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


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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Poured a cloudy red-orange with a bubbly head. The aroma was fairly light, with the raspberries present with a sherbet fizz in support. Intense sourness on tasting, but after the initial onslaught it gives was to a mellow fullness. It is really one of those beers that has you reaching for the glass the moment you put it back down, but I don’t know if my stomach could handle this acidity too regularly!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bomber, bottled 2004. dark pinkish colour with no head. typical cantillon funk in the nose with a raspberry tingle. taste is immediately barnyard yummy funk with a nice raspberry aftertaste that lingers on the palate. very pleasent and easy to drink. much smoother than the other cantillons i have tried. very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2006
12oz bottle purchased at Table and Vine in Northampton, MA. Smells like a musty cellar full of sour raspberries. Taste is lambic funk and tart fruit. There is a perfectly sharp lambic taste upfront with the carbonation and fruit to tickle the tounge as it goes down. This is everything that I look for in a lambic. Each sip makes me want more. Cantillon is one of my favorite breweries... get your hands on anything that they create.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7240) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Bottle. Golden pink color with no head. Tart raspberry and barnyard aroma - not very sweet. Tart, funky flavor that leaves a bit of fruity raspberry on the tongue. Slightly less body than expected.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 2, 2006
World class lambic, with a blend of cherry and raspberry. Cantillon brews some of the most traditional lambics, and are not sweetend, to please a bigger audience. Rose De Gambrinus is a phenomenal beer, with complex aromas, and flavors. Pours to a beautiful light ruby color, with a pink head that fades, and a lively carbonation. The nose is complex ,with sour vinous notes, along with aromas of horse blanket, cherry, and raspberry. The palate is lively, as flavors zing on the tongue. Oaky flavors marry with vinous flavors, and flavors of tart cherry and raspberry. Rose De Gambrinus finshes with more complex flavors up front, then ends bone dry with flavors of oak, sourness, and cherry stone. Amazingly complex, vibrant, and flavorful, this beer has tremendous cutting power. It would slice right though a rich pate, buttery cheeses, roasted beef, turkey, or pork. An ultimate aperitif beer, and an ultimate desert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
highlandlad (1433) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2006
Had high expectations of this that weren’t entirely sated. I guess I expected more bretty funkiness and found this surprisingly clean and simple. Cloudy peach colour with a nice perky head. Found the aroma to be sherbety and acidic, with some ice cream softness and raspberry sweetness, but missing the ’wildness’ that makes lambics so intriguing. On the tongue, it announced itself with an explosion of sherbety sour-sweetness but then vanished in the mid-palate before a late rush of raspberry sourness. Some oaky lambic notes crept in as it warmed, but overall I was disappointed. (Duff homecoming gathering)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2006
12oz bottle that is both capped and corked. Bottled in 2004. Served at around 60° in a duvel tulip. Reddish gold/orange color with no head to speak of. Fragrant Cantillon aroma. Tart raspberry, barnyard funkiness, pepper, vanilla, lemony citrus aromas are released when the beer is vigorously swirled. The initial taste is tart raspberry, lemon, and horse blanket followed by a very tart, mildly funky, tart berry flavor. The finish is mouth puckering sour at first, but after a few sips it mellows, but not too much. The mouthfeel is pleasant, the finish is astringent. I really enjoy this. The beer doesn’t compromise the great Cantillon lambic flavor with the raspberry flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
presario (4813) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
2003 bottle shared with Poperinge. Very strong aroma with scents of salt, vinnegar, fruit and possibly cheese. No head. On sip raises goose bumps and the sourness sinks right into the cheeks and gums. Flavour is all lambic base. There is no fruit, malt or hop flavours. It is like sipping the sour coating for kids sour candies. An experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (21835) - 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.

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