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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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89
very good

983 Reviews
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Reviews: 983
Hads: 2,562
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 55
Gots: 288 | FT: 4
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-01-2000

2.5-4.0% ABV
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (260 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (626 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (618 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (469 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the standard of fruited beers here really. this is the best of fresh raspberries, Belgian yeast, and drinkability. it pours a bright red almost medicinal color, with a foamy pink head and a lot of bubbles. the nose is decidedly berry heavy, fresh and tart as they are sweet. Belgian yeast completes the fermentation of most of the sugar here, leaving a beer that is brightly summery and plenty drinkable, without being overdosed on sugar. all of the lindemans stuff is very authentic and tasty, but this might be their most classic and best put together offering. a great brew for a celebratory toast, weddings for example. the champagne carbonation makes it sing, I like this a lot, but the low abv makes it hard to cop a buzz on this alone. its also nice in a beer blend with a nice Belgian wit in just under 50/50 proportions. (829 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 (717 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (482 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (598 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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… (454 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,306 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.14/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (1,130 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,460 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (397 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,328 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with a finger of pink head that fades to a ring and leaves mild lacing.

Smell: Lots of raspberry and super sweet.

Taste: Sweet raspberries with a mildly tart finish. Did I mention that this beer is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: Very sweet, but a nice brunch beer. A bit much to have a whole glass, perhaps a champagne flute would be a more appropriate serving glass. (519 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy (bottle conditioned). Red robe topped by a huge, fluffy, pillow-like pink head that leaves excellent lace throughout the glass. The aroma is somewhat sour with light, dry fruit notes. There are some odd notes present from the lambic, but nothing off-putting. The body is medium with a lightly zesty carbonation. The flavor is astonishingly full of candyish sweetness and tart/sour raspberry with minimal characteristics from the lambic - some mustiness is all that really stands out. Obviously, this is geared toward the masses. The fruit is somewhat authentic in character, but it's also clearly overdone. It finishes semi-sweet with a splash of acidity and then some sticky sweetness left in the mouth. Makes a great apertif or after-dinner drink. Because of it sweetish and clean tasting character, the Lindeman's brands make a good entry into flavored lambics. (869 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/28/08 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a flute glass.

A: The beer is a reddish purple color, with a thin pink head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is straight raspberries as you would expect and very little else.

T: The taste is likewise all tart raspberries but it's significantly sweeter than most other beers of its kind. The malt character is thin. The after-taste is tart and sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty and I usually don't care for any beer with a strong berry flavor, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, not the type of beer that I typically like but this one was pretty good. (765 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Remarkable purple-pink color. Plenty of pink-tinged foam in the Mort Subite globe. Tingly on the tongue with an acidic edge.

This is hugely raspberry scented as well as flavored with berries. It's a really sensational flavor. The fruit also adds to the tart sensation. It's quite sharp but also a little on the sweet side. This is more like champagne than anything in the beer universe, so it might be the brew for a non-typical beer occasion.

This is an experience not to be missed. It's also an education in a traditional lambic yeast brew that doesn't involve the vinegar excesses of so many American Wild Ales. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Servall Liquor in San Diego. (681 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I appreciate my wife allowing me to share this -355 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

The color is deep burgundy and is translucent bordering on opaque with small faint head with tiny bead and carbonation is visible. Legs form, but no lace really. The smell is incredible -sweet fruit, just loaded with raspberry aroma like getting a whiff of jam. The feel is not so good for me. There is a sugary acidic quality which isn't terrible it just is way too far into the kool-aid sugary side.

This tastes more like simulated kool-aid than lambic. The fruit flavor is not artificial in fact it seems very fresh, but the sugar component takes away some of the acidity that you expect from this style. The carbonation is good for letting that go in the finish and there is some mild wood flavors which are pleasant in there too. Overall it is a poor excuse for a lambic compared to some of the finest -Cantillon for example. The acidity is so low and the yeast contributes very little to the taste. I guess if you want alcoholic kool-aid it isn't so bad ;/ (1,051 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Corked, capped and foiled in a sleek mini 12 oz magnum. No freshness date though most lambics have an extended shelf life.

Appearance: Deep rose in colour with a pinkish lace which stays for the duration.

Smell: Delicate and elegant ... lots of juicy raspberries in the nose. Syrupy and tart at the same time.

Taste: Crisp with a champagne like smoothness that cradles a effervescent body. Fresh raspberry juice like a Jolly-rancher or sweet tart ... very fruity with very vague beer like characteristics. Undertones of barnyard, horse blanket and apple peel flavours get masked much by the acidity. Finishes quite clean ... little in the after taste.

Notes: Very aromatic with lots of sweet tart fruit both in the nose and on the palate. Addictively good if you like syurpy fruit flavours ... a beer I would have at a morning brunch. (860 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a purplish/ruby with a almost pink tinted head. Nose is strong with raspberries (surprise, surprise). Flavor kicks you in the back of the mouth a bit at first. The more you go on the smoother it gets. There are of course strong raspberry flavors and little else that can compete with such in your face flavors. Feel is thick with flavor and a decent carbonation. Drinkable? Yes. But only if you can appreciate flavor intense creations such as this. I know this is not a "traditional" creation of the style and is almost like a soda in many qualities, but I still think it is good. I have gotten several people to try this, and I know it has expanded their perception of what beer can be. So for what it is, I give it a 4 down the board. (742 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Really doesn't resemble a "conventional" beer at all, so if you're not familiar with the style (not that this is really a traditional lambic), it might throw you off. Pours bright magenta in color, with a short-lingering, foamy, white head; well carbonated. Raspberry candy in the nose, and and the raspberry overtakes any other flavor that might be present, so basically the fruit sweetness is the only thing you get. And I'm not saying that as a bad thing. Kind of sucks when you find out this is a flavored lambic and doesn't use real fruit, but it's still a tasty treat. Light mouthfeel, but can leave a filmy aftertaste. Drinkable. Save it for dessert. (698 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I first found this beer, it ran for ten dollars a bottle. So, I can't say I was ever fond of it, basically just due to the price. I think it's one of the first corked beers I came across as well, so my friends at the time justified the cost and bought it. I found this bottle for about 4 bucks, quite a grab gotta love it. A wine like ruby purple, very bubbly with a quickly dissipating head. A deep bitter raspberry aroma with loads of bubbles arising to tickle the nose. Taste is a sharp bitterness, mellowed out with the sweet raspberry tones. Along with a champagne like bubbly sensation on the back of the throat, this beer is a medium bodied Belgium wonder. Much more mellow on tap, but overall this style is amazing (wild yeast, oh yeah!!!)! Very drinkable, except it's a little too tart and sweet to drink excessively. (831 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, rich crimson color. Frothy head that dies to a single layer. No light shines through.

Super beautiful fresh raspberry aroma.

Sweet and tart with a TON of raspberry. Tastes so fresh. Rich body, but with a great level of carbonation.

This is a special offering. A great dessert beer. Will go with virtually any dessert, especially chocolate. A superior treat. (367 characters)

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