Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 548
Gots: 230 | 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 billshmeinke
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Stone Sour Fest.

Murky golden color about a finger of fizzy white head. Not a very pretty beer.

Smells of hay and funk. Some tart and zesty citrus notes. Some light earthy hops.

Tart apple notes, zesty citrus, hay, funk, pretty bitter and hoppy for what I'd expect.

Zesty, sharp, light in body, but super well carbonated making it seem a little fuller.

Yeah, just zesty tart and bitter goodness.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped and corked affair, the January 29, 2010 bottling. Apparently this is the same beer as the Cuvée des Champions, but ze label sez what ze label sez. So, a hoppy Cantillon, eh?

This beer pours a slightly foggy, medium burnt golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy eggshell white head, which disappears slowly, leaving very little beyond a few instances of ocean swell lace around the glass.

It smells of wet, spicy bread, earthy, funky yeast, musty tropical fruit and more pedestrian citrus pith, and leafy, dry grassy, and floral hops - evoking images of a very rustic, simmering summer meadow. The taste is much more sour upfront - acidic citrus, green apple, aged lemon, and free agent vinegar, alongside some mild barnyard funk, a decent barley grain backbone struggling to keep its head above the tartness line, and a hefty, but well moderated dose of spicy grassy and herbal hops - that dry hopping sure did the trick.

The carbonation is fresh and sprightly in its understated frothiness, the body more or less medium weight, and quite crisp, which detracts a bit from any (snicker) smoothness that might have been. It finishes just a touch off-dry, the funk, base grainy malt, and fading floral hops riding us out into the sunset across the aforementioned meadow.

Definitely a tart one, but in a much more manageable way then a number of other offerings from this brewery. The two years spent in oak isn't overtly noticeable, but must contribute to a certain degree to the softer, smoother nature. Nice and drinkable, with the usual caveats, and now with a hoppiness quotient to boot! A sassy flavour contrast to some nice homemade cupcakes - thanks, babe!

Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pear colored appearance with an active and alive foam. Sour, tangy pear aroma with white wine, vinegar and Apple cider. Lemony tart flavor with some Apple cider, balsamic vinegar, earth, and mineral. Tart, sour feel, quite tangy it feels alive on the palate.

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Max's Belgian Fest.

Appearance: hazy orange yellow color with a short one finger head that falls immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: muskiness is up front and dominates the nose.

Taste: strong initial sourness that mellowed after the tastebuds got accustomed to the flavors. Sour and tart grapes, tart green apples, fruity sweetness, and some mild bitterness wrapped in a musky barnyard blanket. Extremely dry beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth and very dry throughout. Long sour aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decent despite the strong sour flavors. This beer grew on me during the session, and the taste score rose as it warmed. Very interesting on tap.

Photo of scottfrie
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured an orange-gold with a quarter inch bright white head with a slightly hazy clarity. Nose was citrus, cork and some french oak. Taste was citrus and a little woody. Mouthfeel was medium-light with some tartness up-front and a consistent background effervescence. Tartness stimulates the salivary glands in the cheeks towards the latter half, before culminating in a slightly dry finish. Nice sour - not over the top and really quite drinkable for the style.

Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 750ml caged and corked bottle

Appearance: The body is btw straw and golden yellow in color with a slick appearance. Carbonation is minimal, the head is an off white 1 inch crown that shows little retention and leaves little lace.

Smell: Hops, barnyard funk, and a touch of urine soaked hay.

Taste: Same as nose. I had heard that the recipe was different for the new vintages (hops addition) and thats why I tried this bottle fresh. I figured lets try it while the hops are shining. Well the sourness/tartness is minimal when its fresh but it fuses nicely with the hop treatment. Different and well done.

Mouthfeel: On the lite side of medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Low abv and not very sharp....so easy to drink.

If you are looking for that classic "Cantillon Sharpness" that will make you pucker, this isn't the right Cantillon for you. This new recipe is quite sessionable.

Photo of victory4me
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 6oz wine glass at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a golden yellow with more head than I've ever seen in a Cantillon beer. Monks seemed to be having difficulty with this tap as it took a while to pour due to the gushing. Aroma of Fruity citrus hops blended nicely with Cantillon funk and tartness that I found preferable to the Iris I had tasted a few days prior.

Initial blast of the dry hopping provided flavors of summer fruit and lemon. Apricot and peaches quickly turned to a violently acidic finish. More acidic than sour leaving a slight burn in the back of the throat. Left me satisfied, but not smitten. Despite not being totally blown away, a tasty lambic that I would happily drink again and again.

