Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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88
very good
850 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand CruCantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
850
Reviews:
319
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
242
For Trade:
26
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Ratings: 850 |  Reviews: 319
Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mellowed out cellared bottle.Just a mellow cantillon sounress and oak flavour, but well done on that account. Went well went varied with a doppleback and a mead. Cloudy yellow with no lace. Medium mouthfeel with acid that was tolerable. tart, dry finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

2011 vintage. Bottled 10/20/11.

Pours a murky orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is quite sour, tart, and funky with a slightly cheesy aroma as well. Taste is pretty much the same but not as intense as the nose would indicate. This beer has no carbonation with a flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but much different from other Cantillons I have had in the past.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was fortunate enough to try this one at a tasting. a cloudy and uninteresting moldy yellow liquid rests in my glass without much head at all, i know this is older, but im not seeing anything sexy about it. the nose has got plenty of fruity vinegar notes as well as a real sour flavor like unripe apples. the flavor is good, fruity and farmy at the same time, the yeast playing off the juicey sugars nicely. the finish is bang bang sour, more than brett or anything else, its like lemon juice from concentrate, puckery and bitter at the same time. no hops at all, but thats okay. feel is interesting, acidic as anything, and very little carbonation. body is medium and drinkable. id like to do a whole bottle of this but i dont think i can afford it. yummy stuff from the world renowned brewer.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear golden color with basically no head or lacing at all. It looks much like a white wine to me. The smell of the beer is funky and tart. The taste of the beer isn't overly acidic which is nice but it does give off plenty of sour and tart flavors. The mouthfeel is thin, again feeling much like a wine. Overall this beer is something that isn't for everyone. I can only handle so much of these types of beers. If you enjoy the style, you'll enjoy this for sure.

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Photo of nmann08
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours dead still slightly hazy orange gold with zero carbonation and no activity in the glass.

The nose is funk, barnyard, white grape, bright citrus with a little musty smell. The flavor is heavy oak, very tart, but not off putting. Lots of lactic acid. A little spice and fruity finish.

This is good, but obviously not their best Lambic.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best unscrewed-with beers out there. I really appreciate what Cantillon accomplished with this brew. A very tart, sour smelling and tasting brew woven into a lightly hazed, canary yellow colored, thinly laced liquid. No head retention and no carbonation to speak of. It's perfect. Unblended and unadulterated goodness. Has a light citrus (lemon and limes) flavor with granny-smith apple and a light berry flavor. Mildly vineous and woodsy. Lightly musky and powdery. Intense sourness quickly gives way to an ultra clean, crisp feel. Lightly astringent and a tad grainy (to be expected). Flavors are fleeting and the body finishes abruptly. The perfet summertime thirst quincher. Ideal to style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, capped and corked, brewed in 2007, and bottled January 2011. My second crack at finishing off all of the BA styles, since the Iris inexplicably went all Yankee Wild earlier this year.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with but a few crackling bubbles that result in absolutely no head, nor any lace, which is kind of disconcertingly non-beerish, I gotta say.

It smells of tart white wine grapes, sour apple, mild wheat grain, some tame horsey funk, and earthy hops. The taste starts with the same fermenting white wine must astringency, but is quickly overtaken by a musty, dusty, and softly funky fruitiness, more pithy than tart, a slight dry oaken woodiness, white pepper, mild sodden cereal notes, and some lactic yeastiness.

The carbonation is practically non-existent, just a very subtle burbling way, way down there, the body a quivering medium weight, with a lightly cloying, hollow character that precludes any crazy thoughts of smoothness. It finishes with a muddled wheaty, fruity, yeasty, and funky blend, all of it still making me sort of eager to scrape my tongue.

Bruocsella's resemblance to (surprisingly) low acid white wines and still cider is remarkable. Weird barnyard and yeast flavours are fine, but this experience tells me that I need that distracting, palate-cleaving tang from the fruit acids, which just seems missing here. Kind of strangely bland without it, which is a relative thing, I'm sure - weak sisters, runts and all that.

Edit: it appears that the Iris has been restored to its former style. The machinations of the BA-verse confound me yet.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

75 cl green glass bottle with branded pry-off cap over an internally-housed branded cork purchased at Cantillon earlier today and served into stemware in my hotel room in Brussels. Reviewed live. 5% ABV conirmed. Bottled 11 March 2014. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. "Lambic Bio 2011." Reviewed as a lambic.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: None. No lacing.

BODY: Clear translucent copper. Clean looking; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Mild bubbles are visible. Above average vibrance. Nice glow.

Overall, it's an appealing lambic, and perhaps a bit darker than Cantillon's other (unblended, unfruited) lambics. I'm looking forward to it primarily because of the brewery; the appearance itself is not unique or special.

AROMA: As with many Cantillon beers, cereals are a bit too prominent for my tastes, but the sourness is nice - albeit seemingly too tame. Light lactic character and some bacterial/wild yeast notes, but nowhere near enough. It does seem appealing, but is shockingly light in character. Pleasant, but nothing about this aroma suggests a world class beer.

