Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.47/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured into my New Belgian Globe
Pours a wonderful red, like cranberry juice. A nice pink head formed and dissipated quickly. This beer looks so amazing in the glass! The first things I smell are the funk, like a funky swiss, then comes the sour lactic notes and followed up by raspberry syrup. It smells amazing like all Cantillon, just wonderful! The taste is similar to the smell, first the sourness comes in kicking and screaming, which is followed by this funky cheesiness and finishes with a nice raspberry sweetness. The finish is dry and with a little bit of tannins, as if you just ate a fist full of raspberries and chewed on the seeds. The mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated, very dry and a light body. Overall, this beer is very good and it hit the spot tonight.
12-02-2009 02:29:04 | More by walows
4.6/5 rDev +7.2%
Had this on tap at the Happy Gnome in St Paul. Bright red with a pink head that left some decent lacing. Nice tart berry and cherry aroma with solid oak and vanilla. Funk really comes out nicely with a swirl of the glass and warmth. Flavor is nice and sour, tart fruit is in the forefront, raspberry and cherry are predominate with light vanilla and a dry, vinegar finish. This is excellent and one of the best fruit lambics I've had from Belgium. Very tasty, and very pricey, but worth it.
11-29-2009 06:36:32 | More by KeefD
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
From Steamhead, an awesome trader if there ever was one. Thanks, Blake! Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip.
It pours clear, bright raspberry red with a mighty, fizzy pink head. As expected, the head quickly dissipates to a thin collar.
This smells as though someone smashed a huge jar of raspberry preserves in a musty old attic. And I mean that in the best way possible. If anything, I would like this to be a little bit more dusty and funky in the nose, but as it is it's nicely fruity. No complaints.
Taste is very good. Sweet, ripe, fresh raspberries are first and most obvious. The characteristic Cantillon sourness takes over mid-palate, leading to a dry finish. It is not as mouth-puckeringly sour as many traditional lambics, but it's sufficient to give me my fix.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are both top-notch. This beer doesn't get top marks simply because I think that there are similar brews that are just a smidge better on these points (St. Lamvinus, Girardin Gueuze 1882 Black Label, to name a couple). Oddly, I think that if this beer was more sour, it would get higher drinkability points from me. But that doesn't mean that this brew isn't fantastic.
Cantillon rarely disappoints. This is another good 'un.
11-29-2009 03:46:42 | More by davod23
4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured from a 750 I picked up earlier this afternoon. Thanks to the guys at Dennis Brothers for having this one in stock.
A: Pours a true red with a lively pink head that settles to a couple of millimeters thick. Lacing is very nice, and the brew throws almost no sediment when decanted.
S: Aroma is very fruity, with some raspberry, but the malt and yeast show more. Sweet, with some barnyard aromas, and a slight hop profile lingering in the back.
T: Very tart at first, with the raspberries dominant, and a sourness from the acidity, There is a bit of horse blanket, along with a balance of malt on the center. The finish is dry and crisp, with flavors of fresh berries and a drying hop character.
M: Medium bodied and very clean. Also dry.
D: Simply the best Fruit Lambic I have ever tried. One i will definitely pay the price for again. I'm just hoping I can get more.
11-17-2009 04:24:40 | More by WYVYRN527
4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
12oz. bottle, bottled on march 26 2009
A: Ruby red, very short lasted soft drink like head.
S: sour raspberries, wine like fruitiness
T: SOUR, berries, light malt sweetness deep in the background
M: dry and light, high carbonation
D: would be good with some cheese, will buy again
got in a small argument over this, my fiance wonders how i can drink this but not the wines she likes...
11-14-2009 03:52:26 | More by rootbeerman
4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
On tap at La Cav du Vin in Cleveland, although I've had this in the bottle, at the brewery, and on tap at other bars several times before.
Appearance: Bright reddish pink with coppery orange hues. Carbonation is steady and visible creating a thin white lace that grows with each lift of the glass only to collapse back after a moment of rest.
Aroma: Raspberry is ever present in the background but never much more than a subdued subtlety. A cider vinegar quality is fairly well pronounced and is well accompanied by lemon rind, musk, and hay. Cherry aromas are faint but present.
Taste: Earth and musk, barnyard funk, fresh red raspberries, lemon, green grass.
Mouthfeel: Acidic and quite tart but not in a way that would preclude sessioning. Very clean.
Drinkability: Very good.
11-12-2009 19:18:46 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
1997 vintage, shared with Tampa BAs. I'm not sure who brought it, but thanks for the experience.
Pours a cloudy raspberry red with some pink/white head. Very nice looking lambic.
The smell is amazing. Sweet raspberries and funk. No indication of the tartness that it bound to follow.
