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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

545 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 545
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%


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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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:57:55 | More by Agold
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 08:42:21 | More by Centennial
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champ103

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a bottle at Avenue Pub in New Orleans. A true unblended lambic that has been aged for three years in the wood cask. I am really looking forward to trying this.

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. A very minimal bubbly white head forms with no lace. I do really like the color.
S: An awesome nose. Up front is a surprising sweetness, especially if you are familiar with the brewery. Vanilla and wood in the nose. Then comes an acidic twang. Tart lemons and apple skins. I love it.
T: Again, I love it. Vanilla sweetness and oak/wood flavors. The middle is dominated by the wood. Lingering is lemony, grassy, apple skin flavors. Acidic, but not overly so. Really clean considering the typical funk. I can't get enough of this.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation. Though the clean dry bite works perfectly. So enjoyable to drink. Truly unique, and something I can drink all day.

I know it is pretty much a cliché to like rare Cantillon bottles. Though screw that. This is something that I truly love. The unblended lambic is a great treat that I would highly recommend. Just an experience that I really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 03:56:02 | More by champ103
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dogfooddog

Panama

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml; 2005-dated cork comes out with NO pop. Pours with small amount of carbonation...remembering that this is an unblended lambic (I hope) I try to quit worrying.

This is a gold-colored beer, not as dark as the st. lamvinus but much darker than normal blended lambic products from this blender.

Taste - it's nearly flat. decently musty taste, somewhat sharp acidity at the sides of the mouth when drinking this. nice but i am underwhelmed, maybe spoiled by other recent cantillon lambics?

this beer is very pleasant but like the st lamvinus I am looking for the back end of the taste and aftertaste, but that is normally an attribute of unblended lambic.

Follow-up comment (3/27/6) - I had very mild heartburn/acid indigestion when I drank this beer on the review date. A few days later I had major heartburn when trying the 2003-cork fou fonne, where I actually noted it in the review. Yesterday I had another 2005-cork grand cru and noted the same mild heartburn sensation. I have had nearly all of cantillon's products over a number of years and these two are the only times I have felt this, and I still drink other products from them regularly. Not sure if this is a products of a particularly strong lambic year (2002 maybe?), or some other specific attribute. I had older versions of grand cru in the past with nary a symptom.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 04:21:48 | More by dogfooddog
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting to try this beer for awhile. FYI in MA you can get it at Colonial Spirits in Acton. Pours out yellowish-gold and completely flat. Looks like apple juice. The smell is wow, tart! Bad apples and fruit squeezed for just the just. The taste is like a flat gueuze but more complex. Seems sweet in the start, fruity in the middle and tart in the end. The aftertaste is very dry.

What a complex yet well balanced beer. I really like it but I think I like the gueuze better. Cheers to Cantillon for keeping the tradition alive and well! FYI...Vintage 2003. I guess I couldn't wait any longer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 00:13:18 | More by CharlesRiver
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 20:27:19 | More by DefenCorps
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - It pours an orange-gold, and is menacingly still.

S - The nose favors unsweet apple or crab-apple, and musty basement.

T - The flavor suggests orange juice, vanilla, buttery oak, sulfur, and strawberry. As it warms, additional notes of lemon and black peppercorn become available. Lingering flavor is exquisitely mouth-watering.

M - Slick and flat, yet still manages to feel lively.

O - A great beer; so complex and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 02:25:36 | More by ktrillionaire
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Jon

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2002.

Decanted and poured into a 500ml wine goblet. Hazed goldenrod color with extremely little carbonation. Looks flat, like apple juice in the glass but carbonation is not expected in this beer.

Extreme nose has the ability to permeate an entire room with notes of acrid, acidic must. Further investigation yields notes of dried apricot and apple slices, citrus, wood and a touch of leather. Eye-watering acidity is dominant.

Sour, dry, and a real treat. Lemon and lime pulp, smoky oak, trace notes of residual vanilla imparted by the wood aging, and vinous characteristics. Mid-palate is expansive and the finish features a relatively bitter hop twang and gushing acid. Granny Smith apple and wood persist on the wonderfully dry finish. Incredibly deep.