No overt hop character, alcohol, or off notes are detectable. I look forward to trying it mainly because of the brewery. It's quite light in terms of strength.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Lightly smacky on the palate. Refreshing, sure. Medium-bodied. Perfectly carbonated. Fairly acidic, but not overly so.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough on the palate.

The texture is a good complement to the taste. Pretty good presence on the palate overall.

TASTE: Cereals are too prominent, particularly on the finish and in the aftertaste. The sourness is far too tame and restrained, but I do get some nice lambicus wild yeast and faint bacterial character. It's about a 4-5/10 in terms of sourness. Has some mild hay flavour. No real overt hop character comes through, nor does any alcohol or off-flavours. I do like it in a general sense, but it doesn't really stand out as a lambic, and instinctively I feel like it'd be better if blended or fruited. Likable and enjoyable, but a bit a underwhelming. I'm not getting much of the oak/chestnut barrel in this flavour profile, which is to its detriment. Some dampened oak would help bring out the sourness a bit more.

As it warms, I pick up on light faint hints of pear and apple.

I do think it's well balanced and has some nice subtlety, but there's no real complexity, intricacy, or nuance to speak of. The core of the beer is simple cereals and sourness - that's it.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

O: A likable lambic from Cantillon, but far from amongst their best offerings. This isn't worth going out of your way to seek out, and I'm glad I got it for a reasonable price at Cantillon today; it definitely wouldn't be worth American bottle shop prices. Worth trying if you chance across it, but it's not the palate-stripping sour you might hope for. Nice and drinkable - I'll easily kill this bottle - but not a stylistic paragon.

High B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: What should a still lambic look like? Not sure as this is my first experience but the beer pours out with a hazy goldenstraw color looking more like a glass of wine than a beer

Smell: Funky and somewhat tart

Taste: Funky from the outset, with the sour, green apple flavor building; farmhouse tones explode on the tongue, with a dry, oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but still

Overall: Quite a treat for those who like unblended lambics; this gets back to the origins of the style, I would think

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3 year old straight Cantillon lambic...my curiosity got the best of me, and I shelled out the cash for this one. All in all, it was a worthwhile experience. I'd say the best aspect of it is it's accessibility, for the non-initiated Lambic drinker, this is a fine introduction into traditional Lambics. The bracing sourness is not there, the acidity isn't over the top, quite the contrary. It's subtle, smooth and very tasty.

Saturated orange, a few bubbles on top that fade to a thin ring. Signature Cantillon aroma, citrus with a funky edge of wood and horse blanket.

Citrusy lemon zest, tart with some sweaty farmhouse cheese character. The oak aftertaste has a woody cinnamon bark taste that is unique. A flat body of course (unblended lambic is without carbonation by design), but the tartness doesn't allow it to be lifeless. The tartness is approaching moderate without becoming aggressive. Easy to sip and savor an entire bottle to yourself, or preferably to introduce someone else to the world of Lambic.

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Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Churchkey on Zwanze Day. Served in a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a mostly clear golden color with an orange hue. There is almost no head which is to be expected.

Smell: Just a bit tart with mild vinegar and lemon juice notes. I'm getting a mild hint of sulfur as well.

Taste: Smooth ant tart, but I wouldn't say this one is bright. The taste is better than the smell. Some mildly peppery oak with a tart and slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with hardly any carbonation. The finish is rather dry.

Overall: This is nice enough but I preferred the 2 year old blended lambic that i had the same day. I'd have more.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lambic with no bubble or any carbonation as unblended lambic should be. Aroma of funk and barnyard notes are quite dominant with some stinking cheese notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by funk with loads of barnyard note. Body is about average. Not bad though not my favourite - I think a classic gueuze is still better then this.

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Photo of largadeer
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

November 2009 bottling.

Pours into the tulip a clear golden-amber hue. It's completely still and could easily be mistaken for a glass of white wine.

The three years this beer spent in barrels is evident in the aroma. It's woody, musty, dry. It has a fruitiness reminiscent of grapes, green apples and lemon rind, along with a mellow lactic sourness. The oak lends an almost spicy and nutty note that brings to mind walnut shells and cinnamon sticks. Earthy and complex at first, the fruitiness increases as the beer breathes and warms, reminding me faintly of rotting citrus fruit (and I mean that in the best possible way). There's an almost hidden scent of wet hay beneath it all.

It's mouth-watering and fruity on the tongue, like taking a bite out of a tart granny smith apple. Tannic, leathery oak counters the juiciness, lending a strong dryness that creates and interesting dynamic. There's plenty of fruit flavor on display, from tart green grapes to apple cider to lemon flesh and peel. Acidity is strong but at a balance with the other flavors. It isn't harsh in the least, but it's certainly felt over the course of the bottle. The woody, drying, earthy tannins really take hold in the finish, giving me a mild case of cotton mouth. The stillness works wonderfully for the beer, allowing each and every nuance to have a turn on the palate and leaving the flavors lingering for minutes after each sip. Thoroughly enjoyable on the whole, this is an excellent low alcohol sipping beer with a light body but tremendous complexity.

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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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