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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand CruCantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 122
Gots: 201 | FT: 18
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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 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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass bottled 9 March 2010 in a 750ml bottle.

A - No head. Pours a nice solid peach orange color.

S - Tart and citrusy with some slight lemon, orange and grapefruit aromas. Some vinegar as well. Some slight sweetness is felt as well as some Granny Smith apple.

T - Tart and funky flavors. Slight grapefruit and sour orange. The funk and farmhouse flavors in this beer make it very interesting along with the tartness.

M - No carbonation, smooth and light bodied but very complex.

D - Refreshing and enjoyable. The lack of carbonation through me off a bit.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with friends at Novere Res. Poured into a Cantillion glass. Pour is a hazy golden with a slight orange hue. No head and zero carbonation on this. I had trouble picking up anything at all on this. Earthy tones and tart apples but I feel like I might be reaching. I couldn't get a lot but it was nothing unpleasant. The taste was sour and earthy with tart fruit to it. A bit of funk made this a nice complex and enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel was interesting. With no carbonation it was smooth and easy to sip. Nice and light and enjoyable to finish the night.

Photo of alfrantzell
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2009.

Shared by chswimmer in celebration of Arbitrator's graduation. Congratulations, Arbi. After five years you finally have your GED. The world is your oyster.

A still life: ambrosial funk, white wine grapes, fresh lumber, and citric exocarp. Yellow and immobile in the glass. Slim in body, but not thin. The stillness of the beer is compensated for with generous structures of oak.

An eminently drinkable lambic.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass--bottle dated 16-Nov-2009

Appearance: orange in color, clear, minimal head, low carbonation

Smell: sour mix and oak--very white wine like

Taste: sour mix, big oak, alcohol, and light fruit

Mouthfeel: slightly sour, tart, dry, light body with low carbonation

Drinkability: A very different brew. My first reaction was I really like the way the oak mixes with the sour. After the sourness numbed my tastes some, I realized how much this tastes like a good dry white wine. This one is a sipper and I would be curious to get it on draft. However, I am not likely to pick up another bottle at the price point. A good solid beer that is worthy of trying--at least once.

Photo of timtim
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

like other reviewers have said, this is kind of a hard beer to rate, seeing as there really aren't that many unblended lambics available to us here in the us, or period for that matter - despite what the bottle says, i can think of two other, and i'm sure there are more. there is no head, but i wasn't really expecting one, just a nice, hazy, burnt gold beer. Nose is delicate and subtle, but complex and definitely opens up as the beer airs out. i get lemon, preserved lemon, grape, grapefruit, sour milk (just a touch), wood and cobweb on wet rock. pretty awesome actually. really evokes a sense of place. the taste... woah!! taste is sour, lemony, oaky... with a cobweb on wet, musty cellar wall finish. sounds strange? it is, but equally awesome. slick, medium body with a tang that holds. not so sure yet where lambic/geuze fit in to my repertoire, but the authenticity of the flavors are becoming extremely alluring to me. not for the faint of heart, but a really interesting treat when you're in the right mood.

Photo of jjanega08
2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A= The pour is a nice hazy yellow color with a slight amber tinge to it in the deepest part of the glass. The head is pretty much non existant which is a little dissapointing. There is a thin ring around the glass with big bubbles.

S= The smell is sour lemon and maybe some feet? There is a decent amount of oak in it as well but no vanilla coming from the wood. Exactly what I would expect from an unblended lambic. There is also a good amount of earthy odor coming from it.

T= The taste is very very light. Much like a white wine. There is a slight sour lemon taste to it. The earthy taste is still there a little bit but not much. The feet smell doesn't come through in the taste at all. There is a conciderable amount of tannins as well.

M= Super dry. Astringent. No carbonation.

D= Hmmm. This Cantillon actually dissapoints a little bit. A lovely brew but not an unblended lambic in my humble opinion. This resembles a white wine. It isn't carbonated at all and the tannins and astringentcy really take over. Interesting but not for me right now. I'll prolly throw one in the cellar for fun though.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a golden/yellow straw color with maybe a kiss of orange. No head at all.

