Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru
Brasserie Cantillon

Bruocsella 1900 Grand CruBruocsella 1900 Grand Cru
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Style:
Lambic - Traditional
Ranked #32
ABV:
5%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,222
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 11.59%
Reviews:
336
Ratings:
923
From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  140
Gots
  257
SCORE
89
Very Good
Bruocsella 1900 Grand CruBruocsella 1900 Grand Cru
Notes: Vintage lambic. All the beers are from the same brewing season and mature in barrels for three years.

Beer with a highly complex structure that has a wine-like and somewhat oxidised taste, the slightly acidic structures mingling with more mellow aspects. Powerful yet elegant, Bruocsella can be considered the missing link between the worlds of wine and beer. Since there is no secondary fermentation in the bottle Bruocsella is a flat, non-sparkling beer.
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Brasserie Cantillon "Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru"
€7/,4L alla spina @ Il Birratrovo, Como, IT

Notes: Slightly hazy golden body beneath just a touch of white foam. The aroma is acidic, mineralish, and funky with Brettanomyces and notes of dried straw, apple, pear, berry, white grape, and leather. The flavor follows but much fuller of course. It's more grape-like and vinous, and a touch woody and lightly spicy. If there's any bitterness there I can't find it. It finishes surprisingly short-lingering, and dry with acidity and a light swirl of earthiness. In the mouth it's light-medium to perhaps almost medium in body, and quite smooth despite the mild acidity as there's very little carbonation to it. Seeing as how it's a sour beer I expect it to have little in the way of a head or lacing, but I think a touch more carbonation would have helped it.

Sep 16, 2021
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janubio from Spain

2.14/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

75 cl. bottle at Echarle Huevos, served at home in a stein glass. Label reads 2016-2017.Since you open it, it smells of bretts. Dark yellow head, just a bit of a head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of bretts, citrics, barnyard. Medium body, oily texture, no carbonation at all. Tart finish. Taste of citrics, fruits, bretts. Disappionting. Or else, somehow it didn't preserve well.

Oct 10, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull rustic orange with some particle suspension. Head is nonexistent in this tap pour. Aroma is elderberry, cellar stone, grassy, lemon zest, dry green grapes, lightly sweet red grapes and oak within a lightly zesty and lightly tart package. Very simple and refined. Flavor profile is elderberry, tart green grapes, dry green apple and light, juicy sweet red grapes. Sourness comes on a little stronger at the start and then fades away towards the finish with grape notes booking the retail space on the tongue. Mouth feel is still with a medium-thin consistency. Very nonchalant. Overall, light and tight with a spring of tart and sour making for a dynamic sip time and time again.

Served in a 9oz stemmed glass. Draft. US release. Consumed 1/16/2020.

Jan 16, 2020
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swid from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft; 2018 keg.

Minimal carbonation, very mineral-forward. The aroma is everything expected out of Cantillon, but the taste and mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown, unfortunately.

Jan 01, 2020
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cellared for two years after bringing back from the brewery. Pours without a head, but does have some effervescence, so it appears to have developed a bit in the bottle. Nose is a bit funky, but not nearly what I expected from a straight-up lambic after another couple years. Plenty of acidity in the nose although it isn't exactly citrusy or lemony. Slightly vinous. Tart but not overly acidic or vinegary. Weaker than expected, like it is slightly watered down. Wine cask flavor. Easy drinking. Overall, a bit of a let down as far as Cantillon goes.

Nov 23, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank at the brewery.
Solid golden color with flat carbonation.
Aroma with notes of lemon, horse sweat, white grapes and oak.
Flavor with notes of lemon sourness, oak, chardonnay wine, grapefruit and mild spices. Dry and sour aftertaste.
Light to medium body with flat carbonation
This was quite elegant with nice vinous and citrusy notes on a funky background.

Oct 08, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

2.06/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

De Okasionalbeer. En copa Teku. Jugando a Oozi, luego viendo Desencatado 1x04-05. Version 2015-2016. Sensacion muy aguada por nula carbonatacion. Al principio acidez baja e insipida, luego mejora algo, y al final solo aburrida acidez

May 26, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2018
Flat hazy straw colour
Smell of bretts, apple notes, very funky and cellar-like
The taste follows with a certain but not too strong sourness. No acetic presence
Completely flat mouthfeel
Overall a nice Lambic

Jan 24, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(5 oz draft pour at Zwanze Day event at Monk's... served in a little snifter)

White wine-like in appearance, aromatics, and flavors... Fruit skins (perhaps dried, musky) on nose... white wine, subtle perry or apple cider notes; bitter finish with an aftertaste like mineral, unfiltered water; essence of golden raisin builds... very dry and nearly still; very little (or delicate) zip from acids/carbonation, almost watery finish... interesting but restrained flavors - probably best to drink slightly warmer than cellar or possibly room temp... was hoping for something more, but I'd try it again

Sep 30, 2018
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru
750mL bottle into a tulip
Vintage 2017
Drank several months ago, but review was done live during consumption.

