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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002

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Photo of Getalegup
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of funky sour milk and raspberries
Taste is smooth fruity flavor. Carbonation is effervescent, but the thin foam disappears. The carbonation is hardly visible but is still on palate.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4/5  rDev -5%

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The liquid is a cloudy reddish-pink, and the pour kicks up a huge totally pink head. The head fades pretty quickly to a thin cushion on top of the liquid that leaves very little lace.

Aroma is sour - moderate funk, barnyard, etc, along with a fruity smell that I'm not sure I'd be able to identify as raspberry if I didn't already know that's what it was.

Taste follows the nose - nice sour funkiness backed by some raspberry fruitiness. Nice mix of sweet and sour, even though sour wins handily.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, really nice flavors!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.42/5  rDev +5%

Bottle side by side with Kriek at Brasserie Cambrinus in Beuges. Pours bright pinkish red with a very small pink head that recedes quickly. Plenty of dry tartness on the aroma with light raspberries supplementing lots of funky acidic Gueuze notes. Flavor follows very tart and funky--much more so than Kriek--with a beautiful supplement of lightly sweet and tart raspberries that don’t overwhelm. Light bodied, very dry and crisp, plus carbonation. This is exactly how a raspberry lambic should be.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.8/5  rDev +14%

A: Pours a hazy, pinkish hue, with a bit of an orange appearance when the light hits it. Carbonation at work immediately, as a lovely, thin but frothy bloom appears. A great deal of lacing as well.

S: Very aromatic and fruity, but with definite acidity cutting through the strong notes of berries and slight notes of cherry. Possible notes of orange or passion fruit in the bouquet, as well as slight notes of vanilla?

T: Complex flavor profile. Besides the obvious use of raspberries and cherries, there is a delightful, yeasty acidity and orange-like flavor that balances the berry flavors. Tart but not overly so. A very flowery set of flavors.

M: Fairly carbonated and extremely refreshing, the medium-light body goes down like a fine champagne or rose.

O: Truly, one of the world's remarkable beers, this may be the ultimate offering to guests coming to your home for a dinner party. I have yet to have a beer from Cantillon that was not first rate. Easily one of the world's 10 best breweries.

Note: since this review, I was fortunate enough to have it on tap as part of Zwanze Day 2014 at the Bier Station in KC, MO. Amazing on tap.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

375ml bottle - 2013 Vintage
Notes taken on 06/29/2014 – Big thanks to mdfb79 for providing this my 2nd ever Cantillon brew.

A: Rose de Gambrinus pours a hazed up russet mix of orangish amber and reddish brown tones throughout. Not like any beer I have really seen ever. Pinkish white cotton candy like suds cover the top with lower retention displayed. Course, active, and choppy. There is some very minimal stick or dotty cling to the glass. Looks quite fanciful.

S: Smells of tart raspberry puree with some strawberry mixed in, light cider vinegar, and lemon curds. I get some iron like minerals and a bit of earthy musk in the back as well. Otherwise this is all very fresh fruit and tartness on the nose which is really nice.

T: Whole raspberry juice with some strawberry accents pressed up against a bright lemony lactic tartness and some mild acetic vinegar qualities. Great mix of tart and sour. Underneath lies some mild earthiness, soiled oak, and farmhouse flavors. Dry through and through yet you get just an inclining of malt sweetness to hold it all together. Really great balance. Void of any type of bitterness and alcohol is negligible. Wish this had a bit more raspberry blast to it however it is still very tart and refreshing.

M: Very light and dry with an upper level of spritzy carbonation. Piquant tart pucker with light tannic qualities and a bone dry finish.

D: Incredibly drinkable for such a potent little Lambic. Not going to be my favorite but really glad to have tried this one out. Seems the flavors don’t deliver quite as much of that fresh raspberry the nose brings. Cantillon sure makes some great Wild ales however and this is no exception. The balance of all the encompassed flavors just comes together so well.

Thanks again Dan!

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Photo of screamking
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml poured into wine glass.

Pours like a clear rose wine with little head.

The aroma is exactly what you would expect, lots of tart under ripe raspberries. The tastes hits that note the same way, Tart Tart Tart. Very crisp and clean in the finish. Finding this bottle was a hell of chore an I will be on the lookout for more.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%

I enjoyed this chilled at Delices et Caprices in Brussels and again at Cantillon, poured chilled in a glass.

