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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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

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very good

596 Ratings

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 117
Gots: 174 | FT: 17
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 Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orange, with little head and no lace. Typical of the style.

S: Hay, straw, barnyard funk.

T: Delicious. Smooth feel. Light citrus with a delicate tartness and present, but mild, acidity. Classic Cantillon funk and amazing flavor. Distinctive and wonderful.

M: Smooth, low carbonation level. Thin, with an acidic finish.

D: Quaffable. Another gem from the world's best brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 20:04:44 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of getkrunkhoe


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes dated 3-28-09

Very Hazy yellow to Orange color in my tulip.
Ar/T -Sour, Bitter, Hops are very faint (which is typical for these "YEAST DRIVEN BEERS"). Lacto, and maybe a bit of Brettanomyces are present. Grassy,earthy notes are there.

Had decent carbonation, faint but "there"
nice acid Mouthfeel (is that considered an oximoron)

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 08:24:33 | More by getkrunkhoe
Photo of drabmuh


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
Photo of gyllstromk


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As an unblended lambic, I treat this as a window into the process of the amazing Cantillon brewery, as this is typically used to make the gueuze and fruit lambics. A nice treat!

Pours still, amber, and cloudy. Aromas of tart strawberry, with tropical notes such as pineapple, and notes of light cheese and butter. I believe that the lack of carbonation does not allow the aromas to be fully expressed. Flavor is vinous, with apples and a tropical fruit explosion before the tart finish (though not as tart as the gueuzes of Cantillon or Girardin). The lack of carbonation detracts from the experience, as the bubbles often give the tartness a nice pop. Still, a complex and wonderful beer that stands up to the other Cantillon offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 20:07:03 | More by gyllstromk
Photo of glid02


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with just a few large bubbles on top that quickly recede into a glassy layer. No lacing and only thin legs.

Smells musty and acidic with hints of orange and lemon peels and lighter hints of wheat. As it warms the tart acidic aromas, slightly vinegar-like, intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Nondescript malt flavors up front segue quickly into tartness on top of tartness. Again, hints of lemon and orange peel are distinguishable however the tartness is overarching. Midway through the sip a good deal of mustiness pervades, like not quite dry hay. The ending is crisp and, yes, tart.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick mouthfeel with very light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however it won't be easy to have another.

Overall I'm glad I finally get to taste an unblended lambic however now I see why they're normally blended. This is a very well made beer but it lacks a bit of complexity normally found by adding and augmenting one beer with another. Still, very well worth a shot if for nothing but education.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 22:37:31 | More by glid02
Photo of jessup

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 04:37:12 | More by jessup
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3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was my first run with Cantillon.

The appearance is like liquid straw, an incredible golden color that has a deeper, darker center. This beer is still, like other reviews have pointed out. There is no head or lacing or any foamy bubbles whatsoever. This does have a leg on it that just coats the glass with oil. When poured, the bubbles in the brew fight their hardest to make it to the top. The final gravity on this must have been high because this thing is thick.

The smell is a light funk, green apples and lots of oak. There is a mild cheese smell as well.

The taste is cheesy funk, sweet green apples, molded oak, lemon grass, and a bit of earth. There are other funky rotten tastes that are very faint, but very good.

The brew is hard to drink because it is still. I know that this is a true unblended lambic, but I need some carbonation. I feel with a little fizz this thing could of been way better. It has an oily mouthfeel, and the funky tart flavors are just mild to other lambics I have had. Towards the end of the bottle I was drinking it pretty fast, but it took me a while to get used to.


Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 22:46:23 | More by Jmoore50
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2005.

Pours a crystal clear orange yellow color with virtually no head at all despite a vigorous pour.

Nose is full of lactic wild yeast and some slight lemon zest. Alot of wood in the nose also.

Totally flat. The flavor is good with alot of funk and clear lactic wild yeast. However, the total lack of carbonation makes this difficult to enjoy. I understand that that can be fairly common for an unblended lambic, but it still sucks.

Mouthfeel is good as far as viscosity, but totally flat, so hard to give this one any good marks here.

Drinkability would probably be decent if it had some bubbles, haha.

Overall, seems like it could be a good lambic, and tastes pretty good, just dead flat, which i really don't enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 02:39:15 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First unblended lambic! Bought it at the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels and shared it at a BeerAdvocate tasting. Brewed in 2006 and bottled in 2009.

Clear golden color, mostly still, but some large bubbles form after an aggressive pour. Looks almost like a cask ale in a way. Some lacing is present as the beer is swirled around in the glass.

Aroma is tart, funky, and bretty. Green apples and other light fruit notes as well as wood are noticeable.

Flavor is bretty and woody with some funk. Some apple juice notes. Very tasty beer with a hint of sweetness to balance the sourness.

The beer is pretty flat, as intended, and this works very well. Really don't miss the carbonation on this one. Dry and sour on the palate with tartness lasting.

