Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,038
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
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Gots: 494 | 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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Photo of oberon
3.39/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok Iam still trying with all my might to aquire the taste for lambic beer in general and drinking a few here in there.this one pours a great blood orange with a great looking pink colored head,aromas of iron and hay along with sour raspberry,really strong.Taste is very sour up front with an iron-like finish that becomes more noticable as you drink more.A very odd taste as well almost like the smell of my uncles barn hits my taste buds.Not a fan but a beer that is true to form and should be respected.

Photo of Popsinc
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Cantillon Oct 20/03.

Appearance: The Rose de Gambrinus poured much like the kriek did however it seemed to be somewhat cleaner and more clear. Thin pink head.

Smell: Very tart/sour nose with really only a hint of fresh raspberry. Grassy, farmhouse sorta smell...but in a good way!

Taste: I found the taste to be of very mild raspberry but more importtanly, i thought this beer lacked the in-your-face tartness of the other Cantillon lambics.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Nice acidity.

Drinkability: To me this would make a great apertif. It really livens up the taste buds. Not my favorite Cantillon.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This Cantillon poured a beautiful reddish-orange in color with a monster, lasting head.

Smell – The sour, farmy lambic aroma dominates the nose, which is my preference in the style. The raspberries are very light. The sweetish malt is probably even a bit bigger than the raspberries.

Taste – The delicate raspberry flavor comes up nicely at the taste. The farmy sourness is still there but not overpowering. There’s some light sugary sweetness in the malts as well, making this a wonderfully complex and exciting Lambic.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied but nicely-carbonated. It’s a little high on the sour meter but if you don’t mind then neither do I.

Drinkability – This is a real sipper that will reward the experienced drinker with some fine complexity.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at La Cav du Vin in Cleveland, although I've had this in the bottle, at the brewery, and on tap at other bars several times before.

Appearance: Bright reddish pink with coppery orange hues. Carbonation is steady and visible creating a thin white lace that grows with each lift of the glass only to collapse back after a moment of rest.

Aroma: Raspberry is ever present in the background but never much more than a subdued subtlety. A cider vinegar quality is fairly well pronounced and is well accompanied by lemon rind, musk, and hay. Cherry aromas are faint but present.

Taste: Earth and musk, barnyard funk, fresh red raspberries, lemon, green grass.

Mouthfeel: Acidic and quite tart but not in a way that would preclude sessioning. Very clean.

Drinkability: Very good.

Photo of tectactoe
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rose de Gambrinus was a Cantillon beer than I was very excited for, both because I love Cantillon's brews and because I'm a raspberry whore. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one and crack it open. It pours a deep, blood red color with a pink-ish, lavender tinted head. Very volatile and effervescent in appearance; the head wisps away within a minute or so and fades to a mere ring at the edges of the ruby brew.

The aroma that met my nose as I leaned in towards the glass was wonderful; near perfect execution of funk and fruit that seems unobtainable by any brewery other than Belgium's best. The amount of raspberry in the aroma was stunning; simply gushing with juicy puree and bursting raspberry skins, both tart and sweet. Despite the heavy hand of the framboise, I was picking up on a nice bit of strawberry in the aroma, too. The pungency and tartness of the fruits sting and cling-on to the saliva glads up front and never seem to let go.

The insane fruit bill collides with an equal share of delicious, Belgian, yeasty funk. Huge notes of must, cheesy funk, barnyard, damp cellar, old cork, and sloppy, wet hay. The funk is incredibly powerful, yet so delicately offset by the marvelousness of the fruit. Without each other, these two parts fail. The fruit is too harsh and tart, or the funk is too powerful and off-putting. But together, they mate and form a complex and lovely display of aroma-melding that not many brewers can achieve.

Fearful that the flavor would not follow through with the wonderful aroma, I bring the glass to my lips. I'm in luck, because Rose de Gambrinus tastes amazing, too. The fruits are up-front, first and foremost, with a huge fruit profile that consists most heavily of raspberries, followed by strawberries, and contains faint portions of grapes and cherries. Tartness is quite high and the juiciness from the fruit is something to be in awe of. Acidic, bursting with power, and exceedingly refreshing.

Funk makes it's appearance a few moments into the first sip and gets stronger as Rose gets warmer. Musty barnyards come to mind, and maybe even a solid helping of horseblanket. Wet cork, hay, and old, damp cellar notes can be found as well, slightly hidden under the blanket of fruity goodness. The finish is as good as the start, full of a largely sweet and fading tart raspberry profile that meshes eloquently with the display of funk. Thin bodied with lots of carbonation for a nice upper-lip smack; sharp, tart, and dry in the finish.

