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Oud Beersel Framboise - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Oud Beersel FramboiseOud Beersel Framboise

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very good

253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cracker on 08-14-2005)
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Photo of elNopalero


3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear red persimmon color. There’s a slight funk, and a green apple note (a positive one) atop a raspberry aroma. On the palate I get raspberry raspberry raspberry… Lots of flavored raspberries with a touch of the green apple. Decent enough.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 23:49:23 | More by elNopalero
Photo of BEERchitect


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Through my experiences with Oud Beersel, I have only been left with stellar results- utmost sourness but supportive with spice, fruit, earth and acidic tones that strike a perfect balance of each. With a certain fruit-forward characer, does this raspberry infused ale live up to expectations?

Their Framboise pours with an expected but still surprisingly vivid mauve and ruby hue. As a somewhat arid but frothy pinkish head builds on top, its retention offers more longevity as I'm expecting, as its foam trails with broken weaves of lace.

Vibrant fruit aromas are unmistakably raspberry! As the berry fruit is front and center in the beer's overall scent, other aromatics come forth- something akin to beets and pickles give an identity to the salty, earthy and acidic tartness to follow the musty fruit.

And the fruit flavor is as much in control of taste as it is in aroma; however, where sweeter impressions are given, only semi-sweet fruitiness extends into taste. This give the sour and earthy flavors a stronghold on the taste buds. Tartness, sea brine, corkish must and an overall attic-like waft carries over the middle palate, en route to a dry fruity sour taste in finish.

The beer seems to improve further and further into the session as its mouthfeel is alive with bright fructose to start, masked with the acidity of raspberry. But as the ale extends onto the middle palate, its becomes dry, powdery and sharply acidic. Finishing with super-clean lactic stripping qualities, the palate is refreshed, warmed and left with a "snappy" feel.

Where its quality is unquestionable, the beer might be a victim of its own youth. Certainly greater aging will continue to dry the beer and develop the more earthy and rustic qualities that will temper the overly fruit overtones.

Loving how this beer came together, it simply lacks the depth of earth, dryness and aged complexities that great fruit Lambics offer. It's a flawless beer for its age, but its still a pup of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 07:37:10 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml caged and corked bottle. Thanks once again to Phyl21ca for this Belgian offering not (yet, probably) available in my jurisdiction. Kind of unfortunate how they feel the need to proclaim "Real Fruit", in three languages, front and center on the label.

This beer pours a rather dark red brick amber hue, with fine pepper-flake sediment swirling lazily about, and one finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty pink head, which fizzes away in barely more than an instant, leaving little in the way of lace near the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet raspberry puree, a bit of acidic wild cherry, yeasty pale malt, and a very soft, green vegetal hoppiness. The taste is more fresh, and rather meaty crushed raspberries, a more muted sour, musty cherry fruitiness, some moderately gritty and grainy wheat malt, a tamed earthy, funky yeastiness, and low-key weedy, floral hops.

The carbonation is pretty well sublimated, and hard to really point out, the body on the pleasantly light side of medium weight, and smooth enough after the general tartness levels off. It finishes just off-dry, the combination of the lingering grainy malt and eviscerated fruit still holding out a ray of hope for sweetness.

While tasty, and mostly easy to drink, with a heady amount of veritable raspberry goodness, the overall complexity seems just a tad lacking. This is just in relation to other versions of the style, and meant solely as constructive criticism - always room to improve, no?

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:59:12 | More by biboergosum
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I sampled this with Oud Beersel’s Oude Geuze Vieille and Oude Kriek Vieille. They were purchased at Bottle Revolution and Tasty Beverage in Raleigh.

A – Reddish and clear with a minimal white head. Lots of chunks in the bottom of the bottle.

S – Fantastic raspberry aroma; mostly on the sweet side but some tartness.

T – A nice tartness with a mild sweetness. Good raspberry flavor but not as much as the aroma promised. Not especially deep or complex. It starts better than it finishes.

M – Silky smooth with a low carbonation.

O – A nice raspberry experience but needs more depth and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 16:59:48 | More by GJ40
Photo of Tone


3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, red color. 1/4 inch head of a pink color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of raspberries, sugar, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of strong raspberries, sugar, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, good strong raspberry flavor, but the high sugariness is unfortunate.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:08:40 | More by Tone
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Quebec (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep pink color lambic with a medium light pink head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of fresh raspberries with lightly sweet undertone. Taste is very refreshing with taste of fresh raspberries with light tart notes. Lambic is not present but not overly dominant as presence of raspberries is huge. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very nice drink with huge refreshing notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:21:09 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of woosterbill


4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into a 3 Fonteinen wine-style glass. Best before 06 03 2012. Oops!

