People say the Bramley is a cooking apple; really too tart for eating fresh. Having grown up eating apples "too early" because we couldn't wait for them to ripen, my taste buds are corrupted and I love a good tart apple, which is why I enjoy Bramleys as they come. The rest of you can cook them if you like.
I'm afraid I have some sad news for the lovers of the venerable Bramley apple. The original tree, which is over 200 years old, has contracted a fatal disease
and is almost certain to die in a year or three. The linked BBC story does an excellent job of telling the lamentable tale but for some video, you'll have to check out the Notts TV
Never fear--there are plenty of Bramley scions around (even, apparently, in Japan), so this splendidly tart and eminently cookable apple will continue to grace the palates of malophiles for many years to come.