Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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

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315
Ratings:
828
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
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Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 375ml. bottle at Beerbistro best before Dec.2028

Super clear orange, light ring of bubbly white head, zero retention, zero lace. Smell is of funky barnyard and a ton of fruit, tart apples, pear, lemon, musty oak, white wine vinous character and a pronounced acidity. Taste is quite tart, sour but less so than the other two beers I have had from them, fruity, apple, lemon, bits of balsamic, quite a bit of oak, earthy and musty flavours with a sharp acidic finish. Just about zero carbonation, medium body, drying feel. An enjoyable brew but SOME carbonation would have done wonders for this, still a nice mix of flavours here to make this rather drinkable.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.5.12. Bottled 7 September 2012

1000th review on BA!

A - Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange with only a few large bubbles clinging to one side.

S - Funk, lots of fruit - peach, pear, orange, lemon, candy-like, floral.

T - Dry floral, some of the fruit follows, but not much. Almost watery.

D - Lower carbonation with a light body. Dry.

O - Smells amazing, but the taste just wasn't the same.

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Photo of davey101
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed: 08 December 2009, Bottled: 07 September 2012. 750ml bottle into a tulip glass at cellar temperature.

A - Pours an obviously still clear golden yellow color. A few tiny bubbles form around the edge but pop quickly. A swirl wets the sides of the glass and creates some minute bubbles. Gorgeous beer.

S - Lemons lead into some strong musky notes of cheese, damp basement, and vinegar. Less fruity than the standard bio/classic gueuze. Really great if funk is your thing.

T - Lemon rind, sharp acidic vinegar, musky cheese, wet hay, wood and overripe apricots.The finish is of lingering funk. Strong and bold brettanomyces clash with a still body to create a really unique offering.

M - No carbonation. Medium body. Tart and dry on the finish. Very wine like.

O - This seems to be the lowest rated 'loon but I loved this beer. The lack of carbonation works so well as the tartness and funk don't get lost in a wave of spritzy carbonation like in a gueuze.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 750ml bottle.

I found Bruocsella to be a tremendously tasty and interesting beer and enjoyed it somewhat more than the BA community as a whole, it seems. Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a smallish head and minimal lacing. Nevertheless some level of natural carbonation is evident.

The aroma packs lemon, green apple, musty funkiness, sourness and acidity. The flavor is tremendously complex, balancing sour lemon and fairly assertive barnyard, horse and hay funkiness with a lesser apple note that's almost cider-like. There's a good degree of oak character as well. Teeth are left squeaking.

Medium-light bodied with low but present carbonation. Easy to drink and endlessly fascinating. an instructive look at an unblended lambic, with essential flavors deep and vivid. Would love to drink this again.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label calls this a 2006, although it was brewed November 2005 and bottled October 17, 2008. Not sure what the 2006 refers to!

Beer is a clear golden orange. No head and no lace.

Smell contains barnyard funk, hay. Some fruit scents, but they are hard to make out- lemon and green grape, perhaps. Tart. Smells like a Cantillon, certainly, but not as inviting as many others.

Taste is very funky and very dry. Bitter barnyard flavours, with a bit of fruit in the back but no accompanying sweetness. Sour. Lemon, wheat.

Medium bodied, very low carbonation level. Tart and dries the mouth.

Overall, pretty good but easily the worst Cantillon beer I have had. Does not compare with the rest of the roster.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

278th Review
75cl poured into a Loon tulip
Bottled: 28 August 2010 (2007 vintage)
BB: 12/2020

A: Bright golden hue. A few bubbles, but no real head on vigorous pour.

S: Classic Loon lambic funk here - must, aged cheese, dry/cracked wheat. Touch of lemon and maybe a hint of vinegar too.

T: Rounded notes of barnyard funk, slight citrus zest, and sharp acidity. Rather bold with regards to the oak character her, but not too overpowering either. Soft white grape and hints of lemon towards the end. Good, but not great.

M: Light bodied and flat. No carbonation.

O: An okay Loon, but the lack of carbonation is too distracting for me at the end of the day. I envision this being a great beer if it were carbonated. I'll definitely seek out some other vintages of this though.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. Bottled April 30, 2010.

Appearance - Pours with a few big bubbles, but otherwise flat. Slightly hazy orange body.

Smell - Orange citrus. Acidic and a little musty. Very oaky.

Taste - An acidity lingers in the periphery, but doesn't become prominent until the very back end. Fairly straightforward flavor. Lemony. A little bit of hay. No real funk or pepper to it. Simple, but pleasant. Sharp oaky lactic bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat, but it's still nice to drink, which surprises me. Light enough body to handle the lack of carbonation.

Overall - It's tasty, but simple. I haven't had many other straight lambics that I can compare, though, so I still think it's good.

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Photo of Etan
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 2008 vintage (bottled 1/2012).

A: Pours a mellow orange with some coarse bubbles - no real head.

