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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,714 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 681
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 435
Gots: 433 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%

Reviewed from notes

A: the bottle/label itself is by far one of the best I've ever seen, makes you want to try the beer just by the looks of the label. The beer itself pours a rose-red with a 1 finger head

S: raspberries and a hint of sourness

T: sweetness from the raspberries, a slight sourness that seems appropriate, and a mild perfumey touch

M: mild carbonation

D: a good beer, easily drinkable

Cheers!
The CPJ

THECPJ, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

Thanks to urwithdave for sharing. Bottle poured into a tulip. MMMM, naked lady beer!

A: Pink. Clear pink, nothing more to be said. The pour dropped a finger and a half of fizzy, pinkish head that hung around for a while.

A: Smells of rapsberries and sour. Citrus abounds with hints of lemon. But the rapsberries really shine.

T: Very nice. Not overly sour, but sour enough to make you know you're drinking a lambic. Berries again shine. Finishes sharp with a nice sour kick.

M: Tingely but smooth. High carbonation levels deliver the flavor nicely.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is through the roof on this one. I typically can't have too many of this style, but this would be one I could drink quite a few of. Overall this is one fantastic brew. I can't wait to try this again. Skal.

Gtreid, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours with a pretty fluffy pinkish head.. ... the brew is orangish with a hint of red not normally seen in unfruited beers.

Nose is awesome mix of lactic sour and fruit blasted by the Cantillon funk.. dusty.. musky.. a minor acetic presene that is not off-putting. Basically alot of raspberry with everything I was hoping for from Cantillon.

Flavor shows less funk and a bit more fruit.. the raspberry seems like jam minus the sugar.... a bit cheesy.. funky wet leather.. fruity and dank warm sun fermenting hay and earthy compost... tannic on later pours.. the tannins were present earlier, but wiped out by the plethora of goodness.. later, they got a bit abrasive.

Body is spritzy as expected.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4

JohnGalt1, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a perfectly clear, orange amber color with a distinct red tinge. Lively appearance with bubbles streaming to a tight, off white head that is thin but has great retention.

Aroma is very fragrant with a ton of raspberry character. It's almost over bearingly sweet and fruity, with just a touch of acidity and dark cherry flavor for complexity. I'm getting some general wood character as it warms.

Flavor is intensley sour, with a real raspberry flavor on the back end. The mouthfeel is very dry, which intensifies the acidity. The finish leaves a bit of lingering raspberries, blood oranges, and a slight tannic character. Very clean for a Cantillon. This one is pretty straight forward, which really lets the raspberries shine.

jeffthecheff, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%

Got this as an extra from Hannydawg in our excellent in person trade.

Split with DrewBa and Oreo. 2008 vintage.

This looks like a slightly pink version of Peach-O's. Pink, peach, red, and white. Fluffy white head. Looks glowing and gorgeous.

Smells strongly woody, musty, and dank. Cherries and raspberries and overripe fruit. Very little sweetness. The oak is a giant part if the flavor profile-- more so than any other Cantillon beer I've had. The beer is quite sour, and pretty tasty. I personally this isn't the best offering from this brewery, and yet, this is sooo much better than most other breweries' fruit lambics.

The body is medium with a decent carbonation level. Not bright and airy like a gueuze, but not a still either. It could use a little more, but on the whole, this works.

Overall, this is a good beer to try. It is strongly sour, and quite complex. As much as I love Cantillon, I can't bring myself to call this "world class."

EDIT---
My original review was of a bottle about 2 years old... I've since been fortunate to try this beer very fresh and at 4 years old... My review is of a bottle in the awkward phase...
The fresh bottle is THE BEST framboise I've ever had.
The raspberry flavor and aroma are amazing.
At 4 years old the sourness builds up nicely to compensate for the faded fruit notes.

This is yet another fruited Cantillon that has a certain age range for it to be "prime." Glad I've figured out the sweet spot!

AleWatcher, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a crimson and lively color, very opaque with a faint white head at first that disappears completely. No lacing at all.

Aroma is Brett funk, cherries, raspberries, lemon and other red fruits (even ripe tomatoes!). Mild wooden notes as well. Mindblowing!

Taste starts very tart and lactic acid-like. A lot of fruit taste coming through specially sour raspberries. Very light brett funk and spice bitter. Aftertaste is sour and very lasting.

Body is light but due to its sourness the drinkability is medium. Carbonation is high.

Amazing brew from Cantillon, very complex yeast profile.

paulozanello, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of mmercede
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

750ml bottle served in a cool bottle basket at Fork & Barrel with Valentines Day Dinner.

