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


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RATINGS: 724   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.

Editor’s Note: Cuvée Saint-Gilloise is dry-hopped with Hallertau and is merged with this listing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9765) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Bottle at RLB’s YEHA ’05. Hazy golden color with a small white head. Starts off with the typical(awesome) Cantillon funky aroma of wet leather, straw, etc. but with a hint of hops that makes it unique. Flavor was quite tart, but I love tart. It was also somewhat bitter which sort of helped balance it, if that makes any sense. Overall an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Thanks to JohnC for bringing this to our Bigfoot vertical tasting. Taste was pure tart, not sweet at all but somehow balanced. An interesting beer I would like to contemplate further.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Thanks to JohnC for sharing. As expected, this one is tart, fruity and quite interesting. The mouthfeel is light, clean and finish is sour but pleasant. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5448) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2005
This is less intense in its overall funkiness than the other Cantillon lambics that I’ve had. The aroma is still quite sour, but a definite floral hopping comes through as well. The taste is sour, like a mixture of crabapple and lemons with just a hint of the usual branyard tastes. It finishes on a dry, flowery note. Pretty decent.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 These sour beers aren’t generally my thing, but I like this one alright. It isn’t nearly as tart as some of the other Cantillon products or maybe it is the hop bitterness I like. It has a sweet(green apples) quality that I like, with some horse blanket type flavors. It is more over tart, and well carbonated. Moderately tart finish,especially different for a Cantillon Gueuze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
This brew pours an opaque orange color and is very tart, sour and dry. There are lots of complex flavors in the background but the sour lambic qualities stand out leading to a clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 Bottle at GBBF, August 2005 as Cuvee Du 89. Cheers to Mullet/Duff for this one. Typical Cantillon stuff. Hazy gold colour. Sharp, cheesy, funky aroma. Tart and grapefruity/lemony, hoppy bitterness with woody edges. The hops make it more bitter but somehow more easy to drink than some other Cantillons I’ve tried.
Earlier Rating: 4/25/2005 Total Score: 3.5
Orangey red colour. Very woody, modestly funky. Maybe a bit cheesy. Dry and moderately sharp but, like the Lou pepe Kriek sampled just before, I found the mouthfeel rather more mellow and less aggressive than I expected. You could still hardly call it easy-drinking though. Perhaps more familiarity with traditional lambics is making them seem softer to me than hitherto. Bottled at the London Joet gathering as Cuvee Des Champions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2005
RBESG 2005, Pale yellow colour with a small white head. Tart fruity aroma with a yeasty touch. Malty flavor with a light sourness and a spicy note.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Bottle. Sharp clean geuze nose. Nothing detracting from a pure clean full blown geuze experience. Very clean and nice.

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