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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

545 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Mellowed out cellared bottle.Just a mellow cantillon sounress and oak flavour, but well done on that account. Went well went varied with a doppleback and a mead. Cloudy yellow with no lace. Medium mouthfeel with acid that was tolerable. tart, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 22:00:26 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

2011 vintage. Bottled 10/20/11.

Pours a murky orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is quite sour, tart, and funky with a slightly cheesy aroma as well. Taste is pretty much the same but not as intense as the nose would indicate. This beer has no carbonation with a flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but much different from other Cantillons I have had in the past.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:40:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2005. Equal parts ripe apricot and amber, possibly favoring the former. A static cloud of fine yeast gives the beer needed visual interest (since the head is nearly absent). As I understand it, lambics are essentially uncarbonated, hence the lack of foam and lace. Given that it's supposed to look like this, it isn't easy to pick a score.

The aroma has a lot in common with white grape juice that is incredibly tart and acidic rather than sweet. There's also a funkiness that is much less... uh... funky than Brettanomyces and is completely different in character. I expect to like this one.

Wow that's tart! If I was an oenophile, I'm sure there's some wine that I could compare this unblended lambic to. How about a bottle of whatever white wine is most puckery, acidic and dry... mixed with a few ounces of apple cider vinegar and a shot of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Cantillon Broucsella 1900 Grand Cru is definitely different, but I can see myself acquiring this acquired taste over time. Having said that, getting through the entire '750' won't be easy. If you like acidic, pop a few Tums, pull the cork and pour.

The thing that keeps me from loving what is undoubtedly a classic unblended lambic is the lack of depth and complexity. On the other hand, maybe I just can't appreciate it due to my relative unfamiliarity with beer of this style. In the end, I prefer the added flavor of raspberries in Rose De Gambrinus and the added flavor of grapes in Saint Lamvinus.

Like the appearance, I'm finding it hard to come up with a mouthfeel score that respects the style guidelines while still staying true to my sensory impressions. At the risk of being thought unsophisticated, it's thin and borderline flat and I don't love it.

I've heard all sorts of scary things about real lambics (not those stickysweet fruit lambics that qualify as chick beer). About how they're hard-edged, uncompromising, extremely variable from batch to batch, and so on. Broucsella 1900 Grand Cru is pretty easy to live with and the first half has gone well enough. When it's all said and done, though, I don't think I'll be plunking down the cash for another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 22:22:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up when I was down in Florida last week, along with a bunch of other nice Cantillon beers. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 02/19/2009.

The pour was decent enough with a clear, dark grape juice looking liquid with only the slightest bit of carbonation sticking to the inside of the glass. The aroma is sour, tart notes, hints of a woody or oak like touch with a vanilla touch to it. Small notes of cherry or some light fruit notes. As I take a taste the feel really throuws me off. It is almost like oily water, no carbontion and slick feeling, really distracting. The bite of tart apples is lightly offset with a touch of vanilla and oak in the finish, nothing too bad at all, but nothing blowing me away. Just a touch one to put down, the tartness was not strong enough and the subtle hints of oak, too light to make a difference. My least favorite Cantillon beer to date.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 02:29:00 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a golden/yellow straw color with maybe a kiss of orange. No head at all.

S: The nose is quite grassy and "green", if you will. Some lemons, green apples, and a definite earth. Not the most aggressive of the Cantillon's in terms of nose.

T: The flavor is a bit bland as well. Fairly earthy, some mild mustiness, and grapefruit, lemons, and oak pretty much make up the flavor.

M: The body is medium with a slick feel on the tongue due to the relative lack of carbonation.

D: Probably the most lackluster of all the Cantillon lambics I've had. Not much depth of flavor, but perhaps I need to try an aged bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 06:55:59 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lambic with no bubble or any carbonation as unblended lambic should be. Aroma of funk and barnyard notes are quite dominant with some stinking cheese notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by funk with loads of barnyard note. Body is about average. Not bad though not my favourite - I think a classic gueuze is still better then this.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 17:42:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 18:28:09 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Cantillon tulip. 2009 Vintage picked up at Capone's.

Pours a moderate orange color with a thin white head and plenty of large bubbles when first poured. Even a hard pour cannot yield much of a head, though I won't really dock an unblended lambic on this point. Nose is moderately funky with some earth and a bit of hay. There's a bit of lactic character there, but it's not overpowering at all.

The flavor follows the nose quite closely. There's some initial acidity followed by a bit of earth and very light funk. Mouthfeel is light with very low carbonation. Acidity is somewhat brisk but no terribly long-lasting. Drinkability is pretty nice. Had this with plenty of cheese and it served its purpose quite well. Still, not one of the better Cantillon beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 19:47:08 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, still golden body with a thin, white head.

Smell: The cold hard fact that this smells exactly like TheBeerCellar's 1978 "Gas Line" Lemonade is totally indisputable.

