Brasserie Cantillon

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Lambic - Fruit
4.25 | pDev: 9.18%
Brasserie Cantillon
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: This is NOT the same beer as Rosé De Gambrinus.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by cro250klr:
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cro250klr from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the River St. Ale House. According to Ted, the dude that orders the beer at this fine establishment, there were only ten sixtels that made it into the country. I started to check up on this lambic and it's pretty rare, especialy in the U.S.
WOW!! To say the least. This is one that truly must be tasted so that one can form their own opinion. The color is Koolaid like. Reddish, pinkish, tough to see in the dim light. The nose picks up rasberrys. A lot of rasberry. A faint white head lingers around the glass, but no head is on the liquid itself.
Here goes. Again, WOW!! What starts out as a strong rasberry taste is blasted away with the tartness. Another sip and bang, again! The taste buds are getting a workout here. Very clean on the palate, but tart and dry as hell. A bit on the acidic side too. It's like drinking fresh squeezed lemon juice. That same lip smacking tart, except this has a rasberry taste. I can't ever remember eating rasberries that were this sour. I can't imagine how this is even brewed, or is it fermented like wine?
I'm glad that I now have bragging rights on this lambic, but unless I get back to Belgium, I can't see myself searching this one out again. A bit too tart for me.

Upon further reasearch, because of it rarity, this one is to lambics what Westy 12 is to beer. So, if you ever get a chance to try this, don't let the opportunity slip by.

Different to say the least.

Apr 21, 2007
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francisweizen from Alaska

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1979 (!) Vintage Release. Sampled, this past October, at the Kulminator in Antwerpen, BE. Yes, it was a lot of $, but it was worth it. The rust is wiped off of the bottle, which is carefully placed into it's basket and the old rotting cork is extracted perfectly. We (my Father and I) pour this beer into out two glasses and marvel at it's distinctive reddish colour that seems to cross the spectrum between pink and ruby red. There is a nice off-white head of fluffy white foam that leaves distinctive brussels lace all over the glasses as well. The aroma of this one was out of this world. How can it be that out of all of the Cantillon fruit beers that I have had the pleasure of sampling this one, at 25 + years of age, had the most distinctive fruity aroma i've ever gotten out of a Lambic. Fresh luscious raspberries, pulp, seeds, EVERYTHING. I know that J-P says that his fruit lambics should not be aged, as they will lose their fruity qualities, but this bottle/batch must be an exception to that general rule! I also smell complex aroma of sherry or port, oak, must, and all of the famous lactic funk that comes from old vintage lambics. The taste is unreal. Fruity, sharp, vinous, and extremely complex, words really can't do the flavor of this beer justice. It was absolutely an experience. The fruitiness and dryness of this lambic blended so well with the oaken flavors and funkiness competing for the viewers attention. The mouthfeel of this brew was still very alive and carbonated, champagne like as always with each small bubbel of carbonation attaching to your tastebuds. The drinkability you ask? Perfect. But we savored this one slowly, knowing that there is a good chance that we will never have a bottle of beer like this again. Thank you Cantillon. Thank you Kulminator. Thank you beer!

Feb 18, 2005
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: sampled at the brewery in Brussels. Poured a pink colored beer with great carbonation and a good head. Aroma is a mix between the raspberry and the Cantillon yeast. Taste is a bit deceiving since it is too much acidic that it kills the rest of the flavours, the raspberry are buried under the acidic tones. I believe that some other lambic -fruit a better balanced then this one and offer a better refreshing taste.

Jun 29, 2004
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly restricted offering, as far as I can tell this is only offered at the brewery, unlike the Rose de Gambrinus this does not have a proportion of cherries in it.

This framboise is quite clear in appearance. Has a reddish hue to it (though less so than the Kriek). Quite a strong raspberry aroma. Quite sour and dry with a nice fruitiness to it. The fruitiness is more of a nondescript kind than specifically from raspberries, though there is a bit of subtle raspberry flavor.

Nov 11, 2003
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Crosling from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand bottled version. Beautiful dark magenta in color with a small light pink head of thinning foam. Vibrant, fruit forward (raspberry) aroma with the typical hints of dry maggot filled wood, horseblanket and lambic. Nice aroma overall. Compared to the Rose de Gambrinus, this has a much deeper raspberry fruitiness, although it is no where near as sour. Tasty.

Mar 16, 2006
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bradleyseven from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Given the availability of Cantillon in the US in general, this review takes a little more background information than just to say that I am reviewing the Cantillon Lambic Framboise.

Specifically, this is a review of the 2001 Cantillon Framboise, poured on-draft, that I and a few others have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to sample. As I have been told, this specific batch has been aged in oak barrels at the Brasserie since its brewing, and has recently been kegged for the betterment of humanity.

the beer pours from the tap smoothly and slowly with almost no head to speak of. The color is in the ruby-red or blood-orange family, and even in the flute that it was served in, was completely opaque.

It is solid raspberry on the nose, overpowering any chance for wheatiness, maltiness, or any other arromatics.

The first sip brings that same raspberry to the tongue with an hint of sweetness, but that is quickly overshaddowed by the tartness that washes over your tongue. The tartness and acidity lingers on the tongue minutes after taking a sip, and intensifies with each successive sip.

As a result, the overall experience is far more like eating fresh raspberries off the bush than any other raspberry beer i have ever had. The flavor of the raspberry is muted by the acidity that follows; the smell of raspberry is always present, but easily overshaddowed; and the sweetness is minimal as raspberries should be.

