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Mort Subite Framboise - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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84 Reviews
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Reviews: 84
Hads: 190
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before: 2/20/15.

Pours a murky dark crimson with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with raspberry, raspberry juice, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour raspberry and raspberry juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice sour raspberry characteristics that shine through the artificial sweetener used in this one.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a Christmas gift from visiting friends. Served in a champagne flute. Best before June 2010 - not sure how old that makes this bottle.

A - Pinky-orange color, with huge slowly dissipating head and lots of lace. Lots of bubbles in this one.

S - Raspberries, but with a strong undercurrent of acidity that's mildly unpleasant and slightly boozy (which is really weird considering the low ABV). A little bit of a one-trick pony.

T - Raspberry juice - a faint tang of yeast and more tart fruit (cranberry, grapefruit). It's not bad, but it ain't no Raspberry Tart.

M - Light and tingly, with that sticky residue afterward. Very refreshing.

D - Easy drinking at 4.5%. The carbonation and sweetness might get a bit off-putting after a while, but otherwise it goes down easy.

I prefer my lambics without added sugar/sweeteners. Give me a Cantillon please.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/04/06- Purchased at a B.C. Provincial liquor store in Kelowna, B.C.

Presentation- 375ml bottle, caged and corked, poured into a large wine glass. Not sure of a bottling year.

Appearance- A reddish apple cider coloring in the pour. Off white, headed towards pink hued head. I full inch of head of which a nice portion remains while drinking. Amazing full coating of lace in my glass.

Smell- Almost vinous in scent. If wine was made from raspberries, this is what it would smell like. Nice fresh and true scent of raspberry. A bit sweet and a bit sour.

Taste- As goes with the scent...a bit sweet and a bit sour. The light sour hits you first, followed by a nice semi-sweet basket of raspberries. Some farmy tastes follow as well.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation, doesn't leave much aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not as sweet as Lindemans, and not as tart as a Cantillon...kinda in the middle. Refreshing. Would go well with cheeses and with a nice summer fruit basket.

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Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

No Mort Subite beer looks anywhere near as eerie or intimidating as its name (which translates to 'sudden death') would imply; Framboise's orangey-red blush is especially delightful, if not flirtatiously inviting. Its deep carmine red allows light to pass through it, accruing the appearance a suitably ethereal lightness. Its bubbles are tiny but studious and tightly lock in place like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle; their delicate pink dye is angelic.

Raspberries are one Mother Nature's tastiest, most luscious fruits and, in my opinion, the brewery deserves no less than a perfect score, even if the scent is not one that they can take any credit for making, but rather, because they had the good mind to use it, to change not a thing about it, to fully exploit it, to showcase it for all its lusciousness and ambrosia and simply allow our nose the sweet, succulent pleasure.

Unfortunately, they did not exercise the same good judgment when drawing up the malt bill. Of the seven ingredients listed one of them clearly does not belong: corn. It may have been added in only microscopic amounts but there's enough in there that this palate could instantly recognize it. The alarms started to sound when the luscious, long-flowing jamminess of the berries became interrupted by a cloying, insipid staleness.

It doesn't take long before the sugar starts burning through the tongue like ammonium hydroxide, the summer-fresh fruits disperse and the palate (especially the teeth) are left swimming in an over saturated, savourless and syrupy reduction. And it definitely comes from the corn, not the raspberry juice, which, for its part, is exquisitely toothsome, even if we can lose track of it in the bat of an eye.

There is a widely accepted notion amongst beer geeks that fruit lambics should be divided into two camps: the sour traditional ones (Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen) and the sickly sweetened kinds (Chapeau, Lindemans). The former is to be revered while the latter is considered kitschy, industrial blasphemy. Although I subscribe to this distinction for the most part, I don't think that it's always accurate in carving up the world...