A: Pours a golden orange with just a few bubbles of fizz, no real head and zero lacing. Looks undercarbed. 3.25

S: Tart, a little bit of funk like plasticy notes, oak. 4

T: Taste is tart, okay, quite sour but not to the degree of other Cantillons I’ve had. Some bitterness in there as well, more than most lambics I’ve had. 4

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium body, carbonation is very low, truthfully it tastes a bit flat. But drinkability is still average. 3

O: Good beer, but truthfully my least favorite Cantillon to date. I’d certainly drink again, but if I had moderately easy access to Cantillon it wouldn’t be my go to. 4

Sep 07, 2018
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold/pale amber - looks like chrystal clear apple juice; no head; one or two spots of lace. Aromas of sour green apples, fresh cut hay, with some grassiness and funk. Taste is barely fruity, like eating the fuzzy skin of a less than fresh peach past its prime; mild acidity; grape must; sour green apples;subtle shoe leather. Zero to almost no carbonation; lite body; very dry and lightly acidic; old wooden/flat feel; wooden tongue coating almost vinous. Overall, less sour funky and acidic than their Gueuze, but the liquid does dry the whole mouth; super lite - it would be easy drinking but for the dryness aspect - and just too vinous; yet, the beer is hard not to want to drink more - compelling!

Aug 29, 2018
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CHickman from New York

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grand Cru Bruocsella, Lambic Bio Saison 2014-2015-Bottled 23 March 2018, this pours hazy gold color with no head and close to zero lacing. The bottle listed "The LAMBIC GRAND CRU CANTILLON is like a cereals-based wine. It is a Lambic that has matured for three years in oak-wood casks and has been selected for its unique colour, bouquet and aroma."

Smells of tart green apples, rotten pear, white wine, grapes, barnyard funk, a slight fruity sweetness, earthy/woody hints and sour yeast and/or brett. Overall it's fruity, tart and sour, but not offensive as it comes off like a nice white wine.

Flavor is a mix of tart yeast, cereal and wet wheat bread combined with tart green apples, rotten pear, white wine, musty grapes, apple vinegar, oaky notes and then light peppery spices along with barnyard funk. Very complex, this shifts gears with each sip and at times it comes off boozier than 5% ABV, yet always remained fairly easy to drink. Some sips are tart, others sour, some even come off as fruity and almost wet hopped. This is an O.G. Belgian beer right here, setting the stage for everyone else to use barrels, wild yeast and bacteria to drag more science into brewing. I felt like I drank a history lesson as this bomber was consumed. Very enjoyable offering, I hope I get to try it again.

Aug 27, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, really interesting being nearly uncarbonated. This beer gets so smooth and complex as it warms up, nice tartness and just the perfect amount of funk.

Jun 03, 2018
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Light orange with some pink hues, absolutely no head, very light haze
Smell: Fruity and funky
Taste: Follows the nose, starts very mildly sweet, ends with a bit of acidity and is bone dry. Get a little funky cheese, but mostly citrus like acidity, wood
Feel: Very mild carbonation, easy drinking
Overall:A really good beer and very interesting

Oct 24, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Shimmering amber gold and yellow in shifting gradients with absolutely no head, not even at first pour.

Smell is burnt rubber, cannabis, fruit skins, stone fruit, and well aged red-wine vinegar.

On the palate this is basically still, yet smooth and slick, which seems to be necessary to contrast prickly flavors of smoky almost cedary oak and a bit of cannabic resin. Accents of peach and orange skin interplay with some seediness and pungent grapefruit, finishing semi-dry.

Jul 17, 2017
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Tommo from Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Friend brought this over, 2014 vintage. wanted to like it, but my god, this is like 1/3 weak beer, 1/3 white wine and 1/3 vinegar. I am shocked how putrid this was. Completely flat, which i guess is the style (or so i read), but the flavor is gross. I did not finish my glass and would not purchase this again. I understand these are "complex" beers, but this was unacceptable

Apr 26, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared 750 ml bottle at Himmeriget in Copenhagen. We had this after Blåbär and Mamouche, which maybe doesn't do this justice...

Pours flat and a coppery straw color.

Smell is tart and funky, with hints of apricot and peach. Compared to other Cantillons, it's a bit understated and one dimensional.

Nice taste, again with plenty of funk, a bit of apricot and some nice floral notes.

