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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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2,315 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,315
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 142 | FT: 3
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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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +3.9%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bushwhacker
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A delicious brew that prompts me to recommend a new category of measure: "Beer Joy" - amount of inadvertant 'joy' imparted to your fellow beer lovers upon savoring new and recommended brews. Enjoyed it very much with my friends and family on-tap(the ladies loved it);then bottles. Pours a light-hued wine red with red-tint head and absolute never-ending lacing. The pour and appearance indicative of malts of character integrated with the fruit; not just added. A sorbet smell and great sweet-sour taste of raspberry and the unmalted wheat comes out in the pleasant mouthfeel. An effervescent and tart finish makes dessert unnecessary. Much pleasure continues to be derived from sharing with others. We simply enjoy it!

bushwhacker, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of seesnow3
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown freshness, shot glass-flight

Pour-Good head, fizzy, lots of small effervescence bottles, deep very dark pink, heavy fizzy lacing.

Nose-Raspberry juice, very fruity.

Palate-Some sweet, tons of sour and acid, no bitter. Mouthwatering sour raspberry, very high acid, good but not for those who are looking for a lot of beer flavor, puckering.

Body-Medium light, fizzy, smooth.
This was my first lambic and I have to say I like it, but it's definitely not something I would drink if I wanted a complex flavor. It does have a nice fruit flavor, there is something else there but it's not too noticeable. Good stuff.

seesnow3, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was had at Old Chicago in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance- A quite hazy dark red with rose highlights. There is quite a bit of lace clinging randomly to the side of the glass.

Smell- Welp, it is a good thing I smell raspberries. It is kind of candied, as well as bitter. It makes me think there may have been some raspberry "essence" used as well as the real deal. There is also a tangy barnyard smell hanging out in here. That slight (hop?) funk certainly makes things interesting.

Taste- It starts out strong with sweet raspberry notes and continues on with...raspberry notes! That same barnyard funk shows up mid drink before finishing up with a some tart raspberry notes.

Mouth feel- I am surprised this beer is medium bodied. Obviously, it finishes a little dry from the bitter/sour finish. It is a little more slick than creamy however.

Overall- I really enjoyed this lambic and can't wait to try more. If you enjoy raspberries, it is highly unlikely you will at the very least not think this is "good".

Pintofbrown, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle into a pint glass (didn't have any better glassware available at the time) at low altitude.

A: Pours a hazy ruby color with some sediment floating around in the glass. Pours a huge pink head that leaves a ton of lacing all over the glass.

S: Raspberry is by far the most prominent, with a bit of vinegary sourness in the background. Not a whole lot else going on here.

T: Candy-like raspberry up front with a slight twinge of sourness on the finish. This is extremely tame and totally lacking in terms of complexity.

M: Medium-bodied with some slight dryness on the finish. Basically goes down like juice.

D: Missing all of the wild yeastiness and complex sourness that make lambics great.

schlimenhaumer, Oct 23, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pink froth is the prettiest of them all - especially when its lacing makes the glass glitter like a diamond. There's no doubt this beer could be a woman's best friend (and, admittedly, this man's as well). It'd be true enough to say it's coloured like a raspberry but, truth be told, it's somewhere between crimson red and beet purple.

It's hard for anything, though especially a beer, to possess such a juicy, sweet, summer-fresh berry bouquet and *not* to smell synthetic. But with just enough outdoors-y must and acetic tartness, this beer has far, far too much complexity to be confused an artificially flavoured beverage, in particular the cheaper ones.

“Drinkability" is a popular marketing term but some beers certainly have it - and few more than this one. Its real, ultra ripe, juicy-sweet (but pleasantly tart) raspberry flavour should innately appeal to anyone belonging to the human race. It's the Marilyn Monroe of the beer world. It's like drinking a tap from the Garden of Eden.

Sweetness doesn't dominate sourness nor is it the other way around. The two compliment one another nicely. While it's easy to be swept away with all the lush, summer-fresh fruit flavour, there is a fairly acetic lambic base that is actually sharp as lemon juice. The finish, too, is dry, with a surprising dose of bacteria tartness.

So inspired, so devious, yet so simple - Lindemans Framboise is easily one of (if not) the best fruit beers that I have tried and is a solid overall offering as well. It walks that fine line between tradition and approachability; it appeals tremendously to casual drinkers but cannot entirely be dismissed by hardcore lambic lovers either.

biegaman, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of cooler4life
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cherry red color with a half finger head that dissipates. Lacing is pink color. Lacing and glass retention are great.

S: One word. Raspberries. It's really quite amazing, the pureness of the smell. Tart and strong.

T: Strong raspberries. It reminds me of a quality taffy mixed with sour patch kids. Leaves you with a candy sweetness as it exits the palate.

