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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,916
Reviews: 696
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 callmescraps
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited about this. I love raspberries, I love lambics, and we don't get nearly enough Cantillon in California. Watching football on Boxing Day and enjoying fine beverages.

Appearance- Gorgeous. A deep red, very clear. It is lighter towards the taper, and a more robust near the top. An inch of slightly pink head. It looks like a Rose champagne, honestly.

Smell- Sweet raspberries. A slight tartness as well. A funky, vinegar hint as well. It's barnyard and fruit.

Taste- Wow, puckeringly sour. The smell is so sweet I was not expecting that (although I should have). There is sweetness of the raspberries behind it. Nice fruits, and some citrus. Cherry makes an appearance. A real funkiness as well. I honestly want a hint more raspberry. Very dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel- I want a hint more carbonation. Otherwise, nice.

Drinkability- Pretty good. Although it's so sour that the small bottle is enough, thanks.

Honestly? A little disappointed. It was so close to being nearly perfect. I love raspberries, and the sour funkiness. But, it's not quite as much raspberry as I'd hoped. I'm now on the hunt for framboise, because I know this can be the perfect combo. It just misses here.

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

On-Tap at Monk's

A- Bright ruby raspberry red, with no head, at least by the time it got to me. No Lacing.

S- Smell is subdued raspberry's and light cherry juice with hay, barn musk and a small amount of funk. Smells like it will be on the tart side.

T- The raspberry fruit is prominent but seems tamed in this version, I remember getting more of a fruit pop in the bottle. That's all good though cause there is light funk, some acidity, and a dry taste leaving Chevy Chase's Funny Farm. Some grass in the finish with light cherry.

M- Nicely carbed, mildly tart and not really sour. A really good lambic that finishes pretty dry. Light in acidity and just tart enough to make a dent. I find this very easy on the mouth and quite tame for a cantillon. A small step above light bodied with light but noticable carb on the end.

D- I could drink a ton of this stuff, but I found it to be better in a bottle. I like it off the tap but I feel it's lost something. If this is a old keg than perhaps I prefer it fresh when the fruit is ripe. I still finished my glass in no time though. This tasted great but it did not leave me with a big enough puckering which I crave. Will revise when I find a bottle.

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

750ml bottle from '05, purchased at BeeGee's awhile back, poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a turbid peach skin color, murky from a bit of the dregs. Moderate head on the pour without much lacing. Some lacing.

S: Loads of sourness, tart and acidic. Some raspberries pop through just a bit. Funk as he'll from the age, developing some cheesiness.

T/M: Loads of sour and tartness. Light raspberries with more tart lemon. Very nice sourness, plenty of citrus and tart green apples. Not loads of funk as the nose suggested. Just a damn tasty beer. Body is medium light with good carbonation.

D: pretty damn drinkable for as sour and tart as it is. I think the more subdued funk helps with this.

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

PWoods is killing it tonight. Now he breaks out an '05 Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus.

Pours a reddish gold in color with a nice, frothy quarter inch head. Smell is funk. All funk, with a little bit of raspberry fruit coming in afterwards.
This is bitter and funky as all get out. There's a nice fruit flavor that compliments this. Every time a drink a Cantillon I try to remind myself why I don't buy more of this stuff on a regular basis. It cellars for awhile and it's standout.
It's tough to differentiate between sourness and carbonation, but this one has it.
Very good.

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not a big drinker of lambics or geuzes; I tried to somewhat score for the style.
Poured into a fluted glass.

Appearance: A lovely pink with tints of orange. Tons of little bubbles shooting up to the surface, especially in the middle.

Smell: First I smell raspberries, followed by sourness, and a bit of barnyark funk in the background.

Taste: The raspberry flavor takes a major backseat. Starts off with a mouth-puckering sourness, followed by the barnyard must. There is a hint of raspberries and even a little sweetness for an instant somewhere in the middle. The sourness is always in the background, and lingers for a bit afterwards, but I didn't taste too much in the finish of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Seems appropriate for the style and taste. I certainly wouldn't want this to be anymore viscous. The high level of carbonation is definitely a plus with the flavors I am getting.

Drinkability: With the low alcohol content and light body, I could have one or two more of these. I can't give it higher than a 4, however, as it really is quite sour.

This was rather different than the Lindemann's and St. Louis lambics I've had. Much more sour and funky; it seemed like a cross between a lambic and a gueze, from what I know of the styles.

I'm glad I tried something from this highly-regarded brewery, but this type of beer is not my cup of tea (or beer) right now.

Photo of jjanega08
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= pours a bright red color with a nice big pink head on it. Really a beautiful Lambic beer. I use the word beautiful because this is such a delicate beer that beautiful is a great word for it. The head retention is actually pretty good for the style as well. Really nice retention however there is some spotty lacing.

