Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BeerStyx
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on keg for Zwanze Day.

Very raspberry. The most beautiful raspberry flavour I have had from a beer. Acidity is high but it blends perfectly with the fruit. Tannins and barrel are there.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazing cherry red color with a little bubbly white head. Brilliant fruity, funky, floral aroma. Taste follows aroma with a nice balance of sour, funk and fruit. Light bodied. Dry finish. A great lambic.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cherry red with minimal white head. Very tart. It took a couple tastes to appreciate. Pretty bubbly mouthfeel. I was only able to get a 6 ounce pour, and would have enjoyed more.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow what a beer. Pours a dark ruby red with a pink colored head. More carb then usual with most other cantillons but it wasnt a bad thing at all. Rose was all i wanted and more. The raspberries add to the funky/sour thing going on with the base beer and improves it to me. Need to get more now

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It looks a nice rich raspberry red body with splatterings of fuschia bubbles
It smells like a wine & raspberryade spritzer
The taste is dominated by aspirin tartness & rose wine & raspberry
more fizz than I'm used to with Cantillon
always interesting & sometimes challenging like it's other stablemates

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Photo of breadwinner
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle age of approx 1.5 yrs, and I think that was far too long to wait. Raspberry presence was extremely subdued, forcing you to really search for it, or wait for the odd moment it popped its head out. Nose was intense but not near as complex as, say, a similarly aged good non-fruited gueuze, such as 3F's. Instead, it just raw funk, a little foul, no big pops of fruit, nor anything else to provide much depth, both in nose and palate. It's certainly a well-executed beer, and tastes to style, but it simply does very little to distinguish itself from other lambic.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright Marachino cherry red with a solid pink head. Settles to rim bubbles and leaves no lace. Clear broth.

Smells like soured children's aspirin--a bit of the fake orange for the nose. Attractive, though, and unusual.

Sour start and very dry. There's a bit of bitter cherry in the mouth. The finish brings back the sour and dryness. I also note some floral notes. Thin and watery for the body. Definitely something to try for a complete change of pace.

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Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

#500 and it was a doozy! Brewed 1984, bottled 1986!

Look- almost like a red/pink center with color fading clearer around the perimeter 4.50

Smell- wonderful no off smells this held up extremely well can smell the tart and actually some fruit (not bad fruit) to it 4.50

Taste- outstanding still extremely balanced fruit is very much present this has not fallen off at all. Nice tart and fruit so balanced.Like heaven on my mouth. No hints of vinegar, diacetly or any off flavors even with a very easily breakable cork-5

Feel- unbelievably smooth, like drinking a lambic for the gods. Holy smooth fruit. Smooth smooth smooth. 5

Overall 4.75 once in a lifer guess I'll be buying double cantillon to do this again someday. Truly unbievable

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 375 mL bottle into a pint glass, red, really red with a short white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: acetic acid, balsamic vinegar, raspberry, amazing

T: very tart, raspberry, balsamic vinegar, beautifully delicate and sour, heavy noble hop bitterness on finish that sits on the tongue

M: light and fresh

O: Absolutely excellent lambic. Fruit flavors are fantastic.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rose De Gambrinus has a brilliant amber appearance with a sheen of ruby red. It's purest white head and fizzy pour is indicative of heavy carbonation. The mysteries of the aroma are difficult to pinpoint, but one can certainly detect an array of fruit and berry - raspberry of course being prominent, as well as citrus and herbal notes. A great lambic funk dominates the flavor washing over the palate. Unlike other fruit lambic beers, the base beer is on display rather than the raspberry. The finish has a puckering aspect, yet the mouth feel is relatively soft. A unique beer, I'm glad to have had the opportunity to enjoy this entry in Cantillon's catalog.