A: bright opaque crimson red. Pours a rather large fluffy pink head which settles into a rim around the glass. One of the better looking lambics I've seen.

S: Fresh Rasberries! Pretty amazing aroma considering the age. There are also funky and oaky notes as well.

T: Very refreshing and light. A perfect amount of tartness from the rasberries and critters. A little bit funkier than some other frambois I've tried. But not in a bad way. The taste really seems to change as the beer warms.

M: Amazing mouthfeel with a great carbonation level. Relatively light bodied with some tanic effects.

D: Had most of a 750ml with no problem. Went great with dinner and I could definitly drink more...Money is the issue as usual with traditional lambics.

mmercede, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

750 mL bottle dated June 16, 2010 poured into a snifter.

A- Ruby red with a three finger pink head.

S- Tart raspberries, barnyard funk, and sour lemons.

T- Tart and very balanced. The taste really take me back to when I was young and would pick wild raspberries near my house. Nice tart raspberry flavor with a hint of lemon and some funk.

M- Light, smooth, crisp, refreshing.

D- I feel this is a very drinkable and greet beer. Has a nice tart raspberry flavor that I just love, but then again I would eat a whole pound of raspberries if someone up them I front of me. Worth the money, I will be buying more very soon.

larryi86, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a deep pink with an off pink head and good lacing. The aroma is oaky with some horseblanket and lots of fresh earthy raspberries off the bush. The beer is very tart and despite the strong flavor of raspberries it is also pretty dry. The raspberry flavor is deep and multi dimensional, fruity, tart, & earthy. You can even taste those fine raspberry seeds in there.
The aroma and flavor of this beer is far more true to the experience of eating fresh raspberries than anything I've ever tasted.
It takes me back to being in my neighbors back yard as a kid gorging myself with fresh raspberries along with the other neighborhood kids.

BieresDesMoines, Feb 08, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

375ml, bottled March 2009. Pours a clear rhubarb red with hints of sunset orange, some yeast in the bottom of the bottle that I manage to avoid getting in the glass. A finger of head on the pour dies to nothing and it's difficult to raise more bubbles.

Nose is tart and has a vague fruitiness, it would be hard to pick raspberries over cherries or something similar. A hint of oak, a touch of metallic funk.

One of the better balanced Cantillons. Fresh raspberries greet the tongue, noticably raspberry with a hint of that fresh off the bush dusty, sun soaked flavor. Hints of hay, oak, light barnyark musty funk, a moderate tartness, light acidity. Carb that cascades over the tongue, lighter body. Perfect for summer, refreshing. Delightful.

ritzkiss, Feb 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

2010 vintage.

Enjoyed with Bree on her last day at Mile High.

Beautiful ruby body with a pink head of fine bubbles.

The aromas of fresh picked raspberries bursts from the bottle as soon as I pop the cork. Like I muddled real raspberries and stuck my nose right into them.

The palate starts out where the aroma left off. Over ripe raspberries turn to acetic vinegar, light bandaid and brett notes, then zippy acidic sourness that puckers the mouth. A superb blend of fresh, authentic fruit and acidity with. Just a touch of barnyard for added depth.

Full body with spritzy champagne like carbonation to make it light and lively.

That is what Framboise should taste like. Intense, refreshing, mouth watering. "Sheer delisciousness" as Bree said. I couldn't agree more.

BradLikesBrew, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of nectar14
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Great color, obviously fruit influenced, nice head.

S: Whiff of cherry fruit, and plenty of barnyard, some vegetal notes, and tartness.

T: Fruit is in the background, with tart, funky, barnyard stuff up front.

M: Puckery, but not too much so. Finishes pretty clean.

D: Very drinkable, easy to keep sipping. Good with food.

nectar14, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of abrand
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%

12 ounce corked bottle poured into wine glass. Bottled Feb 2010.

The Rose pours a pink color with excellent clarity. A very nice bubbly pink head quickly fades away. No lacing on the glass. Smells of berries, cherries, and a nice alcoholic smell. Taste is slightly alcoholic but a nice dry raspberry finish. A really great tasting lambic. Mouthfeel is slightly dry but bubbly. Drinkability is great. Taste is amazing.

abrand, Jan 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01/15/2011

On tap at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

Don't know the vintage.

A: Beautiful color, vibrant pink tinged red with a pinkish white head.

S: Great blend of raspberry and funk. Brett imparts leather and musty notes. Touch of sweetness in there, but dry on the whole. Moderately acetic with a moderate lactic presence. Great fruit profile. Oak, and a touch of Bleu cheese.

T: Blend of sweet and tart. Raspberries are tantalizing, absolutely delicious. Brett dries this out and contributes leather. It's earthy and cheesy, with a moderate lactic sourness, a light acetic character, and an upper moderate tartness. Piquant finish exhibits oak.

