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


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RATINGS: 1630   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Poured from a 12oz, 2007 vintage bottle and served in a tulip. This beer poured a cloudy, light pink color with a thin, pinkish head that slowly faded away. The aroma of the beer was made up of acidic, sour raspberry notes, and mild, funky yeast. The flavor was sour, dry and acidic with notes of tart, semi-sweet raspberries and some earthy yeast esthers. The acidic sourness in the flavor continued to build as it lingered on the tongue, providing a dry, puckering finish. The mouthfeel was light-bodied and dry with a low amont of carbonation. An interesting beer. As the initial sourness wore off, the beer became more enjoyable with a mild sweetness left to counteract the acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Pours a cloudy pink/red with a course quickly fading head. The nose screams funk with some fruit added to it. Sour flavor with hints of raspberries and citrus that lingers for a good long time. I was expecting more fruit but I was happy with this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Jesus, this beer is strange. But I like it. My ratings will not reflect that, but I want some freaking sushi with this beer. The aroma is strange acidic roe, tons and tons of citrus. Taste is fishy sweet and citrus with loads of sour. Finish is sour and lingers well. Appearance is like fizzy, filtered sparkling grapefruit juice with no head. Crappy appearance, strange taste, lingers well, but enjoyable. Doesn’t rate well, but drinks well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours a cloudy red with slight orange hue. Aroma of fresh fruit/berries, viniger. Stringent vinous rasperry juice, strained from a bouquet of wild lemon, blueberries, strawberries. Tartness makes the mouth pucker and cuts through any mildness this beer’s aroma would project. Beneath it all, a bitterness of grapefruit that coats the back of the palate like cough syrup. Centuries of know-how corked in a small green bottle and yes, it’s as wild as the 2000-year-old brightly flower speckled countryside from which it was concieved. Wild yeasts, stand up and take your curtain call! Let me hand you a bouquet, because you certainly have handed one to me. Tasting is believing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Pours a cloudy neon colored red with a white head. Has hints of very tart fruit, simple sugars, and earth tones. Finishes with a jaw jerking tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle. Aroma is quite lively and musty: dust, and overripe raspberries. Pours cloudy bright ruby/pink. Flavor has some initial fruitiness that quickly diminish into a funky, woody, horseblankety tartness. Crisp, acidic with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Wild coloration. Oranges and pinks are overcome by milky white cloudiness and shiny oiliness. A thin white head rapidly dissipates into nothingness. This looks timid and tired but extremely drinkable and serene. The nose is brimming with raspberries and cherry pit organics. Horseblanket is medium in intensity. Sulphuric acidity clams after the carbonation does, churning steadily and gradually receding into a complex tingling tangibly evident deep in the nasal cavity. Lactic acidity in the flavor combines with fresh fruit acetic highlights. Sourness is moderate, probably the mildest of the regualr production cantillon beers. Oak is mild, tartness is medium, sweetness medium to medium-high and acidity always maxed out. More cherry is evident in the flavor, almost measuring up to the level of tart raspberry. Tannins build in the corners of the mouth and release more acids and wood notes as the finish rears its feirce head, drying the palate and leaving raspberry skins and yeast lingering. The mouthfeel is adequately carbonated, sometimes venturing into weird strings of bubbles that coerce the tongue into shriveling motions. Tasty, but not nearly as likeable as many other Cantillon offerings. Still, it’s Cantillon through and through and I think it’s a great beer. Vinous notes throughout are pleasant enough, but for that type of tannic/grape-must duo, I’d rather have hi-qual wine than this particular lambic. Interesting every time it’s sampled, a little different every time too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
05 bottle Pours a rosey red color body with very little carbination. The aroma is very sour citrus, rasberries, and some mild funk. Tangy flavor with tart rasberries dominating and a refreshing green apple finish. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Pale Yellow(1)->Copper(5) : 4     Still(1)->Volcanic Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2     Lasting: 1     Lacing : 2
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : 5   Bread : XX   Dough : XX   Esters : 2   Phenols : XX   Dusty : 4   Spicy : XX   Apple : 2   Banana : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Brett : 3   Barnyard : 3   Leather : 4   Wood : 4   Vinous : 5   Cheese : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 2   Pilsner : XX   Pale : XX   Vienna : XX   Biscuity : XX   Toasty : XX   Hay : XX   Caramel : XX   Honey : XX   Cereals : 1   Grainy : XX   Wheat : 3
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : 2   Perfume : XX   Orange : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Piney : XX
Notes : Pepper : XX   Cloves : XX   Coriander : XX   Ginger : XX   Orange : 2   Earth : XX   Vanilla : XX   Oxidation : 2   Bubblegum : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 1   Sourness : 3   Acetic : 2   Lactic : 3   Bitterness : XX   Farmy : 3   Complex : 3   Length : 4
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX

Comments: A 1986 vintage: fully yeasty, musty, cellary lambic with softened fruits, leather and barnyardy tones. Still sharply citric, grapefruity more than anything else and has grown quite oaky which has overtaken the fruit a bit. No juiciness left and assumingly not as lip-smackingly sour as it once was. Still quite fresh though, but more in a vinous way and remarkably full bodied at that. A tender beast.
Earlier Rating: 10/31/2004 Total Score: 4
Admirable deep reddish orange hue. Very light head is decent for the style. Big raspberry bushes smell, incredibly leafy, earthy, woody. This is cantillon at its best, a complex creamy and lactic smell with notes of meringous and lemon/citric fruits. Very tart in a woody fashion. Lots of branches and fruit acid flavours, well contained earthiness blends well with the yogurt-like lactic profile. Notes of vanilla, cask wood, juniper, flowers.. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Sharp, direct and astringent. Spectacular lambic

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3530) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Poured with a hazy pink tinged orange. Has light head a a bit of lace. Very aromatic with a hint of raspberries, lots of yeast, spice, and malt. Flavor is really tart with a bare suggestion of sweetness and some raspberry. Extremely tangy. Not a session beer. Having this at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse, WI.

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