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


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RATINGS: 693   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2006
I’m struck by the richness of the aroma: quite complex for a lambic: yeasty, musty and cellar-like, and very fruity (strawberry). Hints of wheat and strawberries are also in the very tart flavor. I’m not sure what exactly this beer has on other lambics, but I find that its slightly more pleasant than usual. It’s making me crave some stinky cheese, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
[ Bottled ; chilled ; 2004 vintage ; with IDLB and MtlCrew ]
A fully diminushing small fizzy white head that tops up a hazy deep orange body. No lacing. Few average size particules. Many medium bubbles. Barnyard, lactic acid impressions.. fruits sugar like aroma. Less tart, more fruity then the Vignerone and St-Lamvinus we also had that day. Detected a higher then average bitterness level for the style which was not unpleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 1, 2006
Extremely pungent nose - sour, vinegar and funky. Gold color with a fizzy head. Apple vinegar taste, some pepper. Sour but more dry - like a fresh date. Very thin body. Grassy gritty texture that scratches on the way down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2006
750 mL bottle, corked & caged (Bottled in 2004, sampled 28 February 2006): Shimmering gold with a fluffy light tan head that quickly fizzes into the characteristic gueuze sparsely bubble foam…sour lime and horse blanket aroma. Tart grapefruit and pine cone flavour wraps the tongue nicely. Carbonation is on the low side…but does not detract from my enjoyment…Long, sour-puckering bitterness…granny smith apple tarts with just enough sweetness. This one doesn’t have the iron flavours, the sharp sourness or mustiness that I truly love…but it was still a fantastic treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2006
Thanks again Jacob and Dixen for bringing so much joy into our house ;-) Pours a nice deep orange color with an unusual big frothy head that diminishes quick and completly like a weird dream. Dusty pine and grapefruit nose- that is quite intense. Acidic grapefruit, earthy, resin taste with a cardboardy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Light amber body with a small white head. Typical Lambic aromas, barnyard funk, lacto-sourness, pears and apple.The flavor is immediately sour and slightly sweet before finishing very sour and bone dry, tons of lemons. The mouthfeel is light, refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Can I be unpleasantly honest here for a second? I have trouble telling most Cantillons apart. In a way, I suppose this forces me to rate each new one completely without comparision and on its own merits, but it grows frustrating to get the deja-vu (don’t they all have this same sour finish) and wonder if I oughn’t to say screw it and get ahold of their faro just to try something Cantillon that doesn’t give my stomach deja-upset. This beer seemed a degree sweeter than most others I remember, with distinct notes of pear, lemon, and the slightest of barnyard funk before dissolving into the usual heartburn-in-a-glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2005
sour smell. sediment at the bottom. sour fruit carbonation taste. the aftertaste lasts quite awhile. cloudy appearance from sediment. tastes like a sourpatch kid

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2007 Updated at my Jan 07 party. 04 and 05 bottle tasted side by side- thanks to Optimator for the 04 and eclectic for the 05. 04 was much better and way more tart and sour. 05 was more funky and bretty while not as sour. RLB YEHA 05. Pours a cloudy yellow with almost no head. Lots of lacto- acidity in the aroma, some citrus, and lightly hoppy. Very sour flavor even for cantillon (not quite as sour as fou foune), but definitely mouthpuckeringly sour. Some barnyard musty flavors, more hops but overwhelmingly sour. Still pretty nice and relatively easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Called Dernière Cuvée du 89 at Bier Cirkus. May 2005. Hazy blonde with a thin lacing white head. Light lactic acid and pears in aroma. Lightly lactic acid taste, not overdone, with a nice dry hop comming at the beginning. Lighter bodied than expected but a nice starter . Some horseblanket and chesse develop in aroma as beer warms up.

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