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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

802 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 470
Gots: 185 | FT: 14
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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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portland International Beer Festival. $3 for a 4oz pour is a winner in my book. Poured into an actual glass taster!

A: Unfiltered pale gold with a short lived white head dissipating to just a smidge of lacing. 4/5

S: I was quite surprised how hoppy this was as I didn't know about the dry-hopping ahead of time. Peaches and Florida citrus stood shoulder to shoulder with clean lactic and barnyard funk. Very interesting aroma. 4.5/5

T: Strong sourness up front, musky barnyard on the mid palate, and a long fruity finish that includes a little umame. I think I would have preferred less hop character. This is definitely one aspect where I think age would benefit. 4/5

M: Crisp, smacking, and dry. Just what I wanted. 4/5

O: I prefer the Cantillon Classic Gueuze to this but that could be because of the age. At around 1-2 years old I have a feeling this would be in my sweet spot. That isn't to say this is a bad beer. It's an excellent example of the quality one can expect from Cantillon, albeit a little young. 4/5

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 09:45:42 | More by hopsbreath
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 6oz wine glass at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a golden yellow with more head than I've ever seen in a Cantillon beer. Monks seemed to be having difficulty with this tap as it took a while to pour due to the gushing. Aroma of Fruity citrus hops blended nicely with Cantillon funk and tartness that I found preferable to the Iris I had tasted a few days prior.

Initial blast of the dry hopping provided flavors of summer fruit and lemon. Apricot and peaches quickly turned to a violently acidic finish. More acidic than sour leaving a slight burn in the back of the throat. Left me satisfied, but not smitten. Despite not being totally blown away, a tasty lambic that I would happily drink again and again.

I have an '07 in the cellar that I'm holding for the next Philly sports championship. Hopefully will not have to cellar much longer as I'm not sure it will hold up well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 03:22:13 | More by victory4me
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks during the cantillon mad monday

Pours a hazed golden color with orange hues. A layer of white head slowly dissolves leaving spots of lacing on the glass, light cloud of film retains for a bit.

Slight bitterness with funky tart notes in the nose. Fruit and oak with lemon, pear, apple, and damp tones. Very inviting and balanced.

A light notion of hops up front on the tongue, swept away by sour tones. Not intensely funky or sour, but a nice balance of oak, straw, hay, and fruit. Touches of pear, apple, and citrus are present amidst the tart flavors. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Medium body, nice carbonation, lingering and dry on the tongue. This was a bit of a surprise beer for me, and I was definitely into the addition of fresh hops amidst the already fantastic Cantillon funky/sour flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 04:17:46 | More by xnicknj
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ehammond1


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

Bottle

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A bright, dark orange and a thin white head. Highly carbonated. Looks thin, with a myriad of little bubbles racing their way to the top of the glass.

A spicy, musty, funky aroma, consisting of bright fruit, lemon, and apple, tangy Brett yeast, hay and grass, and lots of barnyard funk. Pretty awesome. This seems like Cantillon's classic gueuze amped up to the n-th degree, and it just smells extraordinary. Heavenly!

The sweet fruit flavors are really able to shine here--lemon, apple, and pear. The tart funk and sourness is huge, though this beer seems extraordinarily well balanced and a touch sweeter and brighter than the classic gueuze.

Light, bubbly, airy mouthfeel--an absolute pleasure.

Perfect.

Hands down, my favorite beer of the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Festival.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:43:05 | More by ehammond1
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. 2010 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced a giant frothy off-white head that stuck around for quite some time. Tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A wonderful combo of funky dry lactic oak with bits of lemon rind, white grape, and an earthy acidity to it. A beautiful harmonious aroma for the style. It does get more funky and earthy as it warms.

(T)- Lots of dry earthy Brett funk up front. Hits you with a good sour kick of lemon rind in the middle. Mildly grassy at the end.

(M)- A surprisingly high carbonation level, but in no way does this deter from the fell or enjoyment. Already has a good integration of oak and funk within its sourness. Still feels a bit hoppy on the finish, but it adds another dimension to the beer's profile.

(D)- Cantillon never disappoints. Yet another solid to great Gueuze from their lineup. Definitely will only get better with some more time since the dry hopping is definitely detectable. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 02:26:17 | More by sweemzander
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on Cantillon Night during Sour Week at the Flying Saucer.

