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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

881 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 483
Gots: 200 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Kaydogg, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

bauermj, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Pahn, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Auracom
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Auracom, Nov 10, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SpdKilz, Nov 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

zhanson88, Oct 24, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MbpBugeye, Oct 09, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

nas5755, Oct 02, 2011
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.