Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002

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4.22
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Photo of Sam-VW
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When you pour this beer, it's a deep red colour with a large pink head which dissipates quickly until a thin ring around the edges of the glass is left. On the nose, a huge wave of Raspberries, a little bit of wheat and barley and some sour Belgian Funk notes. When you taste this beer, you need to bear in mind all of the sugar has been fermented out. Just like the initial taste, a big hit of Sour Raspberries, followed by some sour and tart Brett (Belgian Funk) notes finishing with some Wheat and Malted Barley and Bready Notes. The beer is Medium Bodied and quite Highly Carbonated. It finishes like a dry white wine. I really do recommend this beer, especially if Sours are your thing! In good weather they're most definitely a treat.

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Photo of dbossman
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange with not much head; decent film for lacing

S: Tart, funky, grassy, cheesy, fruity--apples, berries, lemon

T: Wow, that's fruity and funky and tart; so funky--cheesy, musty, and oh so tart; my god, that's an awesome beer--this is a 2007, so there has been a lot of time for this beer to get funky and it has

F: A bit thin--with low carbonation but the mouth feel on the finish is still nice

O: This is a funky, fruity, fantastic beer

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A- deep red with a pinkish white head that goes away quickly and sits on the outside of the beer.

S- tons of rasberries and cherries. A funkiness is in the back. Maybe there are some peaches in there.

T- definitely some cheery and raspberry tart. Other subtle fruit notes come in and then a real harsh funk that reminds me of a barn. Makes your cheeks pucker up.

M- medium body and carbonation. Sour. Pretty nice.

O- a great beer. Definitely know why its called 'rose'. Not as fruity as I wanted but still good.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freshly picked up from the brewery today and enjoyed in my hotel as everywhere nearby is far too crowded with the jazz festival and soccer match.

The beer pours a brilliant and bright raspberry red. The large pink foam quickly diffuses to a thin collar. It is a wonderfully beautiful beer.

The nose has a very strong scent of raspberry. There is also a nice underlying acidic, tart and mild funkiness. Largely centered on the raspberries, which are wonderful without any candy fruitiness. Clearly they have used only the best raspberries.

The taste leans more to the lambic influence than the fruit compared to the nose. Very tart and acidic, but not puckeringly so. The mouthfeel is very lively. Medium bodied and almost fizzy. Finishes dry and tart. Very crisp.

Overall an extremely good beer. Only complaint is that the taste does not match the complexity and depth of the scent.

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Photo of DeCostadrinks
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2013 version. So red and tart. Huge cherry aromas and flavor. I love this beer fresh, cherry tart and lactic sourness hurt so good.
The vanilla from the oak is starting to show up and add some backbone to the finish.
I do feel like this year is more cherry and less sour than in years past

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a nice cherry red in color with a one-finger pink head with little retention.

Smell is really tart raspberry, maybe a little funk but not much.

Taste is a little funk with some great raspberry taste. Really a great beer;

Mouthfeel is nice and a little thick due to carbonation.

Overall a really great beer. One of the great ones. Could be a little more tart.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at pizza paradiso on 5/8/14

A-Pours deep pink with a small head.

S-Aroma of rasberry, yeast and sour berries.

T-Sweet flavor that ends up dry and tart.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium bodied, watery to oily texture, and average carb.

O-Overall a great lambic first one in a long time.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from May 27, 2013

Thanks to Mark for the IP trade! Pours a reddish pink color, with a pretty large white head, with hues of pink in it. This head is just absolutely refusing to go down. The smell is nice, you can pick up the raspberry but it's not overhelmingly juicy. You can also pick up the sourness, lemon, white grapes, and some slightly funkiness. Taste is sour upfront, falls back to a raspberry flavor, but not real juicy, raspberry skin maybe. Also getting some green apple, lemon and a tiny bit of funk. Very nice tartness at the end. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is great, very effervescent. This is very good, a lot more flavors than just rasberries. I recently had the framboise, which I prefer. The raspberry was so huge in that one, but this is really good, too.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This poured a pinkish color with so many hues in it. Orange and yellow gold. Hold it to the light and it defies you to name it. It's so pretty. You would be hard pressed to name the color of this beer. It is softly pastel and has a thick head of tinged foam that lasts too long but you don't care. Hazed and sweet looking.

The nose is tempting with fresh and ripe raspberries. It smells sultry and the yeast is a sweet breath of fresh air. As if a pretty girl pursed her lips to make you think she was going to kiss you but then only blew out a bit of breath and then laughed gayly. It has a modesty in all this steamy sensual ripe fruit . You look at the glass and think "what do I have here?"

