Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.61/5 rDev +5.7%
Cuvée Saint-Gilloise, 2014 on the cork.
Light orange our, hazy, bubbly one finger head kept alive for a while, settles to a sticky thin lace in due time.
Two elements are really strong in the smell: vinegar and wood barrel/old dusty stave. "Green" fruit with a big acidity also, with grapes, lemon, cider apples, some "sweetish" fruitiness also, probably from the Hallertau hops. Lots of funk too, with grass, green hay, herbs, very fresh and springtimey, not too heavy with the earthy barnyard notes.
Really sour taste, literally tons of lemon made me cringe at first. Settles fast with some green apple, musty white grapes and even some tart yellow cherries, and the vinegar gets weaker. Big grassy funkiness, green twigs, field flowers, really fresh. Faint dry white wine barrel, nice dusty oak. Dry crisp finish, as expected. Nice fruitiness in the aftertaste, there are even some nice faint hints from the hops, a bit of tropical fruit, and i even got some watermelon peel.
Light to medium bodied, hearty prickly carbonation.
Not the most complex gueuze, but really fresh and tasty, Cantillon prove themselves yet again.
08-07-2014 17:14:58 | More by dcmchew
4.09/5 rDev -6.2%
Pear colored appearance with an active and alive foam. Sour, tangy pear aroma with white wine, vinegar and Apple cider. Lemony tart flavor with some Apple cider, balsamic vinegar, earth, and mineral. Tart, sour feel, quite tangy it feels alive on the palate.
07-27-2014 21:42:14 | More by KYGunner
4.71/5 rDev +8%
Fresh 2014 bottle into Cantillon balloon.
Pours hazy, juicy light orange color, with a one finger active white head that settles to a ring around the edge of the glass with a little left over bubble mass in the center. Looks inviting.
Aroma is deep older lambic funk with wet horse hair, dusty basement, pungent tangy flowers, grapefruit pulp, subtle Bordeaux grape, and earthy/woodsy hops. Damn this is smelling good. Similar yet different than Iris. I prefer the stronger funk of this.
Taste is just the shiznit. Mellow, refined lambic unlike the maltier Iris. Nice bright citrus and grape flavors come out as the result of the smooth 2 year old lambic underneath. The funk is there but balanced. I'm getting peach notes, limeade, and sweet apple along with a lot of those nuances from the nose.
This sports a light body, creamy lower end carbonation, and dry, tart finish with a pleasing acetic bite coming through the lacticness.
This fresh Gilloise may be drinking better than the 3 year old Lou Pepe I had last week. And that Lou Pepe was amazing. And I certainly enjoy the 2 year old base lambic better than the all pale malt Iris base. The hops seem to shine through more on this as well without the sharper hop bite of Iris. Yes, yes, yes..
07-21-2014 03:27:53 | More by MarcWP
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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