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 Axnjxn
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75cl bottle into a Deschutes teku glass. Fresh bottle... 9/11/13 bottling date.

Pours a bright ruby red with a nice but not overly gushing head and a ton of sparkling bubbles. Definitely not overcarbonated. Smell is of tart raspberries, very aromatic. The taste starts out subtly tart but as you go through more and more of the beer this sourness builds up and becomes lip puckering. Raspberries are definitely very prevalent and of course you still get that traditional Cantillon funk on the back end. Mild body...mild carbonation.

Overall a terrific, funky fruit lambic from Cantillon! Im glad i had this fresh as it was very intense! i think it would lose this intensity if it aged.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 2011, opened Nov 2013

A - Strawberry, burnt senna body. Light pink, fine foamed head. Great retention, low lace.

S - Fresh mint, barn funk, champagne, melon, pineapple juice, just a touch of raspberry, tannins.

T - Lemon juice, sour patch kids candy, dry tannins, big oak, sour cherry, fresh cranberries.

M - Bracingly sour. Sharp, dry, medium body. Huge carbonation.

O - Great complexity and outstandingly sour.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into snifter, at Open Baladin, Rome

Ruby red/amber with 2 finger carbonated white head

Smell: raspberries, strawberries, citric, subtle earthiness, funky belgian yeast

Taste: not overly fruity, a pleasant combination of bitternes, not quite ripe fruit, and plenty of sourness on the aftertaste. Typical belgian yeast backbone, funky and sweet. Also some subtle oak notes mid palate that come out once warmed.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied high carbonation

Overall: one of the best lambics i've had, some can be too sour or fruity but this one blends everything perfectly.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle - 2012 vintage

Appearance - pink, light pink head, lively.

Aroma - Berries, funk.

Taste - Raspberry, horse blanket, tart, almost some sweetness shining through... almost.

Mouthfeel - light effervescent carbonation, I wish I could chug a bottle.

Overall - One of my favorite beers I've ever had.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip 24/10/13 bottled Jan, 20, 2010

A hazed maroon liquid with enough clarity to see a few bubbles feeding a three finger light pink foam that falls to a thin film rather quickly leaving no lace, about what I expected

S cheesy funky gym socks somehow smell good with all the oak, raspberries, cranberries, and strawberry, jammy, there's a little vinegar, lemon, and hay

T more sour lemon and some tart raspberries, still tart and funky, lots of wood and vinegar, tastes solid but I preferred the nose

M pretty sour but not over the top, some pucker to it, acidic and tart, well carbonated its almost foamy, slippery after its gone with a funky, woody, tart fruity finish

O great stuff and I'm glad I finally got around to trying this classic lambic, fruits holding up fairly well and the funk is coming out in a big way

I've had this one kicking around for a while but I completely forgot about it and now I want to try a fresh bottle but I doubt I'll get that chance anytime soon.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick pink head into a tulip glass that left thick lacing throughout. the body was bubbly red.
s - syrupy with some raspberry aromas.
t - tart and funky with raspberries being the dominant flavor. incredibly puckering.
m - bubbly and dry. you can feel the tartness in your jaw.
o - i drank this for my 37th birthday and i'm glad i did. super delicious.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy, hazy dirty pink with orange hues around the edges. fluffy slightly violet head that dissipates rather quick.

S: oh wow! tart dark raspberries. barnyard funk with hints of straw, dried bread and more raspberries. full of funk. oak and vanilla in the background.

T: very similar to the aroma. huge tart raspberries. a little citrus comes through. more sour funk. very earthy. tart and sour! lots of must. quite a bit of acid and a little fresh strawberry.

M: the balance is perfect. a long lingering tingling tartness. body is light with good carbonation for the style.

O: absolutely fantastic. it teases sweetness but is actually quite tart. very complex. a wonderful drink. /95

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Photo of rlee1390
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy pink, two finger pink head.

S-Wonderful raspberries, oak, grapes, some funk, not artificial at all.

T-Wow. Fresh raspberries, very sweet, mixed perfectly with tart notes that turn mildly sour. Oak in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated and a crisp dry finish.

O-Also had at Zwanze Day. An amazing beer, how raspberries are suppose to be in a sour.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into teku glass. Bottled February 2013. Relatively fresh and good thing it's that way.

Pours a beautiful dark pink converging on violet. Nice big fluffy pink head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is heavy of raspberry jam, cotton candy, rose water and just a hint of earthy/funky lambic notes.

