Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus

For those who’ll be in Brisbane tonight, there’s a little event happening at Brewski featuring four of Brisbane’s own beer bloggers. I’m one of them, and I’ll be saying a little something about why I blog. Problem is I haven’t written anything in months! So, to ensure that I’m taken seriously as a proper blogger, I’m knocking together this post. It’s the blogging equivalent of brushing your teeth really thoroughly just before a visit to the dentist in a vain attempt the cover months of poor dental hygiene that preceded it.IMG_2972.JPG

These are my drunken recollections of an encounter that I had at Tipplers Tap a few weeks ago. It was one of those moments where, after spending an afternoon ‘sampling’ fine ales from around Brisbane, I randomly stumbled upon a beer from the epic list. The beer was the Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, and it marks beer number 168.

What’s on the bottle?

I snuck the empty bottle into my bag and took it home, which gave me a chance to look at the label in a far more sober state. I’m glad I did, otherwise I don’t think I’d have believed my own notes. The label is a watercolour pastel painting of a guy in a black suit of armour, giving it to a naked chick reverse-cowgirl style while she somehow manages to hold onto a glass of what I’m assuming is this beer. Yep, those crazy Belgians.

What’s in the bottle?

Here are the notes taken on the night, in a relatively un-edited format –

Amazingly dry and sour. Raspberries…ridiculous raspberries. So mush raspberry, and a little bit spicy. Blended frozen raspberries and old violin case. Fresh leather…if leather can be considered fresh?! It’s like there’s some sweetness that wants come through, but it’s just not bold enough…It’d be an excellent thirst quencher…because it’s obviously something to drink after mowing! (I’m pretty sure I meant that sarcastically, but who knows?) More sour as it warms. It’s not beer to the ‘standard Aussie’ definition. That’s a good thing Wait, let me take a selfie. This bottle was brewed on 13/05/2014, says it’s good for up to 10 years…maybe we got here a little too early? The important part…I enjoyed this beer with a good mate of mine. Beer best shared.

Some random thoughts in there, but you get the picture – raspberry and leather, and best shared with someone.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed the experience of this brew, even if I don’t really remember the specifics. I definitely need to try to keep myself in check when I’m out having a beer sampling day; spending $55 on a single beer isn’t a huge deal for me, but it’d be best if I could appreciate and remember a beer of that value.

Fact from the book…

Even though this is a raspberry lambic, it’s not considered a ‘framboise’ by Cantillon, as they’re of the opinion that the word is too closely linked to sweet, artificially flavoured beer.



2 thoughts on “Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus

  1. I knew I had read some comments about this beer previously, when I was having it the other night, but I had assumed that it was Untappd. This blog entry was where I had read it. It was okay, but $55 for a bottle is way out of my range. Fortunately, I am in Europe at the moment, and a small bottle was nowhere near that.

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