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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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87
very good

2,445 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,445
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 48
Gots: 219 | 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 perrymarcus
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

355ml corked/capped bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours an opaque, reddish-purple tone with a solid two fingers of a thin pink head that somewhat quickly lapses into a collar around the glass, though a lasting cap is noted. pretty walls of pink lacing.

nose is replete with rasberries, not going out on a limb there. maybe a subdued note of funk.

as expected, taste follows through with straight rasberry domination; a touch of yeast in the background, maybe a muted floral suggestion. sweet (comes close to being too sweet) and rasberry tart. it works, however; pretty tasty. much better than i was expecting, although i should mention that this is a style i'm just getting more into (1st lambic review). that said, i'm pleasantly surprised.

light to medium-bodied with average carbonation; smooth and crisp. i would not rate it especially high for drinkability, however... this is more a dessert type of beer that you might revisit from time to time but IMO wouldn't want more than one at a sitting, despite the low ABV.

Photo of RRoeb1123
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: pours a deep ruby red, with a very pretty purplish head that forms and disappears quickly leaving a faint ring of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Raspberries, Raspberries, and did I mention RASPBERRIES?
Has some other scents mingling in with it, a very slight yeast scent which was very pleasant. Reminded me of a raspberry torte slightly.

Taste: Raspberry comes at you in a very nice way, and gives way to raspberry's distinctive tartness and slight sourness. Yeast and hints of bread come through slightly. Didn't really remind me so much of a beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is somewhat high, reminds me of a champagne actually. Very fascinating.

Drinkability: I certainly couldn't drink these all the time, but it would make a wonder after dinner dessert.

Photo of Jeriba
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a snifter as a simple dessert.

A: Hazy dark ruby/pink with pink foam.

S: Woah! I get hit by the raspberry scent from about 3 feet away. There's also a slight hint of citrus tartness, but not much else.

T: Very sweet and, as expected, the raspberry flavor really dominates here. I also get a nice tart citrus finish. The low ABV means no hint of alcohol heat, which is probably a good thing, because I have a feeling this would hide a higher alcohol content well and sneak up on you fast.

M: Creamy and very bubbly, like a champagne.

D: This was too sweet for anything more than an occasional dessert. I have been reading that it mixes well with a stout or porter, and I would like to try it that way, or maybe over a brownie for dessert. Overall, an pleasant experience.

Photo of sommersb
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Color was a deep dark red with a couple of fingers rose head. Nice lacing in the pilsner glass poured in.

S: Very strong raspberry smell; fruity and acidic. Smells like a fruit juice.

T: Hard to describe what this tastes like - something in between a wine, a champagne and a beer. As my first lambic, it doesn't taste very much like what I'd call a traditional beer. Quite sweet and refreshing.

M: High carbonation feel. Mostly sweet but leaves some sour aftertaste as well.

D: This was an enjoyable after-dinner treat, but due to the sweetness I don't think I'd want to drink it with a meal or more than a single serving.

Photo of Schmittymack
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this for "dessert" tonite at my local watering hole. Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle with a slight bubbly head. Smelled very sweet and fruity. Taste was sweet raspberries with a little bit of tartness at the end. Not a brew I could "session" with but for dessert every now and then... Did do a splash of this in my Obsidian stout that made a wonderful raspberry stout.

Photo of charlesbyrd
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a a 355 ml corked and capped bottle into a flute glass.

A: Pours the color of sangria, just a shade shy of grape juice. It's unfiltered, hazy and bubbly with a frothy pink head of tiny bubbles. Looks great, but totally unexpected if you think you're pouring a regular old beer.

S: At first it was OK. A little intense, but OK. It's all raspberries at the nose, with no signs of hops, yeast, or anything else that would let you know this is a beer. However, the more I drank, the more the beer gave off this over-ripe fruit/cut grass aroma that was entirely off-putting.

T: The taste was actually pretty good once I got over the smell. It's syrupy sweet, and it's basically a one-act show: all raspberry. The best part is the puckering tartness at the finish that leaves your jaw tingling.

M: Overall, it's very balanced. It has a solid medium body that is lifted off the palate by a generous serving of effervescence. Fairly dry finish.

D: Honestly, I would reserve this strictly for dessert. I don't think this one is meant to be consumed in great quantities because it really is far too sweet, but one serving is fairly enjoyable. More of the sour, less of the sweet, and I would have enjoyed it much more.

Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

corked 355ml bottled into a wine glass poured a light garnet color with a pink/red head that dissipated quickly..smell was sweet raspberries and fruit tartness..taste was tart raspberries did i mention raspberries they were tar and candylike but very fresh and not overpowering..it went well with dinner..mouth feel was well carbonated very tart with a slight sour finish..drinkability was good i would have liked it more sour but it was tasty and an easy drinking lambic

Photo of hdofu
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this is amazing. When I had fort I thought I had tasted the most intense sensation of raspberries one could expect with a beer, this is in a whole different league of raspberry intenseness though. First it pour dark red with a thick, but small pinkish red head foam which took a couple of minutes to disappear. The smell is also as intensely of raspberry juice as one can find. As for taste, what more can you say but how much raspberry can you fit into a beer? I gave it a 4.5 because it is so raspberish it almost isn't beerish. Has a smooth and creamy mouth feel although it almost doesn't feel like beer with all these notes If you like raspberry this is as drinkable As I think it gets.

