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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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719 Reviews
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Reviews: 719
Hads: 2,131
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 505
Gots: 529 | FT: 38
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1998 Vintage in the cellar at Eb's Thanks for the opportunity Chris!
Pours a bright reddish pink color with a huge bubbly white head that slowly dissipates. Smells of Raspberries in spades. I really shocked that the aroma is still so intense after all this time! Hints of funk, earth and lemon round out the aroma nicely. Smooth tart raspberries meld perfectly with light earthy funk and a light lactic bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet and tart bubbly mouthfeel thing going on. I enjoyed the hell out of this beer! I could smell that all night and it tastes fantastic.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says it's bottled in 2013. Right after popping it you can smell some nice raspberries but also a weird lambic funk.
Nice shiny ruby pour, pink one finger head, lots of popping bubbles.
Smell is nice, with tart raspberries and lots of branyard funk. Smells really rustic, gets you in that atmosphere from just one whiff.
Huge tartness from the first sip, lots of sour lemon zest, berries and green twigs. Very unique. Musty white grapes, like a very dry white wine. The raspberries get somehow mixed with wild strawberries and blackcurrant, a nice mix of forest fruit. Brett yeast, with huge amounts of barnyard, floorboard, green hay, green grass, earthiness. The finish is just pummeled with this funk, with a dry bitter finish in which the hops probably just add a bit of extra green leafiness.
Face cringing sour for some, but i love these aggressive sour beers. Medium carbonation, light body, again, just like a white wine. Very very dry.
My first Cantillon and already some others are on the way. Can't wait, love the way they do a lambic, not relying on the fruit but working on the great lambic part of their beers. I personally like the fact they didn't call it just a "framboise lambic", because it's actually quite far from one.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink amber in my wine glass. Almost no head, just a ring of carbonation

The sourness is a little overpowering in the aroma. Its followed by a slighty fruity/stale smell.

Crisp tart sourness, followed by mellow but complex fruits. Serve this with some nice brie and crackers. The tart mouthfeel is not overpowering like I expected to be. Lighter mouthfeel for a lambic, but I think its a good thing. Great to drink, but half a bottle was enough for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, bottled 1/20/10,

A: Pours a gorgeous raspberry red with a soft white head, some lace.

S: Direct raspberry notes with a hint of horse blanket and Brett, eclectic mix.

T: A young lambic and the fruit is direct and to the point and it's delicious. Amazing raspberries mixed with some lemon and great lactic acid.

M: Medium-bodied, good balancing acidity, pleasing carbonation.

O: Another classic from Cantillon and it rocks. The fruit flavour and the acidity is brilliant, I'm glad I finally got to have a bottle to myself.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usual 0.75 litre green bottle (bottled 29 Sept 2010) and opened at home on a Belgian mini-session on 01 July 2012.

I've struggled in the past to fully understand why most people rave about Cantillon sours and this is the first I've had that I can honestly say I've enjoyed (I've visited the brewery twice and tried many different brews over the years).

Maybe it was the light rosey colour or the tartness from the raspberries that made this one slightly different: not as sour as most I've drank and certainly more refreshing. The aroma being a major factor also: it being a dry summery red berry smell, with only hints of the sour lambic within.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rose De Gambrinus

Appearance: Pours a bright pinkish red. Light pinkish white froth. You could tell raspberries were used in the brewing process.

Smell: Actually smells a bit sour, musty raspberry, vinegar. All these notes add up to a very nice aroma. Fragrant and perfume like.

Taste: Really nice. Lemon tartness and a nice pronounced sour note that lingers well into the finish. Raspberry flavor is there, lightly bitter and mingles well with the acidic sour citric notes. Overall it is really damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, finishes semi-dry with a nice lingering sour.

Drinkability: This is a really nice beer and a pleaasure to sip upon. So far my favorite brew from Cantillon.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed at the Beer Bistro, 375ml into a balloon-like tulip. Bottled February 18, 2008, enjoyed on July 20, 2011 and reviewed from notes.

