Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
2,324 Ratings
Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,324
Reviews:
749
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
518
Gots:
608
For Trade:
57
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,324 |  Reviews: 749
Photo of n2pux
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of MattGrimley
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whenever i see a story about lambics, inevitably this is the bottle pictured, so after reading "Wild Brews" i thought that i'd finally give it a try. Uncapped (wierd mildew like mold under the cap) and then uncorked it with a pop. Poured mildly fizzy with an amber body and pinkish notes. Short head, not really any lacing to speak of. Smells very tart and fruity. Bitter cherries and raspberries. First sip is overwhelmingly sour, with a tart kick of raspberries, stale hay and cherries. Ensuing sips lose the super-sour quality and allow the tart fruits and earthy Brett flavors to come through more. More raspberries, also sweat, sour malt. A very nice and complex mix. Medium to thin bodied, a fine Framboise. Highly drinkable, especially with a meal or with cheese.

 770 characters

Photo of Beerbom
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeastLU
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of dnb128
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of VashonGuy
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, bottled Sep 2015. Bought this in Barcelona a year ago, and kept it for a special occasion, which turned out to be Valentine's Day. That's appropriate for a beer that is a gorgeous pinkish-red, clear, not cloudy. Chilled from the fridge, there's a big foamy head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is tart fruit, with a little funk. The taste is dry, tart, and raspberries. Maybe lemons too, as it's really tart. And dry, there's just hardly any sweetness at all. The body is very light, with a ton of carbonation.

It's an excellent beer, but I have to say that I didn't find it as ethereal as many BAs seem to. And I do like sours.

 656 characters

Photo of GreenCard
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Aug. or Sept. 2003...

Appearance: cranberry-red hue, some fine bubbles clinging to the glass and rising, no head, very slightly hazy

Aroma: a light sense of sour raspberries, winey, a touch of that lambic horsey character and something akin to foi gras

Flavor: starts off with a fruity sourness and then an enteric bitterness kicks up at the same time as a sulphury flavor/aroma blooms in the nose; the fruitiness is not distinctly raspberry, but definitely a "red" berry; also, towards the end a rancid-butter flavor/aroma; finish is dry and sour with a sour/bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, winey feel, very light carbonation

Overall Impression: A very young vintage, so the fruitiness is still overtly present, but carbonation is not complete. Despite the low carb, I prefer Cantillon's fruit lambics on the young side. Another 4-6 months on this bottle and it would have been an entirely different creature.

Though the lambic character is stronger during the first half of the tasting, your senses gradually tune's them out, leaving only a pleasant sourness and berry essence. If you don't like it at first, keep trying.

 1,161 characters

Photo of ToddBeans
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy rose with a thin off-white head. No lace to speak of. Smell is very sour, Barnyard, musty aromas. Sour raspberry and cherry aromas. Funky and lightly salty.

Taste is like the smel but a bit more subdued. Horseblanket and sour cherry. Tart raspberry and funky. Did I mention sour? A light sweetness though as well. Musty. Full bodied flvors in the mouth and a lingering puckering sourness. This is the second Cantillon I have had. This one is nowhere near as sour as the 100% Kriek Lambic but is stillnot for the faint of heart. Pretty drinkable for a traditional lambic.

 586 characters

Photo of jarrgal
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tall pour produced a fizzing ruby colored beer with a tiny pink head. Smells tart with a mix of lemon, flowers, and berries. In the flavor the raspberries go toe-to-toe with the biting lemon. It's almost to the point of making your mouth pucker and this is definitely a sipper. The raspberries go really well with the lambic flavors and if you like the original give this one a try.

 384 characters

Photo of KeefD
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Happy Gnome in St Paul. Bright red with a pink head that left some decent lacing. Nice tart berry and cherry aroma with solid oak and vanilla. Funk really comes out nicely with a swirl of the glass and warmth. Flavor is nice and sour, tart fruit is in the forefront, raspberry and cherry are predominate with light vanilla and a dry, vinegar finish. This is excellent and one of the best fruit lambics I've had from Belgium. Very tasty, and very pricey, but worth it.

