incredible dryness (expected), the hop additions are deepening the aroma pleasantly but they provide a bitter edge that when combined with the sourness lends a metallic tinge to the front half of the taste, and leaves it feeling a bit thin on the back end. This mellows a bit as it warms, and the beer really shines as an eminently sessionable, warm weather beer. Sourness is biting but it's not stomach assaulting and over-the-top (which, for the record, I love).

Perfectly carbonated, lightly spritzy without feeling fizzy. Just a knock of a hit as it is initially perceived as a tad thin (when nearer room temperature this fades).

Despite not completely falling in love with how this sits on the tongue, its beauty, its jaw-dropping aroma, and the simple drinkability of it make it an instant favorite that I'd like to buy in quantity for those times when the mood for a sour hits but I'm not looking for something over-the-top. (1,494 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at Gingerman out of a Snifter

A: Poured a fluffy white filmy head with very little retention. Brew itself was light orange and semi-cloudy with absolutely no lacing.

S: Sourdough, bready, citrus, and faint alcohol.

T: Extremely tart in the beginning but fades into a grassyness. Hops appear in the end as does the sourness. Bitterness in the aftertaste lingers extremely long.

M: Medum bodied and coarse, finishes wet and clean with a very strong and memorable aftertaste. Feeling left in mouth is oily.

D: Rather drinkable but this one tastes more like a sour than anything else. Building of bitterness in the end takes away from overall enjoyment though. (678 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks go out to FTownthrowdown for sharing - thanks, man! I'm a fan of any Cantillon brew, so let's see how this goes...

Pours a thin, dull yellow with brownish highlights. An average 1/6th inch head rest above with the occasional spotty lacing spots. No active carbonation can be seen after the pour.

Smells like funked out socks and stilton cheese. Richly pungent and nasty. Wow...

Mouth carbonation is surprisingly high... The flavor is similar to the nose... I get skunk, bitter cheese and a fresh, green hops feel in the end.

Very interesting, unique and enjoyable. (580 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FtownThrowDown for sharing this bottle.

Brewed 1/07, bottled 5/09

750ml corked and capped green bottle poured into a GLBC snifter.

A: Pours a murky burnt lemon color. Decent head on the pour with a little retention. Decent lacing.

S: Loads of hops. Piney, somewhat resinous, lots of pungent lemon. Very spicy as well, helped along by the yeast. Peppery. Some tart lemon.

T/M: Lots of hops, pine and lemon, lemon zest. Very spicy and peppery. Some tart lemon and citrus tartness. Funky but hard to describe. Not really cheesy or moldy, and only light horse blanket. Funky nonetheless. Some subtle and smoothing barrel to kind of hold things togeher. Body is medium to medium light with average carbonation.

D: Low ABV and tasty but something in there that doesn't make me continue to reach for the glass. (819 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Bruisin Ales on my way back home from Myrtle Beach.
Brewed in January 2007, bottled on May 2009.

Pours a very murky, light gold in color. Decent amount of froth around the edges of the glass.
Smell is oak, a good amount of funk, and just the slightest hint of hops, but not that much.
Flavor is funk and lots of it. There's just a hit of hops at the very end of each sip. Nice and different touch. Can't believe how funky this is. Can't wait to see what some age will do to this beer. (506 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice cloudy yellow with lots of white foam gracing the top and leaving some lacing.
Smell is sour cherries and lemon zest/orange peel and a little dirty sock thrown in there for good measure.
Taste is sour cherry and orange and grapefruit. Very nice lambic.
No alcohol in the smell taste or feel. Slighty dry and sticky must mean that there is some sugar here but it's way in the back.
I could drink lots of this. Cantillon just rules the roost. (457 characters)

Photo of PALMEJ1
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml->stone snifter
bottled: 19 May 2009

a-I got worried when I popped the cap and rusty beer squirted on me, however all is well. great carbonation. 2 finger frothy white head. pale golden body with rising bubbles. thin lace hangs around w/nice additional foam around the edges.
s-I sure can smell the hops. I want a lambic but instead the first scent is hops. beneath that is an amazing beer. little lemon funk, pepper, coriander?
t-Its good and tart first then I get the very faint hint of hops. very good. I cant wait to see how it ages. Tart bomb followed by sweet green apple-maybe a little citrus zest. not too funky, more of a minor mustiness associated with the tart. hops are only really in the aftertaste. leaves you with hop mouth. I'm really liking this one.
m-perfect consistency lends to the full (tart) flavor. carbonation is perfect, not too much or too little.
d-overall and excellent beer. I have a feeling that after a year or so this beer could score some 5's! (987 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 5% ABV. Pours a cloudy golden color. White fluffy head disappears rather quickly.