The color is beautiful ruby like shade with light haze and pastel pink head wtih fine bead.Smell is strong berry with a mild funk of wild yeast with slight fruity/floral note with subtle raspberry sweet scent. The mouthfeel is near perfect with strong fruity tanginess with moderate sour yet gentle lemony acidity with low sweetness and moderately high carbonation with very dry yet juicy texture as it finished

The flavor is excellent with raspberry flavor fresh on entry with light acidic taste and sour candy tinge of raspbery with lots of acidic citrus in the flavor with puckering yet bright fruity flavors with mild hint of wood and a nice dry yeast flavor in the finish. Overall this is perhaps the best raspberry flavored lambic I have had-I prefer the way the taste is young rather than some aged versions I tried in the U.S. incredible with juicy dimension and more on the puckering extreme side of sourness yet the dry finish which is crisp from the intense carbonation is refreshing.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle format of this Cantillon bottled in 2013

Appearance: clear red with a pink head that fizzed out rather quickly- hard to look away from it's so bright red

Smell: funk and barrel notes - some fruity notes here too. One dimensional but really good to smell

Taste: sparkling raspberry juice with funkiness on the palate as it washes down. Slight bitterness in the waay aftertase I assume are the hops - this beer has everything I want in a wild ale. Fruity not too sour.

Mouthfeel: awesome when cold. Real refreshing and fizzy. Really holds the temp very well.

Overall: I'm stoked to be having this brew for brunch. It pairs well with cheese and other fruits. I'd be down to buy it again as the bottle looks so cool and the tartness inside is soo tasty -

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Photo of Dope
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

November 20, 2013 date. 375ml bottle.

A: Pours a vibrant red with a tall, soda-like and fizzy pink head. Head fizzes out pretty fast, leaving no trace of lacing. Just a bit of head retention.

S: Big, bold, and tart raspberries. Kinda get some leathery tannins in there too.

T: Lots of raspberries. Sweet and tart, a great balance. Tart and acidic overall, again with that leathery taste in the finish primarily. Long lingering lacto sourness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for 5% ABV. Tart.

O: Pretty simple sour. Not overly sour, just nicely tart with a tasty raspberry component. Clean and crisp, quite tasty.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When you pour this beer, it's a deep red colour with a large pink head which dissipates quickly until a thin ring around the edges of the glass is left. On the nose, a huge wave of Raspberries, a little bit of wheat and barley and some sour Belgian Funk notes. When you taste this beer, you need to bear in mind all of the sugar has been fermented out. Just like the initial taste, a big hit of Sour Raspberries, followed by some sour and tart Brett (Belgian Funk) notes finishing with some Wheat and Malted Barley and Bready Notes. The beer is Medium Bodied and quite Highly Carbonated. It finishes like a dry white wine. I really do recommend this beer, especially if Sours are your thing! In good weather they're most definitely a treat.

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Photo of dbossman
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange with not much head; decent film for lacing

S: Tart, funky, grassy, cheesy, fruity--apples, berries, lemon

T: Wow, that's fruity and funky and tart; so funky--cheesy, musty, and oh so tart; my god, that's an awesome beer--this is a 2007, so there has been a lot of time for this beer to get funky and it has

F: A bit thin--with low carbonation but the mouth feel on the finish is still nice

O: This is a funky, fruity, fantastic beer

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A- deep red with a pinkish white head that goes away quickly and sits on the outside of the beer.

S- tons of rasberries and cherries. A funkiness is in the back. Maybe there are some peaches in there.

T- definitely some cheery and raspberry tart. Other subtle fruit notes come in and then a real harsh funk that reminds me of a barn. Makes your cheeks pucker up.

M- medium body and carbonation. Sour. Pretty nice.

O- a great beer. Definitely know why its called 'rose'. Not as fruity as I wanted but still good.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freshly picked up from the brewery today and enjoyed in my hotel as everywhere nearby is far too crowded with the jazz festival and soccer match.

The beer pours a brilliant and bright raspberry red. The large pink foam quickly diffuses to a thin collar. It is a wonderfully beautiful beer.

The nose has a very strong scent of raspberry. There is also a nice underlying acidic, tart and mild funkiness. Largely centered on the raspberries, which are wonderful without any candy fruitiness. Clearly they have used only the best raspberries.

