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

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common

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RATINGS: 763   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


FullObs' rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2012
750ML vtg 2011. Pours a murky amber. Medium prickly mouthfeel. A mix of citrus flavors coupled with a some sweetness, and some oak’y, yeast’y funk. The hop presence is light but evident and gives this both a unique mouthfeell and taste. The sour is only moderate on this and therefore lends to a very refreshing, quaffable beverage.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (112) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2014
Cuvee Saint-Gilliose, from the bottle. Pours golden with a humongous foamy white head that reduces to a layer of foam around one-finger thickness. Aroma is funk and lime. Taste is crisply sour, slightly bitter lemon, tart and a dry finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Timvim (110) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle @ home 20141115. Aroma of green apples, a little funky, some spices and a hint of grapefruit. Taste is mildly sour, with the same components as in the aroma. A slight astringency. Perfectly well balanced, and so light and refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kustie (196) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle@Tuulensuu. Aroma has sour apple and yeast. Taste is sour with long aftertaste. Flavors of orange peel, apple and hops. Interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (241) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Une bouteille de Cuvée Saint-Gilloise en 750ml. C’est perçant d’acidité et de citrons. Il y a bel et bien un côté plus funky, mais le citron est définitivement la note la plus présente dans cette bière. Se boit très bien.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1296) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
(Cuvée Saint-Gilloise) Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy yellow with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are lemons, brett, oak, and hops - with a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (256) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle as Saint-Gilloise. Pours hazy dark colourfull orange with a small white fizzy head. Aroma is very funky. Lots of citrus, orange peel, grape, and green apples, some barnyard and leather.. Taste is pretty funky, green sour apples, orange peel, some grape, citrus, more barnyard and some leather.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrankaNik (11) - New York, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Tart can be used as a positive descriptor in this case. Split a large bottle with a few friends recently and all agreed it was the best beer of the day. Complex and interesting, pleasant and thirst quenching. Notes of lemony citrus with hints of woodiness. Nice grainy edge as well. There’s a lot going on here and all of it is very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Sample of both 2014 and 2012 bottles at (Hopp)Kurtkeller 016: Cantillon-tastic 01 on 10/11/2014 (as Cuvée Saint-Gilloise). The beer pours a slightly hazed yellow-gold color with a medium foamy white head that diminishes steadily to a film. Short strings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is citrus, oak and spice. Light-bodied with flavors of funky citrus, oak and grainy malt. The finish is oaky with a tart citrus aftertaste. Solid beer all around.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleksander9 (501) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2014
Golden with small white head. Aroma is funk, citrus, oak and some floral tones. Fruity palate. Aftertaste is dry, fruity, floral and lingering sour citrus. Overall: nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle from De Bierkoning, shared with esp0r & edvard at The "Esp0r #2000 Weekend in The Woods" 2014. Cloudy orange body with a minimal white rim. Aroma of grapes, tart apples, blueveined cheese. Taste of berries, mild sweetness, barnyard funk, light spicy finish, Sweet and sour aftertaste.


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