TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 2, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
World class lambic, with a blend of cherry and raspberry. Cantillon brews some of the most traditional lambics, and are not sweetend, to please a bigger audience. Rose De Gambrinus is a phenomenal beer, with complex aromas, and flavors. Pours to a beautiful light ruby color, with a pink head that fades, and a lively carbonation. The nose is complex ,with sour vinous notes, along with aromas of horse blanket, cherry, and raspberry. The palate is lively, as flavors zing on the tongue. Oaky flavors marry with vinous flavors, and flavors of tart cherry and raspberry. Rose De Gambrinus finshes with more complex flavors up front, then ends bone dry with flavors of oak, sourness, and cherry stone. Amazingly complex, vibrant, and flavorful, this beer has tremendous cutting power. It would slice right though a rich pate, buttery cheeses, roasted beef, turkey, or pork. An ultimate aperitif beer, and an ultimate desert beer.
witthatsbier (133) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
dry sour wonderful lambic from the most traditional of brewers in anderlecht
this beer with added raspberries and sometimes a little cherry is a world class example
ahutch (3) - Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Not too sweet like most fruity beers. The aroma is amazing and the taste is more appealing to those who prefer specialty beers over super sweet and fruity beers.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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, ReaLemonģ, wood, must, cobwebs and vanilla. The flavor is tart as hell; close to the Belle-Vue Sťlection, but pulls up just shy of being quite that acidic. My eyes water, but I donít 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!
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.
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2005
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(2004 bottling) This beer alone might be enough reason for me to move to Belgium. Itís amazing. It has a beautiful cloudy presentation. The head is thin and doesnít last long. The bubbles on the inside of the glass (I used a short goblet) add to the attractiveness. Itís a pleasure just to look at it.
The nose is delicate but present. It has the character of a lambic with the slightest hint of the fruit. As you inhale more, the fruit dominates.
The mouthfeel is clean and there are no apparent off-flavors. Folks, this is a sour beer, and unless you have the appreciation for this kind of beer, leave it to the folks that do. Iím one of those who do enjoy sourness. There is not a drop of residual sugar that I noticed, and Iím pretty attuned to sweetness. If youíre a diabetic, this is the beer style that you should learn to love.
I donít know what else to say about this except that opening this bottle made me realize that itís been three weeks since Iíve been to Belgium and Iím long overdue for a return visit.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I knew that when I had secured tickets to Belgium last August for ZBF and Nacht van Grote Dorst that I would go to Antwerp and to Kulminator in search of this beer. I prayed that at least one bottle would be left. Well the second I arrived, I had my mind set on ordering this first. By the gods, they still had some. The 1979 bottle came out with an almost deteriorated corked stuck in the side of the basket the bottle rested in. It looked very aged and molded. I prayed again that this would not be ruined. The ears of the gods were open as this was, in a word, delicious. Everything I had hoped it would be. Amber orange with splashes of ruby. Tall sturdy light gold head. The aroma on this was to die for. Wafts of tartness encompassing a surprisingly still fruity and somewhat sweet raspberry note. Light leather, barnyard, horseblanket and damp basement. After 27 years, itís still vital and rich. I sipped this, before taking a large mouthfull of it. Sour, but a restrained sourness, and not nearly as extreme as Cantillon is known for. Thatís what happens after this amount of time, I guess, with a real lambic. Raspberry, unripened strawberries, light cat urine notes, wet wood, damp earth, and horseblanket. It still envelopes every part of my mouth with itís tart goodness even after almost attaining three decades of age on it. Body is acidic, tart, and bone dry with a medium feel and almost full(!) carbonation. Still bubbly and resilient, to my surprise. Finishes with more sour fruits notes, wet earth, dank, dusty basement, old books, barnyard notes, damp forest and light cat urine. This was almost worth the trip to Belgium by itself - a gorgeous beer. One which left my mouth watering after I was done. Worth every Euro cent of the Ä25 I spent.
Earlier Rating: 5/11/2003 Total Score: 3.4
WOW, this is TART! I was expecting sour but not like this. Brewed with raspberries but I taste more sour cherry than raspberry. Seems almost winelike with a champagne spritz. Had to drink this S-L-O-W. Have not had a lambic like this before. Definitely an experience. May have to try this again when I visit Brussels and go to Cantillon.
Grzesiek79 (2728) - Radom, POLAND - APR 18, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
clove, cooked vegetables, raisin, bubblegum, earthy, cheese, floral, spruce, citrus, cereal, caramel, nuts, red, cloudy, white foam, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, umami, full body, sticky, creamy, flat, long finish,
subcombicio (137) - Marghera, ITALY - JUL 5, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
lo sposalizio dellíacido con il fruttato, la rosŤ de gambrinus Ť veramente qualcosa di eccezzionale per chi ama qualsiasi stile lambic.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 A Mes rate: 1988 37.5cl bottle at DHVL.
As soon as this landed on the table in its basket and a generous portion poured into a beautiful etched Cantillon flute, I knew this was going to be special. The label was just starting to give way to biodegradation and obviously the bottle was very dusty. Mid afternoon autumn light was peeking through the windows, Ruud was starting to prepare me a steak in Roquefort and Rochefort sauce and once I started sniffing at this stuff, pretty much everything was perfect. This is utterly superb. Obviously quality aged lambic is generally a good thing but this seemed to be hitting the sweet spot right on the button. I watched Joost pour this from the other side of the bar and it looked nothing short of stunning with the light hitting the glass. Dark amber with a beautiful red hue and a thin white rim of bubbles. Itís an easy 5. Heavy, tart, seedy framboise on the nose but dig deeper and there are notes of sherry, strawberry, faint alcohol, wheat and spice. Itís a wonderfully warm and comforting smell. Surprisingly full in the mouth, like a jam roly poly. Sweet, tart, dry, tangy and surprisingly spritely for its age. It really is all over the place. Absolutely amazing. Zips round the mouth and wakes the taste buds banging a wooden spoon on the bottom of a saucepan. Finishes like thick strawberry jam on white bread, topped with fresh, yes still fresh, raspberries. Utterly sublime mouthfeel. Dry and sweet are balanced so perfectly it really is hard to describe. Clearly one of the best beers I have ever or will ever try and a shining example of what an incredible cellar Joost keeps.
Earlier Rating: 6/6/2005 Total Score: 3.8
A Mes rate:
Very red. Slightly cloudy. Looks like fruit juice. No head at all, pretty much no carbonation. Nose is dusty with slight berries but very faint. Slight vinegar and salty sour plenty of fruit and fairly acidic. Dryish but not overly so. Finish is wonderful. Salt and vinegar crisps followed by the fruit. And itís looooong too. Unusual and tasty.
nparikh (20) - New York, New York, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Has a strong, sharp, tart taste. Ruby red grapefruit color, visible fizz, looks great in a flute. Very thin and declining head. The mouthfeel is dominated by the fizz and sharp taste. Vinegary, tart, sour, and very dry, but the finish always cleans off really nicely with raspberries. Iíve generally had it when itís younger, so it retains the fruit aspects. Would work well before dinner. I think it makes a big difference if you let it sit for 20-30 minutes and let it warm/open up a bit; too cold, it wonít be the same.