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


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RATINGS: 1639   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Draft, edmunds oast. Aroma of oak, hint of fruit. Medium light body. Some tartness, but cut by a oaky backbone.

beer-yum (1780) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2017
Restrained aroma in a crimson pour. Lovely subtle sour flavor profile that makes a great companion to the cherry version. Both are excellent - but some prefer one to the other - I prefer to keep trying both.

Bierridder_S (974) - BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2017 17/08/2017- 20cl glass @ Cantillon . Orange red colour nice head. Nose is very fruity, gentle sour . Taste is raspberries, vanilla, oak, gentle sour, dry. Li ely

Mishnok (332) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2017
Lovely artwork (a bit cheeky!) on the label I. A nicely presented bottle. Soft pop when opened to reveal a nice soft raspberry aroma. Pours a opaque light claret colour with a little carbonation and lacing. Taste is quite complex, not as tart as a Hanssens framboise, more subtle with sour notes amongst the raspberry sweetness. Bit of Victoria plum and dank cherry. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Alengrin (5438) - BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2017 Cantillon has been making ’framboise’ (raspberry lambic) since 1909, when lambic was still enjoying huge (mainly local) popularity, but the name Ros� de Gambrinus only appeared in 1986. Until 2005, it was made with Belgian raspberries which give enough flavour and aroma, but not a lot of colour, so about 5% cherries were blended in to gave the beer a deeper red hue; after that, Cantillon started using Hungarian raspberries, which apparently add more colour so that the cherries could be omitted. I had this beer for the first time in the Waterhuis aan de Bierkant in Ghent fifteen-odd years ago (still with the cherries included) and have enjoyed it multiple times since then, but apparently I simply forgot to rate it here - to my own surprise. Fortunately I quickly managed to find a 37.5 cl bottle (dated 2016) for a proper rating. Opens with a bang and smoke coming out of the bottle neck. Medium thick and relatively dense, off-pinkish, regular head, stable on the edge but quickly dissipating in the middle, over a bright, pure and very deep ruby red beer with dark fuchsia hue, clear initially but hazy and a tad more vermillion-hued with sediment added in the very end. Lovely and expressive, pure lambic and pure fruit aroma of red raspberries and raspberry juice, embedded in impressions of raspberry vinegar, old books, unripe plums, damp old hay, dusty attic, green tomatoes, dried redcurrant, raw rhubarb, wet old wood, grape pits, hints of raw cranberry, lemon flesh, vague old urine, fermenting beetroot, dry earth, very old dried flowers in a herbarium, jute bags. Sharp puckering sourness in the onset, very lemony and raw rhubarb-like, lots of wry unripe stonefruit deeply fused with tart raspberry flavours, the sourness resulting in a raspberry vinegar-like effect, while a very cava- or prosecco-like carbonation tingles vividly on the tongue, cristalline and bright, further sharpening the sourness; sweetness is as good as absent here, though softening tomato-ish elements (as always in a beer made with real raspberries) are to be found here and there. Totally bone dry and even astringent middle, with the lemony and raspberry vinegar-like flavours continuing to do their drying work, along with a deeper lactic tartness but the latter being less active than the more fruity, vivid acidity. Sourness and dryness keep dominating the finish, accentuated by a tannic, woody, ’dusty’ touch of ’old furniture’ from the casks - though low in vanilla-like oak scents in this case and also strongly linked to the raspberry pits, so as with most other traditional fruit lambics, it’s not just the wooden barrel which adds a lot of tannins. Late but effective, lingering, earthy ’old’ hop bitterness does the rest, while the fruity acidity, including real raspberry flavours, go on to add saliva-inducing tartness with an utterly quenching, as well as appetizing effect. Even more acidic and dry than I remember, but then I still have the cherry-enriched version in my head when I think about this beer so I’m glad I forgot to enter this earlier on, giving me an opportunity to get more familiar with the current version. If my memory doesn’t fail me, this all-raspberry version looks a lot more deeply ruby red than the original one with raspberries and cherries, which was notable more pale in colour - in fact, ironically, now that the cherries have been omitted, it looks a lot more like a kriek now than a (traditionally made) framboise... In any case this familiar and long-standing name in the Cantillon family still demands respect, for its authenticity, its extreme dryness and totally uncompromizing attitude towards the use of fruits - one of the last really traditionally made framboises left and a monument of a beer as such. A must for lambic heads, but that is stating the obvious, I suppose.

