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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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1460) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
(Cuvée Saint-Gilloise) Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy yellow with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are lemons, brett, oak, and hops - with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (435) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle as Saint-Gilloise. Pours hazy dark colourfull orange with a small white fizzy head. Aroma is very funky. Lots of citrus, orange peel, grape, and green apples, some barnyard and leather.. Taste is pretty funky, green sour apples, orange peel, some grape, citrus, more barnyard and some leather.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrankaNik (12) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 3, 2014
Tart can be used as a positive descriptor in this case. Split a large bottle with a few friends recently and all agreed it was the best beer of the day. Complex and interesting, pleasant and thirst quenching. Notes of lemony citrus with hints of woodiness. Nice grainy edge as well. There’s a lot going on here and all of it is very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Sample of both 2014 and 2012 bottles at (Hopp)Kurtkeller 016: Cantillon-tastic 01 on 10/11/2014 (as Cuvée Saint-Gilloise). The beer pours a slightly hazed yellow-gold color with a medium foamy white head that diminishes steadily to a film. Short strings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is citrus, oak and spice. Light-bodied with flavors of funky citrus, oak and grainy malt. The finish is oaky with a tart citrus aftertaste. Solid beer all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleksander9 (617) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2014
Golden with small white head. Aroma is funk, citrus, oak and some floral tones. Fruity palate. Aftertaste is dry, fruity, floral and lingering sour citrus. Overall: nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle from De Bierkoning, shared with esp0r & edvard at The "Esp0r #2000 Weekend in The Woods" 2014. Cloudy orange body with a minimal white rim. Aroma of grapes, tart apples, blueveined cheese. Taste of berries, mild sweetness, barnyard funk, light spicy finish, Sweet and sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (435) - 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!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (680) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (931) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (999) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 27, 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 ]

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