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

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RATINGS: 795   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14775) - 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 (2851) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12044) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle shared by Marcus. Color is orange tinged gold with a fine off-white head. Aroma is slightly citrus sour over mild light stone fruits. Near medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is citrus, a bit sour like rind, and imaginable funk. A bit puckery. Finish is astringent and lightly fruity. After a long time it’s like grapefruit (flavor not hop).

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2009 750 ml bottle from La Cave å Bulles, Paris. One of the smoother Cantillons, and maybe appeals due to the upped hops content. Citrusy nose, decent thick white head, sparkling to the tongue. Like a fine Champagne in taste, but without so much fizz. Pucker inducing sour. One of the best gueuzes, and even slightly experimental.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle from Plan b @ EBF. Hazy light golden, no head. Rose hip aroma, sweet mango and little mead. Baby food fruity flavor, mango and passion fruit, nice soft tartness, very easy to drink. Maybe not as crisp as I’d like, but very enjoyable fruity Gueuze.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (6217) - ITALY - OCT 8, 2008
oro buona schiuma discreta persistenza note fruttate leggero erbaceo un tocco dui aciditàa vino bianco in bocca acidità media ben frutatto un tocco di legno molto persistente al palato

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 7, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 Bottle shared by iowaherkeye, not pepsican. Poured a hazy golden-yellow color. Attractive aroma of funky white wine vinegar and lemon. Light bodied with mild acidity that peaked at the end. Tasted of tart apple, lemon, lime, and vinegary leather sandal. I never thought footy sandal could be such a pleasant flavor until I tried this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle. It was my birthday today, and I had this while eating oysters at an oyster farm north of san fran; it was a really nice experience. Cloudy yellow-orange pour with some white head. Aroma is lemony tartness with a little bit of funk. Very citrusy. Flavor is the same, reminds of RR beatification, but not quite as good. Small amount of sweetness in the finish. It’s a good beer on a warm day. I also put a little bit of it on an oyster that I cooked; it was pretty tasty eating.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3605) - Sabro, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle at EBF 2008. Hazy golden colour with a small white head. Moderate aroma and taste of sweet sour fruits and citrus. Lasting finish. Well balanced.


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