Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella

Fill date: 10/4/17 (from a 2014 brewing season)

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 23D Lambic

AROMA: Moderately-strong wild character including all the farmhouse-type adjectives. There is a moderate fruity presence of white grape, green pear and red apple along with a slight note of mead. Sourness is present, but rather tame and of course clean lactic. Malt and wheat base is quite subtle, but no with implied sweetness. No off-notes. No hops (none needed). 12/12

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy honey/copper hue (7-9 SRM). Small white soapy suds when poured mostly dissipate (this is normal due to acidity and lack of carbonation). 3/3

FLAVOR: Complex palette of fruity and funky flavors from the microbiota terroir. Green pear, white grape, red apple cider, barnyard, mead, and pale malt all combine to form a delectable, complex, and interesting flavor combination to say the least. Sourness is moderately-low with a clean lactic presence which makes for a refreshing acidic sensation. Though well-attenuated, it is not bone dry as the wheat and malt base are still noticeable in taste, but lacking in sweetness. No hop bitterness or flavor (none needed). 20/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; very low to no carbonation. Though tepid, it does not feel overtly flat or watery; nor oily or slick. Smooth texture with a tart, dry finish; it is quite refreshing. Though technically light at 5% ABV, it feels just a bit stronger. Drinking this in large quantities is no challenge, though. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An amazing brewing accomplishment and one of the most interesting beers you will ever try. 10/10


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