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

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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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"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.



4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
very tart berries and horseblanket. Great balance and depth, lemon zest and bret perfection.
Earlier Rating: 3/3/2005 Total Score: 4.8
Like angels kissing your tongue. Beautiful nose an color wonderful tart raspberry balance to the lemony acidity that is a hallmark of the Cantillon beers.AMAZING, complex and yet ever so delicate.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2005
(2004 bottling) This beer alone might be enough reason for me to move to Belgium. Itís amazing. It has a beautiful cloudy presentation. The head is thin and doesnít last long. The bubbles on the inside of the glass (I used a short goblet) add to the attractiveness. Itís a pleasure just to look at it. The nose is delicate but present. It has the character of a lambic with the slightest hint of the fruit. As you inhale more, the fruit dominates. The mouthfeel is clean and there are no apparent off-flavors. Folks, this is a sour beer, and unless you have the appreciation for this kind of beer, leave it to the folks that do. Iím one of those who do enjoy sourness. There is not a drop of residual sugar that I noticed, and Iím pretty attuned to sweetness. If youíre a diabetic, this is the beer style that you should learn to love. I donít know what else to say about this except that opening this bottle made me realize that itís been three weeks since Iíve been to Belgium and Iím long overdue for a return visit.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Big aroma of horse-blanket and leather covering over-ripe fermenting raspberries. Appears orange-pink with lots of effervescence and a head that would have been huge had I allowed it. Super-sour, almost one-dimensional flavor with underlying horsiness and almost nothing sweet whatsoever. Palate is light and difficult to measure because the beer is so overpowerlingly sour that it shocks the senses. Overall, this beer is much less than the sum of its parts due to the overwhelmingly high marks for aroma and appearance coupled with the overwhelmingly low marks for flavor. I will read the reviews of others and decide whether I owe this one a re-rate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Outrageously inconsistent, to my palate anyway but when itís on, itís on. Iíve 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. Iíve 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.
Earlier Rating: 1/9/2005 Total Score: 4
Hand bottled version. Beautiful dark magenta in color with a small light pink head of thinning foam. Vibrant, fruit forward (raspberry) aroma with the typical hints of dry maggot filled wood, horseblanket and lambic. Nice aroma overall. Compared to the Rose de Gambrinus, this has a much deeper raspberry fruitiness, although it is no where near as sour. Tasty. Thanks Dr. Bill.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle: Real nice tart raspberry aroma. Pours a hazy orangish-yellowish-pink with a white head that quickly fades to a ring. Very tart and sour raspberry. Seems to get even more tart in the finish. Thanks to Eyedrinkale.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle. Reddish-pink colored with a nice white head. Sour and tart aroma with lots of raspberry presence. Ultra tart flavors with hints of berry sweetness. Dry palate. Nice!!! Thanks Mike.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
A rather nice blonde leathery soomth drink with some slap in the face sourness to boot! Abundant raspberry, cherry, blackberry and other fermented fruits. Abounds with flavour. A tad vinous and very much saored. this peach/pink drink is divine!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Murky red/orange with a thin head and good lacing. Nice sour and berry nose. Good and tart. I taste sour raspberry, barnyard/horse blanket and blue cheese. Would go great with a salad with raspberry vinaigrette on it. Very nice beer. Thanks to my friend Ty for this one!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2005
OK I had it already, stop pushing the picture in my face. This was real fruit. How did I know? Its -14 celcius outside the bar, 10 yards that-a-way, and there were fruit flies buzzing around my glass. Darn good for its style, and gave taste and some smoothness to the medical level cleanup of my palate.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2384) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Cloudy orange. Big head thatís quickly diminishing. Big, sour horseblanket aroma with a tart berry undertone. Very light boded and effervescent but still a huge bretty hammer of sour power--not subtle but tasty.


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