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Girardin Framboise - Brouwerij Girardin

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82
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 09-28-2002

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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 33
Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2015 vintage. 375ml corked and caged bottle into a 3F flute. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a clear bright red. No head, no lace and very thin legs that drop quickly. Below average.

Nose is pretty wretched. Notes of rotten egg, bitter raspberry seed and raspberry pulp. Simple but there's a distinct manure-like funk that doesn't belong.

Opens raspberry puree, raspberry seed bitterness and a plastic funk. Cobwebs, hay and a juicy, tart and mildly bitter raspberry in the middle. Some oak and a salty cheesiness finishes things off. Aftertaste is seedy and lightly tart. Average.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Foamy in the mouth and goes down prickly and dry. Dry finish with a sticky, filmy aftertaste. Solid.

Having the Black Label Gueuze from Girardin as its first offering, I have to say that this is a huge disappointment. The nose is awful and the funk that is present just doesn't taste right. In addition, the fruit presence, while there, is a bit too seedy instead of juicy. I'd pass on this one in the future.

Photo of safaricook
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Easy drinking fruity Framboise that lacks complexity and that extra sour kick to be great. Almost perfect though to convert non beer drinkers to the art.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.59/5  rDev 0%

Bottle acquired from La Cave a Bulles in Paris. Poured in my hotel room in Antwerp. Pours a deep reddish pink color with a small, quickly receding, pinkish white head. Aroma is lots of sweet, sweet raspberries, just a hint of tartness, a little bit of medicinal notes but not bad. Flavor is lots of very sweet raspberry, but this still has the expected funky sour gueuze in there that puckers you up. Returns to very sweet raspberry on the palate, with just a hint of medicinal note. Light to medium bodied, medium plus carbonation. Overall the raspberries could be dialed back a bit here to let the funky gueuze shine through. But overall not bad at all.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Pours ruby-tinted copper with a pink-tinged head.
Nose shows authentic raspberries with a little funk in the background.
Flavours focus on sweet raspberry jam at first followed by a pronounce, balancing bitterness. Perhaps just a little on the sweet side overall.
Nice moderately high carbonation works well.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Etre Gourmet, Beauvechain, BE
Date: Cork says "2013," assuming bottled early 2013
Glass: Girardin degustation glass

Girardin's Framboise is a pleasantly fruity, lightly tart raspberry lambic that exhibits pleasant aromas and flavors, but lacks the significant complexity found in Cantillon's take on this style. While immediately reminding one of raspberries, the beer is missing that bracing acidity that Cantillon's contains, as well as the complex other secondary metabolites that the wild yeast from that brewery instills into the beers. It might be interesting to age a bottle of this for a few years and see how its attendant microfauna develops within the bottle.

Pours a 1cm tall head of light pink colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is average, the head lasting for about one minute, eventually fading to a thick, sudsy ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small pinwheel shape of foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is modest, with a sparse scattering of small dots and blotches clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a dark, burnt red color, with light bringing out brighter orange-brown-red hues throughout. Carbonation visible through the slightly hazy body, numerous and fairly active.

Aroma of strongly fruity, fresh raspberries, jam-like and sweet, with light hints of Brettanomyces-influenced mustiness and composting hay. Delicious, but not particularly sour.

Overall flavor is of strongly fruity, fresh raspberries, light tartness, and a very light basement-like mustiness. Front of palate tastes sweet raspberries, lightly tart raspberries, and slight hints of Brettanomyces-like composting hay and mustiness. Mid-palate of mildly tart raspberries, fresh and fruity, jam-like raspberries, and a bit of light Brettanomyces-induced basement mustiness. Back of palate tastes moderately tart raspberries with background of fresh raspberry sweetness and a bit of light basement mustiness. Long-lingering aftertaste of mildly tart raspberries, raspberry jam and basement mustiness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a lightly fizzy at first, then crisp and smooth mouthfeel with a bit of foaminess at the outset. The result is generally pleasant for the fruitiness of this beer, and is within a reasonable range for the style. Closes quite dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Photo of Luk13
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 375 ml. Clear red pour with pink head. Aroma is straight up raspberry jam, blueberries and flowers. Light tartness, fruits come up as raspberries and cherries. Some floral hops and caramel malts. Probably the best sweetened fruit lambic I’ve had.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Délices & Caprices

The beer has a clear red body and a pink head that sticks around for the two minutes it took to drink my glass and leaves lacing.

