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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
88
very good

598 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 117
Gots: 174 | FT: 17
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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birdsellam

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-10-2014 18:57:12 | More by birdsellam
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 01:08:29 | More by tbeckett
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-10-2013 20:45:48 | More by ckeegan04
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botham

Illinois

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

2007 vintage bottle poured into a belgian glass. pours a rich light amber/orange with a loos rim of head that leaves no retention or lacing.

aroma is of distinct funk with a light vinous sour note in the background. a subtle fruit note in the background from the yeast keeps it honest, while the funk gets a bit more pronounced as it warms. very crisp and well put together in the nose.

taste is more of the same with a subtle vinous sour note and mellow undertones of funk. a light yeasty note forms a bsae for the funk and sour. overall pretty mellow when compared to other cantillons, with a wonderfully funky profile.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light tartness and a subtle soft sour note in the background that gives way to lingering tartness after the fact.

drinkability is great. supremely drinkable and just mellow enough to bring the funk without getting overdone or bland. excellent offering from Cantillon. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 17:59:25 | More by botham
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-16-2013 13:23:28 | More by mrfrancis
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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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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-11-2013 22:10:19 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-05-2014 18:39:17 | More by Evil_Pidde
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-23-2013 23:15:25 | More by TurdFurgison
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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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brandon911

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-21-2014 00:29:23 | More by brandon911
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djs467

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-27-2013 19:49:19 | More by djs467
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-22-2013 19:44:38 | More by randylangford
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-18-2012 22:50:10 | More by jfcaa193
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-22-2013 07:14:40 | More by schnarr84
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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