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Photo of bnelson997
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright pink hue. Fresh macerated raspberries on the nose. Taste is like taking a handful of fresh raspberries from the local grower. Evenly balanced tartness to compliment the astringency of the fruit. Easy to crush a full 750mL and want more and more!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely beautiful beer. Big fluffy pink head on rose-colored beer. Head dissipated fairly quickly without lacing. Nose had that classic Cantillon funk, but was not overly horsey or odd like some wild yeasts can be. It was funky but fresh and not overly powerful. Flavor was, of course, sour, dry. Fruit lent a tart acidity with a dry raspberry nuance. Mouthfell was right on. Full carbonation without feeling like soda pop, like a fine champagne. Overall, a classic.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unreal, how does the color even happen? Fresh at the brewery it is insane how much the fruit comes through. Just looking at it and tasting it, you have to say Cantillon has better beer, but this one is a must just to round out the experience there.

This is goddamn liquid raspberry.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at the Delirum Tremens cafe in Brussels. Served in a pair of whine glasses. Bottled On is 21 October 2014.

Pours pink, moderately hazy, with a slight pink head that fades to a ring. Fairly still. Smell is cherries and flowers. Not overwhelming.

Taste is quite tart. Not heavy on the fruit. Cherry and cherry blossoms. Just a little green vegetation.

Mouthfeel is very acidic, dry, light. Overall, very good.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer 1,000 on Beer Advocate. Thought I'd make it something special.

375 mL bottle served into a tulip/wine glass hybrid.

Stunningly exquisite appearance on this beer. It's got a dark cherry-colored body with lighter pinkish hues at the base of the glass. It seems as though it's hazy but close examination reveals a clear body---it's just such a deep red that the eye wants to mistake the color for cloudiness. On the pour, a foamy, full head forms and shows some real thickness, before it rapidly fades and devolves into a layer of sticky lacing. 5

The nose is heavy with fruit---I'm thinking tart cherries and lemon and cranberries--- before an earthy, sour and tart aroma. 4

There's something much more robust about the flavor when in comparison to the nose. More cranberry, a quick moment of cherry soda-like flavor, sweet maltiness, and the lemon tartness towards the end. A flavor like crisp apple lingers on the tongue. 4.25

Rose de Gambrinus feels more tart and acidic than other beers I've had from Cantillon and 3F and this slows the drinking process a bit. It's much more mouth-puckering. It has a really pleasant mid-palate swirl of malt that sweetens things up and offers some body, followed by some bubbly carbonation that adds color before the dry finish. 4.25

Plenty to really enjoy about this beer, but I do find it a little harsher than other lambics I've had that were truly mind-blowing.

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Photo of pat61
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Raspberry and cherry nose, wet compost, over ripe fruit and citrusy tartness. This looks like a sparkling rose with foam and combines the delicate champagne bubbles with the beer body and fluffy, rapicly dissipating pinkish white head. It is tart, lemony, fresh, funky with raspberry and cherry flavors. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Earlyagain
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the prettiest beers Ive had the pleasure of trying, the ruby red color really is pronounced. I was slightly off put by the smell with hints of vinegar, but the taste put any concerns to rest. Amazing raspberry flavor with a sharp tart finish.

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Photo of interzen
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a Vedett tulip glass.

Look: Beautiful, deep, raspberry red - reminded me a lot of the colour of the red wine vinegar I keep in my kitchen. Pinkish head, fairly thin and bubbly which recedes to nothing fairly quickly.

Smell: Raspberries, red fruit and vinegar - you can tell this is a lambic, all right. That said, the vinegary/funky smells don't overpower the fruit at all, leading to an interesting combination of the two which, whilst not unpleasant, is a little bit ... odd. But in a good way. Let it breathe and you'll get some citrus and woody/earthy notes, but really it's raspberries and vinegar all the way.

Taste: Raspberries and sourness, the latter of which is almost abrasive but manages to complement, rather than overwhelm, the former. The tartness gives way to a rather interestingly earthy flavour in the finish.

Feel: Quite light in the body and very fizzy, which helps to accentuate the sourness. Very long, very dry, earthy finish. There are fruit beers with far more body out there, but in this case the combination of high carbonation and relatively light feel works a treat.

Overall: It's Cantillon, so the chances of this one being a duffer were always going to be pretty low. Bear in mind, though, that this is not your typical framboise - if you're after something sweet and/or syrupy then you're most definitely in the wrong place. On the other hand, if you're a fan of gueuze or sour beers in general then this is worth the asking price and then some.

