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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 708
Hads: 2,076
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 489
Gots: 513 | FT: 35
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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

Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (2,243 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 03 May 2012
Consumed in June and reviewed from notes.

Appearance: What a beautiful pour - deep pink body (lightly hazed), with crimson highlights and orange edges. A rough pour yields a large, marshmallow pink coloured head that lasts pretty well for a sour and leaves some patchy lace.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells absolutely delicious - the nose is bursting with fresh raspberries. There is certainly way more fruit character than I have experienced in other fruit lambics - I will have to revisit fresher bottles of Cantillon's other offerings. Cherries and a touch of red grapes are noted alongside the copious amounts of raspberries. Other notes include: Musty notes, old wood, a touch of vinegar and a light earthy note.

Taste: As with the nose, there is a ton of raspberry in the flavour, alongside musty notes, old wood, wine vinegar and some oak. The flavour is quite tart, but not quite what I have come to expect from Cantillon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (the fruit have certainly bumped up the body), with a medium-low level of soft carbonation.

Overall: Rosé De Gambrinus is a fantastic fruit lambic and probably the best of Cantillons base offerings. I really wish I had bought a 750! (1,293 characters)

Photo of abraxel
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gorgeous reddish-pink, with a finger or two of fizzy head. It dissipates a little quickly, though.

S - Oh my, raspberry. I love raspberry. A whole lot of sour and tart and a little bit of sweet.

T - Mmmm, nice sour pucker, but balanced by a fair amount of raspberry sweetness. The raspberry flavor is pervasive, but it starts good and sour, then moves to mostly sweet, then finishes with some nice lingering funk. Really tasty.

M - A decent amount of carbonation, with solid acidity that leaves my tongue writhing just a little.

Overall, very tasty. (559 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks

Pours a gorgeous pinkish red color with a fizzed-out light pink head resting on top. Dissolves completely, leaving little retention or lacing.

A wonderful combination of funk and tart in the nose with barnyard and raspberry notes pairing together. Unripe fruit and soft, but dark vinous notes.

Sour, yet fruity up front with plenty of juicy raspberry flavor. Funky barnyard tones with wheat and hay, followed by some soft backbone and Belgian yeast. The fruit sweetness is mild, but pairs well with the raspberry sourness. Finishes tart, funky and dry.

Medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Obviously this is another hit from Cantillon, and I feel like it's almost becoming difficult to distinguish which of Jean's beers are my favorites (other than Fou Foune). (815 characters)

Photo of Radome
2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted from barrel at the brewery after taking the self-guided tour. Served in wine glass.

A - Beautiful pink to red color. Very clear. Head is pink and very persistent with good lacing. I've never seen a more eye-catching, attractive beer.

S - The word that comes to mind about the aroma is "bizarre" It is tart, spicy and fruity all at once, but overall not appealing to me. There is raspberry in the nose, but it is mixed with funk and a sharp note that somehow combine to remind me of hot peppers more than sweet fruit. It's like somebody mixed fruit juice with the dregs from a jar of jalapeno peppers. Bizarre.

T - Tart and acidic up front. Some raspberry in mid-palate, then a sharp pepper-like taste at the tend that matches the aroma. Not enjoyable to me.

M - Light body. Fizzy carbonation. Finishes with an acidic, pepper-like burn at the back of the throat.

O - Strange experience. I love the dedication to the craft shown by this brewery and I really want to love all their beers, but this one was not enjoyable. I have had this bee before and this is not at all what I remember. Maybe I was given a single barrel example that will be better after blending? I know I will be called a heretic for this review, but I have to call it like I taste it. (1,265 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (919 characters)

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

375 ml corked and capped green bottle dated December 11, 2011 poured into a Cantillon branded long stemmed tulip glass

Pours a raspberry red with dark pink accents and a pink sea foam-like one and half finger head that quickly dissipates. Over-ripened berries, cherry notes, barnyard funk, earthiness, and mild vinegar on the nose. Opens with acidic sour that moderates to tart raspberry, floral notes, some sweetness, and musty funk. Finishes dry with tart raspberries and a citric sour bite. Effervescent carbonation and light bodied. A very enjoyable framboise that paired perfectly with Moon Dust triple creme brie from Canada. (632 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Rose de Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon.
Score: 90

Unknown vintage bottle, though I suspect it is from 2011 or 2012. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/15/12 at my law school graduation tasting. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a Jello reddish pink color with a thin fizzy later of pink head that settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing, above average retention, minimal cling. 4/5

Smell: Raspberry candy, vinegar, and a little funk. A little beach water and sea salt. The nose is fruity/floral and slightly herbaceous with a light yeastiness. 4/5

Taste: Tart raspberries throughout. Fruity vinegar on the midpalate. Very clean and straightforward on the palate; pleasant and refreshing. A good amount of midpalate tartness. Acidic and sweet-and-sour berry fruitiness with a touch of rose pedal and lemon, though less sweet than the nose led on. A bit of mustiness in the finish as the beer warms up. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high-medium carbonation. Clean, fizzy, and tart with a mild pucker effect. 4/5

Overall: Very solid and tasty, but unspectacular. For the $13.99 this cost me, I would rather spend the extra couple of bucks for a 750 ml of the Classic Gueuze.

