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Oud Beersel Framboise - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 325
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 18.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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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 captaincoffee
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep hazy red with little head or lacing. Nose is, oddly, more of a jammy grape and cherry than the raspberry I expected. Not any real funk that I was expecting either. Still, a very nice odor. Taste is only mildly tart, with a bit of residual sugar. Definitely raspberry there, but lacks much comp!exity or depth. Very drinkable, but not very memorable. Might be better for the lambic novice since it is very approachable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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)

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red, with dark bits of floaty yeast. Smells is sweet, seedy raspberries. Slightly artificial in the nose and taste. Not tart. A little too sweet.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruby color with a huge head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma with predominant notes of raspberries and slightly sour with a distant vinegar.
Refreshing flavor with notes of raspberries, spices, wood, green apple, cherries, lemon and maybe floral hops. Dry with a friendly acid aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Incredibly easy to drink and super refreshing Fruit Lambic. Not with a heavy tartness or funky complex. Don't try to compare it to a Gambrinus. I could have several of those.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – A dark purple red color with nice head and a light-medium lacing.

Smell – Raspberry juice. More sweet than sour.

Taste – Tastes like raspberries and cranberry juice with oak. Some bitterness too; more of an oaky bitterness than a hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, maybe even a little flat. Has a sourness to the feel.

Drinkability – Goes down easy, though I find the bitterness a bit off-putting.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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

Beer bottle (37,5 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : a dark red color, with white foamy head.
Smell : tart and fruity, with berry aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : wood and raspberries flavors with notes of hops and tart finish.
Overall : a good beer in the Belgian style Lambic

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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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of popery
2.42/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I think it’s a 2013 bottle (expiration is 2018). The beer pours a magenta brown. Appears quite cloudy, which might be due to my handling of the bottle. Small, fizzy pinkish head, dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma is sweet with an artificial tone. It could be from the sweetening, but I’m getting something that smells a lot like a diacetyl-ish buttery popcorn flavor. There are some decent raspberries underneath all of that. The taste is flat and watery. It’s very washed out. Some nice fruitiness, but there’s zero funk or depth. Fairly sweet, which isn’t aided by the watery character. Mouthfeel is a bit spritzy but a lot flatter than expected. I’ve had this beer before and remember kinda liking it. The cork came out of this bottle with no pop, so maybe, it’s just an issue with this bottle (and I had previously ticked this beer at 4.25, so I assume it was better then). Still, this wasn’t good.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  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?

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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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.


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Photo of Seanniek91
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
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.

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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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of cps98
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Oud Beersel Framboise from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.