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Cantillon Cuvée des Champions

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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Brussels, Belgium

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A new brew concocted by Jean Van Roy to celebrate the 2003-2004 Division III title for the local Union St. Gilles football team and its upgrade to Division II.

Cuvee des Champions is not a traditional ’gueuze,’ in that it is made from only two year-old 2001 lambic, not from a blend of older and younger lambics. It is also dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks with fresh Styrian Goldings hops. Re-fermentation in the bottle is achieved with the addition of a small amount of candi sugar.

Editor’s Note: Cuvée Saint-Gilloise is dry-hopped with Hallertau and is merged with this listing.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (334) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle ’12 - pours light amber. Lights hopped, lemon zest, and floral notes in the nose. Tart and sour taste with lemon zest, very well balanced. Solid!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (468) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
(2014 Cuvee St.-Gilloise bottle @ barVolo for Zwanze Day 2014, Sept 20 2014) Hazy dark gold with a big lingering white head. Aroma really driven by noble (Halltertau) hops, green and kind of spicy with underlying wheat malt and just a bit of wood and feety funk. On the palate, dry and lightly acidic, lemon zest at first, noble hops kick in later with spicy character, drying, bit woody. Lemon returns towards finish. Hop bitterness, wood, light funk linger. Medium bodied with very high carb. The relatively hop-forward spiciness of this beer is a nice contrast to other Cantillons, but it’s not so strong as to drown out the essential characteristics of the 2yo lambic underneath. Nice, palate cleansing sort of combination.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (664) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle @ Cantillon, as Cuvee St. Gilloise. Golden pour with a small off white head. Nose has funk, mangoes, peach, hay. Taste has funk, lemon, mangoes and some hay. Super good!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
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... [ BA Review @ 6/6/2014 ]

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"has always been a little too steep to buy a bottle, so when i saw it on tap - had to jump on board. pretty straightforward baryard funk and lemon, with a hint of sweet and dry as well. not a ton going on, but it did tart very well. acidic flavor and feel."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zoret (98) - Badalona, SPAIN - SEP 28, 2014
Aromes i sabors típics de l’estil, Bretta, làctic. També te molta fruita com albercoc, pera i barreja de citrics com mandarina i llimona. Bona!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1368) - Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2014
750 from Robertdale. Thanks man. Cloudy yellow. Had this right after Iris and the two were very similar. Bitter hops at the end. Some sour. Some floral. Tasty and refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (3303) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2014
750 ml purchased at Armsby Abbey before Zwanze 2014. 2012 vintage labeled as Cuvée Saint Gilloies aroma is funky lambic yeast, oak, white grapes and nice floral hints.

Flavor starts honey, tart lemons and citrus pith. The backend of the sip has pepper and lightly tart fruit. The sourness is subtle and doesn’t hurt the taste buds. More tart rather then sour which is pleasing to me. Also shows a weak hint of pine. Jeez for the style this is the best I have sampled to date.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (86) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Tap at Scheras Zwanze day. Pours yellowish gold. Big funk smell with barnyard. Great sour taste with some tart. Really good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (97) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 20, 2014
On tap at Erzbierschof for Zwanze Day 2014. Gold-orange color with large head. the barnyard aromas are more subtle than with the normal Gueuze. Apples, grapes, tartness, something special in there which I can?t quite describe. Very fruity. Medium body. A good one!


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