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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 698
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 oglmcdgl
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at resurrection ale house. First time here. Wow!

A- deep ruby red with no head just a few wispy specs.

S- huge barnyard funk and must.wet hay horse blanket all the usual suspects. Sour raspberries and.old wood.

T- opens up witt the berries big and tart. Then bring on the funk, got a have that funk, and boy does it ever. Huge lacto and crazy oak. Sour as hell, and I like it. Juicy lemon pulp and zest.

M- medium to thin in body with a carb the start off lite then builds with a steady effervesant fizz that aerates the brew and opens it to a new level. Huge pucker and make the mouth water like pavlovs dog.

D- so good. Just simply amazing. Abv is easy but the bugs might get ya.

Photo of Bubba83
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a flute around 50 degrees. Cork remarked that it was bottled in 2009. A vibrant dark raspberry hue eminates from the glass, and is topped by a vivaciously fizzing light pink head. The beer appears to be glowing as there's some hazyness in the glass. Initially there was about 3 finger widths of head, but it settled down into a 1/2 finger width ring which is where it stayed with good retention. There's some good lacing too, but I wouldn't say it's sticking anywhere, which I believe has a lot to do with the lack of hops.

The aroma was fantastic, and nearly worthy of a perfect 5. It's not terribly complex, it smells like, uhhh, raspberries. You can tell it's going to be tart though, almost more like smelling an unripe raspberry. Some slight vinous character and vinegar is apparent too, and mild funk.

Initially tastes of sweet, over-ripened raspberries. Then it gets real sour in a hurry, taking a quick turn towards mouthpuckering goodness. There's some mild notes of red-wine vinegar and grapes. Some point after the shock wears off, I'm able to get a light breadiness and a bit of an unidentifiable flavor that I don't much like. It's hard to describe, almost like a quick bit of raw bitterness, but this flavor only persists when I swirl the beer long enough in my mouth after the sour wears off. Finishes dry and funky.

It's got a good feel as well, sort of light and zingy on the tongue. Good level of carbonation too.

Drinks well! I'd say it's refreshing at points, but the sheer sourness makes it pretty hard to quaff. I'd suggest enjoying it over the course of about an hour. This is probably the 2nd best Raspberry Lambic I've had now, if I had a pen and paper when I was lucky enough to try Hommage, you'd probably see it somewhere around a 4.9 or so.

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

2010 vintage opened 2010. Brilliant red color, syanara head. Smells of raspberry, strawberry, pink lemonade, and a miniscule woodiness. The taste is a nice blend of sweet and tart raspberr, finishing dry. It's toned down a bit for Cantillon, causing a lack in the "wow" department. It would be a great beer to toast or celebrate with. In the end, it leaves more to be desired.

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

Bottled 1/20/10
Appearance - Pours a deep, hazy cherry with a thin pink cap of foam.
Smell - Great nose of funk and raspberry.
Taste - Similar to the nose; funk, raspberry - perhaps a bit less intense than the nose suggests.
Mouthfeel - Light, moderate carbonation with fine bubbles and a very dry, puckering finish.
Drinkability - Easy drinking and refreshing with lots of flavor and a great feel.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maredsous chalice

Appearance: no head, clear, high carbonation-deep cherry red in color

Smell: raspberry, cherry, some sourness

Taste: raspberry, cherry, sour vinegar, some floral perfumy petals

Mouthfeel: sweet with prickly sourness, light bodied, medium-high carbonation

Drinkability: A nice and complex lambic. Love the raspberry taste, but what really sets this apart is the floral taste at the end. A sipper but I could have several.

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

2003 Vintage from a 375ml bottle. Cork is dead dry with little hiss upon opening. Pour is tangerine orange with very little top head. Aroma is of straight moldy basement, rubber band, tart raspberry vinegar, and some unpasteurized funka dunka bunk French cheese. Oh dear, that is sour! Extremely acidic and tart with quite noticeable vinegar. Raspberries have definately dwindled out and the fruit is subtle. I absolutely adore aged lambic and this is a perfect reason why. The 1000 different flavors just reach every corner of my mouth and the sourness is like a bag of raspberry Sour Punch Kids taking over. One of the best aged Cantillon's I've had.

Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ive had this in my collection for a while and to be honest totally forgot i had it thought id give it a go,it pours a light see thru peach hue with nice carbonation that leaves a raspberry laced three finger head and heaps of sporadic lacing,it has a very up front aroma of raspberries,cherries and sour lollies,the taste is very sour indeed and more sour than i was expecting almost like sucking on a sour warhead with a nice light spritzy sessionable mouthfeel that has nice tastes of raspberries(predominately),cherries,sour gummi worms and a sour funky yeasty taste right at the end,overall a nice mouthpuckering lambic but i definately couldnt have any more than the 750ml bottle i have before me,nice though.

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

Split with my good lady wife and drank on a balmy early summer evening in Toronto. A passable follow up to the 14 year-old bottle of champagne we just polished off. Bottle purchased at the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels.

Pours a bright cherry with a sparkling mousse of white head that fizzles away in around a minute. Occasional bubbles break the surface, but on the whole you can tell this has the traditional restrained carbonation of a traditional lambic. Looks damn pretty in a flute and held up to the light on this glorious evening. The aroma gives off sweet raspberries, as if someone had taken the fruit and condensed its essence. Fresh, sweet and natural. Behind this we have the Cantillon house funk - lemon, horseblanket and white wine vinegar. Smells awesome for the style. Fruitier and more mellow than expected.

Drinks damn smooth. The funk is really held in check by a sweet syrupy natural raspberry flavour, which infuses every aspect of the taste. If I made something like this at home it would be on my waffles all the time. Once the raspberry backs down a little, the funk takes over, bring glorious notes of lemon and barnyard. Tasty stuff, with the scales firmly tipped in favour of the fruit, but I don't mind that... after all this is a fruit beer. The mouthfeel manages to be both syrupy, light, smooth and spritzy.

In terms of balance, this seems very similar to the kriek, with a more dominant fruit aspect than you'll find in beers like Lou Pepe Framboise, Kriek or Fou Foune. Its not my favourite Cantillon, but holy smokes is this a good summer beer. If you like fruit and funk this is for you.

Photo of Reaper16
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200!
375mL bottle, bottled on 01/20/10, served into a tulip glass

Gorgeous beer. It pours a glowing, translucent cherry red. Very unique looking body. The head is a light, rose petal pink. Not a bright pink, bubble gum or Easter egg, but a more subdued shade. It sits at a 1.5 finger cap of tiny bubbles that loosens up and recedes after two minutes or so.

The fruit is really noticeable in this young a beer. I smell a pulpish, fleshy berry smell alongside the smell of a raspberry pancake syrup. There is an expected level of wild yeast flavors - damp mulch and old flowers and light vinegar - that bring the funk and sourness. As the beer warms I pick up more and more a potpourri aroma. The raspberry has a tendency to turn into tomato as the beer warms, too.

Some reviewers complain that this beer isn't sour enough. I won't be one of those. This hits a wonderful little sweet spot between acid and fruit sweetness. It is very tart up front, acidity lashing the middle of the tongue. When you adjust to the sourness you can appreciate the funk that so informs the sour flavors, a funk so expertly blended that I can't pick out individual descriptors. And then you can appreciate the berry flavors: mildly sweet, earthy. With warmth I can make out a subtle woodsy quality from the barrels. This blows the pants off of any other Framboise I've ever had or likely will have in terms of complexity.

The mouthfeel is light-bodied, with the carbonation staying out of the way of the tartness. It does its job admirably with the best quality being its dryness. Rose de Gambrinus is remarkably dry, as good lambic should be. Drinkability is also stellar. From the opening tartness to the sweet berry to the dryness, this is a satisfying fruit lambic.

Cantillon. Enough said, right? This is the benchmark for framboise lambic.

Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very cherry/light red with a small white head that looked kind of pinkish at times. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Tart, raspberries, but mostly cherries. A little oaky, little bit of funk.