Taste is the ripe raspberry. The seediness that is between the seams. The fruit in all it's glory as it becomes sugary and swollen with sunshine. It puckers a bit but it's nothing you regret. You would do it again. The acidity is forgiveable. As you bring it to your lips the perfume from the fruit is like steam. It satisfies you but you want more. It's refined yet it seems to cavort with you. It lingers like a beautiful kiss and after you open your eyes you feel peaceful and spent. The stars are above the earth and there is nothing left to say.

Rose de Gambrimus. Thank you @Shroud0fdoom.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says it's bottled in 2013. Right after popping it you can smell some nice raspberries but also a weird lambic funk.
Nice shiny ruby pour, pink one finger head, lots of popping bubbles.
Smell is nice, with tart raspberries and lots of branyard funk. Smells really rustic, gets you in that atmosphere from just one whiff.
Huge tartness from the first sip, lots of sour lemon zest, berries and green twigs. Very unique. Musty white grapes, like a very dry white wine. The raspberries get somehow mixed with wild strawberries and blackcurrant, a nice mix of forest fruit. Brett yeast, with huge amounts of barnyard, floorboard, green hay, green grass, earthiness. The finish is just pummeled with this funk, with a dry bitter finish in which the hops probably just add a bit of extra green leafiness.
Face cringing sour for some, but i love these aggressive sour beers. Medium carbonation, light body, again, just like a white wine. Very very dry.
My first Cantillon and already some others are on the way. Can't wait, love the way they do a lambic, not relying on the fruit but working on the great lambic part of their beers. I personally like the fact they didn't call it just a "framboise lambic", because it's actually quite far from one.

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Photo of roger617
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 poured into tulip glass. Bottled 5/27/13, reviewed 4/9/14.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a little over 2 fingers of white head. Bottle says to pour slowly so as not to disturb the yeast, so I poured slowly and I did not notice any sediment coming out. Head reduces somewhat slowly and leaves a thin layer on top that doesn't leave any lacing.
S: The aroma is a great blend of tartness with raspberries. Can't say enough how well this comes across on the nose.
T: I am very impressed with how well the raspberry holds up. There's a lot of fruity flavor, with a delicate tart balancing out the sweetness. Up front flavor is a bit funky, the further into each sip just gives way to the raspberry. Awesome.
M: Highly carbed, does not leave a dry after taste.
O: This is my first Cantillon (outside of small samples at bottle shares), and it is certainly a great experience. I wouldn't call myself a sour head by any means, but this is delicious. The good folks across the pond certainly know how to craft a great beer.

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Photo of 01001111
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Fizzy, ruby colored juice with a touch of yellow that hints at the underlying beer.

S: Raspberry jam.

T: Slightly tart, big raspberry flavor. Some hints of green apples and lemon with a finish of crisp, grassy funk and a touch of bitterness.

M: Crisp.

O: My first Cantillon. While it isn't life changing, this is a legitimately great lambic.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at hops and pie this morning. before i get to the beer, i should should shout out those folks for not only having this stuff, but putting on one of the smoothest rare beer tappings i have been a part of. i mean, small line, minimal attitude, not loud or pushy, not stupid expensive, just downright a damn good time in one of north denvers better beer establishments. the beer itself is always hard pressed to meet its hype, and while others from cantillon have met and exceeded it for me, this one did not. its epic beer, one of a kind, totally world class, through and through, but its not perfect.neon pale red, if such terms can coexist and not negate one another. not much head on a very fresh pour, if there was one, it didnt last even a minute, but wow is this color radiant! is smells fruity, but to me not specifically like raspberries. i get tartness before the fruit, certainly the fruit identification, but less of the heavy farmy weirdness like i got from lou pepe kriek. the fruit is dominant in the flavor, but its still a lambic first, which is what makes these beers great. bright fruit expressions with a touch of sugar, and yeasty tartness collide mid palate for me in a firework of intensity thats still soft around the edges, then i swallow and its dry, then my mouth flushes back again with all the beautiful layers. great carbonation, but there is a heaviness that hangs over this, maybe its sugar, maybe its the film on my palate, im not complaining of course, but its less refined than some of their others. i may get crucified for saying this, but atrial rubicite from jester king is the absolute champion of raspberry sours, bar none. i have not had the lou pepe framboise, which may be next level, but i as much as i loved both the beer and the experience this morning, it is no atrial rubicite.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November, 2013

Gorgeous color and clarity. Nothing more needs to be said.

Aroma opens with light funky characteristics. Raspberry comes more alive the longer it sits and opens. Not a lot of lactic acid which is nice because I do not like the acid to cover up any of the fainter nuances of the beer.

