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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
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world-class

848 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 480
Gots: 193 | FT: 16
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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djrn2

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 19:37:49 | More by djrn2
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Desaparecido

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 19:36:09 | More by Desaparecido
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beerdweeb

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 18:36:49 | More by beerdweeb
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 17:55:07 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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SourNotes

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 16:13:39 | More by SourNotes
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-14-2011 15:39:21 | More by Kaydogg
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bauermj

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 13:56:05 | More by bauermj
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 13:49:18 | More by JAHMUR
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 12:50:57 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-14-2011 10:08:07 | More by bsuedekum
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Pahn

New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 07:10:30 | More by Pahn
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Auracom

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -13.3%

2 oz. bottle pour into a wine taster at the Bruery Provisions on November 7th, 2011. #2 of a 5-bottle Cantillon flight.

A - Same golden hue as Classic Gueuze, but more transparency and quite a bit more frothy, white head. Lots and lots of carbonation and legs on the sides of this one.

S - The brett is more potent in this one. Horse blanket, wheat, hay-covered earth. Underneath lightly-astringent fruit. Lemongrass/lemon peel, subtle apple.

T - Certainly sour, but not huge. Citrus notes, lime tartness. Slight hop bitterness (that or I'm mistaking it for tannins). The drink doesn't offer quite as much depth as the nose. Semi-dry finish.

M - A tad thicker body than Classic. Otherwise very similar.

D - It's an interesting mix, but I don't find Cuvée des Champions quite as purposeful as Classic. Wouldn't say no to another tasting, but wouldn't really seek it out either.

11-10-2011 06:12:30 | More by Auracom
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

A big thanks to cadaugherty for sharing this with me at the CBS release. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a standard tulip with a hazy dark orange color. About a finger and a half of chunky white head is achieved with a moderate pour that leaves great looking lacing.

Smell – Slight floral hop presence that fades quickly to a wonderful oaky barnyard funk. Sour green apple, lemon zest, wet hay, and must.

Taste – Earthy funky mouth puckering flavors. Very little hop presence. Tart citrus, oak, must, and barnyard funk. Ends with more earthiness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry and tart.

Overall – A fantastic beer from Cantillon. A great gueuze and would love to try this again.

11-02-2011 21:03:49 | More by SpdKilz
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zhanson88

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: Pours a pale, extremely clear straw color, with 2.5" of eggshell white head. Retention is excellent, lacing is okay.

Smell: Smells of white grapes, green apples and pears, with horseblanket, grassiness, and brett funk following. Mostly tart, but maybe a touch sour. Lots of complexity and layers.

Taste: Ditto smell. Nice white grape and pear flavors initially. Funk, hay and tartness follow. Perhaps a bit more sourness on the palate than on the nose, but still not overly sour.

Appearance: Light bodied, high carbonation, very sprizty on the palate. Finish is drying and very refreshing. Overall, a very solid gueuze. Complex, not overly sour (not necessarily a good or a bad thing for me), and nice hop character.

10-24-2011 04:17:26 | More by zhanson88
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

Another bottle from the Reno Sour Bottle Share @ St. James Infirmary, jmoore50 thanks a bunch, this is one of if not my favorite gueuze.

Pours a rough day of partying urine orange, small white head to it. Plenty of carbonation. Like champagne, this uses little bubbles. Much like the classic gueueze, a tart, tight and minerally funk permeates the nose. Mixture of pear and apple. Of course, there's lemon. Huge salivating sour factor.

Despite the funkiness in the nose, and the sour on the tongue, this really has a refreshing edge to it. Light hopping. Shares some of the apricot it seems from fou fune. Throw in a little hay and grassy notes, and you have a complex but clean and enjoyable gueuze that is balanced throughout from the first sip.

10-11-2011 16:37:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Generously shared by Spider889 as a part of a gueuze tasting we put together with some other BAs. 2010 bottling.

Appearance
Here is a good looking gueuze. The color is a nice, middle value gold that shines very brightly. My glass had just a little amount of haze. The head fades to a healthy skim and leaves lots of droopy, heavy lacing.

Aroma
A sturdy funk is pushing through bitter and juicy citrus rind. This beer is a lot more floral, juicy and leathery than the others. It also has more funk than most other Cantillons that I've had.

