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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
88
very good

631 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 119
Gots: 178 | FT: 16
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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Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source and an almost non existent thin bubbly head that dissapears immediately.

Vinegary earthy oak aroma with lots of lactic horse blanket funk. Subtle light fruit notes compliment the strong earthy oak notes.

Medium slightly puckering body that isn't too acidic. Nice tart lactic barnyard horseblanket funk. Light and fairly easy drinking with not as much of a puckering tart mouthfell than I expected or wanted. Dry finish.

Light crisp fruit notes. Cherry, grape, apple pear, etc. Sour lactic funky. Not nearly tart enough but still puckering without being very acidic. More vinegary than anything else with a lot of oak/vanilla.

corby112, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Kemmerlin
2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: dark gold with faint haze and absolutely no head or lacing.
S: sour apple and some cooking wine/vinegar smell
T: it has dramatic sour apple taste and a mellow vinegar flavor that is striking on the tongue. I can't say I'm a fan of this style.
M/D: astringent dry feel like cooking wine and really thin. The drinkability is difficult do to the poor taste and astringent feel.

Kemmerlin, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, pale orange, somewhat similar to apple juice, produces no head in a flute glass.

Sour apples and cider vinegar are equal parts with yeasty funk. There is no clear sense of hops or malt, but as it warms, dry, white wine aromas blossom.

The tongue welcomes a sour and acerbically acidic flavor, though not as sharp as other examples of this style. Apricots, apple and dry, white wine round out the flavor profile.

This is a parchingly dry and astringent experience with little discernible alcohol in its light, almost thin body.

This is a very enjoyable, though admittedly acquired, indulgence. One is sufficient for late evening or possibly as a cocktail.

SLeffler27, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

Thanks, Joe!

A - Hazy orange-yellow color; poured with a thin white head

S - Yeasty; funky; a bit bretty...nice stuff here

T - Cirtic and tart funkiness; bit dry

M - Smooth and lightish; nice tight carbonation

D - Very good; tasty; funky and fun

Overall, definitely interesting enough and tasty. Worth a look.

Nickls, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Tballz420
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 07

No head on this bad boy. Somewhat hazy orange body. Slightly malty scent, dominated by a nice sour yeast overtone. The tongue is nailed with the sour taste right away. Quite acidic grapefruit taste, somewhat musty. A bit of lemon mixed in with the barnyard. More or less no carbonation. Very light bodied.

Havent met a Cantillon i didnt like, and this one is certainly no exception

Tballz420, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RE-REVIEW

i've now had this numerous more times during the week of april 20-25, 2009, during the craft brewers conference when jean van roy visited boston. i've had to re-evaluate the way i approached this beer compared to when i first tried it last year.

it is definitely NOT supposed to have much carbonation. it is 3 years old lambic, with no residual sugars left, without any fresh lambic added/blended in before bottling, and thus little to no secondary fermentation occurs.

knowing this changes everything. that said, i still prefer some carbonation in my beers, so the drinkability and mouthfeel aren't as high as my imaginary ideal.

>>>>>>>>>>
OLD REVIEW 7-31-2008

750ml, bottled 05 Sept 2007. poured into tulip.

golden honey color, minimal haze. almost not carbonated at all, with very little head even with the most forceful of pours. no lacing. just a few micro-bubbles along the side of the glass on each sip.

nose has vinegar and funk. musty, almost sweet hay. overripe apple and grape. some whiffs of yeast.

gentle tartness and cider vinegar note, with lots of woody tannins, all enveloped by a moderate farmhouse funky flavor. tartness persists, then fades in the finish, with more woody tannins. touch of bitterness?

slightly thin, but has some smoothness, combined with moments of tannic and acidic texture. almost non-existent carbonation.

interesting, but not worth the price. again, so far, it seems that i prefer the blended lambics and gueuzes. the lack of carbonation here also doesn't seem to help.

