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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,610 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,610
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 414
Gots: 412 | FT: 28
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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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3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 Vintage. 375ml Bottle.

A: Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a quickly fading head of foam on top.

S: Lots of acidity in this one. Some raspberries and cherry are behind it, but the smell is just sour, but not in a bad way.

T: It's likely due to the age of the brew, but a lot of the raspberry and cherry flavors have faded. In it's place is a strong sour flavor, almost like a straight-forward geuze. A hint of raspberry is behind it all, but by and large it has faded. It is still damn tasty though.

M: Good carbonation, and a nice crisp finish.

D: This is pretty damn good. A fine tasting brew. I have a 2003 vintage, and I can pick up a recent vintage easily. I wonder how they'll all compare. I recommend this one for a try though, it's damn good. And for a brew that's only 5%, it's aged very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 00:51:43 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of JDV


3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like cranberry juice with no head. Smell is funky sourness with a slight bit of raspberries, but not intense as in most standard fruit beers. Taste is quite tart, with light dry unsweetened raspberries. Still wanting more malt or sweetness to balance it for me. Decent, but not my speed.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:41:07 | More by JDV
Photo of lpayette


3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one was bottled in 2005, and has been in my possesion for at least a year, probably more (maybe even 2?). It's finally time to drink it

Poured into my only remaining, super-girly elongated flute glass, this beer looks like a pink wine. Crystal clear, bubbles form all along the sides of the glass with little head up top.

The smell is funkadelic with notes of sour raspberries, rose hips?, but mostly just some funky-ass brett notes.

Taste is sour as hell, and for me a bit too much... yet I respect where this beer is coming from. Some sour notes of raspeberry and cherry try to come through, but they are so overpowered by the clinging sourness it's hard to let them have their moment in the spotlight. A very subdued, mild, barnyardy taste in the background in the second half of the finish with a bit of growing presence as it rolls off the palate.

Mouthfeel - tingles like crazy with lots of carbonation, plus the sourness really makes this hard to get a handle on. Other than that, this proves to be a light, and perhaps even refreshing beer to an extent, although puckering would certainly be a more accurate portrayal.

Drinkability- not something that I have the taste buds to drink a lot of. But I respect it for what it is: a good lambic that is true to the style. Not bad to have once in a while, but probably not something that I'll be seeking out anytime soon either. If I'm in the mood for something this sour, I'll probably just seek out a flanders red or something.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 09:02:05 | More by lpayette
Photo of treehugger02010


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this single bottle at Oak Tree Discount Wines & Spirits in South Plainfield, NJ and poured it into a snifter.
Appearance:A pink/orange body that was pretty hazy, toped off with a big white head that left even sooner than it came and left no lacing. Very carbonated.
Smell: A fruity aroma, characterized by apples and cherries.
Taste: The most tart beer I have every tasted. Fruity with everything but citrus and banana.
Mouthfeel: Rigid.
Drinkability: Great.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 11:43:58 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of Kemmerlin


4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rose pink/red in color that poured a 1 inch quickly dissolving head.

S: Sour raspberries and sugary soda. The smell literally made my mouth water.

T: A combination of sour fruits, apples, raspberries, and slight cherries.

M/D: Sour but not mouth puckering which is kinda upsetting. It is very drinkable though. If it had a more sour punch I think I would buy this one again but I doubt I will purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 03:28:40 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of SacoDeToro


4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007.

Poured an translucent and hazy red with a large foamy pink head.

The aroma was bursting with fresh raspberries - what I'd describe as "jammy." Lots of brettanomyces barnyard funk and lactic acid.

The flavor was pretty tart and acidic. The fruit flavors wer very rich a full. Huge raspberry flavor. The beer had a clean biscuity and wheaty malt backbone (very subtle, but nice). The raspberry flavors were a little more intense that a Lou Pepe I had on tap recently.

The carbonation was spritzy the mouthfeel was light and crisp.

This beer was incredibly refreshing, as are all Cantillons, and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 22:23:08 | More by SacoDeToro
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whenever i see a story about lambics, inevitably this is the bottle pictured, so after reading "Wild Brews" i thought that i'd finally give it a try. Uncapped (wierd mildew like mold under the cap) and then uncorked it with a pop. Poured mildly fizzy with an amber body and pinkish notes. Short head, not really any lacing to speak of. Smells very tart and fruity. Bitter cherries and raspberries. First sip is overwhelmingly sour, with a tart kick of raspberries, stale hay and cherries. Ensuing sips lose the super-sour quality and allow the tart fruits and earthy Brett flavors to come through more. More raspberries, also sweat, sour malt. A very nice and complex mix. Medium to thin bodied, a fine Framboise. Highly drinkable, especially with a meal or with cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 14:35:19 | More by aforbes10
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North Carolina

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

Thanks to MiguelMandingo, 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice pink grapefruit juice color with a bit of fizzy foam spots.