Tastes very tart with underlying raspberry sweetness and some moderate funk. The juxtaposition of the sweet raspberries and tartness is very interesting.
Nice creamy, sharp feeling, similar to good cheese. Nice carbonation to open the tastebuds to funky tartness.
Good drinkability in moderation. I'm not sure I'll seek it out again, but I'm better for the experience.
11-06-2009 18:41:27 | More by RomaniIteDomum
3.9/5 rDev -9.1%
Pours a bright cherry red color with a fizzy pinkish .5 finger head that quickly fizzles into a lasting ring. Nothing in the way of lacing. This just looks like artificial cherry syrupy food coloring.
Earthy funky sour tart aroma with lots of horseblanket barnyard notes, raspberry and grape. Very vinous with an organic fruit presence that isn't artificial or syrupy. Oaky wooden tannis notes add to the earthy funk.
Slightly puckering sour tart flavor with a lot of organic raspberry as well as some grape and other dark estery fruits. Pretty carbonated up front with a lot of earthy sour barnyard funk along with some lactic tart notes. There is also a good bit of earthy oak that balances out the sweetness and sharp tar funkiness very well. Slightly acidic but overall pretty drinkable. Probably my least favorite Cantillon offering I've had so far but still decent.
11-02-2009 08:30:19 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
Tasted a 1986 bottle, brewed in 1984, stored well at the Kulminator in Antwerp.
Cloudy orange/amber with scant head. Aroma of raspberries, lemon, and wet horse-blanket (but in a good way!). Potent sourness, dusty dryness, and a yeasty-finish. More complex, more sour, and drier than a younger bottle.
10-31-2009 23:14:09 | More by Travlr
3.15/5 rDev -26.6%
Pours a light brown with a pinkish/ruby tint and a champagne-like, white froth. The nose is very complex and interesting, but one that I just couldn't get into...very earthy, mushrooms, fresh poop (some will say funk or barnyard, but that's poop), white pepper, herbs, cranberry, raspberry, oak, & bacon. (Again, very complex, but not really a pretty/attractive nose) This brews thankfully tastes a lot better than it smelled...fresh & tart with ripe raspberries, oak, herbs, pepper, vanilla, & green apple. Overall, this is an interesting beer that definitely should go with food.
10-30-2009 02:33:41 | More by BevMoAndrew
2.78/5 rDev -35.2%
Pours rose in color with a fizzy head. Smells of raspberries, vinegar and funk. The taste is acidic with rasberries and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is highly carbinated and tickles the taste buds. Drinkability is average. Overall this is not one of Cantillon's best offerings.
10-27-2009 01:21:38 | More by johnd513
2.63/5 rDev -38.7%
Bottle into a glass, purchased and consumed at the brewery in Brussels.
A: Pours a clear rose-colored body with substantial effervescence up the glass. An off-white head develops with the vigorous pour, but it vanishes quickly into a stream of bubbles on top, as expected for a lambic. No lacing.
S: Raspberry vinegar. Tart, sour, and a little bit of wild funk in there, as well.
T: Intensely mouth-puckering, sour note with a blast of raspberry tartness. I pick up some underlying horse blanket flavors, but it's predominantly a fruit lambic. Light tannins and white wine grapes near the end. Finishes intensely dry.
M: Light-bodied and crisp. As mentioned above, this is intensely dry, and I actually start feeling discomfort as we work our way through the 75cL bottle. Visions of heartburn are dancing through my head. Love the flavor, but it's really hard to get through a bottle solo.
D: My girlfriend hated this and left me to finish most of the bottle. I was pretty sick of it by the end because of the mouthfeel. It's pretty hard to drink in the bottled quantity, especially alone and without food. I don't see myself getting this again.
10-18-2009 19:34:09 | More by Arbitrator
3.68/5 rDev -14.2%
750ml bottle poured into my duvel tulip and served around cellar temp, as the bottle directs.
A- this pours out a reddish pink with a large fizzy pink head. little to no lacing left behind.
S- lots of raspberries. slightly acidic. earthy and musty. definitely wild.
T- not as sour as i was expecting. starts off with a lot of fresh raspberries and the earthy, funky must i could smell. a little bit of vinegar. tangy.
M- light bodied and highly carbonated. about what i was expecting.
D- interesting enough to split the bottle with someone, but i dont think id want something this size all to myself. id like to try an older bottle sometime. mine was pretty fresh.
10-16-2009 02:15:06 | More by jwinship83
3.48/5 rDev -18.9%
Bottled: 19Feb08 Reviewed: 08Oct09
Blood red pour, very effervescent, which contributes to a lasting small head.
