Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,892
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rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002)
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a stemmed Cantillon glass. Bottle dated 17 June 2010.

Pours a gorgeous ruby red with a fizzy, quickly dissolving pink head. Looks like liquid jewels.

Nose is moderately funky with substantial raspberries and a touch of grain. Classic Cantillon elements.

Taste is lightly puckering and pleasantly fruity. Tartness and funk linger in the aftertaste.

Mouth is light and fizzy, helps the drinkability of the beer.

Overall, another hit for Cantillon. No one does fruited lambic like Jean Van Roy & Company.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 7 October 2011

Beautiful red coloring with a thin pink tinged head that sticks around pretty well for a lanbic.

Smells like you’re walking around the brewery with those beautiful yeasties. Comes off a little dirty. Plenty of fresh raspberry. Can't wait to dig in.

Pretty full raspberry flavor. The tartness is nicely complimentary to te fruit. It's almost like eating a raspberry. It ends so dry. The funky flavors hang out in the aftertaste.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish colour. Fairly clear. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells funky and odd lots of interesting aromas. Tastes super sour and acidic as hell. Tastes pretty solid but damn the acid reflux kicks in! Well carbonated and overall really solid. I enjoy this quite a bit but it's a npbit overly Funky for me

Photo of Spider889
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the last bottle we opened during our small tasting with Lee at The Brick Store Pub. I thank Lee for allowing me to convince him to bring out some Cantillon.

2008 bottle date.

A - Bright rose hued amber color. Head was rather frothy for a lambic and exhibited the typical strawberry coloring that this beer is so good at. Great clarity on the beer as well.

S - Funky. Not sure about everything else, but the aroma is certainly better out of the bottle than on tap for this one. Dusty attic aromas seem at odds with the opposing damp oaken notes. A zinfandel wine character starts to make itself known, and the raspberry is fresh and acidic.

T - very sour, just as any self-respecting bottle of Cantillon ought to be.The raspberry flavor has begun to fade but it is there.

M - Very tart and lactic. Not overly dry but there is a bit of bitterness akin to biting into strawberry greens.

O - Excellent beer. It has only grown more funky with age... definitely a plus.

Photo of Auracom
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 oz. bottle pour into a wine taster at the Bruery Provisions on November 7th, 2011. #3 of a 5-bottle Cantillon flight.

A - Light pink coloring with a crimson hue blended into the body. Head amount to a pink edging around the glass. Similar clinging effect as Cuvée Des Champions and Classic Gueuze. Yes, this one touches my feminine side a bit. ;)

S - "Soft" is the best way I can describe the nose of Gambrinus. Virtually no funk or brett character. Instead, we have a light pink lemon and grape acidity. Breadiness or earthiness underneath balances this ever-so-gentle aroma.

T - More kick here. Fairly tart with an interesting fruit component at the backend of the drink. Raspberry. Good lingering sourness in the aftertaste. Adequately dry.

M - Infinitely light body, good carbonation.

D - Light yet a sipper. I feel that I need to revisit, which is alright since this is one of the most accessible Cantillons.

Photo of output01x
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL. capped and corked bottle (Bottled 02/09/11) into a tulip glass.

A slow pour yields a 3-finger highly enegetic, light pink head that, within seconds, fizzles itself down to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear cranberry red with tons of energetic carbonation bubbles rushing toward the surface. Very little carbonation can be seen throughout consumption.

Raspberries and funk. The aroma is sweet, sour, and enticing, everything a fruit lambic should be. The funk isn't horse blanket or farmyard, but cobwebs and must.

Surprisingly, the taste has very little raspberry. Sweet, tart, and a good bit funky. The beer starts with a fruity sweetness with an acidity that stabs the tip of the tongue. As it is swallowed, the musty funk comes out and is met by more sweetness. Slowly, a good dryness starts at the back of the mouth and lasts a couple minutes. A slight raspberry aftertaste lingers under the tongue.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is perfectly drinkable. The body is slick and smooth without being sticky. The carbonation is very prickly but does not take away from the taste at all.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice at La Gueuze à Paris (a place that also serves bottles of Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic!!!). Bottle states freshness date as 12/2011, and it states that it was bottled in 4/2011.

Curious, curious, curious. After already having my entire perception blown of what beer can be with Cantillon's Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio, I'm yet again completely perplexed as to what to make of this beer. I actually had no idea that this was a framboise/gueuze blend until I read the bottle a bit closer. I have a friend who lived in Belgium for years, and she told me that these kinds of lambics were the most impressive ones she had.

Skipping any further banter... The funkiness was so strong upon popping this bottle open that I'd swear a pinkish cloud dissipated from it at first. Surprisingly poured a head, although it quickly vanished after a few minutes. While I've had plenty of fruit lambics, this is totally warped in color. Nearly blood red, actually. Contains some light carbonation on the edges, but the color is unbelievable here. No one would EVER guess that this is was a beer.

