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:
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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly pink tinged brown in color. Eseentially flat in appearance. Just a tad murky but still fairly clear. Nose was fairly mild and I only picked up slight traces of the sourness.

I was not prepared for the first sip it was so sour. After I adjusted I realized it was actually pretty decent. It improved more as the beer caught up to room temperature too. Raspberries bring a nice, slight sweetness that provides a bit of a balance to all the sourness. Light mouthfeel that really brought out this beer's puckering ability.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork indicates 2003 bottle.

Pours a murky peach amber topped with a light bubbly cap that instantly deflates to nothing, not so much as a collar.

Pungent aromas rise to the nose without an effort. Earthy musty pungent and floral scents of a lilac and lemon juice dominate the nose.

First swigs: Tart sour superlative with a touch of chery in with the lemon juice. Crisp pucker with an acidic feel that deceptively coats the tongue.

Thin feel with tight crisp carbonation. Linger of sizzly tart lemonade.

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

The beer poured into the chalice clear rose with a white and effervescent head which lasted but an instant to flash away.

The aroma was fruity with a lambic tartness that contained a grapeskin and seed character. An oak presence was notable with a light fruit character that summonded thoughts of cherries and raspberries.

The flavor was tart with a lightly bready flavor. The tartness was not intense but did contain more of the grapeskin and seed character. In the middle of the flavor the fruit was apparent, but still somewhere between cherries and raspberries. As the beer contacted the palate it was tart, then fruit, followed closely by a drying and grape character.

The finish was dry with a lightly tart fruity character into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was fairly high. A nice lambic, not too tart, not too fruity.

12 ounce bottle, corked and capped.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a capped and corked bottle. Love the artwork on all of Cantillon's beers, espically this one. The beer pours a hazy pink color with a three finger pinkish white head that settles to a film as the beer sits. The smell is dominated by the usual lambic barnyard funk smell with a hint of rasberries. The taste is great. The acidity puckers up the mouth and allows the rasberry taste to set in as the mouth tightens up around the tongue. Great mouth with a good carbination. One of the shinning examples of a true lambic.

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Photo of bruachan
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served at pizza paradiso in gtown

mmmm...sour. my first cantillon and i'm in love, though i must say that i might not have been able to drink more than one of these consecutively

it's fizzy and pink—though with amber tendencies (dear god, please do not taste like lindeman's framboise). the raspberry aroma is big and accompanied by some sourness. i can almost taste the seeds

oh man this shit is sour. holy moly...the aroma did not suffficiently prepare me. so sour. frickin' awesome. it's super dry and the raspberry doesn't actually offer much flavor (at least not nearly as much as it did aroma)

it's not a complex brew, but i doubt that's part of the plan. damn tasty

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Photo of Hibernator
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
Bottled in 2005
12 oz green bottle with cork and tin foil wrapping
Served in a Duck Walk vineyard champagne flute

Pours a light pink with a cloudy backdrop. A thin lacing appears around the top.

Fruity nose with accents of rasberries, cherries and a touch of lemon. Whiffs of an earthy funk underneath it all.

Sour, acidic and ripe up front with the ultimate rasberry tartness. Earthy, raw and funky flavors with a hint of oak and wood. Finishes extremely dry on the palate with a touch of vinegar. The Rose de Gambrinus strikes the perfect chord of any lambic I've tried yet.

There is so much depth and character in this beer that after each sip, I'm eager to go back in for another sample. Pure quality, exceptionally drinkable and strongly recommended.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Opened for me by Jean Van Roy himself at the brewery after I presented him with a bottle of Shakespeare Stout to show appreciation for his work. It had no label.

Aroma: Light vinegar, sour with a tart fruit (strawberry) and rose petal. I got a light hint of gunpowder as well… very odd.

Appearance: Pale red, almost orange, gentle haze and no head

Flavor: Classic sour punch is more of a gentle slap compared to the other Cantillon beers I have tried. The main sour Lambic taste (that is soaked into the walls of this place) actually had a sweet note which I can only describe as strawberry skin.

Mouthfeel: Shockingly dry with a lasting thin coat, Cantillon classic.

Overall Impression: Tart, citric, dry, but refreshing! I guess you don’t get any fresher, and I’m thinking that was the major differences in this bottle and experience for me. I’ll have to try a bottle here in the states and compare.

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Photo of akahn
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, glowing, bubbly pinkish peach color, slightly hazed, with a dying white head. Beautiful color.

Faint aroma, but magnificent. Subtly sweet, fresh picked raspberries... uncanny.

