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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1660   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
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 5, 2008
On tap at Hamiltons. Ruby red color with almost no head. Big raspberry and slightly sour apple aroma. Tart raspberry taste with a crispness to the finish.
Earlier Rating: 9/3/2007 Total Score: 3.8
750 ml bottle from Bevmo. Hazy pink with no head. Intense vinegar sourness. Lip puckering sourness with a fruity strawberry after taste. I know it’s a raspberry lambic, but it tastes like strawberries. A bit too sour for me, but my wife loves it. She’s a bit of a sour woman, ha ha ha. If you don’t like it, you can always strip paint with this one. No it’s really not that bad; give it a try.

4
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2008
wow great rasberry nose...and great tart and fruity balance.....great great stuff!

4.1
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - APR 24, 2008
Beautiful pinky with a vanishing soft head. Barnyardy, raspberry, bloody/metallic, citric, woody, vinylic, fruity and little cellar notes. Tartness is more than any Cantillon i’ve drank so far, but still damn good. Very dry.

3.7
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2008
75 cl bottle. Bottled in 2007. Pours a peachy red colour with a white (and just a hint of pink) head. Aroma is some funky barnyard notes (sweaty horse; we meet again) mixed with really nice raspberry notes. Very promising! Flavour is very tart with notes of lemon and grapefruit juice, some funky funk and a coule of subtle raspberries. The finish is dry, woody, earty and quite sour. In large quantities this gets to sour for me. But with some stinky and rich cheese or with food with a distinct sourness this is great! This is great as an apéritif as well, since the tartness is so mouthwatering. I also tried this together with some salty liquorice which actually was a great combination! (Together with the right food I would probably give this a score that was closer to 4.0 than 3.5.)

4.1
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - APR 21, 2008
37,5cl bottle. Rusty, applejuice color, no head. Beautiful fermented raspberry juice aroma, only slightly tart. Flavor has very acidic red currants. Tart and acidic, but extremely drinkable. Medium bodied, low carbonation and slightly seedy, tannic palate. The best lambic I’ve had so far, it’s got nature coming out of everywhere.

3.5
SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle - Cap/Cork: Poured a pinkish white with a off white head. The aroma busted out with sour fruit on the pour, closer sniff gave me the raspberry but still sourness. Taste puckers the lips with loads of sourness and tart, the taste is a burning fruit mostly raspberry.

4.6
jeff789 (1423) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2008
Hazy rose color, taste of sour patch kids, not overly sweet like others... Worth every penny...

3.8
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2008
Hazy pour, the deep pink-orange color of ruby red grapefruit juice. Tiny bubbly white head. Complex nose is almost as lemony as raspberry, with barnyard aromas kicking in and some vinegary/metallic hints. Still fruit essence at heart. An eye-opener just from the smell alone. Sourness hits the tongue immediately, then it gets fruity. Lemon, white grapefruit, raspberry and cherry on the tongue as well as the acetic vinegar notes. Quite tart. Crisp finish, and surprisingly flavorful to be so dry. The most sour beer I’ve tasted.

3.8
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2008
37.5cl bottle at home: Cherry (Kool-Aid) juice red with a thin, and quickly disappearing, Barbie pink head. Nose of light red fruits and berries underneath a nice earthy and barnyardy funk. Some great fresh squeezed lemon juice keeping the fruity notes alive. Everyonce in a while there is just a hint of something almost bubble-gummy. A little bit of acid (somewhat gastric) and some metallic notes round out the funk. The tongue is at first confused whether it picks up citrus, tart red fruits, or vinegar first. Then it settles into a nice citrus blend before moving on into a strangely smooth, but present, vinegar. Never becoming too harsh (unless this is your first Lambic) but clearly staying in the realm of refreshing sour. Finish is of fresh lively lemons with just a drop of red-wine. Very refreshing sour. Would be best on a hot summer day.

3.8
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - APR 8, 2008
it dealt does look like Spanish onion skin. Nice and dry with only the essence of fruit. The halmark sournites are of course pressent. The nose is Raz but under ripe and on the vine. Pinpoint head and matching carb. This is like a bucket of cod water on drunk taste buds.


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