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

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RATINGS: 789   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1466) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (832) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours a light golden with a fizzy white head and decent lacing. Aroma of lemon and cheesy hops with some wild barnyard and oak. Taste is slight tart and lemony with mild pepper and some oak and slight hop character in the finish. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Really good Geueze with well integrated flavors. Pairs well with sharp cheeses.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahshuwuh (467) - USA - DEC 31, 2014
Color is a clean golden color with a finger of white fluffy head. Smell is funky barnyard, perm, chemical, lemon. Taste is sour rush with some lemon, oak, barnyard funk. Very dry, washes away the sour. Some more of the oak at the end and a little cheese and bread and a very small amount of caramel malt at the end. A well done brew that's hard to peg flavor wise. The majority is the sour barnyard with an old cheese like hops. But those flavors work. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (740) - - DEC 31, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours a slightly hazy, bright straw color with a fizzy white head. Has a funky lemon pledge smell. Taste is tart an sour with a bit of sweetness underneath. Lemon, cheese and a little band-aidy. Some pepper at the end. Dry mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adam71 (14) - - DEC 31, 2014
Yellow, orange, slightly hazy. Nice white head. Tart aroma, brett. Marked bitterness, long duration. Refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (2901) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
(Cantillon Cuvée des Champions) As Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise, 750 ml bottle at home, served into a tulip, ABV 5% Golden orange colour on the body, bright and just a tad hazy, with a tall white head, with okay retention, leaving light lacing around the glass. Nice floral aromas, some light grapes and wine-y notes as well. Very sour taste, at least during the first sips, floral notes, light cork/wood, grapes, very nice. Thin body with good carbonation, very refreshing with a light tartness on the palate. Good gueuze.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Franckg (249) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Vinatge 2014, en fût. Très funky. Une gueuze avec un excellent côté exotique. Très savoureux. Une de mes meilleures de Cantillon jusqu’à maintenant. Reste à comparer avec la version bouteille qui se fera sous peu.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1879) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Hazy pour at the end of the bottle, bitter citrus rind. Nice funny nose. Soft finish. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1392) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Draft at Big Wood 2014. Pale golden. Beautiful nose. Apricots, funk, and hay, over citrus. Same notes in the flavor, slight herbal/vegetal. Nice and full body. Very tasty!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (1025) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Apricot color, small white head. Really funky aroma, slightly tart. Really funky and horsey. Great stuff.


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