Taste: A slight upfront sweetness layered with lemons and hay. Hints of wood and salt. Plenty of vinegary acidity on the dry, pucker-inducing finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Very little carbonation to speak of. Just the slightest bit oily in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm tellin' ya, "Gas Line Lemonade".

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 19:30:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Thanks to monsterzero for this bottle!

What's the 1900 for? This beer pours a clear golden straw topped by a sad cooagulation of bubbles that just barely qualifies as a head. And the government's not entirely convinced (I smell sitcom!). The nose is sour...I know, how can you smell sour...but, yeah, if you smell something sour, it smells like that. Heavy on the must, sour grapes and berries, and a hint of cobwebs. The taste is similar, but the sour is toned down, fading to an almost prickly sweetness in the end, not unlike some wines I've had in my day. The body is a heavy light, with very little carbonation and a smoothly fluid feel. Overall, though I haven't had all that many unblended lambics, this one's not near the top of my list.

EDIT: It was brought to my attention that 1900 was the year in which Cantillon was founded. The more you know. [Insert shooting star graphic here]

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 03:44:44 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, capped and corked, brewed in 2007, and bottled January 2011. My second try at finishing all of the BA styles, since the Iris went all Yankee earlier this year.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with but a few crackling bubbles that result in absolutely no head, nor any lace, somewhat disconcertingly non-beerish. It smells of tart white wine grapes, sour apple, mild wheat grain, some mild horsey funk, and earthy hops. The taste starts with the same fermenting white wine must, but is quickly overtaken by a musty, dusty, funky fruitiness, more pithy than tart, a slight woodiness, and some lactic yeastiness. The carbonation is practically non-existent, the body medium weight, but with a lightly cloying, hollow character. It finishes with a muddled wheaty, fruity, funky blend, all of it still making me want to scrape my tongue.

The resemblance to (surprisingly) low acid white wines is remarkable. Weird barnyard and yeast flavours are fine, but this experience informs me that I need that distracting, palate-cleaving tang from the fruit acids, which just seems missing here. Kind of strangely bland without it.

Edit: it appears that the Iris has been restored to its former style. The machinations of the BA-verse still confound me...

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:02:54 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2003, so says my cork.
Marvelous, golden, peachy color, hazy as she comes, with no head to speak of...nose is sour, lemony, musty, a bit of vinegar and orange peel, and some spiciness...and stil a little dry...some complex stuff, so far!
Oooo! Sourness grips the tastebuds, claws fast like an eagle's talons as it hits the tongue, bumps and climbs and cavorts all over the palate, one restless little brew we have here....it mellows some, plays gamely in the mouth afterwards and settles, sour has put down it's pistols and is laying it out lightly now...but, with each subsequent sipping, the dance begins again, a blitz of a ballet in the mouth, a whirl of a dervish...
body is light, but flavor is huge, and the impact on the senses is enormous, with a softly sour lingering finish.
A relentless masterpiece, this Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru, a bold, yet benevolent fellow. My mouth won't know quite what to do with itself when the bottle is gone.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 06:55:52 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to botham for sharing this bottle with us last night at the big Dave & Joe BBQ. Served in a taster glass.

A - Well, it looks like unblended lambic - a few big bubbles after a hard pour, over a slightly hazed apricot orange body.

S - This is one funky brew! Must, horse, old barn, and all the associated Cantillon odors, with some light tart notes and a touch of vinegar. Very potent nose!

T - The taste is a big disappointment after the sensory assault of the aroma. Slight sourness, a touch of graham cracker sweetness, and horsey funk. Not bad, but a little lacking in the depth department compared to other Cantillon offerings.

M - Obviously low carbonation, dry finish, light medium body. It's a pretty standard unblended lambic mouthfeel.

D - This is very drinkable, although mostly because of the very mild taste. I'd have preferred things the other way around (huge flavor, lower drinkability) as there are lots of less expensive session brews to be had out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 19:56:30 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3 year old straight Cantillon lambic...my curiosity got the best of me, and I shelled out the cash for this one. All in all, it was a worthwhile experience. I'd say the best aspect of it is it's accessibility, for the non-initiated Lambic drinker, this is a fine introduction into traditional Lambics. The bracing sourness is not there, the acidity isn't over the top, quite the contrary. It's subtle, smooth and very tasty.

Saturated orange, a few bubbles on top that fade to a thin ring. Signature Cantillon aroma, citrus with a funky edge of wood and horse blanket.

Citrusy lemon zest, tart with some sweaty farmhouse cheese character. The oak aftertaste has a woody cinnamon bark taste that is unique. A flat body of course (unblended lambic is without carbonation by design), but the tartness doesn't allow it to be lifeless. The tartness is approaching moderate without becoming aggressive. Easy to sip and savor an entire bottle to yourself, or preferably to introduce someone else to the world of Lambic.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 01:28:01 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a wickedly tart yeast aroma; very nice. I'm not picking up any oak barrel scents. The taste is good. It has a light malt flavor that seems a bit weak and watery. It goes down easy and finishes highly tart and fruity. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a good tasting beer, but it lacks mouthfeel and a real malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 23:24:45 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Bottle shared at a recent tasting. Beer is yellow and has pretty much no head. There is slight haze.