M: Great mouth feel. This one can cut through the desserts. Carbonation is perfect. Sugar fruitiness manifests itself in your throat before you have a chance to react.

O: Just give in. Sweet seduction.

cooler4life, Oct 21, 2011
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2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 355ml bottle into two flutes.

A: Pours a slightly unsettling murky red with an even more unsettling pink head.

S: Nose is a mixture of mixed berry "natural flavours", cane sugar, and old sour patch kids candy.

T: Tastes like someone dumped a tablespoon of Torani raspberry syrup into a glass of pink lemonade. It has that slightly dry sourness, but the cloying sweetness is constantly present...even long after you're swallowed it.

D: Drinkability? Ehhhh...not for me. I can see some people with insane sweet teeth (children) really getting into this, but this is just saccharine for me. Lacks balance and finesse.

Overall: Like I said, this is just too damn sweet. It tastes very little like a top-notch lambic and hardly tastes like beer at all. I can respect the brewery's age and tradition and location, but I don't have to love their product. Weak sauce.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 18, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on June 16, 2011.

A: Very red and dark. Mostly clear. The head was pink, which to be honest, I didn't enjoy. But it did have great retention. Just for whatever reason the pinkness bothered me.

S: Raspberries, lots of raspberries. And a nice sour mustiness.

T: Very sweet flavor. I get mostly tart raspberries with a bit of yeast. A bit funky but not quite enough.

M: Light, but thicker than I though. Could use a little more carbonation.

O: Although it's sweet, it's tasty. I couldn't have much more than one of these. But once in a while they're good.

tony223366, Oct 17, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear ruby color with pinkish hues throughout. About 2" of pink head forms, very good retention and lacing. Carbonation looks moderate.

Smell: Sweet raspberries pretty much sums the nose up. Perhaps a bit of musty cork in there as well.

Taste: Sweet raspberry puree up front, in the middle and on the finish. Pretty one dimensional here. Some tart raspberries may be present on the back end and finish to cut the sweetness a bit.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Finish lingers on and is very sweet. Overall, a decent fruit beer, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Too sweet for my taste, but a decent change of pace.

zhanson88, Oct 17, 2011
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2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Courtesy of BBF 2011. 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger fine, pastel pink head with decent retention. Beer is a clear, deep red-purple. Lacing is patchy and stringy with good stick. A real good looking beer.

Nose is extremely aromatic and singular. Sugary raspberries. Decent but again, plain.

Opens incredibly sweet raspberry puree. Overly sweet throughout almost like fruit juice or raspberry soda. Finishes with a surprising woody funk that rescues this one a touch.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down syrupy and oily. Finish is long with a lingering aftertaste. Like drinking cold raspberry jam.

Like most of the other Lindemans offerings, this one is way to singular and way too sweet. I'd rather have fruit soda. Its less sweet, less carbonated, and less syrupy.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 12, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep ruby red with a half finger pink head.

S: Tart berries.

T: Fresh raspberry, starts a bit sweet that fades to a tart finish.

M: Nice medium/high carbonation that matches up well with the taste. Leaves the mouth with a slight pucker.

O: One dimensional, but an enjoyable beer to change things up with.

monitorpop, Oct 10, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's very pretty to look at, very red, almost a deep purple color, although it had little in the way of head or lacing.

Smelled and tasted wonderful, like a big tart bowl of raspberries. Very sweet with little astringency and no bitterness to speak of. I happen to really like this lambic, it's easy to drink and is crammed full of raspberries, one of my favorite fruit beer flavors.

I had this at Hopper's pub, two glasses of it in fact. A wonderful session beer that's easy to drink and downright delicious. Body is medium to full, slick, and wet with sweet raspberry flavors.

I haven't had that many lambics because they're just not very common, but I'm glad that I can still get this one whenever I want it.

AlCaponeJunior, Oct 02, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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 ;/

Slatetank, Sep 26, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Looks remarkably like cranberry juice, but a little muddled. Thin bit of head on top that settled to a nice ring.

S - Freshly picked raspberries. No artificial fruit smell or sugary mess, but raw fresh fruit.

T - Very tart up front with a mild sweetness. Raspberry flavor all the way, giving in to a sour finish. Nicely balanced.

M - Light bodied with a mellow carbonation level. Slightly sticky feel. Puckering.

D - Surprisingly delicious. I remember trying a lambic before and being unimpressed, but this has piqued my interest. Try it!

PhageLab, Sep 24, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 750ML (1 PT. 9.4 FL OZ) bottle @ Trader Joe's in Creve Couer, MO for $13.99. Poured from the Green bottle into a 16oz Pint glass and has no freshness date (like all Lindeman's brews).

