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


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RATINGS: 1416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (21565) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2006
Bottled. Very reddish colour with some amber hints, almost no head. While pouring sweet strawberry/raspberry mixed aroma, with the Cantillonish-bitter-sour notes coming after it is in the glass. Strong Cantillonish lambicflavour. Aftertaste has some weak fruity and berryish hints, but as usual the sourness/bitterness covers it up pretty much. Some wineish hints also.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, Bottled 2004). Delicate pinky orange colour. Some raspberry aroma but more reminscent of the seeds and plants than the actual fruit. Restrained musty cellar aroma with a solid oaky component. Nicely sour but not overly so - provides enough acidity to produce a light zesty tingle along with the faint carbonation. Very little sweetness but all the same not out of kilter. As I drank some of the fruit aspects faded to a more vinous component. In many ways quite wine like, although as a wine would be overly acidic. Nice and interesting for a fruit lambic although I generally prefer gueuze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1959) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle. Reddish orange colour with a slim white head. Nice fresh, barnyardy and sour raspberry aroma. Nicely sour, strongly acidic taste; some raspberry and other fruit. Quite a strong woody element. Some sweetness but dominated by the sour. Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2006
VINTAGE 1979. Vieille bouteille verte et poussiéreuse sans étiquette. Le bouchon est noirci et est en décomposition avancée, sentant la vieille cave sale et humide. Couleur orangée aux reflets cuivrés, faible quantité de mousse blanche tachetée. Arômes dont les fruits se font toujours très expressifs, même après toutes ces années. Fruits style framboise mais aussi rhubarbe et pommes vertes, étant initialement en compétition avec les vapeurs de vieille cave et de terre moisie…Heureusement celles-ci se résument éventuellement. Acidité lactique et acétique toujours présente, dans un bel équilibre, fruits surs et acide se mariant bien aux douces notes de madérisation, rappelant ainsi un vieux vin blanc. Texture huileuse, faible effervescence, tout en subtilité. Bouteille, Kulminator, Janvier 2006.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Bottled. Pours an almost electric shade of reddish orange. Wispy white head. A very sour barnyard smell fills the room while the glass still sits on the table. When I bring the glass closer I can pick out some horse blanket aromas along with raspberries, lemons and grass. The flavor is predominantly sour and acidic with huge notes of lemon, soil and almost a slight smoke or roast note to it. It finishes very dry with raspberries very evident in the aftertaste. What a beer! This is one of the best Cantillons I’ve had!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Pours orange/red tawny in color with only a tiny bit of foam rimming the glass. The nose in an intersting mix of barnyard and swee and tart rasberry. I do enjoy barnyard in many wines and some beers, but here it takes away from the lambic IMO. Very sour on the palate with rasberry overtones. Maybe a little lemony as well. Strong acidity, light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle thanks to Clarkvv: Pours to an opaque pink-orange body that glows various shades of pink when held to the light. Has a tiny white head, though it’s minimal at best. Aroma is hay, light barnyard, horseblanket, lightly tart raspberry, plenty of tartness with a hint of some old wood. Taste is very tart initially, giving notes of fruit and light citrus. Then notes of wood, aged barrels, faint raspberries, barnyard, musty lambic, sharp acidity, hints of yeast throughout. Sweet raspberries show themselves if air is sucked through the full mouth. Light-medium bodied, light carbonation, full sour palate. Finishes moderately dry with notes of light raspberries and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Rosé orange lambic with a thin white head. Fresh cherries in aroma with notes of horseblanket, barnyard. Sour cherries in mouth with lactic acid notes, very restrained and pleasant, an excellent balance. Medium bodied. Sampled at Quintessence Cantillon 2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 oh boy. I don’t get these sour brews, but I will keep trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2682) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2005
750 ml bottle, cellar-aged for 1 year, obtained at the brewery in Brussels in fall of 2004. Intriguing aroma of hay, straw, leaves and faint raspberry, plentiful tartness alongside lemony citrus and notes of fresh wood. Hazy, rusty orange-amber color, yielding a fine, slight but ever-present head and a light coat of lace. Fruity and citric flavor to start, turning a little towards the sweet side and seeing subtle yet insistent hints of raspberry emerge alongside suggestions of old, dry leaves and sharp, citric acidity. Intensely and wonderfully sour palate with a light, refreshing body and fine effervescence. Highly enjoyable and a true artisanal fruit lambic.

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