Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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88
very good

741 Ratings
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80
good

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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 128
Gots: 204 | FT: 19
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Belgium

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 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.

Photo of Stoutsman
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For being over 20 years old I was blown away

Photo of jessup
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Photo of knotes1963
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer was awesome. Cantillon, nothing more needs to be said!

Photo of megahurts4
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of Tballz420
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
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

Photo of Bierschenker
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
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!

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of jlervine
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy bright orange color. There is no head. The aroma is of barnyard, orange peel, green apples, minerals, oak, and happiness. The taste is of green apples, followed by barnyard bretta, with a dry puckering sour finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation and a silky texture. Overall, this is a wonderful lambic. I will certainly drink this again.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first straight lambic.

Cantillon Broucsella 1900 was served from a 750 ml corked and capped bottle, with a festive scene depicted on the label that perhaps hints at the what is contained within. The cork indicated a bottling date of 2002. In a white wine glass, the lambic was a lovely deep and brilliant golden honey color, and was decorated with a thin ring of fine white foam that left fine lacing that coalesced into numerous small spots. Scarce small bubbles were observed eminating from the bottom of the glass suggesting a low level of carbonation. The nose was a labyrinth of sweeping oaky and earthy dimensional tartness, with notes of lime tinged sweetness. Wonderfully entrancing and charismatic, this was worth the price of admission alone. The flavor experience started off smooth and docile, but quickly sprang open with mature woody must-coated grapefruity sourness that increased in intensity as it tingled the palate from front to back, with a touch of sweetness peeking through the acidity from time to time This wonderful sensation hangs for several seconds before transitioning into a dry tannin-soaked vinous finish. The body of the lambic was silky smooth and full, in contrast to many of the geuezes I have sampled. Indeed there was a very low level of carbonation, which I felt was just right in this case, though I do enjoy the high carbonation level found in geueze also. I found the lambic to be highly drinkable, as the flavor profile was very mature and non-prickly. This was an excellent first experience with straight lambic. Thanks to Jean-Pierre Van Roy for releasing this fantastic product.

After describing the unadulterated lambic, I enjoyed the rest of it with stinky mushroomy/earthy French cheese smeared on slices of French baguette....excellent!

Photo of allengarvin
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a unique, infinitely drinkable beer. It also has one of my favorite labels. This sample was bottled in 2005.

Upon popping the tight fitting cork, there was no perceptable noise or gun smoke, I could tell this stuff would be still. Lambic aromas instantly hit me. The color is a slightly hazy straw gold color, like light apple juice. There are no carbonation streams and no head at all, except for a few bubbles on a hard pours. I did notice a few bubbles clinging to the bottom of my Frank Boon flute.

The aroma is Cidery, fruity, citric with plenty of hay, horse manure and straight sourness. The nose is strong. The taste reminds me of other Cantillons, just slightly softer and less funky. Tonnes of complex lemony, sharp sour flavors in the beginning. Sourness and barnyardy flavors build in the middle. Theres also green apple skins, oaky flavors, hay, dry white wine and even sour cherry flavors. The finish is puckeringly sour and also earthy and funky. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery, no carbonation at all is perceptable. Bone dry throughout.

I love Cantillon. They make such incredibly complex beers. I havent tried that many, I really want to try more. I wish they were easier to come by in Ontario.

This was a unique experience, this is my first beer with almost no carbonation. I liked it. I prefer Cantillon Gueuze or Vignerrone, but this is a very worthy, complex and funky lambic.

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours golden brown with no hint of a head or carbonation. Nose has sour funk, oak, tropical fruits and tart wine grapes. Taste is quite tart up front w/ a funky oak presence as well as a ripe citrus fruits. Medium body with no carbonation and a dry finish. Well balanced, very authentic ale. Should pair well with fine cheese, berries and smoked fish.

Photo of francisweizen
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml capped and corked bottle...2001 vintage: This is a dark golden colour with a huge head of fluffy white bubbles. The aromas are of a-typical gueuze-like tartness, and funky stuff, but this brew is much more subdued than the afforementioned gueuze. The taste is quite tart and funky with some lovely sweet and sour notes, and the undeniably amazing complexity of all of this breweries beers. The mouthfeel is sharp, astringent, and not as carbonated as their gueuze and the drinkability is amazing! World class stuff!!!

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2007 Vintage
Bottled 27 Jan 2011
BB: Dec 2020

I am finally back to drinking beers from series of sours, this is the 5th beer in the series. This will also be my first unblended lambic - can't wait to dig in!

Appearance: Bright orange-golden body, very lightly clouded and completely flat.
Generally I like a beer to have a good sized head, but since unblended lambics are intended to be flat I cannot knock off any points for its absence.

Smell: Wow, there is a ton of dry white wine aromas right off the bat, I wasn't quite expecting that.
Other notes include: Apple cider vinegar, very musty basement, old wood, wet hay, lemon juice, a hint of sweetness (overripe white grapes), ripe farm house cheese, a touch of sweat, lots of oak and unexpectedly a hint of horse.
This is a stunning nose with amazing complexities. It is interesting to see that notes that the 3 year old lambic contributes to Cantillon's regular gueuze.

