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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 number1bum
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #19.

Pours a burnt orange sort of copper color, similar to a cider, with barely any head. Looks completely flat - virtually no carbonation. There is some yeast floating around as well.

Aroma overall is very subtle, owing I would guess to the very low carbonation and lack of head which doesn't fully allow the aroma to develop. Still, it's quite sour with acidic, tart fruity undertones. It also has a nice earthy/woodsy quality.

Taste begins with some tart apple and even a bit of citrus flavor. There is a peak of acidity after which it is only slightly acidic and funky, both of which mellow out almost completely as other flavors come to the fore through the finish. Those include earthy and woodsy flavors, and especially an oaky wood flavor that is very nice. Finish is very clean, as is the overall feel. It's light in body and the lack of carbonation makes it very soft and clean. It's quite dry, and the lack of carbonation and the woodsy oak give it a sort of cider like quality, with just a bit of tartness left in the mouth to pucker the cheeks a bit. I find myself licking the sides of my mouth to get the last drops of flavor that linger.

This is probably one of the most drinkable sour beers I've ever consumed. I'm really digging it. It's clean and smooth and very tasty. Outstanding.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off notes from 6-2007. Pours a hazed gold with a funky nose (surprise, surprise). Flavor is a load of tangy oranges. The liquid feel is thicker than I usually expect lambics to be. It's good. Not my favorite lambic really, but still pretty decent. Just a bit too tangy for my likes is all.

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Photo of rastaman
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty wierd stuff. No head whatsoever, murky light brown to slight orange appearance, very balsamic, tart nose. It attacks your tongue with brutal sourness!!!! Amazingly mouth puckering, veeeery sour. Quite earthy in aroma and taste, and extremely dry, which i like. This was one of those beers that you don't know if you truly love or hate, and thats how it got me.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked with date imprinted 2004. Sampled 12/07. Aged 3 years in oak casks.

A: Poured a clear bright golden-orange color with virtually no head.

S: The nose was yeasty with sour fruit (green apples, peaches, apricots). The nose was very aromatic and perfumy with a beautiful scent of sour fruitiness.

T: The initial flavor was soured fruit (apples, apricots, peaches). There was a dominate sour peach flavor with a moderate acidic bite. The mouthful was light and slick with nice sour citrusy notes. There were some slight hints of white grapes and lemons as well. The beer was lighty carbonated per style and very soft on the tongue delivering a huge sourness of flavors leaving a moderate but crisp fade. The oaky character was very light and covered by the sourness of this beer.

M: light, oily slick texture. very soft carbonation.

D: Definitly a great single blended lambic that will leave you puckering from the sourness and wanting more. Very acidic and tart.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3 year old straight Cantillon lambic...my curiosity got the best of me, and I shelled out the cash for this one. All in all, it was a worthwhile experience. I'd say the best aspect of it is it's accessibility, for the non-initiated Lambic drinker, this is a fine introduction into traditional Lambics. The bracing sourness is not there, the acidity isn't over the top, quite the contrary. It's subtle, smooth and very tasty.

Saturated orange, a few bubbles on top that fade to a thin ring. Signature Cantillon aroma, citrus with a funky edge of wood and horse blanket.

Citrusy lemon zest, tart with some sweaty farmhouse cheese character. The oak aftertaste has a woody cinnamon bark taste that is unique. A flat body of course (unblended lambic is without carbonation by design), but the tartness doesn't allow it to be lifeless. The tartness is approaching moderate without becoming aggressive. Easy to sip and savor an entire bottle to yourself, or preferably to introduce someone else to the world of Lambic.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that I saved for my 500th review. I've been saving this 750 ml green bottle with "The Wedding Feast" on the label for almost a year- now's as good a time as any, I guess!

2003 vintage, according to the cork.

Capped and corked, underneath the cap, above the cork was a small quantity of seriously nasty vinegar. It really put me off for a few minutes. Once I cleaned that up and pulled the cork, the aroma of vinegar persisted, but much gentler, as tart apples and very dry white wine take over. Once poured, the vinegar is gone and it's now a seriously nice aroma. Geueze-like (my main point of comparison), but much gentler.

Pours a medium golden-yellow, with absolutely no carbonation at all. This isa perfect example of why Europeans call the opposite of sparkling water "still".

Flavor profile is like the aroma- very tart and sour, it grabs one's tongue and slaps it silly at first try. Puckers the lips and almost makes my eyes water. The organic funk is present, but not as obvious as in some other lambic-based beers I've tried. The mouth is much thinner than a geueze. However, like the geueze, once my mouth kind of "gets used to it", it starts saying- hey, this stuff is good!