Drinkability is high. I could down this much more easily than your typical sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 00:11:40 | More by nickd717
Photo of ccrida


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

750ml bottle, 6 Sept 2008 bottle date. Poured into my Supra tumbler, Cantillon's Grand Cru is a murky dirty gold with no head, very light carbonation, some bubbles on the side of the glass, but still - as expected for the style, of course!

Smell is sweet, almost cider like, unusual for a lambic, with a bit of sweet baby diaper providing the funk.

Taste is more in line with what I was expecting, but still not very funky, with only a mild acidity, but nice chalkiness. Approachable lambic, but I prefer more complexity and intense sourness.

Mouthfeel is slick and dry, with a light pucker.

Drinkability is very easy, due to the lack of funk I prefer. An elegant lambic, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 00:17:30 | More by ccrida
Photo of organicbrewer


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-No bubbles or carbonation. Completely still. Slightly hazy gold. Fine for an unblended lambic.

S-Slight oak with stomach acid funk.

T-Slightly sour with a good bit of funk. Some wheat but mostly acid (not vinegar). No hops.

M-Dry. No carbonation. Bubbles would make each sip easier but this is an unblended lambic.

D-Good beer, though a little strange. Is this my favorite lambic or even my favorite cantillon? No. Is it good and at least worth a try? Yes

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 01:39:32 | More by organicbrewer
Photo of MasterSki


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
Photo of botham


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 vintage bottle poured into a belgian glass. pours a rich light amber/orange with a loos rim of head that leaves no retention or lacing.

aroma is of distinct funk with a light vinous sour note in the background. a subtle fruit note in the background from the yeast keeps it honest, while the funk gets a bit more pronounced as it warms. very crisp and well put together in the nose.

taste is more of the same with a subtle vinous sour note and mellow undertones of funk. a light yeasty note forms a bsae for the funk and sour. overall pretty mellow when compared to other cantillons, with a wonderfully funky profile.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light tartness and a subtle soft sour note in the background that gives way to lingering tartness after the fact.

drinkability is great. supremely drinkable and just mellow enough to bring the funk without getting overdone or bland. excellent offering from Cantillon. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 17:59:25 | More by botham
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2006, large corked bottle, poured into a Cantillon glass.

Special one for me as it marks the completion of my task for the 103 styles.
Hazy orange, minimal carbonation, the thin bubbly head is barely present.
The aroma is an assault, as I pop the cork, the barnyard, musty smell literally fills the room. No need to stick my nose into the glass, but I do it anyway. Sour, acidic, woody and funky notes are clearly present.
Refreshing, light bodied, with a fruity and yeasty taste; woody, acidic, and very funky, even cheesy at times.
A very nice lambic, and a fun beer to complete my journey to try all listed 103 styles.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 07:39:03 | More by brdc
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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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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source and an almost non existent thin bubbly head that dissapears immediately.

Vinegary earthy oak aroma with lots of lactic horse blanket funk. Subtle light fruit notes compliment the strong earthy oak notes.

Medium slightly puckering body that isn't too acidic. Nice tart lactic barnyard horseblanket funk. Light and fairly easy drinking with not as much of a puckering tart mouthfell than I expected or wanted. Dry finish.

Light crisp fruit notes. Cherry, grape, apple pear, etc. Sour lactic funky. Not nearly tart enough but still puckering without being very acidic. More vinegary than anything else with a lot of oak/vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 03:34:42 | More by corby112
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2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: dark gold with faint haze and absolutely no head or lacing.
S: sour apple and some cooking wine/vinegar smell
T: it has dramatic sour apple taste and a mellow vinegar flavor that is striking on the tongue. I can't say I'm a fan of this style.
M/D: astringent dry feel like cooking wine and really thin. The drinkability is difficult do to the poor taste and astringent feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 23:28:16 | More by Kemmerlin
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, pale orange, somewhat similar to apple juice, produces no head in a flute glass.

Sour apples and cider vinegar are equal parts with yeasty funk. There is no clear sense of hops or malt, but as it warms, dry, white wine aromas blossom.

The tongue welcomes a sour and acerbically acidic flavor, though not as sharp as other examples of this style. Apricots, apple and dry, white wine round out the flavor profile.

This is a parchingly dry and astringent experience with little discernible alcohol in its light, almost thin body.

This is a very enjoyable, though admittedly acquired, indulgence. One is sufficient for late evening or possibly as a cocktail.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 01:36:08 | More by SLeffler27
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

Thanks, Joe!

A - Hazy orange-yellow color; poured with a thin white head

S - Yeasty; funky; a bit bretty...nice stuff here

T - Cirtic and tart funkiness; bit dry

M - Smooth and lightish; nice tight carbonation

D - Very good; tasty; funky and fun

Overall, definitely interesting enough and tasty. Worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 02:48:04 | More by Nickls
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4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 23:28:43 | More by Tballz420
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


i've now had this numerous more times during the week of april 20-25, 2009, during the craft brewers conference when jean van roy visited boston. i've had to re-evaluate the way i approached this beer compared to when i first tried it last year.

it is definitely NOT supposed to have much carbonation. it is 3 years old lambic, with no residual sugars left, without any fresh lambic added/blended in before bottling, and thus little to no secondary fermentation occurs.

knowing this changes everything. that said, i still prefer some carbonation in my beers, so the drinkability and mouthfeel aren't as high as my imaginary ideal.

