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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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world-class

919 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 484
Gots: 204 | FT: 19
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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Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw colored beer with a large white head. Nice lace in a slightly hazy beer.

S - Great load of musty barnyard funk followed by some muted tartness and lighter fruits. Bit of hops with some apple and oak.

T - Musty with some hay, funk, lemon, sour apples (although not sugary) and some citrus hops bite that melds greatly with the softer sour notes of the rest of the beer.

M - Strong carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Really great beer that was easy enough to drink and had a great flavor profile. Good stuff, would like more.

AgentZero, May 04, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why is this even listed? This is the same damn beer as the cuvee des champions.

On tap at churchkey.
Pouring a hazy orange with a thin white head that recedes too quick, this looks decent. Imo, cantillon beers look better out of the bottle. The last vintage of champions was a screamingly good beer, and this 2010 vintage is close. The dry hop character is immediately noticeable, bright, vibrant, earthy, lemony, quite old world in character. Behind that lies a gentle cantillon funk with the usual suspects- grassy, barnyard and a little stilton cheese. Nothing like a wet dog or horseblanket though. Refreshing. The palate opens bright and vast with moderate acidity, with lemons and a touch more vinegar than i remember this beer having. The hop character is quite pronounced, reminding me of a good, grassy pils. Great balance. Drying and lemony on the finish, this is great stuff. Maybe a touch overcarbonated? I also get a light aspirin character. All told, a beautiful beer. While this might be a weaker vintage, i look forward to meeting jean van roy in a couple of days!

DefenCorps, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

dgilks, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Some lace is left behind.
S: Barnyard funky aromas and some yeast. There is a fruity tartness of apples, pears, and grapes but it is not overbearing. Floral and grassy hops with some citrus aromas. Some Dry wood, biscuit and crackers. This is great.
T: Again, this is just awesome. Funky barnyard flavors and yeast again. The perfect amount of sour and tartness with apple skins and grape tannin flavors. Some lingering hop flavors that are great. Grassy and floral with some citrus flavors. Quite A bit of hoppy flavors actually, but everything is perfectly balanced.
M/D: A medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Crisp, very dry, and refreshing. This is incredibly smooth to drink. There is a lighter vinegar and acidic flavor here, and that makes it so easy to drink.

Plenty of funky flavors, sourness, and tartness here. Though the dry hopping really adds a unique depth of flavor. All in all a a great beer that should not be missed. One of my favorites.

champ103, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of tbeckett
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

tbeckett, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a hazy yellow that had a finger head and some good sticky lacing.

S: up front hits acidic lemons with slight oaky notes and slight hay like funk.

T: lots of lemon tartness that reminded me of the cantillon iris. Like the nose it also had slight oaky funky flavors going on in the mix.

M: meduim body with good carbonstion to accent the taste with a dry finish that cleansed the palate.

D: very good beer by cantillon but not my favorite from them, too expensive for what it is at $35 bucks. The iris comes close to the overall characteristic and is almost half the price of this one.

Gobzilla, May 14, 2010
Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

KevinGordon, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

eawolff99, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -14%

kscaldef, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

aasher, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of illidurit
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

illidurit, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle. 2004 Vintage. Dark golden yellow with a nice head of tight white foam. Lacing is minimal, but pretty none-the-less. Aromas are all lactic lambic funkiness with a real juicy earthiness abounding in this particular vintage bottling. I get hints of horse blanket in the aromas as well as hints of very acidic fruits, musty juice, and more. Ya know, the normal stuff. The taste is exceptional but very subdued for a Cantillon. This is not nearly as sharp, acrid, or acidic as most of Cantillons other offerings. This is quite juciy in fact, and less dry than most other gueuzes available on the market today. There is also a distinctively bitter aftertaste, that must be from the use of dry hopping. Although this brew is still far from, what i'd call, hoppy. Mouthfeel is champagne like. Spritzy and grand, and the drinkability is absolutely awesome. Wow, what a quaffable, laid back gueuze from the masters of lambic. I need to try the Loerik next. For sure.

francisweizen, Feb 28, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

mrfrancis, Jun 23, 2013
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.

Jwale73, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #1551

Presentation: Typical 750ml Cantillon dimpled base green glass bottle comes with a fully impressed cork and large brass crown cap, all this is covered in a thick black foil that covers the slender neck for about 3”.

A limited release to celebrate the fact that the local Football Team called Royale Union Saint-Gilloise (hence the USG symbol and the striking yellow and blue colored label) were Champions of Division 3B after the 2003-04 Season and that they therefore gained promotion to the Second Division.

