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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand CruCantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru

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very good

545 Ratings

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

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 BARFLYB


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe for Zwanze Day 2012. I am not sure on the vintage.

Sanding right there when this was poured into a tulip glass, I was surprised to see the faintest amount of bubbles that immediately vanished as I was handed the glass. The color is a bright gold shade that looks pretty. Swirls dont bring any bubbles either, I realize this is unblended lambic. Smell is barnyard scents mixed in with some apple and pear, lazy lambic scents. Hay comes through as it comes up to temp and the oak is quite bold in the end, it all comes together. Bg amounts of oak in taste with wet wood, musty basement, sour apple, light malt build, no hops. I just like the simpleness of this beer and it is more enjoyable off the tap with just a bit of life within the light body. I could drink globs of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 04:16:15 | More by BARFLYB
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, '07 Vintage,

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange, with a real small head, fair retention.

S: Lactic funk, apples, wet wool.

T: Sour apple cider, lemon juice, acetic acid make up the main flavour, with a smattering of wheat malt. Nice enough, but not wowing.

M: On the thin side, dry, light-bodied, low carbonation, moderately acidic.

D: A nice beer from Cantillon, I can't say I was terribly impressed since I hold Cantillon in such high regard, but I'm glad I finally got to try another one of their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 17:53:52 | More by Halcyondays
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, draught.

Pours clear gold with a slight orange tint, no head.

Nose is musty, leather, earthy, barnyard, sour apple, with an underlying sharp citric note.

Taste is soft, musty barnyard sourness, sour apple and leather, hint of citric bite.

Mouthfeel is still, almost no carbonation, medium bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 12:44:41 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of IBUnit63


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into snifter at Deep Ellum...

Honey color, slightly cloudy with electric tight bubbly translucent single-finger head.

Beautiful, yeasty sour-dough bread along with brett, horse blankey/hoof and feel of ripe, cramy fermented peaches...only complaint is that scent diffuses a little too quickly.

You get the expected citric acid with a nice note of Brett funk...the peaches and a little vanilla (oak?) are there...it's surprisingly clean after that, though. Quite nice

It's high and tight but you can brush the dust off, get back in the box and enjoy this one...Smooth as hell...a little oak expands a long finish.

This deal is obviously solid and then some...drinks very nicely, is enjoyable as hell but as mentioned is a little tight for more than one or two. Still, awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2009 21:16:26 | More by IBUnit63
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock.

Poured a brilliant yellow with a small white head.

The aroma was full of brettanomyces barnyard funk, lactic acid, some acetic note, and mild cheesiness.

The flavor was pretty tart and acidic. The beer had a clean biscuity backbone (very subtle, but nice). Slight wheatiness. There was a nice grapefruit pith bitterness in the finish. Seemed a touch maltier than some other Cantillons.

The bottled versions I've had were still, but since this was on a draft system, it had picked up a nice carbonation that made it better IMO. The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

Very refreshing and highly drinkable. Better on tap than the bottled version.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2008 22:00:28 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off notes from 6-2007. Pours a hazed gold with a funky nose (surprise, surprise). Flavor is a load of tangy oranges. The liquid feel is thicker than I usually expect lambics to be. It's good. Not my favorite lambic really, but still pretty decent. Just a bit too tangy for my likes is all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 01:37:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at Map Room 6/23/07.

A: Hazy straw color with a teenie head. Not even a hint of lace.

S: Tart and funky. Very earthy aroma!

T: See above. Incredible!

M: Tart and prickly to the tongue. Memorable.

D: Surprisingly refreshing. Drinkability kept getting better and better as the temperature rose.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2007 02:53:06 | More by GbVDave
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4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2007 23:51:47 | More by EmilNoldSinclair
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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with almost no head. What little head is present is white. It leaves a tiny lacing in the glass.

This beer has a sour aroma. It smells slightly of vinegar. It has a very subtle citrus aroma as well. I slight yeasty aroma is also present.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. It has a tart, citrus flavor. It is quite sour tasting. A slight vinegar flavor is present. Some earthy yeast is there also, but it is covered mostly by the strong sour flavor.

This beer leaves a sour aftertaste. It is a little aggressive, due to the sour flavor. It is very low in carbonation.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. The only problem would be the sour flavor getting cloying after too many.

