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

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RATINGS: 789   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
One of several retired brews sampled at RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting room. Pours a clear oranage amber brew with a fizzy white head that dissolves quite rapidly. Aroma of sour apples, yeast, lemon zest, and some barnyard mustiness. Taste is tart and heavily carbonated with flavors of sour apple, oak, and light caramel. Finish is tart, a little metalic, and then a dry aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellomynameis (875) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Damn this was good! Clear orange color with a thin white head. Lots of funk in the aroma with with some very very tart and sour notes. There is a bit of yeast and some sour apples n there as well. Very sour and tart up front with some acidicness and a bit more fruit.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3405) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Thanks to the tip from maniac that this was lurking in Charlottesville. Pours a medium hazy copper with a slight head. Aroma a complex medley of horseblanket, some cheddar, a touch of wood, and sour apple. Flavor is almost a dead on match. Complex, yet quite drinkable, not as aggressive as some other Cantillon brews, but still assertive. Wonderful stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Light haze swirls inside a room temp pour that glows a pale orange with golden, shimmering highlights. A small white head forms and slowly, then fully recedes. The aroma is very funky and tart, with notes of spicy yeast, sour fruits, farmhouse funk, soft sweetness, floral and earthy hops and no sign of alcohol. A cleaner Cantillon than usual, with glaring assertiveness and playful funk and tartness. The flavor is very sour, but is well balanced by bold earthy hoppiness and adequate sweetness. Funk intensifies and lingers longer with each sip. The fruit notes fade out after awhile, leaving spice and acidic notes behind, lightly burning the palate. The finish is mildly vinous, with lingering tartness and dry yeasty spiciness. Mouthfeel is soft, lightly to mildly carbonated and very enjoyable. A wonderful lambic. A shame it’s retired.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4813) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
This was nice. Experimental and sour. Great barnyard, sour, acidic aroma. Flavor was very sour like a Cantillon should be. I tasted yeast and cherry, but the hops were very mild. Light oak from the barrels. A cloudy yellow beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 RBSG 2007. So, I finally get to try this! Awesome. Pours to an orange caramel body with a white head. The aroma is funky Gouda cheese, tart lemon zest, acidic lactic acid, horse blankets. The flavor is ultra-tart lemons, pale malts, lemon zest, funky cheese, smoked Gouda, light white sugar sweetness. The palate is tart but sweet. Moderately tart. Complex and not overly done. Very nice. Bring this one back Cantillon!!!

2004 bottle. The beer pours to a murky amber body with a thin creamy white head. The aroma is tart barnyard and sour kiwi. Lemons, limes, and oak. The flavor is nice pale malt gone sour with lemons and a soured kiwi. Ultra-complex. The palate is super sour and acidic. Damn good. Very "perfect".

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2007
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Cloudy orange body with a small off-white head. Sour fruity aroma. Sour fruity flavor with some light caramel and spice and hint of lemon zest.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Perhaps my favorite brew of the evening. hazy orange yellow color With earthy yeast on the sour nose. Faintly sweet body with earthy sour finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Radiant gold, bit puffy white head. Nose is slightly hoppy lemon candy, earthy woody yeast. Flavor is very bitter lemon goodness, some hay, lemonhead w. most sugar removed. Hay & lemon finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2007
Perhaps the finiest gueuze iv ever tried? Spontanious weekend 07. Notes say: Less sour than standard canti gueuze, more balanced than a regular gueuze, hints of apple and lemon, perhaps not the most complex of gueuze, but just stupendous, i was gulping this down like there was no tomorrow, outstanding just an amazing alround brilliance in a glass.


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