Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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world-class

981 Ratings
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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 499
Gots: 214 | FT: 19
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pungent and deeply earthen, the brine character of old lambic meets the youthful zest of sour citrus and a pang of acetic sharpness and plays out fully on the palate from nose to finish.

Cuvee des Champions opens with a rusted haze of deep gold with orange highlights. Allowing only a diffused glow from behind, the beer carries a mystic semi-opaque appearance beneath a fluffed head off eggshell white which stands tall throughout the session but with minimal lace. Eventually, the low pH gets the best of the beer.

Surprisingly tart and complex aromas flood the olfactory senses with wave after wave of varying scents that stands off that first sip until the nose first becomes comfortable with the pungent aromas. Sour grapes, lime, grapefruit pith, light vinegar, crab apples and bruised fruit rise in those early visits to the glass. But becoming acclimated to the aromatic matrix more robust notes arise in the shape of wet hay, leather, dried tobacco, weathered oak, sandalwood, horse hair, mushroom and sea air. The beer takes the nose on quite a journey even before the first sip is taken.

But then the intense pang of sourness penetrates the soft tissues of the mouth with ease, bringing with it the fruity sourness of white wine must, dried limes, and complementing bitterness of white grapefruit. What follows is a mid palate of dry woody, husky malt taste that pins against the taste of straw and hay from hops. And then the long a drawn out finish reveals the more mature lambic taste of leather, sea brine, tobacco, worn oak, copper, mushroom, and light Stilton cheese. Despite the clean lactic sourness closes the beer suddenly and sharply, the aftertaste of maturity lasts seeming indefinitely. But throughout, this becomes one salty gueuze.

To the mouth, the sharp acidity reigns supreme with high astringency that hides behind the taste of sourness and bitterness in much the same way as does grape skins and raspberry seeds. The salty taste informs the skim malt underpinnings and provides just enough texture for the carbonation to reside; giving the beer slight creaminess at first but sparkling wine sprite at mid palate. Powdery-dry to finish, the notion of old dried woods return with tannin and alcohol evaporation.

Cantillon delivers once again a superior gueuze that takes the palate in all sorts of directions at once. As complex as the beer is, so many flavors reveal at once that is seems to confuse the nose and palate as much as it satisfies them. It's akin to that Picasso that's awe inspiring in the gallery but you don't want hanging in your home.

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

Bottle of Cuvée Saint-Gilloise, vintage 2011. Shared by mdaschaf, thank you sir! Served into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy bright golden sunset orange body with a rocky, foamy white head. Retention was decent but the lacing was a bit lacking. Nothing really out of the ordinary for the style.

S: Odd funk, very musty and dank smelling. Faint citrus notes orange and lemon peel. A bit grainy towards the back, just an overall strange smelling Gueuze.

T: Much better than the aroma, thankfully. Bright citrusy funk is up front and through the mid-palate. Through and through the classic funk character moves bringing in some minor tartness along with it. Refreshing, tasty and certainly hits all the marks for what it is.

M: Highly carbonated, again without much of a "pop" from the cork. Dry like I normally get but it's not overboard. Plenty of bubbles on the palate.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The aroma didn't set the bar high but the taste came through. Cantillon does it once again.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of pohldogg356
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of birchstick
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours orange in color with a nice one finger head

S - smells of citric lambic deliciousness with some funky notes. You can tell its a loon.

T - tastes really citric upfront. This fades to a bit of a metallic that is washed aside by more citric flavor and a bunch of funk. This one seems a little softer and not as sour cutting as other gueuze's I have had from Cantillon.

M - really soft mouthfeel with good carbonation and a little bit of a dry finish

D - really good offering from Cantillon. This has a nice combination of funk and gueze flavors. Not as extremely sour as some of their other offerings, which makes it more drinkable in my book.

Photo of mattsander
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottling

A: Hazy apricot with a bone white temporary head, very nice looking beer.

S: Damp cotton, lemon, green apples, overripe fruits. Less straight up brett funk than the classic Gueuze. More fruity and citrusy, very nice.

T: Plenty of lemony acidity, oak, dank herbal hops, a slightly cheesy finish. Very complex, highly drinkable. I feel like the hops retract from the big brett character, but this is an awesome and unique Gueuze. More approachable than the classic IMO.

M: Bone dry with pinpoint carbonation. Hugely refreshing and very easy to drink despite the considerable acidity. Another awesome offering from Cantillon.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Label says Cuvee Saint-Gilloise. Bottled 10/4/10.

Pours a clear honey orange with an orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and herbal hop aromas. Taste is exactly the same with a slight bitterness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great gueuze with a nice hoppy presence.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

750 ml bottle, bottled October 4, 2010, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy, really pretty golden color, topped with two fingers of creamy white head, good retention, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Very funky, hay, apples and some lemon.

T- Very fruity and citric, big lemon flavors, nice funky tartness, floral notes as well, not picking up on a lot of hops in the aroma or flavor.

M- Light, crisp feel, well carbonated, slightly puckering, dry finish.

O- A really excellent beer, this is the only Cantillon gueuze I've had besides their regular Gueuze 100%, and I definitely enjoyed this one just as much, if not more.

Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.