Sweet fruity (raspberry, cherry, bit of citrus) tart smells.

Sweet Tart candied sourness, but not as sweet as the nose picks up pretty much the same fruit impressions though.

Strong carbonation makes a refreshingly tart fruity quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 08:24:56 | More by BeerZack
Photo of DrJay


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork says it was bottled in 2.006. It looked fairly flat during the pour, but a thin layer of fine, light pink bubbles appeared after a couple of seconds. Large, soapy bubbles formed a ring and produced some spotty lacing. The beer itself was quite clear and a brilliant red. Earthy aroma, acidic, fruity berries, light on the funk. Puckering tartness throughout that really lingered, balanced by berry sweetness and earthy seeds towards the finish. Funk and vinegar filled the rest of the flavour out, but never overpowered things. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Texture was very nice, quite smooth and ending dry. Very refreshing. The acidity is balanced nicely with the fruit character. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 22:10:17 | More by DrJay
Photo of Floydster


3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 ounce capped and corked bottle given to me as a gift from my girlfriend, split it with her tonight, poured into my Chimay goblet

A-Deep amber red color with a pink tint in the light, 3/4 inch bubbly white head, little retention, no lacing

S-Raspberries, tartness, some cherries, barnyard and hay again, slight vinegar, perfume, caramel, oak, and funkiness

T-You guessed it, a big raspberry tart the entire time, as it warmed became less sour and more sweet, can also taste some lemons and flowers oddly, pretty wild, strong sourness with hints of vinegar, especially at the beginning, small malt profile balancing out the tart and dry finish that is reminiscent of a sparkling red wine, not bad overall

M-Puckering mouthfeel with a strong tart sensation, lots of carbonation, medium body, long lasting taste

D-Could drink a bottle of this and maybe a little more, becomes a little heavy as it warms, alcohol is low at five percent, relatively smooth

Better than the gueuze drank before this but did not hold a candle to Red Poppy drank today, expected a more purple color and a bigger raspberry syrup flavor, still pretty good and recommended even though I think it is pretty expensive

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 06:58:08 | More by Floydster
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz. bottle into tulip glass, cork dated 2006 vintage (drank 2/11/08)

A: Poured like a bubbly, almost effervescent & fizzy, with a quickly rising 1-finger white head that just as quickly diminishes down to nothing, leaving no lacing. Color is a lively blend of rose, blush & amber.

S: Mmm, the raspberries really come through here, wafting upwards and enticing what is to come. Some toffee & caramel notes can be found providing some balance, with a behind-the-scenes sweaty funk and a no-doubt-about-it sour tang.

T/M: My mouth instantly puckered, as if I sucked on a lemon wedge. Tart! There's a barely noticeable sweetness from the berries, carried over the tongue by a prickly, tight carbonation before the sourness takes over again. A thin-bodied vinegar-like consistency keeps this sucker real sour. Not for the faint of heart.

D: Honestly, had I not paired this with some Peking duck and a crumbly blue cheese field greens salad, it might have been tough to drink, so pair food wisely!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 23:26:36 | More by markgugs
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3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a transparent rosey pink color. No head to speak of after pouring into my flute glass.

S- Very sour and fruity. It smells a little funky of soured fruit. Not the most appealing smell to me.

T- I can definitely pick up the raspberries, but like the previous reviewer states, the lemons really are sour making you pucker as you sip.

M- Thin on the tongue and very high on carbonation.

D- It is a little too sour for me to take more than a sip or two.

Overall- I was expecting it to be a little more on the sweet side than the totally sour side. However, it is good for what it is and it went well with the Italian dish that was served to me this evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 01:40:14 | More by MMAJYK
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4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tall pour produced a fizzing ruby colored beer with a tiny pink head. Smells tart with a mix of lemon, flowers, and berries. In the flavor the raspberries go toe-to-toe with the biting lemon. It's almost to the point of making your mouth pucker and this is definitely a sipper. The raspberries go really well with the lambic flavors and if you like the original give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 18:49:55 | More by HappyHourHero
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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear with a color between red and pink. A nice fizzy pink head with good retention.

Smells like roses. Sweet raspberries with tart cherries.

Again like a bouquet of roses. Very tart and sour up front and a nice sweet malty finish.

Crisp and light feel. Very refreshing and a great summer quencher or palate cleanser.

A near perfect balance between sweet and sour flavors. This one can be enjoyed any time of the day.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 17:05:34 | More by rye726
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, I love Cantillon. I got lucky, the first Lambic I ever had was from Cantillon, so I got spoiled. It was the Fou' Foune, and I was hooked after that. Unfortunately, they don't sell Cantillon in Texas, so I have had to settle for Lindeman's and Chapeau. This was the second Cantillon I have sampled, I was lucky enough to find some on a recent trip to DC. I shared this bottle with BeerZack and chadspivey.

