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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 305
Hads: 770
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 131
Gots: 209 | FT: 19
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Viscous dark gold with no head. 4
Slightly funky, rotten flower nose. 3.75
White sherry, lemon marmalade, chalk, cheese (especially rind), flowers, and plums. Deepens into golden sultanas as it opens. 4.5
Plum skin end and dry linger.
Flat, thick, round. 4.5

The straight dope - seamless and deep, with no acetic. You need to start comparing to dessert wines to get at what’s going on here. What lambic is - true nectar. Worth the trip to Brussels all by itself. 5

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Photo of swanfungus
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful pour, great aroma, but undone by flavors that are just a little too funky for my palate. Watery, thin, and sour, but with too much mustiness for me.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks delicious like all beer. Clear darkish Amber with almost no head. Tiny bit of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Smells of a muted lemon and lime lime. Very good smell. No funk, just good barnyard fruit. Taste is a watery lemon lime juice. The beer is flat and thin on the finish. Would live this beer with more bubbles.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Forget the vintage. Poured a fairly clear yellow color. No head. Aroma is funky, refined and distinguished sourness. Aroma is earthy, tartly fruity, slightly cheesy. Flavor start with a wave of dry sourness. Then it slightly recedes. In the meantime I pick up a lemon and barn and cheese rind flavor. Some hay and old grass. Then the sourness comes back for wave two. It's completely flat, which was cool and unexpected. I had no idea before I tried it. Definitely not my favorite Cantillon. On the other end, definitely one of the more unique beers I have had recently.

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Photo of BrentLepping
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very different than most other Cantillon offerings. This was a vintage 2012 bottle, extremely funky on the nose, no carbonation and low sour / acidity profile.

Not my thing.....least favorite Cantillon by far.

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Photo of macher0
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy golden color, very little head that quickly retreats. No effervesces and no head. Looks thin. The nose is very dank, not like weed or hops. The nose was also very dusty, and oaky. The taste was also dank with a dusty straw taste . It is a little biter and mild to moderately tart. The feel is very thin, way too thin for me, watery, with no carb, and light body.

This was my least favorite Cantillon. It was still good, but very watery and thin. I did like the dusty oaky flavor. Through some more carb in this piece and you will have something more to my style.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 label, bottled on date 8/26/2010, cork 2010.

A: Pours a flat apricot-golden-straw color with no bubble.
S: Super musty and earthy nose with huge fungus notes, mushroom, and gym socks.
T: Follows the nose but a touch sweeter. Super funky and musty. Mixture of earthy damp basement, stale sweat and locker room, clean wheat and dry grains, and tons of mushroom. Finish has a kiss of sweetness and the aftertaste has some lingering sour acidity. I get just a hint of golden fruit as well.
M: Super dry mouthfeel, no carbonation, medium body.
O: A very interesting and a unique way to try the lambic. Good flavor and mouthfeel. Very fungal.

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Photo of aleigator
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grand Cru Bruocsella '14 vintage

Pours an urine yellow color with no head at all, leaving the spotlight on the actual beautiful saturated, sun-yellow color. Developes a small film of lacing at the edge of the glass.

Has aromas of glue, old oak, leather and matured hops, bound together by ripe lemon. The beers tartness gets gently balanced by the dusty oak, together with funky tartness. The nose is actually quite simple, not one-dimensional, but straight-up convincing.

Has a soft, very refreshing mouthfeel to it, based on the beers low carbonation. Opens up the palate to the brews pleasant tartness, with no distraction at all. Needs a moment of adjustment, then becomes a revelation.

Tastes of old hops among tart lemon, old wood and an incredibly well pronounced funkiness. Its tartness gets showcased perfectly, due to he very low carbonation. Reveals an almost fruity tartness during the finish, featuring crisp lemon and green apple peel, still balanced by the wood.

