Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
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Gots: 232 | FT: 23
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dukeofearl on 01-23-2005

Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.
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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, poured into a lambic glass; 03-04 vintage

A somewhat dull orange underneath a thin layer of foam. The head was creamy and long lasting, never fully receding. The nose is full of tart apple, leather, tobacco, cider vinegar, and white grape skins. Soft and complex, with equal parts sweet and tart. The tartness leaps onto the palate with a punch of flavor. First, it was a good amount of earthy tones, then white grapes, tobacco, green apples, cider vinegar, sea salt, aged cheese, and a light, old oak flavor burst onto the palate. Holy complexity. Just waves of flavor on top of a bed of sour. Light to medium body, low carbonation with a sharp acidity. This is a damn fine gueuze with a tremendous amount of complexity. It could take days to truly break down everything going on.

Photo of nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to champ103 for hooking this one up in a trade.

A - Poured a hazed golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - This is one stinky lambic funky barnyard scents with some citrus as it warms the nose gets a little tart

T - The taste is quite a bit more tart and less funky than the smell but still has a a touch of lemon citrus to it very good tasting

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - I don't really know what else to say about this beer I'm loving the taste of this one I'm the type of person that will drink sour after sour and don't see any problem in drinking this 750ml myself tonight worth finding to try

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat, oak, vanilla, barnyard funk, tart green fruits, lactic acid, citrus hops, lemon zest, light sourness.

T - Sweet wheat, oak, vanilla, barnyard funk, tart green fruits, lactic acid, lemon zest, light citrus and floral hops, light sourness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky, tart, sour finish.

D - Fantastic balance and complexity, the hops are a great addition.

Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage at Prairie Moon. Served in a tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick cap but no lace. Mostly transparent golden body, until you get to the end of the bottle of course.

S - It's got that signature Cantillon funk, some light medicinal flavors, stone fruit malts, wet leather, gypsum, a bit of acidity, and minimal hop presence - guessing two years is too long for the dry hopping to stay present.

T - The taste is far more acetic than I was expecting. Sour lemons, under-ripe stone fruits, musty basement funk, a light brackish note in the finish.

M - Medium body, pleasant moderate carbonation, dry finish, and some growing acidity. A touch less delicate and more hearty than I was expecting.

D - I really enjoyed this vintage - I've had mixed success with Cuvée Des Champions in the past, but the bottles I've had most recently have ranged from very good to stellar. I'm looking forward to the bottle I have in the cellar.

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 cork date. Split two ways. Consumed on 1-11-13, reviewed from notes.

A: Clear copper with a foaming white head. Serene inside of the glass.

N: Delicious. Musty hops, lemon zest, and attic spaces. Oak holds down the fort with some black peppercorns and graininess. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Lemons, straw filled barn stalls, pineapple, horse blanket, oats, and wood. There’s a very balanced sourness here and some excellent funk. Tart without being grotesquely sour.

M: Perfect. Like drinking a pilsner it goes down so smoothly.

O: Accomplished beer and one of my favorites in the Cantillon pantheon. The hops and the lambic work for me.

Photo of pdoran10
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Labeled Saint Gilloise. October 2010 European release, 5 months old

Pours a golden yellow color with 3 fingers of head that leaves wisps of lacing.

The aroma is somewhat unique for a Cantillon, you can tell that something is different here (in this case, the dry hopping). Not as much dusty attic or farmhouse funk as expected, instead it is mostly lemon, grapefruit, pine needle, and flowers. There is still a bit of the signature Cantillon beneath, but the dry hopping has added a thick layer on top.

The flavor is excellent. Musty attic and sunflowers lead the way, with a sour lemon finish that is both acidic and vinegary. Quenches my craving for sour and doesn't sacrifice depth in the process. Some earthy nuttiness, oak, and grass. Faint banana sweetness and stank cheesiness.

The body is medium to light and carbonation is high and feels appropriate.

Overall this is yet another top quality offering from the best brewery in the world. If you see some, pick it up!

Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives rather cloudy, the honey colored liquid lacking any cap; no lacing

Smell: Rather cheesy, with hints of hay, peach and pineapple

Taste: Tartness dominates from the outset, with a range of subtle citrus, tropical and stone fruit flavors developing, in the middle; the cheesy funk builds a bit, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Overall: A really nice Geuze; I like the impact of the hops but it is the funk that makes it

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 bottling, Sampled September 2005
Pours a hazy straw-orange color with a hint of ruby-grapefruit colored notes. The carbonation seems quite low, as the cork did not pop at all when pulled, it is carbonated though, but the head is wispy and a frothy pale color. Ah, the aroma; a suitable funky smell greet my nostrils as I take my first draught of the nose. The aroma is a mix of citrus, funky notes of mushroom, perhaps some notes of farmhouse cheese, and musty earth. The Brett character is quite pronounced, and the aroma just keeps the senses piqued for continued sniffing pleasure.

