Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

Look is a deep rich head and pretty clear with no head.

Aroma has a funky snourness with a slight fruit at the end.

Taste opens up sour but then gives way to a lovely nice raspberry sweetness.

Absolutely delicious.

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

this being my first cantillon, i was surprised, shocked, delighted at every turn. the liquid is electric pink and hazy, slightly neon, with a thin lair of soft foam swirling on top.
the aroma: is it disgusting? yes, kind of, in all of its yeasty funkiness. is it pleasantly fruity? yes. is it intriguing? absolutely. sniff. sniff again.
the raspberry flavor is as natural and real as could be imagined; sour, and reminiscent of a fresh yogurt smoothy. this tastes like it could be found existing independently in nature, in rare conditions. smooth in the mouth, and pleasant down the throat. if you can make peace with the puckering tartness, this is wonderfully drinkable.
also of note: upon first glance, i assumed this would be a mouthful of sugar. not the case at all. it finishes very clean, leaving nothing but a fresh fruit aftertaste.

again, my first authentic lambic. much to learn, and i'm excited to do so...

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. 2001 vintage according to the cork.

AWESOME beer. Not a sour and tart as some of the "fresher" Cantillon beers I have had. Still pretty sour on the back end. Some sweetness from the raspberry on the front of each sip. Great earthy barnyard flavors. This is a winner and I feel lucky to have tried one this old. Definitely worth cellaring.

I took some points off for drinkability as any of the true sour lambics I have ever had would not have more in a night. That being said this was a great beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and capped green bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
Bottled: 29 Sept. 2010, Store and serve at cellar temperature (50-55°F)
(Reviewed 06-07-11 - from notes)

Thanks Todd!

A - Bright fire engine red in color with an effervescent pink head. Clear throughout with a poorly retained foam and no lace.

S - Tart funk and wet straw with a mellow barnyard aroma open followed by fresh raspberries adding smooth fruitiness to the armpitty nose. Floral aspects balance the nose out.

T - Fresh, thin raspberries aren't anywhere near sugary as the bulk of the beer is funky yeast and tartness.

M - Dry as can be, the overly tart finish is surprising but quite welcome. A little gut-churning acidic but quite a good feel.

O - Score another win for Cantillon and the guy on the bottle! This framboise is fruity but well-balanced and has the right amount of funky, wild yeast to it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This batch was bottled December 2009. 375ml bottle.

It sits in the glass a clear raspberry red, topped by half an inch of pink-tinted head which retains well.

An aroma of unbridled funk greets the nostrils immediately upon uncorking the bottle, but it transforms into juicy tart raspberries once poured into the glass. It has all the depth of a piece of whole fruit; skin, flesh and seeds. Agitation creates a medley of fruit, funk and musty oak barrel.

The taste is intense but nuanced, tart raspberries at the forefront, sharp lactic acidity right behind and then layers of oak and vanilla. It's light and refreshing, juicy but bone dry, complex and infinitely sippable.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,386 ratings