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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,813 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 1,813
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 439
Gots: 448 | FT: 33
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002)
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Photo of tronester
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pink with brown highlights. The head is medium sized and off-white. Smell is of hay, and raspberries. Taste is quite tart, with sour raspberries comprising of the main flavor. There is also a hint of earthiness. No hop flavor or bitterness. I didn't taste any barnyard flavors. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation levels high. An interesting, tasty treat, though I wouldn't want more than a glass or two of this in one sitting because the tartness does get to you after awhile.

tronester, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Damian
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from a 1 PINT 9.40 FL. OZ. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
2007 vintage
Served in a flute

With all the beer bottle labels getting scrapped by the feds these days, I am surprised this one ever got through. Here we have an 18th century, noble looking figure groping a naked woman sitting on his lap. It appears as if she is drinking from a goblet of (what is presumably) Cantillon lambic. I know what I am getting for the lady next time she visits me!

As for the beer itself, it poured a brilliant, crystal clear, pinkish hued crimson color with a huge, bubbly, fizzy, light pink head that quickly dissipated to a thick, frothy ring.

The aroma was super funky. Barnyard-like and musty with an intense, berry-like sourness.

The taste was intensely sour and sharply acidic. Almost vinegar-like. Sour Patch Kids also came to mind. Ultra funky and musty. No noticeable raspberry flavor whatsoever. The sourness crescendoed in the very dry, oaky, long-lasting finish. Overall, not very complex for the style.

The mouthfeel was rather intense. Light and crisp on the palate with large bubbled, aggressive carbonation that was a bit distracting from the beer itself.

Of the various lambics and guezes I have tried, none can compete with the sourness and acidity found in this example. Although this beer was interesting, its sharpness was a bit overpowering, presumably masking some of the more complex oak, fruit and funk flavors hiding beneath the surface. This is an interesting and intense example of the style but probably not not one that I would revisit.

Damian, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of marcpal
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Cherry red coloring with a pink filmy head. Interesting provocative label, Lacing and foam puddled to the middle of the top.

N: Sweet tarts, raspberry sweet tarts. The fruit was a powerful smash. Puckering flavors that you see coming from afar.

T: Tart and tart. This is unlike other lambics, but Im not sure I would really say that makes it better. The tartness is right on but the fruit character only comes through is its warmed correctly. Surely a well made brew.

Acidic raspberries, many claim this to be superior to others but really not all that complex. Seems one sided on the tart edge.

M: Thin with a comforting texture. The tartness snaps you back and forth.

D: To sum it up, well made but too tart for my liking. A beer spot on for the style but a bit much for me and not the cheapest option on the shelves.

marcpal, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2007 vintage, into my flute.

A: Clear raspberry red (the first pour, at least) with a rapidly dissipating white head.

S: Funky, acidic (vinegar) and fruity. Hardly any mustiness.

T: Starts off tart and sour with great acidity with the flavors of raspberry coming through. Not sweet by any stretch of the imagination. Long, dry, sour finish

M: Excellent carbonation with a fantastic finish

D: Easily drinkable, will try more of this

** Reviewed 7th August 2009*
Seeing how my earlier review is disappointing, I figured I'd give this another gander. boatshoes was kind enough to send me a bottle of the 2008 release today which was promptly poured into my Lost Abbey tumbler

A: Hazy pink with a thin, light pink head with OK retention. I can see the appeal of a tumbler for a lambic

S: Musty, acidic and sharply funky, reminiscent of a sharp blue cheese. It really smells like a musty attic. Fruit character is a little muted, but is present and noticeable, mildly jammy in character. Delicious. Sour as hell with a prominent lime rind character.

T: Holy fuck. It's been a while since I've had a beer this sharp in its sourness. Opening up with an intense combination of lemon skins, a moderate lactic sourness and a sourness that reminds me of unripened berries, this is *intense*. Fruit character is present and prominent, with the raspberries carrying through the intense sourness. Funky and barnyardy, with a mildly sweat-like saltiness. Intensely drying on the finish, with the fruit very well expressed. An awesome beer.

