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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 ChrisDotson
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle from 5 Points Bottle Shop. Poured into tulip glass at 50 degrees,

A: Amber brown purple appearance obviously at least 4 years old . little head and fairly cloudy with some black specks of yeast & trub. Overall right on

A: Unbelievable!!! Black Cherries, Molasses, and Orange marmalade toast on a frosty Belgian January morning. Some earthy and (not bad bjcpers) subtle smoky notes.

F: Rasberries dominate a subdued wet earth with a tinge of acidity but spot on and delicious. Not as sweet as a liefmans framboise but a tinge more than a rose de gambrinus.

M: tart m,edium light bodied and nice for the style

O & D: Overalla great framboise. It is of the more drinkable kind but still authentic. If you want a good fruit beer with some funk that you don't need 12 tums to finish this is your winner.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. About $5.

A: nice purple brown, off white/pink head. somewhat cloudy, but not opaque. head reduced from about half an inch to a thin film. right on for the style.

S: sour, big raspberry smell, not too much funk, candy sugar, slight barnyard, medicinal smell as well, lots of underlying funk, mold.

T: quite tart and acidic, raspberries blow up all over this one, funky wheat, sour acid, raspberry flavors dominate, slight off sour brett flavor as well. hits all the spots, and is a little sweeter than most, a nice medium between cantillon and lindemans.

M: nice carbonation, sour puckering aspect, nice dry finish, smooth for the most part.

D: one of the more drinkable lambics, not too tart, not too acidic, but not too sweet as well, nice balance. good lambic, and a nice introduction to the style.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/11/08. On tap at Spuyten Duyvil Brett Fest. Pours a clear red with a light pink head. Aroma of raspberries, slightly medicinal. Flavor of sweet raspberries, not too sour. Similar to Lindemann's Framboise. Easy drinking (a relief from all the super sour Cantillons) and quite good.
7/5/7/4/14 (3.7/5)

Photo of gdfan47
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

im gonna come right out and say it! I like raspberries, call me nancy boy if you will.. having that off my chest..

a very nice bartender at the eulogy steered this towards me and my friend last night

it smells like sour raspberries and a little carbonation

its a good Raspberry Lambic that the sourness breaks through more than the sweetness does
sour and wonderful

i like the relativly low abv, i dont always get a chance to drink alot and I always want to try new things

overall i will def look for/ and try to drink this beer again, the only beer I have had so far that was remotly simular is Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus, only this is slightly less sour

this is a good gateway beer for those wanting to get into guezes and other sours

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off-sized green bottle, caged and corked. No pop upon opening. Expiration of 2011. Into my ChurchBrewworks tulip glass it goes.
Pours a wierd tannish red, kinda sickly looking. Fizzy champagne like pinkish head that faded away quickly.
Some raspberry, and slight viengar and sourness.

Crisp tartness, sour raspberry jam. A really nice lambic. It's got a couple flaws, for one thing its jsut a bit to vinegary, and has some dusty fluffy sourness that doesnt really do me right. Perhaps sherry or other dry liquor?

Anyway, its a good lambic, and as usual gets great when it warms up a bit. This one really grew on me.

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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of JDV
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of antilogic
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of nickfl
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sfoley333
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Hemi
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rugbyfan13
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of ciderfaerie
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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