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

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RATINGS: 724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 RBSG 2007. So, I finally get to try this! Awesome. Pours to an orange caramel body with a white head. The aroma is funky Gouda cheese, tart lemon zest, acidic lactic acid, horse blankets. The flavor is ultra-tart lemons, pale malts, lemon zest, funky cheese, smoked Gouda, light white sugar sweetness. The palate is tart but sweet. Moderately tart. Complex and not overly done. Very nice. Bring this one back Cantillon!!!

2004 bottle. The beer pours to a murky amber body with a thin creamy white head. The aroma is tart barnyard and sour kiwi. Lemons, limes, and oak. The flavor is nice pale malt gone sour with lemons and a soured kiwi. Ultra-complex. The palate is super sour and acidic. Damn good. Very "perfect".

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2007
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Cloudy orange body with a small off-white head. Sour fruity aroma. Sour fruity flavor with some light caramel and spice and hint of lemon zest.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Perhaps my favorite brew of the evening. hazy orange yellow color With earthy yeast on the sour nose. Faintly sweet body with earthy sour finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Radiant gold, bit puffy white head. Nose is slightly hoppy lemon candy, earthy woody yeast. Flavor is very bitter lemon goodness, some hay, lemonhead w. most sugar removed. Hay & lemon finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2007
Perhaps the finiest gueuze iv ever tried? Spontanious weekend 07. Notes say: Less sour than standard canti gueuze, more balanced than a regular gueuze, hints of apple and lemon, perhaps not the most complex of gueuze, but just stupendous, i was gulping this down like there was no tomorrow, outstanding just an amazing alround brilliance in a glass.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2007
On handpump at Bruxellensis beer festival, 9/10/06. How I ended up here, I can’t even describe., let’s just say Jan at Cantillon goes above and beyond. So anyway... poured in my brandy new Bruxellensis tasting glass by someone who speaks English (yay says my ignorant, non French speaking self) and tells me this is a dry hopped Gueuze. I shudder with delight! Big huge earthy hoppy aroma that disintegrates into typical Cantillon funkiness. First taste brings upon an onslaught of green leafy bitterness that holds off the barnyard for a few seconds only to succumb to the sour side. So complex, so delightful. Sitting in the sun at a beer festival somewhere just south of Brussels, drinking this nectar and about to embark on a 6 day beer tour. I wanna go back.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4761) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2007
Bottled in 2006. Cloudy orange with fine-bubbled white head that reduced to almost a film. Cheesy aroma, lots of wood, sharply acidic. Flavours are more acidic than ever, quite lemony, mingling mellowing cheese and dry woody flavours. A great geuze that is one of the more extreme of the bunch in terms of acidity.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2007
Draught at Akkurat. Weird, I thought this was retired.. and to find it on draught at Akkurat. Might be a new batch? Anyhow, being dry-hopped, this will of-course remind you of Iris.. and it does. And that’s a good thing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Turbid golden pour with 1-finger white head. The head is very fizzy and loud, and dissipate quickly, much like champagne. The aroma is tart and funky, with some yeasty notes, and a peachy apricot hybrid being the fruit that comes to mind. Tastes very tart, carbonated and lively on the tongue, with apricot, lemon, orange rind, and some earthy yeasty notes.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 25, 2007
Poured a fairly clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is why I drink lambics. Leather and horse stable with some sweetness. The flavor was a mix of acidic and sweet with nice yeasty character and a hint of bitterness on the finish.


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