T - It's pretty fruity, and it's pretty sour. This one has a slight medicine or cough syrup taste to it, although it doesn't get real bad. It's very fruity, and it gets much more sour the more you drink.

M - Light and effervesant, quite carbonated.

D - It started out easy, but was hard to finish due to the tartness.

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

A: Glowing cherry red, thin off white head with minimal lacing

S: tart sour cherries with hints of oak and some raspberries

T: very sour, funky and tart with bitter fruits

M: medium carbonation that pops in the mouth. light and a little oily

D: super sour, extremely dry and tart. a real sipper

Overall, a nice sour fruit brew but not sure I'd seek out again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

Bottled 1/20/10. The beer pours a nice red color with a pink head. The aroma is tart raspberries with some oaked notes. The flavor is very heavy on the raspberries with a little bit of tartness. There are some oak tannins in the beer but this is definitely a fruit-forward lambic. Medium-high carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel.

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

This batch was bottled December 2009. 375ml bottle.

It sits in the glass a clear raspberry red, topped by half an inch of pink-tinted head which retains well.

An aroma of unbridled funk greets the nostrils immediately upon uncorking the bottle, but it transforms into juicy tart raspberries once poured into the glass. It has all the depth of a piece of whole fruit; skin, flesh and seeds. Agitation creates a medley of fruit, funk and musty oak barrel.

The taste is intense but nuanced, tart raspberries at the forefront, sharp lactic acidity right behind and then layers of oak and vanilla. It's light and refreshing, juicy but bone dry, complex and infinitely sippable.

Photo of jdklks
3.47/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light red bubbling body with a white head that has red tint everywhere. The smell is of funkiness and tartness, along with some fruit characteristics (especially raspberry and cherry)

The taste is much, much too fruity, and not nearly sour enough. Raspberry and cherry dominate with a little funk, and not much else. Not a very complex beer at all. Average at best.

The moutfeel is extremely light and almost overly carbonated. I drank half of a 750ml and definitely wouldn't have gone for more. Decent, but not great, or even all that good. Out of the three beers we tasted that night, this was the least enjoyable by far.

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

Ah, Cantillon. Any time I open a bottle of Cantillon, it's a good day.

This lambic pours a beautiful, rich, red hue with the typical Cantillon smallish head and minimal lacing. The aroma is of walking through a field of raspberry bushes, fresh raspberry juice, tart fruit, hay, and a general smell of being outside on a farm in the summertime. How do they do that? This beer tastes fabulous. A great blend of sweet raspberry with a heavy barnyard funk. This beer, like all Cantillon brews, is much more sour than sweet, which I find preferable. There is a mild acidity present in the finish. Overall, a terrific beer and one I always stock in my cellar.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a few of the bottles with the nude woman on the cover, which makes this bottle one of the best I have ever seen. The beer, well the beer is pretty tasty as well.

The appearance is a rose color paired with fluffy white head. The beer looks like a carbonated cherry soda, almost like a raspberry nectar.

The smell is of raspberries with some funk and tart on the trail. It smells pretty good, a little artificial like the Lindemans Framboise, but still full of berry goodness.

The taste is great, sour funk with berry sweetness. You can get lots and lots of raspberry in the taste, and it is backed with a funky lambic sourness that is delicious. Not as sour and funky as I would like, but still enjoyable.

The beer is a solid drinker and everyone that tries it instantly falls in love with it. Its not as sour as I would like, but its fruit sweetness is delicious. Great Cantillon.

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

Had on tap at Novare Res on 5/1
poured in to a flute

A: This beer pours a deep amber, rose hue with a 1/4 inch of white head. Head recedes quickly leaving spotty thick lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is extremely tart - tart, tart, tart. Dark cherries and raspberries, mixed with a touch of sour funk.

T: Taste starts with a very tart apple and pear, then leads in to tart cherries and raspberries. Finish has a nice floral, rose bouqet flavoring that chills out the tart in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, and just bone dry!

D: This is a sipper for those new to the style, but it goes down easy, great taste, one that I would surely get again.

Photo of jminsc76
4.56/5  rDev +6%
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
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
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
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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