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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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2,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,229
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 127 | 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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Photo of hreb
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cold cap-and-cork-topped 750 mL bottle poured into a stem wine glass. Beer appears bright red with a fizzy, pink head. Smells...like raspberries! Tastes...like fizzy raspberries!

As far as lambics go, one thing this has going for it is a pleasant dryness and just enough sourness to balance out the sweetness (which is ample). There are worse things you could put in your mouth.

hreb, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of jimj21
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle bottle poured into a wine glass. Pours a deep, dark red, almost blood red, with a ruby lining. Topped by about one finger of pink head.

Smell only needs one word: raspberries. Lots of raspberries. Tons of them. Also smells a bit tart and kind of like juice.

Lots of raspberries again in the taste. Very sweet and tart at the same time. Reminds me a bit of cranberry juice in regards to the high levels of sweet and sour. It becomes more drinkable as it warms. When colder, it seems to be more tart. As it warms, more sweetness seems to come through and balance it out a bit more.

Mouthfeel is pretty crisp. Carbonation is on the low side. Very smooth and slippery on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Good drinkability. Alcohol by volume is only 4%. Strong sweet/tart raspberry flavor might overwhelm the palate after some time. I shared this with a number of other people who don't usually drink beer and they all enjoyed it as well.

jimj21, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful raspberry color with a gorgeous pink head.

S: The smell of fresh raspberries is pervasive, with slight hints of other fruits, like fresh cherries.

T: Strong raspberry taste that's sweet yet sour, somewhat vinegary, tart, and acidic. This then bequeaths a profusion of berries, fruit sugar, and fresh-squeezed raspberry juice. Ends with somewhat of a cloying flavor reminiscent of a hard candy, followed by a slightly bitter and funky note.

M: Nicely carbonated, but a little too much like soda.

D: Very drinkable... so drinkable that it would appeal to little kids, in fact. This is probably why the drinking age is much younger in Europe...

thekanna, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed my first Lambic on-tap at Helga's in downtown Augusta, GA.

Served up in an 8 oz. tall Lindemans branded glass.

Hazy pinkish-red in color with a great head of deep pink foam that displays nice retention and clings to the glass, leaving rings of lace down the sides of the vessel.

The nose is rather just a single flower or two than a full bouquet, with the only distinctive notes being of tart raspberries and perhaps a very slight underlying mustiness. Inviting, for sure.

Light and spritzy on the tongue; tart, juicy, acidic raspberries play over a faint underbody of earthy horseblanket notes. Fruity and effervescent, finishing a bit tart and slightly sweet.

Highly quaffable, though decidedly un-beerlike, being somewhat like soda in its tart sweetness; this would be a wonderful Champagne replacement for beer aficionados, and could easily be enjoyed by beer-drinkers and non-beer-drinkers alike.

superdedooperboy, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of sharkdigital
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful electric raspberry color with a pinkish white head and this bottle had cleared perfectly.

S: Sour raspberries.

T: Sour raspberry and not too sweet. I believe that Framboise or Kriek was the model for soda pop.

M: Perfect carbonation to keep it from being syrupy.

D: The only choice when you want something sweet and fruity.

Lindemans was my first introduction (25 years ago) into Lambics.

sharkdigital, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Fatduck
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review # 100!!! 750ml bottle to share with my SO, its her very favorite.

Pours a cherry pink with a big cloudy pink head. Explodes with berry aroma. First taste is a tart and sweet, with a strong background of raspberry. It seems simple, but there is a deep complexity that I can't really put my finger on.

Its the perfect bottle to share with a lover, its too sweet to drink all of, but romantic and warming.

Fatduck, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of LittleDon
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8 oz pour in a fluted glass.

Cloudy, burgundy colored and opaque. Strong raspberry aroma with a strong slightly sour rasberry taste. Refreshingly light with a very clean finish. No noticeable alcohol to be found start, middle, or finish.

Paired this with creme brulee and worked out better than I expected.

LittleDon, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of confer
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only bought a 12oz bottle as I never tried any Lambics before. Really wasn't sure what to expect . Looked like red wine into the glass with the exception a very nice finger or two purple head.
The smell had a somewhat strong raspberry aroma. The smell became stronger as the beer warmed up.
The taste was many times stronger than the smell. The tartness and strength of the flavor was unexpected, but very delicious.
What a great beer. A nice switch from what I'm used to drinking. I will have this again.

confer, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 'wine bottle into a red wine glass. Poured deep ruby red with high foam. Thick creamy lacing down the sides throughout.

