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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand CruCantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of beerpirates
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of rarbring
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is golden, clear, with a small white head that leaves little lacing, some curtains.

The smell is sour, lemon and sour milk, some earthy aromas, stable, leather. Funky!

The taste is very crisp, sour, sour cream, vineagar with complex earthy notes.

Little carbonation, a refreshing feeling, a dry acid finish.

A straight top notch lambic, clean and very typical. Well done! 2006 Vintage,

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Photo of kscaldef
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewing date 2005, bottling date 2007

A: Very appealing golden orange color with great clarity. No signs of carbonation, as one expects from straight lambic.

S: Pure classic Cantillon. Bright lemony sharpness and funky barnyard and hay

T: Funk, funk, and more funk. Not super sour, but tart and strongly minerally with an astringency that grows and a little more bitterness than I'd expect.

M: Somewhat thin which, when combined with being uncarbonated, ends up feeling like something is a bit lacking. Finishes with a ton of mouth-scraping astringency.

O: This is pretty interesting to have tried, and grows on me a little bit, but I think that overall it's not for me. I'll probably stick with gueuze.

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Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. This beer pours a light bodied apricot orange in color with no carbonation at all. It is what it is. The nose is really subtle and the sour fruit characteristics are faint. There is subtle, watered down dried apricots with moderate funk. It's really light. The flavors are watery and again there are dehydrated fruits making up the sour. It's almost a neutral lambic (I know there isn't fruit), like sour water. It drinks very light in watery in body. I know it's supposed to be still but it doesn't do the beer any favors. This is still very drinkable. It won't wow you in any way but it's a nice, easy drinking lambic.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour produces a glass of hazy deep golden liquid with a smattering of tiny bubbles on top. Dark apple juice comes to mind. Smells funky and fruity with a hint of sweetness. Tart sour cherries and lemons via for attention against a sweet sugary backdrop. Funky sweaty horse blanket with a touch of plastic phenol round out the nose. Funky phenolic comes out first before a bit of fruity lemony lactic puckers me up a bit. There's still a bit of malt sweetness in there that tries to counter the onslaught of funk, but it fails. Medium body, still carbonation, with a tart earthy sourish puckering mouthfeel. Lots of raw funk in this one, I enjoyed it, but I've honestly enjoyed some of the blended lambics a bit more.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

vintage 2009

pours a burnt golden yellow. slight haze. basically no head at all, but this is unblended lambic so its cool.

very heavy on the oak, some fresh and some old. light mellow lemon. slight cheese. some skunked funk.

deep in flavor. lots of oak and some very tame lemon. tart and sour, with tartness up front and in the back. a great combo of both. the skunkiness really shines in the flavor as well, i liked it. some bitter grapefruit juice here and there.

flat and still but very dry

delicious, i can see why this is a grand cru, it's good.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2007 Vintage
Bottled 27 Jan 2011
BB: Dec 2020

I am finally back to drinking beers from series of sours, this is the 5th beer in the series. This will also be my first unblended lambic - can't wait to dig in!

Appearance: Bright orange-golden body, very lightly clouded and completely flat.
Generally I like a beer to have a good sized head, but since unblended lambics are intended to be flat I cannot knock off any points for its absence.

Smell: Wow, there is a ton of dry white wine aromas right off the bat, I wasn't quite expecting that.
Other notes include: Apple cider vinegar, very musty basement, old wood, wet hay, lemon juice, a hint of sweetness (overripe white grapes), ripe farm house cheese, a touch of sweat, lots of oak and unexpectedly a hint of horse.
This is a stunning nose with amazing complexities. It is interesting to see that notes that the 3 year old lambic contributes to Cantillon's regular gueuze.

Taste: The flavour does not quite live up to the nose in terms of complexities and power, but is non the less pretty darn good. Again there is a resemblance to a very acidic white wine. Lots of oak character, quite tannic, lemon juice, cider vinegar, very musty, old hay and earthy mushrooms. The tartness is fairly mellow, but very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Grand Cru Bruocsella has a distinct wine like feel - medium body, no carbonation and a stunning dry finish

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer - the fact that it was flat did not bother me at all. I will certainly have this again in the future!

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Photo of Centennial
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Bottle, 35% Wheat / 65% Barley

A. Yellow to copper, clear and clean, completely still with no carbonation.

S. Wicked Sour Apples, Very tannic and nose opening, almost like chemical VOC's

T. Reminds me of apple juice made from granny smith's with slight barn flavor and more of a cider dryness and body from the barley and wheat.

M. Crisp, Clean, very nice and dry

O. This is absolutely great, Really loved it.

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Photo of Agold
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours completely still. Pale yellow/orange. No head. Aroma is very nice funk, mild cider apple aroma, and a bit of citrus rind. Pretty sour a bit bitter with funk and apple cider. Pretty damn sour. Mouthfeel is what unexpected from a still unblended lambic. Could have been a bit lighter, but very nice anyway. Overall this beer is a very well made, refreshing, sour, assertive, awesome beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of FosterJM
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

949th Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip
750 ML

Brewed 20/12/2007
Bottled 20/10/2010

Shared with BA GuruDel

App- It was a semi translucent golden orange with a look similar to cooking oil but just a tad thicker and darker. There was 0 head and 0 cling or lace to this beer. Intentionally uncarbonated makes sense being aged in a cask.

