Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus
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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:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002

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

Bottled on Aug. or Sept. 2003...

Appearance: cranberry-red hue, some fine bubbles clinging to the glass and rising, no head, very slightly hazy

Aroma: a light sense of sour raspberries, winey, a touch of that lambic horsey character and something akin to foi gras

Flavor: starts off with a fruity sourness and then an enteric bitterness kicks up at the same time as a sulphury flavor/aroma blooms in the nose; the fruitiness is not distinctly raspberry, but definitely a "red" berry; also, towards the end a rancid-butter flavor/aroma; finish is dry and sour with a sour/bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, winey feel, very light carbonation

Overall Impression: A very young vintage, so the fruitiness is still overtly present, but carbonation is not complete. Despite the low carb, I prefer Cantillon's fruit lambics on the young side. Another 4-6 months on this bottle and it would have been an entirely different creature.

Though the lambic character is stronger during the first half of the tasting, your senses gradually tune's them out, leaving only a pleasant sourness and berry essence. If you don't like it at first, keep trying.

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml green mini-magnum with no freshness date. Traditionally corked and capped and then foiled.

Appearance: The brewed brandishes a steady stream of carbonation to retain the thin yet semi-sticky lace. I decanted it as to not let any of the sediment into the glass … it shows of such a shinny copper hue.

Smell: Hints of lemon rind, evergreen, mint, hay and barnyard aromas … tart raspberries are there but subdued.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body, crisp with a creamy malt in the back. Super tart with a balance of fruitiness and souring puckered acidity. Raspberries and earth pile on high with the tartness. Cellar and barnyard flavour appear as well as a minty note. Hops are negligible and the maltiness only holds together as a solid foundation.

Notes: It takes some getting used to, no matter how big of a beer geek you are … the first sip always puckers your mouth beyond recognition. A great last beer of the night to either pair with a fruity dessert or a plate of soft cheeses … or just as a digestive.

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Photo of BenConnery
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this beer on site at the Brewery in Anderlecht. I was already a fan of Belgian beers but this revolutionised my ideas of what a fruit beer could be.
There was not a great deal of head but fizzy enough.The character of the beer was like no other I had tasted. A hint of sweetness from the rasberries but a tartness that meant it was more like a beer and less like an alcopop as fruit beers can become. There were so many hints of flavours competing, sweetness, tartness the earthiness of the lambic coming through. I have tried many many beers during my travels and this rates as one of the, if not the, alltime favourites

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1984 Vintage: sampled in 2001;
Had at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Absolutely stunning. This beer single handedly changed my view of what an aged beer could be. No noticeable hints of oxidation what so ever, I could not even tell that this was a 17 year old beer. I wish now in retrospect that I had a fresh bottle to compare it to. It poured with a lively carbonation, and was still quite cloudy after all this time. It appeared to have a reddish tint to it. The raspberry in the nose was still quite evident, and there was a bit of a musty smell mixed in with the fruitiness. Tasted very complex, dry, quite sour, though perhaps a bit mellowed with age, with a pleasing acidity. A woodiness, funky mushroom character, some tannin, and some slight vegetal flavors to go along with the fruitiness in it. The fruity taste was pretty non-specific, and could not be directly associated with raspberries that was still evident in the aroma. Other than the acidity the fruitiness was definitely the dominating flavor.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This lambic poured a hazy, reddish color with no real foam, but a very fizzy carbonation. The smell was fruity and vinous with some hints of yeast and sweet malt. The taste was tart and fruity (cherry) wth a typical "horse blanket" lambic flavor. The taste was also vinous with hints of tart green apples and raspberry. The mouthfeel was very nice: tart and slightly sweet with a sour finish. Dry overall with a slightly puckering aftertaste, but not as dry as a gueze. Medium body. This was a quite delicious lambic and very easy to drink.

