Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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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.

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Photo of vbiliyar
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

December 2011 bottling.

Looks nice; raspberry-colored with a good-sized head. Doesn't taste at all as sour as I expected, though the sourness does increase as it warms. Good, light raspberry flavor; not overwhelming as many have pointed out and not sweet at all.

One of my first forays into trying lambics / wilds, so I can't compare it to much else. I enjoyed drinking this for what it is.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, bottled June 17, 2010.

Pulled from the fridge, it pours a hazy light red with a 4 finger head of foam that leaves a ton of lacing behind.

Sour raspberries in big here with a slight note of funk a slight sense of fruity sweetness. It smells oh so good.

Taste wise, the raspberry tartness is there but it goes beyond that by bringing a vinegar like sourness. Some light funk shows up and disappears from time to time.

Last pour and the brew in my glass is now cloudy and looks rusty. Nothing new to report with the taste; sometimes I get something different when I pour the last portion in the glass...especially with brews from Belgium.

Medium bodied with the carbonation just below medium, it has a good mouthfeel and is quite drinkable.

I like this brew but I'd have preferred a bit more of a raspberry flavour. I wonder if it has more of a presence in fresher bottles..

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of IKR
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly medium reddish purple color. Large light pink head that dissipated quickly. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Mild funk and tart raspberries. I like the nose on this one.

Taste: Tart raspberries and a slight bit of funk. The beer finishes with the raspberry notes. I also got a slight bit of leather in the taste.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: True to form, Cantillon does fruit lambics right.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,386 ratings