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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,666 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,666
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 424
Gots: 426 | FT: 25
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002)
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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%

2005 Vintage - 375ml green bottle - Foiled, Capped & Corked - Poured into my Cantillon stemware...really looking forward to this treat, my oldest Cantillon vintage to date...

Pours a somewhat pale orange/peach color, hazy and somewhat thick. A tiny spritzy white head forms and recedes to nothing very quickly, leaving just a tiny ring of white fiz on the edges - 4.0

Seems like time has taken away all the raspberry out of this beer. Aroma is initially just a solid lemony Gueuze, actually has a lot of similarity to their Classic Gueuze. Swirling it a bit in the glass opens up an almost overwhelming world of funk. Musty, like going into a deep, damp basement for the first time in years, where the smell and thickness of the air makes it hard to breathe for a minute...this is what happens when my nose is in the glass while agitating the beer a bit. Intense. If I ever talk about "barnyard" in the future, I will always reference this beer. The varying smells of this beer reminds me of all the time I spend in Wisconsin, farms around our lakehouse, fresh air & lake water, our dusty yet damp basement, leaves and nature. Oak. Incredible - 5.0

Holy shit! Pure lemon juice syrup. That is what I think of when I drink this beer. There is very little, if any carbonation, and the beer is thick, incredibly sour and acidic. Very dry and oaky. The beer coats every square inch of your mouth and throat with a thick, intense sourness that never lets go. It's giving me cottonmouth, worse than the "kind" gives me. I have to lick my teeth. Funky, earthy, did I mention sour? Dry? An intense experience, hard to describe and I can't even determine if I am enjoying it or not...what does this all mean? - 4.0

This beer is thick. It is still. It is sour as fuck. It puckers my bottom. It dries my mouth out like no other. It is unlike any lambic I have ever had - 3.5

Hard to finish the 375ml. My throat hurts. I love Cantillon, but this may be a bit too much for me!


2010 Vintage - 750ml green corked and capped bottle - Bottled January 20th, 2010 - Poured into my Cantillon stemware on February 15th, 2011...

Pours a beautiful ruby red, red & dark orange when held to the light. A nice amount of spritzy light pink head forms and quickly recedes, leaving a ring of haze behind - 5.0

This is probably the freshest I have ever tried Rose de Gambrinus and man does the fruit aspect shine when fresh! Delicious, juicy fresh raspberries fill the nose on the first few whiffs. The typical Cantillon funk shows up, but not as strongly as it does with a few more years to fester in the bottle. Musty and dry, with just a bit of that "summer in the country" earthy/farmy smell. This is a perfect smelling beer. Both fresh and with many years on it - 5.0

Fresh raspberries are plentiful in the first sip, almost juice-like before the pucker hits. Tart, more tart than other Cantillons when fresh. The middle of the drink becomes acidic and dry. The pucker is quick but intense. The fruit shows up again towards the finish, after the tartness loses its grip, but is quickly washed away by a dry and oaky finish with some lingering funk - 4.5

Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Spritzy, lively feel in the mouth. The acidity seems to give the beer a heavier feel, making it somewhat sticky. Tart, dry finish - 4.0

Definitely enjoyed the fresh version more-so than the 6 year old vintage, but they are both very good in their own right.

09-22-2010 23:26:37 | More by hawks10
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%

Ah, Cantillon. Any time I open a bottle of Cantillon, it's a good day.

This lambic pours a beautiful, rich, red hue with the typical Cantillon smallish head and minimal lacing. The aroma is of walking through a field of raspberry bushes, fresh raspberry juice, tart fruit, hay, and a general smell of being outside on a farm in the summertime. How do they do that? This beer tastes fabulous. A great blend of sweet raspberry with a heavy barnyard funk. This beer, like all Cantillon brews, is much more sour than sweet, which I find preferable. There is a mild acidity present in the finish. Overall, a terrific beer and one I always stock in my cellar.

05-15-2010 19:27:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%

Split with my good lady wife and drank on a balmy early summer evening in Toronto. A passable follow up to the 14 year-old bottle of champagne we just polished off. Bottle purchased at the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels.

Pours a bright cherry with a sparkling mousse of white head that fizzles away in around a minute. Occasional bubbles break the surface, but on the whole you can tell this has the traditional restrained carbonation of a traditional lambic. Looks damn pretty in a flute and held up to the light on this glorious evening. The aroma gives off sweet raspberries, as if someone had taken the fruit and condensed its essence. Fresh, sweet and natural. Behind this we have the Cantillon house funk - lemon, horseblanket and white wine vinegar. Smells awesome for the style. Fruitier and more mellow than expected.