Overall: I am glad to have tried this beer. I liked it, and would definately have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2007 21:17:13 | More by OStrungT
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear yellow / orange in color with a 1/4" head that disappeared immediately. No lacing and no visible carbonation.

Smell: the aroma is of strong tart fruits, yeast and general muskiness.

Taste: interesting combination of earthiness, tart green apples, sour green grapes, musky mold, and yeast. Mouth puckering indeed.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Crisp and dry on the tongue. The sour and tart tones linger long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: not bad, almost wine like. One of these is enjoyable every now and then if you are in the mood, but this is not a beer I can have every night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2006 23:15:35 | More by Gavage
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the moan and dove, in proper cantillon glassware

appearance: straw yellow with cloudy carbonation and a wispy but solid thin head. catches and refracts light beautifully.

aroma: hard core horse blanket. armpits, sweat. belgian field. serious notes of fermentation and sour ass. i am conditioned to like this smell though and i respond well.

taste: the ultimate in sour cantillon essence. the truest example of 'that taste' that i've had to date. mouthfeel is tingly and invigorating. aftertaste is a sour lime citrus and underripe cherry. mowed lawns.

remarkably drinkable for such a gnarly style, mostly due to the proper temperature and nice carbonation. bartended wanted to puke when i ordered it, i think he steers people off it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2005 21:41:41 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crashed a large party with this one on 4/22/2005. 10.5-oz. goblet pour at Redbones.

Swirling film of ghostly head with spots here and there. Very light golden hue with just a slight wash of haze and no discernible action. Real tangy lemon on nose with some flocculent yeast hanging in there too along with some apricot essence. Lemon/lime juice on mouth with some kind of yellow flower bite and a fairly light body.

This was my first sample of a Cantillon, and I could see where a couple of these would make you want to get up and boogie; must try more by these folks.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2005 20:57:09 | More by Truh
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap last evening. The brew was poured to a cloudy brass color with no head what so ever. The smell was tart, as my wife said it reminded her of sour patch candy, also notices earthy like aroma. The taste was quite sour and also had wine like highlights. As the brew warms the tartness comes out more and more. Also notice what I believe is a oak like taste that seems to complement it quite nicely. Over all it was a good brew, just not my cup of tea. Would try it again, but not regularly.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2005 15:37:34 | More by Stimack
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Red Bones. Listed as "Cantillon Grand Cru".

This lambic poured a cloudy, golden color with thin white foam that settled. The smell was a tart, musty, gueuze-like aroma. The taste was sharp and tart with some musty and vinous qualities. Some tanins could be tasted in the astringent finish. The mouthfeel was sharp and tart and dry. The body was medium with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel had a sublime quality and the dryness and flavor lingered nicely. This was a very nice lambic.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2004 21:46:25 | More by UncleJimbo
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Redbones...pour was a cloudy apricot color. Aroma was of sweet sweatsocks. I found the taste sweet to start, but sort of hit a tannic, or leathery wall...intriguing. The beer became a bit more tart as it warmed up, with horseblanket notes coming on strong towards the end. A beer I need to do more 'research' on, definitley not for the faint of beer palate.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2004 19:35:44 | More by PatandDavid
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4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Review #400!

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
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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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
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New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2009 bottle

Poured a honey golden color with a slim amount of bubbles around the glass. The aroma is wonderful.. Flower petals, mustard seed, sour candy, cheese, berries.
Woah the flavor is completely different... Very cheesy, nice and tart (lacto?), not getting any of the flowery or sweet fruit I was getting on the nose.
Light in body with no carbonation detectable.

This is so far my least favorite cantillon I have tried - maybe the lack of bubbles has something to do with it

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:52:39 | More by facundoCNB
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3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of the few remaining bottles we jammed into our luggage & lugged back from dirty, beautiful Brussels. Capped & corked 750ML bottle spit with my wife (who suitcased half of them).

Pour is clouded orange even leaving the loogie in the bottom, with close to or actuallly zippo in the way of carbonation. Lots of lemon & orange & apple hit the nose, with a strong foundation of tartness (not funk). Interest is piqued.

Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru is razor sharp. Lemon juice you could slash a finger on is paired up oddly with a deep fall mustiness; not really digging the combo. Acidic but not overpoweringly so, & the sour is held in check. Strongly drying oak. Half a bomber of this was too much - could have been split several ways.

