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

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RATINGS: 738   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.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
My bottle says Cuvée Saint-Gilloise on it. Absolutely delicious. Smells great, puckers my palate and I want more. Like right now. Nearly a straight lambic taste with a little dry bitterness at the end, presumably from the late hop addition. I have another bottle that I want to let sit, but it’s gonna be tough to pull that off now that I’ve cracked the seal on this one.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (2136) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2014
Opaque orange no foam head. Sour aroma, green apples. Likewise taste. Getting used to. (Elfelling 201408) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1093) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2014
Pours hazy copper with almost no head. Aroma is nice and classic gueuze-like. Lots of wild notes along with fruity notes. I get green grapes, vinegar, green apples, stable, dry champagne, grapefruit, stable leather and weak sulfur. Taste of apple vinegar, grapefruit, weak older hops, green grapes, skunk, weak sulfur and barnyard. Very refreshing and well done gueuze.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft at Churckey as St. Gilloise, 7/12/14. Pours a hazy peach color with a medium sized frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of soft tartness, stone fruits, peach, white grape. The taste is tart, bright funk, grapes, cherries, stone fruit. Medium bodied, low carbonation, lingering tartness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2782) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Tap at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is cloudy orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Fruits, sourness and some sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freretoc (634) - Besançon, FRANCE - AUG 16, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 75cl, couleur dorée trouble, joli col de mousse, effervescence importante, une bière assez extraordinaire, beaucoup plus facile à boire qu’une Cantillon Classique, attaque sur une pointe d’acidité citronnée et orangée, et ensuite cette acidité ce mélange à de l’amertume type pamplemousse, mais ça continue sur de l’amertume du Dry Hopping et là ça devient fou on a une attaque sur le houblon amérisant très forte et ensuite une belle attaque sur les fleurs jaunes et sur les plantes vraiment une tuerie !!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (177) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2014
On tap at de Wildeman. Hazy golden with a white head. Sour fruity aroma, barnyard, funky. Taste is vineous, sour fruits, long sour aftertaste. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (1294) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
Dry-hopped variation on Cantillon geuze, made for a socker club in 2004. No young lambic, the result being complex as ever, estery, sulphuric and funky as anyone will expect from Cantillon, through which a fresh, bitter hoppiness cuts. I usually don’t like my lambics too hoppy, but in this case anyone in favour of authentic lambics will surely make an exception, and so do I.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Experiment_Ale (1003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
At Justin’s house warming party. Aroma is classic cantillon funk, fan fucking tastic, fuck yeah light hops. Taste is funky, light acidity, very nice cantillon funk, but not quite up to the very high standard of cantillon.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ninecats (138) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2014
Draft at Akkurat, October 2013. Pours hazy yellow/goldenish with a quickly settling small white foam leaving a lid on the surface. Very fresh funky (is there such a thing?) aroma of elder-flower, hay, citrus, horse blanket, wood. Taste is a lovely complex one with a moderate sour beginning of citrus and red berries, leaving rooom for a slight rounder feel when some slight hints of elder-flower appear, orange and a slight grape hint, finishing sour and dry. Medium body, soft carbo, oily texture. Very fresh and rich without loosing its typical gueuze-character, lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nische (675) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle. Light hazy golden with a large white head. Herbal and dry flowers, dusty, light barnyard, wooden, lemon, cheese. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, medium sweet and sour. For me this is the perfect pairing for classic moules frites.


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