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Cantillon Cuvée Des ChampionsCantillon Cuvée Des Champions

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

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.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle ( st gilloise ) into a tulip glass.

A- Poured a dark maize color. Three fingers width of white head, reduced to a ring over time. Very murky.

S- Very nice blend of various aromas. Getting lots of oak and a familiar barnyard mustiness in the nose. Also noticeable is distinct sour lemon/citrus fruit aroma.

T- Upfront there is a definite note of lemon tartness with oak underneath. This tartness eventually fades towards the middle, giving way to a earthy, grass-like flavor. There is some oak, wood flavors in there as well. The beer finishes with slightly bitter hops.

M- One of the better mouthfeels on a lambic. Light body, yet carries a feeling of fullness due to the carbonation. Finishes rather dry.

D- This one goes down very easily, given that this beer was not overly tart. Could be a great session beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of freud, 375ml into a tulip. Review 600, label indicated this is the Cuvee Saint-Gilloise. Bottled January 29, 2 Pryed the cap off and there was a bit of fluid on top of the cork, and the cork came off with a light hiss.

Pours a light orange-gold, with a finger or so of bright white head. Carbonation isn't outstanding here, but there's some lace left in addition to a bit of head retention. Nose was prominent as soon as I popped the cork, tons of lemon and sour green apple, a hell of a lot of funk. White vinegar and a load of acetic acid. Love the funk and some semblance of barrel here. Taste wasn't as tart as I had expected, still more raw green apple and pear, Cantiloon funk, a touch of barrel and notable acetic acidity. Some interesting sweetness mid-palate, but a tart bite finishes off the palate. This gets more and more complex with each sip, each revealing the characteristics of this gueuze in a different tone. Quite a light body, with a fairly modest carbonation, not as effervescent and zippy as some others, but still works well for the drinkability. Still very nice, and something that I wish I could've enjoyed on a warmer day! A nice gueuze, thanks Fred!

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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 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 JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage picked up at the COOP a while back and shared with the boys on the first night of Inflatablechair's hair cutting extravaganza.

Pours a hazed lite golden.. short lasting white head... descent lacing.

Nose is sour lemon and more barnyard funk than I am used to... but I dig it... oaky and hints of some grassy hops...

Wow.. did I mention lemon yet... tart.. puckery.. tannic woody notes with some white grape essence... dusty and dank.. juicy as it pulls from the salivary glands... again, something that I identify as hops in all the funky goodness...

Slightly bigger body than I was expecting... the carbonation was about right and still showed with every glass swirl.. but was more pronounced on the tongue where it magnifies the flavors.

Nice brew.... I wish my repertoire was more filled out with lambics.. but alas, I am still a NOOB.

I want more Lambics into Boise, but Christ... we fight for every interesting brew we get in already.


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Photo of Bierguy5
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 5% ABV. Pours a cloudy golden color. White fluffy head disappears rather quickly.

A nice tart, citrusy note up front. Some earthy notes, as well as a hint of oak.

Good amount of tartness, acidity. A bit of funk, with a leathery component, but real soft. Slight citrusy edge. Earthy and dry finish.

Nice complexity of flavors. Medium body, very nice. Refreshing. A nice small, but complex beer here.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy orange with a short dense head that doesn't last long. Nose is funky. Tons of sourdough, lemon, and a slight hint towards a sulphuric character. Notes of hay and dry oak. Very complex on the nose. Taste starts funky with lemon, bready sourdough character, drying tart character towards the end. Some grape skin in there as well. Mouthfeel is dry and highly carbonated. Overall, a very complex and unique brew.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a decent amount of white head. Smells tart and sour. Lots of hops and sweet sourness. Tastes sweet with a mild tart kick. The tartness is fairly subtle. Overall incredibly drinkable. Nice carbonation levels. A great drinker

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Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is pale straw yellow. Has a white head.

Aroma: More funky than sour. Some lemons, dry cloves, spice, and a bit of sourness. A bit of oak. A lot of barnyard funk shows with this beer.

Taste: A bit nicer than the nose. This cantillon is much more acidic than others I have had. Very acidic and tart. A big lemon citrus. Oak notes as well. Again, it has a big barnyard funk to it.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Lighter bodied. Lower amount of carbonation. Some brett shows here. It ends a little bit dry.

Overall, a decent cantillion. Much more acidic than others which is why I would have to limit myself to this one no matter how much I liked it. I definitely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes. On tap at The Lion's Pride. A hazy golden yellow color with some lacing. Nose is of citrus fruits, most notably lemon, with some barnyard funk and light hop notes as well.

Very refreshing taste, with the lemon and funk intertwining beautifully to make this a very drinkable and unique unblended lambic. Not as harsh on the palate as other lambics, so I could see myself drinking more than a few glasses of this and still having some taste buds left.

Very rare to see this on tap anywhere. I'm very glad I got to try it. Keep the Cantillon coming!

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

A: The pour on this one is the usually hazy golden-orange color with a nice white head.

