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


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RATINGS: 847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5010) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Tap @ Ebenezer’s. My first pour at Ebenezer’s produced a still-looking golden gueuze. Mild horseblanket and sour citrus aromas. Tart and dry with a slight funk. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Poured a peach yellow with ample foamy head. Nose is heavy with floral and slight horse blanket. Taste is sour, almost like a sour patch klid sour, slight vinegar, big citrus tart. Its like the Orangina of sours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - AUG 21, 2009
Tap @ Abbazia di Sherwood. Muddy golden with no head at all. Smells hoppy, spicy with all the range of funky notes peculiar to the style. Tastes bitter, hoppy, toward a sour end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy deep lemony yellow with no head. Big funk, tart citrus peel, very very faint herbal hop notes in the background. Lots of tart citrus and underlying funk dominating this brew. Finishes very tart and dry on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vtafro (5248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Tap @ SDBF’09. My favorite of the beers on tap for the day. Was interesting to see the difference of a gueuze blended with 3 two year old lambics rather than the usual method. Definitely a must try.Great flavored gueuze with citrus and funky sour notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle shared by Shyam -- thank you! Pours a hazy apricot color with a trim off-white head. Smells of sour funkiness and potpourri. Very approachable and balanced in flavor for a sour. Tastes of underripe oranges, floral hops, tart fruit and lemon zest. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Bottle graciously shared by Shyam. Cork said 2008, consumed a year after he purchased it. My great thanks. Finishes what Iris starts. Nose is an earthy funk with that jasmine-like delicate floral quality that is ridiculously unified. I want these guys to dry-hop my corpse because these are the most beautiful hops in the world. Flavor is more of the same and what results is a sour that is so fresh it is unlike fruit or vinegar or wine - maybe I was being unobservant but I feel it is a perfectly unified floral sour. Really something. This will be the one I keep around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3387) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2009


6/19/2008: Cuvée des Champions appears to be clear and is light copper in color with a frothy, soft, off-white to light beige head. This beer smells like a "wet horse blanket". It is sour, tart, acidic, and has lots of vinegar in both the flavor and aroma. However, it is surprising balanced and smooth. Overall it is very good.

75 cl bottle (Alc. 5% vol.). Rating #311 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2009
@Pauls Girardin chugging courtesy of nickls-750ml bottle–pours a white ring for a head and hazy yellow/orange color. Aroma is tart fruit-lemon, vinegar, light malt, dry. Taste is tart fruit-lemon, vinegar, light malt, dry. Easy effervescence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
750ml bottle. Big thanks to drewbeerme for breaking this one out. Pours a clear orange with a thin head. Aromas of sour/tart fruit touch of grains, citrus and slight funk. Tart fruit flavors grains, funk, citrus, and oranges, that are bitter and sour. Acidic but drinkable. Really tasty.

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