Rosé De Gambrinus
Brasserie Cantillon

Rosé De GambrinusRosé De Gambrinus
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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #13
Ranked #550
4.35 | pDev: 9.43%
Brasserie Cantillon
Rosé De GambrinusRosé De Gambrinus
Notes: "It has the colour of onion skin", said a voice behind me. It was Raymond Coumans. He was admiring the colour of the raspberry lambic reflecting in the red copper of the buckets used to empty the barrels. At that time (1986), "Raspberry-Lambic" already was synonymous with a sweet, artificially flavoured beer. This is why we decided to distinguish our beer from the other raspberry beers. Raymond proposed to call it a rosé, dedicated not to Bacchus but to Gambrinus.

The process to make this beer is identical to the one to make Kriek. When young, the Rosé de Gambrinus will still present its full fruity taste. Later on, the lambic taste will become dominant at the expense of the fruit taste.
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mhksuccess from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Jun 21, 2014
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utopiajane from New York

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

May 02, 2014
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Liberatiscioli from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

#500 and it was a doozy! Brewed 1984, bottled 1986!

Look- almost like a red/pink center with color fading clearer around the perimeter 4.50

Smell- wonderful no off smells this held up extremely well can smell the tart and actually some fruit (not bad fruit) to it 4.50

Taste- outstanding still extremely balanced fruit is very much present this has not fallen off at all. Nice tart and fruit so balanced.Like heaven on my mouth. No hints of vinegar, diacetly or any off flavors even with a very easily breakable cork-5

Feel- unbelievably smooth, like drinking a lambic for the gods. Holy smooth fruit. Smooth smooth smooth. 5

Overall 4.75 once in a lifer guess I'll be buying double cantillon to do this again someday. Truly unbievable

Jun 23, 2015
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ryanhooks81 from Georgia

4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

poured from 375 mL into tulip. poured nice reddish-pink with a pink head. smells like raspberries and funk. tart. delicious. first beer i have ever had from cantillon, and i wasnt disappointed

Oct 07, 2015
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putnam from Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

...creamy, durable bone/pink head...

Sappy, rich aromatics of tart raspberries and leather.
Caramelized beef juices, gatorade, and sweet herbs survive underneath a river of dry-fermented fresh raspberries.
What is a raspberry?
Maybe a series of little red blisters, thin skinned, clustered together. Add yeasty jaws and each globule explodes at a different moment, creating an out-of-phase harmony of flavor sequences. Everything that went into the fruit - branches, soil, sunlight, fauna - is evident in turn in just one berry, and in every drink of this beer.

Thanks perfect nature.

Nov 27, 2003
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MFMB from Idaho

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 375ml bottle. Pours a translucent raspberry red with a moderate slightly off white, slightly light pink head. Nose is that of picking raspberries in the backyard at Grandmas House when I was young. Really, the smell of berries, raspberries miked with slight notes of damp wood and leaves. Taste is raspberry heaven. You know when you go to the store and buy raspberries and sometimes the are to tart? Sometimes they are to ripe and sweet? But every once and awhile you get that perfect pack that has the perfect amount of sweet raspberry with just a touch of tartness to keep them from being cloying? If you get that then you get this beer! It’s a perfectly picked raspberry in a glass. Slight funk and subtle damp oak that smooths out the beer and compliments the fruitiness of the beer. Medium body to boarderline thin with a wet berry finish that fades to dry at the very last possible second. I loved it!

Mar 04, 2018
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DankScuba from Maryland

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: raspberry red, and very clear. Thin, pinkish foam, that dissipates quickly.

S: Raspberry, funk, Brett, citrus, cherry

T: sour, sweet, raspberry. Funk. Super clean finish.

F: light, perfectly carbonated.

O: Such fantastic balance between sweet and sour. Fantastic.

Sep 17, 2016
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laketang from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours brilliant cherry red with a small rose head that quickly disappears

scents of cherries dominate

crisp and dry cherry tartness like a great French rose

fruity on the tongue as well as tart finish

really, an outstanding beer that I will seek out again

Oct 12, 2015
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HopBroker from Washington

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at Cantillon in Brussels. Poured into their stemmed taster glass. I love the color of this. It's a tad lighter than the LPF (in more categories than just color) but brilliant light pink. More head than Kriek, maybe half an inch on my pour. Smell is not a raspberry bomb, but definitely raspberries up front. Classic funk towards the end. Taste is great. Mix of funkiness, sourness, and fresh raspberries. The carbonation on this is light as well, I would've liked to seen a little more. Overall, a really nice beer, and I preferred this over Kriek, but of course LPF over this.

Nov 16, 2015
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GregSemenza from Connecticut

4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jul 22, 2019
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GClarkage from California

4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/05/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both wrapped in foil, capped and corked. Not sure of the year though. Poured into my Lindemanns flute.

Appearance- Peach hued in color pour. Was expecting more of a red color. Slight fruity colored head which evaporates soon thereafter the pour. Light lacing along the sides.

Smell- Extreme barnyard funk. Lots of horse urine in this one. Kind of a sweaty gym scent as well. Well funkified.

Taste- Not really picking up much of any raspberry flavor here. Just a tad if any. I get a nice pink grapefruit flavor. Starts out mellow and a bit tart, but after the swallow it turns very tart as most Cantillon brews do. Not overly acidic though.

Mouthfeel- Tart, light burning of the stomach lining. Smooth...with next to nil carbonation.

Drinkability- Probably my favorite Cantillon beer so far...still trying to grasp the lambic scene. Next up is either the Organic Gueuze or the 100% Kriek.