Drinks damn smooth. The funk is really held in check by a sweet syrupy natural raspberry flavour, which infuses every aspect of the taste. If I made something like this at home it would be on my waffles all the time. Once the raspberry backs down a little, the funk takes over, bring glorious notes of lemon and barnyard. Tasty stuff, with the scales firmly tipped in favour of the fruit, but I don't mind that... after all this is a fruit beer. The mouthfeel manages to be both syrupy, light, smooth and spritzy.

In terms of balance, this seems very similar to the kriek, with a more dominant fruit aspect than you'll find in beers like Lou Pepe Framboise, Kriek or Fou Foune. Its not my favourite Cantillon, but holy smokes is this a good summer beer. If you like fruit and funk this is for you.

05-26-2010 14:10:16 | More by bobsy
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4.46/5  rDev +4%

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.

05-28-2013 16:30:55 | More by tectactoe
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4.46/5  rDev +4%

on tap at hops and pie this morning. before i get to the beer, i should should shout out those folks for not only having this stuff, but putting on one of the smoothest rare beer tappings i have been a part of. i mean, small line, minimal attitude, not loud or pushy, not stupid expensive, just downright a damn good time in one of north denvers better beer establishments. the beer itself is always hard pressed to meet its hype, and while others from cantillon have met and exceeded it for me, this one did not. its epic beer, one of a kind, totally world class, through and through, but its not perfect.neon pale red, if such terms can coexist and not negate one another. not much head on a very fresh pour, if there was one, it didnt last even a minute, but wow is this color radiant! is smells fruity, but to me not specifically like raspberries. i get tartness before the fruit, certainly the fruit identification, but less of the heavy farmy weirdness like i got from lou pepe kriek. the fruit is dominant in the flavor, but its still a lambic first, which is what makes these beers great. bright fruit expressions with a touch of sugar, and yeasty tartness collide mid palate for me in a firework of intensity thats still soft around the edges, then i swallow and its dry, then my mouth flushes back again with all the beautiful layers. great carbonation, but there is a heaviness that hangs over this, maybe its sugar, maybe its the film on my palate, im not complaining of course, but its less refined than some of their others. i may get crucified for saying this, but atrial rubicite from jester king is the absolute champion of raspberry sours, bar none. i have not had the lou pepe framboise, which may be next level, but i as much as i loved both the beer and the experience this morning, it is no atrial rubicite.

03-29-2014 04:57:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.46/5  rDev +4%

Had on draft at pizza paradiso on 5/8/14

A-Pours deep pink with a small head.

S-Aroma of rasberry, yeast and sour berries.

T-Sweet flavor that ends up dry and tart.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium bodied, watery to oily texture, and average carb.

O-Overall a great lambic first one in a long time.

05-08-2014 18:39:18 | More by reebtaerG
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from 750ml bottle into tall pilsner glass.
Bottle dated 6/17/2010

Aroma: Tart, funky, fruity notes. Raspberry sweetness mixed with lemony tartness. Underlying goaty funk. My mouth waters just smelling the beer.

Appearance: Deep raspberry red w/ a slight haze. 3 finger light pink foam falls slowly. Very light lacing.

Flavor: Wow! Very tart. Lemon with a touch of raspberry. Delicious and refreshing. Not too sweet at all. This brew is to sours what Hopslam is to Imperial IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, crisp, medium-high carbonation. Medium-light body. Dry finish.

Overall: Very highly recommended. This one is extremely drinkable. Just a shame it's not easier to obtain!

09-30-2011 01:38:57 | More by mdvatab
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-ish pink, capped by a creamy one finger white head. Retention is moderate, with some lacing being left behind.

S: Upon being poured, a strong vinegary tartness was dominant but it really opens up after a few minutes. Raspberries come right to the front with a light sweetness that gives way to moderate tartness. A mild funk lurks in the background, serving as a secondary wild note behind the acidity. Some very light vanilla comes through along with a hint of oak.

T: Strong sour notes up front develop into mouthpuckering sourness early in the sip, before dialing back to allow the rest of the beer to shine through. Raspberries come through with some light sweetness instantly cutting the early acidity, followed by some citrus notes. Barnyard funk comes in at a moderate level along with oak, before a dry and light funky finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, remains light on the tongue with some slight prickly sensations at times.

