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Mort Subite Framboise - Brouwerij Mort Subite

Mort Subite FramboiseMort Subite Framboise

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BA SCORE
85
very good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Mort Subite visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange color, bright and clear. Little apparent carbonation. Orangish, creamy head with a good retention and really beautiful lacing. The appearance magnificent.

S - Light aromas. Definitely some strawberries, some sugar, and a distinct smell from lambics. Very subtle hop.

T - A good balance between the sweet and the sour taste. It's very fruity and refreshing.

M - Excellent carbonation. The sourness linger before a gentle hop bite that concludes the experience.

O - A very drinkable lambic. nicely refreshing and close to style. In my opinion, the smell is a bit disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 00:18:26 | More by duracell
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparently the Affligem glass comes close to what Mort Subite uses in their advertising, so that's what I poured it into. I thought it funny that it poured a light, peach colour but was much darker in the glass with a dark cherry hue. I could just barely see my finger on the other side of the glass. The one finger head was a dusty rose colour with some beige. Initially some incessant bubbling coming from the centre-bottom of the glass, side glass carbonation not so fizzy. Very nice lacing indeed.

I can smell fresh berries, a bit of watermelon. It sure tastes like raspberries alright, semi-sweet but inoffensive; crisp on the finish. The mouthfeel and taste have just the right balance of tartness, again a hint of watermelon. The taste and mouthfeel were closer to 3.75 in my estimation. I was looking for a hint of rotting fruit or sourness but there wasn't any. On the other hand, the refreshing acidity took away from a better finish and I kept thinking it was so much like a fruit punch or a soda pop. I expected more complexity and didn't get it.

I'm not all that familiar with lambics but I could easily substitute one of these for a dessert wine anyday: it was pleasant and fun to sip on and just might be a great conversation piece for your guests after dinner if they're game to broaden their beer horizons.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 01:52:57 | More by ThatWineGuy
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 03:47:23 | More by ludachris
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 100% opaque looking purple-ish colored beer. Head has not much volume, retention is low and lacing is ok. Head is light pink.

S: Well, it smells like raspberry juice. I think it is a witbier base and it has a light typical lemon and pepper. Some oak like smell too and faint vanilla. Sweet and lightly sour. Strong smell, but straightforward.

T: Strong true raspberry taste with definitive oak and vanilla. Lemon and pepper are still there. Almost same thing as the smell.

M: Super light mouthfeel with high carbonation. Correct.

D: High, drinks just as easily as raspberry juice. It is so close to actual raspberries, I got a piece of raspberry in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 00:04:40 | More by flipper2gv
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jhtipton

Spain

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not real sure I am drinking beer but this is a good Dr Brown's soda...Pours a light red/pinkish with carbonation and slight head. Some mild lacing occurs. Smell fruity-definitely better than the cherry version. Taste is like a raspberry, not too malty. Mouth feel is rich and velvety, light bodied and carbonated. I could drink a few of these, but maybe not during the big game.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 18:43:39 | More by jhtipton
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 20:08:09 | More by ZorPrime
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 23:42:41 | More by uno99
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-muddy colour, topped with a generous and creamy two-finger head that slowly seeps away over many minutes. Tons of lacing on the sides. The aroma on this stuff is powerful - as soon as I popped the top, I instantly got a whiff of tart raspberries. The brew itself smells even more strongly like this, and I must admit I do like it. Other than this I can't really pinpoint any odours confidently; maybe a bit of wheaty malt.

The taste is much the same as the smell - lots of raspberries, juicy sweetness and a bit of tartness during the sip, with some sourness in the finish as well that lingers for a second. The same wheaty malt is barely detectable underneath the fruitiness, but it's there and reminds me that this is in fact a beer and not juice or cider. Light to medium-light bodied, with a bit of spritzy carbonation. Slightly syrupy, with some stickiness in the mouth afterward. Tasty and very drinkable.

This is my first lambic, but it won't be my last. A nice change of pace, and definitely worth a try. I may get this again, but the price means it won't be a common purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 04:09:19 | More by thehyperduck
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely an apertif, something to drink after dinner or with dessert. Mort Subite Framboise pours an orange/red colour, similar to a dark tequila sunrise. Big, three finger head which disipated relatively quickly to a thin layer of sticky foam. Speaking of sticky, the lace on this beer sticks to the glass like glue. Beautiful to look at. Enticing to smell. Tart raspberries are dominant but light. A pleasantly sour smell. Even yeast can be detected, perhaps more so than the malt? This is my first lambic, is it supposed to be like this? If not, too bad. I like it. Bit, tart taste of raspberries and sour malt. Bit of a corn aftertaste reminding me briefly of a cheap pale lager. Tart coming in, sweet going out. An odd balance of tastes that work in this beer. Medium light body. Not heavy, not watery, but lighter than looks would expect. A little too sweet for a high drinkability rating. Not a session beer by far, but one that I'd enjoy drinking a few times a week.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 18:54:59 | More by slitherySOB
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep ruby/purple hazy color. Zero head, just a thin white ring around the top of the glass of little tiny bubbles.

