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Girardin Framboise - Brouwerij Girardin

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82
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Photo of ricke
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

ricke, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of rastaman
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, perhaps a bit too sweet, this one still packs some tart acidity, quite smelly earthy nose, which is always an incouraging sign, but the framboise i think is a touch to prominent, fairly complex, and nice to drink, nothing to special.

rastaman, Sep 28, 2002
Photo of ImperialStoat
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

ImperialStoat, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of mattfancett
2.2/5  rDev -39.4%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of hooliganlife
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

hooliganlife, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Filosoof
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Filosoof, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

GRG1313, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ManforallSaisons, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of macesq
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%

macesq, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

CrazyDavros, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -17.4%

desint, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of ThaCreep
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

ThaCreep, May 05, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

weeare138, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

BearsOnAcid, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Absumaster
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Absumaster, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Luk13
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Luk13, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

grub, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  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.

womencantsail, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of texashammer
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

texashammer, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

haz77, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was really dissappointed when I tried this. My notes have the words "just too perfumy". Remember the times when you had the old woman teacher at school who plastered herself in perfume??? So much so that you were nearly sick when you got close. It is the same with this beer. A very sweet raspberry lambic - far too commercial for my liking. I did not finish this drink !! There are better examples of Framboisen. I really expected this to have a much more traditional dryer feel to it. Shame on Girardin for this - I know they could do better.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 30, 2002
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Viggo, Feb 12, 2008
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Girardin Framboise from Brouwerij Girardin
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