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

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 311
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 21.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-26-2005

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Photo of Brew33
1.99/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle of this at Jungle Jim's. Was hoping for a classic Lambic but what I got was a sickeningly sweet beverage more soda like than anything.

The appearance is good. Ruby red with a scant head. The aroma is odd. VERY sweet. No funk, no acidity, nothing like a real fruit Lambic. The taste is more of the same. Soda sweetness. Yuck! No tartness, no acidity, just big, sugar sweetness. Artificially sweetened I'm sure. The yeast and bacteria make themselves known briefly. The mouthfeel was fine. The drinkability suffered because it tastes and drinks like high fructose corn syrup.

Avoid. Nothing like the offerings from some of Belgium's better breweries.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Hopcat

Pours a light pink hued head. Color is a dark bright ruby red.

Aroma: Raspberry jam and yeast. Some very faint tart notes here. Smell very artificial.

Taste: Artificial raspberry sweetness. Tastes like candy or raspberry pop-sickle. Not too much of a lambic in my opinion. Just too fake.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and sugary. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and clean with raspberries.

Overall, this is a pretty bad lambic. Not sour or tart. Taste was artificial. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Rich lacings, beige and thick. Clear red color. After a while the dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Smells a bit sweet. Lots of raspberries. Some faint brett in the back. This smell like hard candy Pez.

T: Rich raspberry taste, but sadly way too sweet.

M: Aftertaste is sweet. Body is medium and carbonation low.

O: This is not how I like my Lambics - this is like a beer with raspberry-lemonade.

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Photo of akahn
2.43/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sitting at the bar, I think to myself, "I think I'll try this Belgian lambic, it's not Lindeman's so it's probably pretty sour, but not as sour as that Cantillon I had one time, that was a bit too sour for me." So I order the St. Louis and I get what is almost indistinguishably a raspberry soda. A nice color, sure, smells decent even, but it's just way to sweet, way too fizzy, and just kind of nasty. No balance. If you're looking for a traditional lambic, steer clear. If you're looking for a decent beer, you should probably look elsewhere. If you want a sweet raspberry soda-like beer and want to switch it up from Lindeman's this is the ticket.

At least my mom liked it, so we switched and I drank her EKU Pils.

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Photo of emerge077
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

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Photo of tewaris
2.49/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled May 05, 2010. 12.7 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Framboise pours a deep red-brown color with a light pink head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma of raspberry preserves was noticeable even while pouring, so the strong raspberry sweetness in the aroma is hardly a surprise.

I am drinking this right after their Gueuze and I find it surprising that the base beer is completely dominated by raspberries... well, not technically the base beer but say the beers that started the same at different points in time? All I detect beneath the raspberries is a strange, chalky note.

The taste is way too sweet in an odd way, and that's when the sweetness should come as a pleasant change :/ I think it's sweeter than real raspberries, BUT the acidity is strong too. Anyway, I was curious and some googling yielded:

"This brew is made with fresh raspberry juice which is matured and blended with gueuze-lambic to produce a dry, sweet aperitif."

Yeah, this is way too sweet for the real fruit. I suppose this travesty is done to enhance the popular appeal, but to repeat myself once more, this is just too sweet!

The carbonation is ok but struggles to clean the sweetness off the palate. Eh, I am so disappointed, I don't even bother at this point.

4.5, 3, 2, 3, 2

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.54/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so I am going to preface this by saying that this should be classified as a Flanders Red rather than a lambic, but I will rate it to the style shown here. I will mention that this is a passable attempt at a Flanders Red, so take what I've said and what I'm about to say into account if you are thinking of ordering this.

On tap at Eulogy, into a lambic flute.

Pours a beautiful ruby red, completely clear, with only wisps of head when it arrives. No lacing, and a swirl leaves a syrupy oily film on the glass. Looks like a lot of residual sugar for a lambic...

Aroma is sweet sweet sweet raspberries. No funk or sourness to be found. This was definitely back-sweetened. Same thing with the flavor, as a cloying sweetness overshadows the fresh taste of the raspberries. Syrupy and a bit too thick on the palate, a re-chracterization of this beer would do it good. If you like sweet fruit beers, this is one to try. If you are expecting a funky or sour lambic, stay away, because despite what others here have said, you aren't going to find anything remotely traditional here.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is blood red with pink hues and a dark pink head. The nose is overly sweet and singular, loads of raspberry purée and raspberry syrup. Taste is just that with maybe a touch of tartness. Decent carbonation and syrupy feel. Simple and too sweet, no lambic notes or depth.

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Photo of cproioi
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out a red body with a pink head and visible carbonation like you would expect from a Lambic Framboise. The smell and taste is of sour raspberries, and a crisp carbonated mouth feel. This beer would of been perfectly paired for some dark chocolates.

*Note while this beer was good it had no distinct qualitied that set itself apart from say Lindeman's Lambic Framboise.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Quite the opposite from the Weyerbacher Riserva I tried before this. It pours a dark ruby with a 2 finger head and smells of raspberry candy. Full on raspberry candy. Taste is similar. There is nothing tart about this, and I feel as though I am drinking a raspberry syrup. Sweet and thick from start to finish, this is more like a raspberry punch than beer.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a burgundy color with some frothy pink head. The Lace was also very thick with huge bubbles. There was a bit of sediment to the body.

Smell: Mainly berries with a sour finish.

