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

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RATINGS: 738   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy mgumby10. Pours a hazy mango color, with creamy white highlights. Watery white head sits atop this gueze well. Nice sheets of lacing remain on the glass. Strength in the nose is the tartness, with a backbone of grapefruit and hops. Enjoying this combo. Big tartness flavor, with awesome barnyard qualities. Wheaty. The hops come in at the end, with a grapefruit finish. Easy as hell to drink, very well balanced. Hoppiness is refreshing in this one. Definitely liked the dry-hopping in this one.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Courtesy Mgumby10. Vintage 06. Pours a golden cloudy color. Aroma is mostly apple. Tastes of sour light fruits, with some funk yeast taste. Palate is refreshing with a sour kick. Thanks Mike.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Tasted at the February Northern California Beer Tasting. This lambic pours a deep yellow gold color. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is lemon, sour, funk, must and a touch of sweetness. A medium bodied lambic. WOW. There is a lot of funk and a lot of sourness in this beer. Lively carbonation. It very very dry. Yet the acidity doesn’t seem that bad. Tart, maybe that’s the word for it, and then there is the funk. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (5596) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2008
Bottled at Beer Circus, Brussels. Hazy golden with a white head. Really sour aroma; rubber mattress... Soft palate but still very sour. Prett bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3rd Annual Woodshop Tasting, 3/1/08. Thanks Chris! Grapefruity, zesty lemon - tart forward. Good amount of lingering funk. Nice and drinkable - but powerful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Sampled 7-19-2007. I believe this is my first unblended lambic. Pours a brown hued orange. Nose is slightly like a certain flavor of Ricola throat drops. I can’t remember exactly what kind, but I think it was lemon and herbs or something like that. Antiseptic tone to it. Fair amount of wood is on there too. Flavor is sour indeed. Definite wood character to it. Just a pure mix of tart and wood. This is what a lambic is. Feel is as expected on the liquid and ripe with carbonation. Overall very drinkable. If you haven’t had a real lambic and don’t appreciate that sour funk, you won’t dig this one. This is a purists dream. Very much worth taking the bus to Philly for a day to get a hold of.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1887) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2008
750ml bottled in 2006. Poured into a flute the color is a bright light melon orange. The carbonation isn’t very active and there is no head. Aroma is fruity sourness. There is some funkiness but it isn’t obvious. The flavor is smooth and well blended. Plenty of sourness, tart in the back of the throat. Fruity and very acidic. There is carbonation in the body, although the pour would never show it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2008
I like the idea of this beer -- to celebrate the local soccer team’s division tile, and I like the way the bottle looks. I kind of like the actual beer too. Sharp acidity with the typical Cantillon tartness, that’s kind of good and kind of unpleasant at the same time. Has a kind of woody smoothness to round it out, which is nice. Like many Cantillon products, it’s reminicient of eating grass, bread, and lemons, sitting out on a hilltop on a breezy summer day.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle from the Blue Max.Pours a cloudy color like Countrytime lemonade but this is not your daddy’s artificial sugarladen piss-tasting lawnmower riding on a hot summer afternoon beverage. Man, how can you describe a Gueuze? Seriously? The funk is strong here young Jedi.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1068) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 1/13/08. Aroma starts lemony and very acidic and then flattens out a bit with nail polish & funky cheese. Taste starts out salty and again flattens out a bit, bit still quite sour. 8/4/7/4/16 - 4.1 12/27/12. Glad I got a chance to revisit this my very first gueuze. Peppery nose. Funky, dusty, bitter grapes. Socks. Cheesy. Really bitter oddly enough. Vegetal, grassy bitterness that is. Did not re-score, but perhaps a slight bump over previous rating.


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