 490 characters

Photo of ritzkiss
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml, bottled March 2009. Pours a clear rhubarb red with hints of sunset orange, some yeast in the bottom of the bottle that I manage to avoid getting in the glass. A finger of head on the pour dies to nothing and it's difficult to raise more bubbles.

Nose is tart and has a vague fruitiness, it would be hard to pick raspberries over cherries or something similar. A hint of oak, a touch of metallic funk.

One of the better balanced Cantillons. Fresh raspberries greet the tongue, noticably raspberry with a hint of that fresh off the bush dusty, sun soaked flavor. Hints of hay, oak, light barnyark musty funk, a moderate tartness, light acidity. Carb that cascades over the tongue, lighter body. Perfect for summer, refreshing. Delightful.

 745 characters

Photo of Foley67
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SStein
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with my wife from a 375ml bottle into a wine glass.
Appearance: Dark pink with a faint pink head that dissappates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Very earthy, barn yard feel. It is also extremely tart. It definitely prepares you for the tastes to come.

Taste: Tart, like you would expect from a Lambic. Very little raspberry flavor, but what is there adds to the tartness. The barn yard funk is there as well. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, smooth going in and sits very easy on the tongue.

Overall: A good lambic, and definitely a solid offering from Cantillon. I can not wait to try more from them.

 626 characters

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

2010 vintage.

Enjoyed with Bree on her last day at Mile High.

Beautiful ruby body with a pink head of fine bubbles.

The aromas of fresh picked raspberries bursts from the bottle as soon as I pop the cork. Like I muddled real raspberries and stuck my nose right into them.

The palate starts out where the aroma left off. Over ripe raspberries turn to acetic vinegar, light bandaid and brett notes, then zippy acidic sourness that puckers the mouth. A superb blend of fresh, authentic fruit and acidity with. Just a touch of barnyard for added depth.

Full body with spritzy champagne like carbonation to make it light and lively.

That is what Framboise should taste like. Intense, refreshing, mouth watering. "Sheer delisciousness" as Bree said. I couldn't agree more.

 772 characters

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of 77apm
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GuttaMane138
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of the day at Spuytin Duyvil for Zwanze Day 2011, this one was a 12oz pour in a wine glass.

Rose de Gambrinus pours red, a shade or two lighter than raspberry, and opaque. There are about two fingers of very cool looking pink tinted foam capping the beer and displaying solid head retention. Lacing is left in thick rings around the edge of the glass, and all in all it's a very good looking beer. The nose is very barnyard funky, though it also packs a solid raspberry punch. A bit of sour twang is very much left as a background/ancillary note.The flavor turns up the sour, reins in the funk, and dials the raspberry back almost to zero. It's still pretty tasty, I just wish the raspberries had a little bit more presence in the beer. The body was very dry/light, with a nice carbonation that stopped just a bit short of spritzy. Aside from the relative lack of fruit I really enjoyed Rose de Gambrinus. I don't know how old the keg was, I'll probably try to get my hands on a relatively fresh bottle sometime to see how pronounced the raspberry is there.

 1,069 characters

Photo of meathookjones
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 12oz corked bottle dated 2.003. My bottle seems to have the butt naked version on the label. This appears a light amber color with plenty of flowing carbonation bubbles. A small bubbly head formed but then quickly disappeared leaving light scattered lace. Sharp tart aroma. Light sweet fruit notes balance out the tartness some but it is very strong. Taste is similar with a punch of tartness up front dominating it. As it warmed and aired out the tartness let some fruity notes creep though as well as a light sweetness. Dry tart finish that took a few sips to get used to. I am still fairly new to the style but I enjoyed the flavor after it warmed and aired out a bit. Mouthfeel was very lively with carbonation and it went down fairly easy. Drinkability was alright though it may have been hindered by my lack of very sour lambic experience. Overall it was quite enjoyable and I would have it again.

 919 characters

Photo of cosmonick
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.22 out of 5 based on 2,324 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More