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


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RATINGS: 1576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
"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.

MBison's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle 375ml. Aged 18 months piror to tasting. Poured hazy bloody pink with an averaged sized, pink, frothy head which was mostly diminishing. Aroma was of acidic fruit with strong notes of musty wild yeast, sea water, cranberry juice, sour raspberries and fresh lemon juice. A very strong acidity in the flavor with sour yeasty notes, tart acidic fruit, sour cherries, fresh lemon juice, unripe cranberries, salty/brine-like notes and light notes of white-whine vinegar. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, a dry/tart mouthfeel, slightly syrupy texture and a long length finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Samtzu (217) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2016
Zwanze day 2016. Same off putting smell. Deep red pink head. Very strong raspberry flavour with a semi tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
hauxe (444) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - OCT 21, 2016
Bottled September 2015. Pours dark pink from the bottle. Lots of evident carbonation. A fairly nice head develops at first, but soon fizzes away. Aroma is raspberry drenched with vinegar, plus a dollop of honey. Taste is sour ... very, very sour. More raspberries drowned in vinegar. Virtually acidic. Finishes dry with a sort of barnyard funk that lingers on the tongue and the ensuing burps. Did I mention it is sour? Body is light to medium and quite fizzy. The acidic feel keeps it from being refreshing, although it might be just the thing for killing any germs in the throat. I needed help getting through it. Could be an off bottle, I am not an aficionado of the style, but this one is clearly not cutting it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (915) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2016
Tap@apparat. Clear red color with small pink head head. Aroma has funky elements with tartness and raspberry. Taste is fruity with long sour and dry aftertaste. Flavors of raspberry, sour apples, berries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (1368) - - OCT 15, 2016
Cherry red pour, smaller pink head that leaves a small ring. Fruity aroma, funk, jams, raspberry, oak. Tart raspberry up front, funky, wood, light bitterness. Medium body. Great balance. 2016 bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (4115) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2016
Pours a hazy purple red from the bottle with bubbly pink white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of tart raspberry over big funk and oak notes. Taste is huge funk with light raspberry, fresh oaky notes, and horse blanket goodness. Amazing balance, soft carbonation, super pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12904) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2016
Bottle - Raspberry, funk and some acidity. Deep red with a small white pink head. Petroleum funk, raspberry and a nice light acidity with a nice finish. There is a touch of bitterness in the middle which adds some nice complexity. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Draft at The Sovereign on opening night, then 375ml bottle yesterday at The Sovereign on Zwanze Day 2016. Hazy moderate red with small white head. Tart and acidic raspberries, yeast, hay, lite barnyard funk, grains. Touch too acidic, but really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vjohans (717) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2016
Sweet berries, Nice balancered, hazy, white foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (455) - DENMARK - OCT 1, 2016
2012 bottle pours a rusty clear colour with a ring of foam along the edge of the glass. The nose gas candies raspberries almost winegum like. The taste is just as candied but with waves of bretty funk and citric freshness. Mouthfeel is medium with soft bubbles. Finishes super fruity and mineral. Best rdg I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (1008) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2016

Heavy aroma of berries, tart, brettanomyces and acidity.

Turbid/opaque dark orange/red beer with a slight/medium pink head.

Starts medium sweet with berries; ends medium dry and sour with tart, brettanomyces and acidity.

This beer is intense, complex and balanced. The aroma is extremely sour, to the extent that it actually costs a point or two. The taste is more in line with what I like and want from this style. Amazing appearance and the palate is great too.

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