There is also (sometimes) joy to be had in those sugary, juicy, sickly-sweet drinks. There may be no style of beer in the world I appreciate and treasure more than authentic, traditional lambic, but that's not to say that I can't every now and then indulge myself in the guilty pleasure of one of these tooth-rotting, candy-coated treats - anyone who tells you otherwise is likely lying. It's a short, empty pleasure but a pleasure none the less.

Provided, that is, that the beer is well made. There are probably twice as many more bad (if not offensive) artificial, sugar-coated knock-offs produced than there is the real thing. A bottle of time-honoured, hand-crafted lambic will cost a pretty penny (upwards of 20 or 30 dollars, provided you can find one) but it's worth every penny. The syrupy sweet ones come much cheaper, but they're rarely worth it. This one, however, arguably is.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice amber-pink hue with a very light haze and not much in the way of apparent effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of creamy ivory-pink foam leaving a thick lace as it dissipates. Quite nice.

Smell: strong raspberry aroma, but not overly sweet. Not much in the way of tartness, but quite nice otherwise.

Taste: lightly sweet with a good raspberry flavor. Raspberry character is a bit less intense than in the aroma, which is welcome. Sweetness balances the fruitiness, but again, not much in the way of a wild character or sourness. Still, I really like the fruit element.

Mouthfeel: light with a moderate carbonation. Not creamy, but decent enough for the style.

Overall: I really like the fruit flavor accomplished here. If you're into framboise, it's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, coppery colour with a thin, but very dense white head. It looks like there's just a bit of pink or red colour in the foam. Nice lacing. Raspberries are front and center in the aroma, suggesting a bit of tartness that's very prominent in the flavour. Sweetness complements the tart character very well, keeping the raspberry fruitiness balanced yet still fairly intense. Some yeast and lambic flavours show through as well. Finishes dry with plenty of fruit carrying through to the end. Body is on the light side and it's quite drinkable.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 19/3/12

A hazy peachy pink with a short lived finger of light pink foam that doesn't last that long and leaves a single large ring of lace where the foam existed

S the raspberry smells jammy and sweet, its simple but quite nice almost like a liqueur or candy

T just a little tart but still sweet, some jolly rancher candy flavor in there too, just a little earthy

M a little slick and syrupy with decent carbonation, medium bodied with a grainy raspberry aftertaste

O I didn't mind this one, its pretty simple but I liked raspberry notes

not a funky brett monster that's for sure but quite enjoyable without the complexity of some better known lambics

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to my friend Jen for the birthday gift!

Pours a hazed pinkish orange, thick voluminous light pink head forms, soapy and huge, very slowly settles down to a thick layer, drops a ton of lace on the glass. Smell is fresh raspberry juice, not much else, light hay, horse blanket, some lemony acidity, bit of wheat/bread, mostly just a pleasant raspberry juice. Taste is very sugary and sweet at first, brown sugar, very sweet raspberry juice, some honey and bread through the middle, ripe berries and light tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, goes down easy, although a bit on the sweet side I like it. Thanks Jen!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a pinky, reddish amber color. Big, giant head with pink tints. Lots and lots of lacing.

S-A bit musty and quite sweet. Sweet raspberry. Like a mix between a Cantillon and a Lindemans framboise. The label says it's got artificial flavor in it, so that's not awesome. It smells fairly artificial.

T-The flavor is decently artificial but it has some fairly organic qualities. Sweet raspberries. I feel like I can grind the sugary taste in between my teeth. Strawberries too. Not a start as I want. I equate raspberries with tartness and it's sweetness makes me think more of strawberries.

M-Soft carbonation. A bit fuller than I expected. Sticky.

