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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 714
Hads: 2,112
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 489
Gots: 520 | FT: 35
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Tnudish
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle brought to our Saturday couples by Baron. Thanks a bunch for the tick Baron.

A-Hazy light pink in color when held to the light with about a fingers worth of tight, light pink head.

S-Nose is full of fresh raspberry and not much else.

T-Flavor is full of fresh raspberry again, some lemon, and has a little vinegar/acetic acid to it.

M-Light mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, pretty bracing acidity, and a moderate finish.

O-Good beer, but one of my least favorite Cantillon offerings. I think Lou Pepe Framboise is much better as far as their framboises go.

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

Split with my wife from a 375ml bottle into a wine glass.
Appearance: Dark pink with a faint pink head that dissappates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Very earthy, barn yard feel. It is also extremely tart. It definitely prepares you for the tastes to come.

Taste: Tart, like you would expect from a Lambic. Very little raspberry flavor, but what is there adds to the tartness. The barn yard funk is there as well. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, smooth going in and sits very easy on the tongue.

Overall: A good lambic, and definitely a solid offering from Cantillon. I can not wait to try more from them.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This butte pours a beautiful apple red color with a quick dissipating ring of pink head. Whatever lacing there is slides gracefully into the red liquid.

The nose tells me right away that this will be a tart brew. Barnyard funk, tart raspberries and some sweet candy-like tones.

The flavors are showing less raspberries but they have a light presence. Sweet and very tart with a lot of acidic undertones. The funky horse blanket flavors are showing throught each sip.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and intense from the acidity.

Overall, this is a well integrated lambic that has almost everything i'm looking for. I just wish the raspberries shined more.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010.

Appearance: Pours a mildly hazed deep rose. Moderate carbonation on the pours produces a quick light-pink, bubbly head. Drops to absolute nothing. No cap, no collar. Lively carbonation pulls from the bottom.

Smell: Tart citric bite. Nice underlying push of raspberry flesh and tannic fruit skin. Powdery yeast. Some underlying funky aromas hitting at hay and damp earth. Sweet, but not sugary. Pure fruit sweetness. Some lemon zest as well. Very clean.

Taste: Tart raspberry flesh, juice, and skin. Obliterated tart raspberry. Nice citric kick in the back. Lemon rind. Some damp earthiness and hay. Slightly powdery. Tartness builds as the beer warms and brings a sharp, lip-puckering, acidity to the finish. Tons of earth and raspberry. Fresh picked.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a lively, yet not even close to effervescent, carbonation. Moderate body overall with a slight crispness as well.

Overall: My tongue can taste infinity.

A solid blend of destroyed fruit and tart. Almost brutally tart, but nicely sweet. Another great beer that I'll never see on shelves again. Alas, it was a treat while it lasted.

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

A - Pours a hazy cherry red color, light covering across the top.

S - Sour raspberries, yeasty, nice Brett and Belgian funk aroma, slight vinegar.

T - Lots of raspberries, very tart, pleasing sourness offsets the tart just enough to try and balance each other. Lots of puckering from the combo of the two flavors and sets your salivary glands in motion, my mouth won't stop watering. Acidic tartness, light funk, lemon juice.

M - Light medium body, gentle and refined carbonation on the tongue, and leaves your mouth watering.

O - A really enjoyable beer, refined complexity, wish I had some bottles of this to stash away in the cellar to see where it goes. Lucky for me, this sample was on tap.

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Photo of dashmartino
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

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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 Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of abraxel
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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).

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Photo of Radome
2.9/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of goodbeerallday
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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 Jeffo
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.