D: Call me masochistic, but I love the strong sour notes. Perhaps not Cantillon's best, but getting through a 750ml is no trouble and I would have no objections to diving into another.

06-17-2010 02:31:51 | More by Xul
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

Another big thanks to Jim for the generous package

Pours a deep pink with a two finger head and no lacing.

The aroma is attic dry and musty. Notes of grapes and cherries and light raspberry. Some pear and and leather. Sunflower seeds. Typical impressive Cantillon aroma.

The flavor is nicely tart up front with light acidity in the finish. Some juicy pear and cherry/raspberry. A bit of shoe sole.

The body is medium and carbonation has a tiny bit of sting. The finish is not as dry as I would expect, there is a lingering juiciness that the fruit leaves behind.

Overall, just another fantastic beer from Cantillon. Immensely drinkable even compared to some of their other sours that I like better. Such a nice fruit profile that makes you want to reach for the glass over and over again. If I wanted a Cantillon Framboise I would definitely reach for Lou Pepe first, but nonetheless I would love to drink this often.

10-03-2010 00:19:20 | More by alcstradamus
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottled in 1996, in my cellar for about three years. Light salmon color. Ferocious initial carbonation which quickly dissipates, leaving a very fine beaded carbonation and no head. Simply stunning nose - like an old, well-aged Bordeaux. Leather and earthy notes mingle with a lovely sweet raspberry aroma. The palate is all lambic, and all Cantillon - its sharply acidic and very, very long. You can still taste this one more than a minute after you take a sip. An amazing experience.

08-18-2002 07:57:09 | More by Realale
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

God this is awesome. It pours a clear pink color with almost no head whatsoever. The smells is intensely sour and tart. It is making my face hot and my mouth pucker...can't wait to taste it. This is easily the most sour beer I have had to date. It is more intense than one of those war head candies. You can pick up a little bit if raspberries, I suppose. Towards the end, once the tart flavors subside, you get an apparent barn and horse flavor. Which is nice. Awesome beer and addictingly sour.

01-14-2009 21:47:52 | More by Douglas14
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

On tap at PP Carlsbad

The beer pours a beautiful orange/ruby color with a finger of pink foam. No lacing. The nose is rasberries and sweet, acetic funk. Taste opens with notes of ripe red berries. A pucsourness tartness follows bringing barnyard funk and wet horse blanket with it. The finish is more pucker and acetic tartness with a lingering sour berry aftertaste. Feel is light and super carbonated which adds to the experience. I was pleasantly surprised to find this on tap at Pizza Port this afternoon. Overall a very enjoyable brew from Cantillon. Great berry flavor with a nice funkiness and satisfying sour characteristics. Wish this was more easily attainable here in SoCal. Recommended.

10-25-2011 23:22:32 | More by Sideswipe
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

"Naked label"
12 fl oz green bottle, corked and finished with foil.
Vintage 2004.
Served in a tulip glass.

Hazy, champagne-peach in color with plenty of floating sediment. A slight whispy sheet sits atop the tulip. No lacing given no head.

Sharp sour notes in the aroma: raspberry, cherry, grapefruit, and orange. Warming, farmhouse mustiness that cuts the tartness a bit. Fragrantly bright.

Piercing, fruity sourness that attacks nearly every tastebud down the palate. Fruity-esters of ripe green apple, raspberry, lemon, and grapefruit. Light touches of mustiness with a mild peppered spice. Slick oiliness with very minimal carbonation followed by tartness and a touch of cork in the aftertaste.

Light bodied; slick and smooth, completely unencumbered by the lack of carbonation.

Your typical offering from Cantillon: amazing! A special Belgian ale to be enjoyed slowly and repeatedly.

02-14-2007 02:32:33 | More by NEhophead
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from the 750ml wine corked bottle into a Belgian wine glass.

This bottle of Rose De Gambrinus has the naked lady, not the clothed one pictured above.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy light red that looks a bit like a blood orange when held to the light. There is virtually no head outside of a milky way film over the top and some large bubbles. A slight cork shaving found it's way into the glass. I'm sure this will be delicious. Lacing forms a bathtub ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell- Rich Belgian bacterias, lactobacillus, pediococcus, brettanomyces, intermingled with a tart raspberry. Very acidic smelling, Cantillon's amazing signature wild yeast has a big presence. Vinegary, but so very sweet.

