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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.

Added by Dukeofearl on 01-23-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
1,206
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
16.98%
 
 
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Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of amano_h
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drops the party hearty orange on ya, but with 1/3" white head, so damn impressive. Super lemon tart funk and even some minor rubber burning aroma. Massive sour notes, 8 on a 1-10 scale.

Drops all kinds of brett and light skinned citrus fruits. Still light on its feet despite packing an intense amount of sour, fruit and oak. Mild grassy, earthy mouthfeel.

Gonna have to drink this and the classic gueuze back to back someday. Phenomenal stuff.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cloudy dark amber, with orange highlights, and no head or lace, in a snifter gals.

While at first, the salty arm-pit aroma is off-putting, after a few sips earthy tobacco aromas interplay for an appealing funkiness. The initial aroma was a bit shocking to say the least.

Opens with an acidic brine character, filled with umami and funkiness. Once one acclimates, sweetness dominates without being cloying, similar to tart apple. Overall, the fruitiness is a surprise, given the aromas. Warmth brings out a leathery flavor.

Carbonation is explosive on the tongue, and elevated by the incredibly dry sharp texture. Some alcohol is perceptible.

This is an odd beer experience, well worth the effort of consuming it, but stick to one 8oz pour. I suspect this would pair well with a cigar, and certainly well with a pungent creamy cheese.

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

750ml bottle, May, 2015 bottle, poured into a vintage Cantillon tumbler. Enjoyed on 1.16.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, copper hues, light haze with many bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a finger of white head sits, moderate retention and spotted lace. The aroma is pleasant, earthy hops, piney but with some nice floral character, big funky horseblanket, grapefruit peel, tart wheat, moderate acidity. The hops definitely shine, nice addition of complexities without including any bitterness. The flavors are great, a "hoppy gueuze" as advertised. Floral, grassy and lightly resinous hops leap out of the glass, strong must, oak and funkiness bring out some citrus peel, white grape must and lemongrass. The mouthfeel is lively, coating, crisp, medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish.

Verdict: A really nice lambic from Cantillon, hardly a surprise. The hoppy characteristics are very nice and are a very welcomed addition to the lambic base. It's a bit of a different flavor profile, slightly less funk, less acidity with a flavors more akin to an american pale ale though hardly a spot of bitterness.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at corporate brew and draft in Baton Rouge

Poured a a semi-hazed straw yellow color with a slight bubbly white head
Oh man, this smelled AMazing! Brilliant mix of melon fruits with grassy, floral hop presence. Some hints of pepper/spiciness, white wine and a bit of lemony citrus.
Taste was nice and tart, but not overly acidic. Earthy hops give way back to the tartness. Get some woodiness as well.
Really dry and crisp mouthfeel.
This is another world-class offering from Cantillon.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. 7 oz pour.
Another near flawless offering from one of the best Lambic Brewers in the world. Pours a beautiful golden hue with a lily white 2 finger head. Great funk and earthiness complimented by a hint of bitterness from the dry hopping. Great lambic and the standard of the style.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 cork date. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Cantillon taster glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden straw body with a two finger slightly fizzy white head that reduces fairly quickly but leaves a layer of retention and no lacing.

Aromas are of typical Cantillon character - upon opening it a funky cheesiness, grassy, musty hay, peppery, tart aromas, citrus, white wine, and a slight hoppiness in the background.

One the tongue is an immediate dry tartness, and borderline sour citrus notes which fades to open up distinct oak / barrel notes, funky yeast, and is followed by pepper, grass, and a muted hoppy bite on the finish. The dry tartness sticks on the tongue for a minute or so. Mouthfeel is medium light, carbonation is medium.

Overall world class, which is not surprising at all coming from Cantillon. Really enjoyed this one, lots of flavor and balance.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a brilliant glowing yellow, slightly hazy, with a small head and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like super expressive citrus- orange, lemon, and grapefruit, with a big tart aroma, and funky hay aroma too.

This has a wonderful hoppiness to it that's uncommon in the style- it adds a nice citrusy and bitter dimension to the sour and funk. This is refreshing, tasty, and super drinkable.

This has a crisp, sparkling mouthfeel, with a high level of carbonation.

An unheralded gem from Cantillon. This was listed as Cuvée St. Gilloise, but I believe this is the right listing.

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Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely looking bright orange brew, topped with a very minor, white head, quickly fading to a ring, not atypical of the style.

Faint but deep funk and grassy hops on the nose. Tart.

Flavor follows, featuring incredible tartness. The hops, yeast, and aging all come together in a neutrally tart package (i.e. no real impression of fruit).