S= Nice sour smell! More fruit in this one than most Cantillion lambics as well. There is a really nice raspberry smell to it that goes deeper than just plain sour which you find in a lot of lambics.

T= Sour! Up front there is a ton of sour in it. Nice raspberry fruityness to it as well. Beyond the usual plain sourness from Cantillion beers.

M= Really dry and refreshing. One of the most refreshing beers from Cantillion.

D= Delicious. Really nice sour from Cantillion. The best I've had from the Brewery. I feel bad for leaving this review a little short but there isn't much more to say. This is a really good sour that is equally delicious in the fruit area.

Photo of Patrick999
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this before. Regardless, it's great to see this on a S. FL shelf.

Pours a bright pinkish red with some pink foam. It would be no trouble at all getting the uninitiated to believe that this is Lindemans Framboise.

Aroma is of raspberries, and a little sweat and spicy leather cologne.

The sour raspberries I remember from the Lou Pepe Framboise I had not too long ago are here, though not as stomach-churningly sour. Less woody vanilla as well. Instead, I get more leathery, slightly medicinal Brett character, which is fine by me. This brings the acidity, but there's also that musky element.

Feel is prickly, with some large bubbles.

This is clearly an excellent example of a straight-up fruit lambic. I will have no problem at all reaching for this when I want a sour.

Photo of Tiklmelmo
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from the Foodery served in a tulip glass.

A - Bright "fruit punch" reddish pink with a lot of pink head that settles quickly. Slightly cloudy and effervescent.

S - Barnyard with a strong nose of raspberry and lemon. Nice balance between fruit and funk.

T - Beautifully balanced acidity. Tart, but definitely not bracingly sour. Lots of fresh raspberries with just enough of a funky lambic backbone.

M - Very bubbly, crisp, and refreshing. Pretty full bodied mouthfeel for the style.

D - Can I give this a 5.5 for drinkability? This beer is wonderfully refreshing. I could down this whole bottle in a couple of minutes and be ready for more.

Overall another excellent creation from Cantillon

Photo of walows
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my New Belgian Globe
Pours a wonderful red, like cranberry juice. A nice pink head formed and dissipated quickly. This beer looks so amazing in the glass! The first things I smell are the funk, like a funky swiss, then comes the sour lactic notes and followed up by raspberry syrup. It smells amazing like all Cantillon, just wonderful! The taste is similar to the smell, first the sourness comes in kicking and screaming, which is followed by this funky cheesiness and finishes with a nice raspberry sweetness. The finish is dry and with a little bit of tannins, as if you just ate a fist full of raspberries and chewed on the seeds. The mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated, very dry and a light body. Overall, this beer is very good and it hit the spot tonight.

Photo of KeefD
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Happy Gnome in St Paul. Bright red with a pink head that left some decent lacing. Nice tart berry and cherry aroma with solid oak and vanilla. Funk really comes out nicely with a swirl of the glass and warmth. Flavor is nice and sour, tart fruit is in the forefront, raspberry and cherry are predominate with light vanilla and a dry, vinegar finish. This is excellent and one of the best fruit lambics I've had from Belgium. Very tasty, and very pricey, but worth it.

Photo of davod23
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Steamhead, an awesome trader if there ever was one. Thanks, Blake! Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip.

It pours clear, bright raspberry red with a mighty, fizzy pink head. As expected, the head quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

This smells as though someone smashed a huge jar of raspberry preserves in a musty old attic. And I mean that in the best way possible. If anything, I would like this to be a little bit more dusty and funky in the nose, but as it is it's nicely fruity. No complaints.

Taste is very good. Sweet, ripe, fresh raspberries are first and most obvious. The characteristic Cantillon sourness takes over mid-palate, leading to a dry finish. It is not as mouth-puckeringly sour as many traditional lambics, but it's sufficient to give me my fix.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both top-notch. This beer doesn't get top marks simply because I think that there are similar brews that are just a smidge better on these points (St. Lamvinus, Girardin Gueuze 1882 Black Label, to name a couple). Oddly, I think that if this beer was more sour, it would get higher drinkability points from me. But that doesn't mean that this brew isn't fantastic.

Cantillon rarely disappoints. This is another good 'un.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 I picked up earlier this afternoon. Thanks to the guys at Dennis Brothers for having this one in stock.

A: Pours a true red with a lively pink head that settles to a couple of millimeters thick. Lacing is very nice, and the brew throws almost no sediment when decanted.

S: Aroma is very fruity, with some raspberry, but the malt and yeast show more. Sweet, with some barnyard aromas, and a slight hop profile lingering in the back.

T: Very tart at first, with the raspberries dominant, and a sourness from the acidity, There is a bit of horse blanket, along with a balance of malt on the center. The finish is dry and crisp, with flavors of fresh berries and a drying hop character.

M: Medium bodied and very clean. Also dry.

