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Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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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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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 Newsman
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz. bottle for $4.99 at the local joint. I pick up a bottle once every month or two -- it's the only beer my wife will drink, so I figure it's the one chance I have to share my hobby with her!

Pours a deep red, nice light pink head, good retention, nice lace. Smells FANTASTIC...like pure essense of raspberry, with the carbonation giving it a champagne-like tickle on the nose.

Taste is powerfully sweet, almost as if you made a mimosa with raspberry juice instead of orange juice. Very little hint of beer in there whatsoever, but the fruit taste is very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is very fizzy and carbonated, again more like champagne than beer.

Overall, this is a nice change of pace from the vast majority of beers. Sweet, tart and kinda fun, but after one bottle, I doubt I'd go for two in one sitting.

The Alstrom Bros. review noted it would be a good brunch beer, and I concur. Or dessert, perhaps. It would be superb with dark chocolate or an unadorned cheesecake.

Photo of dogger6253
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a deep, rich purple color with a large, pink head atop the body. Lots of bubbles and an adequate amount of lace left behind, but not enough IMO.

Smell is very exciting, fresh raspberries and cherries take the foreground, and pretty much dominate the aroma. I could smell this the moment I popped the cork. Very fruity, and very tart with a touch of rose buried inside. There's a slight spiciness coming from something I can't figure out.

Whoa. Taste is incredibly rich with raspberry. The cherries I smelled are definitely there too. This has a great taste, although it's almost so powerful it knocks you back. Wonderfully tart, I was slightly concerned this would be too sweet for me, but most definitely not, very sweet, but the sour cherries keep it well in check. Sort of a champagne aftertaste.

Extremely carbonated and light-bodied. The taste is great and highly refreshing, but I can't see myself drinking more than a glass ever in a sitting.

Photo of jar2574
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time trying a framboise lambic. Comes in a corked bottle.

Appears dark purple, with a decent amount of white bubbly head. Plenty of carbonation.

Smells fantastic. Strong scent of raspberries. Very different from any other beer I've ever had. Mouth waters after I inhale deeply a couple times.

A strong, tart, fruity taste, just like raspberries. Perhaps a little too sweet, but I'm probably being picky. Just perfect as far as tartness, not too much acidity. The sweetness and fruitiness would make you think you're drinking a soda, but the level of carbonation and the smoothness ensures that you remember it's a beer.

Very enjoyable drink for anyone who likes raspberries. If you don't, then you won't like it. I'd love to try it with a chocolate dessert sometimes. I like it more than any dessert wine I've had.

Only one minor complaint. I don't think I'd enjoy more than two at a sitting. It would get too sweet for me after a while.

Photo of angie497
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Framboise was my first taste of a lambic, and it's certainly sold me on the style.

It pours an incredible deep reddish pink with a frothy pink head, and was very bubbly, more like champagne than a beer. The raspberry odor is definitely not shy - people sitting to either side of me were sniffing, trying to find the berries. At the same time, the raspberry smell isn't overly sweet, but has a tartness to it, like fresh berries.

If someone hadn't told me I was drinking a beer, I'm not sure I would have guessed it from the taste. Strongly raspberry, so very sweet and very tart at the same time. It's fairly carbonated, again reminding me of champagne, but with a thicker, richer texture than champagne.

Framboise is rich enough that it's probably not a beer that you would want to have a half dozen of while watching a ballgame, but if you're fond of sweets or fruit flavors, it would be easy to drink several. And it's an excellent dessert choice - after the first few sips, I added a double-chocolate torte that was somewhere close to perfect with it. I'm looking forward to having this one again - and I'm going to find some other varieties!

Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of uberabr
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty brew, pours rasberry red with a pink and purple frothy head. Moderate lacing. Smell is fruity and sweet, tons of syrupy rasberries, some blackberry and apple.

Tastes sweet and syrupy. Rasberries and fresh fruity grape and apple esters No hint of alcohol at all, making it difficult to remember you're not drinking carbonated juice. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly, a champagne of sorts. I will definitely have this one again.

Photo of medic25
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purple-red color with a thin frothy head on it. The aroma draws you in and makes you want to take a sip; fruity, and a little sour. The taste is a tart pleasure; strong raspberry with a very dry finish. The mouthfeel is great; bubbly and dry like a glass of champagne. The fact that my non-drinking fiancee finds this beer drinkable (well, at least a couple of sips...) speaks wonders about it's drinkability.

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

Uniform deep red in color with a think layer of dark pink/purple foam.
Aroma is very strong of raspberry and masks any other smell present.
Strong fruity taste. Sweet and sour with little to no bitterness. Excellent desert for the raspberry lover.
Drinkability is average due to the overpowering taste.

served in 5 1/2 ounce sample glass. Excellent in small amounts but not intended for mass consumption

Photo of shadow1961
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahh- my old nemesis, the raspberry. All the time I was growing
up, mom always had two long rows of raspberrys growing. The
birds and neighborhood children would get a lot of them, but that
just meant that there were mere gallons and gallons of raspberry
jelly made out of the remains. So we always had it on sandwiches.
On toast. On (the phonetic spelling) schmorna- which is sort of a
scrambled pancake type thing, the pancake chunks sweetened
with, yes, you guessed it, raspberry jelly. I never even knew there
were other kinds until I had strawberry jelly at one of the other kids'
houses. So you can understand my reluctance to taste a Framboise.

