Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus
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95.4%
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4.32 w/ 2,350 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
Ranking:
#450
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,350
Liked:
2,242
Avg:
4.32/5
pDev:
9.49%
Alströms:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
517
Gots:
617
Trade:
58
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy cherry red color, light covering across the top.

S - Sour raspberries, yeasty, nice Brett and Belgian funk aroma, slight vinegar.

T - Lots of raspberries, very tart, pleasing sourness offsets the tart just enough to try and balance each other. Lots of puckering from the combo of the two flavors and sets your salivary glands in motion, my mouth won't stop watering. Acidic tartness, light funk, lemon juice.

M - Light medium body, gentle and refined carbonation on the tongue, and leaves your mouth watering.

O - A really enjoyable beer, refined complexity, wish I had some bottles of this to stash away in the cellar to see where it goes. Lucky for me, this sample was on tap.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured off the draft at Monk's in Philly. Ruby red with a tiny tiny white head. First smell gives the vinegary sourness equally matched by raspberries. First sip mirrors that, perfect sourness matched with the taste of raspberries. Sweetness is there as well, but masked underneath. Too complicated for my simple palate unfortunately, but I was more than thrilled to have the opportunity to try this!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 03 May 2012
Consumed in June and reviewed from notes.

Appearance: What a beautiful pour - deep pink body (lightly hazed), with crimson highlights and orange edges. A rough pour yields a large, marshmallow pink coloured head that lasts pretty well for a sour and leaves some patchy lace.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells absolutely delicious - the nose is bursting with fresh raspberries. There is certainly way more fruit character than I have experienced in other fruit lambics - I will have to revisit fresher bottles of Cantillon's other offerings. Cherries and a touch of red grapes are noted alongside the copious amounts of raspberries. Other notes include: Musty notes, old wood, a touch of vinegar and a light earthy note.

Taste: As with the nose, there is a ton of raspberry in the flavour, alongside musty notes, old wood, wine vinegar and some oak. The flavour is quite tart, but not quite what I have come to expect from Cantillon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (the fruit have certainly bumped up the body), with a medium-low level of soft carbonation.

Overall: Rosé De Gambrinus is a fantastic fruit lambic and probably the best of Cantillons base offerings. I really wish I had bought a 750!

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

A - Gorgeous reddish-pink, with a finger or two of fizzy head. It dissipates a little quickly, though.

S - Oh my, raspberry. I love raspberry. A whole lot of sour and tart and a little bit of sweet.

T - Mmmm, nice sour pucker, but balanced by a fair amount of raspberry sweetness. The raspberry flavor is pervasive, but it starts good and sour, then moves to mostly sweet, then finishes with some nice lingering funk. Really tasty.

M - A decent amount of carbonation, with solid acidity that leaves my tongue writhing just a little.

Overall, very tasty.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 95.4% out of 100 with 2,350 ratings
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