Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 1,091
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.03%
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Gots: 232 | 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 david18
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer among a number of sour beers at a sour beer event at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan. It was great to taste so many sour beers side by side and this one really stood out as the gold standard among the many others I tried.

Poured a golden orange with a nice frothy head that left a great deal of belgian lacing behind.

Aroma was of oak as well as some slight fruit and a little bit of sweetness.

Flavor as well featured a combination of wood, sour and sweetness blended together perfectly.

Overall a very good beer that I was glad to try on tap, as I've only had Cantillon beers in bottles. (603 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)

Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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! (810 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An early pour (4 oz, give or take, to a short goblet) off the 750ml capped/corked bottle I shared at an epic tasting among BAs. The base of the back label reads 'Brewed November 2005 --- Bottled January 2008'.

I recall getting a taste (well, maybe two) of this fine lambic at a distributor's event back in 2009... And it was poured by the now-departed Toby Day; we chatted a few minutes about the beer and about his job repping imported brewers like Cantillon. I digress...

A: Golden, somewhat hazy (with a few stray larger bits), but loads of rising carbonation to a small but tight whitish head, creamy then fading to a slim ring.

S: Sharp, nostril-twitching tartness at first, then a transformative moment where sweeter fruit (a lighter apple, or white grape maybe?) and 'barrel' mustiness introduce themselves.

T: 'Tart' is both a given and an understatement. Yes, it's wonderfully sour, projecting pithy lemon, brash green apple and unripened raspberries, but there's a lurking woodiness and dry spice (hops?) in the finish. Never grows into sweetness much, but really that's ok because there's so much depth to the simple little word 'tart' here.

M: Among the more pucker-inducing, cheek-tugging, tongue-twisting mouthfuls I can recall. So acidic; saliva flows like an open spigot. Busy carbonation, clinging sourness, drier finish.

O: Clearly one of the favorites among all the wilds/sours tried - and rightly so. Wonderfully ripe and pungent, juicy and lasting, great depth. Sure, it's what Cantillon is known for, but it's always nice to be reminded of why they are, arguably, the best at what they do. A pleasure to drink and to share among friends. (1,668 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A bright, dark orange and a thin white head. Highly carbonated. Looks thin, with a myriad of little bubbles racing their way to the top of the glass.

A spicy, musty, funky aroma, consisting of bright fruit, lemon, and apple, tangy Brett yeast, hay and grass, and lots of barnyard funk. Pretty awesome. This seems like Cantillon's classic gueuze amped up to the n-th degree, and it just smells extraordinary. Heavenly!

The sweet fruit flavors are really able to shine here--lemon, apple, and pear. The tart funk and sourness is huge, though this beer seems extraordinarily well balanced and a touch sweeter and brighter than the classic gueuze.

Light, bubbly, airy mouthfeel--an absolute pleasure.

Perfect.

Hands down, my favorite beer of the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Festival. (841 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy orange with a short dense head that doesn't last long. Nose is funky. Tons of sourdough, lemon, and a slight hint towards a sulphuric character. Notes of hay and dry oak. Very complex on the nose. Taste starts funky with lemon, bready sourdough character, drying tart character towards the end. Some grape skin in there as well. Mouthfeel is dry and highly carbonated. Overall, a very complex and unique brew. (430 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 ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet wheat, oak, vanilla, barnyard funk, tart green fruits, lactic acid, citrus hops, lemon zest, light sourness.

T - Sweet wheat, oak, vanilla, barnyard funk, tart green fruits, lactic acid, lemon zest, light citrus and floral hops, light sourness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky, tart, sour finish.

D - Fantastic balance and complexity, the hops are a great addition. (494 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (1,518 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Labelled under it's alias, 'Cuvee St-Gillesoise'.

Pours a hazy and almost flat gold, with a small white collar that dies to nothing after a minute or so. The surface is perfectly still, only disturbed by the occasional bubble. The nose has some great funky notes, which really come out with a leathery character. Definitely some barnyard there, as well as hay and tree fruit. Decent lemon notes, but not remotely as sour smelling as some of their other beers.

