Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.18/5 rDev -2.6%
Very excited to try my first Cantillon today. I finally got around the price tag and told myself I had to do it. The cork was incredibly hard to get out, yet barely let out a pop when it finally came. Large cork, small bottle neck.
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Tulip glass. Pours a raspberry red color with a dull amber tint to it. Slightly pink head fizzes up like pop, and quickly disappears. Can't see any carbonation, but I know it's there.
The aroma is unlike anything I've ever smelt before. I get raspberrys and a woody character that I'm not very familiar with. Just strange. Very acidic, and sort of like vinegar. It doesn't sound good, but trust me, it is very appealing.
The taste is ridiculous. Mouth puckering sourness and tart raspberry character go along nicely with a woody funk. The berry portion is almost like unripe berries.
The mouthfeel is intensely sour and tart, and very acidic. Drinkability is high, but only if you enjoy the sourness.
Overall, this is my first real experience with a Lambic. Before this I've only had the very sweet Lindemans Lambics, which I enjoyed, but this is an entire different beast. A great new experience and I look forward to having more in the future.
07-07-2009 03:37:36 | More by Mistofminn
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured from a 37,5 cl bottle purchased at a bottle shop in Brussels just yesterday as I have just returned from that trip. Purchased it for 6 Euro (about $9 USD).
A Glowing rose red translucent body with a pink 3.5 inch head after a vigorous pour. Look is interesting and appropriate to the style. Head reduced to a 2 mm trace pink head within 2 minutes. No significant head.
S Raspberry Lambic smell which is in the same ballpark as a Lindeman's Framboise (just giving the reader a point of reference, not suggesting that they taste the same!). There is a decidedly less sweet smell than the Lindeman's but anyway I am reminded of that beer when smelling this one. This one has a classic Kriek like smell along with the sweet raspberries.
T Tart fruitiness (as opposed to the sugary sweet fruitiness of the Lindeman's. This beer carries more of the actual taste of the fruit into the beer. The tart taste carried well into the late taste but the aftertaste was simply the semi sweet fruit of a handfull of raspberries.
M Well there is that tartness that makes me pucker my face a little bit but then after you swallow that mellows out a lot.
D Fairly good. The tartness was a bit much for me.
Notes: Such a treat to have this beer from Cantillon!
06-30-2009 13:56:03 | More by adamette
4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
750ml bottle with cork and crown cap, from bottletrek, by way of stevemcqueenjr. tasted in early may 2009.
the back label has "bottled 18 feb 2006", yet the cork says, "bottled 2.007". there is sticky residue, probably of the beer itself, all around the neck. under the crown cap, there is more of this residue, and it's gunky, reddish black, and dirty looking. i spent quite a bit of time cleaning with a damp cloth first. very black, smearing the cloth with what looks like used engine oil.
when i first start to insert the corkscrew, there is already a fizz - a portent of things to come...
basically, the BIGGEST GUSHER EVER! a veritable FOUNTAIN of pink, foamy, fizzy lambic. the whole countertop gets drenched before i can even tilt the bottle and fill a tulip glass...
spent some time mopping up first... now onto the review...
very pink red, maybe something like pomegranate juice. lots of gushed, foamy pink head, fading to thin layer, but constantly replenished by the laser etching in the duvel tulip and the crazy activity of the carbonation. the gushing brought up some of the sediment, so it's a creamy haze. no lacing ever actually sticks to the glass though.
aroma: tart but fruity sweet raspberries, jammy even. this is evident even as i am wiping the counter and mopping the floor. my, it's fruity! touch of vinegary funk, into wood and more farmhouse character, plus grass and hay.
taste: what a difference a year makes in my perceptions! now that i have grown to love sour beers, it's like night and day. fruit, vinegar, more fruit, wood, light funk and farmhouse, hay, grass, more fruit. wow, it's fruity. maybe just a little something "off" tho (or at least mentally in my head, after the gushing and also the weird black gunk)
feel: light and acidic but spritzy from the hyperactive carbonation, but even after the acidic texture and the fizziness, there is a smoothness at the very end.
ah well, despite the craziness at the start, possibly from infection, this was still enjoyable. i loved the fruitiness this time around too. dunno if the infection actually "helped" that, but whatever.
