1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oud Beersel Framboise - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Not Rated.
Oud Beersel FramboiseOud Beersel Framboise

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

274 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 274 | Reviews: 159 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +6.4%

375ml bottle split with a friend. I was expecting this to be sour but it was more tart if that makes any sense. It smelled like raspberry preserves, very jammy with only the slightest hint of muddy wet hay and barnyard. The taste was heavily raspberry but not sweet or cloying, good but I preferred their kriek.

ArrogantB, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

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 RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

Pours a clouded red. Nose is oddly funked. Seems almost like old shoes. Maybe some honey too. Flavor is firm raspberries. Not a whole lot of funkiness to it. But there is a good fruit flavor to it. Similar to the intensity of lindemans, but you can easily tell this is all natural. It gets a 4.5 on flavor because the fruit is so balanaced and natural. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is low but silky. This is a nice lambic. The fruit is a bit too intense, but it still works out.

RblWthACoz, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

Beautifull deep ruby red with a creamy, pinkish head. The nose is a perfect blend of tart raspberries, musky oak and funk. Taste is also well balanced. Rich sweet raspberries complimented by sour funkyness. Full silky body is well carbonated and has a nice dry finish. A fantastic brew from Oud Beersel.

rye726, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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 JDV
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

bottle shared at tasting. Pours a cranberry color with a light filmy white head. Smell is very strong raspberry fruitiness. Taste is sweet and dry, tart raspberries. Very fizzy and bubbly in the mouth. Light tart funkiness as well in the flavor. Pretty good, I thought.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of julian
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

Bought this at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA - 375ml bottle.

A: pours a dark brown/red color mostly opaque. 1/2 fingers worth of bubbly head which quickly disappears. very little if any lacing.

S: smells of sweet fruits, raspberry mostly as expected. hint of sour apples, slightly phenolic.

T: pretty carbonated and sweet, lots of fruity sugars and definite raspberry taste, nice sour aftertaste lingers...if you like sweet fruity beers this one is for you!

M: tastes like a caronated ocean spray type juice, only alcoholic...crisp.

D: tastes like a fizzy juice - I could pound these back easily.

Close tie to Lindeman's, but I still need to explore the style a bit more.

julian, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

I bought this one while traveling through Ohio at West Point market in Akron. Cracked this one while hosting a Texas Hold 'Em/fine beer night at my place with DrewOSU and Pimpp.

A: Poured into my chalice at around 45 degrees. Date on the bottle said 09-25-2010. Highly fizzy on initial pour, which quickly evaporated, leaving champagne-like bubbles linger to the small off-white head. Body of beer was a slightly cloudy reddish/brown.

Smell: Lots of natural raspberries and brett-like wild funk.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Much like the smell. Fresh, natural raspberries trailing with some horse blanket/vinegar/even sauerkraut funk from the spontaneous fermentation. Not overly sweet, nice raspberry presence. Very dry and crisp throughout the tasting. As the drink warmed, the natural bacteria became very prevalent.

Drinkability: A nice, sweet after-dinner drink, but it had a little too much "wild" funk for me to tolerate.

beachbum1975, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

Served in a goblet at Hopleaf 3/12/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a cloudy bright pint color with a tiny light pink cap of foam.

S: Balanced aromas of fresh raspberry, vinegar, and earthy wood.

T: Fresh ripe raspberry (obviously!) and spice with vinegar, oak, and an interesting almond-esque flavor.

M: Starts off acidic and vinegar-y but quickly becomes earthy, spicy, and sweet with the aforementioned nutty almond dryness.

D: Awesome! Just about the perfect mixture of fresh and natural raspberry, spice, and tangy acidity.

GbVDave, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%

I really like this beer. Although I'm a fan of almost all of the Cantillons, and not so much of the sweeter lambics like Lindemans, Sometimes I want something a little less challenging and more baalanced than some of the more sour Cantillons but far more complexx and less sweet than the soda-like lambics of the training wheel lambics. Oude Beersel occupies that spot for me.

Pours a beautiful hazy pink/red with a pinkish frothy head. Smells of tart raspberries with layered vinous aromas in the background. Somewhat acetic, but in balance. The taste is perfectly balanced to my liking. Sour, slightly woody flavors and a fresh raspberry zinginess followed by some more complex tannins and slight funk. Creamy and smooth in the mouth, perhaps a tad too much so. A little bit more astringency would be nice. Very enjoyable indeed.

