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


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RATINGS: 847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (4719) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2010
Draught at Akkurat. A nice thirst quencher in the hot weather. Very sour and with lots of fruits, specifically apples. It was like drinking raw alcoholic fruit juice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4369) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Cloudy bright orange appearance with a large white head. aroma is of funk, citrus, and grain. Taste is sour with some citrus and a light funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2010
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured hazy yellow with a white head. aroma was lemon and some good tartness. flavor was lemon, sour grain, and pretty dry. body was rather light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
Green 750ml bottle at Toronado SF. I was turning the big 27 and figured I’d spring the crazy $35 for this bad boy to share with a few of my doggs. The blend of champions, this is. Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head and some good lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, wild tartness, and funk - your usual Cantillon smell - as well as floral hops, which are a nice touch here. Flavor is typical Cantillon as well. Pale malt, their usual awesome wild yeast, and barnyard funk, with light fruits (pineapple/citrus) and floral hops. This was a fairly fresh bottle (less than one year old), so the hops really came out. Medium body with pretty mild acidity for a Cantillon beer. This is not overwhelmingly sour. Great beer overall. I’d like to see Cantillon make more forays into the hopping arena, although they should use some darker bottles if they’re going to do that, or the beers could become major skunk-o-ramas. A Cantillon IPA sounds amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2010
WOW! Bottle shared at Belmont Station... Poured golden/orange with a white head. Funky, brett, horse blanket, dusty/musky aroma. Dry, very dry, acidic and tart. Peppery, hot with sourness. Vinegar, candied sweetness similar to a puckering warhead candy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
750 ml bottle; thanks Tom!! Nice to get another crack at this via the bottle; 2008 vintage; muddy yellow with thin white head; fruity with dry lemons and thick texture; dry, grassy hops with lovely light cheese gueze; yummy; would love to sit down with a whole bottle myself some time

Original Rating 5/23/08 - draft @ brouwer’s sour fest - pale yellow and cloudy with white head; lots of carbonation; aromas of lemon, pineapple and yeast; drinks sharp and crisp with lots of zing in your mouth; flavors are sweet and sourness is muted; this was my fav of the cantillon’s sampled at the fest

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2011 Labelled as Cuvee St. Gilloise. Bottle. Pours hazy gold, with a thin white head, poor/spotty lacing. Nose is mildly sweaty, floral and earthy hops, delicate, with some "juicy" character, though perhaps not as much as in their standard Gueuze. Flavors are quite earthy, and at colder temperatures, almost too sharp, the dry hopping is extremely apparent, revealing itself as an earthy, though well-integrated aspect as the beer warms. Nice tartness, good earth, and a mild "sweaty" character that will doubtless improve as this one ages. A solid effort, though I think I honestly prefer their standard Gueuze. Re-rate March 14, 2011: Bottle has evolved to a Much greater extent. Very sour now, and extremely sweaty, a much juicier, cheesier, and overall superior experience. Re-rate to 4.1, averaged to 3.9.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2010
Pours hazy amber. nice carbonation. Musty funky slightly sour aroma. Flavour is very bold and sour with a dry finish. This is a great gueze lambek. Citrus and sour and funky just great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g (1548) - 上海 / Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2010
Draught at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels. Golden with frothy white head. Nose and flavour of ripe fruits, wood, barnyard, very earthy. Aggressive funk that finishes very dry and tart. Interesting gueuze but unblended it’s pretty full on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from Hi-Time Wine Cellars. It pours a light gold color with a very effervescent white head. The nose is slightly sweet with notes of oak, apple, and light caramel. I don’t get much on the sour side. The taste is very oaky with notes of lemon, a slight pithy bitterness, earth, wet hay, paper, mushrooms, and apple. The body is very light leading to a very dry but short finish. Medium to highly carbonated but still soft. Overall pretty solid for the style and worth having a glass of.

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