The taste leans more to the lambic influence than the fruit compared to the nose. Very tart and acidic, but not puckeringly so. The mouthfeel is very lively. Medium bodied and almost fizzy. Finishes dry and tart. Very crisp.

Overall an extremely good beer. Only complaint is that the taste does not match the complexity and depth of the scent.

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Photo of DeCostadrinks
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2013 version. So red and tart. Huge cherry aromas and flavor. I love this beer fresh, cherry tart and lactic sourness hurt so good.
The vanilla from the oak is starting to show up and add some backbone to the finish.
I do feel like this year is more cherry and less sour than in years past

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a nice cherry red in color with a one-finger pink head with little retention.

Smell is really tart raspberry, maybe a little funk but not much.

Taste is a little funk with some great raspberry taste. Really a great beer;

Mouthfeel is nice and a little thick due to carbonation.

Overall a really great beer. One of the great ones. Could be a little more tart.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at pizza paradiso on 5/8/14

A-Pours deep pink with a small head.

S-Aroma of rasberry, yeast and sour berries.

T-Sweet flavor that ends up dry and tart.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium bodied, watery to oily texture, and average carb.

O-Overall a great lambic first one in a long time.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from May 27, 2013

Thanks to Mark for the IP trade! Pours a reddish pink color, with a pretty large white head, with hues of pink in it. This head is just absolutely refusing to go down. The smell is nice, you can pick up the raspberry but it's not overhelmingly juicy. You can also pick up the sourness, lemon, white grapes, and some slightly funkiness. Taste is sour upfront, falls back to a raspberry flavor, but not real juicy, raspberry skin maybe. Also getting some green apple, lemon and a tiny bit of funk. Very nice tartness at the end. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is great, very effervescent. This is very good, a lot more flavors than just rasberries. I recently had the framboise, which I prefer. The raspberry was so huge in that one, but this is really good, too.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This poured a pinkish color with so many hues in it. Orange and yellow gold. Hold it to the light and it defies you to name it. It's so pretty. You would be hard pressed to name the color of this beer. It is softly pastel and has a thick head of tinged foam that lasts too long but you don't care. Hazed and sweet looking.

The nose is tempting with fresh and ripe raspberries. It smells sultry and the yeast is a sweet breath of fresh air. As if a pretty girl pursed her lips to make you think she was going to kiss you but then only blew out a bit of breath and then laughed gayly. It has a modesty in all this steamy sensual ripe fruit . You look at the glass and think "what do I have here?"

Taste is the ripe raspberry. The seediness that is between the seams. The fruit in all it's glory as it becomes sugary and swollen with sunshine. It puckers a bit but it's nothing you regret. You would do it again. The acidity is forgiveable. As you bring it to your lips the perfume from the fruit is like steam. It satisfies you but you want more. It's refined yet it seems to cavort with you. It lingers like a beautiful kiss and after you open your eyes you feel peaceful and spent. The stars are above the earth and there is nothing left to say.

Rose de Gambrimus. Thank you @Shroud0fdoom.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says it's bottled in 2013. Right after popping it you can smell some nice raspberries but also a weird lambic funk.
Nice shiny ruby pour, pink one finger head, lots of popping bubbles.
Smell is nice, with tart raspberries and lots of branyard funk. Smells really rustic, gets you in that atmosphere from just one whiff.
Huge tartness from the first sip, lots of sour lemon zest, berries and green twigs. Very unique. Musty white grapes, like a very dry white wine. The raspberries get somehow mixed with wild strawberries and blackcurrant, a nice mix of forest fruit. Brett yeast, with huge amounts of barnyard, floorboard, green hay, green grass, earthiness. The finish is just pummeled with this funk, with a dry bitter finish in which the hops probably just add a bit of extra green leafiness.
Face cringing sour for some, but i love these aggressive sour beers. Medium carbonation, light body, again, just like a white wine. Very very dry.
My first Cantillon and already some others are on the way. Can't wait, love the way they do a lambic, not relying on the fruit but working on the great lambic part of their beers. I personally like the fact they didn't call it just a "framboise lambic", because it's actually quite far from one.

