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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
88
very good

619 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 119
Gots: 175 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
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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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

05-25-2014 08:53:14 | More by SkiBum22
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stealth

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-25-2014 05:01:35 | More by stealth
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-22-2014 17:44:23 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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einman

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.5%

05-22-2014 17:32:37 | More by einman
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

High B-

05-20-2014 22:21:05 | More by kojevergas
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MarshallBirdhouse

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%

05-20-2014 08:15:44 | More by MarshallBirdhouse
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

05-19-2014 21:40:49 | More by funkyaudio
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

05-19-2014 12:48:07 | More by DeutschesBier
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

05-19-2014 12:25:04 | More by cnbrown313
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STG228

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-17-2014 02:34:58 | More by STG228
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

05-13-2014 02:33:04 | More by polishkaz
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beerloverofbham

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

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velcrogrip

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-12-2014 14:53:06 | More by velcrogrip
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-10-2014 21:40:34 | More by schopenhauerale
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deschutes_fan

Idaho

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%

2012 Bottle/Cork Date, 750mL.

This beer has zero carbonation, which takes a bit to get used to.
My first glass I was very un-impressed. With no carb, the beer just lies flat in the mouth and the flavors aren't able to diffuse throughout. Thought the funk and sour was very muted and there wasn't much else going on.

HOWEVER, for my next 2 glasses I let the beer warm considerably (almost room temp). This really opened up some nice barnyard and cheese funk. The lemony sour is subtle, but rounds out the flavors decently. Some oak and slightly dry.

Overall, this beer is quite good with the proper expectations and letting it warm considerably. It is not nearly the same sour/funk experience as the other Cantillons I've had, but still a good quality beer if you're into the style.

05-05-2014 04:46:36 | More by deschutes_fan
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-04-2014 11:53:38 | More by Morey
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ari32

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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SStein

Belgium

4/5  rDev +2%

05-01-2014 18:03:04 | More by SStein
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-30-2014 01:03:29 | More by DarthKostrizer
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fehrminator

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-28-2014 02:47:46 | More by SteeleWright
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-26-2014 04:16:10 | More by gueuzegossage
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-25-2014 22:39:57 | More by ZEB89
Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.