OLD REVIEW 7-31-2008

750ml, bottled 05 Sept 2007. poured into tulip.

golden honey color, minimal haze. almost not carbonated at all, with very little head even with the most forceful of pours. no lacing. just a few micro-bubbles along the side of the glass on each sip.

nose has vinegar and funk. musty, almost sweet hay. overripe apple and grape. some whiffs of yeast.

gentle tartness and cider vinegar note, with lots of woody tannins, all enveloped by a moderate farmhouse funky flavor. tartness persists, then fades in the finish, with more woody tannins. touch of bitterness?

slightly thin, but has some smoothness, combined with moments of tannic and acidic texture. almost non-existent carbonation.

interesting, but not worth the price. again, so far, it seems that i prefer the blended lambics and gueuzes. the lack of carbonation here also doesn't seem to help.

A - 3
S - 3.5
T - 3
M - 3
D - 3
(total score 3.1/C+)

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 13:28:17 | More by tai4ji2x
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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the 750ml bottle into a flute an oranged hued dark golden colour with no head.
S - Smell is initally vinegar and funk but some tart apple and sour grape aromas come through. A bit of graininess.
T - Quite a dominant Brett character in the taste followed by some tart and sour fruitiness.
Again also some grain touches.
M - Light bodied, zero carbonation.
D - A beer to be drank by someone who appreciates the style that's for sure. And even then it's a challenge. The non-existant carbonation is quite weird. Would I drink it again? Probably. Would I search it out? Probably not.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 12:27:37 | More by brendan13
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United Kingdom (England)

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

This is my second time to try this much-talked-about lambic, 5 years after my first encounter with this beer in Cantillon Brewery, May 2004; I didn't know much about lambic then but now with a little more experience, I guess a detailed review is in order! The label is different from the one printed on this page, so is the name "Grand Cru Bruocsella - Lambic Bio 2005". Bottled on 05/09/2007, BB 12/2020; served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's long-stemmed tulip glass.
NOTE: The front label bears "Lambic Bio 2005" that, I guess, corresponds to the back label's description that the beer base is aged in oak casks for 3 years(!) before bottling (hence bottled in 2007?); made with 65% malted barley and 35% wheat.

A: pours a dark tawny hue with very little sign of carbonation and certainly no beer head - elegant, truly like a "cereal-based wine" as described on the label!
S: upon the opening of the bottle, the cork comes with an utterly complex aroma, perhaps the best I've come across for this type of beer, that I spent one good minute sniffing it while letting imagination go wild. The beer aroma is interestingly settled - the old oak barrels' notes have mixed with the beer base seamlessly, in a distance giving out only a mild honey-ish and sour white grape like aroma alongside the delicately musty, leather-ish, and also oaky theme. A good swirl reveals restrained salty-bitterness like very old, very dried peels of unidentifiable citrus fruits, on top of well-aged dry cider and salted/preserved startfruits, while the musty lactic-sourness is kept at a rather moderate level. Delicate and lingeringly aromatic, but not as complex as desirable, alas.
T: non-carbonation on the palate, with a quiet foretaste of lightly sour citrusness and salty cider gradually developing with a semi-spicy touch hand in hand with only very mild barnyard mustiness, while, in the form of aroma rather than taste, the wheat-ish aftertaste comes clean and zesty-bitter in the very end. As the beer warms up a bit, the bitter citrus peels and old damp woodiness tune up a level, and so do the rustic mouthfeel and sourness that come along. In the aftertaste, the almost full-bodied-red-wine like, chewy fat tannins(?) linger on the tongue, not unlike undertones of a lactose drink or other types of wheat beer (hefeweizen or Belgian witbier), I say.
M&D: the texture is very smooth or slick even, as no carbonation is felt against a moderate body, making this beer truly like wine or liquor in the glass. My very last encounter with any old Lambic was Girardin's at last year's GBBF (BSF bar), and the memory is quite hazy that I can't make any responsible comparison here. But this revisit shows this beer as a truly unique offering, if not a truly great one due to the quiet performance overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 19:23:34 | More by wl0307
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4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 00:41:23 | More by rye726
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of the 2005 while in Ghent. Cork says it was bottled in 2007. Overall a tasty and relatively drinkable (though not sweet) gueze that oddly enough had almost no carbonation, but I guess that's how it's supposed to be. The lemon-lime juice taste really dominates this beer, though musty barnyard notes creep in behind the fruit and come on stronger in the aroma. Worth a try, but really I haven't met a Cantillon beer I haven't liked yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 19:22:31 | More by tempest
Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.