1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,437 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1437
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,437 | Reviews: 665 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Bighuge


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork reads "Bottled in 2.001"

This beer glows a luminous cranberry hue. Nice bubbly white head adorns the surface. It recedes to a healthy sized collar in minutes and the collar sticks around for the long haul. The aroma is lovely, if you like this sort of thing......horse blanket, acetic acid, tart raspberry, green apple and leather. This beer is pretty damn sour, but not quite as much as I remember the Kriek to be. It's a damn fine lambic nonetheless. The acidity is nice and puckering. The leather aspect is fitting. And the vinegar tartness is almost overwhelming. Wonder what the pH of this fucker is. Damn. These authentic lambics are starting to grow on me.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 03:48:29 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 16:25:28 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of DrJay


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork says it was bottled in 2.006. It looked fairly flat during the pour, but a thin layer of fine, light pink bubbles appeared after a couple of seconds. Large, soapy bubbles formed a ring and produced some spotty lacing. The beer itself was quite clear and a brilliant red. Earthy aroma, acidic, fruity berries, light on the funk. Puckering tartness throughout that really lingered, balanced by berry sweetness and earthy seeds towards the finish. Funk and vinegar filled the rest of the flavour out, but never overpowered things. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Texture was very nice, quite smooth and ending dry. Very refreshing. The acidity is balanced nicely with the fruit character. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 22:10:17 | More by DrJay
Photo of glid02


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a bright ruby color with a one-finger pink head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of barnyard funk with good amounts of tart berries with a nice earthiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rustic and funky flavors up front segue into tart berry flavors that lead up to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could definitely have a few more.

Overall this is one of my favorite Cantillon offerings. It's just as tart as others but with more depth and complexity. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 04:24:19 | More by glid02
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 19:27:55 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Gusler


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after decanting the 12-ounce green bottle sets in the glass a beclouded orange-red color, the head is creamy in texture an a off white color, the size adequate, as it evaporates rather quickly, the residual lace is a thin satin sheet to drape the glass. The nose is jaw tightening in its tartness, with the light aromas of blue cheese, green grass, rising damp, and yes raspberries floods your senses, with just a touch of sweetness underneath it all, start is lightly sweet and enormously tart, the top light. Finish is devastatingly acidic with the sweet and sour raspberries lingering to the end, “Whoa Nellie”, this is so tart it makes your jaws hurt, ah the wonder of a true lambic, God I love’em.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 22:38:47 | More by Gusler
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 05:28:13 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:57:55 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of smakawhat


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Churchkey DC.

A real nice pink head that descends quite fast when presented, filled with soapy bubbles but tiny none the less. Super dark cherry red but, with a big fruit punch like appearance, and always managing to keep a solid collar while drinking.

Great varied nose. Wild yeast, and wood like sense. Cinnamon with dry earth character and a great balance of tartness and sweetness with sweetness dominating.

Flavors hit with a good tartness, and a mild salty character also mixing with a yeasty fruit finish. Very tart raspberry fruit character to this, crisp effervescent, but also a little thin and watery.

Fun Cantillon to drink that's for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 00:53:19 | More by smakawhat
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured into Bruery snifter

Pours a fizzy pink head that fades down fast. Color is a dark raspberry red. Color is very appealing, but no head retention.

Aroma: Sour and funky. Raspberries with some horse blanket. Fresh cranberries. Maybe a hint of leather. Nice oak in the background. Solid. Mouth watering.

Taste: Very funky. Some acidic notes with a lot of horse blanket going on. Sour as well. Raspberries with some other fruits lingering around. More oak flavors here. This beer is pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some fruit/oak notes.

Overall, another solid beer from cantillon. I wish I could drink this all the time. It has a lot of flavor and is very sour. I can imagine aging this would be fine as well. Very drinkable. I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 06:07:05 | More by mothman
Photo of HopHead84


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 18:39:49 | More by HopHead84
Photo of superspak


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/20/2011. Pours lightly hazy red-orange color with a 2 finger foamy pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge tart raspberry, raspberry juice, sour apple, cherry, hay, straw, leather, pepper, clove, oak, funk, white vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and big complexity of tart fruit notes with barrel and yeast character; and great strength. Taste of big tart and sour raspberry, sour apple, raspberry juice, cherry, hay, straw, pepper, clove, oak, leather, oak, funk, light vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Good amount of tart fruity acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of tart raspberry, sour apple, cherry, hay, straw, pepper, clove, funk, oak, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor balance of fruit, yeast, and barrel flavors with big complexity; good balance of acidity and sweetness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, acidic, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Acidity is moderately high, but not overwhelming. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic raspberry lambic! Great balance and big complexity of fruit, barrel, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink despite the fair amount of acidity. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 04:14:58 | More by superspak
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 03:07:38 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Tone


