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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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2,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 38
Gots: 92 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website

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 dizknee24

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-grapish and rasberry color.

S- rasberries and sugar. Almost overpowering

T- Raspberry candy . it was way to overpowering for me. too much sugar maybe some sweetner?

M - again could not get past this sugar

D- very low on the drink ability in my mind.

no not feeling it too much

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:45:19 | More by dizknee24
Photo of plfahey


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Vibrant ruby red and clear, with a moderate, pink, frothy head.

Aroma-Fresh raspberry jam with a hint of citric tartness. I can't smell this without picturing raspberries-it's like perfect essence of raspberry.

Flavor-Tastes like drinking liquid raspberries. Very sweet up front, but the tart finish comes through to cut the sweetness. Tastes like dessert. The flavor is quite good, but verges on cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body and medium high carbonation. The sweetness verges on cloying, but there is enough carbonation and tartness to give a refreshing, semi-crisp finish.

This isn't a nice, funky fruit lambic, but isn't trying to be one. It's a sweetened fruit lambic and that's what it comes across as-sweet and fruity. Very tasty in the right circumstances (palate cleanser or paired with a variety of desserts.)

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:02:27 | More by plfahey
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the small 250ml bottle, at a local pub

A- Dark red, a small but extremely dense pink/purple head has perfect retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass

S- Yeast is right there but i'm not talking about the classic yeast aroma. This time it is (not perfectly in my opinion) blended with raspebberies and an aggressive tart feel. It's a nice aroma but the tartness has some spicy character that makes you feel like this beer is not delicate on the nose

T- Sourness is right there, even before raspberry. Of course raspberry builds up and gets stronger, with a very pleasant juicy feel, as you drink, but the overall feel is mainly a wine-like sourness: that's a very strong flavour. The sour feel is bit too prickly on the palate, where a 'chemical' acid feel is left in the aftertaste

M- As for the smell, i feel that even the mouthfeel is too aggressive. The tartness gets boring after a while and though your tongue still loves that juicy raspberry flavour your palate starts feeling bad with excessive acidity . Mix this with excessive carbonation, and you'll get a beer that really burns on your palate despite being a sirupy drink

D- For reasons i already mentioned, the drinkability is not that high as you may expect for a 2.5ABV drink. Being tart is not itself bad, but it gets bad if there's not much else beyond that

A beer that has some serious flaws, though it still does its job as an appetizer

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 14:45:23 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very nice ruby red color with a 2 finger purple head that leaves some good lacing

S: Just like raspberry puree, with a little bit of pungent yeast

T: Tart raspberry soda, with a bit of a beer-y kick. Slightly sour, due to the tartness

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation

D: I think I could drink this all day and not have a problem at all. The raspberries are definitely in the fermentation stage, but the abv is so low that it is easily quaffable

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 01:01:04 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of AdamMY


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

While it has an interesting raspberry red appearance, with a light pink head that leaves plenty of lacing. The smell is somewhat faint but very heavy in terms of strawberries.

The flavor tastes far to much like juice, a mix of strawberries and cranberries, with little else to show for it. While I love the mouthfeel of lambics quite effervescent, but they are so incredibly flavorful that they border on undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:23:52 | More by AdamMY
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West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark red, very carbinated, with a white 1/2 creamy head. Looks like a mixed drink.

Smell - Sugary, raspberries, some yeast.

Taste - Very fruity and sweet. Bittersweet and sour. Simular to a wine cooler yet very natural flavor tasting, much like fresh juice from a juicer. The yeast is hidden but still present under the raspberry flavor.

MOuthfeel - Very carbinated, thin and bittersweet, wouldnt want to drink a regular beer right after this one. A little bitter on tounge and palette.

