De Boomgaard Framboise - Brouwerij Liefmans
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3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
Bright fuschia with coral highlights and a rose petal pink cap. Framboise is a raspberry beer all right. The head resembles raspberry mousse and has enough tackiness to deposit a fair amount of sea foamy lace. Call me crazy, but I love the look.
Although the nose has none of the earthiness, funkiness, oakiness (seriousness if you will), of some other Belgian framboise ales, it's so full of pure, sweet raspberry essence that I can't help but like it. It's much more enjoyable than Peche's nose, even taking into account the fact that I like raspberries and don't like peaches.
Framboise doesn't hold quite as well on the palate. Having said that, it's still a good fruit beer that favors the 'sweeter the better' school. As long as one doesn't expect a true fruit lambic, and as long as one has a mouth full of sweet teeth, what's not to like?
Part of the reason the flavor score takes a slight hit is that there's an underlying perfuminess that is noticeable without being a deal-breaker. Like the peach version, I'm struggling to appreciate any spices whatsoever. There may be something on the finish, but specifics escape me.
The mouthfeel is about what one would expect given all the added sugar. It's moderately viscous in a 'corn syrup added' kind of way. Corn syrup, sucrose, fructose, candi sugar... it's all the same in the end. Thankfully, there are just enough bubbles present to keep things lightly tingly on the tongue.
De Boomgaarde Framboise is something of a surprise. I started off this series of ales with the less than impressive Peche. This one is pretty good though. I can think of any number of desserts that I'd love to pair it with. Here's hoping that Kriek and Tropicale are at least as enjoyable.
02-17-2007 14:50:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.95/5 rDev -14%
Pours a five finger pillowy pink head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber/red color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Strong raspberry nose. Starts sweet but not cloying, strong raspberry flavor which masks any malts or hops, clean finish. Non-beer drinkers would like this. $4.50 for a 375ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.
08-02-2006 22:19:40 | More by jdhilt
3.08/5 rDev -10.2%
The beer poured into the chalice clear garnet with a slightly pink head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.
The aroma was very strong raspberries with a notable tart quality. The aroma was quite floral and had a perfume quality.
The flavor was average with a moderate amount of raspberry character and a light tartness. The flavor was very close to that found in a drink mix.
The finish was dry with a bit of tannins lasting into the aftertaste. The tannins really only surfaced after the other flavors faded into the background. The body was just below medium with a moderate carbonation. The perfume in the aroma, the drink mix raspberry and the tannins in the finish make this beer one to be missed.
12.7 ounce corked and bailed bottle. 2005 on cork, Sep 2007 on top of bail. Label says "Brewed with spices and raspberry juice".
08-27-2006 22:14:10 | More by GCBrewingCo
1.9/5 rDev -44.6%
In line with the other De Boomgaard products. Its a glorified fruit juice product. Exactly what its intended to be? ehhhh throw a shot of alcohol into a cup of raspberries and this is what your looking for? not for me.
Fizzy head fades quickly with no lacing.
Huge fruity aroma is on the sour side but nothing intersting going on here. Sugary in the finish.
Notes: Like I've said earlier, its fruit juice. Have I enjoyed fruity beers in the past? You bet. This is just run of the mill.
06-19-2006 04:38:33 | More by DogFood11
4.03/5 rDev +17.5%
On Tap at Max's in Baltimore.
Appearance: served a murky reddish brown hue with a partial cap and little lace.
Smell: Caramel, berry, apple, tartness and over ripe peaches.
Taste: Sour tannic apple tartness with a light suggestion of raspberry and other over ripe fruits. Lightly sour but mostly refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Gently acidic, with sugar sweetness but not intensely sweet like Lindemans just a bit on the sweeter side for a Belgian Framboise.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Tasty and easy approachable. I think it is sweet enough to appeal to those scared off by intensly sour beer but sour enough to be enjoyed by those who don't want to drink pure sugar.
Hope this is helpful.
10-03-2007 15:07:38 | More by Phatz
3.14/5 rDev -8.5%
A: Reddish brown, rusty pink colour, very slight cloud, no head, almost no apparent carbonation.
S: Watery fruit, fermented fruit, malt, raspberries, slight sweetness, slight floral scent.
T: Sour, watery, slight bitter 'sweet and low' artificial sweetener taste, tart and bitter tastes. A bit of floral and a bit of raspberry come out when really swooshed with air over the tongue.
M: Medium light syrupy body. Low carbonation, like a flat Sprite.
O: Love the bottle and the fact that its retired intrigues me. However, in my opinion if all the other bottles taste like this, perhaps it should be retired. 'Sweet and Low' (calorie free sweetner) watery, etc. Its not up to par with the other ratings in my opinion. Still, it has almost a year left before expiry, so this shouldn’t be the issue. I am glad to find it though. Nice on a summer day by itself, woud go well with light salads.
06-06-2013 13:14:00 | More by patre_tim
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
Pours out a cloudy dark reddish amber with two fingers of purple suds.
Smell is like raspberry candy. You smell sweet and sour at the same time here.
Taste is Raspberry and sugar then just a slight hint of the bitter hops at the end of the taste.
Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp.
You could drink a bunch of this but you would tire of the sweet fruityness after a couple.
