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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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688 Ratings

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 120
Gots: 195 | FT: 17
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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Photo of nmann08
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours dead still slightly hazy orange gold with zero carbonation and no activity in the glass.

The nose is funk, barnyard, white grape, bright citrus with a little musty smell. The flavor is heavy oak, very tart, but not off putting. Lots of lactic acid. A little spice and fruity finish.

This is good, but obviously not their best Lambic.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SourNotes
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Reviewed from notes.

So, it should be stated early on that this is intentionally uncarbonated...  

Yellowish orange color with thin legs... 
Lots of oak and funk in the nose-- deep oaky earthy notes with some light fruity notes like apricot and pear. 
Nice sour bite with gigantic acidity on the finish. Dry and acidic white grape notes come through on the aftertaste. 

Thin oily feel. Slightly slick. 

Overall, this is the best unblended gueuze I've had.  Glad to have another bottle to review after my last review got deleted!
Very nice beer-- although it drinks like a nice white wine. 
A- 4
S- 4
T- 4.5
M- 4
D- 4.5

Photo of Arenbeer
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass

2009 vintage on cork

Bottled August 28th 2009

A- Pours a nice golden yellow orange with no head at all just some big bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. No lacing, and small alcohol legs on the side. Hopefully it's carbonated.

S- Tons of funk and strong barnyard that immediately makes your mouth salivate in preparation for the sourness. Has a really strong almost off putting grassy earthy nose to it with hints of green apple. Musty old oak and dust.

T- Flat up front. But flavor wise funk up front with fruit flavors of apple and vinous grapes. Behind that is a strong earthy punch of faded grassy hops and mushroom like dirt. Definitely some musty oak in there as well. The more I drink it and it warms the more it tastes like bile. Not good.

M- Medium to lighter body with no carbonation and a decently sour finish.

Overall this beer would be a lot better with carbonation. Hard to drink.

Photo of liamt07
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Beer Bistro, 375ml into a tulip. 2006 vintage as per the bottle, brewed November 2005, bottled Oct 17, 2008 - best before December 2028.

Poured a light gold, some bubbles fall to almost nothing but a thin ring of head. Lightly hazy body body, with no lace or retention. Nose has some wheat, sour green apples, Cantillon funk-iness and some barnyard. Hints of oak. Taste was tart, tart, tart initially. More green apple, wheat and funky notes again. Tartness subdues as the glass warms. Flat body (expected for the style), slick, medium full and a lemony tartness that puckers. Maybe a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Easier to drink as it warms, a nice introduction for unblended lambics to me. I'd love to try more.

Photo of gueuzer
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2006 Vintage

Not much of a pop form the cork. Pours a bit flat. Oaky reddisih brown pour. The nose is cheesy with a hint of lemon . The flavor is a bit oak dominated and doesn't quite come together

Probably my least favorite Cantillon, but I wonder if it's just me because Jean Van Roy seems so happy when I purchased it.

Photo of csmiley
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed Dec 20 2007
Bottled Oct 20 2010

A - It's medium gold and fairly transparent. The minimal carbonation barely coats the top of the brew and disappears quickly. This makes lacing pretty much non-existent. Really not much more can be said about the way the Grand Cru looks. Average at best.

S - Starts out funky but that goes away pretty quick. Getting some fruity notes of apple and vinous grape. Lots of hay and wood in the middle. Might be some caramel malt and yeast on the very tail end of the aroma. Gives it hint of sweetness. Quite appealing.

T - Fruit is more prevalent in the flavor. Green apple with tons of grape coming and going. It's acidic / vinegary midway which doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment. Malty sweetness takes a backseat in the flavor. Also something seems a little out of place. It's really tough to put my finger on it but the best I can do is - banana?

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Finish is excessively dry.

O - What to say about the Bruocsella? Is it good? Without a doubt. Highly recommended. Is it good for Cantillon? Well compared to other brews from Cantillon, this one isn't quite as good as I'd hoped it would be. You could almost say it misses the mark but that seems to be a bit harsh. It's still better than alot of brews that are out on the market today.

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

Many, many thanks to csmiley for helping me with this one.

Brewed December 20, 2007 – Bottled December 20, 2010

Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru pours a gold color. Looks mostly clear. Maybe a touch of haze. Backlighting gives it a bright gold look. Carbonation looks to be very, very light. Not even a trace of bubbles collected on the surface. I was hoping for at least a few. Eh. Color looks nice.

The nose is pretty good, although it isn’t all that strong. It’s very earthy and musky. There’s a hint of funkiness, but it’s very restrained and moderate. I like that. Oak is definitely in the mix and adds a ton of character. It definitely smells a little tart and vinegary. Fruit notes of apple and pear fit nicely into the mix. Alcohol is blended well and isn’t noticeable at all.