A: Slightly hazy garnet-tinted brown body under a finger of fine tan foam that quickly settles into a persistent ring. Solid, but unremarkable.

S: Rich, dark, tart raspberries dominate entirely, but there are also some nice touches of earthy, barnyardy funk. Simple and excellent.

T: Follows the nose precisely: sweet & sour raspberry essence is predominant throughout, with muddy, earthy funk and powerful lemony acidity playing supporting roles. The finish is the only disappointment, as the intense flavors die off surprisingly quickly into a dull bitterness with only a hint of lingering tartness at the back of the soft palate. Excellent overall.

M: Impressively creamy, well-carbonated, and soft. Goes great with the solid sourness.

O: This was terrific, far better than I was expecting given the prior reviews. It's certainly nothing like Framboos or LP Framboise, but I might like it even more than Rose de Gambrinus; it certainly has more raspberry presence than that beer, but it has a far better fruit/funk balance than something overly sweet like Boon or Girardin Framboises. Great stuff, definitely a buy again if I see it.


Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 15:42:29 | More by woosterbill
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Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into an Allagash Coolship tumbler. Served at cellar temps.

Appearance- Very dark purple/blackish color with very bubbly thin off-white head that left as soon as it came. Poured a little too vigorous and spilled some sediment into the glass.

Smell- Tons of sweet raspberry, some oak, and grassy floral notes. Much more "wine like" then "beer like" even for a lambic. Not much yeasty aromas and obviously no hop notes.

Taste- Raspberry up front, then mild funky yeast. Light tartness. I get a little oak, but nothing to serious. Mostly raspberry with little funk characteristics. Rather one dimensional, but still tasty none the less. Finishes rather dry.

Mouthfeel- Quick champagne-like bubbly carbonation. Light tartness, but not mouth puckering. Smooth and crisp. Dry on the palate.

Overall- Maybe it's because I drank a Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus the other night, but this raspberry lambic is lacking in taste and mouthfeel of a traditional lambic. Tasty, but I won't buy it again when there are better lambics out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 18:49:16 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark red with a brownish hue. Head disappears to a slight ring. No lace.

Nice fresh raspberry aroma. Some tart notes, but this smells great.

Tart raspberry juice, and then a ton of bitterness akin to biting a raspberry seed. Bitterness, fruit, and a bone dry pucker finish. A bit unbalanced but still drinkable. Some fruit on the palate at the end.

Lighter bodied, some acid, some carbonation.

Overall, not bad. The bitter is a bit off-putting, but still pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 00:27:34 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of Rifugium


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a orchid-amber color, hazy, with a small bubbly head that mostly dissipated, initially leaving a few specks of lace on the glass. Aroma of raspberry candy, and a pleasantly mild must. More of the same in the taste, raspberry candy, a little sweet, a little tart, crackery malts, slightly musty, with a bit of a woody/earthy element, overall providing a rather dry finish. Light-medium body, ample carbonation, easily drinkable, but not something I'd want more than one serving of in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 17:31:47 | More by Rifugium
Photo of mactrail


4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip. Dark red-amber in color. Carbonation is just right, more like a Champagne. Really a nice taste of raspberries. Very berry. A hint of sourness along with wood makes for a touch of high-class vinegar. A dry touch of seeds and stems. Fruity and just slightly sweet to enhance the fruitiness. Aroma of woody, musty and cidery notes.

Between the Framboise and the Kriek, these are great drinkable Lambics to try. On tap at the recently-opened Fathom in San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 06:02:54 | More by mactrail
Photo of Beejay


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A fairly dark purple color, a small amount of light pink head on top that quickly dissipates back into the beer.

S: There is a nice rich raspberry aroma, some wheat bread, a touch of tartness, and almost a little touch of vinegar.

T: Bready with tart raspberry notes. There is almost a cranberry type tartness to it. Nice fruit flavors, although the finish is a little odd for me.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is very fine in size, and fairly present. The finish is dry with a bit of tannin.

