Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 1,093
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.03%
Wants: 553
Gots: 233 | FT: 24
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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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 warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle in a snifter and pint glass.

Pours a nice, full, orange colour with a small white head.

Smells very tart, and funky.

Tastes crisp and refreshing, with a lemon acid hit, rounding itself off quickly and not lingering for too long.

Overall pretty nice, one of the more balanced gueuzes out there. (321 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for splitting his bottle with me - Cantillon in any form is always greatly appreciated. Cuvee de Champions (a.k.a. Cuvee St. Gilloise) pours a somewhat translucent, golden-yellow color with a huge, foamy, eggshell tinted head that fizzes up quickly and leaves some nice bouts of chunky lacing along the glass. Very volatile beer, as even a modest pour produces a huge layer of foam.

Before I even lean in to the glass, I can already smell the funk in this one. Extremely funky from start to finish; cheesy, musty barnyard, horse-blanket, wet hay, old cork... you name it. The funk is based off of that signature Cantillon aroma, but even takes it up a notch and amplifies it quite a bit. The funk is accompanied by some herbal lemon zest, a bit of grass and leaves, and a mild, abrupt tartness that is mostly akin to apples and white grapes. If anyone asks you what "funk" smells like, let them take a whiff of this.

Needless to say, I was very excited to finally toss this one down the gullet after the insanely funk aroma that had just pierced my nostrils. The first sip includes a nice round of pears and even some peach tartness that went primarily unnoticed in the aroma, along with smaller amounts of green apples and white grapes as noted earlier. The tartness exerts itself quickly, jolting your taste buds for a moment before fading away into nothing more than a lasting, fruity sweetness.

The funk is actually a bit toned down on the palate, although it's still incredibly apparent and certainly the most important part of this brew. Funky musk, damp cellar, and corky horse blanket all come to mind when tasting this brew. Sometimes it's hard to accurately describe the funk you're smelling, but those words all come to mind. Just know this - Cuvee de Champions is an incredible funky brew, bottom line. The mouth feel is pretty sparky with a nice, highly carbonated snap. Light bodied; slick with a dry aftertaste.

Probably one of the nicest additions of funk I've tasted - so incredibly funky while remaining drinkable and free from anything offensive or off-putting. A nice meshing of flavors with some fruits and a light, yet assertive tartness that keeps you coming back for more. If this were more easily available, it would be the "go-to" brew to introduce someone to the world of unabashed funk. (2,333 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A frehs bottle poured at the source itself. Poured into a Cantillon branded chalice. On to the beer:

This dry hopped gueuze is orange colored with a crisp, low head. Some creaminess is given off from the head, not common with the style. The aroma brings a big note of grassy hops, along with a little tartness and hay. It's not grossly sour or taste in taste. It's fun and refreshing. There's a mix of swert tart flavor and modest sour lemon with the vibrant grass notes. Medium bodied is the beer, with light carbonation and mellow texture.

A twist on the usual gueuze. Personally, I'm more fond of a more tart gueuze than a hoppy one, however there's little doubt that this is fun to drink. (695 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle ( st gilloise ) into a tulip glass.

A- Poured a dark maize color. Three fingers width of white head, reduced to a ring over time. Very murky.

S- Very nice blend of various aromas. Getting lots of oak and a familiar barnyard mustiness in the nose. Also noticeable is distinct sour lemon/citrus fruit aroma.

T- Upfront there is a definite note of lemon tartness with oak underneath. This tartness eventually fades towards the middle, giving way to a earthy, grass-like flavor. There is some oak, wood flavors in there as well. The beer finishes with slightly bitter hops.

M- One of the better mouthfeels on a lambic. Light body, yet carries a feeling of fullness due to the carbonation. Finishes rather dry.

D- This one goes down very easily, given that this beer was not overly tart. Could be a great session beer. (849 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy yellowish orange color. The head is decent looking, thin retention with a pretty good lacing. The smell of the beer gives off a good amount of funk along with grassy malt. The taste of the beer is along the lines of a Gueuze and a pilsner. Tart and slightly sour, some grains and wheat hidden in the faith distance. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated and drinkable. Overall this beer is really quite nice. (439 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like clover honey, hazy and golden. Not much head. Funky, classic lambic aroma with lots of plasticky medicinal notes, ripe pears, dried apricot, a faint hint of lychee, and pleasant, grassy hops. Lip-smackingly, puckeringly acidic and very refreshing. Sour apple, sourdough, white grapefruit... really juicy, relentlessly sour but very moreish and mouthwatering. There's a touch of passionfruit and this intriguing violet-like floral quality in the finish, as well. Not quite 'easy drinking' on account of its acidity, but really very delicious. (552 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snifter, reviewed from notes. Thanks for sharing, Russ.

