Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BarrelO
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Reddish-pink. Head disappears almost instantly.

S: Funkier than a James Brown/Parliament double bill. Also vinegar.

T: All tartness and barnyard funk. Like drinking vinegar that a horse has been bathing in. No trace of raspberries.

M: Pleasantly smooth.

D: If Lindemans is the Will Smith of lambics (pleasant and family-friendly with any rough edges smoothed out), then Cantillon is like NWA-harsh, uncompromising, and in your face. I couldn't drink a whole bunch of this in a sitting, but I'll definitely turn to this if I need to clear my sinuses.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a strange dichotomy.
On one hand, I find its flavor overly sour, like the most acidic lemon ever! On the other hand slicing through the beer’s sour come-on, there’s the typical underlying signature of a fine gueuze.

This beer pours a red-heavy amber. A fine textured short lived head welled in my glass.
A rather mild nose with hints of classic gueuze character—earthy yeasts, bucolic hops wisps and a fruity vibrant foundation.

But this beer’s overall flavor was so sour I found it difficult to truly enjoy.

The mouthfeel was as uncommon as it’s sour flavor—it erupted into a blaze of fizz as somehow it’s transport from glass to palate provoked a massive simultaneous release of carbonization.

But after the flavor juggernaut tired, it retreated to its lair leaving behind nearly invisible tracks. The finish was swift and comparatively thin.

Yet once my palate acclimated to the sour pulse- the underlying gueuze made for an offbeat eye opening beer.

Whether it could become my “favorite commodity gueuze” is doubtful. Whether it can compete with other fine gueuzes I’ve sampled is also doubtful.

Without question there are better balanced beers on the shelves awaiting my glass...

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears clear, light ruby with a slight haze and a short-lived pink, rocky head that leaves no lace on a Dogfish Head snifter.

Has an aroma of fresh berries with a light, sour funkiness. The background includes cigar tobacco and apple vinegar.

Big, puckering tartness, similar to cranberry juice. The middle contains sweetness and very fruity raspberries, while the finish is long and tart.

A light body, crisp and refreshing with vigorous carbonation.

Very enjoyable as a sipping beer. The aggressive tartness, while desirable, makes consumption more difficult.

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Photo of klewis
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2004
The woman on the label is naked. That's why I bought it.

A: Pours a caramel hue. No head at all, just some bubbles with lots of champagne-like carbonation clinging to the flute.

S: Strong farmhouse/dirty sock aroma with more subtle aromas of honey and raspberries.

T: Incredibly tart on the first sip. I don't think I've ever puckered that hard before. I'm detecting very little raspberry taste but rather a strong lemon and citrus flavor as well as they expected lambic funkiness.

M: Light-bodied with super fine carbonation. The sourness lingers quite a long time.

D: Very nice, but the tartness is a bit overwhelming, even for the style. I'm not one for sup[er fruity beers, but I find myself wanting more raspberry flavor.

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Photo of counselor
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a peach, pink color with a big fluffy head. Lots of tiny bubbles even after a fairly vigorous pour. The brew smelled fruity, tart and also a little like damp flowers. The mouthfeel was thin and super carbonated, like a fresca, but with other flavors like a sweet-tart. That sweet tart flavor was left with a dry finish afterwards. These are some berry flavors, and each mouthful brought out different sour fruit flavors like candy, but not sweet, almost like a dry pink champagne.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish colour. Fairly clear. Lots of nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells funky and odd lots of interesting aromas. Tastes super sour and acidic as hell. Tastes pretty solid but damn the acid reflux kicks in! Well carbonated and overall really solid. I enjoy this quite a bit but it's a npbit overly Funky for me

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Photo of Tnudish
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle brought to our Saturday couples by Baron. Thanks a bunch for the tick Baron.

A-Hazy light pink in color when held to the light with about a fingers worth of tight, light pink head.

S-Nose is full of fresh raspberry and not much else.

T-Flavor is full of fresh raspberry again, some lemon, and has a little vinegar/acetic acid to it.

M-Light mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, pretty bracing acidity, and a moderate finish.

O-Good beer, but one of my least favorite Cantillon offerings. I think Lou Pepe Framboise is much better as far as their framboises go.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1" pink head (haha) that fizzled out quickly over pinkish-red liquid.

S: Oak, funk, yeast, raspberries.

T: Oak, funk, yeast and a hint of raspberries in the finish. The fruit flavour isn't very strong in this one.

M: Dry with medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Not one of Cantillon's best offerings, but at least the label is pretty cool.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall bottle courtesy of Jeffo, enjoyed at a recent tasting alongside two other raspberry lambics. It's been a while since I've had anything from Cantillon - interested to see how my palate has, or has not, changed since then!

Poured into a snifter. Bright cherry red, brilliant colour (but can't help feeling this is a bit artificial. No matter. Nice looking lambic nonetheless.

Nose is quite funky, with hay, horseblanket, cheese, and only a touch of raspberry. A bit overpowering to say the least. I get a bit more of the raspberry as my nose warms up to the situation, but it still is a bit offputting for me.

