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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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87
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2,430 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,430
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 47
Gots: 197 | FT: 3
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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 biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle. It's always kind of weird, after popping the cap on a beer, to also have to get through a miniature cork as well, dont'cha think?

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, prune juice-like reddish purple colour, with two fingers of soapy, bubbly pale pink head, which leaves a low ebbing ring of lace around the glass as it duly settles.

It smells of musty, veritable raspberries, coldly boiling away on their way to becoming jelly or pie - sweet fruit and acidic esters, stellar, sure, but with some faint pale malt sweetness, and a bit of lambic-friendly yeastiness. The taste is rather sweet, sort of grainy malt, and big, hard to idly ignore, sour, acidic raspberry juice, full stop.

The carbonation is a bit peppy at first, but eventually lands squarely on the soft side, the body full in weight, via a judiciously juicy fruitiness, and actually smooth, without further ado. It finishes on the tangy, fruity side, with a mild soft graininess, all things clean.

I am quite obviously biased by my affinity for the eponymous fruit, but nonetheless, this is a wonderful fusion of a Lambic base with the power of complex, unadulterated raspberry goodness. If you suspect that the sugary fruitiness might overcome, I can attest that the drying sourness does linger, tempting you towards evermore.

Photo of voteforgoat
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am revisiting a beer I have not had in a very long time.

A- ruby, purple foam

S - fruits all over the place. Pleasant smell!

t - woah, my tastes have changed. I always thought this beer was sweet. But now I find it WAY sweet. Nice raspberry taste, but not enough sourness to balance the sweetness, which is cloying/sticky.

D I used to be able to drink this easily, now I find it too sweet. I want to drink something very sour or hoppy to clear my palate. I almost feel like I had too much candy! The sourness eventually overtakes the sweetness. The sourness is weak, but it lasts longer. I like that it lasts such a long time.

I have used this beer in the past to introduce people to sour beers because it's cheap, mild and widely available, but I may have to find something less sweet if I am to do that again. It's still an easy way to introduce someone to effects of wild yeasts without getting too weird.

Also people who are not used to beer are usually surprised by this one.

Photo of zoso1967
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red color with pink foam and nice carbonation. Can almost smell the raspberries from across the room. Wonderful fresh raspberry aroma with little else there, maybe a few musty notes in the background. Taste is nice and sweet up front with an explosion of raspberry taste. Also, has some old basement like notes from the wild yeast. Tartness comes through in the finish, which is appreciated. Medium body with a fair amount of stickiness, but not as much as one would expect from such a sweet beer. A little bit sweet to be a session beer, but it does go down fairly easy, and is my wife's go to drink of choice. By the way, she swears that it tastes better at Monk's Café in Philly, and while I am not the expert I have to say it seems to be extra fresh and raspberry-rife.

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, frothy pink head. Body is a dark ruby-pink color, and basically opaque due to its color.

S: Yep, that's raspberry, all right. Very strong and quite sour, although after a few sniffs, I surprisingly was not sickened by the attack of raspberry on my sense of smell.

T: Again, lots of raspberries... very sweet and tart, with a touch of sourness to it all. I like it, though; this is my first lambic beer and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed my first one.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with average carbonation.

D: I wouldn't, and couldn't, drink this all night, but I would likely say that about any lambic. Still, quite enjoyable and a definite difference from the other styles I've tried.

Photo of jsh420
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours plum red with a 1+ finger pinkish head that has great retention

smells of strong raspberries and thats about all pick up on

taste a blend of sweet and tart raspberries with some funk of lambic in the background

mouthfeel is a little sticky but very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good but when i want a beer this will not be it

Photo of bobsy
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz pour at Goodbars.

While these Lindemans beers are classed as fruit lambics, I don't approach them expecting something similar to a Cantillon or a Drei Fonteinen. The sweetness and lack of funky sourness precludes that. Instead I view them as a Belgian take on a fruit beer and removed from your traditional lambic. As such, I really like them for what they are. The framboise is probably the most lambic of their offerings, but is still pretty tame.

