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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.01%


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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this a lot ...thanks to stake for sharing this w/ negation and me. From the 750 into a cantillon tulip.

Bright golden w/ translucent clarity and thin white cap comprised of tiny beads,lace sticks ok. The scent is strong w/ woody and light sour yeast w/ hints of earthy and floral notes. The smell of mild funk is present w/ subtle spice and gentle vinous odor. The feel is moderately funky and dry w/ light tanning from the wood w/ some extremely high coronation which gives the perception of subtle spice and toasted elements. There is a light bitter and acidic aspect that brings a balance that is great for the style w/ moderate puckering astringency and a drying finish.

The flavor has bits of wood w/ lemony sour and other funk aspects-there is mild citrus rind and slight bitter herb w/ a hint of white pepper and pineapple+ melon w/ a hint of grassy astringency. the tropical fruit presence goes well w/ the oak in the finish. Overall I thought this was a pretty great gueuze - I enjoyed other for its complexity and the level of sourness ...this is pretty drinkable and brings a nice amount of oak from the barrel and funkiness to the experience

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 12:18:41 | More by Slatetank
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled October 4, 2010

Tight white head on top of a golden mildly hazy body. Aroma is really funky, lemon rind, some cobwebs, and green apple. More of a horsey, sweaty, musty funk. Flavor is crisp, clean, lactic, musty, apple, grapefruit rind, i get a mild floral almost honeyish flavor as well. Mouthfeel is light and airy, good carb, dry and mildly tainnic. Really nice and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 04:15:33 | More by Agold
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birchstick

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 04:29:22 | More by birchstick
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head.

S-Very funky, oak and grapes.

T-Great balance, very funky, very acidic oak and grapes.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry crisp finish.

O-First Cantillon Gueuze. It was tasty. Not as good as the Classic Gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 00:15:00 | More by rlee1390
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light amber with a foamy, shortlived head. Lots of lace trails drape the glass on the way down. Acidity, restrained funk and cheesy hops fill the nose. Acidity lingers in the nostrils for a good while. The taste is huge sourness, but not quite as puckering as the Cantillon Geueze. Lemon, barnyard funk, gym socks, some vinegar and some tea(?) notes mingle together. Hugely complex and enigmatic. The mouthfeel is briskly carbonated, almost like a champagne. Finishes sour and earthy with a lingering citric edge.

This is an excellent lambic, apparently straight 2 year. The differences between a standard gueueze are apparent - a bit less funk depth and south intensity - but still stupidly quaffable and complex. Another must try from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:43:29 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Dukeofearl

California

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As described by my Brussels friend, BelgianBeers (who kindly presented this to me during the Belgian Beer Paradise festival in Brussels, September 2004), after he acquired it on its first day of release:

“It tastes very much like their regular geuze, but with the added bonus of a delicate bitterness, especially in the finish, brought about by dry-hopping. Another difference with the regular geuze (which, as you probably know, is a blend of one, two and three-year old lambics) is that this is a blend of two-year old lambics only. The refermentation in the bottle is sparked by adding a tiny dose of priming sugar (with regular geuze, the sugar-rich young lambic performs this function). From the brewery's last email: "The "Cuvée des Champions", made to celebrate the promotion of the Royale Union Saint-Gilloise football team to the second division, is available. Just like the "Cuvée 1904", made to commemorate the centenary of the team's first title, it is a selection of two years old lambics which underwent a cold hopping in the casks and a second fermentation in the bottle."

Presentation: 75 cl bottle with a yellow and purple label with an emblem of “USG” in yellow and purple circles (the team’s colors, I assume). “In celebration of the title..." (in French) proclaimed on the label. Cantillon Brewery is only identified in small type on the label.

Appearance: Pours dark golden, slightly cloudy with a thin head and a small stream of steady carbonation.

Aroma: Oh, there it is, that familiar lambic sour. Not as strong as some, sour apples, sour champagne fruitiness hidden behind the sour sourness.

Flavor: Sour, tart, sour, dry, and with that barnyard flavor so similar to this style of beer. To be honest, I can’t tell the difference between this and Cantillon’s gueuze- I wish I had done a side-by-side taste comparison.

Mouthfeel: As is common with this style, a very tart, mouthpuckering event. Full mouthfeel (if full is the opposite of watery).

Drinkability: As with the other products, I really like this when the mood strikes (when it’s warm, with a good meal, when I don’t want a strong, high-ABV beer, when I want to reflect on travels to Belgium). But it’s not something I would drink all the time.

