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

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86
very good

301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-26-2005

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Ratings: 301 | Reviews: 118
Reviews by Frosty80:
Photo of Frosty80
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a light, fleshy pink. sits clear, deep ruby with light pink, one-finger head

Smell: initial strong presence of tart raspberries that is cut down quite a bit as a moderate funky character creeps its way in

Taste: pure raspberry explosion with a medium-high tartness that is mellowed out a bit with the moderate funkiness. finish is semi-sweet with light, tart raspberries and a very light graininess

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with high-medium carbonation

Notes: not as tart and defintely funkier than Lindemans. seemingly a little more balanced and easier to drink due the less puckering quality

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a brownish-red in color with a small head. One thing I love about raspberry lambics is the bright raspberry color but this one is a bit dingy and uninviting.

Smell - The aroma on the other hand is beautiful. There's a deep richness to the raspberry smell like the fruit has been cut open and sprinkled with sugar.

Taste - The flavor is equally deep. This is not like that imitation fruit flavor you get with some efforts at the style. This is rich and elegant with a touch of sourness.

Mouthfeel - This is no lightweight in the mouth and the light sour notes just do make you pucker a bit.

Drinkability - I hate to admit that I chugged a fruit lambic but I just couldn't put this one down.

Update - I haven't had this in over three years to thought I'd get a bottle and compare it to my original review. Thankfully it hasn't changed a bit.

Photo of tectactoe
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Enjoyed this one alongside a jam-packed quesadilla. It pours a deep ruby color with a slightly pink and purple type of tint to it. Opaque for the most part, although some light beams through the very extremities. The head is soft, foamy, and tinted a vibrant shade of pink as well - quick to fade with no lacing left behind.

St. Louis Framboise has an aroma that is jam packed with fruity goodness, right from the start. Raspberries take the center stage - what a shocker, I know. However there seems to be a solid cherry character on the nose, too, which works quite nicely with the raspberry. Soft and mostly sweet, but it never reaches the level of being sour or tart. It's safe to say that the aroma is a bit of a one-trick pony, but it's still quite nice and certainly refreshing. After all, it achieves what it has set out to achieve, right?

Up front, I get hit with a slight touch of tartness almost immediately, something I wasn't expecting based on the lack of "sourness" detected on the nose. However, the tartness subsides quickly and this beer is pretty far from being sour - it's actually rather sweet. Fruits jump out and run rampant from start to finish; a huge berry bonanza. Raspberries, blackberries, and cherries - juicy, ripe, and delicately sweet. There isn't much to balance the sweetness, however the sweetness really isn't high enough to need balance, so it works just fine. Thin bodied for the most part, slick and wet on the palate with medium-high carbonation and a slight snap on the mouth feel.

Pretty nice and refreshing lambic here. Not much "sour" happening, rather lots of sweetness. Huge raspberry flavor gets coupled nicely with a bit of cherry, too. Pretty similar to Lindeman's Framboise, though it's been quite a while since I've had that one, so I don't know if I can say for sure which one is better. Very close, though, and would both go well with this quesadilla.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$7, 7.5oz glass on tap at the Brickskeller in Washington DC.

Well worth the price, as this is not sold where I live. An absolutely delicous lambic. Wonderfully tart & sweet at the same time, but keeps an excellent balance, not tipping one way or the other. Light but not wimpy, absolutely refreshing. I could drink this stuff like it was juice. And I do. Liquid candy.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head and carbonation, reddish/brown in color, cloudy

Smell: lots of raspberries

Taste: sweet raspberries and sugar

Mouthfeel: very sweet--almost syrupy, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: A fantastic lambic..a touch of sourness to meld with the sweetness. I could sip this all day.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
Bottled 100406
A- The deep cranberry body is dens but clear with a pink sherbert head of foam on top that fades to a thin film and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The bright, dark red raspberry fruit dominates with an almost overripe aroma. Not a lot of support to follow.

T- The red raspberry fruit flavor taste a bit like jello with a dry tartness in the finish and a slight sweetness of raspberries lingers.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft tickle of fizz on the tongue.

D- The nice raspberry flavor is not overly sweet and does have a nice fruit flavor. This is definitely not a fruit lambic but it is a nice fruit beer. Just a bit more depth would be nice if I were to drink more than one.

Photo of weasbri
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red with a nice thick pink head in my tulip glass.
Surprise, surprise, lots of raspberry aroma. Does smell a
little like "beer," as my wife would say.
So sweet on the tongue. Slight raspberry tartness but it is like drinking raspberry sorbet after it melts. Whatever beer flavor I might have thought there was is no longer available to my tongue. It is still trying to recover from the sweetness.
A good once in a while beer. I'm still surprised at how sweet it is. Sorbet beer, I tell ya. Might be good for cooking even, I imagine.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap one sunny afternnoon at Kelleher's in downtown Peoria after a long walk down the riverfront. Served in a tulip glass, this deep purple brew had a 1/2 finger head of pink foam that stuck around quite a while.

