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

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RATINGS: 796   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


Martinus' rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Martinus (3524) - Baarle-Nassau, - FEB 16, 2013
Clear orange golden colour, firm white head. Floral aroma, citrus, lemon peel, lime juice, funk, light rubber, some horseblanket and lactic acid. Light sour flavour, lemon juice, fresh lactic acid touch. Sour finish, citrus, lemon juice and malts. Lovely.
(From 75cL bottle @ home. As Cuvée st-Gilloise, 2011.)


3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Poured into a tulip. Bottled 02 November 2011. 3.5 A: Lightly hazed yellow orange color. A little over one finger of frothy white head. Retention is about average and no lacing is left. 4.5 S: What an enticing aroma this has! It smells like the fresh outdoors. Wildflowers, jasmine, running water through a forest, melon, apple orchard. Hay to a lesser extent along with rotting wood. Not very acidic, which isn’t really the Cantillon way. Perhaps that’s why I like it so much. Fresh outdoors funk with just mild lactic acid. Supremely pleasant. 3.5 T: There’s more acid in the taste, but it’s still low for Cantillon - mainly lactic, but also some acetic as well. Herbal bitterness, lots of jasmine again, with a big woody type funkiness. Again wildflower and apple orchard. Sour apple and unripened peach. Hay, dried out campfire wood. There’s a decent amount of astringency in this and it’s a unique type of astringency, which I will call an acid astringency. Still, pretty good. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Neither spritzy, nor creamy, but it works well enough. 3.5 D: It’s definitely one of the funkier Cantillons out there. It’s good, but 3F does it so much better. Still, worth a try. DavoleBomb, Jul 03, 2013

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
aleigator (380) - GERMANY - APR 20, 2015
Cuvee des champions ’14 vintage Yields a cloudy, vibrant orange color, with a huge, froth head. Offers a huge amount of grassy, american hops, giving the beer a unique note, which provides more depth, due to herbal, matured hops. There is a layer of subtle tartness underneath the hops, quite funky, together with leather, yogurt and a whiff of glue. The nose comes perfectly together, between sourness, grass, bitterness and even a fruity indication, leading to a fantastic aroma. Has an incredible soft mouthfeel to it, with a fitting carbonation. Tastes of leavy, grassy hops with a decent amount of citrus peel, bread and an enjoyable tartness. Blends perfectly into the slightly metallic, lively carbonation, unfolding matured hops among grass and acrid herbs. Finishes with a lively dryness and old hops, while a lot of the grass is still there, evoking an almost fruity impression as the malts tend to get a little sweeter. As there is a belgian IPA, this in my opinion comes closest to an IPAed lambic . Dont get me wrong, this is unmistakely a lambic, but the hop integration is pretty much character defining. The beer has a highly unusual taste for a lambic, coming incredible well together, with hops doing a huge part of the work, among your typical cantillon lambic foundation. Very rich in flavor, the beer emphasizes a lot subtle flavors, cutting through the matured hops. Reveals a perfect interplay between sour and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (4823) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Bottle shared at Bruce’s farewell drinks. Many thanks to Kenny. As Cuvee Saint Gilloise. Aroma is nice big funk, Brett, light sour, clean. Little pineapple. A little grassy hop on the nose as well. Translucent yellow straw coloured pour with a lasting white fine head. Flavour is composed of wheat grains, grassy hop, sour and crisp, lovely funk, Brett, little pineapple. Palate is crisp , little musty, highish carbonation. Really nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2504) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2015
Bottle thanks to Jason. 2013 batch of Cuvee Saint-Guilloise. Cloudy orange pour with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Love the aroma. Funky cheese, pulpy orange juice, lemon, oak, and grass. Taste is light to moderately sour. Moderately tart. More orange juice, cheddar, dry leather, hay, grass, light pepper, and light barnyard. I liked this way more than I expected to.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (3226) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 3, 2015
Kveldens siste (og mest særpregede) etter at esb’en har fått lokk på seg og satt til gjæring: Uklar guloransje og meget kort skum. Betagende besk aroma og smak hvor aprikos, mandarin og bitter appelsinmarmelade er det første jeg tenker på - etter hvert melder det seg også noe honningaktig. Flasken ble så alt for fort tom.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (1595) - NORWAY - APR 3, 2015
Bottle of Cuvée Saint-Gilloise shared with JMD at HNB 03.04.15. Hazy orange. Small off-white head. Fruity aroma, with sour tropical fruits, marmelade and succade. Similar, and very sour taste. Honey, peach and sour citrus. Wonderful!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (1995) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - APR 3, 2015
2010 bottle, pours a hazy gold with a large light tan head. The smell is tart fruit, funk, yeast. The taste is tart, funky, some bitter hops with a dry ending. The body is light with active carbonation. Great stuff...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (5087) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2015
This poured a hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma was of minerally water, lemon juice, some hay, and dust. Flavor was mild tartness, very earthy funk character and minerally.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (2064) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle at Hilpeä Hauki. Hazy amber color, white head. Sour taste with citrus, tart, hops, acidic notes, toast and grass. Sour finish with citrus, acidic notes, hops, tart and grass. Very nice lambic, almost too easy to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Art (2094) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Hazy yellow pour. Minimal white head. Aroma of light funk, clay, must, lemon. Taste is lightly sour and grainy. Slightly dry finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very well balanced.


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