O: Overall good, but not something amazing. The cranberry like flavor is interesting, but adds an odd feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:00:44 | More by Beejay
Photo of Brenden


3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a thick red color, too thick to see through, with a vaguely orange tint. The head, just off-white with a slightly pinkish edge to it, is a little too spritzy but does stay for a long time; unfortunately, that's only as a foam that pretty much gives up on making an effort at lacing.
The nose is more lambic with less fruit to it, though raspberry tartness is throughout with the sourness. It needs the elements to come together a bit more and mingle properly; as such, it's almost enough of everything, but each note separates then comes back confusedly in an inconsistent manner. More raspberry overall would be good, and there's not quite enough sweetness to balance the tart. It's not bad by any stretch, just not up there with the really good ones.
The feel was too thin and, while the style is light, didn't have much keeping it interesting. Crispness is consistent enough but low, just enough to keep it from unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 01:15:11 | More by Brenden
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured ruby red with a two finger very light pink head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, sugar, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, sugar, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I have had this one multiple times in the bottle and couldn’t pass it up on tap. I definitely did not make a mistake here. Unfortunately, this one didn’t shine as the last bottle that I had. All of the right flavors were there, but they just weren’t as intense as I remembered the bottle being. The mouthfeel was a little light on the carbonation aspect compared to what I enjoyed about this out of the bottle. Still an absolute must try regardless of serving type.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 11:01:15 | More by thagr81us
Photo of thecheapies


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass ready. Best by 01/19/2015.

Mucky mulberry in color with a carnation pink head of an inch or so that settled down to a half of a centimeter and stayed there for a little while.

Richly funky nose with horse blanket, barnyard floor, and sweet raspberry pulp. Smells only faintly sour. Dank and overripe like a moldy jam. Blackberry preserves in the nose with a nuance of honeycomb. Great nose, sans the much-needed acidity. No lemon or straw notes to be found.

Lemon shows up in a zesty tart way, cutting away the grease from the fermented funk flavors. Raspberries are still fleshy, but contribute to the tartness just as much as the sweetness this time. Hint of bitter almond in the taste. Rather thin in body. My complaint is that it's a little attenuated, which allows a very tannic barrel wood to come through--it almost overshadows the fruit. Burps more raspberry in the finish with some lingering pucker.

A decent example of a fruit lambic/framboise. Lacking in the way the fruit is presented. Two ways to go with it, if you ask me. Tart raspberry with a whole lot of pucker or fresh raspberry with some pleasant fructose sweetness. This one halved each category, and almost pulled it off. Would pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 02:34:20 | More by thecheapies
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep ruby red with a little haze and a very small, light pink head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Red raspberries and a hint of funk.

Taste. Red raspberries again. A little sweet and a little sour. Not much else going on, maybe a little wood tannin. Tastes good.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body with medium+, fine and lively carbomnation.

Overall. Really refreshing and easy drinking. I could drink this all day long during the summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:49:46 | More by Rutager
Photo of cps98


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Pours with a reddish brown hue which wasn’t overly appealing. A 1 finger bright white head was present of a couple of seconds but disappeared very quickly. No lacing was seen.

S – Raspberry was the dominant factor but also had this basement mustiness present. Smelled rather nice.

T – Again raspberry was the dominant flavor along with a nice tart finish.

M – Carbonation was on the high end. Was a nice medium bodied dry lambic.

O – I really enjoyed this beer, even after the not so appealing appearance. Very nice tartness, and the raspberry flavor was perfect.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 17:46:53 | More by cps98
Photo of Thorpe429


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark pink color with a short white head and just a few spots of lacing on the way down. Thin collar. The nose carries fresh raspberries along with a bit of earthy must and just a touch of acidity. The flavor is predominantly raspberries, but also has a slight medicinal quality. Body is light and dry with some medicinal character. Very light acidity. Could be a good starter lambic.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 03:14:44 | More by Thorpe429
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured dull grapefruit juice pink into the glass with a small off white head that fell quickly. No lacing or coating.

S: Comes on strong with raspberries and strawberries. There is the slightest earthiness in the background. I can almost smell the sourness.

T: Starts out sweet with a face full of berries: raspberries, strawberries and a bit of blackberry. Then a very dry chalky note before it moves into a surging sourness that ends with an intense puckering effect. Right in the middle there is burst of whole wheat bread before the sourness begins. Almost like unripe strawberries and toast.

M: Thin and flat.

O: I think I see the appeal of this beer even though its not my personal favorite style. Seemed to hit the fruit notes and add a bit of malt and sourness for intrigue. I wish it were less sour and the juicy berries were allowed to flow more.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 02:44:03 | More by legalpete19340
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oud Beersel Framboise

Appearance: Hazy and cloudy, in a ruby hue of red. Short livid, fizzy head. Well carbonated, as the cork gave a solid pop when removed. All the senses will soon be soothed.