Smells of fresh tart raspberries. Not very complex, but the smell of raspberries is very acurate...very close to sticking your nose in a bowl of freshly picked raspberries.

Tastes like raspberries buried under a mound of sugar. Has a candied quality to it, like a raspberry lolly-pop. Again, not a lot going on except pure raspberry acid sweetness.

This one is the only framboise lambic I've tried other than Lindeman's which I enjoyed much more. This is ok, but nothin' special. I would reach for Lindemann's over this.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's.

Pours a pink color with a nice fluffy light pink head. Very attractive beer.

Smells like raspberries and sweetness with a little bit of funk thrown in.

The sweetness hits first with a kick of tartness thrown in at the same time. The finish is a bit of pleasant funk.

In the mouth it is sweet and creamy. Carbonation fits well.

Ok, this is just too sweet to drink too much. Not a bad beer and I will order it again, but I'm still unsure I can drink a whole one.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Deep, dark pink with fluffy, lacy, retentive head that is a lighter shade of pink.

S. Crushed raspberries. Pure raspberry goodness. Makes you want to jump in the glass and swim around.

T. Fermented raspberries with a touch of lemony zest. Very sweet like Lindemans Framboise, but has a nice tart compliment to balance all the sweetness. Very nice!

M. Light and zingy in the mouth with high carbonation.

D. I could drink this all day-no questions asked.

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured ruby red with a three finger pink head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberries, strawberries, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and cream. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I really enjoyed this one as a nice palate cleanser as it was not abrasive to the tongue at all and left a rather pleasant aftertaste. The fruit on this one was definitely the start of the show as one would expect from this style. This is a definite must try and could be a good gateway brew for some females who are fans of fruitier mixed drinks.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL capped bottle at 42 degrees into a Boon Kriek glass.

A: It pours a glowing red color with a half-finger of pinkish-cream-colored head that recedes quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S: Fresh-picked raspberries and some horseblankety mustiness.

T: Raspberries galore with some sour notes but nowhere near as much as other fruit lambics.

M: It has a relatively light body and heavy carbonation but the flavors stick around for some time.

D: It is not as sour as I would prefer but it is still good and highly drinkable. Unfortunately, this lambic - and every other one - costs about $6 bucks per 12 oz so I do not drink many.

Photo of aepb1
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ruby red body, big pink bubbly head

S- Raspberry! Not much else to speak of

T- Very raspberry but not sickly sweet, nice tartness mutes and balances the sweet for a well-rounded taste

M- Light and high carb as it should be

D- I like the balance and the no overly sweetness of this brew

Photo of emerge077
2.46/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a duplicate entry, this label is the closest resemblance. This is basically a fruit beer, not lambic in any traditional sense of the word.

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 juice.

Flavor is more of the same, sweet raspberry candy. There is minimal tartness in this, don't fool yourself into thinking this is 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.

Photo of TruePerception
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

St. Louis Framboise Lambic: about 2 fingers of pinkish head, nice lacing;

Appearance: deep amber, hint of purple;

Smell: slight cranberry, good acidity;

Taste/Mouthfeel: strong dry raspberry flavor, sweet aftertaste, bitter raspberry seed throughout, well balanced (dry to bitter to sweet);

Good.

Poured into a pint glass.

Photo of BeerSingh
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked it at the Gourmet Store at Siam Discovery in Bangkok. I was preparing for a romantic evening with my lady on the 58th Floor Club Room of the Lebua State Tower on the Chao Phraya riverfront. A fruit lambic ?? Always works. Split the beer into two small but sturdy pours into the available wine glasses. The liquid was a bursting rosy red crowned with a shouting pink head. Hardly any retention and no lacing at all. This was a little comical as I found the appearance to be very child friendly. The nose was full of raspberry tartness. This didn't smell like a beer at all, except for the yeast aroma that was unmistakably Belgianesque. For me, thats when the love affair and appreciation ended (for the beer) - the taste was too sweet for my liking, like a raspberry candy. Maybe i was not used to lambics, but this tasted artificially sweet. Of course, it was tart as hell, thankfully to give some credibility to the taste. Beer was medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, I wouldn't go out of the way looking out for this one again, though it definitely is a lady pleaser, and maybe suitable for an after dinner sit out.

