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 Earlyagain
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the prettiest beers Ive had the pleasure of trying, the ruby red color really is pronounced. I was slightly off put by the smell with hints of vinegar, but the taste put any concerns to rest. Amazing raspberry flavor with a sharp tart finish.

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Photo of interzen
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a Vedett tulip glass.

Look: Beautiful, deep, raspberry red - reminded me a lot of the colour of the red wine vinegar I keep in my kitchen. Pinkish head, fairly thin and bubbly which recedes to nothing fairly quickly.

Smell: Raspberries, red fruit and vinegar - you can tell this is a lambic, all right. That said, the vinegary/funky smells don't overpower the fruit at all, leading to an interesting combination of the two which, whilst not unpleasant, is a little bit ... odd. But in a good way. Let it breathe and you'll get some citrus and woody/earthy notes, but really it's raspberries and vinegar all the way.

Taste: Raspberries and sourness, the latter of which is almost abrasive but manages to complement, rather than overwhelm, the former. The tartness gives way to a rather interestingly earthy flavour in the finish.

Feel: Quite light in the body and very fizzy, which helps to accentuate the sourness. Very long, very dry, earthy finish. There are fruit beers with far more body out there, but in this case the combination of high carbonation and relatively light feel works a treat.

Overall: It's Cantillon, so the chances of this one being a duffer were always going to be pretty low. Bear in mind, though, that this is not your typical framboise - if you're after something sweet and/or syrupy then you're most definitely in the wrong place. On the other hand, if you're a fan of gueuze or sour beers in general then this is worth the asking price and then some.

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Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Fieldzy27
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750. Pours the color of pink grapefruit super high carbonation and a large fizzy inflated head. Beautiful looking beer. Smell, tart raspberry , small amount of funk, little barnyard, fruit esters and berry. Taste, powerful crisp tartness overwhelms your tastebuds followed by raspberry and a hint of sweetness. Quickly swept away by mouth watering and tart bite lingering.amazing. not too sweet , an epic sour.mouthfeel , a luxury level equal to champagne. Full luscious and almost stinging carbonation that arouses the sour flavor to no end. Overall: one of the best beers I have ever had. Best sour hands down.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an absolutely beautiful red raspberry color with a small head that recedes to a thin film on top. Smell has an interesting dynamic as the sweet raspberries intersect with that distinct Cantillon funk. A little odd, but certainly not off-putting. Some lemon zest and oak character add to the complexity. Flavor is a bunch of tart raspberries, a splendid sourness that tickles the cheeks. Oaky dryness on the finish is quite splendid. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style with some lively carbonation. I'm quite pleased with this beer.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sour, funk, fruit. All bases covered here. An outstanding lambic with the overwhelming raspberry taste coming over massively on the front and back end. Jammy and bright.

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Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12ox bottle into teku. Bottled in 2013.

A - Let this chill overnight to prevent a gusher. Color is dark pink/red and I had to pour multiple times because of the carbonation. Very light pink head. Thick collar and spots of lacing.

S - Sour and acidic notes of vinegar and fresh lemon with a good amount of funky raspberry puree. The funk is nice and has some woodiness to it.

T - Very sour and delicious. Plenty of raspberry flavor accompanied by sharp lemon sour and vinegar. Some woody funk on the finish.

M - Light bodied and big carbonation makes for a fantastic mouthfeel.

O - It's Cantillon and it is amazing. I hope New Glarus continues to narrow the gap to produce beer like this on the regular.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy ruby with lace and film, smell is intense raspberry fruit and the usual funk,


Then the taste is a lot thinner than I would have thought. Shock horror! Does the Cantillon backlash start right here? Mouthfeel is light and thin, whilst well carbonated.

Possibly my least fave of the bunch :-( sadly just kinda fails to deliver .... Not a bad beer, but........

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 2013 bottling date poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a dull pink to almost rusty in color with a medium sized and fizzy head. The head sticks around a little bit and is a touch off white towards red in color. The remnants of the head are a patch of bubbles on the surface of the beer. Lacing is virtually nonexistent due to lack of head. The hazy body of the beer turns lighter in color, more towards a light amber, when held up to the light.