To make a comparison, this Lambic Framboise is like eating raspberries off the bush, whereas other lambics (such as Lindemann's) are like eating raspberry jam. The experience is entirely amazing, and one not to be missed if you happen upon this rare brew.


May 13, 2006
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I2uss from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.6%

Nov 18, 2011
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ccrida from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 version served in a 6 oz flute, Cantillon Framboise is light, bright magenta with a small, lavender head.

Smell is strong raspberry, light funk, some must, lots of sweet baby diaper as it opens up.

Taste is sour raspberry, some saltiness, but not to funky or tart, rather very well balanced. Very nice mineral seltzer quality

Mouthfeel is very dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice framboise. I'd prefer a bit more sourness, but the fruit has held up well after 3 years.

Dec 28, 2009
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy to taste the 2006 vintage at Teresa's Next door at the Beer Geek Brunch. Served chilled in a flute

A - a translucent Kool aid red w/ an almost dark fuschia shade. The pink cap is thin with very small beading

S - A funky red fruit nose, raspberry, passionfruit and currant w/ mild red wine vinegar accent, the sour in the nose is very subtle and has a light sweet floral essence

M - Very light crisp and sweet juicy taste w/ mild complement of tartness, not quite sour w/ light earthy dry texture. The carbonation is high and the finish is semi-sweet

T - A flavorful juicy quality w/ sweet raspberry juice as the dominant taste w/ a sour sharp middle more tartness from the berry than anything, perhaps a mild yeast funk. A light cider taste w/ mellow stone fruit elemnents. The sweetness follows the acidic aspects w/ more berry juice and the back and forth makes the taste complex and fresh for the age.

D - Completely satisfying w/ such intensity for 3 yr old lambic, possibly more than fresh. The tartness accents the sweetness well and seems like drinking raspberry juice with the acid from the seeds thrown in for good measure - very drinkable.

Aug 24, 2009
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ithinkimasofa from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Dec 09, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Nov 11, 2012
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a sample of this at the brewery following a tour of the place. Served cool from the bottle in a wine like glass.

A-purple-red body and a pink ring head.

S-barnyard, grass, strong raspberry smell

T-sour berry, fruit stone, some grassy notes.


D-very nice complexity. interesting sense-wise. I would drink this again. sweeter offering than others by the same brewer.

Aug 11, 2010
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge, huge surprise to see the 2006 vintage on tap at Teresa's Next Door yesterday.

A: Raspberry red with a thin head that recedes to a ring. Bright and fruity.

S: Gorgeous musty barnyard, wet leather and a prominent raspberry character that's bright and fruity. The signature Cantillon funk is present.

T: Opens sour and fruity with plenty of funk. The combination of the puckering sourness and the fruit is great. While not as explosive as the best Cantillon fruit lambics (Blabaer, Fou'Foune), the essence of raspberries is present - sweetness, tartness and the seed character

M: Sour, light and crisp carbonation all make for an excellent beer. The long-lasting dry finish is excellent as well

D: I am thankful I got to try this. At $9 for 250ml, it wasn't cheap, but I would drink it again.

Aug 24, 2009
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stampfler07 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Aug 09, 2013
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dwaz from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Tersesa's Next Door 08/23/09, 2006 vintage. Poured into an 8 oz flute and looks like an almost pinkish red neon color with very little head. Tastes like a crisp, tart raspberry explosion in your mouth, but does not have the "funky" flavor of many other Cantillion/lambic beers. Really interesting taste and as close to putting a handful of fresh raspberries in your mouth as you can get with a beer. However, I could probably only drink two of these in one session, but definitely a great beer.

Aug 24, 2009
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spycow from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Jan 10, 2013
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DaveJanssen from Germany

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/26/2009. On tap at Brouwer's. 6 oz pour into wine glass.

Ar: Tart funk, raspberry, sour, brett, acetic, strong acids, tart berries, pleasant

Ap: Fine pink head, clear deep pink, good retention

T: Acetic, funk, barnyard, raspberry, tart fruit lingers, very acidic, the barnyard character is a pleasant mix with the raspberry, clean and light acidic burn, fruit lowers a bit of the funk complexity, very tart

M: Tart, dry, acidic and clean, light acid burn

O: Very tart, much better than expected, warming and pleasant, cutting, I like the geuze much more, smooth

Sep 19, 2010
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gregc from New York

4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage on tap at Teresa's Next Door. Served in a flute, but i got the bartender to pour mine in a Cantillon glass.

Raspberry red with a small white head, very soda like.

The smell was amazing - musty raspberries, barnyard, leather and fruit. The signature Cantillon aroma is present and very nice.

Taste right off the top is very sour, but as it sits a nice raspberry fruitiness comes out, with a nice amount of funk. The raspberries taste fairly fresh for this being a 3 year old lambic. Nice acidic balance to this beer.

The mouthfeel is very nice, crisp carbonation, with a nice dry finish.

As far as drink ability goes, its wonderful. Ended up drinking 3, 2 in the morning and went back later on that night for another round. Great treat and a wonderful fruit lambic.

Aug 25, 2009
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jaywes754 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 29, 2014
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 05, 2015
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 17, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

5/5  rDev +17.6%

Nov 25, 2011
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 03, 2018
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Howlader from Canada (AB)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 05, 2016
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desint from Belgium

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mar 11, 2018
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