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Frambozenbier - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 155
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 19
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 02-17-2002

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Photo of cichief
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep red with a pinkish head, very cloudy (perhaps the keg needed to settle longer)

S- Very fruity, sweet raspberries, little else.

T- Very fruity, not too sweet, slight sour finish, well balanced.

M- Very carbonated, medium body.

D- Nice dessert beer. Not the best of the style however.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep red/brown color with tan head that went away quick. Nice looking beer.
Aroma was pleasent old rasberry mixed with beer. Also an earthy like smell I cant put my finger on.
Taste...OK...To be fair I tried it chilled, then warm. Chilled was all tart nothing else. My face puckered up for a good 5 minutes before I could take another sip. Rather than giving up, I let it sit out for a couple of hours. It got warm and was finally drinkable. Rasberry and beer, but still a big tart kick. I found warm was a pleasant hurt. I vowed never to get another one, but the taste was addicting.
Mouthfeel was good. Not overly carbonated, smooth.
Drinkability...a little too tart for my taste. However, on the otherhand it wasnt overly sweet or carbonated like some other lambics that just taste like soda.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle up in DC. Served in a Russian River "TION" goblet.

Pours a muddy brown color with a low off-white head and not much lacing or anything like that. The nose brings a tad bit of raspberry and a bit of a tea-like character. Flavor brings a bit of tea and light raspberry. Quite odd and not very tasty, unfortunately. Not everything works together, and the base beer doesn't quite work with the raspberry. Light body and some tea-like tannic character. Decent, but not something I would come back to.

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Photo of crwills
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unlabeled green corked bottle wrapped in pink-and-white paper. 2006 vintage. The cork indicates best before February 2016, but that doesn't make a lot of sense to me given the ABV. I could be wrong.

Poured this into a champagne glass. Orangey pink when held up to the light, with a bubbly white head that fades fast for the first pour (somewhere between fridge and cellar temp) and sticks around for the second (closer to room temp).

Aroma is sweet candy sugar and raspberries, with the standard limited complexity of a fruit beer. Flavour is actually quite pleasant and restrained for the style. Sugary raspberry, some Belgian yeasts making themselves known, and a solid mouthfeel that's a bit overcarbonated but not too bad. Sour, tangy aftertaste makes this reasonably drinkable compared to some others of the same style.

Overall, "not bad for a fruit beer," with my usual caveat that I don't generally like them.

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Photo of AEK
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
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'.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date November 2015; Sampled March 2008
Pours with a frothy, almost two-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a murky dark, concentrated plum colored beer that shows a lightly hazed, cranberry red color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite raspberry driven; pulpy, raspberry aromatics jump out at me as I pour this beer and are only concentrated and amplified upon further inspection. To be honest I can't smell anything but raspberry; thankfully the raspberry character is quite fresh smelling and is not in any way artificial smelling.

Sweet tasting, though not syrupy; it is sweet like a lightly watered down fruit juice. A slight nuttiness / seed character is noticed just before a solid, fleshy raspberry flavor kicks in. Interesting, because I was not expecting it, just like the aroma, this has very little flavor to it that reminds me at all of beer; malt, hop even funk and fermentation derived sourness are all drowned out by the dominant, though perhaps not overwhelming raspberry character.

This really does taste a lot like a fruit juice; it is quite refreshing and really doesn't seem like it has any alcohol to it. It practically disappears, it is so easy to drink. I have a hard time thinking of this as beer though.

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Photo of pootz
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you rank this as a flemish sour, you’re deluding yourself. Craftman-like mixology at work here creating an overpowering but real fruit presense to cover many warts in young brews.

Pours a clouded brown with red highlights....smallish pink cap....small bubbled massive carbonation.

The nose is assaulted with sweet berry fruit and some musty tones..the fact these are real fruit aromas scores a point even if the aroma is overly strong.

Malting is undetectable, hops are non existant and the main carrier here is a tartness from sour lambic bacteria and the fruit...there is some unnatural injected sweetness butting against the musty sourness in the body....finish is sweet and tart with a berry after taste...pleasant but wierd...what is this?

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Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dark brown but light reveals it to be a mahogany brown pout. A small, dense tan head dissipates to nothing.

The aroma isn't bad with a malty sweetness playing against a hint of funk. The dominant note is sweetened raspberry which is almost candy like.

Definitely a sweet sour. Tart cherries combine with some lactic. Again, it's tasty but the sweetness makes this reminiscent of a Chinese sweet and sour dish.

Medium-light body with a crisp, moderately high carbonation is good and accents the fruit flavours.

