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Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus

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Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, one of our Top Summer Beers


Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus

Before there were cultured brewing yeasts, like ale and lager yeasts, all beers were spontaneously fermented with a mélange of wild varieties. Only one type of beer is still made in this way — the lambic family of Belgian beers. Most lambics are fruit beers, and while Americans are more familiar with candy-sweet brands, the Belgians prefer their lambics as dry and tart as fine wine. Cantillon is the highest-profile brewer of dry lambics, and "Rosé de Gambrinus" is their version of a Framboise, or raspberry lambic. In the glass, it has the pinkish tawny color of onion skin and a vivid scent of wild raspberries. The first sip is mouth-shockingly sour and dry, with the zing and bubble of Rosé Champagne. Tailor-made for rich and salty foods, this beauty from Cantillon will shine with duck confit, shaved prosciutto or steak tartare.

Price: $12 (12 oz.) and $20 (25 oz.)

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