Photo of esv
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Style is hard for me to judge. I'm not really familiar with it.

A) Pours a 1/4", cranberry colored head. Looks very carbonated. Head quickly fades but easily resurrected. Dark, slightly translucent, raspberry color. Light lacing.

S) Carbonic Raspberry fruit. Sweetness. Candy. Tangy tartness.

T) Raspberry, sugar-sweet but not cloying. Sweetness is cut by a tart-fruit flavor and carbonation.

M) Light. Med-high carbonation

D) Easier to drink than you might think considering the sweetness but I couldn't drink that much of it. I mixed half of it with a porter.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent presentation, with a heavy capped and corked glass bottle. Poured into a red wine glass.

One of the most captivating red hues I have ever seen in the body of a beer. Luminescent melted rubies under a pink frothy head. Beautiful. Good lacing too.

Fresh homemade raspberry jam on sourdough bread. A little carbonation burn in the nostrils as well. Tart and sweet raspberries. Did I say raspberries?

Immidiate taste of raspberry as this hits the tongue, and an interesting oscillation of tart, sour and sweet flavors follows. It is as if my palate can't decide what exactly this is. High acidity, which may be the only downside to this flavor profile because it seems to mask what little yeast or malt there is here.

Frothy, sweet, and carbonated mouthfeel. Higher acidity and possibly some tannins dry the mouth and add a little pucker factor. Not the best drinkability because of the acidity and high sweetness.

Photo of Nature777
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first lambic. First of all, it was an amazing red with a pink head. I've never seen this in a beer before, and it caught me off guard. It smelled almost like cranberry juice. The taste was not surprising considering the smell. It was tart and not very beer like. It had a bit of sourness in the aftertaste, but was exceptionally drinkable. It paired well with the hot wings I was eating but is probably better for desert than anything else. The bartender gave me a shot of a chocolate stout mixed with this and it was quite delicious. I highly recommend this, but you can only have so many of these.

Photo of cetherid
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A.

a dark blood red color. a nice foamy pink head.

S.

wow. smells like pure raspberry juice.

T.

very good. nothing like what I was expecting. My first lambic so I wasn't expecting this to taste like sparkling wine. pure raspberry flavor. a nice tart finish.

M.

very carbonated. like its a sparkling wine. nothing like beer.

D.

might be too sweet to have more than one. would be good to have for a special occasion or just an after dinner dessert drink.

Photo of TheStig
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a flute from a bottle at Eulogy in Philadelphia.

A:
PINK! Not an understated, muted pink, but a deep, vibrant pink that would make Elsa Schiaparelli proud. Two fingers of head that lingered for a fair amount of time.

S:
Like walking into a field of raspberries ripe for picking. This is a raspberry beer, and there really shouldn't be any other scents. And there aren't!

T:
Again, raspberries. I am unsure words exist to describe the shocking burst of raspberry present when this enters your palate, but it's all of the tart, sweet acidity of raspberries condensed into a fine beer.

M:
Bubbly, energetic and sweet, like Audrey Hepburn.

D:
You must restrain yourself from gulping this down as it's so tasty. Perfect to serve to people who aren't beer drinkers, people who prefer champagne or, well, anyone. So what if it's pink if it tastes this good?

Photo of galengueuze
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional Lambic, overflowing with raspberries. I got raspberries from the moment I opened it to the very last drop. Had it served in a flute glass which really showed off its beautiful velvet red color.

A great looking beer, with little or no head retention. Smells of sour raspberries and a heavy tartness as well. Taste can be overpowering at times as you are bombarded by the raspberries in this beer. Fizzy and sweet to the point where I feel like I'm drinking soda. Usually wouldnt think of doing more than one of these during a night, might get a sugar high.

Great beer, would highly recommend to Lambic lovers.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark purple and brown. Average head retention, but good foam to go with the great color. This beer is quite thick, with some nice carbonation to go with that as well.

Smell: Raspberries. Raspberries. Raspberries.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Raspberries with some malt in the finish. Overall a good mouthfeel that fizzles out a bit in the end. Lindemans is basically nothing more than raspberry juice.

Drinkability: The same as juice, so it's easy and pleasurable to drink.

Overall: A nice, laid-back beer that banks mostly on the raspberry thing.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: heady; deep red color
S: raspberry all over the place; very fragrant; sweet
T: fruity, fruity, fruity; it's like drinking raspberry soda that makes you slur; tart and sweet
M: expanding texture

Saith the Kathy: "Grammy would have it with biscuits in the afternoon." Very appropriate for special occasions that might call for something like champagne.

Photo of brianjay
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another lambic this week...