A nice tart, citrusy note up front. Some earthy notes, as well as a hint of oak.

Good amount of tartness, acidity. A bit of funk, with a leathery component, but real soft. Slight citrusy edge. Earthy and dry finish.

Nice complexity of flavors. Medium body, very nice. Refreshing. A nice small, but complex beer here. (418 characters)

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

What a night, Went through a good bit today driving around with the kids and shopping, and did not get home till after 8 oclock. I reached in the fridge and the first thing I grabbed was this gem. Served cold I opened it and let it breath before decanting into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 09/12/2009.

The pour produced a very nice golden color. Nice darker color with a nice head of near two inches that settled down nicely into a covering of about a quarter of an inch. Rich aroma of barnyard funk, lemon, hints of grass and nice funk coming through very nicely. Clean, crisp and very tart. The very first sip yields a very clean and fresh taste. Lots of lemon and hints of hops right off the bat. Letting it warm brings forward a nice grape skin and funky fruit like note. Nice and well balanced here. Near perfect carbonation lends to a light feel and very crisp finish. I could have easily had another bottle of this one right after I finished this one.

Overall it was very solid. This was just amazing crisp and clean and really just incredibly drinkable. I was really very pleased and think this one needs a bit more attention. One of the light of the Cantillon brews and worth every penny. (1,207 characters)

Photo of nectar14
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle purchased, once again, by Chad at Toronado, SD. When RRV Publication didn't show up as advertised, we went with this instead.

A: Into a tulip, this pours gold and cloudy with a thin white head, minimal lacing. Nice luminescence.
S: More subtle than American sours/Geuse that we've imbibed of late. Nose has wet metal, barnyard, green apple candy (as it warms), and a touch of oak/vanilla. Inviting.
T: Puckery and acidic, which is just what you want. Apple, lemon, a bit of malty sweetness, and brett to go with. Just enough of the funk.
M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation to boot. Goes down easy.
D: High marks for this. Could put a whole bottle away on my own, if I didn't have to work in the AM> (720 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 750ml caged and corked bottle

Appearance: The body is btw straw and golden yellow in color with a slick appearance. Carbonation is minimal, the head is an off white 1 inch crown that shows little retention and leaves little lace.

Smell: Hops, barnyard funk, and a touch of urine soaked hay.

Taste: Same as nose. I had heard that the recipe was different for the new vintages (hops addition) and thats why I tried this bottle fresh. I figured lets try it while the hops are shining. Well the sourness/tartness is minimal when its fresh but it fuses nicely with the hop treatment. Different and well done.

Mouthfeel: On the lite side of medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Low abv and not very sharp....so easy to drink.

If you are looking for that classic "Cantillon Sharpness" that will make you pucker, this isn't the right Cantillon for you. This new recipe is quite sessionable. (911 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle was dated May 19, 2009.

A- Poured a dark maize color. Three fingers width of white head, reduced to a ring over time. Very murky.

S- Very nice blend of various aromas. Getting lots of oak and a familiar barnyard mustiness in the nose. Also noticeable is distinct sour lemon/citrus fruit aroma.

T- Upfront there is a definite note of lemon tartness with oak underneath. This tartness eventually fades towards the middle, giving way to a earthy, grass-like flavor. There is some oak, wood flavors in there as well. The beer finishes with slightly bitter hops.

M- One of the better mouthfeels on a lambic. Light body, yet carries a feeling of fullness due to the carbonation. Finishes rather dry.

D- This one goes down very easily, given that this beer was not overly tart. Could be a great session beer.

Overall, definitely one of the more unique lambics I have had to date. The dry hops were definitely something I have never experienced in a beer of this style. That being said, I'm a huge sour head and this one lacked a lot of tartness that other Cantillons have. If you don't like your lambics really sour, drink this one now and just enjoy the unique hops flavors. If you like your them very sour, try aging this one. (1,286 characters)

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

750ml bottle from 2009. Pours cloudy orange-gold with a surprisingly large head. Smells of wonderful lactic tartness and lots of Brett character. Very musty and oaky. Some citrus and other fruit, as well as a bit of grassiness. Sharply sour taste with strongy earthy, musty notes from the Brett. Very fruity--almost vinous. A bit of mineral character. Incredible dry. Light-ish body with low carbonation. This is a hell of a beer. (430 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle split with the future Mrs. at the Beer Engine. Mobile review, so excuse the brevity.

A- nice color, not too cloudy, golden orange and small head that stuck around for a bit

S- smells good, but not great. Classic gueze but thankfully a bit brighter and w/o any skunky dirty diaper smells some put out

T- woah! Nice tartness followed by an apple or tart berry-ish flavor from the dry hop. This is sublime and probably my favorite unfruited lambic to date.