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Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Forgotten as one of the better Cantillons.

The beer hits of fresh raspberries, a lemony tartness, and decent funk quality. Great carbonation.

Balanced, tart, complex.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750. Pours the color of pink grapefruit super high carbonation and a large fizzy inflated head. Beautiful looking beer. Smell, tart raspberry , small amount of funk, little barnyard, fruit esters and berry. Taste, powerful crisp tartness overwhelms your tastebuds followed by raspberry and a hint of sweetness. Quickly swept away by mouth watering and tart bite lingering.amazing. not too sweet , an epic sour.mouthfeel , a luxury level equal to champagne. Full luscious and almost stinging carbonation that arouses the sour flavor to no end. Overall: one of the best beers I have ever had. Best sour hands down.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an absolutely beautiful red raspberry color with a small head that recedes to a thin film on top. Smell has an interesting dynamic as the sweet raspberries intersect with that distinct Cantillon funk. A little odd, but certainly not off-putting. Some lemon zest and oak character add to the complexity. Flavor is a bunch of tart raspberries, a splendid sourness that tickles the cheeks. Oaky dryness on the finish is quite splendid. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style with some lively carbonation. I'm quite pleased with this beer.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sour, funk, fruit. All bases covered here. An outstanding lambic with the overwhelming raspberry taste coming over massively on the front and back end. Jammy and bright.

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Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12ox bottle into teku. Bottled in 2013.

A - Let this chill overnight to prevent a gusher. Color is dark pink/red and I had to pour multiple times because of the carbonation. Very light pink head. Thick collar and spots of lacing.

S - Sour and acidic notes of vinegar and fresh lemon with a good amount of funky raspberry puree. The funk is nice and has some woodiness to it.

T - Very sour and delicious. Plenty of raspberry flavor accompanied by sharp lemon sour and vinegar. Some woody funk on the finish.

M - Light bodied and big carbonation makes for a fantastic mouthfeel.

O - It's Cantillon and it is amazing. I hope New Glarus continues to narrow the gap to produce beer like this on the regular.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy ruby with lace and film, smell is intense raspberry fruit and the usual funk,


Then the taste is a lot thinner than I would have thought. Shock horror! Does the Cantillon backlash start right here? Mouthfeel is light and thin, whilst well carbonated.

Possibly my least fave of the bunch :-( sadly just kinda fails to deliver .... Not a bad beer, but........

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 2013 bottling date poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a dull pink to almost rusty in color with a medium sized and fizzy head. The head sticks around a little bit and is a touch off white towards red in color. The remnants of the head are a patch of bubbles on the surface of the beer. Lacing is virtually nonexistent due to lack of head. The hazy body of the beer turns lighter in color, more towards a light amber, when held up to the light.

S- Funky and tart right of front on the nose for this beer. A hint of fruity raspberries provides some of the tartness, but most of the tartness comes from a largely vinegary quality in the scent. The vinegar and raspberries combine to provide the overall tart, yet fruity, smell of the beer.

T- Starts with a fairly tart bite right up front that is a mix of sour base beer and a slight hint of the raspberries. The same vinegary flavor from the scent is present in the taste and is more dominant. The raspberries kick in a little bit after the tartness from the base beer and provide just a touch of fruitiness to the flavor. A funkiness takes over the second half of the drink and provides a balancing bitter quality to help calm down the sour aspects of the flavor profile. This combination of base beer tartness, slight raspberry fruitiness, and funky bitterness is the overall impression and lingering flavor of the beer on the tongue.

M- Just like most other lambics and the other Cantillons I have had, this beer is incredibly high in carbonation and light on the palate. It is a little thin overall, but supports the complex flavor profile.

Overall, this beer is a little less fruity and displays less raspberry quality than I expected. I enjoy this beer, but there are much better raspberry sours in the US. That being said, the flavor of this beer is still very complex and the sour combined with the funkiness on the back end of the drink make for a solid overall beer.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
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