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

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RATINGS: 752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


4.3
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 Bottle, Merritt Island Throwdown. Thanks to Gumby. Hazed orange color with small white foamy head. Leather, citrus rind, fresh citrusy twang. Perfect soft palate, makes me want to drink more. Gentle sweet grain nectar in background. Mature, refined, sophisticated, dry and delicious. Creamy smooth citrus zest. Excellent gorgeous smooth balanced gueze could drink it every day if I could.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
Gumby, you are a baller. This rarity poured a very hazy, light orange, perhaps apricot color. The aroma is amazing, grapefruits, lemons, summer stone fruits, meadow flowers, and yes, that Cantillon funk. The flavor is more than I expected, bringing me back to my childhood, beckoning a memory of grapefruit gummy candies. An amazing balance seems to be found between the sweet and tart, the earthy and the funky. Absolutely world class.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Alot of typical Cantillon sour funk and sweetened fruits show up in the nose. Not overbearing sourness though. The flavor had some typical cheek puckering sour tartness to it, along with some sweet fruits, grapes, and Chardonnay. Lemons seem to be always noticeable here as well. I got a touch of the hops in this beer, but it was certainly overpowered by the funk and sour that embodies this brewery. Another great offering.

4
   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 (5287) - 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 (5635) - 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.


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