The restrained sourness continues in the flavour. There's obviously a good amount of puckering goodness there, but its more in the mould of a very dry white wine than of a bottle of white wine vinegar. Good splash of lemon upfront, and a mild funkiness that liquifies the barnyard, before diluting it down. Smooth mix of flavours with a mellowing fruitiness. I'm surprised by the carbonation, which is more active than the appearance suggests, and it works wonders here.

This is perhaps the least sour of all the Cantillons I've come across, but its ridiculously drinkable. I'd like to up the funk a little, but perhaps taht would alter what is evidently a very fine balance and a great work of brewing. Pretty magical stuff!

Huge thanks to Cristian for sending me this bottle! (1,241 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. 750 ml bottle, 12 oz sample. Poured a very clear, lightly coppered orange color with a sparse whisp of head over top. After the pour, this one was pretty still, with no bubbles working out of solution. There was no mistaking what this beer was going to be about when smelling it. Tons of sourness hit hard, with a big acidic sharpness. There was mild donkey urined soaked hay acridness, and I'm not sure if this should follow the last statement, but I thought it was very enticing. Flavor really assulted me with sourness on the first sip, that moved to a more vinegar-like sharpness and acidity. There was an odd sharp sweetness in there as well that I could not correlate to anything I was familiar with. Mouthfeel was moderate with a very light carbonation. It left a good bit of stickey spit in my mouth and was moderately dry on the finish. Overall, this was another winner from Cantillon. Very good taste, with a lot of intense flavors like sour and acidity. Not a lot of complexity there, but it really worked for my taste. Good brew. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Deaconbluez!

Pours a hazy golden orange. About two inches of white foamy head.

Smells like sadness. LOL. I crack myself up. Actually, faint wisps of grass and hay, along with a familiar funky lemon/vinegar smell.

Taste is surprising. Really not like any of the other Cantillons I've had. A weird spicy, musty, funky herbal lemon thang that's really exotic. Hm. The funk and sour notes are blended with this strange background.

Interesting. Not particularly drinkable. Well carbonated, particularly considering the style. (532 characters)

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 mcallister
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of the skin of a pear multi colored and even looks fuzzy and opaque. a small slightly off white head last quite a few minutes.

Tart fruits and berries with a good fresh earthy grassy hop character. Just a great effervescence with a bit of a funky character.

Nice tart front and finish but things seem thin in the middle. Slight acidity with a plethora of fruits, starfruit, stonefruits, some berry flavors, hints of wood and tannin with a nice hop bitterness on the finish with a bit of the grassy and earthness throughout. (537 characters)

Photo of grub
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another from my trades with freud. thanks again fred!

375ml corked and capped bottle. bottled 2010. sampled feb 4/2011.

pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a big cap of fine white head. the head drops fairly fast but never completely disappears. spotty lace.

aroma is great. lemon. cider and malt vinegar. bright and floral. light herbal component. lots of horse blanket and leather. bit of tobacco. white bread. grain. cracker. hint of alcohol. light citrus and fruit.

taste is great. much like the aroma. lemon and light malt vinegar. cider vinegar. bit of mineral character. hint of sweetness to the light citrus character. white bread and cracker. hint of grain. leather and horse blanket. low bitterness level. fairly low acidity. balanced sourness.

mouthfeel is great. light body with a nice dry finish. very fine medium-light carbonation level. nice brett mouthfeel.

drinkability is great. this may be one of the most balanced cantillons i've had. not overpowering in any one direction. great sour depth and complexity. good stuff! (1,047 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green 750ml bottle at Toronado SF. I was turning the big 27 and figured I'd spring the crazy $35 for this bad boy to share with a few of my doggs. The blend of champions, this is.

Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head and some good lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt, wild tartness, and funk - your usual Cantillon smell - as well as floral hops, which are a nice touch here.

Flavor is typical Cantillon as well. Pale malt, their usual awesome wild yeast, and barnyard funk, with light fruits (pineapple/citrus) and floral hops. This was a fairly fresh bottle (less than one year old), so the hops really came out.