This beer begins with a tingle on the front of the tongue; brisk carbonation. This gives way to a brief flash of tart, sweet raspberry flavor, which is quickly overwhelmed by intensely sour vinegar flavor. Puckeringly dry. A woodiness lingers on the palate and gradually fades away. Lively light body. Somehow, even though I found the degree of sourness rather unpleasant, this beer beckoned for me to drink more.

I found this beer extremely interesting, but difficult to handle. I guess I'm not ready. Also, I'm not sure if this beer was in the best shape, since it was a $6.99 closeout from a mostly malt-liquor type of store.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass, carefully leaving the sediment behind, as per the instructions on the label.
Poured a deep rose color with a thin lace that became a swirled lace that remained for most of the drink.
The smell was of tart sourness with a background of raspberry.
The up-front sourness was quickly taken over by fresh, crisp raspberries in a champagne-like texture. With each sip, the tartness was balanced by raspeberries that seem that they were just picked.
It left a clean, crisp raspberry tartness in the mouth, but as the drink went on, a dryness was left that was akin to the dryness left by a fine, dry champagne.
This is a fine "sipping" treat, so long as you are really in the mood for raspberries - a classic of the style.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 bottling.
Peachy amber, topped with a fizzy, quickly dissipating white head. Good clarity. Smells of lambic funk and tart raspberries. Persistent mousy scent, underscored with bretty, aspirin bitterness. The flavor opens with basement-like funk, layered masterfully with sweetish raspberry fruitiness. Moldy, with horsey, mouse den notes. A hint of stilton and swiss cheese, moving into a raspberry and funky tart finish with restrained brett chewing-on-an-aspirin bitterness. Not quite as sour as some of the real punishing lambics from these fine folks, more of a juicy study on artisanal fruit lambic, without the sugary fruit syrup crap you get in some "lambics". Raspberry keeps presence throughout, transforming with the wandering flavors. Medium bodied, mellower carbonation, very dry in the finish with plenty of acidity in the stomach. Excellent again.

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

The beer pours a hazy red color with a 1/2" pinkish head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an intensely sour scent along with a mild raspberry aroma. The taste is good. It's very sour tasting, but quite enjoyable. It has a raspberry taste, but nothing too intense. It goes down with ease and finishes tart; very tart. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good lambic. I still prefer a fruitier, less tart flavor, but this was very enjoyable.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this tonight at Downtown Wine and Spirits because I've been in the mood for sour Lambics and Flanders Red Ales after having Lou Pepe Kriek at The Belgian Room. I cooled this to about 50ºF and served it in one of by New Belgium snifters.

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy rose color with amber tints. Thin wispy bubbles form upon pouring, but dissipate quickly.

Smell: Sour lambic aroma, funky wet blanket aroma, and hints of raspberries.

Taste: Light sweetness is evident upfront and in the center. Fruity flavors emerge in the center and mingle with funky earthy flavors. Wow, the finish is intensely sour. Really, really, really sour.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, light-bodied, smooth, and very dry in the finish.

Drinkability: I can see the sourness being way too much for some, but even if you enjoy the sourness this is a beer to sip.

Overall: A very nice, very authentic lambic. Enjoyable and well worth the $14 I paid for the bottle.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep pink grapefruit color, cloudy, not much head, light carbonation visible. Aroma is strong and tangy, a mix of fruit with notes of raspberry, cherry, and citrus. Taste begins with a subtle floral flavor and soon carries a nice sourness. Sour cherry, apple, raspberry, are all present, though each not that distinctly as it's hard to distinguish any dominant flavor. The finish yields a dry tang with an earthy flavor. Alcohol is not detectable. Mouthfeel is quite light and sparkly. I was rather impressed by this lambic and found it very drinkable.

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Photo of Suds
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an initially immense fizzy head that, within seconds, falls to nothingness. The color is a shadowy yet intense pink, with endless large bubbles drifting throughout the liquid. The smell is enticing and mesmerizing. Berries and barnyards dominate the smell. Wet hay and funky fruit. You can smell the acidity, which wakes up your nose just a bit. It’s definitely raspberry. The taste is unabashedly dry. Dry with mouth-puckering sourness and lots of fruit flavor. Drinking this is an adventure. The bottle holds lots of different flavors and experiences. I love the funk and excitement of a good lambic, and this is one of the best I’ve had.