Its funkiness gets perfectly pronounced by the beers very low carbonation, while the oak lends enough character to prevent it from being boring. When I have had this the last time, it was younger and even lower carbonated, while this is by comparison almost sparkling, very refreshing. Its wooden dust qualities add perfectly well up to the rich tartness, revealing an incredibly funky beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split into a pair of little hotel glasses.

Pours very clear golden with no head. Smell is mildly lambicky without much other characteristic. Slightly apricotty, maybe.

Taste is surprisingly tart. Some dirty dishwater flavor. Strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel is silky. Overall, good. Very different than the other Cantillons I've tried.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a clear amber flat looking amber body with sparse white head
Smells like malt vinegar & apple juice
The taste vinegary acidity wine element & sourness
just the total lack of carbonation ~I struggle with
Not entirely my thing but I can appreciate it and see the attraction

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Photo of brianmandell
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 Sticker, bottled 11-2013

I liked this one more than I anticipated - perhaps even more than the Lou Pepe Gueuze opened the night before. Just slightly effervescent, the mostly flat, oily mouthfeel is more akin to wine than what I am used to in a beer. The nose is beautiful in a funky way - barnyard, hay and earth. The funk carries to the flavor but there is also a bright lemon/citrus quality and an overall lightness that is greatly balanced. The acidity is moderate and allows the delicate qualities of the lambic to shine through. At first, the flatness was off putting, but the more I drank this beer, the more I wished it wouldn't end. This beer is outstanding, and in my opinion, underrated.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cantillon tasting tulip.

Pours a flat, slightly hazy amber-blond body with zero head. Looks like apple juice.

Aroma is pungent and forward, tons of lactic, sharp citrus, some funk, white wine, balsamic vinegar.

Taste is quite different than the aroma in that it isn't nearly as funky/sour as it smells.. tart white wine, barnyard, spices on the finish. A little fruity on the finish, citrus and tart apple.

As far as mouthfeel, well, I'm not sure I like the flatness of this unblended lambic. A little carbonation is always good in beer.

Overall a good experience, I definitely know now what a gueuze tastes like before it is blended. Worth a try.

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +2.6%

2014 vintage. Sweet aromas of lambic and oak. In mouth, tartness attacks the palate with a hint of fermented apples.
Biterness is moderated and fruity.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%

Bottle had at Kwints in Brussels, overlooking what looks to be the tower on the bottle label. 2010 sticker, March 2014 bottle date. Cool! Pours deep golden colored with no head and no real bubbles coming up. Aroma is vinous, white wine, oak, vinegar, some sugar sweetness. Flavor is honey apples, vinegar, lightly sour, funky yeast notes, a bit of buttery influence, and drinks very much like a super smooth chardonnary. No carbonation and medium bodied. This was very interesting, pretty unique, and something I’d order again in place of white wine.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 fermentation, bottled 2013, opened July 2014.

A - Beautiful, deep copper gold body. As a still beer there's no head as expected.

S - Lighter than the 2013 bottles of classic gueuze and lou pepe gueuze. Light orange, lime zest, and wheat.

T - Savory oak, lactic acid, fermented orange rinds, wool, and wet bread.

M - Still and dry with a medium frame.

O - Mellow, complex, and unique. Striking for what it is, but not as good as the lou pepe gueuze.

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Photo of safaricook
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this 2010 Lambic at the brewery on their open brewery day last spring.

Orange, slightly murky, not carbonation or head at all!

smell is leathery, fruity (apricot?), funky

taste is sour and tart

completely flat, light but not watery, some astringency towards the end

This is not my favorite Cantillon, because it shows less complexity than a blend as in a Geuze and I do miss the carbonation. However, it is still a Cantillon and it is always nice to experience a brew from this magical place.

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Photo of Jonada
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Lambic Bio 2010. Bottled November 25th 2013. Served in a Cantillon Iris glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper orange color with no head. A very thin white ringlet does form around the edges of the glass. Body is mildly hazy with light amounts of fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Hay, barnyard, white grape, oak, green apple and some acidic sourness. The aroma is mild at first but opens up more as the beer warms.

