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:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Stellar looking watermelon Jolly Rancher color with a lot of haze to it. Head is fizzy but fitty for the style, leaving just a thin wash of pink tinted bubbles across the top of the body.

S: Citric acid, super dry hay, faint yet tart raspberries and minerals.

T: Begins tart across the tip of the tongue, but not overpowering. Really just the perfect amount of citric acid sourness to entice the drinker to continue on. Only a slight amount of sulfer mixes in offering a basic backdrop to counter the sourness. There’s a crystalline raspberry aspect to this lambic, makes it really snap with every sip. Has an over ripe lemon undertone running throughout the entire process. Finishes tart, tangy and delightful with quality pink grapefruit characteristics. Lip smacking good with sourness rimming the lips after every sip.

M: Thin body, sharp and spritzy.

D: This is maybe the best lambic on the market. Perfect balance with excellent drinkability. Superb.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

$6 for a slim 12 oz bottle, with cork and outer foil seal.

Looks good - red like you'd expect, no head, somewhat translucent body.

Smells like you are about to get a blast of sourness and tartness. Gets your mouth watering and your taste buds moving.

Awesomely tart/sour taste, just like the other Cantillion I had. When it first hits you, it almost makes your mouth constrict, if that makes sense. Every taste bud in your mouth comes alive and jumps around. Total pucker-face. It smooths out pretty quickly and leaves a satisfyingly slightly-yeasty aftertaste.

I wish it wasn't so expensive, and that it was available where I live. Those are my only complaints about this fine lambic.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(A) Pours a nice rich red color. Pretty clear color throughout the glass. Excellent pink head that is about a half inch thick to start. Subsides to foam around the edges.

(S) Cherry, berries, raspberries, some funk, sourness. Very clean and simple and straight forward.

(T) Sour sugar and sweet raspberries are top to bottom in this beer. A little bit of funk and some citric acid help to make this a great fruit lambic. Quite delicious.

(M) Tart and sour but with a light body to it.

(O) This review didn't call for much and that's one of the main reasons I really like this beer. Everything from Cantillon is just amazing. This is a simple brew that doesn't take much explanation. It's just excellent.

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Photo of TrueRates
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Vintage from a 375ml bottle. Cork is dead dry with little hiss upon opening. Pour is tangerine orange with very little top head. Aroma is of straight moldy basement, rubber band, tart raspberry vinegar, and some unpasteurized funka dunka bunk French cheese. Oh dear, that is sour! Extremely acidic and tart with quite noticeable vinegar. Raspberries have definately dwindled out and the fruit is subtle. I absolutely adore aged lambic and this is a perfect reason why. The 1000 different flavors just reach every corner of my mouth and the sourness is like a bag of raspberry Sour Punch Kids taking over. One of the best aged Cantillon's I've had.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark pink in color with a foamy light pink head that settles down pretty quickly.

S: One of the best smelling beers I've ever come across. Huge notes of sour red raspberries and red currants along with a healthy dose of funk/wet horse blanket. A hint of oak as well.

T: Really great stuff. A big hit of tartness/sourness right away. A bit of raspberry as well as some red wine vinegar. Mouthfeel is crisp and light and very refreshing. I could drink this beer all day. I would love to have some more of this.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a capped and corked bottle. Love the artwork on all of Cantillon's beers, espically this one. The beer pours a hazy pink color with a three finger pinkish white head that settles to a film as the beer sits. The smell is dominated by the usual lambic barnyard funk smell with a hint of rasberries. The taste is great. The acidity puckers up the mouth and allows the rasberry taste to set in as the mouth tightens up around the tongue. Great mouth with a good carbination. One of the shinning examples of a true lambic.

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Photo of koolk
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

US trip Aug-Dec 04

Vintage 2004

Salmon pink going into red colour with a tight creamy pink head.

Incredible aromas of horse/barnyard mixed in with a vinous raspberry light red fruit notes. The brett just slams the other flavours up your nostrils and is a brilliant mixture of funk, fruit and other little notes (leather, spice)

Acid acid acid!! The palate is (almost) unbelievably acidic and is so tart you cheeks, teeth and tongue all dance around in a nice kind of pain. Some tart fruit flavours come through, but the acid is over powering. At first I loved it, half way through i was despising it, by the end I was loving it again. Who knows how that works! Matched well with food that really helped ease the acid and bring out the fruit flavours.