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Photo of bditty187
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Coppery-pink in hue, (clear on the first pour, slightly hazy on the second, cloudy on the third), the foam was slightly off-white in color. At the apex the head was two fingers tall. Quickly the bubbles faded to a thin soapy collar. I was impressed at how loud the bubbles dissipated. Of course I wish the head retention was better. There was no subsequent lacing. I shouldn’t expect much more from the appearance based on style but I am still letdown a tad. Nevertheless, it still looks good.

The nose is a bit quieter than I was expecting. Bummer. Still, the aromas are clear enough. Tart, funky barnyard notes with sour raspberry hints. I even found some musty cherries, wood, leather, and horsehair in the background. While tartness dominates the nose the ferocity is not overpowering. I wish it was. Still, it is not like I’m smelling some sissy-ass lambic. I think I have a pretty damn good idea what to expect when I take a sip. I am very much looking forward in doing so. In other words, even with moderate potency is nose is quite inviting.

One sip. It only took one sip to understand this beer. Tartness rules. Sometimes I wonder if drinking great beer makes me jaded and thus I might overlook something great because I want more. But one sip is all it took to squash that fear (with this beer at least). Tart, lip-puckering sour with dryness that never gets old. I taste raspberries but they are restrained and articulate. By the finish notes of leather, barnyard, wood, hay, lemon zest, melon rinds, and faint earthy-herbalness is noticeable. The finish is strongly acidity. Oh so tart, my mouth waters with every swallow. My word, this is good. The aftertaste is falsely juicy as it is very dry with a flash of fruit and wood. It all seems so simple and yet it’s clearly complex. What a joy it is to take a sip and try to figure it all out. Truly lovely!

Ticklish carbonation, medium/medium-light in body, the mouthfeel is quite playful. It is light but in many ways so is the palate. The mouthfeel is so simply constructed… I like it!

I’ve been impressed with every Cantillon beer I’ve tried (not really a news flash is it?). And yet, so far, Rosé might be my favorite. The simplicity is the beauty but I am not selling this beer short. There are plenty of flavors with just as much depth. As a fan of traditional lambics it is hard for me not be thrilled with this beer. I love it. As such, I consider this very damn drinkable. I purchased my 750ml bottle in Iowa City, IA a few years ago. In theory I could purchase this in Nebraska but I don’t think anybody is carrying… yet. Damn good stuff!

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a pink grapefruit juice color with no head and no lacing

Smell: Sour vinegar and funky barnyard notes; a vague whiff of raspberry

Taste: Starts out with a dry raspberry flavor that bursts with sourness after the swallow and combines with the dry sweetness (if that makes any sense) into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but no carbonation (clearly something wrong with my bottle)

Drinkability: I still find it hard to really enjoy drinking lambics; this one has some nice fruit flavor but it's just not my thing

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

Oddly enough I tried this a month ago on draught at the Map Room in Chicago. I like to review beers more than once if it's a different serving type. Looks like I was the last one too review this but here we go.

Neary looks like say watermelon juice. An reddish orange rusty concoction that looks thick in hte glass pours out with an instant to dissipate white head. No lacing left behind.

Love the smell of the yeast mixed with the sour raspberry, some slight cherry aromas as well as strawberry, with malt.

Wow this is a sour ass beer. Yet very delicious. Makes your mouth pucker, big on the yeasty malt, with the same raspberry flavors, with strawberry and cherry undertones. Much fuller bodied in my opinion than the draught I had. And slightly more complex. Not very often I prefer a bottled beer over draught but this is one of the rare occasions.

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Photo of Ego
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

found on tap @ collins bar (manhattan) this tuesday, a couple of BA's and I went specifically to the bar to have this on tap as we were in the city to see the band King's X @ BB King's that night..

$8 for a 10oz portion

clean and clear looking fruit punch, maybe "blush punch". No discernable head but this is a lambic so looks are not what makes the style imo.

subdued strawberries melted in geuze. The bret smell was mild compared to bottle versions (to be expected), it had the belgian trademark funk nose but it was so scary balanced and pleasant it was like sniffing perfume.. perfume for BAs but perfume none the less. I let my nose linger in the glass for some time... it just had the perfect aroma of wild sourness that cantillon is known for but a super nice balance of fruit as well... I sniffed it full and often with every sip. fantastic.

taste etc...
sour, very sour, like most cantillon offerings but the subtlety in the fruit was so nice. The mouthfeel was divine, at first it enters the mouth like fruit punch, almost watery.. then it happens, it develops into this full tasting experience, the carbonation opens up when in the mouth... utterly devine, period. The sourness and mild repreive of the strawberry flavors were perfect for a spring day (as tuesday was just a lovely day out here). Refreshing, tart, finished dry enough to make you want more. An absolutely excellent offering on tap. I don't give 5's easily or often.. and this one pushes me to nearly 5's on all fronts as I can barely find fault with this amazing brew...

