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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,272 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,272
Reviews: 952
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 133 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

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 cvstrickland
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce embossed bottle with multiple layers of protection (corked, capped, cap and neck covered with rose-colored foil), poured into a tulip yields a clear, deep pinkish-red body capped with 2 fingers of soft, creamy pink foam that retains at a fluffy pink sheet and leaves nice lacing.

I can smell raspberries from the moment the cork comes out; a little earthy malt character lurks, with a touch of yeast.

Intensively tart, tangy and sweet with raspberries. Very fruity with a sizzle of Champagne carbonation and a slightly malty backbone.

Juicy and medium-bodied, cut to a nice consistency by the carbonation. Despite all the fruit, the drink is crisp with a surprisingly clean finish. Could see having one with dessert, or maybe in place of a brunch Bloody Mary.

cvstrickland, May 26, 2008
Photo of dyingwrist
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This left a good amount of lacing on the glass, but no head retention. It has a nice red color. On the nose all I percieved were raspberries and nothing else. On the palate all I could taste was the fruit. No hop or malt character in my opinion. It has a great tartness tho that I think would go great with desserts. Also, it is sweet, but not too sweet. Benchmark for the style imo.

dyingwrist, May 20, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into oversized snifter.

A - Deep purple/red, with a 1/2 inch magenta head, short retention. A little lacing. Pretty stuff.

S - Raspberries mainly, with a slight undertone of malt.

T - Carbonated raspberry juice. It was good, but it really had no standout characteristics aside from the fairly sweet, slightly sour, raspberry flavor. It was good, but very one-dimensional.

M - Moderate carbonation with medium body; I don't think I could've drank this any other way. Any thicker or less carbonated and it would've been alcoholic juice.

D - I actually left an ounce or so in my glass because it was too much raspberry flavor. The sweetness nor sourness bothered me, but the continual bombardment of raspberry was a little boring. I'd never have more than one of these at a time.

PatrickJR, May 17, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a snifter.

A: It's got a rich, pink head that settles quickly to a thin pink lace. The beer itself is a deep scarlet color with red highlights on the edges. Light lacing, too.

S: Intense raspberries. Nothing artificial here. This is the strongest fruit nose I've ever had on a beer.

T&M: Tastes like it smells. An intense raspberry flavor--both sweet and tart. This is by far the best fruity beer I've had. Not a lot else to say tastewise. Light carbonation diminishes some of the syrupy textures that could've been a problem.

D: Drinking more than 1 would be difficult. However, it's a very pleasant drinking experience.

BamaBeerBuff, May 15, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a lindemans flute. Raspberry, raspberry, rasberry. It smells like a woody raspberry. Color is deep, not dark red. Tart tast and sour aftertaste. Very light feeling in the mouth. Very tingly, carbonated feel in the mouth. Fun to drink, but for specific food pairings or moods.

aubuc1, May 06, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a champagne flute. Ruby grapefruit colored with a pink bubbly head that sinks quickly. Jammy, fruity aroma of sweet raspberry and honey, some bitter notes. Sweet raspberry flavor, not cloying, some honey and lemon. Some sour apple and tartness rises up. Initially a thick mouthfeel, moderate to high carbonation, bubbles tingle in the finish. Crisp dryness lingers, puckers the mouth. Very drinkable, excellent after-dinner selection. The only problem with this beer other than it being incredibly sweet is that you can suck them down faster than you can order, or afford them.

jayrod20, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in form of a bottle acquired at Dekalb Farmer's Market in Atlanta, GA. Poured into a tulip.

It pours a ruby red with a pink, frothy head. Very pretty to look at.

Smell is of sweet raspberries that is very present, but not overpowering. This a very fruity beer.

Taste is once again of raspberries. A good full flavor, but nothing too heavy. There is slight hint of cider towards the end. Finishes easy.

Mouthfeel is nice besides it being a bit heavily carbonated. Almost had a champagne feel. I wasn't expecting so much carbonation from looking at it, but it definitly comes across.

This a good lambic but it is a bit sweet for my taste to be a common beverage. I do highly recommend you try this beer, especially if you haven't had a lambic. This is a whole different world of brewing.

everetends, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a flute glass.

A: Pours a red body - like red Gatorade - with a small, pink head with nice retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A nice, sweet raspberry smell that reminded me of raspberry sorbet.

T: A sweet, raspberry taste with some bitterness and sourness to it, but nothing too noticeable.

