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 jminsc76
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Provided by the kind and generous hands of adavisd3891 (on the night of his law school graduation no less), with the label featuring the unclothed version of the (in)famous lap-dancer.

Into a tulip, pours a small pinkish head atop a deep rosy body. Nice, thick legs as I tilt the glass. Very pretty.

Aromas are sweet, fruity, and intensely aromatic, with some lovely funk and raspberries tickling the nose.

Flavors are funky smooth, with plenty of tart fruit hitting that lambic sour mark quite well. No triple-creme pairing needed with this one; it's smooth and well-balanced, exhibiting enough tartness to please the puckering sensibilities while not overpowering the profile. Plenty of complexity between the more yeasty, floral flavors and the fruit.

Mouthfeel is thin, with residue sticking to the gums for later indulgence.

Overall, this is as close as I have had to a true dessert lambic without the flavorings that Lindeman's infuses into theirs. Loveliness.

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blood red color with minimal head. Scent is of tart raspberrys, lemon, herbal and mild funkyness and earth. Very tart raspberry tasting, hints of earth and funk, some herbalness to it along with touches of sour lemon and grape... tastes straight from the vine. Light bodied, adequate carbonation, dry and tart. A very nice beer, lacks the complexity of other Cantillon offerings but very nice none the less.

Photo of mmahut
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second bottle archived, see you in a year.

A: Dark bloody red colour with high carbonation, no head present as typical for this style of beer.

S: Naughtiness. Strong dance of raspberries, prunes, blackberries, oranges, ribes. You feel it's still young on the nose too.

T: Sour taste of raspberries. Reminds me of redcurrant wine my grand-ma used to make.

M: The bitterness paralyse your tong for few seconds. Light dry body with high carbonation.

D: With limitation, to be enjoyed in a wine fashion. I'm very interested what will become of the second bottle after a year.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color red blood, good woody nose. On the palate the purity and naturalness of raspberry tart resort in control when it also detects a hint of vanilla. A taste of cork rather impressive on the back when you feel the taste buds in the power of tannins. A raspberry lambic well controlled that offers both acidity and sweetness of the raspberries with the power and complexity of wood tannins.

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

A - Ruby body, with deeper red highlights. Huge fluffy pink head that settles to about 1cm thick.

S - Wow, lots going on here. Sour yeast funk, tart fruit and grainy malts.

T - What I expected. Sour raspberries dominate the palate, some oak/red wine characteristics, with a huge astringent finish. Barnyard funk, grainy malts also present. This is about as good as lambics get for me. Perfection.

M - Bubbly on the tongue, crisp sour finish. Leaves the mouth watering long after the beer is gone.

D - At only 5% ABV, this is my kind of session brew. A bit pricey, but I just love this style.

Photo of zdk9
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pink like a sashion show. No head and no lacing.

S- Sweet and sour. Slightly musty and horse blanket flavored. Really nice complex aroma.

T- Really sour- like almost overwhelmingly sour, but the funkiness does nicely balance this. Sour cherry flavors along with a raspberry seed tanicness. Can't really get any malt or hoppiness but still really good.

M- If I wash this beer over my tongue, the sourness is overwhelming, but without such a harsh attack to my tongue this beer is delicious.

D- Very complex and nice.

Photo of chuckd123
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle at Dirty Truth last night, poured into Cantillon glasses (essentially a wine glass) came recommended by the bartender and did not disappoint. Very low lighting, so did not appear as reddish as I'd expected, but suspect it was. Not a long lasting lace but nice head at first.

Taking a whiff before the first sip, I could almost taste the tart raspberries. Wow. Sipping from the glass, the sour, tart taste is almost overwhelming. it finishes very dry like a white wine, and made for the perfect warm summer afternoon beer with dinner.

I'm fairly new to sours and lambics, but this was super tasty, and at a relatively low abv%, easily something I could drink several of. $40 bottle price however meant 2 glasses for each of us and then on to something else.

An excellent brew from Cantillon, thoroughly enjoyed!

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

2008 vintage. Right away I knew this was going to be a good beer. I've had some other lambics (06 Cantillon Kriek) that were far too sour for my taste, but this brew hits the mark for me. Dark pink, salmon-colored brew, very opaque, doesn't have much head at first before it explodes with a billowy light pink head. Aroma is tart and full of raspberries. Sour taste takes over at first before a carbonated fruitiness takes over from the raspberries. Finishes a with a mouth-puckering tart sweetness. A damn sour brew, but it's not so overwhelming that it makes the beer a chore. If this brew were any older, it would probably be too far gone for me.

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

Cantillon: Rosé De Gambrinus (Bottled: 2009) (Tasted: 04/27/10)
11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a flute.

