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

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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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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 Suds
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark plum color with a pinkish-purple head. The aroma is of tart raspberries, and the taste is similar. Effervescent, moderately sweet, but also with a touch of acidity and funk. This is a sweetish, softdrink-like lambic, but is interesting and fun.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours red with a healthy pink head of foam.

Smell is of sweet and sour raspberries with a hint of Brett.

Sweet raspberries dominate though I do get some tart notes and again, a hint of Brett. The 2.8% abv doesn't get in the way at all. Lol.

A very good fruit beer; not so good a Lambic.

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Photo of tomordonez
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours into a nice dark red color with medium head and high carbonation. Smells fruity with some wood. Definitely raspberries. Tastes better than a Lindemans framboise. Fruity but upscale. It stays away from the typical sangria-like flavor to a more thoughtful lambic

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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 ummswimmin
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up while on vacation in Florida. My wife and I shared this bottle on the patio in a nice warm evening. I hope that doesn't make me over-rate the beer.

I poured this into stemless wine glasses. This beer was ruby red with about a finger of really light/airy foam. You can see a lot of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

I smell a ton of fresh raspberries. It was nice to pull this smell in multiple times over.

This was a very enjoyable framboise. I recommend this as a dessert to cap off a very nice meal.

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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 jahmutro
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle $45 pessos in Superama, Mexico city, Polanco

poured into 300ml glass with nice foam on top

Color: very nice red raspberries

Smell: really fruity and bit sweet

Taste: nice sour long lasting, with nice raspberries feel, not too sweet, medium carbonation

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 drpimento
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Creates a bit of a quandry tho - I like the beer both as a tart beer and yet, I also like the sweet tart beers. What to do. Anyway, this stands fine on its own. Pours with a nice light purple foamy frothy head and lots of lace. Color is an almost opaque purple. Aroma is currants, spice and yeastoids. Flavor is like aroma, tart and almost no sweetness. Finish is like flavor. Drinkable. Not a lot tho.

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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 jjanega08
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

First this beer was aweful to get the foil off of. Foil fell in my beer. :(
A= pours a hazy reds color with a small head that falls fast and leaves some spotty lacing.
S= this one smells like the berries were picked a little to early but they are definitilly there.
T=like a serious raseberry fruit juice. Almost too sweet and sugary. Not too impressive. Fruit juice.
M= like fruit juice that's over sugared. Like koolaid that you made real sugary when you were a kid.
D= not too great. Lots of sugar and belly rot.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They don't put "Premium" on something unless it's totally awesome, right?

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby-hued body with a thin, fine ring of off-white bubbles.

Smell: Raspberries, raspberries everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

Taste: Juicy, faintly tart raspberries swarm the palate with a fair amount of sweetness (could be considered downright dry when compared with anything off the Lindemans line-up). There's just a little bit of acidity and just a little bit of sourness in the otherwise sweet finish. Hmm, well I guess that's it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: In Lambic World, it's somewhere between the grace and finesse of Cantillon and the liquefied lollipops of Lindemans, and, though not overly complex or a world-class fruit lambic, it was still reasonably enjoyable for the one lone bottle.

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Photo of illidurit
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cantillon tumbler. Pours the color of raspberry preserves with a pink-ecru head. Some wet spotty lacing. Aroma is raspberry sorbet with enough sharpness to wake up the salivary glands. Raspberry pancake syrup flavor, sweet orange, and a little bit of that tannic raspberry seed tartness. Not dissimilar to NG Raspberry Tart but that isn't a lambic. I prefer less bordering-on-artificial sweetness and more complexity from a wild beer. Sticky mouthfeel, very effervescent. File this one somewhere between Lindemanns and Boon, probably closer to the former. Easy to drink, works well as a dessert beer or a beer to pair with chocolate.

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Photo of Brad007
4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark red color with a reddish one-finger head into my chalice.