Smell: Perfumy, fruity, and very wine like nose. Aromas of funk, berry wine, must, and sweet old basement(?).

Taste: Sharp acidity upfront, with a raspberry tartness. Gives way to a Cabernet/Port flavor that lingers. Fleeting grain notes remind that this is a beer. Slightly pungent alcohol character and fermented berries give off winesque vibes. Not all that sweet, though fruity. Little bitterness, though perceptible. Muted funk, like when your parents tell you to turn the George Clinton records down. Oak-y and dry in the finish. Fresh berries all day. Not the most complex, but a lot going on.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. Semi-dry champagne like finish.

Overall: This is probably the most wine-like beer I have had to date. Still, the fingerprints of Lambic are all over this one. Its the type of beer that should make fans of sweet beers, beer geeks, and sour fiends all start clamoring to get their wine glasses. Better than most.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 21:15:36 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of falloutsnow


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 cl bottle shared as a sampling of three fruit lambics with friends, purchased from Etre Gourmet.
Bottled in June 2011.
Poured into a New Glarus flute (courtesy of A).

Oud Beersel's Framboise was a seriously fruity lambic that downplayed the sour and tart aspects of its base and instead opted for a marginal imbalance towards the added raspberries. This was an enjoyable beer, but the plastic element in the aroma was off-putting, and I would have liked a bit more sourness/tartness in general. This could be a good transition from Lindemans fruit lambics to more sour varieties, or for one who feels like something sweeter and fruitier than a typical gueuze/lambic.

Pours, into the glass, a light red to pink head of fairly small bubbles, about 2cm tall. Head descends quickly, leaving little lacing and reducing to a ring around the glass. Body is deep red to dark magenta in color, with visibly active carbonation.

Aroma is fairly sweet, coming from fairly fresh raspberries, a bit of plastic, some mildew / unfinished old basement scents, and extremely mild vinegar.

Taste is rather sweet, at least compared to the Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon krieks. Anticipated raspberry sweetness is the dominant flavor, followed by mild tartness, light yeast, and a malt component that further tips the flavor towards sweetness and not sourness or tartness.

Body is medium-light to medium, with noticeable but not aggressive carbonation. Pleasant, excellent for sipping and trying to discern the flavors. Finish is dry.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 18:16:32 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey poured in a sampler glass. Pours a reddish color with a pink head. Aroma is of tart raspberries, yogurt notes, light funk, some musty old aromas and subtle wood and vinegar. The flavor follows the nose, lightly sour with lots of raspberry and almost raspberry yogurt like flavor, some subtle funk like hay and some musty old notes with the vinegar. The body is light with a dry mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 19:27:50 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle from Oude Beersel courtesy of me.

Dark red nearing purple. Pink head. Smells of fresh raspberries and new pool toys. Funk is rather subdued. The flavors are mostly raspberry syrup and a bit of funk. Sweet with very little sour punch. Medium body with mild carbonation. Certainly not the worst framboise out there but I've had much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 19:04:30 | More by beerwolf77
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, best by Oct 6, 2013 with an abv of 5.0%.

A nice pop when the cork came out, it pours an extremely dark red with a 1 finger head of foam with some brilliant lacing.

The nose is hugely of raspberries, the sweet kind ;^), and has a bit of yeasty smell to it.

The taste is not what I expected; raspberry sweetness tempered by a mild tartness, light yeasty tones, and a somewhat earthy malt flavour. The latter is on the back end and is a let down from how the beer first tastes. I'm swishing the beer in my mouth and I can't say I get any of the oak at all. Not a bad brew but I expected more, I guess.

Medium bodied, ditto for the carbonation; a nice mouthfeel and it's easy enough to drink. I'm glad I tried it but a repeat isn't necessary.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 00:27:27 | More by Bitterbill
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3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty mostly pinkish with a slight purple edge to it, nice pink head, very frothy and big at over 1.5". Aroma was definitely sweet fruit raspberry forward.

While Oud Beersel makes great lambics and gueuze, I feel the framboise suffers the same problem that Lindemans framboise does. It forgoes a nice sour mouthfeel, for a balance of tart/sour and sweet. Too much sweetness here for my tastes. Its still good, but not as good as their other efforts.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel is nice, but I just can't get over the sweetness. Can't pull any oak out of this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 17:03:29 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Oud Beersel Framboise from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
85 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.