Photo of vandemonian
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck's St. Louis Framboise is a delicious lambic that is drier and sourer than some others (e.g. Lindermans).

A: Red brown color and a 2 mm head that fades quickly. 3.5

S: The smell is strong and amazing: a wonderful mix of sour lambic yeast products; tart raspberries; and sweetness. 5

T: Rasberry tartness into a slightly sour tang. This is drier than other lambics I've had. I love the long sour aftertaste. 4.5

M: Dry and thin with some carbonation. 4

O: Delicious sour framboise. 4.5

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.25/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Just found this one (and its sibling the Peche) at the local store, my beer heaven in this beer desert. I didn't buy it for me, I bought it for my girlfriend who likes those "girlie beers" like Lindemans Framboise. The upside is that I can taste it and maybe review it while she has something she likes (I hope). So this is distilled from what she said and my own review.

Presentation/appearance: intense fruity red with an off-red/pink head that shows decent carbonation. Odd for a beer, but overall somewhat attractive and typical of these fruit bombs. Fairly clean and decent to look at.

Aroma is sweet and fruit. Artifical fruit. And the flavor follows through, just more intensely. The flavor does add a slight tartness that makes me think of SweetTarts (but not in a good way, like some other beers have). Slight musty end notes (lambic influence?) but very hidden behind the fruit. This level of sweetness actually hurts my jaw- that's the first time I've said that about mouthfeel!

The neasure of quality here is that my girlfriend left about half the bottle behind when she went to bed- she always finishes the Lindemans! And you know what, I'm leaving some behind too.

Not recommended.

Photo of musicforairports
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-brown, less bright and purple than some, with nice head and some lasting lacing.

Smell is of tart berries.

Tastes is also full of berries, a bunch of underlying sweetness but the sourness prevails, in my opinion. Less raspberry-centric than Lindemans, but I can't decide whether it's sweeter or tarter. The tart/sweet flavor sticks around in the mouth long after the beer is gone.

Mouthfeel is thick, I think, for the style, but nothing bad on the palate.

This is a good framboise. It's only the fourth I've tried, but I'm curious to try more of these and other (non-fruit-oriented) lambics.

Photo of peabody
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sugar sweet refreshing quaffable dirty amber drink with some white suds.
Smell is bright berry and malt sugars. Christmas candy in the shape of raspberries. This is so good. The specks show up in every pour. No need to worry, they go down easy!
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but than means you want more!
Thank god I can get this here in my hellhole of Ky.
Just a great lambic.

Photo of thekanna
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC. The following review is compiled from the notes taken there:

A: Gorgeous radiant red/magenta with almost no head save for a pink layer that forms along the upper surface.

S: Great scent of fresh raspberries and other berries, and an overall sweetness.

T: Fermented, yet tart raspberries which have a slightly bitter hop note at the finish and citrus body. This tastes somewhat like carbonated raspberry soda or wine coolers.

M: Somewhat thin for the style.

D: Great as a session brew. Extremely drinkable, even to non-beer drinkers.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Mostly garnet red with a slight maroon tint. Forms small foamy pinkish head that slowly resolves to a blanket layer of foam on surface.

S = Raspberries and sourdough starter.

T = Raspberries, sweet-tart flavors like a hard candy. Decent, but a little too understated. Not nearly sour enough but not overly sweet for all that. Real problem is that it is just too understated.

M = Carbonation has a bit too much f a bite for me, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is a drinkable beer. It does not get cloying and is refreshing.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear garnet in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high pink head that died down rather quickly and left large specks of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of raspberries in the nose.
T: The taste is filled with flavors of tart raspberries and also has some hints of sweetness. The tartness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable and drinkable fruit lambic that doesn't have artificial flavors and has much more tartness compared to sweetness. It almost feels like you're having a very strong raspberry sorbet.

Photo of TaySuth
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: One finger head of white bubble recedes down to a ring with some lacing. Dark red/medium purple in color.

Smell: Very nice and inviting. Raspberries dominate the aroma with a hint of hops.

Taste: Excellent flavor. Great tartness with raspberries and a nice, yet minimal amount of grain and hops.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated with a great body.

Overall: I really enjoyed this lambic. I will definitely be purchasing this one again.

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a deep purple with a finger of dense pink head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of raspberries. lots of sweetness with a little bit of tartness
T: taste is tart and acidic with a good blast of raspberry flavor, slight oak and vanilla but mostly tart raspberries. Swallow is raspberries, lingering tartness and the slightest amount of funk
M: this beer is on the lighter side of things with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: This beer is pretty good. It isn't as good as some but it has plenty of fruit flavors, tartness and a decent amount of complexity. I think I might pick up another bottle to see how it changes after a year.

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St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.