Pours an orangeish-red, with two fingers of white head with a peachy pink tinge to it. Light retention, mild lace. Nose is rich in raspberry, mild funk and farmhouse notes. Light acetic acid, some sweetness and hints of lactic in there too. Taste is dominated by sour raspberries, mild acetic as well. Hints to some phenols and funkiness. Puckering mouthfeel from start to finish, but not overwhelmingly so. High carbonation, and raspberries linger on the palate. Some acetic acid lingers in the back of the throat. Overall some great raspberry taste, quite nice through and through - an easily re-visitable lambic.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a pinkish red with a nic thin bubbly head that left a little sticky lacing. Big acidic sour aromas with slight vinegar, barrel funk, and citrus accents. Really no sign of the raspberries on the nose. Very nice mouth puckering sour flavors which consisted of acidic citrus, slight vinegar, oak barrel, barnyard funk and very faint raspberries peep through the sour ingredients. The beer was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a great sweet but very sour and dry finish. lovely sour cantillon signature beer that always makes me happy to have it. I will always enjoy the rose.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

Don't know the vintage.

A: Beautiful color, vibrant pink tinged red with a pinkish white head.

S: Great blend of raspberry and funk. Brett imparts leather and musty notes. Touch of sweetness in there, but dry on the whole. Moderately acetic with a moderate lactic presence. Great fruit profile. Oak, and a touch of Bleu cheese.

T: Blend of sweet and tart. Raspberries are tantalizing, absolutely delicious. Brett dries this out and contributes leather. It's earthy and cheesy, with a moderate lactic sourness, a light acetic character, and an upper moderate tartness. Piquant finish exhibits oak.

M: Upper light body with a sticky, spritzy, and tannic mouthfeel.

Overall: Outstanding beer. Wonderful.

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Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rosé De Gambrinus has an appearance that is well worth breaking out the corkscrew for. It has a lovely, rich red colour and spotless clarity. Its complexion is darker than a rosé wine but a touch lighter than cranberry juice. Fine bubbles amount to zero head (although a tall lather of pink froth greats you on the pour). It is sexier than even its label.

Rosé uses fresh raspberries... but then macerates them in stinky two year old lambic. The result is therefore a fruit beer that is far more sour than sweet. In fact, the fruit is hardly detected due to the prominence of oak and lemon juice. Barrel features beyond its tart bacteria are appreciated; there is a soft vanilla undertone.

The mouthfeel is a spectacle. Lambics are typically the liquid equivalent of a slot machine hitting 'jackpot' and Rosé is a sure '777'. Among the loud sirens and flashing lights is the tartness of vinegar, the acidity of lemon juice and the prickliness of a cactus. If you're a fan of unpasteurized cheese, fruit lemonade or strong vinaigrette, this is up your alley.

Rosé does not have a huge breadth of actual flavour - certainly insofar as fruit is concerned - because the sourness is so overwhelming. Most taste falls under the "barnyard" category, implying the presence of 'funky', outdoorsy, tart organisms unknown. It is seriously dry and therefore mightily refreshing. Think mineral water with a big puckering kick. It stings the tongue. Too big a gulp will burn your tonsils right off.

While lambics have proven to age better than probably any other style of beer, fruit lambics are intended for immediate drinking. This particular bottle is approaching two years of age (just within its recommended life span) and thus showcases less of the fruit and more of the tart lambic (hence the raspberries tasting more like choke cherries), but it is still a marvel.

Brewers around the world have found success in crafting wild and sour beers, but Belgian microbiota remain my favourite; it is an ingredient that makes almost impossible things happen and classic producers like Cantillon simply deliver the best of this funky, unusual style. Take this advice: Go to the brewery and see firsthand the magic wand they brew this stuff with.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pinkish, rose colored amber with a small white head that quickly fizzles out into nothing. Pockets of chunky CO2 slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of wild yeast, tart raspberries, barnyard funk, oaky, and musty earth.
Taste is of sweet tarts with the mentioned aromas leading to a mouth puckering goodness up front. Taste is slightly vinous with a touch of vinegar coming through
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, acidic, tart, oaky, and dry.