Overall, this is a very unique taste profile, and I enjoy it as a once-in-a-while treat. Good stuff when craving something tart.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

How unusual!! And perplexing. This is a still bottling of a single barrel, (in otherwords, no yeast/sugar added to promote carbonation in the bottle). If I am to contemplate this I would say it sounds like a marketing gimmick. Especially, that there is the added "Grand Cru" designation. Again, sounds like a smart way to market extra barrel-aged beer that otherwise doesn't have a home. I've never been to Belgium though, and don't know how often they serve still samples of unblended lambic, so I won't say more then 'I'm surprised'. After reading the reviews I see that some years are carbonated. This here is from 2003, and certainly has no carbonation.
Pours still, no carbonation. Makes the glass appear to be sweating from the inside as bubbles collect on the inside. A beer that makes a glass sweat on the inside must have powerful soul. Looks like rusty water. First glance says, "thin." However, upon further gaze and concentration while I roll my hand this is definitely viscuous, and soapy the way it grips the glass.
A breeze past my flaring nostrils catches musty basement, sweating sour wood, mild white wine vinegar; A second pass and I pick up cooing baby pee diaper, vanilla, apples under a full-size apple tree in August next to an open stable. Deep inhale and it all comes together as though I were sitting on a sweating pony that is munching on those fallen, fermenting apples.
This has a thick-water feel that is mineral rich as though the water sat in a cistern for a long while. It has the affect that I get upon chewing on some fresh bio-dynamic spinach: The corners of my mouth are itchy with minerals, and acid. The oak is puckering. The body is as soft as the favorite parts of my lover. Did someone sqeeze a fruit tree through a juicer here? This is so dry except for a keel of honey thinned with green apple juice, a couple drops of tropical fruit essence, and grain soaking water. The sourness is so pervasive, but smooth. Sip after sip gives me pleasure that is both relaxing, and inpsiring. This is a real transport beyond time. This kind of pleasure is why people smoke a pin joint every evening; or pour a couple fingers of bourbon, or scotch; or light aromatherapy candles around the bath/hot tub. This is gentle relaxation. It is the definition of idle time well spent.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage.
750ml capped and corked.

Absolutely and totally without head or carbonation. Peach colored with the slightest haze, lending a further fuzzy peach appearance to this beer.

Smells of sharp rotted citrus fruit and tool shed. Musty and earthy.

Initially sharply acidic. Held on the back of the tongue, it's just like lemon juice that you buy in a bottle. Slightly sweet when held on the front of the tongue, with earthy mushroom forming somewhere deeply hidden. Jaw-clenching sourness when rolled to the sides, with explosive crab apple and drawing tannins. Very, very dry in the finish, with acidic lingerings long, long after the swallow.

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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 brdc
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2006, large corked bottle, poured into a Cantillon glass.

Special one for me as it marks the completion of my task for the 103 styles.
Hazy orange, minimal carbonation, the thin bubbly head is barely present.
The aroma is an assault, as I pop the cork, the barnyard, musty smell literally fills the room. No need to stick my nose into the glass, but I do it anyway. Sour, acidic, woody and funky notes are clearly present.
Refreshing, light bodied, with a fruity and yeasty taste; woody, acidic, and very funky, even cheesy at times.
A very nice lambic, and a fun beer to complete my journey to try all listed 103 styles.

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Photo of clvand0
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003. Pours an orange color with no carbonation and no head. Aroma has a lot of sour notes along with some fruity hints. The flavor is extremely smooth - I believe this has something to do with the lack of carbonation. Flows really well on the palate. Lots of sour flavors in there and some fruits that I can't pick out because of the sourness. The mouthfeel seems extremely thin, but this could be caused by the lack of carbonation. If you like sour beers, this one is a good one.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color is an orange-golden, without much head. The smell is a very strong tartness. The taste is a very dry sourness, with a nice earthiness that isn't completely covered up by the puckering. Mouthfeel is somewhat flat. Drinkability-wise, I don't know if I could stand up to too many of these.

I selected this beer as a celebration of the end of the semester, as well as a toast for good luck for tomorrow's GRE. I can see why someone said this is a love or hate beer...though one glass is a fantastic and complex experience, this would take quite a robust soul to session with! Still, a nice celebration beer, and certainly one I'd save for other rare occasions in the future!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2002, Sampled February 2004
The cork pulls with an apparent lack of carbonation. An immediate sour musty aroma wafts from the bottle. When poured into my glass the complete & total lack of carbonation is quite apparent. Cool just like having a traditional Lambic straight from the barrel. The aroma is of course dominated by sour acidic notes but there is an apparent woody aroma and a sharp note of urea as well. The beer itself is a hazy light orange color, and because of the non-existent carbonation there is no head at all.

Strong notes of grapefruit are in the taste of this beer. At first I did not think this beer was all that acidic, but as the beer moved past the front of my mouth the full acidity of this Lambic kicked in. This beer has a very light body, which is accentuated by the lack of carbonation. I get notes of bergamot in the middle, and notes of tannin in the finish. This beer has the full suite of funky Lambic characteristics, though the musty-leather/ barnyard character is perhaps a bit subdued compared to some others. There are some notes of a good stinky French farmhouse cheese, as well as some woody funky-wild mushroom characteristics in my glass. This particular bottle of Lambic is not all that acidic compared to most of the Cantillon range. It is of course surprisingly sour at first, but, unlike most, the acidity seems to reign in after a bit. This is so complex, you can sip and try & dissect all of the competing flavors until the end of your glass, then you wish you had more because you feel like there were a couple of things that you missed.

