Lindemans Framboise - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 980
Hads: 2,545
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 54
Gots: 275 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-01-2000

2.5-4.0% ABV
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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, capped and corked, served at cellar temperature into a goblet on 12-27-03. Pours a deep ruby red with an ambitious head that eventually falls into ring and island lacing. Nose smells exactly like fresh blackberries(yes, blackberries) just picked from my garden in early summer, along with a definite note of musty old tennis shoes. Mouthfeel is TART, berry-like, and has plenty of fizzy carbonation. Taste is boldly sweet and tart, red raspberries here(contrasting the fresh blackberry nose), with a note of grain and sweet malt that balances nicely. I also taste what seems like wild mushrooms(morels) in the background. I haven't seen this described in other reviews, but I'm guessing it's the wild yeasts. Not an unpleasant note by any means, but it's there. I didn't notice this in the Lindemans Kriek, but the "mushrooms in the background" element simply add to the complexity of this very fine Lambic.
More complex than any other fruit Lambic I've had, very tasty, and a very enjoyable experience. Drinkability, obviously, depends on how many you plan to drink. It's a perfect dessert by itself, or as a companion to desert. (1,146 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't feel to manly drinking this beer. Served in a tall thin glass. Hazy reddish in color with a huge pink head. Very much a girly looking beer. I should be ashamed for enjoying this, but I do. I didn't even touch the glass yet, but I could smell the raspberries from a mile away. Some may call the sweetness excessive, but it gives it the character of a raspberry sorbet. A great drink for after dinner to end the night on. Bottom line is don't go looking for that traditional "funky" lambic character. This is liquid desert, (529 characters)

Photo of HochFliegen
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my 1st Lambic. It was from a bottle and had to be imported to Utah since I cant find any here.
Chilled it and served it. Had a very nice larger pinkish head. The smell was quite powerful very fruity & sweet. The flavor is very very sweet, almost overpoweringly so. It starts smooth and sweet and finished rather sour or tart. (336 characters)

Photo of dedalus
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the barkeep uncorked this one for me, which is good because i remember more than a few nights of wrestling with a wine cork, giving up, going back fifteen minutes later once i gave my hands a rest, and failing again, and so on ad infinitum...

anyway, the pub had a real lindeman's lambic flute, and when poured into it the beer looked really impressive: bold purplish red with a nice head of light red foam.

the smell was alarmingly sweet at first, but then i inhaled again and there was the signature lambic sourness and funkiness in the background. lots of raspberry, flowers, perfume, and damp cloth in the nose here.

the taste was a full-on blast of sweetness, at least at first. when i started worrying that i had wasted my money, the perfume, the sourness, and the underlying lambic "wet-sweater" flavors came through. not as powerfully as they would in, say, a cantillon, mind you, but enough to inject the kind of complexity into the flavor that you come to expect with a lambic. since i was having this beer for dessert, the sweetness wasn't really a problem, but the sweetness alone wouldn't have been nearly as satisfying as it was in combination with the other flavors.

nice, spritzy carbonation in the mouthfeel made this a great beer to have with the thick, palate-dulling chocolate cake i was shovelling.

this is a very drinkable beer, as long as you stick to one or two bottles. after that the sweetness might be just too much to handle. my first lambic was a cantillon rose de gambrinus, so i was prepared for something much paler, sourer, funkier, and drier than what i got with the lindemans. but it was a pleasant surprise, not as complex or challenging as a cantillon, but just as satisfying on a simpler level. not every beer has to be an horizon-broadening experience, and not every night calls for myriad levels of culinary complexity. all in all, a sweet, tasty dessert beer with enough complexity to make it a must-try.


s.d. (1,981 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good drink, yet certainly made in an "international" style. The emphasis is on pleasing the masses with a good dose of sweetness. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you. I just enjoy the drier style my-self, though It took a while to get to this point. Anyway, this thing pours an almost too red to be red, shade of red-very deep and extracted in color, it appears almost not natural. The flavors and aromas cry out raspberry! Yet the cry is a sweet one with just enough tart to make everybody think they are being really adventurous and bold lambic imbibers. Hope this will get people to branch out and try other examples of the style, until then I'll finish mine with a lick of the lips and a big ahhh! (706 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the lambic which all other lambics shall be judged. It smells great and looks very good as well. The only thing that I have against the beer is that it is a tad too sweet. It has a good tartness that balances it out, but if that was taken down a notch this beer would be incredible. It tastes like a carbonated rasberry sorbet. To be honest it is hard to pick out the malt or hops flavor, but that is to be expected in a lambic. This is worthwhile to try. It is a good beer to bring over for dessert at a dinner. (525 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, though dark raspberry red color, light at the foot, with a big helping of pinkish-red fizzy foam atop.
Aroma is a dream, the very match for raspberry sorbet. Lively and luscious, and damned near perfectly delightful.
Taste: ooh! ooh! Tart-{pucker} ooh! Then,...R-E-L-A-X ...It lets go and you luxuriate in it's marvelous flavor and Puckish play on the senses. Sip again, intense pucker again, repeat. Candyish sweetness puts in a word among the sour, reminding the mouth of a Jolly Rancher.
A very complex beverage, with forward fruit, intense flavor, but bearing little of the characteristics we look for in other types of beer. That's lambic for you, and I'm a sucker for them, at the right time, right place.
A most refreshing and satisfying dessert, leaving me to wish I'd picked up some ice cream earlier. Long, delicious, mouth-filling finish.
True ambrosia. (886 characters)