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Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2011

Pours a murky pinkish red with a slim white cap. Head has decent staying power, little lacing.

Smells of a fruity funk like I've never had before. Pleasant.

Sour raspberries in the taste. A little funky in there as well.

Highly carbonated. Medium to medium thin mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable, before I knew it I was almost done with my glass. Tastes like New Glarus Raspberry Tart but not as sweet. First Cantillon was good, not great. Thanks fdkayti!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely cloudy orange red colour, with a filmy but solid head of pink bubbles. Looks a picture - just like what you want from a raspberry lambic. Maybe a little more brightness in the body would make it perfect, but it's hard to fault it as it is.

A very fine lambic nose, deliciously tart and funky, but with the supple and sweet raspberry fruit note to counter balance any intimation of over-the-top wildness. Very pleasant indeed.

On the palate, there's the familiar, if not prototypical Cantillon acidity - teeth clenchingly sour, with a sharp, direct and pointed puckering character. The raspberries have an exceptionally hard time making their presence felt here, and what I can note about them is probably more aroma than taste. The lambic sourness is just boggling.

Once again, an extremely robust and incredibly niche Belgian lambic - not one for the faint of heart. Sharp, refreshing and confronting all in one package.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a pretty fluffy pinkish head.. ... the brew is orangish with a hint of red not normally seen in unfruited beers.

Nose is awesome mix of lactic sour and fruit blasted by the Cantillon funk.. dusty.. musky.. a minor acetic presene that is not off-putting. Basically alot of raspberry with everything I was hoping for from Cantillon.

Flavor shows less funk and a bit more fruit.. the raspberry seems like jam minus the sugar.... a bit cheesy.. funky wet leather.. fruity and dank warm sun fermenting hay and earthy compost... tannic on later pours.. the tannins were present earlier, but wiped out by the plethora of goodness.. later, they got a bit abrasive.

Body is spritzy as expected.


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Photo of vfgccp
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 2011, opened Nov 2013

A - Strawberry, burnt senna body. Light pink, fine foamed head. Great retention, low lace.

S - Fresh mint, barn funk, champagne, melon, pineapple juice, just a touch of raspberry, tannins.

T - Lemon juice, sour patch kids candy, dry tannins, big oak, sour cherry, fresh cranberries.

M - Bracingly sour. Sharp, dry, medium body. Huge carbonation.

O - Great complexity and outstandingly sour.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice pinkish color with raspberry highlights, a nice light white and pinkish cap and some lacing

S: A blend of raspberry puree and fresh raspberries with some stining of the nostrils with funk and horseblanket


M: Light to mediumk body, pucker factor in effect with loads of tatse reamining on the palate with a nice crispness to it

O: Tasty and well done. good examle of the style.

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Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml version, bottled in 2007 and BB 10/2008, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmaliet's tulip-shaped long-stemmed glass.