The pour is a rich, cloudy blood red, and the barkeep is so enthusiastic in giving me as much as possible that the liquid hugs the rim of the glass in a way taht defies physics. I've seen this beer before and I know it usually has a good head. I'll sacrifice admiring that for a huge pour any day. The aroma is simple - tart raspberries and not much else. Hey, and guess what, the ball keeps rolling in the flavour. Huge tart fresh raspberry flavour puts this closer in feel to a true fruit lambic than other Lindeman's takes. Its clean, fresh and fruity, with a nice balance between sourness and sweetness. Its a winner in my book.

Certainly a nice beer. The flavour tastes like real fruit, and has exceptional balance. The body is quenching, and the weight makes it ideal for summer. Sure, its not a lambic in the traditional sense, but don't let it stop you enjoying a good beer.

Photo of hooliganlife
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pour was deep purple with hints of cherry red. lots of head in the pour but when i got it, it was light.

raspberry up front, quite strong. very sweet

sugar bomb, raspberry syrup, more sugar, and a very light tartness. i struggled to find something else but the sugar and syrup were so overpowering. the sour flavor was slightly there so a hint of wildness existed somewhere.

decent carbonation, fairly full body, smooth drinking.

i will never drink this again, i never finished my snifter. it was too sweet and gave me a sugar headache. it was too overpowering where the other flavors seemed to be washed out.

Photo of honeybrewer
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first lambic beer, so we'll see how I like it.

This beer pours a deep red, almost purple color, with a purple tinged head that fades fairly quickly.

The smell is ovepoweringly in your face raspberry jam, but not unpleasantly so.

To be honest I was hoping for a little bit more in a lambic ale. The raspberry overwhelms all other flavors. Any tartness from the Brett and or wild bacterias are swallowed by the intense raspberry flavor. It does have a pleasant feel to it, with a pretty heavy dose of carbonation.

Not saying this is a bad beer, if you just want a kind of expensive raspberry juice. On the other hand, the wife loves it, and she hates beer. Overall, not something I would buy very often, only when I crave raspberries.

Photo of wingman14
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark red with a frothy pink head. Smells only of raspberry, lots of sweet notes, not much else. The taste is hugely raspberry, some tart notes as the finish. This is smooth, bubbly and refreshing, a great mouthfeel. This one is pleasant to drink, not much to it, but very enjoyable. Very tasty!

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thrid trial of the Lambic type beers. Framboise Lambic from Lindemans Vlezenbeek, Belgium. Light alcohol but heavy taste of raspberries.

A- Pours a opaque dark fruity raspberry red colored fluid with fluffy purplish head that leaves minimal lacing.

S- Fresh raspberry puree on the nose is the dominant scent with light hints of wild yeast tang and tart. Candy sweetness fumes.

T-M- Taste is as interesting and intriguing as the process of making it. Very raw and fresh picked raspberry flavor fuel to buds with massive sour bite of active yeast. Highly carbonated mouthfeel with fruit juice-like smoothness. Not to shabby for a friut lambic.

D- I could have one of these every once and a while to share the massive fruit flavor of this beer. My girlfriend likes it! I'll be damn'd.

Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, ruby color. 2/3 inch head of a dark pink color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of raspberries, slight yeast, and tart malt. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an high carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of raspberries up front, slight yeast, and strong tart malt. Overall, a good blend, tartness level, body, and aroma.

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

This is the first time I've tried a lambic. This seems to be far and away the most popular (google image search lambic and this comes up). Had a bottle cap/cork combo, which I've always thought is kind of weird.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful, deep purple color with hints of crimson. Almost wine-like in color but more purple. A pink head quickly dissipates, but never goes away entirely. Has a good deal of sediment in the last glass.

Smell- Sweet, and dominated by the raspberries. Fruit aromas in most other styles are generally pretty subtle although present, but this really bashes you over the head. The natural bacteria and yeast give off a distinctive almost tart odor.

Taste- Completely unlike any beer I've ever tasted. It honestly reminds me of tart raspberry sauce, like something that would go on a cheesecake. It's very sweet, but balanced well with a tartness. Has a unique flavor that I'm guessing must come from the untamed brewing process. Any alcohol is extremely well masked.

Mouthfeel- Excellent carbonation and a fairly thick, sticky body. Coats your teeth with the same fuzzy substance you get after you've eaten a shit-ton of really sweet candy.

Drinkability- I found this beer unique and very enjoyable. I found myself taking big sips, especially at first, but after awhile you really can't get past the sweetness.

