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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

848 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 480
Gots: 193 | FT: 17
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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Crosling

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -16.7%

Vibrant aroma, with more fruit hints than a normal lambic with subtle lemon, orange and peach and lightly herbaceous, floral hops from the dry hop, perhaps? Light orange color. Dry with mild tartness and wld yeast flavors. Well balanced. Really your typical Cantillon lambic, which is still mighty tasty, but I didn’t notice much from the Goldings addition, except a little bitterness.

03-16-2006 03:39:49 | More by Crosling
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nataku00

California

3.68/5  rDev -15.6%

On tap poured into a small flute. Beer pours a dark orange, slight haze, with a finger of loose off white head. Head dissipates after a while with some minimal lacing. Carbonation is minimal, a few streams of tiny bubbles.

Nose is earthy and grassy hops, mild wet soil funk, and a bit of bright lemon peel. Not super aromatic though.

Taste is a bit muted, mainly earthy and grassy flavors, but not much brett character. Maybe a touch of lactic tang on the finish.

Light body and mildly carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink but not all that interesting. I last tried this out of a bottle about two years ago and remember more fresh hop character with a nice lambic base, so this keg may have been on the old side.

08-11-2013 04:19:57 | More by nataku00
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured into a tulip. Bottled 02 November 2011.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. A little over one finger of frothy white head. Retention is about average and no lacing is left.

4.5 S: What an enticing aroma this has! It smells like the fresh outdoors. Wildflowers, jasmine, running water through a forest, melon, apple orchard. Hay to a lesser extent along with rotting wood. Not very acidic, which isn't really the Cantillon way. Perhaps that's why I like it so much. Fresh outdoors funk with just mild lactic acid. Supremely pleasant.

3.5 T: There's more acid in the taste, but it's still low for Cantillon - mainly lactic, but also some acetic as well. Herbal bitterness, lots of jasmine again, with a big woody type funkiness. Again wildflower and apple orchard. Sour apple and unripened peach. Hay, dried out campfire wood. There's a decent amount of astringency in this and it's a unique type of astringency, which I will call an acid astringency. Still, pretty good.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Neither spritzy, nor creamy, but it works well enough.

3.5 D: It's definitely one of the funkier Cantillons out there. It's good, but 3F does it so much better. Still, worth a try.

07-04-2013 02:15:12 | More by DavoleBomb
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pwoods

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -14.4%

Thanks to FtownThrowDown for sharing this bottle.

Brewed 1/07, bottled 5/09

750ml corked and capped green bottle poured into a GLBC snifter.

A: Pours a murky burnt lemon color. Decent head on the pour with a little retention. Decent lacing.

S: Loads of hops. Piney, somewhat resinous, lots of pungent lemon. Very spicy as well, helped along by the yeast. Peppery. Some tart lemon.

T/M: Lots of hops, pine and lemon, lemon zest. Very spicy and peppery. Some tart lemon and citrus tartness. Funky but hard to describe. Not really cheesy or moldy, and only light horse blanket. Funky nonetheless. Some subtle and smoothing barrel to kind of hold things togeher. Body is medium to medium light with average carbonation.

D: Low ABV and tasty but something in there that doesn't make me continue to reach for the glass.

10-11-2009 20:30:10 | More by pwoods
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jpbebeau

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -14%

09-16-2013 18:39:34 | More by jpbebeau
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -14%

08-26-2013 03:37:39 | More by montrealbcr89
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

07-03-2012 22:40:40 | More by DarthKostrizer
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -14%

09-14-2013 16:43:54 | More by IrishColonial
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leitmotif

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

06-18-2014 19:50:27 | More by leitmotif
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LincolnHawk

Djibouti

3.75/5  rDev -14%

07-11-2013 16:10:36 | More by LincolnHawk
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jacewg

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -14%

01-19-2013 16:39:12 | More by jacewg
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Pecan

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

09-15-2013 02:45:28 | More by Pecan
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Floydster

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

This brew is what my buddy recently brought back for me from Brussels, 750 ml bottle that was around twenty dollars supposedly, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Hazy but bright golden color, thin 1/2 inch white bubbly head, disappeared quickly, not much retention but did leave some rings of lace

S-Sourness, lemon juice, citric acid, some horse blanket, almost some vinegar, cherries, and funkiness

