Cuvée Saint-Gilloise
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Lambic - Traditional
Ranked #3
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #505
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 7.78%
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
1,346
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Cuvée Saint-GilloiseCuvée Saint-Gilloise
Notes: Also known as Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions.

Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked and capped bottle, 17/18 season, bottled on 18th December 2017. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed mini ballon glass.

Appearance: A clear golden orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving some lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, citrusy, mandarin peel, orange zest, peach, green apple, slight floral, damp wood, musty, funky.

Taste: Light to moderate sour, citrus, mandarin, orange zest and rind, peach, damp wood, barnyard, funky, earthy.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Quite different from most other lambics, and in a good way. Balanced, complex, refreshing, and very enjoyable to drink.

Jul 08, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rerate, 750 ml corked and capped green bottle, as Cantillon Cuvée Saint-Gilloise. Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5%. Dry hopped with Hallertauer (which Hallertauer?) hops. Hazy golden to deep golden colour, moderate white head. Aroma of farmhouse / brettanomyces, pediococcus and lemons. Lemony and tart / astingent flavour, quite dry, hints of oak. Fairly distinct herbal hops in the finish. Original rating: Bottle, as Cantillon Cuvée des Champions, at RBESG 2007 in Glasgow, Grand Tasting. Cloudy golden colour. Very nice lemony aroma, hints of oak and barnyard. Lemony and fairly dry flavour, refreshing and nice.

Mar 18, 2021
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

AROMA - Fresh, bright, lightly acidic and floral. Notes of lemon, water chestnut, ginger, pear, honey, clover, berry skin.

FLAVOR - Light, brittle, mineral tartness pulls at sides of tongue. Melon notes, rhubarb, light citrus and spice, hint of pine, all very delicate and balanced, slightly bitter finish, very minimal earthy component

MF - light, velvety, medium-low carbonation, tart and tangy, lightly tannic

Jul 12, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, almost hazy, golden amber coloration with a medium, frothy head that recedes quickly. Smells of light, doughy, wheaty malt and fruity esters and floral hops, with notes of tart green apple/pear, apricot and white grape, as well as a distinct citric acidity and lighter notes of hay, oak and earthy, cheesy funk. Taste follows the nose, with a great balance of light, doughy wheat malt, fruity esters of tart green apple/pear, apricot, white grape and gooseberry, rather flowery, and slightly bitter, grassy and spicy hops, hay, a distinct citric acidity, earthy, cheesy funk and some musty oak. Finishes with a medium tartness, light bitterness and some fruity esters, floral hops and a distinct citric acidity lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfel with a medium body and carbonation.

I think this is quite a interesting modern take on Lambic that manages quite a nice balance of depth and refreshing drinkability with its strong traditional funk and oak presence, fruity esters and more modern bitter, floral hop notes, rounded out by quite a distinct, zesty, citric acidity that is pretty dominant here. It's not quite for me, to be honest, because I rather dislike floral hops and am not a huge fan of hoppy Saison either, but nonetheless this is quite superbly balanced and rather enjoyable for what it is, while the added element of a light bitterness, which traditional Lambic lacks, also makes for a nice interplay with the acidic tartness in the finish.

May 10, 2020
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased in person in Brussels, BE at the brewery in Spring 2017. Managed to keep it cellared for this long (wow!). Bottle, corked and caged. Bottled on Jan 9, 2017. Cork read – Bottled in 16/17 season – Cantillon 2016. Enjoyed this one on Easter Sunday during the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine. Served in a large wine glass.

The best lambic I have ever tasted. A very enjoyable pleasant drink. Refreshing. A wine-like experience. 4.75

A - Just a quiet pop when I pulled the cork. From the bottle a lovely fruity aroma. Pours a clear golden with a three-finger off-white head. Not as still as I thought based on the quiet pop of the cork. Nice viscosity on the glass. 4.75

S – Aromas of lactic acid, sweetness, faint fruitiness, and a hint of metallic. 4.5

T – Not as sour or tart as many lambics I have had before. Kumquat rind sourness that gives you that burst of sweetness inside. No bitterness. 4.75

MF – Light bodied with a dry finish. 4.75

Apr 13, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 2/28/20 @ the Beer Temple.

This was a real pleasant treat; mildly tart with a refreshing fruitiness. Very easy to drink. Hope to have this again fairly soon!

