Oud Beersel Framboise - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cracker on 08-14-2005

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Photo of GRG1313
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely rasberry pink/red with a nice white head.

Nose is wonderful fresh fruit rasberries - pure and simple and nothing synthetic.

Mouthfeel is clean, fresh, lightly citric and wonderfully balanced.

Flavors follow nose in that the palate is initially quickly hit with a sweet fresh raspberry and then flavor immediately goes to a much more refined, sophisticated, tart and "adult" raspberry with a citric lime back palate and character. Pure and not synthetic. There is a real tart, fresh fruit quality that makes this incredibly drinkable and not like the soda pop raspberry drinks of others.

Very nice fresh raspberry finish with hints of citrus.

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 37.5cl. Green glass. Unbranded black cap and wire cage over a cork. Appealing pink label design.

5.0% ABV. Best before: 25.02.2019.

Served cold into a wine glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a framboise per the label. Expectations are high given the country of origin and style.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pink. Creamy and fizzy, receding fully inside 30 seconds.

BODY: Dark rose/pink. Not as vibrant as would be ideal. No yeast/sediment is visible.

Appears undercarbonated. It's definitely appealing, though, and has a nice colour.

AROMA: Powdered sugar and raspberries, with supplementary minor sour cherries. Sourness is ~3/10 in terms of intensity, and evokes authentic lambicus wild yeasts. Some drinkers might find it veers into medicinal/cough syrup character, but I think it avoids that. Not as tart or acidic and would be ideal, and the sourness could be more developed - e.g. via intricate bacterial notes.

Aromatic intensity is average. Seems too sweet, with not enough sourness.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Not real sour; maybe 2-3/10 in terms of intensity. Not real tart or bacterial. Lacks sufficient acidity. The sourness seems to come only from lambicus yeast and not bacteria. There's a definite raspberry taste, with nice notes of powdered sugar complementing. Cherry skin gives it a supple feel on the palate.

Lacks the artificiality and synthetic taste of inferior offerings.

It's well-carbonated, if a bit effervescent. Light-bodied and refreshing, with an apt smooth and wet feel on the palate. Again, it should be more acidic. Lacks the smackiness and twang of the best framboise style beers. More of a powdery soft comforting feel would be ideal.

It's not gestalt, but it doesn't want for balance or cohesion. Well put together, though sour enthusiasts might be let down by its merely mild sourness. It won't pucker the lips of even of the most casual sour drinkers.

OVERALL: Not a gestalt beer, but a nice one. It's a likable framboise, and my biggest criticisms are of its shortcomings and opportunities for improvement - not any flaws or errors. Very drinkable stuff. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, but don't expect a world-class brew. Nice work from Oud Beersel.

This could easily be aged for 5+ years to good effect. Would pair well with acidic salads.

B- (3.34)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

fortunate enough to have this one on draft. a really great beer all up, enormously better than their base kriek i think. the fruit is less medicinal, and the lambic base comes through more. i see more grain, more sourness, and a better mouthfeel that isnt so weighted down by fruit sugars. the raspberry nose is robust, and the flavor is just as true. a little tart, a lot summery, and all fruit on the finish. clear in color, way more clear than the kriek, with a brilliant ruby red as its base, but not a whole lot of head. i smell what i taste, and im fine with that, although this is nowhere near as dynamic or compelling as the best framboise on the market. i do think its a step up from the elementary kriek in its fruit authenticity and its dryness, which is only medium, but way less sweet than the cherry. i also think its more drinkable for the same reason. again, nowhere near as good as some of the more mature beers they do, oude kriek for example, but awfully good and a darn good presentation of what raspberry can do in a simple base beer.

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer my wife ordered at the Pizza Plant I tired it and liked it enough to get my own,poured into a small chalice a murky kind of brownish red with a well formed light pinkish colored head.Tart raspberry and oaky sherry notes mainly,quite tingly in the mouth maybe a bit much,decent sweetness upfront and flavors of raspberry puree a sherry vinegar-like sour note comes thru late along with a woody presence.At first its tasty but it seems to become a little less palatable after a bit the vinegar like sourness is annoying after a bit.If you dont drink much of this beer its great,all in all Iam glad I tried it.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle. Best before 26.01.2009. Picked this up in Dayton, OH on my way back from Kentucky. Pours into my tulip glass a wonderful deep red with purple hues as well, after a nice pop from the cork. Half inch of light bubbly pinkish head atop the brew. Aromas start in with vibrant ripe raspberry tones alongside a big sour acidic twang. Touch of lemon zest with musty, funky yeast tones. Really draws you in with each inhalation.

First sip brings a wave of somewhat sweet raspberry flavors that meld into a nice sourness. Acidity is there but it's not overpowering. Lemon zested grains hit the roof of the mouth midway through each sip, along with mellow musty notes. Finishes with a nice sweet/sour infusion and a light lingering raspberry. This was a nice framboise, albiet a bit on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is smooth with plenty of bubbly carbonation that gives a creamy aspect to each sip. This one is quite drinkable as it lacks the strong acidity that some lambics tend to have. Not something I'd choose on a regular basis, but always a nice treat. I'll be looking forward to sampling the Kriek and Gueuze sometime soon!