There is a strong sour aroma -- pretty one note. It smells about what I expected.

I'm not sure why I assumed that an unblended lambic would be more funky than the blended guezes but that's not the case at all. This beer is not tart, there is no sulfur character, not a lot of funk. Drinkability is high. I really enjoy this beer but its not what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 22:30:12 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled November 16, 2009.

The beer pours a clear orange color with a small white head. The aroma is awesome with very tart lemons as well as some oak notes. The flavor is pretty good, but not near as tart or sour as the aroma led me to believe it would be. I get notes of lemons with some oak. The beer is extremely dry. The only real problem I have with the beer is that the body is extremely thin and watery. The carbonation is very low.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 18:38:59 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Thanks to Shogokawada for this one. '07 vintage.

Pours with no head, a hazy orange peach color.

Nose is fairly funky, some barnyard funk but not crazy, tart rosy fruit, little bready dry funk.

Taste brings nice fruit, lots of reddish berry like fruits, light horse blanket and barnyard funk but not very heavy, tart fruits, light acidity, fairly sour overall, a little juicy too. Finishes dry and tart, with some funk and a bit of fruit, but mouth watering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, pretty much no carbonation.

Overall good, nice tart fruits, sour, bit of acidity, some light funk and bready malts, could have used more carbonation too. Not the best Cantillon, but decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 21:19:34 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Bottled 2002, Sampled February 2004
The cork pulls with an apparent lack of carbonation. An immediate sour musty aroma wafts from the bottle. When poured into my glass the complete & total lack of carbonation is quite apparent. Cool just like having a traditional Lambic straight from the barrel. The aroma is of course dominated by sour acidic notes but there is an apparent woody aroma and a sharp note of urea as well. The beer itself is a hazy light orange color, and because of the non-existent carbonation there is no head at all.

Strong notes of grapefruit are in the taste of this beer. At first I did not think this beer was all that acidic, but as the beer moved past the front of my mouth the full acidity of this Lambic kicked in. This beer has a very light body, which is accentuated by the lack of carbonation. I get notes of bergamot in the middle, and notes of tannin in the finish. This beer has the full suite of funky Lambic characteristics, though the musty-leather/ barnyard character is perhaps a bit subdued compared to some others. There are some notes of a good stinky French farmhouse cheese, as well as some woody funky-wild mushroom characteristics in my glass. This particular bottle of Lambic is not all that acidic compared to most of the Cantillon range. It is of course surprisingly sour at first, but, unlike most, the acidity seems to reign in after a bit. This is so complex, you can sip and try & dissect all of the competing flavors until the end of your glass, then you wish you had more because you feel like there were a couple of things that you missed.

This is a great (and one of the few) examples of a traditional Lambic. This beer is one of the few chances for most to sample an unblended Lambic, and for this alone Cantillon is to be applauded. I do like this beer quite a bit. A bit of warning though, these flat bottles of Lambic need to be served warmer than usual, about 60*F (15*C), as I find uncarbonated Lambic needs to be a bit warmer than usual in order to fully express it's charms.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 23:03:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear golden color with basically no head or lacing at all. It looks much like a white wine to me. The smell of the beer is funky and tart. The taste of the beer isn't overly acidic which is nice but it does give off plenty of sour and tart flavors. The mouthfeel is thin, again feeling much like a wine. Overall this beer is something that isn't for everyone. I can only handle so much of these types of beers. If you enjoy the style, you'll enjoy this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:49:53 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2003 after being aged in an oak barrel for three years. Appearance: After a vigorous pour forms with thin large bubles and quickly fades away leaves behind an apple juice looking nectar. Aroma: So much exubrance of crazy aromas that probably shouldn't be in a beer, however this is a lambic. Tones of barnyard funk, acidic leathery qualities, woody finish fromt the oak barrel aging is evident, extreme in my book for being so different and traditional to this ancient craft. Taste: More stand offish when it comes to sourness, yes it is extremely sour but more mellow than other Cantillon products I sampled aggressive tartness blended with an oak flavor and tons of wild flavors barnyard in nature is how most describe this stuff. Mouthfeel: Medium body coats the palate with a dry finish, completely unique and hard to describe. Drinkability: Wow, not me I can't sit here and sip on it like a lemonade challenges my palate with many alien tones, but I see why this artform is so highly regarded I have a great respect for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 00:27:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

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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Halcyondays

California

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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a flat deep yellowish color, no head, no bubbles, just still as can be

S. Horseblanket, lemon zest and citrus on top some Earthy notes

T. Initial hit of barnyard and citrus in the way of some lemon zest and orange peel, then more and more barnyard appears leaving a stale mustiness on the palate. There is also an underlying old apple juice like note I can't get past. The finsih is flat, dry, funky.

M. Flat, light bodied, clean

O. Not to bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 15:46:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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