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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: 194 | 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 Jason
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
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
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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
4.07/5  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!

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

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

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.

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 -18.9%
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 -34.2%
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
3.92/5  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 +4.6%
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 +4.6%
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
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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

750ml bottle, served in white wine glasses...split! happy holidays!

A - pours with a very minimal amount of bubbles...still, lifeless. who cares? the beer is just slightly cloudy, bright gold in color.

S - lightly sour, metallic white grapes...bits of funk via bandaid, aspirin, leather, apples, live fields...interesting. my sister described it as having the scent of library books.

T - bright and fruity with very noticeable lemon rind, apples, green grapes, and pears. only moderately sour, with a light citrusy puckering. bits of wild fields, dirt, and creep in as it warms. quite complex, with notes of grains, batteries, and a hint of vinegary cat piss.

M - 2 on a scale of 10 as far as carbonation goes. makes the light seem just a touch thicker than it really is. somewhat dry in the finish from an ever increasing tartness.

D - perhaps one of the more unique offerings from Cantillon that I've had. you can really grasp the simplicity of an unblended lambic. goes down quite easily, while making the eyes cringe once in awhile.

Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from random notes I found laying around. These are circa September of this year. Bottle shared with a group of local BA's care of StormKing47.

Poured into a taster, this brew appears a hazed golden color with no head. When the glass is swirled a few spots of bubbles cling to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is an interesting mixture of wet leathery notes, maybe a bit of cardboard and some essence of...well baby diapers? It is very funky with a cheesy note to it as well. Once warm, the oak contribution of this brew comes forward.

The taste of this brew is very sharp and acidic with a flavor of pungent cheese yet it is tart and tangy. It is funky and quite puckering that makes the tongue salivate. A lingering flavor of oakiness and tannic qualities reside in the mouth.

The feel of this brew falls short, it is nearly still. It is watery but highly flavored with a sharpness of acidity. Unfortunately we had a bit of cork failure when opening this which might prove the faults in this brew so I would certainly like to give this brew another shot.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

European label 2006 vintage. Had at Delaney's in CT. Poured from a 750ml capped and caged bottle into a wine glass.

A: Poured with no head, just a single layer of coarse white bubbles that dissipated immediately. Beer is a cloudy goldenrod. No lacing. This one's near still.

S: Nose is barely detectable on any level and I really have to breathe deep to get anything. Slight hints of lemon rind, wood, cobwebs, and cheesiness. Also a bit of apple skin mixed in. Not aromatic at all and this one barely smells of anything even after it warms up.

T: Opens just a tad watery. Notes of lemon rind, citrus, apple tartness, and old, wet wood. A little one dimensional at times. Sourness maintains a moderate level throughout. Funky cheesiness appears for a moment right towards the end but fades quickly. Finishes with apple skin and yeast. Near no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, fluffy, and near still. Since this one's no really carbonated, it maintains a nice, smooth oiliness in the mouth. Filmy on the palate and silky going down. Finish is slightly accented with near no aftertaste.

D: This one reminds me a bit of JP's Lambicus Dexterius. A bit more flavor here though and an appreciated lack of hop bitterness. Nose could use some work but overall, a very solid lambic and one I wouldn't hesitate to pick up and age at some point.

Photo of bringonthehops
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over 3 hours --
-- 2008 vintage --

NOSE: moderately expressive bouquet: tart-smelling: tart apple skin, yeast, old wood furniture, and a hint of blood orange. Very nice bouquet.

BODY: butterscotch color; very flat - no head; a small amount of yeast is present; light to medium-light bodied.

TASTE: very light -- lacks the "pop" of many other gueuzes I've had, but this is not surprsing because this gueuze is only a 3 yr. lambic -- most gueuzes are blends of 1, 2 and 3yr.-old lambics. As lambics age, the piquant sourness of their youth gives way to a gentler, warmer spice/fruit profile -- that characteristic is certainly evident here. Light belgian spices intermingle with a delicate sourness on the palate. Light finish of great length. A bit hollow on the mid-rear palate. This would be a good gueuze for those that find the average gueuze to be "a bit much." Despite my preference for a more classically-styled gueuze, it's obvious to me this is a beer of superiour quality.

B: 50, 5, 13, 17, 8 = 93

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL poured into New Glarus flute.
2008 Vintage.

A- Pours a rusty apricot with absolutely no head as it should. There is a decent haze to it. Just a few bubbles sitting around the top of the glass.

S- Faint hints of damp basement, some book dust and some sour grapes. A hint of apple cider and a little yeast.

T- Taste is much like the nose with a muskiness, some oak and some sour grape. A little acidity and not much else going on.

M- Pretty much completely flat. Medium bodied but again no carbonation. There is a little bit of puckering to it but I would say more tart than sour.

D- I was glad to finally be able to try this but I would rather reach for some of the other Cantillon offerings. Not to say its bad but if you are looking for a sour, look elsewhere.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lambic with no bubble or any carbonation as unblended lambic should be. Aroma of funk and barnyard notes are quite dominant with some stinking cheese notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by funk with loads of barnyard note. Body is about average. Not bad though not my favourite - I think a classic gueuze is still better then this.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3-9-2010 bottle.

Pours a nice rich peach color, slightly hazy. It's really pretty, but it's flat... no head really at all. Smell is funky and fruity, a bit of stinky feet backed up with some citrus--oranges, mangoes. Some sweet malt underneath too, more than I'm used to in most sours, but I like it.

The malt continues to shine through giving this a nice base for the lambic on top of it. Tart, vinous, funky, this is a good beer. Very dry, lasting finish. Delicious.