ORIGINAL REVIEW 2-14-2008
(375ml bottle. scores were 3.5 across the board.)
cork says bottled in 2007. (actually, it's "2.007" - what's the significance of the period/dot?) also, my bottle's painting has the woman completely nude, the blue dress in the picture above is gone...
very hazy, pink amber golden color. some bubbly head at first, but that soon fades to almost nothing. no lace.
sour raspberries in the scent up front, a little bit of vinegary funk. hint of cask woodiness, especially on exhale.
the taste is definitely puckering, so you better be ready. only a trace of raspberry fruitiness. again, some hint of cask aging. i guess there is some hop detectable.
feel: pucker! a bit watery, with minimal carbonation that is only sharp for an instant on first sip. ane some more acidic roughness.
i'm trying to review this with the alleged "style" in mind, granted that i'm more used to "amateur" fruit lambics like lindemans.
i can finish a whole bottle, and i believe i can even appreciate it. still, not something i'd look for again.
06-29-2009 17:14:14 | More by tai4ji2x
4.13/5 rDev -3.7%
A: Orange with both red and yellow hues. Actually quite shiny at first, but after a while it gets rather hazy. Basically no head at all, just a minimal amount of bubbles that quickly disappears and leaves a minimal ring of lacings.
S: A very pleasant smell but not as powerful as I had hoped. Tart raspberries up front, some wild strawberries. Some vinegar. Some funky notes of earth and hay.
T: The first impression of the beer is that it is really tasty, but not overly complex. A somewhat weak taste of tart raspberries. Wheat, a ghost-like hint of grassy bitterness, vinegar and lemon. Not as sharp as some sours, and not harsh at all, the taste is actually really fresh with just minimal funky notes (horse blanket, hay). Some sweet nuances. The finish is all about a long lasting sourness - fantastic. The acidity mixes with some nutty aromas, barrel flavors and just a hint of vanilla.
M: A very pleasant mouthfeel. The beer has, considering the style, a surprisingly full body (but still, we're talking about a body in the medium range). Slightly oily texture with a dry finish. Very gentle carbonation.
D: Unfortunately I think this bottle had some years on it and the raspberry flavors had faded a bit. But still, a very tasty lambic. Would definitely drink it again.
06-20-2009 23:58:33 | More by ricke
4.1/5 rDev -4.4%
Just picked up a bottle of this today from Binny's in Buffalo Grove for around $9 (it's the 375mL). I've been really sick the last 5 days so I'm pumped to finally drink some goodness. Drank from my New Glarus flute.
Cork dated 2.005
Appearance- Pours a very hazy pinkish orange with loads of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass and even more permeating throughout. A small half finger head disappears as quickly as it came leaving not even a trace of a cap or collar.
Smell- Starts very tart with definite hints of lingering raspberry that still remain sort of fresh and fruity. Not really vinegary as some of these can be in the nose it's just sharply tart. Maybe it's the fruit? Some earthy musk is more than present with a big blue cheese funk. The ever popular horse blanket and leather are also detectable. The nose is very nice but it's very potent and sort of odd to smell the funk/fruitiness work together.
Taste- Whoa! So sour and tart from the start with a very acidic kick of both fruit and vinegar. Sort of sneakily fruity once your mouth acclimates as the raspberry tastes a lot like, well, raspberry. Lightly bitter or astringent in the middle as the sourness fades somewhat. Definitely not as earthy or funky as I was expecting from the nose but it's still prevalent, especially toward the finish. Mushroom broth and tobacco are lightly earthy and in the background but they are detectable. Some woody tannins and a very light bit of oaky vanilla in the finish. The raspberries and tartness dominate though and really never leave.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp body with a sharp bite of carbonation that is very quenching.
Drinkability- A very tasty Lambic that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't imagine trying to drink a whole 750mL bottle of it but the 375mL was perfect. The fruitiness is great and if you enjoy an extremely tart Lambic, this is your brew! Glad I grabbed a bottle; it was a nice welcome back.
