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Oud Beersel Framboise - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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very good

165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 322
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel visit their website
Belgium

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 legalpete19340
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured dull grapefruit juice pink into the glass with a small off white head that fell quickly. No lacing or coating.

S: Comes on strong with raspberries and strawberries. There is the slightest earthiness in the background. I can almost smell the sourness.

T: Starts out sweet with a face full of berries: raspberries, strawberries and a bit of blackberry. Then a very dry chalky note before it moves into a surging sourness that ends with an intense puckering effect. Right in the middle there is burst of whole wheat bread before the sourness begins. Almost like unripe strawberries and toast.

M: Thin and flat.

O: I think I see the appeal of this beer even though its not my personal favorite style. Seemed to hit the fruit notes and add a bit of malt and sourness for intrigue. I wish it were less sour and the juicy berries were allowed to flow more. (864 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oud Beersel Framboise

Appearance: Hazy and cloudy, in a ruby hue of red. Short livid, fizzy head. Well carbonated, as the cork gave a solid pop when removed. All the senses will soon be soothed.

Smell: Perfumy, fruity, and very wine like nose. Aromas of funk, berry wine, must, and sweet old basement(?).

Taste: Sharp acidity upfront, with a raspberry tartness. Gives way to a Cabernet/Port flavor that lingers. Fleeting grain notes remind that this is a beer. Slightly pungent alcohol character and fermented berries give off winesque vibes. Not all that sweet, though fruity. Little bitterness, though perceptible. Muted funk, like when your parents tell you to turn the George Clinton records down. Oak-y and dry in the finish. Fresh berries all day. Not the most complex, but a lot going on.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. Semi-dry champagne like finish.

Overall: This is probably the most wine-like beer I have had to date. Still, the fingerprints of Lambic are all over this one. Its the type of beer that should make fans of sweet beers, beer geeks, and sour fiends all start clamoring to get their wine glasses. Better than most. (1,171 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 cl bottle shared as a sampling of three fruit lambics with friends, purchased from Etre Gourmet.
Bottled in June 2011.
Poured into a New Glarus flute (courtesy of A).

Oud Beersel's Framboise was a seriously fruity lambic that downplayed the sour and tart aspects of its base and instead opted for a marginal imbalance towards the added raspberries. This was an enjoyable beer, but the plastic element in the aroma was off-putting, and I would have liked a bit more sourness/tartness in general. This could be a good transition from Lindemans fruit lambics to more sour varieties, or for one who feels like something sweeter and fruitier than a typical gueuze/lambic.

Pours, into the glass, a light red to pink head of fairly small bubbles, about 2cm tall. Head descends quickly, leaving little lacing and reducing to a ring around the glass. Body is deep red to dark magenta in color, with visibly active carbonation.

Aroma is fairly sweet, coming from fairly fresh raspberries, a bit of plastic, some mildew / unfinished old basement scents, and extremely mild vinegar.

Taste is rather sweet, at least compared to the Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon krieks. Anticipated raspberry sweetness is the dominant flavor, followed by mild tartness, light yeast, and a malt component that further tips the flavor towards sweetness and not sourness or tartness.

Body is medium-light to medium, with noticeable but not aggressive carbonation. Pleasant, excellent for sipping and trying to discern the flavors. Finish is dry. (1,520 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey poured in a sampler glass. Pours a reddish color with a pink head. Aroma is of tart raspberries, yogurt notes, light funk, some musty old aromas and subtle wood and vinegar. The flavor follows the nose, lightly sour with lots of raspberry and almost raspberry yogurt like flavor, some subtle funk like hay and some musty old notes with the vinegar. The body is light with a dry mouthfeel. (408 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle from Oude Beersel courtesy of me.

Dark red nearing purple. Pink head. Smells of fresh raspberries and new pool toys. Funk is rather subdued. The flavors are mostly raspberry syrup and a bit of funk. Sweet with very little sour punch. Medium body with mild carbonation. Certainly not the worst framboise out there but I've had much better. (355 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, best by Oct 6, 2013 with an abv of 5.0%.

A nice pop when the cork came out, it pours an extremely dark red with a 1 finger head of foam with some brilliant lacing.

The nose is hugely of raspberries, the sweet kind ;^), and has a bit of yeasty smell to it.

The taste is not what I expected; raspberry sweetness tempered by a mild tartness, light yeasty tones, and a somewhat earthy malt flavour. The latter is on the back end and is a let down from how the beer first tastes. I'm swishing the beer in my mouth and I can't say I get any of the oak at all. Not a bad brew but I expected more, I guess.

Medium bodied, ditto for the carbonation; a nice mouthfeel and it's easy enough to drink. I'm glad I tried it but a repeat isn't necessary. (773 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the hudson st. stackhouse the other day.

The beer pours a slighty hazy, orange amber color with red highlights. The nose is pretty impressive in a lambic sort of way, as I pick up considerable sour funk and vinegar, but with some nice fruit and vanilla poking through as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, except the sour funk dominated the flavor scene a bit too much for my palate. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet tart, sour finish. Alcohol is barely an afterthought in this beer.

