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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002

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Photo of GRG1313
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of sdhomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, 2010 vintage.
Pours bright red with 1 finger white head which disappears quickly.
Aroma is earthy and funk with a cherry/rasberry sweetness behind.
Taste starts sweet and is hugely sour in the finish. Loads of funk and earth throughout. Very dry.
One of my favorite beers that I have had from Cantillon.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(A) Pours a nice rich red color. Pretty clear color throughout the glass. Excellent pink head that is about a half inch thick to start. Subsides to foam around the edges.

(S) Cherry, berries, raspberries, some funk, sourness. Very clean and simple and straight forward.

(T) Sour sugar and sweet raspberries are top to bottom in this beer. A little bit of funk and some citric acid help to make this a great fruit lambic. Quite delicious.

(M) Tart and sour but with a light body to it.

(O) This review didn't call for much and that's one of the main reasons I really like this beer. Everything from Cantillon is just amazing. This is a simple brew that doesn't take much explanation. It's just excellent.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - I chose my Allagash goblet because it holds well over 375 mL, but this thing overflowed instantly. 1:1 ratio of hazy red body and soft pink head. Head retention is great with decent lacing.

Smell - Initial tart aromas with raspberries. Not overwhelming raspberries, but integrated into the tartness. Immediately following is a faint, but recognizable funk. Again, the raspberries do not dominate but seem to blend well. I'm more a fan of funk than tart and I wish the funk came through more.

Taste - Like the smell, it's tart initially with raspberry flavors but a definite strong lemon flavor. It blends into a funk that, again, is less intense than the tartness, to my slight disappointment. It finishes dry and tart again, a little intensely.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, medium-light bodied, and refreshingly tart. Dry in the finish, which enhances the lightness, although makes it seem a tad astringent.

Overall - My first fruit lambic, so my opinion may be skewed. The raspberries integrated nicely, but brought a strong tartness to the drink. I would have liked more complexity in the funk, but it was too light to identify individual flavors. I am intrigued by this style.

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into tall pilsner glass.
Bottle dated 6/17/2010

Aroma: Tart, funky, fruity notes. Raspberry sweetness mixed with lemony tartness. Underlying goaty funk. My mouth waters just smelling the beer.

Appearance: Deep raspberry red w/ a slight haze. 3 finger light pink foam falls slowly. Very light lacing.

Flavor: Wow! Very tart. Lemon with a touch of raspberry. Delicious and refreshing. Not too sweet at all. This brew is to sours what Hopslam is to Imperial IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, crisp, medium-high carbonation. Medium-light body. Dry finish.

Overall: Very highly recommended. This one is extremely drinkable. Just a shame it's not easier to obtain!

Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of the day at Spuytin Duyvil for Zwanze Day 2011, this one was a 12oz pour in a wine glass.

Rose de Gambrinus pours red, a shade or two lighter than raspberry, and opaque. There are about two fingers of very cool looking pink tinted foam capping the beer and displaying solid head retention. Lacing is left in thick rings around the edge of the glass, and all in all it's a very good looking beer. The nose is very barnyard funky, though it also packs a solid raspberry punch. A bit of sour twang is very much left as a background/ancillary note.The flavor turns up the sour, reins in the funk, and dials the raspberry back almost to zero. It's still pretty tasty, I just wish the raspberries had a little bit more presence in the beer. The body was very dry/light, with a nice carbonation that stopped just a bit short of spritzy. Aside from the relative lack of fruit I really enjoyed Rose de Gambrinus. I don't know how old the keg was, I'll probably try to get my hands on a relatively fresh bottle sometime to see how pronounced the raspberry is there.

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

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus is a tart fruit lambic, but don't expect anything fruity or sweet. This tastes like a gueuze with a slight raspberry tang. It's a very nice sour fruit lambic.

A: Bright cloudy red colour with a 5 mm head that is maintained by good carbonation. 4.5

S: Malt with a tart raspberry flavour. There is a little bit of vinegar funk too, especially at the end. 4.5

T: Sour with only subtle hints of the raspberry and some noticeable yeast. The finish is very tart. 4

M: Foamy like champagne. 4.5

O: Very tart. Not that fruity. Very nice. 4

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 375ml.

Rosy pink in the pour, huge rising head that has a nice tinge to it as well. Nose is fresh berry and mild funk. Berries explode on the tongue, crisp, juicy and tart. Lambic is pleasant and mild- funky but respectful of the berries. Wet grass and pill bottle. Raspberries are mildly acidic, lambic is mellow. Overall it's like a carbonated fruit juice with a little extra 'oomph' of lambic notes.