M: While very acidic and sour, there's a surprising fruity sweetness and body to this beer. Sour and drying on the finish. The acidity cleanses the palate and makes sure every tastebud is alive and kicking, obviating the need for carbonation (that's rather low)

D: As intense and over the top as this beer is, I love it to pieces. It really is incredible

* I'm surprised as hell (and happy) that while my impressions on this beer have changed a lot, my scores haven't. An excellent beer, I can't wait to get to the 2006 I have in my cellar.

DefenCorps, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of brendan13
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 375ml corked and capped bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a pink tinged light copper colour with a couple of centimetres of rocky white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Smell is initially musty and earthy with quite a strong sourness. The raspberry aroma is there but not as strong as expected.
T - The raspberry comes through a bit more in the taste but it is still in the background to a musty, sour taste.
M - Light bodied with a high carbonation. The sourness lingers.
D - Not something I'd drink all that often but it's still a great beer for what it's supposed to be.

brendan13, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cellared for three years, this is served in a stange at fridge temperature. 2005 vintage.

Appearance- Right off the bat, I'm really surprised at the carbonation level. Last month I cracked open a Cantillon Organic Gueuze from the same year, and it was completely flat (as it very well should be) and very tasty. The head on this beautiful light rose drink is a solid two fingers, soapy and full. It slowly withers away to a thin, bubbly mat and leaves nothing behind.

Smell- A bone dry aroma of fermenting fruit and hay, complemented with a barnyard character of flies on a horse's hindquarters baking in the hot sun. As wonderfully authentic and exciting as any true lambic from Cantillon or anyone else.

Taste- If beers like this became no longer available, the world would be a more boring place. Powerfully tart, to the point where my eyes squint and tongue reels... it's reminiscent of the Fou Foune experience, where you just can't even imagine a more face-puckering beverage. After the initial blast, the beer goes bone dry and delivers a horseblanket-like environment in the mouth. The finish, lasting a full century, is quite memorable... it sums up the funky dryness and lingers on.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The first glassful had a moderately textured feel, with small bubbles more noticable than the final two servings. It does have the right character for the style, so the thinner, less carbonated feature is right on the money. An absolutely stunning example from the Granddaddy of Lambic producers, and a reminder that I need to visit this a lot more often.

yelterdow, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of daftafne
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The cork was dated 2007. Poured into a tulip glass. the orange/rose-colored liquid produced a head for just a moment. Low clarity. Smells fantastic - mostly of raspberries and something else I cant tell. I havent had many lambics but this one is quite a bit different. Not sweet at all. Singes my nasal passages for a moment on the first sip. Very tart. Barely tastes like raspberries. I imagine I am tasting some of the lambic yeast but my palate and experience with lambics is really limiting my description. Somewhat spritzy on the tongue that leaves a lingering tart-induced pucker. Interesting and enjoyable.

daftafne, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one funky smelling beer. Cheese and tart fruit. The color makes this beer look syrupy. Taste is very sour good with strawberries, rasberries, wood and grapefruit. Very dry and fizzy. I prefer rasberries in my lambics over the sour cherries, although both are very good. I really need to try that blueberry lambic they make.

DrunkenMaster, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of jDoubleU
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. What a shocker. I've had pretty much every Lindemans you can possibly get over here (even the Cuvée René). So, that's what I had to reference from.

It smelled awful. Reminds me of the Rodenbach Grand Cru. Super funky! I thought that it had reached it's peak and was on a downward spiral.

Boy. What a surprise. The tannins hit me hard at first. But then the subtle raspberries came upon me to keep the puckering at bay. There was a little oak.

A different experience than Lindemans Framboise. The raspberry was more in the background silently keeping tabs on the funky Brettanomyces.

Good beer. I would like to try another one in the near future to compare.

jDoubleU, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and corked green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a murky bright red body with a short-lived inch of off-white head. Smells acidic, fruity (raspberries), and just slightly nutty. Tastes like very sour raspberry with the slightest hint of sweetness toward the finish. Vegetal and tea-like at times in the aftertaste. Light to medium in body with light carbonation. Brilliantly sour and complex, just as I expected from Cantillon. A very solid lambic, but only an occasional treat considering the price.

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apricot - looks more like a dipa than a lamic. nominal head but with a slight soapy white lacing. Nose- very tart with strong raspberr and some mustiness. Taste- very acidic and woody. Earthy, lemon character with a raspberry kick. Mouth puckering goodness! Finishes dry with some fruit sweetness.

oakbluff, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle (clearly produced specifically for the US market) in a DFH snifter.

