Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus - Brasserie Cantillon

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world-class

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Ratings: 2,034
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
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Belgium

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 roger617
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of 01001111
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of brewtus
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of brianmandell
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Belgian Beer Shop, BE
Date: September 2012 bottling
Glass: Cantillon stem glass

Cantillon's Rose de Gambrinus is a delicious raspberry-inspired lambic, the result of an excellent base lambic and delicious ripe fruit. The result is a strongly sour, at times nearly puckering, beer that still retains its raspberry and lambic base flavors. Excellent, one I would seek out again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall bottle of light pink-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is about average for the style, the foam lasting a bit over one minute and fading to a thin cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session, thicker around the edges. Lacing is adequate, with a few dots clinging randomly along the sides of the glass. Body is a dark red-pink color, with light bringing out orange-pink-yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the hazy body, high in number and activity.

Aroma is of raspberry juice sweetness around the periphery, with strong acidity, and farmhouse-like scents (a bit of composting hay, mustiness, Brett-style "funk" - styrene?).

Front of palate tastes a strong mixture of fresh and dried raspberries with a bit of strawberry as well, isoamyl acetate, light tartness, and modest mustiness and composting hay. Mid-palate of very strong acidity leading to a powerful sourness blended with dried raspberry flavors; attendant other flavors are of composting hay, Brettanomyces funk, and mustiness. Back of palate is quite fruity, with strong flavors of sour raspberries, lesser light apple cider like acidity and associated strong tartness, and gentle background washes of Brettanomyces "funk" and mustiness. Aftertaste of strong basement mustiness, lingering raspberry esters, a bit of mineral flavor, and mild tartness.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a lightly fizzy, then softly foamy mouthfeel that works for the style. Closes dryly, with medium-high stickiness clinging to the palate.

Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with Keith_R, served in Cantillon tasters

A - Blush link, no head/lacing.

S - Vinegar and mustard with a pinch of raspberry and a touch of baby diaper.

T - Much better than the nose, straight raspberry bubblegum with a nice acidity.

M - Drying light and refreshing

O - Surprised at how little sweetness remained, I would have preferred a touch more.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz capped and corked bottle (bottled 17 May 2013) poured into a Lindeman's flute. Slow pour to keep the sediment behind.

Appearance: Clear coppery red with a thin white head on top. Some occasional small islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Raspberries, hint of fresh picked sweet berries, some mustiness. As it warms up there is some sweet malt under it all.

Taste: Very Tart! Raspberries, fresh squeezed lemon juice, just a hint of wood. Some bready malt in there, but it is fleeting. Crisp and sharp tartness at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Dry, airy carbonation, acidic juice attack on the teeth briefly and then its gone.

Overall / Drinkability: I'm going to hit drinkability first - I can finish a bottle but I wish I had paired it with a fruity dessert. One per night is enough. Overall, a mouth-puckering one of a kind beer, but I think I'm still acquiring the taste of sours and lambics. An interesting slow-sipper but I was not expecting this much tartness. Any more tart and it would not be drinkable, like it is calibrated to be right at the edge of tolerance to push you to a new taste, but not push you over the edge into disgust and inability to finish it. So I'll list this one as my current high limit on tart lambics I can tolerate and finish. A good milestone in my continuing exploration of beer.

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

Bottled: 26 September 2012

A: Hazy but beautiful pink to ruby in color. Some light pink foam and a bit of retention.

S: Pretty funky and vinegary. More than I expected. Definitely get the raspberries although they're fainter that I had hoped.

T: Tart and fruity. Nice tingle with a pleasant finish. Man I want this fresh!!! But its nice that its not overly fruity and still very much beer.

M: Still some good carbonation and body. Great feel and flavor.

O: Glad this survived. Would love to taste this fresh but still a top notch Lambic.

Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Cantillon Tulip. Bottled 27 May 2013. Thanks Eric for allowing me to try this!

A- Pours a slightly hazy, fizzy cherry colored body with a light pink, 2 finger head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing. +.25 in this category for the label ;)

S- Upfront is some Belgian funk, citrus/lemon juice, tart berries, and a woody mustyness. The aromas become a lot more pronounced after 20 or so minutes of sitting.

T- Quite dry upfront, tart berries, fermented fruit, bready/yeasty, the finish is somewhat astringent with a slight bitterness reminiscent of citrus peel, followed by raspberry notes.

M- Pretty high carbonation, but light and refreshing on the tongue.

Cantillon never disappoints, and this beer is an example of why they brew the world's most authentic lambics. Very nice when drank fresh. Recommendable.

Photo of katalijne
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 375 ml bottle, bottled 3 September 2013, poured into a Cantillon tumbler.

