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

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RATINGS: 789   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.


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!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Bottled, 2005. Someone sent this to me probably 2 years ago, I don’t remember who. Pours a beautiful cloudy gold with awesome head. There is a lot of funk to this one, but also a very nice underlying lemony sweetness that adds a nice touch. Reminds me a lot of Cuvee de Castleton, albeit with a more authentic lambic flavor. The hops are faded at this point but add a nice mellow bite. Quite good. Way better than the standard Cantillon Gueuze.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2008
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a hazy gold with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of sour citrus, apple, light wood, light spice and light barnyard. Palate was light bodied crisp and tart with a dry finish. Flavors of sour citrus, earthiness, barnyard funk, cobwebs and mustiness with a crisp dry lingering tart finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2008
On tap at Spuyten Duyvil Brett Fest. Pours orange with no real head. Aroma is not very strong, mostly of sour funk. Flavor of lemon, slight sourness, and slight hop bitterness. The hops add an interesting dimension to this lambic, but I’m not sure they blended well with it. The palate also seemed weak and unlike other Cantillons I’ve had. Tasted like an American sour ale/lambic-esque beer and didn’t quite impress.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2008
On tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Aroma of wheat, apple, lemon, maybe some other light fruits, funk. Flavor a little tarter with the same sort of notes, hops were just sort of there at this point in a sort of "balancing" way, to which my tongue asked "why?" Finish was an odd conction of tartness and bitterness, nearly astringent. To me it seemed like a backwards way to achieve flavors similar to brettified brews of other styles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (1956) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2008
On tap at Spuyten Duyvil Brett Fest. Hazy pale orange with ring head. Mild honey lemon aroma with funk. Lemon tart flavor with grassy hop and funky tart finish. Excellent.


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