Great label (mine had the naked chick unlike the example here on the website) and a real experience. Cherished it, and only wished I could bring a case of it home to Australia with me, as lambic of this caliber is not available down under.

Vintage 2008...Finally in Oz!!! Drunk in 2008

Sweet luscious berries and tart acidity. Great aroma, flavour, length and balance. Everything I remember plus more - Screams Cantillon.

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Photo of markgugs
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014/2015 UPDATE: LOL @ what I wrote below. This beer is amazing, maybe the best "shelf" fruited lambic on the planet.

poured from 12oz. bottle into tulip glass, cork dated 2006 vintage (drank 2/11/08)

A: Poured like a bubbly, almost effervescent & fizzy, with a quickly rising 1-finger white head that just as quickly diminishes down to nothing, leaving no lacing. Color is a lively blend of rose, blush & amber.

S: Mmm, the raspberries really come through here, wafting upwards and enticing what is to come. Some toffee & caramel notes can be found providing some balance, with a behind-the-scenes sweaty funk and a no-doubt-about-it sour tang.

T/M: My mouth instantly puckered, as if I sucked on a lemon wedge. Tart! There's a barely noticeable sweetness from the berries, carried over the tongue by a prickly, tight carbonation before the sourness takes over again. A thin-bodied vinegar-like consistency keeps this sucker real sour. Not for the faint of heart.

D: Honestly, had I not paired this with some Peking duck and a crumbly blue cheese field greens salad, it might have been tough to drink, so pair food wisely!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage, thanks to gfunk720

A - The brew pours a radiant pinkish red hue and is capped with a thick froth of powder-pink foam, which recedes to an encircling wisp in short order.

S - The aroma is funky in an earthy-musty sort of way, and besides that it suggests fresh cherries (really no raspberries, strangely.)

T - The flavor shows lemon peel, pink grapefruit rinds, kumquat, bitter grass, wood tannin, and has a pungent lemon-tea astringency on the finish. I only get raspberry in the faintest sense where it reminds me of Raspberry Zinger tea. Very puckering. I cannot pinpoint if this is lactic or acetic, but it is definitely a bit more than moderately acidic, and it also suggests sour candies. This tastes a bit like a Hanssens brew come to think of it.

M - The feel is silky, with low carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

O - Overall, the whole is better than the sum of its parts. A deliciously exquisite and complex libation; a sensory experience.

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Photo of westweasel
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip.
The beer pours out a bright, brilliant, pink-red color with a few white bubbles which quickly disappear. No lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is filled with raspberries, a wine like alcohol character, acidic sour, and a little hay.

The taste is initially sweet raspberries, quickly followed by a hay-like quality, followed by a mouth-puckering sourness that has the taste of hay and a wool blanket.

The moutfeel is fairly thin, with mouth puckering astringency in the finish.

This is a very drinkable sour beer. The beer changes character so drastically during different parts of the swallow that it makes for a very interesting experience.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Never tried a Cantillon before. I like raspberries, let's give it a go.

A-Pours pink. Light bubbly head that evaporates quickly. Looks like a white zinfandel. Pretty classy looking.

S-My nose is not accustomed to lambics but I'm oddly intrigued. Funky and earthy. Very enticing.

T-Different...But delicious. Tart, sour raspberry. Sweetness battles the tartness but the tartness wins out. Sassy.

M-Bubbles. Very light. Crisp.

D-Damn drinkable. I could drink many but wouldn't want to because the taste is too good for gluttony. The low alcohol content makes this sour beauty remarkably refreshing.

Definitely have to try more of these guys.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this tonight at Downtown Wine and Spirits because I've been in the mood for sour Lambics and Flanders Red Ales after having Lou Pepe Kriek at The Belgian Room. I cooled this to about 50ºF and served it in one of by New Belgium snifters.

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy rose color with amber tints. Thin wispy bubbles form upon pouring, but dissipate quickly.

Smell: Sour lambic aroma, funky wet blanket aroma, and hints of raspberries.