T-Sour and dry right from the beginning, some herbal and floral accents mix with the lemon juice in the middle, finish is acidic with a strong citrus tart, mellowed out after the first sips and the sourness turned to a more sweet fruit flavor, got some funk in the aftertaste that was leaning towards the barnyard aroma I noticed later on, the dry flavor of this beer was super strong and I could not seem to get over it even by the end, needed more sweet accents in my opinion, I love sour beers but this took it to another level

M-Medium body, tart, dry, and chalky mouthfeel, tons of carbonation, taste lingered a long time mainly because of the dryness

D-Tasted better as it warmed and the tart settled down a little bit, low ABV allows for fairly easy drinking, sourness can be a little much though, did not finish the whole bottle

I did not know anything about this brew but I am glad I got to try it, also saw in on tap the day before down at Churchill's in San Marcos left over from CBC week, probably will not get to drink this again because I have never seen it in bottle form in the US, recommended

05-05-2008 15:49:45 | More by Floydster
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jvillefan

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

09-19-2013 01:00:01 | More by jvillefan
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -14%

03-24-2013 03:11:44 | More by kscaldef
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

08-29-2012 02:15:56 | More by t0rin0
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Roger85

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14%

10-06-2013 00:50:31 | More by Roger85
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Auracom

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

11-10-2011 06:12:30 | More by Auracom
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -13.3%

One of my friends brought this to a tasting a little while back I don't know why it took me so long to get around to reviewing this.
poured from 750ml (cuvee de dhampions labe forget the bottling date)
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a thin white head. the smell is slightly funky, tart and a little hop presence. the flavor is sour, but not overly sour with a little bitterness. the mouthfeel is dry and well carbed. overall this is a a good gueuze not a great one

12-08-2011 20:15:44 | More by rowingbrewer
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -12.8%

Bottle at Beerbistro, a bargain at $30. A geuze for intermediates, this is a smooth drinker. Aroma still floor cleaner and funk, sweat and arseic. Light orange body, medium mouthfeel. Not too hard on the palate initially, a key for beginners. however it is there hours after.Fruit and ginger and apple.Bottle with Todd B

02-23-2011 23:02:13 | More by Sammy
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.85/5  rDev -11.7%

Had this one at Gingerman out of a Snifter

A: Poured a fluffy white filmy head with very little retention. Brew itself was light orange and semi-cloudy with absolutely no lacing.

S: Sourdough, bready, citrus, and faint alcohol.

T: Extremely tart in the beginning but fades into a grassyness. Hops appear in the end as does the sourness. Bitterness in the aftertaste lingers extremely long.

M: Medum bodied and coarse, finishes wet and clean with a very strong and memorable aftertaste. Feeling left in mouth is oily.

D: Rather drinkable but this one tastes more like a sour than anything else. Building of bitterness in the end takes away from overall enjoyment though.

10-27-2009 20:30:21 | More by SpeedwayJim
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.89/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

06-04-2013 23:04:57 | More by CwrwAmByth
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%

This is the Cuvee Saint Gilloise and a different beer. Not sure why they are put together in one on here. Pour is a transparent golden peach with a very loose small bubbled white head. The nose has a lightly dusty funk, cob web, hint of sea salt and some zesty yeast notes. There are some golden fruits behind and a strong hp punch of juicy citrus and floral hops. The taste seems brighter and more balanced. Very dusty funk, lemon rind and a bit of sour peach. There is a fair bit of lingering sourness, citrus hops, and an assertive bitterness with just a light touch of heat. Medium body, very active and granular on the palate, high carb and fairly dry. This is starting to open up in flavor and has an interesting and awesome hop presence and bitterness but not quite balanced and integrated enough to be great.

01-30-2012 15:25:41 | More by cpetrone84
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

12-05-2012 03:39:18 | More by rudzud
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%

Corked and capped 750 ml bottle from Tipples dated July 4, 2013. Pours hazy tangerine colored with a small white fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of vinegar, oak, hay, sour apples, lemon peel, wet dog, maybe a little mango pineapple tropical thing going on here. Flavor is sour oaky vinegar, dust, juicy tangerines and other tropical fruits, grass. Low to medium body, low carbonation, finishes dry. A nice beer, but maybe a tad unexciting.

05-11-2014 21:57:27 | More by BMMillsy
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.