Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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88
very good
853 Ratings
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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:
853
Reviews:
319
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
241
For Trade:
26
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mothman
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan/2011

1983 vintage with a vintage black and white label of a castle on it.

Poured into flute.

Pours no head. Color is a clear pale amber gold.

Aroma: Sweet and old-like. Musty. Nose is somewhat like a faro smells like. Lemon and honey flavors. Oak and a bit of spice. Fruity.

Taste: The taste is a lot like the nose, but more sour. Not to tart. Pretty sweet. Honey and dry spice. Oak and vanilla. Very old tasting, but pretty tasty and holding up well.

Mouthfeel: Tart and clean. Light bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a beer this old was great. One of the oldest I have had and it seemed to have held up well. It was drinkable. A lot sweeter than I expected. Good stuff.

March/2017 drinking an Aug 22 2016 bottled 2013 label.

Still of course. Golden orange color.

This is a very fine lambic. Reminds me a bit of iris. Floral hop profile. Dusty and basement must. Oaky. Lemon citrus. Hints of honey sweetness. Oak. In the back end there is slight notes of red apples and pears blended. Earthy and herbal. Beautiful bottle.
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2007 cork, 2002 label, bottled 15 January 2008. Consumed 3/2017.

A bit of white head. Showing hints of carbonation. Golden orange color.

This one is a bit sweeter with age on it. Reminds me a bit of a faro. Caramel malt notes. Lots of oak and fairly funky with a mineral kick. Still has hints of lemon citrus in the background. Cereal grain malts.

This is still fairly still, but a very nice feel. Light bodied.

A nice vintage and fun to try, but I think I prefer fresh. 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Cantillon tulip. 2009 Vintage picked up at Capone's.

Pours a moderate orange color with a thin white head and plenty of large bubbles when first poured. Even a hard pour cannot yield much of a head, though I won't really dock an unblended lambic on this point. Nose is moderately funky with some earth and a bit of hay. There's a bit of lactic character there, but it's not overpowering at all.

The flavor follows the nose quite closely. There's some initial acidity followed by a bit of earth and very light funk. Mouthfeel is light with very low carbonation. Acidity is somewhat brisk but no terribly long-lasting. Drinkability is pretty nice. Had this with plenty of cheese and it served its purpose quite well. Still, not one of the better Cantillon beers I've had.

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Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Thanks to Shogokawada for this one. '07 vintage.

Pours with no head, a hazy orange peach color.

Nose is fairly funky, some barnyard funk but not crazy, tart rosy fruit, little bready dry funk.

Taste brings nice fruit, lots of reddish berry like fruits, light horse blanket and barnyard funk but not very heavy, tart fruits, light acidity, fairly sour overall, a little juicy too. Finishes dry and tart, with some funk and a bit of fruit, but mouth watering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, pretty much no carbonation.

Overall good, nice tart fruits, sour, bit of acidity, some light funk and bready malts, could have used more carbonation too. Not the best Cantillon, but decent.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color, just a ring on foam on the edge of the glass. Aroma is somehow vegetal and cheesy, funky barnyard notes, quite different from other lambics. Taste is quite balanced. Some earthy funk and bitterness, tart fruits, some yeast funk on the finish. Medium body, almost flat. Really interesting lambic, very easy to drink.

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3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, still golden body with a thin, white head.

Smell: The cold hard fact that this smells exactly like TheBeerCellar's 1978 "Gas Line" Lemonade is totally indisputable.

Taste: A slight upfront sweetness layered with lemons and hay. Hints of wood and salt. Plenty of vinegary acidity on the dry, pucker-inducing finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Very little carbonation to speak of. Just the slightest bit oily in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm tellin' ya, "Gas Line Lemonade".

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2005. Equal parts ripe apricot and amber, possibly favoring the former. A static cloud of fine yeast gives the beer needed visual interest (since the head is nearly absent). As I understand it, lambics are essentially uncarbonated, hence the lack of foam and lace. Given that it's supposed to look like this, it isn't easy to pick a score.