Drinkabilty - Its more of a chic drink to be honest. I could see many of these being slammed by a non beer drinking female. Very low alcohol and sweet fruity makes this very drinkable. A nice change on occasion, but come on, this aint beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 07:51:56 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance; hazy, ruby red body and a pale pink head. Nice head but retention needs improvement and beautiful lacing.

smell; very faint spicy hops. Sour and tart lambic aromas blend nicely with tart raspberries.

taste; tart and sour upfront, with a delicious wild raspberry tartness in the finish. Somewhat to sweet and a little cloying, the tartness isn't enough to mellow it out, a bit of bitter would go nicely here to even everything out.

mouthfeel; luscious and smooth. A bit creamy with a foamy finish. Puckers the mouth a bit from the tartness.

drinkability; an easy drink, tasty and smooth, just a stretch to call this beer.

Not really a beer for me, save it for the ladies.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:05:42 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of weizenbob


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A product of Belgium. From the label: "Lindeman's Framboise is a lambic made from local barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation raspberries are added, creating a secondary fermentation and yielding a beer of exceptional flavor and complexity."

This 355mL bottle was purchased as part of a gift pack containing two bottles and a Lindeman's glass. The bottle was corked, capped and covered in foil. There is no freshness date but as these have a long shelf life, I am not concerned. I'm not sure how well this was corked, as a small amount of liquid and gas escaped once the cap was removed. It was poured into the accompanying glassware.

An aggressive pour yields a huge four fingers of pink foamy head. The head retention is surprisingly excellent. Sticky lacing lines the glass. The brew is maroon hued with a little bit of carbonation visible through the glass.

As soon as the cork was removed, sweet raspberry aromas filled the immediate area. I took a whiff of the cork and wanted to take a bite out of it. Mmmmm. Up close, this lambic reveals tons of aggressively tart raspberry aroma. It smells a little dusty/wild but that aspect is definitely taking a backseat to the raspberry patch in my glass.

The taste follows the aroma closely. Tart raspberry flavors are so concentrated that my eyes begin to water. There is a little bit of funk in the finish, but the raspberry is so potent that making out traces of other flavors is a near-impossibility. This overflows into my nose, which becomes filled with the deliciously tart fruit after each sip. It's a sinus cleanser.

The mouthfeel is medium, and though the brew is free of debris, there are moments where you'd swear there was fruit pulp in your mouth. The carbonation is aggressive enough to give the feel of sparkling juice, which is not a far cry from what this is. Barley and wheat are undetectable and at 2.5% ABV, this might just as well be sparkling juice. It is both sweet and refreshingly tart, with no hop bitterness whatsoever. That makes it a sipper, but it sure is an easy drinking sipper. And if you could afford the moderately high price tag, you could sip this as long as you wanted and probably not ever feel the effects of alcohol. This isn't what most people think of when they think of beer, but as a rare treat, it is an awesome change of pace.

The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
Comparing Schlitz to Framboise is like comparing apples to raspberries. But when I'm in the mood for a fruity lambic, I would give two Schlitz for Lindeman's Framboise.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 19:59:16 | More by weizenbob
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flute. 2 fingers of pink head rests like a pillow on top of a deep cranberry red body. There is some nice head retention which leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is mostly raspberry with a touch of funk. Big raspberry flavor - wow, really sweet. Lighter bodied with a nice burst of carbonation gives this a really nice mouthfeel, just not overly drinkable due to the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 00:19:51 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of dfillius


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Thanks to Todd and Beth Lemley for this one!
A: 1/4 finger of head with fair retention. Hazy ruby red liquid. Pretty overall, but I'd prefer more head.
S: Strong raspberry puree, tiny bit of tartness. A bit of breadiness lurks. A little more diversity please. Nice overall though.
T: Sweet raspberry juice. Pleasant tartness could be stronger. Not cloying since the raspberry is so tart too. No breadiness in flavor.
M: Tart, full, syrupy, bubbly, a tad prickly.
D: I like it, I'd love to have a couple glasses, but not 2 pints. I would buy it again and would order another.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 22:06:54 | More by dfillius
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing this one, probably due to the price tag

A: Pours a deep purple color with a big soapy pink head. retention is decent

S: Tart raspberry, ripe and overripe raspberry, slight yeast aroma, but absolutely fruit forward

