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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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2,396 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,396
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 49
Gots: 178 | FT: 3
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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 Gobzilla
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a nice ruby red with a finger of pink head that had great lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lovely raspberry aromas with nice acidic sweet funky notes. Really good fruity nose on this one.

T: lots of tart raspberries hit the palate with good sweetness and slight funky notes. More sour then I thought, but not in a bad way.

M: light to meduim body with light carbonation.

D: this is a good lambic from lindemans. These guys really know how to brew the fruit lambics.

Photo of bskrtz
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle, to tall narrow Lindemans glass (similar to champaign flute). Served cold.

A) Murky Cranberry bog, like beet soup with red/purple tinted head. Opague and appears unfiltered.

S) The smell is wonderful -- very sweet with hint of spice

T) Like carbonated sticky-sweet rasberry syrup. The finish is tart and fruity. Has a natural, freshness that appears to be more healthfood elixir than beer.

M) Ample, fine carbonation that is consistent with bottle conditioned beer. Very low alcohol, very thick.

D) An excellent after dinner treat

Photo of Jemonster
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will start off by saying that this stuff must be made from magic forest elves, because it is otherworldly in its deliciousness.

A: Beautiful raspberry red/brown color with a foamy pinkish head. Somewhat cloudy/difficult to see through.

S: I wish my house smelled like this stuff and I wish I could bathe in it. It really is something special. While 90% of the smell is overwhelmingly sweet raspberry, the other 10% on the back end smells like a sour, yeasty, complex, and sultry beer.

T: A smack in the face of raspberry, which I happen to love. Tastes like raspberries at the height of their season. I would love to try this beer reduced as the syrup for peach melba, but I can't seem to not just drink it. It is far superior to the other flavors offered by Lindemans, which says a lot since they are also delicious. Similarly to the smell, the raspberry dominates but the sour, funky, complex flavor of the lambic comes through as well. I would say 70% raspberry and 30% beer. The wonderful sour beer flavor and light alcohol is the last thing you taste about a minute after drinking.

M: Feels like a party in my mouth from the fizzy carbonation. It's just on the edge of feeling like a soda. Heavy carbonation, but not too much. The syrupy coating texture takes the fizz off right after pouring into the mouth. The coating properties make it so the taste sticks around long after the swallow.

D: While I WANT to drink these by the caseload, it is hard to drink more than one because of the intense, sweet flavor. I tried to give it less than 5 for drinkability, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. This beer deserves its A+ from me. Drinking more than a couple of these is difficult and will burn your tongue out for anything else consumed that day. I recall doing a beer tasting with friends and drinking this beer too soon in it. Nothing else tasted right after that. This is a "finishing" beer.

Photo of beersheppard
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: purple, a shade lighter than eggplant, very carbonated, with a pink head.

Smell: fresh raspberries.

Taste: like sourpatch raspberries.

Mouthfeel: a wild tingle throughout the mouth from the carbonation.

Drinkability: maybe a dessert beer. This is a well made beer, but how many of them can you have? Great job capturing the essence of fresh raspberries.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA. The beer board just listed it as "Framboise," & when I asked the bartender who made it he didn't know. Put 2 & 2 together when it was served in a Lindeman's flute.

Translucent dark red with finger of foamy, pink head. Felt a little silly drinking it in a pretty bare-bones place, but it didn't kill me. And it really is an attractive beer.

Smell is sweet & tart raspberry, candy-like (think Jolly Rancher) but with a certain dryness & depth. A smell like dried apple or apricot shows up later.

Flavor is sweet raspberry with a solid tart finish that doesn't make you gush. Not real complex for a lambic but still tasty. Not overly tart or dry.

Medim-bodied, a little creamy, with a nice tart aftertaste. Sugars hang around & thicken my saliva.

Good, but I think the sweetness would get old. I don't get excited for Lindemans usually, as it's pretty ubiquitous, but it's a good, solid intro to lambics & I can see why it's so often featured alongside other good domestic craft selections. Sort of the Blue Moon of lambics. This is the first I'd tried it in years, & found it really enjoyable, so there you go.

Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Lindemann's tulip. Beer is hazy and red. Carbonation is high and like champagne forms a thick head of medium and large bubbles that are mostly white. There is no lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Beer smells sweet and raspberry. Not much else but the aroma is strong.

Beer is mostly sweet, like soda with a slight tart in the corners of the mouth. Overall its a nice and drinkable beer but its a far cry from a lambic with a guezish base to it. I enjoy it, its a nice dessert beer or something to be paired with a bitter chocolate dish but its not really a lambic as I understand the style. Lots of carbonation in the mouth gives the beer a little more body and helps to sour it out. I just wanted more sour and less syrup.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from tap into a snifter

A- Dark red, slightly able to see through the body. One finger light pink head that holds moderately well.

S- Raspberry is widely evident from the beginning as well as an extreme sugary sweetness. Maybe some other dark fruits as well as a strong carbonation that almost smacks you in the nose.

T- Strong sense of raspberry followed immediately by a large tart sensation that holds long into the aftertaste of the beer. The carbonation is strong and lifts most of the taste besides the tartness off the mouth. Very reminiscent of a light champagne

M- Heavily carbonated, almost champagne like with a thin mouthfeel.

D- The the overly sweet taste of this beer makes it hard to finish a glass.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of jt31914
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Darker raspberry red with quite a bit of carbonation; very typical of a lambic. Looks good.

S: Smell is awesome, pure raspberries and sweetness.

T: Tastes like the smell, just very nice carbonation and raspberry flavor. This beer is simple and subtle, yet very well done. My favorite lambic (although I haven't had many).

M/D: Very malty and full-bodied, goes down easy. I could drink a ton of these without a problem.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maroon-pink color with a pink-tinged head. Cap is strong, but not exactly tight. Full of raspberries on the nose, with a load of sweetness that I'm frightened is going to re-appear in the flavor.

The good: tart and effervescent, with lots of notes of fresh fruit. Clean finish, pretty dry, and a little farmhouse funk in there.

The bad: sweet as hell. Tastes like a candy and in no way resembles a "serious" lambic beer. No wonder I've seen this everywhere.

Very syrupy and brewed for the lowest common denominator. Which, of course, for Lambic beers is still a very uncommon denominator. Bottom line is that you've never had a Lambic and you can get your hands on this, give is a shot. If you've had other wild ales, don't bother.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vivid magenta color with some cotton candy pink head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is actually a bit of funk, some tart notes, and, of course, raspberries. I've heard that these are very over-the-top on the sweetness, but by the nose, I'm not getting it. The taste, however, is very sweet. Big candied raspberries with just a lingering hint of tart and funk. Not bad, very drinkable, just not what I'm looking for in lambics. I guess that I went into this expecting this, so I'm enjoying the overall experience. Slightly dry on the finish, decent carbonation and mouthfeel. Would like a bit more puckering tartness to it though. I definitely can see this being amazing with a chocolate stout or something to make a nice beer dessert.

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 bottle.

Pours a lightly hazed dark purplish red, nice ruby highlights, thick and creamy pink head forms, slowly settles down to a medium sized ring around the glass and layer, some nice lacing.

Smell is nice, very sweet and fruity, sugary, some caramel, raspberry syrup, raspberry seeds, some cherry and strawberry, pretty rich aroma, lightly tart.

Taste is similar, very fruity, raspberry syrup, very sugary and sweet, cherries, tart apples, raspberry seeds, some strawberry and assorted berry, a touch of vanilla and some oak, lightly fruity and sour in the finish, a bit of acidity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost syrupy, low to medium carbonation. Nice tartness and real nice fruit flavour, a bit sweet but it works.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pinkish dark red with a 2 finger pink head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

Smells intensely of sweet raspberries, some green apple, an underlying alcohol presence and slight yeastiness.

Sweet raspberry juice, apple juice, hardly any tartness but some. Barely tastes like a beer. Very slight funk to it. Mostly tastes like raspberry soda.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly low carbonation.

Fairly high drinkability. It's sweet and fruity. Your girlfriend will probably be into it.

Photo of some5150
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark red/purple with a nice colorful head.

