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Oud Beersel Framboise - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 326
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 18.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | 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 aasher
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a deep red, almost purple color with a very thin white head clinging to the edge of the glass.

The aroma has a very fresh raspberry puree flavor to it. It has a sweeter, raspberry pie like flavor coming through that I really like. It has a very moderate tartness to it, along with a very slight sourness. Definitely reminds me of my moms raspberry pie.

The taste is also not surprisingly strong with the fresh raspberry flavor. At first it has more of the fresh fruit, puree like flavor to it. Later, I get more of the raspberry pie like flavor with some sweet and doughy qualities to it. In the finish some tart and very slight sourness comes through and helps balance out some of the fruit sweetness.

The mouthfeel feel is medium bodied with carbonation being lower for the style. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It really reminded me of my moms raspberry pie, which is a good thing. The fresh raspberry flavor was very nicely done and the tart, slight sour flavors really helped balance it out some and make it a pretty easy drinking beer. Definitely not one of the sourer beers of the style though.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz. corked & caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Best before 06-03-2012.

(A)- Pours a dark yet pale burgundy color. Produced a nice cap of white foam. Not bad retention too.

(S)- A very funky and cheesy earthy dirt aspect in front of some tart fruits.

(T)- Backwards from the smell. Some nice tart raspberry fruits. Finishes dry and rather earthy in a barnyard sense.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Smooth, with some tartness in the fruits, but overall, a dry earthy dirt character to it.

(D)- A decent lambic. Definitely on the milder side. not very sour either, but just a little bit of tartness. Easy to enjoy though.

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in champagne flute. Nice 1 1/2" white/slightly pink head that stuck around for a few minutes. Raspberry aroma. Fresh crushed raspberries. Enticing. Ruby red and clear. Lots of bubbles dancing around up to the top of the glass.

Fresh raspberry in the forefront. Just a pinch of barnyard/leather funk. Delicious. Sour finish that is crisp. The raspberry flavor is so fresh. This beer would have been one dimensional if not for the funk in the middle. Very drinkable. No cloying sweetness.

On of the few good examples of framboise that I have had on tap. Yum. My wife was very pleased with the choice!

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle, best before of 2011, thanks to bobsy for sharing!

Pours a pretty pink color with highlights of darker dried blood. Black particles near the bottom of the bottle and the last inch is black sludge. Thin head on the pour and retreats to placidity.

Nose is amazing, the raspberries are fresh picked and squeezed in this one - or so it smells. Sweet, though perhaps a little artificial. A hint of tartness but otherwise all sweet raspberry juice.

Which is the downfall in the taste, the sweetness is not balanced enough - light tartness, a hint of lemon acidity, fresh berries, hint of wood. But all in all this is all about the raspberries. Low carbonation (to style), slightly syrupy and thick body for the style, easy to drink no doubt but it just doesn't do it for me at this sweetness, not refreshing.

Thanks for pulling this out Rob, this is a treat!

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Photo of lawaaaw
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep red color with a pink head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: smells sour with hints or berries...yum!

Taste: berry taste is not as prominent as in lindemans. One can taste the alcohol a bit more in this lambic. It is fruity and good though!

Mouthfeel: light, with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: I would drink this again but I'd rather have a lindemans

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Photo of Avagadro
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Oude Beersel Framboise holds a dingy purple color, with a slightly pinke head of admirable persistence, and decent retention atop a clear body.

S: Fresh raspberries, topped off with a touch of funk. I was hoping for a much wilder aroma.

T: I am amazed by how impressive the kriek was, and how taciturn the framboise is. It has faint hints of the funk that was so pronounced in the kriek, but is overall dominated by a fresh raspberry flavor. I don't know the tastes of my fellow European beer drinkers, but this seems to fall short of the two major American demographs' expectations: it is too sweet for those who love the wild nature of true lambics, yet, too wild for those who enjoy sweet fruity beers.

M: Medium body, with some obvious residual sweetness, and a slightly sticky texture.

D: Overall, this is not at all what I had hoped for. While, it still resembles a true lambic, its dominant fresh raspberry flavor destroys any merits it receives from the funk. It's not a terrible beer, but I certainly didn't pay $8 to drink this.

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Photo of Geuzedad
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this beer on tap at The Birch in Norfolk VA. Served in a goblet. Color was dark ruby red with no head or lacing noted. Nose was raspberries with a slight hint of oak.

Taste was raspberries, much more tart than sweet with a very dry finish. No real funk or barnyard that I expected which was dissapointing.

Mouthfeel was light and clean, almost thought I was drinking wine instead of beer. Absolutely no carbonation noted whatsoever.

If you like wine then this is for you. This is a beer to get a wine drinker drinking with you and be none the wiser. It was OK but I would not order it again unless I wanted wine instead of beer.

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Photo of pasadoit
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Bier Stein

A: Dark red. Thin pink head.
S: Raspberry. Tart and sweet.
T: Raspberry dominates. A bit too much for my taste.
M: Typical mouthfeel for the style.
D: Too sweet to put done more than one.

Oud Beersel Framboise
Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked & caged green bottle poured into a wine glass, best before 06/10/2013.

Pours a nice dark ruby red with a small very lightly pink head. Nose is sweet, fresh and fruity with a small tart funky note.

The fruitiness is so well done in this, it's fresh and sweet without being cloying, the raspberry is so brite and sharp. The finish is well balanced and a bit tart. This isn't "sour" so much as it's tart (think sweet tarts here), but not puckeringly so. I could drink this all night and at just 5% the only pain would be in my wallet, although its quite reasonably priced compared to other quality fruit lambics.

Easily one of the best Framboise I've had to date, and it's just as good in bottle as on draft.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of gamwich
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of mkorpal
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of pastradul
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Oud Beersel Framboise from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.