Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,891
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rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
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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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Photo of scott451
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lot 05/08 750ml Bottled Jan 2010. Drank March 2011

Poured into a set of glasses. A clear bright ruby with a thick bubbly pink head which soon diminished to a ring. Pretty good lacing.

Sour mild barnyard smells. Some floral fruity hints. Mild barnyard up front in the taste. Gives way to a mild floral fruit. Leather and wood are some of the tastes that rise above the sour base. A sour funky finish. Very interesting. Kind of like a fruity gueuze.

Light, tart, refreshing. A top rated Cantillon in my book. Drinkability is very good.

Photo of peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep red colour, collar of white head sits on top, no lace of any kind to speak of. Smell is full of barnyard notes at first, tart raspberry, wild yeast, balsamic/acidy notes, as it warmed the fruit was more obvious and lightly jammy smelling. Taste is of tart berry, musty barn flavours, moderately sour, puckering finish, light sweetness followed by dry cider like flavours. Fairly high carbonation, medium body, nice dry feel. This was quite nice, enjoyed the kriek more but this was quite drinkable, great flavours and solid throughout.

Photo of SadMachine
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip 24/10/13 bottled Jan, 20, 2010

A hazed maroon liquid with enough clarity to see a few bubbles feeding a three finger light pink foam that falls to a thin film rather quickly leaving no lace, about what I expected

S cheesy funky gym socks somehow smell good with all the oak, raspberries, cranberries, and strawberry, jammy, there's a little vinegar, lemon, and hay

T more sour lemon and some tart raspberries, still tart and funky, lots of wood and vinegar, tastes solid but I preferred the nose

M pretty sour but not over the top, some pucker to it, acidic and tart, well carbonated its almost foamy, slippery after its gone with a funky, woody, tart fruity finish

O great stuff and I'm glad I finally got around to trying this classic lambic, fruits holding up fairly well and the funk is coming out in a big way

I've had this one kicking around for a while but I completely forgot about it and now I want to try a fresh bottle but I doubt I'll get that chance anytime soon.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the middle of Brussels and brought to California just three months. The 375 ml corked and capped bottle just stares at me every time I walk by. I gave in. Pop the cap, spend some frustrating time yanking the awful cork out of the bottle, and finally it's on to the beer:

Looks like the color of red grapefruit with an added hue of pink. On top sits a large soapy head which retain very well, surprising per style. The aroma brings pressed rose pedals to the nose, then showing up is soured raspberry. It's a pleasant duet before a kiss of musty cork interrupts the show.

Sour, but not super sour. Sweet, but not super sweet. Tart, but not super tart. Cantillon has done it again. The flavor of sour raspberry with an acidic base also brings a tart lemon-like note. I feel my saliva thickening as I drink it. Despite a 5% ABV, it's medium-full bodied from the addition of fruit, and upping the ante is fun bubbly carbonation.

Lovely. That's a reference to the beer, not the nude lady on the label.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of organicbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Full ruby red. low pink head. Brilliantly clear (at least with my pour)

S-Tons of raspberries. Light barnyard funk. Really pleasant.

T-Really tart. raspberry. funk. Very much like the aroma but with the sourness.

M-Bone dry. Puckering. medium low carbonation

D-Too sour to drink a ton of, but perfect with food. After doing the first part of the review I had a chocolate eclair and this beer cut the sweetness perfectly. Brilliant beer.

Photo of BeerBucks
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ahalloin
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle. Bottled 21 March 2011.

Pours a transparent glowingly pinkish red fluid with very tight bubbles and off white lacing. Great look!

The smell is raspberry patch, funky barnyard, slight acetic sour, and a touch of hot cinnamon. The raspberry patch comes through with the sour component of the fruit as well as slight hint of green vine notes. There is also a good component of vanilla and woody oak notes.

The taste is a nice balance of berry fruit character and barnyard funky. Nice pucker factor from the medium strong sour component. Finish is slightly acetic.

Mouthfeel is silky but well carbonated. Lovely effervescence.