T: Super tart raspberry, and sweet overripe raspberry. Kind of balanced, but leans to the sour side

MF/D: Fizzly carbonation, medium feel, sweet & sour finish, really nice

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:24:51 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out, as I've experienced but a scant few times, an atypical color for a beer; this isn't a soft pink, though. This is a deep, thick magenta in color that can't be seen through. A dense pinkish-shite head one finger tall has very good retention and stays strong, leaving nice lacing.
This is a glass of tart raspberry right off the nose. There's a touch of sweetness, just nipping at the tart, with a light yeasty note.
Tart raspberry juice is the order in the flavor as well. The sweetness is light and just offsets the depth of the tartness, and too sweet is certainly not an accurate depictor here. The more beer-like qualities do lie underneath, but they're not lost; a light dusty yeast, a little earthy funk, and some dry malts are evident.
This is actually a bit sturdier in body and thicker than one might expect. It's got a clean feel to it, and a light crispness is in every sip. Carbonation is light to moderate.
This is a great gateway Lambic as I understand it and a great one for someone just getting into beer as well as an experienced beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 14:21:53 | More by Brenden
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appears in a glass as a cranberry with rose head or something close to that. It's raspberry lambic, what can you say? It looks very nice with nice lacing!

The smell is heaven. Strong tangy raspberries with maybe a touch of malt but not too much else as the raspberries are very overpowering.

Taste is tart and sweet. Or sweet and tart. Hmm... The taste is nice. Although this is even more delicious when served with the proper desert (vanilla ice cream on this occasion), I do not find it sessionable on it's own. The mouthfeel leaves a very tart aftertaste just due to the strong raspberry potency but it explodes across the tongue with little sweet splashes of raspberry goodiness. I enjoy the framboise and will enjoy it in the future with even greater ranges of accompaniments.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:49:48 | More by Hellabeerguzzler
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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Maroon body. Pink one finger foamy head. Sweet Raspberry front end, sour finish. The alcohol is hidden but noticeable. There is so much complexity, from start to finish that a single sip is like having three different drinks. It feels great in the mouth the way it goes in smooth, bites softly, and morphs in the back of the mouth. This is the 2nd time I've had this beer, but I ruined the first bottle by accidentally getting cork dust in the bottle. Rookie move. But I'm glad I tried this again, it was amazing. The only thing that ultimately detracted from it was the sweetness takes away from some of the drinkability. Can't have too much of the stuff in one night because it's a little overpowering.


Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 05:02:15 | More by ZenAgnostic
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep magenta with a nice brightness in the light. Head is slightly pinkess, nice. Decent lacing. Corked bottle.

S - Bursting forth with a yeasty raspberry and oakiness.

T - Strong, sweet and tart raspberries. Very authentic, has an earthy and oak flavour infused in it. Much better than a syrupy wine cooler.

M - Crisp and clean.

D - At only 2.5%, not that strong, but you could definitely have a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 02:30:09 | More by LuthersMug
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Flute glass]

Poured a murky cranberry-red with an average sized fizzy pink head that was fully diminishing and had good lacing.The aroma was overwhelming with the scent of raspberries with mild notes of a sweet yeast. It tasted sweet and very much so raspberry in the beginning and ended about the same with a slight tartness and mildly acidy at the finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and dry in texture with a lively carbonation. Overall a very tasty Lambic.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 18:15:16 | More by KajII
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last of the bottle used to make delicious Valentine's Day concoctions.

A- It's very hazy and light blood red, with the foam floating into pink territory.

S- Smells fruity, musky, raspberry seeds, some wheat perhaps. Intriguing.

T- Tastes very fruity, and a big burst of sweet and tart. It reminds me a lot of concentrated raspberry juice, or pure cranberry juice. Tartness combined with some sweetness and not so subtle fruit flavors. Good, but not very complex.

M- Just as I would expect with the amount of tartness.

