St. Louis Framboise - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Reviews by mrfrancis:
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a ruby red with a puffy, lingering pink head. Unlike some others, I actually like the appearance of some of these commercial lambics.
S: Very sweet and confected on the nose with aromas of heavy cream, cake frosting, candy sugar, and red raspberry leading the way. I was hoping for a little more depth, or some authentic lambic character at the very least...
T: Notes of red raspberries, cream, vanilla, candy sugar, cake frosting, and tart cherries flit across the palate. The finish starts off sweet with sugar and raspberry flavors before a quick punch of acidic cherry and wild yeast asserts itself.
M: Light bodied, dry, firm, and spritzy. Very drinkable.
O: Of the St. Louis beers, this is by far the best one I've tried. Unlike many commercial framboise lambics, this one is not cloying.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2011 19:04:55 | More by mrfrancis
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3.34/5 rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Fruit, syrups and balancing acidity set the tone for a taste that's almost un-beerlike. As the complement of raspberry engulfs the ale, its clear intent is to appeal to the sweet tooth, dessert ale seeker, and those only recently learning the Belgian ropes.
Its nearly cartoonish pour releases a deep mauve saturation that's clearly indicative of immense raspberry additions within. The strong scent and early taste of raspberry puree is nearly overwhelming- commanding all that tastebuds and olfactory sense receive.
But after the palate acclimates to the sheer sweetness, other balancing nuances begin to surface. Light apple cider and sparkling white wine give a pleasant acidity to accompany that already established by the berries. Natural fruit and spice character emit with currant, red grape, white pepper and faint herbal bitterness- presumably from its light hop additions.
But its steadfastness in the simple syrup realm limits any turn to dryness as the ale slowly fades in its sweetness and candied body, causing the ale to seem like soft drinks and wine cooler despite those delicate acidities and alcohols. Tangy and moderately tart, all this seems fruit-derived instead of the more coveted ale beneath.
One thing's for sure- it sells its raspberry character well!
Serving type: on-tap
07-02-2014 18:10:02 | More by BEERchitect
St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.