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Frambozenbier - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 17
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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ThickestHead

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Comes a hazed, nearly opaque reddish-brown with a medium reddish-tan head and average lacing.
Smells of barley malt and raspberries.
Tastes slightly tangy and sweet from the raspberry (but not as tart and sugary as say the Lindemanns Frambois Lambic), also of a grainy toasted malt and a yeastiness too.
Medium to full body with adequate carbonation.
This is my girlfriend's new favorite beer, which is fine by me since it is a step closer to actual beer and not overly 'juicy' and sour like the lambics she has been sticking with. It's nice enjoying one with her and not having to pucker from every sip I take.

08-13-2009 04:48:19 | More by ThickestHead
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

A vivid, clear tone of cherry pomegranate that makes the beer seem instantly appealing. Despite the deep colour all transparency remains in tact, up against the light anyhow. Since its bubbly white head faded quickly I feel robbed of contrast. A little more mousse would have been becoming. Still, a beer this pretty must surely be luscious...

There is a slightly complicated pedigree behind Liefmans Frambozenbier so try and follow with me. Like all of this brewery's beers, this is a blend. It starts off as the Oud Bruin that is fermented in open vessels and then matured for up to 8 months. It is then blended with the very special Goudenband. Finally, raspberry juice is added. Got it? Good...

It's no surprise then that the aroma is dominated by sweet and sour as well as fruity and acidic. It has plenty of roasted caramel, raisins and nuts. There is slight vinegar, a touch of tartness and a dab of subdued spiciness. There is a discernible amount of mildewed, antiquated, musty oak. As if all that wasn't enough, luscious, fruity raspberries abound.

Frambozenbier is flavoured like the most tasty fruit salad I could ever imagine. Using an authentic artisan balsamic as base, we toss ripened strawberries, young cherries, skinned apples, juicy currants and, of course, plump raspberries in with wild honey and caramel drizzle. Summer berries topped with honey and balsamic make me foam at the mouth.

If what I described above sounds good to you, then I guarantee you will not only like, but love, this beer. It isn't overly nor artificially sweet like other synthetic, faux-Lambics. It isn't overly sour like the authentic, traditional ones either. It achieves some sort of mouthfeel nirvana through the blending of two wonderful Flanders Oud Bruins and fruit juice.

This particular bottle was a 2006 vintage sampled in 2009 (the brewery stamps their 'best before' ten years from the date of bottling) and is still drinking wonderfully. I'm not sure of how different (for better or for worse) this would be if left for the remaining 7 years. I've heard the Goudenband can mature upwards of 25 years so it stands to reason this could too.

Granted, expect to loose a lot of the fruit character - not that that would be such a bad thing. This beer may be mass-appealing and mindlessly enjoyable because of the fruit component but it's remarkably intricate for its base beers and, more importantly, the blending ultimately responsible for the final product. This is artistic beer, period.

03-22-2009 23:56:20 | More by biegaman
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roadhouse

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a ruby red color with a three-quarter inch pink tinted off-white head that sinks down to a skim fairly quickly. Leaves some pretty nice lacing.

Aroma is straight up raspberries. Sometimes it's sweet, sometimes it's tart, or even in between. Either way, it's good.

The taste is initially tart and full of raspberries, but it quickly becomes sweet right upon the swallow. In the finish the tartness returns to outweigh the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a nice effervescent carbonation.

Definitely one of the best fruit beers that I've had, but it's not quite as good as Liefman's Goudenband or Kriek. Very drinkable either way.

01-18-2009 02:46:26 | More by roadhouse
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Served in a corked and caged bottle wrapped in purple paper. The cage dated it good until 01/2017.

Poured a brownish copper brew with garnet highlights and a slightly pinkish head.
The aroma is full of fresh raspberry with a hint of the character of a sour beer but it is very cleverly masked by the raspberry.
The flavor is also very fruity with a quick rush of carbonation giving way to a full sweet fruity flavor that is rich in raspberry and dark berry notes. It finishes very clean with a hint of carbonation lingering on the palate. Very drinkable and a much better training wheel beer than lindemans as it isn't so sweet.

01-04-2009 22:54:21 | More by RenoZymurgist
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

01-02-2009 02:03:21 | More by bluejacket74
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generallee

New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

12-12-2008 19:56:29 | More by generallee
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12%

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.

11-28-2008 09:10:21 | More by corby112
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BelgianAleSlut

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured into tulip, light foam. Color of purplish-brown and has nice aroma of raspberry. Hard not to compare with Lindemans Framboise, of which I have shared around a dozen with my girlfriend.

Color of this seems more authentic (natural), and aroma, while similar, seems more muted than Lindemans.