Golden apricot body with a white head.

The nose is peach and orchard fruit, floral notes and barnyard.

Green apple, fresh hay, lime zest, mouth watering acidity that bursts with a snap. Very sharp acidity, but no acetic character. More complex than my vocabulary can describe.

The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied.

Awesome beer. Not very musty or earthy. Brett is big on the nose, but acidity rules the palate. Seems like a fresher batch.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 01:04:01 | More by BradLikesBrew
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer from Cantillon, what a surprise.

A: Orange hue with a bubbly bone white head of a pinky that dies down slow. Straw highlights on this.

S: Has the classic Cantillon farmhouse yeast and funk and nice toasty oak. Maybe a light hop presence here as well, with champagne grapes and straw. Some green apple too, maybe even apricot./

T: Great flavor with cherry, grape, green apple, tart berries mixing with a dirty earthy oak. Quite nice bread malt and grains for support of the tart fruit flavors. Not as sour as other beers from the brewery but elegant and champagne like with a good amount of tartness and even some bitter hops. Lots of apple lingering at the back of the palate.

M: Spritzy and lighter in body. Good tartness.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 19:30:08 | More by Dreadnaught33
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jethrodium

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Beer Revolution. Pours a hazy, light amber with a a two finger fluffly white head that has good retention and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a decent earthiness, funky brett, hay, and some lemon tartness. The taste has the same earthiness as the aroma. Medium tartness, some wheat, hay lemon. The finish has a strong brett funkiness as well as a lingering bitterness that is quite unique among the gueuzes I've had. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Awesome beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 21:42:11 | More by jethrodium
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FosterJM

California

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

666th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750 ML

(Not sure year)

I think this was Domtronzero

App- A darker orange with a some yellow outlying colors. The head was a bit thin but I was expecting that.

Smell- One hell of a smell. Was a bit rustic, and damp. Had touches of some hay, some tannin to me.

Taste- A very classic taste indeed. Only thing is its been tamed a bit. All classic notes of the hay, funk, damp, wet, however you want to call it, just a bit small.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium in carbonation. Leaves a nice funky note on the finish.

Drink- A very well done beer. The classic gueuze is hard to do and Cantillon does it very well. I would come back to this anyday.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 03:25:31 | More by FosterJM
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour on this one is the usually hazy golden-orange color with a nice white head.

S: An incredibly funky nose to this, much more so than the regular Cantillon gueuze. An almost blue cheese level of funk with some nice straw and must along with the usual tartness of green apple and lemon.

T: The tartness is there, though perhaps a bit more moderate than some other Cantillon beers. Lots of funkiness here, too. Intensely earthy and barnyardy with lots of wet hay and grass. A bit of damp oak and must, too.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I think I still prefer regular Cantillon Gueuze, but this was really quite good.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:50:01 | More by womencantsail
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jdense

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Portland International Beer Festival PDX multiple samples 7.15.11.

Minimal white head, a wee bit of lacing over straw yellow a bit opaque body with no visible carbonation. Lemony esters and salt dominate the nose, some barnyard aromas, a faint bit of floral hops. Taste is more sour than tart, lemony and salty, a bit of hayish funk, lingering dry finish. Fairly light mouthfeel, light and refreshing. A very unique beer, not really my cup of tea, err gueuze, but I certainly see what the buzz is about. Certainly in the pantheon of beers for this difficult to capture style glad I was able to try this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 13:46:20 | More by jdense
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ebenezer's Pub and served into wine glass of sorts.

A - Pours a darker golden color, thin collar, sticky lace, thin whispy cap.

S - Light sour tart, slight funk, barn, hay. I'm really surprised there isn't the hoppy notes I remember from the bottle. Truthfully, I didn't enjoy them all that much, just surprised they're gone from this one on-tap.

T - Chris called this "Cantillon Light". I think that's pretty much true. Tastes like a "light gueuze", light tart, sour, funk, oak, barn, slight funky dry finish. No real hops, which I don't mind at all.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable and very easy to drink. I had two of these and my fiancee had another...a perfect beer for the summer. Really enjoyed this one on-tap much more then from the bottle. Recommend!