S- Funky and tart right of front on the nose for this beer. A hint of fruity raspberries provides some of the tartness, but most of the tartness comes from a largely vinegary quality in the scent. The vinegar and raspberries combine to provide the overall tart, yet fruity, smell of the beer.

T- Starts with a fairly tart bite right up front that is a mix of sour base beer and a slight hint of the raspberries. The same vinegary flavor from the scent is present in the taste and is more dominant. The raspberries kick in a little bit after the tartness from the base beer and provide just a touch of fruitiness to the flavor. A funkiness takes over the second half of the drink and provides a balancing bitter quality to help calm down the sour aspects of the flavor profile. This combination of base beer tartness, slight raspberry fruitiness, and funky bitterness is the overall impression and lingering flavor of the beer on the tongue.

M- Just like most other lambics and the other Cantillons I have had, this beer is incredibly high in carbonation and light on the palate. It is a little thin overall, but supports the complex flavor profile.

Overall, this beer is a little less fruity and displays less raspberry quality than I expected. I enjoy this beer, but there are much better raspberry sours in the US. That being said, the flavor of this beer is still very complex and the sour combined with the funkiness on the back end of the drink make for a solid overall beer.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Pink-reddish color, with a big, fast vanishing pink head.

Typical Cantillon aromas, very funky, refreshing and full with raspberries.

Very sour, fruity, raspberry gets more and more recognizable after the first impression. Hints of yeast go well with the fruit and dry sourness. Raspberry is present from the beginning till the end in a very pleasant, intense way. Refreshing, dry mouthfeel, with a tart, acidic character. Fruit stays on the palate for a long time. Very unique fruity taste in a pleasantly balanced beer.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottled on 02/03/14.

Pours a hazy magenta. The 1/4 inch light pink head quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

The smell is of red wine vinegar, unripe raspberry and barnyard funk.

The taste is of tart unripe raspberry, cherry skin and faint red wine vinegar.

The texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

Pleasant tart raspberry flavor. Not overly sour. An outstanding effort.

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Photo of guityler83
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Botte date 27- may - 13

Had at Kulminator in Antwerp

A: 3 finger head with tiny soft pink bubbles that slowly slid to a steady half finger that rested on top of the beer. Hazy, grapefruit meat pink color with moderate haze - more towards the bottom of the bottle - poured from a basket.

S: Huge juicy raspberry smell like they were just picked from a garden - not cooked and jam like. Undertones of tart cherry and strawberry and pomegranate. Very complex fruit aroma. Tartness aroma is medium and dominated with the berries.

T: Huge bright tart raspberry, cherry lemon tasting sourness. very complex and intense. Funky hay is very low in the background. wood is almost non existent.

M: Mouth puckering sourness with a dry crisp finish. Carbonation is medium with zero alcohol warming (or anywhere for that matter) light body and very refreshing.

O: Everything I've ever wanted in a frambroise.. Perfect intense and complex

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

One thing I've noticed with Cantillion, other than the price, is the sublime simplicity of taste. This gives a full raspberry sweetness with a bit of tart and sour. Light and crisp mouthfeel, this is deliciously simplistic.

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Photo of macher0
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on draft at the Holy Grale. Zwanze 2014.

A. Ruby red with a fine bubble head that's slightly red. Translucent. A healthy film remains.

S. Sour. Tart cherries, rasberries, apples, neutral oak. The fruits and sour yeast combine for a delicate and subtle nose that is not really complex, but very well balanced. Certainly the wild spores of Belgium are pronounced.

T. Follows the nose very nicely. The rasberries are much more pronounced but a strong cherry flavor is prevelant. Big neutral oak and slight hoppiness.

