378. Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus

378. Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus

I bought this tonight at Downtown Wine and Spirits because I've been in the mood for sour Lambics and Flanders Red Ales after having Lou Pepe Kriek at The Belgian Room. I cooled this to about 50ºF and served it in one of by New Belgium snifters. Rosé De Gambrinus is a Fruit Lambic. BJCP Style Guide.

Yes, there is something going on on the label (click for full size):

There's a good blog entry at Pfiff! about how lambics are made, and issues current lambic producers face.

Appearance (4.5): Pours a nice hazy rose color with amber tints. Thin wispy bubbles form upon pouring, but dissipate quickly.

Smell (4.5): Sour lambic aroma, funky wet blanket aroma, and hints of raspberries.

Taste (5.0): Light sweetness is evident upfront and in the center. Fruity flavors emerge in the center and mingle with funky earthy flavors. Wow, the finish is intensely sour. Really, really, really sour.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Low carbonation, light-bodied, smooth, and very dry in the finish.

Drinkability (4.0): I can see the sourness being way too much for some, but even if you enjoy the sourness this is a beer to sip.

Overall (4.65): A very nice, very authentic lambic. Enjoyable and well worth the $14 I paid for the bottle.

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