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

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RATINGS: 722   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2006
Bottled. Man, what a strange brew with all the leather and barnyard lacking all other flavors I like so much in a geuze. Just little sourness and oak. Weak and no complexity. I’m afraid I still gave it such high score because I knew it was Cantillon I was drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Golden in color with a slight haze and a medium white head. Hoppy aroma which I found really unusual for a lambic, with mild acidity.Citrus hops,bitter yet sour. One of Cantillon’s most interesting offerings.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2006
Sampled draught at Akkurat, Stockholm. Hazy pale orange appearance with a small dissapearing white head. Fresh acidic lemon aroma with notes of barnyard, green apple-skins, flowers and grapefruit. Acidic flavour of grapefruit, Granny Smith apples, hay and a subtle tone of hops. Bone dry finish of grapefruit, wood and grass. Damn good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Bright, fruity aroma, strawberries, pears, flowers, hints of wet hay, horse blanket, and that special cantillon funk. Clear golden color, thin white head. High acidity, fresh apples and pears, a little banana, fresh flowers, just a hint of hop bitterness. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation (quite low for the style), crisp, dry finish. A very nice gueuze, complex, however the flavors are pleasantly rounded-out, not as intense as some others from Cantillon.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Draft at the Maproom... what a find! Poured a hazy medium golden/orange with a short cap of dense white head. Phenominal bouquet of tart lemongrass, cellary yeast, funky horseblanket, grass, and must. Flavors were from the same page with wonderfully tart freshly-sliced apples and pears, an aire of old rustic barn, lemon-wheat, and vinegar providing a puckering acidity. Lighter-bodied and somewhat effervescent... tart, funky, acidic, and remarkably refreshing with bitterness coming through at the finish... everything was seamlessly blended and in balance. This was a helluvan experience.. all 5 glasses of it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Golden-orange color with a medium sized white head. Acidic, lemon aroma with notes of green apples and some light hops. Mild tartness, some green apples and hay with a hoppy finish. Dry and refreshing. Interesting take on the style.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 11, 2006
Cuvee du 89 at Het Bier Circus. Well-balanced, and fairly hoppy for a gueze. Strong citrus flavors. Not as tart as some, but farily typical for the type.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 4, 2006
Cuvee du 89 - Bottled 2004 - Golden body with big full white head that lasts quite long; Beautiful nose, complex and fresh, it lacks a bit of depth though. Loads of citrus, fresh green apples, hay, leather, horseshit, wood, along with very clear notes of dried hop; Very light body, quite sour, medium carbonation, a little watery, this turns into fresh and sour finish which is a bit short (the aroma of the finish is short, but the sour and tart part stays long), quite tart, again fresh green apple but mostly dried hop together with lemon, oak in the late finish. I think this one lacks complexity and power to be a true winner. Some raters find this dry hopping in the cask a fantastic idea, I really don’t!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2006
Hazy yellow with a medium, tight head. Dry, neutral and acidic aroma with apricots and pectine(?). Not as dry/sour as most Cantillons. Fruity, acidic flavor. Medium-bodied, acidic, easily drinkable palate with medium carbonation. A typical, maybe somewhat "easy" Cantillon.

3.9
   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.


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