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


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RATINGS: 1336   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 rosť, dedicated not to Bacchus but to Gambrinus.

The process to make this beer is identical to the one to make Kriek. When young, the Rosť 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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Outrageously inconsistent, to my palate anyway but when itís on, itís on. Iíve tasted this lambic several times, including bottles approaching a decade old and fresh bottles at the brewery. For the most part I agree with the general consensus that the fruit addition could be a little more substancial and the sourness is a bit much. Iíve had bottles that were so dry and sour that they were bordering on unpleasant. But the past few experiences have been enjoyable and it seems like this has gotten increasingly more "fruit forward" the past year. The Rose I tasted a few weeks ago which came straight from Shelton Brothers was the best yet. My rating sums up an average of every experience I have had from this beer.
Earlier Rating: 1/9/2005 Total Score: 4
Hand bottled version. Beautiful dark magenta in color with a small light pink head of thinning foam. Vibrant, fruit forward (raspberry) aroma with the typical hints of dry maggot filled wood, horseblanket and lambic. Nice aroma overall. Compared to the Rose de Gambrinus, this has a much deeper raspberry fruitiness, although it is no where near as sour. Tasty. Thanks Dr. Bill.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4623) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle: Real nice tart raspberry aroma. Pours a hazy orangish-yellowish-pink with a white head that quickly fades to a ring. Very tart and sour raspberry. Seems to get even more tart in the finish. Thanks to Eyedrinkale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle. Reddish-pink colored with a nice white head. Sour and tart aroma with lots of raspberry presence. Ultra tart flavors with hints of berry sweetness. Dry palate. Nice!!! Thanks Mike.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
A rather nice blonde leathery soomth drink with some slap in the face sourness to boot! Abundant raspberry, cherry, blackberry and other fermented fruits. Abounds with flavour. A tad vinous and very much saored. this peach/pink drink is divine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Murky red/orange with a thin head and good lacing. Nice sour and berry nose. Good and tart. I taste sour raspberry, barnyard/horse blanket and blue cheese. Would go great with a salad with raspberry vinaigrette on it. Very nice beer. Thanks to my friend Ty for this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8398) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2005
OK I had it already, stop pushing the picture in my face. This was real fruit. How did I know? Its -14 celcius outside the bar, 10 yards that-a-way, and there were fruit flies buzzing around my glass. Darn good for its style, and gave taste and some smoothness to the medical level cleanup of my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2763) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Cloudy orange. Big head thatís quickly diminishing. Big, sour horseblanket aroma with a tart berry undertone. Very light boded and effervescent but still a huge bretty hammer of sour power--not subtle but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2005
cloudy golden/reddish orange in color, rapidly diminishing off white head. sour yeasty aroma, only slight cherry. nose has good hang time. sour flavor, mid carbonation. snappy tangy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Thanks Grover for sharing this bottle. Light ruby color with raspberry, raspberry seeds and light raspberry juice. Did I mention it tasted like light raspberries? Has the standard awesome Cantillon yeast flavor wit just the right bit of tartness. Nice cider finish leaving my tongue buckling for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Pink/orange in color with a small pink head. Musty, sour aroma of tart cherries, wet leather and citrus. Flavor was nice and sour, just how I like it. Tart cherry/raspberry flavor that was very dry and very refreshing.

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