Lightness of beer creates a nice tingly mouthfeel and is refreshing to the palate. Good tart/sourness that helps keep the beer fresh on the tongue.

Could be just this night, but discovered I could not drink more than one glass of this before having to switch to something else.

Overall, a very good lambic but for the same price I (and girlfriend) choose Lindemans Framboise. That could change if I am able to try a few more of these.

07-22-2008 04:22:08 | More by BelgianAleSlut
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diamondc

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

375ml bottle, corked on 02/2007

Appearance : dark, murky brown red .. with an inch of foam that takes its time setting down to a nice cap leaving some pretty lacing on the sides.

Smell : I got what is advertised on the bottle .. raspberries! Plus that instantly recognizable funky, vinegarish aroma of Goudenband.

Taste: Initially tart, then the sweetness of the raspberries coming through in the middle. A surprisingly mild bitterness at the end rounds out the gulp.

Drinkability/Mouthfeel : I'm torn between taking small gulps or just resting the glass on my lips. This raspberry flavor isn't cloying like Lindemans lambics can be. Still, I can't see myself 'sessioning' a fruit beer or having one more than once a week. Paired up with some dark chocolate ... can we say flavor orgasm?

06-09-2008 04:44:27 | More by diamondc
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

05-28-2008 00:05:50 | More by emerge077
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rye726

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

A nice looking brew with a redish brown color. Nice foamy tan head.

The nose is of raspberries, solid malts and Belgian peppery funk.

The taste is similar, nice mixture of malts and fresh berries. Very natural and authentic. Not the fruitiest, but complex and very tasty. Some earthy sourness as well.

Crisp body and refreshing feel. This is what a fruit beer should be. A solid brew enhanced by a refermentation with real fruit.

05-05-2008 05:42:55 | More by rye726
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errantnight

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Man, it's going to be Tres Disappointing (that's French for, Very Decevoir) if Liefmans is really lost to us, forever. I found this bottle at a Green's in Atlanta while I was there amidst plentiful Goudenband and Kriek... and it's the first time I've seen this beer.

This is just really, really good.

A nice hazy brown with ruby and violet highlights and a tenacious head with copious lacing.

A rich, full, bready, sweet, raspberry nose. A little funky sourness.

Taste has the malty sweetness of an oud bruin, musty and warm. Raspberry flavor is bright and full, without being overpowering. Sweetness is a bit on the heavy side, but nowhere near as overpowering.

Nice crisp mouth, dry, clean finish.

An easy drinker. Let there be more.

04-08-2008 06:41:49 | More by errantnight
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a clear but dark brown that carries ruby hues. A sizeable creme head falls and leaves a lot of lacing. Hello. My name is raspberries. Can you smell me? MMyess. Flavor is a nice smooth raspberry tone. Very well put together and nice, but a bit one sided. There aren't really any other characteristics. Definitely isn't sweetened beyond what is natural, just like the kriek I have had about 50 times so far. Nice slick feel with a slightly biting carbonation. It's nice. Just like the kriekbier, but it's raspberry instead. Love me some fruit beers.

03-31-2008 00:15:44 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

My roommate was nice enough to share part of his large bottle with me.

Beautiful dark ruby color with a one-finger head. The aroma is what it should be...all raspberry. The taste is very sweet and fruity. Light, refreshing, and slightly syrupy. Goes down easy, but I did not want more when I was done.

This was a step up from Lindemans in my opinion, but nothing like a Cantillon. I prefer my lambics a little funkier than this, but it's a good option for those who want something in between the two.

03-25-2008 03:31:35 | More by Jacobob10
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

03-22-2008 05:20:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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JDV

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours rich murky maroon with a mild beige head. Smell of fresh raspberry puree. Taste is perfectly, lightly sweet, noticeably tart and well balanced. Good rich body and perfect lightly bubbly carbonation. Very easy drinking and a fantastic tasting and all around beer. Will definitely get more of this!

03-20-2008 03:07:30 | More by JDV
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

02-06-2008 00:25:14 | More by beerthulhu
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tprokop7

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured cloudy and reddish-brown, with a slightly colored head. Smells of sour raspberries, as one would expect. Drinking it, I liked it much more than the rasp. lambics I've had... definitely has more character. The only reason for the low drinkablilty is how sour the stuff is. I'm pretty sure my stomach would have hurt after one or two more. Still, overall a great beer. I'm lucky I got to try it on draft, with the questionable future Liefmans faces.

02-04-2008 20:59:00 | More by tprokop7
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nickfl

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

A - One and a half fingers of light caramel colored foam on a dark amber body with good clarity.

S - Musty, slightly funky aroma of raspberries with some caramel malt notes in the background.

