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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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2,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,442
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 48
Gots: 217 | FT: 4
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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 watchnerd
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife absolutely loves this stuff, perhaps more than any other alcoholic beverage. And I know, as a probable beer snob, I'm supposed to sniff and turn my nose up a bit at Lindemans Framboise when compared to my Cantillon equivalents. But the reality is I adore this stuff, too and buy 1-2 bottles of it every month.

Free your mind, expand your horizons, broaden your definition of what beer should be, and give this a shot. You'll probably love it, too.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color that I can just see the light through. No head, just some great lace.

Smell: Smells of amazing strawberries with the tiniest hint of spagettios (w/ meatballs) :)

Taste: WOW!! Pure raspberry goodness here with just the smallest tart note to wrap it all up. A nice long fruity/slightly tart finish with this one.

Mouthfeel: A bit spritzy. Nice and sweet.

Drinkability: At 4% ABV, drinkability is very high. I will definitely revisit this one again.. hopefully VERY soon.

Photo of omnigrits
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

An interesting diversion from my usual beer preferences, I had this instead of dessert, with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, like a root beer float. Purists will probably be holding their heads in their hands at this point but I rather enjoyed it. The beer itself has a strong smell of sweet(ish) raspberries but the taste is definitely tart. The ice cream helped to offset this. I could discern little to nothing in the way of any recognisable beer nose or flavour.

I don't think I could drink this on any kind of a regular basis - I see it as a novelty (and an expensive one) to try when the fancy takes me. Pity about the disappointing result with Young's Stout. I was thinking I might give that one a spin next time.

Photo of JDV
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish purplish color, with basically no head. Smell is of tart raspberries. Tastes strongly like raspberries too. Has the taste of a wine spritzer or something similar to that. Not oversweet, but much sweeter than a traditional beer. Prounounced raspberry taste and aftertaste along with a sourness. Highly carbonated. Not cloying, and very drinkable for what it is. Interesting, but not very beer-like. Tried also mixing it with Young's double chocolate stout to make a "raspberry truffle" but it didn't turn out as good as I had hoped

Photo of ablaze
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque dark ruby-purple with a nice pink head that sinks quickly to a ring. Good lacing that sticks around forever.

Smell is strong, tart and fresh raspberries, with the sour lambic scent in the background.

Full body, sticky...slightly astringent with crisp carbonation. Sour and quite tart upfront. Raspberries chime in sweetly...tastes like jam, I should get some toast.

Not high in alcohol and drinks like a sipper. I'd recommend splitting the 355ml bottle with a friend. Pure fresh raspberries bursting everywhere, and that's about it. Tasty and sweet, but ordinary otherwise. Perfect for dessert.

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

Hazy deep red in colour with a thin pink head that sticks around.

Smell of musty raspberry. Sweet and tart at the same time.

Sweet fresh raspberry fills the mouth until the very end, where a lambic tartness finishes it. Really, very pleasant flavour for anyone that likes fresh berries.

Medium body with a bit of stickiness to it. Very active carbonation is a little coarse on the tongue, but isn't bad.

Easy to drink but also worthy of sipping on to enjoy. Quite pleasant, and when I feel like a fruit beer, this is one I would look for.

Photo of DanBob35
4.86/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional Lambic from Belgium. It has a wonderful Raspberry aroma, and a taste of Heaven. Pour it in a snifter and take your time enjoying every last drop. It's quite expensive but well worth it. A great pairing to a fine chocolate dessert or something made with Marscapone cheese. Cheers!

Photo of MTNboy
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- This lovely beer pours purplish red/pink to form a closer to pink head. The head is thick and has super froth but disappears quickly leave some great lace.

Smell- A very overwhelming raspberry aroma fills the air quickly after opening. If you get closer and actually smell it there is some bread and malt tones.

Taste- Like juice more than beer but if you let it sit on the palate you will notice some grain flavors. After all that is what this beer is supposed to be like.

Mouthfeel- Thick and Full Body.

Drinkability- A great beer to sit and enjoy with friends especially if those friends are not beer geeks. It will get some conversations going.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce capped and corked bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark purple/red color with a half-inch pink head. Head dissipates quickly, and the lacing is OK. It smells like both sweet and tart fresh raspberries, very nice aroma. Taste is the same as the aroma, sweet and tart raspberries. It's more sweet than tart in my opinion. Mouthfeel/body is medium with average carbonation, and it's smooth and a bit syrupy/coating. Drinkability is good, however this is definitely a dessert beer. It's too sweet for me to have more than one of these at a time. As dessert beers go, this is a pretty good choice.