Smell- Starts out very white wine like with a little bit of damp pressed tannins and moves over to that little bit of oaky wood flavors. A little bit of citrus zest comes through on a big whiff with a little bit of earthy, damp qualities.

Taste- This was my first unblended lambic I can see why this was a hard to find. A very good introduction beer for wine drinkers. This started out very smooth with a good tannin flavor and a little dampness mixed with apple, pear and green fruit flavors. A little bit in the middle comes the oak notes with a good woody earthy flavors. I missed most of the tart flavors on this one, more subdued

Mouth- A bit of a thinner medium bodied to this one without a prickly carbonation leaving this one to be a bit dryer in areas. A low/medium carbonation that was smooth and left some oak and green apple flavors.

Drink- I don’t have much to compare this too, because this was a different animal. It was supposed to be uncarbed and yet still be more mellow from the cask. I like the profile but needed more pop for me to come back to this flavor profile vs a standard gueuze or lambic

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Photo of nmann08
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of AleWatcher
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

So, it should be stated early on that this is intentionally uncarbonated...  

Yellowish orange color with thin legs... 
Lots of oak and funk in the nose-- deep oaky earthy notes with some light fruity notes like apricot and pear. 
Nice sour bite with gigantic acidity on the finish. Dry and acidic white grape notes come through on the aftertaste. 

Thin oily feel. Slightly slick. 

Overall, this is the best unblended gueuze I've had.  Glad to have another bottle to review after my last review got deleted!
Very nice beer-- although it drinks like a nice white wine. 
A- 4
S- 4
T- 4.5
M- 4
D- 4.5

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass

2009 vintage on cork

Bottled August 28th 2009

A- Pours a nice golden yellow orange with no head at all just some big bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. No lacing, and small alcohol legs on the side. Hopefully it's carbonated.

S- Tons of funk and strong barnyard that immediately makes your mouth salivate in preparation for the sourness. Has a really strong almost off putting grassy earthy nose to it with hints of green apple. Musty old oak and dust.

T- Flat up front. But flavor wise funk up front with fruit flavors of apple and vinous grapes. Behind that is a strong earthy punch of faded grassy hops and mushroom like dirt. Definitely some musty oak in there as well. The more I drink it and it warms the more it tastes like bile. Not good.

M- Medium to lighter body with no carbonation and a decently sour finish.

Overall this beer would be a lot better with carbonation. Hard to drink.

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Photo of liamt07
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Beer Bistro, 375ml into a tulip. 2006 vintage as per the bottle, brewed November 2005, bottled Oct 17, 2008 - best before December 2028.

Poured a light gold, some bubbles fall to almost nothing but a thin ring of head. Lightly hazy body body, with no lace or retention. Nose has some wheat, sour green apples, Cantillon funk-iness and some barnyard. Hints of oak. Taste was tart, tart, tart initially. More green apple, wheat and funky notes again. Tartness subdues as the glass warms. Flat body (expected for the style), slick, medium full and a lemony tartness that puckers. Maybe a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Easier to drink as it warms, a nice introduction for unblended lambics to me. I'd love to try more.

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Photo of gueuzer
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2006 Vintage

Not much of a pop form the cork. Pours a bit flat. Oaky reddisih brown pour. The nose is cheesy with a hint of lemon . The flavor is a bit oak dominated and doesn't quite come together

Probably my least favorite Cantillon, but I wonder if it's just me because Jean Van Roy seems so happy when I purchased it.

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Photo of csmiley
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed Dec 20 2007
Bottled Oct 20 2010

A - It's medium gold and fairly transparent. The minimal carbonation barely coats the top of the brew and disappears quickly. This makes lacing pretty much non-existent. Really not much more can be said about the way the Grand Cru looks. Average at best.

S - Starts out funky but that goes away pretty quick. Getting some fruity notes of apple and vinous grape. Lots of hay and wood in the middle. Might be some caramel malt and yeast on the very tail end of the aroma. Gives it hint of sweetness. Quite appealing.

T - Fruit is more prevalent in the flavor. Green apple with tons of grape coming and going. It's acidic / vinegary midway which doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment. Malty sweetness takes a backseat in the flavor. Also something seems a little out of place. It's really tough to put my finger on it but the best I can do is - banana?

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Finish is excessively dry.

O - What to say about the Bruocsella? Is it good? Without a doubt. Highly recommended. Is it good for Cantillon? Well compared to other brews from Cantillon, this one isn't quite as good as I'd hoped it would be. You could almost say it misses the mark but that seems to be a bit harsh. It's still better than alot of brews that are out on the market today.

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Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to csmiley for helping me with this one.