O/D-Like a bridge between Lindemans and Drie Fonteinen and Cantillion. Definitely closer to the former. Don't love the 'artificial flavor' thing here. That's why this is a $6 for a 375ml as opposed to a $20 375ml from the big boys.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice slightly hazy reddish color with pink head. Raspberries, a light funk, some oak, and sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with lingering raspberry fruity notes.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wicked ruby red, very gem-like with steady carbonation bubbles. One strange pinkish grey head about an inch high of tight, crumbly topped froth that never settles, it sits atop like a king on a throne with layer after layer of gluey-stringy lacing after each sip. Aroma is super sweet raspberry, light and juice-like with a zing. Taste is quick and easy of tart raspberry, somewhat thin, a touch to sugary sweet, not as rich or thick as other lambics. Mellow, light creamy body, good juice-like grab and thinnish texture. But overall quite fast and easily thin. Even though this isn't as rich or thick as I'd like, its still way to easy to drink.

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Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color with a thick two finger head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice predominant aroma of raspberries with a Lambic tartness. Hints of caramel malt and wood.
Intense sweet taste of ripped raspberries with a clear tartness base. Occasionally funky. Hints of lemon, soap, sweetener and oak. Dry and acid aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation with tiny bubbles.
It is just overly sweet (why the hell they even added sweetener?). Though, it should be a good pairing with desserts.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

A - Pours a dark ruby red, slightest haze, two fingers of head with solid retention and some nice chunky lacing.

S - Super sweet, fresh raspberries, hint of mustiness, and reminiscent of kool-aid.

T - Loads of raspberries, and tons of sugar, hint of caramel, light hoppy bitterness, dry vineous wine and a sweet champagne flavour that lingers.

M - Super light, bubbly and reminsicent of champagne, smooth going down and a hint of dryness on the finish.

O - This stuff is tasty and although quite sweet, I don't know that it ventures into the category of overly sweet. Still possesses those light beer characteristics that keeps it in the lambic field and out of the cider realm from a tasting perspective. I would buy this stuff again, though more than likely for my wife as a way to ease her into the world of beer!

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Photo of tpd975
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopshunter for this one.

A: Pours a nice light pinkish red hue with no real head or lace noted.

S: Aromas of fresh tart raspberries, with other earthy berry type notes.

T: Nicely berry for sure. A nice blast of tart fresh raspberry with rock candy sweetness to balance things out. It is both sweet and sour with neither dominating the beer.

M: Very light, bubbly carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Not a bad beer. One I would buy from time to time if I could find it.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overwhelming sweet raspberry ale.

Presentation: 25 Cl. bottle. Relatively simple design of white fonts over a black background with an image of raspberries. Back shows different narratives in several languages noting the main intent and brewing procedure alongside a brief overview of ingredients. Shows best by date (09-09-11) Notes Alc. by Vol. (4,3%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium pink pour. Generous head with good retention, shrinking down to a persistent surface lump, and fair rich lacing.

S - Overwhelmingly sweet nose of raspberry. Minor nuances under it get lost in an instant.

T - Taste explodes where the nose left it with an almost mono-thematic raspberry sense woven with an enormous sweet sense. Very syrupy.

M - Light to medium body with fine carbonation and a thick finish.

D - It´s actually not that bad for such a single minded brew but remains rather boring and repetitive.

Notes: The fruitiness and the raspberry sweetness is not so much the problem as it is losing lambic complexities under the fruit and sugar. Almost forgettable unless there is an occasion to share the oddity.

** This is marketed in Spain as Xtreme Framboise. Seems to belong under this entry but if a noticeable different brew it may require its own entry.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep pink with a very nice head this a framboise that straddles the line between commercial and artisanal. The marriage between sour and sweet and the inherent drinkability that results fromn that union make this a very nice beer. Not as complex as offerings from Cantillon and Boon, this however is a decent take on the style

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Photo of kwjd
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish-orange colour with huge white head. Nice lacing around the glass. Smells of sweet raspberry, almost like a raspberry pie. Flavour is quite tart from the raspberry. I really get nothing but raspberry, but it still is delicious. Nice carbonation level. Really easy to drink and I get to the end of the bottle before I realize. A bit expensive in Ontario at over $4 a bottle though.

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