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

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very good

290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of TaySuth
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: One finger head of white bubble recedes down to a ring with some lacing. Dark red/medium purple in color.

Smell: Very nice and inviting. Raspberries dominate the aroma with a hint of hops.

Taste: Excellent flavor. Great tartness with raspberries and a nice, yet minimal amount of grain and hops.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated with a great body.

Overall: I really enjoyed this lambic. I will definitely be purchasing this one again.

Photo of Beertracker
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of MTNboy
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tewaris
2.49/5  rDev -34.8%
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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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruby red with a puffy, lingering pink head. Unlike some others, I actually like the appearance of some of these commercial lambics.

S: Very sweet and confected on the nose with aromas of heavy cream, cake frosting, candy sugar, and red raspberry leading the way. I was hoping for a little more depth, or some authentic lambic character at the very least...

T: Notes of red raspberries, cream, vanilla, candy sugar, cake frosting, and tart cherries flit across the palate. The finish starts off sweet with sugar and raspberry flavors before a quick punch of acidic cherry and wild yeast asserts itself.

M: Light bodied, dry, firm, and spritzy. Very drinkable.

O: Of the St. Louis beers, this is by far the best one I've tried. Unlike many commercial framboise lambics, this one is not cloying.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a clear ruby red with some yeast floaties marring the clean look. A thick two fingers of slightly dirty pink pillowy foam sits on top and shows excellent staying power.

S - Lots of fresh raspberries fill the aroma, slightly tart, very juicy. A bit of earth, a fair amount of sugary candyish sweetness. Smells pretty good.

T - Sweet up front with tons of raspberry flavor to back it up. Remains sweet and fruity through the middle of each sip and ends with a crisp and clean tartness that only serves to entice you into gulping down the next sip. Another beer that can be classified as a dessert in a glass.

M - Medium bodied, crisply tart mixed with sweet and fruity. Carbonation is ample and very tingly on the tongue, especially when combined with the fruity tartness on the finish.

O - An enjoyable fruit lambic - one with over the top fruit. First time trying this one...surprising given how available this one is. Not the best Framboise I've ever had, but solid quality, enjoyable, reasonably priced and easy to get...sounds like a winner to me - thinking I'll be getting this again in the near future.

Photo of tony223366
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of ConchobarNessa
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep red with a little browning.Plenty of lacing and a solid head.

S- Intense raspberry aroma, very sweet smelling. Alot of Candy sugar was added to this brew. Slight mustiness, barrel? Weird that mustiness.

T- Very sweet, lots of sugar was added to this. Some mustiness. Great taste though, pretty much the sweetest beer I've had, raspberries very present.

M- Good carbonation, light body.

O- Superbly drinkable, great tasting, too sweet for a session beer though.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Bottled on 100526, so May 26th, 2010 I presume.

4.0 A: Plum color. Three fingers of frothy pink head. Retention is good with plenty of lacing left behind.

3.5 S: Immense raspberry aroma, but it is too sweet to come off as natural. Rather, the raspberry takes on a synthetic, artificial vibe like in the liquid centered hard candies. Far below that there is a mild mustiness and a very subtle tartness. Still, it smells good.

4.0 T: Like the peche, the taste is about as sweet as it gets without getting cloying/annoying. Again, raspberry liquid filled hard candy with watermelon flavored lollipops. Mild mustiness. Very, very light tartness.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Good amounts of super spritzy carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

4.0 D: I have a reduced respect for backsweetened fruit lambics, but I think they are generally really tasty. They remind me of sparkling grape juice that I loved drinking during Thanksgiving as a kid (still love it). Anyway, this hits the head as a raspberry soda type drink with a touch of real lambic character. Infinitely quaffable.

Disclaimer: I rate backsweetened lambics to the style of sparkling fruit juice, not actual lambics.

Photo of BeerSingh
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.