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


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RATINGS: 1485   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1941) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
ahh Lambic such an odd brew but so intresting and nice once you figure out a true lambicpink with little or no head, tart, spritzy little sweet, lingers a while on your palate again a nice one
Earlier Rating: 10/22/2006 Total Score: 3.7
red almost cherry in colour, definate champagne and as noted earlier and i just like the word spritzy, nice rasberry with the right amount of tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Hazy pale pink with little head. Tart and funky, distinct Cantillon aroma with clean raspberries added. Sharp and tart but balanced with some finishing sweetness. Silky body. Excellent raspberry flavor that lingers lighly on the palate. Easily the best framboise I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (8931) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 10/18/2006
Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm.
Shady red brown color, small white head. Acidic berry of cherry and raspberry scent. Very very acidic sour taste. A slight bit metallic in the aftertaste. Very very nice taste.

Bottle at 3 Små Rum, Göteborg. On May 24, 2011. Shared with deft that got it for me on my birthday :) Thanks!
Beautiful deep red to dark pink color, small pink head. Nice fruity and tart sour scent. Raspberry and tart acidic to sour taste. Mellow smooth mouthfeel, very low bitterness. I need to drink this more often.

375 ml bottle at Ölrepubliken on February 11, 2012.
Deep dark red color, pink head. That awesome pungent sour scent and taste, mixed in with fresh fruity notes, so amazing. Mouthpuckering mouthfeel, no bitterness. what a great beer to finish off with after you’ve had hoppy ones, I love it!

Bottle 75 cl on March 14, 2014, I got it a while back from Bierkompass. Bottled 20 Sep 2012.
Hazy copper color, off-white head. Raspberry, intense, sweet scent. Acidic, sour, berry taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, no bitterness. Acidic aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2006
Cork says bottled 2004. hazy pink colour with no head, fruity aroma, sour taste like shurbert. An aquired tatse, finshs dry on mouth but makes eyes water!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3741) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2009 bottle - Pours red with a thin, fading head and effervescent carbonation. It smells mainly of sour raspberries. The body is medium with a good sour, fruity taste without being overwhelmingly sour. It has a light finish. The lambic funk is most noticeable in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2006
Bottled - Kulminator- Antwerpen - 1979 vintage. A reddish coloured beer with hardly any head. The aroma is lovely spritzy fruit with raspberry seeds to the fore. The taste is tart and sour with raspberry notes. Quite restrained for a Cantillon. The sourness is only hinted at, although the re is a little lambic burn. Had the pleasure of smelling the cork. Twas like drowned spiders. Cheers Kook good onya.
Earlier Rating: 10/18/2004 Total Score: 3.5
Bottled. The colour of rose wine with a large white head which quickly disappears. The aroma is very sour with raspberries and other fruits. The taste is lip-smackingly sour with the fruits coming through including some crisp green apples. Very woody as well. Nice but challenging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (15649) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2006
1979 bottle from The Kulminator. Reddish brown colour with thin white head. Yeasty, raspberry aroma. Odd sharp fruit on end. A little harsh, but it has stood up to the test of time amazingly well.
Earlier Rating: 7/31/2006 Total Score: 3.2
375ml bottle. Clear reddish pink with thin pink head. Sour aroma with some red fruits, but mostly sour lemons. Oh man, this is just way too sour. There is some residual sweetness from the fruit. I would prefer some more depth. Sweetness on end is pretty nice. It really isn’t that pleasant to drink and I don’t find it interesting enough. Back to the Boon and De Cam I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (11408) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 Kulminator Antwerp: LCRBM "afterparty". I was allowed to taste this magnificent 1979 beer. Lively raspberry and lemon aroma and flavor. Still very sour, hasn’t eased down a bit, I’d guess. A great beer Rated in februari 2002 Total Score: 3.9. Barnyard aroma with cherry and citrus. Very sour taste with cherry, vanilla and a bit of raspberry. Very dry. Not my favorite Cantillon, still a very good beer. 1986 bottle, tastes in De Kulminator in september 07. Raspberry aroma. Wood, lemon and raspberry in the flavor. Long lemon aftertaste. Still in top shape. Tap @ Borefts 2014. Pink. Raspberry and lemon in the aroma. oak, vanilla and raspberry in the lemony sour flavor. Great, complex and incredible beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7940) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
Bottle. Small white head. Hazy red body. Acidic raspberry aroma. Refreshing acidic raspberry flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 12 oz bottle

To celebrate the successful completion of a 100-mile century, I popped this one open on Labor Day. It was a bit pricy but extremely enjoyable. If only it were less than $7.50 per bottle I would pick it up more often. As it is, it remains a nice change of pace from stouts and pale ales. According to the cork my bottle was sealed in 2004.

Aroma / Appearance - Sour raspberries, cedar chips and a general funk compose the bulk of the nose. It is not extremely complex but it is very balanced and fun to smell. The body poured into my champagne flute with no head, leaving behind a maple syrup colored body. There was plenty of carbonation; it did not start to fade until the glass was almost three-quarters empty.

Flavor / Palate - The first thing I picked up on was the sourness. While not quite as mouth-puckering or throat clearing as La Folie, it still packed a nice kick. When my taste buds returned, I detected a nice mixture of raspberries, vanilla, peaches and a vinegary funk (though not in a bad way as you would get with other styles). The finish was extremely distinct; it resembled the taste you would get some trying to chew on a handful of mulch. The sourness is the main star here but the total package is one that everyone should enjoy. Develop your palate first though so you don’t come away thinking ’this is not beer’.

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