Taste: A pleasant mild sourness hits the palate right away and carries through to the finish. Lots of oak and cheesy funk character along with barnyard, lacto, pear and a bit of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Fine carbonation is very low but noticeable enough to keep the beer from feeling totally flat. Finishes dry.

Overall: Another excellent beer from Cantillon. While the sourness is low by Cantillon standards, this one is hugely funky and complex. It really provides a similar drinking experience to a good wine. This one doesn't get the same the same amount of love as their other offerings, but it ranks right up there with most of Cantillon's other regular offerings.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

75 cl green glass bottle with branded pry-off cap over an internally-housed branded cork purchased at Cantillon earlier today and served into stemware in my hotel room in Brussels. Reviewed live. 5% ABV conirmed. Bottled 11 March 2014. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. "Lambic Bio 2011." Reviewed as a lambic.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: None. No lacing.

BODY: Clear translucent copper. Clean looking; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Mild bubbles are visible. Above average vibrance. Nice glow.

Overall, it's an appealing lambic, and perhaps a bit darker than Cantillon's other (unblended, unfruited) lambics. I'm looking forward to it primarily because of the brewery; the appearance itself is not unique or special.

AROMA: As with many Cantillon beers, cereals are a bit too prominent for my tastes, but the sourness is nice - albeit seemingly too tame. Light lactic character and some bacterial/wild yeast notes, but nowhere near enough. It does seem appealing, but is shockingly light in character. Pleasant, but nothing about this aroma suggests a world class beer.

No overt hop character, alcohol, or off notes are detectable. I look forward to trying it mainly because of the brewery. It's quite light in terms of strength.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Lightly smacky on the palate. Refreshing, sure. Medium-bodied. Perfectly carbonated. Fairly acidic, but not overly so.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough on the palate.

The texture is a good complement to the taste. Pretty good presence on the palate overall.

TASTE: Cereals are too prominent, particularly on the finish and in the aftertaste. The sourness is far too tame and restrained, but I do get some nice lambicus wild yeast and faint bacterial character. It's about a 4-5/10 in terms of sourness. Has some mild hay flavour. No real overt hop character comes through, nor does any alcohol or off-flavours. I do like it in a general sense, but it doesn't really stand out as a lambic, and instinctively I feel like it'd be better if blended or fruited. Likable and enjoyable, but a bit a underwhelming. I'm not getting much of the oak/chestnut barrel in this flavour profile, which is to its detriment. Some dampened oak would help bring out the sourness a bit more.

As it warms, I pick up on light faint hints of pear and apple.

I do think it's well balanced and has some nice subtlety, but there's no real complexity, intricacy, or nuance to speak of. The core of the beer is simple cereals and sourness - that's it.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

O: A likable lambic from Cantillon, but far from amongst their best offerings. This isn't worth going out of your way to seek out, and I'm glad I got it for a reasonable price at Cantillon today; it definitely wouldn't be worth American bottle shop prices. Worth trying if you chance across it, but it's not the palate-stripping sour you might hope for. Nice and drinkable - I'll easily kill this bottle - but not a stylistic paragon.

High B-

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Photo of deschutes_fan
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Bottle/Cork Date, 750mL.

This beer has zero carbonation, which takes a bit to get used to.
My first glass I was very un-impressed. With no carb, the beer just lies flat in the mouth and the flavors aren't able to diffuse throughout. Thought the funk and sour was very muted and there wasn't much else going on.

HOWEVER, for my next 2 glasses I let the beer warm considerably (almost room temp). This really opened up some nice barnyard and cheese funk. The lemony sour is subtle, but rounds out the flavors decently. Some oak and slightly dry.

Overall, this beer is quite good with the proper expectations and letting it warm considerably. It is not nearly the same sour/funk experience as the other Cantillons I've had, but still a good quality beer if you're into the style.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2009 edition, poured into a Cantillon fruit lambic glass today, 1/22/2014 as part of our cellar/extras cleaning tasting.

Review #400!

