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Girardin Framboise - Brouwerij Girardin

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BA SCORE
82
good

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 HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

HopHead84, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of gyllstromk
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

gyllstromk, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Gueuzedude, May 06, 2010
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

MattSweatshirt, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

falloutsnow, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of baybum
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

baybum, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Jeeb
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Jeeb, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

t0rin0, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

tom10101, Apr 21, 2014
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 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 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 Jspriest
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Jspriest, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of macesq
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%

macesq, Aug 15, 2014
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 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 downes51
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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.

downes51, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -17.4%

desint, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of stcules
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

stcules, Feb 14, 2004
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 mattfancett
2.2/5  rDev -39.4%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
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Girardin Framboise from Brouwerij Girardin
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.