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

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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This limbic pours out as a red bubbly liquid with a pink fizzy head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet and full of raspberries. The taste is also very sweet and should be drank like a dessert or something. Lots of sugary raspberries in this brew. The mouthfeel is a little thick but still has a good carbonation to it. Overall this could be switched with a Lindaman's and not many people would notice the difference.

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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Pours a clear garnet with a nice thick pink foamy head that leaves minimal lacing behind. The nose, unsurprisingly, is loaded with raspberries, with a touch of oakiness and toffee as garnishes. The taste emphasizes the berries' tart and sour qualities, but does not overdo it as these temper/mellow as things progress. The oak from the nose is there as well, creating a soft boat upon which the berries float across the tongue. The body is a medium-moderate, with a pleasant touch of carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a tasty, tart, fruity lambic with, if one is inclined toward them, high drinkability.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 1/25/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a small wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep pinkish purple color, with a short light pink head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: I didn't even need to bring the glass toward me to smell the raspberries. As soon as the glass was set in front of me I could smell them.

T: The taste likewise is tart and sweet with a strong raspberry flavor. There's a thin malt character and a very mild hops presence, but exactly what you would expect from the style. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer but it's just not the kind of beer I drink very often.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first taste of this stuff is the first pour from a freshly tapped keg.
Clear, deep rosy red appearance, perfectly pink head of full, fluffy foam.
Aroma: all raspberry, nothin' else, tart, but not too much beyond what comes with that fruit's flavor.
Taste: Puckeration right at the start, just a pinch of mouth-gripping tart, then it all rounds off. A fruity affair, but clean and neat on the tongue, after that initial bite. A tasty tango in the mouth, but mostly smoothness owns the day. Lip-pursing continues with consecutive sips, as the tartness hangs in there.
Very light in body, though, with a long, tangy, fruit finish.
"Like soda pop!" said someone (with zero familiarity with the lambic style)who sampled this with me. Yeah, yeah...it is a commercial lambic, of that there is no doubt, but it makes for adequate dessert sipping, and isn't really bad at all.

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of mothman
2.41/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork date of 5/2008

Pours a brownish red color that is clear for the most part but has some faint particles if you look close. Very thin spotty lace here and there appears mostly white but has a hue of the brownish-red color to it. Aroma is mostly raspberry sweetness with a bit of funk. Taste is a blast of raspberry that is a mixture of sweet, sour and tart with a little bit of funkiness. Carb is fairly high with a light feel. Lingering taste of the fruit and a bit of creaminess left on the palate. Very easy drinking with a tart finish.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Brasserie Beck, Washington DC; April 2010
4/4.5/4.5/4/4
Having just finished my meal, and completely unsolicited, the waiter brought me a couple beers to sample that had been pulled from the tap list. This one was actually a great way to end the meal. The raspberry character is dominant, but manages to taste of real, if still sweetened, fruit that is decadent without being heavy. This really can pair quite well with the right, time, place and meal; and this has done just that here, low in alcohol, and a sweetened, big, real fruit flavor that works great as a dessert. Surprisingly I find myself enjoying this much more than I would ever have expected to; I would give this a solid 4.0/4.2 for this particular moment in time.

On Tap at 1702, Tucson, April 2010
4/3.5/3.5/4.5/3
The beer arrives from the tap with a hazy plum color and is topped by a wispy, ring of a pale hued head. The aroma smells sweet, with a pulpy raspberry fruitiness, a sort of green raspberry-seed like edge to it and it really just reminds me of smelling a jar of raspberry jam.

The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma suggested, but it is still definitely a sweet beer. Flavors of raspberry jam or sweet raspberry syrup are quite in evidence and this really works as an end of the meal dessert. The raspberry character has a nice pulpy, fleshy, fruit flavor to it and there is even some tannic, astringency here that seems to be derived from seeds or raspberry skin. There is a light, lactic tartness here that is mostly drowned out by the sweetness. The texture has a definite, sugary viscousness to it, though I wouldn't say this is a heavy beer at all.

This is very quaffable, it is refreshing like a glass of raspberry juice; really juice is what this "beer" is. It is simplistic and even enjoyable if you take it for what it is.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St.Louis Framboise

Pours a deep reddish color with a small pink head, decent retention. Aroma is full of raspberry and a hint of sour. In the taste, berries coupled with the apple cider like quality of the St.Louis geueze base beer. Tart, lightly sour, and very fruity. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, with a smooth feel and a lingering tart raspberry note. Overall, not bad, but I was hoping for more funk.

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 GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at the Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego, the beer was served in a mini-snifter. The beer pours a syrupy, deep, vibrant blood red color. The beer has a good lacing as you drink, and maintains a thin film of head. The nose is syrupy/sugary sweet raspberry. Legitimate raspberry flavors with dark sweetness and decreased carbonation when compared with something like Lindeman's. Very smooth, with a slight tartness on the finish. Body is thicker and more smooth than other fruit lambics, too.

Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Solid ruby red. Pink head with a nice halo of cream. Ok lace.

S - Bright, tart raspberries. Nose favors tartness over sweetness.

T - Whoa. Not overly sweet. Well balanced, tart raspberry with earthy sour notes. Green papaya, and earthy lotus.

M - Soft and lightly syrupy. Full body. Pleasant carbonation.

O - A fantastic, well balanced, flavored sour.

Served paired with the Not-So-Dirty cupcake (dark chocolate with a milk chocolate ganache) at Sweet Revenge in NYC. Most of the 5 parings our group ordered were great, but this one was particularly outstanding. The raspberry/chocolate combination is obviously, but what put this over the top is the way the earthyness of the sour pulled out some absolutely incredibly flavors from the chocolate. A highly recommended pairing.

Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, ruddy red color. 3/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong raspberry, slight tart malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and yeast. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is also a slight tartness present. Tastes of strong raspberry, sweet malt, yeast, slight tart malt, and slight earthiness. Overall, a little too sweet, but otherwise still good.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice. 2008 vintage.

This lambic pours a pinkish/purple color with a light pink head. Lacing is surpsingly stick, with chunks stinking randomly to the walls.

It smells great, its very sweet and raspberries are definetly the dominate flavor. There is also a great tart counterbalance.

The taste exceeds the smell, still dominated by raspberries. This lambic is a perfect combination of a very sweet start with an excellent tart finish. Simply outstanding.

Mouthfeel is nice and you can drink this all day.

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle a while back and I've been waiting for the right time to crack it. Figured with the cooler weather it would be nice to sit back and enjoy one last summery note.

A - Pours a hazy crimson (thanks to this being unfiltered) with a nice light pink slightly less than one finger head. That quickly dissolved leaving thin wisps along the surface along with some slight side lacing.

S - Nice sour and tart aromas, along with some sweetness. Some really good fresh raspberry and just a little bit of yeasty funk.

T - Pretty much the same as the aroma. Nice raspberry flavors with some good tartness upfront with a nice dry finish. All in all pretty good.

M - Light/medium on the mouth with just a slight, slight stickyness. Really good carbonation.

D - This lambic has alot going for it. Its an all around concise package. A solid lambic that doesnt break the bank.

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.

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St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.