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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

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

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Avg:
4.3
pDev:
16.98%
 
 
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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL corked and capped bottle with '2008' stamped on the cork.

A: The ale is an apple juice yellow, hazed up by both temperature and sediment from the bottle. The current mugginess is making the glass very sweaty with condensation. A small white head arose on pour only to quickly dissapate.

S: The aroma is sharp, tart with citric lemon and grass flavors. A mild hoppiness and cereal grain profile stands out on the back end.

T: The first impression is citrusy tartness, sour but fleeting. On second and third sips, the sourness lasts much longer, well into the last quarter of the sip. Lemon and green apples are dominant behind the tartness. The cereal malts and a stronger than normal hop flavor linger near the end. Sweet fruits fill the void near the end, but the lasting memory is more citric tartness. A nice beer for a warm day.

M: The lemony mouthfeel is tart but not astringent. A grassy mint and lemon aftertaste doesn't overpower.

D: At 5% or so, this is a very easy sipper, which explains why this first glass took all of 20 minutes to get through.

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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 Axnjxn
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of Cuvée Saint- Gilloise into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. November 12, 2012 bottling date.

Pours a cloudy off-golden color with a nice big white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is a tad tart, tad vinegary and very yeasty. The taste isn't very sour at all, but much more on the subdued vinegary side. Yes its acidic but not overpowering by any stretch of the imagination and is one of the least lip puckering beers ive had of the style. Very herbal. Lemon is the most pronounced flavor. Bitterness on the back end, though its slight. The flavor profile is excellent and just what you want in a gueuze. Medium bodied, mild carbonation. Real easy drinking. ends extremely dry

Overall another high quality offering from Cantillon. The least sour tasting beer I've had from them, but the flavor profile is top notch.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 corked and and capped bottle into tulip 2/11/11

A hazy golden orange with loads of tiny suspended particles being moved around by some pin prick bubbles that produce a sort lived head that leaves no lace, on par for the style

S funky as all hell with some lemon and almost smells like a big oaked chard with the vinous notes and wood

T some cereal on top of what smell, very dry and funky with some sour apple

M very tart with quite the pucker too it but smooth at the same time if that makes any sense, thicker then expected and just a few pinprick bubbles give it a little life

O pretty straight forward but great if you the funk, I might be tasting this tomorrow at this rate

I'm still a rookie in the world of lambic's but slowly I'm learning what I like, thanks Adam for bring this by

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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 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 Stevedore
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the 2012 vintage, generously shared by thedarkestlord at our crazy bottleshare last night, 10/5/2013. This came after drinking Vigneronne and Saint Lamvinus.

Review #226.

Pours a hazy, golden-amber body with an effervescent 1cm white head with excellent retention. Looks like a Cantillon lambic to me.

It smells so musty, its ridiculous. Like an old attic.. kind of like Brasserie Cantillon's attic! It smells quite a bit different than the Classic.. but has more of the pears and an earthy, floral smell which I imagine is from the dry hopping. Pretty intense aroma without much indication of vinegar or lactate.

This was way more sour than the Vigneronne and Saint Lamvinus, up there with Blabaer and Fou' Foune. It tastes so much different than the Classic. Its cleaner, more crisp while bringing a mustier quality with more of pears and oak. There is a nice tartness on top of the vinegary sourness. I don't get much of the florals here that I did in the nose; really I can't tell that its been dry-hopped. Still, I really appreciate the difference in this Cantillon from some of the other ones I've had.

Such a crisp, dry, refreshing beer. Its not as crisp like Vigneronne was, but it is crisp in the sense that the lambic flavours just pop out more. Very enjoyable, really refreshing. Rather sour, very clean and enjoyable.

Clean, crisp and musty. Highly recommend to any sour head. This is a really good lambic and a nice change-up from many of the other Cantillons out there that have the classic brewery funk all over them.