Off goes the cap, out comes the cork, and that familiar old smell
wafts out of my bottle of Lindeman's Framboise Lambic.

The pour reveals a pink foamy head over a deep red brew. The nose
is that hated smell of raspberry jelly, the tang of yeast in the background.
The carbonation is moderate, and the flavor is raspberry- sweetness up
front, sort of a vinous tannic middle, and a tart sourish finish. The aftertaste-
raspberry- but much subdued. If you like raspberry-this is the brew for you.
I actually think that if Lindeman's Kriek had been as tart as their Framboise,
I would have liked it a lot better. Ahh well. Despite the fact of my aversion
to that most wicked of fruits- the hated raspberry, I can say that this beer
is surprisingly complex, though I am sure that even if you like raspberrys,
this is not a beer for everyday.

Photo of hero27
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

First off, I can't even count the number of people that have fallen in love with this beer after I had them try it. Of course, some of them had explicitly said that they hated all beer beforehand.

Beautiful rich velvet red color. Pink haze of carbonation overtop.
It has an almost puckering, tart raspberry sweetness..
Fruit beers are typically not my thing at all..and bitter is better in most cases for me...but the sweet does not distract at all from how good this lambic truly is. If anything, this is one of the best dessert beers I've ever tasted.
With such a fresh raspberry taste and deliciously smooth character, how could you not love this beer?

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

Capped and corked bottle.
Pours a good looking pink/reddish beer, with a pinkish head.
Smell is obviously heavy on framboise, but is also reminiscent of other fruits, including strawberries and maybe even cherries.
Taste is obviously dominated by framboise/raspberries, but there is also a marked tartness that balances it very well.
Medium-bodied, and of course, meant for dessert, so not exactly a session beer.
Great dessert beer, like most Lindemans'.

Photo of adowney523
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

355 ml green, corked, and capped bottle. Poured into a Belgian-style chalice.

There was a quickly-fading pinkish head. Color was dark red and cloudy.

Smell is mostly of raspberry with grainy notes in the background.

Taste is of all raspberry up front. Esters and sweetness are prevalent. Champagne taste also present.

Very tasty and easy to drink. I will buy this again.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle, corked and capped.

Treated this like champagne in the chill, the glasses used and the pour.

Let me admit straight off that my review is likely to be outside the first standard deviation, because I simply love this stuff. Perhaps my palate is utterly untrained, but I can't help it: I love it.

Gorgeous red-pink-purple beer under a thin pink lid that fades in a little while to a ring. Some minimal lacing. Still, the color is simply divine. I wish my wife had a night-gown this color!

Smell is like sticking your face into a bucket of raspberries. If you like fruit beer, you'll be in heaven with this one. Far more aromatic than the peche or the pomme. There is also a fascinating pair of added aromas: first is a nice tea-rose fragrance, and then an intriguing pipe-tobacco smell. Not tobacco smoke, but rather just the smell of the tobacco itself. Quite pleasant.

The taste follows the aroma to a "T," with the rose and tobacco notes being slightly more pronounced than on the nose. Nice depth of flavor, with the rose taste coming up a bit as the beer warns. This is DEE-freakin'-LICIOUS!!

Mouthfeel is surprisingly round and slurpalicious considering the lack of head and minimal lacing.

At just 4.0%, this is a beer I could drink non-stop if it weren't for the cost: that's the only thing that keeps this from being a 5.0 in drinkability.

Photo of aforbes10
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red kool-aid color with a white head. Huge raspberry odor, not very beer like in any way. Taste is very sweet raspberries like candy. A little bit of the lambiccy beer flavor comes through on the finish with some cherries, but really not very much. Really, if you;re drinking this beer, its because you want to drink a carbonated raspberry drink, not anything that really resembles a beer. still, it does what it sets out to do i guess.

Photo of shivtim
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very "non-beer" kind of beer, but good none-the-less. It's a hazy red color, with a small pink head. Nose is sweet fresh raspberries, and slight yeast. Taste is sweet and tart raspberry, with yeast in the finish. Could use some malt or hop flavor to convince of "Beery-ness." Instead we get pounded with "Berry-ness." Mouthfeel is decent. Drinkability is pretty decent, considering the low ABV and pleasant flavor, but the sweetness hurts it a bit. You couldn't drink too much unless you have a sweet tooth.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If I had drank this in the factory bars I hung out in 30 years ago, I’d have gotten my ass kicked. And trying to convince all the PBR drinking rednecks that it was "beer" would have gotten me killed.

