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

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RATINGS: 738   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4781) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2007
Bottled in 2006. Cloudy orange with fine-bubbled white head that reduced to almost a film. Cheesy aroma, lots of wood, sharply acidic. Flavours are more acidic than ever, quite lemony, mingling mellowing cheese and dry woody flavours. A great geuze that is one of the more extreme of the bunch in terms of acidity.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2007
Draught at Akkurat. Weird, I thought this was retired.. and to find it on draught at Akkurat. Might be a new batch? Anyhow, being dry-hopped, this will of-course remind you of Iris.. and it does. And that’s a good thing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Turbid golden pour with 1-finger white head. The head is very fizzy and loud, and dissipate quickly, much like champagne. The aroma is tart and funky, with some yeasty notes, and a peachy apricot hybrid being the fruit that comes to mind. Tastes very tart, carbonated and lively on the tongue, with apricot, lemon, orange rind, and some earthy yeasty notes.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 25, 2007
Poured a fairly clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is why I drink lambics. Leather and horse stable with some sweetness. The flavor was a mix of acidic and sweet with nice yeasty character and a hint of bitterness on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1325) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 75 cL at Bier Circus, as Cuvee de 89. Glowing golden color, musty-sour aroma Lemony flavor is mellowed by an unexpected smoothness--which makes this IMO more accessible than most traditional lambics. If you’re a hard-core gueuzer, this might be too light for you. Pretty damn enjoyable to me though. RE-RATED after another enjoyable taste the other day. I’m not sure if this is actually retired, will check on that...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2007
2004 vintage bottle shared. Hazy golden, medium to large off white head. Aroma is very funky, barnyard, basement, and some sour fruit. Taste is very funky and sour, with alot of fruit, also some floral and herbal character way in the back. Very complex

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2007
2004 vintage courtesy of Terry Boyd’s back room. Poured a hazy golden with a white head. Funky horseblanket and stinky cheese aroma. Flavor is very sour, with notes of cherry and grape and a bit of toffee. Causes phelgm to congeal in the back of the throat. Tart and dry finish. Great, one of the best lambic’s I’ve had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 A fine beer to have as my last rating of 2006. Cork dated 2005. Pours orange with a white sudsy head that is biggre than normal for a gueze. The aroma is fruity, has wild yeast, sour - but not as sour as most lambics. It is more tart and brett-like. Medium body with light semi-sharp body and finishes very crisp. The taste starts tart with barnyard / earthy traits as well as some fruity richness - lots of complexity with this one. The finish gets more tart - crisp and refreshing. Not much sourness to this one, but lots of biting tartness. Excellent gueze. (8/3/8/4/17 - 4.0)
Rerate notes: Aroma has, in addition to traits on notes, perfume traits, light chalk, some citrus and a hint of hops. Body is just about perfect for the style - fairly thin that is very sharp and crisp and carbonation that seems on the sharp side, but spreads flavors like soft carbonation. Taste has what is noted above, but also has some grainy citrus and more sour than I remembered. World class.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Shared by sliffy at CT4. Aroma of sourness, horseblanket, cheese, and funkiness. Flavor was sour and tart with a little earthiness. Pretty good lambic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow/gold, with a white head. Aroma is slightly sour, with yeast and funk. Flavors are sour grapes, hops, lemon, earth, and spice. An intriguing brew....


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