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

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RATINGS: 810   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3246) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2009

2003-2004

6/19/2008: Cuvée des Champions appears to be clear and is light copper in color with a frothy, soft, off-white to light beige head. This beer smells like a "wet horse blanket". It is sour, tart, acidic, and has lots of vinegar in both the flavor and aroma. However, it is surprising balanced and smooth. Overall it is very good.

75 cl bottle (Alc. 5% vol.). Rating #311 for this beer.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11454) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2009
@Pauls Girardin chugging courtesy of nickls-750ml bottle–pours a white ring for a head and hazy yellow/orange color. Aroma is tart fruit-lemon, vinegar, light malt, dry. Taste is tart fruit-lemon, vinegar, light malt, dry. Easy effervescence.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
750ml bottle. Big thanks to drewbeerme for breaking this one out. Pours a clear orange with a thin head. Aromas of sour/tart fruit touch of grains, citrus and slight funk. Tart fruit flavors grains, funk, citrus, and oranges, that are bitter and sour. Acidic but drinkable. Really tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2009
Very acidic and concentrated one, much like a sour lemon juice. Finish is offcourse dry and extremely acidic, close to harsh but still so tasty, sharp and really clever if that makes any sense.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 19, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 750mL. Bottled January 2008. Even from the neck of the bottle, this beer throws an amazing aroma. Cottony, honeysuckle-scented perfume wafts through tart lactic and citric acids, bringing a steady stream of fresh salty warm breezes. Strong and beautiful. Pours a stunning near-crystal-clear peachy shining golden, with a rim in soapy, heavy lacing pure white. Gueze is good. Tart, vibrant, alive and lightly white-grape vinous. Dry, oaked, and crisp. A bit of bearberry and lemon acids come through. The sugar palate isn’t as soft and creamy as other versions, but this has a stunning pale nectarine and peach fruit profile. Balanced. The funk level lays a little lower. The carbonation is a bit softer than I expected. Finishing, this beer gives a fireworks glow or ruby, golden, and white grapefruit pulp and zest. So wonderful, so wonderful. I like the youthfulness of this example.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle@Le Bier Circus, Brussels. Slight hazy golden with a nice white lasting head. Aromas of vinegar, musty, salty and woody. Flavor is tart, dry, matured and rubbery.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Special thanks to JMFG. Lots of funk in the nose. Lemon, must and other citrus. Flavors like funky, dusty, grapefruit. Awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Pours yellow no head. Sour lemony nose. Citrus and lactic acid. Flavor is puckering, vinegary, tart citrus. Lovely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a golden body with a white head. Tart citrus acidic with some funky notes. Grapefruit mouth puckering lightly woody with a tart finish. Awesome brew with a light lactic acid character. A great brew.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 15, 2009
750ml bottle at Novare Res. Could it be, my new favorite beer?! This is friggen amazing stuff. The dry hopping gives it a nice hoppy aroma in the glass in addition to the aged hops, and wild yeasts its a wonderful nose. The flavor is heavenly, sour, sweet, and tangy. This is a perfectly put together beer, a bottle I’ll never ever forget.


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