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 14:27:46 | More by Sean9689
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to FooFaa aka Dan for opening this one up at Ffej of July IX. No idea of the year.

A - Pours murky amber yellow with a small one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of wet grassy hops, lemon and other bold citric fruits, dry oak, and the typical wet basement funk. Complex yet simple.

T - This one isn't as sour as some of the other Cantillon beers I have had. Starts off with a nice bright citric kick, mostly lemon, slowly giving way to a mix of musty basement funk, moderate sourness, and some dry wood tannins. The finish is a mix of dryness and lingering tartness.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart, musty, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Overall I really liked this one. It wasn't an over the top sour like some of the other Cantillon offerings I have had and it really hit the spot on this hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 17:32:40 | More by orangesol
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Saint Gilloise – bottled in 2010, drank in July 2011

A very light orange, slightly hazy. A bubbly head which soon diminishes to a thin layer.

Sour horseblankety notes dominate the smell. The first sip is very sour then mellows after you get used to it a bit. Some mild fruit in the middle. Grapefruit and maybe some grape. A lemony sour finish. Very dry. A long sour aftertaste

Smooth and well balanced. A refreshing carbonation level. Overall a very smooth gueuze. Not too extreme or overwhelming in the funk or sour departments. Just a nice refreshing sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 15:41:46 | More by scott451
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ggilman

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 oz. pour in a wine glass at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, Maine .

Solid light caramel color, thin tightly bubbled head. Tart funky fruity nose. Sour apple, immediate dry finish. Super tart and yeasty. Cider vinegar, lingering bitterness in the back of the throat. Thick creamy mouthfeel, with nice carbonation.

A delicious light lambic, that makes you pucker, refreshingly tart, but with an insanely dry finish. Very enjoyable!

Love ending a meal with a Cantillon lambic.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 23:39:07 | More by ggilman
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billshmeinke

California

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Stone Sour Fest.

Murky golden color about a finger of fizzy white head. Not a very pretty beer.

Smells of hay and funk. Some tart and zesty citrus notes. Some light earthy hops.

Tart apple notes, zesty citrus, hay, funk, pretty bitter and hoppy for what I'd expect.

Zesty, sharp, light in body, but super well carbonated making it seem a little fuller.

Yeah, just zesty tart and bitter goodness.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 17:01:40 | More by billshmeinke
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Kshock

California

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally conquered one of the elusive Cantillons

A-Hazy orange color with a pearly white head with great lacing.

S- Smells of citrus fruits, mainly grapefruit, and dryness. Smells awesome as all Cantillons have that unique aroma to them.

T-Holy shit what a great flavor. Just like the nose, lots of grapefruit and drys out quickly. Literally no residual flavor on this one, has to be the cleanest finish ive ever had on a beer, which is wild considering its a lambik.

M- Great mouthfeel, light on the palate with a decent carbonation. Finish is incredible, nothing compares to it.

O- Once again Cantillon has managed to make my jaw fall to the floor.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 23:56:28 | More by Kshock
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuously poured from a 750 into two Russian River tulips, then dumped the yeast into a taster glass. This is the 2010 Cuvee St. Gilloise labeled one.

Pours a murky golden yellow color with a quickly dissipating head. The color really pops in the light and once the beverage has been drank down, it begins to have some clarity. No lacing, no legging.

The smell begins with tart lemons and loose, dank hay with a lactic quality to it. As the beverage warms, the acidity really comes out and once the beer is at room temperature you can really feel a tingle in your nose from it.

Taste opens up the palate with a citric-like acidity, profiling lemon and lime like flavors that quickly flow into a cheesy bit of funk and hay flavors. Not overly funky at all, much more subtle than a gueuze by other blenders but enough funk for the seasoned lambic drinker to pick up on. After flavors of an unsweetened lemon candy. Almost like a made from scratch lemon bar, with emphasis on the lemons. Refreshing, to say the least.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Medium body with moderate carbonation, some drying as well once the brew is swallowed.

Overall, a great gueuze from Cantillon. This one is dry hopped, but I did not pick up any of the dry hopping which is most likely due to the age of the beer, being bottled 10/4/2010. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an acidic gueuze that retains its drinkability. Not perfect, but definitely a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 03:14:16 | More by auroracrisis
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rattle n Hum, this one was an 8oz pour.

