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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,218 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,218
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 127 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
2.5-4.0% ABV

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-01-2000)
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev 0%

Was better on tap. Sweet, syrupy raspberry ice-cream like, only less bitter and more syrupy sweet. Raspberry aroma. Dessert jammy. Sweet fizzy more than offsetting sourness of it all. Up from a soda at a steep price. Only medium mouthfeel. Drank it, done that.

Sammy, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%

A - Pours a beautiful deep raspberry red color with a fizzy 1 inch light red head. There is nice ring lacing present as the beer is sipped.

S - Smells of rich raspberry, funky earth notes, and slight vinegar.

T - Delicious sweet/sour raspberry with a slight vinegar acidic flavor.

M - Good fizzy carbonation makes for a very crisp and smooth drinking beer.

D - A most excellent fruit lambic. I buy this one very often. I know that a lot of people have said that this is too sweet but I don't agree. I think that overall this is the best fruit lambic made by Lindemans and probably my favorite overall example of the style.

UCLABrewN84, May 30, 2010
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright red with a tiny bit of a brownish/dark tint to it. THe nose brings forward raspberries. This is to the exclusion of everything other than a bit of sweetness, likely coming from the raspberries. The taste is raspberries. The feel is nice and a bit sweet. Some moderate tartness, which I would guess is more related to raspberries than any wild yeast. Drinks fairly well and is a good way to introduce many to different types of beer.

Thorpe429, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.1%

acurtis, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Poured dark red with a small pink colored head. A thin layer of bubbles remained on the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There's a moderate aroma of sweet raspberries.
T: Like the smell, there are sweet flavors of raspberries. The sweetness in the taste is not overpowering and there's even a bit of sourness in the finish.
M: It feels rather light-bodied on the palate and somewhat bubbly (not that syrupy).
D: This beer is very easy to drink. I would definitely have this again and pair it with a dessert at dinner or some Belgian waffles at Sunday brunch.

metter98, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: Looks like a glass of cherry soda with a dainty pink head on top; looks pretty at first but the retention is not great nor is there much lacing - like I said...soda

Smell: Modest aroma of raspberry and, if you take deep snifs, you can also pick up some funky yeast aromas

Taste: Starts with a juicy raspberry flavor that bursts forth with sweetness just after the swallow; in a few seconds, your mouth starts to pucker from the sour balancing notes, but this lambic is primarily about the sweetness and the sugary flavors wind up predominating

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied; very effervescent

Drinkability: Pleasant enough for a few sips but not something that can be drunk in any quantity

brentk56, May 23, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Deep scarlet with maraschino cherry highlights. The light pink head is exceptionally small due to a gentle caress of a pour. My second and final pour was vigorous and I received a frothy one finger cap for my efforts. Framboise looks for all the world like red pop. The nose is intensely fruity and smells like concentrated essence of crushed, sweetened raspberries. It is, by far, the most powerfully fruity nose of any beer that I've ever had the pleasure to sniff.

Thankfully, the beer tastes exactly like it smells. There's only one flavor here and that is... raspberries! It's simple, it's direct, it's flavorful, it's the liquid essence of the fruit. There's a delightful balance between sweet and tart, making it marginally less sweet than the Melbourne Bros. fruit beers. I think I like it better for that very reason. My sense is that I'd prefer a lambic that's even more tart and less sweet. The energetic carbonation lightens what could otherwise have been a heavy, syrupy mouthfeel.

Like all such beers, Lindemans Framboise is probably best consumed in single bottle portions due to the high sugar content. The price is also limiting; I think I paid in the neighborhood of $6 for this 12 oz. bottle. Since my lambic knowledge/experience is still in its infancy, I thought that I'd start here. I'm really looking forward to taking the training wheels off and getting into the 'racing bike' lambics as soon as possible. It should be a fun ride.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottle: Poured a dark pink beer with a huge bubbly head that leaves mark throughout my glass. Aroma is totally overpowered by raspberry syrup with extreme sweetness. Taste is mostly covered by the sweetness of the syrup and with some subtle sourness coming from the lambic base. This is one of my guilty pleasure beer because even thought I agree that is doesn’t respect all traditional guideline of lambic-fruit, the syrup is real good and refreshing…

Phyl21ca, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

There is a lot of similarities between this beer on tap and in the bottle. But, there are some distinct differences. The beer is just as tart, sour, sweet, and tangy as ever, but the bottle version seems to hold a more viscous body, mainly to the lack of induced carbonation that I get from the tap. Less fresh, but more musky. More of a Flander's red flavor and texture in general. A little more dusty, woodsy, vineous, and earthy; maybe from the cork and complex cellering. Though fresher and ripe with fruit from the tap, I prefer the older and more raw flavor from the bottle. Both are winners.

BEERchitect, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Texasfan549, May 11, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.1%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

jaydoc, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deeply-hued, perhaps artificially-hued, dark reddish-pink body with a tall, foamy, dark pink head that settles out fairly shortly.

Smell: Boldly jammy, preserve-laden raspberry nose with a particularly tart, sour fruitiness. Fairly one-dimensional, sure, but at least it prominent and pleasant.