I love sour beers and I love raspberry beers, so there were certainly high expectations going into this bottle of Rose de Gambrinus. It's safe to say that my expectations were not only met, but exceeded by a fair amount as well. Quite simply a wonderful execution of raspberry sourness into a funk-filled, yeast-heavy lambic. Cantillon never disappoints, and their most popular raspberry-centric beer is definitely a home run.

Photo of ricke
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange with both red and yellow hues. Actually quite shiny at first, but after a while it gets rather hazy. Basically no head at all, just a minimal amount of bubbles that quickly disappears and leaves a minimal ring of lacings.

S: A very pleasant smell but not as powerful as I had hoped. Tart raspberries up front, some wild strawberries. Some vinegar. Some funky notes of earth and hay.

T: The first impression of the beer is that it is really tasty, but not overly complex. A somewhat weak taste of tart raspberries. Wheat, a ghost-like hint of grassy bitterness, vinegar and lemon. Not as sharp as some sours, and not harsh at all, the taste is actually really fresh with just minimal funky notes (horse blanket, hay). Some sweet nuances. The finish is all about a long lasting sourness - fantastic. The acidity mixes with some nutty aromas, barrel flavors and just a hint of vanilla.

M: A very pleasant mouthfeel. The beer has, considering the style, a surprisingly full body (but still, we're talking about a body in the medium range). Slightly oily texture with a dry finish. Very gentle carbonation.

D: Unfortunately I think this bottle had some years on it and the raspberry flavors had faded a bit. But still, a very tasty lambic. Would definitely drink it again.

Photo of brownbeer
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage opened 2010. Brilliant red color, syanara head. Smells of raspberry, strawberry, pink lemonade, and a miniscule woodiness. The taste is a nice blend of sweet and tart raspberr, finishing dry. It's toned down a bit for Cantillon, causing a lack in the "wow" department. It would be a great beer to toast or celebrate with. In the end, it leaves more to be desired.

Photo of Dmann
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After having the Saint Lamvinus I know that Cantillon was a very special brewery and I had very high expectations comming in to this beer. And they were met on all levels. If you are not a fan of sour candies, tart citrus flavors etc. then this might not be the beer for you. But if you do enjoy the above mentioned things, then you might get a kick out of this one. The beer poured very smoothe and created a light amber color with hints of pink and a nice pinkish foamy head around the top. A very unique and beautiful pour. The smell was nice and musty with hints of hay, citrus and a dryness that can only be described as gueuze-like. The flavror was outstanding with a very good sour punch in the front, light malt sweetness in the middle and tart raspberries in the finnish. The perfect sour flavor lingers in your mouth and there is no other way to describe it other than perfection. Another winner from Cantillon!

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

Got this bottle from a recent trade.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Had a big rose colored head with slight lacing on the side of the glass. The beer was a cherry red color in the glass

Smell - is fruity and a bit sour is found in the aroma

Taste - Very sour more sour than expected. Hint of the rasberry but the sourness hides the fruit. I love sours so this is right up my alley

Mouthfeel - has a sting to it from the sourness but in a nice way. A little thin

Overall - Love this beer would buy and hoard if I could find it. Glad I have two more bottles

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

$6 for a slim 12 oz bottle, with cork and outer foil seal.

Looks good - red like you'd expect, no head, somewhat translucent body.

Smells like you are about to get a blast of sourness and tartness. Gets your mouth watering and your taste buds moving.

Awesomely tart/sour taste, just like the other Cantillion I had. When it first hits you, it almost makes your mouth constrict, if that makes sense. Every taste bud in your mouth comes alive and jumps around. Total pucker-face. It smooths out pretty quickly and leaves a satisfyingly slightly-yeasty aftertaste.

I wish it wasn't so expensive, and that it was available where I live. Those are my only complaints about this fine lambic.

Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 23 2011

A - Pours a clear red with hints of orange and brown. Half a finger of pink head that dissipates pretty quickly, but maintains a nice collar.

S - Great raspberry aroma with a lot of funk and nice tart elements, including some lemon.

T - Slightly puckering tartness initially, but a nice amount of dry raspberry fruit. Funk presence is modest but there, coming in midway and sticking around after the finish. Tartness also lingers through the finish with a faint bitterness, Aftertaste is quite earthy.

M - Medium light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Finish is quite dry and slightly bitter.

O - Very tasty raspberry lambic. Very little sweetness for such a young bottling. I look forward to seeing what several years will do to this.

