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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

708 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 708
Hads: 2,075
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 490
Gots: 514 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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 Dmann
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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! (921 characters)

Photo of marburg
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's a bit of a stigma -- and perhaps rightfully so -- that an all 5 beer is tough if not impossible to come by, so I always really think about it when I'm thinking of scoring something as a perfect 5. In this case, am I really going to knock the "appearance" of this beer?

Nah.

A perfect fruit lambic. The loud cork pop releases an intoxicating, invisible cloud of sourness; naturally one expects the dominant aroma to be that typical barnyard funk, Cantillon being the best of the best at capturing that natural, raw sensation.

Surprisingly, it's according-to-Hoyle raspberry that pushes itself to the forefront -- fresh raspberries, rotting raspberries, underripe raspberries. Each sniff brings about a variation on the theme to be sure. Raspberry sweetness precedes a wicked sourness. Rotten, delightful, ruinous, ascerbic fun wrapped up in a remarkably natural raspberry package. (896 characters)

Photo of dashmartino
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured off the draft at Monk's in Philly. Ruby red with a tiny tiny white head. First smell gives the vinegary sourness equally matched by raspberries. First sip mirrors that, perfect sourness matched with the taste of raspberries. Sweetness is there as well, but masked underneath. Too complicated for my simple palate unfortunately, but I was more than thrilled to have the opportunity to try this! (400 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

...creamy, durable bone/pink head...

Sappy, rich aromatics of tart raspberries and leather.
Caramelized beef juices, gatorade, and sweet herbs survive underneath a river of dry-fermented fresh raspberries.
What is a raspberry?
Maybe a series of little red blisters, thin skinned, clustered together. Add yeasty jaws and each globule explodes at a different moment, creating an out-of-phase harmony of flavor sequences. Everything that went into the fruit - branches, soil, sunlight, fauna - is evident in turn in just one berry, and in every drink of this beer.

Thanks perfect nature. (594 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This scandalous bottle was procured from Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia. A perfect clear red pour with a nicely sized bubbly pink head. No lacing, but enough head rests atop the beer for it to be noted. A beautiful overall pour. 4.5

The aroma is all raspberries, sweet and fruity, with a kind yeast and funky sour characteristic. Just beautiful, I can't stop smelling it. 5

The taste is a perfect balance of fruit and sour. Raspberries and
sour, along with oak, vinegar, and funky tastes play together as if they were made to be in the same beer. Harsh enough to remind you that it's a true sour, but balanced enough for you to love. 5

The mouthfeel is light and carbonated well, a nice twinge of a dry finish and no hint of alcohol. It's so drinkable the bottle will
be gone before you realize it. 5

$18 for a bottle, which I've learned is par for the course with
Cantillon. I was happy to pay it and happy to drink it. What more can i say? This beer was exactly what I wanted. Deliciously sour, sweet, another Cantillon gem. I don't know what is going on in that valley, but it's the best Lambic in the world. Keep on, keepin' on Cantillon. 5 (1,145 characters)

Photo of imyourhero21
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow what a beer. Pours a dark ruby red with a pink colored head. More carb then usual with most other cantillons but it wasnt a bad thing at all. Rose was all i wanted and more. The raspberries add to the funky/sour thing going on with the base beer and improves it to me. Need to get more now (293 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle - 2012 vintage

Appearance - pink, light pink head, lively.

Aroma - Berries, funk.

Taste - Raspberry, horse blanket, tart, almost some sweetness shining through... almost.

Mouthfeel - light effervescent carbonation, I wish I could chug a bottle.

Overall - One of my favorite beers I've ever had. (307 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cellared for three years, this is served in a stange at fridge temperature. 2005 vintage.

Appearance- Right off the bat, I'm really surprised at the carbonation level. Last month I cracked open a Cantillon Organic Gueuze from the same year, and it was completely flat (as it very well should be) and very tasty. The head on this beautiful light rose drink is a solid two fingers, soapy and full. It slowly withers away to a thin, bubbly mat and leaves nothing behind.

Smell- A bone dry aroma of fermenting fruit and hay, complemented with a barnyard character of flies on a horse's hindquarters baking in the hot sun. As wonderfully authentic and exciting as any true lambic from Cantillon or anyone else.