Pours a lightly hazy golden with a finger of what head that faded into a good long-lasting collar. I’m getting a lot of stone fruits on the nose and palate including apricot and peach. The taste is full of more citrus notes than the nose let on. Earthy spice and a bit of yeasty funk balance out the fruit and lend some tartness to the mouthfeel. The finish is very dry, and I’m getting some citrus rind bitterness in the aftertaste. Low carbonation, tart dry mouthfeel, medium body. Another great Cantillon, I need to get my hand on some of this stuff. Thanks again Russ. (634 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright golden colour with big, creamy white head. Decent head retention for the style.

Wonderful aroma. Nice combination of tropical fruit, lime, earthy funk, oak and spicy hops. Very nice and well balanced.

Again the flavour combines a punch of fruit, tartness and hops. The funk is a little subdued but the tropical fruit and earthy, spicy hops is great. Moderate bitterness. Moderately tart. Incredibly balanced for a Cantillon Gueuze.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A wonderful lambic. The dry hopping adds a nice note and the balance of yeast flavours in this one are great. (603 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with an average size white foamy bubbly head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with barnyard funk, lemon and hints of grassiness from the hops. As it warms it gets much more funky to an almost cheese-like level, maybe that is the combo of Belgian funk yeast and the choice of the dry hops. Oak and some mustiness exist as well.

The tastes follow the nose with lemon, and grassy hops, then some cheesy funk and some more emerging earthy, musty funk notes. Wet hay and other dusty musty oak flavors add to the complexity as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is super funky, not super sour, but really musty and oaky.

Overall I enjoyed this beer albeit being nothing like I was expecting. I have not had a Cantillon with this much hop character but it was a nice chance of pace. There is the typical Cantillon funk which cannot be replicated to complement the dry hops and create a unique yet enjoyable experience. (997 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy orange with a short dense head that doesn't last long. Nose is funky. Tons of sourdough, lemon, and a slight hint towards a sulphuric character. Notes of hay and dry oak. Very complex on the nose. Taste starts funky with lemon, bready sourdough character, drying tart character towards the end. Some grape skin in there as well. Mouthfeel is dry and highly carbonated. Overall, a very complex and unique brew. (430 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, 2012, poured into a flute

A- Hazy golden yellow with three finger white head.

S- Funky, some citrusy and earthy hops, somewhat sour.

T- Tart, tea like taste, oak, green apples, touch of funk, some lemons.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, dry.

O- Very drinkable and tasty. Not that complex but very well balanced. It could have a big nose and taste but it is really a treat. (390 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smudged label but looks like a 2011 bottle.

Pours out a hazy gold with a big white head in a Cantillon tulip.

An inviting aroma of lemon, orange, hay, earth, wood, and spice. Seems a little fruitier than most unfruited lambics I've come across.

Nice drinkable level of tartness. Lots of that lemon tartness. Grass and hay. Light cheese and spice.

Drinks smooth with light carbonation.

Easy drinking yummy beer. (417 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, bottle date being 6-27-12. Had a small sample of this (different vintage) at Ebenezer's a couple years back, wasn't sure I'd ever get to try this again/4 realz. Thanks to cbutova for breaking out the big guns for his 1000th review.

Pours a hazy peach orange color. A white head retains pretty well, eventually turning to a thick ring+patchy cap near the end.

Nice buggy funk, lemon, sour fruits make up the scent. Nice potency.

Taste follows suit, lemon, oak, socky funk, some sour citrus, some white wine-like notes. Pure smooth Cantillon, not over the top in any way, an easy drinking gueuze.

Very smooth, medium carbonation, pleasure to drink.

Definitely not as in-your-face as most Cantillons, but that is the appeal for this beer in my opinion. This is probably the smoothest, easiest drinking beer I've had from them, yet it doesn't sacrifice their signature flavor profile to do so. Awesome stuff. (923 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000, crazy that this day has finally come. The best beer I could bring out of the cellar and still review. Cantillon always does the trick. I have had this once before but it was a 2004 vintage consumed at Ebenezers in 2009 and I only remember a few things.

Bottled June 27th, 2012.

A- Poured out with a hazy golden body. A white head forms to a finger or two in size with a silky, creamy texture. The foam retains fairly nicely and leaves a thick ring around the top of the beer. This ring leaves spotty lace but still on par with other Cantillons I have had.