No matter how many times I smelled this, how many times I attempted to get past the funkiness, I got nothing but extreme notes of lemon and lime rinds. A surprisingly sugary touch to it, but the sourness is so overpowering that's it's nearly impossible to get all kinds of varied notes. Raspberries? Perhaps. Although it does smell like a huge berry mix at times.

As for the flavor - WHOA! If I didn't think the Lambic Bio wasn't already intense enough, this one takes it to a whole new level. There is a wheat, creamy backdrop somewhere... but it doesn't matter, as the high sourness and acidity is insane. Vengeful, but progressively gets less punishing as the beer warms up. Nevertheless, it's totally crazy to have a beer that makes your cheeks tighten up after every sip. While I taste mainly a gueuze blend at first, it really is recommended to let this thing warm up a bit. It's amazing how the fruity notes really come out. By the end, it tasted like a full-fledged apple, pear and sour fruit tart!

This is not just a beer - it's an taste-defying experiment in chemistry! Even after having this one, I have no idea if sours are really my thing. However, when made like this, they're pretty hard to turn away from. This is an extremely complex beer. Not for the faint of heart, and goes to show that you don't need to necessarily brew something with a high ABV to nail your palate to the table with oppressive and intense flavors!

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3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with my father on a lazy fall Sunday a couple week s ago. 2010 375ml vintage. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Poured into two sniffers, the beer has a dark pink color that becomes quite vibrant when held up to the sun. Very little head and even less lacing.

Smell – Raspberries and oak – not much funk or earthiness.

Taste – Exactly as the nose led one to believe. A nice sweet raspberry flavor mixed with slight earthiness. Just a hint of sour/funk, though the main flavor is quite noticeably the fruit.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, champagne like carbonation, dry finish.

Overall – I was not impressed with this lambic. I shared this with my father because his favorite fruit is raspberries and he tends to enjoy other lambic/sours/gueuzes I shared with him. We both did not care for this. It honestly had a raspberry flavored seltzer water feel to it. It wasn’t horrible, just didn’t live up to my expectations.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rose de Gambrinus has a body that is a mix of orange, red and orange. The head has a pink tint and rises up quickly, but settles down into a thin collar

The aroma is all kinds of sour, mixing with fresh raspberries that bring with them their own natural tartness along with sweetness. Hints of vinegar come through also.

The intitial sip brings tartness and straight sourness right up front. The sourness is aggressive enough to dominate the beer, which is a good thing as far as I'm concerned. After the initial dose of sourness, there is a good bit of red wine vinegar that gives way to raspberries. The raspberries are mostly sweet and fruity since any tartness is really masked by all of the sourness from the yeast. The slightest hint of wood lingers in the background also, but it is almost unnoticeable. What little malt that I notice has a light grain flavor to it.

The beer itself feels light, but the carbonation is huge, giving it a ton of body and a fuller feel. It is almost like a good saison, but not quite as explosive. Slightly puckering.

It's no secret that Cantillon makes great sours, and Rose is no exception. Good sourness for a fruited lambic and very easy to drink.

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

375 ml capped and corked bottle shared between my girlfriend and I. Served into two miniature snifters close to cellar temperature.

A: Ruby red pinkish body with some fairly good clarity through the glass. A fizzy, bubbly and foamy soft light pink head sticks around initially but dissipated into nothing towards the bottom of the glass. No real lace, either.

S: Funky brett notes dominate, followed with a slight red fruit undertone. Raspberry exclusively? Certainly not. Hints of red raspberry, strawberry and even a touch of cherry come through. They don't seem to be enough to compete with the evident funk aroma that consumes the nose.

T: More funk, tartness, brett and hay initially, evened out by a gritty grain base and some juicy fruits. Raspberry again comes through but not in the way I thought it would. The fruit again is not the focus, instead just a supplement. Hints of oak and red grape is towards the back end.

M: Bubbly, very active carbonation without being thin. It's on the thinner end of a medium body but for the style, this is simply great.

I have to admit, I was expecting loads of raspberries to dominate the aroma and palate here. Instead, the raspberries are certainly just part of the overall beer, something that still was very enjoyable. It's not sweet, but straight up funky and tart. I'm glad I've got more of these in the cellar.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

Pours ruby with a ring of white/rose tinted frothy foam, champagne like carbonation. Looks nice. Smells like sweet funky raspberry, earth and horseblanket, and some cherry. Taste is similar raspberry, cherry, red fruit; some mineral and herbal (rosemary?) notes coming through at the back end, with a short water and tart finish. Nice tartness but not puckeringly so, and coats the mouth to leave a nice long finish. Medium-high carbonation, medium-light body, nice crispness. Overall, this is a refreshing, bright beer with an intermediate tartness which makes this pretty drinkable. Great palate cleaner between, say, bites of greasy pizza.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PP Carlsbad

The beer pours a beautiful orange/ruby color with a finger of pink foam. No lacing. The nose is rasberries and sweet, acetic funk. Taste opens with notes of ripe red berries. A pucsourness tartness follows bringing barnyard funk and wet horse blanket with it. The finish is more pucker and acetic tartness with a lingering sour berry aftertaste. Feel is light and super carbonated which adds to the experience. I was pleasantly surprised to find this on tap at Pizza Port this afternoon. Overall a very enjoyable brew from Cantillon. Great berry flavor with a nice funkiness and satisfying sour characteristics. Wish this was more easily attainable here in SoCal. Recommended.

