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


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RATINGS: 1409   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10603) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Rosť 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 donít 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 (2675) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Yikes! My first real lambic (had only had Lindemans and other sweetened lambics before). So overwhelmingly sour! Much more so that even Rodenbach Grand Cru and other flemish sours Iíve had. The raspberry was there but it was very difficult to pick up on... just every once in a while youíd get a quick taste of it. Aroma was nice and rich but was a little funky and didnít feature raspberries as prominantly as Iíd like (in fact, hardly at all). Still, a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14442) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 Bottled. Reddish clear with no head. Sour, mouldy aroma. Sweet and sour flavor with fruityness in the back. Crisp and dry finish. Rating: 6-3-5-3-15-3.2. (051028)

Bottle, 37.5cl. 2005 vintage. It pours a semi-clear orange-golden body, topped by a cute, white head with some pinkish notes. Sediments in the bottle. Itís horsey and barnyardish on the nose, with a cheese-like touch and some berries in the back. Some lemon-like and slightly mould scents too. Tart and puckering in the mouth, with a fine citric touch. Medium body, maybe a bit watery. Cheese notes, horseblanket, super-sour berries, lemon juice and a touch of old, soaked wood in the flavor. Lasting astringent, lemony finish with a distinct flavor of berries. A nice teeth-cleansing beer bearing the age well. Yummy. (090111)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4662) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2005
[RBG Low Countries 2005] (1979) Aroma is quite sweet-siruppy. Fruity (raspberry). Bit winey, some wood. Orange and a bit red coloured with no head. Taste is oaky, bit fruity (raspberries) and moderate tartness. Offcourse... this is a dry brew. :)
Earlier Rating: 9/8/2003 Total Score: 3.5
Nice strong aroma of fruits and oak. Complex, quite good. Appearance is okay, lasting (short) head. Pink/Orange coloured; cloudy. Taste is quite sour, fruity (raspberry), yeasts and woody. Dry palate. But too sour imo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2005
Bottle, 1979 vintage(Tasted October, 2005). Well for a start, this beer is older than me, and it still manages to taste absolutely wonderful. Lovely rasberry seed sourness (like when you get the rasberry seeds stick in your teeth). Lovely horseblankets/farmyard aromas, mouthfeel is puckering, juicy, sour, and very refreshing. You just have to love it. I canít belive this beer is over 25 years old......amazing.
Earlier Rating: 1/1/2002 Total Score: 4.2
The smell reminds of being at the brewery, soooooo stinky, composty, something in the smell reminds of the countryside. The acidic made my eyes water, which is always a good sign, has the same consistentcy as sparkling wine, champagne, but i think this a little bolder, drier and acidic than any champagne i've ever had. Not a lot of fruit in this one, you can taste the seeds of the fruit and not the flesh, bone dry from start to finish, puckering, refreshing, and absolutely lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2005
I really tried with this beer. I consumed it over the course of an entire evening with minimal help from my wife (who made me buy this in the first place). Pours a bit hazy. Color of a blood orange with a light white, and quickly dissipating head. The aroma is funky. Sour aromas (sour fruit) and hints of salty barn yard or leather. Interesting. The flavor is sour! Not overwhelmingly so but strong and mouth watering. There is fruit but raspberry is by no means assertive. Itís more of a citrus presence of under-ripe fruit. Some musty/saltiness, sourdough bread. Iím sure this is some people thing, but not mine. Has a carbonated light-medium body. Semi-dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2005
(Bottled) Hazy, darkish peach color with a small, white head. A delicious, fresh, quite dry raspberry and cherry aroma. Very deiicously fruity, tart flavor of raspberry and some cherries. Dry, astringent finish. Medium-bodied, very dry and acidic, not too sour, but very balanced palate with quite low carbonation. An excellent, balanced and fruity Cantillon!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2005
Dark orange color, no head. Very cloudy appearance. Strongly sour, dry and some fruits also in aroma. Medium bodied. Strongly sour and dry flavor with hints of raspberry, extraordinary for my experience. Strongly sour aftertaste which lasts.

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