That being said, this is a most interesting drink. It poured to the strangest color for beer I’ve ever had....a bright ruby red color with a pink head that lingered for a while, but left no lacing. Nose was strongly sweet raspberry, and the flavor was exactly the same. Mouthfeel was tingling, and carbonated, like the old style strawberry soda pop.

The thing I liked most about this drink was the finish, which reminded me of a Flemish Sour....sour to begin with, but quickly turning sweet, and this became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

This would not be a session beer by any means, and I will not even drink it very often. But as a once-in-a-while, special occasion novelty beer, this is damn good.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle costing $9.45 at the North Coast Coop in Eureka, CA. Poured a beautiful red color with a pink head that lasted a long time and left wonderful lacing. A feast for the eyes. Big nose of raseberries and a touch of yeast.. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with remarkable smoothness. Flavor is simply amazing with raspberries dominating and a bit of tartness. Nice sweetness and a good finish. An outstanding example of its type.

Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip/goblet. Rich ruby color with nice light-colored head. Lacing remains on class which looks great againt the red liquid. Smell of raspberries is strong. Tastes like fizzy melted sorbet. They must have used a lot of raspberries in this beer.

Has a nice tartness that lingers after the sweetness is gone. I had one a few months ago that had a more mellow flavor and was a smoother sipper.

I wonder how much the wild yeast plays on the taste of this beer from bottle to bottle year to year. Probably will grab one of the at least once a year to find out.

Good choice to share on Valentine's with the hunny.

Drinkability is good, but might be better when paired with dessert - probably one with dark chocolate.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bar Louie...served in the Lindemans flute

A-Deep purple body with a cotton candy pink head that left nice lacing.

S-Fresh raspberries with a little hint of funk. Very "dessertish"! Fruitiness is clearly dominant. They must use a boatload of raspberries to get this kind of aroma.

T-Unlike the sweet aroma, there is a nice sourness that greets you on this. Yes, it is very sweet and a little over-the-top if you do not like fruity beers, but it is very well balanced and nicely produced. It tastes so much like fresh raspberries that you would expect it to have a synthetic taste, but it is quite opposite.

M-Light, refreshing and not overly cloying. Sweetness is dominant up front but left a bit dry at the finish. Nice pairing.

D-For a beer so fruity, the funkiness matches it perfectly and makes for a nice sweet beer. Honestly, there is no way I could drink this more than once-in-a-while, but it is a great example of the style.

Photo of bonk420247
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, while fruity and slightly girly, has a unique and definately uplifting flavor. Would rather this than a glass of any red vino!!! There is a great appreciation for Belgium and its Lambic here in the Cincinnati area, unlike back home in California where they are too stricken on alcohol % over flavor.

Photo of stephendr
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of bright cranberry, and bright pink head - nose of fresh raspberry, raspberry syrup , and slight sour cherries , musty – taste of fresh raspberry , and sour cherries - body sweet / sour ,, and thick to medium syruply – aftertaste of sweet raspberry , and sourness

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy plum hue with a creamy two-finger head pale mauve in color. Very good retention producing thick and stubborn patches of lace. Medicinal phenols and raspberries in the nose, also some light fruity alcohol, but thats about it. The initial taste is very sweet and very tart. Somewhat like pairing a traditional lambic with a raspberry puree; only a very faint pale malt sweetness can be found. Dry aftertaste; possibility of hop flavor but certainly lacking in bitterness and the tart lactic bite is not enough to keep the flavor in balance. I can appreciate what the brewer's were attempting here, but I would still like to detect a beer in there somewhere. High carbonation and medium to full body. This might have been more agreeable if lighter in body, but the thick, unchecked sweetness is distracting even though it dries out quickly. Finishes with a suggestion of hops and fairly dry. The drinkabilty is good if you like your beer devoid of malt and hop character, visciously tart, and dripping with raspberry marmalde sweetness.

Photo of Kudashov
2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first ever review . I am a believer of "read more , post less " but here it goes .

I have no idea where it was purchased for all I know it could be a re-gift .

Poured in a Guinness pint glass

Appearance - Ruby red , looks real nice and inviting . Head foamed up to look like Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff .

Smell - Fruity , tart , not over the top .

Taste - here is where it loses me . I like trying out different types but this is too fruity , too sweet . I'm sweet enough thank you .
Reminds me of Rosa Regale .

Mouthfeel - ok . still am not a fan of the frizzy fruitness .

well there is number one .

My addiction has begun


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

Wow! My first Lambic and boy was it an experience! I was drawn in by the color, a delightfully bright purply color. Although, I do have a bit of a color blindness issue. Intense raspberry on the nose. This brew is completely dominated by raspberry. I was amazed by the simple fact that a beer could taste like this. Overall I thought it was fantastic, but only on rare occasions. No way could I drink this on the regular.

Photo of tempest
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always a good sipping beer if you're in the mood for someting sweet. Looked good with red body and pink head. Smelled delicious like candied raspberries. Taste was also good, but not terribly complex. Lots of raspberry and only a hint of tang or funk. Also a little syrupy, but it would still make for a good dessert.

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