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


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RATINGS: 847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 14, 2011

Bottle 750ml. @ UK-SCO Tasting in Ulfborg.

[ Courtesy of Fin ]. Light unclear medium yellow orange color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy barnyard, leather, citrus, tart sour citrus, brett. Flavor is moderate sweet and acidic with a average to long duration, citrus, dry dry. IMO maybe a bit young. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110409]
Earlier Rating: 1/31/2010 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle 75cl. @ home. [ As Cantillon Cuvée du 89 ]. [ Vintage Bottled 2004 ].
[ As my rating # 12345 on ratebeer ]. Clear sparkling medium orange color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is grape, leather, wood, wood pencel, fruity notes, light barnyard. Flavor is moderate sweet and acidic with a long duration, and a dry finish. Body is medium to light, texture is watery to oily and dry, carbonation is soft. Not as sour - tart as some other geuze, but very easy to drink with a big smile. ;O)) [20090512]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (37030) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2011
From jug at the brewery. Pours hazy dark orange with a fully gone head. Aroma is citrusy and crisp hoppy. Smooth furity, crisp bitter and mild peachy to citrusy. Medium dry and lingering fruity finish with a subdued tartness.
Earlier Rating: 7/3/2008 Total Score: 4
75 cL bottle, brewed in 2005. Pours hazy orange and with a white, semi-lasting - slowly diminishing with a nice lacework left. Aroma is mild orange fruit and nicely blended with a dry wood and brett-citric aroma, dry horseblanket too. Dry wooden initial flavour. Hops seem to completely gone. Shows a nice citric flavour following this. Mild sulphorish note before the finish. Smooth and balanced wood and delicate fruit flavour into the finish. Seems to have a bit of bitterness into the far finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (31473) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 8, 2011
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with a huge lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of straw, malt, wood, and brettanomyces. The flavor is sweet and acidic with notes of wood, lacto, brettanomyces, alcohol, and straw, leading to a tart finish.
Earlier Rating: 8/27/2005 Total Score: 3.7
An unclear light yellow beer with a thin white head. The aroma contains notes of grapefruit, and metal as well as hints of hops. The flavor is rather sweet for a Cantillon, but also grapefruit sour, and with some notes of metal in the middle, before a dry acidic and hoppy end sets in.
Earlier Rating: 10/24/2004 Total Score: 3.5
An unclear orange beer with an orange head. Both the flavor and the aroma is a mixture of sweetness and sourness - quite a nice balance - and on top of this the most dominant note is that of grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 8, 2011
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of Pinball. Pours a cloudy golden with a huge and frothy white head - excellent retention, massive curtains and lacework. Fresh fruity nose with loads of barnyard. Medium body, carbonation is a bit low, first a fresh citric fruitiness then comes tons of funk and barnyard with a dry and not overly sour finish. Very pleasant and drinkable. 080411
Earlier Rating: 8/21/2005 Total Score: 2.9
(Bottle 75 cl) Unclear, pale golden with a surprisingly fine head - and carbonation. Very citrusy notes. Very fresh and acidic - naturally - but not over the top. 120805

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (24491) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle at bager. Hazy golden coloured with a huge white head. Fruity and light acidic aroma of grapes and hops. Fruity and light acidic flavour of oak, flowers and hops. Tart finish.
Earlier Rating: 8/17/2005 Total Score: 3.3
Bottled at RBESG 2005. Hazy yellow coloured with a white head. Acidic aroma with notes of fruits and lactic acid. Acidic flavour of fruits and hops.
Earlier Rating: 8/14/2005 Total Score: 3.5
Bottled. Cloudy amber coloured with a white head. Acidic aroma with notes of woods and fruits. Acidic flavour with lots of fruits and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (23691) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2011
Bottled@Uusi Apteekki, Turku. Hazy golden colour with a small head, that settles into a small creamy one. Aroma is a typical Cantillon sour/tart wooden and earthy notes along with some mild floral and malty notes. Rather crisp and rich biting carbonation compared to many others.
Earlier Rating: 6/7/2007 Total Score: 4
Bottled. Hazy orange colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is enormously sour with some wooden and fruity hints. Flavour is very sour with slight hints of fruits. Very dry palate. Very wellbalanced, and pleasant gueuze.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2011
Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm. Hazy golden, small head. Aroma of concentrated lamon and barnyard, some sweaty hops. Fresh and acidic with mildly sparkling mouthfeel. Tart and alive, quite hoppy for a Cantillon. Funky and citrid with long grape stone bitterness. Damn near perfect in this condition.
Earlier Rating: 8/25/2005 Total Score: 4.4
Bottled at RBESG. Hazy golden. Citric acid nose. Fresh and lively with notes of cobwebs and hops. Typical complex, tart Cantillon beer, but more hoppy, and with a surprisingly bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 10/22/2004 Total Score: 4.4
Bottled. Lively golden appearance. Fresh hoppy, citric aroma. Distinct acidity (even for a Cantillon), light sparkling mouthfeel. Lemony and juicy with quite a lot of hop chracter. I am now a great fan pf Royal Union Sint Gilloise...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20474) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity funky sour tart aroma with hoppy hints. Fruity sour tart funky weak hoppy flavor. Has a fruity sour tart citrus finish.
Earlier Rating: 3/8/2006 Total Score: 3.9
Golden colour with a white head. Barnyard and hoppy aroma. Flavor is sour and fruity with some hints of hops. A little bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (19648) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
UPDATED: APR 26, 2015 17th May 2009
At Plan B. Huge thanks to Jacob (Hildigoltur) for pulling from his cellar and sharing. Clear amber beer. Super sour and dry. Slightly rounded off and it lacks the lemon acid of some gueuze but still pretty dry and sour. Just not my bag man! 2.4

15th April 2015
Craft Clerkenwell. Bruce’s UK Swan Song. My sour palate has come a long way since 2009. Light wet wood, mild dried fruits, little lemon and a trace of orange. Airy finish. Approachable and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (18564) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2011
bottle at jans ... light golden amber ... tight bubbly head ... sharp citrus lemon sourness ... sharp lemon front ... funky barnyard ... much what id expect ... not me ... very puckering

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