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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 Dubber55
2.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled January 20, 2010

Into a Founders snifter, pours a reddish pink with some orange highlights. Plenty of lively carbonation. 1 finger of pink bubbles.

Plenty of Cantillon signature funk. Smells really cheesy. Lots of strong barnyard smells- horseblanket, wet hay, some leather, oak, and something that smells similar to body odor.

First thing I notice in this beer is the acidity. Plenty of lemon, sour cherry, lots of oak, leather, and salt. Not tasting any raspberry- mostly sour cherry and cranberry. The lemon and the funk seem to be taking over the flavor profile. Very sour- makes my mouth pucker and salivate. Not complex either. Finish is dry and tannic.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a lot of carbonation. Perhaps a little too much, in my opinion.

I would have liked to taste some raspberries. I know this beer isnt fresh but I did'nt think that the fruit flavor would fade in less than a year and a half. This beer definitely destroys your palate. Leaves a lingering sour taste that does not go away. It seems it would be difficult to taste anything else after drinking this beer. I needed to drink water in between sips. It is tough to finish off a 750ml. I might drink this again if I can find a fresh bottle, but as is, way too acidic.

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Big rosy fizzy head, lacing, and a rosy pink reddish color with a bit of haze.

N: Light cork but not much, tart funk, Belgian fruit, fresh raspberries and sour rasp, light malts, light dry funk.

T: Nice sour fruit, tart raspberries, fresh rasp, crazy dry, tons of rasp, light tart funk and yeast, raspberries, cranberry, touch of sweet like taste but still dry, bit of acidity, then explosion of fresh rasp and cranberries. FInishes a bit funky and dry, a tartness, a bit acidic, flemmy too.

M: Medium bodied, good carb.

O: Great beer! Great sour fruit, tartness, plenty of raspberry and fruit explosions, nice dry finish and a nice light wild funk. Very underrated IMO.

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

750ml bottle; Nude.

A- Pours a bright ruby color with darker ruby hues and 2 fingers of pink head that died to a light pink layer of head that remained for the entire drink, slight lacing but not much.

S- My mouth started to water the second I popped the cork and was hit with a wave of sour funk. In the glass there's more subdued mustiness. Both fresh, tart raspberry and sweet raspberry preserves.. Very tart and dry raspberry flavor that leaves your mouth watering before you take your first sip, it entices you to drink it.

T- Sour raspberry immediately then finishes with a huge dry hay/funk finish. As the beer warms the beer changes... overwhelming crisp sourness is replaced by funk.

M- Nice light body with loads of carbonation that cleanses the palate and leaves you wanting to drink more of this beer. My mouth is still watering after each sip. An excellent fruited lambic, much more sour and lambic-like than sweet and fruity.

D- Huge drinkability, could drink this all day and have no problem.

Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage 750mL, poured in my Cantillon ballon stem.

A- Amber with a rosey hue to it, a little hazy. Poured a 1/2 inch head that quickly disappeared. Very little lacing.

S- Super Raspberry-e, Tartness, the cantillon funk, barnyard w/ a wine like nose.

T- whoa, super sour and funky. Big acid. after a few sips, the raspberries are really coming out! the barnyard carries through.

M- Pretty well balanced. I like this beer with this age on it.

Overall- I can't stop smelling this beer, I love the raspberries! Well Done!

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

375 ml bottle. This is the last of the bottles I bought in Paris. Bottled 20 Jan 2010. Mine has a naked lady getting groped on the bottle, unlike the one shown above.

Appearance: Clear, effervescent, and a deep red. The head is a big fizzy thing at first, off white with a pink tinge. It fades down to a thin blanket which never goes away, feed by the continous stream of bubbles from the bottom.

Smell: My mouth started to water the second I popped the cork and was hit with a wave of sour funk. In the glass there's more subdued mustiness with a lemony sourness. Both fresh, tart raspberry and sweet raspberry preserves.

Taste: I'm excited how much the fruit does not dominate here. The flavor is quite sour and musty funky. Lemon fades to tart rasberry from midpalate to the finish leaving a pleasant sour raspberry taste. Dry and slightly puckering.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and dry, with a slightly sticky coating tannic feel along with the dry finish. Refreshing, excellent.

Overall: An excellent fruited lambic, much more sour and lambic-like than sweet and fruity.