M- champagne bubbles dance on the tongue. Exceptional!

D- I could seriously drink 3 bottles of this, no problems. Not too sour but true to the style. Love it! Great treat, get some if you can, even if the other Cantillons are too acidic for you. Not an entry level sour beer, but not too crazy advanced either. (778 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of the skin of a pear multi colored and even looks fuzzy and opaque. a small slightly off white head last quite a few minutes.

Tart fruits and berries with a good fresh earthy grassy hop character. Just a great effervescence with a bit of a funky character.

Nice tart front and finish but things seem thin in the middle. Slight acidity with a plethora of fruits, starfruit, stonefruits, some berry flavors, hints of wood and tannin with a nice hop bitterness on the finish with a bit of the grassy and earthness throughout. (537 characters)

Photo of botham
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage poured into a tasting glass. pours a midlly hazy orangish amber with a single finger of tight white head that has moderate retention and leaves no lacings.

aroma is vinous, with an acidic sour note and a light funk. a lightly yeasty fruit note hides behind the sour note and grounds the overall profile. very pleasant and sour in the nose.

taste is of a sharp sourness up front with a light funk and a decent fruit presence. a mild funk note on the back end eases a bit of the tartness after the fact, with a sharp sourness on the way down. residual fruit and sour/tart notes linger.

mouthfeel is tart and sour with a vinous character and a supremely sour texture. the brew smooths out as the palate gets used to the sourness, with a finish that carries a light bite and leaves the palate with a distinct tartness.

drinkability is great. wonderfully sour and just mellow enough to keep a bite and remain drinkable. a solid sour with a very drinkable aura (for those BAs who love a good sour beer). cheers! (1,022 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, big thanks to oakbluff for bringing this one over.

Pours a lightly cloudy orange amber, thin white head forms, quickly disappears but drops some spots on the glass. Smell is insane, woody, crazy acidic, very lemony, hay, funky and sour, almost a grapefruit or tangerine acidity going on, touch of vinegar, pretty awesome. Taste is just as good, for woody and acidic, lemons, nectarines, light toasted/ashy oak, funk, very sour in the finish, but pleasant and balanced. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very drinkable stuff. Damn this was a good lambic, thanks Scotty! (599 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Pours light hazy straw yellowish orange with a large white and pillowy head. Retention is good.

The aroma has the signature Cantillon Brett funk, but it's more restrained here, and notes of citrus seem more prominent than usual. Lemon is strong, as well as some orange and light floral notes. The Brett is musty with lesser notes of barnyard and horsey. The malt profile is light, with some graininess.

The flavor is of tart citrus in the form of lemon and grapefruit. Bitterness is at a low-medium level. Brett provides some funk but it's restrained, as it was in the aroma. Mustiness is apparent as well as a little cheesiness. The finish is very, very dry, with moderate acidity and a nice level of tartness.

Light bodied, effervescent. The mouthfeel is very dry. This is insanely drinkable. This was split 3 ways but finishing an entire 750ml alone would be very easy. (889 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008.
A: straw colored with a slight haze
S: musty, earthy, acidic
T: phenomenal!, one of the great beers of the world, tart but so much so that it takes the enamel off of your teeth, earthy
M: great, lively
D: truly a summer beer, temps right now in low 80s and perfect for quaffing, just wish the price wasn't so high (330 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Light marigold color; poured with a thinner white head

S - Hops jump out at first; bit of hay; tart; bit funky as well. Quite wonderful

T - Nice stuff; not as hoppy as suggested in the nose; tart; citric; not that puckering or funky, though

M - Thinner to medium body; a bit chalky and dry; subtler carbonation

D - Pretty darn good drinking as I enjoyed the dryness and lower abv

Overall, definitely worth a look! (436 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

D: At 5% or so, this is a very easy sipper, which explains why this first glass took all of 20 minutes to get through. (1,071 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this brew up from a small beer store on one of my last days in Europe. It pours a clear golden color with lots of effervescense. The beer sports a very nice white head...thicker than expected, and long-lasting. The smell is not as intense as it could be, but there's a very pleasant grain and horse-blanket smell. Modest funk, with a little wood scent. The flavor is very well balanced. Not as sour as most Cantillon's, this one is incredibly drinkable. The flavor is still strong, despite the medium-sourness. Medium to medium-light in body. Very nice beer! (567 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared bottle courtesy of egajdzis (and I've had this one multiple times to boot!).

Poured a medium and cloudy orange color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of horseblanket, leather and musty. Tastes of green apples and light lemons. Nice lighter sour and tart finish. Very good.

Notes from: 4/24/05 (309 characters)

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