I have had this aged and wow, I much prefer it fresh- not nearly as sour and very very easy to drink. A wonderful, delightful beer.

Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed at the Beer Bistro, 375ml into a balloon-like tulip. Bottled February 18, 2008, enjoyed on July 20, 2011 and reviewed from notes.

Pours an orangeish-red, with two fingers of white head with a peachy pink tinge to it. Light retention, mild lace. Nose is rich in raspberry, mild funk and farmhouse notes. Light acetic acid, some sweetness and hints of lactic in there too. Taste is dominated by sour raspberries, mild acetic as well. Hints to some phenols and funkiness. Puckering mouthfeel from start to finish, but not overwhelmingly so. High carbonation, and raspberries linger on the palate. Some acetic acid lingers in the back of the throat. Overall some great raspberry taste, quite nice through and through - an easily re-visitable lambic.

Photo of wnh
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a bright ruby red with a bronze cast, topped by a large and fizzy but short-lived pink head. Cork was saturated and came out with a relatively soft "ffft" sound.

Nose is bright and fruity yet musty and funky. Mouthwatering tart raspberry aroma is central, with a big dose of dank wet basement underneath. Pungent cracked pepper rounds it out. Gets close to but never quite approaches acetone.

On the palate this is bracingly bone dry up front, then after the swallow turns to tart and earthy and slightly sweet raspberries with just a bit of juiciness. There is an undercurrent of subtle maltiness that adds a bit of sweet grainy complexity and carries the rest of the flavors. A bit hard to get through, but the fruity finish keeps me coming back.

Medium bodied and firm. Quite highly carbonated, spritzy. Long and dry fruity and earthy finish. Perhaps a bit unbalanced toward the tart side; I expected more sweet fruitiness out of this. But I feel I have to extend a certain amount of gratitude to a beer with a naked woman on the label.

Photo of Demer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml 2011 bottle poured into a wie glass.

A. The pour is a nice rose color. The fizzy white/pink head dissipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing.

S. Raspberry, Oak and funk. The funk is what hits you first giving way to a very pleasant raspberry and berry aroma. The nose on this beer is really something.

T/M. A light spritzy body. I pick up raspberry, lemon, oak and funky sourness with definite acidity. There is also some pink grapefruit in their. The acidity and sourness runs throughout. It really hits all the flavors my palate leans toward.

O. While tart this beer has been extremely easy drinking. It's one I will purchase anytime I see it and has convinced me to search out some of the other harder to find Cantillons. This beer is truly amazing. I would drink this all the time if it had a better availability. If you havent had it try and search it out for the tasting experience at least once in your life.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a 340ml wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rose color with a large pinkish head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lace but does have a ring of foam floating on the top.

Smell: Sweet raspberry backed up by lemon and a bit of must.

Taste: Begins with tart lemon, finishing with lots of funk and just a hint of raspberry. Lots of earthy undertones and a slight bitterness. The raspberries are almost completely masked, which takes a little bit away from the overall feel- this is, after all, a fruit lambic.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with a sharp carbonation and a dry champagne-like finish that stays sticky in the back of the throat.

Overall: A very good lambic but, as I said, the raspberries are almost completely lost in the flavor. While this doesn't bother me much, I had to subtract points just due to the fact that this is a fruit lambic. Still very good and worth the drink!

Photo of jsanford
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Gueuze Glass. Bottled in 2010. Review #600!

A - Pours a beautiful strawberry-red with a fluffy rose-colored head that settles to a thick cap. A stunner as always.
S - Sweet yet tart funk, raspberries, lemon, oak. That signature Cantilion funk is on perfect display, so amazing, with just the right amount of "cheese" quality.
T - Tart raspberries, lemon juice, oak, and earthy, cheesy Cantillon funk. Really nice, you can even taste the little raspberry seeds in here, they always have that woody flavor when they get stuck in your teeth, it's amazing how that flavor sensation can carry through into the beer!
M - Medium-light bodied with sharp, spritzy carbonation, perfect for the style. Incredibly dry, teeth-scraping finish that robs your mouth of all moisture.
O - So darn good, yet another world-class beer from this amazing brewery!

