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St. Louis Premium Framboise - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 84
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 20.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  2.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-08-2005

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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, they’ll probably drink it up before you have a chance to even taste more than a sip. That’s what happened to me tonight anyways.

Now the appearance is great. It’s a glowing bright magenta with a great frothy pink head. The aromas are huge and very fruity. They’re mostly raspberry with a little strawberry. The taste too is all fruit. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing. IT’s very sweet but not sickeningly sweet making drinkability pretty good. I would think that a lady could drink this one all night.

Here’s the problem. There is almost no tartness nor sourness. In fact there really isn’t anything lambic about this beer.

Other than that though, this is pretty tasty stuff.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Byeast
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of goast8127
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

250ml bottle - more 'diet' beer from this Belgian brewery, it would seem.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and yet somewhat fizzy pink head, which leaves some menacing storm cloud lace around the glass as things gently subside.

It smells of semi-sweet, and equally tart raspberry puree, grainy caramel malt, a bit of wan yeast, some faint artificial sweetener, and a tame, hard to discern bitterness. The taste is sweet raspberry, cherry, and blackberry fruitiness, bready caramel malt, a waning yeastiness, free-range sugars of various denominations, and still very subtle earthy, weedy hop bitters.

The bubbles are adequate in their faintly fizzy and frothy goings-on, the body a sturdy middleweight, and buoyed by fruit and extract sugar alike in its agreeable smoothness. It finishes sweet, sure, but moderated just enough by the titular fruit and its garden bush friends to make me consider a full go of this one.

Overall, not a bad fruit and sugar (hah) forward lambic (wait, what? oh, now I see), the raspberry flavouring doing well to hold onto the reins, as such. A pleasant enough dessert-friendly offering, I would posit, especially if any vanilla-flecked ice cream were to be discovered in the vicinity.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Kieran84
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of emerge077
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidDegenerate
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of matjack85
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of rec
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of MenardMa
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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St. Louis Premium Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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