Appearance: Cranberry juice with a fluffy, bubbly fruit stained off white head. Retention is ok, no lace.
Odor: Reminiscent of sweet & tart candies, if they were made with real fruit. Big whiffs of fresh smashed raspberries, hint of lactic tartness in the background. The nose would lead me to believe that this beer is extremely sweet, but I'm inclined to be prepared for something completely different.
Consistency & Flavor: There's a lot going on here. Lactic sourness puckers, sweetness balances, carbonation massages. When all is said and done, we're talking about a crisp, light bodied beer, with a hint of fat, juicy sweetness, coming from the razzleberries. Flavors of fresh (sweet) and under-ripe (tart) raspberry, complimented by the slight lactic sourness in the back.

Yum. I have to admit, I was expecting something more aggressive and sour, but expectations aside, this was not disappointing. If anything the sweetness hurts the drinkability, but only by a hair and likely, only by my standards. This is a must-try lambic.

Photo of alfrantzell
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glass from a not-yet-corked bottle on the Cantillon bottling line. For lack of a more accurate serving type I'll say this is cask. It hasn't yet undergone re-fermentation.

Translucent ruby when held to the light. No head retention; no head to retain. No funk, no lemon, and barely any tartness too. Just raspberries. A good bite of oak at the end prevents this from being pure juice.

Interesting to compare to fresh Rose de Gambrinus, which they were also pouring.

Photo of crossovert
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 750 ml bottle capped and corked, dated 20 January 2010. Has interesting label art.

Pours a color raspberry color with a foamy carnation pink head. This is the quintessential appearance for a framboise. The head lasts a long time and recedes with thick pink lacing.

The smell is pretty good, a sour and tart balance of fresh raspberry and funk. It isn't so funky so it lets the Raspberry shine.

This one tastes a lot more sour and funkier than it smells. Tons of sour acidity, unripe berries, sour cherries, and a bit of funk round out the flavor.

This is the sourest framboise I have had, it seems more sour but less funky than the Cantillon gueuze. This isn't the funkiest but it is one of the sourest.

This is a damn good beer, not enough raspberry flavor for me to consider it the best of the Framboise category though, it is however one of the better sour lambics I have had, this one almost can just be called a gueuze rather than a fruit beer.

Photo of MaxBrews
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 2007 as identified by the cork.

Poured into a thin champagne flute from a 750

Poured the thin flute beer had a 2 finger head that dissipated quickly and left small firm white lacing. The color was a reddish peach. It was hazy due to the yeast sediment even though I poured slowly. Regardless difficult to see any flaky yeast in the bottle or beer.

The aroma of this lambic has a lot of that barnyard funk that stuff beer geeks lovingly call horse blanket. If you're unsure of what this means crack open a bottle and imagine yourself on the farm. A leathery, urine and sweat soaked aroma. Charming isn't it, but characteristic to this style and somehow attractive even to me. Though the horse blanket is a dominant in the aroma, the raspberries come through. Even the aroma is sour on the nostrils, but just wait until you take a sip.

Nothing can prepare you for how sour this beer is. Its sharp, assertive and harsh on the throat. The sourness in the taste and mouth feel takes away from the taste as it is fruity and sugary, however the raspberry flavor is fleeting as the sharpness kicks in. There are mounds of funk that hit the palate intermittently through the raspberries and sharp sour mouth-feel.

This beer appears to be very carbonated but actually isn't as you sip it. The body is a little syrupy due to the sweetness, but very thin at the same time. Its very acidic and very sour leaving the mouth very dry. If you have any cuts in your mouth it will sting. This beer is very harsh on the throat and was extremely difficult sipping an entire 750ml bottle alone.

A must try beer if you want the taste of an authentic un-neutered, unrelenting and generally extreme blended lambic. With its low alcohol content and intense sour flavors Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus will only allow you to sip this at a slow rate, finishing a 750 without the slightest bit of a buzz.

I'd share this friends, its much to harsh to drink an entire bottle alone. 3 champagne flutes were more then enough. I was blessed I was able to try such an extreme and sour beer, however I doubt I'll be paying $13 again to torture my throat.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2004(on cork)...finally decided to break this open today(also drank an 01 Fou' Foune a couple hours previos). Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lindeman's champaigne flute. Pours a pale peach to copper color...with NO head at all. I tried to pour a little aggresively and still didn't get any head. With that said, there's no lacing on the glass at all during sips. I was a little worried about carbonation at first...but as you'll see in the flavor review...the carbonation is fine.

Aroma: just some barnyard funk is all thats left here. A very, VERY slight hint of rasberry...but extrememly hidden. A lot of the tart Brett aroma is prominent as well.

Flavor: not much fruit is left at all. It's pretty much a straight tart lemon flavor now. Crisp, light body, carbonated...tartness is very close to lemon...but even at this vintage, it hasn't gone down hill yet...I would guess the Brett has just about eaten most of what sweetness there was.

