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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1673   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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.


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3.6
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours reddish amber, berries, funky, yeasty, wood, sweet then dry tart to finish, .

4.2
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 Beautiful pink and orange pour with no head. Nose is tart and sweet raspberries with a touch of brett funk, as is the flavor. Clean finish and delicate mouthfeel. Yum.

3.8
Pyobon (1531) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle. Bright red with slight haze and no head. Aroma was complex, tangy, vinegary with yoghurt, esters and a hint of raspberry and oak. Medium body with little carbonation. Complex taste; sharp and fruity with yoghurty hints. A very unusual beer, but an excellent lambic far from dominated by fruit.

4.4
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2008
On tap at The Hopleaf; finally, a Lambic worthy of the label. Ruby/honey colored that becomes a sensuous peach tone in the light. Head devolves quickly into a robust white ring. Aroma is very sour with powerful Gorgonzola tones that were delightful. Flavor was a complex plethora of Raspberry, vinegar and more Gorgonzola. The vinegar-ness was strong, but not overpowering. Finishes dry on the back of one’s tongue with a sour aftertaste that delights. Tones down the sweetness in a lot of modern Lambics- New Glarus et al.- which is a good thing in my book. A return to the premium Labmics of old.

4
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2008
Bottle, Ale Cellar, Darlington. A great label for a great beer that demands your attention and then holds it ever more intensely with each passing sip. Aroma of rain sodden straw and leaves, ancient oak, yeast and of course raspberry. Sour and fruity flavour which is expertly balanced. Top notch.

3.8
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2008
2004 vintage, aged 4 years. Pours a hazy, peachy, dusty rose color. A minimal, off-white film skims the surface, with a tiny edge of foam leaving minimal spotting behind. The aroma shows strong, sour raspberry notes, light, musty farmhouse yeast, and a surprisingly sweet touch of strawberry jam. That hint of sweetness disappears completely on the first sip, as sour raspberry and perhaps even a touch of peach impart the signature, funky, Cantillon tartness. Delicately carbonated and light on the palate, the mouth puckering sourness and dry, refreshing finish are just what I look for in my lambics. This is another great specimen from Cantillon.

4.2
Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Tasted a 1986 bottle, brewed in 1984, stored well at the Kulminator in Antwerp. Cloudy orange/amber with scant head. Aroma of raspberries, lemon, and wet horse-blanket (but in a good way!). Potent sourness, dusty dryness, and a yeasty-finish. More complex, more sour, and drier than a younger bottle.

3.6
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Pours a lightly hazy red with a smaller creamy/bubbly white head. Aroma was floral, tart raspberries, barnyard funk and light alcohol. Flavor of tart raspberries, floral, lots of puckering funkiness but sweet raspberry to keep it drinkable.

3.3
Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 Draft at Teresa’s next door...Ruby in color, opaque and a slight cloudiness...no head just a little white on top...sweet and tart raspberry flavor...a light raspberry aroma...its almost on the verge of a sour...quite good...no carbonation and a slightly sweet finish

3.7
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Beautiful, brilliant ruby red in color. Poured with no head. Aroma sweetly floral and strongly of raspberries. Raspberry flavor well balanced by the beer’s general sourness, keeping it from being overly sweet. Nice.


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