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Frambozenbier - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
91
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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
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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thierrynantes

France

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 20:44:57 | More by thierrynantes
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brendan13

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paper wrapped, 375ml corked and caged green bottle. 4.5%ABV on this with a best before date on the cage of 01/2017...
A - Light brown with red hints when held up to light. Poured into a tulip glass with a good inch of dense, off white head that slowly falls away.
S - The raspberry aroma comes through but not in a dominating way. Some apple cider type notes are in there too.
T - Just like the smell the raspberry comes at first followed by a touch of tartness all well balanced. Not as sweet as some other raspberry beers which is good.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation.
D - Not something to session but this is a nice, refreshing beer that I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 10:04:06 | More by brendan13
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edbeered

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Happy Gnome, this pours an opaque burgandy color, with a small reddish white head that dissipates quickly and minimal lacing on the glass. The smell is fruity and sour. The taste, on one hand, is fruity, with raspberry, tart apple, and pear flavors. On the other hand there is a sourness that enlivens and balances, rather than detracts from the fruity flavors previously mentioned. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. The drinkability is good, especially if you like raspberries(and I do!), but one per sitting is enough for me. As lambics go, this is a very good one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2007 05:24:31 | More by edbeered
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beeragent

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a light purple, forming a 1/2 inch head. The aroma was completely dominated by the raspberries. Sweet and intense. The taste was also strong sweet raspberries. Very tasty and enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel. Low abv. and great flavor make this a very drinkable fruit beer. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. The flavor is not that complex, as it is normally dominated by the fruit flavor, but the simplicity is always welcomed. Not something that I could drink more than one of in a sitting, but a beer I will definitely be enjoying again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 21:41:38 | More by beeragent
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Onslow

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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'

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 00:00:01 | More by Onslow
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet with a small off white head that fell within a few seconds and remained as a solid ring around the top of the beer for quite some time. Even after a few minutes there was still a lasting layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma: Obvious raspberry in the nose along with some malty sweetness. I don't get any hops or really anything else in the aroma. The aroma has a god bit of an earthy quality that goes hand in hand with the sourness. The aroma is pretty complex in this beer.

Taste: Raspberry out the wazoo. The malt gives the beer some sweetness to go with the raspberry, and about the only balance to the sweetness is from the astringency from the dryness in the finish. The raspberry and mild sourness are the predominant flavors.

Opinion: This is a nice beer. I like that the raspberry is such a dominant flavor, but the overall mouthfeel isn't cloying in the finish, so you can actually enjoy the beer. Raspberry is such a versatile fruit in beer, and this is a nice example of a Raspberry beer. I would definitely try this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 01:48:28 | More by SkeeterHawk
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 23:46:20 | More by garbercury
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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

1001

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 19:07:12 | More by Bierman9
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby brown with a white head that soon becomes a patch.

The smell is of fresh raspberries. Sweettart candyish.

The taste is of fresh raspberries. Sweet barley malt backing. Sweetness backed by a tartness. Light, fruity finish.

The body is light, even towards thin. Drying raspberry hangs on.

This is a nice fruit beer with enough to it to let you know you're still drinking a beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 02:43:36 | More by jwc215
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Beer Bistro in Toronto on June 21, 2007. My particular beer was a Liefmans Frambozenbier, 375ml, 4.5% abv, and wrapped in a paper wrapper. This poured a beautiful maroon colour right out of the bottle with a beautiful raspberry aroma. The mouthfeel was crisp with some carbonation on the tongue. The beer started with a malty flavour with a lot of rasberry in it and finished with a crisp taste with a hint of raspberry. A truly wonderful experience for a fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 01:34:26 | More by cyrenaica
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of HogTown Harry- thanks man! Pours out a murky, muddy raspberry ice tea colour. Very little head or lacing which was surprising. Smells like raspberry jam. Taste is very good- very raspberry forward but not sweet. Very clean finishing with some sour notes. A very refreshing beverage. Drinkability suffers some as I found the carbonation levels to be very high. I've been drinking a lot of higher test beers lately, so a step back at a summer thirst quencher is a treat. Not quite BG raspberry tart level but a great fruit beer in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 03:31:05 | More by oakbluff
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goochpunch

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 03:42:08 | More by goochpunch
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle wrapped in paper. 2006 vintage.
Clear, deep amber with a reddish, nearly purple, hue. The head settled a few minutes after the pour to a thin cap, kind of a beige colour with a pink tint. There's definitely raspberry in the aroma, a little on the earthy side, sweet and slightly musty. Strong sweetness in the flavour, lots of fruit up front with a vanilla creaminess towards the middle. The finish dried out somewhat, leaving a pleasing tartness on the palate. Nice texture overall. Quite enjoyable and one of the better fruit beers I've run into lately.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 23:44:10 | More by DrJay
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HardTarget

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Paper wrapped 375 ml bottle corked and caged

Aroma: Intense fruity nose, raspberry jam, maybe some blueberries right off the bush.

