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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,918 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 458
Gots: 462 | FT: 30
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002

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Photo of jrenihan
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of enelson
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of rodkin
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of cmadd
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Paramecium
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AwYeh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to my buddy Aw Yeh for splitting this rare find with me. He's been storing it for awhile so I feel privileged to be sharing it with him.

Appearance - After a bit of struggle with the cork, the beer pops open and lets out a bouquet of raspberries. The beer is a juicy, tart looking red. Highly active carbonation pushes through the light syrupy appearance of the beer. An intense looking brew - red raspberry color with faint orange and pink hues under the light. Lacing is webby and slippery.

Smell - Extremely sour on the nose with a huge hit of raspberries. Strong, tart, fizzy fruits. Nice, fresh, and pleasant.

Taste - Wow. This may be the best tasting sour that I've encountered. This is like warheads for the rich and famous. Strong, strong sour raspberries with a bit of cherry mixed in. Acidic and a bit earthy/woody.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Acidic and tart. Light-bodied. Hands down the most sour beer I've had to date. Well-balanced with delicious raspberries. Drinkable with medium/high carbonation.

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cbnz
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of TheoV
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It was a light pink color, slightly carbonated.
S: Smelled strongly of raspberries
T: Very sour, not as much raspberry as I was expecting and barely sweet. The sourness made my mouth water.

Overall, I really liked it. It was particularly good paired with food. It is slightly brutal in that the sourness makes your taste buds feel like they're being pummeled.

Photo of durwoodx
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tewaris
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Doug!

Dirty pink-orange hued with plenty of bubbles. Aroma is funk, acid and raspberries lurking in the backdrop. Tastes quite sour with a good fruit flavor but it is certainly missing the clean character of Gueuze. In fact, I am pretty certain that there is some vinegar involved. Mouthfeel is great as with all Cantillon.

Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from the cooler at Hopleaf.

A: Pours a bright red with a huge pink head.

S: Earthy, juicy, sour raspberry. Tart, dark seed. Slightly vegetal as it warms.

T: Pretty sour; a little raspberry sweetness comes through underneath. Seed and slight earthiness comes out as it warms.

M: Soft prickly carbonation. Light body.

O: Definitely delicious, but I was hoping for a little more than just tartness from the raspberries.

Photo of RobSchneidermang
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of n2185
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a coppery red with a finger of pinkish head that disappears with no lacing.

S: lots of tart, sweet, and sour raspberries on the nose with some barnyard funk as well.

T: the flavor is very tart, dry, and sour with raspberries dominating. Some funky and musty flavors bring up a finish that is super dry and tart.

M: light body with medium carbonation, this beer is very light, dry, and tart.

O: a very tasty beer overall with lots of nice raspberry notes without being too sweet.

Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of pohldogg356
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smaller bottle with cork, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is pink with a short white head that is white w/ a tinge of pink. The nose on Rose de Gambrinus has berry, vinegar, tartness and wood. Sipping this beauty and I taste currants, raspberries. It is an earthy beer; has some of that barnyard funk. Mouthfeel is light, a crisp, slightly sour quality and finish. I expected it to be more sour, but I can live with the balance of it. It is very well done and one that I would use to help introduce a friend to lambics.

Photo of vbiliyar
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

December 2011 bottling.

Looks nice; raspberry-colored with a good-sized head. Doesn't taste at all as sour as I expected, though the sourness does increase as it warms. Good, light raspberry flavor; not overwhelming as many have pointed out and not sweet at all.

One of my first forays into trying lambics / wilds, so I can't compare it to much else. I enjoyed drinking this for what it is.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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..

Photo of markeyri
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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