Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus
2,369 Ratings
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:
"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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,369 |  Reviews: 759
Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of masonkessinger
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of patm1986
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Churchkey DC.

A real nice pink head that descends quite fast when presented, filled with soapy bubbles but tiny none the less. Super dark cherry red but, with a big fruit punch like appearance, and always managing to keep a solid collar while drinking.

Great varied nose. Wild yeast, and wood like sense. Cinnamon with dry earth character and a great balance of tartness and sweetness with sweetness dominating.

Flavors hit with a good tartness, and a mild salty character also mixing with a yeasty fruit finish. Very tart raspberry fruit character to this, crisp effervescent, but also a little thin and watery.

Fun Cantillon to drink that's for sure.

 688 characters

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

Bottled January 20, 2010.

Beer is a dark pink with red, a bit cherry coloured. A moderately sized pinkish head dissipates fairly quickly.

Funk and yeast, along with tart fruit. Raspberry obviously but it also smells like cherry to me. Lemon. Typically nice Cantillon smell.

Taste is very tart, and quite funky. Raspberry flavour is nice. Quite astringent and puckering. Vinegar. A bit of sweetness from the raspberries but certainly this is quite a sour beer.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Puckering. Smooth.

Overall, very nice. I am a big raspberry fan, which helps. A winner.

 590 characters

Photo of enelson
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served via bottle @ Brasserie Cantillon (Brussels, Belgium) on 7/5/12. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a crystal clear rose, topped with a ½ finger of foamy pink head. This maintains some rich edges, with a robust flare-up that leaves back swathes of sticky lace. The aroma smells of raspberries, must, and earthy lemon zest. There is definitely some funk to this.

The taste is crisp and tart on the palate, with soft raspberry flavors and a sweeter sugary backing. The finish gets a little more funky and lactic feeling with notes of dry oak that stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a lively feel in the mouth that segues into more of a firm creaminess across the back. Just a touch of tannic slickness undercuts this and adds to the overall smoothness of the feel.

What a beautiful Lambic. Tart and refreshing overall with some complimentary notes of funk and sourness and then that fresh raspberry flavor which puts this over the top. This is a well balanced and quite drinkable sour beer from Cantillion. I’d expect nothing less.

 1,073 characters

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -19%
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.

 648 characters

Photo of rodkin
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on June 17, 2010.

Pours a beautiful dark pinkish red, with a big fluffy pink head, about 2 fingers. Reduces quickly, leaves a bit of bubbles up top and minimal lacing. Beautiful color.

Smell is some raspberry, lemon, green apple, little bit of funk. Pretty nice.

That is really, ridiculously mouth-puckeringly sour. This is probably the most sour beer I've ever had. Once you get over that, there's the raspberry, the lemon, and maybe a little bit of a flowery taste? Bit of musty funk, maybe a hint of hay. Quite tasty.

Cantillon always delivers on the mouthfeel. Light, dry, excellent carbonation. Wonderful.

Drinkability is similarly excellent. Once the initial blast of sour dies down, this becomes just ridiculously drinkable. Very light, refreshing, great for the season. Another hit.

 804 characters

Photo of cmadd
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle bottled in Dec 2011. Sampled July 2012, relatively fresh.

A: Hazy ruby with a trace of head that clings to the glass. Good retention.

S: Fantastic raspberries and sourness held up by an undercurrent of earth and funk.

T: The raspberries dominate followed by lactic acid and the finish is characterized by an earthy astringency. Still a little single-minded.

M: Light and delightfully carbonated – very appropriate.

O: I suspect this bottling needs some time to age before the complexities of the bugs emerge.

 529 characters

Photo of Paramecium
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jesse13713
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to my buddy Aw Yeh for splitting this rare find with me. He's been storing it for awhile so I feel privileged to be sharing it with him.

Appearance - After a bit of struggle with the cork, the beer pops open and lets out a bouquet of raspberries. The beer is a juicy, tart looking red. Highly active carbonation pushes through the light syrupy appearance of the beer. An intense looking brew - red raspberry color with faint orange and pink hues under the light. Lacing is webby and slippery.

Smell - Extremely sour on the nose with a huge hit of raspberries. Strong, tart, fizzy fruits. Nice, fresh, and pleasant.

Taste - Wow. This may be the best tasting sour that I've encountered. This is like warheads for the rich and famous. Strong, strong sour raspberries with a bit of cherry mixed in. Acidic and a bit earthy/woody.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Acidic and tart. Light-bodied. Hands down the most sour beer I've had to date. Well-balanced with delicious raspberries. Drinkable with medium/high carbonation.

 1,034 characters

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of cbnz
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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

A: It was a light pink color, slightly carbonated.
S: Smelled strongly of raspberries
T: Very sour, not as much raspberry as I was expecting and barely sweet. The sourness made my mouth water.

Overall, I really liked it. It was particularly good paired with food. It is slightly brutal in that the sourness makes your taste buds feel like they're being pummeled.

 363 characters

Photo of durwoodx
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tewaris
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Doug!

Dirty pink-orange hued with plenty of bubbles. Aroma is funk, acid and raspberries lurking in the backdrop. Tastes quite sour with a good fruit flavor but it is certainly missing the clean character of Gueuze. In fact, I am pretty certain that there is some vinegar involved. Mouthfeel is great as with all Cantillon.

 331 characters

Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from the cooler at Hopleaf.

A: Pours a bright red with a huge pink head.

S: Earthy, juicy, sour raspberry. Tart, dark seed. Slightly vegetal as it warms.

T: Pretty sour; a little raspberry sweetness comes through underneath. Seed and slight earthiness comes out as it warms.

M: Soft prickly carbonation. Light body.

O: Definitely delicious, but I was hoping for a little more than just tartness from the raspberries.

 434 characters

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of RobSchneidermang
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of n2185
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a coppery red with a finger of pinkish head that disappears with no lacing.

S: lots of tart, sweet, and sour raspberries on the nose with some barnyard funk as well.

T: the flavor is very tart, dry, and sour with raspberries dominating. Some funky and musty flavors bring up a finish that is super dry and tart.

M: light body with medium carbonation, this beer is very light, dry, and tart.

O: a very tasty beer overall with lots of nice raspberry notes without being too sweet.

 491 characters

Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of pohldogg356
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of mltobin
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smaller bottle with cork, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is pink with a short white head that is white w/ a tinge of pink. The nose on Rose de Gambrinus has berry, vinegar, tartness and wood. Sipping this beauty and I taste currants, raspberries. It is an earthy beer; has some of that barnyard funk. Mouthfeel is light, a crisp, slightly sour quality and finish. I expected it to be more sour, but I can live with the balance of it. It is very well done and one that I would use to help introduce a friend to lambics.

 525 characters

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,369 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.
  • Our Events

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

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