Flavor is ridiculous. It's like drinking sour raspberry purée. There is a subtle sweetness that I really like. Sourness is tame, which is another plus because it makes the beer much more palatable. I personally love this beer. I like the lower level of sourness.

So delicious. It is not INSANELY complex, but at the end of the day I enjoy drinking this with a plate of stinky, funky cheese more than just drinking it by itself and trying to decipher EVERY aspect.

Amazing beer and one of the best sours I've had.

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Photo of brewtus
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2013 into a wine glass. Pours ruby red, clear, three finger white bubbly head. Smell is full of amazing raspberry, oak, some funk. Taste is full of raspberry , again you get dryness from the oak, slightly grassy, some lemon, very small amount of sweetness, good amount of funk. Overall this is amazing, fruity but not sweet, great dryness, best lambic I've ever had, wish it wasn't so hard to get.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle dated 11/20/13 in wine glass.

Deep cloudy red pour with ring of white lacing that sticks to glass. Intense sweet raspberry jam aroma with a sour brightness. The sweetness is mostly in the nose. Taste follows the nose with fresh, tart jammy raspberries. Fairly sour with a some vinegar. Finishes dry with some oak and earthy bitterness. The fruit flavor takes center stage. Some earthiness but not too funky. Effervescent but full carbonation with slightly viscous feel. Glad to try this fairly fresh but very curious to find out how this would develop over time. Delicious but if I have to choose a fruited lambic I prefer the Kriek.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Belgian Beer Shop, BE
Date: September 2012 bottling
Glass: Cantillon stem glass

Cantillon's Rose de Gambrinus is a delicious raspberry-inspired lambic, the result of an excellent base lambic and delicious ripe fruit. The result is a strongly sour, at times nearly puckering, beer that still retains its raspberry and lambic base flavors. Excellent, one I would seek out again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall bottle of light pink-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is about average for the style, the foam lasting a bit over one minute and fading to a thin cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session, thicker around the edges. Lacing is adequate, with a few dots clinging randomly along the sides of the glass. Body is a dark red-pink color, with light bringing out orange-pink-yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the hazy body, high in number and activity.

Aroma is of raspberry juice sweetness around the periphery, with strong acidity, and farmhouse-like scents (a bit of composting hay, mustiness, Brett-style "funk" - styrene?).

Front of palate tastes a strong mixture of fresh and dried raspberries with a bit of strawberry as well, isoamyl acetate, light tartness, and modest mustiness and composting hay. Mid-palate of very strong acidity leading to a powerful sourness blended with dried raspberry flavors; attendant other flavors are of composting hay, Brettanomyces funk, and mustiness. Back of palate is quite fruity, with strong flavors of sour raspberries, lesser light apple cider like acidity and associated strong tartness, and gentle background washes of Brettanomyces "funk" and mustiness. Aftertaste of strong basement mustiness, lingering raspberry esters, a bit of mineral flavor, and mild tartness.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a lightly fizzy, then softly foamy mouthfeel that works for the style. Closes dryly, with medium-high stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with Keith_R, served in Cantillon tasters

A - Blush link, no head/lacing.

S - Vinegar and mustard with a pinch of raspberry and a touch of baby diaper.

T - Much better than the nose, straight raspberry bubblegum with a nice acidity.

M - Drying light and refreshing

O - Surprised at how little sweetness remained, I would have preferred a touch more.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz capped and corked bottle (bottled 17 May 2013) poured into a Lindeman's flute. Slow pour to keep the sediment behind.

Appearance: Clear coppery red with a thin white head on top. Some occasional small islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Raspberries, hint of fresh picked sweet berries, some mustiness. As it warms up there is some sweet malt under it all.

Taste: Very Tart! Raspberries, fresh squeezed lemon juice, just a hint of wood. Some bready malt in there, but it is fleeting. Crisp and sharp tartness at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Dry, airy carbonation, acidic juice attack on the teeth briefly and then its gone.

Overall / Drinkability: I'm going to hit drinkability first - I can finish a bottle but I wish I had paired it with a fruity dessert. One per night is enough. Overall, a mouth-puckering one of a kind beer, but I think I'm still acquiring the taste of sours and lambics. An interesting slow-sipper but I was not expecting this much tartness. Any more tart and it would not be drinkable, like it is calibrated to be right at the edge of tolerance to push you to a new taste, but not push you over the edge into disgust and inability to finish it. So I'll list this one as my current high limit on tart lambics I can tolerate and finish. A good milestone in my continuing exploration of beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 26 September 2012

A: Hazy but beautiful pink to ruby in color. Some light pink foam and a bit of retention.