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Photo of roger617
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 poured into tulip glass. Bottled 5/27/13, reviewed 4/9/14.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a little over 2 fingers of white head. Bottle says to pour slowly so as not to disturb the yeast, so I poured slowly and I did not notice any sediment coming out. Head reduces somewhat slowly and leaves a thin layer on top that doesn't leave any lacing.
S: The aroma is a great blend of tartness with raspberries. Can't say enough how well this comes across on the nose.
T: I am very impressed with how well the raspberry holds up. There's a lot of fruity flavor, with a delicate tart balancing out the sweetness. Up front flavor is a bit funky, the further into each sip just gives way to the raspberry. Awesome.
M: Highly carbed, does not leave a dry after taste.
O: This is my first Cantillon (outside of small samples at bottle shares), and it is certainly a great experience. I wouldn't call myself a sour head by any means, but this is delicious. The good folks across the pond certainly know how to craft a great beer.

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Photo of 01001111
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Fizzy, ruby colored juice with a touch of yellow that hints at the underlying beer.

S: Raspberry jam.

T: Slightly tart, big raspberry flavor. Some hints of green apples and lemon with a finish of crisp, grassy funk and a touch of bitterness.

M: Crisp.

O: My first Cantillon. While it isn't life changing, this is a legitimately great lambic.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at hops and pie this morning. before i get to the beer, i should should shout out those folks for not only having this stuff, but putting on one of the smoothest rare beer tappings i have been a part of. i mean, small line, minimal attitude, not loud or pushy, not stupid expensive, just downright a damn good time in one of north denvers better beer establishments. the beer itself is always hard pressed to meet its hype, and while others from cantillon have met and exceeded it for me, this one did not. its epic beer, one of a kind, totally world class, through and through, but its not perfect.neon pale red, if such terms can coexist and not negate one another. not much head on a very fresh pour, if there was one, it didnt last even a minute, but wow is this color radiant! is smells fruity, but to me not specifically like raspberries. i get tartness before the fruit, certainly the fruit identification, but less of the heavy farmy weirdness like i got from lou pepe kriek. the fruit is dominant in the flavor, but its still a lambic first, which is what makes these beers great. bright fruit expressions with a touch of sugar, and yeasty tartness collide mid palate for me in a firework of intensity thats still soft around the edges, then i swallow and its dry, then my mouth flushes back again with all the beautiful layers. great carbonation, but there is a heaviness that hangs over this, maybe its sugar, maybe its the film on my palate, im not complaining of course, but its less refined than some of their others. i may get crucified for saying this, but atrial rubicite from jester king is the absolute champion of raspberry sours, bar none. i have not had the lou pepe framboise, which may be next level, but i as much as i loved both the beer and the experience this morning, it is no atrial rubicite.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November, 2013

Gorgeous color and clarity. Nothing more needs to be said.

Aroma opens with light funky characteristics. Raspberry comes more alive the longer it sits and opens. Not a lot of lactic acid which is nice because I do not like the acid to cover up any of the fainter nuances of the beer.

Flavor is ridiculous. It's like drinking sour raspberry purée. There is a subtle sweetness that I really like. Sourness is tame, which is another plus because it makes the beer much more palatable. I personally love this beer. I like the lower level of sourness.

So delicious. It is not INSANELY complex, but at the end of the day I enjoy drinking this with a plate of stinky, funky cheese more than just drinking it by itself and trying to decipher EVERY aspect.

Amazing beer and one of the best sours I've had.

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Photo of brewtus
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2013 into a wine glass. Pours ruby red, clear, three finger white bubbly head. Smell is full of amazing raspberry, oak, some funk. Taste is full of raspberry , again you get dryness from the oak, slightly grassy, some lemon, very small amount of sweetness, good amount of funk. Overall this is amazing, fruity but not sweet, great dryness, best lambic I've ever had, wish it wasn't so hard to get.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle dated 11/20/13 in wine glass.

Deep cloudy red pour with ring of white lacing that sticks to glass. Intense sweet raspberry jam aroma with a sour brightness. The sweetness is mostly in the nose. Taste follows the nose with fresh, tart jammy raspberries. Fairly sour with a some vinegar. Finishes dry with some oak and earthy bitterness. The fruit flavor takes center stage. Some earthiness but not too funky. Effervescent but full carbonation with slightly viscous feel. Glad to try this fairly fresh but very curious to find out how this would develop over time. Delicious but if I have to choose a fruited lambic I prefer the Kriek.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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