St. Louis Framboise - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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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
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
St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.