Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 1,088
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.03%
Wants: 550
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 MDDMD
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (312 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked as St Gilloise. Shared wtih many at my cellar cleaning party.

Light fizzy head, clear golden orange color.

Nose awesome, great sour, tart fruit, lambic funk, light bready malt, just pure awesome lambic blending.

Taste mild hoppy slight grassy hop, then nice tart lambic, sour fruit like, lemony grassy and bready tart funk, juicy but tart, little flemmy tart sour finish, delicious.

Mouth med to lighter bod with little flemmy, lactic acid, nice carb.

Overall great lambic blend with good hoppy touch to it, a really interesting beer. I don't think there is anything the Cantillon family can touch without it turning to gold. (644 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Labelled St Gilloise. Sent to me by my friend in Calgary. Split with my girlfriend.

A - Cloudy deep orange pour. One finger fluffy white head. Spotty lace, half finger retention.

S - Orange, vinegar, alcohol, dusty, lemon candy. Pleasant.

T - Acidic, way less tart and sour than expected, orange. Less complex than other Cantillon beers.

M - Medium carbonation, sweet and tart with a funky grape finish. Medium body.

O/D - OK. Definitely a letdown based on the reputation and my experience with Cantillon. Tame in all respects for a beer from them. Definitely not sour. OK, but certainly wanted more. (605 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (479 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very opaque, no head.

Noise is strongly of vinegar, some sweetness underneath? Funjy.

Taste its bit nearly as acidic as i would have thought. Sourness is 6 of 10, and much more pronounced on aftertaste. Acidity really lingers.

No real hint of the dry hops, very funky.

This was delightful, not nearly as acidic as the regular gueuze, it seems as if the hops really moderated some of that. The hops are very subdued, I really couldn't detect them all that much, they may have muted some of the vinegar in the nose. (520 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a HUGE thanks to merc7186 for breaking this bad boy out.

a 2012 cork date on this bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a finger of off white head.

Smells of old damp basement, stinky cheese, and a bit of sweat.

Taste is interesting, a tartness quickly washes over the tongue, followed by a peach and apricot flesh taste. Following this, a quite hit of tartness, and the it fades to almost nothingness. After a few seconds, a cold root cellar flavor emerges, almost like moist underground dirt.

As the beer warms up, the flavor profile opens up, allowing for more fruit, along with the tartness to expand a bit and a subtle hop sharpness as you swallow, which then once again fades to cold dirt basement floor. The mouthfeel also opens up, become soft and smooth.

Overall, a super enjoyable beer, one I would absolutely drink again. (840 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (401 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the 2012 vintage, generously shared by thedarkestlord at our crazy bottleshare last night, 10/5/2013. This came after drinking Vigneronne and Saint Lamvinus.

Review #226.

Pours a hazy, golden-amber body with an effervescent 1cm white head with excellent retention. Looks like a Cantillon lambic to me.

It smells so musty, its ridiculous. Like an old attic.. kind of like Brasserie Cantillon's attic! It smells quite a bit different than the Classic.. but has more of the pears and an earthy, floral smell which I imagine is from the dry hopping. Pretty intense aroma without much indication of vinegar or lactate.

This was way more sour than the Vigneronne and Saint Lamvinus, up there with Blabaer and Fou' Foune. It tastes so much different than the Classic. Its cleaner, more crisp while bringing a mustier quality with more of pears and oak. There is a nice tartness on top of the vinegary sourness. I don't get much of the florals here that I did in the nose; really I can't tell that its been dry-hopped. Still, I really appreciate the difference in this Cantillon from some of the other ones I've had.

Such a crisp, dry, refreshing beer. Its not as crisp like Vigneronne was, but it is crisp in the sense that the lambic flavours just pop out more. Very enjoyable, really refreshing. Rather sour, very clean and enjoyable.

Clean, crisp and musty. Highly recommend to any sour head. This is a really good lambic and a nice change-up from many of the other Cantillons out there that have the classic brewery funk all over them.

Re-review (18 months): Had this one again, from the same November 2012 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass today, 4/1/2014. So a year and a half of age. Basically, I found this to be significantly better than at 11 months of age. The floral aspects have faded and there is a much more lemon zesty, white vinous quality to the beer. I could be fooled into thinking this had some white grapes, especially accompanied by the oak and mustiness. Clear Cantillon barnyard horseblanket funk that's developed a good bit in the past few months. Really good stuff, especially as the vinous qualities seem to have developed in this beer somehow. (2,204 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass

Thanks Chris

A) Quite clear with a reasonably bright hue. One finger head fizzles to a slight layer. Pretty color and nice clarity.