S: Lots of oak and vinegar-like tartness, light vanilla and wheat.

T: Apple cider sweetness, mild lactic sourness, some oak and hay. Pretty simple.

M: Flat, light-bodied.

O: This was ok but feels incomplete and a bit boring.

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Photo of champ103
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a bottle at Avenue Pub in New Orleans. A true unblended lambic that has been aged for three years in the wood cask. I am really looking forward to trying this.

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. A very minimal bubbly white head forms with no lace. I do really like the color.
S: An awesome nose. Up front is a surprising sweetness, especially if you are familiar with the brewery. Vanilla and wood in the nose. Then comes an acidic twang. Tart lemons and apple skins. I love it.
T: Again, I love it. Vanilla sweetness and oak/wood flavors. The middle is dominated by the wood. Lingering is lemony, grassy, apple skin flavors. Acidic, but not overly so. Really clean considering the typical funk. I can't get enough of this.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation. Though the clean dry bite works perfectly. So enjoyable to drink. Truly unique, and something I can drink all day.

I know it is pretty much a cliché to like rare Cantillon bottles. Though screw that. This is something that I truly love. The unblended lambic is a great treat that I would highly recommend. Just an experience that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of JustinQ
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 75cl to a Wine Glass

Appearence: Poured an Amazing hy golden color. No head. But has little bubbles on top like fresh poured wine. Obviously Flat

Aroma: Acidic Sour, Rancid, cheese, mold, Almost smells like toenail fungus to be honest.

Taste: Fresh sliced lemon Juice, watered down and funky, exactly the taste I get, Not malty at all, Not what I was expecting at all. Pretty bland but that is expected. This beer would probably do Great in the cellar for a looong time.

Mouthfeel: Watery, Not dry, or slick, or cloying. Very watery

Overall: Great beer but definantly could not drink it every day like the brewers do. Overall I am Amazed with the beer. However VERY happy I did not pay money for this

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Photo of maximep
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- lovely golden honey color

S- apples, a little sulfur, tart, pit fruity

T- a lil peachy, tons of green apple, rotten egg, musky, pepperry

M- full chewy fruitiness and a bit dry. lovely.

O- a great beer, very interesting and would definitely enjoy another bottle of it. i think cellaring would do this brew a great deal of good. not your typical Canty, still has the yeastiness of Canty but not quite the "wildness" and spontaneity (for lack of better terms) that i have come to associate with their brews.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1999 vintage shared by me with some friends in SF.

Pours a burnt orange color, white head (yes, this had carbonation), thin collar. Smell is sweet tarts, light vinegar, light funk, some acidity. The age has done well for this beer, as I'm not a huge fan of the fresh vintages. Taste is funky tart lemon, oak, light pucker, some light sweetness.

As stated, the age has worked wonders for this beer. I would love to acquire another bottle of this vintage, but that's going to be hard to come by. Really good stuff, let it age, IMO!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 7/28 as a break from the BA DarkLords during the NYC Voltron tasting!!! thanks to brendan for providing this gem.
2005 vintage

a - watery yellow orange with no head at all, but this is one of them deliberately uncarbonated brews...so this is what one would expect.

s - rotten eggs, vinegar. lemon rind.

t - rotten eggs sour. watery flavor.

m - watery sour. dry finish.

o - overall sour egg water. if you like sour you will dig it. however, this one isn't really the tops for me. i can respect this beer, but my palate isn't there for something like this. this is beyond what i love about the style and the sourness from the age is intense for me. good and glad i tried it...but not my bag.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A green 375ml half-champagne bottle with a cork & crown. 2007 vintage; bottled in 2010. Acquired a little while back from a webshop (though I also have a 750ml bottle I picked up at the brewery). The front label shows a building from the Grand Place de Bruxelles, along with a red poppy - I wonder why the poppy is there?

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and no carbonation whatsoever. Yields a few frothy bubbles upon pouring but these disappear almost immediately. Looks about right - after 3 years of aging the CO2 has taken a walk. Aroma of tart, acidic lemon with a distinct vinous quality and a whiff of vinegar. Musty, yeasty and dry, with a hint of woodiness. Superb.

Tastes of sharp lemon accompanied by acidic grapes. Very dry, with notes of vinegar, musty yeast, wine, faint wood and lactic acid. A pervasive, raw sourness defines the flavour. Mouthfeel is smooth and mouth-puckeringly astringent, but rather thin and texture-less. Aftertaste of tangy vinegar and hints of sour lemon.

Impressive - while there are a number of Belgian lambic brewers very few of them sell an unblended lambic (arguably the purest form of lambic beer if not the pinnacle of the art). Bruocsella delivers everything you expect from Cantillon; it's intensely dry and sour, with a light fruity character and musty depth. The only let-down is the mouthfeel - the absence of carbonation removes a desirable dimension from the body (I realise this is a contradiction, as unblended lambics are uncarbonated). However, it remains a brilliant effort - the flavour of time itself. A must-try brew; don't pass it up.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle -- bottled March 9th 2010 -- served into a tulip glass

Pours a dark, hazy burnt orange color. It's murky and not really attractive in any sense. This is gonna' be a flat beer -- there's only the faintest gaggle of bubbles. No head to speak of.