Aroma is very strong and full of tart raspberry. Definitely gets high marks for being so pungent.

Taste is full of tart raspberry that seems just a tiny bit cloying upfront. Carbonation is just a bit high but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel lingers with tart raspberry standing out the most. Carbonation fades at the back of the throat and it seems smoother. Very nice.

I like this beer. It leans more to the sweet side but is not as sweet as Lindemans or sour like Boon. It's in the middle and a good introduction to lambics. Great dessert beer and aging it may help it smooth out some more. You can't go wrong with it.

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Photo of champ103
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red with a slight pink head. Syrupy raspberry nose. Flavor is like a raspberry spritzer. Very effervescent and refreshing...and surprisingly easy to drink. Fairly high amount of carbonation. Bit of a thick syrupy feel. Like I said: real easy to drink. Nowhere near a traditional lambic, but still pretty nice actually.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It poured a murky burgundy color. It had a two finger pinkish head that quickly turned into a lacing.

It smelled very sweet with a berry sugary tone.

It was very sweet with berry flavors. It had a punchy zing. It was smooth, refreshing and velvety.

It was very drinkable. It went down quick.

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Photo of joepais
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked bottle poured into a Flute, Produced a nice pink frothy head that didn't last to long but looked cool. The body was a nice clear raspberry red color.

The aromas are a great fresh raspberry fruit with a light sourness.

Flavors are where this excels just enough raspberry sweetness to keep it drinkable and enough funky sour to keep it interesting. Light and crisp mouthfeel with great carbonation

A great desert brew, my wife and I really enjoyed it. I will grab the last bottle I saw at the store I will say that you must split the bottle I could see this getting a little overwhelming after a couple of glasses

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml green bottle from The Lighthouse. Pours a murky maroon body with a half inch of light pink head. Smells strongly like raspberry with some malt. Tastes strongly of raspberry - equally sweet and sour - with strong malt undertones. Farily sour and somewhat dry on the finish. Medium bodied with vigorous carbonation. Sweet and juicy, but just complex and sour enough to avoid the whole alco-pop or juicy-juice flavor. Not bad.

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Photo of oelergud
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy green 12.7oz grass bottle, dimpled bottom and pry-off cap. Pink neck foil and a black and pink label showing raspberries.
Deep almost completely opaque burgandy body. Pinkish tan creamy head broken by large bubbles. Great retention and lace.
Raspberry sweet scent with a tart edge.
Good raspberry flavor with a moderate tartness. The aftertaste reveals the hops reluctantly along with abit of almond.
Medium body with some coating and a tart dry finish.
Good drinkability. A tart thirstquencher that wont knock you down.


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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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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.64/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle Date 08/2007, Cork Date 08/2005, Sampled September 2007
I can only assume that is a best by bottle date as I purchased this a couple months ago. Very hazy, with an opaque, unhealthy brownish tinge to a somewhat reddish colored beer. Topped by a frothy, initially one-finger thick, dirty tan colored head. The beer is intensely aromatic with notes of thick, syrupy raspberries just jumping out as soon as I pop the cork. No matter how I dig, I can't get anything else out of the aroma except for raspberries; hints of tannin, a touch of sourness, but mostly just fleshy, sweet raspberry pulp.

Thickish feeling up front, it starts to get intensely sweet, but then some sourness kicks in to mitigate this a bit. This is really candy sweet, the sticky sweetness is just too much, I feel like I should be using this as a syrup (though it is not nearly that thick). Raspberry flavors, while not as dominant as the sweetness, play a huge role here in the flavor; between the two there is not much else that can be tasted. The finish has a touch of funkiness to it; slightly woody, perhaps a hint of musty mushroom and a very light acidity. I wasn't expecting this to be good, but for some reason I was not expecting something so much like raspberry syrup. I could see adding a touch of this to an authentic Berliner Weisse, it is just that concentrated. I certainly can't / won't be drinking much of this.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors

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