A - Red in color with a hazy finish and very little head. A very memorable label. It's similar to the one shown here but with much less clothing.

S - Very strong tart and fruity aroma with raspberries dominating and a little bit of alcohol coming through.

T - Extremely tart. I find it much more like a Rodenbach Grand Cru than a Lindemens lambic. I only really knew lambic from Lindemans which I find too sweet for most occasions. I like this a lot better.

M - A bit on the thin side but it seems appropriate.

D - I know most would find this way too tart but I love it. I find it very easy to drink and quite refreshing.

GJ40, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of mully
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foaming bottle poured in to a duvel tulip

Bright red color thin head gathers in he middle and hangs on around the edges

raspberries vinegar phenolic yeast aroma as well

sour, tart hints of raspberries shine through this mouth watering delight the opposite of lindeman's sweet syrupy stuff this is really good

balanced tart and sweet clean palate impressive

It's very drinkable but I don't know how much volume could drink

mully, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at TJ's Everyday.

A: The ale has a purple raspberry color, a little unsettling if you are not used to a lambic. The tulip glass has a finger or so of white head that quickly receded.

S: The funkiness of the aroma is quite appealing, musty with lots of wet barnyard after a rainstorm aromas. No hints of raspberry in the nose.

T: The first sip is bitingly tart. We are talking a tartness that scalds the tongue with its intensity. Acetic vinegary tartness mixes with raspberry to be both sweet and sour. The biting finish is a real treat.

M: Vinegar, acids and touches of fruit leave the ale with a dry quality that makes me want to take another sip.

D: Exotic flavor and low alcohol greatly aid the drinkability. This beer is best enjoyed slowly and in copious quantities.

akorsak, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into tall Corsendonk tulip
Cork indicates it was bottled in 2005

A - Pours an interesting color, that show a gradient from yellow (at the thin bottle of the glass) to a rose-tinted orange as you look further up. Head starts at 1 1/2 inches and fades to a thin layer. Constant streams of carbo bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Beer is translucent and hazy.

S - Smell is very sour, but not overly fruity as I might have imagined. Funky in that great lambic way, with some of the classic "barn" scents. Good raspberry flavor, but not dominant. Very tart.

T - Strong raspberry tartness gets things going. Sweet, but overshadowed by the tartness. Some funky flavors present mid-palate. Horse-blanket comes to mind. Kindof dry and almost chalky at the finish with alot of residual tart sweetness.

M - High carbonation gives you a strong tingle at first sip. Intense, mouth-puckering tartness takes over as soon as the carbonation settles. Medium body. Still tart at the finish as your tongue recovers. Quite a sensation.

D - Interesting and surely a change of pace from what you've been drinking. Unfortunately, tartness becomes a bit cloying over time. Alcohol is not a factor. Certainly worth trying, especially if you like funky and sour flavors.

gmcfarre, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of cracgor
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Redish beer that pours out kind of bubbly looking kind of like champagne, and the head quickly dissipates. Has a sweet to sour smell. The beer is quite fruity with tons of esters accumulating in a sour taste that makes you feel like puckering. Moderate body.

cracgor, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a glowling dark pinkish red with a light pink fluffy head that sticks around for a while

S- faint raspberry right off the bat. Sourness of course, then a bit of funkiness after searching a bit.

T- again, the raspberry is really faint but overall it's easy to tell it's a fruit flavored beer. The acidity is really strong in this, moreso than the Iris.

M- Really high carbonation, burns kinda like Supplication.

D- A slow drinker. Both really sour and highly acidic make this something to take your time with.

MiScusi, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on-tap at Jose Pistoles.

This beer, served in a long-stemmed wine glass was a bright glowing read, almost like cherry hard candy with just a touch of haze and a thin pink collar.

Smells of dry musky, moldy straw with a dry, musky, tart cherry and fresh, ripe crab apples. This is followed by a crispy funky sting in my nose, but it comes across rather gentle. The balance here is what really sticks out. The fruit and the funk seem to effortlessly get along.