This is straight, unblended lambic. It lacks the artful blending of a gueuze. So the aromas and flavors here are raw, sometimes harsh. The nose is full of vinegar. Not even a fancy kind of vinegar -- rice wine or apple cider or balsamic or etc. -- just straight up white vinegar. There's damp wood. There's some general barnyard notes. There's a musty/savory quality here that reminds me of Taiwanese braised pork belly. Lots of sharp, pungent tart notes.

The vinegar carries over to the palate. This bottle tastes like a plate of mustard greens soused with white vinegar. Tart in a similar way to, like, Komboucha. There's some oak here. A bit of lemon juice. A bit of, like, dandelion. Oh, that's it: dandelion wine. This tastes a lot like some homemade dandelion wine. A Bretty finish. It's strong and it's rough and it's a lot to handle. But pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel? Hahahahaha. It's flat. Tomme Arthur would be proud of this beer. Despite the nearly 100% lack of carbonation, this beer registers as nearly medium-bodied. There's some body as you swallow.

Overall, this is an above average lambic. It's meant to be this raw look into true lambic beer, and it achieves that. NOT for the lambic neophyte, but worth a try.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage, bottled in 2011
poured into Funkwerks tulip

A- No carbonation to speak of, light copper/yellowish orange color. A bit hazy.

S- Light, slightly acidic. Smells a bit of damp and unwashed clothing.

T- Very light, dry finish, typical Cantillon funk.The funky old clothing smell comes through in the taste. A bit oaky with a watery aspect reminiscent of green grapes and unripe apples.

M- No carbonation, but it doesn't really bother me because the flavor is still there. Initial taste is light and watery, but the tartness fills out (although it never gets too extreme).

O- A solid from Cantillon. It is a different style, which at first I did not like very much, but the flavors and the style itself grew on me. Not the best from them by any means, but one to definitely check out if you're a fan of their other brews.

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Photo of birchstick
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/16/2009. Pours clear yellow without much of a head. Notes of lemony funk with some herbal tones and some horse funk. Sweet lemon upfront fades to some sour funky notes. This dominates the front of the palate. Ends with a lot of sour lemon and bitterness. Full body without much carbonation. This is a pretty good Cantillon. Not as much complexity as others in their lineup, but loaded with the sour goodness. Good, but not at the level of others.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into nonic - 2011 vintage

Pours a mostly clear golden copper color with no head, lacing or retention.

Funky and fruity in the nose with pear and white grape. Some hints of white wine and oak with yeast. Tart and sour with some earthy notes.

Fairly sour up front, meshed with soft fruit tones. Wet hay and barnyard funk with a significant earthiness. Oak and a touch of white wine. Straw and grapes with a building lactic tartness on the back end.

Lighter medium body, tart and very dry on the tongue, completely flat. There's some tasty sour and fruit flavors in this, but I have a hard time getting into beers that are completely devoid of carbonation.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one during a recent tasting! 2012 Vintage with Belgian label! Served from bottle into a Kuhnhenn tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. There was no lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, tart, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, green olive, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really quite surprised at how close to being a still brew this one was. Even though this was the case it was still quite enjoyable. All of the flavors were delicate while being intense at the same time to keep your palate on its toes throughout the glass. Really glad I got the chance to try this one fresh as I have a few sitting my cellar. Definitely a must try if you get the opportunity to do so even if you aren’t a Loon fan.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle of the 2007 vintage. Allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Cantillon Bruocsella Grand Cru pours orange, lightening to tangerine at the edges, and with not quite 100% clarity. A few scant bubbles briefly form on top of the beer, but that's it, not even a bit of head to it. The nose is a little dull, but it has some wet hay notes from the brett, as well as a light tartness. There's a bit of honey soaked apple at the open of each sip, which is a nice touch. The barnyard funk comes in mid palate, and is surprisingly restrained. A brief citric/lemon sourness comes in for the finish. The mouthfeel can only be described as flabby. It's damn near completely flat, and leaves the body feeling way too full for a wild ale. I guess it was bound to happen, but Bruocsella Grand Cru is the first time I've really been let down by Cantillon.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2007 edition, bottled 2010, best before date of 12/2020. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color, topped with a finger of fizzy white foam that fades quickly, leaves no lacing.

S- Tart nose, lots of earthy yeast funk, hay, some lemon.

T- Follows the nose with lemony, acidic tartness, more mellow than on other Cantillon brews, more complex earthy funk, must, lemon and wood.

M- Medium-to-light-bodied, smooth feel, very little carbonation, dry finish.

O- A really nice unblended lambic, like everything I've had from Cantillon I had a great time drinking this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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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