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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,896 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 452
Gots: 457 | FT: 33
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002)
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Photo of jwinship83
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my duvel tulip and served around cellar temp, as the bottle directs.

A- this pours out a reddish pink with a large fizzy pink head. little to no lacing left behind.

S- lots of raspberries. slightly acidic. earthy and musty. definitely wild.

T- not as sour as i was expecting. starts off with a lot of fresh raspberries and the earthy, funky must i could smell. a little bit of vinegar. tangy.

M- light bodied and highly carbonated. about what i was expecting.

D- interesting enough to split the bottle with someone, but i dont think id want something this size all to myself. id like to try an older bottle sometime. mine was pretty fresh.

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

Bottled: 19Feb08 Reviewed: 08Oct09
Blood red pour, very effervescent, which contributes to a lasting small head.
Aroma is, as expected, a veritable mix of raspberry and incredibly complex funk. Lots of acidic tang, but in no way vinegary. There's a mix of goat and horse stable in there. Raspberry aroma is not at all artificial or sugary.
Incredibly tart taste, I'm glad I didn't leave this any longer and let more of the fruitiness disappear. Again, strong funk is definitely present, as is a high sourness, which is no doubt contributed to by the prominent (once you've got used to the acidity) raspberry character. Woody oak also becomes quite noticeable after a few sips, which gives another twist.
Body is rather watery, it goes with the quenching character of the beer.
A bit too tart for my liking, but still nice none the less.

Photo of PerzentRizen
2.88/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Okay I've had some great lambics and to me this just isn't one of them.

Poured into a champagne flute at 55 degree (as suggested) this beer pours a rose color. The head is a fizzy mess that disapates faster than a wedding dress on a honeymoon.

The smell of this one is hard to describe. It smells somewhat like flat ginger ale and musty used socks. To me there's just nothing appetizing about what I'm smelling. I have had a little horse blanket in American wilds and in some gueuze/lambics that I've tried in the past so I won't completely slam this one.

The taste is of a tart version of a wine cooler. It really does taste like wine gone bad - aka vinegar. I think it would make a delicious bbq sauce, but a great beer it is not no matter how many people think it is. If you want the sensation of drinking this beer then make some fresh lemonade without the sugar and ice. Let the lemon juice sit for a few days then add some alka seltzer to the mix with a few drops of grenadine and you'll have the 90% solution. At best this is an average lambic.

Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. The finish is about on track with what I think a lambic ought to be. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. You definately feel refreshed after drinking this beer.

Drinkability is hard to judge. This beer is only 5% yet it took me 2 hours to drink this 750 mL bottle. That tells me that this isn't all that drinkable. I will say that this beer tastes better as you drink more of it. I would judge the drinkability as average to slightly better than average.

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

A - Two fingers of pink foam on top of a clear, bright red body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Fresh raspberries with some earthy, goat funk behind it. Very strong berry seed aroma with more than just raspberry, notes of cherry and strawberry as well.

T - Puckering, fruity sourness with lots of sweet berry skin flavor balancing it out. Strong lactic acid zing with dry raspberry, cherry, and lemon notes. Finishes with more fruit and a hint of pithy bitterness, but mostly fruity acidity.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a bone dry finish.

D - The aroma is front and center in this beer and it really brings a lifelike scent of fresh raspberries to the nose. The flavor is also very pleasant, though it is not as convincing in the fruit department and the significant sourness is the primary feature. This brew is oddly lacking in the house funk that I have come to associate with other Cantillon beers and while there is a hint of it in the nose, there is really nothing but lactic acid in the flavor. Overall a nice fruit beer, but nowhere near as good as the Lou Pepe Framboise (even if it is cheaper and much easier to find).

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely cloudy orange red colour, with a filmy but solid head of pink bubbles. Looks a picture - just like what you want from a raspberry lambic. Maybe a little more brightness in the body would make it perfect, but it's hard to fault it as it is.

A very fine lambic nose, deliciously tart and funky, but with the supple and sweet raspberry fruit note to counter balance any intimation of over-the-top wildness. Very pleasant indeed.

