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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 264
Hads: 1,156
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 552
Gots: 255 | FT: 28
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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 t8dd
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Aroma-wow, lots of funk, citrus, bleu cheese, pepper. A lot going on here. Poured a hazy straw color with no head, minimal carbonation. Taste-again, wow. Sour, tart, funky, mild citrus sweetness. As it warms flavors of spice and white pepper peek through. Finish stayed with me for hours. Lucky to try this. Simply amazing.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: My pour has a cloudy tangerine orange color with a delicate white froth. The head only remains for a minute before fading to a ring and a thin film, but it still leaves a few wisps of lace.

Smell: The aroma is full of barnyard funk, horse blanket, and leather. Slightly musty as well. There is some good tart acidity to the nose. Tons of Brett in this one.

Taste: The flavor is pleasantly sour, blended, and balanced. Some light grains prelude lemon zest and a little grapefruit sour flavor. Some straw and grassy notes draw out the flavor, and the finish has some musty earthiness.

Mouthfeel: This is acidic, with some lactic character. Fairly dry, medium bodied with delicate carbonation. A bit more dry at the finish.

Overall: This was one of the first gueuzes that I was able to really get into, and now I think I am an addict of the style.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my friends brought this to a tasting a little while back I don't know why it took me so long to get around to reviewing this.
poured from 750ml (cuvee de dhampions labe forget the bottling date)
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a thin white head. the smell is slightly funky, tart and a little hop presence. the flavor is sour, but not overly sour with a little bitterness. the mouthfeel is dry and well carbed. overall this is a a good gueuze not a great one

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Photo of craytonic
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Sunlit, straw-orange-golden pour, nice mother-of-pearl foamy head

Smell: Tart and funky, some cat piss along with lemon/lime citrus, musty cheese (I don't often notice this one), white grape juice, fresh pear, and green apple

Taste: Tart and funky again, faint cat urine, dry hops (?), white grape juice, pears, and apple? Not as bracingly sour as other cantillion offerings, although I prefer their other lambics.

Mouthfeel: Decent body, nice tingly light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable; not my favorite cantillon but not one to turn down either!

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Photo of pwoods
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FtownThrowDown for sharing this bottle.

Brewed 1/07, bottled 5/09

750ml corked and capped green bottle poured into a GLBC snifter.

A: Pours a murky burnt lemon color. Decent head on the pour with a little retention. Decent lacing.

S: Loads of hops. Piney, somewhat resinous, lots of pungent lemon. Very spicy as well, helped along by the yeast. Peppery. Some tart lemon.

T/M: Lots of hops, pine and lemon, lemon zest. Very spicy and peppery. Some tart lemon and citrus tartness. Funky but hard to describe. Not really cheesy or moldy, and only light horse blanket. Funky nonetheless. Some subtle and smoothing barrel to kind of hold things togeher. Body is medium to medium light with average carbonation.

D: Low ABV and tasty but something in there that doesn't make me continue to reach for the glass.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2014 drank early 2015

Appearance: pours a golden yellow. forms a small white head with no retention. Very slight lacing as it swirls around. Hazy and almost opaque.

Smell: mix of hops and sour. the mixture makes it hard to figure out what hops are used. underneath the mixture are some funky and oaky flavors. some vinegar and lemon juice.

Taste: opens with an almost candy like mixture of sweet and sour. hops are resiny and maybe a little fruity. vinegar and lemon juice make up most of the bee, lots of oaky flavor and funky yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium in body, lots of residual funkiness and hop flavor. a bit acidic.

Overall: a solid beer but as far Cantillon beers go this is one the lower end of the spectrum. Lacks the complexity of other beers of the style, and as far as dry hopped sours go they seem to be more on the miss side of the spectrum.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at La Bodega in midtown Anchorage. Cork reads 2009.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with some light orange highlights and good carbonation. The head rises pretty quickly, but turns to a skim and ring around the glass pretty quickly and leaves mediocre at best lacing.

Nose is full of green apple and lactic armpit. Some good lemony zest and slight spicey oak notes.

Wow. This is an excellent lambic. Excellent. Very large green appley awesomeness. A great lemon zest spritz and oaky dryness. The finish is exceedingly dry with the perfect amount of sourness. Very refreshing, green apples linger into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty damn solid. Very spritzer-like carbonation, exactly where it should be for the style, almost like a champagne yeast was used. The dryness is exquisite.

Drinkability is hard to beat for the style. Very refreshing, and incredibly easy to drink.

