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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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Reviews: 273 | Ratings: 1,220
Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled October 4, 2010, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy, really pretty golden color, topped with two fingers of creamy white head, good retention, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Very funky, hay, apples and some lemon.

T- Very fruity and citric, big lemon flavors, nice funky tartness, floral notes as well, not picking up on a lot of hops in the aroma or flavor.

M- Light, crisp feel, well carbonated, slightly puckering, dry finish.

O- A really excellent beer, this is the only Cantillon gueuze I've had besides their regular Gueuze 100%, and I definitely enjoyed this one just as much, if not more.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage courtesy of ShogoKawada (many thanks!) since I didn't buy one of the 6 bottles I saw in time when they were briefly in SoCal last year...I'm not the biggest football (read: soccer) fan, but Cantillion hasn't steered me wrong yet.

Poured from a capped-and-corked 750mL green-glass bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. The cork crumbled but I managed to keep it from falling into the beer...

Cloudy orange peel liquid with a half-finger of lingering beige suds. Delicate amoeba-like lacing slowly slides down a runway of tears.

Lightly oaky aroma suggest almonds and fresh wood. Hay and citrus contribute a delicate barnyard/acidity note.

Rustic pure earthy goaty goodness in the glass. Hints of tangerine peel, vanilla, clove, and mineral-rich waters add complexity. Tart with hints of kambucha, cave-aged blue cheese and fresh raw goat milk. Grassy and incredibly evocative finish takes you right to the cellar, the attic, the barn...a touch restrained but still quite superior...

Creamy, light-bodied, with decent carbonation.

Very smooth and drinkable without sacrificing purity - probably the best place to start with the style if you are unaccustomed to traditional lambic.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - hazy gold straw, delightful pillowy head.

S - muted, moderate funk, vinegar.

T - vinous, tart, hoppy, dry finish. Oak to the fore. Quite a light flavour overall. Not too sour, either.

M - quite light carbonation, smooth.

O - not certain if this is my favourite Cantillon due to dryness and oak, but still a top drop. Brilliant match with blue cheese.

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Photo of peabody
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice cloudy yellow with lots of white foam gracing the top and leaving some lacing.
Smell is sour cherries and lemon zest/orange peel and a little dirty sock thrown in there for good measure.
Taste is sour cherry and orange and grapefruit. Very nice lambic.
No alcohol in the smell taste or feel. Slighty dry and sticky must mean that there is some sugar here but it's way in the back.
I could drink lots of this. Cantillon just rules the roost.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light amber with a foamy, shortlived head. Lots of lace trails drape the glass on the way down. Acidity, restrained funk and cheesy hops fill the nose. Acidity lingers in the nostrils for a good while. The taste is huge sourness, but not quite as puckering as the Cantillon Geueze. Lemon, barnyard funk, gym socks, some vinegar and some tea(?) notes mingle together. Hugely complex and enigmatic. The mouthfeel is briskly carbonated, almost like a champagne. Finishes sour and earthy with a lingering citric edge.

This is an excellent lambic, apparently straight 2 year. The differences between a standard gueueze are apparent - a bit less funk depth and south intensity - but still stupidly quaffable and complex. Another must try from Cantillon.

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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 stumac
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was already a little bit drunk at this bar when some crazy cowboy walked up to me and said with a thick southern accent, "You drink from the fountain of youth?" "From time to time," I replied. He looked at me and grinned and muttered, "Boy, you have a lot to learn," as he filled my empty glass with this golden elixer....

pours a light gold color with a big white head. the nose is sour with aromas of wood in there. the taste is very earthy, oaky, mellow sourness, some lemons. medium body, dry dry beer.

I've never been the same since...

