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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,658 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,658
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 424
Gots: 426 | FT: 25
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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 Demer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

375ml 2011 bottle poured into a wie glass.

A. The pour is a nice rose color. The fizzy white/pink head dissipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing.

S. Raspberry, Oak and funk. The funk is what hits you first giving way to a very pleasant raspberry and berry aroma. The nose on this beer is really something.

T/M. A light spritzy body. I pick up raspberry, lemon, oak and funky sourness with definite acidity. There is also some pink grapefruit in their. The acidity and sourness runs throughout. It really hits all the flavors my palate leans toward.

O. While tart this beer has been extremely easy drinking. It's one I will purchase anytime I see it and has convinced me to search out some of the other harder to find Cantillons. This beer is truly amazing. I would drink this all the time if it had a better availability. If you havent had it try and search it out for the tasting experience at least once in your life.

08-27-2011 23:41:55 | More by Demer
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.98/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a 340ml wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rose color with a large pinkish head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lace but does have a ring of foam floating on the top.

Smell: Sweet raspberry backed up by lemon and a bit of must.

Taste: Begins with tart lemon, finishing with lots of funk and just a hint of raspberry. Lots of earthy undertones and a slight bitterness. The raspberries are almost completely masked, which takes a little bit away from the overall feel- this is, after all, a fruit lambic.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with a sharp carbonation and a dry champagne-like finish that stays sticky in the back of the throat.

Overall: A very good lambic but, as I said, the raspberries are almost completely lost in the flavor. While this doesn't bother me much, I had to subtract points just due to the fact that this is a fruit lambic. Still very good and worth the drink!

08-27-2011 02:28:12 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of jsanford


4.58/5  rDev +6.8%

375ml bottle poured into a Gueuze Glass. Bottled in 2010. Review #600!

A - Pours a beautiful strawberry-red with a fluffy rose-colored head that settles to a thick cap. A stunner as always.
S - Sweet yet tart funk, raspberries, lemon, oak. That signature Cantilion funk is on perfect display, so amazing, with just the right amount of "cheese" quality.
T - Tart raspberries, lemon juice, oak, and earthy, cheesy Cantillon funk. Really nice, you can even taste the little raspberry seeds in here, they always have that woody flavor when they get stuck in your teeth, it's amazing how that flavor sensation can carry through into the beer!
M - Medium-light bodied with sharp, spritzy carbonation, perfect for the style. Incredibly dry, teeth-scraping finish that robs your mouth of all moisture.
O - So darn good, yet another world-class beer from this amazing brewery!

08-26-2011 02:25:49 | More by jsanford
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.55/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours cherry red with a one finger pink head that fades very quickly, as you'd expect. Looks real nice

S- raspberries, but the aroma is pretty mild

T- the raspberries start sweet to begin with, but the finish is very sour and very vingeary. I love it. You can feel your cheeks tingling after you swallow it

M- body is pretty thin. About what I expected. Not a bad thing

O- excellent sour....my first Cantillon is a winner

08-23-2011 01:34:20 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of nataku00


4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

A bottle (bottled on Sep 29, 2010 so fairly fresh, and with the more risque picture of the woman on the man's lap) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a deep dark scarlet red, remarkably clear, with a finger of light pink uniform foamy head with tiny tightly clustered bubbles. The color is really vibrant, almost sparkles when held up to the light. Head dissipates fairly quickly to a layer of foam and a slight collar. Not much carbonation activity when looking at the beer, almost still, yet I can swirl up a finger of foam pretty easily.

Really nice raspberry aroma, sweet but tart, with some fruit vinegar and a light earthiness.

Taking a sip, very fruit forward, lots of sweet fresh raspberry hits your tongue, lightly sour, vinegary and a touch of lemon juice. A little earthy and woody flavor comes mid tongue and finishes dry with a bit lingering fruitiness. I'm somewhat surprised that this isn't as sour and tart as some other Cantillon beers I've tried in the past.

Light and refreshing with just a touch of carbonation. Very easy to drink, though not as flavorful and complex as I would have liked.