Photo of shapudding
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 2003. Color of apricot nectar, oranged amber and semi unclear. No head really, just a bit of closely knit white bubbles in a ring, with a small island in the center. Deeply soured, slightly cellared scents, raspberry and a bit of woodsyness. Not too intense carbonation, just a nice feel with a bit of swirling. Tastes of fresh, plump raspberry and blackberries, good oakines, and bite. Tingling, almost feel a bit of numbing to the tip of my tongue. Can feel the tang of it! The flavors hit all areas of your tongue. A bit of a peachy aftertaste left in your mouth. Man, this is sweettarts in a bottle. I finally just broke down and grabbed one of these, since I feel like the only person who has not had it on here!

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml green mini-magnum with no freshness date. Traditionally corked and capped and then foiled.

Appearance: The brewed brandishes a steady stream of carbonation to retain the thin yet semi-sticky lace. I decanted it as to not let any of the sediment into the glass … it shows of such a shinny copper hue.

Smell: Hints of lemon rind, evergreen, mint, hay and barnyard aromas … tart raspberries are there but subdued.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body, crisp with a creamy malt in the back. Super tart with a balance of fruitiness and souring puckered acidity. Raspberries and earth pile on high with the tartness. Cellar and barnyard flavour appear as well as a minty note. Hops are negligible and the maltiness only holds together as a solid foundation.

Notes: It takes some getting used to, no matter how big of a beer geek you are … the first sip always puckers your mouth beyond recognition. A great last beer of the night to either pair with a fruity dessert or a plate of soft cheeses … or just as a digestive.

Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a St Bernardus goblet. Hazy, pinkish body is topped by a small, offwhite head. Head quickly fades, leaving spotty patch lace.
Typical fruit lambic aromas. Woodsy, musty, oaky, and assertive barnyard yeast notes. Tart raspberry adds an interesting complexity. Notes of wet animal fur and dried manure are in the background.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, with a medium body. Velvety and effervescent in the mouth.
Taste is tartly acidic, with a nice berry presence. Oak wood essence is very assertive. Tannic and slightly vinous notes abound. Delicate and complex all the way through, with a dry finish.
This Lambic is really true to style. Very earthy and barnyard, with an ideal subtle raspberry presence. Very well made and exceedingly complex. An excellent Fruit Lambic to keep on hand.

Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle, caged and corked. Pours strawberry/rasberry, minimal white head, with no lacing left behind.. This one has a sweet fruity nose, that only hints at what delights are to come. Super complex brew, crazy chemistry of sweat and sour notes and intense/dense/mind bogling flavors. World class brew, that is not for everybody, I wonder if my wife will ever "understand" this type of beer. worth a try to see the range of beer that is out there.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maredsous chalice

Appearance: no head, clear, high carbonation-deep cherry red in color

Smell: raspberry, cherry, some sourness

Taste: raspberry, cherry, sour vinegar, some floral perfumy petals

Mouthfeel: sweet with prickly sourness, light bodied, medium-high carbonation

Drinkability: A nice and complex lambic. Love the raspberry taste, but what really sets this apart is the floral taste at the end. A sipper but I could have several.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

Bottled 1/20/10. The beer pours a nice red color with a pink head. The aroma is tart raspberries with some oaked notes. The flavor is very heavy on the raspberries with a little bit of tartness. There are some oak tannins in the beer but this is definitely a fruit-forward lambic. Medium-high carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall bottle courtesy of Jeffo, enjoyed at a recent tasting alongside two other raspberry lambics. It's been a while since I've had anything from Cantillon - interested to see how my palate has, or has not, changed since then!

Poured into a snifter. Bright cherry red, brilliant colour (but can't help feeling this is a bit artificial. No matter. Nice looking lambic nonetheless.

Nose is quite funky, with hay, horseblanket, cheese, and only a touch of raspberry. A bit overpowering to say the least. I get a bit more of the raspberry as my nose warms up to the situation, but it still is a bit offputting for me.

Quite tart, fresh raspberry, bit of grain and citrus. It grew on me as I worked my way through, but I still think the raspberry flavour is not quite as potent as I would like. Sharp carbonation, medium bodied.

More sour or funky than I tend to like in a lambic. It's a good beer, certainly, but not to my tastes.

Photo of deebo
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle at the brewery.

A-Pours a brilliant pinkish/red with pink foam

S-Sour raspberries with a little funky yeast.

T-Sour upfront with a fruity fresh picked raspberry taste but not sweet.

M-Smooth and slightly puckering with a slight bitter/sour finish.

D-Easier to drink than the guezue.

