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

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RATINGS: 1475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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 rosé, dedicated not to Bacchus but to Gambrinus.

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



3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (860) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Bottle shared by sliffy i think. Poured with some reddish and pinkish hues and a little white head. Aroma was of a little barnyard and some dirty clothes with a little grapes to it. Flavor was a little tart but not too sour. A little lactic with a descent palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Tried at the 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party in Carlsbad, CA. Possibly the best beer tasting ever, with 70 bottled and 20 draft beers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
This is one of those beers that I’ve had a bunch of times have always loved it, but, for some reason never rated it. Finally I remembered to actually do it this time. It pours with a cloudy rose body topped by a light head with some lacing left behind. It’s tart and sour as expected with nice fruity notes and that great Cantillon funk. Light bodied, crisp and dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
Orange pinking poor with no effervescence. Aromas of humidity, raspberries, a hint of cherries, green apples and rhubarb. Flavors are of raspberries, very sour and acidic. Dry mouthfeel with added rhubarb. Extreme sourness. Intense full bodied palate with exceptional purity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle 2006 Poured a deep pinkish red body with very thin head. Aroma is of sour beeries, horseblanket, and an odd resembleness to cranberries. Flavor is slight sour, lightly fruity with the raspberries having a small presence, but overall having a light body and ton( I got the sence of a watery drink sometimes). I have to admit though the more I drank it the more it really grew on me. Very nice aftertaste. Would like to try again after many years of cellaring.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Tasted at Cantillon, Brussels. A very sour aroma with barnyard and sour characteristics, as well as light fruit. Sour raspberry flavor. Clearly natural raspberry. A red beer and heavily carbonated. Yeasty aftertaste. Outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from Uto. Apricot colour with no head. Nose of sour berries, vinegar, orange and honey. Taste of raspberries, lemons and grapes...A raspberry lemonade geueze so to speak. Medium bodied, mouth-watering tart and acidic mmmm...Just my style.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Poured a reddish gold, definitely settles as a rose. Virtually no head. Aroma of hay, alcohol, hints of fruitiness. Relatively complex taste - once you get past the first sour blast. Raspberries, lemons, green grapes and wood. This is the way a lanbic should taste... not Lindemans

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10801) - Sřborg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2007
Bottled @ Kulminator (Vintage 1979). Amber coloured. Unclear. Fluffy off white head. Label is totally unreadable, only small bits of paper are left. Aroma of raspberries, earth, light sweetness and a massive acidic sourness. Impressive. Flavour as well is very good. Again loads of earth and barnyard. Massive sourness which is hardly countered by any sweetness. Rasperries are notable. Full flavoured. Very dry and acidic. Ends on a light sour raspberry note. Awesome how well this beer has aged. Might be a bit weak on the fruits, but nothing to really bother about. Try it if you hit Kulminator. Its only 25€, which I find to be a bargain.
Earlier Rating: 6/5/2004 Total Score: 3.9
Bottled @ the brewery: Is Rosé coloured. Dense and small off white head. Has a nice sourness blended with a vague fruitsweetness. Very sour flavour. Has a light touch of rasberry. Ends dry and fruity with a acidic tone. Nice one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4950) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 2005 bottle. Pour is a hazy orangish red with little to no head. Aroma of barnyard funk, tartness, lemon, and a little bit of raspberries. Flavor is very tart and sour. Mostly lambic funk flavor with notes of fruit. Rerate, I have had this many more times in bottle and once draft at the brewery. Tastes change, love the sours.


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