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

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RATINGS: 746   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
75cl bottle. Hazy gold with a big white head. Big lemony, brightly acidic and dusty, musty Brett aroma. Very sour and dry like fizzy water with half a lemon in it. Lots of bright citrus and a little grassy earth in the finish. Dry, light bodied, and highly carbonated. maybe a little more lemony than classic gueuze, but pretty similar. Don’t get much from the dry hops, but this bottle has to have some age on it my now. Very nice, very refreshingly sour lambic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (3194) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2014
750 ml purchased at Armsby Abbey before Zwanze 2014. 2012 vintage labeled as Cuvée Saint Gilloies aroma is funky lambic yeast, oak, white grapes and nice floral hints.

Flavor starts honey, tart lemons and citrus pith. The backend of the sip has pepper and lightly tart fruit. The sourness is subtle and doesn’t hurt the taste buds. More tart rather then sour which is pleasing to me. Also shows a weak hint of pine. Jeez for the style this is the best I have sampled to date.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (29) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Tap at Scheras Zwanze day. Pours yellowish gold. Big funk smell with barnyard. Great sour taste with some tart. Really good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (44) - - SEP 20, 2014
On tap at Erzbierschof for Zwanze Day 2014. Gold-orange color with large head. the barnyard aromas are more subtle than with the normal Gueuze. Apples, grapes, tartness, something special in there which I can?t quite describe. Very fruity. Medium body. A good one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (763) - Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Tap. Pours bright yellow with white head. Aroma is strong of citrus, grainy, fresh. Taste is very citrusy, very ripe fruit, crisp, tart. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (1786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
750 ml bottle labels Cuvee Saint-Gilloise. Bottled 2014. Pours a hazy gold with light head of big bubbles and lots of carbonation.Aromas of sour apples, grapes, wet wood, and funk. Flavors of lemons, green grapes, light malts and oak. Clean, bright, tart and fruity. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (10544) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle as Saint Gilloise. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty very sour aroma. Very sour nice flavor. Long great finish. Oily palate. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1013) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Pours a beautiful copper with a thin white head that lasted about 60 seconds. Slight ring and lacing. Small snifter at the Sybarite Pig. (On draft by the way...) Aroma is tight with sour fruits (green apples, light citrus, green grapes, starfruit) and funky yeasts. The taste is similar with the sour fruits, funky yeasts, hoppy finish. Damn good. Dry finish, tart on the back-end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (372) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
75 cl. bottle. Pours cloudy yellow with a tiny, white head. Aroma is sour with herbs, elderflower, hops, citrus, lemon, lime, grapefruit and vinegar. Taste is sharp sour, bitter, vinegar, balsamico, hops, unripe grape peel, sour apple, and is pretty dry. Despite all these crisp, sour and bitter things, the beer has a fairly thick body texture, and a low carbonation. Good stuff for sure!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (2191) - 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 (1118) - 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.


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