Re-review (18 months): Had this one again, from the same November 2012 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass today, 4/1/2014. So a year and a half of age. Basically, I found this to be significantly better than at 11 months of age. The floral aspects have faded and there is a much more lemon zesty, white vinous quality to the beer. I could be fooled into thinking this had some white grapes, especially accompanied by the oak and mustiness. Clear Cantillon barnyard horseblanket funk that's developed a good bit in the past few months. Really good stuff, especially as the vinous qualities seem to have developed in this beer somehow.

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks for knocking this beer off my wants list Steve!

poured into cantillion wine stem. #properglassware!

Appearance- straw pale yellow bodied beer with a huge soft fluffy white head that has a decent amount of staying power. really elegant looking beer especially when sitting in a cantillion wine stem.

Smell- I can smell this as soon as a little bit of this beer is poured in the glass, don't need to even put my nose into this beer to know it smells great! immediately you smell 2 things... that trademark cantillion funkiness and that sour lambic twang! hint of floral and earthy hops. also smells fruity like white grapes.

Taste- mild tartness. moderately funky. minimal hop presence even though this beer is dry hopped. honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. as this beer opens up the funkiness goes through the roof and it begins to have a vinous quality in the flavor profile like that of a white wine. really and interesting and nuanced beer by cantillion.

Mouthfeel- light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. spritzy and delicate. it also feels so very fresh. the mouthfeel of this beer reminds me of spring. super easy drinking and really refreshing. premium mouthfeel as always when speaking of most all cantillion brews.

Overall- I wasn't really sure what to expect of a dry hopped lambic, but I am here to tell you this over exceeded my expectations very much so.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Labelled St Gilloise. Sent to me by my friend in Calgary. Split with my girlfriend.

A - Cloudy deep orange pour. One finger fluffy white head. Spotty lace, half finger retention.

S - Orange, vinegar, alcohol, dusty, lemon candy. Pleasant.

T - Acidic, way less tart and sour than expected, orange. Less complex than other Cantillon beers.

M - Medium carbonation, sweet and tart with a funky grape finish. Medium body.

O/D - OK. Definitely a letdown based on the reputation and my experience with Cantillon. Tame in all respects for a beer from them. Definitely not sour. OK, but certainly wanted more.

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

Bottle, poured into a lambic glass; 03-04 vintage

A somewhat dull orange underneath a thin layer of foam. The head was creamy and long lasting, never fully receding. The nose is full of tart apple, leather, tobacco, cider vinegar, and white grape skins. Soft and complex, with equal parts sweet and tart. The tartness leaps onto the palate with a punch of flavor. First, it was a good amount of earthy tones, then white grapes, tobacco, green apples, cider vinegar, sea salt, aged cheese, and a light, old oak flavor burst onto the palate. Holy complexity. Just waves of flavor on top of a bed of sour. Light to medium body, low carbonation with a sharp acidity. This is a damn fine gueuze with a tremendous amount of complexity. It could take days to truly break down everything going on.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why is this even listed? This is the same damn beer as the cuvee des champions.

On tap at churchkey.
Pouring a hazy orange with a thin white head that recedes too quick, this looks decent. Imo, cantillon beers look better out of the bottle. The last vintage of champions was a screamingly good beer, and this 2010 vintage is close. The dry hop character is immediately noticeable, bright, vibrant, earthy, lemony, quite old world in character. Behind that lies a gentle cantillon funk with the usual suspects- grassy, barnyard and a little stilton cheese. Nothing like a wet dog or horseblanket though. Refreshing. The palate opens bright and vast with moderate acidity, with lemons and a touch more vinegar than i remember this beer having. The hop character is quite pronounced, reminding me of a good, grassy pils. Great balance. Drying and lemony on the finish, this is great stuff. Maybe a touch overcarbonated? I also get a light aspirin character. All told, a beautiful beer. While this might be a weaker vintage, i look forward to meeting jean van roy in a couple of days!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Produced a giant frothy off-white head that stuck around for quite some time. Tons of lace left behind.

(S)- A wonderful combo of funky dry lactic oak with bits of lemon rind, white grape, and an earthy acidity to it. A beautiful harmonious aroma for the style. It does get more funky and earthy as it warms.

