Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
88
very good

741 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 128
Gots: 204 | FT: 19
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Belgium

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 StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was fortunate enough to try this one at a tasting. a cloudy and uninteresting moldy yellow liquid rests in my glass without much head at all, i know this is older, but im not seeing anything sexy about it. the nose has got plenty of fruity vinegar notes as well as a real sour flavor like unripe apples. the flavor is good, fruity and farmy at the same time, the yeast playing off the juicey sugars nicely. the finish is bang bang sour, more than brett or anything else, its like lemon juice from concentrate, puckery and bitter at the same time. no hops at all, but thats okay. feel is interesting, acidic as anything, and very little carbonation. body is medium and drinkable. id like to do a whole bottle of this but i dont think i can afford it. yummy stuff from the world renowned brewer.

Photo of JustinQ
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 75cl to a Wine Glass

Appearence: Poured an Amazing hy golden color. No head. But has little bubbles on top like fresh poured wine. Obviously Flat

Aroma: Acidic Sour, Rancid, cheese, mold, Almost smells like toenail fungus to be honest.

Taste: Fresh sliced lemon Juice, watered down and funky, exactly the taste I get, Not malty at all, Not what I was expecting at all. Pretty bland but that is expected. This beer would probably do Great in the cellar for a looong time.

Mouthfeel: Watery, Not dry, or slick, or cloying. Very watery

Overall: Great beer but definantly could not drink it every day like the brewers do. Overall I am Amazed with the beer. However VERY happy I did not pay money for this

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

A- lovely golden honey color

S- apples, a little sulfur, tart, pit fruity

T- a lil peachy, tons of green apple, rotten egg, musky, pepperry

M- full chewy fruitiness and a bit dry. lovely.

O- a great beer, very interesting and would definitely enjoy another bottle of it. i think cellaring would do this brew a great deal of good. not your typical Canty, still has the yeastiness of Canty but not quite the "wildness" and spontaneity (for lack of better terms) that i have come to associate with their brews.

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1999 vintage shared by me with some friends in SF.

Pours a burnt orange color, white head (yes, this had carbonation), thin collar. Smell is sweet tarts, light vinegar, light funk, some acidity. The age has done well for this beer, as I'm not a huge fan of the fresh vintages. Taste is funky tart lemon, oak, light pucker, some light sweetness.

As stated, the age has worked wonders for this beer. I would love to acquire another bottle of this vintage, but that's going to be hard to come by. Really good stuff, let it age, IMO!

Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 7/28 as a break from the BA DarkLords during the NYC Voltron tasting!!! thanks to brendan for providing this gem.
2005 vintage

a - watery yellow orange with no head at all, but this is one of them deliberately uncarbonated brews...so this is what one would expect.

s - rotten eggs, vinegar. lemon rind.

t - rotten eggs sour. watery flavor.

m - watery sour. dry finish.

o - overall sour egg water. if you like sour you will dig it. however, this one isn't really the tops for me. i can respect this beer, but my palate isn't there for something like this. this is beyond what i love about the style and the sourness from the age is intense for me. good and glad i tried it...but not my bag.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A green 375ml half-champagne bottle with a cork & crown. 2007 vintage; bottled in 2010. Acquired a little while back from a webshop (though I also have a 750ml bottle I picked up at the brewery). The front label shows a building from the Grand Place de Bruxelles, along with a red poppy - I wonder why the poppy is there?

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and no carbonation whatsoever. Yields a few frothy bubbles upon pouring but these disappear almost immediately. Looks about right - after 3 years of aging the CO2 has taken a walk. Aroma of tart, acidic lemon with a distinct vinous quality and a whiff of vinegar. Musty, yeasty and dry, with a hint of woodiness. Superb.

Tastes of sharp lemon accompanied by acidic grapes. Very dry, with notes of vinegar, musty yeast, wine, faint wood and lactic acid. A pervasive, raw sourness defines the flavour. Mouthfeel is smooth and mouth-puckeringly astringent, but rather thin and texture-less. Aftertaste of tangy vinegar and hints of sour lemon.