M: Upper light body with a sticky, spritzy, and tannic mouthfeel.

Overall: Outstanding beer. Wonderful.

HopHead84, Jan 16, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%

Picked this up at Vintage Wine & Estate.

A- Body is a translucent magenta hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger pink head. Translucency is uniform in this brew. Traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S- A sour tartness, a hint of vinegar, and a deep raspberry juice background- slightly sweet, slightly tart, slightly dry. A hint of vanilla and a hint of oak as well.

T- Taste is very similar to the nose. A sour tartness comes though the most initially of moderate strength-as well as tart raspberries in the background-the raspberries become more complex-slightly sweet and a slight oak characteristic comes through way in the background. The vinish is dry and quite tart, slightly tart, slightly vinegary- all to coll pretty quickly and leave the slightest impression of raspberries.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a full medium weight body-slightly dry.

D- This is a fantastic lambic overall- it makes me want to seek out more cantillon, drie fontien, etc...it is quite tart-but has a lot of complexity to offer-these beers are expensive-but worth it.

PittBeerGirl, Jan 12, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -7.2%

750 corked and capped bomber, poured into a champagne flute. This is a Shelton Brothers import.

Try to grab any Cantillon bottles I can't get whenever I see them. This bottle was cracked on New Year's eve, immediately following a LeBleu.

L: Cloudy cranberry colored. Towering amounts of quickly dissipating frothy-foam. Rusty hints here and there.

S: Funky, raspberry sweetness caught-up-to by a wheat-y body with a bit of funk. Lingering raspberry booziness in the back.

T: Gentle sweetness into a big tart-berry middle. Then we get the wheat more pronounced, with that spontaneous funk. Great.

F: Smooth with good carbonation and great bite.

D: Easy-drinking if not spectacular. Great lambic here.

codewarrior, Jan 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

750mL poured into Sprecher snifter.

2010 vintage.

A- Pours a nice ruby red with a small half finger worth of head. The head recedes almost instantly and leaves no lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Old book dust, gym socks, cobwebs and some nice raspberry. Reminds me more of a gueuze with a hint of of raspberry than a fruit lambic.

T- Some nice, tart raspberries, some smooth oak, and a little bit of a mineral-y quality to it. The standard funkiness is there along with some dusty attic.

M- Lighter bodied with some crisp carbonation. Not overly sour but gives you a nice puckering quality. Dry on the finish.

D- This beer basically combines my favorite aspects of a gueuze even though it is a lambic and with a hint of raspberry. That equals a winner. Another solid offering Cantillon.

Wisconsinality, Dec 25, 2010
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2.78/5  rDev -35.2%

First Cantillon and I was very excited, only to be crushed when I took off the cap.... There was moisture on top of the cork, then when I took the cork out it was crumbly on the inside and there was no seal, im assuming this is not normal and I felt there was going to be a problem....

A: Beautiful ruby red but very little carbonation... could there still be hope

S: Smells amazing, yet a little off, it is a lambic though so there may be some funk, but this is different, very acidic smell, yet full of raspberry puree, but this weird vinegarry acid funk is creeping through the raspberry

T: WOW!! Super super sour which is making my mouth pucker, I love that feeling.... but it is quickly ruined by this super cider vinegar acid overflo.... i think this bottle is bad... this was a 2007 vintage and the distributor i bought it from does not seem to properly store these high end beers...

Im going to stop here, very disappointing, but I would try a fresh one again

Paulydeets, Dec 25, 2010
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4.72/5  rDev +10%

This was my first Cantillon beer ever, and for effing sure not my last.

2008 Bottle at a bar (but the hefty 20$ they asked was so worth it)

A: This was something I've never seen before. It was a pure ruby red. Not very dark but simply just red. Beautiful. Head was very light pink with moderate retention and no lacing.

S: It wasn't very complex but ohh so different for me and so tempting. There was a LOT of acidity coming first. Then it was all about the raspberries and their tartness. Some oaky notes here and there. VERY strong smell, very juicy.

T: WOW! The acidity kicks you straight in the face. The beer is very sour with very strong notes of raspberries. The dryness in fresh raspberries is there and blends perfectly with the oak. Strong aftertaste of acid raspberries stays there for EVER.

M: It was light with medium to high level of carbonation. But still, the acidity and dryness of the beer really worked together to have a very full presence to the mouth. I know it is somewhat paradoxal, but still.

D: VERY high. Just as easy that it is to drink an acid fruit juice. As long as you don't have heartburns problems, it will go down by itself. I JUST WANT MORE OF IT.

flipper2gv, Dec 21, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%

2009 bottle, out of my Trappist Rochefort glass.