05-29-2009 18:26:38 | More by younger35
4.45/5 rDev +3.7%
Served in tap in a Brugse Zot oversized flute. The beer is very pretty; it's colored with an odd combination of pink and copper. There is a slight head of large, soapy pink bubbles. The is a complex aroma to this beer, with sweet berries and some tartness present. The taste of the beer also has a mild sour tartness with is very nice. If the idea of a sour beer sounds unappealing, you should still try this one, as the tartness is not overpowering. There is a lot of fruit to this beer, I think it tastes like raspberries. There is a lot of carbonation, which probably helps bring out the bite of the tartness while it's in your mouth. Overall, a very wonderful beer.
05-26-2009 12:07:55 | More by ToasterChef
3.8/5 rDev -11.4%
Pours a pink/blush color, highly carbonated with minimal head. Smell is faint raspberry, sour, tart, funky. Tartness and sourness is in-your-face, with slight raspberry flavors in the finish. Very dry, but tingly on the mouth, light body. Drinkability is okay, but you have to really love the style to knock back a few of these. Overall, a good fruit beer because the raspberry is not over the top.
05-24-2009 00:52:24 | More by jhu1995
4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
Poured into a wine glass. Cloudy ruby-red color with a one inch white head. Decent retention but no lacing.
Aroma of funk/mildew, cherries, and fermented fruit juice.
Flavor consisted of a smooth sweetness followed by a very puckering tart vinegar/cherry flavor. The vinegar flavor was almost as powerful as the sour/tart cherry flavor.
Medium-full bodied with carbonation and a lingering tart flavor on the palate for a minute or two after each sip.
Definitely have to sip this lambic. Unless you want your eyes to water and start crying and give yourself heartburn, don't chug it! Girlfriend liked this brew too, she's a big fruit lambic fan and I think it's rubbing off on me...
05-20-2009 15:47:19 | More by davexisxrabid
3.7/5 rDev -13.8%
Pours a pinkish-red, nice creamy pink head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sour rasberries, funk, sour lemons, cherries, . Tastes of tart rasberries up front followed by intense sourness. Some raw lemony bitterness near the end leaving a tartness on the palate. Nice crispness on the palate.
A good lambic, the fruit characteristic does not come through as well as the cherry lambic. Still very good, nice and tart and sour, the way lambics should be.
05-18-2009 01:42:35 | More by bum732
3.65/5 rDev -14.9%
12oz bottle poured into a goblet.
A: Reddish-pink. Head disappears almost instantly.
S: Funkier than a James Brown/Parliament double bill. Also vinegar.
T: All tartness and barnyard funk. Like drinking vinegar that a horse has been bathing in. No trace of raspberries.
M: Pleasantly smooth.
D: If Lindemans is the Will Smith of lambics (pleasant and family-friendly with any rough edges smoothed out), then Cantillon is like NWA-harsh, uncompromising, and in your face. I couldn't drink a whole bunch of this in a sitting, but I'll definitely turn to this if I need to clear my sinuses.
05-14-2009 03:54:22 | More by BarrelO
4/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. 2008 bottle.
Well, the best way to describe the color would be "raspberry." Some lively carbonation. Pretty much any foam that came from the pour settled quickly to a fine ring.
Very big aroma...big, in that it filled the entire room. Sour, tart raspberries. Vinegar. Not picking up much funk.
Wow, this one is really tart. It's not quite a mouth-puckering sour taste, but it's not too far off. Has a sour grape finish.
My initial thought about the mouthfeel is that it's sharp, mainly due to the blast of tartness up front. This one is crisp and clean, and it's actually kind of refreshing. I had no trouble drinking it.
05-07-2009 03:47:14 | More by Gyle41386
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
375ml bottle with the uncensored label, vintage 1997 on the cork.
Pours clear orange with a pinkish hue. A slight head of white puffed up briefly before fizzling out to a placid surface with no lacework.
Aromatics lead off with soured fruit, old cheese, wet socks, and citric acid. Apple skins, raspberries, lemon pith, and dusty boards follow through.