(T)- Lots of dry earthy Brett funk up front. Hits you with a good sour kick of lemon rind in the middle. Mildly grassy at the end.

(M)- A surprisingly high carbonation level, but in no way does this deter from the fell or enjoyment. Already has a good integration of oak and funk within its sourness. Still feels a bit hoppy on the finish, but it adds another dimension to the beer's profile.

(D)- Cantillon never disappoints. Yet another solid to great Gueuze from their lineup. Definitely will only get better with some more time since the dry hopping is definitely detectable. Great stuff.

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

750 ml bottle, big thanks to oakbluff for bringing this one over.

Pours a lightly cloudy orange amber, thin white head forms, quickly disappears but drops some spots on the glass. Smell is insane, woody, crazy acidic, very lemony, hay, funky and sour, almost a grapefruit or tangerine acidity going on, touch of vinegar, pretty awesome. Taste is just as good, for woody and acidic, lemons, nectarines, light toasted/ashy oak, funk, very sour in the finish, but pleasant and balanced. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very drinkable stuff. Damn this was a good lambic, thanks Scotty!

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

Cuvee Saint-Gilloise Bottled on 04 Oct 2010, Opened on 9.25.12.

A - Pours a clear, copper orange with a huge off-white frothy head with amazing retention.

S - Lots of funk, green apples and pears are most noticeable.

T - Nice barnyard funk, then some tart lemon, apples, pears, and hay.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body. A crisp light finish on the tongue.

O - More muted, but I love the apple/pear flavors that dominate.

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

Another bottle from the Reno Sour Bottle Share @ St. James Infirmary, jmoore50 thanks a bunch, this is one of if not my favorite gueuze.

Pours a rough day of partying urine orange, small white head to it. Plenty of carbonation. Like champagne, this uses little bubbles. Much like the classic gueueze, a tart, tight and minerally funk permeates the nose. Mixture of pear and apple. Of course, there's lemon. Huge salivating sour factor.

Despite the funkiness in the nose, and the sour on the tongue, this really has a refreshing edge to it. Light hopping. Shares some of the apricot it seems from fou fune. Throw in a little hay and grassy notes, and you have a complex but clean and enjoyable gueuze that is balanced throughout from the first sip.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured an orange-gold with a quarter inch bright white head with a slightly hazy clarity. Nose was citrus, cork and some french oak. Taste was citrus and a little woody. Mouthfeel was medium-light with some tartness up-front and a consistent background effervescence. Tartness stimulates the salivary glands in the cheeks towards the latter half, before culminating in a slightly dry finish. Nice sour - not over the top and really quite drinkable for the style.

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

Review #1000, crazy that this day has finally come. The best beer I could bring out of the cellar and still review. Cantillon always does the trick. I have had this once before but it was a 2004 vintage consumed at Ebenezers in 2009 and I only remember a few things.

Bottled June 27th, 2012.

A- Poured out with a hazy golden body. A white head forms to a finger or two in size with a silky, creamy texture. The foam retains fairly nicely and leaves a thick ring around the top of the beer. This ring leaves spotty lace but still on par with other Cantillons I have had.

S- Certainly not the strongest overall of Cantillon offerings, it doesn't hit you quite as hard. Signature Cantillon funk, acetic acid, tart apples and grapes, oak, lemon and that nice horsey barnyard feel.

T- Pretty much the only thing I remembered from the 2004 vintage was how drinkable this was. It is like the Classic Gueuze but a bit tamer in most ways. A good sour character but not at the level of the Classic or Kriek. Notes of tart apples, apricot and its pit, sour grapes, oak, white wine, lemon juice and funk. Horsey barnyard goodness. The one thing I really notice differently from other Cantillon is an herbal note, maybe from the dry hopping, certainly some hop bitterness too.

MF- Lighter body dried out by all of the wild bugs and yeast. Carbonation level is lower-moderate and foamy. Sourness gains with time and is at a great level.