Impressive - while there are a number of Belgian lambic brewers very few of them sell an unblended lambic (arguably the purest form of lambic beer if not the pinnacle of the art). Bruocsella delivers everything you expect from Cantillon; it's intensely dry and sour, with a light fruity character and musty depth. The only let-down is the mouthfeel - the absence of carbonation removes a desirable dimension from the body (I realise this is a contradiction, as unblended lambics are uncarbonated). However, it remains a brilliant effort - the flavour of time itself. A must-try brew; don't pass it up.

Photo of Reaper16
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle -- bottled March 9th 2010 -- served into a tulip glass

Pours a dark, hazy burnt orange color. It's murky and not really attractive in any sense. This is gonna' be a flat beer -- there's only the faintest gaggle of bubbles. No head to speak of.

This is straight, unblended lambic. It lacks the artful blending of a gueuze. So the aromas and flavors here are raw, sometimes harsh. The nose is full of vinegar. Not even a fancy kind of vinegar -- rice wine or apple cider or balsamic or etc. -- just straight up white vinegar. There's damp wood. There's some general barnyard notes. There's a musty/savory quality here that reminds me of Taiwanese braised pork belly. Lots of sharp, pungent tart notes.

The vinegar carries over to the palate. This bottle tastes like a plate of mustard greens soused with white vinegar. Tart in a similar way to, like, Komboucha. There's some oak here. A bit of lemon juice. A bit of, like, dandelion. Oh, that's it: dandelion wine. This tastes a lot like some homemade dandelion wine. A Bretty finish. It's strong and it's rough and it's a lot to handle. But pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel? Hahahahaha. It's flat. Tomme Arthur would be proud of this beer. Despite the nearly 100% lack of carbonation, this beer registers as nearly medium-bodied. There's some body as you swallow.

Overall, this is an above average lambic. It's meant to be this raw look into true lambic beer, and it achieves that. NOT for the lambic neophyte, but worth a try.

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage, bottled in 2011
poured into Funkwerks tulip

A- No carbonation to speak of, light copper/yellowish orange color. A bit hazy.

S- Light, slightly acidic. Smells a bit of damp and unwashed clothing.

T- Very light, dry finish, typical Cantillon funk.The funky old clothing smell comes through in the taste. A bit oaky with a watery aspect reminiscent of green grapes and unripe apples.

M- No carbonation, but it doesn't really bother me because the flavor is still there. Initial taste is light and watery, but the tartness fills out (although it never gets too extreme).

O- A solid from Cantillon. It is a different style, which at first I did not like very much, but the flavors and the style itself grew on me. Not the best from them by any means, but one to definitely check out if you're a fan of their other brews.

Photo of birchstick
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/16/2009. Pours clear yellow without much of a head. Notes of lemony funk with some herbal tones and some horse funk. Sweet lemon upfront fades to some sour funky notes. This dominates the front of the palate. Ends with a lot of sour lemon and bitterness. Full body without much carbonation. This is a pretty good Cantillon. Not as much complexity as others in their lineup, but loaded with the sour goodness. Good, but not at the level of others.

Photo of xnicknj
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into nonic - 2011 vintage

Pours a mostly clear golden copper color with no head, lacing or retention.

Funky and fruity in the nose with pear and white grape. Some hints of white wine and oak with yeast. Tart and sour with some earthy notes.

Fairly sour up front, meshed with soft fruit tones. Wet hay and barnyard funk with a significant earthiness. Oak and a touch of white wine. Straw and grapes with a building lactic tartness on the back end.

Lighter medium body, tart and very dry on the tongue, completely flat. There's some tasty sour and fruit flavors in this, but I have a hard time getting into beers that are completely devoid of carbonation.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one during a recent tasting! 2012 Vintage with Belgian label! Served from bottle into a Kuhnhenn tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. There was no lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, tart, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, green olive, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really quite surprised at how close to being a still brew this one was. Even though this was the case it was still quite enjoyable. All of the flavors were delicate while being intense at the same time to keep your palate on its toes throughout the glass. Really glad I got the chance to try this one fresh as I have a few sitting my cellar. Definitely a must try if you get the opportunity to do so even if you aren’t a Loon fan.