Overall Impressions: My girlfriend would definitely love this beer. It's sweet, fruit flavored, and you can hardly taste the alcohol.That's not a knock on this beer, but I found it to be a bit much, but definitely a solid beer, and I look forward to trying more lambics!

Photo of Whiteweasel
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at the same time (and courtesy of) the roommate, Heissebier. Poured from a 750mL bottle into chalices. We had a hell of a time getting the bottle open without a proper corkscrew...but the motivation of good beer spurred innovation.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark ruby colour with a small amount of pink frothy one-finger head that leaves only a little lacing. Looks frothy and carbonated.

Smell: Very sweet and tart. Powerful dominating scent of raspberry with a subtle sourness. Just a hint of something deep and malty as well as a little tinge of alcohol.

Taste: Very mellow and tart. Raspberry flavour is huge and overwhelming. Otherwise, has flavours of red grape, and what is almost like tannins from extremely tart/sweet red wine. Something almost pastoral tasting, that reminds me of nature a little. Like eating wild berries. Subtle flavour of some distinct type of yeast. Doesn't have a huge depth of flavour but certainly unique.

Mouthfeel: Very tart and a little sour in the mouth, and rather acidic going down. Lightly carbonated, not at all harsh in the mouth. No alcohol is detectable.

Drinkability: Supremely drinkable in every regard except for its complexity. It's definitely a very unique and pleasant flavour but its somewhat limited in its depth.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into tulip... $6.99

A- Dark ruby, like cranberry juice... nice head about 2 fingers of pink.

S- Fruity... wow. Raspberry syrup in full effect. Sweet, fresh berries? No, more syrup-soaked berries. But still very good.

T- Fruity as all hell. A good, fresh berry taste.. not as sweet (although still pretty sweet) as the nose let on. Sweet, but amply tart. There is a faint, mild lambic hiding underneath the berry blast but it'd go unnoticed if you weren't searching for it.

M- Sweet, puckering, but never overbearing.. good carbonation.

D- Moderate.. a little goes along way, although it's a delight to drink.

Photo of GreatWeisseHope
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the good old Karmeliet goblet.

A: Rich, deep ruby red. Light pink head, retention mediocre, but color is fabulous.

S: The combination of tartness and raspberry juice always reminds me of a freshly picked raspberry. A bomb of berries.

T: Combination of sour tartness, sweet juice, and lambic background.

M: Sparkling carbonation, leaves a tart residue, but well balanced.

D: Great dessert beer, great after dinner beer. Some may complain that it is too sweet, but it has its place in the repertoire of Belgian fruit lambics. Cantillon is extremely dry, but also a wonderful product.

Photo of office888
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep, majestic burgundy-purple color into my snifter. After which, it quickly formed a thick head. After several minutes, the head dissipated into a thin lacing throughout the surface.

S- A tart smell, like cranberry juice, with a hint of alcohol note on the end.

T- Immediately after the sip, you're blasted with a sweet juice flavor, with a medium tartness on the end, almost enough to make you pucker. This is DEFINITELY not the beer I'm used to drinking. Almost no alcohol taste at all. Actually, I could almost call this non-alcoholic if I didn't know better.

M- Crisp feel in the mouth, a little fizzy, with a hint of syrupy-ness.

D- Drinkability, it's not my things. Mayyybbee a small glass with dessert, but I couldn't drink this all day. It's VERY sweet. If you like wines, sherries, and such, you'll probably like this. But me personally? I'll stick to my Stouts.

Photo of jwinship83
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz (weird size for a belgian) caped and corked bottle poured into the lindemans glass included in the gift set from which this came.

A- it pours out of the bottle a brilliant bright red colored body with two fingers of pink head. the head lasts a little while before vanishing almost completely, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- this one really doesnt smell like beer at all. very sweet and juice like. a blast of fresh raspberries. slightly tart smelling, but way more sweet.

T- the taste is much like the smell. a large blast of very sweet fresh raspberries with just a hint of tartness. there is a small amount of earthiness in here too. the taste is great, but not what i want from a lambic.

M- medium bodied with a nice low level of carbonation. very juice like with a sweet and pleasant lingering aftertaste.

D- if you love raspberry juice, then this one is for you. something that can be drank all day and night given its low ABV, but the price would drive you to the poorhouse pretty quickly. something id love to have again sometime, as long as i dont have to pay for it.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Has a deep ruby/garnet appearance with a fairly impressive pink head (giggity). Retention and lacing are pretty good as well.