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

A whirlwind of tiny bubbles race to the surface through a hazy, deep amber/orange body with a pink cast. The densely foamy white head rises up above the lip of the glass, and then slowly settles back to a solid inch or more. Tartness dominates the nose with some dry, fruit following, and the hallmark gueuze characteristics right behind it (musty, sweaty, barnyard, leather, citrus). The body is light and airy with it's lively, effervescent carbonation releasing itself as it hits the tongue - foaming up in the mouth, and then fading away on a wave of drying astringency. The flavor overwhelms the palate with intense sourness, hiding its delicate raspberry and cherry flavors, and veiling it's lambic flavors. It finishes astonishingly dry with a wash of astringency that slowly receeds. It has a great depth of flavor (especially within it's tartness), yet it remains surprisingly drinkable once the palate adjusts. The raspberry and cherry add a subtle character that softens it greatly in comparison to a straight gueuze where the more abrasive lambic characteristics stand out; but it's far from fruity. Refreshing and exciting!

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

Cork reads "Bottled in 2.001"

This beer glows a luminous cranberry hue. Nice bubbly white head adorns the surface. It recedes to a healthy sized collar in minutes and the collar sticks around for the long haul. The aroma is lovely, if you like this sort of blanket, acetic acid, tart raspberry, green apple and leather. This beer is pretty damn sour, but not quite as much as I remember the Kriek to be. It's a damn fine lambic nonetheless. The acidity is nice and puckering. The leather aspect is fitting. And the vinegar tartness is almost overwhelming. Wonder what the pH of this fucker is. Damn. These authentic lambics are starting to grow on me.

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

Purchased in Boston the weekend of the AoBF...

Bottled in 2001.

Appearance: Using my Cantillon tumbler, this brew initially pours about 70% head and 30% liquid which can best be described as 'salmon' in color. After a few minutes, the head fizzes down to a small cap with huge bubbles.

Smell: The aroma is signature Cantillon, with their distinct mustiness and sourness wrapped in a fruity, but not sweet, blanket of cherries and raspberries. Horse blanket, farmhouse, whatever terms you prefer, they're in there. There's a faint citrusy note in there as well...lemon maybe?

Taste: Incredibly acidic, funky, and sour like all of Cantillon's offerings. The fruit flavors are there, with raspberry and cherry being the strongest, but it's not the sweet fruitiness you find in most beers. Here, it's tart and sharp, with an amazing dryness that caves your cheeks after every swallow. That same lemony, citrus character that was in the nose is here as well. The aftertaste goes on forever... Great stuff!

Mouthfeel: Dry and acidic, with a fairly thin body. Typically of authentic lambics, this one sucks all the moisture out of your mouth.

Drinkability: Quite good... These kind of lambics are definitely an acquired taste, so not everyone will like 'em. But, for those of us that do, every sip is like a shared secret!

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

Poured a pink-tinted light-orange color, with a big frothy head that fell fast. Also had tons of carbonation, but no lace or stain.

Nose was of farm scents: bier de garde like notes of wheat, cloves, and hay; also has a potent sour scent with a touch of fruit to it. Opened to faint raspberry notes, as well as fruit stem scents (if you catch my drift). The sour scent developed a strange contour to it – musty, base-like, and compost-like, but it all was not repulsive.

Taste was barely framboise. Even still, had a delicate sour that was somewhat dry and fairly bright. Had a pure fruit type of acidity, a very soft mesclun flavor and a strong mustard greens flavor. Developed earthy notes that came on late. The lambic parts are great but the framboise has almost completely failed. Regardless a fairly good bit of blending, but should be considered more of a gueuze than a fruit flavored lambic.

Had a very oily mouthfeel, moderate length finish that was barely dry and quietly acidic. In all, interesting but not something I’d particularly want to drink. Much better with food than without.

Have tremendously enjoyed other Cantillon products - guess this one ain't for my taste.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Musty shoe, raspberry nose. Beautiful pinkish peach color with lots of climbing bubbles in the goblet. The white head settles into an airy white bubble sheen. A beautiful lookin' brew. Initial bitter "sour patch kids" kind of fruit taste. This initial wake up call smoothes into a citrus (grapefruit) dry tongue and finish. Medium to light body. This is the sweet tart of beers. Bold, fruity, and complex.

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

Well, I guess I am not a huge fan of Lambic but perhaps in time I will come to appreciate it. Although I could drink this from time to time as a change and the novilty.

It poured an nice red/rose almost like a sparkling rose wine. The small was strong with almost a vineger sour smell. When you drink it it had definate tart raspberry flavour. It definately grew on me the more I drank. I actually used a champagne flute which I think enhanced the drinkability.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a ruby red grapefruit color, but it is a little more red. Head is a small white lace that doesn't leave its mark on the glass. There are cranberries, grapefruits, and raspberries in the aroma.