Lack of carbonation limits the mouthfeel from being truly spectacular, yet it is still a bit viscous, almost oily and the acidity provides a lively element to the entire Cantillon Grand Cru experience.

Refreshing in an unparalleled fashion, this is the only unblended straight lambic I've had the pleasure of sampling in bottled form. Truly remarkable, Grand Cru actually paired quite well with baked escolar in a mango-chardonnay marinade. The acidity of the lambic balanced out the oiliness of the fish and the sweetness and tanginess of the marinade. This is one fantastic beer, aged for almost two years in the bottle. It could go much longer, and for some folks' tastes, probably should. This will no doubt frighten the unenlightened.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 03:47:47 | More by Jon
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2003.
Clear, dull golden and headless.
Oaken nose infused with Pino Grigio, acetic acid, leather, and fertilizer.
Begins modestly tart and grows from there. Gentle fermented white grape tartness and acidity up front. Mildly vinous. Sour oak traits pile on. Straight-up lemon-lime juice later. It's getting face-twisting now. It clings to the entrance of the throat and just burns. So acidic. Bile and urine. Funkiness is found in small doses, around the periphery. Mushrooms, and generalized farmhouses. Small yeast pour adds some white pepper spice. Absolutely bone dry.
The acidity is king here. And a mighty one.
Lightish bodied, but firm, uncarbonated and wine like.

Fabulous stuff.

Big thanks, Bighuge

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 03:59:01 | More by cokes
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orange, with little head and no lace. Typical of the style.

S: Hay, straw, barnyard funk.

T: Delicious. Smooth feel. Light citrus with a delicate tartness and present, but mild, acidity. Classic Cantillon funk and amazing flavor. Distinctive and wonderful.

M: Smooth, low carbonation level. Thin, with an acidic finish.

D: Quaffable. Another gem from the world's best brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 20:04:44 | More by Huhzubendah
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crossovert

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 07:14:30 | More by crossovert
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cpmichael

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and Capped, Cork says 2009. Poured into a Stone RIS Snifter

A: Pours a nice orangish-yellow, super flat with zero carbonation, but that is to be expected of the style. Looks a bit like a juice instead of a beer.

S: Barnyard funk all over the place, with sourness and some tartness, lemon citrus and hints of oak and vanilla.

T: Super sour and tart, mouth-puckering. Pretty funky in the taste as well, with some vinegar and oak complexion come through near the end. Very tasty.

M/D: No carbonation, but the style dictates that this will be the case, and honestly you forget about it midway through. The sour and tartness are interesting and biting enough to not really need it. It's great to be able to see the base of the geueze by itself. Will drink again. Highly enjoyable for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 15:33:21 | More by cpmichael
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UnionMade

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 04:52:00 | More by UnionMade
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 16:29:38 | More by Slatetank
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ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being an obsessive Cantillon fan, I couldn't pass this brew up when I first came across it. It comes in a capped and corked 750ml bottle, with a note from the brewer on the back stating that this is the only unblended lambic available. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with no head - this beer is as close to uncarbonated as possible. The nose is full of oakey, earthy notes, with just a hint of the sourness to come. Taste is as sour as can be, with some barnyard notes and a firm oak backing. The body is light, and the acidity makes the beer jump off the palette and leaves you ready for more. An amazing, unique brew, although I must admit the traditional blended geueze is a little more my style.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 00:01:13 | More by ColForbin
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marc77

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, turbid auric hue. It's nearly still, thus no head or lace forms. Initial waft of fermented lemon peel and overripe apricot gives way to soft leathery notes along with sweetart hints of partially converted cider and white wine vinegar. Swirling release notions of honey and aspirin. Enticing aromawise, indeed. Incipient in flavor is a brusque wash of clean, simply tart dilute acetic acid. Ensuing mid palate is a burly melange of goaty caproic acid, tepid lactic acid tartness, all enveloped by rounded fermented citrus pith like bitterness. As the beer warms, lemon and dried sour plum candy hints arise along with suggestions of powdered quinine. Dusty, thinnish mouthfeel that's akin to filtered still cider. Finishes with a snap of bile - like bitterness and lingering white grape skin like tannins. A delicious lambic, with stunning complexities, yet it sits softly on the palate. Outstanding. Big thanks to Realale for this fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 03:57:41 | More by marc77
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SacoDeToro

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock.

