Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml capped and corked bottle shared between my girlfriend and I. Served into two miniature snifters close to cellar temperature.

A: Ruby red pinkish body with some fairly good clarity through the glass. A fizzy, bubbly and foamy soft light pink head sticks around initially but dissipated into nothing towards the bottom of the glass. No real lace, either.

S: Funky brett notes dominate, followed with a slight red fruit undertone. Raspberry exclusively? Certainly not. Hints of red raspberry, strawberry and even a touch of cherry come through. They don't seem to be enough to compete with the evident funk aroma that consumes the nose.

T: More funk, tartness, brett and hay initially, evened out by a gritty grain base and some juicy fruits. Raspberry again comes through but not in the way I thought it would. The fruit again is not the focus, instead just a supplement. Hints of oak and red grape is towards the back end.

M: Bubbly, very active carbonation without being thin. It's on the thinner end of a medium body but for the style, this is simply great.

I have to admit, I was expecting loads of raspberries to dominate the aroma and palate here. Instead, the raspberries are certainly just part of the overall beer, something that still was very enjoyable. It's not sweet, but straight up funky and tart. I'm glad I've got more of these in the cellar.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a pinkish red with a nic thin bubbly head that left a little sticky lacing. Big acidic sour aromas with slight vinegar, barrel funk, and citrus accents. Really no sign of the raspberries on the nose. Very nice mouth puckering sour flavors which consisted of acidic citrus, slight vinegar, oak barrel, barnyard funk and very faint raspberries peep through the sour ingredients. The beer was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a great sweet but very sour and dry finish. lovely sour cantillon signature beer that always makes me happy to have it. I will always enjoy the rose.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink amber in my wine glass. Almost no head, just a ring of carbonation

The sourness is a little overpowering in the aroma. Its followed by a slighty fruity/stale smell.

Crisp tart sourness, followed by mellow but complex fruits. Serve this with some nice brie and crackers. The tart mouthfeel is not overpowering like I expected to be. Lighter mouthfeel for a lambic, but I think its a good thing. Great to drink, but half a bottle was enough for me.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy red color with a 1/2" pinkish head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an intensely sour scent along with a mild raspberry aroma. The taste is good. It's very sour tasting, but quite enjoyable. It has a raspberry taste, but nothing too intense. It goes down with ease and finishes tart; very tart. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good lambic. I still prefer a fruitier, less tart flavor, but this was very enjoyable.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, red color. 3/4 inch head of a pink color. Great retention and great lacing. smells of raspberries, sourness, slight tart malt, hint of earthy malt, and hint of hop. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sour and sharp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight tart malt, hint of hop, hint of citrus, hint of alcohol, and a hint of earthiness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed at the Beer Bistro, 375ml into a balloon-like tulip. Bottled February 18, 2008, enjoyed on July 20, 2011 and reviewed from notes.

Pours an orangeish-red, with two fingers of white head with a peachy pink tinge to it. Light retention, mild lace. Nose is rich in raspberry, mild funk and farmhouse notes. Light acetic acid, some sweetness and hints of lactic in there too. Taste is dominated by sour raspberries, mild acetic as well. Hints to some phenols and funkiness. Puckering mouthfeel from start to finish, but not overwhelmingly so. High carbonation, and raspberries linger on the palate. Some acetic acid lingers in the back of the throat. Overall some great raspberry taste, quite nice through and through - an easily re-visitable lambic.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

Bottled 1/20/10. The beer pours a nice red color with a pink head. The aroma is tart raspberries with some oaked notes. The flavor is very heavy on the raspberries with a little bit of tartness. There are some oak tannins in the beer but this is definitely a fruit-forward lambic. Medium-high carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the middle of Brussels and brought to California just three months. The 375 ml corked and capped bottle just stares at me every time I walk by. I gave in. Pop the cap, spend some frustrating time yanking the awful cork out of the bottle, and finally it's on to the beer:

Looks like the color of red grapefruit with an added hue of pink. On top sits a large soapy head which retain very well, surprising per style. The aroma brings pressed rose pedals to the nose, then showing up is soured raspberry. It's a pleasant duet before a kiss of musty cork interrupts the show.