Taste: Mixture of Sweet Tarts ground up in a coffee grinder (set for a drip machine) and fruit-flavored Nerds candies. It presents a bright burst of puckering tartness and a roundhouse kick of sharp sweetness. Both malts and hops are a mere afterthought (if even), as this concoction is meant as a conveyance of sweetened raspberry flavoring, and though this would seldom find a home either in my refrigerator or on my table, it would pair reasonably well with some equally sweet, fruity desserts or even a nice chocolate tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Some slight stickiness to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Like a child's chilled juicebox or a late teen's wine cooler, this pasteurized, non-traditional lambic drinks fairly easily, and is only hampered by the toothsome sweetness and whether or not one likes raspberries. Although, if one were diametrically opposed to the noble raspberry, I wouldn't fully understand why one would be imbibing this in the first place.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev 0%

This lambic isn't traditional at all but this beer is still very tasty. The color is a beautiful red color that very bright. The flavor is really sweet but has a suddle tart bite in the aftertaste. The aroma is super sweet and refreshing. The aroma of raspberries flood your nose and the air around you. This beer is also mixable, you can mix it in a Guinness, Hoegaarden, or even with some vodka for something a little stronger. It's enjoyable for sure and I enjoy it as a dessert.

Knapp85, Apr 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Served in a champagne flute at The Firkin.

Now, I've defended craft beer from those who would call it "girlie" and whatnot. It doesn't help that I'm given this rose-colored brew in a thin, feminine (if glassware has genders, this one would come to life in the Beast's castle as a soft-talking maiden, I think) glass like this one. Oh well, at least the beer is good. The nose comprises sweet raspberries, sugar-coated strawberries, and a slight bit o' miscellaneous wood. The taste is just a blast of sweetened raspberries, leaning toward that awesome blue raspberry flavor of our collective youth. A small bit o' minor tartness pervades, but the sweetness beats it back down into submission. Still, I love how this stuff tastes. Oh yes. The body is a nice medium, with a light carbonation and a sticky, syrupy feel. Overall, this stuff can be very addictive. I find myself hard-pressed to stop sipping once I have begun. It may not be the paragon of tart lambics, but this thing is definitely a tasty treat.

TMoney2591, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of emerge077
2.13/5  rDev -44.7%

Poured into a champagne flute, no pop from the cork or fizz in the glass. Attractive pink foam and rose body, but the foam rapidly fades to a ring. Some spotty bits of lace here and there.

Sugary sweet raspberry candy in the nose.

Flavor is similarly cloying and overwhelmingly sweet. One note flavor of raspberry hard candy. Very light tannic tea leaf note when it warms up. Dull and fizzy feel, with a lingering sticky sweetness on the lips from the 25% raspberry juice and added sweeteners. Nothing even approaching tartness or resembling traditional lambic, this is simply sugary sweet liquid candy. Can't stomach much of this on it's own. Used this for an ice cream float, also recommended as a cocktail mixer.

For a traditional lambic, try Cantillon, Hanssens, Drie Fontienen, etc. A good beginner lambic is Boon, Oud Beersel, or Cuvee Rene. Lindemans uses artificial sweetener Acesulfame K (it's required to be listed on the european label, but not the US import label) rendering their base "lambic" more of a kiddie wine cooler than traditional lambic. This is simply a marketing tactic to appeal to a wider audience.

emerge077, Oct 19, 2010
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

largadeer, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

Found on tap at Cherry Hill Brasserie in Columbia, MO.
Poured into a fluted champagne glass. There was no head when it arrived at my table. Nice maroon/red color. It smells of raspberry and that's about all I could smell. Pretty much the sam egoes for the taste. It was very fizzy, almost like champagne. It tasted good but due to the price and the fruit taste, I don't think it's very drinkable.

zeff80, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

355ml bottle. It's always kind of weird, after popping the cap on a beer, to also have to get through a miniature cork as well, dont'cha think?

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, prune juice-like reddish purple colour, with two fingers of soapy, bubbly pale pink head, which leaves a low ebbing ring of lace around the glass as it duly settles.

It smells of musty, veritable raspberries, coldly boiling away on their way to becoming jelly or pie - sweet fruit and acidic esters, stellar, sure, but with some faint pale malt sweetness, and a bit of lambic-friendly yeastiness. The taste is rather sweet, sort of grainy malt, and big, hard to idly ignore, sour, acidic raspberry juice, full stop.

The carbonation is a bit peppy at first, but eventually lands squarely on the soft side, the body full in weight, via a judiciously juicy fruitiness, and actually smooth, without further ado. It finishes on the tangy, fruity side, with a mild soft graininess, all things clean.

I am quite obviously biased by my affinity for the eponymous fruit, but nonetheless, this is a wonderful fusion of a Lambic base with the power of complex, unadulterated raspberry goodness. If you suspect that the sugary fruitiness might overcome, I can attest that the drying sourness does linger, tempting you towards evermore.

biboergosum, Jan 24, 2010
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

JAHMUR, Jan 03, 2012
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Lindemans Framboise from Brouwerij Lindemans
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