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

Pours a purplish/ruby with a almost pink tinted head. Nose is strong with raspberries (surprise, surprise). Flavor kicks you in the back of the mouth a bit at first. The more you go on the smoother it gets. There are of course strong raspberry flavors and little else that can compete with such in your face flavors. Feel is thick with flavor and a decent carbonation. Drinkable? Yes. But only if you can appreciate flavor intense creations such as this. I know this is not a "traditional" creation of the style and is almost like a soda in many qualities, but I still think it is good. I have gotten several people to try this, and I know it has expanded their perception of what beer can be. So for what it is, I give it a 4 down the board.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep pinkish purple with a light and bubbly pink head, lots of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass, lots of sticky lacing compliments the sides of the glass and contrasts nicely with the dark liquid

S: Well it smells a hell of a lot like rasberries with maybe a hint of dusty yeast funk here and there, but it almost smells fake because it smells so real, if that makes any sense, not knocking it but wow.

T/MF: A bit smoother than all that carbonation would lead you to believe but still quite bubbly in the tongue. The hit of rasberry is unmistakeable but there also is a red wine and grape aspect as well that leaves the tongue feeling tart and dry. Well rounded with a well balanced mouthfeel, a solid lambic to be sure.

D: Smooth and easy drinking if just a tad sweet, very refreshing and not too light either and is a suprise at only 4%abv.

Photo of Jagcorps
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Red with hints of purple in its foamy and quickly dissipating head.

S: True a dessert beer, this smells fantastic, sweet and tart.

T: It tastes sweet and tart, just at the smell advertises.

M: Appropriately carbonated for a fruit brew. Has some substance to it too, unlike a wine cooler.

D: I can only drink one of these at a time, because it is terribly sweet and acidic. It is great for a treat, but no real session brew.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering from lindemans is quite tasty. Pours a raspberry red. nose is raspberryish with tartness. The taste pretty much mirrors this. This tastes like it should have seeds in it too. Great raspberry flavor with just the right amount of tart kick. If you like traditional sour lambics this is not for you as it doesnt make you pucker. My rating i guess is flawed b/c traditional lambics should be more sour. anyway, get this one for the woman in your life. I have gained a "romantic experience" with this bottle many times. plus its got a cork so it looks classy to those who drink budmilloors like most chicks.

Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red color with a thick reddish head and minimal lacing. Aroma is much like strawberry jam and very sweet as well. Sourness isn't prevalent by much. Taste is very much like strawberries with not much else showing through. Towards the back of the throat, there is a decent dryness/sourness but not much else. Taste is very nice though, very delicious.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the metro warehouse club carries this in beijing. had to give it a try, no? ;-)

nice dark red color, pink head that sticks around.

deep, rich raspberry scent, like a freshly baked turnover.

taste is again a robust fruitiness from the raspberries. much less medicinal than their kriek, which is a plus for me. not much hop to be had, however.

otherwise similar to the kriek, but with less medicinal overtones. anyway, i just love raspberries so much more than cherries, so hah.

Photo of altgeeky1
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes packaged with both a cork and a cap. Opening gives a satisfying *pop* return, but not as loud as your average sparkling wine. Served in champagne style glass.

Pours dark pink, with a very healthy light pink froth. The head stands longer than many beers (excepting a stout) before it settles to a thin lace covering the entire surface. When consumed, the lace sticks to the side of a glass. Looks like a very rich and slightly cloudy wine really.

Smell is weakly or faintly raspberry. It is not overpowering, but given the lush appearance I expected a stronger aroma. You can smell some aroma hops, not too strong and it blends right in with the fruit.

Taste sweet at first, then lots of carbonation (but the suds are not painful/sharp overdone). This is followed by some mouth puckering tang that stays long after you swallow. Nice.

Mouthfeel is thick, almost creamy. The carbonation level is just perfect.

A sipper, but you may find yourself drinking it faster as it breathes and lets out some of the gas. Some might find it too sweet for a session, but I find this runs out too quickly, and I'm wanting more to the degree that I am considering brewing a clone.

Probably my dozenth purchase... I know I should be comparing this against other framboise, but I find I can't resist this brew -- and it relatively easier to locate and purchase. Excellent with holiday meals and desert. A dangerous gateway brew which could win over folks accustomed to wine or who don't normally drink specialty beers.

Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking 750ml foil topped bottle. Poured at 45F into a large snifter.

Good appearance, rich red color with a thick pinkish head. The aroma is of tart raspberries and well balanced sweetness. The has lots of sweet raspberries with a hint of tartness. It has a very crisp and fesh mouthfeel with a light body. Although, this lacks th ecomplexity of some finer lambics, it is still a and drinkable beer.