Poured a brilliant yellow with a small white head.

The aroma was full of brettanomyces barnyard funk, lactic acid, some acetic note, and mild cheesiness.

The flavor was pretty tart and acidic. The beer had a clean biscuity backbone (very subtle, but nice). Slight wheatiness. There was a nice grapefruit pith bitterness in the finish. Seemed a touch maltier than some other Cantillons.

The bottled versions I've had were still, but since this was on a draft system, it had picked up a nice carbonation that made it better IMO. The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

Very refreshing and highly drinkable. Better on tap than the bottled version.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2008 22:00:28 | More by SacoDeToro
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #19.

Pours a burnt orange sort of copper color, similar to a cider, with barely any head. Looks completely flat - virtually no carbonation. There is some yeast floating around as well.

Aroma overall is very subtle, owing I would guess to the very low carbonation and lack of head which doesn't fully allow the aroma to develop. Still, it's quite sour with acidic, tart fruity undertones. It also has a nice earthy/woodsy quality.

Taste begins with some tart apple and even a bit of citrus flavor. There is a peak of acidity after which it is only slightly acidic and funky, both of which mellow out almost completely as other flavors come to the fore through the finish. Those include earthy and woodsy flavors, and especially an oaky wood flavor that is very nice. Finish is very clean, as is the overall feel. It's light in body and the lack of carbonation makes it very soft and clean. It's quite dry, and the lack of carbonation and the woodsy oak give it a sort of cider like quality, with just a bit of tartness left in the mouth to pucker the cheeks a bit. I find myself licking the sides of my mouth to get the last drops of flavor that linger.

This is probably one of the most drinkable sour beers I've ever consumed. I'm really digging it. It's clean and smooth and very tasty. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 02:01:45 | More by number1bum
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largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

November 2009 bottling.

Pours into the tulip a clear golden-amber hue. It's completely still and could easily be mistaken for a glass of white wine.

The three years this beer spent in barrels is evident in the aroma. It's woody, musty, dry. It has a fruitiness reminiscent of grapes, green apples and lemon rind, along with a mellow lactic sourness. The oak lends an almost spicy and nutty note that brings to mind walnut shells and cinnamon sticks. Earthy and complex at first, the fruitiness increases as the beer breathes and warms, reminding me faintly of rotting citrus fruit (and I mean that in the best possible way). There's an almost hidden scent of wet hay beneath it all.

It's mouth-watering and fruity on the tongue, like taking a bite out of a tart granny smith apple. Tannic, leathery oak counters the juiciness, lending a strong dryness that creates and interesting dynamic. There's plenty of fruit flavor on display, from tart green grapes to apple cider to lemon flesh and peel. Acidity is strong but at a balance with the other flavors. It isn't harsh in the least, but it's certainly felt over the course of the bottle. The woody, drying, earthy tannins really take hold in the finish, giving me a mild case of cotton mouth. The stillness works wonderfully for the beer, allowing each and every nuance to have a turn on the palate and leaving the flavors lingering for minutes after each sip. Thoroughly enjoyable on the whole, this is an excellent low alcohol sipping beer with a light body but tremendous complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 05:53:04 | More by largadeer
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty wierd stuff. No head whatsoever, murky light brown to slight orange appearance, very balsamic, tart nose. It attacks your tongue with brutal sourness!!!! Amazingly mouth puckering, veeeery sour. Quite earthy in aroma and taste, and extremely dry, which i like. This was one of those beers that you don't know if you truly love or hate, and thats how it got me.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2002 02:25:32 | More by rastaman
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OStrungT

California

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with almost no head. What little head is present is white. It leaves a tiny lacing in the glass.