Taste- If beers like this became no longer available, the world would be a more boring place. Powerfully tart, to the point where my eyes squint and tongue reels... it's reminiscent of the Fou Foune experience, where you just can't even imagine a more face-puckering beverage. After the initial blast, the beer goes bone dry and delivers a horseblanket-like environment in the mouth. The finish, lasting a full century, is quite memorable... it sums up the funky dryness and lingers on.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The first glassful had a moderately textured feel, with small bubbles more noticable than the final two servings. It does have the right character for the style, so the thinner, less carbonated feature is right on the money. An absolutely stunning example from the Granddaddy of Lambic producers, and a reminder that I need to visit this a lot more often. (1,578 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this one is right up my tree
i like rasberries, but i find most rasberry beers to be too sweet..

not this one.. it brings the funk and sourness that i have grown to LOOOVE from Cantillon

it pours about a shade lighter than rose

its just a nice fun, funky awesome beer with a little rasberry on the nose..
from what I gather this beer is a little hard to find and i will enjoy it and drink at least one everywhere i can find one

the only drawback.. its a little pricey, but hey thats Cantillon

def a great treat (517 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.87/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light red tinted hue with a fizzy pink head. Nose is what one would expect from Cantillon -- musty, barnyard funkiness and oak paired with the true aromas of the fruit source. In this case, we're talking mainly tart raspberry with a touch of sour cherry, as well. The raspberry flavor and notes of oak are incredibly well-integrated in this acidic, sour and truly traditional fruit lambic. Mouth-puckeringly sour and dry to the unenlightened palate, but absolute nirvana for traditional lambic mongers. Lively, bubbly mouthfeel leads to an incredibly drinkable and refreshing fruit lambic for all seasons. No doubt a world classic. Thanks to beerdawg, this led off a fantastic evening of tasting. I can't sing the praises of Cantillon enough. (742 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A cheeky label hides a serious beer. Often highly carbonated, settles to a beautifully salmon-pink-red color. Dry, but extremely fruity and very refreshing. It will catch you out with its sourness which has a tendency to concave your cheeks shortly after swallowing, gets me every time. Blended from approx. 50% Framboise & 15-20% Kriek, with the remainder being 1-year old Lambic. Difficult to compare to other beers of this style - as there aren't any!!

+++
So finished my Review dated 8-17-02 for a "fresh" sample.

Tonight, I cracked opened a 750ml '96 Vintage example of this Majestic lambic. Has a USA label (with a clothed woman) on others she is butt-naked (see Website for the racy version).

The cork really took some effort, but once the momentum was there it slipped out slowly. The cork had some surface ‘mucky black liquid’ & slight cracking, no doubt caused by the corrosive lambic trapped by the air tight crown cap over the years. But the Cork dated as “Bottled in 1996”, stayed in One Piece, Oh Yes!!

I poured the bottle in one go, first into a large Glass Jug & the remainder into my cherished Cantillon Tumbler. Served at 55°F.

Had a very audible effervescence when poured. The off-white head soon disappears, but a small halo ring clings to the edges - how befitting. Top-Ups from the Jug created short bursts of a fizzy head. The color has “faded” over the years; it has a more rustic 3-year old lambic color, with just the merest hints of “Kriek-Red” when back-lit. Golden Amber which I found very interesting, it now exhibits looks more akin to that of an aged gueuze, rather than that of a fruit lambic. It still looks great though, bearing in mind this is about 7 yrs old.

Incredibly dry & acidic nose. No apologies needed. The first sharp mouthfeel reveals that the young fruitiness has grown through adolescence quickly & into an intensely reserved complex character. The Tart Raspberries & Musty Cherries now surface in the horse-blanket lambic finish. Mouthfeel is exceptionally astringent; a dry farmyard like red-berry sweetness – drenched in acid - clings to the cheeks as they pucker inward. Saliva struggles to regain the upper ground before the next mouthful. I could drink this forever- I wish!

Yet another Highly Amazing lesson from the Masters at Cantillon on how to create a beer that will probably last a lifetime.

Bloody Hell <Speechless>
This is just such a great beer that mere words simply cannot do justice to.

Sheer Quality & Utter Perfection! (2,536 characters)

Photo of bnelson997
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright pink hue. Fresh macerated raspberries on the nose. Taste is like taking a handful of fresh raspberries from the local grower. Evenly balanced tartness to compliment the astringency of the fruit. Easy to crush a full 750mL and want more and more! (260 characters)

Photo of ScreamForMe
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft ...

Appearance is a beautiful ruby red or darker red in the glass.

Sour acidity and some horse blanket.

An extremely drinkable sour from Cantillon. I was very pleased to drink this from tap. Due to price, after 2 glasses, I was done. But, very satisfied.

Next review! (282 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra from Hannydawg in our excellent in person trade.

Split with DrewBa and Oreo. 2008 vintage.