Overall, this is one of the best lambics ive had in a while. The green appleyness almost rivals that of Ithaca Brute (almost). Can't wait to see how this does with some age. The Drinkability is downright amazing right now. Certainly one of the best lambics on shelves. Great, great beer.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like clover honey, hazy and golden. Not much head. Funky, classic lambic aroma with lots of plasticky medicinal notes, ripe pears, dried apricot, a faint hint of lychee, and pleasant, grassy hops. Lip-smackingly, puckeringly acidic and very refreshing. Sour apple, sourdough, white grapefruit... really juicy, relentlessly sour but very moreish and mouthwatering. There's a touch of passionfruit and this intriguing violet-like floral quality in the finish, as well. Not quite 'easy drinking' on account of its acidity, but really very delicious.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As described by my Brussels friend, BelgianBeers (who kindly presented this to me during the Belgian Beer Paradise festival in Brussels, September 2004), after he acquired it on its first day of release:

“It tastes very much like their regular geuze, but with the added bonus of a delicate bitterness, especially in the finish, brought about by dry-hopping. Another difference with the regular geuze (which, as you probably know, is a blend of one, two and three-year old lambics) is that this is a blend of two-year old lambics only. The refermentation in the bottle is sparked by adding a tiny dose of priming sugar (with regular geuze, the sugar-rich young lambic performs this function). From the brewery's last email: "The "Cuvée des Champions", made to celebrate the promotion of the Royale Union Saint-Gilloise football team to the second division, is available. Just like the "Cuvée 1904", made to commemorate the centenary of the team's first title, it is a selection of two years old lambics which underwent a cold hopping in the casks and a second fermentation in the bottle."

Presentation: 75 cl bottle with a yellow and purple label with an emblem of “USG” in yellow and purple circles (the team’s colors, I assume). “In celebration of the title..." (in French) proclaimed on the label. Cantillon Brewery is only identified in small type on the label.

Appearance: Pours dark golden, slightly cloudy with a thin head and a small stream of steady carbonation.

Aroma: Oh, there it is, that familiar lambic sour. Not as strong as some, sour apples, sour champagne fruitiness hidden behind the sour sourness.

Flavor: Sour, tart, sour, dry, and with that barnyard flavor so similar to this style of beer. To be honest, I can’t tell the difference between this and Cantillon’s gueuze- I wish I had done a side-by-side taste comparison.

Mouthfeel: As is common with this style, a very tart, mouthpuckering event. Full mouthfeel (if full is the opposite of watery).

Drinkability: As with the other products, I really like this when the mood strikes (when it’s warm, with a good meal, when I don’t want a strong, high-ABV beer, when I want to reflect on travels to Belgium). But it’s not something I would drink all the time.

Overall: I like this as I like the Cantillon products, but to be honest, I have yet to learn to fully appreciate these beers. I’ll keep trying though, because I do like this one (and it’s siblings).

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to freud for this one! I'm not convinced that this is the same beer as Cuvee des Champions. On RB the Commercial Description says it's hopped with Styrian Goldings, but the back label on this bottle says Hallertau...

375mL green glass corked & capped bottle. Cork dated 2010.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with thin white head. Nose is full of apricot and freshly cut white oak, hay follows and lovely lovely funk.

Taste is nicely crisp and tart. Lemon zest, tangerine and lime oil. A little residual sweetness in the middle helps balance things out and makes for a really pleasant un-fruited gueuze blend. Nice faint hop bitterness.

Excellent beer. Like it better than Iris which I consider to be a fair comparison.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale hazy yellow, small head, no lacing.

S - Very faint - lemon and grapefruit with tart white grapes. Way too faint.

T - Sour, slightly funky. Strongly tart lemon citrus with a touch of grapefruit. A touch of barnyard funk with a faint earthy yeasty fruitiness. Alright.

M - Slightly smooth, thin a little refreshing, carbonation is noticeable.

D - It is mild and not to sour. PLeasant overall. I wouldn't mind having this one again. Not fantastic, but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on Cantillon Night during Sour Week at the Flying Saucer.

Golden apricot body with a white head.

The nose is peach and orchard fruit, floral notes and barnyard.

Green apple, fresh hay, lime zest, mouth watering acidity that bursts with a snap. Very sharp acidity, but no acetic character. More complex than my vocabulary can describe.

The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied.

Awesome beer. Not very musty or earthy. Brett is big on the nose, but acidity rules the palate. Seems like a fresher batch.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rattle n Hum, this one was an 8oz pour.

Cuvee des Chamions pours a mildly hazy orange, lightening to tangerine when backlit. There's a thin white head that dissipates quickly into nothing. The nose is a bit delicate, and it's largely a blend of sweet pale fruits (apricots and peaches) and woody oak notes. There's a faint tart aroma present as well. The sour notes noticeably increase in intensity in the taste. The resulting balance between sweetness, barrel notes, and acidity is just about perfect. It's still not nearly as aggressively tart as some of the other Cantillon offerings I've had, but that only allows the other flavors to really shine through. The body is as dry and light as I'd anticipate from a 5% brew that probably has little in the way of residual sugars, but the carbonation is a pleasant surprise. It doesn't really come alive until mid palate, but when it does a torrent of tiny bubbles appear and liven the beer up. Cuvee des Champions maybe isn't as challenging as Cantillon's other beers, in terms of how much the wild yeast and bacteria have taken over, but it's subtle and artfully balanced. I imagine it would be accessible to someone new to sours/wild ales, but at the same time still has more than enough depth to please a seasoned drinker. My favorite sour to date.

