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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:
"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 GuinnessSmurf
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Overall I am not much of a lambic fan. This one did yield some good marks from me though.

Smell: A strange combination of beer-wheaty smells and the obvious fruit smells give it a very zesty sweetness.

Appearance: As you'd expect by the title, it pours a rose color with brown hazes in the shadows of your glass.

Taste: It has a very sharp, tart fruit flavor - that of natural fruits and fruit peels. I actually enjoyed the flavor more than this review will lead to believe. There was something nice about not tasting imitation raspberry in there. It was just very sharp, and thus, slow drinking.

Mouthfeel: Very fine bubbles that never go away - kind of fun, like champaine.

Drinkability: Eh, it is a good lambic I guess. But I'm not going to get it again because I'm not a lambic guy.

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Photo of oberon
3.39/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok Iam still trying with all my might to aquire the taste for lambic beer in general and drinking a few here in there.this one pours a great blood orange with a great looking pink colored head,aromas of iron and hay along with sour raspberry,really strong.Taste is very sour up front with an iron-like finish that becomes more noticable as you drink more.A very odd taste as well almost like the smell of my uncles barn hits my taste buds.Not a fan but a beer that is true to form and should be respected.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a reddish-orange color with a white head that diminishes. The aroma is sweet and a bit tart with raspberries. There is yeastiness present in the aroma as well. The initial flavor is raspberries, and then the tartness kicks in and finishes through the beer. Tart raspberries flow through this beer, along with a slight yeasty, medicinal flavor. The tartness is amplified in the finish. It was a good brew, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so tart. It would be great with some desserts.

Sampled 12/13/03

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Photo of sprinkle
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red,hazing in color. The nose jumps out at you with sourness your mouth is about to feel. Nice musty,wet horse blanket nose. In a champagne glass is a definate in this beer. The taste of this nectar is all up front at first,grabs your mouth with its sourness followed by a nice raspberry center,long lingering mouthfeel, just writing about it makes my mouth water.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy rose with a thin off-white head. No lace to speak of. Smell is very sour, Barnyard, musty aromas. Sour raspberry and cherry aromas. Funky and lightly salty.

Taste is like the smel but a bit more subdued. Horseblanket and sour cherry. Tart raspberry and funky. Did I mention sour? A light sweetness though as well. Musty. Full bodied flvors in the mouth and a lingering puckering sourness. This is the second Cantillon I have had. This one is nowhere near as sour as the 100% Kriek Lambic but is stillnot for the faint of heart. Pretty drinkable for a traditional lambic.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a Champagne flute. It pours a bubbly coral color with one finger of head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is rich in cherries, raspberries, and a hunt of musk. The taste is fruity at first, with lots of raspberries coming through. A bit of tart and horseblanket on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy and smooth on the tongue. The drinkability is fantastic as well. A wonderful lambic!

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

Enjoyed on X-mas day, 2003. Poured hazy pink with a fluffy white head. Super-carbonated, would have been better served in a champagne flute than a wine glass. Initial strong acidic sour puckering. Subtle hints of fruit, though not as noticeable as their 100% Kriek offering. Each drink after the initial gets better and better, the sourness smoothes out as it warms. Finished the second half of the bottle paired with a light lemon desert which really matched nicely. I brought back this bottle from Brussels, will have to compare to a US imported version. The native bottle has a better label than the censored US version (shown above), a knight fondling a completely naked, large busted female =)

Enjoyed again on March 6th ON-TAP at The Map Room in Chicago. I did a double take seeing it on there draft beer list. Compared to the bottle, had a brilliant pinkish-red color, was a bit more balanced between the sour and sweetness, and more pronounced raspberry presense. Could have sat there all day long with that in my hand.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. corked bottle, into a goblet. The color is a velvet red, with a bit of whitish/red head upon poruing. The smell is very tart with just a bit of raspberry. Taste is very sour, with the raspberry coming through in the middle of the taste, and finishing with an earthiness. Mouthfeel is very well-carbonated. As for drinkability, could have a few of these; very relaxing, but unfortunately, the tartness wouldn't make this a session beer.

Well, amongst my first forays into "real" lambic, and I must say that this has an authenticity that a Lindemans seems to lack. A nice after-dinner treat, though maybe a bit too harsh for a lambic newbie, but certainly soemething that I'd enjoy

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Photo of canucklehead
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's looks a bit like HawaianPunch but it tastes like a sweeter kriek.
What makes this beer so likable is that retains the sour lambic flavour but has a almost sweet fruity flavour that is neither overpowering or simple. Cantillon in all their brews holds on to the
tradition of Lambic but this is the closest to a easy drinking style .
Try some with a cheescake.