Feb 06, 2006
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birchstick from Colorado

3.32/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage

A - pours a bright cherry red with a crackling head

S - smells of tart, citric sourness with subtle hints if raspberry and funk

T - Taste starts off with sour citric flavors. In the mix are some musty funk flavors. There is a subtle raspberry flavor on the finish mixed in with the sour citrus tones. Pretty solid, but hoping for a but more. Not the most complex sour I have known.

M - mouth is a little thin with decent carbonation

D - pretty decent framboise lambic. Worth the price tag and effort? Debatable...I think I will reach for a different cantillon in the future.

Jul 04, 2011
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle
Served in a flute
Bottled in 2011
Thanks to dakkon54 for this beer.

A - It is dark amber to copper in color. I meager pour yielded a large off-white head the dissipates quickly.

S - I smell some tart raspberries. I also get some musty, moldy basement aromas.

T - It is mouth puckeringly sour. I wasn't prepared for how sour this beer would be. The raspberries are not as relevant as I thought. The dank comes through in this beer.

M - Medium

O - It's been a while since I have enjoyed a good sour beer. I have had Lindeman's lambics that I find too sweet. This is my first Cantillon and will spoil my palate for a good while. The rarity of Cantillon is somewhat depressing knowing that it not be often that I find another one of these gems.

Mar 03, 2013
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tylermains from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Apr 03, 2012
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle from ThatCracker (thanks Andrew!). Bottled 9/29/15. Served in an oversized Bruery snifter. Enjoyed 1/7/18.

Pours a soft yet opaque lilac rose with a tall three finger pillar of light pink froth. The head recedes to a few small patches and a thin rail but no lace.

Raspberries leap to the forefront of the aroma well before I even put my nose to the glass. Soured pale grains, a moderate earthy funk and a hint of sweetness.

Again in the flavor those raspberries have a starring role. Pleasantly tart with layers of berry, funky hay, lemon, earthy sugar, a mild oak character. Delicious.

Light body with lively carbonation. Tart raspberries and some mild sour malt in the aftertaste.

I haven’t had much opportunity to try Cantillon’s offerings but Rose de Gambrinus is enough to confirm that their reputation is justified. Remarkable raspberry flavor in a base that is much more complex than I can appropriately describe.

Feb 06, 2018
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rose de Gambrinus was a Cantillon beer than I was very excited for, both because I love Cantillon's brews and because I'm a raspberry whore. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one and crack it open. It pours a deep, blood red color with a pink-ish, lavender tinted head. Very volatile and effervescent in appearance; the head wisps away within a minute or so and fades to a mere ring at the edges of the ruby brew.

The aroma that met my nose as I leaned in towards the glass was wonderful; near perfect execution of funk and fruit that seems unobtainable by any brewery other than Belgium's best. The amount of raspberry in the aroma was stunning; simply gushing with juicy puree and bursting raspberry skins, both tart and sweet. Despite the heavy hand of the framboise, I was picking up on a nice bit of strawberry in the aroma, too. The pungency and tartness of the fruits sting and cling-on to the saliva glads up front and never seem to let go.

The insane fruit bill collides with an equal share of delicious, Belgian, yeasty funk. Huge notes of must, cheesy funk, barnyard, damp cellar, old cork, and sloppy, wet hay. The funk is incredibly powerful, yet so delicately offset by the marvelousness of the fruit. Without each other, these two parts fail. The fruit is too harsh and tart, or the funk is too powerful and off-putting. But together, they mate and form a complex and lovely display of aroma-melding that not many brewers can achieve.

Fearful that the flavor would not follow through with the wonderful aroma, I bring the glass to my lips. I'm in luck, because Rose de Gambrinus tastes amazing, too. The fruits are up-front, first and foremost, with a huge fruit profile that consists most heavily of raspberries, followed by strawberries, and contains faint portions of grapes and cherries. Tartness is quite high and the juiciness from the fruit is something to be in awe of. Acidic, bursting with power, and exceedingly refreshing.

Funk makes it's appearance a few moments into the first sip and gets stronger as Rose gets warmer. Musty barnyards come to mind, and maybe even a solid helping of horseblanket. Wet cork, hay, and old, damp cellar notes can be found as well, slightly hidden under the blanket of fruity goodness. The finish is as good as the start, full of a largely sweet and fading tart raspberry profile that meshes eloquently with the display of funk. Thin bodied with lots of carbonation for a nice upper-lip smack; sharp, tart, and dry in the finish.

I love sour beers and I love raspberry beers, so there were certainly high expectations going into this bottle of Rose de Gambrinus. It's safe to say that my expectations were not only met, but exceeded by a fair amount as well. Quite simply a wonderful execution of raspberry sourness into a funk-filled, yeast-heavy lambic. Cantillon never disappoints, and their most popular raspberry-centric beer is definitely a home run.

May 28, 2013
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StoutSnob40 from California

4/5  rDev -8%

Mar 02, 2014
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LakerLeith from California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

Jun 17, 2014
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tiamat8086 from North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 07, 2015
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eclectic from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's

Deep pinkish red with slight lacing. Smells like sour raspberry candy.. Dry, tart raspberries with that familiar cantillon bite.. Perfectly carbonated and light bodied, goes down much smoother than the bottled version. I often find it difficult to finish a whole bottle as my stomach tends to grow tired of the acidic nature of this offering, but on tap it is incredibly drinkable. I had several glasses and could easily have had more

Aug 15, 2005
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pest from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 17, 2011
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DeutschesBier from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Feb 18, 2013
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kbwalters from Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aug 25, 2015
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pokgye from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Jan 24, 2013
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Nivek43 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Mar 27, 2014
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