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Mort Subite Framboise - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Ratings: 181 | Reviews: 84
Reviews by crwills:
Photo of crwills
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first lambic! (Not counting the Cantillon Gueuze I had at Smokeless Joe's and forgot to review...)

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. A darker red than I expected, but probably fairly natural -- a cloudy rusty reddish with some pink highlights when lit. Also resulted a pinkish-white 1/2 inch head that left a LOT of residue on the glass. Maybe the sugar content?

My biggest beef about this beer is its non-complexity. I'm a huge raspberry fan, so the syrupy raspberry smell and equally raspberry-y (heh) taste is good -- but it might be a bit overkill, and I would have liked to smell/taste something else in there. The aftertaste was a bit sickly sweet as well. And, frankly, the champagne-like texture didn't appeal to me much either (although that's just 'cause I don't like champagne, probably). I think I found this beer to sugary for my liking -- from what I understand, there's a difference between normal fruit lambics and sweetened fruit lambics (like this one)... I might prefer the unsweetened, which I imagine would be awesome with some good bitter chocolate.

Overall, nice flavour, but a bit boring, and hard to tolerate a lot of due to the sugar content.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wjimson
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A noble looking red colour, with a thin greyish pink head. Looking alright. I only had a chance to look at the colour after i pour it, but as soon as the bottle is opened the dominating impression is that it smells really good. Smells like a whole of fresh sweet raspberries captured in a bottle.

Taste like rasberry jam, followed by a woodsy-like malt taste. Dry sour and tart finish, which is very classy somehow. The weak alcohol taste does blend in quite well with the raspberry sourness. It has a foamy moutnfeel that is quite nice.

This is better than fruit juice, but I won't likely drinks this any more than once a month because it is quite sweet.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from the 12.7 ounce bottle into a goblet.

The beer is surprisingly heady, leaving a two-finger thick layer atop the liquid. The head looks chewy and creamy and is persistent. Carbonation continues to rise from within long after the pour. As for color, the beer is the color of a dark plum.

The smell is all raspberry with maybe a slight wheatiness. Spiciness emerges at the backend. It's that simple.

The taste is of course dominated by raspberry, but there is a cider like quality as well. The beer sort of ranges from being a cider to a soda or a dry brut style wine. Really interesting to drink with the intense carbonation alongside the dryness.

Overall, a tasty treat, but like a cider or wine, something I'd drink rarely and probably more during the spring and summer months.

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml caged and corked bottle.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy orange brick hue, with two fingers of pink-tinged, lazily foamy head, which settles an at even pace, leaving a consistent array of fuzzy tree canopy lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet and equally tart raspberry puree, with some confectioners' sugar, a wisp of yeastiness, and mildly crisp grain. The taste is quite fruity - the balance of the sugary, fleshy, and acidic all well meted out, as the raspberry's nature plays nicely against the understated grainy malt backbone, and waning whisper of yeast.

The bubbles are pretty laid back, the body medium-light in weight, with a bit of airiness, and generally quite smooth. It finishes with more strained raspberries - fruity, and just a wee bit tart.

Well, given the extremes that this style can yo-yo between, I'm enamoured with this one - lots of fruit characteristics, all in a fairly enjoyable harmony. Went down very fast, as it could possibly be considered juuust about right.

Photo of mintjellie
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and rose pink in colour, with salmon highlights appearing at the edges when held to the light. It pours with a thin collar of off-white head. Decent retention and great lace. Strong raspberry aroma with sponge cake and delicate hay. Tastes of sweet raspberry juice up front, followed by tart lemon juice and apple skin. Finishes mildly bitter and tart. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Fruity, sweet (but not cloying), and otherwise very approachable without venturing into alcopop territory.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to Michael Jackson, the name "Mort Subite" (which means sudden death), derives from the Mort Subite Cafe in Brussels where employees would enjoy a game of dice at lunch. When they were required to return to work they'd play a game of "mort subite".
It pours slightly hazy; tawny with a reddish cast and capped by a short and creamy white head. The head drops quickly to a thin creamy collar, but it does leave some nice lace. The nose expresses a lightly tart and very mildly sweet, authentic raspberry character. The body is thin/medium with an exceptionally fine carbonation that lightly caresses and tingles the tongue. The flavor displays a well-balanced combination of tart and sweet raspberry that's enhanced by some gentle lambic character. I'm not sure what the method is, be it a "coulis" (brewery made syrup), purchased extract, or a combination of one or both with a bit of real fruit, but it's fairly authentic. Nicely done, refreshing, and highly enjoyable. It makes a good apertif or after-dinner dirnk. Perfect for a warm summer's evening on the veranda, or even with brunch on a rainy spring afternoon.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

375ml corked and caged bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a rich, light pink and cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear dark red-purple. Lacing is thick and layered. Really great.

