Girardin Framboise - Brouwerij Girardin

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 62
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 09-28-2002

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,775 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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! (588 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice, deep hazy red with pink head. Aroma has tart raspberries without any funk. Taste is a bit bland, sour with some fruit character. Overall a decent fruit beer but not really what you would expect from a lambic. (220 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby red colour, decent foam, pink in colour.
At the nose the sweet is dominant: candy sugar, fruit candy, and surely, raspberry. But it is a sweet too strong, and sickly.
At the taste instead the sweet doesn't cover all; the pungent, acetic, tart background of the lambic can rise up. A light astringency.
The taste is not well balanced, but anyway the taste is more interesting than the smell, monotone and sickly.
Medium-low body. The aftertaste starts with some sweetness, but the finish is tart and acetic. (515 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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. (308 characters)

Photo of popery
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a vibrant reddish purple color. This pour was quite clear, not even any haze. Fizzy pinkish head blooms up quickly, but it dies down after a couple minutes. Lots of lacing. The aroma has raspberries and funk but with a touch of artificial sweetness. Some jamminess to the fruit flavor. Funk is pretty mild but provides a nice fruity, barnyard flavor. Taste is moderately sweet with a nice tangy sourness. Mild to moderate acidity. The sweetness is actually pretty nicely balanced against the tangy sourness. It’s very easy to drink. No real off notes. Fizzy with a little body and pretty light pucker. I liked this more than I expected to. (656 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, sampled at the Brugge Bear in Brugge, Belgium. This brew was a deep reddish colour reminiscent of blood. The aromas are all fresh raspberries, seeds and all. The base is malty and full of oakyness and lambic funk. This is one hell of a Framboise! The taste is a raspberry explosion with plenty of mouth puckering acid, and oaky complexity to back the whole thing up. The mouthfeel is creamy and acidic as all hell and the drinkability is awesome. A great framboise! One of the best (if not THE best!) (513 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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! (987 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%

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. (655 characters)

Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (241 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of safaricook
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (153 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (2,445 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (798 characters)

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Girardin Framboise from Brouwerij Girardin
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