This looks like a slightly pink version of Peach-O's. Pink, peach, red, and white. Fluffy white head. Looks glowing and gorgeous.

Smells strongly woody, musty, and dank. Cherries and raspberries and overripe fruit. Very little sweetness. The oak is a giant part if the flavor profile-- more so than any other Cantillon beer I've had. The beer is quite sour, and pretty tasty. I personally this isn't the best offering from this brewery, and yet, this is sooo much better than most other breweries' fruit lambics.

The body is medium with a decent carbonation level. Not bright and airy like a gueuze, but not a still either. It could use a little more, but on the whole, this works.

Overall, this is a good beer to try. It is strongly sour, and quite complex. As much as I love Cantillon, I can't bring myself to call this "world class."

EDIT---
My original review was of a bottle about 2 years old... I've since been fortunate to try this beer very fresh and at 4 years old... My review is of a bottle in the awkward phase...
The fresh bottle is THE BEST framboise I've ever had.
The raspberry flavor and aroma are amazing.
At 4 years old the sourness builds up nicely to compensate for the faded fruit notes.

This is yet another fruited Cantillon that has a certain age range for it to be "prime." Glad I've figured out the sweet spot! (1,458 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1984 Vintage: sampled in 2001;
Had at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Absolutely stunning. This beer single handedly changed my view of what an aged beer could be. No noticeable hints of oxidation what so ever, I could not even tell that this was a 17 year old beer. I wish now in retrospect that I had a fresh bottle to compare it to. It poured with a lively carbonation, and was still quite cloudy after all this time. It appeared to have a reddish tint to it. The raspberry in the nose was still quite evident, and there was a bit of a musty smell mixed in with the fruitiness. Tasted very complex, dry, quite sour, though perhaps a bit mellowed with age, with a pleasing acidity. A woodiness, funky mushroom character, some tannin, and some slight vegetal flavors to go along with the fruitiness in it. The fruity taste was pretty non-specific, and could not be directly associated with raspberries that was still evident in the aroma. Other than the acidity the fruitiness was definitely the dominating flavor. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Tiklmelmo
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from the Foodery served in a tulip glass.

A - Bright "fruit punch" reddish pink with a lot of pink head that settles quickly. Slightly cloudy and effervescent.

S - Barnyard with a strong nose of raspberry and lemon. Nice balance between fruit and funk.

T - Beautifully balanced acidity. Tart, but definitely not bracingly sour. Lots of fresh raspberries with just enough of a funky lambic backbone.

M - Very bubbly, crisp, and refreshing. Pretty full bodied mouthfeel for the style.

D - Can I give this a 5.5 for drinkability? This beer is wonderfully refreshing. I could down this whole bottle in a couple of minutes and be ready for more.

Overall another excellent creation from Cantillon (703 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

A: Pours a hazy, pinkish hue, with a bit of an orange appearance when the light hits it. Carbonation at work immediately, as a lovely, thin but frothy bloom appears. A great deal of lacing as well.

S: Very aromatic and fruity, but with definite acidity cutting through the strong notes of berries and slight notes of cherry. Possible notes of orange or passion fruit in the bouquet, as well as slight notes of vanilla?

T: Complex flavor profile. Besides the obvious use of raspberries and cherries, there is a delightful, yeasty acidity and orange-like flavor that balances the berry flavors. Tart but not overly so. A very flowery set of flavors.

M: Fairly carbonated and extremely refreshing, the medium-light body goes down like a fine champagne or rose.

O: Truly, one of the world's remarkable beers, this may be the ultimate offering to guests coming to your home for a dinner party. I have yet to have a beer from Cantillon that was not first rate. Easily one of the world's 10 best breweries.

Note: since this review, I was fortunate enough to have it on tap as part of Zwanze Day 2014 at the Bier Station in KC, MO. Amazing on tap. (1,148 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a bright red color with a nice big pink head on it. Really a beautiful Lambic beer. I use the word beautiful because this is such a delicate beer that beautiful is a great word for it. The head retention is actually pretty good for the style as well. Really nice retention however there is some spotty lacing.

S= Nice sour smell! More fruit in this one than most Cantillion lambics as well. There is a really nice raspberry smell to it that goes deeper than just plain sour which you find in a lot of lambics.

T= Sour! Up front there is a ton of sour in it. Nice raspberry fruityness to it as well. Beyond the usual plain sourness from Cantillion beers.

M= Really dry and refreshing. One of the most refreshing beers from Cantillion.

D= Delicious. Really nice sour from Cantillion. The best I've had from the Brewery. I feel bad for leaving this review a little short but there isn't much more to say. This is a really good sour that is equally delicious in the fruit area. (989 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says 2005.

