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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1,245
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276
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beerbistro, a bargain at $30. A geuze for intermediates, this is a smooth drinker. Aroma still floor cleaner and funk, sweat and arseic. Light orange body, medium mouthfeel. Not too hard on the palate initially, a key for beginners. however it is there hours after.Fruit and ginger and apple.Bottle with Todd B

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Label says Cuvee Saint-Gilloise. Bottled 10/4/10.

Pours a clear honey orange with an orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and herbal hop aromas. Taste is exactly the same with a slight bitterness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great gueuze with a nice hoppy presence.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy yellowish orange color. The head is decent looking, thin retention with a pretty good lacing. The smell of the beer gives off a good amount of funk along with grassy malt. The taste of the beer is along the lines of a Gueuze and a pilsner. Tart and slightly sour, some grains and wheat hidden in the faith distance. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated and drinkable. Overall this beer is really quite nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down and left some lacing.
S: The nose has strong aromas of sourness and funk.
T: The beer is very tart and sour and also has flavors of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink for the style because although the sourness is strong it does not overpower your palate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pungent and deeply earthen, the brine character of old lambic meets the youthful zest of sour citrus and a pang of acetic sharpness and plays out fully on the palate from nose to finish.

Cuvee des Champions opens with a rusted haze of deep gold with orange highlights. Allowing only a diffused glow from behind, the beer carries a mystic semi-opaque appearance beneath a fluffed head off eggshell white which stands tall throughout the session but with minimal lace. Eventually, the low pH gets the best of the beer.

Surprisingly tart and complex aromas flood the olfactory senses with wave after wave of varying scents that stands off that first sip until the nose first becomes comfortable with the pungent aromas. Sour grapes, lime, grapefruit pith, light vinegar, crab apples and bruised fruit rise in those early visits to the glass. But becoming acclimated to the aromatic matrix more robust notes arise in the shape of wet hay, leather, dried tobacco, weathered oak, sandalwood, horse hair, mushroom and sea air. The beer takes the nose on quite a journey even before the first sip is taken.

But then the intense pang of sourness penetrates the soft tissues of the mouth with ease, bringing with it the fruity sourness of white wine must, dried limes, and complementing bitterness of white grapefruit. What follows is a mid palate of dry woody, husky malt taste that pins against the taste of straw and hay from hops. And then the long a drawn out finish reveals the more mature lambic taste of leather, sea brine, tobacco, worn oak, copper, mushroom, and light Stilton cheese. Despite the clean lactic sourness closes the beer suddenly and sharply, the aftertaste of maturity lasts seeming indefinitely. But throughout, this becomes one salty gueuze.

To the mouth, the sharp acidity reigns supreme with high astringency that hides behind the taste of sourness and bitterness in much the same way as does grape skins and raspberry seeds. The salty taste informs the skim malt underpinnings and provides just enough texture for the carbonation to reside; giving the beer slight creaminess at first but sparkling wine sprite at mid palate. Powdery-dry to finish, the notion of old dried woods return with tannin and alcohol evaporation.

Cantillon delivers once again a superior gueuze that takes the palate in all sorts of directions at once. As complex as the beer is, so many flavors reveal at once that is seems to confuse the nose and palate as much as it satisfies them. It's akin to that Picasso that's awe inspiring in the gallery but you don't want hanging in your home.

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

750ml capped and corked affair, the January 29, 2010 bottling. Apparently this is the same beer as the Cuvée des Champions, but ze label sez what ze label sez. So, a hoppy Cantillon, eh?

This beer pours a slightly foggy, medium burnt golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy eggshell white head, which disappears slowly, leaving very little beyond a few instances of ocean swell lace around the glass.

It smells of wet, spicy bread, earthy, funky yeast, musty tropical fruit and more pedestrian citrus pith, and leafy, dry grassy, and floral hops - evoking images of a very rustic, simmering summer meadow. The taste is much more sour upfront - acidic citrus, green apple, aged lemon, and free agent vinegar, alongside some mild barnyard funk, a decent barley grain backbone struggling to keep its head above the tartness line, and a hefty, but well moderated dose of spicy grassy and herbal hops - that dry hopping sure did the trick.

The carbonation is fresh and sprightly in its understated frothiness, the body more or less medium weight, and quite crisp, which detracts a bit from any (snicker) smoothness that might have been. It finishes just a touch off-dry, the funk, base grainy malt, and fading floral hops riding us out into the sunset across the aforementioned meadow.

Definitely a tart one, but in a much more manageable way then a number of other offerings from this brewery. The two years spent in oak isn't overtly noticeable, but must contribute to a certain degree to the softer, smoother nature. Nice and drinkable, with the usual caveats, and now with a hoppiness quotient to boot! A sassy flavour contrast to some nice homemade cupcakes - thanks, babe!

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3.96/5  rDev -7.9%

Reviewed from notes taken August 2014. Label: Cuvee des Champions. 2003-2004.

BOTTLE. Bottled May 19, 2009. 5.00% ABV. Purchased at Olutravintola Pikkulintu in Helsinki for 28 euro. 75 cl with colorful label art.