Aroma- Welch’s grape juice from the beginning and tons of sweet malt and yeast. The background has no hops or any other ingredient present. Only hints of raspberry.

Appearance- Pours 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has an awesome hazy and perfect ruby red color body and doesn’t leave any lacing behind.

Flavor- Pure raspberries with the seeds included. Flavors are strong here and the esters play a big part in this flavor/mouthfeel. Light bitterness (of course).

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Med-High Carbonation, good puckering on the lips afterwards, and has an awesome raspberry flavor all the way through. The aftertaste is tart but not overpowering.

Overall- You can appreciate this beer if your a Belgian style fan or not. The tartness and sweetness is very appropraite for the style and I enjoyed this one greatly! I am very shocked at how much this one's strengths and attributes came out. I am going to be enjoying this one @ iTap very soon!

Note: do not try to get your buzz on with this one! It will be a very expensive time!

DCon, Sep 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't want to come off as sexist - my fiancee drinks DIPA's and stouts with the best of them - but this is just about the girliest beer imaginable. Not to say I don't like it - it's more a raspberry soda than a beer though. Very dark red color with a pretty pink head sitting on top, lots of lacing. The smell is all raspberries, sweet and slightly sour.

The taste of this beer is very much the same...like a slightly sour raspberry soda. Falls well on the sweeter side of the ledger. Will be too sweet for those seeking a more authentic lambic experience. The crisp carbonation and short, dry finish make it very drinkable though.

Not for those seeking a real beer flavor or those who dislike sweets in general. I enjoyed this one a lot as a kid and recently with a bittersweet chocolate torte. Great combo. Fun lambic if you don't take it too seriously.

tobelerone, Sep 20, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's as I needed some to make into an ice cream. Rest was poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice ruby hue with a good pink almost two finger head that faded to leave very nice side lacing and great clouding/haloing.

S - Nice fresh sweet raspberries and raspberry skin. Some light malt sweetness but mostly sweet, tart raspberries.

T - Similar to the nose its big, bold raspberries. Its a combination of fresh berries and almost the frozen puree/juice. Its a tulip of slightly alcoholic delicious raspberry juice!

M - Nice carbonation. Good carbonation for a lambic. Not dry finish, instead a very sweet one.

O - Overall this is really a go-to lambic. Cant beat it for the price really. Not too dry, not overly sweet, and not cloy/fake tasting or smelling. A very solid lambic that has stood the test of time.

rudzud, Sep 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

oline73, Sep 17, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Vivid red body, 2 fingers of bubbly pink head, leaving some quality lacing.

S - Sweet raspberry as expected, maybe some cherry too.

T - Sour raspberry, sweet rhubarb, rock candy, not quite the depth of flavour as their Kriek.

M - Full mouthful of tartness and carbonation.

O - Another good lambic from Lindemans.

dansmcd, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355 ml foiled, corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark ruby red colored body, opaque in nature with a fluffly, bubbly and creamy pink head. Huge amounts of sticky lacing are left around the glass. A thick, bubbly retention cap remains across the surface getting larger around the edges. It really is an extremely nice appearance for a framboise lambic.

S: Raspberry purée, sweet and tart sour cherries, strawberry smoothie. Fruit seeds and skins with an almost ripened tannin scent come through towards the end. All in all, very red fruit centric, juicy and very sweet.

T: Again, the initial shock of puréed raspberries comes through first; skins, seeds and all. Cherry juice, strawberry JELLO cake, sugary red gum drops. It's extremely tart through and through, along with having a defining sweetness about it. Lindemans apparently sweetens their Lambics and it goes to show in this beer; just overly sweet. Nice to sip, though.

M: Bubbly, highly active carbonation levels but it retains a certain creaminess and smoothness. It's actually really very good in terms of mouth feel for the style. I'm really enjoying how this is delivering the flavors across the palate.

It looks good, it smells good, the body is good but the taste is just a bit too artificial and sweet for me. That's not to say the flavor isn't good, because it is; however, I wish they wouldn't sweeten this beer. Easily enjoyable with a Sunday morning brunch because of its bubbly, fruity nature and extremely low alcohol content.

ShanePB, Sep 12, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely an aroma filled with raspberries....starts off being a pretty sweet one, but ends up more tart and dry than anything in the end.

Pours into my tulip quite effervescent...a good plum color, no real head.

Taste, not surprisingly, is dominated by raspberries. The first hit of taste is of somewhat sweet raspberries....but this turns over quickly into a much more tart raspberry character that is a bit puckering and leaves a citric acid sensation behind on the lips. My acid reflux didn't exactly work well with this, nor was I prepared for it. That said, it's delicious...but having more than one would be out of the question for more than one reason (the acid AND the price!).

NODAK, Sep 10, 2011
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