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

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RATINGS: 741   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (4943) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2008
25 oz bottle, bottled in 2004, via hopdog. First pour is a crystal clear dark gold body with a one inch fizzy white head that faded fairly quickly to a wispy partial covering. Light visible carbonation. The nose is funky and cheesy with some sweaty feet and musty damp cellar. There’s a really interesting wet leather scent in there too. A hint of some acidity, some oaky notes, and citrus rinds. First taste is bracingly tart and acidic with lots of musty cellar and funkiness on the finish. It’s pretty one dimensional at first, all I get is lots of sourness, but everything really blooms on the finish. There’s some crusty bread maltiness and a tiny bit of powdery sugary sweetness. Not so sure I really get a whole lot of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is tight and crisp up front with a little more of a softer nuanced finish. Perfect slightly fizzy pinpoint carbonation. A wonderful Gueuze to be sure. It’s really amazing to me that this beer can be so wonderful and still be roughly in the 80th percentile for the style. There’s really alot of depth in the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
From the Sour ALe Fest this pale yellow colour beer has a small white head. Tart and fruity aroma with a yeasty touch. Malty flavour with a light sourness and a spicy note. Great stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3237) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2008
6 oz draft at Brouwers Cafe Sour Fest in Seattle, Washington. Pour is hazy orange golden with not much off white head. Aroma of musty sour yeastiness, some citrus fruit - apple and pear. Taste of bright sourness, grapefruit, musty earthy yeastiness. Nicely bright and refreshing. Finish is bone dry, very champagne like. Beautiful sour.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle at Paul’s Hoboken Gathering: Hazy yellow with a white creamy head.Very complex nose of sour lactic funk, lemon-rind, some leather and other unidentifiable stuff. Fluffy crisp body. Very tart, borderline sour with some leather and sour fruit pit, tart grape-like fruity undertones and a very mild earthiness underneath everything. Bone-dry finish. Complex and outstanding.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 23, 2008
On tap at Brasserie Beck. ($14 a glass...envious of the folks getting it for $8 in CA). This is stellar: aroma is funky lambic sourness, but also lots of grassy dry-hop aroma. Flavor is pears, citrus, but then lots of herbal hop funk, with sourness coming in towards the end. One of the best things I’ve had to drink in ages.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2008
From a 750mL Bottle. Pours a transparent color of honey, topped with a thin head of wispy off-white. Moderately acidic nose, bringing out notes of mild vinegar, white grape skins, peach fruits, and hints of grapefruit. Beneath the fruit and brighter acid lies some funky oak dryness, peppery spice, and mild aged cheese. Light bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a bold acidity. Plenty sour, along with some more cheesy funk and peppery spice. A bright, fruity acidity dominates the flavor before leaving behind an exceptionally long, dry finish. Good, but not nearly as complex or deep as some of the other Cantillon goodies.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
On-tap at Churchill’s. $6.50/8oz. Geezus. Pours cloudy orange/yellow with a thin, crisp white headhead, bits of lace. Smell is subdued, slightly funky and touich sour. Tastes like fruit and flowers and then barnyard funkiness. Sour throughout, the funk mellows on the finish and fades to plain ole sournicity. Medium body, vibrant carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
On tap at Churchills. Smells great. Funky peach sour. cloudy yellow amber color. Slightly sour. Very dry. Better with cheese, which I don’t have right now. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2008
courtesy form mgumby10: pours a great golden colour very small white head. aroam is a great cantillion sour funk, fantastic fresh fruit, apple adn white grape. awesome. flavour is a great acidic sour perfect cantillion flavour. very citrrus grapefruit very good bitter tart finish

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
Courtesy mgumby10. Darkish straw color, thin white head. Tart aroma, but not crazy sour, classic Cantillon funk, herbs, slight sweet even. Smooth, even taste - mild tartness spread throughout the palate, nice and dusty and citric. Velvety and elegant.


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