Served cold into stemware and allowed to come to cellar temp during consumption (per instructions on the label). Expectations are very high given the brewery, rarity, and style.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide of white colour. Nice supple complexion. No lacing. Retains for 2-3 minutes. Could appear softer. Head is average for a gueuze.

BODY: Translucent quasitransparent pale copper with faint orange hues. Above average vibrance. No yeast particulate is visible - at least not in the first pour from the bottle.

Appears aptly well-carbonated. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it looks like any other upscale gueuze.

AROMA: There's definite sourness - maybe a 6/10 in terms of intensity. Lambic yeast, wild bacteria (incl. lactobacillus), and pedio. A faint neutral oak tone is present throughout. I love that it's not as cereal-emphatic as many of Cantillon's gueuze. Has some wet wood notes, indicating the 5 years of age have induced some pleasant changes. A hint of apple and pear. Light vinegar. Faint grassy hops.

It's a pleasant aroma of mild strength.

TASTE: Lovely. Grassy hops complement the mellow not-too-malty not-too-grainy neutral base nicely. Hints of apple, pear, lime, and plenty of esters. It's not cereal-emphatic like many inferior Cantillon gueuze, but maybe that's the aging at work. Sourness intensity is a 6/10; not puckering, but pleasantly smacky. The fantastic wild yeasts and bacteria (pedio, a bit of lacto, mainly lambicus) complement each other and the rest of the flavour profile beautifully.

Has a hint of white vinegar. White oak undertones throughout. Some apple cidre. It's not real funky or "farmyard-y," but there is some faint wet hay.

Balance is excellent overall. Plenty of complexity, intricacy, and subtlety is featured here, but it could have more depth of flavour. Has a long duration of flavour, with the acidic vinegary notes lingering in the throat in the aftertaste. Very pleasant to drink, and refreshing as well. The lambic/wild yeasts are the highlight here.

It's a very cohesive, dareisay gestalt build, though there is room for improvement. I could definitely go for more sourness, and some lemon and/or farmyard character would be nice. It's not as tart as would be ideal, either. But boy is it tasty.

TEXTURE: Wonderfully smacky on the palate. Smooth, wet, and refreshing. Perfectly carbonated. Ideally medium-bodied. Approachable and enjoyable. This texture complements the taste wonderfully.

It's not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy on the palate.

OVERALL: This is a damned impressive gueuze from Cantillon, and absolutely one I'd get again...at non-Finnish prices. Well worth trying for those who enjoy the style, and certainly one of the better gueuze I've had from Cantillon. I think the 5 years of age helped erase the cereal signature of Cantillon's younger beers in the style. I'll greedily finish this bottle alone.

High B+

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Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottle at Max's Belgian Beer Fest.

Appearance: Pours straw golden and is very slightly cloudy. There is a two finger very fluffy white head of which a good size layer remains throughout.

Smell: I pick up a bit of barnyard/straw, and some sour citrus. There is also an herbal quality as well as some spice from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Again there is a bit of a barnyard/straw type taste. I'm picking up a lot of sour vinegar and citrus notes. There is some spice from the yeast and a quite bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and super dry. There is a medium amount of carbonation which is quite light.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one a lot and it was worth the price. I would love to have more if I ever get the chance.

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Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives rather cloudy, the honey colored liquid lacking any cap; no lacing

Smell: Rather cheesy, with hints of hay, peach and pineapple

Taste: Tartness dominates from the outset, with a range of subtle citrus, tropical and stone fruit flavors developing, in the middle; the cheesy funk builds a bit, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Overall: A really nice Geuze; I like the impact of the hops but it is the funk that makes it

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label reads: Bottled 10 Jan 06

Pours a hazy deep golden tone, with a good half-inch of dense foam. Coloration is fairly saturated and bright. Aroma is of wet grass and sharp citrus, orange at first, becoming sharper lemon once it sits for a bit. Melon is also apparent.

Carbonation races, it's fairly spritzy and prickly in the mouth at first. Cidery with subdued acidity, with a dry residual aftertaste that hints at hops. Character is mellow only in it's lower acidic sharpness than other Cantillon Lambics. Not as funky or "farmhouse" either, it's bright and straightforwardly citrusy.

Paired best with a Morbier cheese and pears. Shared this with some euro soccer fans, but it would be a treat to have a bottle to myself...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color lambic with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funk and barnyard with some dry hoppy notes. Taste is also a funky mix with medium barnyard notes with well balanced tart and acidic notes and a dry European hops finish. Body is quite full with average carbonation. Very well brewed with hoppy notes mixing quite well with the tartness and acidity.

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

Appearance: Clear (for the first glass at least) and straw colored with a fast-fading one finger head that leaves a few wisps of lace.

Smell: Strong funk and earthy/herbal hops - unusually hoppy for a Cantillon beer, in fact. Refreshingly different and enjoyable.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pretty mild sourness for Cantillon. Fruity notes of green apple and lemon peel are met with an interesting herbal hop flavor. Carbonation is fairly low here, but it's ample enough to make it dance a bit on the tongue. Really a remarkably subtle and balanced beer.

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