On the palate, there's the familiar, if not prototypical Cantillon acidity - teeth clenchingly sour, with a sharp, direct and pointed puckering character. The raspberries have an exceptionally hard time making their presence felt here, and what I can note about them is probably more aroma than taste. The lambic sourness is just boggling.

Once again, an extremely robust and incredibly niche Belgian lambic - not one for the faint of heart. Sharp, refreshing and confronting all in one package.

Photo of botham
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours apricot orange with minimal head and a soapy rim that lasts a minute or two.

aroma is lightly sour with raspberries and a touch of sweaty funk that is sustained by the fruit. the raspberries sit right alongside the sour note, without much of a sweet quality, and a ripe aura.

taste is wonderfully tart with more of the same, and a distinct vinous sour note that enhances a mellow raspberry note. excellent on the palate. the berries are ripe with a sour character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and tart in texture with a vinous like mouthfeel next to the tartness.

drinkability is solid. this is a very mellow sour beer with a wonderful bouquet of fruit, funk, and sourness. a masterfully composed brew by Cantillon. these guys never cease to amaze with their excellent brews. cheers!

Photo of mikey711
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had last night while out to dinner.

A: It was a ruby red with a slight pink one finger head on top. Good lacing.

S: Very tart/ripe raspberries.

T: Cherry sweetness and sour raspberry mostly. Very well balanced.

M: Very suited to the style with very full flavors.

D: Easily finished the bottle myself and could have gone for a bit more.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a bright ruby color with a one-finger pink head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of barnyard funk with good amounts of tart berries with a nice earthiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Rustic and funky flavors up front segue into tart berry flavors that lead up to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could definitely have a few more.

Overall this is one of my favorite Cantillon offerings. It's just as tart as others but with more depth and complexity. Definitely recommended.

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

A-Pretty opaque ruby color and airy rose colored foam. Served in a wine-style Cantillon stemmed glass, it looked almost like a very dark rose wine.
S-Tart scent of strong raspberries-typical lambic sweettart smell, but even more in-your-face.
T-Super sour, as advertised! I love the tartness of this and the yeasty zing on the finish, but this is not for the faint of heart: lambic lovers only. Tastes like unripe raspberries, with no hint of sweetness.
M-Smooth and crispl evaporates immediately and disappears.
D-I could have one or two of these, but after that, my face might remain permanently puckered!

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

Pours what looks like a cloudy pink grapefruit juice with almost no head. No lacing left in the glass. Very attractive color but other than that rather unexciting looking.

A pleasant aroma of raspberry lemonade, with barely a sign of any funky horseblanket.

Tasted also of a very tart raspberry lemonade. No presence of alcohol. Very well balanced and inviting.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a thin to medium body. A decent amount of carbonation, however I would have preferred just a hint more.

This is an extremely refreshing beer, perfect for this summer weather. If you enjoy a tart brew, this one is right up your alley.

Photo of mrmanning
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Milos and Hogtownharry, Milos' bottle- Pours pink raspberry liquid beneath just a dusting of white powder. Funky yeasty aroma, barnyard, a touch of fruit, oaky and a touch of sherry. very tart funky yeast flavour with a tad of fruity sweetness trying to come through. Oak and just a pinch of lemon cordial. Very dry and full of flavour. This is my first from the brewery but not my last! Thanks for sharing this gem Milos!

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

2005 bottle served into my Molson Flute.

A: Color is really interesting. When held up to the light the center remains dark while the outside is a light copper color. I probably should take a picture of this as it looks that good. Tons of floaties in the bottom of the flute as well.

S: Mother of god. This makes me want to drop out of society and take a job NOT cleaning their brewery. The raspberries smell fresh yet this bottle is four years old. Tons of tartness in the nose.

T: The tartness punches your glands off the bat. God damn this is tart. The berries sort of balance things out but fail. Win. This is one of the most sour beers I have ever had. At Cantillon they still refer to America as the colonies.

M: Very bright and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D: We snagged this bottle at a nice price and now I must return to get more. Bottom line I do not like raspberries yet I love this beer. When all the American breweries are calling you up to know what to do you know you have done something right.