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

(I don't typically review the same beer twice; I only do so when my experiences between serving types are vastly different. My experience was (even) better from on-tap compared to from the bottle.)

Dark yet clear pink rose with a thin light pink, nearly white, head. Thin lacing down the glass.

A sweet, tart, and musty, funky aroma, along with some fruit sweetness like raspberries, strawberries, and/or cherries. While still lovely, the nose is far more subdued and mild from the tap than from the bottle.

Balanced flavor of sour tartness, sweet fruit, and some funky Brett tang. The raspberry flavor is the dominant fruit throughout, behind the potent sour tartness and yeast. Even better from the tap!

Medium to light, nearly airy, mouthfeel. A true pleasure.

A wonderful sour lambic.

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. We opened this up at a tasting hosted by finewinemike.

Appearance: Pours a deep red color with a layer of white head that goes away fairly quickly.

Smell: Sweet, acidic raspberries dominate. There is a strong acidic note here too.

Taste: Tart raspberries are the theme here. The sourness isn't vinegary, and it is very nice. I would say the flavor is light which makes this really easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thin side of medium. The best way to describe the carbonation is tingly and the finish is dry.

Overall: Another winner from Cantillon. The tart raspberry flavor is refreshing. I would definitely have another.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a flute; 2/9/11 bottling

Pours a light shade of mahogany with a soft pink head. The head rose to fill the glass on a half pour and faded to form a thin layer of foam. Little to no lacing.

The nose is of raspberry cider vinegar. Highly acidic. Notes of barnyard funk--wet hay and saddle leather.

Huge blast of tartness off the bat. Tart, acidic raspberries with cider vinegar. Wet hay and horse saddle funk in the finish with a good dose of tart raspberries. Some woody dryness in the finish as well.

Light and crisp, with loads of carbonation. Finish is tart, dry and acidic.

So, this is a big boy fruit lambic, huh? Heavier on the sour and lighter on the fruit than the others I have experimented with. This is highly enjoyable.

Photo of Filosoof
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A raspberry doesn't give so much taste to things. Combined with lots of sugar it can taste well in cakes or jams ofcourse, but in itself it is many times a bit flabby. I think that this is the reason why the raspberries in this beer are only there at the background. The beer is unsugared.

L: almost rose colour; upcoming head that disappears almost completely;
S: I love this earthy funk; a touch of raspberry; oak & bretts;
T: sweet start, heavy sour finish; earth;
M: okay;
O: not your very best, but good again, Cantillon! Thanx for this lovely feeling.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303

Pours a soft, light pastel pink 2 finger head with moderate retention. Beer is a stunningly attractive clear bright red. No lace. Plain but the color is above average.

Nose is deliciously tart and rich raspberries and big ole' barrel notes. Spicy with a sharp cheesiness. Clean and very simple for a Cantillon offering but appetizing nonetheless.

Opens intensely tart raspberry puree with band-aid and wet wood. Sharp. More fruitiness towards the middle with some plastic and hay. Puckeringly dry on the finish. Citrus tartness lingers in the aftertaste. This one evolves and becomes fruitier with each sip.

Light bodied with moderate retention. Puckering and slightly prickly in the mouth and goes down extremely dry. Dry finish with a clean aftertaste. Exactly what I want from the style.

Very simple yet extremely enjoyable and evolves with each sip, Rose is exactly why Cantillon is the premier lambic brewer in the world. Infinitely enjoyable and definitely one to age.

Photo of GRG1313
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

March 2011 Bottling.

Pours a cranberry/raspberry red, clear and bright red with a nice pink head.

Nose is assertive tart raspberry/funky fruit but crisp and inviting.

Mouthfeel is fresh, tart and citric - it's salivatingly good. Light carbonation with a super fresh character. This is a fresh bottle; not aged, and is just wonderful with it's fresh fruit character.

Flavor follows nose and mouthfeel and is just a vibrant citric/sour/funky raspberry. Crisp, lemon/sour raspberry flavor profile with super citric lemon/lime sour profile and finish, with a sour/citric raspberry undertone. This is just wonderfully fresh in my opinon, having had many that were older. Candidly, while I like aged Cantillons, I think I may like them fresh even more.

All in all delicious, and keeps improving in flavor and mouthfeel as it warms to room temperature. Hints of grapes, oranges, lemons and lime - all at their most vibrant and brightest. Nice to drink; even better with food.

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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