Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon
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3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
750ml bottle, capped and corked, brewed in 2007, and bottled January 2011. My second crack at finishing off all of the BA styles, since the Iris inexplicably went all Yankee Wild 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, which is kind of disconcertingly non-beerish, I gotta say.
It smells of tart white wine grapes, sour apple, mild wheat grain, some tame horsey funk, and earthy hops. The taste starts with the same fermenting white wine must astringency, but is quickly overtaken by a musty, dusty, and softly funky fruitiness, more pithy than tart, a slight dry oaken woodiness, white pepper, mild sodden cereal notes, and some lactic yeastiness.
The carbonation is practically non-existent, just a very subtle burbling way, way down there, the body a quivering medium weight, with a lightly cloying, hollow character that precludes any crazy thoughts of smoothness. It finishes with a muddled wheaty, fruity, yeasty, and funky blend, all of it still making me sort of eager to scrape my tongue.
Bruocsella's resemblance to (surprisingly) low acid white wines and still cider is remarkable. Weird barnyard and yeast flavours are fine, but this experience tells me that I need that distracting, palate-cleaving tang from the fruit acids, which just seems missing here. Kind of strangely bland without it, which is a relative thing, I'm sure - weak sisters, runts and all that.
Edit: it appears that the Iris has been restored to its former style. The machinations of the BA-verse confound me yet.
11-19-2011 03:02:54 | More by biboergosum
4.35/5 rDev +11%
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.
01-03-2008 01:37:10 | More by RblWthACoz
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
A - Pours with absolutely no head and a slightly hazy golden body.
S - Musty and earthy with strong sourness. Notes of mustard, pepper and a bit of pineapple.
T - Strong, lemony acidity with pepper, mustard and oak. The earthy funk is present, but not as prominent as one might imagine. The finish is fairly mellow with lingering citrus acidity and some vanilla.
M - Medium body, no carbonation and a very dry finish.
D - It is tough to give straight lambic a drinkability rating. I don't want to drink the whole bottle and even if I did I don't think I could find enough tums to counteract the heartburn it would give me. That said, this is a nice refreshing lambic. Good complexity in the aroma (although the flavor is a bit flat) and while the acidity is overwhelming in the beginning, it finishes smooth enough to let your palate come up for air.
I had this bottle in my refrigerator for quite a while, waiting for the perfect time to open it and I finally just decided to open it with dinner tonight. I paired it with honey mustard glazed Basa fillets and Sauteed green beans and garlic. I was afraid the sweet glaze on the fish would clash with the sour beer, but it was an excellent match. It was happy surprise that the beer contained some mustard notes that further complimented the glaze. The beans were more ambivalent, but the sourness of the lambic complimented the garlic in a nice way.
01-15-2008 01:50:04 | More by nickfl
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
Very underwhelming. Love the flavor and idea but the head, mouth feel and even flavor suffers from a straight-out flatness. Ripe pear in the nose, slick mouth feel and a pleasant tartness of fallen apples. Tartness fades and depth is lost ... Not worth the high price tag at all.
01-28-2011 04:15:36 | More by Jason
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-03-2004 00:27:02 | More by WVbeergeek
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-30-2009 19:56:30 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
06-02-2004 06:55:52 | More by feloniousmonk
3.88/5 rDev -1%
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.
03-22-2010 22:30:12 | More by drabmuh
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
thanks to stormking47 for sharing this bottle poured chilled in an ale glass.
A -A light golden shade w/ good clarity and light cap of white w/ a minute bead, no lace to speak of
S - A smell that has a complex array of aromas including wood, sour white grapes and a lactic lemony scent with mild leather and sweet meaty notes w/ light cheesey quality that is funky and nice at the same time w/ tobacco and sour white grapes w/ a mild citrus rind
M - The feel is great with both sweet and sour represented, not very carbonated and pretty high acidity, but it finishes dry and has mild tannic astringent puckering palate effect like a sweet tart that I enjoy
T - The flavor of sweet tarts w/ lemony bitter and mango sweet flavor with a pepper tinge and slight funk underlying the taste w/ mild kumquat juiciness accented by the hint of wood. The slight bitter tinge is compounded by a gentle pithy element in the sour dry finish
D - I loved this but it was headspinning with all of its unique attributes with lots of complexity it was not a smooth ride, but enjoyable and intense which I like in sour beer - probably my first taste of unblended lambic but tasty all the same
M - The bitter
09-14-2010 16:29:38 | More by Slatetank
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-09-2011 21:19:34 | More by jlindros
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
was fortunate enough to try this one at a tasting. a cloudy and uninteresting moldy yellow liquid rests in my glass without much head at all, i know this is older, but im not seeing anything sexy about it. the nose has got plenty of fruity vinegar notes as well as a real sour flavor like unripe apples. the flavor is good, fruity and farmy at the same time, the yeast playing off the juicey sugars nicely. the finish is bang bang sour, more than brett or anything else, its like lemon juice from concentrate, puckery and bitter at the same time. no hops at all, but thats okay. feel is interesting, acidic as anything, and very little carbonation. body is medium and drinkable. id like to do a whole bottle of this but i dont think i can afford it. yummy stuff from the world renowned brewer.
09-09-2012 01:26:18 | More by StonedTrippin
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
05-18-2006 23:24:45 | More by WesWes
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
I had this at Churchkey on Zwanze Day. Served in a tasting snifter.
Appearance: The beer pours a mostly clear golden color with an orange hue. There is almost no head which is to be expected.
Smell: Just a bit tart with mild vinegar and lemon juice notes. I'm getting a mild hint of sulfur as well.