M: Pretty smooth, but kind of overcarbonated. Had the same mouthfeel of Red Bull.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. Like drinking the melted leftovers of raspberry sorbet. A decent lambic overall and definitely worth at least a session.

maddogruss, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of botham
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a snifter. pours a ruby red color with garnet highlights and a pink head that is reduced to a soapy rim after a minute or so.

aroma is of raspberries, with a sour character. little else.

taste is of sweet raspberries with a juicy quality. a smooth profile works well with the flavors without being overly sweet.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sweet, but mildly sour quality. good texture on the palate.

drinkablility is decent. for a lambic, this is a smooth and easygoing brew, with a sweet quality and a mildly sour character. solid example of a lambic. cheers!

botham, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of StonyB
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's about time I got around to reviewing this beverage I've enjoyed for over a decade...

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, mysterious crimson into a Lindemans flute glass. Foam dissipates at once, with a wisp of bubbles left behind.

Smell - Tart raspberries (duh), sugary sweet fruit.

Taste - Sweet and tart raspberry, with the sweet gaining the upper hand. Like drinking a lollipop, in a good way.

Mouthfeel - Citric, somewhat acidic. Leans thin.

Drinkability - With a taste like raspberry juice and an ABV of 4%, what do you think? Extremely drinkable.

Whenever someone tells me "I don't lke the taste of beer", I break out the Lindemans. And when you want to take a break from your daily dose of hops, grab a Framboise. It tastes just as good as you thought it would. Highly recommended.

StonyB, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poired a clear red with a pink head that belays the loads of rasberries underneath.

S- lots and lots a fruit, mixed in with a little wheat but the fruit.

T- delicious rasberrries, its all over the place, smooth slightly tart finish, pretty damn good

M- light, bubbly and delicious

D- solid but its real fruity so a 750 is a bit much

Atron67, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me in a 9 oz pilsner glass. This beer is a somewhat clear medium to dark red color. Head was maybe 1/3 inch thick when drawn from the tap and served to me. Settles to a thin surface ring lining the inside of the glass with pretty good lace. Has a fruity aroma of raspberries and apple. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet raspberry and some cidar. Not complex, but very good! No hops at all detectable here. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. Very nice and drinkable.

Eric

neenerzig, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - murky, blood red. A decent red-tinged white head formed, but dropped quickly to a still respectable cap.

S - overpowering aroma of fresh raspberries. Doesn't come off necessarily as artificial, but there is absolutely no other aromas to make you think this might actually be a beer (or lambic).

T - awash with sweet raspberry flavour. Identical to that goop you can buy at the grocery store in the frozen fruit section "frozen raspberries in syrup." Raspberries have some natural tartness, but aside from that, there is little else to balance the sweetness.

M - There is a bit of body, but still light. Medium carbonation. Not a trace of noticable alcohol.

D - I'm gonna try to pawn the rest of this off on my wife.

I could see this appealing to someone that doesn't like beer, otherwise pass.

markaberrant, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Snifter glass.

Pours a small dissipating pink head of foam that reduces to a layer of lace across top of brew. Very thick dark red brew - almost looks like a dessert topping.

Smell is very strong of raspberries - very fresh raspberries - not much else. Taste is similar, with heavy raspberries with not much other going on. Mouth feel is bubble laden, but not horribly so. Very low alcohol, but very sweet. While this is good, I don't understand how anyone can drink much of this due to sweetness.

mattster, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a tulip glass, had a rich burgundy hue and a thick consistency. There was a small head and good lacing.

S: Very fruity aroma, rich in raspberries (obviously)

T: Vibrant taste of raspberries and a little cider. Could barely taste the alcohol.

M: Lots of carbonation and a syrupy (to be expected) finish. Excellent mouthfeel.

D: Before I say anything in this category, it should be known that this is not a brew for everyone. It's light, effervescent and tasty. It doesn't really resemble any beer out there. I for one, found it incredibly drinkable.

avalon07, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Grimes
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've never had an actual Lambic before, so I had no idea what to expect.

Poured a deep, ruby red with a bright pink bubbly head

Smells of cider and raspberries

Tastes like the same. Almost like a sparkling juice with a bit of alcohol on the tongue. Very tart finish.

Full mouthfeel with lots of carbonation

Very refreshing beer. Would make for a wonderful dessert beer to share with a partner.

Grimes, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of Madmax99
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I recieved this lambic in a 750ml bottle. This is my first Belgian style lambic and I am very impressed.

A: Beautiful dark ruby color with a pinkish head on top. The lacing stains the glass in rings with every sip.

S: Very appealing rasberry ketones fill the air as soon as the cork is pulled. Some other citrus notes too..maybe orange. I did notice a very slight metallic scent once the beer settled in the glass, but after swirling it around a few times it faded.