Nose is sweet raspberries and a ton of sugar. This one is obviously intentionally sweetened.

Flavor is of sweet raspberry puree. Slightly seedy and a little tart with a crisp finish that's got some bite. Decent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Foamy in the mouth and prickly going down. Accented finish with a slightly syrupy aftertaste.

Not bad for a sweetened lambic. At least it's not cloying. Simple and pretty enjoyable.

Photo of Mandrake
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pinkish-brown with a billowing pink-tinged white head that lasts for ages and leaves a ton of lacing. Smells of tart raspberries, with woodiness and some lambic yeast as well. Tastes dry and sour up front, with raspberry in the background and hints of the yeast throughout. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, and well carbonated, and drinkability is very good. Much more complex than the other lambic I had from this brewery, and very enjoyable.

Photo of elricorico
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with a foamy head that has a pinkish hue. The head retention is very good.

The smell is all raspberry, quite tart raspberry. Makes my mouth water a little bit. After a few more smells I start to find a bit of mustiness underlying.

The taste is loaded with raspberry, but at once it is sweet, tart and sour. The finish is fairly high in sourness, and leaves me salivating a little. Tasty, but seems to be all over the place.

The mouthfeel is like pop, a little bit syrupy and high in carbonation. No complaints.

Tasty, but not something to have very often. Once in a while a bottle to split with another person would be alright.

Photo of emerge077
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label lists: "artificial flavor, artificial sweetener, artificial color"... so what's left? Not lambic, that's for sure. Not sure why Mort Subite doesn't export their traditional Oude Gueuze & Kriek, they can keep this saccharine junk.

Nice scarlet tone from the artificial coloring, which must be also responsible for the pink foam. Highly charged with co2, the cork pops with a bang and a wisp of gunsmoke. Copious clumps of lace in the glass almost redeems it.

Artificially sweet raspberry, floral like a raspberry soap at grandma's house.

Lightly tart and vaguely oxidized, some bland papery malt. Middle is sweet like raspberry candy, verging on cloying, but less so than Lindemans. Carbonation is spritzy. Sticky sweet on the lips. Fruit seems more like candy syrup than actual raspberries.

Overall this isn't terrible for an artificially sweetened & flavored lambic, but it's fake and that's the bottom line. Try a traditional lambic for something worlds better than this wannabe raspberry wine-cooler. Review #55 - Lambic-Fruit category.

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, slightly murky red-pink with a finger and a half of faint pink head. Nice delicate lacing.

Smell. Guess what I smell??? Rasberries!!! A lot like the blue rasberry popsicles I used to get in the park as a kid ...maybe a bit more like the real berrys than that, but ya, sweet rasberries.

Taste. Rasberry again!!! haha A little sweet and a little tart. Maybe just a little watery too. Nonetheless, tasy and refreshing.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium-strong, smooth carbonation. Nice.

Overall. Refreshing and tart with just enough sweetness. Perfect for this first really warm evening of the spring.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Poured a ruby red beer with a huge head. Aroma of raspberry could not be more present. Carbonation is excellent with small bubble coming on top of beer minutes after being poured. Taste is very sweet, almost like juice and extremely refreshing. I know this one is not pure Lambic style but it is definitely a very good refreshing beer.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is red, slightly dark. Nice foamy head on top of it. It sticks quite well to the glass. Dense head too. The aroma is fruity... mainly strawberries but very sugary... probably juice instead of real strawberries. As the ingredient list says... its juice, not real strawberries. Slightly sour. Taste is good, quite sugary and the sourness is almost not present. Thus if you hate sourness of lambic, this one has none! To me this is good as well as those very acidic lambics. Its different, but still very enjoyable.

Cheers all!