Overall: I like this as I like the Cantillon products, but to be honest, I have yet to learn to fully appreciate these beers. I’ll keep trying though, because I do like this one (and it’s siblings).

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 22:32:26 | More by Dukeofearl
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peabody

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice cloudy yellow with lots of white foam gracing the top and leaving some lacing.
Smell is sour cherries and lemon zest/orange peel and a little dirty sock thrown in there for good measure.
Taste is sour cherry and orange and grapefruit. Very nice lambic.
No alcohol in the smell taste or feel. Slighty dry and sticky must mean that there is some sugar here but it's way in the back.
I could drink lots of this. Cantillon just rules the roost.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 21:48:32 | More by peabody
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BTPete

New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Des Champions 2008 bottle had at Novare Res. Poured to Cantillon stemware.

A: hazy golden, thin head that wistfully creates bubbles as swirled.

S: musty nose, smells of green grape, vinous in a way. Lemon rind and light hops.

T: tart and funky. A definite grape/lemon presence over a dry barnyard finish.

M: carbonation seems low in glass until swirl, livens right up as it goes across your tongue. I guess less carb due to unblended status?

D: pretty darn good, would drink a second if I could afford it!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 15:06:53 | More by BTPete
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 7-19-2007. I believe this is my first unblended lambic. Pours a brown hued orange. Nose is slightly like a certain flavor of Ricola throat drops. I can't remember exactly what kind, but I think it was lemon and herbs or something like that. Antiseptic tone to it. Fair amount of wood is on there too. Flavor is sour indeed. Definite wood character to it. Just a pure mix of tart and wood. This is what a lambic is. Feel is as expected on the liquid and ripe with carbonation. Overall very drinkable. If you haven't had a real lambic and don't appreciate that sour funk, you won't dig this one. This is a purists dream. Very much worth taking the bus to Philly for a day to get a hold of.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 20:18:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque golden color with a finger of basically white head. Looks good. A bit of lacing that shows up as you drink.

Nose is crazy sour, with a nice spicy malt sweetness that comes over the top. All kinds of swirling fruit flavors. Incredibly strong - sort of a sour wheat, coriander nose.

Straight up sourness in the taste. Starts to break down; increasing, rough, roasted sour apples. Very biting sourness on the back. Strong biting hop backbone that shows. Light caramel, watermelons, and some strong citrus. Distinct oakiness.

Body is medium, with carbonation the works right into the sourness.

A fairly amazing beer. Almost a wine, in terms of the oakiness and vinous sourness. A real treat.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2008 22:35:45 | More by soupyman10
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largadeer

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear (for the first glass at least) and straw colored with a fast-fading one finger head that leaves a few wisps of lace.

Smell: Strong funk and earthy/herbal hops - unusually hoppy for a Cantillon beer, in fact. Refreshingly different and enjoyable.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pretty mild sourness for Cantillon. Fruity notes of green apple and lemon peel are met with an interesting herbal hop flavor. Carbonation is fairly low here, but it's ample enough to make it dance a bit on the tongue. Really a remarkably subtle and balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 23:04:46 | More by largadeer
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008. I don't know why this beer is "retired" since it commemorates something that happened in 2003-2004, has 2 year old lambic in it according to the bottle, and was bottled in 2008 . . .

But I'm not one to question the ways of the beer gods. I'm just here to enjoy a fantastic beer from one of the world's greatest breweries.

My overall impression of the bottle I got is that the beer is a little young. There was plenty of sourness (I got a pinch of acid-reflux from the beer, which I do not normally experience even with their Grand Cru) as well as a hefty dose of bretty barnyard funk that married quite well with the earthy hops . . . but there seems to be something off about the beer. Perhaps I am just not sure about dry hopped lambics, since aging the lambic would clearly destroy the delicate hop. But at the same time, the flavors of the beer don't quite feel like they have blended into each other.

I mean, all the classic lambic flavors are there, don't get me wrong. But they hit me one-by-one on their own. Bam! Barnyard! Bam! Sour! The sort of interplay that I've come to expect from Cantillon seems to be missing.

But that doesn't mean it isn't an incredible beer. I am absolutely loving this bottle, my birthday beer. But if I had a few bottles, I would sit on them. That is all.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 05:49:45 | More by shbobdb
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/10/2006 vintage, almost three years in the bottle. Nice golden color, sports a white head but quickly becomes semi-still, smells like a hint of cobweb, tastes wheaty and sour lambic, citrus, especially sour lemons. Funky a bit but very drinkable, some cheese, I like it.