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 20:51:45 | More by Tone
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to sincereNc for sharing this one during a fair sized Cantillon tasting! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Poured ruby red with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, funk, diaper, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, funk, tart, sour, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I still stand by the fact that this is one of the best lambics of this genre out there. I have had this one multiple times and have just now got around to reviewing it. I have easily crushed multiple 750 mL bottles of this in the past and will likely do so any time the opportunity presents itself. An absolute must try if you have not done so before as I know you will absolutely not regret it.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 11:07:06 | More by thagr81us
Photo of tavernjef


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somehow I got a bottle with the uncensored label so it made for a great conversational piece. No little blue dress on the woman being manhandled, she's all skin with perky breasts. Looks kinda like one of those goofy sex cartoon comics in mens girly magazines.
Color of this lambic is quite unique and very nice to watch being poured, its milky pink kinda like pink grapefruit juice color with a richer, thicker, hazed tone to it. Lots of white bubbley carbonation fluffs up quickly and lively then fizzing off to leave a thin head of bubbles.
Aroma is pretty lively as well with a spritzy fruityness of resonantly strong zip. Well rounded and somewhat soft with some sweetish sour tones of grapfruit, lemon, and raspberry with touches of fresh blooming flowers and there's a mild yeasty mustyness giving off the familiar Cantillon barnyard musk underneath. Taste is souring sweet fruit juices with some nice little puckering of grapefruity acids and light lemon zest. Pretty sharp and quick with a grabbing tartness. There's lots of quick layers of fruity tartness and citrusy souring with some hints to raspberry gaining as it warms and thats when this lambic really did it for me. The raspberry flavors are so well rounded and beautifully done with a great naturalness wrapped in light earthy tones. Very nice. Touches of the yeast add some incredible acidicness along with some oaky tinges too. It has a very pleasant drying finish of raspberry and grapefruit. Feel is beyond lambic fullness, this stuff reaches a new level of quick tart acids and bittering, whew, its a mouth lifter, this stuff will wake you up in a hurry with its full on sourness. It does become much more manageable however as it warms. The actual smell and flavors are really nice, its just takes alot of palate busting to over come all the sweetly sour tartness and acidic tones.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 19:59:55 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Bitterbill


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, bottled June 17, 2010.

Pulled from the fridge, it pours a hazy light red with a 4 finger head of foam that leaves a ton of lacing behind.

Sour raspberries in big here with a slight note of funk a slight sense of fruity sweetness. It smells oh so good.

Taste wise, the raspberry tartness is there but it goes beyond that by bringing a vinegar like sourness. Some light funk shows up and disappears from time to time.

Last pour and the brew in my glass is now cloudy and looks rusty. Nothing new to report with the taste; sometimes I get something different when I pour the last portion in the glass...especially with brews from Belgium.

Medium bodied with the carbonation just below medium, it has a good mouthfeel and is quite drinkable.

I like this brew but I'd have preferred a bit more of a raspberry flavour. I wonder if it has more of a presence in fresher bottles..

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 23:39:41 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of largadeer


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This batch was bottled December 2009. 375ml bottle.

It sits in the glass a clear raspberry red, topped by half an inch of pink-tinted head which retains well.

An aroma of unbridled funk greets the nostrils immediately upon uncorking the bottle, but it transforms into juicy tart raspberries once poured into the glass. It has all the depth of a piece of whole fruit; skin, flesh and seeds. Agitation creates a medley of fruit, funk and musty oak barrel.

The taste is intense but nuanced, tart raspberries at the forefront, sharp lactic acidity right behind and then layers of oak and vanilla. It's light and refreshing, juicy but bone dry, complex and infinitely sippable.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 05:38:59 | More by largadeer
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottled on Dec 14 2009. Pours a bright red color with a pink, quickly dissolving head. Awesome label art, one of the best.

Smell is musty raspberries with sour layering and some earthy brett. Mouth watering for sure, with some red wine vinegar and butter chiming in as it warms.