08-14-2011 06:19:31 | More by nataku00
Photo of DCon


4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Bought a 750mL bottle of this @ the 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $12.50. Poured from the bottle into an Oversized Wine Glass and has 29 December 2010 on the bottle (barely noticeable).

Aroma- Starts with a huge raspberry (and other berry) aroma and has a good sour presence. Not much of the goaty smell but not worried.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that dies quickly. Has a ruby red color body that is clear and effervescent. Leaves almost no lacing on the glass...

Flavor- A subtle raspberry flavor from the beginning. Very sweet and acidic all the way through and ends with a sour finish. Very pleasant and you can tell this is a lambic without a doubt. Might have too much sweetness here but I still enjoyed.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Medium tartness, and puckers all the way through with light sweetness on the palate.

Overall Impression- Very nice Lambic! Cantillon never brews a beer without tons of complexity and the most DOMINANT characteristics of which fruit, flower, or ingredient they are trying to promote in their beer. This one was sweeter and lighter than many other krieks/lambics I've had from Cantillon, but didn't fall short from their A+ par.

08-13-2011 18:16:11 | More by DCon
Photo of beerwolf77


4.03/5  rDev -6.1%

2010 750 split with my main sour devourer. Poured into tulips.

A: Beautiful bright red hue. Small pink head fades and leaves soapy lace.

S:Truck loads of tart raspberries. The funk is mild though. Sort of one note with just a hint of horse blanket.

T: Huge dry raspberry flavor. Intense moldy gym socks that were used to crush raspberries. Old wet band aids soaked in raspberry puree. Wet straw that was used to soak up raspberry juice. Dry as a desert. Makes my teeth gritty and my tongue feel like cotton.

M: Medium dry body with lively carbonation.

O: Not as complex as I have come to expect from Cantillon. Still very fun to drink just not a star like some of my favorites.

08-10-2011 01:27:43 | More by beerwolf77


4/5  rDev -6.8%

I bought this on vacation in Colorado in September 2006 - it has been in my beer fridge for almost 5 years. Cork says bottled 2005.

Looks like a rose wine in the glass - nice salmony pink hue - wisp of foam disappears quickly and no lacing left behind. Smells sour, fruity, and a little funky. Tastes like sour berries - tart like mad! some musty / even medicinal qualities in the finish. The acidity and sourness makes the mouthfeel unique - not a tom of carbonation - but seems right. This is a cool drink - I waited a long time to try it and I am very happy with it. Not sure what I would pair with it but it is very good stuff on its own.

08-07-2011 02:23:13 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of JLeege


4.58/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottled April 13th, 2010
750 mL, Slightly chilled, Into my Lost Abbey tulip

Appearance- Pours out blood red, with about 2 fingers of pink foam, fizzles out fairly quickly to a nice thin layer atop the beer. A little splotchy lacing.

Smell- The classic, unmistakable Cantillon funk; a little oak, slightly earthy. Nice tart raspberries. Smells heavenly.

Taste- Actually the oak is the first thing picked up on the palate, bringing slight hints of vanilla. Then you get some of the earthiness and funk. Some lemon pops up, and then the raspberries. And let’s talk about these raspberries… Tart and sweet too slightly sour, deep rich flavor, they have the freshly picked slightly earthy/dirt tones; and the flavor lingers forever. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel- Medium light body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, with a fairly dry finish. Overly drinkable.

Overall- Thank god for real fruit! Besides that, I don’t know what else to say, this lambic is excellent.

08-06-2011 01:24:15 | More by JLeege
Photo of FosterJM


4.05/5  rDev -5.6%

700th Review on BA
Bottle to Sapporo Flute
750 ML Cap/Cork
Bottled 29/9/2010

Thanks to Jazzpatel for finally getting this one in his shop.

App- A slight mix of light purples, light reds and some dark pinks. A very nice two finger presented and fizzled away like a spritzy soda. No lines, no cling, no legs. A bit light.

Smell- The very tart damp notes come in first. Followed by a little sweet tangy, tannic dried fruit.