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's in Baltimore for the "72 hours of Belgium" fest. $6 for a chalice.

Nice bright fruity red lambic color. No head at all.

Smell? Well, I was in a smokey bar. No real discernable scent. I'm sure it smells good in different circumstances.

Great, fascinating taste. Almost...grapefruity? Kind of has this grapefruit soda taste and mouthfeel to it. Very interesting. Not sour, mostly just tart. Extremely refreshing and invigorating.

I'd love to have it again! Hopefully next time out of a bottle, just to see what's different.

Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6 Oct 2013

A - Pours a clear pinkish brown with half a finger of white head. Very small spots of lacing. Also, even a gentle pour results in some suspended sediment.

S - Initial smell has no fruit, just some tartness and a bit of funk. However, subsequent whiffs are loaded with raspberry aroma, both tart and sweet. The funk and raspberry never seem to blend together, but appear as distinct aromas.

T - Nice amount of tartness makes the tongue tingle initially, followed by a rush of raspberry, some earthy funk. Finishes tart, oaky and dry.

M - Light and crisp, with nice carbonation.

O - A good framboise. Definitely in the middle of the sweet/tart spectrum compared to others of the style. While it didn't blow me away, I could see revisiting this one in the future.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of 2/13/11. I have no idea how old the beer is, but it tasted very young.

The beer pours an amber color with a few white bubbles. Not much of a head. The aroma is a mixture of raspberries and oak, with the fruit standing out. The flavor is very heavy on the raspberries with some light oak. There is very little tartness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. In retrospect I should have let this beer age for quite a bit longer, but with no bottling date, I thought it was older than it was. Still, not a bad beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked & caged green bottle poured into a wine glass, best before 06/10/2013.

Pours a nice dark ruby red with a small very lightly pink head. Nose is sweet, fresh and fruity with a small tart funky note.

The fruitiness is so well done in this, it's fresh and sweet without being cloying, the raspberry is so brite and sharp. The finish is well balanced and a bit tart. This isn't "sour" so much as it's tart (think sweet tarts here), but not puckeringly so. I could drink this all night and at just 5% the only pain would be in my wallet, although its quite reasonably priced compared to other quality fruit lambics.

Easily one of the best Framboise I've had to date, and it's just as good in bottle as on draft.

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big rich raspberry nose with a touch of tartness, light lemon and a slight funk. It pours brilliant reddish brown with a thin whisp of a head. The palate is exquisite with just the right amount of lemony tartness with just a hint of sweetness in the back. The story here is deep, dry, raspberry flavors as raspberry as it is possible to get with traces of malt and wheat in the background. Light body with medium high carbonation. Nothing cloying or over sweet. Grab a bottle of this, a baguette, some smelly cheese and sit in the park all day and watch the roller skaters.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a dark ruby color with a one-finger pink head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of fragrant berries - closer to berry preserves than fresh berries. There's not a whole lot of tartness in the nose.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet berry flavors that border on being overly sweet but don't quite cross the line. As with the smell there's almost no tartness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's just a bit on the thin side with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass but won't be ordering another.

Overall this isn't cloyingly sweet but it's still too sweet for my liking. Worth a shot if you like framboise's on the sweeter side.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute) best before 15.04.2014
A- The fizzy cranberry colored foam head sits on a deep red dense body with strands of racing microbubbles popping to the surface. The base of the glass looks like crystal clear grape jelly. S- The notes of dry tart fresh raspberries ends with a slightly green note. There is a jelly donuts filling quality with a full raspberry aroma and some dry dark fruit hints underneath.
T- The dry tart flavor leads to a softer but bright raspberry finish. There is a softer bretty grapefruit flavor underneath that lingers a moment in the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fine scrubbing bubble fizz in the finish.
D- The full fruit is nice and not sweet with some soft lambic wild characters underneath. Easy to drink.

Photo of rugbyfan13
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: a good color, dark red with little bits of black around the edges. No lacing, head disappeared quickly.

Smell: Currant, currant, and currant with some basil.

Taste: Some strawberry and currants, other small fruits. Very aqueous. Flavor starts off well, but soon turns into water. A bit disappointing really.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation. All the gas just made the beer feel, rough. That's the only way to describe it.

Drinkability: I didn't enjoy drinking the beer. The only reason I finished the beer is that I didn't want to throw it away. Part of my displeasure was from the carbonation and the fact that there was nothing really going for it.

A disappointing beer, not a bad one necessarily, but just, disappointing.

Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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?

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opens with a subtle 'pst'

A: Frothy white head and unpolished ruby body. Pieces of raspberry float about.

S: Overripe raspberries, and a touch of leathery funk

T: Big berrylicious blast, more sweet than tart. Funk and tartness pair off together but don't make much of an overall impact on the palate. Delightful berry finish starts off crisp but does not finish as dry.