S: The nose is quite grassy and "green", if you will. Some lemons, green apples, and a definite earth. Not the most aggressive of the Cantillon's in terms of nose.

T: The flavor is a bit bland as well. Fairly earthy, some mild mustiness, and grapefruit, lemons, and oak pretty much make up the flavor.

M: The body is medium with a slick feel on the tongue due to the relative lack of carbonation.

D: Probably the most lackluster of all the Cantillon lambics I've had. Not much depth of flavor, but perhaps I need to try an aged bottle of this.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Thanks to monsterzero for this bottle!

What's the 1900 for? This beer pours a clear golden straw topped by a sad cooagulation of bubbles that just barely qualifies as a head. And the government's not entirely convinced (I smell sitcom!). The nose is sour...I know, how can you smell sour...but, yeah, if you smell something sour, it smells like that. Heavy on the must, sour grapes and berries, and a hint of cobwebs. The taste is similar, but the sour is toned down, fading to an almost prickly sweetness in the end, not unlike some wines I've had in my day. The body is a heavy light, with very little carbonation and a smoothly fluid feel. Overall, though I haven't had all that many unblended lambics, this one's not near the top of my list.

EDIT: It was brought to my attention that 1900 was the year in which Cantillon was founded. The more you know. [Insert shooting star graphic here]

Photo of DefenCorps
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My original review below mentioned a lack of interest in picking this up again. Well, I cheated. Bottled 07 Sept 2007.

Pouring a clear orange with no head or carbonation, this beer is pretty much what an unblended lambic should look like. As for the nose - this has a big, woody, funk. The wood character is more than I've come to expect from Cantillon, this is almost Drie Fonteinen-like. Rotting wood, a little bit of cork, oak, a little vanilla and plenty of funk. Musty, dusty, cobwebs and damp basement, moldy and funky with wet leather. Excellent stuff.

The palate opens with a big sourness, lactic and sharp lemon-rind like. Actually the sourness is initially so intense, it's grapefruit like. The sourness quickly gives way to a musty, funky, damp basement funk. Wet driftwood, wet forest floor, a little mushrooms, the flavors are excellent. Drying on the finish with a mellow tannic character. Despite spending as much time in wood as it has, it doesn't get a harsh tannic character. In fact, it doesn't even get close to some of the more acclaimed Drie Fonteinen lambics! Drying and lactiic on the finish, there's a fantastic complexity with wood, must, wet earth and wet leather (maybe some wet dog too, on par for the course). Carbonation is low, as expected, this feels really great on the palate. Unlike the Jubel 2010 which lasted 2 hours, including the first 75 minutes of the 3rd place game, I don't expect this to last the hour. Marvelous stuff.
My only complaint is that the label is inaccurate. By claiming that it's the only unblended lambic in existence, it fails to acknowledge the existence of the De Cam Oude Lambiek, one of which I am in possession of.

Original review dated 23 August 2008,saved for posterity
From notes, split with 2 friends of mine. 2005 vintage, into my Ommegang tulip

A: Hazy yellow with no head and carbonation 3.5

S: Mildly funky, oak, vinegar and lemon. Pretty woody and mildly musty 4

T: Sour, funky, complex, lemon rind flavor. Some oak. Dry finish 4

M: Flat but surprisingly thick for a lambic. Bitter lemon peel on the finish 4

D: Decent stuff, not sure I'd pick this up again 3.5

Photo of Mora2000
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled November 16, 2009.

The beer pours a clear orange color with a small white head. The aroma is awesome with very tart lemons as well as some oak notes. The flavor is pretty good, but not near as tart or sour as the aroma led me to believe it would be. I get notes of lemons with some oak. The beer is extremely dry. The only real problem I have with the beer is that the body is extremely thin and watery. The carbonation is very low.

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

Bottled 8/28/09

A - Pours a hazy gold, no carb, no head.

S - Barnyard funkiness, citrus, sour apple, pear. Oak.

T - Obviously sour and tart, sour apple, straw, "funk". Nicely balanced and complex.

M - Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Dry finish, similar to an oaked white wine.

D - Very nice in small quantities, split this bottle between 5 people and we were all happy with out samples. Had this after dinner at a tapas bar, found it to be a great digestif.

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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.