Photo of FoxTrottAles
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I just got into Lambics recently, and have gone wild tasting them...

a. pink like a wine cooler or something, very fizzy almost like champagne, the bottle hid all that the mind could possibly imagine... what was eventually poured from the bottle was pink/light-red 'amazing-ness'

s. at first smelled like a cellar or storage room in an old house... then it smelled fruity as it released all those raspberry esters into the surrounding air-flow... so appealing!

t. from the intial smell of stale-basement-like aroma i didn't expect, nor did anyone else, the pungent tangy zesty acidic flavours... but after you have one sip, you find yourself coming back for more thinking 'maybe it mellowed out a bit...' very wrong, it stays very acidic and grows on you after the first glass

m. very sparkling wine or champagne like, not much body at all

d. flavours were amazing, however, i just drank a 375mL and feel a tad sick to my stomach... share this smaller bottle with another beer lover or if you get the bigger one, share it with a few people...

overall, very satisfying. Thanks Brasserie Cantillon ;)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped and corked bottle, cork says bottled in 2008. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/pink color with about a 1/2 inch pink head. Head retention is very good, lacing is decent. Aroma is mostly tart and sweet raspberries, but there's some funk in there too. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, except that the tart and sweet raspberries and funk are all pretty balanced with no one flavor overpowering the others. There's also a nice lingering tartness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit thick and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, it's refreshing and it's very easy and enjoyable to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, it's a good example of what a fruit lambic should be.

Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish pink body with light pink head thanks to the raspberries. Smells of raspberries and acidic tartness. Tastes like raspberries, very tart, and very very dry. Slight funk character, but it's subtle and blends well with the other flavors. I can't discern any wood flavors in here. Mouthfeel is light bodied, highly carbonated, dry, mouth-puckering, astringent. Nice beer for a warm summer day.

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

Very excited to try my first Cantillon today. I finally got around the price tag and told myself I had to do it. The cork was incredibly hard to get out, yet barely let out a pop when it finally came. Large cork, small bottle neck.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Tulip glass. Pours a raspberry red color with a dull amber tint to it. Slightly pink head fizzes up like pop, and quickly disappears. Can't see any carbonation, but I know it's there.

The aroma is unlike anything I've ever smelt before. I get raspberrys and a woody character that I'm not very familiar with. Just strange. Very acidic, and sort of like vinegar. It doesn't sound good, but trust me, it is very appealing.

The taste is ridiculous. Mouth puckering sourness and tart raspberry character go along nicely with a woody funk. The berry portion is almost like unripe berries.

The mouthfeel is intensely sour and tart, and very acidic. Drinkability is high, but only if you enjoy the sourness.

Overall, this is my first real experience with a Lambic. Before this I've only had the very sweet Lindemans Lambics, which I enjoyed, but this is an entire different beast. A great new experience and I look forward to having more in the future.

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

Poured from a 37,5 cl bottle purchased at a bottle shop in Brussels just yesterday as I have just returned from that trip. Purchased it for 6 Euro (about $9 USD).

A Glowing rose red translucent body with a pink 3.5 inch head after a vigorous pour. Look is interesting and appropriate to the style. Head reduced to a 2 mm trace pink head within 2 minutes. No significant head.

S Raspberry Lambic smell which is in the same ballpark as a Lindeman's Framboise (just giving the reader a point of reference, not suggesting that they taste the same!). There is a decidedly less sweet smell than the Lindeman's but anyway I am reminded of that beer when smelling this one. This one has a classic Kriek like smell along with the sweet raspberries.

T Tart fruitiness (as opposed to the sugary sweet fruitiness of the Lindeman's. This beer carries more of the actual taste of the fruit into the beer. The tart taste carried well into the late taste but the aftertaste was simply the semi sweet fruit of a handfull of raspberries.

M Well there is that tartness that makes me pucker my face a little bit but then after you swallow that mellows out a lot.

D Fairly good. The tartness was a bit much for me.

Notes: Such a treat to have this beer from Cantillon!

