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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-26-2005)
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brett_arneson

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-25-2014 23:02:28 | More by brett_arneson
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ThreeFishes

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-30-2014 03:45:50 | More by ThreeFishes
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-29-2013 06:06:04 | More by MNBeerGeek
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DamienI

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-25-2014 20:11:30 | More by DamienI
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WesM63

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-14-2012 13:09:47 | More by WesM63
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dcmchew

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-08-2013 15:51:49 | More by dcmchew
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-24-2013 15:15:27 | More by muskiesman
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allengarvin

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out into a tall Lindemans fruit glass. Deep ruby red color with purple-pink head. Aroma is full of sweet raspberries. Pleasant no funkiness. Flavor is better: sweet but not as sweet as Lindemans or Liefmans. It's got a touch of earthy, sweaty, biting brett character. Tartness really develops in the finish. Moderate body, bigger than an unsweetened lambic.

This is one of the bettered sweetened framboises I've had, but it's still disappointing. It's my first St. Louis lambic, and I didn't know until opening it if it was a traditional lambic or a modern commercial one.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 02:37:13 | More by allengarvin
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weasbri

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 01:51:32 | More by weasbri
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

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

Third beer of the night of Christmas eve. Paired with a chocolate-almond-raspberry tart. Served in a champagne glass. The bottle says this is a 2006 vintage. Opaque body, with a reddish pink color. Cotton candy colored head. Smell was very fruity and sugary. Flavor was all about the raspberries. Extremely tasty. Sugary on the palate, but has a decent drinkability because it's not overly sweet. Definitely a dessert beer. More of a lambic for those who prefer sweeter ones over tart & crisp ones.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 06:01:30 | More by morebeergood
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:57:48 | More by metter98
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Shared with wife at Gainesville HOB. Pours deep red with pink head. Huge sweet raspberry aroma. Flavor is super sweet and tart raspberries and sugar. Something slightly weird on the back end like sweet-n-low flavor. Not bad. Wife liked it, but I have had better raspberry flavors in my beer. Slightly artificial was off-putting, but this smells great.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 00:17:23 | More by BMMillsy
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, raspberry red color with a one-finger, pink head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of raspberries and that's about it. Sweet aroma.

T - Good raspberry taste with a sweet flavor that turns to a tart bite as it goes down.

M - It was crisp and puckeringly sharp - not too much but definitely there. A light bodied ale.

O - This is a pretty nice lambic. Nice blend of sweet and tart.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:15:29 | More by zeff80
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of raspberries and raspberry juice but there is a slight hint of cleaning product aroma as well. Taste is of sweetened raspberries and raspberry juice with some grain/malt flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good fruit lambic but not as good as some similar ones I have had in the past.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 05:34:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12.7oz bottle.

Pours a slightly opaque dark red with some ruby hues and a nice light pink head.

Aroma is of fresh raspberries. Nice raspberry jam and some good fruit juice notes. Slight chalky yeast notes can alos be perceived. SLight tartness is perceived.

Flavor follows the nose. Nice fruit juice notes. Raspberries and more raspberries. A sharper tartness than other raspberry lambics I've had. Nice and balancing. Chalky and yeasty notes definitely are precent. Some slight phenols are perceived as well as some oak notes. Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing and dry with nice tartness.

Pretty good lambic. Every now and then I really enjoy these beers and this is definitely one of those days. Nice raspberry jam flavors mingle well with the yeast notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 22:16:11 | More by JoEBoBpr
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as lambics go, im not sure this is my favorite, not tart enough, not acidic hardly at all, and lacking the wild fermentation characteristics i usually look for in the style, but as a fruited belgian ale, i absolutely love it, and its head and shoulders better than its immediate peers. natural looking purple pink raspberry color, a short lived stained pink head, and some chunks of yeast and maybe even a few raspberry seeds in there, it looks the part. the nose is great, jammy but not overly sweet, authentic fruity character and a little belgian yeast funk and fruit, but not the sourness true lambic usually possesses. i love the fruit flavor, not quite as true as the nose, mellowed by an oak hit here, but its still the chief flavor agent, and a genuine one at that. no corn sugar, no cavities, just true raspberry beer. its affordable and tasty, well carbonated and light, and overall extremely well made for what it is. not really passable as a sour, but im not sure its trying to be one. highly respectable brew here, better than some of the other fruit editions i think too, really summery and real fruity, i almost feel guilty for liking this as much as i do...

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 04:51:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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tectactoe

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 03:29:14 | More by tectactoe
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 21:44:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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obywan59

Virginia

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

Pours a rather murkey-looking rosy-purple color with a gorgeous pink 1 1/2 finger head that leaves light lacing.

Smell of raspberries with a bit of funk. Lighter on the aroma than Lindeman's.

Taste is of raspberries again, with more pronounced funk. Very earthy, but pleasant. Very sweet up front, but it's the tartness that lingers.

Medium bodied with light prickle of carbonation.
Syrupy enough to hold the flavor well.

Very good. Compared to Lindeman's this is more funky, perhaps a bit less sweet, less carbonated, and way less aromatic. I would try this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 04:44:29 | More by obywan59
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Pours a cherry red color, hazed from sediment, nice soapy cap of pinkish hued head. Scent is a big whiff of raspberry sweetness, not much more else to it. Taste thankfully isnt as sweet as the scent was leading towards, much more tart raspberry but there is a decent amount of sweetness. Lacks the funkyness i expect from the style. Body is medium, bubbly and the drink only touches the dryness im used to in the style. A good lambic that knocks artificial ones out of the water but doesnt touch the more respected brands in composition although it comes close in quality of ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 14:37:35 | More by rfgetz
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tony223366

California

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

From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on June 18, 2011.

A: Purplish red and foggy. Kind of an odd color but it has a mostly white head that sticks around nicely.

S: Mostly raspberries and some nice funkiness.

T: Raspberries hit you first with a kind of funky sour finish. This is a bit cloying though. This is where the carbonation really comes in play.

M: Light to medium body with lots of carbonation.

O: This beer was borderline cloying for me. It ends up being very drinkable though. Just one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 07:47:44 | More by tony223366
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mhewes

Colorado

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

A: Pours a nice cranberry red with a decent head

S : A good raspberry smell

T : Tastes raspberry like I was expecting with a slightly tartish taste to it. Not as sweet as Lindemans but not as tart as something from Cantillion

M : Good carbonation

D : Easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 22:39:53 | More by mhewes
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2009 04:45:57 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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musicforairports

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 04:25:21 | More by musicforairports
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thekanna

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 06:43:25 | More by thekanna
St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.