A crisp and sharp mouthfeel, and the body is light and snappy.
Bright acid and sour red fruits blast onto the palate. Beyond tart and certainly bone dry, with a terrific vineous fruit profile.
Shades of sherry vinegar, tannic oak, fruit pith, and lemon pith persist with great duration. Sharp as nails with plenty of fruit to lure you in.
Finishes with lingering raspberries, appleskins, bright acid, and a clinging sourness.
Cantillon does it like no other, and after 12 years this one is quite remarkable.
05-07-2009 00:38:30 | More by brewandbbq
United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev -9.1%
750ml version, bottled in 2007 and BB 10/2008, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmaliet's tulip-shaped long-stemmed glass.
A: dark pink to light purple in colour, only slightly translucent, very much like the hue of "Saint Lamvinus" that I've had yesterday; the carbonation comes fine and constant, while the beer head fast settles to a rim.
S: really tart, this one, featuring the level of lactic sourness more akin to Cantillon's gueuze even, while raspberries have totally melted in the beer base and not aromatic or fruity at all; a good swirl brings out all the typical goodies - clean wheat-ish malts hand in hand with stinky/funky elements of an aged lambic, but always laced with an integrated fruity note closer to dried, salted prunes than to raspberries, due to the good level of saltiness I guess. Pleasant, with every element in place, albeit not very complex. As the beer breathes and warms a little in the glass, a finer touch of oak-ageing aroma tunes up and levels with other sour fruity elements.
T: super tart/acidic and highly salty-sour comes the foretaste, firmly in line with Cantillon's funky beer base, then the assertive bitterness with a very subtle aroma of (any) berry fruits expands, ensued by more sourness to linger at the rear of the tongue. The finish is neither quite dry as other Cantillon's lambic/gueuze, nor is it finely aromatic as other flavoured Cantillon. Maybe raspberry elements have been mercilessly, completely consumed by the wild yeasts? Just like on the nose, as the beer breathes a little in the glass, the foretaste of each sip turns much milder in terms of acidity, while each sip also finishes with a subtle herbal-fruity touch like dried hawthorn fruits plus Chinese prune powder... a sign of evolution/improvement in the glass!
M&D: the level of acidity is even higher than Cantillon's flagship gueuze as I can remember, while the carbonation remains refreshingly light to pair with the light fruitiness just fine. Consuming this bottle 6 months past the suggested BB date, I wonder if the remaining fruity elements in the beer have all but gone, hence this intensely tart and "un-fruity" performance overall? That said, this beer does slowly grow on me, at last, at least.
05-04-2009 20:51:36 | More by wl0307
3.9/5 rDev -9.1%
2008 vintage with a really dry, crumbly cork.
Pours a crisp, clean red-tinted amber with a small, large-bubbled off-white head.
Nose is sour, sharply tart and fruity with a rose-like floral underpinning.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Tart and dry with a slightly acidic finish.
Taste has some raspberry sweetness up front and then a solid blast of sharp tartness and sourness with similar floral notes to the nose and some sour grape flavors mixing in. A slight bitterness mixes in with the tart as it goes down.
Drinkability is decent for the style, but the level of tartness here makes it a sipper.
Overall this is a nice lambic and an enjoyable one to spend a few hours with. I wouldn't say it's one of my favorites, as the acidic tartness is a little overpowering and I prefer a more balanced sourness. Since this was a recent bottling, I'm thinking this one might develop and balance out quite nicely with some more age on it. I'll have to see if I can find an older bottle someday.
05-04-2009 04:13:15 | More by frothyhead
4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
750ml Bottle corked and capped from Vendome in North Hollywood $18.99.
A: Pored into a tulip glass. Pours a bright cherry red with a thin pink head that recedes quickly. If I could taste it with my eyes I am going to say this is going to be very fruity.
S: Raspberries, strawberries, vinegar
T: SOUR, I thought this was going to be more fruity judging by the look and smell. Starts with a taste of raspberries and vinegar with aftertaste that keeps getting more sour, and endures for a long time.
