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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,763
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 440
Gots: 441 | FT: 31
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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 dragonWhale
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle N Hum. After St Lamvinus, the 2nd sexiest pour of the day. A brilliant red, shockingly vibrant. It seems to emanate music from its very effervescence. The raspberries are big on the aroma, dominating the smell. A little bit of funk backing it up but still the sweet berries dominate. Nice. The flavor is not nearly as sweet, the berries are there, but a big mouth puckering tartness takes over and just stays. Pretty much forever. Not super sour but very tart. I like.

dragonWhale, May 22, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Moeder Lambic. From notes.

A - Poured a red colour with a one finger pinkish head. Bright. Great retention of one finger of fluffy head.

S - Raspberry or strawberry. Now that I know what this had in it, it makes sense. Straight berry is what I got. It was nice but not overly complex. Just fruit.

T - Sour with obvious fruit. Very fruity with hay and cobweb thrown in.

M - Spritsy carbonation with light to medium body.

O/D - Not too bad but not great. Too fruity and not lambicy enough for me. I didn't dislike it, I just expected something different.

tbeckett, May 20, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- 750 ml bottle
Cork was crumbly and didn't come out cleanly.
A - beautiful deep red with fine fizzy bubbles but no lasting head to speak of.
S - Musty tart berries as expected.
T - Raspberry tartness covering a slightly sweet and musty lingering taste. The sour fades quickly and leaves you ready for more.
M - light bodied and clean.
D - I'll be having the whole 750 for sure, but at this price it will be awhile until I can enjoy another.

Beer4Baltimore, May 17, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, bottled 1/20/10,

A: Pours a gorgeous raspberry red with a soft white head, some lace.

S: Direct raspberry notes with a hint of horse blanket and Brett, eclectic mix.

T: A young lambic and the fruit is direct and to the point and it's delicious. Amazing raspberries mixed with some lemon and great lactic acid.

M: Medium-bodied, good balancing acidity, pleasing carbonation.

O: Another classic from Cantillon and it rocks. The fruit flavour and the acidity is brilliant, I'm glad I finally got to have a bottle to myself.

Halcyondays, May 04, 2011
Photo of cpmichael
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone RIS snifter. Bottle was a 2010.

A: Pours a nice light red color, with about 1.5 finger pinkish-head, with good retention.

S: That musty Cantillon funk smell, raspberries and citrus.

T: Very balanced lambic, sour, but the sweetness of raspberries evens this out really well. hints of lemon and oak.

M/D: Good carbonation, medium bodied. Very complex and very tasty. All Cantillons have very noticeable smells and tastes, this is no exception.

cpmichael, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deeper raspberry red with a slight frothy reddish white head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Sour and vinegary with raspberries thrown in.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tart and sour. Wine like in it's taste and pallet but with more carbonation and "bite" to it. Has all the elements of a good lambic; Light and crisp, with a punch of raspberry tartness, vinegar smoothness and a fruity end.

Overall: Very drinkable and only a 5.00% abv makes this lambic a perfect accompaniment on a hot day, outside on the lanai. May not be for everyone, as authentic lambics tend to divide people into the "yes" or "no" crowd. I'm in the camp of "yes"...or more appropriately, "Hell Yes!".

July2Nov, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of drtth
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle dated 29 Sep. 2010, so this beer has had just over 6 mos. in the bottle. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice raspberry red color with a ¼” to ½” head that is light pink in color but which is gone almost before you can tell its color or thickness. It quickly turns into a ring around the glass with small islands of thin foam. Once the head is gone there are absolutely no signs of bubbles or lacing except for the hundreds of tiny bubbles clearly visible in the liquid right after the pour. Soon, however, even those are gone.

Smell: At first the aroma is not very complex, I’m picking up mostly a bit of band aid-like mustiness that pretty much dominates the traces of raspberry vinegar in the background. But that soon changes and, as the beer warms and opens up, the raspberries move forward to compete with the mustiness on more equal ground soon coming to dominate the aroma.