On the palate you get that big raspberry jam character from the nose along with huge floral components. Strawberry, faint cranberry,a little wet earth, and a speck of musty basement. The illusion of sweetness is present at the front of the tongue but then is demolished by a potent dryness on the finish. As I burp up I get a marvelous raspberry bubblegum taste. Yum!

Overall this is the best raspberry based sour I've had. Very much enjoyed Oude Beersels and I found Framboise De Amarosa fantastic. Also Bells Raspberry Wild One comes close but Cantillon just knows how to do fruit lambics.

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Photo of Tribes
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75 cl bottle , bottled 2013.

Appearance: Poured a thin, light pinkinh head that disappears fairly quickly as the beer selles in the glass - light carbo.

Smell: Sweet n sour as raspberry. Solid - expected tartness

Taste: Obviously raspberry & sweet berry flavors take over the funk. Almost dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, not overpowering.

Overall: A defintely solid raz lambic that i am lucky enough to have a few bottles of and let age for quite a while.

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Photo of ericj551
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rosé De Gambrinus pours a fairly hazy deep pinkish red with a nice white/pink head. Fragrent raspberries and sour funk mix well in the aroma, hinting at the sour flavors to come. Almost puckering sourness right off the bat leads to more well blended, earthy, dry raspberry and and funky flavors. Very complex and hard to describe. The sourness lingers and puckers just a bit more as it hits the back of the tongue. I usually avoid "fruit beers" but I knew this one would be different and it was well worth the price.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westy 12 chalice from a 375mL bottle. This was bottled Feb 18 2013, so it's been in-bottle for about 6 months. I wanted to drink this one relatively fresh (compared to other Cantillons in my cellar) to ensure the raspberry influence is as bright and close to the brewer's intention as possible.

This is 2 year aged lambic base with the addition of raspberries.

Appearance: Illustrious red with pale pink head that fizzes and dissipates within 30-45 seconds to just lacing.

Nose: Smells like lambic... some flower petal, some berry, tart grapes and slight vinegar.

Taste: The balance is exceptional and everything is very gentle - the raspberries are just sort of hanging out at a safe distance, the sourness is gentle and there just to support the wonderful medley of other flavours. Nothing stands out, but as a result, nothing is masked by an overbearing flavour. Oak and wine-like acidity and no real "funk" for me - the funk is subtle enough that it just enhances the overall profile without making itself known really.

Overall: I'm impressed, I expected this to be less of a home-run than some of the other Cantillons but I ended up really, really enjoying it - I can't even find any faults.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75cl bottle from May 2013, shared with Doug today, 8/4/2013. Poured into a Great Lakes snifter glass. Have had a bottle at the Brasserie Cantillon on Rue de Gheude as well.

This beer pours a ruby red body with a decent bit of white head that dissipates slowly over time. This looks similar to Cantillon Kriek, honestly. As a whole, it looks like a cross between red wine and a brown ale.

Smells straight up of fresh raspberry. Not sweet but its very fruity. It also smells a little acidic at the beginning while it was served at fridge temp. But, I poured some in a glass and set it aside so I could see what it tasted like a hour later. As it got warm, so much more of that earthy funk comes out, reminding me of the first time I walked into Brasserie Cantillon- so funky, uniquely so, yet it was mixed in with that strong fruity raspberry flavour.

Drinking it, like I said in the nose, it's fresh raspberry flavour with a decent sour complement to the flavour. As it warms up, it gets more sour and more funky compared to the raspberry flavour even though its still there in a strong amount. It's delicious, refreshing and perfect. I love it!

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner compared to the Cantillon Kriek, but its just as easy drinking. It's refreshing with a fruity raspberry aftertaste mixed in with a bit of vinegar.. medium carbonation but its just enough to fizzle on the tongue and add to the experience. Very drinkable.

After having had both the 100% Kriek and the Rosé de Gambrinus out of the bottle, I honestly think I may prefer Gambrinus to the Kriek. I thought that at the brewery, I preferred Kriek to Gambrinus but I have to seriously reassess. Fou' Foune is still the king of Cantillon, but Gambrinus has moved up in my Cantillon hierarchy for sure.

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy peachy pink, with just under a finger's worth of white head that recedes pretty quickly. Good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Funky, tart raspberries and cherries, sour, barnyard, earthy.

T: Berry sweetness, then funky, earthy, barnyard with a surprisingly dry finish.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and very low alcohol presence.