Recommendation: Not worth the sticker price, but definitely a beer worth drinking.

Pairings: Chocolate cake,

Cost: $13.99 for a 375 ml bottle. (1,363 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz green bottle, corked and capped, bottled 2MAR2011. My first 'loon...split into red wine glasses with the wife, who wasn't missing out on this...

A: Red body, fairly transparent, with almost no head and zero retention.

S: Lemony tartness and a lactic quality...funk galore, reminiscent of BO...earthy as well...faint hints of malt and raspberry/fruit on the back end.

T: Slight sweetness cuts through the lemon tartness...raspberry notes are soft, with a palate that is dominated more by funk and tartness...softer, sweet-tart finish.

MF: De Gambrinus has a lighter mouthfeel for sure, with low levels of carbonation and plenty of tartness.

O: Its a decent lambic, and more funk-forward than fruit-forward. This might be more of a raspberry-centric beer the fresher it is, however with how pricy and rare these are, I'm glad to have tried it at all. (860 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a 375 ml bottle, bottled on 12/29/2010

A-pours a mostly clear pink grapefruit color with a fast receding 1 finger bubbly head i recedes to a nice fresh pink cap

S- tart raspberries with sweet /sour light fruit slight funk

T- excellent it follows the nose with tart sweet raspberries a slight funk lingers in the back of the mouth its just right

M- sweet tart and dry lower carbonation

O- a delight to drink raspberries compliment this lambic, really it as good as it gets (481 characters)

Photo of goodbeerallday
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a dark bloodish cherry/plum red colour with an extreme amount of carbonation present. no visibility looking through the glass.

S: huge depth with raspberry hitting you straight in the face! can smell the sweetness and sourness of the beer.

T: a sour note that isnt too overpowering is the initial character that strikes. and the carbonation which from appearance was extreme stays extreme in tasting! lingering sweetness and a twinge of dry fruit.

M: carbonation being super high creates a sensation of the beer jumping around all surfaces of the mouth, a sour bite as expected which complements the fruit and a dry character making it easily drinkable.

O: a really nice lambic style beer, one i would recommend to anyone starting out into trying new styles and one that is easily drinkable for one person. (815 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, glowing raspberry red that's topped with a soft pink bit of foam that fades fast. Still a bit of lacing though.

The nose is dominated by bright cherry and raspberry aromas. Some vinegar type acidity, some floral notes, and a faint touch of wheat.

The taste is beautifully tart... fresh berry notes, some lemon zest, sour candy, nothing overpowers though - nicely balanced.

Delicious. I'm not typically a fruit lambic drinker but this is a treat. (462 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled opened on 8.23.12.
Bottled 2011.

A - Pours a clear pinkish-orange with a fizzy, foamy off-pink head. The head fades down pretty slowly.

S - Tart cherry and floral. Very acidic smelling.

T - Muted fruit and floral. Nice Belgian funky. Fizzy on the tongue.

D - Great carbonation, opened to a loud pop, with a very light body.

O - Nice fizzy and tart cherry and roses. (378 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Geers in Gent, then flew it back home to drink beside a Boon Frambroise and a 3f Framboos. Good times gents!

From a 75cl bottle into a small snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, bright white head that quickly recedes to a swirling wisp and bubbly ring. Hazy, but bright, poppy red in color with no visible carbonation. Much brighter and more candy looking than the other two. Like it's perhaps artificial coloring. A light wisp and ring remain until the end and leave some falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Very musty and mouldy. Some funk, and the raspberry is quite faint compared to the 3f offering. Very mouldy with some nasty cheese in there. Somewhat unappealing, though the basement mould does back off a bit later on and allow more of the fruit to come through.

TASTE: Much better than the nose. Raspberries are there, with some funky flavors and then a decent dose of tart, sourness at the swallow. This is quite acidic and sour after the swallow compared to the other two, and lacks the bold fruit flavors up front that made the 3f offering so enjoyable. That said, the funky flavors and somewhat puckering sourness after the swallow are enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Surprisingly full and heavy on the palate, goes down very smooth and finishes slightly dry and puckering. Pretty good here.

