Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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88
very good

677 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 123
Gots: 188 | FT: 16
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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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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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November 16 2009

A - Hazy orange with no head or carbonation as far as i can tell.

S - Lemon, wet hay, tart green apple, oak, musty, earthy with some funk.

T - Strange flavor. Very strong oak notes, musty, earthy followed by a sharp astringent acetic acid bite. White wine, wet hay, lemon and apple cider vinegar.

M - Light with very little carbonation.

D - Somewhat boring, especially for Cantillon. Not worth the money.

Photo of THECPJ
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: yellowish orange with minimal bubble head

smell: sweet, with strange fruit smell, funk

taste: sweet and sour,

mouthfeel: almost no carbonation, drinks like a wine,

drinkability: overall not totally impressed with this one. but glad I got to try it.

Cheers,

the cpj

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

750ml 2009 August 28th - served only slightly chilled.
Looks very similar to a carbonated hard cider. Lightly carbonated,
Smells of yeasty funk mostly. Very familiar aroma.
Taste is tart and intense, but really mild compared to my past Cantillon bottles. Strong lemon juice feel. I feel like I can taste and feel the oak in the beer. Its really more beer like than I expected. In the vein of Gueuze without fruits. Might be work aging out another bottle in the future.
Really my least favorite Cantillon I have ever had. My standard of Sour Belgian beers is fairly high. It was tasty, unique and certainly worth a try.

Photo of megahurts4
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru

Appearance: orange, no head, and very little lacing.

Smell: acidic sourness and wood aromas.

Taste: acidic sourness and a wine fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a fantastic lambic. Its smoothness and flavor make it pure and simple. The flavors are so well balanced, that it is difficult to distinguish flavors. It is very similar to sour ales.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cantillion Bruocsella pours still, no head and a rich golden color. Aroma of musty basement, feet and sourness. Taste is quite bitter, some light oak/wood notes and a small sour. The flavors are alittle toned down and its hard to get too excited about this syrup that vaguely resembles beer. Mouthfeel is thin and flat. Drinkability rates fairly low, I was not impressed with this.

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Lambic, August 2010 Bottled

Pours a murky golden yellow with no head as expected. Some air bubbles at the top.

The aroma is musty and lemony with a distinct dry oaky backbone. Some nutty earthiness as well.

The flavor is muddled and oaky...very unique. As a huge fan of gueuze and all things lambic, I really love to get a chance to sample the building blocks. Truthfully, the flavor here is not all that great but it is still fun to drink and examine.

The body is light and dry and flat as expected. Overall I really enjoyed this beer as an experience much more than as a tasty drink. I probably wouldn't buy it again other than as an experiment in long term aging, but nonetheless I highly recommend this to anyone even if it is merely a way to learn to appreciate the sheer beauty and art of gueuze blending.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a clear peach color with no head or lacing, just a few small bubbles here and there.

S: Very funky, has the earthy barnyard funk going on.

T: Not as funky as the smell led on. Has a nice fruit flavor - apples. It is slightly sour.

M/D: Pretty light with good carbonation. Overall it was pretty good, not amazing, but solid for sure.

Photo of jera1350
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle date of September 5, 2007.

Pots into a Duvel Tulip a gold color with absolutely zero head.

Sour and funky nose. Decaying apple, pear and white wine with cider vinegar.

Tart with no sweetness. Apple cider vinegar with some wood notes. Pretty average at best.

One word to describe the feel: flat.

Quite lackluster in all aspects and certainly not worth the pricetag.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tbeckett
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The last of the bottles I brough back from Belgium last Spring. Label says "Grand Cru Bruoscella, Lambic Bio 2007" Nothing about this 1900 business. Bottled 9 March 2010.

A - Pours almost identical to apple juice down to the 'head' it leaves. Just sort of bubbly on top. Body is pale, golden with very slow moving carbonation, some of which is sticking to the glass. Interesting look. Bright.

S - Soury. Grapes. Vinegar. Apples. Inviting and interesting, tempting me with what seems will be a refreshing an interesting experience. Having visited Cantillon, I can say this definately smells like the brewery. That smell will never leave my memory.

T - Woah. Like a sour bursting flavour that engulfs every tastebud. Sour grapes. More tart than sour for sure. Slightly bitter but mostly sour finish that I can almost feel in my nose.

M - Regardless of the apparent lack of carbonation, this is just explosive in the mouth. Very dry finish. It wraps itself around every tastebud and explores every corner of my mouth and dares me to go back for more. Quite an experience.

D - There would be no reason to want to drink something so unique. Maybe it's the fact that this is the first Lambic I've reviewed but I can't help but feel like I need to visit Belgium again. I could drink variations of this style or simply this beer throughout a night without a problem.

Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1983 vintage with a vintage black and white label of a castle on it.

Poured into flute.

Pours no head. Color is a clear pale amber gold.

Aroma: Sweet and old-like. Musky. Nose is somewhat like a faro smells like. Lemon and honey flavors. Oak and a bit of spice. Fruity.

Taste: The taste is a lot like the nose, but more sour. Not to tart. Pretty sweet. Honey and dry spice. Oak and vanilla. Very old tasting, but pretty tasty and holding up well.

Mouthfeel: Tart and clean. Light bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a beer this old was great. One of the oldest I have had and it seemed to have held up well. It was drinkable. A lot sweeter than I expected. Good stuff.

