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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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3.93/5
Very Good
866 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#5,974
Reviews:
321
Ratings:
866
pDev:
11.7%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Reaper16
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of birchstick
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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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3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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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1.25/5  rDev -68.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of axeman9182
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
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 +1.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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 beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my cantillon tulip glass
2006 vintage !

Golden pour, light haze. Even a vigourous pour couldn’t raise a 1 finger head - a few whitish bubbles and then nothing. expected sour nose, grapey, tart lemons. In the mouth the beer shows plenty of sourness, lemon peel notes, sharp acidic finish, a little woody character at the end. Medium bodied, carbonation is pretty much absent here. Overall this was quite a bit more mellow and a bit less sour than I was expecting, but the key lambic notes are present. The stillness if this beer is a little strange, but the taste is fantastic.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 866 ratings
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