S: An incredibly funky nose to this, much more so than the regular Cantillon gueuze. An almost blue cheese level of funk with some nice straw and must along with the usual tartness of green apple and lemon.

T: The tartness is there, though perhaps a bit more moderate than some other Cantillon beers. Lots of funkiness here, too. Intensely earthy and barnyardy with lots of wet hay and grass. A bit of damp oak and must, too.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I think I still prefer regular Cantillon Gueuze, but this was really quite good.

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

Big thanks to FooFaa aka Dan for opening this one up at Ffej of July IX. No idea of the year.

A - Pours murky amber yellow with a small one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of wet grassy hops, lemon and other bold citric fruits, dry oak, and the typical wet basement funk. Complex yet simple.

T - This one isn't as sour as some of the other Cantillon beers I have had. Starts off with a nice bright citric kick, mostly lemon, slowly giving way to a mix of musty basement funk, moderate sourness, and some dry wood tannins. The finish is a mix of dryness and lingering tartness.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart, musty, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Overall I really liked this one. It wasn't an over the top sour like some of the other Cantillon offerings I have had and it really hit the spot on this hot afternoon.

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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 soulgrowl
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like clover honey, hazy and golden. Not much head. Funky, classic lambic aroma with lots of plasticky medicinal notes, ripe pears, dried apricot, a faint hint of lychee, and pleasant, grassy hops. Lip-smackingly, puckeringly acidic and very refreshing. Sour apple, sourdough, white grapefruit... really juicy, relentlessly sour but very moreish and mouthwatering. There's a touch of passionfruit and this intriguing violet-like floral quality in the finish, as well. Not quite 'easy drinking' on account of its acidity, but really very delicious.

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

Pours hazy gold, thin white head. Smells cider and alcohol, some slight feet, oak, vinegar. Taste is tart, cider, almost salty, almost some Bleu cheese funk. Mouthfeel is medium light, Hugh carbonation, pretty dry, drinkability is pretty good but the bitter cider keeps you from sippin too fast.

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

Appearance: Sunlit, straw-orange-golden pour, nice mother-of-pearl foamy head

Smell: Tart and funky, some cat piss along with lemon/lime citrus, musty cheese (I don't often notice this one), white grape juice, fresh pear, and green apple

Taste: Tart and funky again, faint cat urine, dry hops (?), white grape juice, pears, and apple? Not as bracingly sour as other cantillion offerings, although I prefer their other lambics.

Mouthfeel: Decent body, nice tingly light carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable; not my favorite cantillon but not one to turn down either!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw colored beer with a large white head. Nice lace in a slightly hazy beer.

S - Great load of musty barnyard funk followed by some muted tartness and lighter fruits. Bit of hops with some apple and oak.

T - Musty with some hay, funk, lemon, sour apples (although not sugary) and some citrus hops bite that melds greatly with the softer sour notes of the rest of the beer.

M - Strong carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Really great beer that was easy enough to drink and had a great flavor profile. Good stuff, would like more.

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Photo of portia99
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey, served in a Cantillon branded "wine glass".

A - pours a hazy and almost iridescent glowing pale orange with a thin finger of white foam that dies over a minute or two and leaves behind some loose lace spiderwebs.

S - full of bretty funk in the nose with some light lemony smells. Lots of horse blankets and barnyard going on with a trivial amount of malt underneath...pretty light in aroma overall.

T - taste matches the aroma pretty well. Light citrus with a brisk, but under control sourness. Lots of funk-brett pretty much dominates the flavor profile. An interesting change of pace is the very noticeable hop bitterness-basically of the old, cheesy variety but still have a sharp enough bitterness to go along with the bite from the brett...an interesting and welcome addition.

M - characteristically thin with a midlevel carbonation...a bit prickly and very lively.

D - surprisingly moderate for a Cantillon beer. Sourness is not extreme and remains at an easy to enjoy level. Nice hop bitterness is a bit unique in this genre of beer and is quite enjoyable...price is a bit steep at $12/glass so probably will be my only one...but it is well worth the price.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously shared by Spider889 as a part of a gueuze tasting we put together with some other BAs. 2010 bottling.

Here is a good looking gueuze. The color is a nice, middle value gold that shines very brightly. My glass had just a little amount of haze. The head fades to a healthy skim and leaves lots of droopy, heavy lacing.

A sturdy funk is pushing through bitter and juicy citrus rind. This beer is a lot more floral, juicy and leathery than the others. It also has more funk than most other Cantillons that I've had.

Quite juicy up front, which is a very nice characteristic here. There is a lot of lemon rind. Sourness is even-keeled and fairly low.

Cuvee Des Champions has a slightly fuller body in the realm of gueuze. Carbonation is a little high, but it isn't stabbing, its more fluffy.

The fuller body and dry-hopped juiciness makes this a pretty interesting beer. and it works quite well.

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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

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 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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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
4.3 out of 5 based on 1,219 ratings.
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