Taste: The beer is marvelously crisp, tart and sour as well as tinged with raspberry flavor. Hidden in among the stronger flavors from the raspberry tart are traces of what this beer will become with a few more years of aging when the funky character develops more strongly. At the moment there are only traces of mustiness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth. The finish is reasonably long and begins with the mix of tartness, raspberry, and a touch of sweetness and then it becomes richly sour, bone dry and eventually what is left is a touch of astringency and dryness that persist for a long time.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a nicely drinkable beer. Sipping comes easily and I’m surprised by how quickly this 375 ml bottle is doing down (darn good thing the ABV is only 5% here). I’ll could easily finish off the 750 ml bottle and I’ll definitely be seeking this one out in the future. My overall impression is that this is a well-made beer with lots of aging potential. Cantillon seems to the right of things and I’m beginning to wonder if they could make a bad beer if they tried.

drtth, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 23, 2009.

Pours a cloudy red color with a minimal head that fades quickly. No lacing at all.

Smells like wet hay, horse, must, raspberries, and oak.

Taste opens up with a raspberry, funk and lemon sourness, in the middle there is a nice sweetness that seems to emerge, followed quickly by a vinegar sourness and finishes dry with the oak tannins in the throat and on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. Activates the salivary glands on the first sip.

Overall its good, almost great. Very enjoyable lambic.

bs870621345, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of mlazzaro
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the freshest example I have tried. Cloudy deep rose color. looks nice. Highly carbonated. Smells like brettanomyces, and some oakiness as well. Acidic on the tongue. Brett lends a cherry like flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly sharp and complex. I can't believe I enjoy something so radically flavored like this. But I do, this is awesome "beer". Sourness is pleasant and not over the top like some well aged Cantillons I have tried. Thin body which is expected. Nice dessert beer. I have another bottle that I will try in a few years.

on a side note:
I opened two Cantillon bottles in a row that have had moldy corks. This one foamed out the top of the cork as soon as I took the cap off. Considering people age this beer so long, that stinks. Maybe its because American beer stores tend to store beer upright, where this beer and it's brewing company tend to store corked bottle on the side so the cork doesn't dry out.

mlazzaro, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. It's the first time I've seen or heard of it on cask (along with Cantillon Faro and Cantillon Lambic), making Moeder the first stop of choice in future visits to the city!

This was a deep red color, very clear, with a thin pink froth. The nose is not really sour, just very fresh raspberries. The lambic is very young I think, and from trying young Cantillon lambic next to this I think it hasn't made much of a lactic turn yet. Once it referments in the bottle it can get very sour, but fresh on cask is another thing.

The taste is all raspberries, and while it's good I really prefer the older bottled versions. Nothing to turn your nose up on though.

TurdFurgison, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Hachiman
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours with a short, shaved-ice white head that passes quickly. Unlike many fruit beers, it's not red, but an orange-brown like a Flanders Red Ale.

The aroma is primarily a sour, yeasty odor with an undercurrent of raspberries.

The taste is quite sour since it's based on a two-year-old lambic. The raspberry taste is pleasant but not at all like that in many fruit beers or in wine; instead of a deep, jammy taste there's a taste more like a tea made from dried raspberries. This should help it match with any kind of food that goes with a young geuze rather than with food that goes with raspberries. Overall, it's quite refreshing and the acidity cleanses the palate effectively.

Hachiman, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of danieelol
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice colour- orangey-red, reminds me of Orval. Not as much head though. 4

S: burnt rubber, pretty enjoyable pungent nose-filling cheesey umami. Sour herbs (hops). Very enjoyable gardeny smell. Also, peaches and apples. 4.5

T: Not even close to the pucker I was expecting. Mostly acid, herbs, and garden. Then there's some peachy appley flavours. Also some definite fruit sherbet in the taste. 4

M: Under-carbed, slips down nicely. 4

O: Very enjoyable. I don't have much to gauge this on and I certainly think there's room for improvement but this is excellent. I could easily drink a 750mL of this and it could easily replace wine at the dinner table. Shame it's so expensive. 4

danieelol, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
25.4 ounce bottle purchased at Monk's cafe and split with my buddy Griff. Bottle dated Sept 29, 2010. My first ever Cantillon brew.
A: pours a frothy light red color that dissipates quickly and leaves a translucent pour. 3.5

S: smells tart, I pick up a hint of raspberry, and there's also a mild smell of funk that tells me this beer is true-to-style. 3.5

T: incredibly tart. The most tart, puckering beer I've come across to date. The raspberry is present, but far from dominant. The fruit is in the background here. The dominating flavor is of tart sweetness. And this brew doesn't let up; the last sip had almost as much fruity, funky, pucker power as the first. 4.5.

