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Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru by Brasserie Cantillon
Lambic - Unblended
5.00 % ABV

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Review by Guido4Life on 01/27/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2009
Bought this bottle at the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels, which explains how I got it so cheap. Brewed in 2006 and bottled in 2009. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Pours...holy balls, what have we here? Did Lost Abbey mislabel one of their bottles? It's fucking flat! Oh, never mind, I'm being told that's how this style is supposed to be. Ok then, party on, Wayne/Garth. The beer is clear, golden, and flat - or I guess "still" makes it sound better. Aroma is tart, funky, and bretty. Green apples and other light fruit notes as well as wood are noticeable. Flavor is bretty and woody with some funk. Some apple juice notes. Very tasty beer with a hint of sweetness to balance the sourness. On the mouthfeel, well, it's flat, but I like it. Medium acidity. Overall this is a damn good unblended lambic.

Price: $10.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 09/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2002
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.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 18 3 8 0
Review from 01/28/07

A - Pours a dark yellow with no bubble action and no head at all. Quite frankly, this looks like a specimen, but I won't hold that against it.

S - Sour apple is big on the nose. Has a bit of barnyard funk to it. Smells much like a geueze.

T - Very tart up front. Enough tart and sour that you pucker on that first sip. Once you adjust to it, it's quite nice. Sour apples and a bit lemony. Barnyard funk. Quite nice.

M - Light bodied with very light carbonation that tickles the tongue a bit.

D - Nice beer. Just what I was in the mood for tonight.

Served In: Pint Glass

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