M. Way smooth, high carbonation, light body.

O. Big time. The fruit is very pronounced. Lots of flavor and very sour, not sweet or syrupy. I favor this over the Kriek or LP Kriek. Very good. As with the other beers from this wonderful brewery, this stands atop all others. Very subtle, well balanced, well crafted. I would go out of my way to have this again, and again. If you could rate the label, it would get a 6.0 - there are boobs on the label.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of funky sour milk and raspberries
Taste is smooth fruity flavor. Carbonation is effervescent, but the thin foam disappears. The carbonation is hardly visible but is still on palate.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into a Riedel tulip. The liquid is a cloudy reddish-pink, and the pour kicks up a huge totally pink head. The head fades pretty quickly to a thin cushion on top of the liquid that leaves very little lace.

Aroma is sour - moderate funk, barnyard, etc, along with a fruity smell that I'm not sure I'd be able to identify as raspberry if I didn't already know that's what it was.

Taste follows the nose - nice sour funkiness backed by some raspberry fruitiness. Nice mix of sweet and sour, even though sour wins handily.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, really nice flavors!

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 poured from fridge temp into Cantillon Iris glass. Pours a light red with good carbonation. It's clear that raspberries are prominent. Nose is incredible. Smells of raspberries, sour funk, and fruit peel. Taste follows the nose. Incredible. Nice sour taste - not quite mouth puckering. Heavy on the raspberries, but not too overwhelming. Nice funk - but again nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Overall one of my favorites from Cantillon.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottle side by side with Kriek at Brasserie Cambrinus in Beuges. Pours bright pinkish red with a very small pink head that recedes quickly. Plenty of dry tartness on the aroma with light raspberries supplementing lots of funky acidic Gueuze notes. Flavor follows very tart and funky--much more so than Kriek--with a beautiful supplement of lightly sweet and tart raspberries that don’t overwhelm. Light bodied, very dry and crisp, plus carbonation. This is exactly how a raspberry lambic should be.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%

A: Pours a hazy, pinkish hue, with a bit of an orange appearance when the light hits it. Carbonation at work immediately, as a lovely, thin but frothy bloom appears. A great deal of lacing as well.

S: Very aromatic and fruity, but with definite acidity cutting through the strong notes of berries and slight notes of cherry. Possible notes of orange or passion fruit in the bouquet, as well as slight notes of vanilla?

T: Complex flavor profile. Besides the obvious use of raspberries and cherries, there is a delightful, yeasty acidity and orange-like flavor that balances the berry flavors. Tart but not overly so. A very flowery set of flavors.

M: Fairly carbonated and extremely refreshing, the medium-light body goes down like a fine champagne or rose.

O: Truly, one of the world's remarkable beers, this may be the ultimate offering to guests coming to your home for a dinner party. I have yet to have a beer from Cantillon that was not first rate. Easily one of the world's 10 best breweries.

Note: since this review, I was fortunate enough to have it on tap as part of Zwanze Day 2014 at the Bier Station in KC, MO. Amazing on tap.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

375ml bottle - 2013 Vintage
Notes taken on 06/29/2014 – Big thanks to mdfb79 for providing this my 2nd ever Cantillon brew.

A: Rose de Gambrinus pours a hazed up russet mix of orangish amber and reddish brown tones throughout. Not like any beer I have really seen ever. Pinkish white cotton candy like suds cover the top with lower retention displayed. Course, active, and choppy. There is some very minimal stick or dotty cling to the glass. Looks quite fanciful.

S: Smells of tart raspberry puree with some strawberry mixed in, light cider vinegar, and lemon curds. I get some iron like minerals and a bit of earthy musk in the back as well. Otherwise this is all very fresh fruit and tartness on the nose which is really nice.

T: Whole raspberry juice with some strawberry accents pressed up against a bright lemony lactic tartness and some mild acetic vinegar qualities. Great mix of tart and sour. Underneath lies some mild earthiness, soiled oak, and farmhouse flavors. Dry through and through yet you get just an inclining of malt sweetness to hold it all together. Really great balance. Void of any type of bitterness and alcohol is negligible. Wish this had a bit more raspberry blast to it however it is still very tart and refreshing.