Taste- Its amazing how my palate has changed. What I once found to be nasty and ask "how", has turned to a respect. The taste of this is very tart and aciditic and berry forward. The beer is a little dry with a balanced dampness, and a little funky. A bit tangy.

Mouth- This was a little light and refreshing beer. It was a bit light bodied and high carbed which was a nice change. Left me with a tart, tangy and balanced residual flavor.

Drink- Well, its in the books. #700. This was a nice lambic. I thought it was well balanced, tarty, sweet and refreshing. The raspberries were nice with the carbonation level and wasnt flat. I'd love to have an older bottle someday.

08-04-2011 16:08:04 | More by FosterJM
Photo of rwinzing

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%

Got this bottle from a recent trade.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Had a big rose colored head with slight lacing on the side of the glass. The beer was a cherry red color in the glass

Smell - is fruity and a bit sour is found in the aroma

Taste - Very sour more sour than expected. Hint of the rasberry but the sourness hides the fruit. I love sours so this is right up my alley

Mouthfeel - has a sting to it from the sourness but in a nice way. A little thin

Overall - Love this beer would buy and hoard if I could find it. Glad I have two more bottles

08-02-2011 20:14:27 | More by rwinzing
Photo of davey101


4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

December 29, 2010. 375ml corked and capped green bottle into a tulip glass. Really classy label and I love the new cantillon caps.

A - Dark red with some purple tints. Super clear pour. Looks exactly like a raspberry. A sudsy, off white head did form and dissipate quickly leaving behind just a little bit of edging. Tons of carboantion and bubbling going on.

S - Raspberries. Spot on. Really fresh raspberries picked from the woods or something, this stuff is the real deal. Just the slightest hint of oak and funk, but its really toned down. The fruit is on full display here.

T - I decided to drink this fresh to get the full raspberry flavor, but I almost wish I held out a bit longer since I'm a fan of the funk and musky lambic notes. The body is actually fairly light and spritzy, really high carbonation. Taste is of sour raspberry, lemon rind, and just a hint of oak towards the end. Mouth puckering, but no funk in the taste.

O - The best raspberry beer/framboise I've had to date. This is a really solid cantillon brew, but it didn't really live up to my expectations. Perhaps if I can find another bottle I'll enjoy it more with some age on it.

07-28-2011 01:32:18 | More by davey101
Photo of cccarson


4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

On tap at Bangers and Lace a month or two back served in a snifter. From notes:

A: Beautiful pinkish, blood orange color. A surprising amount of head at about 1 cm or so. Slight lacing clung to the snifter throughout .

S: Tart raspberries, berries and that unmistakable Cantillon funk (cellar). Not as strong as their gueuze, but refreshing nonetheless.

T: Wonderful tartness which is not overpowered by raspberries, but instead balanced near perfectly. The sour acidity is lovely (especially on a hot summer evening). As others have said, the malt profile is minimal and not supposed to be at the forefront here. Instead what you have is a fantastic, crisp, raspberry-hinted beer. As with most of their offerings, Cantillon sneaks in some wonder cellar flavors.

M: Puckering and crisp, in a great way. Some might think this is overly carbonated, but I feel that it accentuates the beer.

O: When you add everything together and add in the fact that this is a 5% ABV beer, it's tough to find much fault in this beer. It is session-able and delicious and the perfect accompaniment for a hot summer day (or night).

07-26-2011 19:44:01 | More by cccarson
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

750ml bottle (2010) into a Corsendonk tulip.

Pours a rosy, blood-orange color mixed with Valentine pink beneath a fizzling, vanishing spit of foam. Bubbles rise incessantly from the laser-etched bottom. The nose is that of a blended raspberry bush--leaves, stems, berries and all. Hints of leather, wood, tart peach juice and lemon peel in the background. The sides of the jaw pucker in anticipation...

The mouth needn't terry long before it is slammed by raspberry tartness. Incredibly sour, Rosé De Gambrinus soaks itself into the palate and at the same time causes it to implode in a puckering, funky vinous burst (surprisingly it doesn't tear away at the enamel like some sour beers). Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and the thin body does well to support the flavor. Overall, a great Lambic, but a bit too bracingly tart to drink much of it.