Photo of Absumaster
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at the brewery in Brussels. It pours a clear, red brown beer with a fading head that settles into a thin layer.

Smell of raspberries, lemonade, with a light funky and sour whiff.

Taste is a nice combination of funk and barnyard mixed with raspberries. The sour is at a level, at which I can appreciate it. Not acidic, more a mild citric acidity. This beer is a great beer for warm weather and today this is one of those days. After swallowing, the beer has a bit sharpness.

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

A-Full ruby red. low pink head. Brilliantly clear (at least with my pour)

S-Tons of raspberries. Light barnyard funk. Really pleasant.

T-Really tart. raspberry. funk. Very much like the aroma but with the sourness.

M-Bone dry. Puckering. medium low carbonation

D-Too sour to drink a ton of, but perfect with food. After doing the first part of the review I had a chocolate eclair and this beer cut the sweetness perfectly. Brilliant beer.

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

On draft ...

Appearance is a beautiful ruby red or darker red in the glass.

Sour acidity and some horse blanket.

An extremely drinkable sour from Cantillon. I was very pleased to drink this from tap. Due to price, after 2 glasses, I was done. But, very satisfied.

Next review!

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

2009 vintage poured into Bruery snifter

Pours a fizzy pink head that fades down fast. Color is a dark raspberry red. Color is very appealing, but no head retention.

Aroma: Sour and funky. Raspberries with some horse blanket. Fresh cranberries. Maybe a hint of leather. Nice oak in the background. Solid. Mouth watering.

Taste: Very funky. Some acidic notes with a lot of horse blanket going on. Sour as well. Raspberries with some other fruits lingering around. More oak flavors here. This beer is pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some fruit/oak notes.

Overall, another solid beer from cantillon. I wish I could drink this all the time. It has a lot of flavor and is very sour. I can imagine aging this would be fine as well. Very drinkable. I highly recommend.

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

12oz bottle into a Lindemans flute. Dated Oct. 08

A- pours an almost opaque dark pink color with a finger of paper white head. good lacing and head retention.

S- full of sharp, tart raspberries. candy sweetness and a nice funkiness in the there as well.

T- my first cantillon does not let me down. this stuff is fantastic. starts out with little bit of sweetness then the sourness takes the lead with a subtle funkiness throughout the entire sip.

M- light, crisp and slightly dry. what else do you want from a lambic?

D- ultimately drinkable stuff. I would give it a 5 if not for the $10/12oz price. well worth it to indulge in occasionally

Photo of westweasel
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip.
The beer pours out a bright, brilliant, pink-red color with a few white bubbles which quickly disappear. No lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is filled with raspberries, a wine like alcohol character, acidic sour, and a little hay.

The taste is initially sweet raspberries, quickly followed by a hay-like quality, followed by a mouth-puckering sourness that has the taste of hay and a wool blanket.

The moutfeel is fairly thin, with mouth puckering astringency in the finish.

This is a very drinkable sour beer. The beer changes character so drastically during different parts of the swallow that it makes for a very interesting experience.

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

750ml, capped and corked, Feb 18, 2008 bottling, at Beer Bistro in DT T-dot. Hmmmm...I must have a bottle direct from Belgium - the label has a fully naked rendering of a woman, spooning the seated man, whilst holding a wine-goblet type vessel. The pic on this page must be from the puritan US version.

This beer pours a hazy, medium orange brick amber colour, with a voluminous tower of fizzy, noisy, and puffy dirty white head, which settles to a single finger's breadth soon enough, rendering a few specks of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of sour, mildly earthy yeast, citric acid, dried raspberries, a bit of soft barnyard funk, musty white cheese, an underlying gritty pale malt, and some decomposing hay bale straw. The taste is rather tartly sour, ramped-up fruit acids, as if this particular quality was simply distilled out of the raspberries - the expected balancing fruit sweetness pretty well absent, with some sidling funky yeast. There is some further fruitiness, but it leans more toward a middling lemon essence than anything raspberry. Among all this reduction is a decent, pretty much innocuous grainy malt base, which does the very least to keep this from being a totally one-sided affair.

The carbonation is obscured at first by the overbearing tartness, but eventually appears as a sharp, cutting, and yet hollow frothiness, the body a fleshy medium-light weight, but a tad thin, and not really what one might hold up as the paragon of smoothness. It finishes dry, dry, dry, with a slowly diminishing level of sour fruitiness.

Whew! This is quite the eye and palate opener (even my hips seem looser after this - I must inform my yogi girlfriend, post-haste!), like having those sour tart candies for the first time as a kid. That said, I liked it, but it could have used just a wee bit more sweetness to offset the main event here. It did, however, go well enough, natch, with some Belgian-style frites.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2/1/2008 vintage 375ml bottle purchased at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY into a Lindemans Peche flute.

