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

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RATINGS: 794   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle. Yellow/orange appearance. Small white head. Champagne, coriander, citus in aroma. Flavor is light, fizzy, spicy, lemon, and sour. Well carbonated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7194) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle. Pale amber beer with a whitish head. Acetic, vinegry aroma with oak and a bit of grass. Tart, acetic, lemony flavor with wood and grassy hops. Medium bodied. Lingering tart, acetic, lemon with light orange, grass, and wood. Hops definitely there. Cork on bottle burst in half when opened.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3457) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2008
25.4 oz, bottled 2005. The last of my oceanside ratings; Bethany, DE. Clear straw orange with a ring of white froth. Nose is funky lemon pith with touches of honey, oak and basil. Body is medium light and juicy with tiny carb. Taste is sour lemon up front with cheese, maybe gouda, cranberry, apricot and cherry skins.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Poured a golden color with a nice white lacing.The funk on the nose was sweet.This had some funk to it with a grapefruit bite.This finished with a small funk bite to it.This was one the more enjoyable gueuzes I have had.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
750 bottle from sloth, thanks man. Pours clear orangey amber, with a small whitish head. Woody, dry, toasty, earthy aroma, really interesting smells. Tart, dry, vinuous, barnyard and cranberry. medium body and gentle carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2008
2008 Vintage according to the cork. Almost champagne like effervescence. Excellent lemony aroma with light spices; clove and mace. Flavor is true to the aroma. Very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Thanks to BDR. Orange pour with a bubbly white head. Light fruits and funk on the nose. The aroma is wonderful. Sour deliciousness. Carbonation in the body. The funkiness and light fruit are there in the taste as well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2008
2005 Vintaged cork, bottled in 2005, so brewed in 2002. Got this a long while back in a trade and have been saving it to drink with my brother. Shared with him and my girlfriend Cyn. Pours golden orange with a bright white ring. Nose is very funky, and very very good and supremely appealing. Taste is very tart very funky with lots of fruit and some light hop bitterness that could remain. This tastes amazing.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Bottled in 2008, brewed in 2005: Pours a slightly hazy straw with 1 finger of head that dissipates rather qucikly but lingers on the sides of the glass. Aroma is wonderfully complex apple cider vinager, tropical fruit, cellar character, and Cantillon funk, (once you’ve walked in the brewery its unforgetable). As you get to the middle of the glass the aroma because more and intensly gueuze, lots of leather and cellar character. flavor is just as complex, apples, citrus and specifically lemon. leather as you draw to the finish as well as mustiness with some funk and horst blanket. Nice presense of dryhopping as well. the floral spiciness of styrians fits in well with the sour flavor on the back of the tongue. lean bodied with excellent cabonation. I love this beer, one of the best I’ve ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy straw color with a medium sized tight white head. Aroma is lemon zest , floral, grapefruit, grass. Flavor is lemon zest, sour apple, grassy, floral. Palate is medium to light, medium carbonation, finished super tart and way too refreshing. This was amazing to say the least!


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