An impressive lambic, though at least for my palate, a bit less sour funk and a touch more fruit would have been appreciated. (677 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A friend left an unopened bottle this in my fridge after finding a first bottle not very appealing. Perfect excuse for a review! Poured into a large champagne flute.

A – Pours a cloudy brownish-mauve (never really seen this color before) with zero head and lots of tiny bubbles, like a champagne.

S – Strong aroma of raspberries, and tartness. Almost like smelling a raspberry Jolly Rancher.

T – Sweet raspberries followed by an acidic and slightly metallic grapefruit/earthy aftertaste which lingers for a long time. Not much else is there. I hate to keep comparing it like this, but everything about this Framboise is more like raspberry flavored champagne than a raspberry beer.

M – Thin and fizzy. Finishes dry like…you guessed it!

O – Not my cup of tea, and I have had much better Framboise that have stronger beer characteristics. However, if you are looking for a raspberry champagne for New Years, you could do a lot worse. (951 characters)

Photo of samie85
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a grape juice red color with a violet, one finger head, and some raspberry or yeast particles suspended throughout.

S- Huge raspberry with some slightly acidic notes, but raspberry is the main star here.

T-Tart and slightly sour/acidic raspberry notes with some funk and lemon notes.

M-Moderately carbonated with a light body and a drying and prickly feel.

D-Pretty easy drinking and not too sour for those beginning to experiment with sour beers. Very approachable and nuanced beer. (497 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tulip at Hopleaf.

Appearance: My pour is a full ruby color with a thin wispy off-white collar that leaves no lacing.

Smell: The aroma is mostly sweet and slightly tart raspberries. There is a soft funky, leathery, and oaky aroma as well.

Taste: The flavor starts out with a blast of sweet raspberry, a flavor that pretty much dominates each sip. Toward the end a more acidic and vinegary tartness comes into play with a little bit of oak as well, but my overall impression is that it is a sweet raspberry beer.

Mouthfeel: This lambic has a moderate acidity, carbonation on the light side, a slightly syrupy nature, and a body that is medium for the style.

Overall: Raspberry sours are among my favorite style and fruit treatment, but this one was just done with a flavor that is a little too casual for my liking. Simply sweet, there is just not a ton of complexity here to ever pique my interest. (923 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the Churchkey. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby red color with no head at all.

Smell: Tons of raspberry with a good amount of sweetness. There is a very mild vinegar note as well.

Taste: Sweet raspberries up front yield to herbal bitterness. There is also a mild, woody characteristic as well. Not in love with the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I thought there was an odd taste in the finish of this one. I don't think I would have another. (544 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey for Night of the Living Ales

Very red pour with a huge pink head. The lacing and retention are phenomenal. Very sweat aroma, no funk or acidity. Tart raspberries and fruits take it over. The taste is of sweet, dry raspberries. Not particularly funky, the beer still steers clear of the "fruit juice" moniker sometimes placed on sweeter lambics. Dry finish, strange aftertaste. Tart and carbonated well. It was very sweet, but not on the level of Timmermans thankfully. I enjoyed it. (503 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Best by date is 01-19-2015.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed plum color. Two fingers of fizzy, pink-tinted white head. Retention is a touch below average and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Raspberries are running rampant in the nose making the overall vibe sweet and fruity. Aside from a minor tartness, there isn't much in terms of acidity. Sweat dripping gym sock and rotting wood type funkiness. Horsey funk backing that up along with the oak.

3.5 T: The raspberries so apparent in the nose are vastly diminished in the taste, which is sad given that this bottle is fairly fresh. Rather, the focus of the taste is the funk. Horse and musty basement funk. The sweat socks aren't as prevalent. Mild tartness and maybe a touch of lactic acid, though it's hard to tell what is lactic acid and what is raspberry. This could use a bit more time to develop some more acidity.

3.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate level of carbonation. The problem here is that the beer is heavy on the tongue. The carbonation isn't particularly spritzy and this isn't at all creamy. Smooth though.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but not as complex or as fruity as I'd like for a young framboise. (1,189 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. I drank this one right after the Geuze and Kriek.

A - Pours murky pink with a nice one finger tall pink head leaving very little lace down the glass. Not as bubbly as the kriek but close.

S - Smells of dulled raspberry puree, musty funk, light lactic sourness, wet oak, and some definite buttery notes that I am sure aren't supposed to be there...

T - Starts off with a nice dose of dank funk quickly giving way to some light raspberry sweetness, drying oak tannins, and very dull lactic sourness. The finish is dry with some lingering sweetness. I don't get a lot of the buttery notes I detected in the nose but this one is still a bit of a letdown.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. This one isn't as carbonated as the kriek but it is still a little bit too much.

O - This was the worst of the three. The fruit was really only present in the taste and even there it was a bit dull. Add to that the disappointing nose and this one really isn't on par with its counterparts. (1,036 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: crimson, clear with a little silt.