A: Lots of foam and crazy rolling carbonation from the pour that dissipates into a 2-finger, then 1-finger, then a few little bubbles of a head. Is a glowing tangelo color with "swirls" of red and orange as you agitate the beer.

S: It's a peach of an evening. Even though this lambic is brewed with raspberries it still smells like a peach tart.

T: Surprisingly oaky at the front turns into a cherry flavored Sour Punch Straw. Finishes with a lemony zest that sits on the back of the tongue.

M: Pretty thin and not too lively. A little carbonation tinge hits the palate but stays true to the lambic style.

D: The best feature of this beer in my opinion. At 5% ABV, you could drink this like Welch's fruit juice all night.

Overall, a quality offering from Cantillon, and would like to try a fresh one sometime. Wild artwork too!

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

750mL, bottled in 2009. Served in my Drie de Fonteinen tumbler.

Alizarin crimson body with half a finger of classic rose cream. Poor lacing, but dense legs and impressive retention for the style.

Crisp, tart raspberry in the nose - a sour fermented reduction rather than fresh whole berries. Light musty barnyard notes are notable as well. Vigorous subsequent pours bring out a bit more sweetness and a faint marriage of wood and grain.

Intense fruity sourness - raspberry, seeds and all - along with a strong lactic/acidic funk mid-palate. Lemon zest, wine grapes (vines and all), and rose hips. Potent, dry, earthy, gamey finish. Fresh, cutting lambic flavor profile with the raspberry just barely dominating.

Smooth, light bodied, and well carbonated. Dry but not really tannic.

Refreshing and raw - long live traditional lambics!

Photo of becktone
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes 9-18-09

Eye: This one pours a beautiful light red in color with hints of tangerine and pink mixed it. The body of the beer is a bit hazy but that is to be expected from the fruit. Head formation is pretty nice but retention could use some work. Starts off at a nice foamy crisp pinkish tinted white head that diminishes in size till its a thick blanket. Never really seen much head formation on any lambic though.

Nose: Very tart and woody smelling. Aromas from wild yeast and bacteria are evident at first but then are easily hidden behind intense rich raspberry aroma. Very nice aroma overall. The best smelling Framboise I've ever put the nose to. Not overly syrupy or soda-like as some of the others are, such as Lindeman's.

Tongue: Very tart and woody, this is the most sour labic I've ever tasted. Wood comes through a lot. Dry and acidic. The bacteria and/or wild yeasts really come out in the flavor of this beer. This is what a real lambic should taste like...blown away by the amount of woodiness in this beer. Raspberry is there but is nothing like I'd expected. Its more of a hint at raspberries rather than raspberries right up in your face such as the Lindeman's, again not sugary sweet and soda tasting like the Lindeman's. Fruit in here comes through in only the way that the use of real fruit comes through in beer, there's a certain flavor that you get when one uses real fruit instead of flavoring or extract...that flavor is here, real fruit...I tend to get a general "red" fruitiness, with arrows pointing to raspberries and hints at raspberries. This beer showcases the lambic more than the raspberry, I'm thinking that this is what a real lambic ought to taste like, not the sweet offering from Lindeman's, which is by far the most popular and widely known in the states. Not that there's anything wrong with that beer, but it is a little misleading I think in terms of what a labic is.

Feel and Drinkability: Body is light and highly carbonated but it comes through as lightly spritzy. The longer it sits in the glass the less noticable the carbonation becomes. Still, its champagne like as far as feel goes, which is perfect for the style. As aforementioned, this beer is dry in the perfectly with the feel of the carbonation. Feel couldn't possibly get any better, this is right...This one is a good drink. I'll not have a problem drinking the rest of the bottle. However, if you're a fan of the Lindeman's I'm not so sure that this is the one for you. It is extremely different. This is one that I'll consider buying again...I just have to be in the right mood. Very good though and highly recommended.

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

Pours an orange/red with a minimal head. Nose of funk, cherries, currants, and something very pronounced that I can't pick out. Something a little weird going on. Flavor is vinous, blackberry and raspberry, cranberry, orange. Nice tart finish. A wet feel and low carbonation.

Photo of drabmuh
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another Cantillon lambic on draft at Churchkey. Served in a belcher. Beer is bright red when held up to the light its kind of orange. Beer is really hazy and I can't tell the carbonation level at all. Forms a thin white head that sinks in the middle and there is a ton of lacing on the glass. Looks awesome.

I can smell raspberries and a citric / lactic sourness, about what I expected.

First off, drinkability off the charts here. This beer is tart and then sour. Nice carbonation on the tongue. I'm enjoying the combination of the different sour flavors much more than I did with the Kreik. This is a great great beer.

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