Quite tart, fresh raspberry, bit of grain and citrus. It grew on me as I worked my way through, but I still think the raspberry flavour is not quite as potent as I would like. Sharp carbonation, medium bodied.

More sour or funky than I tend to like in a lambic. It's a good beer, certainly, but not to my tastes.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely cloudy orange red colour, with a filmy but solid head of pink bubbles. Looks a picture - just like what you want from a raspberry lambic. Maybe a little more brightness in the body would make it perfect, but it's hard to fault it as it is.

A very fine lambic nose, deliciously tart and funky, but with the supple and sweet raspberry fruit note to counter balance any intimation of over-the-top wildness. Very pleasant indeed.

On the palate, there's the familiar, if not prototypical Cantillon acidity - teeth clenchingly sour, with a sharp, direct and pointed puckering character. The raspberries have an exceptionally hard time making their presence felt here, and what I can note about them is probably more aroma than taste. The lambic sourness is just boggling.

Once again, an extremely robust and incredibly niche Belgian lambic - not one for the faint of heart. Sharp, refreshing and confronting all in one package.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly pink tinged brown in color. Eseentially flat in appearance. Just a tad murky but still fairly clear. Nose was fairly mild and I only picked up slight traces of the sourness.

I was not prepared for the first sip it was so sour. After I adjusted I realized it was actually pretty decent. It improved more as the beer caught up to room temperature too. Raspberries bring a nice, slight sweetness that provides a bit of a balance to all the sourness. Light mouthfeel that really brought out this beer's puckering ability.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2009

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. A large, fizzy, pink head forms at first, but quickly fades away, leaving only a beautiful, raspberry red body with small carbonation rising to the top.

Earthy raspberries with straw and hay notes on the nose. Some herbal mustiness as well. On the sweet side.

Lots of raspberries in this one with some nice mouth puckering sourness. Smooth cheese and a bit of hay as well. Definitely a good raspberry lambic, but not quite as complex as other Cantillon offerings. However, the raspberries do come through quite well.

Mouthfeel is spritzy with a smooth, slightly cheesy/creamy body. Nice sourness, more than I would have guessed.

Drinkability is pretty good. I definitely like the sourness in this one, but it is a bit on the sweet side and seems to be lacking some of the complexity that other Cantillon offerings have. That being said this is still a tasty lambic and the raspberries are front and center. I think I might pick up another bottle to cellar. This might be more interesting with a few more years on it.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage pours a pretty, light plum hue with a finger of pink rose petal head. No lacing left but nice clarity. True to form on the nose and taste that mirror eachother. Tart raspberry, a nice vinous mineral quality, a hit of cherry, with slight citrus, along with an earthy, very sour note. Very drinkable, in a sad way - my girlfriend loved it and decided it was a chick drink "cause it didnt taste like beer". I enjoyed it but found my first cantillon to be slighty disappointing as it was very straight forward and lacked complexity.

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Photo of jslot38
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Bottled 2/2010. Wine glass.

App: Rose color, red mixed with pink. Has a pure white head that rings the glass.

Smell: Funky and bretty. Has some leather, and a soft underlying notion of raspberries.

Taste: Sweet upfront, lingering fruit of raspberries and cherries. After the initial fruit and sweetness up front it fades to a sour funk. Very interesting, would like to see this after a bit more age.

Mouthfeel: Great level of carbonation for this beer. Very light on the tongue.

Drinkability: Certainly a bottle to share. Has a strong level of tartness but not as high as the Lou Pepe line though.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my duvel tulip and served around cellar temp, as the bottle directs.

A- this pours out a reddish pink with a large fizzy pink head. little to no lacing left behind.

S- lots of raspberries. slightly acidic. earthy and musty. definitely wild.

T- not as sour as i was expecting. starts off with a lot of fresh raspberries and the earthy, funky must i could smell. a little bit of vinegar. tangy.

M- light bodied and highly carbonated. about what i was expecting.

D- interesting enough to split the bottle with someone, but i dont think id want something this size all to myself. id like to try an older bottle sometime. mine was pretty fresh.

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Photo of bum732
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pinkish-red, nice creamy pink head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sour rasberries, funk, sour lemons, cherries, . Tastes of tart rasberries up front followed by intense sourness. Some raw lemony bitterness near the end leaving a tartness on the palate. Nice crispness on the palate.

A good lambic, the fruit characteristic does not come through as well as the cherry lambic. Still very good, nice and tart and sour, the way lambics should be.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11/04/10- Had a 750 mL bottle of this dated 16 June 2010.
A: Transparent pinky red, poured with an effervescent head that died to absence.
S: Puckery green apples and cores, woodsy and earthy funk, moldy wine mushroom alcohol, and raspberries (obviously).
T: Sweet and milder than the smell, taste almost like raspberry puree with cranberry apple juice.
M: Thin soda carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.
D: OK.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and capped with a foil topper. After a struggle with the cork I poured this into a gobblet. It forms a pink head that falls to zero. Carbonation is fine and aggressive. Pink/Red body.