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and does not have any head or visible carbonation.
S: There are light aromas of sourness in the nose along with some hints of raspberries.
T: The raspberry flavors stand out in the taste and are accompanied by a light amount of sourness. No sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very drinkable because the fruity flavors help to balance out some of the sourness.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle N Hum. After St Lamvinus, the 2nd sexiest pour of the day. A brilliant red, shockingly vibrant. It seems to emanate music from its very effervescence. The raspberries are big on the aroma, dominating the smell. A little bit of funk backing it up but still the sweet berries dominate. Nice. The flavor is not nearly as sweet, the berries are there, but a big mouth puckering tartness takes over and just stays. Pretty much forever. Not super sour but very tart. I like.

Photo of tbeckett
3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Moeder Lambic. From notes.

A - Poured a red colour with a one finger pinkish head. Bright. Great retention of one finger of fluffy head.

S - Raspberry or strawberry. Now that I know what this had in it, it makes sense. Straight berry is what I got. It was nice but not overly complex. Just fruit.

T - Sour with obvious fruit. Very fruity with hay and cobweb thrown in.

M - Spritsy carbonation with light to medium body.

O/D - Not too bad but not great. Too fruity and not lambicy enough for me. I didn't dislike it, I just expected something different.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- 750 ml bottle
Cork was crumbly and didn't come out cleanly.
A - beautiful deep red with fine fizzy bubbles but no lasting head to speak of.
S - Musty tart berries as expected.
T - Raspberry tartness covering a slightly sweet and musty lingering taste. The sour fades quickly and leaves you ready for more.
M - light bodied and clean.
D - I'll be having the whole 750 for sure, but at this price it will be awhile until I can enjoy another.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, bottled 1/20/10,

A: Pours a gorgeous raspberry red with a soft white head, some lace.

S: Direct raspberry notes with a hint of horse blanket and Brett, eclectic mix.

T: A young lambic and the fruit is direct and to the point and it's delicious. Amazing raspberries mixed with some lemon and great lactic acid.

M: Medium-bodied, good balancing acidity, pleasing carbonation.

O: Another classic from Cantillon and it rocks. The fruit flavour and the acidity is brilliant, I'm glad I finally got to have a bottle to myself.

Photo of cpmichael
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone RIS snifter. Bottle was a 2010.

A: Pours a nice light red color, with about 1.5 finger pinkish-head, with good retention.

S: That musty Cantillon funk smell, raspberries and citrus.

T: Very balanced lambic, sour, but the sweetness of raspberries evens this out really well. hints of lemon and oak.

M/D: Good carbonation, medium bodied. Very complex and very tasty. All Cantillons have very noticeable smells and tastes, this is no exception.

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deeper raspberry red with a slight frothy reddish white head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Sour and vinegary with raspberries thrown in.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tart and sour. Wine like in it's taste and pallet but with more carbonation and "bite" to it. Has all the elements of a good lambic; Light and crisp, with a punch of raspberry tartness, vinegar smoothness and a fruity end.

Overall: Very drinkable and only a 5.00% abv makes this lambic a perfect accompaniment on a hot day, outside on the lanai. May not be for everyone, as authentic lambics tend to divide people into the "yes" or "no" crowd. I'm in the camp of "yes"...or more appropriately, "Hell Yes!".

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

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle dated 29 Sep. 2010, so this beer has had just over 6 mos. in the bottle. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice raspberry red color with a ¼” to ½” head that is light pink in color but which is gone almost before you can tell its color or thickness. It quickly turns into a ring around the glass with small islands of thin foam. Once the head is gone there are absolutely no signs of bubbles or lacing except for the hundreds of tiny bubbles clearly visible in the liquid right after the pour. Soon, however, even those are gone.

Smell: At first the aroma is not very complex, I’m picking up mostly a bit of band aid-like mustiness that pretty much dominates the traces of raspberry vinegar in the background. But that soon changes and, as the beer warms and opens up, the raspberries move forward to compete with the mustiness on more equal ground soon coming to dominate the aroma.

Taste: The beer is marvelously crisp, tart and sour as well as tinged with raspberry flavor. Hidden in among the stronger flavors from the raspberry tart are traces of what this beer will become with a few more years of aging when the funky character develops more strongly. At the moment there are only traces of mustiness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth. The finish is reasonably long and begins with the mix of tartness, raspberry, and a touch of sweetness and then it becomes richly sour, bone dry and eventually what is left is a touch of astringency and dryness that persist for a long time.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a nicely drinkable beer. Sipping comes easily and I’m surprised by how quickly this 375 ml bottle is doing down (darn good thing the ABV is only 5% here). I’ll could easily finish off the 750 ml bottle and I’ll definitely be seeking this one out in the future. My overall impression is that this is a well-made beer with lots of aging potential. Cantillon seems to the right of things and I’m beginning to wonder if they could make a bad beer if they tried.

