Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

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

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4.3
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle at ChurchKey for 2013 Zwanze Day. Mini-snifter glass.

A: Opaque, light orange/pale color with a half finger of snow white head. Superb retention which lasts indefinitely.

S: Like fresh laundry, oddly enough. Light lemon and ridiculously integrated spice (?), some caramel and stone fruit. Very unique, nice complexity, and the aromas are highly complementary.

T: Odd, not quite integrated and a little off putting funk. Finishes with a lot of bitter/tannic notes, like overextracted fruit/tea. Very dry, a little stone fruit, and a nice mild-to-moderate sourness.

M: Creamy medium-light carbonation and medium body.

O: The nose is really interesting and unique, great stuff. But the flavors don't really come together at all.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle at Churckey DC during Zwanze 2013 into snifters. Double helping woot!

Dull and opaque lemon body, with some deep orange center. Not much head given or presented.

Oh my god the bouquet on this brew just absolutely rips! Giant sour peach and pineapple topical fruit. Wonderful. Juicy. Quenching. Salivating. Mild funk aromatics hit the back but I litterally feel like I just ripped open a peach or sliced a fresh pineapple in front of me. Exquisite.

Palate seems less of a surprise, since the bouquet is so grand. The fruit notes hit nicely but come with a slightly wet body and feel. Light pepper finish and mild to moderate funk, with the acid a little downplayed. Watery finish unfortunately, but some good yeasty stickiness to match.

Overall I smelled this brew more than I drank it, if that's possible, but it's go some incredible impressive character.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Drank from a cask at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a stemmed glass
This beer was being poured under the alias Cantillon Cuvée St-Gilloise.

Hazy, yellow ochre appearance. The liquid was capped by a lasting, bright white ring of froth.

The nose was one of the most complex and intense I have ever experienced within the style. Super funky and musty with hints of aged cheese. Tons of brettiness. Lots of oaky barrel character and fresh cut hay. There was a slight sweetness as well that tempered the acidity and lent the beer even more complexity.

The flavor profile was sharply acidic. Fresh lemon juice and a mix of other types of citrus fruits came thorough strong. Tart and slightly oaky. Wheaty in the center. Crisp and bright. The finish contained notes of bitter citrus rind and a good dose of earthy hops.

I tend not to be a fan of the mild carbonation present in most cask offerings, but it worked amazingly well in this beer. The liquid was pillowy soft, creamy and supple. The subtle effervescence really let the flavors shine.

Cantillon's only non-aged hopped beer was truly magical. Between the earthy, hoppy bitterness, the intense acidic notes, the complex funk and the supple mouthfeel, this beer put me in a state of sensory overload.

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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,245 ratings.
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