07-19-2011 02:25:10 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of Aberration


4.45/5  rDev +3.7%

Had two bottles of this one night, found a bottle from 2006 and a bottle from 2010.

The older bottle was very acidic and almost overbearing in funkiness. The fruit flavors faded for the most part along with the color, leaving a pinkish brown beer. Very tart, mouth-puckering effect.

The newer bottle poured an eye appealing ruby red with pinkish head. The flavor was fantastic as well, great raspberry notes with the always stellar Cantillon funk.

Overall- Better while new! The older bottle just faded too much to be enjoyed quite like the 2010. All opinion, of course- some people may enjoy the intense tart flavor that comes with age.

07-18-2011 01:57:30 | More by Aberration
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

*2010 vintage*

Waited a long time for this to appear on the shelves. Landed multiple bottles of Cantillon at Julio's. This was poured into a Lindemans flute.

A - Pours a wonderful strawberry juice red with a big, fizzy three finger pink head that fades to leave a slight halo.

S - Some light funk and oak with a nice raspberry background. Not quite a potent as I would like to see in a lambic of this quality but good nevertheless.

T - Similar to the nose just with a touch of sour vinegar on the front. Good funk and oak notes here sweet raspberry jam flavors on the end and aftertaste. Getting some strawberry too.

M - High carbonation, nice and crisp and sharp feeling in the mouth. That sourness draws back for more.

O - Really enjoyed this beer. There is a huge amount of hype and demand for Cantillon and I can see why. This ia a really nice lambic and look forward to trying the others that I have.

07-11-2011 03:04:20 | More by rudzud
Photo of CuttDeez


4.13/5  rDev -3.7%

From Rustico's bottle menu poured into a stange.

A - Bright red mostly clear but slightly cloudy body with a strong pink head on it.

S - The nose is red berries with some bitter rasberry tones that are mellowed by oak notes. It is not as strong as many I have had of this style but it is nice and smooth.

T & M & D - The taste is dominated by a dry tart rasberry. But it is smoothed by a few things including: a oaky deep smoothness, and a funcky sourness that is on the back of the palate throughout the mouth. The Tartness is also subdued in the middle when the rasberry taste moves to a sugary sweetness. The body is light and slightly carbinated.

O - A very nice smooth Lambic. I recommend it to all, beer lovers and other alike. My girlfriend and I enjoyed this beer equally.


07-08-2011 01:09:01 | More by CuttDeez
Photo of kawilliams81


4.63/5  rDev +7.9%

Served in wine glass.

A- Pinkish orange with huge effervescent head that fades quickly. Little to no lacing.

S- Vinegar and raspberries.

T- Sweet raspberries, with large blast of vinegar and funk. Can really taste the raspberries near the end and in the aftertaste.

M- Thin with big carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.

O- Exceptional lambic! Will seek this out again, hopefully soon.

07-07-2011 22:57:04 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.16/5  rDev -3%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 375ml bottle.

A - Pours a soft pink with some reddish hues and a nice active and lively pillowy light pink head that is actually quite noisy. It is about 2 inches tall. The head recedes at a quick pace.

S - Starts off deliciously sweet. Fresh raspberries and some nice woody notes. There is some tartness to the raspberry sweetness as well. Some jam and some nice flowery notes.

T & M - Starts off tart and dry with some woody notes. Some medicinal qualities come in barely. The tartness is pretty tame and the raspberry sweetness does a great job of balancing that out. The woody and earthy tones are more prevalent than I expected. There is some nice funk on the back end and the finish is dry and a bit vinegary. Mouthfeel is light and dry and crisp.

O - Pretty good fruit lambic. I enjoy the Kriek a bit better but this is still good. Easy to drink and well crafted.

07-04-2011 17:28:48 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.33/5  rDev -22.4%

2010 vintage

A - pours a bright cherry red with a crackling head

S - smells of tart, citric sourness with subtle hints if raspberry and funk

T - Taste starts off with sour citric flavors. In the mix are some musty funk flavors. There is a subtle raspberry flavor on the finish mixed in with the sour citrus tones. Pretty solid, but hoping for a but more. Not the most complex sour I have known.