I have an '07 in the cellar that I'm holding for the next Philly sports championship. Hopefully will not have to cellar much longer as I'm not sure it will hold up well.

Photo of illidurit
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2005, bottled in January 2008. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Gorgeous translucent gold with a touch of amber. One finger of dense, compact, snow-white head that fades into a partial cap and halo. Thin but solid sheets of lacing. Aroma consists of lemon juice, crabapple, and grapefruit rind. Sour but not really funky. Flavor is similar. Citric acid, big sourness, vinous/chardonnay notes, and an earthy finish that must be from the dry hopping. This beer is medium on the palate with great carbonation. A little sticky but still a pretty good mouthfeel overall.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portland International Beer Festival. $3 for a 4oz pour is a winner in my book. Poured into an actual glass taster!

A: Unfiltered pale gold with a short lived white head dissipating to just a smidge of lacing. 4/5

S: I was quite surprised how hoppy this was as I didn't know about the dry-hopping ahead of time. Peaches and Florida citrus stood shoulder to shoulder with clean lactic and barnyard funk. Very interesting aroma. 4.5/5

T: Strong sourness up front, musky barnyard on the mid palate, and a long fruity finish that includes a little umame. I think I would have preferred less hop character. This is definitely one aspect where I think age would benefit. 4/5

M: Crisp, smacking, and dry. Just what I wanted. 4/5

O: I prefer the Cantillon Classic Gueuze to this but that could be because of the age. At around 1-2 years old I have a feeling this would be in my sweet spot. That isn't to say this is a bad beer. It's an excellent example of the quality one can expect from Cantillon, albeit a little young. 4/5

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Bruisin Ales on my way back home from Myrtle Beach.
Brewed in January 2007, bottled on May 2009.

Pours a very murky, light gold in color. Decent amount of froth around the edges of the glass.
Smell is oak, a good amount of funk, and just the slightest hint of hops, but not that much.
Flavor is funk and lots of it. There's just a hit of hops at the very end of each sip. Nice and different touch. Can't believe how funky this is. Can't wait to see what some age will do to this beer.

Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

666th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750 ML

(Not sure year)

I think this was Domtronzero

App- A darker orange with a some yellow outlying colors. The head was a bit thin but I was expecting that.

Smell- One hell of a smell. Was a bit rustic, and damp. Had touches of some hay, some tannin to me.

Taste- A very classic taste indeed. Only thing is its been tamed a bit. All classic notes of the hay, funk, damp, wet, however you want to call it, just a bit small.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium in carbonation. Leaves a nice funky note on the finish.

Drink- A very well done beer. The classic gueuze is hard to do and Cantillon does it very well. I would come back to this anyday.

Photo of Nickls
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Light marigold color; poured with a thinner white head

S - Hops jump out at first; bit of hay; tart; bit funky as well. Quite wonderful

T - Nice stuff; not as hoppy as suggested in the nose; tart; citric; not that puckering or funky, though

M - Thinner to medium body; a bit chalky and dry; subtler carbonation

D - Pretty darn good drinking as I enjoyed the dryness and lower abv

Overall, definitely worth a look!

Photo of jpro
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen (Cuvee Saint-Gilloise label)... Poured into a Cantillon glass.

A: hazy orange; thin, white, spritzy head; no lace.

S: earthy; citrus peel; some vinegar notes and funk.

T: follows the aroma; as it warms it gets even tastier; peach.

M: light feel; high carbonation; refreshing.

O: very good; quite drinkable, too.

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottle at Max's Belgian Beer Fest.

Appearance: Pours straw golden and is very slightly cloudy. There is a two finger very fluffy white head of which a good size layer remains throughout.

Smell: I pick up a bit of barnyard/straw, and some sour citrus. There is also an herbal quality as well as some spice from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Again there is a bit of a barnyard/straw type taste. I'm picking up a lot of sour vinegar and citrus notes. There is some spice from the yeast and a quite bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and super dry. There is a medium amount of carbonation which is quite light.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one a lot and it was worth the price. I would love to have more if I ever get the chance.

Photo of Chico1985
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to find this On-Tap at Teresa's Next Door, I've had this out the bottle before the name change.

Champions came in a flute serving looking muddled/pale yellow almost like straw. A nice amount of white fluff on top. Small legs for stickage, there was not much.

Smells a bit funky, with light wood, some small earthy hop scents in the middle giving off grass. A small amount of barnyard and the Cantillon scent, which is basically goodness.

