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Cantillon Framboise | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is NOT the same beer as Rosé De Gambrinus.

Added by Gueuzedude on 11-11-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by gregc:
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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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From cask at Moeder. Clear, bright pink color with light pink head. Aroma has really nice, fresh, bright raspberry with a light barnyard note. Taste starts tart but not overly sour, really fruity with slightly bitter, raspberry pits finish. Light body, almost flat. Overall it's a really fresh and fruity framboise lambic really easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of bradleyseven
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.


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Photo of jneiswender
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DaveJanssen
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

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Photo of jaywes754
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DefenCorps
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.

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

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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

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

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

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brian4beer
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wsucoug96
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Slatetank
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.

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

Photo of ccrida
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.

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