The flavor is definitely impressive. It kicks off with a really nice combo or earth, musk, and light funk. The funky presence is definitely light to moderate. That’s definitely my style. Apple and pear notes are fairly prominent, in addition to white grape. It has a light tart or sour flavor to it. Oak is strong and very flavorful. The barrel aging definitely gave it a ton of character. Alcohol must be very light. I’m not getting any at all. Finishes a little tart, musky, and oaky.

The body is medium. It definitely feels smooth due to the very, very light carbonation. It just a step shy of seeming flat. I definitely would like a few more bubbles. They’d probably bring it to life even more.

Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru is pretty good stuff. The only complaint I have is the lack of carbonation. I really think more bubbles would improve it all-around. Otherwise, it performs well. The flavor is good and relatively deep. The oak flavor adds a lot. I like it. I’d probably like it more with a bit more bubbles. Thanks a ton, Chris.

Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5


Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Golden orange with a touch of yellow. No head. No lacing. This was billed as a "still lambic," so this complete lack of bubbles isn't surprising, nor do I find it as a fault with this beer.

A relatively faint aroma, though what's in the glass is nice: musty funk, grass, hay, and some bright lemon. Good, but not exciting or at all overpowering.

The flavor is of lemon, general tart sourness, some musty funk, and hay. I think the lack of any carbonation hurts the flavor of the beer. I've found that the added body actually helps myself find, describe, and pick out more subtle flavors.

The stillness and lack of carbonation makes this lambic seem somewhat heavy and oily.

A decent enough lambic, though I prefer mine with bubbles. Above average, but my least favorite offering from Cantillon.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another sour split with my sour devourer partner. Damn we go through a lot of these. 2007 cork. Into tulips.

A: Orange gold amber. Small if any head. I think whatever head was produced was from a high pour.

S: Loads of lactic sour. Lemon grass and holy brett city! Like band aids soaked in band aids. Moldy basement and dirty gym socks.

T: The sour is mild in this one. It sort of tickles my tongue but does nothing to make me clench my jaw. Pool toys, lemon, band aids, moldy basement and wet wood. Complexity is there just not real sour.

M: Light body with very minimal carbonation.

O: A fine offering from the master. However not my cup of tea as far as lambics go. I need SOUR POWER.

Photo of afksports
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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

(cue flashback)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of rbhockeyfan
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Having tasted the Gueuze, this one not what I expect.

Color: Beautiful dark anmber, little to no head,

Smell: sour fruit, and yeast

Taste: Very sour, sour apples and cherries, as well a ncie biscuit like yeast flavor. Much like the Gueuze similar to a nice Champagne. I love sours and the taste of this beer, even though I was thrown off a bit at first by the lack of carbonation.

Mouthfeel: This is where thing kind of went wrong for me. This beer has almost no carbonation, to the point where I questioned if it had gone flat or not. With the flatness of the beer the mouth feel just does not seem to match everything else.

Over all, this is still and above average beer, with more bubbles, this beer would be absolutely amazing. This is truly something unique and very enjoyable, just wish they would make one improvement. More carbonation...

Photo of rvdoorn
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Often unblended lambics are only available on tap, this is an exception.
Look: The beer pours an orange color with almost no head
Smell: Sour, lemon, apple, grass and oak.
Taste: Nice tart white wine vinegar, apple, grapefruit, lemon. Aftertaste is dry with oak and lemon
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium-light bodied
Overall: Nice lambic, bit too single dimensional for my liking though, prefer the geuze

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong and fruity, mainly apple with a little pear, and has a pleasant woody undertone. It pours a rich, and bubbly to the point of being hazy, golden orange; there was not much head, but I have had this bottle for a while before realizing it was an unblended lambic, a style I have never had before. Fruity flavor is more like a cider, or even wine, than a beer, but still quite tasty and pleasing, with an undertone of green wood and a sour apple bite. Texture is very smooth, yet a little edgy, leaving a fruity, woody and rather tart finish.

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 30, 2009. Poured from a capped-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Clear, pale chrome yellow liquid is punctuated by a suspension of lazy bubbles, and a vague surface slick dissipates quickly. Nearly no lacing, though there is the gentle viscocity of legs.

Mineral-laden, vaguely grassy/crackery (perhaps from the long faded hops?), and moderately funky aromatics (penicillin, mushrooms, and attic).

Dry, sweaty palate entry, with a tart goat cheese flavor, and some citrus and winter fruit (pear?) leading into the gently oaky, wine-like finish. Hints of vanilla and cat box in the aftertaste.

A touch oily, medium-light bodied, and just this side of still.

Stagnant and refined - dusty yet graceful...tradition in a glass. Subtle compared to some of the more robust examples of the style - but very good none the less.

Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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