Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon
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District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -9.9%
From a bottle at ChurchKey for 2013 Zwanze Day. Mini-snifter glass.
A: Opaque, light orange/pale color with a half finger of snow white head. Superb retention which lasts indefinitely.
S: Like fresh laundry, oddly enough. Light lemon and ridiculously integrated spice (?), some caramel and stone fruit. Very unique, nice complexity, and the aromas are highly complementary.
T: Odd, not quite integrated and a little off putting funk. Finishes with a lot of bitter/tannic notes, like overextracted fruit/tea. Very dry, a little stone fruit, and a nice mild-to-moderate sourness.
M: Creamy medium-light carbonation and medium body.
O: The nose is really interesting and unique, great stuff. But the flavors don't really come together at all.
09-15-2013 02:56:33 | More by pmarlowe
3.95/5 rDev -9.4%
Served in a becher at ChurchKey.
My first unblended lambic, and, lo and behold, it's on draught at the CK. These guys know what they're doin', I tell you what. It pours a cloudy pale straw that's suffocated for a while by a tall, thick, white froth. Once this head dies down, the smell is detected: a good amount of funk, wet hay, cobwebs, and a rather tart vineyard of white grapes. I'm not sure what to expect after that whiff. The taste is composed of sour apple, tart white grapes, yeast (you know the taste), bread, lemongrass, and that nice citrus combo of lemon and lime that 50/50 and Squirt managed to mimic so well in the soda world. While puckering somewhat, my mouth determines a light body with an active but small-bubbled carbonation and a dry finish. I'm intrigued, to the point that I want more of these unblended beauties. Luckily, one's in my fridge right now...
06-13-2010 21:13:35 | More by TMoney2591
3.95/5 rDev -9.4%
Many thanks go out to FTownthrowdown for sharing - thanks, man! I'm a fan of any Cantillon brew, so let's see how this goes...
Pours a thin, dull yellow with brownish highlights. An average 1/6th inch head rest above with the occasional spotty lacing spots. No active carbonation can be seen after the pour.
Smells like funked out socks and stilton cheese. Richly pungent and nasty. Wow...
Mouth carbonation is surprisingly high... The flavor is similar to the nose... I get skunk, bitter cheese and a fresh, green hops feel in the end.
Very interesting, unique and enjoyable.
10-11-2009 20:33:44 | More by beachbum1975
3.98/5 rDev -8.7%
Appearance: A darker shade of cider, no head worthy of mention.
Smell: That's odd, it has a sweeter aroma that I wasn't expecting, especially from an unblended lambic. A berry character that reminded me of Oudbeitje Lambic.
Taste: You can see he added both fresh hops and candi sugar to help out with carbonation. And I thought Jean Pierre didn't like sweetness in his Beers...The sweet and sour combo is quite nice, but this isn't my favorite.
07-14-2005 00:45:46 | More by Goldorak
3.98/5 rDev -8.7%
On tap at Max's 72 Hours of Belgium
Warning - my first review of this style of beer!!!
Poured a hazy, pale yellow with some brown in it, color. Small, off white head.
Aroma mainly citrus and apple. Bit of Belgian funk.
Taste was fairly tart, but not astringent. Mainly citrus in character. Bit of sweetness (honey, sugar?) in middle. Floral/herbal taste at finish.
Light in body. Medium + carbonation. Drying.
Overall, nice introduction to style. Very drinkable, in my opinion. Seems an easy transition for a hop-head.
02-16-2007 20:09:19 | More by
3.99/5 rDev -8.5%
A - Pours a hazy honey amber colour with frothy white head that dissipates fairly quickly
S - Aged cheese, lemon tart, apple, almost vinegar like
T - Lots of lemon tartness up front, earthy grassiness, light floral hops. Slightly sour but not over the top with a slightly dry finish. Amazing for a beer.
M - Lightly bodied with medium carbonation
O - Very enjoyable geuze that goes down very well.
10-10-2013 08:09:43 | More by PolarBear3
4/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
10-18-2012 11:07:09 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev -8.3%
A 750 mL corked and capped bottle with '2008' stamped on the cork.
A: The ale is an apple juice yellow, hazed up by both temperature and sediment from the bottle. The current mugginess is making the glass very sweaty with condensation. A small white head arose on pour only to quickly dissapate.
S: The aroma is sharp, tart with citric lemon and grass flavors. A mild hoppiness and cereal grain profile stands out on the back end.
T: The first impression is citrusy tartness, sour but fleeting. On second and third sips, the sourness lasts much longer, well into the last quarter of the sip. Lemon and green apples are dominant behind the tartness. The cereal malts and a stronger than normal hop flavor linger near the end. Sweet fruits fill the void near the end, but the lasting memory is more citric tartness. A nice beer for a warm day.
M: The lemony mouthfeel is tart but not astringent. A grassy mint and lemon aftertaste doesn't overpower.
D: At 5% or so, this is a very easy sipper, which explains why this first glass took all of 20 minutes to get through.
06-26-2009 22:11:41 | More by akorsak
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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