07-26-2007 02:42:11 | More by peabody
3.95/5 rDev +15.2%
This one was on tap at Zenos in State College a couple of weeks ago.
A - Was a a deep dark red color. Slightly hazy.
S Really sour apples and raspberries and maybe peaches...
T - Unreal. Extremely sour and sweet. Not expecting quite that much sour to it but it was nice. Very complex sour at first and sweet at the end.
M - Very nice and creamy.
D - More of a dessert or end of the night beer so not the best.
02-21-2008 06:48:50 | More by slvrmon82
3.28/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours a deep purple color, pinkish colored head settles very quickly. Taste is fruity, but not as sour as i expected. Still, very sweet. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and sweet, but that's kind of how it should be. Drinkability on this beer is a bit of a question mark for me. It's a unique beer, not bad if you are expecting it, but honestly, it's too sweet to drink more than one of these. I picked it up tonight mainly to show my mother in law that there are many different styles of beer. Not my favorite framboise, but i guess it's ok.
03-09-2008 02:43:20 | More by BigJTrucker
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
This beer looks, smells, tastes, and feels like melted raspberry sorbet, and I'm not sure what else I can say about it. It's melted raspberry sorbet with 4.10% ABV, it's really tasty. You could do some fun things with this beer in the summer...pour this over a fruit salad, and pow, instant good times ensue. This would also be dynamite with cheesecake. In fact, if I could have anything in front of me right now to go with this beer, it'd be cheesecake.
12-03-2008 01:43:12 | More by corey0212
2.93/5 rDev -14.6%
Pours champagne fizzy, red with a pink head.
Aroma is straight up raspberries, sight belgium muskyness and a hint of malt.
Light and carbonated mouthfeel. Sweet finish.
Taste is like a mix of a fruity champagne and a fruity malt beverage. Not much "beer" flavors to speak of and frankly not like and other Framboise that I have had.
Frankly this is a nice fruity drink but reviewing it as a beer is difficult. Honestly I would not classify this as beer any more than I would call a mikes hard lemonade a beer.
07-04-2006 03:57:49 | More by kgotcher
3.23/5 rDev -5.8%
The label is clear that this is a "belgian beer brewed with spiced and raspberry juice" and not a lambic. It looked great in a champagne flute with a big pink head and wonderful raspberry smell. This is where the good part ends. It is like Kool-Aid which is very drinkable but not very exciting. Wait unitl this is on the clearance rack to try it. $3.99 at bev'mo.
03-15-2006 04:25:37 | More by lou91
4.38/5 rDev +27.7%
12.7 bottle from Cooridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel, MD.
Pours a tranlucent burnt cranberry. Very mysterious. While this is far from my favorite style, I am drinking this to mix it up (since my wife isnt having it).
Smells a very berry sweet boquet. Lots of aroma here.
Somewhat dry berry. Not a sweet as it smelled. Nice flavor with no alcohol bite and almost a sweet hoppy finish.
Soft in the mouth. Lots of depth with plenty of carbonation. Medium bodied with good finish and staying power. Leaves that floral sweet boquet in the mouth.
Not my favorite style, but a very good reprensentation of itself. Very good to mix it up once in a while. Every beer has their own time and place.
12-03-2006 22:44:15 | More by JasonA
2.95/5 rDev -14%
Capped and corked 12 oz bottle. Pours a raspberry-red (imagine that), cloudy color with thick pinkish head. Quite effervescent, although the head does recede somewhat quickly. No lacing to speak of.
Aromas of pungent raspberries, sweet, little hint of underlying malt or hop. Raspberry is quite dominant.
Taste is similar. Very fruity, juicy, a bit tangy and quite sweet. Just like a fruit juice, not a beer.
Highly effervescent, the beer is light like a fruit juice. Very drinkable if you like raspberries and juice.
A decent representation of the style, but not at all what I would consider a true beer. I can understand why certain people gravitate toward these types of beers. I would pass an opportunity to try again.
03-15-2007 15:42:48 | More by jmc44
4.88/5 rDev +42.3%
375 ml bottle from Northridge Liquors in Ellicott city, Maryland.
I had Listermann's Frambois in the past and was completely unimpressed. A friend suggested Boomgaard's. Good advice.
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium Raspberry with a cream head that has Raspberry tones. Decent head retention.
Aroma: Raspberry dominates the aroma. There's a hint of malt and no hops aroma at all.
Taste: It tastes like a wine. My mistress. who does not like beer, agreed and said it was excellent. The Raspberry dominates the malt.The sourness is light medium. There is a slight vanilla overtone.
Mouthfeel: A very clean, medium light body. There is a definite tartness The carbonation is moderate/ The finish is clean.
Drinkability: This is an after dinner drink, definitely not a session beer. It is excellent for someone who wants just one.
05-27-2007 13:35:53 | More by RDAdams
3.4/5 rDev -0.9%
Nice beer for it's category - 'fruit beer'. Strong smell coupled with a strong fruit juice flavoring that dominates over a typical beer taste. Enjoyed having just one - more than one at a time would be too much fruitiness. Refreshing beer for a warm afternoon outside!
09-07-2006 00:25:40 | More by cash22
De Boomgaard Framboise from Brouwerij Liefmans
80 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.