Photo of irishkyle21
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this beer. Most people (BMC drinkers) don't believe its beer. Pours with a huge thick frothy light pink head and it lasts the entire beer. A very attractive colour almost like a fruit punch kool aid. Smells of raspberry and other fruits, some wine notes as well. Taste is sweet, fruity and a sour lambic character. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high pink head that took a long time to die down and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of raspberries are present in the nose.
T: Very much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of raspberries and has a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light-,bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This lambic has nice aromas and flavors of raspberries that don't taste artificial or that sweet. I would consider getting this beer again.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first raspberry lambic, thanks to the boundless generosity of stephenlouis. Comes in a green 375 ml magnum shaped bottle, caged and corked. Pours out an intense cloudy garnet hue, massive pillowing pinkish head capping it with serious retention. The nose contains wheat, raspberries and some mild spices. The flavour is of rich ripe raspberries and little else, the wheat only pokes through the clouds towards the very end, where there is a fruity spice finish. Full and pleasing mouthfeel, it is a delight to drink, and I am a sucker for raspberries. I could only drink one of these in an evening, but would make a great aperitif to share.

Photo of StephenRich
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have you ever met a woman who claims to not like beer? Now, I'm not trying to stereotype here, and don't even think of pulling the sexist card on me - but if this scenario ever happens to you, or if you are a woman who thinks that you don't like beer, then I will promptly introduce you to the Mort Subite Framboise; a Belgian Fruit Lambic brewed with real raspberry juice that will change your mind.

Unless you have experienced a Fruit Lambic before (and if you claim to not like beer then you haven't), this is like no other beer you have ever tasted! Right from the start the 375ml corked, green wine-shaped bottle will entice you - two raspberries hide in the corner of the front label surrounded by oak barrels and unfamiliar names. When you open this beer though, it is immediately evident that these raspberries are not hiding. This is a fruit forward beer than brings rich fruit sweetness and a delicate champagne like carbonation along with a big shot of tart raspberries. Be prepared to change your mind about what beer can be.

The underlying issue with the common misconception that beer doesn't taste good is that the vast majority of people that make this claim just haven't tried real beer. And that is easy enough to understand; everyday we are attacked by commercials and ads for commodity grade beers and the lifestyles that they will conjure up. These are the types of beers that you are subjected to typically, unless you have been on the hunt for real beer, or you have chatted with me. Try real beer, and then you can confidently say that beer is delicious, and mass produced commodity beer is gross. I'd say that's more accurate.

Thus, as an introduction to the world of real beer, especially from a woman's perspective, the Framboise is the perfect starting point. I am not merely claiming that women will enjoy this beer because it is fruity - men and women alike will love this beer if you have any taste at all for sweet fruit - it is simply in my experience that every single woman I have ever introduced to this beer has done a 180, and now loves the good stuff. Its science.

But don't take my word, go buy one. It is 4.5% abv, and are at most all LCBO locations and are scattered across the United States. In fact, the United States has a staggeringly large selection of fruit lambics.

Open the Framboise up cold right out of the fridge and pour it into a fluted pilsner glass or a champagne flute as I did. The spontaneous fermentation (many yeast strains are allowed to penetrate this beer during fermentation creating a spicy, and naturally tart beer) creates an tremulous amount of natural carbonation, and when you pour it you will see that no matter how soft your spill it, a big fluffy head will ensue. But look at this beer...

It glows ruby red with a bright pink airy head that is alive with excitement. Bubbles are bursting all over as carbonation rises from the bottom just to make new ones on top. Into the light this beer glows with deep golden reds and a hazy, yet excited overall body.

The nose is intensely sweet and tart with the unmistakable scent of fresh raspberries. Big fruit sweetness plays off here with blackberries, apple juice, grapes, and a hint of tart lemon on the end. As your nose draws close you can feel the bubbles snapping at you, indicating a very crisp and refreshingly sweet beer. Zero hop bitterness is noticeable.

Let a touch of this beer onto your palate at first and you will see what all the fuss is about. This beer is pure fruit. Sharply carbonated and sugary sweet raspberry juice-like beer powers its way into ever taste bud and flows through your mouth. Instantly you will be filled with the overwhelming flavor of tart, but very sweet raspberries and touches of rich blackberries. Two big things stand out here; the raspberry sweetness and the effervescent nature of the mouthfeel.

