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Rosé De Gambrinus by Brasserie Cantillon
Lambic - Fruit
5.00 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 09/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2010
Somehow I got a bottle with the uncensored label so it made for a great conversational piece. No little blue dress on the woman being manhandled, she's all skin with perky breasts. Looks kinda like one of those goofy sex cartoon comics in mens girly magazines.
Color of this lambic is quite unique and very nice to watch being poured, its milky pink kinda like pink grapefruit juice color with a richer, thicker, hazed tone to it. Lots of white bubbley carbonation fluffs up quickly and lively then fizzing off to leave a thin head of bubbles.
Aroma is pretty lively as well with a spritzy fruityness of resonantly strong zip. Well rounded and somewhat soft with some sweetish sour tones of grapfruit, lemon, and raspberry with touches of fresh blooming flowers and there's a mild yeasty mustyness giving off the familiar Cantillon barnyard musk underneath. Taste is souring sweet fruit juices with some nice little puckering of grapefruity acids and light lemon zest. Pretty sharp and quick with a grabbing tartness. There's lots of quick layers of fruity tartness and citrusy souring with some hints to raspberry gaining as it warms and thats when this lambic really did it for me. The raspberry flavors are so well rounded and beautifully done with a great naturalness wrapped in light earthy tones. Very nice. Touches of the yeast add some incredible acidicness along with some oaky tinges too. It has a very pleasant drying finish of raspberry and grapefruit. Feel is beyond lambic fullness, this stuff reaches a new level of quick tart acids and bittering, whew, its a mouth lifter, this stuff will wake you up in a hurry with its full on sourness. It does become much more manageable however as it warms. The actual smell and flavors are really nice, its just takes alot of palate busting to over come all the sweetly sour tartness and acidic tones.

Served In: Flute Glass

Review by everetends on 08/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 0
750ml purchased from Green's off Ponce in ATL. 2010 bottle . . . so fresh. Served up in an oversized wine glass. Time to take care of my first Cantillon offering.

A: Pours from the bottle a dark pinkish/red hue to it. Builds a raspberry colored body. Held to the light, more pink comes through but it also brings out just a touch of light brown. Lightly hazy in the body with a super active carbonation moving around in there. The head built a little over a finger of pink colored foam, but it disappears really fast. I am left with just a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: The first thing that hits me in the aroma is a tart vinegar presence right away, almost a cider vinegar kind of note. The raspberries push their way through and they have some sour to them for sure. There is a little bit of lemon hiding in the background or so it seems. This beer just stands as a that tart raspberry with an almost sour/wild presence to it. Interesting but very nice aroma.

T: Pretty much exactly like the nose. Starts as the raspberry, just tart and fresh really. This comes through with that apple cider vinegar like presence. This creates some a big amount of tartness to this beer. The after taste is just a touch of lemon mingling with these notes. There is an almost funky note in here as well with some woody notes. Not what I was expecting, but very tasty.

M: Lighter in body with a big carbonation quality to it. It comes across a little prickly. This is pretty damned tart on the throat and that tartness even grips you on the back of the throat as well. No ABV to really worry about or notice. Aftertaste is all sour ass raspberries.

OA: When I hear lambic, I really do expect sweet still. This beer comes across super tart. It has some sweetness to it but that is incredibly overshadowed by the tartness. Flavors and aroma are simple but they convey what the beer is supposed to be = raspberries. Plain and simple. A little more on the sour side, but I dig it. Good stuff.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2005
375ml Capped & Corked
Sam's Marcey

Bottled 2005

This bottle had zero pfft! when I pulled the cork. Rose de Gambrinus poured a pinkish hue with a flute full of bubbles. A small quarter finger fizzy head formed on the pour and quickly fell to a ring around the glass.

Aroma comes forward with musty raspberries just picked and under ripe. The sourness is evident when the smell curls your nose hair. There's a solid dose of barnyard, mostly musty hay.