Sour, but not super sour. Sweet, but not super sweet. Tart, but not super tart. Cantillon has done it again. The flavor of sour raspberry with an acidic base also brings a tart lemon-like note. I feel my saliva thickening as I drink it. Despite a 5% ABV, it's medium-full bodied from the addition of fruit, and upping the ante is fun bubbly carbonation.

Lovely. That's a reference to the beer, not the nude lady on the label.

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Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2011

Pours a murky pinkish red with a slim white cap. Head has decent staying power, little lacing.

Smells of a fruity funk like I've never had before. Pleasant.

Sour raspberries in the taste. A little funky in there as well.

Highly carbonated. Medium to medium thin mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable, before I knew it I was almost done with my glass. Tastes like New Glarus Raspberry Tart but not as sweet. First Cantillon was good, not great. Thanks fdkayti!

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Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, 2011 vintage.

Rose de Gambrinus pours a light bodied very bright cherry red in color with a highly carbonated yet quickly dissipating three finger head. The nose is dry and tart. It smells of Brett and musty raspberries. The flavors are sour and tart without having a whole lot of fruit. The raspberry is present but I would say that this is full of old dusty attic. It's dry, dirty, plenty of must. It's pretty acidic for being so young too. This is more sour than the 2009 LP that we had last week. I like it and I haven't had this one aged so I look forward to opening my ther bottles down the road. This is a nice framboise and certainly the driest and most sour one that I've seen yet.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share courtesy of BuckeyeBoy. Nice fruity nose, raspberries dominate without distracting. Clear pink pour, sweet and sour play well off each other.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Monk's

A- Bright ruby raspberry red, with no head, at least by the time it got to me. No Lacing.

S- Smell is subdued raspberry's and light cherry juice with hay, barn musk and a small amount of funk. Smells like it will be on the tart side.

T- The raspberry fruit is prominent but seems tamed in this version, I remember getting more of a fruit pop in the bottle. That's all good though cause there is light funk, some acidity, and a dry taste leaving Chevy Chase's Funny Farm. Some grass in the finish with light cherry.

M- Nicely carbed, mildly tart and not really sour. A really good lambic that finishes pretty dry. Light in acidity and just tart enough to make a dent. I find this very easy on the mouth and quite tame for a cantillon. A small step above light bodied with light but noticable carb on the end.

D- I could drink a ton of this stuff, but I found it to be better in a bottle. I like it off the tap but I feel it's lost something. If this is a old keg than perhaps I prefer it fresh when the fruit is ripe. I still finished my glass in no time though. This tasted great but it did not leave me with a big enough puckering which I crave. Will revise when I find a bottle.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1984 Vintage: sampled in 2001;
Had at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Absolutely stunning. This beer single handedly changed my view of what an aged beer could be. No noticeable hints of oxidation what so ever, I could not even tell that this was a 17 year old beer. I wish now in retrospect that I had a fresh bottle to compare it to. It poured with a lively carbonation, and was still quite cloudy after all this time. It appeared to have a reddish tint to it. The raspberry in the nose was still quite evident, and there was a bit of a musty smell mixed in with the fruitiness. Tasted very complex, dry, quite sour, though perhaps a bit mellowed with age, with a pleasing acidity. A woodiness, funky mushroom character, some tannin, and some slight vegetal flavors to go along with the fruitiness in it. The fruity taste was pretty non-specific, and could not be directly associated with raspberries that was still evident in the aroma. Other than the acidity the fruitiness was definitely the dominating flavor.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a pretty fluffy pinkish head.. ... the brew is orangish with a hint of red not normally seen in unfruited beers.