Poured part of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - This beer is very rosy pink and purple colored. It produced a 1 finger head that lasted a little while, and left a bit of lacing as it dissipated. It was translucent, very hazy.

Smell - Oh, I love the smell of funky beers, and this is funky. There is a lot of different things going on here. It smells like vinegar, horse blanket/barnyard (and leather, perhaps?), raspberries, a hint of citrus, sweetness (like candi sugar), and tart sour Sweetarts. Smells wild to say the least!

Taste - The taste is pretty much the same as the scent, only the sweetness that was contained in the scent is absent in the actual flavor. This beer is extremely tart.

Mouthfeel - Mouth puckering. It is light/medium bodied. It is pretty astringent, and has a prickly carbonation level.

Drinkability - The drinkability is pretty good, despite its tart nature. It is not a bottle that I would open and drink all by myself, but it is great to share with people who can appreciate what this brewery is trying to achieve. I love this brewery, and I can't wait to open my other bottles. Cantillon is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 06:10:40 | More by MiguelMandingo
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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one slightly chilled (about 60F, yeah it was a little warmer than it should have been) out of a 750 bottle with a cork dated 2002. It had a slight reddish hue accompanied by minimal head, and it was a little cloudy due to a poor pour. There was more carbonation right out of the bottle than I expected, but the high temp probably was probably the cause. It smelled slightly of raspberries and a lot of earthy cork goodness. This beer hits the front of the pallet with a slightly sweet fruity flavor, foams up a bit, then cranks in the awesome sourness finishing very smooth and pleasant. In all this is a very nice beer that is complex and well balanced.

I like the Cantillon brews a ton so i am a little biased. But truth be told this is not their best one in my less than experienced opinion, I liked the Lou Pepe Framboise a little better than this offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 03:05:48 | More by jscondon
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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Capped & Corked
Sam's Marcey

Bottled 2005

This bottle had zero pfft! when I pulled the cork. Rose de Gambrinus poured a pinkish hue with a flute full of bubbles. A small quarter finger fizzy head formed on the pour and quickly fell to a ring around the glass.

Aroma comes forward with musty raspberries just picked and under ripe. The sourness is evident when the smell curls your nose hair. There's a solid dose of barnyard, mostly musty hay.

Mouth puckering sourness up front is quickly followed by the barnyard mustiness and a slight touch of vinegar. The finish leaves a mouth puckering sourness in the form of tart raspberries with the slightest hint of sweetness. Good flavor.

Light body with a light refreshing mouthfeel. The sourness leaves you puckered up but as I swallow I salivate uncontrollably.

This beer actually goes down pretty easy for the intense sourness. Enjoyable for sure but a glass or two is enough for me.

I've sampled a couple lambics in the past but they were more of the sweet fruity variety. This is far from that but also enjoyable and a fun experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 22:43:36 | More by joe1510
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork says: "2006"; served in december of '07 in a crystal thistle-glass. Beer has the appearance of carbonated cherry kool-aid.

Even to a connoisseur, this beer is shockingly sour, even vinegary. The acetic acid dominates to the point where the raspberry and funkiness was frankly lost on me.

I have always been told that this beer was a classic. I guess that that is true in the sense that classic literature are the books that no one reads. I'm not going to invest in another bottle until I have acquired a palate for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 02:04:49 | More by goethean
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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pinkish red color, with a thin slightly pink, off white head. The head fades quickly, leaving too few laces.

This beer has a funky, tart aroma. It has a mild fruity aroma. I smell some peach and raspberry. It has a very little spicy aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It is sour, and tart upfront. Some Belgian funk flaovrs and some spices mix in. Also, I taste some fruit. Some apple, peach, and raspberry. It tastes sweet.

This beer leaves a sour fruit aftertaste. It is quite sweet. It is highly carbonated, well for the style.

I am not sure how well a session beer this would make. It is not high in alcohol, but it is very sour. It is good, just a little overbearing.

Overall: Great beer. It is hard to drink this style non stop, but I apreciate it when I can get my hands on one.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 04:16:08 | More by OStrungT
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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured with a hazy pink tinged orange. Has light head a a bit of lace. Very aromatic with a hint of raspberries, lots of yeast, spice, and malt. Flavor is really tart with a bare suggestion of sweetness and some raspberry. Extremely tangy. Not a session beer. Sure wish I would have gone to the brewery in Brussels.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 23:04:55 | More by drpimento
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Drank on 11.14.07, the unscrewed corked reads "Brasserie Cantillon Bruxelles Botteld in 2.006" Cool shit.