Photo of berserker256
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to even consider this a beer but it's absolutely delicious. Dark red like a merlot with a thick rose colored head. Smells like my grandmother's rasberry jam. Tastes like rasberry jam too. That's all that needs to be said. Nice carbonation and very sweeet. Very easy to drink but due to the sweetness you couldn't drink too many.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : robe rouge
Smell : deploie des parfums herbacés, boisés, typiques des framboises fraiches.
Taste and mouthfeel : Très bon goût de framboise. En bouche, elle est florale, puis devient très sucrée. Une acidité propre au lambic, emerge en finale, conférant à cette bière un equilibre surprenant.
Drinkability : bonne kriek.

Photo of dacrza1
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Returning to one of the first beers to make me realize my destiny of beer-tasting the world, way back at Clancy's (Bloomsburg, PA) in my college days...thick crimson red body with a full inch off-white creamy head in its official Lindemans flute....will it be redundant--or obvious--to note the raspberry? a light yeast strain as well...refreshingly delicious...creamy, fizzy, lively palate balances with a soft presence perfectly...a tart raspberry to start... acidic, slightly burning end...as enjoyable and candylike a beer I've experienced...the fiz and burn could be a slight turn-off, but tart and appropriate to its promise...perfect as a stand-alone...

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very nice, a dark purple with a thick pinkish head. Looks almost like a red wine, aside from the apparently high carbonation.

S: Smells of raspberries with some mild tartness. There is some sort of wine-like quality to the scent.

T: Very sweet raspberry flavor to start, but it finishes of tart and sour. A pretty good balance in my opinion, not oversweet. It has an aged quality to it that I can't really explain.

MF: Light and bubbly. I agree with the previous poster that it feels similar to hard cider. Leaves a syrupy film.

O: Even though I was mentally prepared for this to not really taste like beer, it still threw me off a bit. After the initial shock, though, this is pretty tasty. If you were ever looking for a dessert beer, this would be it.

Photo of BBM
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a beet red color with a thin pink rose head. Looked much more like juice than beer. The aroma was syrupy sweet, with a hint of tartness. I'm not gonna lie, it smelt like a cherry Tootsie-pop.

I'm not gonna lie, it also tasted like a cherry Tootsie-pop, but with a touch of tartness and some very subtle mustiness. Sticky sweet raspberry and cherry flavor, but not overbearing, this drink went down incredibly smooth. It's unlike any beer I've ever tried, and I have to say, it tastes so good you have to remember that it's a beer best sipped and savored (especially for the price). Mouthfeel is sparkling cider like, and is noticeably carbonated.

This beer can become a bit much if you drank a lot of it, plus the cost is prohibitive, which is why drinkability is low. But there is a lot to like here, if you can get past the fact it tastes nothing like beer. It would also pair wonderfully with chocolate.

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

I would say this is less of a beer than a fruit juice with kick, but it's really good. It has a wonderful deep purple/red color and a great raspberry scent. It's very thick and, while it goes down smooth, it would be hard to drink very much at a time. It has a thick raspberry taste, with little ale taste. While it's hard to mistake for a beer, it's great with dark chocolate or chocolate torte.

Photo of champ103
2.4/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was at a bar and in the mood for some Belgian beer. No Chimay or Duvel, but oddly enough, they had this in a 335 ml bottle. So I gave it a try. The bar tender and everyone around looked at me funny. Anyway, on to the beer.
A: Red/purple and not much head. I don't know how else to describe it.
S: Fruity and very sweet, specifically raspberries.
T: Raspberries and lots of carbonation. Tasted like sparkling wine or raspberry soda. Did not like it at all.
D: The sweetness and carbonation made this very hard to drink.

I hope most lambics are not like this. I did not notice any real redeeming qualities. I don't like overly sweet and highly carbonated beers, so take this with a grain of salt. I really don't mean to be so harsh in my review, but I was disappointed.

Photo of Floydster
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

10 ounce goblet from the Yard House in Rancho Cucamonga at Victoria Gardens

Pour was a deep reddish purple with a tiny little head that disappeared simultaneously, looks like a more complex sparkling wine, like Wild Vines or something

Smell was purely raspberries and lots of them, smell was as sweet as fruity syrup

Taste was nothing like beer, real berry taste stood out with an aftertaste like cough syrup or something, not bad for a lambic, but missing a little something, maybe too sweet for me and too much sourness in the finish

Could only drink a couple of these, but I have seen many people down 750 ml bottles with no problem, so it just depends on how much you like this

Worth checking out on tap if you are lucky enough to find it

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