The beer is of course shockingly tart in the first sip, after that is through it becomes pleasingly tart with a bracing note of acidity. The beer is quite light, and has just enough carbonation to enhance the spritzy refreshing character. I do think that there is a bit of grassy herbal character here too from the dry hopping in the cask. This has a nice note of tart grapefruit, and is not nearly as funky in the taste as the nose suggests. There is a light note of funky cheese in the finish that seems to linger a bit in an astringent manner after the beer has been swallowed.

As this beer warms up it really begins to soften a bit, open up, and become quite a bit more fruity with lots of grapefruit and lemon notes. This is definitely quite enjoyable, and I definitely do not enjoy Lambics enough, it is definitely a special occasion type beer for me, and I would much prefer that it was an everyday beer for me.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Zwanze Day @ Avenue Pub.

Appearance: light yellow, light haziness, bone white minimal head.

Aroma: lemony tart notes, funk, acid, musky sourness, floral notes, with some herbal spiciness.

Taste: strong sour note, lemony zest, musk, funk, sour apple, earthy yeast, floral.

Mouthfeel: light, a bit crisp, but lower carbonation.

Overall: fantastic. Ended up with this when they kicked the Kriek keg, and I'm glad it did. The highlight of the night for me.

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

750ml bottle, 2010 dating with the St. Gilloise label. Split with friends and poured into a matching Cantillon long stemmed tulip. This brew appears a golden hazed color with some lighter yellow coloration around the edges. A white frothy head recedes leaving some finger-like patterns of lace and small patchy patterns. A swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained froth across the top.

The smell of this brew is of moist cork, damp woodsy notes with a light amount of lemony citrus and an indication of light cardboard quality. It is earthy around the edges with some deeper fruited quality throughout. As it warms up, there is a bit of a dirty gym sock character that brings on the funk.

The taste initially is of damp wood, funk and earthy notes. Citrus like lemon has a brightness to it that goes beyond lactic character or just zest, it is more of a deep rindy flavor of fresh lemon with a bit of bitterness. The combination of funk and earthy quality is very enjoyable with lots of layers of complexity to sift through.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol inclusion. This is a type of brew that is complex enough tht you can sit and ponder over it for a long time but it is easy drinking enough that you could take down a whole bottle effortlessly. Pleasantly tart without going overboard, as far as the geuze style goes, this is not harsh at all. Very well rounded and enjoyable. I will be seeking more of this out.

Photo of Billolick
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Yeast fest @ Spuyten D in Bklyn. Poured cloudy light apricot, nose is of funky cheesy feet with a slight lactic sourness. Smokey, moderatly sour brew. With a long flavorful finish. Approachable Lambic, Brett present but not out of control, give a try of this one to Lambic newbies. Great brew to experience if you can find any more around.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks for knocking this beer off my wants list Steve!

poured into cantillion wine stem. #properglassware!

Appearance- straw pale yellow bodied beer with a huge soft fluffy white head that has a decent amount of staying power. really elegant looking beer especially when sitting in a cantillion wine stem.

Smell- I can smell this as soon as a little bit of this beer is poured in the glass, don't need to even put my nose into this beer to know it smells great! immediately you smell 2 things... that trademark cantillion funkiness and that sour lambic twang! hint of floral and earthy hops. also smells fruity like white grapes.

Taste- mild tartness. moderately funky. minimal hop presence even though this beer is dry hopped. honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. as this beer opens up the funkiness goes through the roof and it begins to have a vinous quality in the flavor profile like that of a white wine. really and interesting and nuanced beer by cantillion.

Mouthfeel- light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. spritzy and delicate. it also feels so very fresh. the mouthfeel of this beer reminds me of spring. super easy drinking and really refreshing. premium mouthfeel as always when speaking of most all cantillion brews.

Overall- I wasn't really sure what to expect of a dry hopped lambic, but I am here to tell you this over exceeded my expectations very much so.

Photo of Fugazme
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes...

top of cork was wet and musty... not much sound from the open.

Hazy gold with a fizzy cap... smallish head dissipated very fast.

Aroma is full of fruit... apricot, peach... very musty and funky. Sour spice. Quite good.

Good bitter sour throughout leading to a subtle sweet finish. Granny apple notes and touches of apricot and pear. A bit dry and salty.

Great beer...

Photo of gyllstromk
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the beautiful event "Quintessence" at Cantillon, which featured a tour of lambic/cheese pairings (including some other interesting foods, such as lambic jellies and sorbets). The table for the St-Gilloise was operated by none other than beer legend Lorenzo Dabove, who, by the way, is a hilarious and fun guy. Also at the table was the Iris.

This lambic, like Iris, is distinct from the usual lambics in its more traditional use of malts and hops. The Cuvée is dry hopped with Hallertau for 2 years.

The beer is quite unique and interesting. The aroma is quite similar to Orval, with its characteristic blend of hoppiness and constrained Brett funkiness. There is an astringent bitterness from the hops which is made more acute by the lambic sourness. Think grapefruit pith, soaked in tea. Overall, a much stronger hop effect than Iris. An interesting experiment and a true delight to try! Unfortunately (but unsurprisingly) this limited release was already sold out within the day and we could not bring a bottle home.

Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 27 June 2012 (Cuvee Saint-Gilloise label)

A -Pours a slightly hazed deep golden brown with one finger of creamy off-white head. Head has good retention before fading to a thin cap.

S - Nice lemon and funk initially. The funky element of the aroma is persistent throughout the aroma, but it isn't particularly strong and not overpowering, though it seems to get stronger and pick up more of a cheese element the further I get into the glass.

T - Very tart up front, with a lot of lemon and some under-ripe peach. The tartness masks the funk initially, but a nice earthy layer comes in midway through and lingers into the aftertaste. Both he tart elements and the funk linger for a long time after the finish.

M - Very creamy mouthfeel to accompany the mouth puckering tartness. Finishes moderately dry, but less so than many other gueuzes. Pretty impressive.

O - Still relatively young, so I assume this may become more dry over time, but this is a very enjoyable gueuze.

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

I recently had a 2010 bottle of Cuvee des Champions with friends on thursday night--thanks Jeff for sharing this with us. This is a beer I've looking forward to try but it was difficult to find enough beer geeks to share it with. 7 people splitting a 750 ml bottle meant that each person got a 4 oz pour, which unfortunately is not as much as i want to drink but enough to get a good feel for the beer. This beer combines two of my favorite brewing techniques wild yeast fermentation and dry hopping.

The Lambic was golden orange in color with a good bit of haze and sediment. Not sure if it was hop bits flocced yeast or pieces of barrel, but the color was gorgeous and capped with a solid white cap of foam. The head really helped carry the aroma which was was definitely wild, musty straw, squeezed lemons, and a sawed pine wood aroma that is likely coming from the hops.

The beer tasted very smooth with great light carbonation and a du finish. The bugs are very expressive giving good lemony tartness and restrained classic Cantillon funk. The dryhops help to keep the beer grounded providing a woody and herbal character almost like oak aging would contribute.

Refreshing, spritzy, and delicious. I'm glad to have tried this and to share it with friends

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

750ml into a stemmed Cantillon glass. 2010 Vintage.

Pours a clear gold with a dense frothy head. Lots of carbonation evident with tons of tiny bubble racing to the top of the glass.

Nose is full of tart fruits and a light funk. I get a suggestion of hops, but nothing more.

Taste is sharply sour, but not as overwhelming as other unblended lambics I've had. The finish is surprisingly smooth, leaving me ready for the next sip.

Mouth is highly carbonated. The high carbonation and signature Cantillon dryness makes this a crisp, drinkable beer. A very approachable and enjoyable lambic.

Photo of Etan
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2012 vintage, into a snifter.

A: Pours a glowing straw-orange with a nice white head.

S. Citrusy character from the dry hopping and acidity, tart and horsey, light wheat, a bit lactic.

T. Light lactic and pineapple brett, moderate oaky tartness, sour mango, wet hay, subtle hop bitterness.

M. Light and frothy body.

O. A very fruity geuze, more on the bright rather than earthy side, thanks to the brett and the dry hopping. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a hazy as can be golden color with a dense white head. Smells of tart acidity and apricots. Sour beginnings give way to a peppery spice of a finish. Lemon notes, crisp green apple, and fresh cracked pepper. Delicious.

Photo of PALMEJ1
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml->stone snifter
bottled: 19 May 2009

a-I got worried when I popped the cap and rusty beer squirted on me, however all is well. great carbonation. 2 finger frothy white head. pale golden body with rising bubbles. thin lace hangs around w/nice additional foam around the edges.
s-I sure can smell the hops. I want a lambic but instead the first scent is hops. beneath that is an amazing beer. little lemon funk, pepper, coriander?
t-Its good and tart first then I get the very faint hint of hops. very good. I cant wait to see how it ages. Tart bomb followed by sweet green apple-maybe a little citrus zest. not too funky, more of a minor mustiness associated with the tart. hops are only really in the aftertaste. leaves you with hop mouth. I'm really liking this one.
m-perfect consistency lends to the full (tart) flavor. carbonation is perfect, not too much or too little.
d-overall and excellent beer. I have a feeling that after a year or so this beer could score some 5's!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of MDDMD
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-lemon, bready malt, yeasty funk, tart grapes, grassy

T-bready malt, lemon, yeasty funk, grass, tart grapes, vinegar

F-medium body with nice crisp carbonation, dry and puckering

O-really enjoyable, could drink this often if I could find it

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, consumed at moeder lambic. dont recall the vintage offhand

reviewed from brief notes

appearance: nice bottle, pours a pale straw-golden color into a cantillon tulip

smell: sour lemon, oak, funky yeast, citrus

taste: another fine unblended lambic consumed at a lovely rate - sour lemon, barnyard funk, white grape, tart apple. love cantillon

mouthfeel: lovely tartness

drinkability: good

Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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