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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 122
Gots: 189 | FT: 16
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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 csmiley
3.9/5  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
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -5.9%
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
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
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%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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
3.93/5  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
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottling into stone VE tasting glass, provided by me for the MA BA tasting a bit back. Review from notes.

A- All but still, some large bubbles try and convince me it's got some carbonation, but I'm not buyin' it. Hazy burnt orange/brown.

S- Lots of earthy funk, musty dusty and crusty.

T- Big lemon, fresh green grass, some mild pepper and earthy bitterness. H.A.M.F. funk.

M- OK, it's not still. Mild carbonation, although it's more of a novelty than a main player. Flavors are diverse and come together well.

O- Yes, please. We opened this up after tasting many big boys- Crianza, Cable Car, Zwanze, Beatification, etc etc, and this one more than held its own. Really good stuff.

Photo of OddNotion
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Russian River Belgian glass.

Appearance: Nice golden color. No head, no carbonation. Kinda boring looking. It is flat.

Smell: Smells great. Nice and fruity. Funky and slightly sour.

Taste: Light, refreshing, fruity. Very slightly puckering but not too much. Fruit is the dominant flavor, nice profile for an unblended lambic.

Mouthfeel: Flat beer, it would really benefit from some carbonation.

Overall: Very good flavor but the lack of carbonation really detracts from this beer.

Photo of DJButters
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2010 vintage - 750ml - $22

A- A hard pour yields as exspected just a few loose bubbles the vanish instantly and leave a mirror finish. Hazy sunset orange in color.

S- Ahh welcome to the Cantillon barn and I will be your tour guide, Jean. Just a wonderful tart barnyard smell or as someone trying a lambic for the first time... sweaty socks filled with cheese. Ha! Excellent.

T- Deep funk with oak notes.

M- Oh no... flat. But that taste is there and prevents the drain pour. Oh I love that taste...

O- A very complex oak forward lambic with funk. Hard to get into depth with this brew however without any carb, would be delicious if it a better mouth feel.

Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A difficult style to acquire here in Tidewater VA. I treated myself to some wildly expensive shipping and received this beer along with two Westvleterens and two Pannepot beers from Etre Gourmet. (Highly recommend - good packaging and fast shipping).

Poured from a 750 ml capped and corked bottle into my Houblon Chouffe flute The bottle said 2007 and the cork said bottled in 2010.

Average looking...no head or lacing, Cloudy apple cider coloring. Smell was very powerful. Vinegar, malty beer, hint of apple juice. Overall very nice. Taste did not live up to the aroma, but I was still able to happily finish the whole bottle myself. The taste has some funkiness and sourness backing up a mild malty profile. The flavors are relatively mild, not an "in your face" sourness.

Mouthfeel is average richness, almost no carbonation, dry and not watery. I had it with a fairly strong curried cream cheese spread on crackers and sliced nectarines. The beer held its own.

Overall, not bad. I was expecting more funk and sourness, but was willing to settle for a more drinkable if less memorable beer. A little more carbonation would have been nice.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly tannic nose, oaky dry, a little pure apple juice with a dash of dry white wine. Foam nonexistent. Entry in the mouth easy enough but the tannins take advantage very quickly (oak) with this small taste of white wine or cider. Unfortunately a bit too flat. Sour and acid, but without being in abundance, like Cantillon products. However, the beer is too far from a final product to be really interesting.

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (2007) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Thanks again to ShogoKawada for opening another great bottle at last weekend's tasting.

A - Nearly still, bubbly collar, cloudy light amber color.

S - Funk, sweet, lemony citrus, horsey.

T - Sour, tart, lemony, acidic, funky and fruity, fairly mild and smooth.

M - Thin, fruity, nearly still.

O - Very, very good, low carbonation hurts a bit, but still very drinkable. Held up pretty well in a group of some serious sours/wilds we've sampled tonight.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09 vintage split with onix1agr and poured into the old faithfull duvel tulip.

A- A hard pour yields as exspected just a few loose bubbles the vanish instantly and leave a mirror finish. Hazy sunset orange in color.

S- Big funky oak and lots of juicy lemon. Lightly musty wet hay and barnyard hits, with a subtle hint of sweetness.

T- Nice sour open with lemon and a touch of white wine vinegar that rolls slowly into a deep funky wet oak and earthy undertones. Hints of tropical fruits and other citrus.

M- Z but less then medium in body and still as an unblended lambic would be. Nice pucker that gets the saliva pumping but nothing youll have to pull your shorts out of you crack.

O- A simple and very enjoyable lambic showing all the nuances that a barrel can give a brew. while some may not be down with an unblened lambics still nature im digging the purity of it.

Photo of nhindian
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blind Beer #5 from Khazadum, with the text: "Is this one tastay trip or what?!?". Yes my man, it is.

Glassware recommendations suggest a flute or tulip, and as I open the capped and corked bottle, it screams Belgian at me again. My Cantillon flared wine glass is getting a lot of use in this BIF.

