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Oud Beersel Framboise - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by rugbyfan13:
Photo of rugbyfan13
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

rugbyfan13, Aug 15, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

oberon, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +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!

orbitalr0x, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

chOAKbarrell, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

warnerry, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +6.4%

jaminjohnson, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

kingcrowing, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

glid02, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +6.4%

goast8127, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of SolarMikey
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

SolarMikey, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  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.

Brenden, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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?

biboergosum, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of prdstmnky
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

prdstmnky, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of DStoked
4/5  rDev +6.4%

DStoked, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.08/5  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.

Lazerlobe, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Sammy, May 01, 2006
Photo of augustgarage
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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...

augustgarage, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Ciocanelu, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of emilylee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

emilylee, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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

russpowell, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of mfrogs
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mfrogs, Aug 02, 2014
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Oud Beersel Framboise from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
85 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.