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


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RATINGS: 1460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
"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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2006
2004 750 ml bottle from ClarkVV. Pours a hazy copper color with a small white head. Nose smells of light fruit and brett. A sour touch overwelms everything around it. Palate is sour and fresh. A nice crispness to the beer. the flavor is 100% brett and wild yeast. A nice sourness and lots of sour feelings to it. Bits of fruit attempt tp save the day but the sourness is not to be tampered with. A sour beer this shall remain happily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2011 750mL bottle dated 29 September 2010. Pours lightly hazy to clear ruby with an average, fizzy and very active pink head, short retention with little to no lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw, cereal, biscuit), light hops (earthy), and average esters (berry) with notes of raspberry flesh, skin, and seeds. Flavor is average malt (hay, straw, cereal, biscuit), light hops (earthy), and average esters (berry) with notes of acetic acid, raspberry flesh, skin, and seeds. Light body and low warmth, high carbonation, no creaminess with a dry and biting finish. The raspberries come across very fresh and smooth. The tartness is little more than what the raspberries are contributing. Original rating from 6-13-2006: (8 3 7 3 15) 12-oz. corked and capped bottle. Pours a hazy ruby with some orange notes, a foamy-frothy pink head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is fruity berries (raspberry), citrus notes (lemon), malt, yeast, grass, hay and straw. Tart, acidic green raspberries with a lemon zing that forces the saliva glands into action. Medium bodied and fizzy, dry palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 750ml bottle, vintage 1979
Consumed at Kulminator, Antwerp, May 2006 (27 years cellared)

Crystal clear orange amber colored body with a small filmy white or tan head that does not stay around for long. The bottle is quite old, obvisouly, and is green with a white paint mark on the face, and red tape near the cork. The cork looks like it’s been to hell and back, at least on the exposed side. Surprisingly rich nose of seedy raspberries and with a light pear note. Up front it’s mild, slightly sweet, fruity raspberries present, smooth and creamy actually, with a solid fruit tartness that you might find in a lucky raspberry or two... a natural tartness, at least, is what it appears. Dries in a strange (good) way as it goes over the tongue. By the finish, this beer has done a number... incredibly devine, with a dry, ashy finish... it’s a bottle of gueze as old as I am, and it cost me €25, but it was more than worth it. I want another.

Photograph of Bottle & Glass
http://www.youforgotpoland.org/beer/CantillonF />Earlier Rating: 6/25/2005 Total Score: 4.3
750ml bottle, 2003 vitnage
Consumed June 2005 (2 years cellared)

Of the Cantillon products Iíve been fortunate enough to try, this one has to be one of the best. This beer is nothing less than magnificent. Has a perfect cranberry and white grape aroma, complete with the farmhouse aromas of the Cantillon yeast... wild woody esters, stale aged hops, some strawberries and some aggressive cranberry and grape flavor. Especially puckery and aggressive, even by Cantillonís standard, like super freaked up grapefruits... this beer is amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2939) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Re-rate, bottle at Durty Nellieís in Jan 08: Much more appreciated the style and production this time around, although itís firmly soured, tart, and funky. You canít beat a product like this if youíre looking for a true fruit lambic. Raspberry influences were farm more prominent this time around. Nice stuff. Original rating: Bottled in 2004. I keep attempting to gain in my appreciation of hard core lambics, and itís not working. The appearance was the best part, nice ruby reddish rose color (although no head). Aroma was barnyard funky with a lot of tart and sourness. The flavor was much of the same with the raspberries only coming through at a very low level. The sour and funkiness far overpower any other qualities of this one. Mouthfeel was flat and acidic feeling.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 Bottle. 1979 vintage. The label is completely ravaged! Pours a bright orange-gold and relatively clear to start out with a small white head. The aroma is surprisingly very juicy for 27 years - not so much as the 3F Framboos but I suppose that is to be expected for the age. Lots of funkiness but not in the acidic horseblanket way - I get strange notes of mustard and pickles. The fruit flavour is much more subtle and as a result it’s quite soft though there is still plenty of life - carbonation or otherwise. Tartness is evident and there is significant fruit acid. As it progresses the raspberry begins to grow and it appears to be quite juicy and yet still remarkably soft. Unfathomable complexity as the liquid diminishes. The lower portion brought upon some large black chunks of what I imagine to be cork or just awful looking sediment. It took me a good part of two and a half hours to finish this entire bottle and my stomach wasn’t too happy about it - the great thing about the Kulminator is that I wasn’t short of other things to order in the interim. It’s truly amazing how well this has stood up with time but I still wish I could have tried it back in the day. Had a full 750mL bottle at Kulminator in Antwerp on May 16, 2006.
Earlier Rating: 7/3/2005 Total Score: 4.1
750mL bottle. 2004 cork. opaque fluorescent red coloured body with a long lasting small white head. complex aroma - tons of funk with just the faintest amount of tart raspberries. flavour starts out with sweet juicy raspberries and wheat characteristics. very tart and flavourful complexity. I just love the drinkability of this concotion and continue to be impressed with Cantillon.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2006
75 cl bottle. Ruby colour with no head. Yearty and sour aroma, hints of raspberry. Very sour and acidity flavour hard to find anything but sourness, I hope I one day could love this kind of beer.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2006
From bottle. Poured ruby red. Fizzy, fast diddipating white bubbly head. Aroma of sour cherries and berries. First sip brings a funky, sour, earthiness. Berry in the aftertaste. Smooth and refreshing. Crisp. Dry mouthfeel. medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2006
Just brought up 400 ratings and what better way to celebrate. Bottle from the Chequers Inn in Binham (Norfolk) to cap off a fine dinner. A hazy peachy red colour with the carbonation you would expect. A sour fruit aroma of cherrries. Sourness grabs your tongue, as you would expect with a Cantillon, but gives way to a subtle smoothness, allowing the strawberries to come through in the flavour. A clinging bitter dryness follows, along with flavours of cherries in the finish. Yum (and worth every pence of the price).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Pours red with a flat ring of bubbles. Smells of horseblankets, raspberries and some grassy elements. Tastes tarte and dry with raspberries at the forefront.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Another out-of-this-world product from Cantillon. I realize that the price is a bit off-putting for a beer, but something of this quality canít be made on the cheap. Think of it as buying quality over quantity. The aroma is a bit fruity, like a berry of some kind, along with the usual funkiness associated with a high quality lambic but itís softer somehow, not quite as in your face. Appearance is a lighter red/pinkish color, nice bubbles, decent head, incredible clarity. Mouthfeel is acidic and stripping. Flavor is sour, yet soft. Sweet and funky and perfectly balanced all the way around. Outstanding.

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