Mar 01, 2020
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FLima from Brazil

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a few months old straight from the brewery, which is good for this particular Cantillon given the dry hop with HallertauMittelfrüh hops.
Hazy amber orange color with a thin head that vanishes quickly.
Nice elegant aroma with notes of initial faint damascus, noble hops, some fresh leather, grapefruit and lemon citrusy, a bit of honey and wood.
Flavor with notes of lemon, herbaceous hops, oak, green apple, spices, mild funk, grapefruit and faint pear. Dry and sour aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Interest take on a Lambic with more hop flavors and still having traditional sourness to balance its malt sweetness. Very refreshing and balanced.

Oct 08, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gem amber, lightly chill hazed, with a tall white froth settling to a persistent blanket curled at the edges leaving tiny spots on the glass.

Toasted cracker, sesame, and a unique herbality come with the sharply allium oaky funk Cantillon is known for. It's not quite resinous or rubbery as the non-fruited Loons can be, and as such is markedly better. Bitter grass and green apple accent, but it's only mildly tart, and super drinkable, with a light frothy medium-light body that finishes semi-dry and tingly.

Jun 17, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

3.36/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

De Espuma - Tienda de Cerveza. En copa Teku. Edicion de 2017. Viendo Los 100 4x11-12. Menos agresiva de lo esperado. Suave en boca, con acidez pero apenas agria. Sin embargo, no entusiasma, demasiado unidimensional

Dec 24, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a stemmed harmony glass.

Pours a hazy deep orange color with a finger of pure white head. The head leaves a few random spots of lacing before settling into a thin sheet.

The aroma brings notes of lemon, green apple, oak, and bread with a subtle kiss of hops on the back end.

The flavor follows the nose; green apple, oak, lemon and hops with some funk and bread throughout. Some pear notes as well. Herbal and grassy. Nicely refreshing.

The feel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Delicate and tart with a dry finish. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

Overall, a great lambic that is both complex yet restrained. There's a lot going on in the flavor but it's never overwhelming. Just a nice, easy drinking beer with lots of wonderful flavors. Glad I got to try it.

Dec 20, 2018
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 26 December 2017. Slightly opaque deep gold pour with white head that quickly dissipates leaving a solid ring and medium spotty lacing. Lite earthy funky/dry hay nose; some floral hop notes too. Sour green apples/pear notes; grassy; lite acidity. Medium lite body; lite carbonation; lite astringency. Lighter and more easy drinking than other Cantillon and 3F Lambics. I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend!

Aug 29, 2018
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BenHoppy from Michigan

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of the best beers ever with flavors of buttery soaked oak and grassy lemon wood with slight tartness. This beer is as refreshing as delicious. Just wish I didn't spill half of it.

Aug 25, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy, murky orange-straw with a finger and a half of off-white foam. Aroma is light bread and wheat with a subtle sour twist, with herbal and citrus hops behind. Flavor profile is light bread, wheat, barley, and oak with very subtle and delicate notes of herbal, citrus, and floral hops. It adds a slight complexity to the subtle base beer. Mouth feel is still, with a medium thickness. There is a light chalkiness to it. Overall, superb beer between the well crafted base lambic and light hop additions.

Served in a bulb glass from a 750mL bottle.

Jul 16, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon is always such a breath of fresh air after a lot of American wild beers. So refined, subtle but full of complexity. If only it was easier to get.

May 01, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage enjoyed under the saint gilloise label, incredible lambic. sometimes with all the other great wild ale i forget how good these cantillon beer really are, this is truly incredible stuff. its very sour in the nose, intense lactic pucker, new smelling oak, light vanilla and then a raw wheat and straw complexion from the grain, heavy lemon, and slightly hoppier than others i have had from these guys. my mouth waters to taste this. in the flavor, the sourness is immediately intense, that well aged funk right there with the acidity. iodine, slight medicinal funk, tons of oak, and the aged hop thing, low bitterness but floral and sort of citric as well, lemon and lime notes, like straight up 7up soda, strong hay and straw dried grassiness, and a wonderful bretty weirdness to it behind the clean sourness, which is quite intense here. the beer feels soft, fluffy from the wheat, fresh from what hops remain in here somehow, and effervescent in carbonation, which i adore in lambic. pungently funky, wet animal and basement weird, but so attractive too. better as it warms. always a treat to drink beer from cantillon, as rare and hyped as it is, it almost always lives up to the lofty expectations i have for it. awesome beer right here!

