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

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RATINGS: 778   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 7, 2008
ok i loved this. a departure in that the tartness is slightly less assertive and there is something of a bitterness to the back end. typical funky aroma and a thin dry mouth feal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2008
On draft at Akkurat in Stockholm (Thanks Johan!) It was a blisteringly hot day in the capital and I desperately needed something refreshing to send me on my way back to the hotel. After the first sip I knew I had found the perfect drink and that I wasn’t checking in anywhere anytime soon. Invigorating grapefruit, lemon and lime tones - although more subdued than in other Cantillons I have tried - and of course the customary coutryside smells and puckering sourness and acidity. Clean, prickly carbonation and bitter dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Aroma is funky, sweaty, brett, barn yard, cob web, tart, and tons of funk. Flavor is brett, funk, tart acid, sweat, barn, must, and a tart funky amazing finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2008
this is an awesome gueze...tons of funk and lots of citrusy grapefruity rind and juice flavors....tart finish....wow...wish I could get way way more of this 06 vintage

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1634) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, vintage 2006. Hazy mist of blonde appearance. Feathery funk and floral herb aroma; lemongrass and zest, mildew and mold, cheese rinds. Glowing citrus character in the flavor of grapefruit, lemon and lime, juices and rinds; a dried out, pithy bitterness and raging acidic fruit character wholly dominant throughout. Dry herbal funk lingers calmly underneath all that rindy fruit character with a musty, blue cheese and vinegar stink that seems calm and strangely clean. Spritzy and full palate; distinctive and commanding; finishes with a pleasingly sweet, tangy funk of goat cheese and lavender that rubs gently and dryly. Beautiful balance in this seemingly simplified example. Thanks Ryan!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4729) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2008
On tap at Brouwer’s. Picture perfect! Orange with a full creamy head in a small tulip glass. Cheesy, spritzy sour scent. Sour citrus refreshing taste. Sourness sinks in. Tasty!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoisirius (1791) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2008
On tap @ Brouwer’s. What is incredible about this gueze is it’s light and airy champagne feel. The flavor is all there, with less acid intake! Highly enjoyable experience, would love to taste what happens with some age in a bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5172) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2008
25 oz bottle, bottled in 2004, via hopdog. First pour is a crystal clear dark gold body with a one inch fizzy white head that faded fairly quickly to a wispy partial covering. Light visible carbonation. The nose is funky and cheesy with some sweaty feet and musty damp cellar. There’s a really interesting wet leather scent in there too. A hint of some acidity, some oaky notes, and citrus rinds. First taste is bracingly tart and acidic with lots of musty cellar and funkiness on the finish. It’s pretty one dimensional at first, all I get is lots of sourness, but everything really blooms on the finish. There’s some crusty bread maltiness and a tiny bit of powdery sugary sweetness. Not so sure I really get a whole lot of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is tight and crisp up front with a little more of a softer nuanced finish. Perfect slightly fizzy pinpoint carbonation. A wonderful Gueuze to be sure. It’s really amazing to me that this beer can be so wonderful and still be roughly in the 80th percentile for the style. There’s really alot of depth in the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
From the Sour ALe Fest this pale yellow colour beer has a small white head. Tart and fruity aroma with a yeasty touch. Malty flavour with a light sourness and a spicy note. Great stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3320) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2008
6 oz draft at Brouwers Cafe Sour Fest in Seattle, Washington. Pour is hazy orange golden with not much off white head. Aroma of musty sour yeastiness, some citrus fruit - apple and pear. Taste of bright sourness, grapefruit, musty earthy yeastiness. Nicely bright and refreshing. Finish is bone dry, very champagne like. Beautiful sour.


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