MiP (12989) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 Bottle. Teaish hop aroma. Unclear golden colour, almost no head. Aromatic, hoppy, moldy flavour. Hint of sourness along with a slightly bitter finish. 7 3 6 3 11
Bottle, 5%. Good citric aroma, some fruit. Grape and grapefruit flavour, slightly citric. Cloudy orange colour. Small white head. 7 3 7 3 18
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. This is definately the most hoppy lambic I have tried so far. Hazy golden coloured. Hops, grapefruits, grass, acidity, sourness and bitterness are mixed together in a well balanced and very special lambic. Very dry finish. Like a very infected IPA. But tasty.
Earlier Rating: 7/14/2005 Total Score: 4.6
Bottled. It is very nice to sit in front of your computer trying to promote USG to first division in Football Manager 05 while you are wearing your USG shirt and are drinking Cuvée des Champions. Lots of hops, citrus and grapefruit in the aroma. Acidic and citrusy flavour with a nice hoppy finish. Very fresh and nice.
Earlier Rating: 6/15/2004 Total Score: 4.1
Deep orange coloured. Lovely woody lambic aroma with plenty of hoppiness and grapefruit. Very soft and smooth flavour of grapefruit and hops. Not very sharp and aggresive.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A darker shade of cider, no head worthy of mention. That’s odd, it has a sweeter aroma that I wasn’t expecting, especially from an unblended lambic. A berry character that reminded me of Oudbeitje Lambic.
You can see he added both fresh hops and candi sugar to help out with carbonation. And I thought Jean Pierre didn’t like sweetness in his Beers...The sweet and sour combo is quite nice, but this isn’t my favorite.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml Bottle, RBSG05) Cloudy amber body with minimal head. Aroma is sour, horseblanket, some barnyard, cheese. Taste is quite sour, light sweetness, lemon. Nice yeasty barnyard in the finish. Light body with medium carbonation. No question that this is a Cantillon.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 2005: poured cloudy light orange yellow with a medium dissipating white head. Funky, barnyard, sour, yeasty. Typical Cantillon product.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. Hazy golden colour, thin white foam. Sharp, tart, barnyard and leather aroma. Straightforward sour with a dry lightly yeasty bitter finish. Refreshing and light bodied. Good, but seemed to lack the complexity of other Cantillons.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
vintage 2003. aroma had no vinegar, with a touch of fruit. a cloudy apricot color with no head. tart taste, sour aftertaste. a nice bubly action seems to stick to the side of the mouth. a good entry to a style that is not my favorite.
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled 2004 (on cork). Fresher aroma and (obviously) more lively than the Loerik. Hazy amber with a "regular" ring of head, dies entirely. Smooth aroma with some lovely sour, woody, vinegar edges (no contradiction between smooth and vinegar, I hope). Major palate tingle, bringing the sourness I was looking for. Lambic flavors about, and it is extremely enjoyable for its very fresh, vibrant notes. A real winner among Cantillons.
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2005 [Notice] Below are 2 ratings of mine, quite different in score etc. One for the Cuvee des champions and one for the Cuvee 89. According to me, they were totally different, could be due to the fermentation or bottle conditioning.
Bottle at Le Bier Circus, Brussels - Cuvee 89 Fizzy, white head, which diminishes as most of the lambics do. Hazy, orange body. Nose of lime, grapefruit, pine. Lightly acidic, moderately bitter initial flavour, with presence of hops. Moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish (averagily long). Light to medium bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Nice beer. The dry-hopping is markable. I drunk thisone at one of the last days of Le Bier Circus at N°89. Anyway somewhat different for a Cantillon-batch.
Earlier Rating: 9/28/2004 Total Score: 4.4
Bottled I did not get hold of the Cantillon Cuvée 1904, luckfully I did get hold of it’s successor, the Cantillon Cuvée des Champions.
It has an off-white, fizzy head, which is fully diminsihing. The body is clear and orange-amber. From the moment I opened this bottle, I smelled the very warm aroma, which is citric, hoppy and reminds me of a very good wine. The initial flavour is moderately acidic, lightly bitter. The finish is moderately sour and lasts for minutes. I do agree with BierKönig that this one is a very extra-ordinay lambic. This isn’t an aggressive beer (as I would describe a ’normal’ Cantillon Gueuze), but because it is so well-balanced it’s truely a pleasure to drink.
Actually this beer was made in honour of the promotion of a soccer team (Royal Union Sint Gilloise) into the second soccer division in Belgium. I hope some day RUSG wins the UEFA"s Champion’s League and that Jean will make a lambic that is as superb for the CL’s victoy as this beer is superb for the promotion. Because that would make the perfect lambic!
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vibrant aroma, with more fruit hints than a normal lambic with subtle lemon, orange and peach and lightly herbaceous, floral hops from the dry hop, perhaps? Light orange color. Dry with mild tartness and wld yeast flavors. Well balanced. Really your typical Cantillon lambic, which is still mighty tasty, but I didn’t notice much from the Goldings addition, except a little bitterness.