Dec 06, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/5/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, melon, pear, green apple, citrus peel, white grape, white wine, hay, straw, peppercorn, oak, leather, musty funk, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, white bread, light white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, earthy hops, oak barrel, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, melon, pear, green apple, citrus peel, white grape, white wine, hay, straw, peppercorn, oak, leather, musty funk, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, white bread, light white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy bitterness, yeast/oak spiciness, and lactic tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, melon, pear, green apple, citrus peel, white grape, white wine, hay, straw, peppercorn, oak, leather, musty funk, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, white bread, light white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, earthy hops, oak barrel, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately increasing dryness from tart/bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and grainy/sticky/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a fantastic dry hopped gueuze! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, earthy hops, oak barrel, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink; with the modestly lactic/tannic/drying finish. Wonderful musty Brett complexity; with balanced dry hops, pale malt, and oak barrel flavors. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Nov 11, 2017
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Leather with some hops! Citrus with some steelie earth. Great aroma and flavour, good body for its weight, crisp finish. Great summer brew! Pours a nice head, but no retention. Slight haze.

Aug 22, 2017
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teddibrewski from England

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

called cuvee saint gilloise now, supposedly the same beer, either way it is delicious, a wonderful tart refreshing beer, perfect carbonation complimented wonderfully by the hallertau hop

Jul 07, 2017
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DispyDnb from England

3.4/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Muted Horn Berlin. Guess this beer/bottle wasnt 100% or maybe not "fresh" in terms of hops.
Buttery smell and very lactic taste, all the gueuze profile was gone especially on the aroma. First ever Cantillon beer i haven't enjoeyd

Mar 11, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Look is a hazy golden amber with a think head that dissipates quickly into a thin white line.

Aromas are classic lambic. Lots of funky horse blanket, light citrus acidity.

Taste is dry and smooth with a funky acidity through the whole thing. Tart and tangy but not overwhelming.

Absolutely delicious.

Nov 24, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Zwanze Day at the Kernel in London. Pours a hazy straw with a medium creamy head that coats the glass. Nose is classic Cantillon but softer, rounder, and nice citrus. Really has breadth without any sharp edges. I can't pick out specific smells I can directly attribute to the dry hopping other than a bit more earthiness. Taste follows...very pleasant soft round tartness. Subdued sourness compared to most Cantillon, but still has plenty of depth. Uber drinkable, and the first Cantillon I ever wanted to gulp down. Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp at the same time. Great beer.

Oct 04, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solidly constructed two finger head with a great deal of activity at the pour point, light tan color, retains a thick surface coating for some time, the lacing starts off thickly and gently glides off. Looks like a bright ball of fiery orange in the glass, more of a reddish tint than yellow, too opaque to see many bubbles. The nose steadily builds to a crescendo of orange to lemon citrus, sour oak vinosity, white grape, apricot and apple fruit, earthy with notes of dried garden herbs, cedar, possesses a sense of ripeness more than sweetness. Medium-bodied, the steadiness and richness of the carbonation spreads the liquid cheek to cheek. Quite lemony and also with more pronounced hoppy bite, grassiness. The peach, apricot, pear fruit flavors fill themselves out nicely. Over time the citrus palette works in additional white grapefruit and blood orange nuances. Stony more than minerally. Very well balanced and integrated, not overly sour. Shows much room for improvement via aging. Bottled January 5, 2015.

Jun 30, 2016
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cuvee St. Gilloise
750mL bottle into a Teku
Vintage 2013

Thanks to yumbeer for sending this one over in a trade!


A: Murky, essentially opaque, golden orange with a huge 3+ fingers width of fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick film throughout the duration of the drink. Tons of lacing. 4.5

S: Funkier than most Cantillons and not as sour. Lots of oaky characters and subtle tartness, lactic acidity, floral notes, plastic-like funk, citrus. 4.25

T: Stronger sour notes than on the nose, tons of oak, that plastic-like funk characters, sweet-ish citrus on the finish, biting lactic acidity. 4.25

M/D: Medium body, carbonation heavy which is appropriate, very dry on the finish, drinkability is very good. 4.5

O: Far from my favorite Cantillon, but an enjoyable drink as always. 4.25

Mar 13, 2016
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amano_h from Oregon

4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl at MADE in PONG DANG (Seoul, Korea)

Wonderful aroma of melon, funky cheese, grass, barnyard hay, some lemon and even a bit of white wine.

Very tart and borderline citrus on the tongue; the hop is slightly muted but its presence lets itself known near the back end. Slight ester, grass, pepper accompanies the delightfully effervescent Cantillon-esque mouthfeel as well; unlike its blended cousin which does sometimes lean toward the sticky side, this one is crisp and refreshing through and through.

Feb 19, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky to have the opportunity to try several Cantillion bottles at a share recently on Super Bowl sunday! This one wasnt as good as the Vigneronne but was still excellent!

Feb 17, 2016
Cuvée Saint-Gilloise from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1346 ratings