fiery_1 (1363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2017
375ml bottle @ Kelly’s Cabin. 2017 Vintage, bottled 2016.12.39. Pours a hazy pink colour with a nice pinkish head. Nose is funk and tart raspberries. Flavour is semi sweet tart raspberries and sour candies. Nice clean sour.

kaserov (801) - Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 3, 2017
Color granate brillante, tirando a rojizo, opaco, con capa de espuma fucsia de tres dedos de grosor (aspecto jabonoso y muy buena retención, nunca llega a disiparse del todo). Carbonatación suave. Textura oleosa. Aroma ácido, a madera, piruleta, frambuesa. Hiper rico. Apetece meter la nariz durante horas en el vaso. En boca entra ácida, pegándose y haciendo cosquillear las paredes de la boca. Mucha frambuesa ácida, madera presente al final del trago. Seca. Delicia es decir poco.

DavidSvinth (59) - DENMARK - JUL 31, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2017 Cantillon kan laves deres frugtlambikker knastørre, og det er noget helt andet end det nogen gange kvalmende fra fx Lindemanns.

evannell (1191) - Kraków, POLAND - JUL 25, 2017
Dziko juz od poczatku. Nie wiem, czy sa Bretty, ale ja tak to odbieram. Malina czysta, bez aromatów. Piwo kwasne, wytrawne. Prawdziwie owocowe. Bardzo dobre. Dzika malina all the way.

thepatrickman (1365) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2017
Bottle from jamesy, fresh from the continent. Beautiful reddish-purple color with an off white head. The fruit flavor is prominent, with raspberry jam coming to the front before the yeast funk kicks in. Long, funky/fruity finish.

Biroholik (1412) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - JUL 25, 2017
Lambic uzyskany w wyniku macerowania swiezych malin w dwuletnim Lambiku. 200g/l
Data waznosci: 13.03.2017
Kolor: Czerwony. Intensywny malinowy kolor.
Piana: Rózowa, drobniutenka, bardzo szybko znikajaca. Jak w wiekszosci piw w tym stylu piana uciekla w 2 sekundy. Pozostal po niej milimetrowy krazek, który wraz z uplywem czasu utonal w czerwonej otchlani.
Zapach: Aromat bez dwóch zdan zdominowany przez swieze maliny. Nie ma tutaj grama sztucznosci. Czysta natura! W aromacie mozna z pewnoscia wyczuc takze nuty dzikie, lekko piwniczne, odrobine kwiatów i ziemi. Po przelaniu do kielicha aromat malin jest tak intensywny, ze bez trudu wypelnia swoja wonia cale pomieszczenie.
Smak: W smaku intensywnie kwasne, nafaszerowane do granic mozliwosci swiezymi malinami. Jest tez czerwona porzeczka i leciutki rabarbar. W drugim podejsciu wyczuwalne nuty stajenne, wiejskie. Jest tez odrobina ziemi i mokre zboze. Po kilku lykach kubki smakowo przyzwyczajaja sie do tego cierpkiego stanu rzeczy i zaczynaja bardziej skupiac sie na owocowej stronie trunku. Po ogrzaniu mozna wyczuc dlugi posmak tanin. Wysycenie srednie do wysokiego. Odczucie w ustach wytrawne, bardzo przyjemne. Klasa!
Wysycenie: Wysokie.
Rosé de Gambrinus - cóz klasyk sam w sobie. Wielu z nas wlasnie od tego trunku rozpoczynalo swoja przygode z Lambikami. Piwo od poczatku do konca fascynuje swoja glebia: od koloru, przez potezny aromat, a na smaku skonczywszy. Nie ma sie co rozpisywac. Wspaniale piwo, a na dodatek nieziemsko orzezwiajace. Absolutny MUST HAVE dla kazdego Beer Geeka.

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