Listed at 5% Alc. Vol., the ‘Cuvée des Champions 2003-2204’ is a very unusual 100% Gueuze-lambic in that it is a blend of only two year lambics; the young spritzy one year and aged three year lambic typical of more traditional Gueuze-lambics are both missing. Rumor is that the two year old lambics were personally by Jean-Pierre Van Roy (as opposed to his Son who is now the brewmaster) and then dry-hopped prior to blending.

Cork was in great condition and dated “Botteld 2.004”.

Appearance: As always for these sorts of special occasions, my ever trusty straight sided Cantillon tumbler was thoroughly cleaned and dried prior to being used. On the pour a highly audible fizzing off-white head vibrantly dissolves & decays before your very eyes in a few seconds leaving a very small but virulent tiny head which leaves only the barest amount of bubbles. Golden yellow it has some light brown hints that give the appearance of a watered down Lipton’s Iced Tea at times. Gentle swirls remind you that this is not flat, but that it dos have some inherent carbonation, but it takes some teasing out.

Nose: Sharp acidic pungent aromas pull you deep into the Cantillon tumbler. Rounded funky farmyard traits with some savage urine and damp hay lingers in amongst some old fruity yet aged hops.

Taste: Gosh, it’s always great to be assaulted by Cantillon. The CdC has some smooth qualities despite its shockingly acerbic character. The Gueuze character is definitely here; sharp, biting, mouth-puckering and distinctly ‘in yer face’, yet the dry-hopped nature of the two year old lambic adds a balance to the normally more aggressive “younger” versions. Solid Gueuze which has been taken down a peg or two but with a nice juicy aged hop character to balance for that.

Mouthfeel: Low key carbonation is a direct result of lacking the urban young upstart the one year old lambic, yet nevertheless I do love the flatter feel once in a while. Still has a nice puckering feel at the death.

Drinkability: I find it hard to judge this objectively for I love lambics and I find the more traditional versions all the more quaffable. Not a drop was spilled. Easily a Session brew for the satanically minded lambic-lovers but in the general scheme of things I think a 4.5 is a fair drop of the hat here.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this ‘special release’ Cantillon which I thought I would never get to taste. A seriously Big Thanks goes out to the awesome Beerica-weizen for the opportunity to try this one! I owe ya!!

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

popery, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

tectactoe, May 28, 2013
Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

rudzud, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

BGsWo22, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. 2010 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced a giant frothy off-white head that stuck around for quite some time. Tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A wonderful combo of funky dry lactic oak with bits of lemon rind, white grape, and an earthy acidity to it. A beautiful harmonious aroma for the style. It does get more funky and earthy as it warms.

(T)- Lots of dry earthy Brett funk up front. Hits you with a good sour kick of lemon rind in the middle. Mildly grassy at the end.

(M)- A surprisingly high carbonation level, but in no way does this deter from the fell or enjoyment. Already has a good integration of oak and funk within its sourness. Still feels a bit hoppy on the finish, but it adds another dimension to the beer's profile.

(D)- Cantillon never disappoints. Yet another solid to great Gueuze from their lineup. Definitely will only get better with some more time since the dry hopping is definitely detectable. Great stuff.

sweemzander, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01/10/2006 vintage, almost three years in the bottle. Nice golden color, sports a white head but quickly becomes semi-still, smells like a hint of cobweb, tastes wheaty and sour lambic, citrus, especially sour lemons. Funky a bit but very drinkable, some cheese, I like it.

2010 vintage tastes in April of 2011

This is the freshest sample I've had yet and it is a completely different beer. The dry hopping is powerful and reminds me a bit of Le Terroir. Very nice and I won't bother to cellar this in the future. Wish it was easier to get fresh.

ArrogantB, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -8.3%

whartontallboy, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle ('05 vintage) poured into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Rich, lightly hazy orange body with a finger of very fine head; light lacing. Great looking lambic.

S: Wow, this smells as intense as any beer I've ever experienced. Hugely spicy, hugely funky, and hugely sour. Great.

T: Cantillon goodness. Need I say more? I guess I should. It's super sour, and packed to the brim with complex and totally distinctive funk - mustiness, barnyardiness, mustardseed, lemon, and spice. Fantastic.

M: Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Pleasant.

D: I think I could drink Cantillon forever (cue clip from The Sandlot): for....ev....er.

Notes: Outstanding gratitude has to go out to Matt for generously sharing this treasure. There's just nothing like a well-aged Cantillon to delight the taste buds. I'm so glad I got the chance to try this wonderful lambic - a far better example of the unblended style than the totally flat (albeit tasty) Bruocsella.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

ColForbinBC, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cpetrone84, Jan 30, 2012
Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.