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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

634 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 119
Gots: 179 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002)
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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.8%

InspectorBob, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

imperialking, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

corby112, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev +1.8%

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

drewone, May 15, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Three year old organic version bottle. Thanks to foofaa for the share.

A - Pours murky golden amber with no head at all leaving no lace at all.

S - Smells of a moderate amount of funk, mild basement must, some light horse blanket funk, dash of grass and a bit of lactic sourness. Probably the most mild of all the Cantillon's I have tried.

T - Starts off with some wet basement must and a decent amount of lactic sourness quickly giving way to hints of mild barnyard funk, some fresh grass and some damp earth. Finish is kind of a mix of everything with a bit of extra tartness, not lingering overly long on the palate.

M - Medium body with no carbonation at all. The lack of carb leads to a slick, slippery feel that flows freely across the palate.

O - I enjoy a still lambic every now and then but I still prefer them to be carbonated. I like the aromas and flavors but this just isn't one of the Cantillon's I would seek out. Great to try it but that was fine for me.

orangesol, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

tempest, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

barleywinefiend, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.75/5  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.

stakem, Dec 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

wl0307, May 06, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmmn. After lots of various lambics and Guezes, I believe this is my forst still, unblended lambic. I definitely prefer blended ;ambics and some carbonation. That said, it is what it is. Poured absolutely still and golden, just the tiniest bit hazy. The smell is very light, with lemon sourness up front followed by some light barnyard aromas and finishing with a spritz of acetic aroma. Taste is sour and slightly herbal up front, sorta like orange juice tastes after brushing your teeth. This is followed by flavors of ripe soft cheese and some oaky tannic bitterness. Mouthfeel is still, tannic, and a litttle puckery. Not really my style, but interesting to try.

Georgiabeer, Nov 14, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

duceswild, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1983 vintage with a vintage black and white label of a castle on it.

Poured into flute.

Pours no head. Color is a clear pale amber gold.

Aroma: Sweet and old-like. Musky. Nose is somewhat like a faro smells like. Lemon and honey flavors. Oak and a bit of spice. Fruity.

Taste: The taste is a lot like the nose, but more sour. Not to tart. Pretty sweet. Honey and dry spice. Oak and vanilla. Very old tasting, but pretty tasty and holding up well.

Mouthfeel: Tart and clean. Light bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a beer this old was great. One of the oldest I have had and it seemed to have held up well. It was drinkable. A lot sweeter than I expected. Good stuff.

mothman, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe for Zwanze Day 2012. I am not sure on the vintage.

Sanding right there when this was poured into a tulip glass, I was surprised to see the faintest amount of bubbles that immediately vanished as I was handed the glass. The color is a bright gold shade that looks pretty. Swirls dont bring any bubbles either, I realize this is unblended lambic. Smell is barnyard scents mixed in with some apple and pear, lazy lambic scents. Hay comes through as it comes up to temp and the oak is quite bold in the end, it all comes together. Bg amounts of oak in taste with wet wood, musty basement, sour apple, light malt build, no hops. I just like the simpleness of this beer and it is more enjoyable off the tap with just a bit of life within the light body. I could drink globs of this stuff.

BARFLYB, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Huhzubendah, Apr 04, 2010
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2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cantillion Bruocsella pours still, no head and a rich golden color. Aroma of musty basement, feet and sourness. Taste is quite bitter, some light oak/wood notes and a small sour. The flavors are alittle toned down and its hard to get too excited about this syrup that vaguely resembles beer. Mouthfeel is thin and flat. Drinkability rates fairly low, I was not impressed with this.

Stinkypuss, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Gonzoillini, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a clear peach color with no head or lacing, just a few small bubbles here and there.

S: Very funky, has the earthy barnyard funk going on.

T: Not as funky as the smell led on. Has a nice fruit flavor - apples. It is slightly sour.

M/D: Pretty light with good carbonation. Overall it was pretty good, not amazing, but solid for sure.

mdaschaf, Feb 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Churchkey on Zwanze Day 2012. Three year old unblended, I think this is the right place for this review. From notes.

Body is simple light lemon gold, with just the faintest sense of little tiny bubbles hanging around the collar. Flat. Gleams like a nice yellow topaz gem.

Light sour acid aromas, a peppery yeast like angle on this, nearly sticky smelling yeast in the nostrils. Fruit angle sourness doesn't seem to come out as anything obvious.

Palate hits with much of the sourness hinted on the nose, but not much else going flavor wise. The mouthfeel though is classic solid, almost silky if a little wet. More of the pepper action comes out a bit after subsequent tastings. Taste is fleeting a bit, doesn't linger.

Overall it's a little un-varied if I could say the word, but it's a solid lambic backbone for taste and easily drinkable, but I think I am looking for just .. "more", more fruit, more diversity, more finish.

smakawhat, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DrBier, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

beerthulhu, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Viggo, Aug 19, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Bighuge, Feb 05, 2004
Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.