Photo of bs870621345
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 23, 2009.

Pours a cloudy red color with a minimal head that fades quickly. No lacing at all.

Smells like wet hay, horse, must, raspberries, and oak.

Taste opens up with a raspberry, funk and lemon sourness, in the middle there is a nice sweetness that seems to emerge, followed quickly by a vinegar sourness and finishes dry with the oak tannins in the throat and on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. Activates the salivary glands on the first sip.

Overall its good, almost great. Very enjoyable lambic.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the freshest example I have tried. Cloudy deep rose color. looks nice. Highly carbonated. Smells like brettanomyces, and some oakiness as well. Acidic on the tongue. Brett lends a cherry like flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly sharp and complex. I can't believe I enjoy something so radically flavored like this. But I do, this is awesome "beer". Sourness is pleasant and not over the top like some well aged Cantillons I have tried. Thin body which is expected. Nice dessert beer. I have another bottle that I will try in a few years.

on a side note:
I opened two Cantillon bottles in a row that have had moldy corks. This one foamed out the top of the cork as soon as I took the cap off. Considering people age this beer so long, that stinks. Maybe its because American beer stores tend to store beer upright, where this beer and it's brewing company tend to store corked bottle on the side so the cork doesn't dry out.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. It's the first time I've seen or heard of it on cask (along with Cantillon Faro and Cantillon Lambic), making Moeder the first stop of choice in future visits to the city!

This was a deep red color, very clear, with a thin pink froth. The nose is not really sour, just very fresh raspberries. The lambic is very young I think, and from trying young Cantillon lambic next to this I think it hasn't made much of a lactic turn yet. Once it referments in the bottle it can get very sour, but fresh on cask is another thing.

The taste is all raspberries, and while it's good I really prefer the older bottled versions. Nothing to turn your nose up on though.

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

This pours with a short, shaved-ice white head that passes quickly. Unlike many fruit beers, it's not red, but an orange-brown like a Flanders Red Ale.

The aroma is primarily a sour, yeasty odor with an undercurrent of raspberries.

The taste is quite sour since it's based on a two-year-old lambic. The raspberry taste is pleasant but not at all like that in many fruit beers or in wine; instead of a deep, jammy taste there's a taste more like a tea made from dried raspberries. This should help it match with any kind of food that goes with a young geuze rather than with food that goes with raspberries. Overall, it's quite refreshing and the acidity cleanses the palate effectively.

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

A: Nice colour- orangey-red, reminds me of Orval. Not as much head though. 4

S: burnt rubber, pretty enjoyable pungent nose-filling cheesey umami. Sour herbs (hops). Very enjoyable gardeny smell. Also, peaches and apples. 4.5

T: Not even close to the pucker I was expecting. Mostly acid, herbs, and garden. Then there's some peachy appley flavours. Also some definite fruit sherbet in the taste. 4

M: Under-carbed, slips down nicely. 4

O: Very enjoyable. I don't have much to gauge this on and I certainly think there's room for improvement but this is excellent. I could easily drink a 750mL of this and it could easily replace wine at the dinner table. Shame it's so expensive. 4

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

Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
25.4 ounce bottle purchased at Monk's cafe and split with my buddy Griff. Bottle dated Sept 29, 2010. My first ever Cantillon brew.
A: pours a frothy light red color that dissipates quickly and leaves a translucent pour. 3.5

S: smells tart, I pick up a hint of raspberry, and there's also a mild smell of funk that tells me this beer is true-to-style. 3.5

T: incredibly tart. The most tart, puckering beer I've come across to date. The raspberry is present, but far from dominant. The fruit is in the background here. The dominating flavor is of tart sweetness. And this brew doesn't let up; the last sip had almost as much fruity, funky, pucker power as the first. 4.5.

M: this beer tingles the tongue and then finishes INCREDIBLY dry. 5.0

D: this is incredibly tart. I enjoyed drinking this, and would again, but it's tart to the point where more than one at a given sitting isn't optimal. 4.0

Photo of musicforairports
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottled in March 2009, two years ago.

Pours a red/orange/pink color. Pretty clear.