Taste: Light sweetness is evident upfront and in the center. Fruity flavors emerge in the center and mingle with funky earthy flavors. Wow, the finish is intensely sour. Really, really, really sour.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, light-bodied, smooth, and very dry in the finish.

Drinkability: I can see the sourness being way too much for some, but even if you enjoy the sourness this is a beer to sip.

Overall: A very nice, very authentic lambic. Enjoyable and well worth the $14 I paid for the bottle.

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Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rose de Gambrinus expresses great ( i think near perfect) balance between sweet and sour. Rustic barnyardiness dances with sweet raspberry and tart raspberry with a touch of earth and spice in the nose. Taste is acetic at first, which seems to open up my taste buds to receive the essence of the place it was made and the fruit it was made with. A wonderfully expressive beer with a medium body that is supremely refreshing. The balance here seems to be natural as well. Lambics can be too sweet (especially when they are targeted at the American market) and sometimes too sour. This is a gentle and elegant example of one of the most intriguing styles of beer available. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blush-like pinkish red. "Rose" is correct. Reminiscent of the Hi-C 'Tropical Punch' juices I had as a kid in elementary school. A few bubbles standing guard around the edge of the glass, but no real head to speak of.

Smell: OMG! Such an acrid, stinging odor. A caustic tartness is easily perceived. Barnyard stable funk. Piercing lemon sourness fills the nose as well as the rich aroma of the noble raspberry and flowers. Very exciting!

Taste: Ah, the smell translates quite well into the taste. A biting tartness you really should be sitting down for invades the tongue, accompanied by bright, sporadic flashes of fresh raspberry fruitiness and an easy earthy mustiness.

Mouthfeel: The finish is remarkably clean after the initial punch of each sip, leaving you craving ever more. Completely refreshing with a gently sparkling effervescence.

Drinkability: Excellence that deserves to be tasted again. After a few sickly sweet Lindeman's, I was a bit uneasy about trying more from this style, but I'm very glad I did. ChainGangGuy Approved!

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Photo of schwemjw
4.59/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of JLeege
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 13th, 2010
750 mL, Slightly chilled, Into my Lost Abbey tulip

Appearance- Pours out blood red, with about 2 fingers of pink foam, fizzles out fairly quickly to a nice thin layer atop the beer. A little splotchy lacing.

Smell- The classic, unmistakable Cantillon funk; a little oak, slightly earthy. Nice tart raspberries. Smells heavenly.

Taste- Actually the oak is the first thing picked up on the palate, bringing slight hints of vanilla. Then you get some of the earthiness and funk. Some lemon pops up, and then the raspberries. And let’s talk about these raspberries… Tart and sweet too slightly sour, deep rich flavor, they have the freshly picked slightly earthy/dirt tones; and the flavor lingers forever. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel- Medium light body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, with a fairly dry finish. Overly drinkable.

Overall- Thank god for real fruit! Besides that, I don’t know what else to say, this lambic is excellent.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on-tap at Jose Pistoles.

This beer, served in a long-stemmed wine glass was a bright glowing read, almost like cherry hard candy with just a touch of haze and a thin pink collar.

Smells of dry musky, moldy straw with a dry, musky, tart cherry and fresh, ripe crab apples. This is followed by a crispy funky sting in my nose, but it comes across rather gentle. The balance here is what really sticks out. The fruit and the funk seem to effortlessly get along.

Tastes of thin tingle soft tart numbness with a deep sour cherry. This transitions to a sweet strawberry and raspberry and drys out in the finish with a lingering funk. What a voyage. Again, the balance is remarkable. Noting is really getting out of hand here. carbonation that's dry and clean.

Nice! A pleasant experience for sure that won't over excite.

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Photo of KingG
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006 bottling.
750ML bottle served chilled and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance is good. Ruby red grapefruit colored brew with a pinkish-white, spotty soapy head.

Smell is exceptional. Huge aroma of fresh, tart raspberries, dry oak and sour funk.

Taste is very good. Starts with lemon and salt and finishes with tart raspberries and oak. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is very good. Lip-puckering tart. Gums and teeth are dry after every sip. Tongue's like leather. Acidic bite in the finish. After the swallow my mouth salivates and I'm ready for the punishment again. Medium-bodied with below-average carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. Addictive flavor that makes you come back for more.