As you can probably tell, I'm split about this beer. The flavours underlying the whole thing are good but the post fermentation addition of sugar to sweeten the beer is unwanted and unneeded. On the whole, it's a decent beer and one which is fairly approachable for a sour.

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Photo of davey101
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a palm tulip. Dated cage reads: LFR 06/2017 B7164 which leads me to believe that this is a 2007 vintage.

A - When I popped the cork it didn't seem too lively. A quick, but even pour yielded a white head that faded quickly. Some chunks flowed into the glass even though I stopped pouring with 2 or so ounces left. First off, this beer is pretty clear. Which lets the sediment and yeast float around and become quite visible. The body is a deep purple color with bits off white yeast that are really taking their time to settle back down.

S - Raspberries and sugar. Its not fake and artificial, its just like very concentrated sweet, sweet raspberry syrup. No "funk" to speak of.

T - Sweet natural raspberry syrup. There is this aftertaste, that almost seems savory. I can't describe what it tastes like, but it makes the aftertaste slightly odd but still approachable. Very easy drinking, and the carbonation is quite nice. Slightly tart but certainly not sour.

O - I've picked up a few older liefmans vintages because they are priced really well, and they succeed in what they are. This isn't a lambic based traditional framboise, its an oude bruin brewed with raspberry juice. This particular vintage might be a bit past its prime, but its still refreshing and a decent fruit beer.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish plum color, thin head at first dissolves leaving a dish-soap like frothy film. The aroma is a bit weak, dominated by tart raspberry and perhaps a hint of alcohol and vinegar. Tastes of mildly sour rapsberries that sweetens up a bit after a few sips. The fruit flavors start out strong but fade toward the finish. Light bodied, there is strong tingly carbonation initially. This is a simple fruit beer, and was easily drinkable. I liked the hint of sour flavor, but it could have been stronger.

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Photo of ipogios
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rasberry colour topped by an average head that settle sdown rather easily.The aroma of this beer was rasberry aroma. Flavour was sweet and fruity (as someone could guess). Good carbonation and mouthfeel. Fine Belgian Fruit Lambic

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Photo of StevieW
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with paper wrapper. Underneath is a green euro bottle. No freshness dating noticable.
Medium reddish brown color. Faint non-existant head. Lots of raspberry smell, full basket of them.
Taste is super sweet, syrupy and full of raspberries. Lots of bubbles you can feel, but lightly carbonated. A overall slightly flat weird feel. I had feared it was flat. Slick and odd feeling. Taste was fine, very sweet and sour. Lip puckering at times. Odd sour finish, I'm afraid I might have had this past it's prime. I would try it again, for a special occassion.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good till end 2014. Tasted version had 4.5% alc though instead of the listed 4. Pours in fine and has a nice bloodred color with a pinkbrown head that stays well. Smell is very framboise and only litle sour. Not much oak to detect and very clean smell alltogether. Taste is litle sour, sweet, lots of framboise and litle cherry. Bitterness there, hardly any malts and much too sweet!

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Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark cranberry red color with a small pinkish-beige head that slowly dissolves leaving very litle lacing. Very sour aroma of raspberries, syrup and alcohol. Very tasty despite its overly fruity aroma. A nice balance of tart/ sour funkiness and raspberry fruit flavor.

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Photo of marc77
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy deep ruby red. Pink tinged light tan spotty head. Tattered wisps of lace remain. Ripe, sugary raspberry bolstered by notes of sweet butter and oak derived red apple. Mild citric tartness with hints of wet hay, but otherwise understated, clean and sweet overall aromawise. In flavor, overrripe berry sweetness is partially offset by notes of lactic, soured wheat and carbapple. Trace acetic notes lends sharpness, but is quickly overrun by residual sugar. Drys transiently mid palate, with hints of dry, musty hay eeking in, but sugar laden berry jiuce promptly resumes dominance. Passable dextrinous, with a mouthfeel akin to a concentrated raspberry syrup spritzer. Sublte, woody, slightly tannic oak notes emerge late and carry through the mellow, sweettart and tracely buttery finish. An enjoyable lambic intermediate in character between the cloyingly sweet Lindemans and the moderate Boons. Quite tasty, but still a touch too sweet and clean to be considered elite.

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Photo of TheDM
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a light brown head of fine and medium sized bubbles that left a good lacing. It has a cloudy dark brown body and a strong raspberry aroma. It also has a strong raspberry taste and an acidic finish. Overal just averagely impressed. I was more i,pressed by the unique packaging. I think it has been the only brew I have drank that was wrapped in a paper package and had a wire tied cork on the bottle.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a corked and caged 375ml bottle. Entire bottle itself was wrapped in paper decorated with young, near-naked kids hoisting oversized raspberries overhead. No freshness info found on the wrapping or label.