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Photo of UnionMade
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided courtesy of the guy below me. Purchased at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. Thanks Jim!
Clear brass, coated with a thin white mist. Hyperactive carbonation streamers. Satisfyingly funky aroma. Fruity and quite tart, with lemony and green apple sourness. Farmy, musty and deliciously odd. The first sip reveals that signature puckering sourness. Quite funky, with a pervasive lemony feel. Moldy and bacterial, with nuances of wet wool, damp basement, rotting vegetables and rat cage, all held together with a peculiar sharpness in the finish, somewhere between chewing on aspirin and flower petals. A hint of medicinal phenols. Green apple tartness, like sour candy. Lemony overall, and deliciously strange. Light bodied, with champagne-esque carbonation.
This brewery is proving itself to be outstanding in my eyes. Everything I've tried from them has been solid and unique. Always in the same style, of course, but each has it's own personality. This one's no different.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2008 vintage. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a cloudy golden orange color with a coastered white head. Super clean aroma with lemon, peach, straw, some barnyard, and really slight hops. Drinking this is really close to a perfect dream. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Lemon zest start with some sweetness, minimal hop bitterenss in the end. Slight funkiness but nice balance to the overal fruit tart fruit notes. Peach fruit flavors as well. Overall, this is just a fantastic beer, clean and crisp with a really nice flavor.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smudged label but looks like a 2011 bottle.

Pours out a hazy gold with a big white head in a Cantillon tulip.

An inviting aroma of lemon, orange, hay, earth, wood, and spice. Seems a little fruitier than most unfruited lambics I've come across.

Nice drinkable level of tartness. Lots of that lemon tartness. Grass and hay. Light cheese and spice.

Drinks smooth with light carbonation.

Easy drinking yummy beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into a hill farmstead tulip. Bottled 02 November 2011, labeled Cuvée Saint-Gilloise.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow miner with a very small white ring of foam. Nose is slightly hoppy, bitter, tart, and very crisp.

Taste is much happier than the other Cantillon beers I've had, which is really nice with the tart Cantillon funk. Taste is classic Cantillon tart and funk, a bit fruity with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Very good beer.

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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 Bosoxfan20
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a hazy as can be golden color with a dense white head. Smells of tart acidity and apricots. Sour beginnings give way to a peppery spice of a finish. Lemon notes, crisp green apple, and fresh cracked pepper. Delicious.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a bottled on date of early 2008. drank out of duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a bright and hazy golden colored body with a small fizzy white head. the head fades fast and leaves behind tiny spots of lacing.

S- very pungent odor here. lots of barnyard scents. theres also lots of light citrus like lemon peel. very musty and slightly sour smelling.

T- the taste is less funky and more tart than the nose told me. lots of lemon and green apple. musty/earthy funk also.

M- light to medium bodied with a nice and high level of carbonation. leaves the mouth feeling very dry.

D- easy to finish and left me wishing i had some more. nice and sessionable without being too sour to make an entire bottle a chore. check this one out.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque golden color with a finger of basically white head. Looks good. A bit of lacing that shows up as you drink.

Nose is crazy sour, with a nice spicy malt sweetness that comes over the top. All kinds of swirling fruit flavors. Incredibly strong - sort of a sour wheat, coriander nose.

Straight up sourness in the taste. Starts to break down; increasing, rough, roasted sour apples. Very biting sourness on the back. Strong biting hop backbone that shows. Light caramel, watermelons, and some strong citrus. Distinct oakiness.

Body is medium, with carbonation the works right into the sourness.

A fairly amazing beer. Almost a wine, in terms of the oakiness and vinous sourness. A real treat.

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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 jdense
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Portland International Beer Festival PDX multiple samples 7.15.11.

Minimal white head, a wee bit of lacing over straw yellow a bit opaque body with no visible carbonation. Lemony esters and salt dominate the nose, some barnyard aromas, a faint bit of floral hops. Taste is more sour than tart, lemony and salty, a bit of hayish funk, lingering dry finish. Fairly light mouthfeel, light and refreshing. A very unique beer, not really my cup of tea, err gueuze, but I certainly see what the buzz is about. Certainly in the pantheon of beers for this difficult to capture style glad I was able to try this.

