Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,896
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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 JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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

beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, february 2011, $16.99, 750mL

glassware: cantillon flute

Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus

Appearance: deep red, medium-small head, and some lacing.

Smell: vinegar, raspberries, and some spices.

Taste: hint of raspberry, acidic sourness, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium.

It starts off bitter with a hint of raspberry. The acidic sourness also continues from the initial sip. It is fairly bitter overall.

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

"She left roses by the stairs
Surprises let me know she cares."
-Blink 182

Saucy bottle art. Clear (I decanted it to save the yeast for my Flanders red) ruby red color with a Floridian pink stucco colored head. Head quickly thins to a collar that surrounds two dollops small bubble foam which I pretended were giant amoebas named Carl and Earl.

Woody, wet earth, raspberry vinaigrette aroma. Tastes like raspberry sweet tarts and oak. After the initial tart sucker punch my mouth acclimated to the acidity and I settled into this beer.

While I'm beginning to appreciate the effort and artistry of sour beers I don't know that I'm much more than a casual fan as of yet.

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

Pours a red brick and copper color with a lively pink tinted head.
In the nose, aromas of funky raspberry, tart cherry, and earthy notes come through the most, with faint barnyard notes of hay, grass, leather, etc.
A sip opens with a burst of bright, tart raspberry. It is sweet and tart all the way through with some funk and sour on the end.
Overall the brightness and high carbonation of the beer accompanied by the complex fruit and earthy finish makes this beer enjoyable and definitely one to contemplate. It is well balanced, not overly tart or sweet with no overwhelming funkiness to it.

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

Tried a 04 vintage courtesy of ShadesOfGray. Appearance was a healthy bright nice reddish copper. Looks very appetizing. Smell very very funky, floral, and slight hint of raspberry. Taste is almost exactly what it smells like. Because of the vintage it is extremely tart just the way I like it. Raspberry is almost nonexistent, earthy, floral, and really funky. Sits pretty good on the tongue, a little vinegary. A refreshing Lambic for sure.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rose De Gambrinus

Appearance: Pours a bright pinkish red. Light pinkish white froth. You could tell raspberries were used in the brewing process.

Smell: Actually smells a bit sour, musty raspberry, vinegar. All these notes add up to a very nice aroma. Fragrant and perfume like.

Taste: Really nice. Lemon tartness and a nice pronounced sour note that lingers well into the finish. Raspberry flavor is there, lightly bitter and mingles well with the acidic sour citric notes. Overall it is really damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, finishes semi-dry with a nice lingering sour.

Drinkability: This is a really nice beer and a pleaasure to sip upon. So far my favorite brew from Cantillon.

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

Reviewed from notes

A: the bottle/label itself is by far one of the best I've ever seen, makes you want to try the beer just by the looks of the label. The beer itself pours a rose-red with a 1 finger head

S: raspberries and a hint of sourness

T: sweetness from the raspberries, a slight sourness that seems appropriate, and a mild perfumey touch

M: mild carbonation

D: a good beer, easily drinkable


Photo of Gtreid
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to urwithdave for sharing. Bottle poured into a tulip. MMMM, naked lady beer!

A: Pink. Clear pink, nothing more to be said. The pour dropped a finger and a half of fizzy, pinkish head that hung around for a while.

A: Smells of rapsberries and sour. Citrus abounds with hints of lemon. But the rapsberries really shine.

T: Very nice. Not overly sour, but sour enough to make you know you're drinking a lambic. Berries again shine. Finishes sharp with a nice sour kick.

M: Tingely but smooth. High carbonation levels deliver the flavor nicely.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is through the roof on this one. I typically can't have too many of this style, but this would be one I could drink quite a few of. Overall this is one fantastic brew. I can't wait to try this again. Skal.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a pretty fluffy pinkish head.. ... the brew is orangish with a hint of red not normally seen in unfruited beers.

Nose is awesome mix of lactic sour and fruit blasted by the Cantillon funk.. dusty.. musky.. a minor acetic presene that is not off-putting. Basically alot of raspberry with everything I was hoping for from Cantillon.

Flavor shows less funk and a bit more fruit.. the raspberry seems like jam minus the sugar.... a bit cheesy.. funky wet leather.. fruity and dank warm sun fermenting hay and earthy compost... tannic on later pours.. the tannins were present earlier, but wiped out by the plethora of goodness.. later, they got a bit abrasive.

Body is spritzy as expected.


Photo of jeffthecheff
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear, orange amber color with a distinct red tinge. Lively appearance with bubbles streaming to a tight, off white head that is thin but has great retention.

Aroma is very fragrant with a ton of raspberry character. It's almost over bearingly sweet and fruity, with just a touch of acidity and dark cherry flavor for complexity. I'm getting some general wood character as it warms.

Flavor is intensley sour, with a real raspberry flavor on the back end. The mouthfeel is very dry, which intensifies the acidity. The finish leaves a bit of lingering raspberries, blood oranges, and a slight tannic character. Very clean for a Cantillon. This one is pretty straight forward, which really lets the raspberries shine.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra from Hannydawg in our excellent in person trade.