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with cork and crown cap, from bottletrek, by way of stevemcqueenjr. tasted in early may 2009.

the back label has "bottled 18 feb 2006", yet the cork says, "bottled 2.007". there is sticky residue, probably of the beer itself, all around the neck. under the crown cap, there is more of this residue, and it's gunky, reddish black, and dirty looking. i spent quite a bit of time cleaning with a damp cloth first. very black, smearing the cloth with what looks like used engine oil.

when i first start to insert the corkscrew, there is already a fizz - a portent of things to come...

basically, the BIGGEST GUSHER EVER! a veritable FOUNTAIN of pink, foamy, fizzy lambic. the whole countertop gets drenched before i can even tilt the bottle and fill a tulip glass...

spent some time mopping up first... now onto the review...

very pink red, maybe something like pomegranate juice. lots of gushed, foamy pink head, fading to thin layer, but constantly replenished by the laser etching in the duvel tulip and the crazy activity of the carbonation. the gushing brought up some of the sediment, so it's a creamy haze. no lacing ever actually sticks to the glass though.

aroma: tart but fruity sweet raspberries, jammy even. this is evident even as i am wiping the counter and mopping the floor. my, it's fruity! touch of vinegary funk, into wood and more farmhouse character, plus grass and hay.

taste: what a difference a year makes in my perceptions! now that i have grown to love sour beers, it's like night and day. fruit, vinegar, more fruit, wood, light funk and farmhouse, hay, grass, more fruit. wow, it's fruity. maybe just a little something "off" tho (or at least mentally in my head, after the gushing and also the weird black gunk)

feel: light and acidic but spritzy from the hyperactive carbonation, but even after the acidic texture and the fizziness, there is a smoothness at the very end.

ah well, despite the craziness at the start, possibly from infection, this was still enjoyable. i loved the fruitiness this time around too. dunno if the infection actually "helped" that, but whatever.


(375ml bottle. scores were 3.5 across the board.)

cork says bottled in 2007. (actually, it's "2.007" - what's the significance of the period/dot?) also, my bottle's painting has the woman completely nude, the blue dress in the picture above is gone...

very hazy, pink amber golden color. some bubbly head at first, but that soon fades to almost nothing. no lace.

sour raspberries in the scent up front, a little bit of vinegary funk. hint of cask woodiness, especially on exhale.

the taste is definitely puckering, so you better be ready. only a trace of raspberry fruitiness. again, some hint of cask aging. i guess there is some hop detectable.

feel: pucker! a bit watery, with minimal carbonation that is only sharp for an instant on first sip. ane some more acidic roughness.

i'm trying to review this with the alleged "style" in mind, granted that i'm more used to "amateur" fruit lambics like lindemans.

i can finish a whole bottle, and i believe i can even appreciate it. still, not something i'd look for again.

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

A: Orange with both red and yellow hues. Actually quite shiny at first, but after a while it gets rather hazy. Basically no head at all, just a minimal amount of bubbles that quickly disappears and leaves a minimal ring of lacings.

S: A very pleasant smell but not as powerful as I had hoped. Tart raspberries up front, some wild strawberries. Some vinegar. Some funky notes of earth and hay.

T: The first impression of the beer is that it is really tasty, but not overly complex. A somewhat weak taste of tart raspberries. Wheat, a ghost-like hint of grassy bitterness, vinegar and lemon. Not as sharp as some sours, and not harsh at all, the taste is actually really fresh with just minimal funky notes (horse blanket, hay). Some sweet nuances. The finish is all about a long lasting sourness - fantastic. The acidity mixes with some nutty aromas, barrel flavors and just a hint of vanilla.

M: A very pleasant mouthfeel. The beer has, considering the style, a surprisingly full body (but still, we're talking about a body in the medium range). Slightly oily texture with a dry finish. Very gentle carbonation.

D: Unfortunately I think this bottle had some years on it and the raspberry flavors had faded a bit. But still, a very tasty lambic. Would definitely drink it again.

Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a bottle of this today from Binny's in Buffalo Grove for around $9 (it's the 375mL). I've been really sick the last 5 days so I'm pumped to finally drink some goodness. Drank from my New Glarus flute.