This combination is perfect with this beer. The sweetness is everywhere and is only balanced a touch by hints of lemon zest and sugary tart berries. But when I say balance, I don't really mean it. This is a sweet beer, no question about it. The tart flavors and rich carbonation make it discernible from just juice, it is hard to get any malt flavor out of it - but make no mistake, this stuff is delicious.

The finish is surprisingly dry and quick with another flash of fruit tartness but quickly fades into a clean refreshing end. This beer is truly unique, and I double dare you to try it with a dense flowerless chocolate cake. It is also amazing with New York Cheesecake, anything chocolate, and with brunch on the patio in the sun. And just for those who don't love raspberries, they also make a cherry version called Kriek...

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red tinged golden colour. Some head. Has the lambic flavour, and the raspberry flavour, but neither in the appropriate amounts. It's drinkable, but not quite what it could be.

Photo of baiser
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby red body with a foamy pink head. Great amount of very sticky lacing.

Aroma of fruity cotton candy and raspberries.

Taste was tart and extremely sweet and full of raspberries. As it warmed, it got even sweeter. After taste was very nice, quite tart, but nice. Some plums, slight alcohol and very tasty. Mouthfeel was impressive and smooth. The sweetness and strength of the raspberries may limit you to just one though.

Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy red colored ale the color of red soda with a small pinkish white colored head.

Smells strongly of raspberry even from a great distance. Sweet and tart raspberry scent is overpowering.

Starts out with a sour raspberry taste. Slightly bitter and solidly sour. This has been sweetened but has a decidedly sweet-tart flavor. Medium level of bitterness but this is mostly raspberry.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK Frambose for those who like them more sour.

Photo of spinrsx
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $4

Appearance - Burgundy colour with an average size fizzy/frothy pinkish white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Raspberries, citric

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, citric notes and raspberries. There is also sugary sweet candy flavour and it ends with a lightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - A pretty decent brew that is easily available to me. Maybe a touch too much like a swedish berry candy. Just comes across a little too sweet and a little artificial tasting.

Photo of uno99
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid almost $5 from the LCBO for this. Ive had it before but i remember it being cheaper.

A: pale rouge color with nice head with excellent retention - likely due to the sugar content.

S: Dosent smell like beer but smells very nice. raspberries dominates the nose of course.

T: again not much beer taste here - whatever malts and hops are in this are overpowered by the sweet taste of raspberries. This is definitely a desert beer. I enjoy the slight sour finish.

M: light and refreshing. not too sticky given the sugar content.

D: At the risk of looking "fruity", id easily enjoy a few of these in public and not be put off by the flavors - not to mention id save a few bucks on cab fare since I could legaly drive home if I spaced them out well.

Photo of Shiloh
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice...sweet/sour punch with some serious aftertaste.
This brew is a long way from my style of beer but it does have some very nice attributes...the raspberry explosion alone is worth the price of admission.
Arrived a cloudy burgandy with a very thick head. Carbonation is a multitude of very small bubbles which soon lessens.
Body is medium/full.
Would be diffacult to consume more than one of these due to the sweet lingering aftertaste...but one is enjoyable!!!

Photo of ludachris
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy rusty red hue with two fingers of creamy white head that displays excellent retention and leaves sheets upon sheets of sticky lace.

The nose is great with strong notes of fresh rasberry, black currants, a bit of purple grape juice, and a light bready backbone.

Tart rasberries dominate the palate with some black currant sweetness to balance it out, but the tartness manages to linger to the end. Very light bread in the back, further adding to its balance.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, and quite syrupy, allowing the taste to linger. The low ABV and sweet but unoffending taste make this a very easy drinker.

This marks my first lambic and I thoroughly enjoyed it (even though according to other reviews this isn't a true lambic). A great balance is made between the beers tart aspects and its sweet ones. This one has been in front of me since I started seriously drinking beer, and I can't believe I never picked this one up earlier. If you're in the mood for a sweet treat in the form of a beer, make sure you grab one of these.

Photo of SebD
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice ruby/orange color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet raspberries with some faint bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of sweet raspberries, with light lemon and a light breadiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Mort Subite Framboise from Brouwerij Mort Subite
84 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.