M: Very well balanced and sophisticated lambic, feels great in mouth, mouth puckers an enjoyable pucker
D: It's a sipper, but each sip invites another that's for sure.
05-01-2009 01:40:36 | More by LaPeste
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours a bright red with a nice white head that receeded quickly. No lacing on the glass. Almost looks like a glass of cranberry ginger ale or some sort of red soda.
I get some raspberry from the nose of this, but not quite the hit I was expecting. It's a little bit hidden and blended. Definitely pick up some nice funk from the lambic.
Only one thing to say about this one -- just give me a second until my mouth unpuckers before I say it.... WOW. By far the most sour beer I have tasted. Really wakes you up a little, but it is almost a challenge to swirl this one around in your mouth for more than a split second. The instant reaction is to just swallow as fast as possible. The aftertaste is nice and reveals some of the complexity, but the initial bite is a little overboard. Very interesting and absolutely worth a shot if you like lambics.
I'll definitely be coming back to this one, but for now, I'm going to work on finishing this bottle -- it may take a little while.
04-25-2009 01:35:27 | More by Bcaulin
4.13/5 rDev -3.7%
pour is nice with a decent head. reddish clear with an off pink head. citrus headline with a very musky odor of old straw. the smell of stale wood accompanied by grassy fruit and a crispy watery fruit quality thanks to the citrus note. taste is goaty with a citrus fruit. raspberry is both acidic and earthy mellowing out the finish as a bit less aggressive. flowery nature is there. lavender and water locust. a bit of pomegranate tart but i don't' think that was an option. fantastic, musky, fruit, not as flowery as a gueze for example, but still quite refreshing.
04-21-2009 07:02:11 | More by rtepiak
4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured from a 375ml bottle with the trademark saucy label that got them in trouble in the States, I'm told. The drinking experience might be closer to a straight 5, had you a naked woman on your lap like the bloke in the picture, but my girlfriend took one smell and locked herself in the bedroom.
Pours a picturesque reddish amber with around a finger of head, which disappers after less than a minute. Suitably ephemeral.
A sour, fruity and vagely medicinal smell emanates from the glass, but it's not at all overpowering and I'm not getting any of the poo notes I keep hearing about (and have experienced with the same brewery's Lou Pepe). Something cidery as well, and something I'm having a hard time placing, but I'd hesitate to call it "barnyard-y". Intriguing.
A big whack of sourness right up front, but I wouldn't say mouth-puckering. It's possible I'm just getting used to the style, though. A friend who was drinking with me at the time spit a little on his shirt. Raspberry pips & stems, sour lemon candy,
some vague hint of washed-rind cheese. Not even a little sweet and no hops, but interesting and well-balanced in spite of it. Light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Not as dry a finish as you'd expect.
It's almost unfair to rate these beers on drinkability - once you get used to them they're endlessly refreshing, but 375ml is easily enough and takes a while to drink. I might be able to drink more if I had it with food - a goat cheese omelette might be just the thing. Either way, I really like all the lambics I've tried, and this is right up there.
04-03-2009 11:34:22 | More by Parrotshake
4.18/5 rDev -2.6%
Served in a chalice, poured from a 12 oz. corked bottle.
A - Bright translucent red with a very fine collar of bubbles around the edge.
S - subtle raspberry and weak vinegar aroma. Not as funky as other lambics I've had.
T - Delicate sourness with a great raspberry flavor. One of the finest tasting lambics I've tasted. Such a great balance of sour and fruit.
M - Great mouthfeel. The body is smooth but thick, like a fine red wine, only accentuated by the very delicate carbonation. An amazing sipper.
D - I shared the bottle with a friend, but i could easily sip through the whole bottle myself. Maybe not more than that, but it's still very drinkable.
Overall - An excellent lambic. Subtle, balanced, and easy drinking. I'd definitely buy it again if I can find it again.
03-24-2009 20:46:33 | More by DannyS
3.85/5 rDev -10.3%
This beer compliments of Simon at La Caves des Bulles in Paris. Cork reads 2004. And the beer shows it. (sour!)