Just not digging the stale, just-before-the-snow-flies must that has wound its way into the DNA of this beer. Decent enough, but easily my least favorite of the pantheon we experienced during & after the trip.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:09:21 | More by maximum12
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

750 bottled 27 Jan. 2011.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a little bit of amber, no head except for the bubbles from the pour (as expected).

Smell. Green apples, tart lemon juice, and a little funk, vinegar, and old wood.

Taste. Lemons and green apple again, some funky wood and aged earthy hops with a little grass. Fairly light on these flavours.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, flat as a board.

Overall. Not a fan of the no carbonation despite it being that way on purpose. Lacking a bit in flavour as well compared to other offerings. Nice to have tried but I won't be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 02:39:35 | More by Rutager
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4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden and beautiful. A few bubbles in stasis. No head.

S: That amazing Cantillon funk. Oh how I love it. Sour and funky in the best possible way.

T: Simple, straight forward, and awesome. Not a ton going on here, but what there is is fantastic. I feel I say that about a lot of Cantillons. Somewhat like wine, somewhat like magic, 100% Lambic. Sour acidity finishes the profile out with a light, crisp ending.

M: Somewhat heavy, smooth, still, and fabulous. If you're not careful, you'll forget it's beer.

O: Love it. Great place to start with Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 20:17:35 | More by Dreizhen
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into 5oz taster

A slight haze in a golden yellow body, very fine suspended particles and dead flat as expected, interesting

S pear, apple, lemon and cheesy funk, some earthy woody notes and some dry cereal

T matches the smell fairly well, sour and dry with mellow funk, lots of citric lemon notes and less woody notes then the nose but that still leaves plenty

M dead flat but I suppose I shouldn't consider it a fault seeing how its intentional, slick and has some tannin to it, sour but my not turning my mouth inside out, strange funky aftertaste lingers for ages

O interesting stuff for sure and I can't think of anything like it so that's always nice

I like it but don't quite love it, seeing how I don't think I've had Un-blended lambic before so personal taste may weigh in here more then normal. Cheers Ian for bringing it over

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 03:19:27 | More by wordemupg
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3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Bottle at Local Option

A - Dark golden with brown hues and a frothy white head. Looks flat. There is a small frothy white head that settled down

S - Dark fruit and figs. Reminds me of an English Christmas pudding as there is a slight booziness to it as well. There is a slight tartness that comes up in the back of the nose as well

T - Musty with light nutmeg, dates, and oak. Slight tart presence to it as well. However, the musty aspect really takes over for me.

M - Tastes watery and flat. From what I can tell this is intentional but that doesn't mean I think it's good.

O - Not a huge fan of this one. It reminds me of a flat gueuze with a mustier and dark fruit aspect to it. Worth trying but I'll pass going forward

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:22:22 | More by jeonseh
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has eluded me for some time.

2010 Bottled on Dated.

Pours a perfectly still honey, gold. A few bubbles at the surface from an aggressive pour. The aroma is excellent. Tart white grapes, earth, wild yeast aromas. A little bit muted in the nose but the aromas are stellar.

The flavor is fantastic. Beer in it's purest form. The lack of carbonation keeps this beer from moving through the mouth like a Gueuze so it drinks more like wine. Green apples, funky, earthy, mushrooms? Woody, sour but not nearly as sour as most other aged Lambics I've experienced, vinous, full. The mouthfeel is heavy and wine like. You almost need to get yourself in a different mindset when drinking a flat beer. It's not as drinkable with it's lack of carb but it makes for a longer session and more time to savor the beer.

Overall, it's fantastic. Really deep flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 13:01:53 | More by Brew33
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3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, 2011 dated, poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a nice copper color, slight chill haze with a few bubbles at the top of the glass, no retention or lacing. The aroma is lovely, tart apple, moderate funk, floral notes are subtle with some sweet oak at the back. The balance is great, the fruit and funk are blended perfectly. The flavors are nice, apples, fruit, nice tartness, light vinegar, sweet oak with some subtle funk behind everything. The body is flat, brewed to be still, but it hurts this beer a lot as the flavors really suffer from the lack of carbonation. The finish is nice and dry, but the still nature leaves these beer a touch syrupy and hard to drink.

Verdict: A nice unblended lambic from Cantillon, but the lack of carbonation really makes this a hard beer to drink. The flavors never really come to life and everything is somewhat muted by the still nature of the beer. Worth trying if you've never had it, but not a beer I'd seek out regularly.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 06:32:24 | More by kevanb
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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.