there is no question this is world class... it made me question my commitment to my "favorite" cantillon (the geuze)... so damn sour and so damn tasty...
like no other beer, cantillon continues to amaze.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. 8 oz sample. Pours a very hearty pink to light red color with a complete lack of head. There is a moderate haze and with no carbonation at present at all. Nose is excellent. Solid brett soutness and tartness, with a solid raspberry fruityness. Very enticing. Flavor is initially, very puckering, with Brett funk and tartness. This fades to a nice raspberry fruity tone with just hints of modest graineyness. Very nice sourness that does not linger at all. Exceptionally tasty brew. I enjoy. Feel is moderate, with a lack of carbonation, leaving some sticky spit in my mouth as it disappears. Very enjoyable. Overall, this is another nice lambic from Cantillon. Even with the nice sourness, it is still very drinkable. I just can't get enough of the sourness. I like how the fruit shines through on this one, even with the sour kick. Good show.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a wonderful deep ruby and rose color. The head is minor while there is still a fair amount of carbonation.

The smell is fairly strong. It's very tart with plenty of raspberry. The taste is also pretty strong, with sour notes taken over by raspberry in the fininsh. The mouthfeel is sharp and tart. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of Crosling
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Outrageously inconsistent, to my palate anyway but when it’s on, it’s on. I’ve tasted this lambic several times, including bottles approaching a decade old and fresh bottles at the brewery. For the most part I agree with the general consensus that the fruit addition could be a little more substancial and the sourness is a bit much. I’ve had bottles that were so dry and sour that they were bordering on unpleasant. But the past few experiences have been enjoyable and it seems like this has gotten increasingly more "fruit forward" the past year. The Rose I tasted a few weeks ago which came straight from Shelton Brothers was the best yet. My rating sums up an average of every experience I have had from this beer.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

$6 for a slim 12 oz bottle, with cork and outer foil seal.

Looks good - red like you'd expect, no head, somewhat translucent body.

Smells like you are about to get a blast of sourness and tartness. Gets your mouth watering and your taste buds moving.

Awesomely tart/sour taste, just like the other Cantillion I had. When it first hits you, it almost makes your mouth constrict, if that makes sense. Every taste bud in your mouth comes alive and jumps around. Total pucker-face. It smooths out pretty quickly and leaves a satisfyingly slightly-yeasty aftertaste.

I wish it wasn't so expensive, and that it was available where I live. Those are my only complaints about this fine lambic.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy rosey, honey golden color. Thin bubbly head disappears immediately. Funky, sour berry aroma. Also has that typical lambic horsey, musty aroma. Slightly tart and sour, then folows through with a bit of raspberry, musty and barnyard flavors. Finishes extremely dry, almost puckering. Very acidic, and well carbonated. Very unique and complex. This grew on me a bit, and was screaming for some cheese or something to go with it. Not just a beer but an art farm. These funky beers are growing on me.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a flute)
The cork said bottled in 2004

A- This beer pours a light red with a hint of pink. The crystal clear body has a thick web of micro-bubbles sticking to the glass. The head is a few wisps of foam.

S- I could smell the lambic funk as soon as the cork was pulled. The smell of goat and horse are distinctly separate but both are strong. There is an earthy quality that is followed by a nice subtle raspberry aroma. The finish has a sharp sour note with some wet blanket notes.

T- The taste or raspberries is very smooth but distinct. The taste of sour and tartness start of strong but become less strong after the first few sips. The finish stays tart but has nice depth to it. There is a perception of slight sweetness in the fruit but that may be due to the strong tartness at the finish.

M-On the first sip I can feel my jaws lock down tight but the medium-light mouthfeel has some slippery texture to it. There is astringency that makes you pucker, but it doesn't have the vinegar sharpness.

D- This beer really celebrates the raspberry, and it has good complex barnyard aromas. The taste is fruit and tart with not a lot of depth but good flavor.

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Photo of texashammer
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smells of green raspberries. so dry and supertart and sour! tastes like underripe or green raspberries. so dry it makes my mouth water. very good. good fruit flavor and lots of acidity. bright pink with no head. eventually sort of a pale pink with orange tinge. no lambic funk either.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.22 out of 5 based on 2,289 ratings.
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