S- Raspberries, strawberries, red wine, sugar cane and honey dew melon.

T- Raspberries, cherries, cranberries, sugar cane and red wine (tastes like a wine cooler)

M- Crips refreshing, not too tart and the carbonation adds a good bite on the tongue.

D- Very drinkable but I think it's a little too sweet to warrant more than one in a night.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 02:53:12 | More by korguy123
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 19:55:03 | More by SebD
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pale pink thin bubbly head on a hazy pare orange rose. The head soon diminishes to a persistent thin layer. Some clingy lacing.

Lots of ripe raspberries in the nose. Some yeasts. Very floral and aromatic. Tastes of raspberry. A very subtle wheat base. The sweet/sour fruit dominates but doesn’t overpower. A nice long prickly sweet sour finish.

Well carbonated light bodied. Refreshing. Very drinkable. A pretty nice fruit lambic overall. Not too sour but packing lots of fruit. Kind of midway between hardcore sours like a Cantillon and fruit pops like Lindemans.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 17:45:13 | More by scott451
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 14:12:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pomegranite red color with a very frothy head with much lacing. Smell is very nice and sweet, like fresh raspberries. Taste is not too bad, reminds me more of wine than beer, but still pretty good. Mouthfeel also leans more towards a wine than a beer, slight sourness followed by a sweetness. Overall not too bad, pretty drinkable. Certainly a nice alternative to wine.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 03:50:06 | More by funkengruven
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty pink with a large and uneven white head, that dropped to a film and left some nice lace spotting on the glass. While I kow this isn't really a lambic, the appearance could fool you! The aroma is huge and full of fresh raspberries, which is pleasant enough, but could do with more than the hint of sourness it has to add some depth.

The flavour proves that this is about as far from a true fruit lambic as you can get, but I'm digging it nonetheless, and its a very good fruit beer. Big, fresh rapberries throughout. with a slight sour tartness and a hint of bread, but for the most part its all raspberry. Sweet, but with enough balancing tartness to be highly drinkable. Body is light and refreshing with a spritzy carbonation.

So its not a big sour, but it is a very good fruit beer, and vitally it tastes like fresh fruit and not some artificial essence. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 14:54:10 | More by bobsy
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tpd975

Florida

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 20:56:55 | More by tpd975
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 05:29:52 | More by mintjellie
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flagmantho

Washington

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 22:08:02 | More by flagmantho
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brendan13

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours quite a dark rose pink colour with a large fluffy white head into a Mort Subite glass.
S - Can you say Raspberry? Like most fruit lambics the fruit used dominates the smell.
T - The raspberries also come through on the taste quite strongly with a bit of tartiness.
M - Medium bodied, a bit syrupy at first but the tartness hits in the middle of tongue. Pretty high carbonation.
D - Very tasty. Good balance of sweetness and tartness. I would drink it fairly often but have never seen it at bottle shops.
Had this at Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 09:42:41 | More by brendan13
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wjimson

Antarctica

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 01:19:01 | More by wjimson
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  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

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 05:53:35 | More by wordemupg
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 00:08:30 | More by Shiloh
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com... aged for almost two years... poured into a Mort Subite Framboise glass...

Poured quite a dark rose pink colour with some orange tinges.. light dusty pink head poured very thick and meringue like then faded very slowly leaving a steady trail of thick lacing rings around the glass...

Aroma - Lots of tart and sour raspberry fruitiness, some other fruit sweetness coming through - peach and water melon, light lambic funkiness, very faint biscuit notes, some woodiness...

Taste – Very nice sweet and sour raspberries - quite tart also... some faint mustiness, light saltiness, again some biscuit malt just noticeable, rose wine notes..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light bodied... very refreshing and drinkable - would be good on a hot summer day rather than the coldest night of the year which it currently is !!

Overall - A surprisingly good Framboise, although i think the aging has helped - i've had this fresh and it was much sweeter.... definitely worth a try....

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 12:08:37 | More by mdagnew
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 00:37:44 | More by biegaman
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 02:28:08 | More by andrenaline
Mort Subite Framboise from Brouwerij Mort Subite
85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.