Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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88
very good
850 Ratings
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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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Photo of jmarsh123
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at Zwanze Day.

Pours deep yellow. A few pours had some tiny bubbles. Most were almost completely still.

Smells a bit tart with a few more Belgian spices than I normally get in Cantillon aroma.

Kind of a generic gueuze quality, which I know is probably intended, but it's nothing special. It's sour, but without a real pop. Just sort of faintly oaky and left me expecting more.

Very low carbonation level makes the mouthfeel a bit oily and doesn't really let the flavors pop.

Nothing too bad here and probably hurt my opinion that I had it the same day as Cantillon's best, but didn't really do much for me. I'd normally enjoy drinking a glass of this, but would prefer other fruited or more flavorful options when I want to reach for a sour beer.

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Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mobius387
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Churchkey on Zwanze Day 2012. Three year old unblended, I think this is the right place for this review. From notes.

Body is simple light lemon gold, with just the faintest sense of little tiny bubbles hanging around the collar. Flat. Gleams like a nice yellow topaz gem.

Light sour acid aromas, a peppery yeast like angle on this, nearly sticky smelling yeast in the nostrils. Fruit angle sourness doesn't seem to come out as anything obvious.

Palate hits with much of the sourness hinted on the nose, but not much else going flavor wise. The mouthfeel though is classic solid, almost silky if a little wet. More of the pepper action comes out a bit after subsequent tastings. Taste is fleeting a bit, doesn't linger.

Overall it's a little un-varied if I could say the word, but it's a solid lambic backbone for taste and easily drinkable, but I think I am looking for just .. "more", more fruit, more diversity, more finish.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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 IrishColonial
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of JasonSiedman
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of peensteen
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -6.4%
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 +1.8%
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 +9.7%
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 -2.3%
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 loony4lambic
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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 -9.2%
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 -4.3%
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 pirmannt1
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Etan
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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 jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of champ103
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
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 freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ctwinne
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
3.91 out of 5 based on 850 ratings.
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