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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,363 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,363
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 47
Gots: 158 | 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 OsuJohn
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not generally a fruity beer person, but this is a good drink. It does not taste like or look like a beer. Had I not seen it come out of the tap, I would not have believed this was a beer.

This is very tasty, but dont expect a beer when you drink this or you will be disappointed.

Photo of thequeen711
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, this pours a ruby red. Nose is strong of raspberries. Taste is initially raspberry tart, then killer sweet aftertaste. Not my cup of beer, it seemed just too sweet for a beer. Mouthfeel was very light, and drinkibility could be great if you like extremely sweet beers.

Photo of greg202stewart
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very different beer for me. I was very hesitant, because I hate beers that are too fruity. Of course this is what Lambic means, so I tried it anyways and I liked the quality, It has the appearance of champagne, very bubbly, bright red, with a pink head. The beer is major sweet with a crisp taste. This is my first Lambic, and it was great

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

750ml.

Pours bright ruby with thick pink head.

Smells of strong and bright raspberries.

Good raspberry taste, tart up front and then very sweet. More tart and some bitterness on the finish

Good mouthfeel and drinkability overall.

A fine dessert beer.

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

A- Pours a clear deep red with a huge fothy pink head. Good retention and plenty of lacing on the glass.

S- A very tart sweetness and rasberries.

T- Taste just like it smells. The rasberries are wonderful, finish sweet.

M- Smooth and plenty of body.

D- Excellent. This is like a desert in a bottle.

Photo of bgjohnston
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap and was able to try it without committing to a big bottle.

It was served in a tall slender glass, and was a dark clear red with a generous white head and good carbonation. It had the sweet taste of rasberries, but with plenty of tartness to balance it out and finish. It was very refreshing and very easy to drink. Could have had a much bigger glass of it and been happy.

Photo of brianlg
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this for my girlfriend to prove to her that she can be capable of liking beer. (She loved it by the way). Anyways, it pours a dark red color with a nice light pink head. I was surprised by the color, I had never had a lambic or anything like it, so I thought it was pretty cool. It smells very good, of raspberries. On first sip I was thrown back, this doesn't taste like I was expecting. No wonder girls like this. It is very good, it tastes like a sour raspberry jolly rancher (if there were such thing). Not something I would drink often, but this is an extremely good tasting drink. I am definitely glad that she appreciated it too. Great drink, try this if you havent!

Photo of spaciorek
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap after a meal at a local tavern. It's all raspberry, pours dark red and smells like raspberry, of course. The taste was more like drinking a raspberry fruit drink then a beer. The finish was slightly sour, which balanced out the sweetness of the raspberry nicely.

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear, no head, reddish ruby color

Smell: raspberries

Taste: very raspberry

Mouthfeel: smooth, tart start which gets to be sweet, bubbly, and dry

Drinkability: This is very fruitlike and way easy to drink. It does have the feel of a sparkling wine. I will search for this again with especially when having desserts.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lindemans Framboise from Brouwerij Lindemans
87 out of 100 based on 2,363 ratings.