S- Certainly not the strongest overall of Cantillon offerings, it doesn't hit you quite as hard. Signature Cantillon funk, acetic acid, tart apples and grapes, oak, lemon and that nice horsey barnyard feel.

T- Pretty much the only thing I remembered from the 2004 vintage was how drinkable this was. It is like the Classic Gueuze but a bit tamer in most ways. A good sour character but not at the level of the Classic or Kriek. Notes of tart apples, apricot and its pit, sour grapes, oak, white wine, lemon juice and funk. Horsey barnyard goodness. The one thing I really notice differently from other Cantillon is an herbal note, maybe from the dry hopping, certainly some hop bitterness too.

MF- Lighter body dried out by all of the wild bugs and yeast. Carbonation level is lower-moderate and foamy. Sourness gains with time and is at a great level.

Similar to the Classic Gueuze but a bit toned down with sourness and funk. Also somewhat of a hop feel with bitterness and an herbal hint. Solid and very drinkable. (1,594 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this up in VT during my travels. This is a 2011 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear vibrant gold with a one finger head that quickly faded to leave a super thin fizzy cap that never left.

S - Getting ALOT of musty funk on this one. Mostly the basement funk here with some super light citrus. Not really as potent as most Cantillons.

T - Very, very sour here. Which is pretty nice. Not getting much fruit/citrus just super sour dusty sacks/basement. Really different. Not a super huge fan but it is tasty. The finish is the lingering sour with light wood and some light vinous qualities. Not as complex as other Cantillons.

M - Mouthfeel is solid as usual. Nice light, carbonation, super dry and tart.

O - Overall, while this is a tasty beer its possibly my least favourite Cantillon. For me, it just lacks the complexity of others. (891 characters)

Photo of BeerNFoodDood
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, very slightly chilled.

The nose is so complex. There is lots of citrus and spice from the dry hopping. I smell lemon, lime and grapefruit zest. There is a woody, musty. funky smell to it that is truly intriguing. I can smell some rick stone fruit in there as well.

The beer is carbonated nicely with visible yeast on the bottom. There is some citrus on the tongue but not as prevalent as the nose. Some oak in there but not overwhelming. Very delicious geuze. Extremely complex while being incredibly session-able.

Recommend to anyone.

Cheers (588 characters)

Photo of Brew33
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, finally I get a crack at Cuvee Saint-Gilloise.

The pour is typical Cantillon Gueuze. Bright yellow, with a thin white head that disappates almost instantly. The nose is full of the sour, juicy, mouth-watering aromas. But there is also a big, citrusy, hop aroma. I couldn't believe how hoppy the nose was. It made for an interesting combo that I had never experienced before.

After my first sip of these beer I was perplexed. Definitely the least sour Cantillon beer I've ever had. Not to say it isn't sour, it certainly is. But the hop bitterness or youth of this beer keeps the pucker factor pretty low. It's absolutely delicious. The restrained tartness really lets some of the other elemnets shine. Dry grain, light brett notes, some tropical fruit. This thing is a gem!

Mouthfeel was spot on. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel.

Overall, another stellar beer from Cantillon. (892 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2010 Vintage.

Appearance: Cuvee St. Gilloise pours a moderately hazed golden-orange colour, while a rough pour yields a large white head. The head lasts fairly well, but leaves very little lace.

Smell: The nose is not quite as powerful as I expected, but it still smells quite interesting. Standard geuze notes of tart fruits (citrus, green apple and white grapes), earthy dust, old sacks, musty basement, dry hay, a little vinegar and a touch of cheese are well noted, alongside interesting additions of sweet grass, fresh foliage and a hint of a floral character (could this be the hops?).

Taste: As with the nose, the flavour is not as strong as I would like, but I guess the bar is set pretty high when it comes to Cantillon. Notes include: Tart citrus (lemon and orange), tart white grapes, a hint of apricot, white wine vinegar, old wood, musty notes, old hay, dust and a little sweet grass. The finish is quite dry and displays just a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, with a very high level of soft carbonation.

Overall: Cuvee St. Gilloise is a solid sour, but it seems to lack the power and complexity of other beers from Cantillon. (1,239 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one during a fair sized Cantillon tasting! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Poured fluorescent orange with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, funk, tart, and herbal. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, funk, wood, sour, spice, and herbal. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The hop character on this one really added a very unique touch to this style that I never would have thought possible. The fruit hoppiness really blended quite well with this brew and kept me interested after each sip. This could be a good gateway for some who like fruity hops and want to get into sours. Will be interesting to see what some age does to this brew as the hops start to fade. But as is, this is still a very solid brew. (943 characters)

Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.