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


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RATINGS: 1280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1745) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Massive white head. Hazy, red-orange coloring. The liquid seems to be colored in vertical layers, with the darker red in the center and the lighter orange on either sides. Pungently sour aroma, mainly of sour cherries (I didn’t think there were any in here...). Wow, this stuff is VERY sour. Those sour gumballs we used to buy as kids have NOTHING on this. A slight hint of raspberry fruit, but the overall emphasis is on the sour tartness. Personally, I really like this, but the sourness is a bit much to handle at times, and can be rough on the palate. If you loved Sour Patch Kids or Tear Jerkers as a youngster, try this for a trip down memory lane. But bring enough friends to share the bottle with!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2814) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2004
Hazy orange-pink colour. Rich aroma of sour fruit, barnyard, wood and a bit of cheese. Dry, quenching body. Complex flavour of sour raspberry, citrus, dry wine and SweetTarts candy. Finish is long, dry and puckeringly tart. Damn good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
A very pale red bordering on pink with a bit of white lace. Very sour on the nose. The first taste is tart and I can pick up the raspberry before it is overpowered by the sourness as it goes down. I found it harder to really taste the fruit than with fou’foune.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2004
No head, pinkish orange. Cloudy. Intensely sour lactic smell interspersed with delicate floral accents (the Rose part, maybe?) Taste: I could get used to these "lambic" things. Floral, apple undertones, a sharp hit of sour but not too overwhelming. Pretty yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Brewtopia’04. Pink beer with pink head. Huh. Aromas of green wood, sour (slight vinegar) and musty barnyard. Some sour cherry fruit flavors, bright and cidery, lemon juice, more manure, and fresh, unripe berries. These Cantillon beers are wonderful, but the 750ml bottles are just killing me...way too much for a solitary imbiber with all this tart sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2004
Sour fruit and barnyard aroma, cloudy pinkish/red, pours a small pink head. Sour fruit flavour, cherries, lemon and a hint of raspberry. Sour/tart and a very dry finish. Most enjoyable!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2004
37.5 cl bottle. The pour looked beautiful, with a red/orange hue. The sourness was of pure vinegar in the nose. Fortunately the taste was cleaner, and added the tart and sweet mix that is so refreshing after a meal. This was hard to distinguish as raspberry (over cherry).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4364) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2004 (37.5cl bottle) Sampled at Vineyards, Ottawa. Pours a beautiful pink body and no head. Nose is a cherry and sour gueuze. Initial flavour is terribly tart and delicious with undertones of cherries, the bottome of the glass as the lambic warmed I tasted the sweeter raspberries only slightly. It cost $13.95 / 375ml bottle... pity since it was very good! Terrible that Vineyards cannot price anything within reason?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (8539) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 Re-rate
Bottle - 1992 Vintage... This beer rocks!... A careful pour reveals a clear golden ale. The aroma is insanely sour with notes of sharp, vintage cheese, ReaLemon®, wood, must, cobwebs and vanilla. The flavor is tart as hell; close to the Belle-Vue Sélection, but pulls up just shy of being quite that acidic. My eyes water, but I don’t squint each time I take a sip... ok, maybe just a little. Liquid intensity... bottle of fun! All that pungency is surrounded a suggestion of sweetness up front and a touch of bitterness on the backside. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes, you guessed it, sour! Cheers to boboski for procuring the bottle! 1992 was a very good year!

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Bottle - Brewtopia NYC 2004... This beer rocks!... Murky, orange ale. No head to speak of. The aroma is sour, woody and fruity. The flavor is mouth-wateringly tart, fruity and earthy. Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. The finish is lengthy, sour, and then dry. World class beer! Underrated, I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 22, 2004
Pinkish orange with fine head. Light floral raspberry nose, with some yeast. Dry tart, nice prickle, and black tea with lemon quality. Very refreshing!!! Yum!!!

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