T - Raspberry flavors up front with some malt sweetness and just enough acidity to balance the fruit. Caramel malt flavors follow along with a bit of lemon/lime sweet-sour interplay. The raspberry flavors continue into the finish along with some earthiness.

M - Full bodied, with high carbonation and a dry, puckering finish.

D - Highly drinkable, as all Flemish beers tend to be. This beer isn't as complex as some others, but it has nice raspberry character and the finish really inspires you to go back for another sip.

I had this as a dessert beer with some good, 70% cacao dark chocolate. What can I say, raspberries and chocolate? It worked; it worked really well.

02-04-2008 04:44:45 | More by nickfl
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a very healthy head that leaves some nice lacing and sticks around as a cap. Smells of freshly macerated raspberries and brown sugar. There is enough acid from the raspberries to make the aromas quite fetching. A whiff of spice at the end. The taste is pretty similar. Sweeter than many framboises, but with enough acidity to keep it interesting, but not as sweet as Lindemans, for instance. There is a slight spiciness and seedy bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth and this is extremely drinkable- it is so balanced and so low in abv that you can keep drinking them.

01-14-2008 00:55:13 | More by Georgiabeer
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours with a heavy, dark brown body devoid of highlights and a slightly off-white head with a collar and nice lacing. The aroma is beautiful -- soft yet evocative raspberries, some sweet undertones from the malt, and that familiar Liefmans lactic character. On the palate, wonderfully balanced between authentic raspberry flavors first off (you can almost taste the seeds) and a sour yeast character. The malts aren't terribly flavorful, and seem to be there mostly as a platform for raspberries and for their very smooth mouthfeel. Great acidity throughout, along with perfectly subdued-but-potent carbonation. Everything here is so cohesive and smooth (and insanely drinkable). Good flavor, great mouthfeel, real fruit taste (not fake raspberry syrup, it seems) and low ABV make this a crowd-pleasing, quaffable brew that the purists can appreciate, too... or at least not look down on all that much.

01-05-2008 02:44:49 | More by geexploitation
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roblowther

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

375 ml bottle, corked & caged into a champagne flute. Pours a range of colors from light tan to ruby brown as the glass diameter increases. Finishes with a light tan head that leaves a beautiful lace ring. The smell is fresh fruit, with a tart note followed by a caramel malt back that is making my mouth water. The taste is sweet fruit, fresh cherries with a hint of oak. Not too sweet and not too tart, if I may pull a goldilocks. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy but with a nice carbonation to balance it. Drinkability is very good for the style but the style is very sweet, which is a bit limiting. A very solid entry, not the best of the style I've had but not too far shy. Mmmmm....I need to find some vanilla ice cream.

12-04-2007 04:13:05 | More by roblowther
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Pegasus

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Amber-brown in color, with a touch of haze, a moderate, persistent off-white head, thick glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation. As the beer is consumed, a complex spiderweb of broken lace appears on the glass walls.

Aroma: Earthy rustic aroma with prominent raspberry notes, vanilla, and wood.

Taste: Opens with a strong wave of tangy raspberries, which dominate the taste from start to finish. The expected rustic or barnyard yeast notes are present as well, but are fairly subtle. There is a restrained herbal bitterness at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example, somewhat restrained and understated when compared to Lindeman's Frambois. For those who find Lindeman's to be a bit too over-the-top, Leifmans Frambozenbier may be just right.

Presentation: Packaged in a 375ml green glass champagne-style bottle with a cork and wire cage closure, served in a champagne flute.

12-02-2007 19:49:58 | More by Pegasus
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a nice red color with a good head and nice lacing that sticks around.

Smell a slight amount of barley malt, but mainly this beer smells a sour smell of spontaneous fermentation that is balanced by a raspberry sweetness.

This beer has a nice sourness to it. Not overly sour, but pleasantly sour. This sourness is cut by a nice raspberry sweetness. I have only tried lindeman's before this. I first loved lindeman's, but as my palate expanded I recognized it's flaws. This beer is much more balanced and has a nice complexity and roundess to it.

The beer does not leave that much of a tartness on the palate and feels a little watery.

I could easily make a session out of this beer. I will seek this one out again.

11-23-2007 04:57:46 | More by jasonjlewis
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Decent head and better lace. The color is dark reddish amber where there is a slight cloudiness.

This is surprisingly light smelling Framboise. It's probably the weakest part of this brew.

Strong raspberry aftertaste. Overall, this is a more-sweet, less-sour lambic--truly a dessert beer. Full bodied with a low carbonation.

This is not a daily offering, but it is a very pleasant brew. I'd love to check it against other Framboises.

11-22-2007 01:57:48 | More by smcolw
Frambozenbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.