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Photo of beerinator
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear ruby slightly caramel colored. Light raspberry colored. Off white retentive head.

Aroma: Sour raspberry in the nose. Sourness is sharp and strong.

Taste: Very sharp and bitter sour in the front. Finishes quick. Heavy sourness overpowers the slight fruitiness. Puckering.

Notes: Not quite as sour as their 100% gueze. Thirst quenching, leaving you wanting more. Very good beer if you're into sour beers.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle served chilled in a DeuS flute.

Appearance: Clear peach colored liquid topped by a thick white head that quickly dissipates to a much more managable layer. A smallish head remains throughout the glass and the bubbles are quite visible.

Smell: I'm guessing I'm smelling horse blanket here as I've never hung around horses much. There's definitely something funky going one here. I suspect George Clinton and Bootsie Collins smell like this. Woody cedar. Tannins. Brackish. Sulfury and peppery with hints of sour raspberries. I swear I also caught something not quite unlike A-1 at one point.

Taste: Tart and vinegary, just slightly sweet. Sour wood flavors. Liquified sour patch kids w/o the sugar. A metallic tang on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and spritely with the carbonation. This doesn't so much as cleanse the palate as it does dredge it.

Drinkability: Wow, this is something else. A polar opposite of Lindemanns (which I consider a guilty pleasure). Paired pretty well with some peppery chevre. I think I'll leave this to those that really like it, it's not really my bag. Oh well, more for them.

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

Wow, this is sour the manager at D's told me it was really sour but this one will make you pucker. Appearance: Pinkish red with a lighter shade of pink fizzy head doesn't leave much lacing. Aroma: There's no forewarning of the sourness in the smell, some citrus airy tones barnyard like characteristics from the barrel aging smell is very acidic with a touch of the raspberry lingering there. Taste: This one ruins the palate from tasting any other beers, the pure tartness is giving my tongue a cramp, lemony with woody finish this is a true lambic very complex tones flow through not a candy sugary dessert beer like the Lindemann's version, somehow it works the sourness grows on you and makes you yearn for each sip. Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy does leave the palate feeling a bit dry, lighter bodied no sticky syrupy textures here good carbonation. Drinkability: Can't picture drinking these in session this is quite the experience though, drinking something this tart and the wild flavors seem like they shouldn't be consumed but it's an artform that I appreciate.

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

Well, I managed to track down a 750 ml. bottle with the lovely young lady on the cover lacking her little blue dress. I thought the clothed version was the collector's item. Maybe the nudie version is the keeper. In an event, this is a raspberry lambic that bears little if any resemblace to Lindeman's. Poured into a champagne flute, it just explodes into the glass with a billowy white head that dismishes slowly, leaving large beautiful lace patterns all the way down the glass. Raspberry is in the nose, but it's hidden behind funky sour smell and barnyard aromas. The first few sips are almost overwhelmingly puckering. If it doesn't work at first, give it a little time to catch you. You'll be rewarded with an array of flavors: tart raspberry, tangy herbal flavors, and characteristic Belgian yeast. Despite the initial rush of sour flavors, it's surprisingly drinkable: not an everyday beer but certainly worth seeking out for a change every now and then. I'm really getting hooked on Cantillon. At least if I bring this to a party I won't have to worry about beer novices drinking my stash.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing brew to say the least. Uncensored bottle helps the score for appearrance :P Light pink milky body with white fizzly disappearing head. Smell is from another planet. I cannot compare it to many things that I know. It is musty, but with a citric quality that livens it up. Acidic and dangerous-smelling, it dares you to drink it. So I do. A colony of little creatures and their excrement enters my mouth, and it is rather nice. Extremely tart, pretty dry, barn-yardy. Should I be drinking this? Spritzy, big grapefruit and raspberries. Finishes very well, it coates the mouth with just enough tartness to draw you back in for another sip.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somehow I got a bottle with the uncensored label so it made for a great conversational piece. No little blue dress on the woman being manhandled, she's all skin with perky breasts. Looks kinda like one of those goofy sex cartoon comics in mens girly magazines.
Color of this lambic is quite unique and very nice to watch being poured, its milky pink kinda like pink grapefruit juice color with a richer, thicker, hazed tone to it. Lots of white bubbley carbonation fluffs up quickly and lively then fizzing off to leave a thin head of bubbles.
Aroma is pretty lively as well with a spritzy fruityness of resonantly strong zip. Well rounded and somewhat soft with some sweetish sour tones of grapfruit, lemon, and raspberry with touches of fresh blooming flowers and there's a mild yeasty mustyness giving off the familiar Cantillon barnyard musk underneath. Taste is souring sweet fruit juices with some nice little puckering of grapefruity acids and light lemon zest. Pretty sharp and quick with a grabbing tartness. There's lots of quick layers of fruity tartness and citrusy souring with some hints to raspberry gaining as it warms and thats when this lambic really did it for me. The raspberry flavors are so well rounded and beautifully done with a great naturalness wrapped in light earthy tones. Very nice. Touches of the yeast add some incredible acidicness along with some oaky tinges too. It has a very pleasant drying finish of raspberry and grapefruit. Feel is beyond lambic fullness, this stuff reaches a new level of quick tart acids and bittering, whew, its a mouth lifter, this stuff will wake you up in a hurry with its full on sourness. It does become much more manageable however as it warms. The actual smell and flavors are really nice, its just takes alot of palate busting to over come all the sweetly sour tartness and acidic tones.