Overall:
One of my favorite lambic brews and one i go to often after a big dinner when I'm too stuffed for a RIS. Highly recommended.

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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 jsanford
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Gueuze Glass. Bottled in 2010. Review #600!

A - Pours a beautiful strawberry-red with a fluffy rose-colored head that settles to a thick cap. A stunner as always.
S - Sweet yet tart funk, raspberries, lemon, oak. That signature Cantilion funk is on perfect display, so amazing, with just the right amount of "cheese" quality.
T - Tart raspberries, lemon juice, oak, and earthy, cheesy Cantillon funk. Really nice, you can even taste the little raspberry seeds in here, they always have that woody flavor when they get stuck in your teeth, it's amazing how that flavor sensation can carry through into the beer!
M - Medium-light bodied with sharp, spritzy carbonation, perfect for the style. Incredibly dry, teeth-scraping finish that robs your mouth of all moisture.
O - So darn good, yet another world-class beer from this amazing brewery!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing color, all pink and red. The visibility is great. Pink head, amazing lace on it.

Aroma hits equal parts sweet and sour raspberries. Just a little bit of oakiness. Taste is the same, sweetness and a heavy sour quotient, oak, highly carbonated, mildly hopped. Finishes with a dry mouthfeel and lingering raspberry.

World class framboise/lambic stuff right here. As usual, the regular rotation of loons seems to supercede in terms of quality, the rare one off stuff from them.

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Photo of champ103
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Having had this on multiple occasions, it is always a treat. Thanks the Show for being able to have this once again. This is Sept 2015 bottle, which might be the freshest Cantillon I have ever had.

S: Pours a stunning garnet red. Beautifully bright and clear. A white/pink head forms and recedes quickly, with a bit of lace. The color is absolutely stunning.
S: Tart and jammy fruits up front and center. Raspberries are so fresh, and just burst with a wonderful tartness and funk. Having had older bottles, I know the funk character develops much more, and is no less amazing. Though the supper fresh berries here are amazing.
T: More acidic than the nose suggests. Sour/tart raspberry jam. With a touch of funk, but the acidic and sour character is...again...amazing.
M/O: A light to medium body. Perfectly effervescent carbonation. The fruit adds a bit of sweetness, but finishes wonderfully dry. As well as an other worldly cleanness. I can't say how much I love to drink this. I have said both these words, but amazingly stunning (hows that).

This has always been one of my favorite Cantillon offerings. As there beers go, relatively easy to get and always on point. That is to say one of the best fruit Lambics ever produced.

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Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Forgotten as one of the better Cantillons.

The beer hits of fresh raspberries, a lemony tartness, and decent funk quality. Great carbonation.

Balanced, tart, complex.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in wine glass.

A- Pinkish orange with huge effervescent head that fades quickly. Little to no lacing.

S- Vinegar and raspberries.

T- Sweet raspberries, with large blast of vinegar and funk. Can really taste the raspberries near the end and in the aftertaste.

M- Thin with big carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.

O- Exceptional lambic! Will seek this out again, hopefully soon.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, bottled 14 December 2009, into a tumbler at the Cask Pub & Kitchen.

A: Clear bright red body with an inch of bubbly pink foam that quickly disappears completely. Ok, but slightly better retention would have been nice - that head was beautiful for the few seconds it lasted!

S: What can I say? Sour raspberries + classic Cantillon funk = awesome. The fruit gets more and more apparent as it warms, but the bracing lemony acidity never goes away, and nor do the notes of barnyard, mustardseed, and must. I love it.

T: Raspberry essence jumps into my palate and my nose as I raise the glass, and as soon as the beer hits my tongue the fruit gets displaced by intense sourness + moderate Cantillon funk. The raspberries reassert themselves on the clean, long, puckering finish. Delightful.

M: Soft, effervescent, and just plain alive. Sticky enough to excite every taste bud, clean enough to make me desire more. Wow.

O: I expect every Cantillon I drink to be amazing, but based on other reviews I really wasn't hoping for anything special from the Framboise. I was seriously blown away by how perfectly this beer balanced the base Lambic amazingness with the rich, flavorful fruit. The integration was far superior to that of the Cantillon Kriek, and simply made for a delightful beer. I'm so glad I have a bottle in my cellar.

Cheers!

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.
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