Tastes of thin tingle soft tart numbness with a deep sour cherry. This transitions to a sweet strawberry and raspberry and drys out in the finish with a lingering funk. What a voyage. Again, the balance is remarkable. Noting is really getting out of hand here. carbonation that's dry and clean.

Nice! A pleasant experience for sure that won't over excite.

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only imagine what the LCBO would have to say about this label. The head that forms disappears rather quickly, pretty much no lacing. Has a hazy pink and copper color.

Smells of funk, tartness, raspberries and earth.

Just like the other beers I have had from Cantillon there is lots of tartness on the palate. Also tastes of fruits, barnyard funk and vinegar.

irishkyle21, May 28, 2008
Photo of tendermorsel
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. 2001 vintage according to the cork.

AWESOME beer. Not a sour and tart as some of the "fresher" Cantillon beers I have had. Still pretty sour on the back end. Some sweetness from the raspberry on the front of each sip. Great earthy barnyard flavors. This is a winner and I feel lucky to have tried one this old. Definitely worth cellaring.

I took some points off for drinkability as any of the true sour lambics I have ever had would not have more in a night. That being said this was a great beer.

tendermorsel, May 27, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked bottle
5.0% ABV

Bottled February 18, 2008

I tried this beer on May 23, 2008 at "The Beer Bistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a cloudy pinkish red with a thin white head. The aroma was musty with some hints of raspberry. The mouthfeel was thin, and very champagny. The flavour was primarily sour raspberries, very dry, and delicious. Very expensive, yet worth it.

cyrenaica, May 24, 2008
Photo of haz77
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2003 Vintage. Pours a vibrant clear copper with a wispy white head, which quickly falls to a ring. About 5 slow-moving streamers are visible.

S - Smell fills the room as poured. Solvent, sour raspberry and cherry, lemon, barnyard, a sweet leathery smell.

T - Instantly puckering acidity with the sour cherries first to appear, before the lemon cuts through in the middle. Raspberries and barnyard flavours push through towards the end into a drying finish and aftertaste. Sourness of the raspberries lingers for quite a while.

M - Light-to-medium body with soft carbonation running the length of the drink.

D - Compared with a much younger version I've tried this has mellowed beautifully in only a few years, and become even more drinkable. Immense.

haz77, May 22, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful pink and a little murky. No head at all. Looks like a Mai Tai.

S: A little pungent and kinda stale smelling.

T: WOW!!! SOUR!!! Delicious. Taste like a sour patch kid. Sour up front, real sour. And actually kinda sweet on the end. Raspberries & Apples, vanilla, grapefruit,lemon.

M: Tart. Very, very zingy. Puckery.

D: Although, IMO, one and done; delicious. I can't wait to get another one!

gkatsoris, May 18, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml wine corked bottle into a Belgian wine glass.

This bottle of Rose De Gambrinus has the naked lady, not the clothed one pictured above.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy light red that looks a bit like a blood orange when held to the light. There is virtually no head outside of a milky way film over the top and some large bubbles. A slight cork shaving found it's way into the glass. I'm sure this will be delicious. Lacing forms a bathtub ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell- Rich Belgian bacterias, lactobacillus, pediococcus, brettanomyces, intermingled with a tart raspberry. Very acidic smelling, Cantillon's amazing signature wild yeast has a big presence. Vinegary, but so very sweet.

Taste- Tart, sweet, raspberry, sour, prickly, almost like a pickle on the vinegar/dill front. Belgian bacterias are there, make no mistake on that. Wheat and lighter malts are present, raspberry comes back big and sweet. This incidentally went great with the cheesecake my girlfriend also made with the beer.

Mouthfeel- Tart, prickling on the tongue, effervescent, medium-full bodied in perception, not highly carbonated, Medium low in carbonation.

Drinkability- Tart but smooth somehow, truely a gift from the godly brewers of Cantillon. I'll have it again and again every chance I get.

blakesell, May 11, 2008
Photo of chadspivey
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rosy, like pomegranite juice. Small head

S: horseblanket, fruity, tart, acetone. i=In that order.

T: More tart than expected. No mustyness in the taste. Also raspberry is quite apparent.

M: Light body, good for the flavor. Decent carbonation.

D: I could see myself drinking at least 1 full pint of this.

chadspivey, May 10, 2008
Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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