Swift One // Cantillon - Rosé de Gambrinus
"Swift One" // NOUN. British, informal. An alcoholic drink (often, but not necessarily, a half-pint of beer) consumed quickly, usually of mythical singularity.
So we finally tried this Belgian classic! There’s very few beers that define a whole genre, but this raspberry Lambic from Cantillon does just that. Though raspberry was once synonymous with artificially sweetened beers, this dedicated to Gambrinus (by legend the creator of beer itself) imitates the naturally fruity sour of the Kriek to stunning effect. With a creamy, yoghurt-like mouthfeel we were expecting an almost excessive tartness, but none of that was found here.
Instead, there were bags of ripe, rich berry flavours alongside the puckering, well balanced acidity. We’ve heard particularly great things about this years crop and this has more than lived up to the hype. Historic maybe, but it’s also a complex, unique brew that deserves it’s status on taste alone. Anyone fancy a trip to Brussels?
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