Mort Subite Framboise - Brouwerij Mort Subite

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85
very good

189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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 jhtipton
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of StephenRich
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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 drinkininthewood
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served from a 330ml green bottle with cork into a snifter. BB 2009

A- pours a foggy pinkish red with a slight pink finger thick head, nice lace on the glass.

S- Lots of raspberry and alot of other fruit aromas as well, peaches, some strawberry, almost smells like fruit punch.

T- lots of raspberry obviously, slight tart but not sour, flavors of watermelon and red grapes with some sweet malt noticed mid palate. Somewhat tart in the finish.

M- Medium bodied, with carbonation that works well.

D- Refreshing and drinkable.

Overall a fairly good lambic. Recommended.

Photo of Barraclou
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a reddish brown brew with a white/pink head. That head lasts for a very long time.

Smell: Very, very fruity! It makes no doubt about the raspberry presence in that lambic. It smells almost as good as a lady.

Taste: Very acid and sour with some raspberry sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: This raspberry beer is very smooth and creamy to feel.

Drinkability: This is a real solution to malternatives. My biggest concern was the price, but it worthes what you pay.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled 250ml dark glass bottle poured into a flute glass.

Pours with a bubbly fingers worth of head and the body is deep red towards rust blend. Lacing is surprisingly more sticky than a lot of strong ales.

Interestingly this leads you to expect a heavy serve of raspberry however what you do get is a saturated blackcurrant aroma. Regardless of how you may feel about Lambics there is no denying that this thing smells great.

Taste is of course heavily characterized by Raspberry and similar berry fruit but sweet malt and baked doughy bread yeast ads a familiar twist.

On the mouth its tart with fruit taste and mousse towards champagne like smoothness.

Stay away if you hate lambics because this is almost a text book example but if your open to new things or a fan of the style then this is definitely worthy of your dollar and time

Photo of RodneyFarva
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl bottle poured into a tulip glass

pours fizzily, leaving a finger head of white foam that slowly dissipates. some lacing. beer is a medium red color.

first whiff is strong tart raspberries, the kind of smell that almost makes my mouth pucker in anticipation.

taste is full of tart raspberries, which gives way to a strong finishing sweetness. carbonation is high, which given the sweetness, makes for a nice mouthfeel. there is some malt to be tasted, but it definitely stays in the background. the juiciness and tartness of the raspberries dominates.

overall, my first framboise. really enjoyed it, but the strong flavor might mean i would only want one in a sitting.

Photo of wjimson
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Gop
2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not exactly what i like in a beer.

Photo of enki
4.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ummm. Wow.

Pours out more like champagne than a normal beer (which isn't surprising), reddish orange in color with a load of fruity aroma and a foamy head. The flavor is dominated with the raspberries, and is a touch sweet, which is perfectly balanced by it's tartness. The fruity aroma fills your head up, but doesn't leave an overwhelming aftertaste. Everything about this beer is well balanced and refined.

It is difficult decide if I like this or the belle-vue Kriek better, but I suspect that my new favorite fruit beer is now the Mort Subite. I'll just have to do a back to back test some time :)

Definitely one of my favourite beers ever. Highly recommended.

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Mort Subite Framboise from Brouwerij Mort Subite
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