A - 3
S - 3.5
T - 3
M - 3
D - 3
(total score 3.1/C+)

tai4ji2x, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the 750ml bottle into a flute an oranged hued dark golden colour with no head.
S - Smell is initally vinegar and funk but some tart apple and sour grape aromas come through. A bit of graininess.
T - Quite a dominant Brett character in the taste followed by some tart and sour fruitiness.
Again also some grain touches.
M - Light bodied, zero carbonation.
D - A beer to be drank by someone who appreciates the style that's for sure. And even then it's a challenge. The non-existant carbonation is quite weird. Would I drink it again? Probably. Would I search it out? Probably not.

brendan13, May 30, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second time to try this much-talked-about lambic, 5 years after my first encounter with this beer in Cantillon Brewery, May 2004; I didn't know much about lambic then but now with a little more experience, I guess a detailed review is in order! The label is different from the one printed on this page, so is the name "Grand Cru Bruocsella - Lambic Bio 2005". Bottled on 05/09/2007, BB 12/2020; served cool in Tripel Karmeliet's long-stemmed tulip glass.
NOTE: The front label bears "Lambic Bio 2005" that, I guess, corresponds to the back label's description that the beer base is aged in oak casks for 3 years(!) before bottling (hence bottled in 2007?); made with 65% malted barley and 35% wheat.

A: pours a dark tawny hue with very little sign of carbonation and certainly no beer head - elegant, truly like a "cereal-based wine" as described on the label!
S: upon the opening of the bottle, the cork comes with an utterly complex aroma, perhaps the best I've come across for this type of beer, that I spent one good minute sniffing it while letting imagination go wild. The beer aroma is interestingly settled - the old oak barrels' notes have mixed with the beer base seamlessly, in a distance giving out only a mild honey-ish and sour white grape like aroma alongside the delicately musty, leather-ish, and also oaky theme. A good swirl reveals restrained salty-bitterness like very old, very dried peels of unidentifiable citrus fruits, on top of well-aged dry cider and salted/preserved startfruits, while the musty lactic-sourness is kept at a rather moderate level. Delicate and lingeringly aromatic, but not as complex as desirable, alas.
T: non-carbonation on the palate, with a quiet foretaste of lightly sour citrusness and salty cider gradually developing with a semi-spicy touch hand in hand with only very mild barnyard mustiness, while, in the form of aroma rather than taste, the wheat-ish aftertaste comes clean and zesty-bitter in the very end. As the beer warms up a bit, the bitter citrus peels and old damp woodiness tune up a level, and so do the rustic mouthfeel and sourness that come along. In the aftertaste, the almost full-bodied-red-wine like, chewy fat tannins(?) linger on the tongue, not unlike undertones of a lactose drink or other types of wheat beer (hefeweizen or Belgian witbier), I say.
M&D: the texture is very smooth or slick even, as no carbonation is felt against a moderate body, making this beer truly like wine or liquor in the glass. My very last encounter with any old Lambic was Girardin's at last year's GBBF (BSF bar), and the memory is quite hazy that I can't make any responsible comparison here. But this revisit shows this beer as a truly unique offering, if not a truly great one due to the quiet performance overall.

wl0307, May 06, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours golden brown with no hint of a head or carbonation. Nose has sour funk, oak, tropical fruits and tart wine grapes. Taste is quite tart up front w/ a funky oak presence as well as a ripe citrus fruits. Medium body with no carbonation and a dry finish. Well balanced, very authentic ale. Should pair well with fine cheese, berries and smoked fish.

rye726, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of the 2005 while in Ghent. Cork says it was bottled in 2007. Overall a tasty and relatively drinkable (though not sweet) gueze that oddly enough had almost no carbonation, but I guess that's how it's supposed to be. The lemon-lime juice taste really dominates this beer, though musty barnyard notes creep in behind the fruit and come on stronger in the aroma. Worth a try, but really I haven't met a Cantillon beer I haven't liked yet.

tempest, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dead flat, yellow-gold liquid. This is really one of those beer that has nothing to do with these categories. It's just odd. I enjoy drinking it, but it just doesn't fit into normal comparisons with other beers. In many ways, it's close to a white wine, a subject of which I know next to nothing.

S: Grapes, some green apples, vinegar.

T: Similar to the smell. There's a solid funkiness from whatever bacteria live in the Cantillon brewery. This was my first Cantillon and so I was girded for some mouth-puckering sourness. Unfortunately for me, this version is of a relatively mild sourness for a tart Belgian. I mean, it has a strong vinegar note and citric tartness, but it didn't quite knock my socks off, like I was hoping for. It has certain qualities comparable to an unflavored kombucha.

M: Bizarre. Flat.

