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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1600   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (8261) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2007
Bottle from the brewery. Subtle pink colour with a moderate, rose-tinted head. Aroma was of yeast, the farmyard and a hint of raspberries. The mouth feel was puckering, with plenty of acidity. Flavours of red soft fruit with a very dry finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Appears a pinkish, rose colored amber with a small white head that quickly fizzles out into nothing. Pockets of chunky CO2 slowly rise to the top. Smell is of wild yeast, tart raspberries, barnyard funk, oaky, and musty earth. Taste is of sweet tarts with the mentioned aromas leading to a mouth puckering goodness up front. Taste is slightly vinous with a touch of vinegar coming through Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, acidic, tart, oaky, and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2007
This was my first dance with a real lambic. Well I mean a traditional styled one. (What’s "real"? Right, Neo?) Keeping that in mind, I want to review it based on what it should be and not based solely on my tastes alone. The first thing I thought was of course: "sour". The color is a dull reddish/pink and I never felt like the raspberries came out super strong. There was an underlying tone, but nothing harsh or overdone by any means. The style is interesting and I definitely want to try more, I just think my immature palate has some growing up to do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Another fine beer from Cantillon. "Shared" at a company picnic. And I say "shared" because the beer loving wimps there took one whiff and ran the other way. Ignorant heathens. In any event, this was aparently an older bottle because not much ofd the raspberry was left in the body. A faint raspberry tinge in the nose but very sour in the aroma and flavor. A little barnyard funk here and there. Most excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13831) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2007
Bottled, 750ml, many thanks to Mike on the opening night of our holiday. Brown pink with pinkish head. This was such a surprise and I have to own up to not being a fruit beer fan, it was sharp, acidic, definitely raspberry although with a grapefruit sourness. Enjoyable without being highly drinkable, yeasty background, very mixed raections really.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (12576) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2016 Re-rate 3/12/16: Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Tom L. 2014 bottle. Nice red with a pinkish head. Huge jammy raspberries, light medicinal hint, Cantillon funk, oak, sour, dry. A wonderful batch. 9/4/8/4/17=4.2

Re-rate 11/13: Bottle sample at a sour tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Naama. 2013 bottle. Beautiful deep red with a pink head. Amazing, full of berries, Cantillon house character, sour. 9/5/8/4/17=4.3

Re-rate 6/2/13: Bottle sample at a sour tasting at Noam’s office. Thanks Tom C. I believe it was a 2012 bottle. Hazy red with a pinkish head. Amazing aroma of barnyard, oak, leather and lots of raspberries. Sour funky and fruity flavor with raspberries. Medium-bodied. Wonderful. 9/4/8/4/17=4.2

Re-rate 5/29/11: Bottle. 2008 bottle. Slightly hazy deep orange color with a white head. Aroma of barnyard, citrus and some berries (notes of fruit skin). Very sour flavor with lemon, oak and barnyard. Medium-bodied. 8/3/8/3/16=3.8

Re-rate 3/3/11: Cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels. Deep hazy red with a pretty, bubbly, pink head. Aroma of lots of raspberries and barnyard and light medicinal notes. Sour flavor of raspberry, wild yeast and some lemon in the finish. Very nice and soft on the palate. Great! 8/4/8/4/16=4

Bottle at the brewery. Pale red with a pinkish head. Barnyard aroma with yeast and berries. Sour flavor with barnyard, yeast and berries. Medium-bodied. 8/3/7/3/16=3.7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/14/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

rose, thin white head, tart cherry aroma, big tart flavor, touch of cherry, too simple

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: *4
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2007
[2007 bottle] Cloudy red color, with some minimal lacing. Nice sweaty aroma, with just a touch of raspberry sweetness. Flavors are powerful and funky, with some substantial tart fruit character. Finishes super dry, tart. The complexity of the Cantillon funk is endless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2007
2005 Bottle. A very solid Cantillon selection. Not as much raspberry at the Lou Pepe Framboise, however that may be due to it being an 05’. Very typical Cantillon farmhouse, yeasty, funky nose. The sourness grabs your jawbone and doesn’t let go for a good 10 seconds.. Great, I still worship Cantillon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2007
Bottle shared with Milos and Hogtownharry, Milos’ bottle- Pours pink raspberry liquid beneath just a dusting of white powder. Funky yeasty aroma, barnyard, a touch of fruit, oaky and a touch of sherry. very tart funky yeast flavour with a tad of fruity sweetness trying to come through. Oak and just a pinch of lemon cordial. Very dry and full of flavour. This is my first from the brewery but not my last! Thanks for sharing this gem Milos!

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