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Frambozenbier - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 17
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 02-17-2002)
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Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Poured a hazy ruby tinged amber ale with a decent 1 finger tan head. This ale was finely laced and finely carbonated.

Aroma
Raspberries, bready caramel, hint of vanilla/oak, and a nice belgian sour funk.

Taste
This is a very nice fruit beer. Fruity but certainly not sweet. The tart raspberry goes great with the funky brett sourness, and the roasted caramelly malts and hint of oak are all there and go gerat together.

Mouthfeel
Almost champagne like in mouthfeel with its light and sparkly body. Nice balance and interplay between the malts, fruit, and tangy yeast funk.

Drinkability
Insanely drinkable, but then again i like raspberries and oud brun. Would make a great session brew on a hot summer's night, or a great dessert beer. Also a good beer among many to introduce one to the vast and awesome realm of belgian beer.

demcorhip, Sep 20, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

DanGeo, May 28, 2013
Photo of ricke
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brownish ruby color with a slightly pink medium sized head that settles slowly. A nice lid of foam remains on top of the liquid.

S: The smell is distinct, yet slightly more muted than the brewery's comparable beers (Goudenband and Kriekenbier). Here's the signature sweetish smell of the Goudenband combined with lovely aromas of raspberries. Notes of caramel, grass, Belgian-style yeast and earth reside behind the prominent smell of genuine raspberries. Some candy-like aromas, both from the yeast and the fruits I guess. A hint of vinegar and red wine wraps everything up.

T: The taste is very sweet at first, but then gets a little more tart in the middle. Lots of raspberries and caramel in the mouth, with pleasant notes of nuts, grass, fudge and earthy Belgian yeast. The taste is very candy-like in the mouth. Then the fruity tartness kicks in with notes of red-wine and a hint of vinegar. Also, I think I get a faint funky character somewhere beneath the fruitiness. The finish is mildly sweet and tart with notes of minerals and raspberry fruit pits. The taste is very reminiscent of fruit juice, but with enough edgy character to make it very interesting. It's very refreshing despite the sweetness.

D: Medium body with a rather gentle level of carbonation. The texture is semi-sticky at first, but a somewhat dry finish prevents the beer from getting cloying.

M: I really like some of Liefmans offerings, and although Frambozenbier doesn't reach the fantastic levels of Goudenband, it's still a really good beer. It's very well balanced with an almost perfect mix of sweetness and tartness. It's not overly complex due to the prominent raspberry character, which dominate the beer from start to finish. And as noted, this is really easy to drink. Recommended.

ricke, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Liefmans Frambozenbier uncorks with a nice thwp! and pours into my SN tulip a deep, dark almost menacing purple color with a light, airy tan head of small bubbles on top. Aromas of ripe red raspberry jam interwoven with damp woody tannins. Slight underlying cocoa powder with a fresh, earthy yeasty profile. Big raspberry bouqet.

First sip rushes past my lips with a crisp, light pale maltiness accentuated by a sweet, vibrant raspberry maceration. Notes of damp, rotten wood dash across the palate with a continual underlying earthy, tad funky yeast. Sweet throughout, but not cloying with a slight acrid twang and tartness on the way down. Finishes refreshing and enjoyable. A very nice Belgian fruit beer.

Mouthfeel is arid with a rush of champagne-esque carbonation. Enough body to linger in the mouth and make an impression. If I'm in the mood for a fruit beer, I'd find this to be very drinkable. A 750 would disappear without even trying. This one is worth your time.

orbitalr0x, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep dark, nearly opaque presentation with slightly reddish/purple hue. There is some visible carbonation near the edges of the glass. At the top there is sits a tall thick pinkish/tan head. It is long lasting and make for some great lace rings on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has hints of raspberry, malt and some good funky yeast.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a nice natural fruity raspberry taste mixing with a lightly sweet malt that gives a nice balance to the slight tartness of the raspberry. The touch of yeast adds some light earthy/funk and complexity. Its medium bodied with soft lightly fizzy texture and carbonation.

Notes: I found this to have good balance of flavor and overall character.

generallee, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small champagne shaped bottle, corked and caged. 2003 on the cork. This tasty nectar pours dark, cloudy plum with a creamy tan head, showing excellent retention and leaving nice lacing. minor sediment in the final yeasty pour. Nose is the expected fruit and a touch of must. This is a tasty, fruity, complex lambic. Notes of rasberries, strawberries, melon, honey, with a very mild sourness only picked up in the finish. Lovely and refreshing, I wonder how the extra year in the bottle has effected this one. This bottle was a joy to sip and slug, fine summer beer, would be fine with any type of summer chow or dessert.

