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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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Photo of amano_h
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky notes of aged oak, leather, lemon zest, and horse blanket blend magnificently with more earthier mushroom-ish notes. The refined lambic characteristics are accentuated by a pungent lactic tartness with a hint of pear; the fading scent on the nose is rather dry and minerally, reminiscent of Chablis or French Chardonnay.

The nose isn't quite as well reflected on the palate, but every element is unmistakably present. Crisp lemony sour is the first sensation on the tongue, followed by everything you dream about when you daydream about Cantillon's lambics: oaky, cheesy funk accompanied by light citrus, aged wood, and orange-like citrus. Some light grain/cereal flavor is present, but I don't think it was by design. Other than for a hint of red apples the brew finishes a tad bitter and dry, with the sour lingering behind.

Medium-light bodied, teetering toward being light at first, but gets thicker with time. Feels silky around the tongue, but only presents a negligible amount of carbonation. It reminds me of the glass of the unblended young lambic that they give you during the Cantillon tour to compare with the blended gueuze, but with far more memorable qualities than its younger counterpart.

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Photo of Johnct
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà in Rome, Italy. $20, but I paid $10 and gave the bartender two cans of Julius. Very interesting. I've only ever had fruited Cantillons so I wasn't sure what to expect. The bottle says 2012, the cork says bottled in 2015. It was 99.9% flat with no carbonation. Definitely a sour beer that turned sweet with age. Color was brown like whiskey.

Really interesting. My first unblended lambic and I assume this is an amazing representation of the style. But I'll stick to the fruited ones.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Bottled on 2015.

A: Clear golden. No foam.
S: Figs, starfruit, and some woods.
T: Figs. Moderate (round) sourness. Medium low bitterness. Dry. Green tea like aftertaste.
M: Moderate body. Low carbonation.
O: Round sour beer which I can drink it easily. Good to pair with fatty foods.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No carbonation. This is no carbonation, no blend, lambic. I am in flavor country.

Aroma had the usual gueuze smells, white wine like brett notes, gueuzeee goodness, tart, wheat. Funky. Dry. I just don't know how anyone can get real into this instead of their lambics with like, carbonation. Really makes a huge difference.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear light yellow golden color with very little, but fizzy white head. Funk, tartness, sour notes actually come through on the nose on this one, with just very little light fruit; follows onto the palate. A lip puckeringly sour beer. Medium bodied. Finishes tart and dry.

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Photo of Jsmick
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had this beer yesterday at Hill Farmstead. This is by far my least favorite offering Cantillon. The characteristic funk was there, but it was absolutely overpowered by the bitterness of the aged hops. The almost complete lack of carbonation didn't help matters. The back end on the palate was so astringent and bitter that it just completely ruined the beer for me.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2011. Had this bottle as part of a very large Lambic share my beer club hosted last night. Excellent example of why Cantillon is so sought after. Enjoyed this one much more than I thought I would and this vintage in particular was very good!

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Photo of brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: What should a still lambic look like? Not sure as this is my first experience but the beer pours out with a hazy goldenstraw color looking more like a glass of wine than a beer

Smell: Funky and somewhat tart

Taste: Funky from the outset, with the sour, green apple flavor building; farmhouse tones explode on the tongue, with a dry, oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but still

Overall: Quite a treat for those who like unblended lambics; this gets back to the origins of the style, I would think

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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 -8.4%
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 +9.7%
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 +2.3%
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 -9.2%
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 -1.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +15.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +3.1%
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 +13.8%
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 -4.6%
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 +2.3%

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 +4.6%

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 -1%
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 -3.6%
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 +7.9%
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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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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