Smell is a powerful berry smell - quite pleasing to the senses. The malt is picked up as well.

The taste starts sour, balances through the middle, and finishes sour. The fruit is there every step of the way, but is never overpowering. There is a light buzz of carbonation in the mouthfeel.

This is not your everyday beer, but is a great change of pace - good for sharing with my wife. Very drinkable.

KTCamm, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My corkscrew was sacrificed in the opening of this beer. Nevertheless, my review will not be tainted.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

The pour is a deep ruby colour with a finger's worth of ruddy head. Retention is good, but lacing is low.

The nose is dominated by raspberries. I was almost tempted to believe I was drinking raspberry juice rather than beer. I felt the same way when I tasted it--the first thing I got was tart raspberries, but a sweetness followed that balanced the taste.

The mouthfeel was reminiscent of champagne with a lot of carbonation. Drinkability was decent, since although I finished the bottle, I doubt I could have had another.

Since this was my first lambic (Sam Adams' cranberry not withstanding), I didn't quite know what to expect. However, I think this beer provided an excellent introduction to the style.

CityBoy1986, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep raspberry red with some dark tones to it. Kinda makes it murkey. A pink head forms on top.

Smell is raspberries, light malt, no hops.

Taste is tart and refreshing. Very tasty after a meal as dessert.

Mouthfeel is soft carbonation and puckeringly sour with a great deal of sweetness to balance things out.

Probably my Wife's favorite beer.

gonzo46and2, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tall and slender cylinder glass.

A: Pours a semi murky but still vibrant red edges. Two finger pink head with good retention and lacing all the way to the bottom. Very attractive.

S: Captures the scent of fresh raspberries perfectly. The sweet fruitiness, the unique raspberry sourness, and the natural stem scent. It's as if someone too a handful of fresh raspberries and pressed them under your nose.

T: Tastes about the same as it smells but with a bit of a yeast kick and a bitterness in the finish. Very tasty but probably could have been a bit more balanced.

Overall: Mouthfeel was about what you'd expect well carbonated and light-medium bodied. Couldn't drink more than a couple of these but it's much more drinkable than some very sweet fruity beers. Very good beer wish it were just a bit cheaper.

AdmiralDiaz, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of sirsteve42
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Wow, thats raspberry alright. Had this at Mugs in Brooklyn (Williamsburg). Pours a nice dark red raspberry with a small bubbly head. Very nice smell. Tastes very sweet and you almost forget this is a beer. Tart and tasty. I could wake up and drink this, it is almost like juice. Very rich and full of flavor.

sirsteve42, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Clark's Ale House in Syracuse NY.

Poured a deep raspberry red with a good 2 fingers of frothy pink head. Retention is good, lacing is average.

Smell is very sweet, raspberries dominate, nothing else is detectable.

Taste is a sour punch to the tonsils. Taste is very tart and sour.Raspberry flavor is predominant, and every sip is a sour raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, very carbonated.

Drinkability is good. This beer goes down easy as hell but the sour/tart flavor may turn away some people who aren't into that sort of thing. On a side note, my girlfriend loves this, and buys a few bottles of it everytime we hit my beer stop.

LumpyGuitar, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of aeminter
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby red almost the color of beet juice with a bright pink frothy head and thin pink lacing.

The smell is intensely raspberry with an alcohol note in the back

Sweet and tart and raspberries (go figure) there is just enough alcohol/beer character to remind you this is not juice.

aeminter, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Oatsoda
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Framboise pours a beautiful red color with large sparkly bubbles.

A whiff of this gives you a strong raspberry aroma that almost makes you forget you're drinking a beer.

The flavor is mostly of tart berry with a slight grapefruit-like aftertaste. It shows more fruit than grain.

This beer has a light body with a nice cidery carbonation.

Even though I'm not that big on fruit-beers, Lindemans Framboise is a very nice drink and a good alternative to sparkling cider. It's also a great beer for people who say they don't like beer.

Oatsoda, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of mattffrost
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured into wine glass.

Appearace. Beer is a cloudy dark pink colr. Head is a light pink color.

Smell A fruity raspberry smell.

Taste Very very sweet. A little carbonation is present in the taste. A Raspberry flavor.

Mouthful. Sweet mild.

