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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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97
world-class

1,002 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 530
Gots: 218 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dukeofearl on 01-23-2005

Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Brew33
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of MDDMD
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ElGallo
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - It pours a radiant golden hue, and is capped with a small amount of off-white froth.

S - The nose announces delectable Cantillon funk, loud and proud. Lemon, lime zest, farm/pasture, musty basement, et al. The hoppiness is there too, adding big grassy notes which are sublimely integrated.

T - Great Gueuze flavor; tart, slightly briny, woody, lemony, grassy and musty. Acetic and green apple skin notes are minimal, just barely there, contributing tartness. There is a green flavor that is pleasantly pervasive which is a function of the cohesive melange of dry-hopping and Cantillon oak-induced elderflowery funk. I can't get enough of this stuff. Phenomenal.

M - Bright, tart, expansively flavorful on the palette.

O - One of the best beers ever; every bit as good as any Cantillon I've had.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.