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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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no score

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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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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-27-2012 16:10:26 | More by Beertracker
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oldvines

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-07-2013 12:08:07 | More by oldvines
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Dukeofearl

California

2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 06:10:37 | More by Dukeofearl
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doughanson78

Washington

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

12.7oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 090818? Aug, 18 2009 or Sept, 18 2008?

A: Deep reddish purple in color. Real hazy. Quarter to half finger slightly pink, head that fades fairly fast. Leaves an awesome lacing.

S: Sweet raspberries all the way. Raspberry jam. A touch of tartness.

T: A touch of caramel maybe upfront, then total raspberry domination. Super sweet with hints of tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied. Higher carbonation. Sweetness lingers in your mouth.

O: Good beer for the style. Nothing I'll drink regularly, but nice to have something most people will enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 04:09:52 | More by doughanson78
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-15-2014 22:41:50 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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jkane101

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.5%

07-14-2013 15:28:45 | More by jkane101
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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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NateMac13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-25-2013 17:05:31 | More by NateMac13
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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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johntfox

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2014 03:48:32 | More by johntfox
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap (!!!) at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO into a flute glass

Pours a lovely shade of pink. It looks like neon magenta lip gloss or something. Very attractive. The tiny head is bubblegum pink by comparison.

Raspberries dominate the nose (who would have guessed?). A mild funk shows through, but its notes are indistinguishable.

Light and sweet raspberry taste coats the whole tongue. There is a moderate amount of sour funkiness. I am not a lambic or sour expert by any means and am perhaps unequipped to discern the various flavors amongst the sourness, but this beer's funk quality really seems like just a generic sourness to me. Compared to the popular lambic/fruit ale Lindemens Framboise, this beer is more sweet and less tart.

The mouthfeel is light and prickly with carbonation. The feel and taste combine to make this more of a raspberry soda pop than a full-fledged beer. That isn't an insult, btw. Because of this effect, the drinkability is very good. I really could drink this all day.

I've enjoyed this beer quite a few times at Flying Saucer; it is pretty cool that they have this on-tap. Its light, refreshing, and makes for a great capper to an evening of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 17:45:54 | More by Reaper16
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-13-2013 18:36:35 | More by djre4orm
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M1A2

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-27-2013 12:23:07 | More by M1A2
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JoeMans

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-10-2014 03:55:49 | More by JoeMans
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JMS1512

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-20-2013 16:30:40 | More by JMS1512
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

07-14-2012 05:02:51 | More by ssjkyle
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 04:16:04 | More by vandemonian
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Absolutely delicious. Definitely a dessert drink.. and by that I mean, a drink you have in place of dessert! It was so fresh and tastey.. I had to have three glasses! The aroma of raspberries is overwhelming, and the taste will knock your socks off. Worth a try, as I think it may be one of the best in it's category.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2007 21:01:46 | More by alysmith4
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 23:28:01 | More by Traquairlover
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-11-2012 04:12:42 | More by Beeradelphia
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle with the large crown cao. $6.35 from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Clear red with a pink head that turns whitish as it fades. Quite a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell: A little tart with tons of sweet raspberry-- like preserves. There is the slightest bit of tangy funk and a hint of acetic.

Taste: Just huge raspberry flavor with both sugary sweetness and a little tartness. Like the smell, just a hint of acetic.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sticky. Could be a little lighter, spritzier. Finish is sticky sweet.

Overall: I don't want to, but I really like it. My wife called me a girl. If you want a funky, sour Framboise, this is not it. This is a sweet one, but with enough real lambic character that it doesnt taste like Lindemans.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:47:21 | More by rapidsequence
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tewaris

Minnesota

2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 08:32:43 | More by tewaris
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mixed_master7

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-03-2013 21:29:42 | More by mixed_master7
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craft_shannie

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

07-20-2014 21:13:45 | More by craft_shannie
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ThreeFishes

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-30-2014 03:45:50 | More by ThreeFishes
St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.