Pours a deep, dark, slightly cloudy, brownish-ruby color. Minimal head present, mainly some off-white bubbles hanging around the edge of the glass, with little lacing as well. Nose is ripe with sweetish raspberry notes tinged with a touch of tartness. Body is a bit less than medium, and with little carbo, it passes fairly smoothly across the tongue.

Flavor is replete with loads of raspberry, and there's a nice balance between sweet and sour here. No sharp edges or extreme tartness, like Rodenbach Grand Cru, though it does have a light bit of funkiness going on. Basically, this is a straight-forward, light, fruit-flavored bier. Dry in the finish, this is a decent bier for the style, all-in-all.

Thnx to Slander for tossing this my way at Split Thy Skull '06 in Brooklyn. Prosit!!!

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep purple brew with one finger of small tan head with a purple tint, tiny specks of lacing adorn the sides of the glass.

S - It smells like a bowl of fresh raspberries plus raspberry syrup.

T - Raspberries. A bit of raspberry seeds. A tiny bit of earthy notes as well. It is moderately tart and moderately sweet. The sweetness is a bit milder than I had expected.

M - Thin, a bit harsh, but extremely refreshing.

D - Fantastic, drinks like soda, a lot less sweetness though. It is pleasant. I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of Onslow
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is delicious tangy beer. It Pours with a massive head that has real staying power! It has a slice a of sweetness with a whipped topping of bitterness with a side of tang! A lot of different flavours going on in this brew... Overall, a good buy but maybe it needs more ...funk perhaps, i don't know but it needs something... but i did enjoy it!
'shared with The Capitol City Goofball'

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured really thick! I thought it would be one syrupy sip and 'Bye, Bye!'. Due to the unexpected thickness I mis-gauged the momentum of my pour, but it still came out 1 inch on top. Color was a little on the browish-side

Much less sweet than Lindemans Frambroise, and no "Pinky Tuscadero" foam either. Tart and drier too --more seed than fruit--but still a wonderfully refreshing sorbet flavor. Bottle says 4%, but I'm feeling more right now, and that's after a big Turkey and Swiss hoagie (This is a lunch review).

Noticeable stuff-of-the-cow-hoof undertone. I'm sure this wort heard a few moos before getting capped.

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Photo of garbercury
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this for my girlfriend to compare with her favorite, Lindemans Framboise. This is the 2nd Liefmans I have been able to try and I found it at Vintage Wine and Beer. It was wrapped in paper and had a ABV listing of 5% I believe. Served in a Church Brew Works flute glass on a pleasant afternoon.

A--Deep ruby color which you would expect. Did not have an overwhelming carbonation to it, not much head.

S--Light and fruity. You can really smell the sugar overtones in this one.

T--This was like drinking a piece of candy. Now I am not panning the beer, it was not for me but it had a nice flavor.

M--sparkling and fizzy in the mouth, pop rocky

D--Listen, I am a Belgian fanatic with a very cool girlfriend. Having beers like this at your disposal makes the girlfriend happy while I put down a Abt 12 or Rochefort 10. If you like fruit beers, this is very good. Not up to the Lindemans standard but good, especially on a hot summer day...

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Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, 4.5%, purchased in Quebec.

A: Hazy amber-brown, off-white head, almost no retention, hints of lace.

S: Raspberries & hints of funk.

T: Raspberry, dry biscuit, light sweetness & tartness, a little grass & leather.

M: A little thin, light residual sweetness, very little acidity.

D: An easy drinker.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (37,5cl), tasted in 2003.

Appearance: very dark red color, clear, brown foam very thin and plentiful (relatively low and stability)
Smell: Nose sweet and very fruity raspberry natural
Taste and mouthfeel: mouth fruity smooth. Fullness on the palate, balanced bodied and creaminess
Drinkability: Liefmans frambozenbier is a good beer in the style Flemish brown ale

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Photo of rayjay
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage. Actually, "2.004" according to the cork. Bought at the Bier Stein in Eugene (highly recommended).

Watch out for that bubbly red head, it foams out of the top of the glass for about 40 seconds after you pour it. Raspberry red.

A sugary raspberry dessert sauce is what dominates the nose. Not grainy smelling like a lambic would be.

Thick, sugary, and vigorously carbonated. This one actually hurt my teeth. I found it to be too sweet to accompany our dessert. A pretty tasty treat like candy. No accompanying tartness or earthiness, which would be nice for more balance.

Splitting a bottle would be best, as to avoid a diabetic coma. All that sugar made me pretty tired. A neat little beer for a snack, but I don't see this pairing with food very well.

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Frambozenbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
90 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.