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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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308 Reviews

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 783
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 131
Gots: 214 | FT: 20
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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 barleywinefiend
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a flat deep yellowish color, no head, no bubbles, just still as can be

S. Horseblanket, lemon zest and citrus on top some Earthy notes

T. Initial hit of barnyard and citrus in the way of some lemon zest and orange peel, then more and more barnyard appears leaving a stale mustiness on the palate. There is also an underlying old apple juice like note I can't get past. The finsih is flat, dry, funky.

M. Flat, light bodied, clean

O. Not to bad.

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy golden deep yellow with no visible carbonation and no head except for a dozen big bubbles.

S- A slightly sour tart sent with a hint of canned tuna fish. A faint hint of goat and hay.

T- Bold grapefruit taste with faint horsey characteristics. The finish is dry and tart. Nice soft oaky hint in the finish.

M- Light body with a bold dry pucker but no astringency.

D- This is very smooth and doesn't have a lot of flavors from the barnyard. The tartness and crisp refreshing taste makes this really refreshing. I guess the age has really made this smooth.

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Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. This beer pours a light bodied apricot orange in color with no carbonation at all. It is what it is. The nose is really subtle and the sour fruit characteristics are faint. There is subtle, watered down dried apricots with moderate funk. It's really light. The flavors are watery and again there are dehydrated fruits making up the sour. It's almost a neutral lambic (I know there isn't fruit), like sour water. It drinks very light in watery in body. I know it's supposed to be still but it doesn't do the beer any favors. This is still very drinkable. It won't wow you in any way but it's a nice, easy drinking lambic.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewing date 2005, bottling date 2007

A: Very appealing golden orange color with great clarity. No signs of carbonation, as one expects from straight lambic.

S: Pure classic Cantillon. Bright lemony sharpness and funky barnyard and hay

T: Funk, funk, and more funk. Not super sour, but tart and strongly minerally with an astringency that grows and a little more bitterness than I'd expect.

M: Somewhat thin which, when combined with being uncarbonated, ends up feeling like something is a bit lacking. Finishes with a ton of mouth-scraping astringency.

O: This is pretty interesting to have tried, and grows on me a little bit, but I think that overall it's not for me. I'll probably stick with gueuze.

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Photo of corby112
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 750ml bottle.

I found Bruocsella to be a tremendously tasty and interesting beer and enjoyed it somewhat more than the BA community as a whole, it seems. Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a smallish head and minimal lacing. Nevertheless some level of natural carbonation is evident.

The aroma packs lemon, green apple, musty funkiness, sourness and acidity. The flavor is tremendously complex, balancing sour lemon and fairly assertive barnyard, horse and hay funkiness with a lesser apple note that's almost cider-like. There's a good degree of oak character as well. Teeth are left squeaking.

Medium-light bodied with low but present carbonation. Easy to drink and endlessly fascinating. an instructive look at an unblended lambic, with essential flavors deep and vivid. Would love to drink this again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked with date imprinted 2004. Sampled 12/07. Aged 3 years in oak casks.

A: Poured a clear bright golden-orange color with virtually no head.

S: The nose was yeasty with sour fruit (green apples, peaches, apricots). The nose was very aromatic and perfumy with a beautiful scent of sour fruitiness.

T: The initial flavor was soured fruit (apples, apricots, peaches). There was a dominate sour peach flavor with a moderate acidic bite. The mouthful was light and slick with nice sour citrusy notes. There were some slight hints of white grapes and lemons as well. The beer was lighty carbonated per style and very soft on the tongue delivering a huge sourness of flavors leaving a moderate but crisp fade. The oaky character was very light and covered by the sourness of this beer.

M: light, oily slick texture. very soft carbonation.

D: Definitly a great single blended lambic that will leave you puckering from the sourness and wanting more. Very acidic and tart.

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Photo of Derek
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy, cider-like colour, no carbonation or head.

S: Very tart: apple and lemon.

T: Apple cider vinegar, lemon rind, earthy-metallic minerals.

M: Very acidic, no carbonation, light to moderate body.

D: This one's a little rough for my palette.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into 5oz taster

A slight haze in a golden yellow body, very fine suspended particles and dead flat as expected, interesting

S pear, apple, lemon and cheesy funk, some earthy woody notes and some dry cereal

T matches the smell fairly well, sour and dry with mellow funk, lots of citric lemon notes and less woody notes then the nose but that still leaves plenty

M dead flat but I suppose I shouldn't consider it a fault seeing how its intentional, slick and has some tannin to it, sour but my not turning my mouth inside out, strange funky aftertaste lingers for ages

O interesting stuff for sure and I can't think of anything like it so that's always nice

I like it but don't quite love it, seeing how I don't think I've had Un-blended lambic before so personal taste may weigh in here more then normal. Cheers Ian for bringing it over

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Premier Gourmet I believe, somewhere in Buffalo. Corked, capped and foiled 750 ml.

Pours a clear gold, tiny white head forms, big bubbles, leaves a ring around the glass. Smell is insane, acidic, citrusy lime, salt and vinegar, barnyardy funk, almost burns my nostrils! Taste is similar, very acidic, citric, sour funk, malt middle, vinegar, barnyard, tart lime finish, crazy. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Another Cantillon I want more of. So crazy but so good.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2003.

Underneath nary a head (bubbly and white) sits an inviting golden liquid of pure unblended real lambic. Aroma is of wool, acetic acid, lemon and hay, must, lime, dew and a slight funky barnyard character as well. The carbonation is very low. Almost negligible. The flavors of this tart beer are surprisingly refreshing. The acidic nature offers a bit of a bite, but the flavors blend together nicely. Lemongrass, vinegar, funky barnyard stuff, aged hops, army blanket... And bone dry. And that's an understatement. Yeah, this is lambic. And a good one at that.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.5.12. Bottled 7 September 2012

1000th review on BA!

A - Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange with only a few large bubbles clinging to one side.

S - Funk, lots of fruit - peach, pear, orange, lemon, candy-like, floral.

T - Dry floral, some of the fruit follows, but not much. Almost watery.

D - Lower carbonation with a light body. Dry.

O - Smells amazing, but the taste just wasn't the same.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The joke was on me the first time I popped one of these. I'm used to popping the crown on Cantillon and not hearing any "psscchhht" of carbonation releasing from the bottle, until my noob ways realized there was still a cork underneath. Well anyways, I'm sure if you've had this beer already, you know where I'm going with this, but for the uninitiated, well, I was real bummed that this one was for real, it was barely/not at all carbonated. Of course I didn't know it is supposed to be that way with this beer, but what the hey.

Looks like a dark gold, flat, listless. Force pour yields next to nothing. Smell is quite nice, gueuze funkiness all over it. Tart barnyard. Substantial malted wheat. Kind of drinks like a sour white wine given its total lack of carbonation. Pretty dry for having no carbonation, you would think it would stick and be heavy, but no.

Regardless of it being traditional as a three year old unblended lambic, it just is light years beyond the enjoyability I get from drinking almost anything else in the Cantillon lineup. Toss this one and Mamouche on their rears, focus on everything else they make, because they're all world class to me when you exclude those two.

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Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, gold colour with no head. Fine for style.

Lemony citrus aroma with clean tartness. Mildly funky but not at all harsh.

Crisp, clean lactic sourness with citrussy notes. Mild apple. Balanced with good funky notes.

Medium body with no carbonation. Fine for style.

A solid lambic with balanced flavours and no overbearing sourness.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with just a few large bubbles on top that quickly recede into a glassy layer. No lacing and only thin legs.

Smells musty and acidic with hints of orange and lemon peels and lighter hints of wheat. As it warms the tart acidic aromas, slightly vinegar-like, intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Nondescript malt flavors up front segue quickly into tartness on top of tartness. Again, hints of lemon and orange peel are distinguishable however the tartness is overarching. Midway through the sip a good deal of mustiness pervades, like not quite dry hay. The ending is crisp and, yes, tart.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick mouthfeel with very light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however it won't be easy to have another.

Overall I'm glad I finally get to taste an unblended lambic however now I see why they're normally blended. This is a very well made beer but it lacks a bit of complexity normally found by adding and augmenting one beer with another. Still, very well worth a shot if for nothing but education.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottled poured inappropriately into my new 3 glass. Bottled on October 20, 2010, brewed October 30, 2007...Pours a really dark dark gold with only light carbonation. No real head rises, a few watery bubbles after you're done pouring. No lacing...The aroma is really light, only gives off some musky horse blanket, a little boring...Taste is also pretty light, shows off lots of oak, spider webs, chalk, musky. Not very sour, a little but more bitter than sour if that makes sense.

Maybe I'm just not a fan of unblended beers, or this wasn't a great batch. Either way, this is the probably the least good Cantillon I've had and can't imagine having this again.

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Photo of Gusler
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon it disembarking the 750ml green bottle resides in the glass a beclouded straw color with a smallish off white head and the resultant lace a thin but sealing sheet. Nose is tart, with hints of sour apples, citrus like in its crispness; start is dry and sour with the top light. Finish continues the devastatingly tartness, dry as a bleached desert bone, and the aftertaste lingers long, a true lambic lover’s brew that you will love or hate, I love it, but beware its not meant for everyone even if you like most lambics

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Forget the vintage. Poured a fairly clear yellow color. No head. Aroma is funky, refined and distinguished sourness. Aroma is earthy, tartly fruity, slightly cheesy. Flavor start with a wave of dry sourness. Then it slightly recedes. In the meantime I pick up a lemon and barn and cheese rind flavor. Some hay and old grass. Then the sourness comes back for wave two. It's completely flat, which was cool and unexpected. I had no idea before I tried it. Definitely not my favorite Cantillon. On the other end, definitely one of the more unique beers I have had recently.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: yellowish orange with minimal bubble head

smell: sweet, with strange fruit smell, funk

taste: sweet and sour,

mouthfeel: almost no carbonation, drinks like a wine,

drinkability: overall not totally impressed with this one. but glad I got to try it.


the cpj

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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Photo of tbeckett
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 6 Sept 2008 bottle date. Poured into my Supra tumbler, Cantillon's Grand Cru is a murky dirty gold with no head, very light carbonation, some bubbles on the side of the glass, but still - as expected for the style, of course!

Smell is sweet, almost cider like, unusual for a lambic, with a bit of sweet baby diaper providing the funk.

Taste is more in line with what I was expecting, but still not very funky, with only a mild acidity, but nice chalkiness. Approachable lambic, but I prefer more complexity and intense sourness.

Mouthfeel is slick and dry, with a light pucker.

Drinkability is very easy, due to the lack of funk I prefer. An elegant lambic, but not my favorite.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into nonic - 2011 vintage

Pours a mostly clear golden copper color with no head, lacing or retention.

Funky and fruity in the nose with pear and white grape. Some hints of white wine and oak with yeast. Tart and sour with some earthy notes.

Fairly sour up front, meshed with soft fruit tones. Wet hay and barnyard funk with a significant earthiness. Oak and a touch of white wine. Straw and grapes with a building lactic tartness on the back end.

Lighter medium body, tart and very dry on the tongue, completely flat. There's some tasty sour and fruit flavors in this, but I have a hard time getting into beers that are completely devoid of carbonation.

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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
87 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.