T: Exceptional champagne taste. Very fruity, not very beer like.

M: Acidic feeling but not bitter, just slightly sour at first but finishes clean with hardly any after taste.

D: Recommended for the holidays or for dessert, or maybe just as a treat. The sweetness might make it difficult to drink a whole lot, but it is very tasty.

Madmax99, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep purple with red highlights with a thin pink head,leaves small amounts of lacing behind

S-powerful aromas very sweet and fruity

T-huge blast of rasbery sweetness upfront and a jollyrancher tartness,very sugary and a bit syrupy,but very refreshing and tasty

M-fizzy and a little dry

D-price as well as sugary sweetness keeps the drinkability at a minimum,but for the style it is a well put together Lambic and an enjoyable drink

orangemoustache, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lindemans Framboise pours a hazy dark red with a small pink head. It smells like sour raspberries with some candy sweetness. These two reverse themselves in the taste, with the sweet, candy raspberry taste starting and the tart, sour aftertaste lingering for a while. the mouthfeel is medium with a high amount of carbonation. This is a very nice, sweet beer. I started drinking it by itself, but the tartness got a bit cloying. I decided to grab some chocolate to have with it and that did the trick.

This is a very drinkable beer that would be great to give someone who doesn't know much about beer to show them just how diverse beer can be.

Spidey13, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap in a short goblet at the YardHouse in Brea, on to the beer:

Looks more like a juice than a beer with its red-violet color, leaving thin lacing on the glass as it's consumed. Modest smell of raspberries, which came to no surprise. The taste is extrememly sweet and full of raspberries, almost cloying to a point. There's only an echo of tartness and farmhouse funk in the background for balance. Carbonation is mild.

I'll admit raspberries aren't my favorite fruit, but this beer was too sweet, like a cheap champagne, I couldn't do more than one goblet at a sitting. So yeah, this was dissapointing. Prices suck ass too; my sample was $8, and mini-magnums go for $5-6. Why can't the peach lambic be as widely distributed as this flavor?

There is one redeeming quality this beer has to offer, and it's its ability to win over non-beer drinkers. A friend of mine doesn't like beer at all, but I offered him a sip of my sample and he enjoyed it.

DoubleJ, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass. Deep purple/red color with a fizzy light-pink head. Despite the fizziness there's appreciable lacing.

Obviously the main aroma here is raspberry, but it has an unnatural saccharine quality to it.

Flavor has some tartness but not really enough. The sweetener character comes through here in the form of a syrupy and borderline cloying candied raspberry note.

Finish is thankfully dryish, however the sugariness is too much.

Effervescence is a little too strong, and the sweetness is a little too syrupy to qualify for high drinkability.

illidurit, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of pheggeseth
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: fizzy dark cranberry color, small pink head, spotty lacing

S: sourness up front, with a yeasty quality in the middle with raspberries throughout

T: tart sour raspberries, but still relatively smooth

M: lively carbonation, a little acidic

D: this is my first lambic, so I can't comment too much on the style, but I did enjoy it more than I thought I would

pheggeseth, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a magenta/fuschia in to a fluted glass, with a solid pink head, good lacing and retention, pretty colour.

S: Smells like wild raspberry jam, some strawberry preserves in there as well, very fragrant fruit.

T: It tastes like carbonated raspberry juice. It's a good flavour, though at times, it's just so sweet that it gets to be too much, but I definitely like it.

M: Smooth, slightly acidic and tart, slightly cloying at times, light bodied and refreshing.

D: A fun beer from Lindeman's, I imagine this could be used in lieu of pink champange. Not a traditional lambic at all, but still enjoyable, though if I had to choose, I'd go for the Cantillon or Hansenns.

Halcyondays, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of tobyandgina
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming from the tap, this one had an average, off-white, slowly diminishing head. Decent lacing. Light red in color with a slight cloudiness.

A light molasses smell, raspberry ever-so-present, light hops, with a light hint of sweat.

A medium body with lively carbonation. The flavor duration was average, moderately sweet and lightly bitter.

All in all, very good brew, maybe a little too sweet. Good when its hot out.

tobyandgina, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of atrus138
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this. Poured a deep, hazy pinkish red with a thin head the color of strawberry ice cream. Left little lacing. Smell was a potent explosion of raspberries. Very tart, but full of delicious flavor. Taste is crisp and refreshing. One doesn't really think of the usual hops or malt characteristics, but of straight-up fruit. Very light body and higher carbonation makes this quite refreshing. This is one I wouldn't have on my own, but is a nice compromise with my fiancee, so I'll probably enjoy this again and again.

atrus138, Feb 21, 2008
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