Photo of Elemental
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this for my girlfriend because she doesn't like most beers but I know that she likes this. It pours deep purple red like a wine. There is a lite rim of foam but it tastes fairly carbonated. The only aromas that I can smell are of a deep raspberry. Likewise for the taste. Its all reasberries, which is a nice change but I definately couldn't drink much of this without getting tired of sweetness. Like a carbonated fruit drink. Something different for when you are in the mood for something fruity. (504 characters)

Photo of DagFishHead
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, bright, hazy, raspberry-red-syrup pour. Frothy, pink, milkshake head spreads spiderweb lace on the glass.
Smell: It's a raspberry sweet-tart! Crisp, sugary-sour, yeasty acidity. Faint malt along with underlying earthy/musty tones.
Taste: Big, puckery, tart raspberry blast quickly balanced with an equal sweetness. Finish is crisp and clean.
Mouthfeel: Champagne fizziness, puckery sourness and acidity. Sweetness and malt fullness builds as it warms. More body than initial fizziness would imply.
Drinkability: A solid sipper. Great way for a BA to "toast" a special ocassion. Found myself growing disappointed as the glass got closer and closer to empty. (679 characters)

Photo of DESTRO
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep red with pink lace. the smell is heavenly, big raspberries all over. the taste is juicey and tart, raspberries is about all you can get out of this except for maybe a light grassy flavor. somewhat acidic. champagne like body, light and bubbly. this stuff is great, but after a 12 ounce bottle im ready to move on. the perfect one serving treat. you can poke and prod this beer all you want, but the bottom line is, it is 100% raspberries, dont expect anything else. (478 characters)

Photo of grynder33
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruby red color,had a small but distinct head, very tart fresh picked rasberry aroma, first taste was creamy rasberry,which was very nice, second taste I startrd to get a little sourness, which was ok; then by the middle of the glass; a taste I can only describe as rubber bands came in and stayed and wasn't very agrreeable. Probaly will stick with the kriek (367 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very lovely fruit lambic, the body is bit too thin to be called burgundy in color, but it is close to that. The head is a lovely pink-tinged white and substantial. The nose is very full of the berries and highly aromatic. The raspberry flavor is distinctly less so than the nose, but still that is the primary impression. The lambic acidity blends perfectly with that berry tartness. The feel is thin, acidic, and crisp, bringing a light puckering sensation with it. Much less drinkable than heavier beers due to the dessert nature of this little specialty beer. (564 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fruit beer alert! Fruit beer alert! Actually, no cause for alarm...

Pours deep red with a light pinkish-purple head. Some lacing evident. Smell is overwhelmingly rasperry. Hint of sour yeast smell.

Taste is also overwhelmingly raspberries. Very sweet but balanced with a nice tartness. Medium bodied with no aftertaste unless you count that lingering tartness.

I like the fruit in my lambics a little more understated than this one but it's not bad at all. A good one to share occasionally with my wife after dinner. (525 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now im not one that likes fruit beers but since its a lambic i thought i would give this one a shot as I hadnt had it in a long long time. Sample was from 750 corked and caged bottle poured into a champagne flute.

Poured a nice opulent red with a pinkish tinge. Head rises up like champagne and quickly disapears. Smell is that of raspberries with winey undertones. smells refreshing.

Taste is wonderful. A nice tart raspberry flavour that is natural and not at all over done. A little sweet at first but it drys out on the finish to keep from being cloying.

Mouthfeel is lovely. Its effervecence keeps the flavours from becoming heavy and too sweet. The carbonation seems high, but in a good way.

Drinkability is very good as well. However I have a feeling that if one drank a bit to much of this it would cause one hell of a hangover.

This was wonderful as an aperitif but would also do well with dessert although i think to heavy a dessert could overwhelm the delicate flavours. (999 characters)

Photo of freed
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this for a friend who doesn't like beer. Its very pretty when served in a tulip, and actually quite a bargain when on tap. The aroma is slightly tart and sweet, and so obvoisly raspberry. The color is deep, bloody red with equally maroon bubbles on top. Active carbonation keeps a steady head. Tastes is quite tart the first time, but more pleasant upon second sip. A somewhat selzery body with an amazing rasperry flavor without the offputting hints of artificial additive. A nice pleasant drink that makes for a pre-dinner warmer or equally satisfying desert. Sadly, I have nothing to compare it to. (609 characters)

Photo of vitesse
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in corked, 12 oz. green bottle.