Briny, vinegar sourness is dominant, with some wood and brett detectable in the background. As the palate adjusts to the bracing sourness, raspberries come out and rounds out beautifully while warming. Rubbery on the finish and softly carbonated. Sourness stays with the beer all the way through the bottle. Not the deepest Cantillon, but sure does fix a craving for the good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 16:09:32 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and capped green bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
Bottled: 29 Sept. 2010, Store and serve at cellar temperature (50-55°F)
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks Todd!

A - Bright fire engine red in color with an effervescent pink head. Clear throughout with a poorly retained foam and no lace.

S - Tart funk and wet straw with a mellow barnyard aroma open followed by fresh raspberries adding smooth fruitiness to the armpitty nose. Floral aspects balance the nose out.

T - Fresh, thin raspberries aren't anywhere near sugary as the bulk of the beer is funky yeast and tartness.

M - Dry as can be, the overly tart finish is surprising but quite welcome. A little gut-churning acidic but quite a good feel.

O - Score another win for Cantillon and the guy on the bottle! This framboise is fruity but well-balanced and has the right amount of funky, wild yeast to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 22:00:44 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of RoyalT


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 01:32:20 | More by RoyalT
Photo of bluejacket74


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped and corked bottle, cork says bottled in 2008. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/pink color with about a 1/2 inch pink head. Head retention is very good, lacing is decent. Aroma is mostly tart and sweet raspberries, but there's some funk in there too. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, except that the tart and sweet raspberries and funk are all pretty balanced with no one flavor overpowering the others. There's also a nice lingering tartness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit thick and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, it's refreshing and it's very easy and enjoyable to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, it's a good example of what a fruit lambic should be.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 22:52:57 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of DefenCorps


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2007 vintage, into my flute.

A: Clear raspberry red (the first pour, at least) with a rapidly dissipating white head.

S: Funky, acidic (vinegar) and fruity. Hardly any mustiness.

T: Starts off tart and sour with great acidity with the flavors of raspberry coming through. Not sweet by any stretch of the imagination. Long, dry, sour finish

M: Excellent carbonation with a fantastic finish

D: Easily drinkable, will try more of this

** Reviewed 7th August 2009*
Seeing how my earlier review is disappointing, I figured I'd give this another gander. boatshoes was kind enough to send me a bottle of the 2008 release today which was promptly poured into my Lost Abbey tumbler

A: Hazy pink with a thin, light pink head with OK retention. I can see the appeal of a tumbler for a lambic

S: Musty, acidic and sharply funky, reminiscent of a sharp blue cheese. It really smells like a musty attic. Fruit character is a little muted, but is present and noticeable, mildly jammy in character. Delicious. Sour as hell with a prominent lime rind character.

T: Holy fuck. It's been a while since I've had a beer this sharp in its sourness. Opening up with an intense combination of lemon skins, a moderate lactic sourness and a sourness that reminds me of unripened berries, this is *intense*. Fruit character is present and prominent, with the raspberries carrying through the intense sourness. Funky and barnyardy, with a mildly sweat-like saltiness. Intensely drying on the finish, with the fruit very well expressed. An awesome beer.

M: While very acidic and sour, there's a surprising fruity sweetness and body to this beer. Sour and drying on the finish. The acidity cleanses the palate and makes sure every tastebud is alive and kicking, obviating the need for carbonation (that's rather low)

D: As intense and over the top as this beer is, I love it to pieces. It really is incredible

* I'm surprised as hell (and happy) that while my impressions on this beer have changed a lot, my scores haven't. An excellent beer, I can't wait to get to the 2006 I have in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 19:38:34 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 05:57:14 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of cokes


3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Misty tan salmon hued, with a fleeting, pink glinted collar.
The salmon is not only manifest by color, but also in the fleshy, lemon-squirted pink meat it adds to the nose. Behind this, there are traces of unripened oaky raspberries.
Begins with a slash of wheaty maltiness, already tart-leaning from the get go. Then the flood gates open and lemon juice rushes in. Bracingly tart. Deeper in, vague notions of sour cherry and raspberry, but mostly its just the vice grip of sheering lemon. Funkier as it goes out, with rust, oak, and suede. Ends with a quailed white vinousness. Like a soured pino gris, doused with uncut lemon acidity.
Light bodied, and unreined in its sourness. There are other Cantillon with a firmer edge than this, but they are balanced better. This is exposed, and unrebutted, and raw.
Still a solid, tart-as-hell lambic rendition, but not up to snuff with Cantillon's usual transcendence.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 20:01:41 | More by cokes
Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.