2010 vintage tastes in April of 2011

This is the freshest sample I've had yet and it is a completely different beer. The dry hopping is powerful and reminds me a bit of Le Terroir. Very nice and I won't bother to cellar this in the future. Wish it was easier to get fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 05:41:52 | More by ArrogantB
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. I have been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time.

2009 vintage. The beer pours a murky yellow color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemon with some oak and earthy qualities. The flavor is heavy on the lemon tartness with some oak notes. There is not as much funk as I was expecting. The beer is very acidic and is very, very dry which forces you to drink more and more. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 05:23:59 | More by Mora2000
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nickd717

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green 750ml bottle at Toronado SF. I was turning the big 27 and figured I'd spring the crazy $35 for this bad boy to share with a few of my doggs. The blend of champions, this is.

Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head and some good lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, wild tartness, and funk - your usual Cantillon smell - as well as floral hops, which are a nice touch here.

Flavor is typical Cantillon as well. Pale malt, their usual awesome wild yeast, and barnyard funk, with light fruits (pineapple/citrus) and floral hops. This was a fairly fresh bottle (less than one year old), so the hops really came out.

Medium body with pretty mild acidity for a Cantillon beer. This is not overwhelmingly sour.

Great beer overall. I'd like to see Cantillon make more forays into the hopping arena, although they should use some darker bottles if they're going to do that, or the beers could become major skunk-o-ramas. A Cantillon IPA sounds amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 00:11:52 | More by nickd717
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levifunk

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Matt for graciously sharing this with us. Pours golden yellow with a ton of carbonation. head forms, but doesn't retain, just a lot of bubbles in there. Smell is a bit funky. Kind of smells like wet grass, but with some lemon notes. Taste was great. Sour/tart flavor. Main thing I identified was a grapefruit citrus flavor. Not sure if I'll ever be able to have this again, but I hope I am.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 15:20:46 | More by levifunk
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2008 vintage. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a cloudy golden orange color with a coastered white head. Super clean aroma with lemon, peach, straw, some barnyard, and really slight hops. Drinking this is really close to a perfect dream. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Lemon zest start with some sweetness, minimal hop bitterenss in the end. Slight funkiness but nice balance to the overal fruit tart fruit notes. Peach fruit flavors as well. Overall, this is just a fantastic beer, clean and crisp with a really nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 15:27:10 | More by kbutler1
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knucks999

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle. Average carbonation, slight foam, not much lacing in a beer clean glass. Massive funk in the nose, no hop aroma detected. Same in the taste, couldn't find any of those dry hops in it, just massive Cantillon funk. More sour than a classic gueuze, I loved it. Really drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 23:27:45 | More by knucks999
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metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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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infi

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage, Cuvée des Champions
Look: The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a very nice short lasting white head.
Smell: Sour lemons, hay, grass, grapes, apples and dust-must. Light barnyard.
Taste: Moderately acidic, lemon, with a very dry finish, bit bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation
Overall: Nice and refreshing, not too sour, not too complex, but easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 16:59:17 | More by rvdoorn
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

51st Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Thanks to bspringer for this wonderful birthday gift! Cracked at a BBQ tasting in late July.

A: Golden yellow. 2+ fingernail (pure white) head on medium pour.

S: Hay, (tart) green apple, hay, pear, hay, and more hay.

T: Tart, funky, and sour start to finish. Subtle hints of citrus and lemon. There is also a predominant presence of an unripened fruit, but I my taste buds can’t narrow it down.

M: Light bodied and lots of carbonation. Very dry.

O: A very enjoyable birthday gift that I was thankful to share with a wonderful group of BA’s. I would seek this out if you have not already. IMO, I think this is a great introductory beer to the style of gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 20:53:08 | More by spdyfire83
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 1/29/2010. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Barely a pop. Small white head atop a mostly clear body.

Smell - Herbal. Funky. Less acidic than a Cantillon usually is. More in the 3F vein. White pepper in the back.

Taste - Back to the true Cantillon sourness. Strong white wine notes and it gets herbal again after the sourness fades. The finish is far less acidic.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Strong wine presence that takes away from its spritz.

Overall - Excellent. Maybe lacking in complexity, but the flavors it has are phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 19:15:52 | More by Alieniloquium
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.