DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Light red/rose color, small bubbles and light carbonation. Smells like a lambic, and...tastes like a lambic with just a touch of fruit punch. I got a little bit of raspberries and peach, but mostly just solid sour lambic flavor. Felt more thin than it actually was because of the low levels of fruit. But it satisfied my craving for a sour beverage at least.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light amber w/soda bubbles. Sour, thick mouthfeel featuring peaches and nectarines in the flavor. Still a bit too much for me but a good lambic nonetheless.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am finally beginning to respect this style of beer. Aroma of barnyard, wood, raspberries, notes of soap. Light amber in color, no light go through. Excellent full flavor.....and check this out: it was really sour. Not the best of its kind but a decent take on the style.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I can only presume that I will be the first to use the term sour with this. I not only enjoyed it but also enjoyed the face my girlfriend gave taking a sip. (she does like good beer, but not THIS one). A few others seemed to think that it was okay. Makes me wonder how things vary from year to year (or not). While I enjoyed quite a bit I was hoping that perhaps I would really LOVE it. That didn't happen. The sourness was not overwhelming by any stroke, but I was thinking that there was a lack of je ne sais quoi. I've had those framboise or krieks that just were too fruity for me - or too sweet. I think that if I were to commit sacrilege and combine such I would be interested in seeing if I thought it was an improvement or a crime. So shoot me for being honest.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight blush color with a small quickly diminishing head. Aroma of musty sour green grapes, old attic, slight raspberries, perhaps some spice( vanilla?) Very tart, not a taste but it is the first reaction upon sipping. Traditional wild sour barnyard taste with a slip of fruit. It takes awhile to get used to the sourness, ~1/2glass, but it is worth the effort.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The name of this beer has had me quite baffled. Having looked at the diverse ratings makes it clear that: 1) it is not a draught raspberrylambic, but a bottled beer indeed 2) this beer has a multitude of beers having not a lot to do with each other. At least two ought to reclassified under the Lou Pepe Framboise. the Cuvée Mozart was a one-off from already sometime ago, heavy on the vanilla - like the guy's music. The ordinary bottled C. Framboise is called Rosé de Gambinus. Enfin, these days. So, I went searching in the cellar and brought up this bottle, calling itself just "Framboise Cantillon", and a little patch added by late my father indicated he'd bought this in October 1984.
For a 20 year old beer, a gorgeous "plop" accompagnies the opening, visible CO2 steam coming out of the neck. The colour is undescribable, like old red gold, containing a lot of copper, has been polished and then liquified. Pinkish head, slowly dissipating. It is a if the raspberries have been added yesterday, following the nose. But also the smell of a more dangerous carbongas, from out of pressure container. And some sweet smell - I would wager saccharine. Tart, mouth-puckering taste, woody, sour fruit, to the extend of first-phase fruit after flowering. There is a flavour which foreknowledge tells me raspberry - but it could have been gosseberry as well. Little horseblanket, but definitely wood, sulphur and a bit of sherry. In the finish the fruit taste becomes more rounder and even sweeter. Strange: no smoky flavour, indicating saccharine in old beer. Super-dry, acidburn. WOW! just the level of preservation at its age makes this a marvel. But the things one has to do for getting all the entries at Ratebeer! The colour is out of this world.
Earlier Rating: 7/23/2003 Total Score: 4.1
(Fairly aged sample) Orange with pinkish shine. Head disappears whilst pouring. Beer becomes gradually more hazy as yeast looses. Nose of raspberries, wood, lemon, whiffs of horseblanket, soap and sulphur. More acidic burn than sourness. Fruit & lactic acids, yes, also acetic; fruity raspberry aroma and sour grapes-, or harvestapples flavours. Some sulphur, and also old, or even blue cheese impression. Refreshing, but too sharp acid-bite. Long adstringent aftertaste with multitude of fruity retronasal aromas. A harsh one - but no mistaking the real thing. The added vanilla flavour has disappeared with ageing. The raspberries are still there.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cL bottle, goblet, 2001 bottling, 55 degrees. Huh, huh...nekid people on the label. Average, but tight, fizzy, white head disappears quickly. The body is a murky orange-red filled with dense, tiny particles. On par with the usual Cantillon nastiness as far as aroma goes. Huge barnyard and horseblanket aroma; raspberries (slight), oak, red wine, apple, pear, white grape aromas smell like they've been in a dumpster for a few days. I like it! Ahhh...beautiful sourness. Moderately sweet, heavily sour flavor becomes a lightly sweet, hugely sour finish. Raspberries are not obvious, but admittedly, this beer would have to be half raspberry juice for that flavor to be noticable. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, sour sourness. The sour is sour with only a hint of sour, but has sour sourness. The bottom sour is: the sour is sour, but sour the whole sour for a sour sour sour.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is of a lambic hidden under sweet raspberries. Appearance is more like a rose champagne than a beer. I was not sure what to expect from the first taste, but what I got was pretty much a lambic like their gueuze. Not bad, but surprisingly less complex than a simple lambic, maybe because there was enough raspberry to sweeten and mask the lambic without actually providing sweet fruit. This is a beautiful beer, and unlike Lindemans it is definitely not a dessert beer. Principal impression is of sourness, lactic taste ... very little sweetness, very little fruit, very little malt, very little hops.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2012
Sampled in 2001 at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Absolutely stunning. This beer single handedly changed my view of what an aged beer could be. No noticeable hints of oxidation what so ever, I could not even tell that this was a 17 year old beer. I wish now in retrospect that I had a fresh bottle to compare it to. It poured with a lively carbonation, and was still quite cloudy after all this time. It appeared to have a reddish tint to it. The raspberry in the nose was still quite evident, and there was a bit of a musty smell mixed in with the fruitiness. Tasted very complex, dry, quite sour, though perhaps a bit mellowed with age, with a pleasing acidity. A woodiness, funky mushroom character, some tannin, and some slight vegetal flavors to go along with the fruitiness in it. The fruity taste was pretty non-specific, and could not be directly associated with raspberries that was still evident in the aroma. Other than the acidity the fruitiness was definitely the dominating flavor.
Straight Raspberry version; Sampled at Cantillon, 2001
This is a fairly restricted offering, as far as I can tell this is only offered at the brewery, unlike the Rose de Gambrinus this does not have a proportion of cherries in it.
This framboise is quite clear in appearance. Has a reddish hue to it (though less so than the Kriek). Quite a strong raspberry aroma. Quite sour and dry with a nice fruitiness to it. The fruitiness is more of a nondescript kind than specifically from raspberries, though there is a bit of subtle raspberry flavor.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is noticeably sweeter than the taste, but overall less fruit seems to poke through than other fruit lambics, such as those made by Lindemans. The palate is dry, woody, but not as tart as others I've tasted. Rather thin. As myself and others at the table agreed, the aroma promised more than the beer provided.