This beer has a sour aroma. It smells slightly of vinegar. It has a very subtle citrus aroma as well. I slight yeasty aroma is also present.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. It has a tart, citrus flavor. It is quite sour tasting. A slight vinegar flavor is present. Some earthy yeast is there also, but it is covered mostly by the strong sour flavor.

This beer leaves a sour aftertaste. It is a little aggressive, due to the sour flavor. It is very low in carbonation.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. The only problem would be the sour flavor getting cloying after too many.

Overall: I am glad to have tried this beer. I liked it, and would definately have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2007 21:17:13 | More by OStrungT
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off notes from 6-2007. Pours a hazed gold with a funky nose (surprise, surprise). Flavor is a load of tangy oranges. The liquid feel is thicker than I usually expect lambics to be. It's good. Not my favorite lambic really, but still pretty decent. Just a bit too tangy for my likes is all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 01:37:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottling into stone VE tasting glass, provided by me for the MA BA tasting a bit back. Review from notes.

A- All but still, some large bubbles try and convince me it's got some carbonation, but I'm not buyin' it. Hazy burnt orange/brown.

S- Lots of earthy funk, musty dusty and crusty.

T- Big lemon, fresh green grass, some mild pepper and earthy bitterness. H.A.M.F. funk.

M- OK, it's not still. Mild carbonation, although it's more of a novelty than a main player. Flavors are diverse and come together well.

O- Yes, please. We opened this up after tasting many big boys- Crianza, Cable Car, Zwanze, Beatification, etc etc, and this one more than held its own. Really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 00:24:41 | More by ShogoKawada
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color is an orange-golden, without much head. The smell is a very strong tartness. The taste is a very dry sourness, with a nice earthiness that isn't completely covered up by the puckering. Mouthfeel is somewhat flat. Drinkability-wise, I don't know if I could stand up to too many of these.

I selected this beer as a celebration of the end of the semester, as well as a toast for good luck for tomorrow's GRE. I can see why someone said this is a love or hate beer...though one glass is a fantastic and complex experience, this would take quite a robust soul to session with! Still, a nice celebration beer, and certainly one I'd save for other rare occasions in the future!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 01:43:16 | More by beergeek279
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2002, Sampled February 2004
The cork pulls with an apparent lack of carbonation. An immediate sour musty aroma wafts from the bottle. When poured into my glass the complete & total lack of carbonation is quite apparent. Cool just like having a traditional Lambic straight from the barrel. The aroma is of course dominated by sour acidic notes but there is an apparent woody aroma and a sharp note of urea as well. The beer itself is a hazy light orange color, and because of the non-existent carbonation there is no head at all.

Strong notes of grapefruit are in the taste of this beer. At first I did not think this beer was all that acidic, but as the beer moved past the front of my mouth the full acidity of this Lambic kicked in. This beer has a very light body, which is accentuated by the lack of carbonation. I get notes of bergamot in the middle, and notes of tannin in the finish. This beer has the full suite of funky Lambic characteristics, though the musty-leather/ barnyard character is perhaps a bit subdued compared to some others. There are some notes of a good stinky French farmhouse cheese, as well as some woody funky-wild mushroom characteristics in my glass. This particular bottle of Lambic is not all that acidic compared to most of the Cantillon range. It is of course surprisingly sour at first, but, unlike most, the acidity seems to reign in after a bit. This is so complex, you can sip and try & dissect all of the competing flavors until the end of your glass, then you wish you had more because you feel like there were a couple of things that you missed.

This is a great (and one of the few) examples of a traditional Lambic. This beer is one of the few chances for most to sample an unblended Lambic, and for this alone Cantillon is to be applauded. I do like this beer quite a bit. A bit of warning though, these flat bottles of Lambic need to be served warmer than usual, about 60*F (15*C), as I find uncarbonated Lambic needs to be a bit warmer than usual in order to fully express it's charms.

Serving type: bottle

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