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


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RATINGS: 1451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
StateofTrance (35) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
God was this a disappointment and I actually expected something much better. The Rose De Gambrinus has the be the most acidic beverage I have ever had to inatake. Try downing a 750 ml and ur gonna find yourself gushing alka seltzer and chewing rolaids all night. Come on Cantillon we expect much better.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jimhilt (2465) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy red/amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is remarkably like vomit. Starts as sour apples becomes more sour like lemon juice, dry finish; easily the least enjoyed Belgian I have had. 750ml bottle - gift from Vintage Cellars Blacksburg, Va.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JesSayan (9) - USA - JAN 18, 2007 does not count
2001. - Originally sampled in, maybe 03? Hazy peach, pink-hued head. Tiny streams of carbonation work their way towards the top of the beer. The head disapates rather quickly. Initially the nose is of fresh raspeberries, before long that disintegrates into an incredibly funky mix of acidity, wild funk and soured milk. Lactic sourness at first, with straw and subtle hints of raspberries. There’s a component that’s reminiscent of bile and a sort of body-like funk that’s like, well, I know I’m going to catch flack for this, but it has to be said. There’s a distinct taste of pussy here. I simply don’t know how to say it without being crude, I’m sorry. It’s the closest thing to the flavor I can describe. Nicely crisp and acidic. Finishes sour and fruity. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours gold with reddish notes with a very fizzy head. Aroma is very tart, with lots of ripe fruit, and wine-like qualities. Flavor is powerful yet delicate with a blast of tarty sour followed by light notes of raspberry and floral hints.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2007
Although I enjoy lambics but this is rip your head of sour maybe some day I will have to have a young one because I didn’t get a big framboise flavour from this one. Will re-rate another time and I look forward to doing just that. Page 103 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 439 out 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Hmm, what color is this? It looks pink/amber in the glass (a champagne flute) until I lift it to the light. Then it is rusty peach color. There is a thin head of tan/pink foam that dissipates almost immediately. Initial tart cidery aroma, followed by mild cheese (cheese?) and raspberry. Tart, funky, and acidic in the initial flavor, followed by sour raspberry. Light bodied and mildly effervescent. Quite dry in the finsh. A raspberry cider flavor lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish-pink, with a decent sized light pink colored head that slowly settles out. Aroma is funky yeast, some sourness, raspberry. Flavor is raspberry, yeast, grapefruit, grass, straw. Palate is mega dry, medium carbonation, acidic, sour. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy bright red, with a tiny head and red cordial look about it... as with the other 4 bottles I purchased from the brewery, carbonation was nearly non existent, which I think is pretty bad form. Aroma shows the typical Cantillon brettyness well, very dry and barny, with some fresh raspberry in the background. The flavour at first is very light and fruity, but comes stronger as the tartness set in... the raspberries are well balanced in, providing a slight sweetness. By the finish, the sourness is really strong, setting the scene for a massive dry, fruity twang. Great, but held back so much by the lack of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2007
2005 bottle – Orange red-brown body, huge beautiful white-pink head; Beautiful light fresh raspberry nose, barrel, hay, grapefruit and some barnyard; Soft, light, perfect sparkle, fruity acidy fresh and a pleasant amount of it (not to the extreme as often the case with Cantillon brews), soft texture; Very long fruity lemon acidy fresh finish, a very little balanced acetic acid as well, pleasant aromas more ripe grapefruit then raspberry, though. Very, very nice and very drinkable beer.
Earlier Rating: 6/4/2006 Total Score: 3.9
Thanks to “mjames” for letting me taste this wonder at Kulminator, I hope I can make up for it some day – Orange-golden clear and beautiful; Very special, deep and super balanced nose with lots of complexity: still some wood, warm vinegar, very little well hidden raspberry; Balanced, but not exceptional body, a little watery, it doesn’t have the immense sourness that comes with most Cantillons, I guess it has mellowed out with time; Into very sour finish that finishes a bit to short, quite a bit of raspberry hear, together with some wood and some very, very late sweet mustard. You can easily taste age in this beer, but it is actually incredibly virile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 19/20
unclemattie (4356) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Cork states it was bottled in 2.004! What a find! Light orange color. Aroma of fresh picked raspberries. Taste of a handfull of tart raspberries just thrown into your mouth. Awesome. Enjoyed at room temp., the flavor opens up the more it is exposed to air. WOW, what a find! SOUR CITY!

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