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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,867 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 689
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 450
Gots: 454 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
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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)
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Photo of biegaman
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

biegaman, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Anonymous1
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of JxExM
5/5  rDev +16.6%

JxExM, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of brikelly
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

brikelly, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

funkel81, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of scottiethebody
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

scottiethebody, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

pirmannt1, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of dunix
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

stephenjmoore, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Phoenix2443
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Phoenix2443, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of throwback
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

throwback, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Thehuntmaster, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of abraxel
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

abraxel, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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).

xnicknj, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Radome
2.9/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Radome, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

thagr81us, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ComRock12, Oct 18, 2012
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

dbexpert, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

chanokokoro, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

BeerHunter76, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

N3ptune, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -6.8%

kjkinsey, Oct 03, 2012
Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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