Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.43/5 rDev +13%
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
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