Taste: Smooth ant tart, but I wouldn't say this one is bright. The taste is better than the smell. Some mildly peppery oak with a tart and slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium with hardly any carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
Overall: This is nice enough but I preferred the 2 year old blended lambic that i had the same day. I'd have more.
12-14-2012 02:33:12 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-26-2010 18:38:59 | More by Mora2000
3.88/5 rDev -1%
Bought a bottle of this at Max's in Baltimore, MD today to celebrate my 25th birthday. $30 for a 750ml bottle, poured into a wine glass.
a - Pours a somewhat transparent orange-light yellow color with no head or carbonation evident.
s - Smells of lemons, citrus, white wine, pears, tart apples, and yeast.
t - Tastes of funky sour apples, citrus, lemons, musty, earthy notes, and white wine. A bit underwhelming and bland for a Cantillon.
m - Light body and low carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.
d - While I enjoyed this quite a bit and it is certainly not a bad beer at all, this is one of the lesser Cantillon's I've had. It's drinkable and has a great nose but the taste it s bit lacking and no where near as good as some as their other beers. Would have again but not for the price.
02-13-2011 22:27:35 | More by mdfb79
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
02-02-2004 23:03:13 | More by Gueuzedude
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
08-26-2009 17:53:52 | More by Halcyondays
3.88/5 rDev -1%
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.
02-21-2006 23:15:35 | More by Gavage
3.43/5 rDev -12.5%
75 cl green glass bottle with branded pry-off cap over an internally-housed branded cork purchased at Cantillon earlier today and served into stemware in my hotel room in Brussels. Reviewed live. 5% ABV conirmed. Bottled 11 March 2014. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. "Lambic Bio 2011." Reviewed as a lambic.
Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: None. No lacing.
BODY: Clear translucent copper. Clean looking; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Mild bubbles are visible. Above average vibrance. Nice glow.
Overall, it's an appealing lambic, and perhaps a bit darker than Cantillon's other (unblended, unfruited) lambics. I'm looking forward to it primarily because of the brewery; the appearance itself is not unique or special.
AROMA: As with many Cantillon beers, cereals are a bit too prominent for my tastes, but the sourness is nice - albeit seemingly too tame. Light lactic character and some bacterial/wild yeast notes, but nowhere near enough. It does seem appealing, but is shockingly light in character. Pleasant, but nothing about this aroma suggests a world class beer.
No overt hop character, alcohol, or off notes are detectable. I look forward to trying it mainly because of the brewery. It's quite light in terms of strength.
TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Lightly smacky on the palate. Refreshing, sure. Medium-bodied. Perfectly carbonated. Fairly acidic, but not overly so.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough on the palate.
The texture is a good complement to the taste. Pretty good presence on the palate overall.
TASTE: Cereals are too prominent, particularly on the finish and in the aftertaste. The sourness is far too tame and restrained, but I do get some nice lambicus wild yeast and faint bacterial character. It's about a 4-5/10 in terms of sourness. Has some mild hay flavour. No real overt hop character comes through, nor does any alcohol or off-flavours. I do like it in a general sense, but it doesn't really stand out as a lambic, and instinctively I feel like it'd be better if blended or fruited. Likable and enjoyable, but a bit a underwhelming. I'm not getting much of the oak/chestnut barrel in this flavour profile, which is to its detriment. Some dampened oak would help bring out the sourness a bit more.
As it warms, I pick up on light faint hints of pear and apple.
I do think it's well balanced and has some nice subtlety, but there's no real complexity, intricacy, or nuance to speak of. The core of the beer is simple cereals and sourness - that's it.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.
O: A likable lambic from Cantillon, but far from amongst their best offerings. This isn't worth going out of your way to seek out, and I'm glad I got it for a reasonable price at Cantillon today; it definitely wouldn't be worth American bottle shop prices. Worth trying if you chance across it, but it's not the palate-stripping sour you might hope for. Nice and drinkable - I'll easily kill this bottle - but not a stylistic paragon.
05-20-2014 22:21:05 | More by kojevergas
3.13/5 rDev -20.2%
02/06/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA
Presentation- 750ml bottle shared with BA members at my Super Bowl Party last night. No expiration date listed.
Appearance- Not sure what a true lambic is supposed to look like. Kinda an orange-peach colored pour with absolutely zero head and about the same in lacing. I gave it a 4 in appearance, but I could re-rate it after trying other true lambics.
Smell- Guess I finally figured out the barnyard funk smell. My fiancee is from Montana and grew up on a cattle ranch, and she confirmed that it kinda smelled like a barn, a dirty barn! To me it smelled like a skunky-honey and baby poo diaper. Yet I liked it! I don't know why, but I did. I think there is a bunch of lemon and heavy citrus scents also.
Taste- Well, I was expecting this to be the most sour experience of my life. I had one of the Cantillon lambics at the Toronado about 6 months ago and spent $10 on a 12 oz pour. That was some sour ass shit! I literally had to chase each sip with a gulp of water to keep from gagging. Well, I was expecting the same here. Turns out all Cantillon's are not super sour. This one was sour, but not anything compared to the last one. Maybe I had the Iris or the Vigneronne. It was very watery and dull. Had a weird taste of latex or some weird tupperware taste. A bit stale. Not fruity at all. Very disappointed in this one. At least the other one had some fruity zing to it.
Mouthfeel- Ultra low carbonation and a watery mouthfeel. I know the carbonation was right, but the watery part?
Drinkability- I'll pass on this one. It was the cheapest of the Cantillon line when I bought it 6 months ago at about $12. Hopefully my next try will be better. Not even giving up on them yet.
02-07-2005 17:31:49 | More by GClarkage
Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.