A: Really pretty deep rose red. Cloudy, almost opaque. Pours with a pink two-finger head that recedes very quickly leaving only a few tiny bubbles along the edge of the glass.
S: A lot of barnyard funk, and some sour raspberry. More of a raspberry scent about five minutes after pouring.
T: Tart raspberry flavor with some vinegar-like sourness. It has a nice, not overpowering tart puckery flavor. The almost-sour-cherry-like raspberry flavor at the back sticks around nicely.
M: Pretty much perfect, it's fairly light with just enough carbonation and body.
O: This is my first Cantillon (a Christmas present from my boyfriend Ljudsignal!), so, after hearing so much about all of their sours, I had pretty high expectations. Fortunately, Rose de Gambrinus lives up to the hype; I thought it was a very good framboise. The sourness is balanced with the other flavors in a way that some other sours I've had haven't been - I can see why Cantillon is considered to be one of the best.

Photo of Ljudsignal
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Cantillon, whee! 2013 vintage, consumed fresh. 375ml bottle into Night Shift snifter. Big thanks to my lovely girlfriend katalijne for sharing her Christmas present with me ;)

Pours a majestic grapefruit-red with a frothy one-finger pink head. Head dissipates swiftly, leaving visible carbonation in the form of a steady stream of bubbles and a light ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No legs or lacing, as expected.

In the nostrils, a strong, lactic barnyard funk mingles pleasantly with tart berry notes. Raspberry is not the dominant fruit note, surprisingly--I do smell it, but also strong notes of sour cherry and tannic oak. Very pleasant.

In the mouth, a strong lemon juice tartness up front yields to a mid-palate full of tart raspberry as well as sour cherry, oak and tannins, earthy funk, vinegar, and a subtle Belgian yeast spiciness. Finishes oaky and tart. Almost sweet at times from the fruitiness of it, but the funk and vinegar tartness combine to keep it skirting the sweetness line rather than crossing it.

On the tongue, crisp, effervescent, and very dry. Relatively high carbonation keeps the beer refreshing and the tartness from becoming overwhelming.

On the whole...I get the hype now. I really do. This is a delicious and refreshing sour, and I truly hope this is only the start of my Cantillon consumption.

Photo of gr0g
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish-pink color with a small, light pink-colored head. Hazy, much darker than a sparkling rose, with very fine bubbles. Fruity, musty aroma. A bit of lacto sour notes and a bit more of an acetic acid note. Floral and fruity with more generic berry and sour cherry notes rather than raspberry specifically.

There's major tartness but also some sweetness, and raspberry definitely comes through in the flavor from this 3 month old bottle. Lots of tart berry with a relatively low amount of funk, perhaps masked by the tartness. Really liking the tart/sweet dual nature of this. Fizzy, slick mouthfeel that's well-restrained. Minimal harshness.

This is the first sour ale that I really enjoyed quite a bit. Better than any sparkling wine of similar style I've had.

Photo of MarioM
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml poured into Russian River stemmed glass

A: A soon as I popped the cap I began to see CO2 bubbles and a little bit of beer try to escape through the cork from the high carbonation. Never have I seen this but leave it to Cantillon to give me new experiences not only in flavors but physics. Appearance is a bright orange/reddish color with large bubbles from the high carbonation but quickly dissipated from the high acidity, carbonation and high attenuation. Very interesting cor for this brew though, I've never seen a beer with such a bright red/orange color. Sure its from the fruit but still unique and definitely a first for me.

S: First thing that came to mind was toasted nori sheets for making suchi without the salty sea character. Wow, I would have never guessed for a beer to smell this strange. I'm very excited to drink this baby. I was expecting Brett and Lacto funk with a huge barnyard character but it definitely caught me off guard and slapped me across the face with a glove of unexpected "only from Cantillon" uniqueness.

T: Huge tartness with slight hints of what I described as roasted nori but actually once tasting this glorious beer its actually the earthiness from the Raspberries that add a strange almost salty earthy character to the nose but make sense on the palate. Flavor is very pungent and funky but in a whole different way than I'm used to. Usually I will describe JP beers as funky or Fantome beers as funky, which they are, but this takes funk to a whole different level. The fruit definitely has a word on the level and approach of this funk but still very approachable yet very strange and attractive. Tartness is not as intense as a gueuze but is there and is very pleasant and refreshing.

M: Tart at eh beginning and finishes incredibly dry with a fruity almost nutty roast like character. The best I can describe it is old funky fruit, which might not sound good but trust me it is!

O: Very strange and completely different than I was expecting for my first Cantillon Fruit Lambic but very delicious and of course very interesting. First thing I got on the nose was roasty like Nori sheets for making sushi with that saltiness on the aroma but tasting it I got funky fruit with a very interesting unique thing going on that I have never had in other brews. This was my first Cantillon but definitely not my last and now I'm hooked!

Photo of Axnjxn
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75cl bottle into a Deschutes teku glass. Fresh bottle... 9/11/13 bottling date.

Pours a bright ruby red with a nice but not overly gushing head and a ton of sparkling bubbles. Definitely not overcarbonated. Smell is of tart raspberries, very aromatic. The taste starts out subtly tart but as you go through more and more of the beer this sourness builds up and becomes lip puckering. Raspberries are definitely very prevalent and of course you still get that traditional Cantillon funk on the back end. Mild body...mild carbonation.