Mouth puckering sourness up front is quickly followed by the barnyard mustiness and a slight touch of vinegar. The finish leaves a mouth puckering sourness in the form of tart raspberries with the slightest hint of sweetness. Good flavor.

Light body with a light refreshing mouthfeel. The sourness leaves you puckered up but as I swallow I salivate uncontrollably.

This beer actually goes down pretty easy for the intense sourness. Enjoyable for sure but a glass or two is enough for me.

I've sampled a couple lambics in the past but they were more of the sweet fruity variety. This is far from that but also enjoyable and a fun experience.

Reviewed: 12/31/07

Price: $5.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 09/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
98 3 11 20 5 10 1989
1984 Vintage: sampled in 2001 at the Kulminator in Antwerp.
Absolutely stunning. This beer single handedly changed my view of what an aged beer could be. No noticeable hints of oxidation what so ever, I could not even tell that this was a 17 year old beer. I wish now in retrospect that I had a fresh bottle to compare it to. It poured with a lively carbonation, and was still quite cloudy after all this time. It appeared to have a reddish tint to it. The raspberry in the nose was still quite evident, and there was a bit of a musty smell mixed in with the fruitiness. Tasted very complex, dry, quite sour, though perhaps a bit mellowed with age, with a pleasing acidity. A woodiness, funky mushroom character, some tannin, and some slight vegetal flavors to go along with the fruitiness in it. The fruity taste was pretty non-specific, and could not be directly associated with raspberries that was still evident in the aroma. Other than the acidity the fruitiness was definitely the dominating flavor.

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2000
Thanks to Danny for sharing this gem at La Bella Pizza tonight, a 2000 year old bottle of Rose de Gambrinus!

Ok, I’ve never seen this before…as soon as we took off the cap the cork started to slowly rise our of the bottle by itself!

Pours an amber to golden color, very carbonated and a few inches of foam rise in the glass but just as quickly recede to a ring. Beautiful sight.

A strange sweet raspberry and maple aroma, musty, cellar-like dust, a bit of kool-aid, some old lemons, dirty clothes, and rotten fruit. A little cheesy as it opens up, plastic aromas as well. Some red apple skins. And there’s also an interesting sour blueberry and blackberry mixture.

Almost indescribable first sip. Old, fermented, raspberry juice in the finish. Some blueberry, very acidic and dry, lemons, rotten fruit again, and salty. Even more dry with each sip.

Very carbonated, almost a drawback. Some prickly feeling on the tongue, very sparkling and almost rough on the palate, but I loved it.

Not as amazing as that 1999 Cantillon Gueuze I had last month but still very amazing.

Served In: Other

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 16 4 9 0
Vintage 2005, according to the cork.

A - Rich light copper color that is clean and clear. Starts with a fizzy white head that is gone in an instant.

S - Huge tart raspberries. Big and bold with some sour to it. Not much else to it, but this is what I was looking for.

T - Hits super tart giving my cheeks a nice pucker. Raspberries are the fruit of choice here, but you get some lemon too. Not overly complex, just tart, sour raspberry and lemon.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

D - Super drinkable. Every sip makes me want another. It sure seems that Cantillon can do no wrong.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 0
Vintage 2006 bottling.
750ML bottle served chilled and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance is good. Ruby red grapefruit colored brew with a pinkish-white, spotty soapy head.

Smell is exceptional. Huge aroma of fresh, tart raspberries, dry oak and sour funk.

Taste is very good. Starts with lemon and salt and finishes with tart raspberries and oak. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is very good. Lip-puckering tart. Gums and teeth are dry after every sip. Tongue's like leather. Acidic bite in the finish. After the swallow my mouth salivates and I'm ready for the punishment again. Medium-bodied with below-average carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. Addictive flavor that makes you come back for more.

One of my favorite lambic brews and one i go to often after a big dinner when I'm too stuffed for a RIS. Highly recommended.

Served In: Other

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