Mouthfeel is a bit special, since it is virtually uncarbonated. It gives the liquid a smoothness, but also takes away a bit of the sensation.

This is a very good sour, but I can see why it's one of the lower rated Cantillons. It's a bit one dimensional, and the lack of carbonation makes it stand out a bit, especially if you're not ready for it.

Feb 05, 2017
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breadwinner from California

4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think this is gorgeous stuff, but if your only exposure to lambic is geuze and fruited versions, this is probably a pretty big shock to the system. As expected, zero head on the pour, totally still, a brilliant bronze color with almost total clarity. The nose is demure, touches of acidity alongside light funk, a bit of malt character too, perhaps evincing apple cider. Let this puppy warm up. A lot. Cooler, it's still tasty, but you just get so much more of the beer as it approaches room temp. That's really one the best parts about this -- being able to pick out each element of the beer. Without the buzzy carbonation and stronger sour levels, you can taste the aged hops, the wheat malt, the lightly phenolic Brett, as well as light acidity. At times floral, at times lightly bitter, at times sweet. Each sip offers something new. This is absolutely lovely and makes me yearn for glasses of lambic on a sunny patio in Pajottenland.

Feb 02, 2017
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bouncepass from California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2008 vintage. As many have pointed out, the lack of carbonation made this beer difficult to like. There was the characteristic funk but nonetheless was hard to enjoy. But after we added carbonation, it turned out to be amazingly delicious!

Sep 08, 2016
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A 750ml corked and capped bottle bottled on 21st August 2015 and poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: It poured a very slightly cloudy golden orange colour with pretty much no head at all and very sparse lacing if any.

Aroma: Leather, oak, malt vinegar, dusty, chalk and funky. Maybe a hint of apricot but not really.

Taste: Tart, sour, green apple, vinegar, lemon juice, oak and funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with pretty much no carbonation.

Overall: The taste was decent and better than the aroma. However with every sip, the aroma kind of gets to me. The dusty and chalky element just wasn’t my cup of tea. In addition, the complete lack of carbonation was not so good. Perhaps this particular beer is just not for me considering all the other world class Lambics that I’ve tried.

Jul 11, 2016
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amano_h from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky notes of aged oak, leather, lemon zest, and horse blanket blend magnificently with more earthier mushroom-ish notes. The refined lambic characteristics are accentuated by a pungent lactic tartness with a hint of pear; the fading scent on the nose is rather dry and minerally, reminiscent of Chablis or French Chardonnay.

The nose isn't quite as well reflected on the palate, but every element is unmistakably present. Crisp lemony sour is the first sensation on the tongue, followed by everything you dream about when you daydream about Cantillon's lambics: oaky, cheesy funk accompanied by light citrus, aged wood, and orange-like citrus. Some light grain/cereal flavor is present, but I don't think it was by design. Other than for a hint of red apples the brew finishes a tad bitter and dry, with the sour lingering behind.

Medium-light bodied, teetering toward being light at first, but gets thicker with time. Feels silky around the tongue, but only presents a negligible amount of carbonation. It reminds me of the glass of the unblended young lambic that they give you during the Cantillon tour to compare with the blended gueuze, but with far more memorable qualities than its younger counterpart.

Mar 26, 2016
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Johnct from New York

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà in Rome, Italy. $20, but I paid $10 and gave the bartender two cans of Julius. Very interesting. I've only ever had fruited Cantillons so I wasn't sure what to expect. The bottle says 2012, the cork says bottled in 2015. It was 99.9% flat with no carbonation. Definitely a sour beer that turned sweet with age. Color was brown like whiskey.

Really interesting. My first unblended lambic and I assume this is an amazing representation of the style. But I'll stick to the fruited ones.

Mar 23, 2016
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JackieKu from Taiwan

3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Bottled on 2015.

A: Clear golden. No foam.
S: Figs, starfruit, and some woods.
T: Figs. Moderate (round) sourness. Medium low bitterness. Dry. Green tea like aftertaste.
M: Moderate body. Low carbonation.
O: Round sour beer which I can drink it easily. Good to pair with fatty foods.

Mar 04, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No carbonation. This is no carbonation, no blend, lambic. I am in flavor country.

Aroma had the usual gueuze smells, white wine like brett notes, gueuzeee goodness, tart, wheat. Funky. Dry. I just don't know how anyone can get real into this instead of their lambics with like, carbonation. Really makes a huge difference.

Dec 27, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear light yellow golden color with very little, but fizzy white head. Funk, tartness, sour notes actually come through on the nose on this one, with just very little light fruit; follows onto the palate. A lip puckeringly sour beer. Medium bodied. Finishes tart and dry.

Dec 21, 2015
Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 923 ratings