Cuvée Saint-Gilloise
Brasserie Cantillon

Cuvée Saint-GilloiseCuvée Saint-Gilloise
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From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
Style:
Lambic
Ranked #4
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #744
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 7.57%
Reviews:
299
Ratings:
1,059
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 28, 2022
Added:
Jan 23, 2005
Wants:
  549
Gots:
  293
SCORE
97
World-Class
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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Rated: 4.43 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Sep 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.16 by Boone757 from Virginia

Sep 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
(~5 oz tiny snifter draft pour at Monk's for Zwanze Day 2022... review copied from scant notes taken on my phone)

pale, bitter, palate numbing...

what I can add from memory: somewhat tart and biting, but lines were blurred with its sedate, subtly herbal, delayed bitter hum... took my time sipping this one, trying to delineate where the funk ended and hop infusion began... cloudy in appearance and expression... I'd of course be curious to try this from a bottle decant... decent opener for the event (2037)
Sep 26, 2022
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy gold, 1" white head, mild lacing. Nose is hairspray, lemon, hay, and lots of barny, wet funk. Taste follows forward with sweet, mildly tart white wine, lemon, but little expression of the funkier elements on the nose. As it warms, the sweetness and tartness of the wine continue to open, but little in the way of earthy, funkier elements. Feel is smooth with moderate carbonation, but it drinks cleanly and invitingly. Overall, however, lacking in some complexity on the palate.
Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2019 Vintage; Stored under okay conditions (Stable environment, very little light)
The beer pours a nice off-white head that forms at a moderate pace: not too fast but gradual. The beer itself is a clear metallic amber color that looks very good.

The smell is absolutely wonderful. It starts off with light strawberry notes while cold and warms up to let through a variety of citrus fruit notes such as grapefruit, orange, a light lemon, and hints of lime that pop in and out. The funk note is moderate with hay notes to it.

The taste is very good. It has a strong citrus fruit note upfront that consists of grapefruit and a stronger lime note than in the smell. The funk shows up mostly as a musty hay not with a acidic tartness to it.

The feel is good. It has a light to medium body and moderate carbonation. It has moderate acidity.

Overall, a delicious cuvee worth getting and holding for a few years in ideal conditions ( away from light and stable temps).
Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by timmy2b from New York

Aug 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.26 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.49 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jun 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by Hawkfish from Washington

Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by shigg85 from Japan

Dec 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.6 by edthehead from New York

Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Aug 18, 2021
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.15 by Rothobinide from California

Mar 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.26 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.59 by fromthewood1 from California

Feb 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.37 by rangerred from Tennessee

Feb 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.44 by moltch from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by MrSwingKing from Denmark

Jan 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.42 by stephenlee93 from England

Oct 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by brandoneast from Texas

Sep 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by spersichilli from California

Sep 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by mxracercam from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2020
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Reviewed by JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

4.62/5  rDev +6%
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
 
Rated: 5 by Ziosa from Missouri

Jul 06, 2020
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Rated by grover37 from District of Columbia

4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2015 bottle in June 2020 in backyard w Lisa. Surprisingly good.
Jun 20, 2020
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.24 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

Apr 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.03 by desint from Belgium

Mar 18, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.8 by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

Feb 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.37 by robotic_being from Florida

Feb 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.41 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania

Feb 07, 2020
Cuvée Saint-Gilloise from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1358 ratings