Overall this is a great framboise but which all others are judged.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- 750 ml bottle
Cork was crumbly and didn't come out cleanly.
A - beautiful deep red with fine fizzy bubbles but no lasting head to speak of.
S - Musty tart berries as expected.
T - Raspberry tartness covering a slightly sweet and musty lingering taste. The sour fades quickly and leaves you ready for more.
M - light bodied and clean.
D - I'll be having the whole 750 for sure, but at this price it will be awhile until I can enjoy another.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 375 mL bottle, 2009 vintage, poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip and shared witha friend. Big thanks to monsterzero fot this.

Appearance: Reddish pink in color with some noticable, lively carbonation. Big fizzy light pink head the recedes almost immediately.

Smell: Funky barnyard and grassy notes throughout. The raspberries are there but no so forceful. Nice lemon rind notes in there as well. Really pleasant and complex.

Taste: Big puckering sourness upfront. The raspberries are there in force bringing a nice tartness. The barnyard and hay notes shine more as you get used to the sourness. The lemon notes provide a nice sourness and at times do overshadow the raspberries a little.

Mouthfeel: Very lively carbonated and crisp. Perfectly refreshing.

Drinkability: At this ABV, I could certainly sip on this all night. I find myself almost drinking too fast. The complexities here really shine the more you drink.

Overall, a really great lambic and really enjoyable. I wish the fruit came out just a bit more. Definitely recommended.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I remember having this beer years ago and thinking that it was almost too sour for me. These days I think no such thing and think this beer is wonderful. This one is a 2007. Pours a beautiful ruby red with a pink head that fades quickly. Smells tart, but not overly acetic and with a nice backbone of light barnyard funkiness.
The taste is very nicely balanced between this light funkiness and rasperry tartness with a refreshing minerality throughout. Not as sharply sour in the mouthfeel as you might think, in fact there is a nice almost saltwater tafffy softness after the initial sourness. Very drinkable, and even better than I remember it.

Photo of Stopper
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Immediately after the pour this is a cloudy whitish pink, then the bubbles rise to the surface and leave an opaque pink with a touch of orange. The head doesn't cover the whole surface, but is still present, and made of gigantic white bubbles. The aroma is wonderfully pungent. It's very sour, with a touch of horsblanket, and a fantastic floral fruitiness rounding it out. Ouch! Holy crap! SOUR! This beer is much more sour than I expected, even after having tasted a couple of the other Cantillon lambics. It's really so tart and acidicly sour that it's difficult to taste much else through most of the profile. This gets a bit easier as my palate gets used to the sourness. Towards the finish the same fruit that was in the aroma comes out a bit and tastes of musty raspberries, almost like over-ripe tomatoes. This finish persists for a long time along with the sourness and farmy mustiness.

This has a really nice presentation and aroma, but the sourness is almost overbearing. That said, it's refreshing, and the fruit flavor and aroma are awesome. I've loved the other Cantillon beers I've tried, but this one is a more sour than ideal for my taste. I'll try again, and maybe another bottle after it ages a bit, and maybe it will be slightly less so.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 I picked up earlier this afternoon. Thanks to the guys at Dennis Brothers for having this one in stock.

A: Pours a true red with a lively pink head that settles to a couple of millimeters thick. Lacing is very nice, and the brew throws almost no sediment when decanted.

S: Aroma is very fruity, with some raspberry, but the malt and yeast show more. Sweet, with some barnyard aromas, and a slight hop profile lingering in the back.

T: Very tart at first, with the raspberries dominant, and a sourness from the acidity, There is a bit of horse blanket, along with a balance of malt on the center. The finish is dry and crisp, with flavors of fresh berries and a drying hop character.

M: Medium bodied and very clean. Also dry.

D: Simply the best Fruit Lambic I have ever tried. One i will definitely pay the price for again. I'm just hoping I can get more.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This lambic poured a hazy, reddish color with no real foam, but a very fizzy carbonation. The smell was fruity and vinous with some hints of yeast and sweet malt. The taste was tart and fruity (cherry) wth a typical "horse blanket" lambic flavor. The taste was also vinous with hints of tart green apples and raspberry. The mouthfeel was very nice: tart and slightly sweet with a sour finish. Dry overall with a slightly puckering aftertaste, but not as dry as a gueze. Medium body. This was a quite delicious lambic and very easy to drink.

