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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK I had it already, stop pushing the picture in my face. This was real fruit. How did I know? Its -14 celcius outside the bar, 10 yards that-a-way, and there were fruit flies buzzing around my glass. Darn good for its style, and gave taste and some smoothness to the medical level cleanup of my palate.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at hops and pie this morning. before i get to the beer, i should should shout out those folks for not only having this stuff, but putting on one of the smoothest rare beer tappings i have been a part of. i mean, small line, minimal attitude, not loud or pushy, not stupid expensive, just downright a damn good time in one of north denvers better beer establishments. the beer itself is always hard pressed to meet its hype, and while others from cantillon have met and exceeded it for me, this one did not. its epic beer, one of a kind, totally world class, through and through, but its not perfect.neon pale red, if such terms can coexist and not negate one another. not much head on a very fresh pour, if there was one, it didnt last even a minute, but wow is this color radiant! is smells fruity, but to me not specifically like raspberries. i get tartness before the fruit, certainly the fruit identification, but less of the heavy farmy weirdness like i got from lou pepe kriek. the fruit is dominant in the flavor, but its still a lambic first, which is what makes these beers great. bright fruit expressions with a touch of sugar, and yeasty tartness collide mid palate for me in a firework of intensity thats still soft around the edges, then i swallow and its dry, then my mouth flushes back again with all the beautiful layers. great carbonation, but there is a heaviness that hangs over this, maybe its sugar, maybe its the film on my palate, im not complaining of course, but its less refined than some of their others. i may get crucified for saying this, but atrial rubicite from jester king is the absolute champion of raspberry sours, bar none. i have not had the lou pepe framboise, which may be next level, but i as much as i loved both the beer and the experience this morning, it is no atrial rubicite.

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4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at a tasting at MrHirschybar's place.

2010 vintage.

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a fizzy reddish-white head that fizzles to nothing. No lace on this one. Smell is of sour berry/cherry and funky earthy aromas. Taste is of extremely sour berry/cherry and a nice set of funky earth flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good lambic with lots of nice sour and funky flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

March 2011 Bottling.

Pours a cranberry/raspberry red, clear and bright red with a nice pink head.

Nose is assertive tart raspberry/funky fruit but crisp and inviting.

Mouthfeel is fresh, tart and citric - it's salivatingly good. Light carbonation with a super fresh character. This is a fresh bottle; not aged, and is just wonderful with it's fresh fruit character.

Flavor follows nose and mouthfeel and is just a vibrant citric/sour/funky raspberry. Crisp, lemon/sour raspberry flavor profile with super citric lemon/lime sour profile and finish, with a sour/citric raspberry undertone. This is just wonderfully fresh in my opinon, having had many that were older. Candidly, while I like aged Cantillons, I think I may like them fresh even more.

All in all delicious, and keeps improving in flavor and mouthfeel as it warms to room temperature. Hints of grapes, oranges, lemons and lime - all at their most vibrant and brightest. Nice to drink; even better with food.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured out as a reddish pink color with a thin white head on it. The smell was acidic and semi sweet. The taste was tart, very tart actually. The mouthfeel was like a carbonated raspberry wine. It's was light bodied and drinkable for sure but I just found it too sour for me.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and does not have any head or visible carbonation.
S: There are light aromas of sourness in the nose along with some hints of raspberries.
T: The raspberry flavors stand out in the taste and are accompanied by a light amount of sourness. No sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very drinkable because the fruity flavors help to balance out some of the sourness.

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4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, capped and corked, Feb 18, 2008 bottling, at Beer Bistro in DT T-dot. Hmmmm...I must have a bottle direct from Belgium - the label has a fully naked rendering of a woman, spooning the seated man, whilst holding a wine-goblet type vessel. The pic on this page must be from the puritan US version.

This beer pours a hazy, medium orange brick amber colour, with a voluminous tower of fizzy, noisy, and puffy dirty white head, which settles to a single finger's breadth soon enough, rendering a few specks of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of sour, mildly earthy yeast, citric acid, dried raspberries, a bit of soft barnyard funk, musty white cheese, an underlying gritty pale malt, and some decomposing hay bale straw. The taste is rather tartly sour, ramped-up fruit acids, as if this particular quality was simply distilled out of the raspberries - the expected balancing fruit sweetness pretty well absent, with some sidling funky yeast. There is some further fruitiness, but it leans more toward a middling lemon essence than anything raspberry. Among all this reduction is a decent, pretty much innocuous grainy malt base, which does the very least to keep this from being a totally one-sided affair.