Medium body with pretty mild acidity for a Cantillon beer. This is not overwhelmingly sour.

Great beer overall. I'd like to see Cantillon make more forays into the hopping arena, although they should use some darker bottles if they're going to do that, or the beers could become major skunk-o-ramas. A Cantillon IPA sounds amazing. (954 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (386 characters)

Photo of Brew33
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, finally I get a crack at Cuvee Saint-Gilloise.

The pour is typical Cantillon Gueuze. Bright yellow, with a thin white head that disappates almost instantly. The nose is full of the sour, juicy, mouth-watering aromas. But there is also a big, citrusy, hop aroma. I couldn't believe how hoppy the nose was. It made for an interesting combo that I had never experienced before.

After my first sip of these beer I was perplexed. Definitely the least sour Cantillon beer I've ever had. Not to say it isn't sour, it certainly is. But the hop bitterness or youth of this beer keeps the pucker factor pretty low. It's absolutely delicious. The restrained tartness really lets some of the other elemnets shine. Dry grain, light brett notes, some tropical fruit. This thing is a gem!

Mouthfeel was spot on. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel.

Overall, another stellar beer from Cantillon. (892 characters)

Photo of ElGallo
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes. On tap at The Lion's Pride. A hazy golden yellow color with some lacing. Nose is of citrus fruits, most notably lemon, with some barnyard funk and light hop notes as well.

Very refreshing taste, with the lemon and funk intertwining beautifully to make this a very drinkable and unique unblended lambic. Not as harsh on the palate as other lambics, so I could see myself drinking more than a few glasses of this and still having some taste buds left.

Very rare to see this on tap anywhere. I'm very glad I got to try it. Keep the Cantillon coming! (571 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

One of the best gueuze I've had. More layers than the classic. (158 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle split with the future Mrs. at the Beer Engine. Mobile review, so excuse the brevity.

A- nice color, not too cloudy, golden orange and small head that stuck around for a bit

S- smells good, but not great. Classic gueze but thankfully a bit brighter and w/o any skunky dirty diaper smells some put out

T- woah! Nice tartness followed by an apple or tart berry-ish flavor from the dry hop. This is sublime and probably my favorite unfruited lambic to date.

M- champagne bubbles dance on the tongue. Exceptional!

D- I could seriously drink 3 bottles of this, no problems. Not too sour but true to the style. Love it! Great treat, get some if you can, even if the other Cantillons are too acidic for you. Not an entry level sour beer, but not too crazy advanced either. (778 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey, served in a Cantillon branded "wine glass".

A - pours a hazy and almost iridescent glowing pale orange with a thin finger of white foam that dies over a minute or two and leaves behind some loose lace spiderwebs.

S - full of bretty funk in the nose with some light lemony smells. Lots of horse blankets and barnyard going on with a trivial amount of malt underneath...pretty light in aroma overall.

T - taste matches the aroma pretty well. Light citrus with a brisk, but under control sourness. Lots of funk-brett pretty much dominates the flavor profile. An interesting change of pace is the very noticeable hop bitterness-basically of the old, cheesy variety but still have a sharp enough bitterness to go along with the bite from the brett...an interesting and welcome addition.

M - characteristically thin with a midlevel carbonation...a bit prickly and very lively.

D - surprisingly moderate for a Cantillon beer. Sourness is not extreme and remains at an easy to enjoy level. Nice hop bitterness is a bit unique in this genre of beer and is quite enjoyable...price is a bit steep at $12/glass so probably will be my only one...but it is well worth the price. (1,193 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at teresas next door. Served in a flute.

A- comes to me with no head. Hazy yellow orange in color.

S- musty funky wood and cheesey feet. Wet hay and grass.

T- tart and lactic up front with some sour apple and lemons. Lots of funky oak and cheese. Vegetative and grassy hints.

M- medium to light in body with a nice crisp effrevesant carb that tingles. Nice pucker.

D- this stuff is the cats pajamas a very refreshing offering from cantillon. (458 characters)

Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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