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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Cantillon Cuvée Saint Gilloise.

Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.

Added by Dukeofearl on 01-23-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#354
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
1,269
pDev:
7.8%
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a golden yellow color. There is a pretty big sudsy head that makes me think that this will be quite carbonated as many Cantillon beers are.

S: Huge green apple notes mixed with vanilla and oak come through immediately. I pick up a bit of the hops on the back end. I also get some vinegar, which is obviously expected. Actually, when I popped the cap off, the cap smelled of straight malted vinegar which made me cringe and think that I wasn't going to get anything that resembles a good tasting beer. Good thing that didn't happen.

T: The taste as expected follows the nose pretty well. Very nice green apple flavors come through and some vanilla oakiness are also present on the back end. There's a moderate level of sourness. I can also tell that this is dry hopped. There's a bit of pine that comes through as well.

F: This definitely has the feel of any other Cantillon that I've had. Easy to drink with a bit of tartness. It's definitely enjoyable and I'll have no problem polishing off the 750.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. The dry hopping adds a really nice touch to this. I don't like it quite as much as I did Iris, but it's still fantastic. Truly a great beer and I wish these Cantillon's were easier to get a hold of.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy honey amber colour with frothy white head that dissipates fairly quickly

S - Aged cheese, lemon tart, apple, almost vinegar like

T - Lots of lemon tartness up front, earthy grassiness, light floral hops. Slightly sour but not over the top with a slightly dry finish. Amazing for a beer.

M - Lightly bodied with medium carbonation

O - Very enjoyable geuze that goes down very well.

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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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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,269 ratings
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