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

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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 SpeedwayJim
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

European label 2006 vintage. Had at Delaney's in CT. Poured from a 750ml capped and caged bottle into a wine glass.

A: Poured with no head, just a single layer of coarse white bubbles that dissipated immediately. Beer is a cloudy goldenrod. No lacing. This one's near still.

S: Nose is barely detectable on any level and I really have to breathe deep to get anything. Slight hints of lemon rind, wood, cobwebs, and cheesiness. Also a bit of apple skin mixed in. Not aromatic at all and this one barely smells of anything even after it warms up.

T: Opens just a tad watery. Notes of lemon rind, citrus, apple tartness, and old, wet wood. A little one dimensional at times. Sourness maintains a moderate level throughout. Funky cheesiness appears for a moment right towards the end but fades quickly. Finishes with apple skin and yeast. Near no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, fluffy, and near still. Since this one's no really carbonated, it maintains a nice, smooth oiliness in the mouth. Filmy on the palate and silky going down. Finish is slightly accented with near no aftertaste.

D: This one reminds me a bit of JP's Lambicus Dexterius. A bit more flavor here though and an appreciated lack of hop bitterness. Nose could use some work but overall, a very solid lambic and one I wouldn't hesitate to pick up and age at some point.

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Photo of Burt
2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Severed in a flute from a bottle

A. Yellow orange color with little head and no lacing what so ever.

S. Faint apple cider vinegar and mustiness

T. Sour, acidic then mellowed out at the end.

M. Very smooth with no carbonation.

D. Drank 3 glasses of this trying to enjoy it but had a hard time. This is a one and done for me.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of DIM
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The corks says this was bottled in 2007 after at least 3 years in the cask.

a: This was a cloudy apple juice yellow. It pours 100% flat, no carbonation. I can't say it looks very appealing without a head, but I guess this is what it's supposed to look like. Moving on to what counts.

s: This has a smaller fruit profile than gueuzes I've tried. I got more barnyardy, acidic vinegar and some moldy wheat aromas. The, for lack of a better word, "urine" smells were fairly strong. But not in a bad way.

t: I think the best way to describe the difference between this and gueueze is to say that this is not as "bright". The increased acidity and mustiness make this feel heavier while the lack of catbonation makes it less refreshing. Still, the barnyard funk flavors of wet grains and flowers at least makes this interesting. Plenty of apple cider vinegar and lemon zest as well.

m: Surprisingly full body considering this is completely flat.

d: I'll treat this as a novelty I suppose. I wanted to taste where gueuze comes from and now I know. Trying this makes me appreciate gueuze all the more. My curiosity is satisfied, no more unblended lambic for me.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at Map Room 6/23/07.

A: Hazy straw color with a teenie head. Not even a hint of lace.

S: Tart and funky. Very earthy aroma!

T: See above. Incredible!

M: Tart and prickly to the tongue. Memorable.

D: Surprisingly refreshing. Drinkability kept getting better and better as the temperature rose.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of safaricook
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this 2010 Lambic at the brewery on their open brewery day last spring.

Orange, slightly murky, not carbonation or head at all!

smell is leathery, fruity (apricot?), funky

taste is sour and tart

completely flat, light but not watery, some astringency towards the end

This is not my favorite Cantillon, because it shows less complexity than a blend as in a Geuze and I do miss the carbonation. However, it is still a Cantillon and it is always nice to experience a brew from this magical place.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last untried Cantillon in my possession - this is a sad day indeed.

Pours a lightly hazed grapefruit, which true to type is completely without head and lace. Clean sour lemon and apple nose with light horseblanket and white wine notes. Crisp and quenching flavour pulls in a really dry white wine character, mixes it with some puckering lemon, earth, wood and a smack of leather. Light body and flat carbonation.

As expected, simpler than other Cantillon lambics. Well-crafted and enjoyable, but the lack of complexity would prevent me from buying more. Give me a Fou Foune or Geueze any day of the week.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of aquazr1
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottP
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage, bottled in 2011
poured into Funkwerks tulip

A- No carbonation to speak of, light copper/yellowish orange color. A bit hazy.

S- Light, slightly acidic. Smells a bit of damp and unwashed clothing.

T- Very light, dry finish, typical Cantillon funk.The funky old clothing smell comes through in the taste. A bit oaky with a watery aspect reminiscent of green grapes and unripe apples.

M- No carbonation, but it doesn't really bother me because the flavor is still there. Initial taste is light and watery, but the tartness fills out (although it never gets too extreme).

O- A solid from Cantillon. It is a different style, which at first I did not like very much, but the flavors and the style itself grew on me. Not the best from them by any means, but one to definitely check out if you're a fan of their other brews.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/28/09

A - Pours a hazy gold, no carb, no head.

S - Barnyard funkiness, citrus, sour apple, pear. Oak.

T - Obviously sour and tart, sour apple, straw, "funk". Nicely balanced and complex.

M - Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Dry finish, similar to an oaked white wine.

D - Very nice in small quantities, split this bottle between 5 people and we were all happy with out samples. Had this after dinner at a tapas bar, found it to be a great digestif.

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Cantillon Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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