The carbonation is obscured at first by the overbearing tartness, but eventually appears as a sharp, cutting, and yet hollow frothiness, the body a fleshy medium-light weight, but a tad thin, and not really what one might hold up as the paragon of smoothness. It finishes dry, dry, dry, with a slowly diminishing level of sour fruitiness.

Whew! This is quite the eye and palate opener (even my hips seem looser after this - I must inform my yogi girlfriend, post-haste!), like having those sour tart candies for the first time as a kid. That said, I liked it, but it could have used just a wee bit more sweetness to offset the main event here. It did, however, go well enough, natch, with some Belgian-style frites.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can Cantillon do no wrong? Can they just pee in a bottle and the beer just suddenly turns out awsome? Apparently so. Because again, this beer turns out to be among the leaders in it's style. An impressive, thin, savory pink grapefruit juice looking brew with subtle, but persistent head retention. The aromas unleash a juicy, tart scent of grapefruit, red wine, vinegar, and strong lactic acids. Mouth watering and drying at the same time. Faint flavors of pilsner malts are quickly overcome by strong, tart flavors of fruits (berries and cherries) in an almost sweetheart candy powderyness. The airy feel is followed with a sharp tartness (sourness) and a moderate astringency and bitterness. The mouthfeel is as complex as the flavor profile. Finishes with the same mouthwatering, drying, powdery, sensation that was present in the nose. The beer comes full circle on all fronts. Thanks BeakerBoy!

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Photo of kojevergas
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught into 20cl stemware at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. Reviewed from notes. Cost was 35 DKK.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice soft cream, slight pinkish hue, fair thickness, and average retention. Colour is a solid dark red.

Sm: Raspberry, souring hops, cream, and bacteria. Yeast. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Souring hops, bacteria, heavy raspberry, and light cream undertones. I love the raspberry. Very complex and well-executed. An excellent build for the style, but of course it's cantillon. Very well - perhaps perfectly - balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Extremely complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Extremely drinkable, very high quality, and priced highly. Definitely worth a go, even if you don't usually like lambics.


Brief impressions from a 2nd bottle at Kaisla in Helsinki. Reviewed from notes taken July 2015:

Gorgeous pink head. Beautiful deep red/ruby body.

Sm: Fresh raspberries, replete with juiciness. Powdered sugar. Sourness is a 6/10 in terms of intensity, emerging from intricate bacteria. Lovely and mouthwatering to behold.

T/Mf: Incredible. Powdered sugar covered raspberries come to mind. Tangy and acidic, with complex yet naturally integrated bacterial notes. Gestalt and near impeccably balanced, with an acidic mouthfeel reminiscent of fruit skin. Refreshing and light - if not delicate - on the palate.

O: A glorious brew with fantastic drinkability. Testament to Cantillon's high reputation.

High A-

Notes from a 37.5cl green glass bottle purchased at Kaisla in Helsinki in Summer 2014:

Cost was 9.70 euro. Served into stemware. Bottle bottled 20 November 2013. 5% ABV. Label art is fantastic.

Served at fridge temp and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

HEAD: 1 finger wide head of off-white colour with pink hues. In the scant minute I have before the head resolves to a floater ring, I notice it's of below average thickness and has little cream/froth. Overall complexion is subpar. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Could be softer, longer lasting, and fuller.

BODY: Clear translucent gorgeous red of great vibrance. Clean; no yeast/sediment is visible within - at least not in the first pour from the bottle. Appears well-carbonated (in spite of the underwhelming head), and it's pretty lively and special looking.

Lambics don't always look this good. No egregious flaws are evident. I'm craving the first sip.

AROMA: Sugar-glazed raspberries, sherbert, saliva-inducing sourness from lactobacillus bacteria and lambic yeasts, and fruit/berry skin. Any oak is a subtle buried undertone at best, with no toasty character or wood sugars coming through. The tartness of the fruit is lovely, but I could go for more judging by the aroma alone. Lactic acidity is evident. I guess it's a touch vinegary.

No overt hops, alcohol, or off-notes.