App- Pours a slightly hazy dark golden-yellow body. Absolutely no head despite a 90 degree pour into the glass. Without the head, it actually looks more appealing just the same.

Smell- Oak, lots of barnyard Cantillon funk, grape skin, pears, bit of cane sugar. No vinegar in the nose

Flavour- Lots of barnyard Cantillon funk, a bit of grape skin and lemon tartness, with acidic vinegar that makes this a 5/10 sour. Also a bit cheesy. Tasty but certainly not complex

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, flat with zero carbonation (obviously), very drinkable

Overall- Not super complex, tastes a lot like Classic Geuze but flat. An interesting take on the lambic, cool to try but if I had the choice between Classic Geuze and Bruocsella, I would take Classic anytime.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 750 into a wine glass
Lambic bio 2009
Bottled 12 October 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours flat with no head. Perfectly clear amber orange or orange-web in color with no carbonation at all. Looks like a flat lambic.

SMELL: Slightly milder aroma of barnyard, hay and some funky moldy hints. White wine, tart lemon aromas, green apples and pears as well. Nice, but lighter.

TASTE: Lemon tartness with green apples and vinegar flavors up front. Definitely green grapes and white wine through the middle into a milder finish of barnyard, light funk, grassy hops and vinegar lingering nicely on the palate. Some tart citrus flavors and a touch of acidity, but not much, linger as well. Interesting enough, but not quite as forthcoming as hoped.

PALATE: Lighter body and zero carbonation. Perfectly flat, which is fine for the style. Goes down fine and finishes quite dry. Not quite puckering, but crisp.

OVERALL: This is alright, but not as bold and flavorful as some others in the style. I would take a De Cam lambic over this nine times out of ten, for example. Still, this one is enjoyable and easy to drink, making it a perfect lambic to open on any occasion. Give this a shot if you get the chance, just be sure to try others in the style as well. Recommended.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2009 bottle

Poured a honey golden color with a slim amount of bubbles around the glass. The aroma is wonderful.. Flower petals, mustard seed, sour candy, cheese, berries.
Woah the flavor is completely different... Very cheesy, nice and tart (lacto?), not getting any of the flowery or sweet fruit I was getting on the nose.
Light in body with no carbonation detectable.

This is so far my least favorite cantillon I have tried - maybe the lack of bubbles has something to do with it

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Guessing the newest vintage. Bottle at Cantillon.

Pours a clear golden body with a thin ring of white head settles around the glass. 4

Aroma is musty and sour.

Medium sourness. No real carbonation which works for lambic. Almost a medium mouthfeel. Ends dry. Green apple and green grape.

An amazing beer to relax with.

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Photo of maximum12
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of the few remaining bottles we jammed into our luggage & lugged back from dirty, beautiful Brussels. Capped & corked 750ML bottle spit with my wife (who suitcased half of them).

Pour is clouded orange even leaving the loogie in the bottom, with close to or actuallly zippo in the way of carbonation. Lots of lemon & orange & apple hit the nose, with a strong foundation of tartness (not funk). Interest is piqued.

Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru is razor sharp. Lemon juice you could slash a finger on is paired up oddly with a deep fall mustiness; not really digging the combo. Acidic but not overpoweringly so, & the sour is held in check. Strongly drying oak. Half a bomber of this was too much - could have been split several ways.

Just not digging the stale, just-before-the-snow-flies must that has wound its way into the DNA of this beer. Decent enough, but easily my least favorite of the pantheon we experienced during & after the trip.

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Photo of Rutager
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

750 bottled 27 Jan. 2011.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a little bit of amber, no head except for the bubbles from the pour (as expected).

Smell. Green apples, tart lemon juice, and a little funk, vinegar, and old wood.

Taste. Lemons and green apple again, some funky wood and aged earthy hops with a little grass. Fairly light on these flavours.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, flat as a board.

Overall. Not a fan of the no carbonation despite it being that way on purpose. Lacking a bit in flavour as well compared to other offerings. Nice to have tried but I won't be buying it again.

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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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