Aroma is, as expected, a veritable mix of raspberry and incredibly complex funk. Lots of acidic tang, but in no way vinegary. There's a mix of goat and horse stable in there. Raspberry aroma is not at all artificial or sugary.
Incredibly tart taste, I'm glad I didn't leave this any longer and let more of the fruitiness disappear. Again, strong funk is definitely present, as is a high sourness, which is no doubt contributed to by the prominent (once you've got used to the acidity) raspberry character. Woody oak also becomes quite noticeable after a few sips, which gives another twist.
Body is rather watery, it goes with the quenching character of the beer.
A bit too tart for my liking, but still nice none the less.
10-08-2009 10:33:30 | More by CrazyDavros
2.88/5 rDev -32.9%
Okay I've had some great lambics and to me this just isn't one of them.
Poured into a champagne flute at 55 degree (as suggested) this beer pours a rose color. The head is a fizzy mess that disapates faster than a wedding dress on a honeymoon.
The smell of this one is hard to describe. It smells somewhat like flat ginger ale and musty used socks. To me there's just nothing appetizing about what I'm smelling. I have had a little horse blanket in American wilds and in some gueuze/lambics that I've tried in the past so I won't completely slam this one.
The taste is of a tart version of a wine cooler. It really does taste like wine gone bad - aka vinegar. I think it would make a delicious bbq sauce, but a great beer it is not no matter how many people think it is. If you want the sensation of drinking this beer then make some fresh lemonade without the sugar and ice. Let the lemon juice sit for a few days then add some alka seltzer to the mix with a few drops of grenadine and you'll have the 90% solution. At best this is an average lambic.
Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. The finish is about on track with what I think a lambic ought to be. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. You definately feel refreshed after drinking this beer.
Drinkability is hard to judge. This beer is only 5% yet it took me 2 hours to drink this 750 mL bottle. That tells me that this isn't all that drinkable. I will say that this beer tastes better as you drink more of it. I would judge the drinkability as average to slightly better than average.
10-07-2009 22:49:15 | More by PerzentRizen
4.1/5 rDev -4.4%
A - Two fingers of pink foam on top of a clear, bright red body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.
S - Fresh raspberries with some earthy, goat funk behind it. Very strong berry seed aroma with more than just raspberry, notes of cherry and strawberry as well.
T - Puckering, fruity sourness with lots of sweet berry skin flavor balancing it out. Strong lactic acid zing with dry raspberry, cherry, and lemon notes. Finishes with more fruit and a hint of pithy bitterness, but mostly fruity acidity.
M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a bone dry finish.
D - The aroma is front and center in this beer and it really brings a lifelike scent of fresh raspberries to the nose. The flavor is also very pleasant, though it is not as convincing in the fruit department and the significant sourness is the primary feature. This brew is oddly lacking in the house funk that I have come to associate with other Cantillon beers and while there is a hint of it in the nose, there is really nothing but lactic acid in the flavor. Overall a nice fruit beer, but nowhere near as good as the Lou Pepe Framboise (even if it is cheaper and much easier to find).
09-26-2009 23:07:47 | More by nickfl
3.68/5 rDev -14.2%
Pours a lovely cloudy orange red colour, with a filmy but solid head of pink bubbles. Looks a picture - just like what you want from a raspberry lambic. Maybe a little more brightness in the body would make it perfect, but it's hard to fault it as it is.
A very fine lambic nose, deliciously tart and funky, but with the supple and sweet raspberry fruit note to counter balance any intimation of over-the-top wildness. Very pleasant indeed.
On the palate, there's the familiar, if not prototypical Cantillon acidity - teeth clenchingly sour, with a sharp, direct and pointed puckering character. The raspberries have an exceptionally hard time making their presence felt here, and what I can note about them is probably more aroma than taste. The lambic sourness is just boggling.
Once again, an extremely robust and incredibly niche Belgian lambic - not one for the faint of heart. Sharp, refreshing and confronting all in one package.
09-11-2009 11:35:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.8/5 rDev +11.9%
bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours apricot orange with minimal head and a soapy rim that lasts a minute or two.
aroma is lightly sour with raspberries and a touch of sweaty funk that is sustained by the fruit. the raspberries sit right alongside the sour note, without much of a sweet quality, and a ripe aura.
taste is wonderfully tart with more of the same, and a distinct vinous sour note that enhances a mellow raspberry note. excellent on the palate. the berries are ripe with a sour character.
mouthfeel is medium bodied and tart in texture with a vinous like mouthfeel next to the tartness.
drinkability is solid. this is a very mellow sour beer with a wonderful bouquet of fruit, funk, and sourness. a masterfully composed brew by Cantillon. these guys never cease to amaze with their excellent brews. cheers!