It has a very nice raspberry smell that is almost as strong as strait fruit juice, the raspberry smell is strong enough that I had to take several more sniffs to identify the malt and yeast smells. I don't feel that this is a bad thing, the raspberry is the star of this beer.

I really enjoyed the taste, the raspberry is on top but the malt, wheat, and yeast are right under it reminding you that this is beer not spiked fruit juice.

It has a very creamy mouth feel.
This is very drinkable, but i wouldn't say this was a session beer, the tartness of the raspberries is to much. This would be best with food, I was eating chips and salsa while drinking this and with every sip the tartness of the raspberries cut right through the food and cleansed the pallet.

If your like me and your relatively new to craft brews and high quality imports i would recommend this beer as a good starting point for exploring fruit beers.

Photo of SimplySinister
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Slow poured into a Tulip glass. Heavy carbonation, moderate light pink head, good lacing.

S - Amazing. Raspberry is, obviously, extremely prevalent, sour apple is as well.

T - Very sweet. Raspberry stands at the forefront with sour apple following closely behind. Extremely sour and acidic; though, somehow this brew remains very pleasant.

M - Lingering and velvety. This brew does not, in any way, finish clean. In fact, it will stay with you for quite a while after.

D - Poor. Not to show any disrespect, but I could barely finish a tulip glass of this brew. I could stand this brew if it was blended with another, however, by itself, I wouldn't find it enjoyable for long.

All in all, this is a brew that is meant to be blended with another genre brew; such as a wheat beer. In fact, that was the way in which I first tried this brew. Unfortunately, by itself, I find this lambic overpowering.

Photo of Bfarr
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a unique dark red with a hint of amber with a large bubbled red foam revealing the high carbonation. Strange, but somewhat expected considering the raspberry flavor. Very strong on the nose, it smells like raspberry season. A very sweet yet also tart rasperry flavor, a bit like a soda but with an alcohol note. I also detected a bit of lemon in there as well.

If you're looking for something sweet and tart, you can't go wrong with this one.

Photo of cudmud
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep redish/purple combined with exceptional lacing and one finger of head. Even the foam has a red hue.

Smell: Strong raspberry scent and a hint of citrus from the hops.

Taste: Wonderful raspberry flavor is balanced with malt and hops. Nice sour hints accent this beer.

Mouthfeel: Full and a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid beer on a hot summer evening or with a dessert.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Framboise Lambic.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an oversized wine glass. Getting into the beer necessitates peeling back the red aluminum wrapper, popping the cap and pulling out a miniature cork. Once poured, the body is a deep raspberry rose color with a thin frothy pink head that pools on the seething burgundy surface into bubbling islands and swirling eddies. Bubbles abound; lacing is lacking.

Spritzy tart raspberry and sour green apple boldly blast upwards out of the glass. the nose is strong, fresh, and almost candy-like, but overtime I started to get used to it and appreciate the complexity.

The first sip yields a crisp, champagne-like smoothness, delicately cradled and a bubbling effervescence. Tart raspberry flavors pack quite a punch and virtually dominate the scene. Sour apple peel notes also swim around in the mouth. Not much else is going on here, but the fresh fruit is refreshing, spritzy, and fun. It hardly tastes like beer -- almost the mix between a sophisticated fruit juice and champagne.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Champagne-like carbonation is strong and gives the tart fruity notes a good backbone. The finish is slightly thick, quick, and dry. Really very drinkable because the alcohol is almost completely masked by the carbonation. The powerful flavor keeps me interested.

A drink like this seems appropriate earlier in the day -- a nice complement to brunch perhaps?

Photo of tjd112
4.66/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at some bar in the rather dead downtown area of Columbus, Ohio. It pours a red colour with somewhat matching head. Smell and taste is, you guessed it, raspberries and malts, with the only real purpose of the hops to keep it from being too cloying. As for mouthfeel, it is the medium side of light and very smooth. This beer has a lower ABV, so I could drink it all day. Overall, a primo beer.

Photo of CBlack85
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter

Pours a cherry soda-esque red color with a big foamy pink head.

As soon as I pop the cork the huge sweet fruity aroma fills the room. Fresh raspberries are dominant in the nose. The initial sweetness seems overwhelming, but as you get used to it you can start to pick up some tart and slightly sour notes as well. Very interesting almost like hard candy.