Whoa! This is a new one for me. I had expected a much sweeter brew, but I guess I misjudged the style. It is extremely tart with a grapefruit domination, but the raspberries come in at the end. Mouthfeel is very nice and tingly. This is one intensly flavored brew. I sipped and sipped little bits at a time. It is pretty enjoyable after you get over the shock of it. I will definitely try a few more in the style so I can make comparisons.

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Photo of Lupe
2.8/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy light-orange color with little head and lace. Aroma was acidic and sour with hints of fruit. Thin bodied with lively carbonation felt on the tounge. Tart, tart, and more tart. Sour flavor with very little raspberry present. May have not been ready for the classic lambic, for this was not what I was expecting. Tasted a bit like vinegar. Cork said 2001, so I may give it another try on a fresher sample. The sourness attacks you on the first sip but is a bit more bareable after a few. Not my lambic of choice.

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

Bought this for my fiance but she really didn't like it too much, so I took it and decided to give it a quick review. Appearance is a hazy, light reddish orange. Nice, slighly pink head that fades quickly away. Nose is quite interesting, acidic and fruity. Something else is there but I can't quite pull it out, maybe some sort of woodiness, oak perhaps. Taste is tart, tart, tart. I really wasn't ready for this classic lambic characteristic. A bit of spiceyness in the finish, but tart all the way til eternity. Actual raspberry flavor is subdued but there somewhere. That unidentifiable aroma is also present in the flavor, maybe some byproduct produced by the variety of microflora found in this style. Fairly effervescent which make for a decent mouthfeel but somehow amplifies the tartness of this beer. On par for the style, but not for me. If lambics are your thing, then give this one a try.

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Photo of yen157
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time trying this offering from Cantillon.

Removed the foil and the crown cap to reveal the maple syrup scented cork. Removed that then poured the hazy, pinkish-orange beer into two glasses. Very carbonated at first sustaining a half inch think head on one of the glasses for about thirty seconds before the bubbles grew tired and the foam settled into a tiny ring around the glass. Smelled very dirty, like an extremely dusty attic. Delightfully puckering tartness with a little bit of sweetness after your tongue get accustomed to the attack. I admit I was a bit disappointed because the only fruit I picked up on was while sniffing the empty bottle. From TheLongBeachBum's blending breakdown of this beer I expected a bit of fruit. There was a little in the aftertaste but that was about it. Still, this was a greatly refreshing beer. It made a pefect pre-hotdog dinner drink! This beer is making it hard to wait to open my Cantillon Grand Cru.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the 3 kinds I had sampled at the Cantillon brewery, I like this one the best. The raspberry aromas mingled together with that Cantillon lambic aroma of tart vinager, horse-blanket, and hay. It was a little darker in color than that of a bottle that I had in the states and it was much sweeter and less tart. Brewer explained that over time in the bottle it becomes lighter in color and very tart. This had the right amount of sweetness, tartness and the raspberry flavors came through in the aftertaste wonderfully without overpowering the gueze. The best lambic I've had yet.

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Photo of Realale
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 1996, in my cellar for about three years. Light salmon color. Ferocious initial carbonation which quickly dissipates, leaving a very fine beaded carbonation and no head. Simply stunning nose - like an old, well-aged Bordeaux. Leather and earthy notes mingle with a lovely sweet raspberry aroma. The palate is all lambic, and all Cantillon - its sharply acidic and very, very long. You can still taste this one more than a minute after you take a sip. An amazing experience.

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Photo of Andy
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 1996. Luminous deep orange with some reddish notes. Great head retention (unlike the first bottle I tried). Solid off-white head, tight active beads of carbonation. Intense sour nose. Not citrusy. Some raspberry or cherry and slightly musty. Waves of sour grapes and intensely tart hints on nose. Mouth-puckeringly sour. Quick sweet burst quickly fades into long, drawn-out sour finish. Sweet and sour are constantly at play here. Sour on surface, while sweet deep in the beer's backbone. Some fresh berry skin flavor behind the sour. Highly refreshing.

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

Sour, acidic, slight hints of fruit, and pretty much bone dry, good lambic, but perhaps a bit too dry and sour, still very interesting, and even more interesting the second time around, i found a little bit more fruit this time around, very nice.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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