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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
87
very good

655 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 121
Gots: 184 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002)
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Photo of Realale
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep full gold. Faintest whisp of a bright white head. Less than some other bottles of this beer, but more than others too. Swirling revives it to some degree.

Nose borders on the indescribable due to its complexity. As always with Cantillon, acidic citrus leads the way, here in the form of lime and orange zest. There is a deep rumble of malt here, that doesn't get to show itself in the gueuze due to the presence of the younger beer. It is a layered and complex of rich bread (brioche?) and sharper crackery notes. Touch of spice too. The barnyard is there, but it is well-integrated and adds untold complexity.

Quite full on the palate, emphasized by the lower level of carbonation. Acidic citrus is there to lead the way again, with the orange notes dominating the lemon and lime, and stays present through the incredibly long, dry finish. A big maltiness arrives shortly after the citrus and stays throughout the finish as well. The barnyard comes and goes, adding complexity, but never being obtrusive.

Wonderful silky bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. Outstanding drinkability, and one of the most accessible Cantillons. A great dinner companion.

Realale, Jan 13, 2004
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

ausonius, Jul 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

bob727, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Destral, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Dirty25, Nov 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

awalk1227, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

jerz, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jessup
4.93/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is my first review.
Bottled august 28 2009. opened way too soon but just could not wait a year or (gulp) 2.

pours a very peach colored beverage w/ zero carbonation as noted in many other reviews. this must be due to the fact it's not blended?!

beer was cold at first and was way tart and not enjoyable; just crippled your taste buds with acidity and did not stike any notable flavors. after it wormed up a bit (as recommended) it was a blend of different sour apple, dry oaky strawberry in a tangerine zest. peach tangerine is the best way to describe the color and flavor together. sour and flavorful. easy to drink after the first 6 oz of warming your toungue to the taste of the overwhelming acidic balance.

solid beer that keeps me sipping away. it's more dry and flavorful than any wine, but far more than just a beer. perfect for what cantillon is.

jessup, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru

Appearance: orange, no head, and very little lacing.

Smell: acidic sourness and wood aromas.

Taste: acidic sourness and a wine fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a fantastic lambic. Its smoothness and flavor make it pure and simple. The flavors are so well balanced, that it is difficult to distinguish flavors. It is very similar to sour ales.

megahurts4, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 07

No head on this bad boy. Somewhat hazy orange body. Slightly malty scent, dominated by a nice sour yeast overtone. The tongue is nailed with the sour taste right away. Quite acidic grapefruit taste, somewhat musty. A bit of lemon mixed in with the barnyard. More or less no carbonation. Very light bodied.

Havent met a Cantillon i didnt like, and this one is certainly no exception

Tballz420, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Varkias41
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Varkias41, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Bierschenker
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer very special. I had the entire 750ml bottle to myself so I had all the time to take in it’s subtle aroma’s. I had already heard a lot about this one on the BA site, but it was time to taste it myself. In the menu at Den Stillen Genieter it was the only real Lambic on sale. (Already something special.) It was described as a beerwine? Strange. When I opened the bottle a very nice sour smell came towards me. Nice! The first taste explained why it was described as Beerwine: It tasted like wine, but with a strong hop taste. It had a very strong sour grape taste and aftertaste. Every sip makes you doubt between bad wine or sour beer. This is one of those beers that are so un-commercial nowadays. They are considered to be for the beer aficionado’s. Shame because Lambic is one of the oldest Flemish beers. I am very fond of it’s unique sour dry taste, just like I love Faro. Now I know why all of you on the BA website where so fond of this one. The flavour is so simple to describe and yet it is so rich! The colour though is a quite dark yellow. Not very wine like. And it isn't really very carbonised. All this makes that it pours in very smouthly.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

Bierschenker, Apr 01, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

HeadyTheElder, Saturday at 09:51 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

KG710, Aug 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

stevefinny, Feb 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Googs, Jan 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

lionoa7x, Jan 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*1999 Vintage*

Presentation: Standard green glass 1 Pint 9.40 fl.oz. dimpled based flask bottle. Current labels typically show Bruegels' “The Wedding Feast”, depicting a typical Flemish scene showing the consumption of lambic from Jugs. However, the bottle I have has a picture of the 15th Century Gothic City Hall with its magnificent tower which is just shy of being 100 metres (315ft) tall. Labeled as “Grand Cru Bruocsella 1999’, sealed with a thick black foil, crown cap and a very clean, easily extracted cork dated 2.002, revealing that this is in indeed a 3 year old unblended lambic which has been aged in Oak Casks.