Nose is awesome mix of lactic sour and fruit blasted by the Cantillon funk.. dusty.. musky.. a minor acetic presene that is not off-putting. Basically alot of raspberry with everything I was hoping for from Cantillon.

Flavor shows less funk and a bit more fruit.. the raspberry seems like jam minus the sugar.... a bit cheesy.. funky wet leather.. fruity and dank warm sun fermenting hay and earthy compost... tannic on later pours.. the tannins were present earlier, but wiped out by the plethora of goodness.. later, they got a bit abrasive.

Body is spritzy as expected.


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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rose De Gambrinus

Appearance: Pours a bright pinkish red. Light pinkish white froth. You could tell raspberries were used in the brewing process.

Smell: Actually smells a bit sour, musty raspberry, vinegar. All these notes add up to a very nice aroma. Fragrant and perfume like.

Taste: Really nice. Lemon tartness and a nice pronounced sour note that lingers well into the finish. Raspberry flavor is there, lightly bitter and mingles well with the acidic sour citric notes. Overall it is really damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, finishes semi-dry with a nice lingering sour.

Drinkability: This is a really nice beer and a pleaasure to sip upon. So far my favorite brew from Cantillon.

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Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rosé De Gambrinus has an appearance that is well worth breaking out the corkscrew for. It has a lovely, rich red colour and spotless clarity. Its complexion is darker than a rosé wine but a touch lighter than cranberry juice. Fine bubbles amount to zero head (although a tall lather of pink froth greats you on the pour). It is sexier than even its label.

Rosé uses fresh raspberries... but then macerates them in stinky two year old lambic. The result is therefore a fruit beer that is far more sour than sweet. In fact, the fruit is hardly detected due to the prominence of oak and lemon juice. Barrel features beyond its tart bacteria are appreciated; there is a soft vanilla undertone.

The mouthfeel is a spectacle. Lambics are typically the liquid equivalent of a slot machine hitting 'jackpot' and Rosé is a sure '777'. Among the loud sirens and flashing lights is the tartness of vinegar, the acidity of lemon juice and the prickliness of a cactus. If you're a fan of unpasteurized cheese, fruit lemonade or strong vinaigrette, this is up your alley.

Rosé does not have a huge breadth of actual flavour - certainly insofar as fruit is concerned - because the sourness is so overwhelming. Most taste falls under the "barnyard" category, implying the presence of 'funky', outdoorsy, tart organisms unknown. It is seriously dry and therefore mightily refreshing. Think mineral water with a big puckering kick. It stings the tongue. Too big a gulp will burn your tonsils right off.

While lambics have proven to age better than probably any other style of beer, fruit lambics are intended for immediate drinking. This particular bottle is approaching two years of age (just within its recommended life span) and thus showcases less of the fruit and more of the tart lambic (hence the raspberries tasting more like choke cherries), but it is still a marvel.

Brewers around the world have found success in crafting wild and sour beers, but Belgian microbiota remain my favourite; it is an ingredient that makes almost impossible things happen and classic producers like Cantillon simply deliver the best of this funky, unusual style. Take this advice: Go to the brewery and see firsthand the magic wand they brew this stuff with.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, bottled 1/20/10,

A: Pours a gorgeous raspberry red with a soft white head, some lace.

S: Direct raspberry notes with a hint of horse blanket and Brett, eclectic mix.

T: A young lambic and the fruit is direct and to the point and it's delicious. Amazing raspberries mixed with some lemon and great lactic acid.

M: Medium-bodied, good balancing acidity, pleasing carbonation.

O: Another classic from Cantillon and it rocks. The fruit flavour and the acidity is brilliant, I'm glad I finally got to have a bottle to myself.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usual 0.75 litre green bottle (bottled 29 Sept 2010) and opened at home on a Belgian mini-session on 01 July 2012.

I've struggled in the past to fully understand why most people rave about Cantillon sours and this is the first I've had that I can honestly say I've enjoyed (I've visited the brewery twice and tried many different brews over the years).