Split with DrewBa and Oreo. 2008 vintage.

This looks like a slightly pink version of Peach-O's. Pink, peach, red, and white. Fluffy white head. Looks glowing and gorgeous.

Smells strongly woody, musty, and dank. Cherries and raspberries and overripe fruit. Very little sweetness. The oak is a giant part if the flavor profile-- more so than any other Cantillon beer I've had. The beer is quite sour, and pretty tasty. I personally this isn't the best offering from this brewery, and yet, this is sooo much better than most other breweries' fruit lambics.

The body is medium with a decent carbonation level. Not bright and airy like a gueuze, but not a still either. It could use a little more, but on the whole, this works.

Overall, this is a good beer to try. It is strongly sour, and quite complex. As much as I love Cantillon, I can't bring myself to call this "world class."

My original review was of a bottle about 2 years old... I've since been fortunate to try this beer very fresh and at 4 years old... My review is of a bottle in the awkward phase...
The fresh bottle is THE BEST framboise I've ever had.
The raspberry flavor and aroma are amazing.
At 4 years old the sourness builds up nicely to compensate for the faded fruit notes.

This is yet another fruited Cantillon that has a certain age range for it to be "prime." Glad I've figured out the sweet spot!

Photo of paulozanello
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crimson and lively color, very opaque with a faint white head at first that disappears completely. No lacing at all.

Aroma is Brett funk, cherries, raspberries, lemon and other red fruits (even ripe tomatoes!). Mild wooden notes as well. Mindblowing!

Taste starts very tart and lactic acid-like. A lot of fruit taste coming through specially sour raspberries. Very light brett funk and spice bitter. Aftertaste is sour and very lasting.

Body is light but due to its sourness the drinkability is medium. Carbonation is high.

Amazing brew from Cantillon, very complex yeast profile.

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

750ml bottle served in a cool bottle basket at Fork & Barrel with Valentines Day Dinner.

A: bright opaque crimson red. Pours a rather large fluffy pink head which settles into a rim around the glass. One of the better looking lambics I've seen.

S: Fresh Rasberries! Pretty amazing aroma considering the age. There are also funky and oaky notes as well.

T: Very refreshing and light. A perfect amount of tartness from the rasberries and critters. A little bit funkier than some other frambois I've tried. But not in a bad way. The taste really seems to change as the beer warms.

M: Amazing mouthfeel with a great carbonation level. Relatively light bodied with some tanic effects.

D: Had most of a 750ml with no problem. Went great with dinner and I could definitly drink more...Money is the issue as usual with traditional lambics.

Photo of larryi86
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle dated June 16, 2010 poured into a snifter.

A- Ruby red with a three finger pink head.

S- Tart raspberries, barnyard funk, and sour lemons.

T- Tart and very balanced. The taste really take me back to when I was young and would pick wild raspberries near my house. Nice tart raspberry flavor with a hint of lemon and some funk.

M- Light, smooth, crisp, refreshing.

D- I feel this is a very drinkable and greet beer. Has a nice tart raspberry flavor that I just love, but then again I would eat a whole pound of raspberries if someone up them I front of me. Worth the money, I will be buying more very soon.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep pink with an off pink head and good lacing. The aroma is oaky with some horseblanket and lots of fresh earthy raspberries off the bush. The beer is very tart and despite the strong flavor of raspberries it is also pretty dry. The raspberry flavor is deep and multi dimensional, fruity, tart, & earthy. You can even taste those fine raspberry seeds in there.
The aroma and flavor of this beer is far more true to the experience of eating fresh raspberries than anything I've ever tasted.
It takes me back to being in my neighbors back yard as a kid gorging myself with fresh raspberries along with the other neighborhood kids.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml, bottled March 2009. Pours a clear rhubarb red with hints of sunset orange, some yeast in the bottom of the bottle that I manage to avoid getting in the glass. A finger of head on the pour dies to nothing and it's difficult to raise more bubbles.

Nose is tart and has a vague fruitiness, it would be hard to pick raspberries over cherries or something similar. A hint of oak, a touch of metallic funk.

One of the better balanced Cantillons. Fresh raspberries greet the tongue, noticably raspberry with a hint of that fresh off the bush dusty, sun soaked flavor. Hints of hay, oak, light barnyark musty funk, a moderate tartness, light acidity. Carb that cascades over the tongue, lighter body. Perfect for summer, refreshing. Delightful.

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

2010 vintage.

Enjoyed with Bree on her last day at Mile High.

Beautiful ruby body with a pink head of fine bubbles.

The aromas of fresh picked raspberries bursts from the bottle as soon as I pop the cork. Like I muddled real raspberries and stuck my nose right into them.

The palate starts out where the aroma left off. Over ripe raspberries turn to acetic vinegar, light bandaid and brett notes, then zippy acidic sourness that puckers the mouth. A superb blend of fresh, authentic fruit and acidity with. Just a touch of barnyard for added depth.