Overall a terrific, funky fruit lambic from Cantillon! Im glad i had this fresh as it was very intense! i think it would lose this intensity if it aged.

Photo of vfgccp
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 2011, opened Nov 2013

A - Strawberry, burnt senna body. Light pink, fine foamed head. Great retention, low lace.

S - Fresh mint, barn funk, champagne, melon, pineapple juice, just a touch of raspberry, tannins.

T - Lemon juice, sour patch kids candy, dry tannins, big oak, sour cherry, fresh cranberries.

M - Bracingly sour. Sharp, dry, medium body. Huge carbonation.

O - Great complexity and outstandingly sour.

Photo of Roman5150
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into snifter, at Open Baladin, Rome

Ruby red/amber with 2 finger carbonated white head

Smell: raspberries, strawberries, citric, subtle earthiness, funky belgian yeast

Taste: not overly fruity, a pleasant combination of bitternes, not quite ripe fruit, and plenty of sourness on the aftertaste. Typical belgian yeast backbone, funky and sweet. Also some subtle oak notes mid palate that come out once warmed.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied high carbonation

Overall: one of the best lambics i've had, some can be too sour or fruity but this one blends everything perfectly.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle - 2012 vintage

Appearance - pink, light pink head, lively.

Aroma - Berries, funk.

Taste - Raspberry, horse blanket, tart, almost some sweetness shining through... almost.

Mouthfeel - light effervescent carbonation, I wish I could chug a bottle.

Overall - One of my favorite beers I've ever had.

Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip 24/10/13 bottled Jan, 20, 2010

A hazed maroon liquid with enough clarity to see a few bubbles feeding a three finger light pink foam that falls to a thin film rather quickly leaving no lace, about what I expected

S cheesy funky gym socks somehow smell good with all the oak, raspberries, cranberries, and strawberry, jammy, there's a little vinegar, lemon, and hay

T more sour lemon and some tart raspberries, still tart and funky, lots of wood and vinegar, tastes solid but I preferred the nose

M pretty sour but not over the top, some pucker to it, acidic and tart, well carbonated its almost foamy, slippery after its gone with a funky, woody, tart fruity finish

O great stuff and I'm glad I finally got around to trying this classic lambic, fruits holding up fairly well and the funk is coming out in a big way

I've had this one kicking around for a while but I completely forgot about it and now I want to try a fresh bottle but I doubt I'll get that chance anytime soon.

Photo of GPHarris
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick pink head into a tulip glass that left thick lacing throughout. the body was bubbly red.
s - syrupy with some raspberry aromas.
t - tart and funky with raspberries being the dominant flavor. incredibly puckering.
m - bubbly and dry. you can feel the tartness in your jaw.
o - i drank this for my 37th birthday and i'm glad i did. super delicious.

Photo of schwemjw
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy, hazy dirty pink with orange hues around the edges. fluffy slightly violet head that dissipates rather quick.

S: oh wow! tart dark raspberries. barnyard funk with hints of straw, dried bread and more raspberries. full of funk. oak and vanilla in the background.

T: very similar to the aroma. huge tart raspberries. a little citrus comes through. more sour funk. very earthy. tart and sour! lots of must. quite a bit of acid and a little fresh strawberry.

M: the balance is perfect. a long lingering tingling tartness. body is light with good carbonation for the style.

O: absolutely fantastic. it teases sweetness but is actually quite tart. very complex. a wonderful drink. /95

Photo of rlee1390
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy pink, two finger pink head.

S-Wonderful raspberries, oak, grapes, some funk, not artificial at all.

T-Wow. Fresh raspberries, very sweet, mixed perfectly with tart notes that turn mildly sour. Oak in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated and a crisp dry finish.

O-Also had at Zwanze Day. An amazing beer, how raspberries are suppose to be in a sour.

Photo of MarcWP
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into teku glass. Bottled February 2013. Relatively fresh and good thing it's that way.

Pours a beautiful dark pink converging on violet. Nice big fluffy pink head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is heavy of raspberry jam, cotton candy, rose water and just a hint of earthy/funky lambic notes.

On the palate you get that big raspberry jam character from the nose along with huge floral components. Strawberry, faint cranberry,a little wet earth, and a speck of musty basement. The illusion of sweetness is present at the front of the tongue but then is demolished by a potent dryness on the finish. As I burp up I get a marvelous raspberry bubblegum taste. Yum!

Overall this is the best raspberry based sour I've had. Very much enjoyed Oude Beersels and I found Framboise De Amarosa fantastic. Also Bells Raspberry Wild One comes close but Cantillon just knows how to do fruit lambics.

Photo of Tribes
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75 cl bottle , bottled 2013.

Appearance: Poured a thin, light pinkinh head that disappears fairly quickly as the beer selles in the glass - light carbo.

Smell: Sweet n sour as raspberry. Solid - expected tartness

Taste: Obviously raspberry & sweet berry flavors take over the funk. Almost dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, not overpowering.

Overall: A defintely solid raz lambic that i am lucky enough to have a few bottles of and let age for quite a while.

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 2,034 ratings.