Taste
Quite juicy up front, which is a very nice characteristic here. There is a lot of lemon rind. Sourness is even-keeled and fairly low.

Mouthfeel
Cuvee Des Champions has a slightly fuller body in the realm of gueuze. Carbonation is a little high, but it isn't stabbing, its more fluffy.

Overall
The fuller body and dry-hopped juiciness makes this a pretty interesting beer. and it works quite well.

10-09-2011 21:35:39 | More by MbpBugeye
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

2010 vintage served in a Mystic Flute

A- slightly hazy straw gold, a nice thick head.

S- Barnyard, hay, lemons, green/sour apples, some musty notes.

T- Tart, sour apples, lemons, some barnyard flavors, lots of depth, some hop citrus flavors, a nice musty slightly-bitter flavor on the finish. very impressive. The musty, vegetal flavors with hop characteristics add a very interesting complexity to gueuze.

M- sour, nice high carbonation

O- A really interesting take on gueuze. I love mixing hoppy dipas and ipas with lambic and this is not quite what I was expecting in terms of hop profiles on the nose. It was much more interesting this way, I really enjoyed how the hops played with the barnyard and sour notes.

10-02-2011 22:45:24 | More by nas5755
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flannelman808

California

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

A: A hazy yellow orange toasted hay like color with a very white head which fizzles away after having stood tall, leaving little lacing on the glass.

S: Granny smith, earthy funk, and Meyer lemon dominate the nose. Interesting to say the least.

T: Crabapple, Granny smith apple, and lemon follow through onto the palate. Amazing carbonation lights up the entire tongue. Tart nectarine/ white peach, anjou pear fruit flavors fill in as well. Very tart but completely acidic, Acetic acid whatsoever.

M: Amazingly carbonated, tiny bubbles.

O: Great beer albeit a bit heavy handed on the tart with not much on the funk.

09-27-2011 03:02:40 | More by flannelman808
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

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

Appearance: My pour has a cloudy tangerine orange color with a delicate white froth. The head only remains for a minute before fading to a ring and a thin film, but it still leaves a few wisps of lace.

Smell: The aroma is full of barnyard funk, horse blanket, and leather. Slightly musty as well. There is some good tart acidity to the nose. Tons of Brett in this one.

Taste: The flavor is pleasantly sour, blended, and balanced. Some light grains prelude lemon zest and a little grapefruit sour flavor. Some straw and grassy notes draw out the flavor, and the finish has some musty earthiness.

Mouthfeel: This is acidic, with some lactic character. Fairly dry, medium bodied with delicate carbonation. A bit more dry at the finish.

Overall: This was one of the first gueuzes that I was able to really get into, and now I think I am an addict of the style.

09-26-2011 22:25:09 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Beerenauslese

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Enjoyed a glass of this in March, 2011 at the Cantillon brewery cafe, where this is called Cuvee St. Gilloise. Reviewed from notes. Gueuze dry hopped with Hallertau.

Body is a hazy gold, no head, just some bubbles in a ring.

Smells funky, leathery, with orange notes.

Tart, with notes of light malt, orange rind, with a spicy finish. Characteristic Cantillon funkiness. I really enjoyed the Hallertau, which lends this the orange flavor.

Body is light and the carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is clean and tart. Brought a few bottles home for the cellar.

A nice drinking gueze. I like the tartness and the orange in this, which makes it distinctive.

I talked with Jean about the name change (now named after the area rather than the football team who have not been champions in awhile). Jean pointed out that each vintage is different because the lambic is always different and he cannot predict how the lambic will react with the hops he chooses.

So I'll just keep drinking this year after year then. Save some for a short vertical in the future.

09-18-2011 19:19:37 | More by Beerenauslese
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pdoran10

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

This beer pours out a slightly hazy golden color into a snifter. One finger of white head that leaves decent lacing.

The smell is musty with a pleasant lemon acidity, mildew and tart.

I get big lemon tartness up front which becomes more complex with slightly grainy and funk flavors coming through. Finishes dry with a lingering bitter grassy flavor.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side with moderate and well done carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall a great beer, very complex tasty flavors and excellent mouth feel. As to be expected from Cantillon, this beer is delicious.

09-05-2011 02:21:41 | More by pdoran10
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -6%

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

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

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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


4.58/5  rDev +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.

08-09-2011 22:43:05 | More by ehammond1
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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