D: Simply the best Fruit Lambic I have ever tried. One i will definitely pay the price for again. I'm just hoping I can get more.

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

12oz. bottle, bottled on march 26 2009

A: Ruby red, very short lasted soft drink like head.
S: sour raspberries, wine like fruitiness
T: SOUR, berries, light malt sweetness deep in the background
M: dry and light, high carbonation
D: would be good with some cheese, will buy again

got in a small argument over this, my fiance wonders how i can drink this but not the wines she likes...

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

On tap at La Cav du Vin in Cleveland, although I've had this in the bottle, at the brewery, and on tap at other bars several times before.

Appearance: Bright reddish pink with coppery orange hues. Carbonation is steady and visible creating a thin white lace that grows with each lift of the glass only to collapse back after a moment of rest.

Aroma: Raspberry is ever present in the background but never much more than a subdued subtlety. A cider vinegar quality is fairly well pronounced and is well accompanied by lemon rind, musk, and hay. Cherry aromas are faint but present.

Taste: Earth and musk, barnyard funk, fresh red raspberries, lemon, green grass.

Mouthfeel: Acidic and quite tart but not in a way that would preclude sessioning. Very clean.

Drinkability: Very good.

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

1997 vintage, shared with Tampa BAs. I'm not sure who brought it, but thanks for the experience.

Pours a cloudy raspberry red with some pink/white head. Very nice looking lambic.

The smell is amazing. Sweet raspberries and funk. No indication of the tartness that it bound to follow.

Tastes very tart with underlying raspberry sweetness and some moderate funk. The juxtaposition of the sweet raspberries and tartness is very interesting.

Nice creamy, sharp feeling, similar to good cheese. Nice carbonation to open the tastebuds to funky tartness.

Good drinkability in moderation. I'm not sure I'll seek it out again, but I'm better for the experience.

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright cherry red color with a fizzy pinkish .5 finger head that quickly fizzles into a lasting ring. Nothing in the way of lacing. This just looks like artificial cherry syrupy food coloring.

Earthy funky sour tart aroma with lots of horseblanket barnyard notes, raspberry and grape. Very vinous with an organic fruit presence that isn't artificial or syrupy. Oaky wooden tannis notes add to the earthy funk.

Slightly puckering sour tart flavor with a lot of organic raspberry as well as some grape and other dark estery fruits. Pretty carbonated up front with a lot of earthy sour barnyard funk along with some lactic tart notes. There is also a good bit of earthy oak that balances out the sweetness and sharp tar funkiness very well. Slightly acidic but overall pretty drinkable. Probably my least favorite Cantillon offering I've had so far but still decent.

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

Tasted a 1986 bottle, brewed in 1984, stored well at the Kulminator in Antwerp.
Cloudy orange/amber with scant head. Aroma of raspberries, lemon, and wet horse-blanket (but in a good way!). Potent sourness, dusty dryness, and a yeasty-finish. More complex, more sour, and drier than a younger bottle.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light brown with a pinkish/ruby tint and a champagne-like, white froth. The nose is very complex and interesting, but one that I just couldn't get into...very earthy, mushrooms, fresh poop (some will say funk or barnyard, but that's poop), white pepper, herbs, cranberry, raspberry, oak, & bacon. (Again, very complex, but not really a pretty/attractive nose) This brews thankfully tastes a lot better than it smelled...fresh & tart with ripe raspberries, oak, herbs, pepper, vanilla, & green apple. Overall, this is an interesting beer that definitely should go with food.

Photo of johnd513
2.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours rose in color with a fizzy head. Smells of raspberries, vinegar and funk. The taste is acidic with rasberries and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is highly carbinated and tickles the taste buds. Drinkability is average. Overall this is not one of Cantillon's best offerings.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.63/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle into a glass, purchased and consumed at the brewery in Brussels.

A: Pours a clear rose-colored body with substantial effervescence up the glass. An off-white head develops with the vigorous pour, but it vanishes quickly into a stream of bubbles on top, as expected for a lambic. No lacing.

S: Raspberry vinegar. Tart, sour, and a little bit of wild funk in there, as well.

T: Intensely mouth-puckering, sour note with a blast of raspberry tartness. I pick up some underlying horse blanket flavors, but it's predominantly a fruit lambic. Light tannins and white wine grapes near the end. Finishes intensely dry.

M: Light-bodied and crisp. As mentioned above, this is intensely dry, and I actually start feeling discomfort as we work our way through the 75cL bottle. Visions of heartburn are dancing through my head. Love the flavor, but it's really hard to get through a bottle solo.

D: My girlfriend hated this and left me to finish most of the bottle. I was pretty sick of it by the end because of the mouthfeel. It's pretty hard to drink in the bottled quantity, especially alone and without food. I don't see myself getting this again.

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.

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,916 ratings.