MF is smooth due to the lack of carbonation, but a bit small for a sour. I'm looking for that pop that comes with better carbonated versions. Good drinkability, but I still want carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer in the taste department. The nose doesn't pop and the feel doesn't pop because it's flat! I know that's the way it's supposed to be, but I think this would be incredible with even just a little bit of carbonation. I love Cantillon offerings, but this one falls a bit short for me. Damn good flavor, though.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden, almost orange color with almost zero head and carbonation. Lots of sour funk upon popping the cork. Great sour funkiness with sour apples and pears. Also get some very floral notes as well. Taste is very apple forward with great lemon flavors. The flatness on the carbonation is really turning me off from this beer though. It makes me sad because this beer would be AMAZING with some good carbonation. This drink more like a wine (I'm not a big wine fan). It does finish dry and nicely sour though. Drinkability is not very high due to this carbonation factor.

Photo of sweemzander
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a stemmed glass. March 30,2009 bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear pale orange color that produced some white and transparent bubbles.

(S)- Very dry; bone dry with some proper and fitting lactic sour funk. Some earthy hay/barnyard clay in there.

(T)- Very similar to the smell in every way. A much lighter lambic too. Light bodied with a restrained sourness and acidity.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Perhaps the smoothest; easiest on the palate lambic I have had. No bitterness with just a mild sour lactic acidity.

(D)- Not the best offering from Cantillon, however, it sure is the most easily drinkable one. Light-bodied in every way. This is a drinking lambic for the dining table. Crisp and refreshing.

Photo of MrFootstones
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/2008

Pours completely flat, of course (though I have heard it can carbonate with enough time and the right conditions). It's is strikingly clear and a very pretty goldenrod color. Can't fault it for the lack of head and it looks great otherwise.

Aroma is epicly funky. Tons of stinky cheese, barnyard, enteric, and mushroomy.

Tastes of hay, Cantillon funk, tannins, goat stables, tart apples and lemons.

Mouthfeel, appropriate to style, but just isn't as good as if it were carbonated. Almost wine-like?

This was very complex and delicious, but it's too bad they don't release a single batch 3 year carbonated lambic :)

Photo of davod23
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

My brother came back from Belgium with a bunch of beer for me. This is one of those bottles. Poured into a Cantillon glass.

Pour is a hazy light golden color, bordering yellow. The beer almost glows. Pretty. No head to speak of, though this is expected.

Smell is quite nice. Funk, old attic mustiness, a zip of lemon and apricot. Has the Cantillon signature aroma.

Taste is good. I like this quite a bit, but not nearly as much as some of the other, fruit, lambics. Sharply tart, uncompromisingly so. Not quite as sour as other brews I have had, but this isn't for a beginner either. White wine character, a bit of lemon, and a slight earthiness.

Mouthfeel is just okay. I know it's supposed to be uncarbonated, but damn, I don't know that I like it that much. On the thin side, kinda lifeless.

Drinkability is pretty good, however. It's not so sour to destroy your palate. My share of the bottle is gone pretty quickly.

A good beer, but more challenging than enjoyable really. I greatly prefer other Cantillons that I have had. However, the worst of a great lot is still quite good. Worth a try if you're into lambics.

Photo of Slatetank
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to stormking47 for sharing this bottle poured chilled in an ale glass.

A -A light golden shade w/ good clarity and light cap of white w/ a minute bead, no lace to speak of

S - A smell that has a complex array of aromas including wood, sour white grapes and a lactic lemony scent with mild leather and sweet meaty notes w/ light cheesey quality that is funky and nice at the same time w/ tobacco and sour white grapes w/ a mild citrus rind

M - The feel is great with both sweet and sour represented, not very carbonated and pretty high acidity, but it finishes dry and has mild tannic astringent puckering palate effect like a sweet tart that I enjoy

T - The flavor of sweet tarts w/ lemony bitter and mango sweet flavor with a pepper tinge and slight funk underlying the taste w/ mild kumquat juiciness accented by the hint of wood. The slight bitter tinge is compounded by a gentle pithy element in the sour dry finish

D - I loved this but it was headspinning with all of its unique attributes with lots of complexity it was not a smooth ride, but enjoyable and intense which I like in sour beer - probably my first taste of unblended lambic but tasty all the same
M - The bitter

Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, I think it was bottled in 2007. Pours medium orange, almost no head, but little bubbles throughout and a fine white ring on top. Nose is very Cantillon, sour citrus fruits, dried herbs, really sour and funky. Light carbonation in the mouth. Classic Cantillon expression, big, funky, barnyard. Lemon and dried sage, dried mint. Of course really sour and dry, not as effervescent as the Gueuze. Pretty refined and nuanced.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into 250mL Jenlain flute glass. "Bottled: 9 March 2010"

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy, tan, apple-juice color with no head and only hints of visible carbonation.

Smell: Smells a lot like chardonnay, but has an additional musty hint to it and a note of apple juice.

Taste: Begins with sweet and tart apple, finishing with white wine tartness and a musty flavor in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Very dry throughout- the only beer I have had which I can say was dry from the beginning until the end. No real carbonation to speak of. This is both dry and refreshing at the same time.

Drinkability: A very nice, and very tart beer. Lambics are truly one of the most unique beers out there- this beer was my first non-fruit lambic, and I enjoyed it. This isn't a beer I would drink often, but I could see myself having random cravings for this then seeking it out. Certainly worth a shot, and I look forward to more future lambics.

Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.