Puckered me right up the pole on my first drink wheeeew boy. Don't judge it on that though as like other lambics and guezes you tend to get used to it and the beer grows on ya as it warms.

This is not ultra funky but rather balanced in that the barnyard horseblanket effect is mellow and welcomed. Brewed in February of 2005 this has almost two years under its belt and my first instinct tells me this could use two more. Quite tart and full of cranberry goodness. The body is light and crisp. It finishes up dry and with some earthy tone to it. Not the best I've had from Cantillon but still tasty.

Notes: This is a tart one and without any challenger in the picture it was a bit much. The body is rather thin and overall a bit dissapointing. Good, not great.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with my father on a lazy fall Sunday a couple week s ago. 2010 375ml vintage. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Poured into two sniffers, the beer has a dark pink color that becomes quite vibrant when held up to the sun. Very little head and even less lacing.

Smell – Raspberries and oak – not much funk or earthiness.

Taste – Exactly as the nose led one to believe. A nice sweet raspberry flavor mixed with slight earthiness. Just a hint of sour/funk, though the main flavor is quite noticeably the fruit.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, champagne like carbonation, dry finish.

Overall – I was not impressed with this lambic. I shared this with my father because his favorite fruit is raspberries and he tends to enjoy other lambic/sours/gueuzes I shared with him. We both did not care for this. It honestly had a raspberry flavored seltzer water feel to it. It wasn’t horrible, just didn’t live up to my expectations.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Milos and Hogtownharry, Milos' bottle- Pours pink raspberry liquid beneath just a dusting of white powder. Funky yeasty aroma, barnyard, a touch of fruit, oaky and a touch of sherry. very tart funky yeast flavour with a tad of fruity sweetness trying to come through. Oak and just a pinch of lemon cordial. Very dry and full of flavour. This is my first from the brewery but not my last! Thanks for sharing this gem Milos!

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Photo of rarbring
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew is red, clear, has a pink/tan small head, no lacing, but curtains.

It really smells of raspberries, but also wet tree, earth and cheese.

The taste is acid, fruity, raspberries and apples, vinegar and cherry seeds.

Medium high carbonation, lively bubbles, a complex body and a very dry finish.

A quite good fruit lambic, not at all sweet or soda like.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 355 ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Enjoyed during a pretty solid Cowboys v. Dolphins game on Thanksgiving 2011.

Appearance: Pours a fruit punch like color with a light frothy two finger, bright, growing head. Minimal to no lacing.

Nose: Ohhh tartness shines. Smell wonderful, sort of vegetable like and bright fruitiness. Raspberries and a mild oak come through.

Taste: This puppy is all raspberry. Very enjoyable. Bright flavors of raspberry (and I know Raspberry, the Keweenaw is a Haven) and some nice oak spice coming through. Bit a of creaminess balances out the super tart fruit.

Mouth: Lively carbonation, filled with a nice level of acid that provides some fun drinking.

Drink and overall: Overall, a real nice fruit beer. Honestly, I don't think it's better than Blushing Monk. I feel like Blushing Monk, although not the same beer obviously, provided more of a well rounded raspberry flavor. Good Cantillon, definitely no where near the top though.

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Photo of akahn
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, glowing, bubbly pinkish peach color, slightly hazed, with a dying white head. Beautiful color.

Faint aroma, but magnificent. Subtly sweet, fresh picked raspberries... uncanny.

This beer begins with a tingle on the front of the tongue; brisk carbonation. This gives way to a brief flash of tart, sweet raspberry flavor, which is quickly overwhelmed by intensely sour vinegar flavor. Puckeringly dry. A woodiness lingers on the palate and gradually fades away. Lively light body. Somehow, even though I found the degree of sourness rather unpleasant, this beer beckoned for me to drink more.

I found this beer extremely interesting, but difficult to handle. I guess I'm not ready. Also, I'm not sure if this beer was in the best shape, since it was a $6.99 closeout from a mostly malt-liquor type of store.

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Photo of mmahut
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second bottle archived, see you in a year.

A: Dark bloody red colour with high carbonation, no head present as typical for this style of beer.

S: Naughtiness. Strong dance of raspberries, prunes, blackberries, oranges, ribes. You feel it's still young on the nose too.

T: Sour taste of raspberries. Reminds me of redcurrant wine my grand-ma used to make.

M: The bitterness paralyse your tong for few seconds. Light dry body with high carbonation.

D: With limitation, to be enjoyed in a wine fashion. I'm very interested what will become of the second bottle after a year.

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Photo of Crosling
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Outrageously inconsistent, to my palate anyway but when it’s on, it’s on. I’ve tasted this lambic several times, including bottles approaching a decade old and fresh bottles at the brewery. For the most part I agree with the general consensus that the fruit addition could be a little more substancial and the sourness is a bit much. I’ve had bottles that were so dry and sour that they were bordering on unpleasant. But the past few experiences have been enjoyable and it seems like this has gotten increasingly more "fruit forward" the past year. The Rose I tasted a few weeks ago which came straight from Shelton Brothers was the best yet. My rating sums up an average of every experience I have had from this beer.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.22 out of 5 based on 2,314 ratings.
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