09-09-2009 19:14:22 | More by botham
4/5 rDev -6.8%
Had last night while out to dinner.
A: It was a ruby red with a slight pink one finger head on top. Good lacing.
S: Very tart/ripe raspberries.
T: Cherry sweetness and sour raspberry mostly. Very well balanced.
M: Very suited to the style with very full flavors.
D: Easily finished the bottle myself and could have gone for a bit more.
08-30-2009 20:05:36 | More by mikey711
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
On-tap at the Brick Store.
Pours a bright ruby color with a one-finger pink head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of barnyard funk with good amounts of tart berries with a nice earthiness.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Rustic and funky flavors up front segue into tart berry flavors that lead up to a crisp ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with prickly carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could definitely have a few more.
Overall this is one of my favorite Cantillon offerings. It's just as tart as others but with more depth and complexity. Definitely recommended.
08-18-2009 04:24:19 | More by glid02
4.53/5 rDev +5.6%
A-Pretty opaque ruby color and airy rose colored foam. Served in a wine-style Cantillon stemmed glass, it looked almost like a very dark rose wine.
S-Tart scent of strong raspberries-typical lambic sweettart smell, but even more in-your-face.
T-Super sour, as advertised! I love the tartness of this and the yeasty zing on the finish, but this is not for the faint of heart: lambic lovers only. Tastes like unripe raspberries, with no hint of sweetness.
M-Smooth and crispl evaporates immediately and disappears.
D-I could have one or two of these, but after that, my face might remain permanently puckered!
08-09-2009 20:12:00 | More by kirkmichel
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours what looks like a cloudy pink grapefruit juice with almost no head. No lacing left in the glass. Very attractive color but other than that rather unexciting looking.
A pleasant aroma of raspberry lemonade, with barely a sign of any funky horseblanket.
Tasted also of a very tart raspberry lemonade. No presence of alcohol. Very well balanced and inviting.
Mouthfeel was smooth with a thin to medium body. A decent amount of carbonation, however I would have preferred just a hint more.
This is an extremely refreshing beer, perfect for this summer weather. If you enjoy a tart brew, this one is right up your alley.
08-01-2009 19:53:34 | More by JBogan
3.73/5 rDev -13.1%
Bottle shared with Milos and Hogtownharry, Milos' bottle- Pours pink raspberry liquid beneath just a dusting of white powder. Funky yeasty aroma, barnyard, a touch of fruit, oaky and a touch of sherry. very tart funky yeast flavour with a tad of fruity sweetness trying to come through. Oak and just a pinch of lemon cordial. Very dry and full of flavour. This is my first from the brewery but not my last! Thanks for sharing this gem Milos!
08-01-2009 13:34:18 | More by mrmanning
4.53/5 rDev +5.6%
2005 bottle served into my Molson Flute.
A: Color is really interesting. When held up to the light the center remains dark while the outside is a light copper color. I probably should take a picture of this as it looks that good. Tons of floaties in the bottom of the flute as well.
S: Mother of god. This makes me want to drop out of society and take a job NOT cleaning their brewery. The raspberries smell fresh yet this bottle is four years old. Tons of tartness in the nose.
T: The tartness punches your glands off the bat. God damn this is tart. The berries sort of balance things out but fail. Win. This is one of the most sour beers I have ever had. At Cantillon they still refer to America as the colonies.
M: Very bright and refreshing. Well carbonated.
D: We snagged this bottle at a nice price and now I must return to get more. Bottom line I do not like raspberries yet I love this beer. When all the American breweries are calling you up to know what to do you know you have done something right.
07-25-2009 21:52:04 | More by aerozeppl
4.13/5 rDev -3.7%
I just got into Lambics recently, and have gone wild tasting them...
a. pink like a wine cooler or something, very fizzy almost like champagne, the bottle hid all that the mind could possibly imagine... what was eventually poured from the bottle was pink/light-red 'amazing-ness'
s. at first smelled like a cellar or storage room in an old house... then it smelled fruity as it released all those raspberry esters into the surrounding air-flow... so appealing!
t. from the intial smell of stale-basement-like aroma i didn't expect, nor did anyone else, the pungent tangy zesty acidic flavours... but after you have one sip, you find yourself coming back for more thinking 'maybe it mellowed out a bit...' very wrong, it stays very acidic and grows on you after the first glass
m. very sparkling wine or champagne like, not much body at all
d. flavours were amazing, however, i just drank a 375mL and feel a tad sick to my stomach... share this smaller bottle with another beer lover or if you get the bigger one, share it with a few people...
overall, very satisfying. Thanks Brasserie Cantillon ;)
07-22-2009 02:58:14 | More by FoxTrottAles
Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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