Full body with spritzy champagne like carbonation to make it light and lively.

That is what Framboise should taste like. Intense, refreshing, mouth watering. "Sheer delisciousness" as Bree said. I couldn't agree more.

Photo of nectar14
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Great color, obviously fruit influenced, nice head.

S: Whiff of cherry fruit, and plenty of barnyard, some vegetal notes, and tartness.

T: Fruit is in the background, with tart, funky, barnyard stuff up front.

M: Puckery, but not too much so. Finishes pretty clean.

D: Very drinkable, easy to keep sipping. Good with food.

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

12 ounce corked bottle poured into wine glass. Bottled Feb 2010.

The Rose pours a pink color with excellent clarity. A very nice bubbly pink head quickly fades away. No lacing on the glass. Smells of berries, cherries, and a nice alcoholic smell. Taste is slightly alcoholic but a nice dry raspberry finish. A really great tasting lambic. Mouthfeel is slightly dry but bubbly. Drinkability is great. Taste is amazing.

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

Don't know the vintage.

A: Beautiful color, vibrant pink tinged red with a pinkish white head.

S: Great blend of raspberry and funk. Brett imparts leather and musty notes. Touch of sweetness in there, but dry on the whole. Moderately acetic with a moderate lactic presence. Great fruit profile. Oak, and a touch of Bleu cheese.

T: Blend of sweet and tart. Raspberries are tantalizing, absolutely delicious. Brett dries this out and contributes leather. It's earthy and cheesy, with a moderate lactic sourness, a light acetic character, and an upper moderate tartness. Piquant finish exhibits oak.

M: Upper light body with a sticky, spritzy, and tannic mouthfeel.

Overall: Outstanding beer. Wonderful.

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

Picked this up at Vintage Wine & Estate.

A- Body is a translucent magenta hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger pink head. Translucency is uniform in this brew. Traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S- A sour tartness, a hint of vinegar, and a deep raspberry juice background- slightly sweet, slightly tart, slightly dry. A hint of vanilla and a hint of oak as well.

T- Taste is very similar to the nose. A sour tartness comes though the most initially of moderate strength-as well as tart raspberries in the background-the raspberries become more complex-slightly sweet and a slight oak characteristic comes through way in the background. The vinish is dry and quite tart, slightly tart, slightly vinegary- all to coll pretty quickly and leave the slightest impression of raspberries.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a full medium weight body-slightly dry.

D- This is a fantastic lambic overall- it makes me want to seek out more cantillon, drie fontien, is quite tart-but has a lot of complexity to offer-these beers are expensive-but worth it.

Photo of codewarrior
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked and capped bomber, poured into a champagne flute. This is a Shelton Brothers import.

Try to grab any Cantillon bottles I can't get whenever I see them. This bottle was cracked on New Year's eve, immediately following a LeBleu.

L: Cloudy cranberry colored. Towering amounts of quickly dissipating frothy-foam. Rusty hints here and there.

S: Funky, raspberry sweetness caught-up-to by a wheat-y body with a bit of funk. Lingering raspberry booziness in the back.

T: Gentle sweetness into a big tart-berry middle. Then we get the wheat more pronounced, with that spontaneous funk. Great.

F: Smooth with good carbonation and great bite.

D: Easy-drinking if not spectacular. Great lambic here.

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

750mL poured into Sprecher snifter.

2010 vintage.

A- Pours a nice ruby red with a small half finger worth of head. The head recedes almost instantly and leaves no lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Old book dust, gym socks, cobwebs and some nice raspberry. Reminds me more of a gueuze with a hint of of raspberry than a fruit lambic.

T- Some nice, tart raspberries, some smooth oak, and a little bit of a mineral-y quality to it. The standard funkiness is there along with some dusty attic.

M- Lighter bodied with some crisp carbonation. Not overly sour but gives you a nice puckering quality. Dry on the finish.

D- This beer basically combines my favorite aspects of a gueuze even though it is a lambic and with a hint of raspberry. That equals a winner. Another solid offering Cantillon.

Photo of Paulydeets
2.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First Cantillon and I was very excited, only to be crushed when I took off the cap.... There was moisture on top of the cork, then when I took the cork out it was crumbly on the inside and there was no seal, im assuming this is not normal and I felt there was going to be a problem....

A: Beautiful ruby red but very little carbonation... could there still be hope

S: Smells amazing, yet a little off, it is a lambic though so there may be some funk, but this is different, very acidic smell, yet full of raspberry puree, but this weird vinegarry acid funk is creeping through the raspberry

T: WOW!! Super super sour which is making my mouth pucker, I love that feeling.... but it is quickly ruined by this super cider vinegar acid overflo.... i think this bottle is bad... this was a 2007 vintage and the distributor i bought it from does not seem to properly store these high end beers...

Im going to stop here, very disappointing, but I would try a fresh one again

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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