S) Pleasantly restrained aroma with enjoyable subtleties. Very clean for a gueuze. Soft tones of oak sit atop. Apple and pear mix with citric hop notes. Hints of grass and a floral suggestion. Faint earthy undertones round it out. Musty without being particularly funky.

T) Tastes tangy and tart with crisp apple notes. Quite fruity. A good swirl or two draws forth funky tones of musty oak, antiques stores and cheese. Dry with a tart, sour twinge throughout.

M) Dry, light and crisp feel. Carbonation is higher than I prefer but it adds some crackle that manages not to trump the flavors.

D) Perhaps not the most proper take on the style, it is very tasty and does subtlety full justice. (897 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light amber with a foamy, shortlived head. Lots of lace trails drape the glass on the way down. Acidity, restrained funk and cheesy hops fill the nose. Acidity lingers in the nostrils for a good while. The taste is huge sourness, but not quite as puckering as the Cantillon Geueze. Lemon, barnyard funk, gym socks, some vinegar and some tea(?) notes mingle together. Hugely complex and enigmatic. The mouthfeel is briskly carbonated, almost like a champagne. Finishes sour and earthy with a lingering citric edge.

This is an excellent lambic, apparently straight 2 year. The differences between a standard gueueze are apparent - a bit less funk depth and south intensity - but still stupidly quaffable and complex. Another must try from Cantillon. (761 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head.

S-Very funky, oak and grapes.

T-Great balance, very funky, very acidic oak and grapes.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry crisp finish.

O-First Cantillon Gueuze. It was tasty. Not as good as the Classic Gueuze. (271 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (744 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle at Churckey DC during Zwanze 2013 into snifters. Double helping woot!

Dull and opaque lemon body, with some deep orange center. Not much head given or presented.

Oh my god the bouquet on this brew just absolutely rips! Giant sour peach and pineapple topical fruit. Wonderful. Juicy. Quenching. Salivating. Mild funk aromatics hit the back but I litterally feel like I just ripped open a peach or sliced a fresh pineapple in front of me. Exquisite.

Palate seems less of a surprise, since the bouquet is so grand. The fruit notes hit nicely but come with a slightly wet body and feel. Light pepper finish and mild to moderate funk, with the acid a little downplayed. Watery finish unfortunately, but some good yeasty stickiness to match.

Overall I smelled this brew more than I drank it, if that's possible, but it's go some incredible impressive character. (883 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a cask at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a stemmed glass
This beer was being poured under the alias Cantillon Cuvée St-Gilloise.

Hazy, yellow ochre appearance. The liquid was capped by a lasting, bright white ring of froth.

The nose was one of the most complex and intense I have ever experienced within the style. Super funky and musty with hints of aged cheese. Tons of brettiness. Lots of oaky barrel character and fresh cut hay. There was a slight sweetness as well that tempered the acidity and lent the beer even more complexity.

The flavor profile was sharply acidic. Fresh lemon juice and a mix of other types of citrus fruits came thorough strong. Tart and slightly oaky. Wheaty in the center. Crisp and bright. The finish contained notes of bitter citrus rind and a good dose of earthy hops.

I tend not to be a fan of the mild carbonation present in most cask offerings, but it worked amazingly well in this beer. The liquid was pillowy soft, creamy and supple. The subtle effervescence really let the flavors shine.

Cantillon's only non-aged hopped beer was truly magical. Between the earthy, hoppy bitterness, the intense acidic notes, the complex funk and the supple mouthfeel, this beer put me in a state of sensory overload. (1,260 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of Cuvée Saint- Gilloise into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. November 12, 2012 bottling date.

Pours a cloudy off-golden color with a nice big white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is a tad tart, tad vinegary and very yeasty. The taste isn't very sour at all, but much more on the subdued vinegary side. Yes its acidic but not overpowering by any stretch of the imagination and is one of the least lip puckering beers ive had of the style. Very herbal. Lemon is the most pronounced flavor. Bitterness on the back end, though its slight. The flavor profile is excellent and just what you want in a gueuze. Medium bodied, mild carbonation. Real easy drinking. ends extremely dry

Overall another high quality offering from Cantillon. The least sour tasting beer I've had from them, but the flavor profile is top notch. (839 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 27th June 2012. 750ml served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a light golden orange color with 1+ finger of a white soapy head. Body is moderately hazy with low medium levels of carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Big sour citrus notes of lemon and even some grapefruit. Barnyard funk, a bit of musty basement, grass, and herbs.