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours cherry red with a one finger pink head that fades very quickly, as you'd expect. Looks real nice

S- raspberries, but the aroma is pretty mild

T- the raspberries start sweet to begin with, but the finish is very sour and very vingeary. I love it. You can feel your cheeks tingling after you swallow it

M- body is pretty thin. About what I expected. Not a bad thing

O- excellent sour....my first Cantillon is a winner

Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle (bottled on Sep 29, 2010 so fairly fresh, and with the more risque picture of the woman on the man's lap) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a deep dark scarlet red, remarkably clear, with a finger of light pink uniform foamy head with tiny tightly clustered bubbles. The color is really vibrant, almost sparkles when held up to the light. Head dissipates fairly quickly to a layer of foam and a slight collar. Not much carbonation activity when looking at the beer, almost still, yet I can swirl up a finger of foam pretty easily.

Really nice raspberry aroma, sweet but tart, with some fruit vinegar and a light earthiness.

Taking a sip, very fruit forward, lots of sweet fresh raspberry hits your tongue, lightly sour, vinegary and a touch of lemon juice. A little earthy and woody flavor comes mid tongue and finishes dry with a bit lingering fruitiness. I'm somewhat surprised that this isn't as sour and tart as some other Cantillon beers I've tried in the past.

Light and refreshing with just a touch of carbonation. Very easy to drink, though not as flavorful and complex as I would have liked.

Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750mL bottle of this @ the 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar in Lafayette Square (St. Louis), MO for $12.50. Poured from the bottle into an Oversized Wine Glass and has 29 December 2010 on the bottle (barely noticeable).

Aroma- Starts with a huge raspberry (and other berry) aroma and has a good sour presence. Not much of the goaty smell but not worried.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that dies quickly. Has a ruby red color body that is clear and effervescent. Leaves almost no lacing on the glass...

Flavor- A subtle raspberry flavor from the beginning. Very sweet and acidic all the way through and ends with a sour finish. Very pleasant and you can tell this is a lambic without a doubt. Might have too much sweetness here but I still enjoyed.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Medium tartness, and puckers all the way through with light sweetness on the palate.

Overall Impression- Very nice Lambic! Cantillon never brews a beer without tons of complexity and the most DOMINANT characteristics of which fruit, flower, or ingredient they are trying to promote in their beer. This one was sweeter and lighter than many other krieks/lambics I've had from Cantillon, but didn't fall short from their A+ par.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 750 split with my main sour devourer. Poured into tulips.

A: Beautiful bright red hue. Small pink head fades and leaves soapy lace.

S:Truck loads of tart raspberries. The funk is mild though. Sort of one note with just a hint of horse blanket.

T: Huge dry raspberry flavor. Intense moldy gym socks that were used to crush raspberries. Old wet band aids soaked in raspberry puree. Wet straw that was used to soak up raspberry juice. Dry as a desert. Makes my teeth gritty and my tongue feel like cotton.

M: Medium dry body with lively carbonation.

O: Not as complex as I have come to expect from Cantillon. Still very fun to drink just not a star like some of my favorites.

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this on vacation in Colorado in September 2006 - it has been in my beer fridge for almost 5 years. Cork says bottled 2005.

Looks like a rose wine in the glass - nice salmony pink hue - wisp of foam disappears quickly and no lacing left behind. Smells sour, fruity, and a little funky. Tastes like sour berries - tart like mad! some musty / even medicinal qualities in the finish. The acidity and sourness makes the mouthfeel unique - not a tom of carbonation - but seems right. This is a cool drink - I waited a long time to try it and I am very happy with it. Not sure what I would pair with it but it is very good stuff on its own.

Photo of JLeege
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 13th, 2010
750 mL, Slightly chilled, Into my Lost Abbey tulip

Appearance- Pours out blood red, with about 2 fingers of pink foam, fizzles out fairly quickly to a nice thin layer atop the beer. A little splotchy lacing.

Smell- The classic, unmistakable Cantillon funk; a little oak, slightly earthy. Nice tart raspberries. Smells heavenly.

Taste- Actually the oak is the first thing picked up on the palate, bringing slight hints of vanilla. Then you get some of the earthiness and funk. Some lemon pops up, and then the raspberries. And let’s talk about these raspberries… Tart and sweet too slightly sour, deep rich flavor, they have the freshly picked slightly earthy/dirt tones; and the flavor lingers forever. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel- Medium light body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, with a fairly dry finish. Overly drinkable.

Overall- Thank god for real fruit! Besides that, I don’t know what else to say, this lambic is excellent.

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

700th Review on BA
Bottle to Sapporo Flute
750 ML Cap/Cork
Bottled 29/9/2010

Thanks to Jazzpatel for finally getting this one in his shop.

App- A slight mix of light purples, light reds and some dark pinks. A very nice two finger presented and fizzled away like a spritzy soda. No lines, no cling, no legs. A bit light.