Body has surprisingly dark hues, color is halfway between red and pink. A unique head: thick, airy and creamy. A soft pink, it resembles a strawberry milkshake. It slowly fades down into a patchy, thin layer on top. When drinking, the head leaves a splatter of bubbles and lace to the side of the glass.

Notes are what I now expect from this type of beer. There is a sweet, fruity aroma with a slight wheat/yeast factor creeping in at the end.
The taste itself is reflective of the aroma, only amplified. Sweet and tart, just like the raspberries picked right off the bush. These flavors can be a bit overpowering, which is what takes away from the drinkability. Overall this one is solid and sweet, but don't be taken off-guard by the tartness.

Photo of homebrew311
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Lindeman's flute glass.

A: pours a deep clear red with a light pink head, lots of lacing, very nice color

S: deep candied raspberries, leans more towards the sweeter side of the fruit as opposed to tartness, the finish provides a tart bite, very aromatic

T: super sweet raspberries all over, very one note..but that one note is a nice change from other styles. The finish is a tad cloying, would love to have more tartness in there for balance

MF: high carbonation, effervescent, drinks similar to a champagne

D: this is a nice dessert beer with a very fruity and sweet profile, it is a little too sweet to consider it highly drinkable, but is definitely a nice change of pace for some occasions

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of a Lindemans gift pack (along with the Pomme). Poured into the included branded glass.

A lovely deep red raspberry colour, leaving a steady light pink head with terrific patchy lacing.

The nose is fresh raspberries, a touch of tartness, which is great for me because I loves me some raspberries.

A great fruit beer, really enjoyable. The raspberries really pop with that wonderful acidity, making for an astringent puckery finish. Not nearly as tart or acidic as Cantillon, but for me, this was a good thing.

Soda-like carbonation, juicy texture.

Not something I'd drink too often, but I really did enjoy the raspberry flavor - among the better fruit beers I've had. The low ABV would make for a great breakfast or brunch brew. Good stuff.

Photo of jdmorgan
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This fruit lambic poured a deep raspberry red with a bit of creamy head. The aroma immediately hinted at the large raspberry flavor that immediately hits the tongue. The body is sweet, with a bit of malt flavor, but mostly berry. However, the sweetness and flavor doesn't seem overwhelming, and lends itself to be fairly drinkable for it's gravity. I didn't detect many of the complex flavors I normally taste with lambics, but this is a good beer that deviates from the norm of most drinker's palates. Carbonation was high with a medium sweet mouthfeel.

I enjoy this on special occasions, and it's always fun to share with people who've never heard of it ("This is a beer?"). Well brewed, but the sweetness kills a bit of drinkability for me. Beware of inflated prices out there, but still worth the extra dime.

Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a basic fruit beer with excellent full bodied fruit flavor, tinged toward the ultra-sweet side for the ladies. Not really a fruit lambic as the lambic has been lost with the sugar added. 'Tis quite a magnificent aroma with some fruit acidity to hold back the sweetness, but not enough. It does have a clean and natural sparkling taste, but leans toward use as an ice cream syrup versus a drinkable dessert beer. Either way a gateway beer for the timid.

Photo of degerbah
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with over an inch of pink frothy head. The head leaves a foamy layer of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is very fruity with rasberries dominating. There is also just a small wine-like hin of alcohol in the aroma, but this is just a hint. The taste is absolutely amazing. Like biting into a batch of perfectly ripe rasberries. Just a little bit of a slight sour aftertaste. The sweet taste and low alcohol content make this a very easy drinker.

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

A first review of a lambic. Poured the green 355ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A very deep ruby red beer with an off white-reddish head. Smell is very medicinal with a strong raspberry smell. The taste is an absolute flavour assault, intense raspberry, it's all consuming. The medicinal smell comes through in the taste but it's not offensive, I presume this has something to do with the yeast. The mouthfeel is of fizzy carbonation with a sour finish.

This is a very interesting beer and style of beer. I could not drink this all the time but I really like having the option to drink something like this.

Photo of Sigmund
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250 ml nip bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 2.5%. Dark red (and I mean RED) colour, big pink head. Intense sweetish aroma of raspberries, and nothing but raspberries (or raspberry jam). The flavour is very sweet, and has loads of raspberries, followed by raspberries, with raspberries in the finish. Get the point? I like raspberries and raspberry juice, so I like this beer. Did I say "beer"? You get no indication that this actually is a beer. It tastes like raspberry juice, and raspberry juice is good for you. Know that. Besides, with 2.5% ABV, you're on your way to becoming a tee-totaller. This is probably one of the most perverted beers I've ever had.

Photo of velosuds
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes - enjoyed this earlier in the week with my sister-in-law while on vacation.

A-Pours a clear reddish brown with one finger pinkish head that leaves modest lacing on the glass.

S-Raspberries, ripe, sweet raspberries.

T-Nice balance of tart and sweet raspberry with some mild hop bitterness. Very fruity and festive.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated. Feels too good to be beer.

D-I like the lambic style, especially framboise. This is very good. Beer-thirty can be very early in the day with this beer. Heck, I could drink this with breakfast. Yum. Wish it weren't so expensive.

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