Brewed December 20, 2007 – Bottled December 20, 2010

Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru pours a gold color. Looks mostly clear. Maybe a touch of haze. Backlighting gives it a bright gold look. Carbonation looks to be very, very light. Not even a trace of bubbles collected on the surface. I was hoping for at least a few. Eh. Color looks nice.

The nose is pretty good, although it isn’t all that strong. It’s very earthy and musky. There’s a hint of funkiness, but it’s very restrained and moderate. I like that. Oak is definitely in the mix and adds a ton of character. It definitely smells a little tart and vinegary. Fruit notes of apple and pear fit nicely into the mix. Alcohol is blended well and isn’t noticeable at all.

The flavor is definitely impressive. It kicks off with a really nice combo or earth, musk, and light funk. The funky presence is definitely light to moderate. That’s definitely my style. Apple and pear notes are fairly prominent, in addition to white grape. It has a light tart or sour flavor to it. Oak is strong and very flavorful. The barrel aging definitely gave it a ton of character. Alcohol must be very light. I’m not getting any at all. Finishes a little tart, musky, and oaky.

The body is medium. It definitely feels smooth due to the very, very light carbonation. It just a step shy of seeming flat. I definitely would like a few more bubbles. They’d probably bring it to life even more.

Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru is pretty good stuff. The only complaint I have is the lack of carbonation. I really think more bubbles would improve it all-around. Otherwise, it performs well. The flavor is good and relatively deep. The oak flavor adds a lot. I like it. I’d probably like it more with a bit more bubbles. Thanks a ton, Chris.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5


Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Golden orange with a touch of yellow. No head. No lacing. This was billed as a "still lambic," so this complete lack of bubbles isn't surprising, nor do I find it as a fault with this beer.

A relatively faint aroma, though what's in the glass is nice: musty funk, grass, hay, and some bright lemon. Good, but not exciting or at all overpowering.

The flavor is of lemon, general tart sourness, some musty funk, and hay. I think the lack of any carbonation hurts the flavor of the beer. I've found that the added body actually helps myself find, describe, and pick out more subtle flavors.

The stillness and lack of carbonation makes this lambic seem somewhat heavy and oily.

A decent enough lambic, though I prefer mine with bubbles. Above average, but my least favorite offering from Cantillon.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another sour split with my sour devourer partner. Damn we go through a lot of these. 2007 cork. Into tulips.

A: Orange gold amber. Small if any head. I think whatever head was produced was from a high pour.

S: Loads of lactic sour. Lemon grass and holy brett city! Like band aids soaked in band aids. Moldy basement and dirty gym socks.

T: The sour is mild in this one. It sort of tickles my tongue but does nothing to make me clench my jaw. Pool toys, lemon, band aids, moldy basement and wet wood. Complexity is there just not real sour.

M: Light body with very minimal carbonation.

O: A fine offering from the master. However not my cup of tea as far as lambics go. I need SOUR POWER.

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Photo of afksports
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to a friend for opening a 2005 bottle of Cantillon Bruocsella the other night. It sorta went like this...

(cue flashback)

Open the bottle - you're suddenly a young child sitting in your grandmother's lap. But you fall and now your face is between her legs. You just smelled Bruocsella.

You look up. You're not staring at your grandmother. It's Elizabeth Taylor. She's some blend of the dead-in-the-casket Elizabeth Taylor, the old-constantly-remarrying Elizabeth Taylor, and the Cleopatra Elizabeth Taylor. Drink her in. You just drank Bruocsella.

It looks like hazy lemon juice, it's slightly carbonated, it doesn't look that special. But it smells like flowers, oak, white grapes, tart berries, sweaty stale sex, and Grandma. And Bruocsella tastes sweet, drying, cloying, and deeply, richly sour. It's like lemon juice poured on a sweaty towel then wrung into your palate with just the right amount of funk.

Negatives? Not many. Maybe it could be rounder. Maybe it could have a cleaner finish.

But oh my, it's beautiful. And intense. And transformative.

*pro-tip: Blend with New Glarus Raspberry Tart for extra fun!

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Photo of rbhockeyfan
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Having tasted the Gueuze, this one not what I expect.

Color: Beautiful dark anmber, little to no head,

Smell: sour fruit, and yeast

Taste: Very sour, sour apples and cherries, as well a ncie biscuit like yeast flavor. Much like the Gueuze similar to a nice Champagne. I love sours and the taste of this beer, even though I was thrown off a bit at first by the lack of carbonation.

Mouthfeel: This is where thing kind of went wrong for me. This beer has almost no carbonation, to the point where I questioned if it had gone flat or not. With the flatness of the beer the mouth feel just does not seem to match everything else.

Over all, this is still and above average beer, with more bubbles, this beer would be absolutely amazing. This is truly something unique and very enjoyable, just wish they would make one improvement. More carbonation...

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Often unblended lambics are only available on tap, this is an exception.
Look: The beer pours an orange color with almost no head
Smell: Sour, lemon, apple, grass and oak.
Taste: Nice tart white wine vinegar, apple, grapefruit, lemon. Aftertaste is dry with oak and lemon
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium-light bodied
Overall: Nice lambic, bit too single dimensional for my liking though, prefer the geuze

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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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