The aroma has a lot in common with white grape juice that is incredibly tart and acidic rather than sweet. There's also a funkiness that is much less... uh... funky than Brettanomyces and is completely different in character. I expect to like this one.

Wow that's tart! If I was an oenophile, I'm sure there's some wine that I could compare this unblended lambic to. How about a bottle of whatever white wine is most puckery, acidic and dry... mixed with a few ounces of apple cider vinegar and a shot of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Cantillon Broucsella 1900 Grand Cru is definitely different, but I can see myself acquiring this acquired taste over time. Having said that, getting through the entire '750' won't be easy. If you like acidic, pop a few Tums, pull the cork and pour.

The thing that keeps me from loving what is undoubtedly a classic unblended lambic is the lack of depth and complexity. On the other hand, maybe I just can't appreciate it due to my relative unfamiliarity with beer of this style. In the end, I prefer the added flavor of raspberries in Rose De Gambrinus and the added flavor of grapes in Saint Lamvinus.

Like the appearance, I'm finding it hard to come up with a mouthfeel score that respects the style guidelines while still staying true to my sensory impressions. At the risk of being thought unsophisticated, it's thin and borderline flat and I don't love it.

I've heard all sorts of scary things about real lambics (not those stickysweet fruit lambics that qualify as chick beer). About how they're hard-edged, uncompromising, extremely variable from batch to batch, and so on. Broucsella 1900 Grand Cru is pretty easy to live with and the first half has gone well enough. When it's all said and done, though, I don't think I'll be plunking down the cash for another bottle.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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 drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very underwhelming. Love the flavor and idea but the head, mouth feel and even flavor suffers from a straight-out flatness. Ripe pear in the nose, slick mouth feel and a pleasant tartness of fallen apples. Tartness fades and depth is lost ... Not worth the high price tag at all.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up when I was down in Florida last week, along with a bunch of other nice Cantillon beers. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 02/19/2009.

The pour was decent enough with a clear, dark grape juice looking liquid with only the slightest bit of carbonation sticking to the inside of the glass. The aroma is sour, tart notes, hints of a woody or oak like touch with a vanilla touch to it. Small notes of cherry or some light fruit notes. As I take a taste the feel really throuws me off. It is almost like oily water, no carbontion and slick feeling, really distracting. The bite of tart apples is lightly offset with a touch of vanilla and oak in the finish, nothing too bad at all, but nothing blowing me away. Just a touch one to put down, the tartness was not strong enough and the subtle hints of oak, too light to make a difference. My least favorite Cantillon beer to date.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to stormking47 for sharing this bottle poured chilled in an ale glass.

A -A light golden shade w/ good clarity and light cap of white w/ a minute bead, no lace to speak of

S - A smell that has a complex array of aromas including wood, sour white grapes and a lactic lemony scent with mild leather and sweet meaty notes w/ light cheesey quality that is funky and nice at the same time w/ tobacco and sour white grapes w/ a mild citrus rind

M - The feel is great with both sweet and sour represented, not very carbonated and pretty high acidity, but it finishes dry and has mild tannic astringent puckering palate effect like a sweet tart that I enjoy

T - The flavor of sweet tarts w/ lemony bitter and mango sweet flavor with a pepper tinge and slight funk underlying the taste w/ mild kumquat juiciness accented by the hint of wood. The slight bitter tinge is compounded by a gentle pithy element in the sour dry finish

D - I loved this but it was headspinning with all of its unique attributes with lots of complexity it was not a smooth ride, but enjoyable and intense which I like in sour beer - probably my first taste of unblended lambic but tasty all the same
M - The bitter

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Photo of vfgccp
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 fermentation, bottled 2013, opened July 2014.

A - Beautiful, deep copper gold body. As a still beer there's no head as expected.

S - Lighter than the 2013 bottles of classic gueuze and lou pepe gueuze. Light orange, lime zest, and wheat.

T - Savory oak, lactic acid, fermented orange rinds, wool, and wet bread.

M - Still and dry with a medium frame.

O - Mellow, complex, and unique. Striking for what it is, but not as good as the lou pepe gueuze.

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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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