Cork dated 2.005

Appearance- Pours a very hazy pinkish orange with loads of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass and even more permeating throughout. A small half finger head disappears as quickly as it came leaving not even a trace of a cap or collar.
Smell- Starts very tart with definite hints of lingering raspberry that still remain sort of fresh and fruity. Not really vinegary as some of these can be in the nose it's just sharply tart. Maybe it's the fruit? Some earthy musk is more than present with a big blue cheese funk. The ever popular horse blanket and leather are also detectable. The nose is very nice but it's very potent and sort of odd to smell the funk/fruitiness work together.
Taste- Whoa! So sour and tart from the start with a very acidic kick of both fruit and vinegar. Sort of sneakily fruity once your mouth acclimates as the raspberry tastes a lot like, well, raspberry. Lightly bitter or astringent in the middle as the sourness fades somewhat. Definitely not as earthy or funky as I was expecting from the nose but it's still prevalent, especially toward the finish. Mushroom broth and tobacco are lightly earthy and in the background but they are detectable. Some woody tannins and a very light bit of oaky vanilla in the finish. The raspberries and tartness dominate though and really never leave.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp body with a sharp bite of carbonation that is very quenching.
Drinkability- A very tasty Lambic that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't imagine trying to drink a whole 750mL bottle of it but the 375mL was perfect. The fruitiness is great and if you enjoy an extremely tart Lambic, this is your brew! Glad I grabbed a bottle; it was a nice welcome back.

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

Served in tap in a Brugse Zot oversized flute. The beer is very pretty; it's colored with an odd combination of pink and copper. There is a slight head of large, soapy pink bubbles. The is a complex aroma to this beer, with sweet berries and some tartness present. The taste of the beer also has a mild sour tartness with is very nice. If the idea of a sour beer sounds unappealing, you should still try this one, as the tartness is not overpowering. There is a lot of fruit to this beer, I think it tastes like raspberries. There is a lot of carbonation, which probably helps bring out the bite of the tartness while it's in your mouth. Overall, a very wonderful beer.

Photo of jhu1995
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pink/blush color, highly carbonated with minimal head. Smell is faint raspberry, sour, tart, funky. Tartness and sourness is in-your-face, with slight raspberry flavors in the finish. Very dry, but tingly on the mouth, light body. Drinkability is okay, but you have to really love the style to knock back a few of these. Overall, a good fruit beer because the raspberry is not over the top.

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

Poured into a wine glass. Cloudy ruby-red color with a one inch white head. Decent retention but no lacing.

Aroma of funk/mildew, cherries, and fermented fruit juice.

Flavor consisted of a smooth sweetness followed by a very puckering tart vinegar/cherry flavor. The vinegar flavor was almost as powerful as the sour/tart cherry flavor.

Medium-full bodied with carbonation and a lingering tart flavor on the palate for a minute or two after each sip.

Definitely have to sip this lambic. Unless you want your eyes to water and start crying and give yourself heartburn, don't chug it! Girlfriend liked this brew too, she's a big fruit lambic fan and I think it's rubbing off on me...

Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pinkish-red, nice creamy pink head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sour rasberries, funk, sour lemons, cherries, . Tastes of tart rasberries up front followed by intense sourness. Some raw lemony bitterness near the end leaving a tartness on the palate. Nice crispness on the palate.

A good lambic, the fruit characteristic does not come through as well as the cherry lambic. Still very good, nice and tart and sour, the way lambics should be.

Photo of BarrelO
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Reddish-pink. Head disappears almost instantly.

S: Funkier than a James Brown/Parliament double bill. Also vinegar.

T: All tartness and barnyard funk. Like drinking vinegar that a horse has been bathing in. No trace of raspberries.

M: Pleasantly smooth.

D: If Lindemans is the Will Smith of lambics (pleasant and family-friendly with any rough edges smoothed out), then Cantillon is like NWA-harsh, uncompromising, and in your face. I couldn't drink a whole bunch of this in a sitting, but I'll definitely turn to this if I need to clear my sinuses.

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,896 ratings.