Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by Jon:
4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottled in 2002.
Decanted and poured into a 500ml wine goblet. Hazed goldenrod color with extremely little carbonation. Looks flat, like apple juice in the glass but carbonation is not expected in this beer.
Extreme nose has the ability to permeate an entire room with notes of acrid, acidic must. Further investigation yields notes of dried apricot and apple slices, citrus, wood and a touch of leather. Eye-watering acidity is dominant.
Sour, dry, and a real treat. Lemon and lime pulp, smoky oak, trace notes of residual vanilla imparted by the wood aging, and vinous characteristics. Mid-palate is expansive and the finish features a relatively bitter hop twang and gushing acid. Granny Smith apple and wood persist on the wonderfully dry finish. Incredibly deep.
Lack of carbonation limits the mouthfeel from being truly spectacular, yet it is still a bit viscous, almost oily and the acidity provides a lively element to the entire Cantillon Grand Cru experience.
Refreshing in an unparalleled fashion, this is the only unblended straight lambic I've had the pleasure of sampling in bottled form. Truly remarkable, Grand Cru actually paired quite well with baked escolar in a mango-chardonnay marinade. The acidity of the lambic balanced out the oiliness of the fish and the sweetness and tanginess of the marinade. This is one fantastic beer, aged for almost two years in the bottle. It could go much longer, and for some folks' tastes, probably should. This will no doubt frighten the unenlightened.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2004 03:47:47 | More by Jon
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 07:00:56 | More by Stevedore
3.43/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 17:37:00 | More by Jeffo
Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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