Photo of axeman9182
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle of the 2007 vintage. Allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Cantillon Bruocsella Grand Cru pours orange, lightening to tangerine at the edges, and with not quite 100% clarity. A few scant bubbles briefly form on top of the beer, but that's it, not even a bit of head to it. The nose is a little dull, but it has some wet hay notes from the brett, as well as a light tartness. There's a bit of honey soaked apple at the open of each sip, which is a nice touch. The barnyard funk comes in mid palate, and is surprisingly restrained. A brief citric/lemon sourness comes in for the finish. The mouthfeel can only be described as flabby. It's damn near completely flat, and leaves the body feeling way too full for a wild ale. I guess it was bound to happen, but Bruocsella Grand Cru is the first time I've really been let down by Cantillon.

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

750 ml bottle, 2007 edition, bottled 2010, best before date of 12/2020. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color, topped with a finger of fizzy white foam that fades quickly, leaves no lacing.

S- Tart nose, lots of earthy yeast funk, hay, some lemon.

T- Follows the nose with lemony, acidic tartness, more mellow than on other Cantillon brews, more complex earthy funk, must, lemon and wood.

M- Medium-to-light-bodied, smooth feel, very little carbonation, dry finish.

O- A really nice unblended lambic, like everything I've had from Cantillon I had a great time drinking this.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

2011 vintage. Bottled 10/20/11.

Pours a murky orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is quite sour, tart, and funky with a slightly cheesy aroma as well. Taste is pretty much the same but not as intense as the nose would indicate. This beer has no carbonation with a flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but much different from other Cantillons I have had in the past.

Photo of beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my cantillon tulip glass
2006 vintage !

Golden pour, light haze. Even a vigourous pour couldn’t raise a 1 finger head - a few whitish bubbles and then nothing. expected sour nose, grapey, tart lemons. In the mouth the beer shows plenty of sourness, lemon peel notes, sharp acidic finish, a little woody character at the end. Medium bodied, carbonation is pretty much absent here. Overall this was quite a bit more mellow and a bit less sour than I was expecting, but the key lambic notes are present. The stillness if this beer is a little strange, but the taste is fantastic.

Photo of rarbring
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is golden, clear, with a small white head that leaves little lacing, some curtains.

The smell is sour, lemon and sour milk, some earthy aromas, stable, leather. Funky!

The taste is very crisp, sour, sour cream, vineagar with complex earthy notes.

Little carbonation, a refreshing feeling, a dry acid finish.

A straight top notch lambic, clean and very typical. Well done! 2006 Vintage,

Photo of kscaldef
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewing date 2005, bottling date 2007

A: Very appealing golden orange color with great clarity. No signs of carbonation, as one expects from straight lambic.

S: Pure classic Cantillon. Bright lemony sharpness and funky barnyard and hay

T: Funk, funk, and more funk. Not super sour, but tart and strongly minerally with an astringency that grows and a little more bitterness than I'd expect.

M: Somewhat thin which, when combined with being uncarbonated, ends up feeling like something is a bit lacking. Finishes with a ton of mouth-scraping astringency.

O: This is pretty interesting to have tried, and grows on me a little bit, but I think that overall it's not for me. I'll probably stick with gueuze.

Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. This beer pours a light bodied apricot orange in color with no carbonation at all. It is what it is. The nose is really subtle and the sour fruit characteristics are faint. There is subtle, watered down dried apricots with moderate funk. It's really light. The flavors are watery and again there are dehydrated fruits making up the sour. It's almost a neutral lambic (I know there isn't fruit), like sour water. It drinks very light in watery in body. I know it's supposed to be still but it doesn't do the beer any favors. This is still very drinkable. It won't wow you in any way but it's a nice, easy drinking lambic.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour produces a glass of hazy deep golden liquid with a smattering of tiny bubbles on top. Dark apple juice comes to mind. Smells funky and fruity with a hint of sweetness. Tart sour cherries and lemons via for attention against a sweet sugary backdrop. Funky sweaty horse blanket with a touch of plastic phenol round out the nose. Funky phenolic comes out first before a bit of fruity lemony lactic puckers me up a bit. There's still a bit of malt sweetness in there that tries to counter the onslaught of funk, but it fails. Medium body, still carbonation, with a tart earthy sourish puckering mouthfeel. Lots of raw funk in this one, I enjoyed it, but I've honestly enjoyed some of the blended lambics a bit more.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

vintage 2009

pours a burnt golden yellow. slight haze. basically no head at all, but this is unblended lambic so its cool.

very heavy on the oak, some fresh and some old. light mellow lemon. slight cheese. some skunked funk.

deep in flavor. lots of oak and some very tame lemon. tart and sour, with tartness up front and in the back. a great combo of both. the skunkiness really shines in the flavor as well, i liked it. some bitter grapefruit juice here and there.

flat and still but very dry

delicious, i can see why this is a grand cru, it's good.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2007 Vintage
Bottled 27 Jan 2011
BB: Dec 2020

I am finally back to drinking beers from series of sours, this is the 5th beer in the series. This will also be my first unblended lambic - can't wait to dig in!