Photo of bnuttz
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy slight red tinted color. Fizzes nicely. Smells of lambic funk, nice and sour. An essential lambic smell. Tastes very tart. Fruitiness is there, but the tartness of the rasberries hides well behind the tartness of the lambic itself. Definitely my first experience with something this sour. Glad I tried it, definitely more aggresive than some of the more common lambics i have tried. Hope to try some more from this great brewery.

Photo of souredonbeer
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of roger617
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 poured into tulip glass. Bottled 5/27/13, reviewed 4/9/14.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a little over 2 fingers of white head. Bottle says to pour slowly so as not to disturb the yeast, so I poured slowly and I did not notice any sediment coming out. Head reduces somewhat slowly and leaves a thin layer on top that doesn't leave any lacing.
S: The aroma is a great blend of tartness with raspberries. Can't say enough how well this comes across on the nose.
T: I am very impressed with how well the raspberry holds up. There's a lot of fruity flavor, with a delicate tart balancing out the sweetness. Up front flavor is a bit funky, the further into each sip just gives way to the raspberry. Awesome.
M: Highly carbed, does not leave a dry after taste.
O: This is my first Cantillon (outside of small samples at bottle shares), and it is certainly a great experience. I wouldn't call myself a sour head by any means, but this is delicious. The good folks across the pond certainly know how to craft a great beer.

Photo of JizackFH
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Rattle 'N' Hum in New York, NY on 5/29/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a beautiful ruby red color. It has a tiny bit of pink froth on top, and it leaves no lacing behind. It looks absolutely delicious.

S - It smells of raspberries and a big sourness. I am also getting some dark cherries, citrus, and some vinegar.

T - I am getting raspberry and lemon tartness right away. There is also some vinegar and a nice sour kick. The acidic sourness really goes well with the citrus flavors.

M - This has a light to medium body and mild carbonation. It goes down very easy and the flavor is great. There is a bit of a mouth puckering sourness and the finish is a bit dry.

O - There is great drinkability here. It tastes great, and I could easily drink a few of these in an evening. Overall, I thought this was an awesome lambic. I definitely recommend trying this one.

Photo of anteater
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of rwinzing
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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 warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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 rastaman
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sour, acidic, slight hints of fruit, and pretty much bone dry, good lambic, but perhaps a bit too dry and sour, still very interesting, and even more interesting the second time around, i found a little bit more fruit this time around, very nice.

Photo of mully
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foaming bottle poured in to a duvel tulip

Bright red color thin head gathers in he middle and hangs on around the edges

raspberries vinegar phenolic yeast aroma as well

sour, tart hints of raspberries shine through this mouth watering delight the opposite of lindeman's sweet syrupy stuff this is really good

balanced tart and sweet clean palate impressive

It's very drinkable but I don't know how much volume could drink

Photo of davod23
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Steamhead, an awesome trader if there ever was one. Thanks, Blake! Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip.

It pours clear, bright raspberry red with a mighty, fizzy pink head. As expected, the head quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

This smells as though someone smashed a huge jar of raspberry preserves in a musty old attic. And I mean that in the best way possible. If anything, I would like this to be a little bit more dusty and funky in the nose, but as it is it's nicely fruity. No complaints.

Taste is very good. Sweet, ripe, fresh raspberries are first and most obvious. The characteristic Cantillon sourness takes over mid-palate, leading to a dry finish. It is not as mouth-puckeringly sour as many traditional lambics, but it's sufficient to give me my fix.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both top-notch. This beer doesn't get top marks simply because I think that there are similar brews that are just a smidge better on these points (St. Lamvinus, Girardin Gueuze 1882 Black Label, to name a couple). Oddly, I think that if this beer was more sour, it would get higher drinkability points from me. But that doesn't mean that this brew isn't fantastic.

Cantillon rarely disappoints. This is another good 'un.

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.