Photo of kevinv
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a flute. The date on the cork says "Bottled in 2008." Thanks for the bottle, Steamhead!

Appearance:
Pours a hazy golden amber with zero head. Very still, wine-like.

Smell:
Rich and acidic. A light sour funk mixture of applies, grapes, and vinegar.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Not overly sour, but has a good tart. Lots of fruit on display - apples and citrusy lemon in the aftertaste. Completely still with no carbonation and a very light body. No presence of alcohol. The sourness doesn't linger long at all.

Drinkability:
Easy sipping, low alcohol beer that goes down easily. Pretty flat, but this one works well without the carbonation. Goes great with dinner. Tons of flavor and just the right about of tart that doesn't obliterate your palate. I haven't had many offerings from Cantillon, but I feel like they definitely got it right with this one.

Photo of jrallen34
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottled poured inappropriately into my new 3 glass. Bottled on October 20, 2010, brewed October 30, 2007...Pours a really dark dark gold with only light carbonation. No real head rises, a few watery bubbles after you're done pouring. No lacing...The aroma is really light, only gives off some musky horse blanket, a little boring...Taste is also pretty light, shows off lots of oak, spider webs, chalk, musky. Not very sour, a little but more bitter than sour if that makes sense.

Maybe I'm just not a fan of unblended beers, or this wasn't a great batch. Either way, this is the probably the least good Cantillon I've had and can't imagine having this again.

Photo of Burt
2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Severed in a flute from a bottle

A. Yellow orange color with little head and no lacing what so ever.

S. Faint apple cider vinegar and mustiness

T. Sour, acidic then mellowed out at the end.

M. Very smooth with no carbonation.

D. Drank 3 glasses of this trying to enjoy it but had a hard time. This is a one and done for me.

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

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had absolutely no head and left no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was lots of citrus in the aroma with oaky character a tinge of vinegar and some funky bretty notes but definitely smell like its gonna be sour.

T: the taste had the signature cantillon sour characteristics with some citrusy, oaky, and bretty funky accents but had a touch of vinegar.

M: the brew was light in body with absolutely no carbonation which had a citrusy, oaky, funky, and sour finish.

D: I love my cantillon beers but have to say that it is not my favorite. Still a solid lambic and drank good.

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

The last untried Cantillon in my possession - this is a sad day indeed.

Pours a lightly hazed grapefruit, which true to type is completely without head and lace. Clean sour lemon and apple nose with light horseblanket and white wine notes. Crisp and quenching flavour pulls in a really dry white wine character, mixes it with some puckering lemon, earth, wood and a smack of leather. Light body and flat carbonation.

As expected, simpler than other Cantillon lambics. Well-crafted and enjoyable, but the lack of complexity would prevent me from buying more. Give me a Fou Foune or Geueze any day of the week.

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

A - poured into a tulip. Slightly hazy yellow-orange. Kind of like an uncarbonated hefe -- which makes some sense, considering wheat is an ingredient. Small ring of bubbles doesn't last, as you'd expect from a 3yr aged unblended. (plus, this bottle is 1.5yr old)

S - moderately sour, metallic, green apple & grape, and a certain mustiness. I like the comparison to library stacks someone made below.

T - crisp and fruity, a little woody, definite acidic zing without being overpoweringly sharp

M - moderate body. slightest bit of carbonation remains, giving it a slightly bigger feel than it would otherwise -- nice. been sipping for a few hours and the effect is pretty much gone.

D - more than the sum of its parts. tasty, low alcohol, and well rounded for a spontaneously fermented lambic.

Photo of brystmar
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork date says 2009. Poured into an oversized snifter.

A: pours a golden orange color. Zero head or lace. I guess this is typical of true lambics, but I can't help but feel like something's missing here.

S: sourness right off the bat, yeast, fruit, booze in the background.

T: sour through and through (shock!). Yeast adds some really interesting complexity with tons of funk that I can taste/feel but not accurately describe. A touch of sweetness in the middle turns mildly bitter and dry by the finish. Truly interesting, but I can't say that I love (or hate) it.

M/D: light-bodied, oily, minimal carbonation. Not difficult to drink from a purely straightforward perspective, but I couldn't see myself wanting to polish off more than this single glass.

I typically tell beer newbies that lambics are a "love it or hate it" style, but I somehow find myself right in the middle of this gamut. Lambics aren't really my thing, but I do enjoy them in moderation from time to time. And pretty much anything from Cantillon is special (and worth trying), this one included. Cheers!

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

750ml green corked and capped bottle.

It pours a clear orange with no head, just a bit of soapy bubbles that quickly pop. Great for a non-carbonated beer.

The smell is nothing but classic. It isn't as funky as other wild ales, but it is nice and tart with a huge lemony zestiness. There is a suprising amount of sweetness as well. The oak meshes it all together with a smooth vanilla like scent.

The flavor is very nice. It is a bit vinegary at first but it mellows out nicly. It isn't overly sour but there is a nice mouthpuckering sensation with the first few sips. The oak comes in with a nice woody note. There is a hint of spiciness to go along with the sourness and a slightly funky aftertaste. The oak is surprising here, it really shines with the lambic flavors.

I have only had 2 uncarbonated lambics, and this one is definitely the crown of the style. You somehow forget the carbonation, I think the acidity of it has to do something with that.

Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.