OVERALL: An enjoyable fruit lambic, but nowhere near the 3f offering. The fruit flavor was relatively mild and the finish much more acidic. The color also looked artificial. On the other hand, it was much more palatable than the Boon rendition, as it was much more funky and sour without the barnyard hay charecteristics. This is a fine beer for sure, but unfortunately not as fine as I was hoping it'd be. (1,773 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall bottle courtesy of Jeffo, enjoyed at a recent tasting alongside two other raspberry lambics. It's been a while since I've had anything from Cantillon - interested to see how my palate has, or has not, changed since then!

Poured into a snifter. Bright cherry red, brilliant colour (but can't help feeling this is a bit artificial. No matter. Nice looking lambic nonetheless.

Nose is quite funky, with hay, horseblanket, cheese, and only a touch of raspberry. A bit overpowering to say the least. I get a bit more of the raspberry as my nose warms up to the situation, but it still is a bit offputting for me.

Quite tart, fresh raspberry, bit of grain and citrus. It grew on me as I worked my way through, but I still think the raspberry flavour is not quite as potent as I would like. Sharp carbonation, medium bodied.

More sour or funky than I tend to like in a lambic. It's a good beer, certainly, but not to my tastes. (931 characters)

Photo of ahalloin
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 20, 2010.

Beer is a dark pink with red, a bit cherry coloured. A moderately sized pinkish head dissipates fairly quickly.

Funk and yeast, along with tart fruit. Raspberry obviously but it also smells like cherry to me. Lemon. Typically nice Cantillon smell.

Taste is very tart, and quite funky. Raspberry flavour is nice. Quite astringent and puckering. Vinegar. A bit of sweetness from the raspberries but certainly this is quite a sour beer.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Puckering. Smooth.

Overall, very nice. I am a big raspberry fan, which helps. A winner. (590 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served via bottle @ Brasserie Cantillon (Brussels, Belgium) on 7/5/12. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a crystal clear rose, topped with a ½ finger of foamy pink head. This maintains some rich edges, with a robust flare-up that leaves back swathes of sticky lace. The aroma smells of raspberries, must, and earthy lemon zest. There is definitely some funk to this.

The taste is crisp and tart on the palate, with soft raspberry flavors and a sweeter sugary backing. The finish gets a little more funky and lactic feeling with notes of dry oak that stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a lively feel in the mouth that segues into more of a firm creaminess across the back. Just a touch of tannic slickness undercuts this and adds to the overall smoothness of the feel.

What a beautiful Lambic. Tart and refreshing overall with some complimentary notes of funk and sourness and then that fresh raspberry flavor which puts this over the top. This is a well balanced and quite drinkable sour beer from Cantillion. I’d expect nothing less. (1,073 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of rodkin
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on June 17, 2010.

Pours a beautiful dark pinkish red, with a big fluffy pink head, about 2 fingers. Reduces quickly, leaves a bit of bubbles up top and minimal lacing. Beautiful color.

Smell is some raspberry, lemon, green apple, little bit of funk. Pretty nice.

That is really, ridiculously mouth-puckeringly sour. This is probably the most sour beer I've ever had. Once you get over that, there's the raspberry, the lemon, and maybe a little bit of a flowery taste? Bit of musty funk, maybe a hint of hay. Quite tasty.

Cantillon always delivers on the mouthfeel. Light, dry, excellent carbonation. Wonderful.

Drinkability is similarly excellent. Once the initial blast of sour dies down, this becomes just ridiculously drinkable. Very light, refreshing, great for the season. Another hit. (804 characters)

Photo of cmadd
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle bottled in Dec 2011. Sampled July 2012, relatively fresh.

A: Hazy ruby with a trace of head that clings to the glass. Good retention.

S: Fantastic raspberries and sourness held up by an undercurrent of earth and funk.

T: The raspberries dominate followed by lactic acid and the finish is characterized by an earthy astringency. Still a little single-minded.

M: Light and delightfully carbonated – very appropriate.

O: I suspect this bottling needs some time to age before the complexities of the bugs emerge. (529 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 750ml bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours a nearly opaque red, closely resembling strawberry juice. Half a finger of light, bubbly head which quickly dissipates to leave a thin coating behind.

S: Very tart smelling, with raspberries, vinegar, and a bit of yeasty funkiness.

T: Huge burst of raspberry tartness starts things off, before transitioning to a vinegar, lemony sourness. A lighter, sweeter raspberry flavor fades in and out on the finish.

M: Thin-bodied with lively carbonation; very dry.

O: A very solid lambic from Cantillon, and one worth seeking out if you're a fan of the style and willing to spend for it. Great raspberry flavors; if you're at all a fan of those, you won't be disappointed. (715 characters)

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