Drinkability. To sweet to drink to much of.

mattffrost, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of aletales
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To be certain, I am partial to raspberrys. This is so unlike what I expected. I was certain that this was going to be like some american lime beer with a little bit of fruit squeezed in at the end. Nope. Raspberries were everywhere; in the aroma, in the pour, on the tongue. Goodness gracious, it is a good thing I love raspberries. Oh, by the way, some may think of it as a chick drink, but remember, if mama's happy, you might be too.

aletales, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of deereless
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color of a light burgundy wine, a solid centimeter of pink foam off a vigorous pour, quite clear - 4.50, S: Raspberries galore, slightest hint of alcohol, the sweetness of a raspberry jam on the nose - 4.75, T: This beer is pure raspberry juice, any alcohol that may be present is masked by the fruit, a faint tartness that you might find in a cranberry juice, quite sweet - 4.00, M: The slightest touch of grittiness to the beer - 4.00, D: A very pleasant lambic, it pushes fruit flavors to the extremes, an excellent dessert beer - 4.00

deereless, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 6/8/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a purple, reddish colored body, similar to wine. Has almost no head, purple-white. Also a very strong aroma of raspberries, sweet. Has an extremely fizzy palate, with ripe fruit, and lots of sugary flavors. Medium body.

jujubeast6000, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= pours a bright red with a one inch pink head that leaves nice lacing
S= like rasberries. nothing like beer at all.
T= nothing like beer at all. tastes like fresh picked rasberries. very tart.
M= outstanding. I've never had this style but the mouthfeels good.
D= High. I dunno how this is a beer. I've never had a lambic so maybe this is how they all are. If it is I love them. This tastes more like a soda than a beer but whatever it's delicious

jjanega08, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of talkinghatrack
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - Pours a deep, well, raspberry in color. Opaque. Pinkish head dissipates in an almost mottled fashion.

s - Raspberry candy and no room for much else

t - Interesting. Just when it threatens to go cloyingly sweet it heads deeply sour. There is an odd hollowness to it - the best I can describe it is that the middle section of your tastebuds are looking around for the sweet/sour party going on in the front and back. Has that tannin-like bite you get when crunching a raspberry seed - a good thing.

m - Nice carbonation gives it an almost frothy feeling.

d - Grading inside the style it tastes alright. It's probably easier for these concoctions to err on the side of overcarbination or sweetness but this one takes the high road and goes for sour and real raspberries. Finishing smooth and sour leaves you looking for another sip. I could probably do a glass of this lambic in a sitting. Extra bump for hiding any hint of alcohol content.

talkinghatrack, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a bottle into a new 2009 Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet

Pours a deep magenta, more red than purple, with a minuscule pink head that very quickly becomes just a thin ring. Lacing is spidery and pretty average. Plenty of visible sediment in the bottom of the glass.

The raspberry smell hits you when you first open the bottle, let alone when you pour the thing! I expected raspberries to dominate, but there is a strong whiff of some bready yeast, too.

Raspberries, raspberries, raspberries. Initial tartness gives way to sweetness. Lots of sour funk on the finish. This isn't complex, but it tastes great.

The lively carbonation makes sure that the sweetness doesn't get cloying. The alcohol is not tasted at all; it may not actually be in this beverage. On a blind taste test, I might say that this was a raspberry pop. Which is fine by me.

Most people see this as a dessert beer, but I would happily drink multiples at a time. I don't think of this as a beer as much as I think of it as a soda pop. This is pretty damn good, regardless.

Reaper16, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of BigBry
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville, wasn't specifically looking for this one but the bartender talked me into it.
Served in a Lindemans logo flute glass with gold rim. Pinkish with a bubbly pink head. Reminiscent of a champagne. Sweet smell of raspberries. The flavor has the same raspberry taste, natural and fresh - not overly sweet or artificial. Great flavor, fruity and tart but not too much. Bubbly carbonation gives a nice texture and mouthfeel. Just do not expect too much traditional 'beer' flavors. A really good dessert beer. High drinkablility marks because in the right setting/conditions, I would now rather have this than any sparkling wines.

BigBry, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of gabrielsyme
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Magenta, very bright, medium pink head, moderately high carbonation

S - Not too much smell, just sweet

T - Raspberries, very sugary, with some tartness and a dry alcohol finish

M - Feels light due to the carbonation, but the sweetness builds and leaves a sticky feeling

D - Again, the sweetness means that it isn't as drinkable as it could be, but at 4%, you get a lot of flavor for your sobriety

Gave this to my mom who doesn't like beer and she liked it, but refused to admit that it is beer

gabrielsyme, Jan 01, 2009
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