Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand CruCantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

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Photo of Realale
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep full gold. Faintest whisp of a bright white head. Less than some other bottles of this beer, but more than others too. Swirling revives it to some degree.

Nose borders on the indescribable due to its complexity. As always with Cantillon, acidic citrus leads the way, here in the form of lime and orange zest. There is a deep rumble of malt here, that doesn't get to show itself in the gueuze due to the presence of the younger beer. It is a layered and complex of rich bread (brioche?) and sharper crackery notes. Touch of spice too. The barnyard is there, but it is well-integrated and adds untold complexity.

Quite full on the palate, emphasized by the lower level of carbonation. Acidic citrus is there to lead the way again, with the orange notes dominating the lemon and lime, and stays present through the incredibly long, dry finish. A big maltiness arrives shortly after the citrus and stays throughout the finish as well. The barnyard comes and goes, adding complexity, but never being obtrusive.

Wonderful silky bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. Outstanding drinkability, and one of the most accessible Cantillons. A great dinner companion.

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Photo of Stoutsman
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For being over 20 years old I was blown away

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of jessup
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is my first review.
Bottled august 28 2009. opened way too soon but just could not wait a year or (gulp) 2.

pours a very peach colored beverage w/ zero carbonation as noted in many other reviews. this must be due to the fact it's not blended?!

beer was cold at first and was way tart and not enjoyable; just crippled your taste buds with acidity and did not stike any notable flavors. after it wormed up a bit (as recommended) it was a blend of different sour apple, dry oaky strawberry in a tangerine zest. peach tangerine is the best way to describe the color and flavor together. sour and flavorful. easy to drink after the first 6 oz of warming your toungue to the taste of the overwhelming acidic balance.

solid beer that keeps me sipping away. it's more dry and flavorful than any wine, but far more than just a beer. perfect for what cantillon is.

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Photo of knotes1963
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer was awesome. Cantillon, nothing more needs to be said!

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Photo of megahurts4
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru

Appearance: orange, no head, and very little lacing.

Smell: acidic sourness and wood aromas.

Taste: acidic sourness and a wine fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a fantastic lambic. Its smoothness and flavor make it pure and simple. The flavors are so well balanced, that it is difficult to distinguish flavors. It is very similar to sour ales.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 07

No head on this bad boy. Somewhat hazy orange body. Slightly malty scent, dominated by a nice sour yeast overtone. The tongue is nailed with the sour taste right away. Quite acidic grapefruit taste, somewhat musty. A bit of lemon mixed in with the barnyard. More or less no carbonation. Very light bodied.

Havent met a Cantillon i didnt like, and this one is certainly no exception

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Bierschenker
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer very special. I had the entire 750ml bottle to myself so I had all the time to take in it’s subtle aroma’s. I had already heard a lot about this one on the BA site, but it was time to taste it myself. In the menu at Den Stillen Genieter it was the only real Lambic on sale. (Already something special.) It was described as a beerwine? Strange. When I opened the bottle a very nice sour smell came towards me. Nice! The first taste explained why it was described as Beerwine: It tasted like wine, but with a strong hop taste. It had a very strong sour grape taste and aftertaste. Every sip makes you doubt between bad wine or sour beer. This is one of those beers that are so un-commercial nowadays. They are considered to be for the beer aficionado’s. Shame because Lambic is one of the oldest Flemish beers. I am very fond of it’s unique sour dry taste, just like I love Faro. Now I know why all of you on the BA website where so fond of this one. The flavour is so simple to describe and yet it is so rich! The colour though is a quite dark yellow. Not very wine like. And it isn't really very carbonised. All this makes that it pours in very smouthly.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

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Photo of nomad
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001 vintage

What a drinker! Pristinely clear gold-orange, tinny in tone but shiny as all get out. Light head on top gets supported by plenty of tight carbonation. Scents are all layers of tartness, bretty spices and herbs, and a malt ravaged by all types of things I don't attempt to understand. Exceptionally clean clear flavor, just exploding with balanced tart and sour with the raw funk of nature. Tons of slick malts behind it all with pils, kilned sweetness, and wheat twisted by wild yeast. Carbonation is a dream, sprite yet soft, an amazing effect and aids the flavor tons. Slick and complex. Damn, like the Brueghel painting I could drink this by the tankard on a Fall night. Can we get more unblended lambics, please? A fascinating experience as the lack of barrel blending makes a for a clear and singular flavor profile.

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