Georgiabeer, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of antilogic
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%

Just had this on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Huntington Beach (CA)...Wow!

Color was a bit redder than amber. The foam on top was light and incredibly sour; great head retention. It had a very dry, crisp aroma to it that immediately sucked me in. Very unique and enjoyable.

antilogic, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.55/5  rDev +21%

A - Just under one finger of dirty white foam, with a tinge of pink appears on top of the slightly hazy, reddish brown body. It settles quickly to a thin film with a few fish eye bubbles.

S - Musty, funky sourness hits the nostrils immediately, followed by a beautiful note of sour, juicy raspberries. The funk consists of a single wet, earthy note and is free of sulphur.

T - Sweet, fresh raspberry flavor up front, followed by nicely restrained sourness. The sour fruit lingers through the middle and then slowly gives way to the musty, earthy finish. Notes of wet wood, black earth, and toasted oak all come to mind, but all of them are admirably restrained and are never rough on the palate. Somewhere in there I also detected some grassy, herbal hops that complemented the other flavors nicely.

M - Surprisingly round and full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry.

D - This is an unusually drinkable example of the style. If there is a weak point in this beer it is the aroma, which is a bit weak and lacks some of the spectacular complexity found in the nose of other classic fruit lambics. The flavor, however, is perfectly balanced and the funk and sourness are masterfully restrained to the point that they allow the beer to remain easy to drink while maintaining the complexity of a great lambic.

nickfl, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +13%

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark red colour, with a small, pink head, lots of Belgian lacing, good retention.

S: Raspberry, strawberry, with lots of funk.

T: Tastes heavily of raspberry puree, very fruity, with a nice tartness to balance out the sweetness, a bit of horse blanket and lactic acidity as well, a very tasty beer.

M: Tart, funky, smooth, not as dry as Cantillon, but definitely a traditional lambic feel, though a little sweeter than most.

D: A very good fruit lambic, funkier and tarter than Lindemans, not as dry as Cantillon, but a solid drinking beer, a very good lambic, in my opinion, very tasty and drinkable.

Halcyondays, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of sfoley333
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured out of 375ml bottle with 8-2-11 exp date. Poured into a lindemans framboise flute. The color was red with a brown hazy but certainly more red than brown. Head foamed up a nice size but bubbles not very lacy more like a champagne head that dissipated a minute latter to settle in to a thin layer of foam out line the meniscus.The smell of raspberries, yeast funk, with a sugary tartness with a residual of sourness. Taste raspberry tart candies with a little dryness to sweetness of the beer but still more sweet than dry. Mouthfeel is tart and pops with a lightness, and a steady carbonation helps give a little for body to the mouthfeel. Its good framboise for those looking for more sweetness in their fruit lambics. A little more complex than sweeter framboise such as Lindemans or Cherish but less complex than Boon, Cantillon, or drie fonteinen framboise.

sfoley333, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.25/5  rDev +13%

I was pretty excited to find this beer the last time I was downtown since I am a big fan of Oud Beersel's Oude Gueuze Vieille and Oude Kriek Vieille. I have never seen this one before so I snapped up the last bottle available.

This one pours a hazy brown with a slight tint of red. There's a purplish colored frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving no head to speak of. Tart raspberry and funky barnyard aromas waft out of the glass. Some hints of vinegar too.

Tastes quite tart and funky. There's a sweetness here too but it's not at all sticky or cloying. The sweetness is balanced by the with a nice dryness, hints of vinegar and the bretty funk. The mouth is medium bodied and lightly dry, especially in the finish

Not bad for a sweetened framboise, not overly sweet and enough tartness to provide a nice balance. It doesn't rise to the great heights of the more "traditional" offerings from Oud Beersel but it's still excellent in it's own right.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of Hemi
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

A - Looks a little thin. Looks a bit like cherry 7up. Practically no head and none that sticks around. No lacing. A bit of fruit deposits at the bottom of your glass.

S - Semi sweet. Raspberry aroma.

T - A bit dry and tart. I tend to like my Framboise a little better balanced between sour and sweet. Over its not bad.

M - A bit thin and effervescent.

D - I can drink a couple bottles of these in a setting. Overall not a bad beer.

Hemi, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of rugbyfan13
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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!