A- Crazy white foamy head, settles but retains a bit. The beer is a crazy glowing redish color. It looks like a glass of fizzy fruit punch.

S- Smells oaky and funky, little bit of hay. A touch of raspberry/cherry smell, and a little lemon tartness.

T- Very tart initial flavor that fades to oaky funkiness. Very little cherry/raspberry flavor, primarily on the aftertaste. Sour flavor lingers for a while.

M- Nice and crisp, but a little too fizzy. Very complex though, and an excellent lambic. Nice and tart.

D- The carbonation reduces the drinkability a bit, but it's still pretty drinkable for a sour of this power.

Nice beer, would probably drink again.

Gfunk720, Dec 18, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into New Glarus tulip glass.

A: nice bright red/rose color with some initial pink head /which completely disappears. Minimal lacing. Good clarity.

S: big beautiful oaky notes up front with huge lactic acid character pairing with it nicely. Notes of very tart cherries along with a fair amount of funk. Very aromatic and very nice.

T: now this is what a lambic is supposed to taste like! The initial flavor puckers up the whole palate with notes of cherries, white grapes, lactic acid. This delicately interweaves with oaky and mellow vanilla notes. The finish is incredibly sour, more so than the front. Leaves tartness all over the palate which keeps my mouth watering.

MF: the carbonation isn't quite as spritzy as I would hope to go along with the huge sourness, the body is light

D: this is a great lambic. This is a whole different animal than many of the sweeter lambics out there (Lindemans and the like). The end result is a very complex and powerfully tart tasting beer which reveals new flavors with each sip.

homebrew311, Dec 11, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Presentation: 375 mL bottle, 2009 vintage, poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip and shared witha friend. Big thanks to monsterzero fot this.

Appearance: Reddish pink in color with some noticable, lively carbonation. Big fizzy light pink head the recedes almost immediately.

Smell: Funky barnyard and grassy notes throughout. The raspberries are there but no so forceful. Nice lemon rind notes in there as well. Really pleasant and complex.

Taste: Big puckering sourness upfront. The raspberries are there in force bringing a nice tartness. The barnyard and hay notes shine more as you get used to the sourness. The lemon notes provide a nice sourness and at times do overshadow the raspberries a little.

Mouthfeel: Very lively carbonated and crisp. Perfectly refreshing.

Drinkability: At this ABV, I could certainly sip on this all night. I find myself almost drinking too fast. The complexities here really shine the more you drink.

Overall, a really great lambic and really enjoyable. I wish the fruit came out just a bit more. Definitely recommended.

Gosox8787, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

2010 vintage generously shared by Matt. Served in a Stillwater wine glass.

Pours bright red with a nice pink head. There isn't too much lacing, but what is there is quite gorgeous on the side of the glass. The nose brings a strong raspberry presence along with some oak and a nice amount of lactic acid. Really nice sourness all around. The taste is the same with the tart raspberries really dominating. A slight fruity sweetness is there along with a touch of light oak. The beer is prickly and finishes well. This is a really, really nice beer and I can't believe I'd waited this long to try it.

Thorpe429, Nov 30, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

I had raspberry pie earlier and it just made me want this very badly. Poured into a Cantillon taster glass. Nice ruby red color with pink foam covering the body, which is very clear in color. Tiny bubbles chase upwards to the top of the glass.

Very strong aroma of raspberry, with a detected note of blue cheese. Not much tartness detected, the raspberry aroma is actually a little sweet.

The taste starts with a nice jolt of raspberry and finishes very dry and slightly tart. Not as much overly sour flavors are apparent as much as just a bit of acidity. This is a great balance.

The mouthfeel is nice and sparkly to bring out the nice flavors.

As with any offering from Cantillon, this one is highly recommended. Always happy to drink this one!

andrewinski1, Nov 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

From 750 Bottled Sept, '09

Actually had a head. Thin, but persisted for more than 10 minutes. Never seen this much of a head on a Cantillon before.
No real lacing of course.

Nose: Typical Tart red, wild & funky red fruit. Big lactic component. Under-ripe raspberry. Wild wineberries, acerola cherries & lemon.

Palate: Very good lactic quality. Medium tartness. Quite closed in, but showing red berries, lemon, acerola, & creamy key-lime. A bit steely. Flavor not as long & expansive as usual, with less Brett & Lambic funk as well.

This is the first Cantillon that did not blow me away. Certainly a very nice fruit Lambic & drink, but not up to Cantillon's usual Great standard. Time will help this.

92 Points

ausonius, Nov 25, 2010
Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 1,714 ratings.