M: Very light and dry with an upper level of spritzy carbonation. Piquant tart pucker with light tannic qualities and a bone dry finish.

D: Incredibly drinkable for such a potent little Lambic. Not going to be my favorite but really glad to have tried this one out. Seems the flavors don’t deliver quite as much of that fresh raspberry the nose brings. Cantillon sure makes some great Wild ales however and this is no exception. The balance of all the encompassed flavors just comes together so well.

Thanks again Dan!

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Photo of screamking
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml poured into wine glass.

Pours like a clear rose wine with little head.

The aroma is exactly what you would expect, lots of tart under ripe raspberries. The tastes hits that note the same way, Tart Tart Tart. Very crisp and clean in the finish. Finding this bottle was a hell of chore an I will be on the lookout for more.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%

I enjoyed this chilled at Delices et Caprices in Brussels and again at Cantillon, poured chilled in a glass.

The color is beautiful ruby like shade with light haze and pastel pink head wtih fine bead.Smell is strong berry with a mild funk of wild yeast with slight fruity/floral note with subtle raspberry sweet scent. The mouthfeel is near perfect with strong fruity tanginess with moderate sour yet gentle lemony acidity with low sweetness and moderately high carbonation with very dry yet juicy texture as it finished

The flavor is excellent with raspberry flavor fresh on entry with light acidic taste and sour candy tinge of raspbery with lots of acidic citrus in the flavor with puckering yet bright fruity flavors with mild hint of wood and a nice dry yeast flavor in the finish. Overall this is perhaps the best raspberry flavored lambic I have had-I prefer the way the taste is young rather than some aged versions I tried in the U.S. incredible with juicy dimension and more on the puckering extreme side of sourness yet the dry finish which is crisp from the intense carbonation is refreshing.

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Photo of amano_h
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The June 2016 bottling of the brew sports an uncanny jammy aroma of raspberries and bright cherries, accompanied by the usual lemon zest/juice acetic tartness. Not far behind the more fruity notes is the good ol' Cantillon funk, which actually almost dominates the fruity tart aromas that preceded it; cheesecloth, hay, and light horse maneur ornates the secondary, yet alpha impressions on the nose.

The nose is well-matched on the palate. Juicy tart raspberries, bright red cherries, and some strawberries make way for the borderline acetic lemon zest tartness upon the first sip. The sourness is fast extinguished by the signature Cantillon funk and a wave of bitterness in the form of oak, horseblanket, and dry grass; the best way to explain this is to say that with every sip of this brew the tart fruity notes ignite a small sour fire on your tongue, which is quickly and overwhelmingly extinguished by a tidal wave of bitter.

Medium-light bodied. Crisp and zesty with a pleasant level of carbonation.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle format of this Cantillon bottled in 2013

Appearance: clear red with a pink head that fizzed out rather quickly- hard to look away from it's so bright red

Smell: funk and barrel notes - some fruity notes here too. One dimensional but really good to smell

Taste: sparkling raspberry juice with funkiness on the palate as it washes down. Slight bitterness in the waay aftertase I assume are the hops - this beer has everything I want in a wild ale. Fruity not too sour.

Mouthfeel: awesome when cold. Real refreshing and fizzy. Really holds the temp very well.

Overall: I'm stoked to be having this brew for brunch. It pairs well with cheese and other fruits. I'd be down to buy it again as the bottle looks so cool and the tartness inside is soo tasty -

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Photo of Dope
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

November 20, 2013 date. 375ml bottle.

A: Pours a vibrant red with a tall, soda-like and fizzy pink head. Head fizzes out pretty fast, leaving no trace of lacing. Just a bit of head retention.

S: Big, bold, and tart raspberries. Kinda get some leathery tannins in there too.

T: Lots of raspberries. Sweet and tart, a great balance. Tart and acidic overall, again with that leathery taste in the finish primarily. Long lingering lacto sourness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for 5% ABV. Tart.

O: Pretty simple sour. Not overly sour, just nicely tart with a tasty raspberry component. Clean and crisp, quite tasty.

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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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