S: Pretty funky and vinegary. More than I expected. Definitely get the raspberries although they're fainter that I had hoped.

T: Tart and fruity. Nice tingle with a pleasant finish. Man I want this fresh!!! But its nice that its not overly fruity and still very much beer.

M: Still some good carbonation and body. Great feel and flavor.

O: Glad this survived. Would love to taste this fresh but still a top notch Lambic.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Cantillon Tulip. Bottled 27 May 2013. Thanks Eric for allowing me to try this!

A- Pours a slightly hazy, fizzy cherry colored body with a light pink, 2 finger head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing

S- Upfront is some Belgian funk, citrus/lemon juice, tart berries, and a woody mustyness. The aromas become a lot more pronounced after 20 or so minutes of sitting.

T- Quite dry upfront, tart berries, fermented fruit, bready/yeasty, the finish is somewhat astringent with a slight bitterness reminiscent of citrus peel, followed by raspberry notes.

M- Pretty high carbonation, but light and refreshing on the tongue.

Cantillon never disappoints, and this beer is an example of why they brew the world's most authentic lambics. Very nice when drank fresh. Recommendable.

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Photo of katalijne
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 375 ml bottle, bottled 3 September 2013, poured into a Cantillon tumbler.

A: Really pretty deep rose red. Cloudy, almost opaque. Pours with a pink two-finger head that recedes very quickly leaving only a few tiny bubbles along the edge of the glass.
S: A lot of barnyard funk, and some sour raspberry. More of a raspberry scent about five minutes after pouring.
T: Tart raspberry flavor with some vinegar-like sourness. It has a nice, not overpowering tart puckery flavor. The almost-sour-cherry-like raspberry flavor at the back sticks around nicely.
M: Pretty much perfect, it's fairly light with just enough carbonation and body.
O: This is my first Cantillon (a Christmas present from my boyfriend Ljudsignal!), so, after hearing so much about all of their sours, I had pretty high expectations. Fortunately, Rose de Gambrinus lives up to the hype; I thought it was a very good framboise. The sourness is balanced with the other flavors in a way that some other sours I've had haven't been - I can see why Cantillon is considered to be one of the best.

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Photo of Ljudsignal
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Cantillon, whee! 2013 vintage, consumed fresh. 375ml bottle into Night Shift snifter. Big thanks to my lovely girlfriend katalijne for sharing her Christmas present with me ;)

Pours a majestic grapefruit-red with a frothy one-finger pink head. Head dissipates swiftly, leaving visible carbonation in the form of a steady stream of bubbles and a light ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No legs or lacing, as expected.

In the nostrils, a strong, lactic barnyard funk mingles pleasantly with tart berry notes. Raspberry is not the dominant fruit note, surprisingly--I do smell it, but also strong notes of sour cherry and tannic oak. Very pleasant.

In the mouth, a strong lemon juice tartness up front yields to a mid-palate full of tart raspberry as well as sour cherry, oak and tannins, earthy funk, vinegar, and a subtle Belgian yeast spiciness. Finishes oaky and tart. Almost sweet at times from the fruitiness of it, but the funk and vinegar tartness combine to keep it skirting the sweetness line rather than crossing it.

On the tongue, crisp, effervescent, and very dry. Relatively high carbonation keeps the beer refreshing and the tartness from becoming overwhelming.

On the whole...I get the hype now. I really do. This is a delicious and refreshing sour, and I truly hope this is only the start of my Cantillon consumption.

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Photo of gr0g
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish-pink color with a small, light pink-colored head. Hazy, much darker than a sparkling rose, with very fine bubbles. Fruity, musty aroma. A bit of lacto sour notes and a bit more of an acetic acid note. Floral and fruity with more generic berry and sour cherry notes rather than raspberry specifically.

There's major tartness but also some sweetness, and raspberry definitely comes through in the flavor from this 3 month old bottle. Lots of tart berry with a relatively low amount of funk, perhaps masked by the tartness. Really liking the tart/sweet dual nature of this. Fizzy, slick mouthfeel that's well-restrained. Minimal harshness.

This is the first sour ale that I really enjoyed quite a bit. Better than any sparkling wine of similar style I've had.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Intense dark pink color with pinkish head. Aroma has really fresh, bright raspberry and a really light lambic funk. Taste follows with the intense fruit flavor, medium tartness, but overall really balanced. This together with the regular Cantillon kriek are probably the best regular fruit lambics you can get.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.22 out of 5 based on 2,314 ratings.
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