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

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RATINGS: 830   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6948) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2009
excited about this ... pours a clear lemon juice ... good lacing ... very wild stuff, a champ .. very intresting .. mouthfeel is a tad watery but makes it wickidly drinkable .. a nice brew ...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
750ml Bottle (Bottled 1/10/06): Aroma of tart fruit, light funk, slight orange, acid, Brett, slight fruit nectar, and oak. Poured amber/gold/orange in color with a tiny white head that lasted around the edges. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Flavor is very tart. Tastes of tart fruit, pineapple, candy, oak, apricot, tangerine, wood, slight candi sugar, slight funk, and a hint of hops. Light to medium body. Thin, dry texture. Average carbonation. Tart, puckering, fruity, oaky finish is dry.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2420) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle at plan B. Hazy golden body, with a medium white head. Aroma is hay, citrus, sour and cellar. Flavor is dry grape, cellar and some pineapple.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle. Hazy golden with a large champagne like white head. Aroma is hay, dry citrus and "old cellar like", typical Cantillon. Flavor is mostly dry dusty acidic grape, with hints of pine, and it has a strong tart finish. Not as harmonized as the others Cantillon I have tasted, its to acid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2009
01/10/2006 vintage, almost three years in the bottle. Nice golden color, sports a white head but quickly becomes semi-still, smells like a hint of cobweb, tastes wheaty and sour lambic, citrus, especially sour lemons. Funky a bit but very drinkable, some cheese, I like it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-05-2008 05:41:52

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Pours a bright golden with a lasting, half glass full, egg shell head. After it finally subsides, the nose is huge with tart citrus, barnyard funk. The flavor is a bit more mellow, but follows the aroma. Lively mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2525) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2009
750 ml bottle at Akkurat. Cork marked 2006. This is a good gueuze, with a very lemon tasteing sourness! Interesting and nice hop finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Enjoyed out of flutes. Poured opaque, golden-xanthous with a silken appearance, minimal head. Quite a pungent nose. Sweet citric sourness combined with a sparkling champagne makes a tart aroma which throws your nose through a loop. The favor contains the initial sweet and sourness aspects of the aroma but then softer coniferous hops soothed into reassuring oak. There are hints of champagne, apple, spruce, hay, vinegar, lemon, earth, and candi sugar all the way through. The palate is quite appetizing as well; smooth like fresh juice without the weighty pulp and perfect light carbonation that subtracts nothing from the character and complexity of the flavor. I want to say, having never experienced Cantillon nor a gueuze, this beer is like getting punched in the face then rocked to sleep as you fall to the ground and enjoying every second of it. I have no other way to convey transcendental quality of this beer. Beautiful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Thanks to cquiroga for sharing this one at the Lost Abbey Barrel Night. Golden pour with a fairly mellow funky/ citrus aroma. Tart and dry mouthfeel although not overwhelming. Flavor is the typical citrus and barnyard funk that you find in a gueze but with hints of sweeter fruits. All around, it was a unique and very enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (3014) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2008
Bought at Bierloods. Tasted with Marc, Leen and Paul last sunday 28.12.08. Low-hazy golden color, with a thin white head. Aroma bit hops, woods-sourness. Medium body. Taste nice sourness, fruity, good balanced bit woody. Dry finish.


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