Pours a murky orange touched brown. Nose is like dogshit. Really. It smells like animal poo. Yet oddly, I still feel compelled to drink this wildness poured into my Cantillon glass. Flavor is quite sour and tart. Punch in the mouth sourness and tart tones. Hard to get many complexities off of it. Acidic, funky, minor fruit edges (barely.) Liquid feel is thicker and slick. Carbonation is minimal as you'd expect with a bit of a bite. This is a rough one to drink. This was the first lambic I ever tried and I am re-reviewing it for the heck of it. I certainly would not suggest a newbie to start with this. But for me, I can dig it at this point in my beer life.
03-20-2009 19:11:55 | More by RblWthACoz
4.45/5 rDev +3.7%
This beer is one Ive been lusting after for quite some time. The color when poured is quite striking, a bit darker than a typical rose' wine, but still pink, with a 2 finger pinkish head that quickly dissapates leaving only a ring of white foam aorund the glass. The aroma is unquestionably funky, suprisingly not sour, and has only a hint of raspberries, and surprisingly strawberries. Describing the taste is difficult. The raspberry presense is quite assertive, but so is the brett funk and the acidity, it tastes beautiful. The mouthfeel is pleasent, fizzy and on the thin side, tannic on the sides of my tounge. I would drink a whole 750 of this any time i could get away with it.
03-18-2009 17:00:30 | More by Orangevango
4.18/5 rDev -2.6%
A - A very interesting pink hue as it piurs from the bottle. Once poured, it is a very light amber color with hints of pink throughout. An excellent looking beer. Very thin, fizzy foam layer on top quickly fades away. Leaves a ring of ubbles around the glass and light lacing throughout. I have no experince with the style, but from what I have read this is about how they are supposed to look.
S - Big sour aroma of fresh berries. Raspberry is definitely the dominant note. And did I mention sour? I somewhat light cider/vinegar aroma underneath as well.
T - Big wave of sourness up front. Mouth puckering...almost mouth hurting. The fruitiness provides ample balance though. Lots of raspberry and a little bit of cider in the taste. The sourness carries throughout, but by late drink it is more of a refreshing tartness. No real hop or malt tastes in this one. Just big fruity sourness.
M/D - Very clean and crisp feel. Very refreshing and easily drinkable. The sourness would make me question sitting down with 750ml for myself, but this 12oz bottle is excellent.
My first Lambic and I must say, it is quite enjoyable. Not a new favorite style or anything, but definitely something I will be looking for. Excellent stuff here.
02-19-2009 15:41:22 | More by ckeegan04
4/5 rDev -6.8%
750 corked bottle, believed to be several years old.
A: Pours a murky pink, somewhere between the color of a spanish onion skin and pink grapefruit juice. Nice and bubbly but no head at all.
S: Nice and musky, sour brett aromas and grapfuit. Funky aromas of barnyard and grass.
T: Fairly sour, with the tartness of outshining whatever fruit was left. There's more sour citrus than any tastes that I could associate with raspberries
M: Light and refreshing, though mild carbonation. Tad grainy from the yeast. Essentially what you're looking for.
D: Cantillon lambics are just great sources. Not as sour as the Kriek but very good. I'll probably attempt to take the whole bottle down.
01-19-2009 01:01:36 | More by kasper
4.47/5 rDev +4.2%
God this is awesome. It pours a clear pink color with almost no head whatsoever. The smells is intensely sour and tart. It is making my face hot and my mouth pucker...can't wait to taste it. This is easily the most sour beer I have had to date. It is more intense than one of those war head candies. You can pick up a little bit if raspberries, I suppose. Towards the end, once the tart flavors subside, you get an apparent barn and horse flavor. Which is nice. Awesome beer and addictingly sour.
01-14-2009 21:47:52 | More by Douglas14
4/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured a reddish amber color with a smaller sized pinkish tinged head. Aromas of fruitiness and some barnyard funkiness. Sour cherry/raspberry tasting with some lighter funkiness. Nice mouth puckering finish.
Notes from and tasted on: 01/16/05.
01-13-2009 15:25:47 | More by hopdog
Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 1,681 ratings.