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Oud Beersel Framboise - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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 rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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 gamwich
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a best by 09.08.2016 date. The beer has large bubbles of head that dissipate quickly, with little to no lacing. It is ruby/brown in color; pink on the edges and dark in the middle.

The aroma is pleasant, tart raspberries, a tad sour and funky. The flavor is fairly tart up front followed by lots of sweet raspberry and a tart, acidic finish. There is very little carbonation.

This is a nice, relatively straightforward lambic. It is well balanced, not too complex but also not too demanding - definitely quite quaffable.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark red...almost purple with a medium white head. The Kriek looks WAY prettier. Scent is slightly funky with a LOT of raspberry and pomegranate aromas. This could easily be mistaken for a pomegranate beer. Taste is a little too sweet for my liking. I LOVED the Kriek, from this brewery, so was hoping for something as sour... Definitely not a sour beer..way more sweet. Still very tasty with great raspberry and pomegranate flavors. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and a bit over-carbed. Drinkability is fair.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a purplish pink in color with reddish highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The brew definitely had raspberry aroma with some oaky funky character but did have acetic notes and some weird buttery notes that almost overpowered the whole nose; strange. The taste was quite dominated by the rasberrries but was more sweet than sour or tart but it did still have oaky funky and acetic accents. The brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, oaky, slight funky, and very mild tart finish. It drank very good but it definitely not a favorite for the style.

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A young lambic, this one is only supposed to exhibit mild levels of funk and acid. dark reddish purple with a pink head. nose is real, fresh raspberry with an underlying oak, vanilla, funk and tannin. taste is well-balanced between sweet and sour and carries just enough funk to let you know this is the real thing. medium body. sort of slick with nice tingle from carbonation. very easy to drink, and a real pleasure that this is available at one of dc's best music venues. pfunk and oud beersel framboise... a winning combination for sure.

Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh off the tap!

Rosy red, clear, bright, with an amazingly pink head, puffy, pillowy, large, lace-leaving, slow to crumble.

Bold aromatics, sends the sweet/tart raspberry-ness far and wide. This is the nose that hits the guy on the other end of the bar, whether he wants it or not. I'm going to pull it up to my nose...
There we go, real raspberries, tart and sweet, weird, fresh, and funky. Love it.

Taste: soft, then zesty, then sour, next flush with fruit. Mmmm, pucker, then the sweet, then the sour, then the zippy refreshment, and the smiles. Funky, funky lambic time! Mmm, delicious. This is the right stuff, never too sweet, the right mix of fruit and funk!

Tassss-teeee!!! Way to go, Oud Beersel, this is the stuff! Good as they get!

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle served in Unibroue tulip. Best before 6/3/12.

A: Pours a clear deep pink color, almost purple in some lights. 2 fingers of pale pink head dwindle to a thin layer of foam rather quickly.

S: Sweet raspberry juice with a tart background. White grapes and granny smith apples. Slightly funky. A hint of vinegar.

T: Vague sweet fruit. Tastes more of juicy red grapes than raspberry. Somewhat tart...nothing about this beer is overtly sour. Touches of funk here and there. Not much complexity. Straightforward, pleasant fruit flavors. Finishes with a little tart raspberry kick that invites another sip.

M: For me, the carbonation is lacking a bit. The feel is thin, but not out of line considering the style.

D: Not bad. This beer is a far cry from the Cantillons and Drie Fonteinens of the world, but is is solid nonetheless. Lacks the puckering sourness that I desire. Still much better than some of the overly sweet fruit lambics that are out there. I preferred the Oud Beersel Kriek to this Framboise...Looking forward to trying the Geueze.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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 mkorpal
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a ruby red with a tiny offwhite head.

Smell is of tart fresh raspberry with just the slightest hint of funk.

Taste is of fresh, bright raspberry with a bit of funk on the back. I would have liked to get more sour in this beer.

Nice and wet on the tongue. Not too much body.

Taste and easy to drink. Very nice.

Photo of pastradul
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tall tulip.

produces minimal head with lots of bubbles along the glass.

the nose is a sweet rasberry fruit sweetness with a slight amount of tart or sourness...

the taste is def on the sweeter side then the tart side. lots sweet across the palate. with a small amount of tartness, hoped that the tartness would pick up as the brew warmed but it never went anywhere.

not bad by any means but nothing I will buy again.

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.

Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was ruby pink in color, with a miminal head served in an 8oz snifter.
Taste and smell was nice nice raspberry fruit tartness, with little to any sour from random bugs or age. Nice balanced lambic, semi sweet, semi tart, approachable and enjoyable for sure.
Mouthfeel was medium carbonation and body.