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Photo of marc77
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy carmine infused bronze. Thick, loose mountainous ivory white white head leaves frothy, sparse lace. Vibrant, acuate waft of fresh, overripe, sugary raspberry with a rounded, blooming floral edge hits the nose at first. Quickly complementing are understated notes of cork and hay, which add a surprisingly subtle barnyard contrast. Bright, appetizing and unexpectedly sweet aromawise. Flavorwise, this brew is a sharp contrast from its nose. Acid, in several forms, dominates. Acerbic, barbed acetic acid grips the palate initially, and slowly tapers. Emerging after a deliberation are mild, grainy soured barley lactic tones and wild yeast must. Tartness continues unhindered late, with ripe, bile like, mixed acid enteric notes mingling with ghostly notes of fruit skin like bitter tannins. Spritzy in mouthfeel and very well attenuated, with a mouthfeel akin to a full bodied Champagne. Finishes arid, with a parching crab apple like nappy bitterness. A complex, challengingly tart brew. Delicious, but not quite as soft on the palate as some other Lambics. Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for sending this snappish treat.

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Photo of counselor
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a peach, pink color with a big fluffy head. Lots of tiny bubbles even after a fairly vigorous pour. The brew smelled fruity, tart and also a little like damp flowers. The mouthfeel was thin and super carbonated, like a fresca, but with other flavors like a sweet-tart. That sweet tart flavor was left with a dry finish afterwards. These are some berry flavors, and each mouthful brought out different sour fruit flavors like candy, but not sweet, almost like a dry pink champagne.

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Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

...creamy, durable bone/pink head...

Sappy, rich aromatics of tart raspberries and leather.
Caramelized beef juices, gatorade, and sweet herbs survive underneath a river of dry-fermented fresh raspberries.
What is a raspberry?
Maybe a series of little red blisters, thin skinned, clustered together. Add yeasty jaws and each globule explodes at a different moment, creating an out-of-phase harmony of flavor sequences. Everything that went into the fruit - branches, soil, sunlight, fauna - is evident in turn in just one berry, and in every drink of this beer.

Thanks perfect nature.

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Photo of Jon
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light red tinted hue with a fizzy pink head. Nose is what one would expect from Cantillon -- musty, barnyard funkiness and oak paired with the true aromas of the fruit source. In this case, we're talking mainly tart raspberry with a touch of sour cherry, as well. The raspberry flavor and notes of oak are incredibly well-integrated in this acidic, sour and truly traditional fruit lambic. Mouth-puckeringly sour and dry to the unenlightened palate, but absolute nirvana for traditional lambic mongers. Lively, bubbly mouthfeel leads to an incredibly drinkable and refreshing fruit lambic for all seasons. No doubt a world classic. Thanks to beerdawg, this led off a fantastic evening of tasting. I can't sing the praises of Cantillon enough.

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

Smells like rotting leaves and day old lemon rinds. The head is fizzy and short like a sprite, and it tastes like carbonated lemon juice with a slight raspberry on the back of your tongue. What does this add up to? A great Lambic! Guess you need to have a taste for Lambic to really enjoy this one. I did.

I had the uncensored version of the bottle as well... but the wife doesn't approve.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This wonderful beer from the fine folks at Cantillon pours an impresseive pink-ish/red colour with a lovely 'rose' coloured head. The aromas consist of barnyard funk, horse blanket muck, pure, unadulterated acid, lovely fresh, tart raspberries, and more! The taste is a mouth-puckering burst of fresh, ripe, tart raspberries, as well as some clearly defined cherries, and that classic gueuze, nail-biting after-taste. The mouthfeel on this classic is very spritzy, lively, and carbonated. The drinkability....Excellent.

A true classic from the masters of lambic!

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Photo of Popsinc
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Cantillon Oct 20/03.

