Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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88
very good
853 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:
853
Reviews:
319
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
242
For Trade:
26
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Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mervmurry
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of amano_h
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Johnct
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackieKu
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.49/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of redfish2942
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mantissa
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bcp5296d
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raime
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an interesting bottle share over all. Some great beers, and some misses.

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Photo of PassMeAZima
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tshanahan
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CSO
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes on 9/10/15. Easily the sweetest beer we had at Cantillon. Reminded me more of a wine than a beer.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsmick
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had this beer yesterday at Hill Farmstead. This is by far my least favorite offering Cantillon. The characteristic funk was there, but it was absolutely overpowered by the bitterness of the aged hops. The almost complete lack of carbonation didn't help matters. The back end on the palate was so astringent and bitter that it just completely ruined the beer for me.

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

Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
3.91 out of 5 based on 853 ratings.
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