A - This pours a straw-colored yellow, perhaps with a little bit more of orange in it. It is pretty hazy and opaque, and only blurry shadows of my fingers can be seen through it. It is essentially still with no head, but there are very minuscule bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Likewise, no lacing to go along with this besides the tiniest sliver of foam that makes up a little ring around the edge that makes a little curtain. (3.5/5)

S - Sticking with the trend of the other beers I was sent in this BIF, this smells pretty funky as well. I'm getting a little bit of lactic acidity and sourness in the nose, but it's pretty mild compared to the others Khaz has sent me so far. There's a good amount of citrus in here, especially lemon zest. This is pretty mild on the Brett though and therefore it comes across as quite balanced. (4/5)

T - As in the nose, this is more tart than sour so I'm a little confused as to the style of this. It starts with a nice amount of malt and wood or oak, but the tartness comes soon after. There's actually a lot more complexity in the nose of this one, as the taste is pretty straightforward. The citrus in the nose devolves into essentially just some lemon, and I'm getting something that tastes strangely like chlorine? Not really musty or funky as the nose would suggest, just tart. Even the Brett seems subdued? (3/5)

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with almost no carbonation. Not really mouth-puckering but the tartness does linger a bit. Semi-dry and seems to drink like a white wine. Honestly I can't say I'm a huge fan of the still lambics, as it seems they come across as slightly sour wine. (2.5/5)

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. Make no mistake, this is pretty easy to drink and isn't offensive, but the nose promises on more than the taste and mouthfeel can deliver on. It's lacking some of those extra layers of complexities and depth that I expect of the traditional Belgian styles. (3/5)

I'm going to peg this as an unblended lambic. Not getting an overwhelming amount of any one fruit to suggest that, and it's not sour or funky enough for a gueuze...

The reveal: Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru. Oh hey my first Cantillon beer and it fits nicely with the glass choice! I'm actually a little surprised that this is from Cantillon, as I've always heard how sour their beers are, but I honestly wasn't getting a ton of sourness in this. I'm also a little surprised that this was from Cantillon as it seems a little... lackluster or lacking in depth, but I'm really glad I got to try it!!

Thanks Khaz, for another excellent choice!

Photo of CanuckRover
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle.

Pours flat, looks like farmhouse cider.

Green apple on the nose, quite sour smelling, takes a minute to adjust.

Sour apple immediately. Softened somewhat by nice vanilla. A slightly cheesey funk permeates.

A must try for the serious beer drink. Loved it, but wouldn't hold it against someone who didn't.

Photo of alampear
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Poured a mildly cloudy light amber color with very thin head. Still had some subtle carbonation. Wonderful sour, funky, oaky aroma. Very sour with a little bitterness. Lots of grass, barnyard, and funk. Different then most Cantillons I have tasted in the past, but very enjoyable.

Photo of hawks10
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2010 Vintage - 750ml green bottle - Brewed December 20th, 2007, bottled October 20th, 2010 - Poured into my Cantillon stemware...

Pours still (acceptable for style) but it still makes me sad. I knew this beer had little to no carbonation, but still I was hoping to see a few bubbles...Slightly hazy pale orange color, looks like a got me some Indian Summer Apple Juice...

A nice lemon tartness is overwhelmed a wonderful, strong dose of barnyard funk. Although the beer is pretty fresh, it smells old and musty, dry and oaky, just how a Cantillon should...

Taste is a bit citric with a mellow sweet finish. Only mildly sour, the taste focuses more on the funk and oak. Mouthfeel negatively effects taste, as much of the flavor suddenly drops out mid-drink, leaving only a slightly musty and oaky aftertaste...

Medium bodied and completely still. Very thin in the finish, taste drops out. Needs gas.

This beer is pretty fresh (for a Cantillon) and as is, it is by far my least favorite Cantillon. I have a few more bottles of varying age and am eager to see if time will improve this beer...

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - It pours an orange-gold, and is menacingly still.

S - The nose favors unsweet apple or crab-apple, and musty basement.

T - The flavor suggests orange juice, vanilla, buttery oak, sulfur, and strawberry. As it warms, additional notes of lemon and black peppercorn become available. Lingering flavor is exquisitely mouth-watering.

M - Slick and flat, yet still manages to feel lively.

O - A great beer; so complex and enjoyable.

Photo of srandycarter
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not going over the details here. Brewed 12.2007, and poured into a Stone tulip.

Right away, no gas. Flat. Light murky hone, no head, no lace. Tart smell, funky, my wife says it smells like barf. Taste is thin an lackluster. Horrible. Mouthfeel the same. THIS BEER SUCKS. i can only hope that this was a bad, but very expensive, bottle.

Photo of cpmichael
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and Capped, Cork says 2009. Poured into a Stone RIS Snifter

A: Pours a nice orangish-yellow, super flat with zero carbonation, but that is to be expected of the style. Looks a bit like a juice instead of a beer.

S: Barnyard funk all over the place, with sourness and some tartness, lemon citrus and hints of oak and vanilla.

T: Super sour and tart, mouth-puckering. Pretty funky in the taste as well, with some vinegar and oak complexion come through near the end. Very tasty.

M/D: No carbonation, but the style dictates that this will be the case, and honestly you forget about it midway through. The sour and tartness are interesting and biting enough to not really need it. It's great to be able to see the base of the geueze by itself. Will drink again. Highly enjoyable for me.

Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, gold colour with no head. Fine for style.

Lemony citrus aroma with clean tartness. Mildly funky but not at all harsh.

Crisp, clean lactic sourness with citrussy notes. Mild apple. Balanced with good funky notes.

Medium body with no carbonation. Fine for style.

A solid lambic with balanced flavours and no overbearing sourness.

Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
89 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.