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Photo of nataku00
3.7/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

On tap at Brouwers!

I was a bit disappointed! It just wasn't sour enough for me. Compared to other Cantillons I tried, this was the least puckering for me.

Very complex though. Lemon, white grapes, barn yard.

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Photo of botham
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage poured into a tasting glass. pours a midlly hazy orangish amber with a single finger of tight white head that has moderate retention and leaves no lacings.

aroma is vinous, with an acidic sour note and a light funk. a lightly yeasty fruit note hides behind the sour note and grounds the overall profile. very pleasant and sour in the nose.

taste is of a sharp sourness up front with a light funk and a decent fruit presence. a mild funk note on the back end eases a bit of the tartness after the fact, with a sharp sourness on the way down. residual fruit and sour/tart notes linger.

mouthfeel is tart and sour with a vinous character and a supremely sour texture. the brew smooths out as the palate gets used to the sourness, with a finish that carries a light bite and leaves the palate with a distinct tartness.

drinkability is great. wonderfully sour and just mellow enough to keep a bite and remain drinkable. a solid sour with a very drinkable aura (for those BAs who love a good sour beer). cheers!

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Labeled Saint Gilloise. October 2010 European release, 5 months old

Pours a golden yellow color with 3 fingers of head that leaves wisps of lacing.

The aroma is somewhat unique for a Cantillon, you can tell that something is different here (in this case, the dry hopping). Not as much dusty attic or farmhouse funk as expected, instead it is mostly lemon, grapefruit, pine needle, and flowers. There is still a bit of the signature Cantillon beneath, but the dry hopping has added a thick layer on top.

The flavor is excellent. Musty attic and sunflowers lead the way, with a sour lemon finish that is both acidic and vinegary. Quenches my craving for sour and doesn't sacrifice depth in the process. Some earthy nuttiness, oak, and grass. Faint banana sweetness and stank cheesiness.

The body is medium to light and carbonation is high and feels appropriate.

Overall this is yet another top quality offering from the best brewery in the world. If you see some, pick it up!

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of Jonada
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Par of the epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and crew

A-straw yellow with nice head
S-nice yeast smell with a little bit of grass
T-very dry and sweet. Alot lime it smells
M-light body and smooth. Very carbonated
O-nice offering. Would like to try again

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a glass of this in March, 2011 at the Cantillon brewery cafe, where this is called Cuvee St. Gilloise. Reviewed from notes. Gueuze dry hopped with Hallertau.

Body is a hazy gold, no head, just some bubbles in a ring.

Smells funky, leathery, with orange notes.

Tart, with notes of light malt, orange rind, with a spicy finish. Characteristic Cantillon funkiness. I really enjoyed the Hallertau, which lends this the orange flavor.

Body is light and the carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is clean and tart. Brought a few bottles home for the cellar.

A nice drinking gueze. I like the tartness and the orange in this, which makes it distinctive.

I talked with Jean about the name change (now named after the area rather than the football team who have not been champions in awhile). Jean pointed out that each vintage is different because the lambic is always different and he cannot predict how the lambic will react with the hops he chooses.

So I'll just keep drinking this year after year then. Save some for a short vertical in the future.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Agold
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled October 4, 2010

Tight white head on top of a golden mildly hazy body. Aroma is really funky, lemon rind, some cobwebs, and green apple. More of a horsey, sweaty, musty funk. Flavor is crisp, clean, lactic, musty, apple, grapefruit rind, i get a mild floral almost honeyish flavor as well. Mouthfeel is light and airy, good carb, dry and mildly tainnic. Really nice and refreshing.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage, Cuvée des Champions
Look: The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a very nice short lasting white head.
Smell: Sour lemons, hay, grass, grapes, apples and dust-must. Light barnyard.
Taste: Moderately acidic, lemon, with a very dry finish, bit bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation
Overall: Nice and refreshing, not too sour, not too complex, but easy to drink

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Photo of brownbeer
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Typical Cantillon funk in the nose with lemon, earth, and a noticeable floral hop bouquet.

The taste isn't as sour or acidic as some of their others, which sets the tone for how drinkable it is and ups how approachable it is. Earthy hay and subtle lemon with a nice, dry, hoppy finish. Great carbonation as well.

Thanks to nightbrew for opening yet another stellar Cantillon brew.

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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.