The head looked promising upon pouring, but unfortunately it immediately fizzed away without a trace left for the remainder of the beer. Absolutely beautiful color. Ruby red with some orange and peach colors, almost grapefruit juice colored. The aroma was musty and full of raspberries. Very sour taste at first like all Cantillons but nice and fruity at the end. Really makes you pucker, but I love it. Not as drinkable as some of the other Cantillon lambics, but still a very enjoyable and unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 12:56:41 | More by Jacobob10
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3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. 2003 bottle: This one pours a slightly red tinged amber color. It is hazy. There was a bit of a head on it when it was poured, but it fizzed away quickly. The aroma is sour and tart. A hint of raspberries to it. The taste is pretty much sucker-tart. A touch of raspberries in there. I like the tart ones, but this is a bit much for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 23:37:03 | More by Boto
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3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours an orange/mango color, very pretty. A thin cover of white bubbles at first, dropping quickly to an incomplete cover. Some lazy sediment despite decanting.

Aroma - definitely funky and sour smelling. For a style I don't care much for, it has my mouth-watering as a reflex, lol. Now *that's* conditioning!

Taste - hits the tip of the tongue with a very sour, lemony tartness. I have to hold the beer in-mouth for a few seconds and let is spread around to lessen the sour intensity. The funkiness is palatable, the tartness is mind puckering. While there is a keener sense of enjoyment for me with this style now, for the most part this is still going to be some work to finish. I will sip as I surf the net until the glass is dry. I'm liking the style more but still can't appreciate it's depth. I really can't taste any raspberry, but I'm enjoying the ride okay.

Mouthfeel - makes my mouth tingle. Much carbonation and a very pervasive flavor that is just all up in every pore of my mouth.

Drinkability - I wouldn't buy it again, but I'm happy to say I've tried it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 06:09:18 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (37,5 cl), tasted in 2002.
Appearance: pink-red colour, slightly disturbed, and sparkling little bit saturated.
Smell: distinguished aroma of raspberries, and fruit on the nose, without excessive sweetness.
Taste and mouthfeel: subtle fruity, very thin, dry and bitter. Excellent balance acidity / fruity.
Drinkability: Huge beer discover.

Review added 10-25-2007, translated from french 1-31-2008.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 19:48:50 | More by thierrynantes
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3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz corked & capped bottle (bottling date of Feb. 7, 07') in (what else) a stemmed Cantillon goblet/chalice!

BAside: always cool to pair up a beer with the brewery's glassware. And Mrs. BuckSpin thinks the label is quite risque!

Uncorked with an almost comical & stereotypical "pop!" and poured smooth, straight and quietly. Nose is deep and just lush with overripe, fully bloomed raspberry, perhaps even too fully ripened as tart, funky, mildly rancid sweet tones pervade it. Some creamy, mild cheese and damp, August sourdough is just discernible as well. Its ironic the color, aside from being incredibly clouded and unable to see any background thru, reminds me of the warm flesh of a grapefruit in that some of those very qualities also carry thru to the nose - tart/sour and sweet, with some acidity. A thin excuse of a island like sheen floats inside a thin, delicate edge ring.

Whoa...now THAT is tart. Yowza! There probably hasn't been this much fruity funkiness in one place since "Mirrored Dance Floor Ball Retro Disco Night" in the Golden Gate area! Sharp and very angular with strong, rancid raspberry tones, its semi-dry and nicely crisp with an odd saltiness. This is definitely a sipper, and its getting less sour as it warms...either that or my sourbuds have OD'd! I think I would start with it less chilled next time.

It is showing more character & depth as it warms. The angular, sharp qualities noted earlier are more citric (lemon rind, immature orange flesh, grapefruit). There is a most peculiar, distant creaminess that acts like a buffer to all of the above. Can honestly say without hesitation that no beer with an ABV of 5% has ever commanded such attention and demanded to be sipped as slowly as Rosé here.

It gets even drier, bordering on arid, as it reaches the palate. Uber sharp & crisp, the rotting raspberries giving way to grapefruit as it finishes sour. tart, funky, yet still with lingering bittersweet fruit, leaving a pasty, coating, slightly salty and surprisingly delicate.

Definitely one of the most unique beers I've ever had. Acquiring an understanding and appreciation for lambic like this is going to take a while. I definitely picked up on some underlying structure & complexity as it warmed, but I am sure I missed a bunch as well. Oddly, I found myself thinking this would be spectacular with a oily fish like salmon, etc., especially if done with some citrus. I still debating on what cheese might work with it? My gut is a really gooey, soft, young rind cheese with some crackers or bread. If you like da funk, definitely check this out.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 01:20:43 | More by BuckSpin
Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 1,610 ratings.