Appearance: Reddish amber glass holds a stained tan head that laces dramatically

Flavor: Nice Belgian brown base rich with fruit syrup. Fruit is up front but allows some malt flavors through and a mild yeast note.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, firm carbonation, slightly oily finish.

Overall Impression: Fruity enough for the Mrs., beer enough for me. A nice middle road, full fruit beer that makes for a nice after dinner treat. Glad to see it in Texas, I’ll be getting some more.
Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 02:04:45 | More by HardTarget
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cichief

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2007 00:07:02 | More by cichief
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish-orange color. Frothy large head retains well.
The aroma is a huge influx of definitive raspberry puree. Delicious.
Taste has a very pleasant rambunctious sourness to it. Sliced raw raspberry, with raw seed bitterness border lining the edges.
Mouthfeel is absolutely incredible. Flavors and carbonation bounce all across the palate and provide strong euphoric waves.
One 12oz. of this would be plenty enough.

A tasty offering from Liefmans, and definitely a solid choice for introducing someone to the realm of sour beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 01:07:53 | More by HoustonTX
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 15:00:18 | More by crwills
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Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brilliantly red body and well preserved head.

S - Well as expected raspberry is what hits you sharply but pleasingly.

T - A well balanced raspberry flavour where the sweentess wins over the sourness. Slighlty astringent although begs the question "where is the alcohol"!

M - Lively enough for the style.

D - Not too strong so would have no trouble putting away a few of these.

I like raspberries and I like beer so this one was always going to be a winner. Not something that you would drink too often but certainly a great summer drink and one to enjoy every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 21:11:41 | More by Stephen63
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allengarvin

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liefmans makes a return to Texas after an 8-year absence. Well, this pours out a dark, murky reddish-brown color with a small, quickly fading head. Aroma is very sweet and fruity, lots of sweet raspberry--almost boysenberry. Raspberry dominates the flavor as well, but it's not as cloying as say, Lindemans is. There's a decent balance of tartness and sweetness. There's very little sour beer funkiness, though--this is not a complex or interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 01:28:36 | More by allengarvin
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mynie

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at John's Grocery in Iowa City, Iowa. Golly they get some weird stuff in there sometimes.

Pours standard for a Lambic, dark red with champagne bubbles and a nice, white head.

Smells of tart raspberrries and a nice funky yeast. Not at all too sour or funky--very nicely balanced.

Starts with rich, dry raspberries. Not kool-aidey at all. Some of the crispest fruit tastes I've ever come across in a beer. That moves into the sour middle and ends on dry, lightly cheesy yeast that leaves a dry, fruity taste in your mouth. Wonderfully balance

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 04:48:57 | More by mynie
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guinnessfan

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, purchased for my wife for Christamas, poured into oversized wine glasses.

A: Darker amber/caramel color with a red hue. Large 3 finger head, staying for a large duration of the glass.

S: Mild raspberries, earthy/oak scent.

T: Mild raspberries, oak taste. Mildly sweet and tart. Nice balance. Less sweet than Lindemans. Would actually complement dinner, not just dessert.

M: Carbonated and champagne-like.

D: Super easy to drink all night, not as sweet as Lindemans.

I actually enjoy the sweetness of Lindemans better, but this is more drinkable. The less sweet flavor can appeal to a broader audience. A 750ml of Lindemans is too much sweetness. I would have no problem polishing off a 750 of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 21:05:20 | More by guinnessfan
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 00:30:19 | More by CharlesDarwin
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horndecker

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caged and corked 355ml bottle.

Faded purple brown, with a small head which fades after a bit.Maybe this has a bit of age on it. Lots of fruit in the nose, along with a toffee-ish smell and a tart acidic whiff. The taste has the tartness and the acidity as well, but only after an earthy sweet raspberry hit. The sweetness is just a flash though, a beautiful swift splash of fruit. The bitter funk and sour acidity ride up behind it, dry it out and clear things away for the next sip. Pretty delicious. What remains is herbal and dark. Carmelized cranberry juice? Light body, but not transparent.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 02:45:49 | More by horndecker
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 19:42:11 | More by mrasskicktastic
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 ml corked, caged and wrapped green bottle. 4.5 % ABV, which is as listed on Liefmans website (as opposed to the 4% mentioned here). Best before February 2016 stamped on cap.

A- Very dark red maroon colour. Nice pink-beige head that settles to a thick collar. Good effervescence.

S- Sour raspberry with sweet notes. Faint touch of malt.

T- Raspberry tartness up front. Pale malt and water middle. Bitter/astringent raspberry seed finish. Slight winy fermented fruit flavour. Overall, the raspberry character dominates and is good.

MF- Nice full "round" feel. But astringency in finish diminishes the whole.

D- Wine flavour and astringency make this a beer I would not drink in quantities. ABV a little low for a sipping beer.

Not perfect, but the best raspberry beer I have had yet. If you like fruit beers, you should enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 16:50:24 | More by JOaikido
Frambozenbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.