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

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RATINGS: 1386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.



3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Pink with copper hues. Small, hissing, bubbly, white head disappears quickly. Carbonation bubbles coat the inside of the entire glass. Wild yeast and sour raspberries in the aroma. Same flavor with a matching aftertaste. Dry finish. Light/medium body. Less carbonation than expected. Beautiful beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2005
bottled in 2002. funky somewhat cheesy aroma. taste is very intensly sour with the obvious raspberry. lightly carbonated citrus sour grapefruit in the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2006 Same sourness as a gueuze but with the sweetness of fresh raspberries. I could almost feel the gnashing of berries in my mouth. Very naturally flavored without the heaviness of sugars or extracts. It looked like bubbly Capri Sun. The finish was bitter and medicinal. Re-Rate 7/19/2006 - What the hell was I thinking the first time? Perhaps I just wasn’t ready for it. Overtime, this style has grown on me a bit. And after visiting Brussels, I don’t know what could be more indicative of the taste and style of the country - a beer culture with a wine influence.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Musty barn floor aroma. pale pink/red color with no head to speak of. The first flavor that I notice is moldy jute cloth sack followed by some intense sourness and with an even stale flavor of lemon and overripe fruits. Perhaps it is betetr to age this as I find it too over the top sour in its current condition.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2005
375 ml bottle - from the brewery. Golden rose color and clear with a fizzy, whitish pink head that diminished to a thin ring and skin of bubbles. Sour fruit aroma, horse blanket, wet wool and a hint of flowers. Tart, bitter, dry flavor, unripe raspberries, pink champagne, a little funk and floral notes. Light body and fine carbonation. Quite nice!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUL 24, 2005
2003: Of all the stuff that we tried with mjames and lilannie I could have stopped after this one. My first from this brewery was the jackpot. Unrelenting sour fruit, grapefruit, hint of pickle, all with a terrific barnyard aroma.....left me at a loss for words.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PandoraGreen (27) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle at Pub Italia, shared with PintByPint. Cloudy rose tinted golden colour. Fruity sour scent. Sour, puckery taste, very acidic. I found this to be more acidic then their Gueuze. Enjoy the taste, but the acidicness didn’t sit well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gilvanblight (801) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
Golden rose colour with a thin but nice head. Strong sour scent of fruts and flowers. Puckery sour like ’sour worms’ not much traditional beer taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Pours pink and has some fruit on the nose.Flavor was of tart berries.Finish was a little strange.Can quite put my finger on it

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6772) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Bottled in 2004. This golden/orange lambic poured with a very thin white head, eliciting a strong fruity aroma. The flavor is very tart with a long dry finish. This one was considerably more sour than the other versions of framboise I have tried.


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