This is not a Gueuze, but a “top of the line” 3 year old lambic, unblended, hence the Grand Cru moniker. Served at 50-55 Deg.F.

Appearance: A light head forms but it is weak in stature, this is to be expected though from a 3 year old lambic. However, it soon rescinds to reveal a flat like russet gold torso that edges the Cantillon tumbler walls with a very thin slim white halo ring. The sheer sunny marmalade body has a flaccid appearance but sometimes has lots of dissolved bubbles that seemingly float freely in suspension, but given time this ends up looking like a tumbler of flat Cider or dark white wine.

Nose: Ooooh yeah baby, this is a hard core lambic, hands down. Acidic, dry and astringent, it has a gorgeous odor that pulls in the nasal hairs. Reminiscent of a sharp dry cider that can sting when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Fantastically dry and puckering, fine edged oak astringency lingers from start to finish. Dry and acidic with a Granny Smith apple sharpness. Desert humidity flashes a heated dry air across the tongue whilst it pulls in the cheeks with a Brett laden winch. A classic, this is lambic. Sheer perfection.

Mouthfeel: Muscat grapes and a white oak dryness linger with an anhydric vinegar middle. Shockingly dry finish that can perpetuate acidic burps which can feel like heart attacks. Awesome.

Drinkability: I enjoyed the whole 750ml bottle all to myself. I’m afraid for my liver, this stuff is just too damn good to put down or leave alone. This one has been in my beer stash for some time, I could have cracked it 10 years from now, such is its quality. Sheer brilliance and utterly quaffable.

Overall: Accepting the low carbonation as a part of the style, for it is, this is truly a classic offering and such a rare chance to try a 3 year old unblended lambic, so a sampling of this fine brew should always be exercised if the chance presents itself.

The Cantillon website says, and I quote;

“This aristocratic beer is to our national beer patrimony what Mouton-Rotschild, Petrus or Romanée-Conti are to the wines. After maturing for three years in oakwood barrels, it looks more like wine and its fine taste and flavours nearly make one forget that the Grand Cru Bruocsella Cantillon is a beer. This old lambic is bottled without any addition. A matchless, marvelous, eternal beer…”

Hell Yes!! This is a benchmark offering and a very rare chance to get to try and understand a traditional 3 year old lambic. Try it – Love it.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2003: I bartended till about 11:30 Christmas Eve, so this, along with a 10 oz. filet and a 1lb. lobster tail were my rewards.

The pour is totally still, save for the few bubbles resulting from the rough pour. Looking straight down at the beer, there appears to be an oil slick on top. With this beer, the smell and the taste are the same. Sour, funky, barnyard, hay, and fresh dirt. Kind of tart. Mouthfeel is good, drinkability is great with the surf and turf. If paired with just the lobster tail, it wouldn't go so well. The key is the filet, seared on each side and finished in the oven. Mmm.

Sephiroth, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of nomad
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001 vintage

What a drinker! Pristinely clear gold-orange, tinny in tone but shiny as all get out. Light head on top gets supported by plenty of tight carbonation. Scents are all layers of tartness, bretty spices and herbs, and a malt ravaged by all types of things I don't attempt to understand. Exceptionally clean clear flavor, just exploding with balanced tart and sour with the raw funk of nature. Tons of slick malts behind it all with pils, kilned sweetness, and wheat twisted by wild yeast. Carbonation is a dream, sprite yet soft, an amazing effect and aids the flavor tons. Slick and complex. Damn, like the Brueghel painting I could drink this by the tankard on a Fall night. Can we get more unblended lambics, please? A fascinating experience as the lack of barrel blending makes a for a clear and singular flavor profile.

nomad, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage.

Appearance: Pale straw, cloudy. No head retention at all (not unusual for lambics, I know, but it still looks limpid).

Aroma: Iron, oaky, almost vinegary smell.

Intensely sour, with some citric flavors that give it a taste almost like concentrated lemon juice. Vanilla, oaky, leathery, earthy. Very very dry.

Thin, watery mouthfeel. Very light bodied.

A wonderful treat. Very complex and satisfying.

allengarvin, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of jlervine
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear golden yellow, no head. Smell is of oak, musty barnyards, sour vinegar, and an almost "clean" scent that I can't quite place. The taste is fantastic. Massive depth. The oakiness smooths the entire range of flavors and unites them into one unified tongue demolishing front. Lactic and acetic notes predominate and the finish smoothes over with a rich tannin quality like a dry white wine. The mouthfeel is interesting, but I think I'm just not used to beers with purposefully no carbonation. It is a cascading array of flavors and tastes. Truly an exceptional beer.

jlervine, Feb 27, 2004
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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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