Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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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:
856
Reviews:
320
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
241
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25
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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 TBlightning
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

750ml. Poured a mildly cloudy light amber color with very thin head. Still had some subtle carbonation. Wonderful sour, funky, oaky aroma. Very sour with a little bitterness. Lots of grass, barnyard, and funk. Different then most Cantillons I have tasted in the past, but very enjoyable.

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

750ml 2009 August 28th - served only slightly chilled.
Looks very similar to a carbonated hard cider. Lightly carbonated,
Smells of yeasty funk mostly. Very familiar aroma.
Taste is tart and intense, but really mild compared to my past Cantillon bottles. Strong lemon juice feel. I feel like I can taste and feel the oak in the beer. Its really more beer like than I expected. In the vein of Gueuze without fruits. Might be work aging out another bottle in the future.
Really my least favorite Cantillon I have ever had. My standard of Sour Belgian beers is fairly high. It was tasty, unique and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of hollywood_15063
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of santoslhalper
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a glowing orange with a thin beige head.

Smell: The smell is woody and fruiy, but no specific fruit is the focus. Very balanced.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is very tart, but very yeasty. The rustic feel is overpowering, and doesn't blend too well with the sweet and tart flavors. But still, it's very unique and interesting tasting. The oak aging is appearent, but not the focus, which is kind of refreshing. The mouthfeel is fizzy but smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very unique beer, different from any other lambic I've had. It still has the lambic qualities but without the fruit focus. According to the back, this is the onlytru unblended lambic you can find. Really? Well, at least it's a good one.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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 JackieKu
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Bottled on 2015.

A: Clear golden. No foam.
S: Figs, starfruit, and some woods.
T: Figs. Moderate (round) sourness. Medium low bitterness. Dry. Green tea like aftertaste.
M: Moderate body. Low carbonation.
O: Round sour beer which I can drink it easily. Good to pair with fatty foods.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Guessing the newest vintage. Bottle at Cantillon.

Pours a clear golden body with a thin ring of white head settles around the glass. 4

Aroma is musty and sour.

Medium sourness. No real carbonation which works for lambic. Almost a medium mouthfeel. Ends dry. Green apple and green grape.

An amazing beer to relax with.

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Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the 750ml bottle into a flute an oranged hued dark golden colour with no head.
S - Smell is initally vinegar and funk but some tart apple and sour grape aromas come through. A bit of graininess.
T - Quite a dominant Brett character in the taste followed by some tart and sour fruitiness.
Again also some grain touches.
M - Light bodied, zero carbonation.
D - A beer to be drank by someone who appreciates the style that's for sure. And even then it's a challenge. The non-existant carbonation is quite weird. Would I drink it again? Probably. Would I search it out? Probably not.

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Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with absolutely no head and a slightly hazy golden body.

S - Musty and earthy with strong sourness. Notes of mustard, pepper and a bit of pineapple.

T - Strong, lemony acidity with pepper, mustard and oak. The earthy funk is present, but not as prominent as one might imagine. The finish is fairly mellow with lingering citrus acidity and some vanilla.

M - Medium body, no carbonation and a very dry finish.

D - It is tough to give straight lambic a drinkability rating. I don't want to drink the whole bottle and even if I did I don't think I could find enough tums to counteract the heartburn it would give me. That said, this is a nice refreshing lambic. Good complexity in the aroma (although the flavor is a bit flat) and while the acidity is overwhelming in the beginning, it finishes smooth enough to let your palate come up for air.

I had this bottle in my refrigerator for quite a while, waiting for the perfect time to open it and I finally just decided to open it with dinner tonight. I paired it with honey mustard glazed Basa fillets and Sauteed green beans and garlic. I was afraid the sweet glaze on the fish would clash with the sour beer, but it was an excellent match. It was happy surprise that the beer contained some mustard notes that further complimented the glaze. The beans were more ambivalent, but the sourness of the lambic complimented the garlic in a nice way.

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Photo of CaptainFleeker
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mlhyatt
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frasergrove
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerbom
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hallsey3
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BColton1
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of macher0
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy golden color, very little head that quickly retreats. No effervesces and no head. Looks thin. The nose is very dank, not like weed or hops. The nose was also very dusty, and oaky. The taste was also dank with a dusty straw taste . It is a little biter and mild to moderately tart. The feel is very thin, way too thin for me, watery, with no carb, and light body.

This was my least favorite Cantillon. It was still good, but very watery and thin. I did like the dusty oaky flavor. Through some more carb in this piece and you will have something more to my style.

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Photo of kevanb
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, 2011 dated, poured into a snifter.

The beer pours a nice copper color, slight chill haze with a few bubbles at the top of the glass, no retention or lacing. The aroma is lovely, tart apple, moderate funk, floral notes are subtle with some sweet oak at the back. The balance is great, the fruit and funk are blended perfectly. The flavors are nice, apples, fruit, nice tartness, light vinegar, sweet oak with some subtle funk behind everything. The body is flat, brewed to be still, but it hurts this beer a lot as the flavors really suffer from the lack of carbonation. The finish is nice and dry, but the still nature leaves these beer a touch syrupy and hard to drink.

Verdict: A nice unblended lambic from Cantillon, but the lack of carbonation really makes this a hard beer to drink. The flavors never really come to life and everything is somewhat muted by the still nature of the beer. Worth trying if you've never had it, but not a beer I'd seek out regularly.

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Photo of Biggness
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours and orangy amber with no carbonation so no head or lacing. The smell is of sour... almost like lemonade. The taste is nice and complex, some nice malt flavors in there with some sour/bitter lemon flavors as well. nearly no carbonation and a mild dry aftertaste didn't help the mouthfeel for this beer. Actually an easily drinking beer for all the things going on, just not the flavor wow in my opinion for the price tag.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a clear peach color with no head or lacing, just a few small bubbles here and there.

S: Very funky, has the earthy barnyard funk going on.

T: Not as funky as the smell led on. Has a nice fruit flavor - apples. It is slightly sour.

M/D: Pretty light with good carbonation. Overall it was pretty good, not amazing, but solid for sure.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 6 Sept 2008 bottle date. Poured into my Supra tumbler, Cantillon's Grand Cru is a murky dirty gold with no head, very light carbonation, some bubbles on the side of the glass, but still - as expected for the style, of course!

Smell is sweet, almost cider like, unusual for a lambic, with a bit of sweet baby diaper providing the funk.

Taste is more in line with what I was expecting, but still not very funky, with only a mild acidity, but nice chalkiness. Approachable lambic, but I prefer more complexity and intense sourness.

Mouthfeel is slick and dry, with a light pucker.

Drinkability is very easy, due to the lack of funk I prefer. An elegant lambic, but not my favorite.

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Photo of antoines15
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
3.9 out of 5 based on 856 ratings.
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