O: Very tasty. Glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of jlisuk
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on the fourth of July in 110 degree heat. Pours bright red with fine bubbles and a small pink head. Fresh raspberry aroma is very pleasant. Very nice, intensely sour framboise lambic. Sourness dominates initial taste and is almost overpowering at first, but as your palette adjusts the vibrant raspberry flavor comes through. Very tasty and exceptionally refreshing on an extremely hot day.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into tulip. bottled September 26, 2012.

A: hazy, ruby grapefruit meat colored. bright white head. good retention, thick lacing.

S: sweet raspberry puree, but as I smell it again there is a real thick funk. musty earthy smell. however still plenty of raspberry.

T: similar to the nose, the must is very strong. a yeasty snap of bitterness right smack in the middle to a dry, dry finish. sweetness throughout but the funk sort of takes over.

M: almost champagne-like carb. light bodied. perfect.

D: good lambic beer from a brewery that is always mentioned when talking about benchmarks for the style. super light and refreshing. the must is super strong as stated and is greater on the drink than the nose. however I found this must to be a little intrusive on the raspberries so I had to take a few points off.

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Photo of Jonada
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottled 22nd December 2011. Served in a Cantillon tasting glass

Appearance: Pours a brilliant ruby red with 1+ finger of a light pink head. Head dissipates reasonably quickly to a thin coating. Body is lightly hazy with low amounts of fine carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: This bottle has about 1.5 years of age on it yet still you're met immediately with a blast of tart raspberry aroma. Additional notes of funk, musty basement, and oak.

Taste: Follows the nose closely with lots of tart fresh raspberries upfront, followed oak, funk, mustiness, subtle lemon and earth. I'd call this more extremely tart than sour.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Carbonation is on the high end of medium, but works well with the dry, tart finish.

Overall: Probably the best raspberry lambic I've had the pleasure of drinking. This is an excellent beer that's worth the trouble to seek out.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Back label says Bottled 26 September 2012.

A- Pours a bright ruby red color with a 1/2 inch pinkish white head that retains pretty well before eventually becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Delightful aroma of raspberry plus a nice dose of lactic acid in the back. There's also a soil-like aroma once the head is aroused. The complexity continues as, upon further inspection, there's a vegetal quality similar to raw cabbage or cauliflower.

T- Very tart with only a small amount of raspberry fruitiness shining through at first. The lactic acid clamps down on the palate causing the tongue to salivate after each swallow. I swear I can almost feel my tongue going numb it's so sour but the little fruit that is there helps to balance and make it not unpleasant. There's almost a medicinal quality to it that reminds me of the way Orajel tastes and feels.

M- I mentioned a lot of the feel in taste because they are mutually active in this beer. Lots of pucker but it's soft enough that it doesn't dry you out. It's actually quite invigorating if you're in the mood for such a thing. Medium-high carbonation and a light body.

O- I've had quite a few sours before but this is like nothing I've had to date. The intensity of flavor is lovely but only because of the smoothing out in the finish and makes for one delicious drink. Definitely not for everyone, but I've become so accustomed to wild ales that I really dig it. Would I pay another $14 for a 12.7 oz. bottle? Probably not, but it's an excellent treat to celebrate my 600th review.

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

750ml, January 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a deep bubbly pink with a fizzy light pink head that quickly faded into nothingness.
S: Bright raspberry fruit juice notes mix well with underlying notes of damp musty earth, musty wood, and faint dry tannins and citrus acid.
T: Follows the nose with sweet raspberry nectar, wet soil after a rain, musty wood, and earthy basement funk. Dry oak tannins and raspberry skins balance the sweet juice, and the finish is full of biting citric acid, lemon, and slight cranberry. The finish is tart yet sweet and does not last long.
M: Medium-light body, fizzy active carbonation, drying mouth but not a desert, with a good acidic bite but not an intense mouthfeel puckering sourness. Drinks very well.
O: Not as intensely sour or bold as Lou Pepe, definitely more easy going. Not as pure fruit concentrate as Framboose. Somewhere right in the middle. One of the best examples of framboise on the market.

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Photo of Dreizhen
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a Cantillon chalice. Bottled 2013.

Appearance: Poured a one-finger head. Quickly dissipates in thickness, though a thin layer of foam remains on top. Mostly clear ruby red. Moderate carbonation

Smell: Almost all raspberry. Slight funk. Sour notes.

Taste: Very straightforward. Raspberry carries over from the smell, though less sour than anticipated. Starts with the fruit, stays with the fruit. Mild bitterness in the finish. Compared to the Kriek, it is sweeter, but not by much.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant fizz, lighter, but not as light as other Lambics.