The taste mirrors the nose in many ways, but the tartness is more pronounced. Very big flavor, lots of incredibly sweet notes followed by sour and tart notes as well. Not much going on other than the fresh fruit notes, but definately interesting. Medium body with lots of carbination to keep it feeling light on the tounge. Can tend to almost seem syrupy at times and has a nice dry finish.

This is my first Lambic and it definately has me interested in trying more, hopefully a little less candy sweet and a little more sour/funky next time.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a champagne flute:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful strawberry red/ lavander purple color. huge pink head that has great retention. Moderately clear, highly carbonated and slightly unfiltered looking.

Smell: Smells extremely strong but a touch fake. Real raspberry puree comming through with some fake strawberry in the background. Sweet smelling.

Taste: Tastes much more bitter than it smelled. Great tart raspberry and slight blueberry sweetness on the back end. Good solid acidity and sweet midpalate.

mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated. Would substitute for champagne. Acidic and leaves the mouth dry.

Drinkability: I found myself having to do 50/50 with a wheat beer to get it down. A bit too tart for my liking to drink a whole bottle but 1 glass is perfect.

Photo of farrago
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An aggressive pour yields a hilariously looking pink half finger of foam, the larger sized bubbles pop quickly leaving islands scattered across the surface, the lacing like the residue in a cooking pot. Watermelon pink in color, average clarity but glows sufficiently to hold your gaze. Raspberries, raspberries and more raspberries in the nose, bracing blow of sour lemon, suggestion of watermelon as well, if you really focus there's a peat moss, lichen foresty aspect but then it's back to the raspberries. Full-bodied, the sourness and acidity are really what makes it of the high quality it is, keeps things moving at a brisk pace and shaves off excess sweetness. The raspberry flavor concentrated and ripe more than sugary for sugary's sake. Again, the lemon edge helps frame the fruit nicely. Lemongrass and alfalfa notes odd but welcome. The carbonation hits just the right level of froth to aid in avoiding a sugar coma. Full finish without being tiresome. Flavorful until the last drop.

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

335ml bottle

served in NG flutes, while making some butternut squash lasagna.

appearance: bright pinkish-purple body, foamy pink head with little retention

smell: waves of tart raspberry - hard to focus on anything else, tartness, sweetness, acid

taste: tart raspberry, adequate sweetness, acidic balsamic, cranberry. very well done - makes a nice dessert beer, or just a random starter

mouthfeel: tart, acidic

drinkability: small quantities are best due to the acid, tartness, and punch of the flavor

Photo of Josievan
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lindemans Framboise has a sexy fuchsia body with a pinkish magenta head.

Smell: No surprises here, the aroma is of tart raspberries.

Taste: Again, it's all about the raspberries. It's tart and sweet, but I'd say tart wins out in the end. A little yeast makes its presence known once the bottom of the bottle is reached.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of lively carbonation.

Drinkability: One could probably get through a 375 mL bottle alone, but this is the kind of beer that's best split two or three ways.

Notes: After the Framboise, there is only one Lindeman's fruit lambic left that I haven't tried (Pomme, I'm looking at you). I've come to the conclusion that they are all tasty, if less than accurate representations of what lambics traditionally have been.

The Framboise is not my favorite of the Lindeman's fruit line, but this is more of a comment on my fruit preferences than on the beer itself. Indeed, Framboise, along with Samuel Smith Organic Raspberry and New Glarus Raspberry Tart, ranks among the best raspberry-flavored beers to have touched my lips.

Photo of Longhorn22
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - I didn't pour this one out of it's bottle, so it is a bit tough for me to give a fair assessment of the appearance. It has a nice bottle though.

S - It has a very sweet tart smell. It is a bit strong, but it is a very nice aroma.

T - The flavor is great, it is something between wine and beer. It is very tart and sweet at the same time. The taste is a bit overpowering.

M/D - This is hard to drink, so it is a nice sipping beer. It would be nice if was a bit weaker. But still pretty good.

Bottom Line: Flavor punch, but in a good way. Try this beer!


Lindemans Framboise from Brouwerij Lindemans
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