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
Reviews:
276
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one during a fair sized Cantillon tasting! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Poured fluorescent orange with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, funk, tart, and herbal. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, funk, wood, sour, spice, and herbal. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The hop character on this one really added a very unique touch to this style that I never would have thought possible. The fruit hoppiness really blended quite well with this brew and kept me interested after each sip. This could be a good gateway for some who like fruity hops and want to get into sours. Will be interesting to see what some age does to this brew as the hops start to fade. But as is, this is still a very solid brew.

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

Photo of Mikexw
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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 M_chav
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of wedge
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Bottled 02 November 2011.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. A little over one finger of frothy white head. Retention is about average and no lacing is left.

4.5 S: What an enticing aroma this has! It smells like the fresh outdoors. Wildflowers, jasmine, running water through a forest, melon, apple orchard. Hay to a lesser extent along with rotting wood. Not very acidic, which isn't really the Cantillon way. Perhaps that's why I like it so much. Fresh outdoors funk with just mild lactic acid. Supremely pleasant.

3.5 T: There's more acid in the taste, but it's still low for Cantillon - mainly lactic, but also some acetic as well. Herbal bitterness, lots of jasmine again, with a big woody type funkiness. Again wildflower and apple orchard. Sour apple and unripened peach. Hay, dried out campfire wood. There's a decent amount of astringency in this and it's a unique type of astringency, which I will call an acid astringency. Still, pretty good.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Neither spritzy, nor creamy, but it works well enough.

3.5 D: It's definitely one of the funkier Cantillons out there. It's good, but 3F does it so much better. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of illidurit
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2005, bottled in January 2008. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Gorgeous translucent gold with a touch of amber. One finger of dense, compact, snow-white head that fades into a partial cap and halo. Thin but solid sheets of lacing. Aroma consists of lemon juice, crabapple, and grapefruit rind. Sour but not really funky. Flavor is similar. Citric acid, big sourness, vinous/chardonnay notes, and an earthy finish that must be from the dry hopping. This beer is medium on the palate with great carbonation. A little sticky but still a pretty good mouthfeel overall.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle. 2004 Vintage. Dark golden yellow with a nice head of tight white foam. Lacing is minimal, but pretty none-the-less. Aromas are all lactic lambic funkiness with a real juicy earthiness abounding in this particular vintage bottling. I get hints of horse blanket in the aromas as well as hints of very acidic fruits, musty juice, and more. Ya know, the normal stuff. The taste is exceptional but very subdued for a Cantillon. This is not nearly as sharp, acrid, or acidic as most of Cantillons other offerings. This is quite juciy in fact, and less dry than most other gueuzes available on the market today. There is also a distinctively bitter aftertaste, that must be from the use of dry hopping. Although this brew is still far from, what i'd call, hoppy. Mouthfeel is champagne like. Spritzy and grand, and the drinkability is absolutely awesome. Wow, what a quaffable, laid back gueuze from the masters of lambic. I need to try the Loerik next. For sure.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled 24 September 2021
Dry hopped with Hallertau

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a nice full wisp. A cloudy carrot orange with medium levels of carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and ring but no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Tart lemon, green apples, light notes of vinegar and some floral hop notes. Touches of oak as well. Mild but nice.

TASTE: Quite sour and acidic up front, with lemon and vinegar through the middle into the swallow. Very little funk, but some bitter floral hops and light oak flavors accompany the tart lemon and sourness in the mild finish. Pretty clean and crisp, and increadibly easy to drink.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, creamy as well, goes down smooth and finishes dry but not overly puckering. Very nice and refreshing.

OVERALL: This is great. I'm not all that experienced with gueuze yet, but this is one of the more approachable I've found so far. The sourness is balanced well with the hop bitterness, and the feel is creamy and crisp at the finish, making this absurdly easy to finish quickly. A very nice gueuze I will gladly drink again, especially on a hot summer's day like today. Recommended.

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Photo of suckaj
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of birchstick
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours orange in color with a nice one finger head

S - smells of citric lambic deliciousness with some funky notes. You can tell its a loon.

T - tastes really citric upfront. This fades to a bit of a metallic that is washed aside by more citric flavor and a bunch of funk. This one seems a little softer and not as sour cutting as other gueuze's I have had from Cantillon.

M - really soft mouthfeel with good carbonation and a little bit of a dry finish

D - really good offering from Cantillon. This has a nice combination of funk and gueze flavors. Not as extremely sour as some of their other offerings, which makes it more drinkable in my book.

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

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

Bottle #1551

Presentation: Typical 750ml Cantillon dimpled base green glass bottle comes with a fully impressed cork and large brass crown cap, all this is covered in a thick black foil that covers the slender neck for about 3”.

A limited release to celebrate the fact that the local Football Team called Royale Union Saint-Gilloise (hence the USG symbol and the striking yellow and blue colored label) were Champions of Division 3B after the 2003-04 Season and that they therefore gained promotion to the Second Division.

Listed at 5% Alc. Vol., the ‘Cuvée des Champions 2003-2204’ is a very unusual 100% Gueuze-lambic in that it is a blend of only two year lambics; the young spritzy one year and aged three year lambic typical of more traditional Gueuze-lambics are both missing. Rumor is that the two year old lambics were personally by Jean-Pierre Van Roy (as opposed to his Son who is now the brewmaster) and then dry-hopped prior to blending.

Cork was in great condition and dated “Botteld 2.004”.

Appearance: As always for these sorts of special occasions, my ever trusty straight sided Cantillon tumbler was thoroughly cleaned and dried prior to being used. On the pour a highly audible fizzing off-white head vibrantly dissolves & decays before your very eyes in a few seconds leaving a very small but virulent tiny head which leaves only the barest amount of bubbles. Golden yellow it has some light brown hints that give the appearance of a watered down Lipton’s Iced Tea at times. Gentle swirls remind you that this is not flat, but that it dos have some inherent carbonation, but it takes some teasing out.

Nose: Sharp acidic pungent aromas pull you deep into the Cantillon tumbler. Rounded funky farmyard traits with some savage urine and damp hay lingers in amongst some old fruity yet aged hops.

Taste: Gosh, it’s always great to be assaulted by Cantillon. The CdC has some smooth qualities despite its shockingly acerbic character. The Gueuze character is definitely here; sharp, biting, mouth-puckering and distinctly ‘in yer face’, yet the dry-hopped nature of the two year old lambic adds a balance to the normally more aggressive “younger” versions. Solid Gueuze which has been taken down a peg or two but with a nice juicy aged hop character to balance for that.

Mouthfeel: Low key carbonation is a direct result of lacking the urban young upstart the one year old lambic, yet nevertheless I do love the flatter feel once in a while. Still has a nice puckering feel at the death.

Drinkability: I find it hard to judge this objectively for I love lambics and I find the more traditional versions all the more quaffable. Not a drop was spilled. Easily a Session brew for the satanically minded lambic-lovers but in the general scheme of things I think a 4.5 is a fair drop of the hat here.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this ‘special release’ Cantillon which I thought I would never get to taste. A seriously Big Thanks goes out to the awesome Beerica-weizen for the opportunity to try this one! I owe ya!!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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