Taste: The raspberries are dominant and are sweet at first but finish very tart. There is some spice to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: There is allot of carbonation to this medium bodied beer.

Overall: Not bad, a little tarter than most frambroise that I have tried but that is not a totally bad thing. I do think the overpowering carbonation does create an issue with the tast.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
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!

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Photo of slvrmon82
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on a mini brewery tour. Found this at a round the corner store.

A - Pours a very thick dark purple. Lots of haze. Not a lot of carbonation. No head. Literally no head it dissipates as soon as it hits the glass.

S - Lots of raspberries and wild yeast. Very pungent upfront. No doubt what it is.

T - Very nice and fruity. Little sour then fruity and then funky at the end. Excellent taste but lacking the carbonation of a lambic.

M - Bad. Very thick and heavy. No carbonation after first sip. Literally. Little creamy but just no carbonation.

D - About average for me it was too sweet for the sour. I am having trouble finishing this 750ml and it is only 4%.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Louis Framboise ABV: 4.5%

A: The appearance is sort of like a cranberry juice. Leaves a redish head that instantly falls to minmimal to no head.

S: The smell is of wine and raseberries. Has a sour hint that just lingers in the nose for a little bit. Also, smells very sweet.

T: The taste is very tart that has an impressive kick of raseberries. Sweet and sour hint that makes you kind of pucker your lips. Can kind of taste something that may appear as a floral taste (possibly floral hops??) that comes to you in the aftertaste.

M: Lets just say that it has the consistency of a champagne due to its carbonation. The flavors are relatively balanced, but the raseberry taste may just be a little overpowering.

D: I would drink this beer again. However, I couldnt drink to much of it because of how sweet it is.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I didn't bother to check the vintage. Poured into a St. Louis flute glass. Beer is clear and bright red. Forms a thin head of small and medium whitish bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strongly raspberry and really sweet. There are no sour notes in the aroma at all. I now know what kind of lambic this is going to be.

Its like drinking a raspberry soda. Its very sweet, not cloying, medium to thin in body. The beer is bright with raspberries candy flavor and strong berriness. Mild tartness but overall its just really sweet. When I noticed how sweet it was, I immediate picked up the bottle to see if there were dregs at the bottom. Nope, the bottle was completely clear straight through the bottom.

It is likely that this beer is filtered and sugar is added to the beer after filtration to emphasize the sweet fruit flavors. Its OK for what it is, not a huge fan of the sweetened lambics, but it definitely makes its points and achieves its goal. It is not likely I'll drink this again anytime soon, maybe if I serve chocolate mousse for dessert sometime.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark red beer with some brown on the edges. Pink head that had decent retention and left some spots on the sides.

S - Sweet raspberries, a little tart. Actually that's about it, just a lot of fruit.

T - Sweet beer like raspberry jam with some real fruit flavor in there. Slightly tannic, but this one is easy to drink and I can imagine a lot of non-beer girls liking it.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with active carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, tastes fine, nothing overly complex or amazing, but I didn't hate it.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a champagne flute.

Deep reddish amber with a fizzy head that soon shrinks to a small collar of foam. This sticks around pretty well and leaves a bit of wispy lacing.

A bit of a woodsy aroma seems to be lurking underneath plentiful raspberry. Tastes pretty good. At first, much more sweet than tart, but it never approaches Lindemans Framboise-level sweetness (tastes more "beery", too). Toward the swallow, the balance shifts towards tartness (say, 55% tart). The finish is sticky and satisfying, with a surprising brief hit of bitterness at the swallow.

Overall impression: Not something I'd drink all the time, but a nice change of pace. Went down nice and easy out on the porch on a sultry afternoon.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very bold red.
S: Cherrys. Which if it's supposed to be raspberry is weird but that's just the way it is I suppose.
T: Strong cherry flavor with some raspberry notes.
M: Sits like a jolly rancher.

Overall I thought this beer was a little fake tasting. The amount of fruit flavor was so intense the beer tasted unpleasant and overwhelming. Lindimans has a better showing in my opinion.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared this one with the wife on a glorious day off...

Poured form 375ml bottle into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Pours a light burgundy with a one finger light lavender head. Good amount of head retention, an decent amount of lacing. Wow, this one looks awesome...

S - Smells sweet, with lots of berries coming through...

T - Wow, this one is sweet. Really good, but still pushes the limit of sweetness. Rasberry pushes out front from the begining and rides the wave all the way through the finish...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Was anticipating it to be a little more watered down. Carbonation level is perfect. Enough to let you that it's their, but nothing over the top...

D - Could not see myself drinking more than one of these. To sweet for my tastes...


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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark red with a bit of a brownish tint. Slight off white head with a bit of purple in there. Nose brings raspberries and quite a bit of sweetness. Taste is more raspberries and some sugar. There is a tiny bit of earth in the background. Feel is light to medium with decent carbonation. A bit cloying. Overall, a nice introduction for a novice, but not a terribly great beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large three-finger pink head; leaves a lot of chunky lace on the glass. Settles slowly, leaving a frothy dome. Dark Burgundy color and reasonably clear.

Sour and dry raspberry aroma. Classic framboise without the candy sweetness that some have.

Strong sweet-tart flavor. Far more candy-like than the smell suggests. Good faux-raspberry flavor. The aftertaste is short but is similar to that of a dessert. Well-balanced. Would likely taste great with some stinky cheese.

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St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.