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Girardin Framboise - Brouwerij Girardin

Girardin FramboiseGirardin Framboise

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BA SCORE
83
good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.68%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-28-2002)
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 07:06:04 | More by falloutsnow
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 16:42:38 | More by Luk13
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 07:31:31 | More by MattSweatshirt
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HopHead84

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:52:43 | More by HopHead84
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 16:19:03 | More by woosterbill
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Filosoof

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 21:37:35 | More by Filosoof
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 11:13:27 | More by Thorpe429
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 02:22:05 | More by hooliganlife
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womencantsail

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 21:03:08 | More by womencantsail
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:07:30 | More by drabmuh
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 00:32:56 | More by callmemickey
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 06:05:50 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 03:12:01 | More by Gueuzedude
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 18:13:04 | More by ThaCreep
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gyllstromk

Belgium

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 16:47:23 | More by gyllstromk
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ImperialStoat

United Kingdom (England)

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 11:46:52 | More by ImperialStoat
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ricke

Sweden

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 19:17:04 | More by ricke
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haz77

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 18:47:16 | More by haz77
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 02:53:53 | More by Viggo
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 19:06:32 | More by grub
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 16:12:52 | More by weeare138
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is red, brown, amber with a creamy head and a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell of raspberries and strawberries, red fruit, with a slight tangy smell. Like a lemonade really.

Taste is red fruit with an initial tangy lactic acidity. This disappears very quickly when my mouth gets used to it. Then I taste the slight bitterness and some sweetness. Aftertaste is dry and tangy.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 08:50:19 | More by Absumaster
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texashammer

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

one dimentional. fruit juice, raspberries, hint of banana, slightly creamy. quick finish. creamy head, quick bite of carbonation. very very pink in color. sweet and halfway drinkable -- not overly cloying, no lindemans -- but not real special either.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 14:59:41 | More by texashammer
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downes51

Cyprus

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'd been looking forward to this, after enjoying the gueuze. Out popped the cork.... wow this is fruity. Excellent. The colour was good too, a lustrous red tone with a slightly pink froth. But the taste? Nothing there. It really didn't taste of anything much. A big bloody disappointment. Drinkability? Well you could drink it all day, except that there is no reason why you might want to. Don't bother.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 14:56:57 | More by downes51
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: The bottle opened with a large POP! Poured a bright red/pink colored beer with a huge head with excellent retention. Carbonation is very strong and aroma is comprised mainly of sweet raspberry. Taste is very refreshing with a very good taste of raspberry (not too much sweetness though) and tart. I appreciated the fact that the acidic part was well covered and wasn’t taking too much place. Overall, this was a very refreshing drink that I wouldn’t mind trying again on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 15:47:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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Girardin Framboise from Brouwerij Girardin
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