A: dark pink to light purple in colour, only slightly translucent, very much like the hue of "Saint Lamvinus" that I've had yesterday; the carbonation comes fine and constant, while the beer head fast settles to a rim.
S: really tart, this one, featuring the level of lactic sourness more akin to Cantillon's gueuze even, while raspberries have totally melted in the beer base and not aromatic or fruity at all; a good swirl brings out all the typical goodies - clean wheat-ish malts hand in hand with stinky/funky elements of an aged lambic, but always laced with an integrated fruity note closer to dried, salted prunes than to raspberries, due to the good level of saltiness I guess. Pleasant, with every element in place, albeit not very complex. As the beer breathes and warms a little in the glass, a finer touch of oak-ageing aroma tunes up and levels with other sour fruity elements.
T: super tart/acidic and highly salty-sour comes the foretaste, firmly in line with Cantillon's funky beer base, then the assertive bitterness with a very subtle aroma of (any) berry fruits expands, ensued by more sourness to linger at the rear of the tongue. The finish is neither quite dry as other Cantillon's lambic/gueuze, nor is it finely aromatic as other flavoured Cantillon. Maybe raspberry elements have been mercilessly, completely consumed by the wild yeasts? Just like on the nose, as the beer breathes a little in the glass, the foretaste of each sip turns much milder in terms of acidity, while each sip also finishes with a subtle herbal-fruity touch like dried hawthorn fruits plus Chinese prune powder... a sign of evolution/improvement in the glass!
M&D: the level of acidity is even higher than Cantillon's flagship gueuze as I can remember, while the carbonation remains refreshingly light to pair with the light fruitiness just fine. Consuming this bottle 6 months past the suggested BB date, I wonder if the remaining fruity elements in the beer have all but gone, hence this intensely tart and "un-fruity" performance overall? That said, this beer does slowly grow on me, at last, at least.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.52/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy red/amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is remarkably like vomit. Starts as sour apples becomes more sour like lemon juice, dry finish; easily the least enjoyed Belgian I have had. 750ml bottle - gift from Vintage Cellars Blacksburg, Va.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a flute)
The cork said bottled in 2004

A- This beer pours a light red with a hint of pink. The crystal clear body has a thick web of micro-bubbles sticking to the glass. The head is a few wisps of foam.

S- I could smell the lambic funk as soon as the cork was pulled. The smell of goat and horse are distinctly separate but both are strong. There is an earthy quality that is followed by a nice subtle raspberry aroma. The finish has a sharp sour note with some wet blanket notes.

T- The taste or raspberries is very smooth but distinct. The taste of sour and tartness start of strong but become less strong after the first few sips. The finish stays tart but has nice depth to it. There is a perception of slight sweetness in the fruit but that may be due to the strong tartness at the finish.

M-On the first sip I can feel my jaws lock down tight but the medium-light mouthfeel has some slippery texture to it. There is astringency that makes you pucker, but it doesn't have the vinegar sharpness.

D- This beer really celebrates the raspberry, and it has good complex barnyard aromas. The taste is fruit and tart with not a lot of depth but good flavor.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red color. 3/4 inch head of a pink color. Great retention and great lacing. smells of raspberries, sourness, slight tart malt, hint of earthy malt, and hint of hop. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sour and sharp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight tart malt, hint of hop, hint of citrus, hint of alcohol, and a hint of earthiness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at TJ's Everyday.

A: The ale has a purple raspberry color, a little unsettling if you are not used to a lambic. The tulip glass has a finger or so of white head that quickly receded.

S: The funkiness of the aroma is quite appealing, musty with lots of wet barnyard after a rainstorm aromas. No hints of raspberry in the nose.

T: The first sip is bitingly tart. We are talking a tartness that scalds the tongue with its intensity. Acetic vinegary tartness mixes with raspberry to be both sweet and sour. The biting finish is a real treat.

M: Vinegar, acids and touches of fruit leave the ale with a dry quality that makes me want to take another sip.

D: Exotic flavor and low alcohol greatly aid the drinkability. This beer is best enjoyed slowly and in copious quantities.

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Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, 2011 vintage.

Rose de Gambrinus pours a light bodied very bright cherry red in color with a highly carbonated yet quickly dissipating three finger head. The nose is dry and tart. It smells of Brett and musty raspberries. The flavors are sour and tart without having a whole lot of fruit. The raspberry is present but I would say that this is full of old dusty attic. It's dry, dirty, plenty of must. It's pretty acidic for being so young too. This is more sour than the 2009 LP that we had last week. I like it and I haven't had this one aged so I look forward to opening my ther bottles down the road. This is a nice framboise and certainly the driest and most sour one that I've seen yet.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.