Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella (5%)

The cork popped with a wine and blue cheese mist, and poured a lovely rich apple juice orange.
I’m afraid though that for me that’s where the joy ended.
This lambic beer is absolutely water flat and taking a mouthful all I got was cheap acidic white wine and a squeeze of lemon juice.
As I drank I got a whiff of morning after urine and a punch of blue cheese.
Now I love blue cheese, and the stinkier the better, but I’m not a fan of drinking it.
Especially as part of a wee cocktail.
There’s a dry wood edge to this and a swelling cider which unfortunately is another thing that doesn’t do it for me.
I simply don’t like cider, so that’s pretty much the nail in the coffin for lambics and me.
If I want a cheap dry scouring white wine I can get one for a third of the price of this “classic” beer style.
If I want a cheap fuggy cider I can do the same.
I’m glad I tried it so that I know, and maybe some of you will argue that I don’t have a mature enough palate or something.
But please do bear in mind that something simply being old or traditional doesn’t always make it right or good.
There are often reasons why things change and move on.
One thing that I know for sure is that I find this so unpalatable that it’s going down the sink and I’m reaching for a Mikkeller to wipe away the memory.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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