Holy shiz there is a big sweet raspberry aroma. Not much to it but very enticing.

There is a slight tartness to it. It's much more of a sweeter raspberry taste. Light funk notes.

Nice and bubbly medium body. Gets a little drying.

This seems to me like what Lindemans would taste like if it was actually good. It's on the sweeter side with some tartness. Not much complexity.

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/18/2012

375ml bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Bottle from Tim, thanks!

A: Dark maroon with a ruby hue. Short-lived frothy off-white head. Scattered lacing. Nice color.

S: Strong jammy raspberry aroma with a sugary sweetness. There's a little oak in there and a subtle earthiness, but the focus is really on the sweet raspberry jam aspect.

T: Expressive sweet raspberry jam flavor with subtle earth and leather tones. Mild tartness with an effusive lactic presence, some citric acidity up front, and a mild acetic bight throughout. The beer finishes with oak, tannins, and a piquant raspberry flourish that lingers.

M: Upper low to lower medium body. Dry, sticky mouthfeel and lightly tannic.

Overall: Much more fruit beer than lambic, so don't expect 1882 black label with raspberries. A nice beer, though I was hoping for more complexity from the base lambic.

Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a Girardin goblet at Moeder Lambic St. Gilles.

A: Deep scarlet, clear body, and a voluminous, persistent pink head. Great lace. Fantastic.

S: Huge, ripe, tart raspberry. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else required.

T: Raspberries dominate throughout, starting out juicy and getting more bitter and seedy toward the end. Some light, grassy funk joins in as well. Very tasty, but a little weak in the end.

M: Creamy, lively, and a touch thin. Pretty good.

O: While I preferred the Kriek 1882, this was another fine fruit Lambic from Girardin. I'm rather puzzled by the relatively low overall scores this beer has gotten - I have a feeling if the label said "Cantillon" instead of "Girardin" it would rate significantly higher, as I think it's every bit as good as some bottles of Rose de Gambrinus I've had (granted, when that beer is at its best it's stunning, but only one out of 4 bottles I've had of it has blown me away). Anyway, tasty Framboise.

Cheers!

Photo of Filosoof
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has the most important element in it, which isn't a chapter in this kind of reviews: drinkability. That's why I could buy it more often if I will find it.

The looks are great. The head is very nice, so I don't understand people who say it isn't much.

But except drinkable, does it offer more? I'm afraid not. The smell has some raspberry, but quite tiny. Very little funk. The taste isn't too sour, nor too sweet, but...too thin. Almost watery.

Combined with some overcarbonation my conclusion is that this is a drinkable beer, but not very impressive.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at In De Verzekering Tegen De Grote Dorst during last week's Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a Girardin stemmed flute-like glass.

Poured pink-red. Mostly red with a pinkish tint to it. Short head and a bit of lacing.

Nose brought lots of fresh raspberry, though there was a faint bit of a medicinal character to it in the background, and this came through much more in the flavor, though still didn't overwhelm the beer. Faint must and a bit of acidity after a light body.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a RR 'tion glass. thanks to jason for bringing this back from belgium for me. batch D x 2011.

pours a deep pink and light ruby. light pinkish head with some light retention.

mainly fresh raspberry on the nose. a light sweetness.

very raspberry dominated. not much else. a very slight tartness but not much. although this is fairly one dimensional, the raspberry is quite good. not overpowering in any way. there is a faint hint of dry oak around the finish.

a mild tingle from the carbonation. sweetness across the mouth. dry finish.

this is good, not really sour at all, but good. id drink this again for sure.

Photo of womencantsail
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Andrew for sharing this beer.

A: The pour is a lively pinkish red color with a very small pinkish head.