D: Drinkable out of interest in the different and odd but a bit disappointing really. I could see it becoming an acquired taste if I had easier access.

popery, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage. The beer is a completely still, gold colored liquid. It's mostly clear, with just a slight amount of haze. Zero head, and zero carbonation. The aroma is really interesting here. The first sensation is of oak...like a white wine aged in oak barrels. That scent is followed by more expected citrusy, lemony, horsey, musty, funky wildness. Wonderful aroma. The taste is dry and mouthpuckeringly sour. It's not as intense a sourness as I expected, and seems to have been softened by the aging? This makes the beer a lot more drinkable than other Cantillon's. Light, easy to sip, and interesting. Not quite as complex or intense as it could be, but this is instead a refined, subtle, sophisticated, and very approachable lambic.

Suds, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, draught.

Pours clear gold with a slight orange tint, no head.

Nose is musty, leather, earthy, barnyard, sour apple, with an underlying sharp citric note.

Taste is soft, musty barnyard sourness, sour apple and leather, hint of citric bite.

Mouthfeel is still, almost no carbonation, medium bodied.

JohnQVegas, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of one surprising lambic that cost me $20. Bottled 09/05/2007. No head, and almost no bubbles. Still, orange, smells musty yet juicy. It tastes like so many different things, juice, apples, sour, must, basement, no wonder gueuze is so good. This lambic did not disappoint.

ArrogantB, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Orangevango
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is quite interesting. When poured, it does not give any sort of head, there is absolutely no visible carbonation, belive me, I looked. The color is, however, a quite clear and atractive shade of gold. The smell, well, its like a punch in the nose, you can smell it from across the room, sour sour sour. A bit of Funk. The taste is rather underwhelming, quite one diminsional. Its just sour with a touch of oak tannins on the side of my tounge. Its even more sour than the smell gave away. The mouthfeel was like wine, completely flat. I would not want to drink a whole 12oz pour of this beer, in fact, I was a bit tired of it after about 6 oz.

Orangevango, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of kkipple
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of the weirder beers I've tried in a while... let's see how a *flat* unblended lambic does.

A. 100%, totally and in all other ways flat. It does not even try. Oh well. At least it's not doing anything half way.

S. Hmm... very intense lemon-polish here... a bit cheesy, white grape, acidic, not very deep. Sour and bracing. Hint of minerals. Doesn't smell bad, but I hope you like tart/sour lambics...

T. ... 'cause that's all that is here. Very tart and sour, lemons and dry, fully attenuated, flat beer is what you get. Think lemonade before you add the sugar. It really is that tart. Nary a hint of sweetness, hops, malt character or anything else here but oaky, sour and tart liquid. Woody and leathery. Hints of sulfur and salt. Hard to think of it as beer after a few sips ... sort of like juice. Sour juice.

M. Well, it's flat. Dry. Sour lemon-acidic finish. A bit tough to drink...

D. Low. This is is a sipper... 2 ounces is fine. A good after dinner drink or something to throw out to mix things up during a tasting. I just can't imagine drinking this more than once a year / vintage.

Broucsella is interesting, a unique not quite "finished" beer and quite fun if you like lambics - I don't know of anything else like it. But it's not really a "good" beer - it lacks the complexity of its Cantillon brethren and the drinkability of... well, most anything else. A good beer to have at least once; after that I'd spend your money on one of Cantillon's superior offerings.

kkipple, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Biggness
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours and orangy amber with no carbonation so no head or lacing. The smell is of sour... almost like lemonade. The taste is nice and complex, some nice malt flavors in there with some sour/bitter lemon flavors as well. nearly no carbonation and a mild dry aftertaste didn't help the mouthfeel for this beer. Actually an easily drinking beer for all the things going on, just not the flavor wow in my opinion for the price tag.

Biggness, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into snifter at Deep Ellum...

Honey color, slightly cloudy with electric tight bubbly translucent single-finger head.

Beautiful, yeasty sour-dough bread along with brett, horse blankey/hoof and feel of ripe, cramy fermented peaches...only complaint is that scent diffuses a little too quickly.

You get the expected citric acid with a nice note of Brett funk...the peaches and a little vanilla (oak?) are there...it's surprisingly clean after that, though. Quite nice

It's high and tight but you can brush the dust off, get back in the box and enjoy this one...Smooth as hell...a little oak expands a long finish.

