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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.


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 (1072) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Aroma is nicely soured, kind of skunky and funky. Taste is very acidic, sour lemon, some rinds and mouth puckering bitter sourness. Did I mention this was sour? This shit is pretty good. Acidic, slightly harsh, drinks well, the hops make some presence, but only to give a touch of bitterness. Finishes clean, somewhat sour (again). I also get a little BO and horse.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
The beer that brought in the new year. Nothing better to have in a glass at midnight , toasting with friends, getting toasted. Poured hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Aroma is of typical cantillon yeast, barnyard funky, and hints of fruits. Taste was tart, but not over the top. As "Stoutlover72" put it. It doesn’t give you a "nut-check" like other cantillons. Very drinkable cantillon product.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
06’ bottle courtesy of miver. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small but dense white head. The aroma is lemongrass, basement funk, and some light fruits. Flavors are lemongrass, tart apples, pears, must, and some light hops. Not as tart as most cantillons but it was a little young.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Another of the Christmas Eve beers shared by the family. This beer pours out a cloudy orange hue, with a fluffy white foamy head with some nice lacing. Aroma of lemonheads, aromatic cheeses, acidic, and a touch of wood. Mouthfeel is bright and lively with the liquid dancing on your tongue. Flavors was lemons, funk, Granny Smith apples, and stomach acid. Even with the acidity, it’s really nicely balanced and doesn’t give you a nut-check like some of the other Cantillon products tend to do.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Copying from my tasting notes. Bottle. Orange pour with a giant white head. smell is off and murkey. taste is sour and fruity. nice and refreshing. very good

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottles from Ughsmash and footbalm. Hazy golden-orange with huge white head, even after letting it breathe for quite awhile. Musty, sweaty, horsebalnket up front, big lemon tartness in the background. Flavor up front, tough to describe. I guess what sweaty feet must taste like. Funky cheese character, and then lemon/brett takes over. Mouth puckering sourness. Thirst quenching, finishes dry. Not as carboanted as I was expecting, soft billowy mouthfeel. Top notch geueze IMO.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (5433) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle (75 cl), thanks gnoff. Hazy golden with a large(!) white head. Green apples, some grapefruit, wood and faint horsestable notes. Light in body with soft mouthfeel. Not as dry as your usual Cantillon, and with a light peelish bitterness.


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