D- Drinkable...hmm. I can't say I'd like to drink a lot of this, but it does make a great mixer, and probably one glass would be fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 05:29:23 | More by zdk9
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Blood-red body with a two-finger pinkish head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Practically raspberry juice.

T: Tons of citric tartness. A good amount of raspberry sweetness, but it isn't at all cloying or medicinal. A hint of mustiness.

M: Light and effervescent, maybe slightly heavier than champagne.

D: This seems to be polarizing among lambic purists. Personally, I love the stuff. I would totally serve this at my wedding.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 01:39:57 | More by BarrelO
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes at Old Chicago (2001): Absolutely georgeous candycane pink colored head. Very frothy and does collapse fairly quickly. Aroma of very fresh raspberries. Extremely cloudy beer as compared to the peche I had just before this one. Nice tartness that is a symbiotic flavor between the lambic strains and the raspberries. Classic beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 19:04:10 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of FanofHefe


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Lindemans' flute glass. The small glass aided in producing a large three finger pink head over a deep red body.

Straight up raspberry aroma. Not too surprising, but fairly powerful.

Of course, raspberry flavor, but also nice and tart. A little funky yeast blends in as well. Very sweet.

Very easy to drink for the low abv. High carbonation. Will not be a regular, but my wife loves it.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:21:28 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of Frosty80


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours clear, light beet red. sits clear, reddish plum with pink, one-finger head which clears away to only a ghostly presence after a handful of minutes

Smell: the simple, linear aroma of tart raspberries is just as expected. full and in your face, the sweet raspberry juice dominates and is accented by light sourness and funk

Taste: through the distracting buzz of your glands by the insane tartness, sweet raspberry puree with a diluted funkiness is all there is to be experienced here. the semi-sweet finish will reveal a very light graininess, but otherwise this is a one man show.

Mouthfeel: a medium-high carbonation adds a little bite and helps lighten the load to a light-medium body

Notes: expectantly monotonous yet delicious. if it werent for the extremely low abv, this would be a very dangerous brew

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 22:56:57 | More by Frosty80
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New York

4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY this evening. Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a beautiful red ruby color. It has a nice 2-finger pink head, that left great lacing on the glass. There are also some carbonation bubbles visible.

S - The smell is raspberries. Very sweet smelling, but good.

T - Tastes of raspberries. It is sweet, but not too sweet. It is very fruity and has a hint of malt that comes into play. The taste is delicious.

M - It has a medium body and tingly carbonation. It is sweet but not cloying. Goes down very easy.

D - This has excellent drinkability. I could drink this stuff all day. It goes down super easy, and the flavor is great. I'm sometimes not the biggest lambic fan, but this is a great beer. I would definitely try this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 13:07:40 | More by JizackFH
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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a deep purple with a light purple head. High level of carbonation makes for an effervescent drink. This beer is all about the raspberries. Huge raspberry aroma. An even larger raspberry flavor with few other competing flavors. This is a very sweet beer, but also very tart. The tartness cuts the sweetness and makes this an enjoyable beer. However, it is still too sweet to be very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 16:04:07 | More by kellyst
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yard House in Denver, CO. Served in a goblet.

A: Pink tinged copper with mild haze. Champagne like carbonation supports a small peach tinted cap that falls to a patchwork film. Leaves patches of lace behind.

S: The nose is sweet overall, with a strong raspberry presence. A mild tartness keeps the sweetness in check.

T: The raspberries are front and center with an unsweetened fruit flavor. A lemon tartness brings up the rear. The tart fruit flavor in the finish lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium body is somewhat syrupy and has the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is a very nice Lambic. I have a good friend who claims not to be a beer drinker, yet loves this beer. I'm rather fond of it too.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 06:45:15 | More by Rayek
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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours ruby color with a foamy, long lasting, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of raspberries some spicy hop notes. Flavor is similar to aroma. Medium, tart body. Long, sweet finish with some tartness. All around good brew for ladies.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 19:46:16 | More by mikeg67
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