A nice amount of sour with a heaping of barnyard hay and grass. Earthy scents, earthy hops. This is dry hopped and it does make a difference from other offerings from Cantillon. After the initial sour barnyard, slight hopping, a bit of earth and wood and funk.

It's lively, especially off the tap, very refreshing. A little bit of everything. Light bodied and dry finishing. Very easy to drink but at nine bucks A flute I cant drink a bunch, I wish i could of had more, and I will.

Photo of auroracrisis
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuously poured from a 750 into two Russian River tulips, then dumped the yeast into a taster glass. This is the 2010 Cuvee St. Gilloise labeled one.

Pours a murky golden yellow color with a quickly dissipating head. The color really pops in the light and once the beverage has been drank down, it begins to have some clarity. No lacing, no legging.

The smell begins with tart lemons and loose, dank hay with a lactic quality to it. As the beverage warms, the acidity really comes out and once the beer is at room temperature you can really feel a tingle in your nose from it.

Taste opens up the palate with a citric-like acidity, profiling lemon and lime like flavors that quickly flow into a cheesy bit of funk and hay flavors. Not overly funky at all, much more subtle than a gueuze by other blenders but enough funk for the seasoned lambic drinker to pick up on. After flavors of an unsweetened lemon candy. Almost like a made from scratch lemon bar, with emphasis on the lemons. Refreshing, to say the least.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Medium body with moderate carbonation, some drying as well once the brew is swallowed.

Overall, a great gueuze from Cantillon. This one is dry hopped, but I did not pick up any of the dry hopping which is most likely due to the age of the beer, being bottled 10/4/2010. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an acidic gueuze that retains its drinkability. Not perfect, but definitely a solid example of the style.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque gold, very murky, a nice sight color wise, but unfortunately a quickly departing head. Aroma feels surprisingly sweet, as always well presented on a sweaty and leathery dominated wild yeast top ground. More floral than most, thanks to those untamed hops. It develops a pleasant horsey saltiness as it gains temperature. It’s hard to explain how those hops blend in with the rest, but it creates a cheesier character than the yeast alone would I feel. Abundant grapefruit taste. Strong big bubbles, surprising considering the small shape of the head, pretty full bodied as well, I like that. Oldish taste despite the fresh aroma. Sweet and easy drinking proposing a lemon slice here and there that grows into a pungent tartness reminiscent of a straight lambic. I kinda dig the balance, but it doesn’t stand out as one of my favourites, I just like its originality. A dessert lambic? Why not!

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label reads: Bottled 10 Jan 06

Pours a hazy deep golden tone, with a good half-inch of dense foam. Coloration is fairly saturated and bright. Aroma is of wet grass and sharp citrus, orange at first, becoming sharper lemon once it sits for a bit. Melon is also apparent.

Carbonation races, it's fairly spritzy and prickly in the mouth at first. Cidery with subdued acidity, with a dry residual aftertaste that hints at hops. Character is mellow only in it's lower acidic sharpness than other Cantillon Lambics. Not as funky or "farmhouse" either, it's bright and straightforwardly citrusy.

Paired best with a Morbier cheese and pears. Shared this with some euro soccer fans, but it would be a treat to have a bottle to myself...

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Jan 29, 2010. Big thank you to alpineclimber and wordemupg for bottles of this. You guys are awesome traders and keep me in the funky sours that I can't get here ...and I do love my sours.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a finger of fluffy white head.

Smell. Woody funk and sweet hay, a little vinegar, some lemon, apples and even light stone fruits.

Taste. Nice lemons, minerals and earthy herbal and even hops, fresh hay, and a very light floral perfume.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium+ fine and fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. Very nice, as usual with this brewery. I'll enjoy trying a well aged bottle of this at some point.

Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ebenezer's Pub and served into wine glass of sorts.

A - Pours a darker golden color, thin collar, sticky lace, thin whispy cap.

S - Light sour tart, slight funk, barn, hay. I'm really surprised there isn't the hoppy notes I remember from the bottle. Truthfully, I didn't enjoy them all that much, just surprised they're gone from this one on-tap.

T - Chris called this "Cantillon Light". I think that's pretty much true. Tastes like a "light gueuze", light tart, sour, funk, oak, barn, slight funky dry finish. No real hops, which I don't mind at all.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Very enjoyable and very easy to drink. I had two of these and my fiancee had another...a perfect beer for the summer. Really enjoyed this one on-tap much more then from the bottle. Recommend!

Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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