St. Louis Premium Framboise - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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2.93/5 rDev -20.6%
On Tap at Maduro in Madison for three bucks. Served in the propper brewery glassware.
This beer comes with some major strings attached. For starters, if you order this at a bar, someone is going to insinuate that you are either: A. gay, B. a woman, or C. both. Secondly, if there are any women with you, theyll probably drink it up before you have a chance to even taste more than a sip. Thats what happened to me tonight anyways.
Now the appearance is great. Its a glowing bright magenta with a great frothy pink head. The aromas are huge and very fruity. Theyre mostly raspberry with a little strawberry. The taste too is all fruit. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing. ITs very sweet but not sickeningly sweet making drinkability pretty good. I would think that a lady could drink this one all night.
Heres the problem. There is almost no tartness nor sourness. In fact there really isnt anything lambic about this beer.
Other than that though, this is pretty tasty stuff.
03-29-2006 04:56:15 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
During the pour, this raspberry lambic style has a fantastic bouquet of raspberries and frothy pink head. The first taste was typical of the sweet but tart fruit flavor of the style with a significant "pucker factor". The high carbonation and low alcohol content of this beverage makes it easy to drink. The finish is a bit long and sweet.
I'm a fan of Lambic styles since introduced to them many years ago. While this St. Louis product is big on flavor, there is a fair amount of lingering sweetness, almost cloying, that isn't present in other high quality lambics. Perhaps the higher sugar increases the quality of mouth feel where the low 2.8% alcohol level falls short.
A glass of this brand would be enjoyable and it would be fine for a casual drink. But if I'm looking for something a little tighter on the tongue, I think I'll look somewhere else.
01-29-2008 02:18:24 | More by SIRIUS2
3/5 rDev -18.7%
This rasberry brewed lambic poured a dark ruby color , with a puffy pink head. Smell is very strong and sweet rasberry odor , some hints of strawberry in there to. Taste is also mainly rasberry and sweet strawberry , moves from sweet to mouth puckering tartness. Mouthfeel is fairly light with a lingering red sweetness. A drinkable fruity lambic , just a little on the tart side. I wouldn't want to drink more than one.
03-23-2006 04:42:19 | More by Byeast
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
On-tap at the City bar on State St here in Madison. Kind of surprised to see a premium lambic at a college bar downtown, but I guess the girls need to drink something.
Pours a clear magenta with a film of white bubbles in a tall thin glass. Smell is tart, tangy raspberry juice, some grain maybe. Taste, again with the tart raspberry juice and some sour, tangy yeast. Syrupy, bubbly mouthfeel. All a little artificial tasting. Very similar to our local Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss, which is tough to finish without thinning it down with some Honey Weiss. Tasty enough I suppose. Not something I'd care to drink too often, but was fine to try. I'm sure girls would love it. A malternative crossover perhaps.
10-12-2005 05:36:38 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.95/5 rDev +7%
A - Pours maroon with bubbly carboantion and an active head.
S - Semlls of fresh raspberries. Very sugary sweet.
T - Intense sweet and tart flavor of raspberries. Drinks like a dessert wine.
M - Light, sweet, and the sugary vibe makes it a novelty as a dessert cordial, or a cocktail beer.
O - My wife loves this, and while it is too sweet to have more than occasionally, I do find it enjoyable.
09-08-2011 02:07:32 | More by socon67
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
10.24.09 Lost Review (Last One!)
Out of a 750ml corked, caged, and foiled bottle. Pours a dirty, earthy purple color with some honey highlights, very small whitish head that settled into a very light ring. The aroma is of sweetened raspberry puree and red grape juice; sweet with a sour punch. Big sweet raspberry flavor but not over the top, red grape juice, a bit of an earthy dirt character to it. It has a nice natural raspberry sour aspect that keeps the brew in check. Light to moderate feel with an almost champagne like carbonation. Sweet but not cloying. There is enough of a sour punch to keep in line. While tasty and fairly balanced, one glass is enough. Sweet but not ridiculously sweet. Far from a sour bomb.