O-Sour-raspberries-smooth describe this beer best. The ladies like this 1 better than the kriek...I guess I do too.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked & capped bottle from my 2010 visit to Cantillon in Brussels poured into a wine glass as they do at the brewery.

This is a beautiful beer, I gave my girlfriend a sip and she said, "Is this a beer, or wine?". It's a nice rosy red that's ever so hazy - in the same way that Fort has a bit of haze. It's got a nice pink head that quickly turns into a pink ring around the edge. The nose is of fresh raspberries and tart candy, it's a bit sweet and very refreshing.

The first thing you get is a tart bite at the tip of your tongue, reminiscent of a sour candy, as it moves through your mouth you get some nice sharp carbonation, then the raspberries come through. I enjoy a nice traditional Gueuze, but adding this fruit really makes this beer a stand out. There is that signature Cantillon funk that you find nowhere else. I can see this beer being perfect on a fall evening, or on a hot night like this.

I know this doesn't get as much attention as Fou'Foune or some of their other fruit lambics, but this is a stand out, a bit less tart than the Kreik so it's more approachable and a bit more refreshing. If you're looking to get into sours I'd say this is a perfect place to start.

Also, I've got to give some extra notice to the bottle - I don't know what's going on in this picture but it's pretty funny!

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 ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

(I don't typically review the same beer twice; I only do so when my experiences between serving types are vastly different. My experience was (even) better from on-tap compared to from the bottle.)

Dark yet clear pink rose with a thin light pink, nearly white, head. Thin lacing down the glass.

A sweet, tart, and musty, funky aroma, along with some fruit sweetness like raspberries, strawberries, and/or cherries. While still lovely, the nose is far more subdued and mild from the tap than from the bottle.

Balanced flavor of sour tartness, sweet fruit, and some funky Brett tang. The raspberry flavor is the dominant fruit throughout, behind the potent sour tartness and yeast. Even better from the tap!

Medium to light, nearly airy, mouthfeel. A true pleasure.

A wonderful sour lambic.

Photo of MurphysIrish
2.54/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Picked up this beer at my local, and very well-stocked, beer concern prior to traveling to Brussels this summer as I had planned to visit the brewery (Didn't happen. Not easy to do the beer mecca with woman and child in tow but we managed).

Anyway, poured into a tulip glass. Nice on the eyes with a reddish golden hazy pour with a head that dissipated almost immediately. The nose was very sour, as I had expected, but still way over the top.

I am glad that my first sip was a small one as the sourness completely overwhelmed any other flavor profile I could discern (this was supposed to have raspberry in it?)

It was like drinking a lemon. The beer did warm up to me the same way one feels after eating salt and vinegar potato chips for the first time. I kept going back to the glass, thinking to myself, "OK, was it *that* sour?" Yes. Yes it was. It took two hours for me to finish the bottle I could not imagine drinking this again.

This is a taste/preference thing for me. I've had some sourish ales and enjoyed them. Most everything I've had from Belgium was brilliant, but this is just too much for me.

Photo of goodbeerallday
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a dark bloodish cherry/plum red colour with an extreme amount of carbonation present. no visibility looking through the glass.

S: huge depth with raspberry hitting you straight in the face! can smell the sweetness and sourness of the beer.

T: a sour note that isnt too overpowering is the initial character that strikes. and the carbonation which from appearance was extreme stays extreme in tasting! lingering sweetness and a twinge of dry fruit.

M: carbonation being super high creates a sensation of the beer jumping around all surfaces of the mouth, a sour bite as expected which complements the fruit and a dry character making it easily drinkable.

O: a really nice lambic style beer, one i would recommend to anyone starting out into trying new styles and one that is easily drinkable for one person.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man have I been drinking this stuff this season, Sat. night for the UFC fights/NHL finals, was like the 3rd bottle in a month. Wanted to drink another before I gave it what I suspected to be a glowing review, so here we are.

Love the color of this stuff. Pristine, pink and red, great clarity. A jewel of appearance, nice lacing. Aroma of both sweet and sour inducing salivation, raspberries all over this one, bright red raspberries. Big carbonation and sourness.

Both a heavy mouthful of raspberry, but plenty of sour to counterbalance it. Right amount of acidity and bitterness. Dry and puckering slightly, in such a good way. Mild hop quotient to it.

Favorite quote related to this beer was via Corpulent: "Has a strip club bathroom urinal disc smell that is tough to get passed."

Worth the $25 every now and then. Really plan on picking more of these up, as they are great beers for every now and then, would like to see how they develop with age, but I keep drinking my stash, and then my reinforcements to the stash.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 2,038 ratings.