Taste: The flavour does not quite live up to the nose in terms of complexities and power, but is non the less pretty darn good. Again there is a resemblance to a very acidic white wine. Lots of oak character, quite tannic, lemon juice, cider vinegar, very musty, old hay and earthy mushrooms. The tartness is fairly mellow, but very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Grand Cru Bruocsella has a distinct wine like feel - medium body, no carbonation and a stunning dry finish

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer - the fact that it was flat did not bother me at all. I will certainly have this again in the future!

Photo of kmpitz2
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light copper color with very nice clarity. Light chunk fell into the glass before I could stop it. A very nice looking brew. No bubbles are present, suggesting a still beer. The nose is divine. Acrid sour and tart, but not offensive at all. Lemony and funky acidic. I dig it a lot. Flavor is very well balanced and unoffensive. I get a lemon start to the beer before swallowing. After swallowing, the light sourness and acidic nature hits, but nowhere near as strong as others I've had. The sourness does not linger at all,moving to a slightly sweet finish. The feel is moderate with no carbonation. Slightly sticky spit hangs on my tongue, but not too much. Incredibly drinkable beer. I really enjoy it. Its a toned down gueuze that makes the drinking very easy.

Photo of afksports
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to a friend for opening a 2005 bottle of Cantillon Bruocsella the other night. It sorta went like this...

(cue flashback)

Open the bottle - you're suddenly a young child sitting in your grandmother's lap. But you fall and now your face is between her legs. You just smelled Bruocsella.

You look up. You're not staring at your grandmother. It's Elizabeth Taylor. She's some blend of the dead-in-the-casket Elizabeth Taylor, the old-constantly-remarrying Elizabeth Taylor, and the Cleopatra Elizabeth Taylor. Drink her in. You just drank Bruocsella.

It looks like hazy lemon juice, it's slightly carbonated, it doesn't look that special. But it smells like flowers, oak, white grapes, tart berries, sweaty stale sex, and Grandma. And Bruocsella tastes sweet, drying, cloying, and deeply, richly sour. It's like lemon juice poured on a sweaty towel then wrung into your palate with just the right amount of funk.

Negatives? Not many. Maybe it could be rounder. Maybe it could have a cleaner finish.

But oh my, it's beautiful. And intense. And transformative.

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*pro-tip: Blend with New Glarus Raspberry Tart for extra fun!

Photo of scottum
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage

Pours out a strawish color with little to no head. Tastes big and sour just as one would expect a true lambic. Cantillon keeps putting out some of the best lambic in the world and this Grand Cru Broucsella is no exception. But you either like the beast or you don't. If you do like the sourpuss lambic, you won't lose with this one.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale yellowish color with no head and no visible carbonation.

the smell is funk, wet hay, hints of lemony tartness, green apple, exactly what I am looking for.

the taste is funkty and clean with a nice tartness.

the mouthfeel is completely flat and light.

overall this beer is great, im glad i have a few bottles tucked away.

Photo of tbeckett
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The last of the bottles I brough back from Belgium last Spring. Label says "Grand Cru Bruoscella, Lambic Bio 2007" Nothing about this 1900 business. Bottled 9 March 2010.

A - Pours almost identical to apple juice down to the 'head' it leaves. Just sort of bubbly on top. Body is pale, golden with very slow moving carbonation, some of which is sticking to the glass. Interesting look. Bright.

S - Soury. Grapes. Vinegar. Apples. Inviting and interesting, tempting me with what seems will be a refreshing an interesting experience. Having visited Cantillon, I can say this definately smells like the brewery. That smell will never leave my memory.

T - Woah. Like a sour bursting flavour that engulfs every tastebud. Sour grapes. More tart than sour for sure. Slightly bitter but mostly sour finish that I can almost feel in my nose.

M - Regardless of the apparent lack of carbonation, this is just explosive in the mouth. Very dry finish. It wraps itself around every tastebud and explores every corner of my mouth and dares me to go back for more. Quite an experience.

D - There would be no reason to want to drink something so unique. Maybe it's the fact that this is the first Lambic I've reviewed but I can't help but feel like I need to visit Belgium again. I could drink variations of this style or simply this beer throughout a night without a problem.

Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first non-fruit straight lambic beer...and quite a beer it was! Unfortunately, the bartender filled the glasses all the way up and skimmed off the head, but from what I can tell the beer still looked appealing. Most lambics don't get much of a head without a hard pour anyways...
The beer is pretty straightforward with the flavor: imagine a fruit lambic without any sweetness from the fruit and you have this beer. Not as a gentle as some gueuzes, this is just straight up sourness. Loved it and it would make an excellent session beer for lambic lovers.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best unscrewed-with beers out there. I really appreciate what Cantillon accomplished with this brew. A very tart, sour smelling and tasting brew woven into a lightly hazed, canary yellow colored, thinly laced liquid. No head retention and no carbonation to speak of. It's perfect. Unblended and unadulterated goodness. Has a light citrus (lemon and limes) flavor with granny-smith apple and a light berry flavor. Mildly vineous and woodsy. Lightly musky and powdery. Intense sourness quickly gives way to an ultra clean, crisp feel. Lightly astringent and a tad grainy (to be expected). Flavors are fleeting and the body finishes abruptly. The perfet summertime thirst quincher. Ideal to style.

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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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