Appearance: Bright orange-golden body, very lightly clouded and completely flat.
Generally I like a beer to have a good sized head, but since unblended lambics are intended to be flat I cannot knock off any points for its absence.

Smell: Wow, there is a ton of dry white wine aromas right off the bat, I wasn't quite expecting that.
Other notes include: Apple cider vinegar, very musty basement, old wood, wet hay, lemon juice, a hint of sweetness (overripe white grapes), ripe farm house cheese, a touch of sweat, lots of oak and unexpectedly a hint of horse.
This is a stunning nose with amazing complexities. It is interesting to see that notes that the 3 year old lambic contributes to Cantillon's regular gueuze.

Taste: The flavour does not quite live up to the nose in terms of complexities and power, but is non the less pretty darn good. Again there is a resemblance to a very acidic white wine. Lots of oak character, quite tannic, lemon juice, cider vinegar, very musty, old hay and earthy mushrooms. The tartness is fairly mellow, but very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Grand Cru Bruocsella has a distinct wine like feel - medium body, no carbonation and a stunning dry finish

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer - the fact that it was flat did not bother me at all. I will certainly have this again in the future!

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

2006 Bottle, 35% Wheat / 65% Barley

A. Yellow to copper, clear and clean, completely still with no carbonation.

S. Wicked Sour Apples, Very tannic and nose opening, almost like chemical VOC's

T. Reminds me of apple juice made from granny smith's with slight barn flavor and more of a cider dryness and body from the barley and wheat.

M. Crisp, Clean, very nice and dry

O. This is absolutely great, Really loved it.

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

This beer pours completely still. Pale yellow/orange. No head. Aroma is very nice funk, mild cider apple aroma, and a bit of citrus rind. Pretty sour a bit bitter with funk and apple cider. Pretty damn sour. Mouthfeel is what unexpected from a still unblended lambic. Could have been a bit lighter, but very nice anyway. Overall this beer is a very well made, refreshing, sour, assertive, awesome beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear golden color with basically no head or lacing at all. It looks much like a white wine to me. The smell of the beer is funky and tart. The taste of the beer isn't overly acidic which is nice but it does give off plenty of sour and tart flavors. The mouthfeel is thin, again feeling much like a wine. Overall this beer is something that isn't for everyone. I can only handle so much of these types of beers. If you enjoy the style, you'll enjoy this for sure.

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, capped and corked, brewed in 2007, and bottled January 2011. My second crack at finishing off all of the BA styles, since the Iris inexplicably went all Yankee Wild earlier this year.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with but a few crackling bubbles that result in absolutely no head, nor any lace, which is kind of disconcertingly non-beerish, I gotta say.

It smells of tart white wine grapes, sour apple, mild wheat grain, some tame horsey funk, and earthy hops. The taste starts with the same fermenting white wine must astringency, but is quickly overtaken by a musty, dusty, and softly funky fruitiness, more pithy than tart, a slight dry oaken woodiness, white pepper, mild sodden cereal notes, and some lactic yeastiness.

The carbonation is practically non-existent, just a very subtle burbling way, way down there, the body a quivering medium weight, with a lightly cloying, hollow character that precludes any crazy thoughts of smoothness. It finishes with a muddled wheaty, fruity, yeasty, and funky blend, all of it still making me sort of eager to scrape my tongue.

Bruocsella's resemblance to (surprisingly) low acid white wines and still cider is remarkable. Weird barnyard and yeast flavours are fine, but this experience tells me that I need that distracting, palate-cleaving tang from the fruit acids, which just seems missing here. Kind of strangely bland without it, which is a relative thing, I'm sure - weak sisters, runts and all that.

Edit: it appears that the Iris has been restored to its former style. The machinations of the BA-verse confound me yet.

Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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