This deal is obviously solid and then some...drinks very nicely, is enjoyable as hell but as mentioned is a little tight for more than one or two. Still, awesome.

IBUnit63, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up when I was down in Florida last week, along with a bunch of other nice Cantillon beers. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 02/19/2009.

The pour was decent enough with a clear, dark grape juice looking liquid with only the slightest bit of carbonation sticking to the inside of the glass. The aroma is sour, tart notes, hints of a woody or oak like touch with a vanilla touch to it. Small notes of cherry or some light fruit notes. As I take a taste the feel really throuws me off. It is almost like oily water, no carbontion and slick feeling, really distracting. The bite of tart apples is lightly offset with a touch of vanilla and oak in the finish, nothing too bad at all, but nothing blowing me away. Just a touch one to put down, the tartness was not strong enough and the subtle hints of oak, too light to make a difference. My least favorite Cantillon beer to date.

mikesgroove, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Cask @ Monk's, 2/13/09, poured 13oz, it appears a golden wheat, cloudy, almost visibly saturated with bacteria. Did I mention this has absolutely no head on it. Resembles a cup of urine, sampled from a dehydrated & infected patient. I use this analogy in the best light possible.

Smell -- Grenadine & Vinegar

Tastes like sucking on a piece of birch. No wait, watered down Koolaid. Or more like the liquid whey at the top of a plain, sour Eastern European style yoghurt. wait wait wait.. more like a glass of lemon water that has been sitting for 12hrs full of toothpicks and one pickled cherry. Yes, tart... I s'pose dominated by a hint of woody cherry in the finish. the mouthfeel, with the absence of carbonation, is extremely light, almost indistinguishable from a particulated water.

D-- dit is extreem

Philabeerphia, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of UnionMade
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 bottle, according to the cork.
Pure copper color, great clarity, with a large bubbled, erratic head.
Very funky scent, immediately sour. Wild yeast owns this beer. Bretty and mousy, leading me to believe in the dryness the brew will provide.
The flavor opens with a touch of malt sweetness, almost immediately overtaken by funk, sourness and more sourness. Very light and super attenuated, with minimal carbonation. Bright, green apple sourness, with cheesy, mousy flavors. Unripened peaches. A bit grassy, very puckering. The sour finish dominates. Lasts long in the aftertaste. Dry as a desert. Intense stuff.

UnionMade, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle cap & corked.

Poured hazy orange color with an minimal frothy white head that mostly diminished with virtually no lacing. Moderate sour yeasty raw wet wood aroma. Light to medium body with a dry texture. Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium sour finish of moderated duration.

This is a standout for style beer.

tmoneyba, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of IPAcraig
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent straw gold with no head or co2 bubbles.

Signature cantillon funk, but somewhat muted compared to their other offerings.

Dry funk and tart apples. Fairly big and biting but again, not as sharp as other cantillons. Perhaps more fruit and less barnyard flavors.

Low carbonation even for a lambic. Actually no carbonation. Very light bodied.

I love the funk. Cantillon does make the best lambics I have had.

IPAcraig, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Overlord
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Somewhat disappointed in this, actually.

Pours a murky clear golden yellow with a bit of amber in it. No head. Almost zero carbonation in this beer. I'm searching for even a hint of bubbles. Looking through the reviews, this was clearly intended by the brewer, and not the fault of a bad bottle. I found it offputting in appearance and mouthfeel. Just a bit of carbonation can really zest up a strongly flavored beer, and the lack of it really lessens the experience. We're not talking about minimal bubbling here: there was none. Period. I want a sour beer, not sour juice.

Smells like funk, vinegar, and unripe fruits. Taste was pretty good, though not as robust as other Cantillons/sours I've had. More sour than funky, with a real harsh vinegar/lemon acidic bite that I liked. I have to again come back to the mouthfeel -- it's a real problem with this beer.

Would not revisit, though it was nice to try something new.

Overlord, Dec 31, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage shared via fisherman 34. Pours a cloudy light orange juice colour, minimal head. Nose- citrus tart, old socks, dusty leather. Taste- not as sour as expected, but brings the funk in a big way. Very dry with a strong cheesiness and barnyard character. Light in mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. A very easy lambic to quaff. First unblended lambic I've tried. Very nice

oakbluff, Dec 30, 2008
Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.