11-25-2009 03:37:20 | More by Gmann
2.53/5 rDev -31.4%
Looks like a duplicate entry, both labels say "premium framboise" on them. Review added here for context purposes.
Bang! Cork goes flying. Into a Duvel tulip it pours a high clarity scarlet red with a ring of pink foam. A weak skim tries to hold together across the surface but can't. A little bit of clingy lace at it's edges looks nice though.
Pure raspberry aroma, likely from the fruit juice/syrup. Nothing vaguely lambic about it, one dimensional sweet raspberry.
Flavor is more of the same, sweet raspberry candy. There is minimal tartness in this, don't fool yourself into thinking this is traditional lambic at all, it's no different than a wine cooler. Aftertaste of raspberry juice. Slightly less sweetened than Lindemans, but basically the same thing.
Feels like carbonated raspberry juice, and drinks about the same. Not worth the money...mix with vodka I guess? Not recommended.
05-17-2010 17:41:16 | More by emerge077
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
Bottle: Poured a reddish color beer with a nice medium size light pink head with average retention. Aroma of raspberry is clearly dominating with a nice mix between real raspberry and some syrup. Taste is also quite dominated by the raspberry with some very subtle sourness. This really reminded me of the Lindemans Framboise with a bit less tart and sourness.
01-03-2006 17:15:11 | More by Phyl21ca
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
Far better than the Premium Cherry Kriek - keeping mind that I was never a fan of cherries to begin with.
A deep and vibrant marone-red fills the glass, with a strawberry coloured head that dissipates quickly but laces nicely.
The first sip is tart enough to make you pucker, less so than the Premium Cherry Kriek however. A strong, sweet raspberry flavour comes through like a freight train amidst the syrupy liquid.
Again the mouthfeel is generally fine with appropriate carbonation, and once again the aftertaste is dry and pleasant, with a light and sugary finish.
It's still not something I'd buy again, but I'm sure it'd be awfully popular with some of the ladies, and something you should all try.
06-13-2007 10:12:54 | More by rec
4.36/5 rDev +18.2%
A: Reddish pink body with a slight amber tinge at the edge near the head, pinkish white head, medium low fine bubbled carbonation, slight cloudiness from some angles.
S: Raspberries, sour lambic fermentation- almost musty scent, slightly sweet raspberry candy.
T: Sweet and tart sour raspberry scent, very little lambic musty taste, a little malt in the aftertaste. Sweet and sour, very reminiscent of raspberry salad vinaigrette.
M: Medium syrupy body, medium low carbonation.
O: Very nice lambic, as many fruit lambics its fruity but tart and flavourful. Would go well with cheesecake.
10-24-2013 14:35:50 | More by patre_tim
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
Date: 7 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 750ml bottle, corked and caged
Poured aggressively from the fridge, 1-finger head, reduces to thin bubbly head, rather runny lacing, color is super deep crimson magenta, pale beige head. Aroma is quite light, of very tart raspberries, and maybe a touch of currants? Taste is very tart, like sugar-covered raspberries eaten right out of the bowl. Lots of funky yeasts and bacteria make for a delightful table lambic. Table lambic? Did I just make that up? You know what I meant.
01-08-2011 03:37:13 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured this one for my wife...but now I am drinking it. Hope she doesn't mind.
Pours out a color somewhere between cranberry juice and raspberry puree. Pinkish head that leaves good lacing.
Nice smelling lambic. Not too sweet and not too sour. Raspberry and light yeast. Slightly acid.
Flavor is a bit more sour, though. Tart raspberry with some funk. These fruit beers aren't really my thing, but this isn't bad.
Smooth, medium body with good carbonation. Puckers me a little, but all in all it's an enjoyable Framboise.
02-13-2007 22:46:06 | More by Imstillthegman
2.5/5 rDev -32.2%
A: Pours an almost blood red color. A two finger pink head forms and leaves some patchy lace as it gently recedes.
S: Raspberries come wafting out of the bottle as soon as I crack the cap. Very sweet and sugary, almost cake like.
