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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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3.93/5
Very Good
861 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:
#5,896
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
861
pDev:
11.7%
Bros Score:
3.54
 
 
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135
Gots:
241
Trade:
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Photo of oakbluff
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage shared via fisherman 34. Pours a cloudy light orange juice colour, minimal head. Nose- citrus tart, old socks, dusty leather. Taste- not as sour as expected, but brings the funk in a big way. Very dry with a strong cheesiness and barnyard character. Light in mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. A very easy lambic to quaff. First unblended lambic I've tried. Very nice

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Photo of amano_h
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Mesa512
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Stigs
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served in white wine glasses...split! happy holidays!

A - pours with a very minimal amount of bubbles...still, lifeless. who cares? the beer is just slightly cloudy, bright gold in color.

S - lightly sour, metallic white grapes...bits of funk via bandaid, aspirin, leather, apples, live fields...interesting. my sister described it as having the scent of library books.

T - bright and fruity with very noticeable lemon rind, apples, green grapes, and pears. only moderately sour, with a light citrusy puckering. bits of wild fields, dirt, and creep in as it warms. quite complex, with notes of grains, batteries, and a hint of vinegary cat piss.

M - 2 on a scale of 10 as far as carbonation goes. makes the light seem just a touch thicker than it really is. somewhat dry in the finish from an ever increasing tartness.

D - perhaps one of the more unique offerings from Cantillon that I've had. you can really grasp the simplicity of an unblended lambic. goes down quite easily, while making the eyes cringe once in awhile.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 30, 2009. Poured from a capped-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Clear, pale chrome yellow liquid is punctuated by a suspension of lazy bubbles, and a vague surface slick dissipates quickly. Nearly no lacing, though there is the gentle viscocity of legs.

Mineral-laden, vaguely grassy/crackery (perhaps from the long faded hops?), and moderately funky aromatics (penicillin, mushrooms, and attic).

Dry, sweaty palate entry, with a tart goat cheese flavor, and some citrus and winter fruit (pear?) leading into the gently oaky, wine-like finish. Hints of vanilla and cat box in the aftertaste.

A touch oily, medium-light bodied, and just this side of still.

Stagnant and refined - dusty yet graceful...tradition in a glass. Subtle compared to some of the more robust examples of the style - but very good none the less.

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Photo of Ben1313
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of McNazz
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinv
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a flute. The date on the cork says "Bottled in 2008." Thanks for the bottle, Steamhead!

Appearance:
Pours a hazy golden amber with zero head. Very still, wine-like.

Smell:
Rich and acidic. A light sour funk mixture of applies, grapes, and vinegar.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Not overly sour, but has a good tart. Lots of fruit on display - apples and citrusy lemon in the aftertaste. Completely still with no carbonation and a very light body. No presence of alcohol. The sourness doesn't linger long at all.

Drinkability:
Easy sipping, low alcohol beer that goes down easily. Pretty flat, but this one works well without the carbonation. Goes great with dinner. Tons of flavor and just the right about of tart that doesn't obliterate your palate. I haven't had many offerings from Cantillon, but I feel like they definitely got it right with this one.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nablock
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moderndrunkard
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly foggy, apple juice color (I was pleased to see that description in CAMRA's review as well). There is absolutely zero head with just a small amount of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass immediately after a hard pour. Maybe there was just dust in my glass, but I see a lot of something loating around in there when I hold it up to the light.

You can smell this one as soon as you start to pour, it fills the room. An acidic, wine-like smell, and, as would be customary for Cantillon, very, very, sour.

Wow. This beer has no carbonation whatsoever. But is does have a sour bite that runs all over my tongue. A wonder of a beer that brings to mind a dry wine, white or red, more than anything else. Grapes, definitely grapes.

Midway through first glass, I think, "Man, one would be fine, but I don't know about drinking a whole bottle." Too bad I still have two-thirds of the bottle still sitting in the fridge.

Personally, I'd prefer a gueze or a framboise. Without the carbonation the tartness can be very overpowering. But all in all, this is a wholly unique brew, and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage bottled in 2015.

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Photo of Sourkehd
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Fresh Bottle

Its a straight lambic. Pours a clear amber color. No carbonation here. Smell is mildly lactic with belgian barnyard funk mixed in. Taste is about the same. Mouthfeel is very smooth and buttery. Plenty of funk and an soft apple bite at the end. It's a little thin but that's expected from a 100% lambic. Overall I was really glad to have a couple of these. It's very one dimensional. Like a building block for doesjel or a close runner up to lambickx.

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Photo of liamt07
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Westmalle318
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BEER88
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a clear amber flat looking amber body with sparse white head
Smells like malt vinegar & apple juice
The taste vinegary acidity wine element & sourness
just the total lack of carbonation ~I struggle with
Not entirely my thing but I can appreciate it and see the attraction

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Photo of socalbrewlvr
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bendurgin
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with friends at Novere Res. Poured into a Cantillion glass. Pour is a hazy golden with a slight orange hue. No head and zero carbonation on this. I had trouble picking up anything at all on this. Earthy tones and tart apples but I feel like I might be reaching. I couldn't get a lot but it was nothing unpleasant. The taste was sour and earthy with tart fruit to it. A bit of funk made this a nice complex and enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel was interesting. With no carbonation it was smooth and easy to sip. Nice and light and enjoyable to finish the night.

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Photo of bringonthehops
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/13/2009:

-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over 3 hours --
-- 2008 vintage --

NOSE: moderately expressive bouquet: tart-smelling: tart apple skin, yeast, old wood furniture, and a hint of blood orange. Very nice bouquet.

BODY: butterscotch color; very flat - no head; a small amount of yeast is present; light to medium-light bodied.

TASTE: very light -- lacks the "pop" of many other gueuzes I've had, but this is not surprsing because this gueuze is only a 3 yr. lambic -- most gueuzes are blends of 1, 2 and 3yr.-old lambics. As lambics age, the piquant sourness of their youth gives way to a gentler, warmer spice/fruit profile -- that characteristic is certainly evident here. Light belgian spices intermingle with a delicate sourness on the palate. Light finish of great length. A bit hollow on the mid-rear palate. This would be a good gueuze for those that find the average gueuze to be "a bit much." Despite my preference for a more classically-styled gueuze, it's obvious to me this is a beer of superiour quality.

B: 50, 5, 13, 17, 8 = 93

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled November 16, 2009.

The beer pours a clear orange color with a small white head. The aroma is awesome with very tart lemons as well as some oak notes. The flavor is pretty good, but not near as tart or sour as the aroma led me to believe it would be. I get notes of lemons with some oak. The beer is extremely dry. The only real problem I have with the beer is that the body is extremely thin and watery. The carbonation is very low.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 861 ratings
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