Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions | Brasserie Cantillon

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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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1,244
Reviews:
275
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
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Photo of toolbrew
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joshstl
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of dogin26
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%

Photo of Mesa512
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bjornberg
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ausonius
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010.
It's a 2 year old , unblended brew, so I'm assuming 2008 Vintage.

Enjoyed in a 22 oz. Riedel red wine glass.

Appearance - Golden straw.
Big fluffy, almost Weisse-beer head (served at 55 degrees F) Subsides in about 5 minutes to a thin foamy head with a good amount of lacing.

Aroma - Big, pointed, wheaty, sour wild-berry, sappy, key-lime, fresh straw. Beeswax (but no honey) & flowery fruit, with decent amount of waxy, silky, pungent, floral, spicy, noble hops. Funky, complex Lambic, Brett & old oak lactic nose.

Palate - Wow! Great assertive mix of funky lactic key-lime, lemon, dry tangerine, blood orange & sour wild red cherry. Medium, but positive sourness blending with grainy wheatiness & round, but pungent, waxy, spicy, sappy hops.
Very firm, complex end flavor. Slightly bitter, very fruity, powerful russian olive, medium sour/bitter, waxy, dry finish.

Love the balance of flavors. Fairly dry. The combo of hops & focused Lambic funk, & fruit is all of a piece, intense, pungent & perfect.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Grainy/wheaty, lactic, full, complex, with hoppy finish.

Drinkability - Great!

This is Great, & unique beer.

If I were King, every Lambic brewer would make a version in this vein.

Not quite as big & round as Cantillon IRIS, but more pointed, & hops more powerful on nose & on palate.

96 Points

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4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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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4.79/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Matcpd
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to sample this at the well-respected Spuyetn Duyvil in Brooklyn -- always an enjoyable place to drink!

*The Cantillon ale was poured into a large but thin wine glass with a huge "pocket" which supported the lambic beautifully. The color was an opaque / hazy orange hue. The head was slighty off-white with a creamy, but thin consistancy. It clinged around the edge and was "islandy" in the middle, only sparsely floating around.

*Fantastic smell! Very aromatic - the traditional horseblanket, earthy, barny, sour sent was present and it seemed to overflow out over the glass - it was very thick! The unique part of this beer was the fruity scent present in the nose. Definate notes of banana, pineapple, and slight hints of citrus.

*The taste was not overly sour - not like cantillon's Rose de Gambrinus, gueuze, Fou'Foune, etc... Overall it was much more "mellow and winey." Beautiful! The fruitiness was a little more prevalent, but the beer was not sweet by any means. There was no carbonation felt and it was light on the palatte. Slight grape flavor. Earthy, organic. A little orangey. Even though this beer is dry-hopped for 3 wks I didn't taste any hop flavor or character. Perhaps a slight bite in the after taste as the palatte becomes noticably dry, but thats probably the tart character coming though. Beer films on mouth. Slight smooth, vanilla-like accent near end.

*Much more drinkable then the other Cantillon products - a truly special brew!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

Cuvée Saint-Galloise purchased @ Mi-orge Mi-houblon - Arlon - Belgium.
Bottled @ the 17th of February, 2014.

A: Beautiful art, first of all. Cantillon trademark. Corked and capped bottle. Pours a hazy light orange color forming a thin but very fizzy and big bubbled white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacings at all

S: Very malty and fruity. Very complex. Let me try to describe it: Notes of sweet malts, vinegar, grapefruit, leather, orange zest, honey, peaches, wet grass and flowery hops. A bit earthy in the end

T: Also very complex. Slightly sweet upfront becoming quickly, tart and funky. Moderate sourness, nevertheless. Notes of pale malts, vinegar, grapefruit, leather, orange zest, honey, peaches followed by an absolutely great hops bitterness and finished by some metallic and earthy notes. Lambic yeasts

M: Smooth, bit creamy and a bit molasses body. Fizzy "alive" carbonation. Malty/funky aftertaste

O: Perfect drinkability. Quite hoppy and bitter if compared to a classic Lambic Gueuze. Very unusual and interesting. IMHO, Cantillon is the best brewery of all times...

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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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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