Billolick, May 07, 2005
Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paper-wrapped 750 ml bottle...poured in an open chalice. Ruby hued dark color with a brownish cast. Decent head, flat with upcharging bubbles replenishing the appearance. Slipping traces of lace. Nice aroma, good essence of real raspberries with a nice but not overpowering acidity. Light prickly mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation going on. A nice beer here, bridges the transition between a very yeasty and dry example and an overly-sweet syrup based one. Showcases a genuine berry sense quite well, sweetness but with some sour elements of seeds and skins. Fuller finish, without being cloying. Interesting and refreshing, probably best because of a good fruit sense but still having a lot of accessibility.

ADR, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of rastaman
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice fruit beer, i'd love to drink this on a warms summers day, it was very refreshing, relatively sour, a bit sweet, but had a nice dryness at the same time.

rastaman, Feb 17, 2002
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A-This beer has a deep red body with a gentle carbonation and an off-white head that last and last.

S- The smell of tart fresh raspberries has a faint earthy quality.

T- The dry taste of raspberries has a slight tartness but nothing mouth puckering. There is a light malt flavor in the background but it is not sweet or dry, pretty neutral.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft fizz texture at the finish.

D- this beer has good fruit qualities and a nice depth to it. Not much malt flavors yet the fruit doesn't seem to be overpoweringly sweet or tart.

rhoadsrage, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beerfest a few years back but haven't seen it until I was in Toronto this summer.

What I remember liking about this was the subtleties of the raspberry flavor. The more popular raspberry favorite, Lindemans Framboise is far too sweet. Unlike the Lindemans, the Liefman’s offering is not made as a traditional lambic so it’s considered a fruit beer - – though it’s quite similar.

The bottle comes in an almost tissue paper wrapper. When poured the dark, murky purple liquid forms a slight pink head in the wine glass. The aroma is of tart raspberry that grows in strength as it warms. The sweetness of the fruit hits the tongue first and is immediately followed by a strong tart finish. It’s never too sweet nor too tart. It’s sounds odd, but the taste is rather refreshing.

Since my return, I’ve seen this in a few more locations so perhaps it’s gaining wider distribution. This is a good thing.

sloejams, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork says it's 2004 vintage...it is now 2006...don't have much faith in it holding up.
Dark red opaque pour with a very nice single finger tan head that melts to wonderfully thick lacing.
Aroma is all about raspberries...sweet candied raspberries.
Taste is sweet raspberry....sour raspberry....this really IS all about raspberries. Sweet touches the tongue then sour fresh raspberry...Slight alcohol burn as you swallow...mouthfeel is tingly an full...thin (as in not cloying or too thick from sugar) and thick with carbonation at the same time.
Aftertaste is a desert raspberry sourness like the merange atop a raspberry cheesecake.
It is really hard for me to picture this as a 'beer'....
I had my g/f (who HATES beer) taste it and she was reminded of boonsfarm berry wine (ok, a cheap wine...but not a beer at all).
You know what? I like this. I really have a hard time thinking of it as 'beer', but I like this.
Wonderful desert.

IntriqKen, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy Fruity reddish with lots of pink foam. Very sweet and also you can taste the raspberries. Aroma of raspberry, sugar, and a touch of the farm. Appropriate carbonation. Tangy finish and sediment. Refreshing, although drying aftertaste. A nice one.

Sammy, May 09, 2006
Photo of socon67
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brewery Ommegang

A - Pours a purple to red with visible carboantion and a bubbly head.

S - Smells of raspberries and strawberries. Very sweet with a cotton candy aroma.

T - Taste does not disappoint. Extremely sweet with a slightly tart finish. Raspberry flavor is strong and does not taste artificial. Just a treat on tap.

M - The sweetness makes this a sipper. Light but quite carbonated. Sweetness clings to the tongue.

O - A taste framboise that is great for people who like dessert wines and want to try something new. Also I find it good as a reset beer to change the pace from a steady amount of hoppy, malty beers. Enjoy it occasionally.

socon67, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Davvvie
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Davvvie, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on August 14, 2006. Bottle. Fantastic bouquet aroma of tannined raspberries, including stems, but of the finest freshness. Sweet juicy berries right off the bush and right into the beer, the way berries added to beer should be. Running with this, a light caramel and then the galloping tides of sourness, precipitating in a luxurious blanket of steaming grains, lemon rinds and apple cores. Delicate, fragrant and intoxicating. Pour is a sensous ripe red raspberry juice, fringed with gold and topped with a creamy soft head, tinged florid amber. A single core of fuming carbonation. Flavor is redolent with sweet raspberry juice, frozen. Then a current of light malts sugars, mostly parched into oaky submission and glazed with sourness. Gentle and delicate. The sourness only dabs a parching sensation as it moves into a light haybarn grassy hop balance in the backend. The berries carry this whole train down the track. Edges of Brett crawl up my sinuses in the smack. A long heavy smack of raspberry caramel. Exquisite! Really the best summer beer a person could drink. As I continue to drink this, the impact and quality of the flavor becomes more static and less impressive, so I tend to pull it down some.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked in 2007

Pours out a dark and hazy deep red body much akin to black cherry Jello with a decent amount of carbonation. Head is a faintly pink stained off-white and is somewhat thin. Smell is a mix of over-ripe raspberries, vanilla, wood, and mild underlying lactic acid and even milder funk. Flavor starts off with very sweet raspberries which give way to some balsamic and lactic acid in the middle. The finish becomes surprisingly dry considering the initial sweet shock and more acidity can be found (but it is not as stated as the acid in the kriek). Aftertaste hints at toasted malts and chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little dense from the sugars, but the carbonation is lively enough to cut through. Overall, this is another good beer from Liefmans, but the overall sweetness can get to me, making drinkability not the tops.

goochpunch, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Packaged in 750ml bottle with Christmas tissue paper wrapping.