After having a time trying to uncork this (and having the cork partially break with each attempt) I finally poured it into my New Belgium bowl. Looks a mildly hazed and ruddied rosé wine with a whipped egg white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is a little softer than I would imagine from Cantillon, but that's not to say this is some Lindemans product. Smells acidic and dry with musty, mossy attic. The character of a good lambic is all there, but the acidity is a little stage-shy, which works to allow the subtle fruit to come through in the nose. I taste a lot of acidity at first, but it is not very long-lasting. Wheat comes out a lot in the middle with lemon rind. Finishes very dry, but not completely so, as I get a far-away hint of sweet that accompanies the tart raspberry, which doesn't fully show itself until now. Although I know neither of these fruits were involved in this beer, but I can't help thinking I taste something resembling a mix of strawberry and banana. Mouthfeel feels slightly heavier than most lambics I've had, but that is not to say this is heavy. I think what I perceived as faint sweet in the flavor is what is giving this a little weight in the body. Carbonation is lively and effervescent. Very drinkable. Not a cloying sweet pseudo-lambic, nor is it absolutely bone-dry. Very interesting flavor. (1,359 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%

I enjoyed this chilled at Delices et Caprices in Brussels and again at Cantillon, poured chilled in a glass.

The color is beautiful ruby like shade with light haze and pastel pink head wtih fine bead.Smell is strong berry with a mild funk of wild yeast with slight fruity/floral note with subtle raspberry sweet scent. The mouthfeel is near perfect with strong fruity tanginess with moderate sour yet gentle lemony acidity with low sweetness and moderately high carbonation with very dry yet juicy texture as it finished

The flavor is excellent with raspberry flavor fresh on entry with light acidic taste and sour candy tinge of raspbery with lots of acidic citrus in the flavor with puckering yet bright fruity flavors with mild hint of wood and a nice dry yeast flavor in the finish. Overall this is perhaps the best raspberry flavored lambic I have had-I prefer the way the taste is young rather than some aged versions I tried in the U.S. incredible with juicy dimension and more on the puckering extreme side of sourness yet the dry finish which is crisp from the intense carbonation is refreshing. (1,107 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into snifter, at Open Baladin, Rome

Ruby red/amber with 2 finger carbonated white head

Smell: raspberries, strawberries, citric, subtle earthiness, funky belgian yeast

Taste: not overly fruity, a pleasant combination of bitternes, not quite ripe fruit, and plenty of sourness on the aftertaste. Typical belgian yeast backbone, funky and sweet. Also some subtle oak notes mid palate that come out once warmed.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied high carbonation

Overall: one of the best lambics i've had, some can be too sour or fruity but this one blends everything perfectly. (582 characters)

Photo of botham
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours apricot orange with minimal head and a soapy rim that lasts a minute or two.

aroma is lightly sour with raspberries and a touch of sweaty funk that is sustained by the fruit. the raspberries sit right alongside the sour note, without much of a sweet quality, and a ripe aura.

taste is wonderfully tart with more of the same, and a distinct vinous sour note that enhances a mellow raspberry note. excellent on the palate. the berries are ripe with a sour character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and tart in texture with a vinous like mouthfeel next to the tartness.

drinkability is solid. this is a very mellow sour beer with a wonderful bouquet of fruit, funk, and sourness. a masterfully composed brew by Cantillon. these guys never cease to amaze with their excellent brews. cheers! (828 characters)

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a nice cherry red in color with a one-finger pink head with little retention.

Smell is really tart raspberry, maybe a little funk but not much.

Taste is a little funk with some great raspberry taste. Really a great beer;

Mouthfeel is nice and a little thick due to carbonation.

Overall a really great beer. One of the great ones. Could be a little more tart. (373 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into teku glass. Bottled February 2013. Relatively fresh and good thing it's that way.

Pours a beautiful dark pink converging on violet. Nice big fluffy pink head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is heavy of raspberry jam, cotton candy, rose water and just a hint of earthy/funky lambic notes.

On the palate you get that big raspberry jam character from the nose along with huge floral components. Strawberry, faint cranberry,a little wet earth, and a speck of musty basement. The illusion of sweetness is present at the front of the tongue but then is demolished by a potent dryness on the finish. As I burp up I get a marvelous raspberry bubblegum taste. Yum!

Overall this is the best raspberry based sour I've had. Very much enjoyed Oude Beersels and I found Framboise De Amarosa fantastic. Also Bells Raspberry Wild One comes close but Cantillon just knows how to do fruit lambics. (915 characters)

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
93 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.