T: A huge cloying sweetness of raspberries and fruit cake. An ever so light grainy flavor as the taste lingers.
M/D: Over carbonated and seltzer like. At the same time very syrupy. The cloying sweetness and high carbonation makes this hard for me to drink.
I thought I would give the Lambic-Fruit style another shot. I am not one to just say a style sucks, but I have not enjoyed any of these kind of Lambics. Something to try if you like sweet wine coolers, or maybe some champagne.
10-19-2008 19:45:48 | More by champ103
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
12.7 oz. bottle- color of murky cranberry orange , and a soft rose delicate head - nose of sweet raspberry , sour , tart , and yeast taste of sweet raspberry , sour strawberries , and yeast- body sweet / sour , and soft bubbles aftertaste of sweet raspberry , and sour strawberries
01-19-2007 06:46:07 | More by stephendr
3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
250ml bottle poured into a Blanche De Bruxelles glass with details about freshness date on back label.
The pour produce ruby magenta color with velvety and thick pink beige head with good retention. Plenty of lacing patches and flecks were left and seem to stick forevermore.
The smell is mainly from raspberry also with plum and raisin, vague herbal-like spice.
Sourness and citric zest from raspberry and other fruits take a lead then expose sweetness and slight tart finish.
The body is rich, chewy, mild carbonated, rather dry finish.
My first Lambic could say that it did not disappointed, easy and enjoyable drink.
04-01-2011 20:18:18 | More by Everydayoff
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an intensely tart raspberry scent that refreshes and entices. The taste is good. It has a super tart flavor that goes down like liquid candy. It starts off a little sweet and finishes with sour raspberries; awesome! The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn tastey beer. I love the raspberry lambics. It's full of flavor and aroma; a good drinker.
03-14-2006 23:12:29 | More by WesWes
2.25/5 rDev -39%
Presentation: 12.7 fluid ounce green glass bottle which has a dimpled base. Thin but hard clinging light pink foil tightly wraps the neck and covers the large crown cap. Main label has the words Premium Framboise above a pair of mouthwatering Raspberries. Recommended to be served at 5°C (thats 41°F). Allegedly this stuff is the regular St. Louis Framboise (4.5%) but with more Raspberry juice/extract. Best Before 10-2006. No strength listed but research tells me that this is a massive 2.8% ABV...dont think I will get drunk on this one!!!
Appearance: Gorgeous deep red body is pummeled on the pour by a highly excited flamingo pink that runs deep down into the body of the brew and quickly rises to form a thick luscious shrimp pink head. Lots of clotted lacing that hangs around for the entire drink. Looks inviting, but it is no surprise that this is the bets part of the St. Louis Framboise for me.
Nose: Rich in raspberries, but tilted heavily towards the sweet side of things, no tartness at all.
Taste: When heavily chilled, the sugary sweetness is depressed, but the sweet sucrose laden raspberries soon rise high and fill the mouth, it is not long before you are assaulted by sweet raspberries. Even as the Framboise warms in the mouth, the increase in viscosity can be detected and it is not long before it is too much to handle. Thick, sugary and heavy with raspberry syrup when warm.
Mouthfeel: As with the earlier Peche, this is soon becomes extremely cloying. Thick sugary raspberries are nicely received with the first chilled mouthful, but soon the sugars back up and pile on the forced raspberry fruit. Sugary sweet.
Drinkability: Like a glass of Orange Juice for breakfast, serve well-chilled this is a nice thirst quenching and tasty fruit drink in small doses. There are not that many great Framboise-lambics in existence for my money, perhaps Drie Fonteinen make the most authentic, but this one is just way too sweet & sickly, and sits firmly at the other end of the spectrum.
Overall: Dont let it warm up, serve this one chilled as much as possible and it is passable!! I had to satisfy my curiosity and see what this one was like ..why do I hear the voices saying told you so in my head!?
10-09-2005 22:05:20 | More by TheLongBeachBum
St. Louis Premium Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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