M - mouth is a little thin with decent carbonation

D - pretty decent framboise lambic. Worth the price tag and effort? Debatable...I think I will reach for a different cantillon in the future.

07-04-2011 01:24:07 | More by birchstick
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

2010 vintage, thanks to gfunk720

A - The brew pours a radiant pinkish red hue and is capped with a thick froth of powder-pink foam, which recedes to an encircling wisp in short order.

S - The aroma is funky in an earthy-musty sort of way, and besides that it suggests fresh cherries (really no raspberries, strangely.)

T - The flavor shows lemon peel, pink grapefruit rinds, kumquat, bitter grass, wood tannin, and has a pungent lemon-tea astringency on the finish. I only get raspberry in the faintest sense where it reminds me of Raspberry Zinger tea. Very puckering. I cannot pinpoint if this is lactic or acetic, but it is definitely a bit more than moderately acidic, and it also suggests sour candies. This tastes a bit like a Hanssens brew come to think of it.

M - The feel is silky, with low carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

O - Overall, the whole is better than the sum of its parts. A deliciously exquisite and complex libation; a sensory experience.

07-01-2011 03:26:22 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Served on-tap at Max's Taphouse during their "Rare and Obscure" event.

A - Pours clear pinkish red with a small one finger tall off-white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of musty basement, light sourness, dulled raspberries, and some very light woodiness. Not as acidic as some of the other offerings I have had from Cantillon.

T - Starts off with a hint of the sweet raspberries that reside in this beer quickly giving way to a mix of acetic and lactic acid. Not as funky as I was expecting but it still had plenty of tart sourness to make up for that. The finish has a bit of dry wood tannin mixed in with all that sourness.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sharp acidic twang in the feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Overall another winner from Cantillon. Just like the Lou Pepe, I have had this out of the bottle a few times and I have always liked it. It could use a bit more fruit in the nose but that isn't a huge deal to me. Good stuff.

06-27-2011 18:42:54 | More by orangesol
Photo of Janderson91


4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

My first Cantillon! This one was bottled on 12/23/09. Enjoyed on 06/26/11.

A - Poured into a snifter. A beautiful deep ruby red color with a large light pink head that recedes quickly. Leaves no lacing. Great looking beer.

S - Vinegar, oak, tart funk, raspberry sweetness. Very balanced. Somewhat chalky.

T - Sweet up front which gives way to a nice tart, oaky, funky flavor toward the end. The finish is quite balanced and dry. Raspberries are definitely present at this point in this beer's relatively young life.

M - Right on for a lambic. Comparable to champagne on the palate.

O - This is an excellent beer. Not overly sour, nice raspberry sweetness. Good stuff.

06-26-2011 21:26:41 | More by Janderson91
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

pours a ruby red color with light pink head that immediately fizzles out. typical lambic smells mixed with juice. smells a little "lighter" than other cantillons. pleasant. taste is sour off the bat, with a nice berry background. light mouthfeel almost flat towards the end of the glass as all the carbonation disappears from this one. Overall, this is a sweeter Cantillon and enjoyable just like the rest. Less funk and all that "horseblanket" jive, but that does not detract from this great beer. I only wish the carbonation would hold.

06-26-2011 01:46:01 | More by Blanco
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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

Received a sample of this fine beer whilst touring the brewery.

A: beautiful blood orange ale with excellent clarity. Single finger falls to a quilt of pretty pink velvet foam. Cobweb lacing.

S: sour raspberries, horse hair, bacterial sourness and some garden soil.

T: extra tart cough syrup. There's raspberries, horse hair, manure, medicinal flavors.

M: medium carb with thin body. Dry finish.

O: very good and fun beer. Not too sour, and very approachable for the noob to sours. Although I cited many of the things I think are nuanced here overall it is like a gueuze of hi order with raspberries mashed up in it. Good stuff.

06-22-2011 19:46:28 | More by harrymel
Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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