Zer0 (811) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy copper. Aroma is grapes, raspberries, barnyard and a bit floral. Taste is quite sour. Medium body and fizzy carbonation.
antonstoop (119) - - SEP 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fantastic ruby red color, with a small white thin head. A very strong smell of raspberries, with some sourness. A clear beer, and a nice carbonation. In the taste there the strong taste of raspberries with the sour you expect from cantillon. Downside is that there is a touch of soap in the beer. Aftertaste is soft, not very sour, and raspberry. A nice beer, i like the raspberry, but dont like the soap.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Chad9976 (1020) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 375ml bottle into a champagne flute. It was bottled on 18 February 2013. A friend picked this up while he was in Switzerland and gave me this beer (thanks, Jason!).
Appearance: Magenta-colored body, opaque, but plenty of carbonation bubbles can be seen sticking to the side of the glass. Initially forms a large pinkish/indigo soapy head, but it fizzles away quickly and leaves no lacing.
Smell: A dry, earthy aroma of barnyard sourness. No fruit aromas in the nose, surprisingly.
Taste: Thereís definitely a difference between sours and lambics, and while Cantillon Rosť De Gambrinus is technically a lambic, it drinks more like a sour since thatís the predominant flavor rather than any fruity character. Itís also a different type of sourness than Iím used to in American beers of the genre (e.g. Russian Riverís wild ales). Iím not sure this particular beer lives up to the hype American beer nerds have been building up over Belgian sours, but Iím definitely glad I got to try it.
To call this beer sour is to state the obvious. Though it should be noted that even though itís brewed with raspberries, there doesnít appear to be any added flavoring or sweeteners. Iím not sure if itís brewed with open fermentation and wild yeast, or if itís done through a standard process, but either way the fermentation is the star of the show. Itís a sharp, dry sour complete with barnyard funk. You can almost taste hay and country air while sipping on it. The raspberry only appears at the apex of the swig and then just for a brief moment. Itís a pleasant sweetness as it breaks up the sourness into two halves. The beer ends the way it began, and the tartness lingers on the tongue and induces clucking - which is a fun, though slightly odd, experience. I definitely enjoyed the palette here, though it is a bit simplistic and repetitive. Iím sure this is even better to someone with an acquired, honed palate, but to me itís just a very good beer.
Drinkability: While Cantillon Rosť De Gambrinus may indeed be pucker-inducing, itís not a painful or challenging beer to drink. The carbonation dies down quickly, giving it a thin, relatively flat mouthfeel. Drinking from a flute helps the tongue naturally adapt to the flavor and ensure a smooth delivery. The sourness lingers, but itís pleasant - not something you merely tolerate. Thereís a lot of flavor here for only 5% ABV, though one serving is really all you need.
baraciisch (1267) - USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2013 Rated from beer log during 2009 Belgium trip... Beautiful purple reddish in color.... Aroma of fresh raspberries, nothing artificial about it... Flavor is tart up front, with raspberry notes prevailing throughout... Comes out more as the tartness dissipates... Amazingly good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Kosmokrator (372) - ITALY - SEP 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Limpido ed effervescente color ramato-rossiccio con un fragile velo di schiuma rosa molto chiaro. Al naso e al palato Ť acidula, fruttata, secca, acetica e pungente, con note di lampone, lievito, fieno e un pizzico di luppolo. Non Ť dolce nŤ stucchevole, nessuna traccia di sciroppi o aromi artificiali; di corpo medio-lieve e piacevolmente frizzante, Ť un lambic 100% Cantillon... impossibile restare delusi!
Niall73 (655) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled May 2013. Pours a light cherry/pink colour with a very light pinkish head. Aroma is sour raspberry, with a touch of custard and a bit of farmy funk. Light body, fine carb. Tart, pleasantly sour, slightly funky with berries - strawbs and raspberries - and a little cherry as well as grapes. Nice.
MarcoDL (951) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yes, this is how a raspberry beer should taste. Not the fake, chemical and sweet lemonade that dares to call itself íbeerí. This is how itís done. Intensely sour, combined with the delicious taste of real raspberry.
NBird (242) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap@moederlambic. Vibrant red with a medium head that is a shade of pink. Smells..raspberries and sour / tart bret yeasty funk. Tastes..wonderfully tart raspberries, nice and puckery, sour/funky. Yum.
Tide (1283) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at WilliamK Annankatu. Ruby red color, pink head. Sweet, sour taste with cherry, raspberry, tart, acidic notes, wheat and herbs. Sour finish with raspberry and tart. Exquisite fruit lambic.
BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar. Reddish orange pour with a white foamy head. Sweet raspberry and tart dandelion like elements. Very rich. Slightly dry / puckering. Delicious.