Taste- Tart, sweet, raspberry, sour, prickly, almost like a pickle on the vinegar/dill front. Belgian bacterias are there, make no mistake on that. Wheat and lighter malts are present, raspberry comes back big and sweet. This incidentally went great with the cheesecake my girlfriend also made with the beer.

Mouthfeel- Tart, prickling on the tongue, effervescent, medium-full bodied in perception, not highly carbonated, Medium low in carbonation.

Drinkability- Tart but smooth somehow, truely a gift from the godly brewers of Cantillon. I'll have it again and again every chance I get.

05-11-2008 21:50:27 | More by blakesell
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

Vintage 2007.

Poured an translucent and hazy red with a large foamy pink head.

The aroma was bursting with fresh raspberries - what I'd describe as "jammy." Lots of brettanomyces barnyard funk and lactic acid.

The flavor was pretty tart and acidic. The fruit flavors wer very rich a full. Huge raspberry flavor. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice). The raspberry flavors were a little more intense that a Lou Pepe I had on tap recently.

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

This beer was incredibly refreshing, as are all Cantillons, and extremely drinkable.

03-19-2008 22:23:08 | More by SacoDeToro
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into my New Belgian Globe
Pours a wonderful red, like cranberry juice. A nice pink head formed and dissipated quickly. This beer looks so amazing in the glass! The first things I smell are the funk, like a funky swiss, then comes the sour lactic notes and followed up by raspberry syrup. It smells amazing like all Cantillon, just wonderful! The taste is similar to the smell, first the sourness comes in kicking and screaming, which is followed by this funky cheesiness and finishes with a nice raspberry sweetness. The finish is dry and with a little bit of tannins, as if you just ate a fist full of raspberries and chewed on the seeds. The mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated, very dry and a light body. Overall, this beer is very good and it hit the spot tonight.

12-02-2009 02:29:04 | More by walows
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

After the very disappointing Broucella, this restored my faith in Cantillon.

Pours a bright vivacious pink with frothy clumping of pink-white bubbles. Smell has sour raspberries on the nose with a bit of barnyard funk and a hint of vinegar-iness.

Taste is resplendently sour, with puckering sour raspberries, some funk (though the funk is muted by the fruit flavors), and a razor sharp biting acidic vinegar twang. This is a very, very sour beer. Lively mouthfeel. I'm forcing myself to drink slowly.

01-02-2009 08:48:31 | More by Overlord
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Beautiful pink and a little murky. No head at all. Looks like a Mai Tai.

S: A little pungent and kinda stale smelling.

T: WOW!!! SOUR!!! Delicious. Taste like a sour patch kid. Sour up front, real sour. And actually kinda sweet on the end. Raspberries & Apples, vanilla, grapefruit,lemon.

M: Tart. Very, very zingy. Puckery.

D: Although, IMO, one and done; delicious. I can't wait to get another one!

05-18-2008 04:48:30 | More by gkatsoris
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%

Served at Anam Cara out of a bottle which I hadn't seen before. A half naked woman sits upon the nice gentleman's lap, instead of the classic fully clothed woman.

Appearance: Pours a light ruby red with a light head which receded rather quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell: Tart rasberries, some sour notes, horseblanket aromas also pierce the nose. What I believe to be a little lemon hits the nose towards the end. Damn this smells good.

Taste: The first sip of this beer is an explosion which overwhelms the pallate. After taking a second sip, this beer first hits you with its tartness and rasberries. Finishes strong with a puckering sourness.

Mouthfeel: to me this beer had a chewy texture with a medium body that had just the right amount of carbonation. Not only did this beer taste good but it hits the mouth just right

Drinkability: After the first overwhelming sip, this beer goes down smoother and smoother. I absolutely love it and can see myself taking more than one down next time I have a chance.

Overall: Excellent beer for the style. Another nice selection from Cantillon

06-21-2004 02:34:37 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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4.49/5  rDev +4.7%

A-Cloudy pink, two finger pink head.

S-Wonderful raspberries, oak, grapes, some funk, not artificial at all.

T-Wow. Fresh raspberries, very sweet, mixed perfectly with tart notes that turn mildly sour. Oak in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated and a crisp dry finish.

O-Also had at Zwanze Day. An amazing beer, how raspberries are suppose to be in a sour.

09-19-2013 00:06:31 | More by rlee1390
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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