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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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2,001 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,001
Reviews: 707
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 479
Gots: 488 | FT: 32
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002

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Ratings: 2,001 | Reviews: 707
Photo of MHorridge
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It was very dry and tasty but it most assuredly didn't blow me away.

Photo of J_K
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. 375ml. Absolutely beautiful appearance. Raspberry tartness to the nose. Not too tart in taste for Cantillon. Refreshing.

Photo of snaotheus
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at the Delirum Tremens cafe in Brussels. Served in a pair of whine glasses. Bottled On is 21 October 2014.

Pours pink, moderately hazy, with a slight pink head that fades to a ring. Fairly still. Smell is cherries and flowers. Not overwhelming.

Taste is quite tart. Not heavy on the fruit. Cherry and cherry blossoms. Just a little green vegetation.

Mouthfeel is very acidic, dry, light. Overall, very good.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer 1,000 on Beer Advocate. Thought I'd make it something special.

375 mL bottle served into a tulip/wine glass hybrid.

Stunningly exquisite appearance on this beer. It's got a dark cherry-colored body with lighter pinkish hues at the base of the glass. It seems as though it's hazy but close examination reveals a clear body---it's just such a deep red that the eye wants to mistake the color for cloudiness. On the pour, a foamy, full head forms and shows some real thickness, before it rapidly fades and devolves into a layer of sticky lacing. 5

The nose is heavy with fruit---I'm thinking tart cherries and lemon and cranberries--- before an earthy, sour and tart aroma. 4

There's something much more robust about the flavor when in comparison to the nose. More cranberry, a quick moment of cherry soda-like flavor, sweet maltiness, and the lemon tartness towards the end. A flavor like crisp apple lingers on the tongue. 4.25

Rose de Gambrinus feels more tart and acidic than other beers I've had from Cantillon and 3F and this slows the drinking process a bit. It's much more mouth-puckering. It has a really pleasant mid-palate swirl of malt that sweetens things up and offers some body, followed by some bubbly carbonation that adds color before the dry finish. 4.25

Plenty to really enjoy about this beer, but I do find it a little harsher than other lambics I've had that were truly mind-blowing.

Photo of treznor
3.11/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think something might have been wrong with this. I got it from the bar at Cantillon, but it was heavily vinegary.

Photo of Melvintrude
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

startlingly tart, but fabulous concentration of fruit

Photo of pat61
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Raspberry and cherry nose, wet compost, over ripe fruit and citrusy tartness. This looks like a sparkling rose with foam and combines the delicate champagne bubbles with the beer body and fluffy, rapicly dissipating pinkish white head. It is tart, lemony, fresh, funky with raspberry and cherry flavors. Very refreshing.

Photo of Earlyagain
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the prettiest beers Ive had the pleasure of trying, the ruby red color really is pronounced. I was slightly off put by the smell with hints of vinegar, but the taste put any concerns to rest. Amazing raspberry flavor with a sharp tart finish.

Photo of interzen
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a Vedett tulip glass.

Look: Beautiful, deep, raspberry red - reminded me a lot of the colour of the red wine vinegar I keep in my kitchen. Pinkish head, fairly thin and bubbly which recedes to nothing fairly quickly.

Smell: Raspberries, red fruit and vinegar - you can tell this is a lambic, all right. That said, the vinegary/funky smells don't overpower the fruit at all, leading to an interesting combination of the two which, whilst not unpleasant, is a little bit ... odd. But in a good way. Let it breathe and you'll get some citrus and woody/earthy notes, but really it's raspberries and vinegar all the way.

Taste: Raspberries and sourness, the latter of which is almost abrasive but manages to complement, rather than overwhelm, the former. The tartness gives way to a rather interestingly earthy flavour in the finish.

Feel: Quite light in the body and very fizzy, which helps to accentuate the sourness. Very long, very dry, earthy finish. There are fruit beers with far more body out there, but in this case the combination of high carbonation and relatively light feel works a treat.

Overall: It's Cantillon, so the chances of this one being a duffer were always going to be pretty low. Bear in mind, though, that this is not your typical framboise - if you're after something sweet and/or syrupy then you're most definitely in the wrong place. On the other hand, if you're a fan of gueuze or sour beers in general then this is worth the asking price and then some.

Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Forgotten as one of the better Cantillons.

The beer hits of fresh raspberries, a lemony tartness, and decent funk quality. Great carbonation.

Balanced, tart, complex.

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750. Pours the color of pink grapefruit super high carbonation and a large fizzy inflated head. Beautiful looking beer. Smell, tart raspberry , small amount of funk, little barnyard, fruit esters and berry. Taste, powerful crisp tartness overwhelms your tastebuds followed by raspberry and a hint of sweetness. Quickly swept away by mouth watering and tart bite lingering.amazing. not too sweet , an epic sour.mouthfeel , a luxury level equal to champagne. Full luscious and almost stinging carbonation that arouses the sour flavor to no end. Overall: one of the best beers I have ever had. Best sour hands down.

Photo of jbwimer
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an absolutely beautiful red raspberry color with a small head that recedes to a thin film on top. Smell has an interesting dynamic as the sweet raspberries intersect with that distinct Cantillon funk. A little odd, but certainly not off-putting. Some lemon zest and oak character add to the complexity. Flavor is a bunch of tart raspberries, a splendid sourness that tickles the cheeks. Oaky dryness on the finish is quite splendid. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style with some lively carbonation. I'm quite pleased with this beer.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sour, funk, fruit. All bases covered here. An outstanding lambic with the overwhelming raspberry taste coming over massively on the front and back end. Jammy and bright.

Photo of Devman171
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, pours light pink with fizzy white head. Aroma is light tart cherries, flavor is similar with a light tart and dry cherry finish.

Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12ox bottle into teku. Bottled in 2013.

A - Let this chill overnight to prevent a gusher. Color is dark pink/red and I had to pour multiple times because of the carbonation. Very light pink head. Thick collar and spots of lacing.

S - Sour and acidic notes of vinegar and fresh lemon with a good amount of funky raspberry puree. The funk is nice and has some woodiness to it.

T - Very sour and delicious. Plenty of raspberry flavor accompanied by sharp lemon sour and vinegar. Some woody funk on the finish.

M - Light bodied and big carbonation makes for a fantastic mouthfeel.

O - It's Cantillon and it is amazing. I hope New Glarus continues to narrow the gap to produce beer like this on the regular.

Photo of simoen
3.35/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a good rose geuze with a fruity nose

Photo of heygeebee
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy ruby with lace and film, smell is intense raspberry fruit and the usual funk,


Then the taste is a lot thinner than I would have thought. Shock horror! Does the Cantillon backlash start right here? Mouthfeel is light and thin, whilst well carbonated.

Possibly my least fave of the bunch :-( sadly just kinda fails to deliver .... Not a bad beer, but........

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 2013 bottling date poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a dull pink to almost rusty in color with a medium sized and fizzy head. The head sticks around a little bit and is a touch off white towards red in color. The remnants of the head are a patch of bubbles on the surface of the beer. Lacing is virtually nonexistent due to lack of head. The hazy body of the beer turns lighter in color, more towards a light amber, when held up to the light.

S- Funky and tart right of front on the nose for this beer. A hint of fruity raspberries provides some of the tartness, but most of the tartness comes from a largely vinegary quality in the scent. The vinegar and raspberries combine to provide the overall tart, yet fruity, smell of the beer.

T- Starts with a fairly tart bite right up front that is a mix of sour base beer and a slight hint of the raspberries. The same vinegary flavor from the scent is present in the taste and is more dominant. The raspberries kick in a little bit after the tartness from the base beer and provide just a touch of fruitiness to the flavor. A funkiness takes over the second half of the drink and provides a balancing bitter quality to help calm down the sour aspects of the flavor profile. This combination of base beer tartness, slight raspberry fruitiness, and funky bitterness is the overall impression and lingering flavor of the beer on the tongue.

M- Just like most other lambics and the other Cantillons I have had, this beer is incredibly high in carbonation and light on the palate. It is a little thin overall, but supports the complex flavor profile.

Overall, this beer is a little less fruity and displays less raspberry quality than I expected. I enjoy this beer, but there are much better raspberry sours in the US. That being said, the flavor of this beer is still very complex and the sour combined with the funkiness on the back end of the drink make for a solid overall beer.

Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Pink-reddish color, with a big, fast vanishing pink head.

Typical Cantillon aromas, very funky, refreshing and full with raspberries.

Very sour, fruity, raspberry gets more and more recognizable after the first impression. Hints of yeast go well with the fruit and dry sourness. Raspberry is present from the beginning till the end in a very pleasant, intense way. Refreshing, dry mouthfeel, with a tart, acidic character. Fruit stays on the palate for a long time. Very unique fruity taste in a pleasantly balanced beer.

Photo of Furlinator
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottled on 02/03/14.

Pours a hazy magenta. The 1/4 inch light pink head quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

The smell is of red wine vinegar, unripe raspberry and barnyard funk.

The taste is of tart unripe raspberry, cherry skin and faint red wine vinegar.

The texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

Pleasant tart raspberry flavor. Not overly sour. An outstanding effort.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Purchased at the brewery during Quintessence. Everything you would hope for. Amazing raspberry character.

Photo of guityler83
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Botte date 27- may - 13

Had at Kulminator in Antwerp

A: 3 finger head with tiny soft pink bubbles that slowly slid to a steady half finger that rested on top of the beer. Hazy, grapefruit meat pink color with moderate haze - more towards the bottom of the bottle - poured from a basket.

S: Huge juicy raspberry smell like they were just picked from a garden - not cooked and jam like. Undertones of tart cherry and strawberry and pomegranate. Very complex fruit aroma. Tartness aroma is medium and dominated with the berries.

T: Huge bright tart raspberry, cherry lemon tasting sourness. very complex and intense. Funky hay is very low in the background. wood is almost non existent.

M: Mouth puckering sourness with a dry crisp finish. Carbonation is medium with zero alcohol warming (or anywhere for that matter) light body and very refreshing.

O: Everything I've ever wanted in a frambroise.. Perfect intense and complex

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

One thing I've noticed with Cantillion, other than the price, is the sublime simplicity of taste. This gives a full raspberry sweetness with a bit of tart and sour. Light and crisp mouthfeel, this is deliciously simplistic.

Photo of macher0
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on draft at the Holy Grale. Zwanze 2014.

A. Ruby red with a fine bubble head that's slightly red. Translucent. A healthy film remains.

S. Sour. Tart cherries, rasberries, apples, neutral oak. The fruits and sour yeast combine for a delicate and subtle nose that is not really complex, but very well balanced. Certainly the wild spores of Belgium are pronounced.

T. Follows the nose very nicely. The rasberries are much more pronounced but a strong cherry flavor is prevelant. Big neutral oak and slight hoppiness.

M. Way smooth, high carbonation, light body.

O. Big time. The fruit is very pronounced. Lots of flavor and very sour, not sweet or syrupy. I favor this over the Kriek or LP Kriek. Very good. As with the other beers from this wonderful brewery, this stands atop all others. Very subtle, well balanced, well crafted. I would go out of my way to have this again, and again. If you could rate the label, it would get a 6.0 - there are boobs on the label.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Delicious fruity sour with wonderful raspberry and tart cherry flavors. Perfect mouth. Beautiful and always satisfying.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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