is this beer? maybe this isn't a great lambic but it does taste good to me. barely has any ale characteristics at all. more like a champagne - actually tastes similar to a kir royale (champagne and creme de cassis). very wine-like tartness with loads of sweet raspberry coming through. very drinkable. maybe not a purists lambic, but non-beer-geeks will love this drink. (413 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a Lindeman's flute glass. It pours a deep red, almost purple color with two fingers of head. There is a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is malty raspberry, and that's about it. A mostly sweet, slightly tart smell. The taste starts with sweet raspberries and ends with a sour finish. An awesome full taste. The mouthfeel is very thick and strong. The drinkability is also very good. Super good for my first lambic! (446 characters)

Photo of queenboadicea
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark raspberry-esque color (a little bolder than the real thing!) with an intense bouquet of raspberries on the nose. Insane lacing that clings to the side of the glass every time you take a sip like a fluffy pink net. The taste is both tart and sweet, with heady floral overtones. A very tasty brew, although not as good as some of the belgian lambics I've found in the UK and France. Still very enjoyable though! (422 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raspberry color, small head, very raspberry nose. Very strong raspberry color, somewhat sweet, yet there is some tartness with vineous undertones. Not very beer- like, but there are some beer-like character. Mouthfeel is sharp and full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is tart, with some malt and hop flavor but the raspberry flavor predominates. A good desert beer. Sweetness and tartness are nicely balanced. (406 characters)

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

This was my first lambic, so I can't compare it with others of the style. It poured a dark ruby color, with a foamy, pink head that never completely dissipated. Odor was of tart raspberry, and pretty much nothing else. I enjoyed the taste - it was all raspberry. It was very hard to determine this was, in fact, a beer. It was tart, but not to the point where it was too sour tasting. Basically, it seemed like a tasty raspberry soda. (434 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed this on draft and in the bottle. Pours a beautiful red. Tart but not as tart as the Kriek. If you know anyone who doesn't like beer have them try this - I've gotten 3 non beer drinkers to try and they all loved it. Very strong raspberry flavor - and the flavor is intergral to the beer, not at all an "added" taste. It is the overwhelming flavor - don't expect to taste the hops or grain.
Whenever I'm at a place with Lindeman's I make sure to enjoy one as an aperitif or dessert (ok - both) (505 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.92/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a red raspberry color with a frothy white head that fades to lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer. The aroma is of ripened red raspberries with a sour twist; very enticing. The taste is the same. The raspberry flavor overpowers you. The sour zing only intensifies the positives of this brew. This the best tasting beer I have ever had. It's like drinking candy. The mouthfeel is excellant; just the right amount of carbonation. This is a light bodied beer that is extremely smooth. It drinks very well. If it wasn't so expensive I could easily drink a gallon of it. (584 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz magnum with foil top, cap and cork. Label mentions spontaneous fermentation and aged in oak.
Aroma: A bit of the horse blanket sour is overwhelmed with sweet raspberries. This stuff is fun just to smell for a while. A tall, thin glass to concentrate the aroma is recommended.
Appearance: Clear red with active carbonation. A bubbly head forms but fades into a dedicated ring that will last and coat the glass with lace. It has the look of champagne.
Flavor: The sour lambic yeast adds a kick to the sweet fruit that dominates the taste. Malt? What malt? Hops? Um, I guess so, but heck if I can taste them. This stuff doesn’t really even taste like beer, but it’s very good. It’s a dessert beer, or perhaps a before dinner appetizer. Framboise isn’t a pizza beer. It isn’t going to get any monks through a fast. This is candy. This is a girl beer. There, I said it. So what? Impress girls with it. Heck, treat yourself if you aren’t worried about your masculinity. I’ve had other beers in this style, and Lindeman’s make the others seem weak and watered down. This is the stuff.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly. The sour yeast gives me a jaw tightening that I find enjoyable.
Overall Impression: Want to impress your wife/girlfriend/date? Get a bottle of this and tell her about spontaneous fermentation (they leave it open overnight and naturally occurring yeast starts the fermentation). Want to cap a great meal with a sweet fruity taste? This is the stuff. Drinkability suffers, this stuff is too sweet to drink much of, it’s best shared. A must try. (1,606 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a red foil topped, capped and corked dark green 12oz. bottle. Shared with my wife after dinner in a couple champagne glasses. Had this beer before but not reviewed it.

Beer poured a deep burgundy color with a creamy pink-tinged head. Head was very durable and left a nice patchwork of lace.

Smell was, well, raspberries. Very aromatic. You don't even have to get close. Really couldn't pull out any other aromas due to the dominance of the raspberries.

Taste started off with a sweet raspberries and shifted to a more tart, sour taste at the finish. Again, the overwhelming dominance of the fruit cancelled out virtually all other tastes.

Feel: dry, heavier than expected. A bit syrupy.

Drinkability: hard to resist just slurping it down, especially if you really like raspberries. Great as a dessert beer. (834 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my third Lamic. A very good brew. It poured a nice red color with a small head that faded fast. It smelled wonderful of raspberries, that was basically all you could smell. The taste was all raspberries also. The beer was very bubbly like champagne. Overall a very good beer. Will have this again. And I found it for $5.00 a bottle unlike the Lindemans Kriek I could only find for $11.00.

Justin (407 characters)

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