S: Smells of sweet raspberries. Nowhere near as funky as their gueuze (one of my favorites). The fruit character is intense and the beer is moderately sour, which is good, but the nose certainly lacks the depth of many other lambics.

T: Lots of raspberry flavor, too. Quite sweet, but there is a good bit of acidity and a little bit of vinegar, though nowhere near as much as I typically get from a framboise. Mild funk and oak, maybe a bit of grass.

M: Medium in body with very soft carbonation.

O: Okay for a fruit lambic, but certainly on the sweet side. I was expecting something more along the lines of their gueuze.

Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009, 375 ml into a Stillwater stateside saison wine glass. Close enough. This beer is dingy and kind of pink / red, its almost gray if that makes sense. Forms a decent head, no lacing.

Aroma is sweet like raspberry candy.

Not really sour, mildly tart in the back but nothing really happening at all. Its boring, with only a mild sulfur note and some raspberry sweetness up front.

OK, its gets more sour the more I drink it, I'll bump it up slightly.

Photo of callmemickey
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010:375ml

A: Medium red body with a bit of pinkish hue to the edges. Thin pinkish-white head which quickly receded. Only the slightest hints of lacing at first before completely vanishing.

S: Smells like sweet raspberry jam. A little leather. Some generalized sourness tips it's hat.

T: The raspberry jam-like character is still there, but it shifts from a more sweet rendition in the nose to a tarter, lightly sour version. Just a hint of oak, and some leather. No funky notes.

M: Medium-light bodied, with a soft, gentle carbonation which leaves a slightly thin spot towards the finish. Light tartness in the finish.

D: Tasty, and somewhat unique in that its not a massively tart framboise (lou pepe or rose de gambrinus) nor is it medicinally sweet (lindemans or boon). Worth a try indeed.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was straight up raspberry jelly. The color was dark red and clear. Taste is centered on an earthy raspberry flavor. Reminds me of the seeds rather than the juice. This beer was dry, in fact very dry. Not very complex and not too tart. Somewhat average for a framboise but was unique.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 Cork date; Sampled April 2010
A solid pour into my large Triple Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-one-finger thick, nicely pink tinged head. The beer is a deep, cherry red color; when held up to the light is shows a brilliantly clear, red hue with golden highlights. The aroma smells of sweet raspberry preserves, raspberry seeds and not much else. Perhaps a hint of mustiness is found in the nose as the beer warms up.

Fairly dry tasting especially compared to the sticky sweet aroma. The beer is only lightly tart for a Lambic with a nice lactic component as well as a smooth raspberry acidity; I don't notice any harder acetic acidity in this beer. There is just a hint of sweetness that boosts a juicy, raspberry fruitiness. This is balanced just a touch by a slight tannic note in the finish as well as by a peppery carbonic bite. The light tartness and the juicy raspberry character are the most dominant flavors here. The body has a touch of viscousness to it, though this is definitely a refreshing beer. There is perhaps a hint of spicy oak character in the finish and just a slight mustiness, but both are hard to pick out.

Quit a bit on the simplistic side as this beer is missing the funkiness of my favorite Lambics. It is quite tasty and refreshing in its raspberry character though. The touch of sweetness is easily balanced by the more noticeable, though still light by Lambic standards, tartness. While I haven't had one in a long time, I would guess that this is a comprable product to the tamer Girardin White Label, rather than a companion product to the Black Label. A bit disappointing in the end, but I am still perfectly happy to be drinking this beer. I would be interested in trying a couple more vintages of this to see if they are all so tame.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nose with a touch of acid marked raspberry. A winey acidity, but much more acidic than wine-worthy of the great lambic that provides firsthand raspberries that melt on your tongue but soon acidity takes over with a return vinous offering both brands raspberries and touches of cork. A good lambic, which gives pride to the fruit and acidity.

Photo of gyllstromk
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a big fan of the 1882 black label I was looking forward to this. According to others in the tasting said, it was tart, but in comparison to the gueuze it really just seemed sweet to me. Not nearly the level of complexity, funk, or tartness of the gueuze; it comes off like a raspberry soda. I probably won't have another as long as the black label is in reaching distance.

