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Oud Beersel Framboise - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
85
very good

274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel visit their website
Belgium

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 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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 4/15/14.

Pours a very dark semi-opaque crimson red with a small 1/2 inch light red head that fades to a small cap. Random fingers of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is intense raspberry, other mixed berries (blueberry comes out), with only a slight funk/must smell. Taste is very similar to the nose with an intense berry flavor blast (mainly raspberry, other berries too) up front with only a slight bit of sour lambic coming through on the finish. A bit of fruit rind/stem bitterness after each sip. Carbonation level is somewhat high which makes for a crisp soda like mouthfeel. The beer leaves the palate a bit sticky after each sip, again like a soda. Overall, this is a fantastic raspberry lambic that is quite different from ones I have had in the past. A very tasty treat.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin pink head that faded away rather quickly but left a ring of bubbles floating around the collar and lacy patterns in the center.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of raspberries in the nose with notes of both sweetness and tartness.
T: Like the smell, flavors of raspberries dominate the overall taste, which has a mild to moderate amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink because the fruity and sweet flavors do not overpower the taste.

metter98, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a an almost indescribable color - a cross between amber and pink; quite cloudy with a modest head that drops to a film; early traces of lace are not sustained

Smell: Homemade raspberry jam, quite sweet and enticing

Taste: The jammy sweetness appears first on the tongue, followed by an increasingly sour, tart, woody element as we reach mid-palate; after the swallow, the tartness persists, but the sweet flavors reappear at the close; the woody element helps to balance the contrasting flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Fun to sip on but not something to drink in quantity

brentk56, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Midway between raspberry red and bittersweet orange with a smallish crown of rose petal colored foam that doesn't have the world's greatest texture. The head melts quickly, in unimpressive fashion, and leaves no lace.

The nose more than makes up for the appearance's shortcomings. Each sniff delivers a blast of sweet-tart raspberries with hints of oak. If the flavor follows suit, we'll be in business.

OBF isn't as fruity as expected. It's more raspberry-accented lambic than raspberry lambic, if that makes any sense. Either the brouwerij didn't get the percentages of the mixture right or they didn't add enough berries. Both, of course, are personal opinions.

A moderate shot of tangy raspberry fades quickly and is replaced by a fruit vinegar vibe with a moderate acidity. Moderate doesn't always mean average, although it this case it does. Slightly above average actually, when it comes to the taste and drinkability scores. A very light syrupy sweetness on the finish helps a little.

Lambic mouthfeels (like lambic appearances) are almost never outstanding. Yeah, there's that personal opinion thing again. This one lacks volume and is too lazily carbonated. On the other hand, it's probably unfair to compare this style to most others.

Oud Beersel Framboise probably isn't hard-core enough for the lambic purists and it isn't sweet enough for the casual crowd. I'm somewhere in the middle of those two extremes and it doesn't really appeal to me either. At least not enough to buy it again.

BuckeyeNation, May 20, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can be completely honest when I say I had never even heard of this before last night. It shows up and gets poured into a glass for me and I am floored. Consumed on 06/09/10. Best by 2029. WOW.

The pour was very light, golden in color with a nice big head of white on top that hung around for most other glass. Nice haziness and cloudiness was around, but it was still light enough that I could see through the tremendous carbonation that was bubbling up. A very lively ale for sure.

Aroma is deep horse funk. Sour and sweaty gym socks, deep herbal funk. Grapefruit popping through now with hints of bready malts and a light and well balanced profile start dancing around in the air. Then a took a sip and my lips puckered and all moisture left my mouth, a tremendous amount of sour and funky notes coming out of this. What the hell is it? This would hold a candle to any of the big ones out there people swear by. Just ridiculous. Finish with the ripest, tartest grapefruit that I have ever come across, this is simply sublime with a huge flavor, huge everything really. I was simply amazed by the depth and complexity of this beer. Outstanding.

Overall great, A must try. One of the highlights of my day. I will do my best to seek this one out again, sometime, somewhere.

mikesgroove, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is dark pink with a bit of a purple tint to it and a big pink head.

S: Lots of sweet raspberries without nearly as much of the acetic acid that you get with a lot of raspberry lambics. A moderate sourness with some wet oak and grass. There's also a definite buttery aroma which is sort of unfortunate.

T: The tartness is nowhere near as assertive as I would have expected. A fair amount of grass and wet oak in terms of the funk. There's a decent raspberry flavor, but it's actually pretty sweet. At least I don't pick up any butter.

M: The body is medium with a light to moderate carbonation.

D: Nowhere near as good as their gueuze or kriek. Plenty of other good lambics out there that I would recommend instead.

womencantsail, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

GRG1313, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, ruby-red body with an inch of lasting, pervasive off-white foam.

Smell: Sour-scented aroma of raspberries mainly, with a few hints of earthy and musty wood.

Taste: A jolt of sour-tart raspberry puree with only a very minor sweetness. Faint, faroff, dusty malt character. One drop of almond milk. More pings of sugar. A touch medicinal at times, but nothing to make a face over. Though bits of sweetness do come and go throughout it still finishes decidedly sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent enough and competent enough fruit lambic, at least on draft. While it isn't quite as exquisite as the Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen, I cheerfully finished my glass at the Brick Store Pub.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2008
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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been looking for this after trying the Kriek and Gueuze. It's a nice counterpart, but probably my least favorite of the three.

Pours somewhat flat with little foam. Deep red, murky body. Smell of faint raspberry, tart and acidic. Taste is tart, not artificial, but more like cranberry juice in a way. It's approachable if not a little dull. Mouthfeel has low carbonation, again like unsweetened cranberry juice.

One bottle is enough, unless you are really into acidic fruit juice.

emerge077, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle from Whole Foods Palo Alto. Best before 6-10-2013.

The cork comes out with a pop, and the beer pours a clear and bright ruby red. In the glass it's more of a black cherry hue, but still very clear, and topped by an inch of pink foam.

The nose is sweet and tart, vibrantly fruity and bordering on syrupy. It's pleasant enough but fairly one-note, lacking the complex funk and sourness of better lambic. There's a touch of earthy oak beneath the sweet fruit.

It tastes just as it smells, sweet and sour with a nice multi-dimensional raspberry character. There's a bit of tannic astringency that may be the byproduct of both oak aging snd raspberry seeds/skin, which does something to balance the sweetness. This is more fruit beer than true framboise to me, but it's not bad.

largadeer, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, pinkish-red color with a small, fizzy, white head. I almost looks like a champagne with some red food coloring.

S - It smelled very sweet with tons of fresh raspberry aroma.

T - It tasted of strong raspberry flavors. Overall, it was very sweet with just a touch of tartness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fizzy. Very light-bodied it has a champagne-like mouthfeel.

D - Great sweet raspberry flavor. It drinks like a champagne or fruity soda.

zeff80, Apr 02, 2009
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 13, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

JAHMUR, Mar 05, 2012
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Oud Beersel Framboise from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
85 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.