An inviting, alive aroma of mild strength. Sourness seems like a 4/10 in terms of intensity at most.

TASTE: More sour than anticipated - a 6/10 by my estimation. The sugar-glazed raspberry dominates the flavour profile (as it should), with accompanying subsidiary notes of faint cranberry, berry skin, and traces of fruity esters. The lambic yeast is - as usual - the star of the show, lending a wild sourness that immediately addicts the drinker. Fantastic pediococcus and lactic sourness hits in the 3rd act, and seems to strengthen as the beer comes to temperature, lingering in the aftertaste and extending the flavour duration.

Intensity of flavour is consistent with Cantillon's other lambics, but isn't as extreme as, say some of Cascade's offerings. Good depth of flavour.

This is a beautifully balanced framboise lambic with plenty of subtlety and artful nuance - more than enough to appease or even impress discerning drinkers. Build is beyond cohesive; while I can imagine improvements, I'd call this a gestalt whole of a beer - that rare expression of the style that exceeds the sum of its parts.

Not the most intricate fruited lambic out there (especially from Cantillon themselves), and I could go for more still more sourness and tartness, but damn is this tasty.

I find no overt hop flavours, booze, or off-flavours.

TEXTURE: Smacky, acidic, refreshing, and twangy. Smooth, wet, light-bodied. Apt thickness/thinness balance.

This textrue complements the flavour profile very well, letting the sourness take precedence and not intruding with unnecessary carbonation or dragging coarseness. Well executed, with a delicate powdery feel on the palate.

OVERALL: A must-try framboise. Like most of Cantillon's fruited lambics, this stands out as amongst the finest in its class. I imagine I'll be looking out for this in the future. Very drinkable, but a sipper still (if only because each sip demands to be savored).


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3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. We opened this up at a tasting hosted by finewinemike.

Appearance: Pours a deep red color with a layer of white head that goes away fairly quickly.

Smell: Sweet, acidic raspberries dominate. There is a strong acidic note here too.

Taste: Tart raspberries are the theme here. The sourness isn't vinegary, and it is very nice. I would say the flavor is light which makes this really easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thin side of medium. The best way to describe the carbonation is tingly and the finish is dry.

Overall: Another winner from Cantillon. The tart raspberry flavor is refreshing. I would definitely have another.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seldom seen around these parts, I fondly remember picking this up years ago off the shelf and introducing friends to what traditional lambics could be.

375ml split into two goblets.

Deep rosy reddish orange color, slightly murky (likely due to handling). Thin layer of foam with pinkish white hue, it maintains a thin ring at the edge.

Farmy wet pasture aroma, leafy fresh raspberries, oaky sandalwood, authentic and fruity at the same time.

Spritzy and moderately tart, sour raspberry with a dry finish. Seedy and pulpy raspberries, wild sour ones, not at all sweet. Puckering though not extremely sour in the scheme of all things Cantillon. A nice aperitif to be sure, first time I had this it seemed more sour years ago... Chalk it up to a threshold shift in sour tolerance I guess, though batch variation is a possibility too. A classic framboise.

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4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/20/2011. Pours lightly hazy red-orange color with a 2 finger foamy pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge tart raspberry, raspberry juice, sour apple, cherry, hay, straw, leather, pepper, clove, oak, funk, white vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and big complexity of tart fruit notes with barrel and yeast character; and great strength. Taste of big tart and sour raspberry, sour apple, raspberry juice, cherry, hay, straw, pepper, clove, oak, leather, oak, funk, light vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Good amount of tart fruity acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of tart raspberry, sour apple, cherry, hay, straw, pepper, clove, funk, oak, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor balance of fruit, yeast, and barrel flavors with big complexity; good balance of acidity and sweetness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a crisp, acidic, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Acidity is moderately high, but not overwhelming. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic raspberry lambic! Great balance and big complexity of fruit, barrel, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink despite the fair amount of acidity. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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3.47/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a pink grapefruit juice color with no head and no lacing

Smell: Sour vinegar and funky barnyard notes; a vague whiff of raspberry

Taste: Starts out with a dry raspberry flavor that bursts with sourness after the swallow and combines with the dry sweetness (if that makes any sense) into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but no carbonation (clearly something wrong with my bottle)

Drinkability: I still find it hard to really enjoy drinking lambics; this one has some nice fruit flavor but it's just not my thing

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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