M: this beer tingles the tongue and then finishes INCREDIBLY dry. 5.0

D: this is incredibly tart. I enjoyed drinking this, and would again, but it's tart to the point where more than one at a given sitting isn't optimal. 4.0

psuKinger, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottled in March 2009, two years ago.

Pours a red/orange/pink color. Pretty clear.

Smell is great: Very sour, and mixed in the background is a clean, fresh berry scent.

Taste is more of the lambic than the berry, perhaps because it's had two years to sit. Quite sour, but very smooth and subtle. The berry flavors are ripe and tart, not sweet at all. This is my first Cantillon and I've very impressed with how they do a raspberry-style beer.

Leaves a bit of a coating in the mouth, which is interesting. The sourness lingers.

Really a great lambic.

musicforairports, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2009

Agitated pour produces a soft pink head that doesn't stick around for more than a half minute. Vibrant berry body.

Tangy and funky nose, lemony with band aids at first but rounded out by a thin raspberry envelope.

Tart 'n funky raspberry, extra dry and phenolic. Active carbonation is light and prickly.

A well put together beer. The fruit plays nicely off of the Cantillon funk. The tartness is making me sweat too. Wonder what that means.

Lazerlobe, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of madvermin
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: Bottled September 29th 2010

Pours a deep pinkish ruby with good clarity and a two-finger pink fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Color could be accurately described as rosy which is appropriate. Head eventually recedes to a ring that stays foamy for a while at the edges.

Smell is of one thing in particular - ripe, fresh raspberries and a lot of them. Seeds and a slightly tart sugary character unique to raspberries are very clear. I was expecting this to be either very sweet or very sour and it ends up being neither in a very good way.

Taste is sour with must and slight funk that wasn't evident in the nose. Seeds are amplified adding a good bitterness that is rough and gritty. Sweetness is present, but not too much at all. I wish the taste matched the nose for the pure raspberry character, but I like the rest of it too.

Mouthfeel is pretty full for how crisp and acidic the beer is. Isn't really harsh at all, just smooth for the style. Drinkability is good but not as good as it could be - the flavor needs a touch more tartness or sweetness as it's kind of in no man's land right now. Still, a great lambic.

madvermin, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of AdamGarcia
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in Hoegaarden tumbler. Bottled June 2010.

A: Cork comes out fairly easily with a mild pop. Pours a bright clear scarlet color with a striking pink head. The frothy pink is three fingers initially and quickly dwindles to a more manageable height. Body is like sparkling cranberry juice. Very pleasing to the eye.

S: A nice musty whiff of funk as soon as the beer hits the glass. Scent is barnyard and wet leaves. Sweet and tart dark berries hide underneath. Raspberry, cranberry, and hints of grape and cherry.

T: Tart but not flat out sour. Juicy flavors of raspberry and cherry. Brief suggestions of grape-like tannins. Hints of vinegar. Moderately sweet. Finishes rather dry, leaving a tart aftertaste.

M: Carbonation and mouthfeel are appropriate for the style.

O: Very enjoyable. This is my first time for this beer so I wanted to drink it relatively fresh. It still had quite a bit of fruit flavor and color, while the funky characteristics were more subdued.

AdamGarcia, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle. Pours a dark salmon pink with a large white head. Nose is bright, seedy raspberries, minerals, lemon, hay, Cantillon funk. Tightly woven brett, just wonderful fruit integration as I expect from these guys. Mouth is way more full on the fruit than I expected, not particularly subtle, though of course dry. Very heavy mineral quality on this, especially on the finish. Raspberries are green and seedy. Not quite as tight in the mouth as I hoped, as the fruit and mineral just kind of linger on. Of course fairly sour and moderately acidic. Still one of the best raspberry beers around, at this point on par with Hommage I believe. In my opinion Bullfrog Frambozen is superior to this (at this age) in it's wonderful, dry subtlety and seedy vanilla quality.

