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

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RATINGS: 752   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Bottled in 2008, brewed in 2005: Pours a slightly hazy straw with 1 finger of head that dissipates rather qucikly but lingers on the sides of the glass. Aroma is wonderfully complex apple cider vinager, tropical fruit, cellar character, and Cantillon funk, (once you’ve walked in the brewery its unforgetable). As you get to the middle of the glass the aroma because more and intensly gueuze, lots of leather and cellar character. flavor is just as complex, apples, citrus and specifically lemon. leather as you draw to the finish as well as mustiness with some funk and horst blanket. Nice presense of dryhopping as well. the floral spiciness of styrians fits in well with the sour flavor on the back of the tongue. lean bodied with excellent cabonation. I love this beer, one of the best I’ve ever had.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Sent to me from my good friend from Alberta, none other then Kyle, You rock brotha! Cantillon can do no wrong IMO. Everything you want is there: the sour flavor, the funk and the tartness. They pride themselves on being very consistent and this one is a great example. Hopefully I’ll be able to try this again in the future. Outstanding and one I’m really glad I got to try.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
traPISSED (104) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 24, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2013 75cl bottle at home vintage 2010. The aroma is of hops, funk and peaches. The pour presents an apricot coloured beer with a lasting fluffy White head. The flavour is outstanding. If you told me that this was a peach lambic then I would believe it. Extremely well balanced with the sourness which creates a spritzy easy drinking geuze. This is fantastic stuff and a 750 can easily be consumed by yourself! 75cl bottle in São Paulo, Vintage 2004. This is the rare first bottling of Cuvee Des Champions. Consumed September 2013. This is simply stunning! The hops have faded so much that they are undetectable. This is very much tasting like a Gueuze of a similar vintage however this has a depth to it that the standard Gueze of the same vintage. The colour is darker, the carbonation a bit stronger but its the aroma and taste! Long gone is the fresh apricot and peach hop profile. However what’s left is a Gueuze with a fudgey cognac aroma and taste. I could smell this for days!! Sourness is still very well balanced and you’d have no problem finishing this old bottle and wanting more! Stunning!! Extra note! I’ve tried this beer with 3-4 years on it and it goes through a flat spot where its not too great however if you let it age past this to 10 years it gets truly wonderful! Fresh or with 10 years this is sublime.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2007
On handpump at Bruxellensis beer festival, 9/10/06. How I ended up here, I can’t even describe., let’s just say Jan at Cantillon goes above and beyond. So anyway... poured in my brandy new Bruxellensis tasting glass by someone who speaks English (yay says my ignorant, non French speaking self) and tells me this is a dry hopped Gueuze. I shudder with delight! Big huge earthy hoppy aroma that disintegrates into typical Cantillon funkiness. First taste brings upon an onslaught of green leafy bitterness that holds off the barnyard for a few seconds only to succumb to the sour side. So complex, so delightful. Sitting in the sun at a beer festival somewhere just south of Brussels, drinking this nectar and about to embark on a 6 day beer tour. I wanna go back.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 15, 2009
750ml bottle at Novare Res. Could it be, my new favorite beer?! This is friggen amazing stuff. The dry hopping gives it a nice hoppy aroma in the glass in addition to the aged hops, and wild yeasts its a wonderful nose. The flavor is heavenly, sour, sweet, and tangy. This is a perfectly put together beer, a bottle I’ll never ever forget.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
PatrickGav (23) - - AUG 20, 2013
Aroma is yeast, sour wood, some slight vanillaish notes. Flavour is quite wellbalanced sourness, wooden and mild notes of fruityness. Not that killing tartness/sourness. Easy to drink and quite mellow.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Celest (132) - - JUN 1, 2014
Amazing gueuze lambic, very complex and full of different tastes, so enjoyable, very sour, grains, cereals, wild fruity and flowery notes. Ahhhh

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5596) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 23, 2008
On tap at Brasserie Beck. ($14 a glass...envious of the folks getting it for $8 in CA). This is stellar: aroma is funky lambic sourness, but also lots of grassy dry-hop aroma. Flavor is pears, citrus, but then lots of herbal hop funk, with sourness coming in towards the end. One of the best things I’ve had to drink in ages.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
furiousdman (10) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
It’s hard for me to not give a perfect rating to any Cantillon offering, but I don’t, anyway. This one isn’t as tart as some of the others, but it is almost perfectly balanced. In an ideal world, this would be an everyday beer, not just a rarity.


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