This is a great (and one of the few) examples of a traditional Lambic. This beer is one of the few chances for most to sample an unblended Lambic, and for this alone Cantillon is to be applauded. I do like this beer quite a bit. A bit of warning though, these flat bottles of Lambic need to be served warmer than usual, about 60*F (15*C), as I find uncarbonated Lambic needs to be a bit warmer than usual in order to fully express it's charms.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottling into stone VE tasting glass, provided by me for the MA BA tasting a bit back. Review from notes.

A- All but still, some large bubbles try and convince me it's got some carbonation, but I'm not buyin' it. Hazy burnt orange/brown.

S- Lots of earthy funk, musty dusty and crusty.

T- Big lemon, fresh green grass, some mild pepper and earthy bitterness. H.A.M.F. funk.

M- OK, it's not still. Mild carbonation, although it's more of a novelty than a main player. Flavors are diverse and come together well.

O- Yes, please. We opened this up after tasting many big boys- Crianza, Cable Car, Zwanze, Beatification, etc etc, and this one more than held its own. Really good stuff.

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Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, gold colour with no head. Fine for style.

Lemony citrus aroma with clean tartness. Mildly funky but not at all harsh.

Crisp, clean lactic sourness with citrussy notes. Mild apple. Balanced with good funky notes.

Medium body with no carbonation. Fine for style.

A solid lambic with balanced flavours and no overbearing sourness.

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Photo of Brew33
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has eluded me for some time.

2010 Bottled on Dated.

Pours a perfectly still honey, gold. A few bubbles at the surface from an aggressive pour. The aroma is excellent. Tart white grapes, earth, wild yeast aromas. A little bit muted in the nose but the aromas are stellar.

The flavor is fantastic. Beer in it's purest form. The lack of carbonation keeps this beer from moving through the mouth like a Gueuze so it drinks more like wine. Green apples, funky, earthy, mushrooms? Woody, sour but not nearly as sour as most other aged Lambics I've experienced, vinous, full. The mouthfeel is heavy and wine like. You almost need to get yourself in a different mindset when drinking a flat beer. It's not as drinkable with it's lack of carb but it makes for a longer session and more time to savor the beer.

Overall, it's fantastic. Really deep flavors.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle.

Pours flat, looks like farmhouse cider.

Green apple on the nose, quite sour smelling, takes a minute to adjust.

Sour apple immediately. Softened somewhat by nice vanilla. A slightly cheesey funk permeates.

A must try for the serious beer drink. Loved it, but wouldn't hold it against someone who didn't.

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Photo of rarbring
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 AleWatcher
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 Douglas88
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage bottle. Pours out with no pop when de-corking and no head at all. A vigorous pours sees some bubbles floating around. A cloudy deep yellow color. The aroma is a sour perfume-like and woody note. The initial taste is sour, but not anywhere near some of the others I've had, such as the Iris. Instead, a strong funky sourness is alongside a smooth and full sawdust flavor. As it warms a ton of flavor is released, mostly more wood infused sourness, some slight funky and citrus. Quite good. Something original and pure. Though it has no head, the body is somehow smooth and nice. It also goes down quite well.

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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 Wolberjs
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks delicious like all beer. Clear darkish Amber with almost no head. Tiny bit of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Smells of a muted lemon and lime lime. Very good smell. No funk, just good barnyard fruit. Taste is a watery lemon lime juice. The beer is flat and thin on the finish. Would live this beer with more bubbles.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Unblended, eh?

This is the first gueuze that hasn't really been 'sessionable' to me, but hot damn if it wasn't a treat!

Pour it into a glass and enjoy that cloudy golden colour, it's like a weizen and a pils had a baby man. A baby with carbonation like an old cask ale, that is to say, none.

But ahhh, the smells. Pungent aromas that remind me of blue cheese, ginko berries, and the acrid smell of vomit. Why do I like these things again?

Oh yeah, because it *tastes* like blue chees, ginko berries, and a pinch of vomit with a nice layer of wheaty goodness on top. Ahhhh, it burns your throat wonderfully going down. Normally the carbonation dulls this delightful pain but not here. Ahhh.

It tastes like getting stood up, but in a good way. Imagine waiting at a restaraunt for two hours. You aren't bitter, or even sad about it (there is bourbon for those emotions!), but rather strangely resigned. That is the way it is supposed to be.

Ahhh, man. Cantillon is the unquestioned master of lambics and this is a prime example of what I am talkin' about. Yeah.

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Photo of Dreizhen
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden and beautiful. A few bubbles in stasis. No head.

S: That amazing Cantillon funk. Oh how I love it. Sour and funky in the best possible way.

T: Simple, straight forward, and awesome. Not a ton going on here, but what there is is fantastic. I feel I say that about a lot of Cantillons. Somewhat like wine, somewhat like magic, 100% Lambic. Sour acidity finishes the profile out with a light, crisp ending.

M: Somewhat heavy, smooth, still, and fabulous. If you're not careful, you'll forget it's beer.

O: Love it. Great place to start with Cantillon.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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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