Maybe it was the light rosey colour or the tartness from the raspberries that made this one slightly different: not as sour as most I've drank and certainly more refreshing. The aroma being a major factor also: it being a dry summery red berry smell, with only hints of the sour lambic within.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I remember having this beer years ago and thinking that it was almost too sour for me. These days I think no such thing and think this beer is wonderful. This one is a 2007. Pours a beautiful ruby red with a pink head that fades quickly. Smells tart, but not overly acetic and with a nice backbone of light barnyard funkiness.
The taste is very nicely balanced between this light funkiness and rasperry tartness with a refreshing minerality throughout. Not as sharply sour in the mouthfeel as you might think, in fact there is a nice almost saltwater tafffy softness after the initial sourness. Very drinkable, and even better than I remember it.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 23, 2011. Pours a deep candy apple red with moderate clarity. A fizzy pink head settles rather quickly to a thin band of tiny bubbles on top. Lacing is minimal and slips back down into the body of the beer instantly. Tiny bubbles continue to work their way to the surface as I drink.

Aroma of tart raspberries, cherries, lemon. Some mustiness and oak character; noticeably acidic. The flavor is almost completely devoid of sweetness. Lots of tart raspberry and cherry and an overall pleasantly musty funk. Again there is the woody taste of the cask. Lots of citrus, with biting lemon juice acidity. Only lightly sour and puckering; although there is the squeaky teeth feel of pure lemon juice after the swallow.

Moderately light bodied with low but present carbonation. Easy to put back. Hints at the musty complexity and funk that would develop after years of cellaring. Wish I had a few more to store but this stuff is a challenge to get your hands on these days.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at the 2011 Pizza Port Barrel Blast.

Don't know the vintage.

A: Beautiful color, vibrant pink tinged red with a pinkish white head.

S: Great blend of raspberry and funk. Brett imparts leather and musty notes. Touch of sweetness in there, but dry on the whole. Moderately acetic with a moderate lactic presence. Great fruit profile. Oak, and a touch of Bleu cheese.

T: Blend of sweet and tart. Raspberries are tantalizing, absolutely delicious. Brett dries this out and contributes leather. It's earthy and cheesy, with a moderate lactic sourness, a light acetic character, and an upper moderate tartness. Piquant finish exhibits oak.

M: Upper light body with a sticky, spritzy, and tannic mouthfeel.

Overall: Outstanding beer. Wonderful.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pinkish, rose colored amber with a small white head that quickly fizzles out into nothing. Pockets of chunky CO2 slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of wild yeast, tart raspberries, barnyard funk, oaky, and musty earth.
Taste is of sweet tarts with the mentioned aromas leading to a mouth puckering goodness up front. Taste is slightly vinous with a touch of vinegar coming through
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, acidic, tart, oaky, and dry.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.52/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy red/amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is remarkably like vomit. Starts as sour apples becomes more sour like lemon juice, dry finish; easily the least enjoyed Belgian I have had. 750ml bottle - gift from Vintage Cellars Blacksburg, Va.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
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 corby112
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright cherry red color with a fizzy pinkish .5 finger head that quickly fizzles into a lasting ring. Nothing in the way of lacing. This just looks like artificial cherry syrupy food coloring.

Earthy funky sour tart aroma with lots of horseblanket barnyard notes, raspberry and grape. Very vinous with an organic fruit presence that isn't artificial or syrupy. Oaky wooden tannis notes add to the earthy funk.

Slightly puckering sour tart flavor with a lot of organic raspberry as well as some grape and other dark estery fruits. Pretty carbonated up front with a lot of earthy sour barnyard funk along with some lactic tart notes. There is also a good bit of earthy oak that balances out the sweetness and sharp tar funkiness very well. Slightly acidic but overall pretty drinkable. Probably my least favorite Cantillon offering I've had so far but still decent.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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