Cuvee des Chamions pours a mildly hazy orange, lightening to tangerine when backlit. There's a thin white head that dissipates quickly into nothing. The nose is a bit delicate, and it's largely a blend of sweet pale fruits (apricots and peaches) and woody oak notes. There's a faint tart aroma present as well. The sour notes noticeably increase in intensity in the taste. The resulting balance between sweetness, barrel notes, and acidity is just about perfect. It's still not nearly as aggressively tart as some of the other Cantillon offerings I've had, but that only allows the other flavors to really shine through. The body is as dry and light as I'd anticipate from a 5% brew that probably has little in the way of residual sugars, but the carbonation is a pleasant surprise. It doesn't really come alive until mid palate, but when it does a torrent of tiny bubbles appear and liven the beer up. Cuvee des Champions maybe isn't as challenging as Cantillon's other beers, in terms of how much the wild yeast and bacteria have taken over, but it's subtle and artfully balanced. I imagine it would be accessible to someone new to sours/wild ales, but at the same time still has more than enough depth to please a seasoned drinker. My favorite sour to date.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 20:43:56 | More by axeman9182
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infi

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at RnH.

Served in a wine glass.

Hazy and translucent yellow liquid with lots of effervescent activity. A white, thin film atop this lambic. Smell is full of unripened, sour, green apples and sour cherries with a thin, bready yeast quality underlying. Small amount of Brett barnyard funk as well. Nice vinous quality too with some sour grapes. Overall, very lemony and ascorbic in character on the nose.

Taste was fluently sour, but gladly not overly puckering on the palate, with the oak barrels giving it a nice complexity push. Good amount of lemon/orange sourness and citrus impact. The funk is evident, but remains in the background amongst the sourness of the lambic. Very desirable overall. Never thought I would be able to try this. Loved it.

Mouthfeel was nicely prickly on the tongue. Light-bodied and generously carbonated throughout. So glad to have been able to try this Cantillon offering. Well worth being sought after.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 18:25:27 | More by infi
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon cuvee de champions:
On tap at Rattle n hum
Served on a white wine glass

A: It pours a straw-like golden colors with a milky clarity.  There was a strong one finger white head that the bartender dumped to give me a full pour.  There is little to no lacing. 

S: The nose is quite floral with large elements of apples, white grapes, and peaches.  There is a lovely sour funk billowing from the glass like a barnyard gone awry.  It is incredibly well rounded and appetizing. 

T: I am greeted by the dry hops on the first sip. It is quite floral and herbal. White grapes and apple peel are not lost amidst the other flavors  The oak barrels also come through wrapped in a lovely sour bouquet. The sour notes predominate with the funky leather notes hanging in the background. The more it warms the more layers reveal themselves.

M: Moderate body with champagne-like carbonation. 

O: I feel like a lucky man today.  I would rank this as an exceptional gueuze. The hops really pushed it up a notch.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 19:23:20 | More by Neffbeer
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david18

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer among a number of sour beers at a sour beer event at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan. It was great to taste so many sour beers side by side and this one really stood out as the gold standard among the many others I tried.

Poured a golden orange with a nice frothy head that left a great deal of belgian lacing behind.

Aroma was of oak as well as some slight fruit and a little bit of sweetness.

Flavor as well featured a combination of wood, sour and sweetness blended together perfectly.

Overall a very good beer that I was glad to try on tap, as I've only had Cantillon beers in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 19:27:14 | More by david18
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metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down and left some lacing.
S: The nose has strong aromas of sourness and funk.
T: The beer is very tart and sour and also has flavors of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink for the style because although the sourness is strong it does not overpower your palate.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 00:40:05 | More by metter98
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brew3crew

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Par of the epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and crew

A-straw yellow with nice head
S-nice yeast smell with a little bit of grass
T-very dry and sweet. Alot lime it smells
M-light body and smooth. Very carbonated
O-nice offering. Would like to try again

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 19:10:46 | More by brew3crew
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a decent amount of white head. Smells tart and sour. Lots of hops and sweet sourness. Tastes sweet with a mild tart kick. The tartness is fairly subtle. Overall incredibly drinkable. Nice carbonation levels. A great drinker

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 19:01:02 | More by Urbancaver
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.