I would order this again if in the mood when available. respectable for the style.

Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 andrewinski1
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured gently into a goblet. Thin lacing floats on top of a mahogany colored body. The carbonation bubbles are racing to the top of this one. It's darker than I expected. Smells like sweet vinegar; not much raspberry to be detected in the nose. The taste is immediately disappointing. Too sweet for me. There is only a faint tartness that I get mostly from the raspberry flavor, not much funk in this one. The balance reminds me of a flanders red in the vane of Monk's Cafe or Duchess. I would have a hard time recommending this one to anyone.

Photo of Casey10
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A interesting beer and as many have noted not your super sour lambic nor your super sweet lindemans type definately in between. I like this a a perfect gateway beer for someone wanting to maybe get into lambics and at a lower costs may not be a bad thing.

A - dark cherry red.

S - stong rasberry sweetness nice for some but others might not like.

T - is a little of the middle not complex like some lambics sweet but not bad either.

M - leaves a slight puckering sour have had much sourer bad not bad.

D - I like the sweeter style lambics I know some dont and thats okay. I recommed this to some one wanting to get started into lambics.

Photo of ChrisPr
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From bottle, 6/11/10. Nice carbonation and color. Poured with a moderate head for a lambic. Aromas are nice, sweet raspberry and syrup. Mouthfeel is OK.

However, flavor is disappointing. Syrup and artificial raspberry, even though I'm sure it's natural, right? The flavor is completely underwhelming. This beer is more Chapeau Banana than even Lindeman's Framboise. I'd like to taste the base beer without the fruit. Hugely disappointing.

Thank God for Cantillon, Girardin, Drie Fonteinen, et. al. There should be a clearer designation between authentic fruit lambics and these sodas, especially when you can buy authentic, quality lambic for the same expensive price.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy fuschia color with a thin, pink
head. Minimal soapy lacing. The nose is beautifully
balanced, with light lactic sour notes and dense
waves of raspberry, and traces of red wine vinegar.
This beer is all about simplicity. Raspberries, and
everything they have to offer. Tart, puckering sour
notes, sweet fruit, lactic sour notes interspersed.
The finish is light and oaky.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Xul
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent, rich raspberry red, capped by a one finger frothy pink head. Retention is poor as the head disappears almost immediately, leaving almost no lacing behind.

S: Sweet raspberry aroma up front...and in the middle...and in the back. Some very faint oak and sour notes are there if you're really looking, but this is way sweeter than I was expecting from an Oud Beersel lambic.

T: Better than the aroma, with some sour notes apparent on the front, but the sweet raspberry is still the dominant flavor. Some oak and a light funk on the second half. Finishes with a very lightly tart raspberry.

M: Medium body with low carbonation...not nearly enough bubbles for the style.

D: Pretty inoffensive and goes down fairly easily, but a huge disappointment. I was expecting something more along the lines of Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vielle...this is definitely not in the same ballpark.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark pink/purple color with some bubbles rising to the top of the clear liquid. the head is light and fluffy, fuschia in color.

S-the raspberry tartness is right up front with some notes of niegar. a light fresh oak lies underneath with notes of vanilla.

T-nice raspberry right up front, somewhat tart, notes of lactic acid, vanilla and oak come through in the back.

M-very smooth and somewhat creamy with a light level of carbonation and a good solid medium body. it is dry in the back and somewhat astringent.

D-this is pretty easy to drink and very sweet. good feel to it with a nice smoothness on the palate. not too tart at all with all of the raspberry goodness.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9oz serving on draft at Capone's in a snifter

Oude Beersel's fram has a deep dark red berry look with some light shades of purple. No lacing comes from it and it's hard to come up with a cap, it's all good though. Smell is of weak raspberries with a tinge of chocolate and lactic sourness. It tastes like raspberries and that's pretty much it, not the boldest I've had but good enough. Not really complex for me though, pretty simple. The feel is a bit tart and a step below the medium side. Carb is stable. After having this I don't feel the need to have it again.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, red-brown color with an off-white head that pours up a finger high. Retention is alright, and lacing is nice as well.

Fruity, berry-like nose with plenty of earth tones. A bit musty but not too funky. The flavor is fairly sweet overall, with lots of fruit backed up by enough brown malts to keep it honest. Finish is as sour as it gets. Body is right down the middle, with nice carbonation to scrub out the sour (if that's your thing).

Solid, workmanlike framboise. Better than most raspberry lambics, which still appeal to the lowest common denominator of sour beer drinkers.

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Oud Beersel Framboise from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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