Smells sweet and fruity and tastes much the same. Very tart raspberry with some prickly carbonation. Just a hint of malt buried underneath all that fruity sweetness lets you know it's not a soda. Low ABV is imperceptible.

For the money ($10.69 per 750ml) I would say it's not worth it. It's tasty, but doesn't offer much for the beer lover. Wine coolers are a lot cheaper if fruity, low ABV beverages are what you're into.

Photo of Ghenna
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep pink with a lighter pink head. Fairly highly carbonation level. Smells sweet and of raspberry, with an slightly tarty smell. Tastes follows the smell, which is to say delicious.
Generally speaking it tends to be a little expensive, but it is very tasty.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish color with some haze. Even the head has a similar color. Very assertive raspberry dominates the nose, and well, it does the same on the palate. I love this level of sweetness, though I can see why it isn't appreciated by all. Pleasant tartness is there as well, and perhaps this is the 2nd best of their lineup behind their kriek.

Photo of Schnitzengiggles
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby reddish color with a thick pink foam. Very nice looking.

S: DEFINITELY can tell it's fruity, strong berry aroma, almost like a cranberry juice or something, with some hay aromas coming through.

T: Very very fruity, almost like drinking fruit juice. It's kind of like a beer in reverse, you mainly get the fruit flavor but catch subtle flavors of hops and malt

M: Like juice. Not to thick but leaves a sugary coating in your mouth. Nice aftertaste though.

D: Not bad, I could drink this for a while before being overloaded with the sweet/fruitiness of it. It's got a nice tartness to balance out the sweet.

All in all a very enjoyable Lambic, was very happy with this purchase.

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

Color is somewhere in the realm of deep ruby, violet red, or red plum. Really pretty. With a vigorous pour, the head is a puffy light light pink. Bubbles line the glass and also fall to a thin layer as the rest of the beer disappears [fairly quickly].

Smell is of fresh raspberries with very subtle characteristics reminiscent of light Belgian beers.

Taste is sweet raspberry juice. This is much sweeter than traditional lambics, but I am 100% okay with that. The sweetness is balanced very nicely with the tartness that seems to come more as a result of the raspberries instead of the potential lambic qualities. Very fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel is very wet, unlike raspberries which I've always found to dry to really enjoy. The level of carbonation is between medium and high, and I think this provides a refreshment after each sip which would probably be lacking without the carbonation.

Drinkability is near perfect for me. I love fresh fruit and the raspberries in here are more consumable than they are fresh. Splitting a 750 is the furthest thing from a chore.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this as a gift. Poured into a Lindeman's flute.

A: Deep red with purple tint. Nice, soda-like head.

S: Fresh crushed raspberries, sweet and fragrant. Doesn't smell like beer at all.

T: I'm kind of at a loss here. This a lot more like a wine cooler than it is like a beer. I taste fresh crushed raspberries in soda water. Sweet and then extremely sour mixture. I can hardly pick up any beer character at all. On the label it's referred to as a malt beverage.

Drinkability: I'd say this a good drink to have with dessert or AS dessert. Again, really not a beer; more like a soda.

Value: Way overpriced.

Photo of scootny
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, retention and very pretty light purple lace. Always a light covering on top. Sweet raspberry greets my nostrils with a lovely lambic sourness and a light wheat malt. Quite sweet upfront. The sourness melting in as it moves back. Still it is a sweeter brew than the Kriek. Having said that there is tartness that gives good balance and dries the finish nicely. A bit of wheat hangs around underneath the lingering berries. A lively carbonated feel gives this a nice refreshing quality. Good drinkability as it is just short of too sweet keeping it enjoyable.

Photo of jrallen34
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a champagne flute during Christmas lunch.

This lambic pours a dark ruby red with a nice big 3 finger high purple head. The retention and lacing are both great.

The aroma is little subdued for a lambic. It has a general sense of light tartness superimpsed on some nice fresh raspberries.

The taste is nice and balanced. It is very sweet with lots of raspberries and a little tart kick at the end. This flavor makes it very drinkable but it needs a little more tart to me to make this elite.

Overall, a good lambic, to me more of a fruit beer with not that much tartness that would make it very good.

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