Smell is great: Very sour, and mixed in the background is a clean, fresh berry scent.

Taste is more of the lambic than the berry, perhaps because it's had two years to sit. Quite sour, but very smooth and subtle. The berry flavors are ripe and tart, not sweet at all. This is my first Cantillon and I've very impressed with how they do a raspberry-style beer.

Leaves a bit of a coating in the mouth, which is interesting. The sourness lingers.

Really a great lambic.

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

Bottled 2009

Agitated pour produces a soft pink head that doesn't stick around for more than a half minute. Vibrant berry body.

Tangy and funky nose, lemony with band aids at first but rounded out by a thin raspberry envelope.

Tart 'n funky raspberry, extra dry and phenolic. Active carbonation is light and prickly.

A well put together beer. The fruit plays nicely off of the Cantillon funk. The tartness is making me sweat too. Wonder what that means.

Photo of veinless
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: Bottled September 29th 2010

Pours a deep pinkish ruby with good clarity and a two-finger pink fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Color could be accurately described as rosy which is appropriate. Head eventually recedes to a ring that stays foamy for a while at the edges.

Smell is of one thing in particular - ripe, fresh raspberries and a lot of them. Seeds and a slightly tart sugary character unique to raspberries are very clear. I was expecting this to be either very sweet or very sour and it ends up being neither in a very good way.

Taste is sour with must and slight funk that wasn't evident in the nose. Seeds are amplified adding a good bitterness that is rough and gritty. Sweetness is present, but not too much at all. I wish the taste matched the nose for the pure raspberry character, but I like the rest of it too.

Mouthfeel is pretty full for how crisp and acidic the beer is. Isn't really harsh at all, just smooth for the style. Drinkability is good but not as good as it could be - the flavor needs a touch more tartness or sweetness as it's kind of in no man's land right now. Still, a great lambic.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in Hoegaarden tumbler. Bottled June 2010.

A: Cork comes out fairly easily with a mild pop. Pours a bright clear scarlet color with a striking pink head. The frothy pink is three fingers initially and quickly dwindles to a more manageable height. Body is like sparkling cranberry juice. Very pleasing to the eye.

S: A nice musty whiff of funk as soon as the beer hits the glass. Scent is barnyard and wet leaves. Sweet and tart dark berries hide underneath. Raspberry, cranberry, and hints of grape and cherry.

T: Tart but not flat out sour. Juicy flavors of raspberry and cherry. Brief suggestions of grape-like tannins. Hints of vinegar. Moderately sweet. Finishes rather dry, leaving a tart aftertaste.

M: Carbonation and mouthfeel are appropriate for the style.

O: Very enjoyable. This is my first time for this beer so I wanted to drink it relatively fresh. It still had quite a bit of fruit flavor and color, while the funky characteristics were more subdued.

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

2009 bottle. Pours a dark salmon pink with a large white head. Nose is bright, seedy raspberries, minerals, lemon, hay, Cantillon funk. Tightly woven brett, just wonderful fruit integration as I expect from these guys. Mouth is way more full on the fruit than I expected, not particularly subtle, though of course dry. Very heavy mineral quality on this, especially on the finish. Raspberries are green and seedy. Not quite as tight in the mouth as I hoped, as the fruit and mineral just kind of linger on. Of course fairly sour and moderately acidic. Still one of the best raspberry beers around, at this point on par with Hommage I believe. In my opinion Bullfrog Frambozen is superior to this (at this age) in it's wonderful, dry subtlety and seedy vanilla quality.

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

taste- raspberries, grapefruit, highly acidic and somewhat bitter

color- pink orange

clarity- clear

smell- raspberries, strawberries, barnyard, subtle oak notes, something of an unpleasant sulfuric/metallic? aroma in the finish...can't put my finger on it

body- very tart on the palate, makes you pucker from start to finish, refreshing, mouth watering, palate cleanser, lactic acid gradually develops during the drink, medium-length finish

appearance- fine, pink-hued head similar to the consistency of egg-whites that disipates quickly once poured, some residual lace

overall impression- great example of this style, reminds me of some rosé sparklers

notes and comments- good aperitif. this has a little more than a year of age on it...i think the full fruity taste has given way to the lambic taste at this point...not a bad thing, just a different flavor profile. the name gambrinus derives from jan primus ("john the first"), 13th century ruler of brabant, who in many parts of the world is the legendary king of beer. several brews in different countries are named after him

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glassware: cantillon flute

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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