CharlesDarwin, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of ciderfaerie
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

appearance - amber, light brown red

smell - sour raspberry

taste - whoa! sour with slight raspberry

mouthfeel - metalic, bitter, not the best carbonation

drinkability - not amazing due to the metalic mouthfeel and bitterness, drinkable nonetheless. i do like the ultra sourness, but might enjoy a bit more raspberry

ciderfaerie, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

I had this at the Steelgaarden at the Bethlehem Brew Works earlier this week. Their beer selection is amazing and I always make it a point to try something special like this when I get out that way. Lambic's aren't normally my thing, but it's a style that I enjoy and respect well, because it's so out of the ordinary and representative of the range of flavors that beer can take on. This brew is no exception to that!

This had a good pour to it - the head and carbonation were low, but the color was a beautiful crimson red and the taste matched it. Nicely tart, sour, and yogurt-like, but not overly medicinal or band-aid like. It finished clean but the lambic taste lingered, and there wasn't any aspect of this that was too sharp. I loved the sentiment on the bottom too! It was plum-colored and very heavy, and complimented the top portion of the beer well. It took me quite a while to down this bottle, but it was nearly a dessert unto itself and the aftertaste and mouthfeel was nearly as a good as each sip.

I could hardly feel the alcohol in this, and for someone unaccustomed to this style of beer, it grew on me pretty quickly. It's not for everyone, but for those who like fruity beers with taste, substance, and durability, this will fit nicely. A shame that we don't have a place like the Steelgaarden here in Jersey!

JerzDevl2000, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of gottajiboo2
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

This beer poured a pinkish brown cloudy fizzy. It had a thick white foamy head, and the smell, oh the smell. Raspberries and cream was what first came to mind. Tasted slight sour fruity raspberry delight. I would drink this again. But enjoy it with some steak.
Out of the all of the sour beers I tried at Phatz' place, this one was my favorite.

Thanks again Phatz!

cheers

gottajiboo2, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

App: Pours light red, clearer than most framboise I've seen, with a white head that isn't as abundant as most either. This is pretty.

Smell: Strawberry banana comes through along with raspberry. It's a little musty and a little intense on the yogurt aroma.

Taste: Strawberries, raspberries, yogurt and cheese round out this taste. It's interesting but nothing like a Cantillon framboise.

Mouthfeel: Sour, like it should be, but not as intensly sour as I like for the style. It's dry and medium bodied for a lambic. The dryness is done well and definitely adds.

DA: It's pretty easy to go through this beer. The sourness is there, but not overwhelming and it allows for more quaffing than is usual for a sour beer.

dbalsock, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +9%

Thanks a million to yinzer for hooking me up with this beer. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.

This was a slight change of pace from some of the previous massively lactic sour Gueuze we had last evening. The sour tart raspberries were quite pleasant.

Appearance: Pours a brownish red with a pink head.

Smell: Very tart raspberry with a sour oaky attribute, and a bit of vinegar.

Taste: Some sweetness to a small extent to relive the intensity of the tart lambic sour lemon and raspberry flavor. The grapes and sherry element give it a bit of dimension but this a very approachable (though not sweet) fruit lambic.

Mouthfeel: creamy smooth rich, dry!

Drinkability: This is not like the overly sugary sweet fruit lambics but it is approachable for a sour beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits on Wednesday, and had it the same night. It was served at around 45º F in my New Belgium glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burgundy with a thick, pinkish head that fades to a sparse ring.

Smell: Upon standing sweet raspberries are dominant with a noticeable, but light funkiness in the background. Swirling brings out a nice sharp acidic aroma and accentuates the musty funkiness.

Taste: Sweet raspberries greet the palate and remain present throughout. A mild acidic sourness appears in the center and remains through to the finish, becoming more pronounced as the beer warms. The sweet raspberry flavors move towards tartness in the finish. The grassy and medicinal funkiness is relatively mild, which I have noticed is the case with most Beersel lambics.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and mild dryness.

Drinkability: Sweet, but has the sourness and funkiness to prevent it from being cloying.

Overall: I've enjoyed the other Oud Beersel lambics that I've tried. They've all been sour with a mild funky character. This one was good, for a sweeter lambic, but disappointing to me because it was a sweet lambic.

EPICAC, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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
Oud Beersel Framboise from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
85 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.