Grand Cru Bruocsella
Brasserie Cantillon

Grand Cru BruocsellaGrand Cru Bruocsella
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From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
Style:
Lambic
Ranked #20
ABV:
5%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,115
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 11.68%
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
590
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 12:56 PM
Added:
Jul 24, 2002
Wants:
  141
Gots:
  256
SCORE
88
Very Good
Grand Cru BruocsellaGrand Cru Bruocsella
Notes: Formerly "Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru".

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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Rated: 4.5 by blisscent from Rhode Island

Yesterday at 12:56 PM
 
Rated: 4.15 by o29 from Texas

Oct 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle, vintage 2002, RBESG 2005 Grand Tasting. Golden to amber colour, no head. Overwhelming barnyard aroma, hints of lemons too. Sour flavour with lemony notes.
May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear, amber coloration with no head. Smells of doughy malt, fruity esters, with notes of red apple, apricot, gooseberry and red grape, musty funk, tannic oak and hints of balsamic vinegar. Taste is a great balance of doughy malt, estery fruit, with notes of red apple, apricot, gooseberry, red grape and elderberry, distinct musty, leathery funk a strong, tannic oak character and some balsamic vinegar. Finishes rather dry, with a light/medium tartness and some estery fruit, funk and oak lingering in the aftertaste. Flat mouthfeel with a medium body and no carbonation.

Traditional, unblended lambic is a bit of an aquired taste, hence the popularity of Gueuze, which smoothes out those strong notes of funk, oak and berries with younger, more tart, fruity and carbonated lambic. The fact that traditional lambic is entirely flat does certainly not help its appeal, but there is something to its dry, strong, rich and vinous character that is defined by that distinct tannic oak, musty funk and balsamic vinegar, while the citric acidity typical of Gueuze is a bit subdued here. I actually slightly prefered De Cam's traditional Lambic, which I remember as being even more characterful than this, but it certainly makes for a fine example of the style nonetheless.
Apr 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by RMW66 from Australia

Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750ml bottle at share. Light golden our, kind of flat. Funky aroma, musty, leather. Taste is some light tartness, fruity, musty. Not all that familiar with this style, but I'll take Jeremy's word for it.
Dec 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Nov 22, 2021
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.34 by Eman17 from Illinois

Jun 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 05, 2021
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Rated by Bandfresno from California

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Not my favorite cantillon; but still realllly nice
Jan 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by moltch from Massachusetts

Dec 05, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by TallGuyCM from California

Nov 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.2 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 09, 2020
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

2.14/5  rDev -45.7%
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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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Reviewed by swid from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

Dec 25, 2019
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Reviewed by captaincoffee from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.14 by Hop_God from California

Oct 24, 2019
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.99 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Oct 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by edthehead from New York

Aug 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.54 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Jul 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.87 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Jun 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by WesMantooth from Ohio

Jun 15, 2019
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

2.06/5  rDev -47.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.14 by DarrellK from Florida

Apr 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.75 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Dec 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by RollTide7 from New Jersey

Nov 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Oct 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by KensWorld from Florida

Oct 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Mattias from Sweden

Oct 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.81 by rbrefbeerman from California

Oct 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Oct 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.28 by DaveCash from New York

Oct 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.11 by OUJayhawk1799 from Oklahoma

Sep 30, 2018
Grand Cru Bruocsella from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 929 ratings