Taste: Lemon, surprisingly herbal, wood, tart green apples, hay, slight hint of earthy hops. Sourness is medium (low by Cantillon standards) and is more acidic than lactic. Finishes with a twinge of mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp with medium prickly carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: Seems as though I'm continually impressed every time I try a new Cantillon beer and this one is no exception. This is an excellent beer and worth seeking out. (856 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cantillon Saint-Gilloise on-tap at Moeder Lambic, in Brussels.

Funny that one of the highest rated beers of one of the rarest styles from one of the world's most sought out breweries look quite simply just like pineapple juice. Though a little more golden in colour, it is so murky that I half expect to find pulp. Its head is big (while it lasts).

The aroma has a blend of tart and sweet that makes me dizzy with glee. Soured, overripe apricot and sweet marmalade preserves rise above the notorious 'barnyard' notes of the Lambic. Something 'funky' is sensed, but it doesn't result in a dance party... more like a family picnic.

Indeed, Saint-Gilloise is a bit more agreeable than other wild-fermented ales. Make no mistake - it has an acidity every bit as tot and a tartness every bit as fierce, but these qualities are neither blustery nor menacing; they merely enhance an already stimulating mouthfeel.

Flavours of sweet apricot and pineapple also help downgrade the acidity from 'thorny' to a more pleasant, palatable citrus-level. They also temper the tartness - just a bit - and are an innate partner with the orchard- and farm-like elements that include hay, apple, earth and grass.

I don't think I've smiled this much since getting a puppy as a child (come to think of it, a few of my happiest memories involve drinking Lambic under a clear blue Brussels sky). Cantillon Saint-Gilloise should have stuck with its maiden name (Cuvée des Champions) because it is, in my opinion, a perfect Gueuze and one of Cantillon's finest offerings. (1,551 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (716 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Williams-Selyem wine glass. Labelled as Cuveé Saint- Gilloise. Bottled in 2011.

A: Hazy hay-coloured beer with very light head. Translucent.

S: HUGE funk. Barnyard scents. Hint of fruit. Citrus peel. Not really my thing, but I recognize the complexity. An underlying sweetness brings a lot to the table.

T: Amazing. Complex, subtle, and exemplary. Fruity-tart, herbal-deep. Very dry. Loads of yeast.

M: Very tart. Lightly carbonated, but puckery.

O: I get it! Finally, I get the appeal of Cantillon. This is exceptional and titillating. I would recommend it to others. (608 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled 24 September 2021
Dry hopped with Hallertau

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a nice full wisp. A cloudy carrot orange with medium levels of carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and ring but no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Tart lemon, green apples, light notes of vinegar and some floral hop notes. Touches of oak as well. Mild but nice.

TASTE: Quite sour and acidic up front, with lemon and vinegar through the middle into the swallow. Very little funk, but some bitter floral hops and light oak flavors accompany the tart lemon and sourness in the mild finish. Pretty clean and crisp, and increadibly easy to drink.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, creamy as well, goes down smooth and finishes dry but not overly puckering. Very nice and refreshing.

OVERALL: This is great. I'm not all that experienced with gueuze yet, but this is one of the more approachable I've found so far. The sourness is balanced well with the hop bitterness, and the feel is creamy and crisp at the finish, making this absurdly easy to finish quickly. A very nice gueuze I will gladly drink again, especially on a hot summer's day like today. Recommended. (1,332 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,224 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 27, 2012.

Beer is translucent golden, bordering on opaque. Moderate white head, OK retention.

Very nice smell. Funk is notable but a bit restrained. A strong fruit smell is present. Apple.

Taste is quite tart. Funk and barnyard flavours are there, but not overwhelming. The added hops have a big impact. A bitterness accompanies the tartness expected from the lambic. Grass, apple, lemon and oak are all detectable.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, but with delicate bubbles. Dries the mouth.

Overall, very good as one would expect from Cantillon, but I found the bitterness a bit jarring. I may like this beer more with a bit more time on it. (662 characters)

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