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Photo of zac16125
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cuvee St. Gilloise
750mL bottle into a Teku
Vintage 2013

Thanks to yumbeer for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Murky, essentially opaque, golden orange with a huge 3+ fingers width of fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick film throughout the duration of the drink. Tons of lacing. 4.5

S: Funkier than most Cantillons and not as sour. Lots of oaky characters and subtle tartness, lactic acidity, floral notes, plastic-like funk, citrus. 4.25

T: Stronger sour notes than on the nose, tons of oak, that plastic-like funk characters, sweet-ish citrus on the finish, biting lactic acidity. 4.25

M/D: Medium body, carbonation heavy which is appropriate, very dry on the finish, drinkability is very good. 4.5

O: Far from my favorite Cantillon, but an enjoyable drink as always. 4.25

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

From notes:

This beer poured a cloudy amber color and formed a bubbly white head that left circular lace as it subsided. An aroma of sour lambic with some nice fruit aromas with a small hint of barnyard aspects.
A flavor of lambic sourness that I still am getting used to, but very good for this style. The body is medium with a sour finish that is also astringent. A very good beer.

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Photo of Etan
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2012 vintage, into a snifter.

A: Pours a glowing straw-orange with a nice white head.

S. Citrusy character from the dry hopping and acidity, tart and horsey, light wheat, a bit lactic.

T. Light lactic and pineapple brett, moderate oaky tartness, sour mango, wet hay, subtle hop bitterness.

M. Light and frothy body.

O. A very fruity geuze, more on the bright rather than earthy side, thanks to the brett and the dry hopping. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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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 callmemickey
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly epic brew. 2009 bottling shared with another BA at Monk's in Philly in June of 2010.

A: Hazy orange-golden body. Large off-white head after each pour into a cantillon lambic glass. Spotty clumps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Truly world class. Nice acidic sour lemons, wheat, straw/hay, barnyard funk, yeast, oak, musty funk, and a little orange. Layers upon layers of funky lambic goodness.

T: Honestly, this was a bit of a let down after the nose... but upon further reflection this was quite delicious. Sour lemons, some lactic tartness, straw, oak and barnyard funk. Not quite the same level of complexity and layered depth as the nose.

M: Medium bodied. Gentle carbonation. Lingering sourness with some tartness in the middle. Refreshing and invigorating.

D: Really enjoyable... kicking myself for not stocking up when I had the chance months ago... if you see this on the shelves buy two... one for you and BM me to trade the other!

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Photo of victory4me
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 6oz wine glass at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a golden yellow with more head than I've ever seen in a Cantillon beer. Monks seemed to be having difficulty with this tap as it took a while to pour due to the gushing. Aroma of Fruity citrus hops blended nicely with Cantillon funk and tartness that I found preferable to the Iris I had tasted a few days prior.

Initial blast of the dry hopping provided flavors of summer fruit and lemon. Apricot and peaches quickly turned to a violently acidic finish. More acidic than sour leaving a slight burn in the back of the throat. Left me satisfied, but not smitten. Despite not being totally blown away, a tasty lambic that I would happily drink again and again.

I have an '07 in the cellar that I'm holding for the next Philly sports championship. Hopefully will not have to cellar much longer as I'm not sure it will hold up well.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer from Cantillon, what a surprise.

A: Orange hue with a bubbly bone white head of a pinky that dies down slow. Straw highlights on this.

S: Has the classic Cantillon farmhouse yeast and funk and nice toasty oak. Maybe a light hop presence here as well, with champagne grapes and straw. Some green apple too, maybe even apricot./

T: Great flavor with cherry, grape, green apple, tart berries mixing with a dirty earthy oak. Quite nice bread malt and grains for support of the tart fruit flavors. Not as sour as other beers from the brewery but elegant and champagne like with a good amount of tartness and even some bitter hops. Lots of apple lingering at the back of the palate.

M: Spritzy and lighter in body. Good tartness.

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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
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