Major puckering on the palate; long funky finish.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a bottle of this at a recent bottle share. Cuvee Saint-Gilloise (Champions) is a solid example of the style and one that I enjoyed. Good stuff!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows funk and horseblanket, melon, elderflower and lemon rind.
Similar flavour; more funk, elderflower, grassy and spicy hops, peach and apricot.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale rust and big fading loose white head. 3.75
White vinegar nose with some peach and flowers. 3.75
Saltines, a whack of sour, lemon twist, and lots of tangerine hops. 4
Lime curd finish and lingering tartness with some chalk.
Medium, sharp, dry but smooth. 4.24

Labeled as Cuvée Saint-Gilloise and dry-hopped with Hallertau, not Styrian Goldings

Dose of funk but real citrus hops, too. And I’m liking the sherbety Lacto feel. But somehow I feel like Cantillon is out of their comfort zone. This is not hugely distinctive - Jandrain-Jandrenouille do better when it comes to marrying farmhouse flavors and big hops. The bottle suffered from being the last in a long night, and it is well put together like everything from this brewery; it’s just not capturing the magic for me. 4

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At Cantillon, bottle as Cuvée Saint-Gilloise. Pours an amber color with white head. Funk, fruits, some hop spice, tartness, light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and dry with fruit.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2015-05-11
750ml bottle in a wicker basket split amongst a bunch of wine glasses at the Cantillon brewery.

Pours hazy, pale, slight amber with not much head. Looks like a lambic. Smell is interesting -- lemony, clean.

Taste is hoppy and sour, but balanced. Strong hops aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and good. Overall, a little odd, but very good.

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Photo of aleigator
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cuvee des champions '14 vintage

Yields a cloudy, vibrant orange color, with a huge, froth head.

Offers a huge amount of grassy, american hops, giving the beer a unique note, which provides more depth, due to herbal, matured hops. There is a layer of subtle tartness underneath the hops, quite funky, together with leather, yogurt and a whiff of glue. The nose comes perfectly together, between sourness, grass, bitterness and even a fruity indication, leading to a fantastic aroma.

Has an incredible soft mouthfeel to it, with a fitting carbonation.

Tastes of leavy, grassy hops with a decent amount of citrus peel, bread and an enjoyable tartness. Blends perfectly into the slightly metallic, lively carbonation, unfolding matured hops among grass and acrid herbs. Finishes with a lively dryness and old hops, while a lot of the grass is still there, evoking an almost fruity impression as the malts tend to get a little sweeter.

As there is a belgian IPA, this in my opinion comes closest to an IPAed lambic . Dont get me wrong, this is unmistakely a lambic, but the hop integration is pretty much character defining. The beer has a highly unusual taste for a lambic, coming incredible well together, with hops doing a huge part of the work, among your typical cantillon lambic foundation. Very rich in flavor, the beer emphasizes a lot subtle flavors, cutting through the matured hops. Reveals a perfect interplay between sour and bitter.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

January '15 vintage.

I have a few older bottles, and I just haven't gotten around to trying this beer, until someone was nice enough to share a fresh one at Gratitude day. Cloudy amber-orange pour, with a nice fluffy white head that settled at a small layer. Funky, lemony aroma, cobwebby, green hops and oak. More of the same in the taste, barnyard funk, earthy, green hop notes, lemon, acetic acid. Light-medium body, awkward mouthfeel. Reminded me a little of Iris, which I really do not like fresh. So I'm interested to see if I like this beer better when it's got some age on it. Hops in lambic just doesn't really do anything for me.

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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 bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml capped and corked bottle, back label says bottled 24 September 2012, best before September 2022. Labeled as Cuvée St-Gilloise. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it's smells like apricots, hay, funk, citrus peel and some peppery spice. The brew tastes like citrus (mostly lemon) peel, hay, funk, bready/grainy malt, oak, peppery spice, earthy/floralness, and some white grapes. There's a nice mix of tartness, fruitiness, and funky/earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was good, definitely worth picking up if you come across some!

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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 jakewatt135
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

My first Cantillon. Bottled 2012.

Pours with a nice thick head and retains this throughout glass. Nice funk up front with a delicious tart slightly sour finish. Very enjoyable, glad I was able to pick this up at the beer mongers cellar sale.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2010 vintage

Not sure how it tastes fresh, but this is one of the best beers I've ever had. Super funky, tart and bright, but not crazy sour. Lemony, grassy, and fairly dry. So easy to drink. Cantillon is amazing.
I need more of this in my life.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

- 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.

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