S: fresh raspberries, apple and cranberry juice.

T: raspberry concentrate with a slightly sour, slightly bitter, slightly malty finish that grounds the fruit and reminds you that it is still a beer.

M: soft on the palate, low but smooth carbonation throughout.

O: like a delicious raspberry soda with a dash of malt drink that is highly sessionable. I think I ordered three of them. (426 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew is clear red, rather dark, has a pink head that settles rather quickly and fizzy, little lacing, some curtains.

The smell is very much raspberries, raspberry jam, some other sour fruits like redcurrant, rhubarbs or sour grapes.

Starting sweet, raspberry jam on white bread, then mostly acidity, vinegar, rhubarbs, a slight bitterness like cherry seeds or grape-fruit peel.

Low carbonation, rather small body, soft and fresh, a coarse dry finish.

The raspberries did come out well, not too sweet and stuffy, the sourness of the lambic saves the brew and makes it refreshing. (586 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle- best before 6/3/12- poured into a Duvel tulip in March of 2011. Color is reminiscent of strong raspberry tea. Minimal head with no lacing, but a steady stream of carbonation keeps some bubbly patches around til the end.

Raspberry preserves are prevalent in the nose. Light tart notes keep things interesting. Very tasty stuff. A good balance of sweet and tart raspberry flavors. Midswallow, a burst of carbonation helps keep the palate refreshed. A bit musty, a bit earthy. An approachable, reasonably complex lambic. Definitely worth a try. (557 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml into pint glass.

Dark brown/red with an active but fast-settling head. Strong berry presence. Taste is berry jam- very tart and mildly acidic in the finish. Mouth-puckering, heavy berry-skin. Overall impression is this is very fruity, light on funk, and moderately sour. Fruit kind of dominates but I'm OK with that. Very easy to drink in large quantities, very refreshing. As it comes up to room temp a more robust vinegar element comes to the front.

I love this framboise. Very drinkable- One that doesn't require a notepad and a 10-way pour to enjoy. It's one I revisit often. (588 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours deep red with a pink compact, rather tall head that takes some time to dissipate. Nice lacings. A bottle with a natural cork and steel cage always raises my expectations...

S: Lots and lots of sweet raspberries; it smells almost like ripe raspberries warmth by the sun. Dry sourness from the brett, but not as much as I thought. There's only faint gunpowder.

T: Ripe raspberries but not that sweet. Gunpowder is more present in taste compared to the smell; brettanomyces. Sour.

M: Rather long and dry aftertaste. Body is medium and carbonation is... actually there is no carbonation.

O: This is the first Framboise I've rewieved on BA; this one is nice like most products from Oud Beersel. The raspberries balanced the brett in a nice way. (763 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Deep burgundy color with a small little pink head the fades quickly.

S- Slightly sour raspberry , big sweetness, hint of funk.

T- Really falls short, and is not what you would think of for a lambic. Medicine taste in the finish. It does start off with a nice tart raspberry flavor, but just goes downhill. Not sour.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is the first lambic I have not loved. This is not bad, but not the price. I was hoping for a solid lambic and got something that tasted like an ok fruit beer. If I wanted something that tasted like this I would buy more American fruit beers. (633 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a flute. Lot105 good tile April 15th 2014.

A nice solid pop from the cork, and off we go. Crisp off pink/brown colored head with lots of carbonation. Gorgeous unique color. Head does not stay but lots of sounding carbonation snapping.

Smell is extremely sweet and strawberry fruit. Pretty basic but simple, hints of something obvious sweet coming.

Mild sweetness with a muted body. Very fruit punch like and tasting, I am constantly thinking Hawaiin Fruit Punch here, with a little bit of crispness. Faint sour on the finish but hardly noticeable at all.

Overall I think this one is a bit too sweet for my tastes I'll have to grab something else in this style. (692 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, slightly hazy red with some brown, and a medium pink-beige head steadily shrinking to a ring.

Aroma is nice barnyard rustic yeastiness with lots of raspberry, fresh and clean.

Taste is light woody-funky yeastiness with faintly sweet-tart raspberry, dryish with a lingering gentle funky character at the end plus light woodiness and light sourness. It is very nice. (372 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 6/3/12. This beer pours a dark, dark brownish purple in color with a two finger, bubble bath like white head. There were also chunks of sediment in the pour and they dispersed along the bottom of my Founders snifter. The aromas are surprisingly of very fresh raspberries or a raspberry dessert. I expected them to be muted but they're actually quite pungent and feature both a nice sweetness and nice tart aspect. The flavors begin sweet before fading into a light raspberry tart. The finish is kind of strange, which could be from the sediment. It tastes kind of yeasty and bitter on the finish. It's almost like the flavor you get when you bite into raspberry seeds. It drinks fine and isn't overly sweet or tart. I can see why some people wouldn't like this and I can see why some people would. It's almost right in between sweet and sour framboise. I guess it depends on your preference. Overall, a pretty decent beer in my opinion. (948 characters)

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86 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.