A: Pours a dark cranberry red color with a creamy tan head.

S: Sweet fruity nose from the fresh berries.

T: Tart raspberries for flavor, with a smooth texture. Very similar to their kriekbier. Some sugary sweetness from the berries are detected in the beginning that fades very nicely to a smoothing sourness. Nice dessert beer or wine substitute. Well balanced, tart and nicely brewed.

M: smooth and silky, tart with some spicy alcohol.

D: great drinkability as a dinner sipper.

beerthulhu, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of Rickus
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%

Rickus, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is from a 750, cork dated 2005.

Served in a vintage Liefmans flute glass.
Pours a reddish brown, with ample carbonation that even clings to the sides of the glass. Second pour yields some sediment, but the first pour was pretty clear. Visually you can see that the base beer is Goudenband, that is used to make it. The color is a little darker than other sweet lambics, more like a Flanders Red.

Leafy raspberry aroma, a little mustiness from the cork, but that blows off. Sweetness is present in the nose too.

Feel is spritzy, with a light tartness that seesaws with the sweetness. Flavors of sweet raspberry dance around, some oak tannins, then it finishes dry as the bubbles vanish on the tongue.

Works well as an aperitif or as dessert. The last 12.7 oz. bottle I had didn't seem to hold it's carbonation as well as this 750mL one. As far as sweet "lambics" go, this one has more to keep me interested than most out there.

emerge077, May 28, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, corked and caged bottle. 2007 on cork, top of cage says "01/2017" on it. My bottle also says 4.5% ABV instead of the 4.0% stated on the BA website. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with pretty much no head at all. Lacing is OK. The aroma is sweet and tart raspberries, along with a slight funky/vinegary aroma. Taste is tart and sweet raspberries, and a little bit of funk. I love raspberries so I like the taste of this a lot. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a great choice as a dessert beer, but I'm pretty sure I couldn't drink more than 2 of these at a time (1 is enough). I'd definitely have this again in the future.

bluejacket74, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of AEK
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

375ml green bottle poured into a Jacobins geueze lambic glass.

A. A clear, autumnal red beer with a nice, slightly cream coloured head.

S. Aromas of a freshly opened jar of raspberry jam and raspberry flavoured syrup.

T. Raspberry tarts.

M. Fairly thin bodied.

D. A not too sour frambozen. Could be a nice learning curve on the way to fully understanding/appreciating 'sours'.

AEK, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like the perfect match between champagne, beer and raspberry juice. Good sour taste and very refreshing for those hot summer days. Leave a small head when pourred into glass that disapear too quickly. God save the Begian for being able to brew soem Lambic.

Phyl21ca, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother had been holding this particular 12oz bottle since late April and we decided it had to go last night. Since he's scaled back his consumption, the majority went to my fluted champagne glass. Liefmans raspberry lambic hit the glass and showed off a dark maroon color, copious carbonation and a tall bubbly pink-tinged head that quickly collapsed, leaving spotty lace.
The nose had that enticing sweet/tart aroma of raspberries (I should hope so!) and a bit of yeasty malt. The raspberry notes really superceded all other aromas. The taste had the immediate tartness of not-quite-ripe raspberries. This morphed to a general fruity sweetness laced with a light malt note before a mild sourness took hold for a bit of a puckering finish. Missing was the barnyard funk of wild yeast associated with Cantillon and some other lambics. The feel was light, crisp and dry.
Overall, Liefmans Frambozenbier landed somewhere between the cloying syrupy-sweet of Lindemanns and the wildly jaw-cramping tartness of Cantillon. I must confess I do also miss the funkiness that the Cantillon lambics possess. This one simply doesn't have it. Nevertheless, this made for a real nice dessert beer when paired up with a chocolate chip cheesecake.

Boilermaker88, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish purple brown with a 1 1/2" head that is off-white with a brownish-reddish cast. Aroma is fruity (berries- what a surprise) and clean smelling. Some earthiness and slight port notes. Flavor is nicely balanced fruit, slightly sweet, slight lambic sourness (very slight). Overall: nice on a hot day drink. Not very complex or very substantial. Kind of a one-note brew that is nice, but does not reach out and grab me.

Dukeofearl, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
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Frambozenbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.