Appearance: The Rose de Gambrinus poured much like the kriek did however it seemed to be somewhat cleaner and more clear. Thin pink head.

Smell: Very tart/sour nose with really only a hint of fresh raspberry. Grassy, farmhouse sorta smell...but in a good way!

Taste: I found the taste to be of very mild raspberry but more importtanly, i thought this beer lacked the in-your-face tartness of the other Cantillon lambics.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Nice acidity.

Drinkability: To me this would make a great apertif. It really livens up the taste buds. Not my favorite Cantillon.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous color!! Very much ale and VERY much raspberry! Bright pinkish red with a touch of orange in color and a hefty, creamy off white head that provides a dazzling contrast colorwise. The head is there for the entire journey providing a beautiful, creamy patchwork of sticky lace. Aromatics are elegant and feature sour raspberry on a barnyard floor (my wife says it smells like under-ripe granny smith apple with a twist of grapefruit). I can see my self learning to love this style in time as the acidity is that of say, a loire muscadet and, I can see it performing magic with a plate of mussels and fries, cutting the fat of the fries and making the mussels sing. Tart, lean, and lively in the mouth. A real pleasure to have tried! Thanks to Ron Extract at Shelton Bro's for the chance to sample this one!!

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

Wow. Immediately after the pour this is a cloudy whitish pink, then the bubbles rise to the surface and leave an opaque pink with a touch of orange. The head doesn't cover the whole surface, but is still present, and made of gigantic white bubbles. The aroma is wonderfully pungent. It's very sour, with a touch of horsblanket, and a fantastic floral fruitiness rounding it out. Ouch! Holy crap! SOUR! This beer is much more sour than I expected, even after having tasted a couple of the other Cantillon lambics. It's really so tart and acidicly sour that it's difficult to taste much else through most of the profile. This gets a bit easier as my palate gets used to the sourness. Towards the finish the same fruit that was in the aroma comes out a bit and tastes of musty raspberries, almost like over-ripe tomatoes. This finish persists for a long time along with the sourness and farmy mustiness.

This has a really nice presentation and aroma, but the sourness is almost overbearing. That said, it's refreshing, and the fruit flavor and aroma are awesome. I've loved the other Cantillon beers I've tried, but this one is a more sour than ideal for my taste. I'll try again, and maybe another bottle after it ages a bit, and maybe it will be slightly less so.

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4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A cheeky label hides a serious beer. Often highly carbonated, settles to a beautifully salmon-pink-red color. Dry, but extremely fruity and very refreshing. It will catch you out with its sourness which has a tendency to concave your cheeks shortly after swallowing, gets me every time. Blended from approx. 50% Framboise & 15-20% Kriek, with the remainder being 1-year old Lambic. Difficult to compare to other beers of this style - as there aren't any!!

So finished my Review dated 8-17-02 for a "fresh" sample.

Tonight, I cracked opened a 750ml '96 Vintage example of this Majestic lambic. Has a USA label (with a clothed woman) on others she is butt-naked (see Website for the racy version).

The cork really took some effort, but once the momentum was there it slipped out slowly. The cork had some surface ‘mucky black liquid’ & slight cracking, no doubt caused by the corrosive lambic trapped by the air tight crown cap over the years. But the Cork dated as “Bottled in 1996”, stayed in One Piece, Oh Yes!!

I poured the bottle in one go, first into a large Glass Jug & the remainder into my cherished Cantillon Tumbler. Served at 55°F.

Had a very audible effervescence when poured. The off-white head soon disappears, but a small halo ring clings to the edges - how befitting. Top-Ups from the Jug created short bursts of a fizzy head. The color has “faded” over the years; it has a more rustic 3-year old lambic color, with just the merest hints of “Kriek-Red” when back-lit. Golden Amber which I found very interesting, it now exhibits looks more akin to that of an aged gueuze, rather than that of a fruit lambic. It still looks great though, bearing in mind this is about 7 yrs old.

Incredibly dry & acidic nose. No apologies needed. The first sharp mouthfeel reveals that the young fruitiness has grown through adolescence quickly & into an intensely reserved complex character. The Tart Raspberries & Musty Cherries now surface in the horse-blanket lambic finish. Mouthfeel is exceptionally astringent; a dry farmyard like red-berry sweetness – drenched in acid - clings to the cheeks as they pucker inward. Saliva struggles to regain the upper ground before the next mouthful. I could drink this forever- I wish!

Yet another Highly Amazing lesson from the Masters at Cantillon on how to create a beer that will probably last a lifetime.

Bloody Hell <Speechless>
This is just such a great beer that mere words simply cannot do justice to.

Sheer Quality & Utter Perfection!

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 2,369 ratings
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