Smell- The very tart damp notes come in first. Followed by a little sweet tangy, tannic dried fruit.

Taste- Its amazing how my palate has changed. What I once found to be nasty and ask "how", has turned to a respect. The taste of this is very tart and aciditic and berry forward. The beer is a little dry with a balanced dampness, and a little funky. A bit tangy.

Mouth- This was a little light and refreshing beer. It was a bit light bodied and high carbed which was a nice change. Left me with a tart, tangy and balanced residual flavor.

Drink- Well, its in the books. #700. This was a nice lambic. I thought it was well balanced, tarty, sweet and refreshing. The raspberries were nice with the carbonation level and wasnt flat. I'd love to have an older bottle someday.

Photo of rwinzing
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from a recent trade.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Had a big rose colored head with slight lacing on the side of the glass. The beer was a cherry red color in the glass

Smell - is fruity and a bit sour is found in the aroma

Taste - Very sour more sour than expected. Hint of the rasberry but the sourness hides the fruit. I love sours so this is right up my alley

Mouthfeel - has a sting to it from the sourness but in a nice way. A little thin

Overall - Love this beer would buy and hoard if I could find it. Glad I have two more bottles

Photo of davey101
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

December 29, 2010. 375ml corked and capped green bottle into a tulip glass. Really classy label and I love the new cantillon caps.

A - Dark red with some purple tints. Super clear pour. Looks exactly like a raspberry. A sudsy, off white head did form and dissipate quickly leaving behind just a little bit of edging. Tons of carboantion and bubbling going on.

S - Raspberries. Spot on. Really fresh raspberries picked from the woods or something, this stuff is the real deal. Just the slightest hint of oak and funk, but its really toned down. The fruit is on full display here.

T - I decided to drink this fresh to get the full raspberry flavor, but I almost wish I held out a bit longer since I'm a fan of the funk and musky lambic notes. The body is actually fairly light and spritzy, really high carbonation. Taste is of sour raspberry, lemon rind, and just a hint of oak towards the end. Mouth puckering, but no funk in the taste.

O - The best raspberry beer/framboise I've had to date. This is a really solid cantillon brew, but it didn't really live up to my expectations. Perhaps if I can find another bottle I'll enjoy it more with some age on it.

Photo of cccarson
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bangers and Lace a month or two back served in a snifter. From notes:

A: Beautiful pinkish, blood orange color. A surprising amount of head at about 1 cm or so. Slight lacing clung to the snifter throughout .

S: Tart raspberries, berries and that unmistakable Cantillon funk (cellar). Not as strong as their gueuze, but refreshing nonetheless.

T: Wonderful tartness which is not overpowered by raspberries, but instead balanced near perfectly. The sour acidity is lovely (especially on a hot summer evening). As others have said, the malt profile is minimal and not supposed to be at the forefront here. Instead what you have is a fantastic, crisp, raspberry-hinted beer. As with most of their offerings, Cantillon sneaks in some wonder cellar flavors.

M: Puckering and crisp, in a great way. Some might think this is overly carbonated, but I feel that it accentuates the beer.

O: When you add everything together and add in the fact that this is a 5% ABV beer, it's tough to find much fault in this beer. It is session-able and delicious and the perfect accompaniment for a hot summer day (or night).

Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (2010) into a Corsendonk tulip.

Pours a rosy, blood-orange color mixed with Valentine pink beneath a fizzling, vanishing spit of foam. Bubbles rise incessantly from the laser-etched bottom. The nose is that of a blended raspberry bush--leaves, stems, berries and all. Hints of leather, wood, tart peach juice and lemon peel in the background. The sides of the jaw pucker in anticipation...

The mouth needn't terry long before it is slammed by raspberry tartness. Incredibly sour, Rosé De Gambrinus soaks itself into the palate and at the same time causes it to implode in a puckering, funky vinous burst (surprisingly it doesn't tear away at the enamel like some sour beers). Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and the thin body does well to support the flavor. Overall, a great Lambic, but a bit too bracingly tart to drink much of it.

Photo of Aberration
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two bottles of this one night, found a bottle from 2006 and a bottle from 2010.

The older bottle was very acidic and almost overbearing in funkiness. The fruit flavors faded for the most part along with the color, leaving a pinkish brown beer. Very tart, mouth-puckering effect.

The newer bottle poured an eye appealing ruby red with pinkish head. The flavor was fantastic as well, great raspberry notes with the always stellar Cantillon funk.

Overall- Better while new! The older bottle just faded too much to be enjoyed quite like the 2010. All opinion, of course- some people may enjoy the intense tart flavor that comes with age.

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.