Overall: Very straight forward. It is a very good sour raspberry Lambic. Expect that and you will be very happy, as I was. Not that much complexity, but when what you have is this good, you don’t particularly need complexity.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Red; wine-cooler like; medium head; dissipates quickly

Aroma: Tart; sour; syrupy

Taste: Tart fruit; very dry finish; very sour

Remarks: Did not like this beer at all; not my thing

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy with a rose reddish color. Low retention on its pinky head.
Sour aroma with good raspberries notes.
Predominant fruity flavor with a nice tartness. Quite funky and not really sweet as other copy cats. Strong as expected on raspberries, with some lemon citrusy. Hints of oaks and earthy yeast with spicy notes. Yeasts going wild. Dry finish.
Light body with decent carbonation and a robust acid feeling.
For this one you got be ready, do your homework first, don’t jump straight to this level on sourness. Go smooth first and climb the ladder.

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Photo of spoony
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 375 ml bottle (dated September 22, 2012) into a tulip.

A-The brew is a pleasant rose/raspberry color and slightly hazy. There is very little pink head and just a few streams of ultra-fine carbonation are visible.

S-The predominant smell is a funky, earthy fruit-flavored barnyard note. Sweetness and sourness are pretty minimal and the whole thing has a musty feel to it.

T-The taste initially follows the smell pretty closely with funky, earthy, musty flavors up front. However, the sweetness of the fruit builds and the finish is tart and acidic. There is a mild grainy flavor underneath the beer.

M-The feel is light and crisp with the aforementioned finish being long and saliva-inducing. The carbonation is very light.

O-This is not my favorite Cantillon because it lacks some of the vinous complexities that make the other Cantillons so damn good. Nevertheless, this is still a decent beer with good balance of fruit and funk and nice mouthfeel.

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

Rose de Gambrinus was a Cantillon beer than I was very excited for, both because I love Cantillon's brews and because I'm a raspberry whore. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one and crack it open. It pours a deep, blood red color with a pink-ish, lavender tinted head. Very volatile and effervescent in appearance; the head wisps away within a minute or so and fades to a mere ring at the edges of the ruby brew.

The aroma that met my nose as I leaned in towards the glass was wonderful; near perfect execution of funk and fruit that seems unobtainable by any brewery other than Belgium's best. The amount of raspberry in the aroma was stunning; simply gushing with juicy puree and bursting raspberry skins, both tart and sweet. Despite the heavy hand of the framboise, I was picking up on a nice bit of strawberry in the aroma, too. The pungency and tartness of the fruits sting and cling-on to the saliva glads up front and never seem to let go.

The insane fruit bill collides with an equal share of delicious, Belgian, yeasty funk. Huge notes of must, cheesy funk, barnyard, damp cellar, old cork, and sloppy, wet hay. The funk is incredibly powerful, yet so delicately offset by the marvelousness of the fruit. Without each other, these two parts fail. The fruit is too harsh and tart, or the funk is too powerful and off-putting. But together, they mate and form a complex and lovely display of aroma-melding that not many brewers can achieve.

Fearful that the flavor would not follow through with the wonderful aroma, I bring the glass to my lips. I'm in luck, because Rose de Gambrinus tastes amazing, too. The fruits are up-front, first and foremost, with a huge fruit profile that consists most heavily of raspberries, followed by strawberries, and contains faint portions of grapes and cherries. Tartness is quite high and the juiciness from the fruit is something to be in awe of. Acidic, bursting with power, and exceedingly refreshing.

Funk makes it's appearance a few moments into the first sip and gets stronger as Rose gets warmer. Musty barnyards come to mind, and maybe even a solid helping of horseblanket. Wet cork, hay, and old, damp cellar notes can be found as well, slightly hidden under the blanket of fruity goodness. The finish is as good as the start, full of a largely sweet and fading tart raspberry profile that meshes eloquently with the display of funk. Thin bodied with lots of carbonation for a nice upper-lip smack; sharp, tart, and dry in the finish.

I love sour beers and I love raspberry beers, so there were certainly high expectations going into this bottle of Rose de Gambrinus. It's safe to say that my expectations were not only met, but exceeded by a fair amount as well. Quite simply a wonderful execution of raspberry sourness into a funk-filled, yeast-heavy lambic. Cantillon never disappoints, and their most popular raspberry-centric beer is definitely a home run.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.22 out of 5 based on 2,296 ratings.
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