M: Carbonation makes good play off of the fruit

D: A beautiful summer drink, but works just as well on a cool fall day.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly sweet and surprisingly not sour at all. Nice berry aroma and raspberry reddish blue colour. Smooth taste, aggressive carbonation. Not syrupy, not thin, not the real raspberry in there totally, not soda and pleasantly OK.
Sampled at Cole's Belgium fest.

Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375mL caged and corked bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Best before June 10th, 2013.

A large active head fizzes down to a light covering of cherry blossoms, draping over the clear carmine body. Light sudsy lacing and a thin ring of tears appear when swirled.

Delicate raspberry jam makes up the bulk of the nose - though there are lightly acidic funky notes as well typical of a young lambic.

Fairly sweet palate entry, somewhat dull fruit flavors, though they are pure. There is a hint of ginger and hay leading into the "barnyard" tartness that recedes quickly into the finish which is largely dry. The raspberries return in the aftertaste - sweet and juicy.

Light bodied, low carbonation, smooth and vaguely creamy.

Not bad, and has a little more complexity than Lindemans for example, but there are better choices out there among those brewers still making a traditional framboise...

Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$ 8.49 for 375ml

Pours a chablis tinged brown with minmal beige head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Raspberries & a touch of sourness

T: Dry, tart, with nice berry accents up front. Woodsy dtyness & a hint of strawberries are there as this warms, plus some apricot. Finishes dry, tart & with a nice raspberry twang

MF: Light/medium bodied, minimal carbonation & much dryness

Drinks easy, but after a fe w the dryness would drive me in search of something cleaner or maltier. Very nice lambic

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Currants and Chambord crowd the aroma, with some fannings of blackberry plants. A deep florid with a crisp rose fringe and not much head. Flavor runs with aroma, however edging more towards a tradition raspberry tart and some preserves. Aromatic and bold phenols climb in bed with a bouquet of roses. Fuming and crisp, however a touch sugary and lacking for a totalitarian fruit Lambic. Thanks for sharing Logan!

Photo of UncleFlip
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle. "SB40" printed on side of cork. (A quick check of Alabama's online legislative info center [they call her ALISON] shows that in this year's regular session, SB40 is a bill removing the requirement that social security numbers be placed on hunting licenses. It's passed the senate, and has gone to a second reading in the house. A dogpile.com search of SB40 reveals a top result of "Girmi Kitchen Appliances.")

Anyway, on to the beer.... There's mention of champagne flutes on the bottle- so dangit, that's what it's going into- the lone surviving flute after an unfortunate bout with gravity in my kitchen. I never used the bloody things- so I'm really more broken up about the lip of the bowl onto which a flute fell.

Anyway...as I was saying...on to the beer...

Pours a darker peach-caramel colour, with a head that's just the pink side of white. The two-finger head sticks around, with marger 'merger' bubbles giving way to big empty cavities when they perish. Hmmm...there's a 'head decay' dental joke in that, but you can make it on your own.

The aroma leaps out of the glass on the pour. (Crouching fruit, hidden maltiness....) It's an airy slightly spicy kind of raspberry, but with a sweet soul that hugs you like your mama when you haven't seen her for months. There's some malt there, but it's hidden behind the raspberry bushes, like naughty teens on a weekend pass from boarding school.

The flavour is just not as great as the look and smell. There's no real fruitiness there, at least none you can find when you're dodging an overwhelming bitterness. It actually starts a bit medicinal, then the bitterness hits you, and you can't shake it even in the aftertaste. It's not a hop bitterness, It's a huge earthy, dry yet sticky bitterness. I'm hoping I just got an off bottle. I'll have to give it a try again sometime to see.

Mouthfeel is somewhat more watery than I'd like- but not yet 'last reel of 'Titanic'' watery. (Dear God, I had to pee so badly, I was regretting not walking out on that film earlier...Can you say "waste of celluloid", boys and girls? I say we substitute the word 'travesty' for the word 'Oscar'.)

Anyway, back to the glass...

Drinkability is below average, if for no other reason than the huge bitter bomb that was hiding in this bottle, like Barbara Eden when she starred opposite Dick York.

Be well
-UF

Photo of nickhiller
4.67/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: crimson, clear with a little silt.

S: fresh raspberries, apple and cranberry juice.

T: raspberry concentrate with a slightly sour, slightly bitter, slightly malty finish that grounds the fruit and reminds you that it is still a beer.

M: soft on the palate, low but smooth carbonation throughout.

O: like a delicious raspberry soda with a dash of malt drink that is highly sessionable. I think I ordered three of them.

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Goldorak
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the Brookline Publick house. My first Beer after a 4 hour car ride and getting lost in Boston, so all odds were in favor to make this Beer taste great!

Appearance: Cran-red, not much head, just a thin line of white lacing.

Smell: Cooked raspberries, like when my mom used to make jams at home. It even had pectin odors and even smelled tangy, with a greenish, pine-like wooden finish.

Taste: Very successful balancing act between sweet and funk, the former taking more room at first, but then the prickly carbonation and acidity slowly released more barnyard flavors within the steady stream of fruit, of raspberries that had some sugar but tasted like they weren't quite ripe enough. Very, very nice!

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Oud Beersel Framboise from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
85 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.