Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Brussels, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 1558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
"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 rosť, dedicated not to Bacchus but to Gambrinus.

The process to make this beer is identical to the one to make Kriek. When young, the Rosť de Gambrinus will still present its full fruity taste. Later on, the lambic taste will become dominant at the expense of the fruit taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgiskOlklub (1045) - Viby J, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle, 37,5 cl. Red, orange, clear, a minimal head. Heavily sour and medium sweetness. A good dry taste of raspberry, fruity and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5543) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Sampled at Cellarís Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN and shared by brewfiend. Pours a fizzy reddish/orange amber brew with a light pink and fast dissolving head. Aroma of light tart raspberries, some flowery and yeast funk, and some drid herbs. Taste is medium bodied, well carbonated with flavors of tart berries, barnyard yeasty funk, and a touch of sour apple skin. Finish is spritzy tart with a light yeast aftertaste. A nice fruity lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is a sour musty raspberry. Flavor is a medium tart with some raspberry. The flavor actually gets more tart as you go, but never so tart that it hurts. Overall the raspberry is an aftertaste instead of a prominent flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Pinkish/oarnge in color with a white head. Alot of sour rasberries in the nose along with some malt. A nice sipper - nice malt character balanced with the sour rasberry. One of the best lambics out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1909) - Phuket, THAILAND - OCT 28, 2007
June 2006 Bottling. Blood orange in colour; very illuminated and lively. Big nose of musty fruits and very sour raspberry fruits (and perhaps a touch of strawberry). A good lick of attractive confectionary-like aromas as well. Plenty of tight, zingy and intense acidic fruits; almost citrus like. Really quite a serious style that will age very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Pours no head over an interesting pulpy grapefruit-colored body. Lacing is loose and oily. Nose is sweet and sour with vinous fruits and dry yeast. Subtle raspberries, barnyard funk, sharp acid all around. Huge eye-twitching sour bite in the finish. High carbonation and medium/full body. Sweet and sour are almost perfectly balanced with the sour coming out on top. Tastes better with every sip. The best framboise Iíve had so far. Cantillon doesnít fail to please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Papaya colored with a thin ring of white foam. Loads of funk in the aroma: hay, barnyard notes and subtle raspberries. Very sharp and acidic, lots of sourness with raspberries hiding in the background. To put it simply, cantillion just does not make bad beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 A Mes rate: 1988 37.5cl bottle at DHVL.
As soon as this landed on the table in its basket and a generous portion poured into a beautiful etched Cantillon flute, I knew this was going to be special. The label was just starting to give way to biodegradation and obviously the bottle was very dusty. Mid afternoon autumn light was peeking through the windows, Ruud was starting to prepare me a steak in Roquefort and Rochefort sauce and once I started sniffing at this stuff, pretty much everything was perfect. This is utterly superb. Obviously quality aged lambic is generally a good thing but this seemed to be hitting the sweet spot right on the button. I watched Joost pour this from the other side of the bar and it looked nothing short of stunning with the light hitting the glass. Dark amber with a beautiful red hue and a thin white rim of bubbles. Itís an easy 5. Heavy, tart, seedy framboise on the nose but dig deeper and there are notes of sherry, strawberry, faint alcohol, wheat and spice. Itís a wonderfully warm and comforting smell. Surprisingly full in the mouth, like a jam roly poly. Sweet, tart, dry, tangy and surprisingly spritely for its age. It really is all over the place. Absolutely amazing. Zips round the mouth and wakes the taste buds banging a wooden spoon on the bottom of a saucepan. Finishes like thick strawberry jam on white bread, topped with fresh, yes still fresh, raspberries. Utterly sublime mouthfeel. Dry and sweet are balanced so perfectly it really is hard to describe. Clearly one of the best beers I have ever or will ever try and a shining example of what an incredible cellar Joost keeps.
Earlier Rating: 6/6/2005 Total Score: 3.8
A Mes rate: Very red. Slightly cloudy. Looks like fruit juice. No head at all, pretty much no carbonation. Nose is dusty with slight berries but very faint. Slight vinegar and salty sour plenty of fruit and fairly acidic. Dryish but not overly so. Finish is wonderful. Salt and vinegar crisps followed by the fruit. And itís looooong too. Unusual and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Pinkish-red hue, muddy, pink head, spotty lacing. Tart fruit up front, very acidic, damp/musky basement, (not a bad thing). Spritzy carbonation, lively mouthfeel, (even after sitting open for at least an hour). Quite mellow right off the bat, faint raspberry tartness. Dies out a little through the middle. Huge tart/sout/acid mouth puckering finish, leaves your mouth watering for more. After 4-5 times having this, and being somewhat dissapointed, by far the best bottle Iíve had. Unfortunately donít see any kind of bottling date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 Light red beer with tiny pink head. Accidic aroma with minor notes of raspberry. Taste is very sour like your typical Cantillon and again the pressence of rasberries is close to abscent. A fantastic framboise!

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