Similar to the Classic Gueuze but a bit toned down with sourness and funk. Also somewhat of a hop feel with bitterness and an herbal hint. Solid and very drinkable.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 750ml bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a light hazy gold with a decent white head and retention. Not much lacing here.

The aroma is prety nice and strong with a balance of nice tart horse funk and some hops. One of the first times I could get hops in a lambic.

The taste is like the aroma, nice funk with a hop finish.

The feel is nice with a dry finish and very drinkable.

Overall a pretty good geuze.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with an average size white foamy bubbly head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with barnyard funk, lemon and hints of grassiness from the hops. As it warms it gets much more funky to an almost cheese-like level, maybe that is the combo of Belgian funk yeast and the choice of the dry hops. Oak and some mustiness exist as well.

The tastes follow the nose with lemon, and grassy hops, then some cheesy funk and some more emerging earthy, musty funk notes. Wet hay and other dusty musty oak flavors add to the complexity as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is super funky, not super sour, but really musty and oaky.

Overall I enjoyed this beer albeit being nothing like I was expecting. I have not had a Cantillon with this much hop character but it was a nice chance of pace. There is the typical Cantillon funk which cannot be replicated to complement the dry hops and create a unique yet enjoyable experience.

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

Hazy bright golden colour with big, creamy white head. Decent head retention for the style.

Wonderful aroma. Nice combination of tropical fruit, lime, earthy funk, oak and spicy hops. Very nice and well balanced.

Again the flavour combines a punch of fruit, tartness and hops. The funk is a little subdued but the tropical fruit and earthy, spicy hops is great. Moderate bitterness. Moderately tart. Incredibly balanced for a Cantillon Gueuze.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A wonderful lambic. The dry hopping adds a nice note and the balance of yeast flavours in this one are great.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle, corked and capped, brewed January 2007 & bottled May 2009, purchased in Columbus for $17.99. After consuming a disappointing Fantome Noel, this beer turned out to be a real treat. It pours light straw color, clear in the first glass (and progressively hazier with subsequent pours due to sediments), with a thin wet foam. The aroma is classic barnyard funk but with a nice citrus edge (lemons, even moreso than in the Lou Pepe Gueuze I had last night). The taste starts sour and ends with a crisp tart bite and aftertaste of sour lemon juice. Maybe a little grape too. Wow, this is easy to drink (of course you have to like sour beers to agree with this sentiment). I have only seen this for sale once in my area, and bought it immediately. I'll do the same if I see it again in the future, an outstanding display of quality.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head.

S-Very funky, oak and grapes.

T-Great balance, very funky, very acidic oak and grapes.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry crisp finish.

O-First Cantillon Gueuze. It was tasty. Not as good as the Classic Gueuze.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle Westside in Athens, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of nuanced funk - leather and wet hay. Also present are solid amounts of tropical fruit hops with hints of deeper earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by lightly tart citrus flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are hints of lighter citrus hops that temper the tartness. Midway through the sip the funk takes over, carrying through to a moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was one of Cantillon's more interesting beers however I'm not sure it's one of my favorites made by them. Still, the hops add a nice dimension, making this well worth a shot.

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Photo of champ103
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Some lace is left behind.
S: Barnyard funky aromas and some yeast. There is a fruity tartness of apples, pears, and grapes but it is not overbearing. Floral and grassy hops with some citrus aromas. Some Dry wood, biscuit and crackers. This is great.
T: Again, this is just awesome. Funky barnyard flavors and yeast again. The perfect amount of sour and tartness with apple skins and grape tannin flavors. Some lingering hop flavors that are great. Grassy and floral with some citrus flavors. Quite A bit of hoppy flavors actually, but everything is perfectly balanced.
M/D: A medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Crisp, very dry, and refreshing. This is incredibly smooth to drink. There is a lighter vinegar and acidic flavor here, and that makes it so easy to drink.

Plenty of funky flavors, sourness, and tartness here. Though the dry hopping really adds a unique depth of flavor. All in all a a great beer that should not be missed. One of my favorites.

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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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