JAXSON, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of NorCalYeti
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

taste- raspberries, grapefruit, highly acidic and somewhat bitter

color- pink orange

clarity- clear

smell- raspberries, strawberries, barnyard, subtle oak notes, something of an unpleasant sulfuric/metallic? aroma in the finish...can't put my finger on it

body- very tart on the palate, makes you pucker from start to finish, refreshing, mouth watering, palate cleanser, lactic acid gradually develops during the drink, medium-length finish

appearance- fine, pink-hued head similar to the consistency of egg-whites that disipates quickly once poured, some residual lace

overall impression- great example of this style, reminds me of some rosé sparklers

notes and comments- good aperitif. this has a little more than a year of age on it...i think the full fruity taste has given way to the lambic taste at this point...not a bad thing, just a different flavor profile. the name gambrinus derives from jan primus ("john the first"), 13th century ruler of brabant, who in many parts of the world is the legendary king of beer. several brews in different countries are named after him

beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, february 2011, $16.99, 750mL

glassware: cantillon flute

NorCalYeti, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus

Appearance: deep red, medium-small head, and some lacing.

Smell: vinegar, raspberries, and some spices.

Taste: hint of raspberry, acidic sourness, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium.

It starts off bitter with a hint of raspberry. The acidic sourness also continues from the initial sip. It is fairly bitter overall.

megahurts4, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"She left roses by the stairs
Surprises let me know she cares."
-Blink 182

Saucy bottle art. Clear (I decanted it to save the yeast for my Flanders red) ruby red color with a Floridian pink stucco colored head. Head quickly thins to a collar that surrounds two dollops small bubble foam which I pretended were giant amoebas named Carl and Earl.

Woody, wet earth, raspberry vinaigrette aroma. Tastes like raspberry sweet tarts and oak. After the initial tart sucker punch my mouth acclimated to the acidity and I settled into this beer.

While I'm beginning to appreciate the effort and artistry of sour beers I don't know that I'm much more than a casual fan as of yet.

donkeyrunner, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Lldeegan
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red brick and copper color with a lively pink tinted head.
In the nose, aromas of funky raspberry, tart cherry, and earthy notes come through the most, with faint barnyard notes of hay, grass, leather, etc.
A sip opens with a burst of bright, tart raspberry. It is sweet and tart all the way through with some funk and sour on the end.
Overall the brightness and high carbonation of the beer accompanied by the complex fruit and earthy finish makes this beer enjoyable and definitely one to contemplate. It is well balanced, not overly tart or sweet with no overwhelming funkiness to it.

Lldeegan, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of henway
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a 04 vintage courtesy of ShadesOfGray. Appearance was a healthy bright nice reddish copper. Looks very appetizing. Smell very very funky, floral, and slight hint of raspberry. Taste is almost exactly what it smells like. Because of the vintage it is extremely tart just the way I like it. Raspberry is almost nonexistent, earthy, floral, and really funky. Sits pretty good on the tongue, a little vinegary. A refreshing Lambic for sure.

henway, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rose De Gambrinus

Appearance: Pours a bright pinkish red. Light pinkish white froth. You could tell raspberries were used in the brewing process.

Smell: Actually smells a bit sour, musty raspberry, vinegar. All these notes add up to a very nice aroma. Fragrant and perfume like.

Taste: Really nice. Lemon tartness and a nice pronounced sour note that lingers well into the finish. Raspberry flavor is there, lightly bitter and mingles well with the acidic sour citric notes. Overall it is really damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, finishes semi-dry with a nice lingering sour.

Drinkability: This is a really nice beer and a pleaasure to sip upon. So far my favorite brew from Cantillon.

Stinkypuss, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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


THECPJ, Feb 23, 2011
Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 1,763 ratings.