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

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RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4443) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 26, 2006
750 ml bottle, thanks to The_Epeeist for the trade. Pours a hazy golden orange with an average bubbly white head that left some lacing. Aroma of barnyard, musty, grapes, some woodiness, floral and hints of the candi sugar sweetness. Great aroma, interesting how the dry hops added to the aroma of this one. Flavor of green apples, some tart lemon/grapefruit, sour, musty but very smooth, yet tart and drinkable for a Gueuze...glad I got ahold of two of these.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Thanks to sliffy for sharing this one at the Colombus tasting 4.0 Aroma is very sour.Pours light gold with a light head.Flavor is very sour but very smooth.Very carbonated with a sour but smooth finish.This is a great lambic.l

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2006
750 ml bottle shared at Columbus Tasting 4.0 by sliffy!! - Thanks! - Pours golden and cloudy with a short white head. Aromas of mostly old cheese with some funk and some pretty brutal sourness. Flavor is much less sour but still sour nonetheless. Some barnyard there and slight spice.. But pretty drinkable for a gueze to this stoutie.. Slightly acidic mouthfeel

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
I think this beer is a lot of fun. But my two friends I dragged to Bill and Steiny’s have not enjoyed the lambics as much as me, or at all really. I don’t care. The Belgian lambic makers are crazy and great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 28, 2010 Draft, at Moeder Lambic Sept 2009; as Cuvee St Gilloise. Pours hazy gold with a bit of a straw hue, topped with a 3mm white head. Sharp lactic aroma, with notes of tropical fruit. Flavor is moderately acidic, with notes of pineapple, citrus, white pepper, and earthy hops. Fruit and acidity linger. Sharp carbonation. Really nice lambic.

Original review (October 15, 2006) Split a bottle with a few friends at my cousin’s Oktoberfest. Hazy yellow color. Funky, barnyard aroma. Mildly carbonated. Dry, citric flavor with a tart finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2006
2003 Vintage. Thick hazed golden/amber topped with a thin skin. Farmhouse yeasts beneath a defined floral, leafy hoppiness that brings to mind dying roses. Mid-bodied, extremely dry with grape-skin astringence. Steady, tart flavor with the hops in remission, dry-hopping only succeeding as an aromatic benefit.

<font size=-4>Sampled at Delilah’s <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve Annual Lambic Beer Festival.</font>

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2009 From the mouth of the brewer the Cuvée des Champions is a beer that is not sold directly by Cantillon. It’s a recipe that they use and re-use when they make an “exclusive” beer for a restaurant/pub/distributor. It goes by many names. I bought mine as a Cuvée du 89 at Beer Circus (supposedly the first batch). Cloudy yellow-blonde with a medium white head. I thought I was going to be blown away by this old gueuze but no. Aroma is a bit more skunky (wet fur) than the standard Cantillon gueuze and taste has a bit more of a juice character. Overall similar but mellower than the regular gueuze. An excellent beer but I prefer the aggressiveness of the easier to find regular gueuze. Cuvée des Second Best.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4476) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
(750ml bottle) Cloudy hefe coloured. Strong tartedness with sour cranapple tones. I have a real tough time with gueuze... I definitely like the nose more than the flavour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
Lemon, leather, wood, cork, bamboo, lots of manure...driving through farm country. Tart, corky, apple skin notes, hints of leather. Good gueuze, fairly approachable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3051) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2006
Tried at Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation 27/05/06. Dull straw colour with a smoother taste than all the others tried, balanced, pear and apple in the taste then grapefruit.


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