Photo of ImperialStoat
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this beer as I believe Girardin Geuze to be, arguably, the finest Geuze in the world and at the very least my favourite of the style.

Although their Framboise ticks most of the boxes for a quality lambic (good lacing on the glass; satisfying tart-fruit smell), what lets it down is the taste, in that there isn't really much of one. You get the initial out-of-a-packet sour-funk and a rasberry tingle on the tongue, but then it all just disappears. Gulp aaand gone.

I expect all good beers to have a lasting and satisfying finish, and I expect this two-fold for a style that trades it's reputation on complexity and having various dimensions of taste. On these grounds Girardin Framboise lets itself down because there just really isn't enough there.

A shame.

Photo of ricke
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A shiny red color, clear liquid. A sparkling and airy pink head that's quite big for a lambic. The head settles quickly though, and leaves cobweb-like lacings.

S: Almost completely dominated by raspberries. The raspberries are mostly semi-sweet, fresh and genuine, but they're on their way to raspberry candy. No puckering components. Notes of grass and earth.

T: Thankfully, the taste is not as filled with candy-like raspberries that the smell had me to believe. Strong, yet round flavors of genuine raspberries. It's mostly sweet but hints of lemon and other tart notes liven up everything. Some grassy and earthy notes. In the middle the tartness gets a little accentuated as it's leading into a dry finish with some metallic flavors, grass, raspberries and lemon peel. The sweetness felt in the mouth gets really dampened by the somewhat tart finish. Finally, I actually detect just a hint of spicy alcohol.

M: Medium body, pleasant carbonation, not overly sparkling.

D: This one is too sweet and one-sided to be considered to be a fantastic fruit lambic, but still it's miles away from the soda-like sorry excuses for beers that some lambic brewers produce today. It's quite refreshing, enjoyable and easy to drink.

Photo of haz77
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, vibrant brown-hued red with a pink-tinted layer of froth, which settles as a ring. Head is easily refreshed.

S - Strong smell of raspberries fills the room. Getting the nose into the glass brings out citric sourness, musk, cherry, pear drops.

T - The appearance/smell had me looking forward to tasting, but frankly it's disappointing. The raspberries appear first with a tart edge, which sweetens towards the middle. Solvent flavour towards the end, which then leads to a dry-ish leafy aftertaste. Somewhat restrained and one-dimensional.

M - Light/watery mouthfeel and carbonation that is just too soft.

D - Easy enough to drink, but not interesting enough to be revisited any time soon.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew club beer tasting, end of the night capper provided by biegaman from his Belgium trip.

Pours a clear reddish orange, thin off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring and layer leaving behind some decent lacing. Smell is nice, fresh raspberries, hay, grass, some caramel, light funk/barnyard, lots of fruit, oak, neat. Taste is similar, lots of fresh fruits and raspberry, sour barnyard funk, hay, grass, some bready malt, more fruit, very fresh sour finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable, nice fruit character. Thanks a lot Jan!

Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

biergotter club brew/tasting 2007. biegaman brought this one over recently and we didn't quite get to it, so we pulled it out as our final beer of the night. a great way to end the tasting. thanks jan!

37.5cl bottle, corked and caged. cork shows 07-07.

pours deep pinkish red with a bit of haze. a nice fairly dense white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. sour cherries. funk. lots of raspberry. bit of sweetness.

taste is great. low bitterness level. lots of raspberry. light sourness. bit of funk. touch of sour cherry. just enough going on to keep it interesting, but nothing too crazy.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. medium body. fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. balanced and nice. nothing crazy complex, but a very nice beer.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for breaking this goodie out at the tasting...
Appears a transparent pink-toned red with a small white cap that slowly fades into a small cloud spirals. Light lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cran-raspberry juice with freshly mashed berries that are evident from the first inhale. I found it to be really quite addictive.
Taste is of creamy vanilla, fruit punch, and rasperry with cranberries resounding in a slightly tart flavor.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, vinuous, and semi-dry on the finish.

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