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


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RATINGS: 1355   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Color is hazy pigmented orange with no head. Acidic aroma with hints of sweetness. Taste is acidic and sour with notes of citrus. Dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2005
Impressive rose colour, non-existant head. The taste is sour cherries and rasberry...interesting, but the sourness is overwhelming to me...challenging, yet enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2005
Naked ladies on the label are always an eye catcher but this one didn’t quite get my taste bud going. Aroma of fermented fruit and got a verry tart flavor on the palate. Not the best lambic but alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2005 Bottle poured a pinkish red with very small head. Aroma and flavor of over ripe fruit. Very bitter taste but very enjoyable lambic that I would’nt mind drinking every once in awhile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2005
Pours an absolutely fantastic cloudy orange red color. Smells of raspberries and vinegar. Slightly pink head that dissapates quickly with some light lacing. VERY tart beer. Shocking at first but becomes quite appealing as your taste buds adjust. I won’t drink this often, but I will enjoy it when I do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2005
The beer after decanting the 12-ounce green bottle sets in the glass a beclouded orange-red color, the head is creamy in texture an a off white color, the size adequate, as it evaporates rather quickly, the residual lace is a thin satin sheet to drape the glass. The nose is jaw tightening in its tartness, with the light aromas of blue cheese, green grass, rising damp, and yes raspberries floods your senses, with just a touch of sweetness underneath it all, start is lightly sweet and enormously tart, the top light. Finish is devastatingly acidic with the sweet and sour raspberries lingering to the end, “Whoa Nellie”, this is so tart it makes your jaws hurt, ah the wonder of a true lambic, God I love’em.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2005
From A Bottle.Pinky red in colour with no head,aroma is of vinegar and apples, taste is fruity,tart and sour with an acidic twang in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (9808) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2005
Beautiful rose color, with no head. Ive had this beer before and I know its sopposed to be carbonated but this bottle {2004} is flat. Tart vinegar aroma with some fruit in the background. Tart sour flavor that lngers, not as much fruit as I remember. Still its a great lambic, but not for those who dont like tart or sour beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6041) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2005
NB Flute glass: Hazed multihued gold topped by a quickly fading fizzy head and no lace. This doesn’t look pink or rose to me, does have a tight stream of tiny bubbles. The aroma is still mostly gueuze than fruit, funky yeast esters and brett dominate the background of unripened (i.e. green) raspberry and lemongrass. The taste starts predictable, sour and yeast overtones followed by a HINT of fruit (more lemon and cherry than raspberry IMO) . The finish displays a touch of oak and some bready notes. The feel is lively but the palate is shocked by the sourness to call this refreshing, dry and a bit metallic on the finish. Overall, I guess I’m a bit disappointed into this beer. I was hoping for more raspberry tartness than lambic sourness (like in the Lou Pepe Framboise which I love and just bought another bottle). One is enough for a lifetime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
Vintage 1979 - enjoyed at Kulminator in Antwerp with my wife and Carlo (Lachesis)!
Golden copper colored with a small off-white head. Fruity and vinous aroma with some tones of raspberries but more of cloudberries, it reminds me a lot of the Cantillon Soleil de Minuit I had last year at Akkurat in Stockholm. Shows some sign of the age but still tart and very refreshing. Flavor shows a little bit of sourness, but is mellow and doesn’t has the sharpness of a fresh Cantillon. Dry and woody with rhubarb tones. Some cellar characters, but considering it’s is 26 years old it is very well preserved. Complex and very speciel.
Earlier Rating: 2/24/2004 Total Score: 3.3
Pours a hazy orange/amber beer with a fast disappearing head. Nose of wood, raspberries, malt. Tart and acidid. Flavor is extremely sour (the most sour lambic I have had so far) with fruity and woody tones. Ends in a tart dry raspberry finish. Quite nice but a little to harsh to be excellent!

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