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

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RATINGS: 802   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (2856) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2008
Bought at Bierloods. Tasted with Marc, Leen and Paul last sunday 28.12.08. Low-hazy golden color, with a thin white head. Aroma bit hops, woods-sourness. Medium body. Taste nice sourness, fruity, good balanced bit woody. Dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2033) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Crushed with Jakebra. Yup, good old mouth-watering mofo. Citrusy, fruity, champagney, old man-y. Sounds about right.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2008
750 ml bottle, courtesy of the kind and generous golubj. 2008 vintage. Clear gold color with a thin, white head. Tart aroma, with hints of hay, citrus, and light hops. Clean, dry, tart mouthfeel. Mildly sour, with nice fruity undertones. Finish is dry and astringent. Very nice. Thanks again golubj.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2230) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Review 500. Brewed in 2005, bottled in January 2008. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Gorgeous translucent gold with a touch of amber. One finger of dense, compact, snow-white head that fades into a partial cap and halo. Thin but solid sheets of lacing. Aroma consists of lemon juice, crabapple, and grapefruit rind. Sour but not really funky. Flavor is similar. Citric acid, big sourness, vinous/chardonnay notes, and an earthy finish that must be from the dry hopping. This beer is medium on the palate with great carbonation. A little sticky but still a pretty good mouthfeel overall.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7188) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 28, 2008
rbesg07 grand tasting, bottled. massively sour aroma - garbage juice, acid drops, apple vinegar and sherbet. slightly milder flavour than aroma - hints of rexona, lemon barley lollies, oak. delicious, rasping stuff

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (970) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Bottle, brought by cquiroga to the 2008 Lost Abbey Barrel Tasting Night. Earthy, soily aroma with plenty of oak and lemon citrus. Flavor is tart and citric with less funk than a traditional gueuze due to the lack of the young lambic addition. Bitter, hoppy finish with a grainy and earthy aftertaste, similar to that achieved with Saaz hops in some Belgian ales. Unexpected to taste it here in a gueuze. Smooth oak flavors blend well in the finish as well. Very unique.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14935) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle, 75cl corked, at Plan B in Copenhagen. A slightly hazy golden beer with an orange tint. Some carbonation and a minimal white head. Funky, barnyardish nose wth citrusy acidity and some orange. Funky, barnyardish and citric flavor too, with some lemon and orange and an orange peel-like bitterness. Astringent and sour in the mouth with some carbonation. Medium full. Fine bitterness to compete with the sourness in the finish. Really easy to drink, especially considering it’s a Cantillon beer. Quenching and moreish. (080913)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle: Glowing golden pour with a thin white head. Aroma is soft and mellow, but rich. Taste is so balanced it blends together in a sweet and tart medley. Good balance of oak barrel. Indeed this is amazingly smooth. Nice finish of lingering tartness. Superb.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours pale golden color with a pretty darn big white head. Probably the biggest head with the best retention I’ve seen within this style. Aroma blasts with huge barnyard notes. A bunch of farmy goodness, overwhelming Brett, horsey, hay, cobweb. Also present is an intense phenolic character that is more reminiscent of Fantome than traditional Lambic, but it is a welcome addition. Huge complexity in the nose. Taste is brightly, intensely sour, nice acidity, bone dry. This is pretty damn amazing. I certainly can’t think of a Geueze I’ve had that is this good. Sometimes examples of this style kind of blend together and all taste the same albeit good. This one manages to hit all the classic notes but add an interesting twist. Remarkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Thanks to cquiroga for sharing this one at the Lost Abbey Barrel Night. Golden pour with a fairly mellow funky/ citrus aroma. Tart and dry mouthfeel although not overwhelming. Flavor is the typical citrus and barnyard funk that you find in a gueze but with hints of sweeter fruits. All around, it was a unique and very enjoyable beer.


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