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


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RATINGS: 1376   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2648) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
375ml green corked bottle, Pub Italia, Ottawa, shared with PandoraGreen. Golden colour, no head. Cherries in aroma. Tartness wasn’t too bad, acidic but not as strong as Cantillon gueuze. Delicate raspberry flavour, also weird sweaty note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Bottled in 2003: Really nice light amber haze with no head on it. Aroma is musky, semi-sweet and very organic, flowers and freshly turned earth. Flavor is very tart. It really stongs the tip of my tongue right off, but after more drinks there is a raspberry-ish tart to it. This ends a bit too dry to really get me sold on it, but it is a fine treat regardless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12816) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2005
Bottled 37,5cl, vintage 2003
Red-peach color, slightly hazy, no head. Earthy, sour aroma. Medium-bodied. Fruity, very earthy, very dry grapefruit flavor, no sugar at all. Very sour and juicy long aftertaste. Extremely balanced, I like this being more enjoyable than many other Cantillons (although this is bone dry).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2005
a perfumey, fruity, multi-vitamin aroma. it poured a cloudy peach, with no head. a mouth filling, kind of grainy flavor with slightest hint of fruit, quicklt turning into a sour afterbite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2005
cloudy orange. has a little bit of that geuze aroma. head dies rapidly. incredibly tart. have to take small sips to adjust to the tartness. tastes sort of vinegary too. reminds me a little bit of white wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Pretty pink colour and pink head. Sour nose with only a vague memory of raspberries. Sour, vinegary flavour that completely overpowers the berries - what a shame. Acid all the way through. This is a typical Cantillon tastebud killer - mainly a beer for the masochistic beer drinkers. 160598

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2005
37,5 cl bottle, Bottled in 1992. Hazy pinkish-orange with a slaight warm-pinkish colored head. Aroma is very refreshing and complex. It has hints of sour red fruits, fresh rubarbe, unripe prunes, rosebuts, Egantine (Gratte-cul), pickels and sweet-sour onions. The mouth-attack is very very sour and has a sexy livelyness. It is very crisp and dry with a flowery elegance. Again a nice rubarbe flavour with a nice dosis of sour red berries, lemon and some unripe stonefruits. In the seconde fase the barnyard accents are taking over. Hints of wet wood with touches of fresh roots of barnyard plants. The acidity of this beer is like that of a great dry Grûner Veltliner from the Wachau in Austria (white wine). The acidity goes also wonderwell with the complex minerality of this fine beer. Afthertaste is sour ( a little to sour ) dry and cripy with an complex earthy finish. A Big thanks to Jeppe (Bierkônig).
Earlier Rating: 3/24/2005 Total Score: 4.4
At Kulminator (1979 VINTAGE) with Bierkônig and his charming Maria. Nicely served in old original Cantillon glass. Shining orange-light-amber color with small snowhite head. Very refreshing nose with complex touches of Renette apples, rubarbe, great Normandian cider, sour red berries, some fresh grass,wet birshwood, and a gentil accent of ripe Raspberry. Taste is sour but very well in balance. It has also fine hints of freshly rasped apple, rubarbe, hints of ferns, and very old Blanc de Blanc vintage Champage. For sure this one is more like an outstanding Gueuze with a faint noble accent of Raspberry. Great stuff and 26 years old many thanks Jeppe and Maria for sharing this one with me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Aroma: roses, some honey, some vinegar, swamp, herbs, and pineapple
Appearance: reddish-orange, small white head, lacing
Flavor: very sour, grapefruit and pineapple juices, sour candies, some fruit sugars, and some farmhouse flavors
Palate: smooth, slightly bubbly, sour fruit aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Beautiful stuff, this. The gal says it tastes like koolaid without sugar. Plenty of brett horsiness in the aroma. Dull cloudy tangerine stripped orange. Creates quite a pucker. Some noticable raspberry but very subdued. Vinegar notes. A great lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7732) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle. Sour raspberries and lime aroma. Reddish orange color with no head - looks like cranapple juice. A very tart/sour lime peel, cranberry flavor - very dry. The subtlest fruit lambic I’ve had. One for those who don’t like sweetness in their lambics.

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