Brouwerij Lindemans

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #132
Ranked #10,605
3.92 | pDev: 14.29%
Brouwerij Lindemans
Very Good
Notes: 2.5-4.0% ABV

The appearance of this exceptional beer is matched only by its taste! To make our Framboise, we add raspberry juice to our lambic. That gives it a delicate fruity aroma and a beautiful dark pink colour, just like the dress I wore to our cousin Willy's wedding. (But that's of no interest to you since you undoubtedly don't know Willy). Framboise is served as an aperitif, but I also use it in cooking. And when I don't finish the bottle in my preparations, I finish it in my glass.
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Photo of vainosuomi
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Deep cherry red with a bright pink, quickly dissipating head.
Smell: Lots of bright raspberry
Taste: Very fruity, sweet but decently tart, raspberry and sour apple/grape
Feel: Medium body, moderate/low carbonation, crisp and a bit syrupy

Pretty decent. Very sugary but the tartness makes it not taste too sweet.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This low alcohol raspberry Lambik with raspberry juice added is pretty good for what it is. It is an easy drinking, popular and inexpensive Lambik, but in my opinion it does not measure up to a real high quality

Lambiks (such as the various 3 Fonteinen or Cantillon).

Look: Dark red / purple with a very thick and fluffy pink head

Aroma: it has a nice strong raspberry aroma

Taste: the taste is sweet raspberry, moderate tartness, maybe some wheat, strawberry and red wine. Very similar to raspberry juice.

Body/Overall: medium body, juicy

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/15/19; drank 6/23/19 @ the Yarchives.

Blood red appearance.

An even pour yielded a big pink head; a thick curtain of lace.

Raspberry, wheat, Merlot grape & mild vinegar notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation bite.

Raspberry, Merlot grape & wheat flavors up front; a mildly tart vinegar note on the finish.

Flavorful & a bit sweet, with an odd finish; it's interesting, but not something I'd reach for regularly. Worth trying though.

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Photo of hman43
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours burgundy red with a reddish pink head. Head beading is tight and head retention is very good.

Smell: It has a musty, barnyard and raspberry aroma initially. There is also a bit of vinous and sour quality as well.

Taste: The flavors are sugary and sour with raspberry leading the way in flavor. There is a barnyard flavor with some mustiness. There is a very low vinous quality to it as well.

Feel: It has a light body with a sweet finish.

Overall, quite sweet and raspberry like.

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Photo of Foyle
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled in tulip glass from bottle. A thin white head fades quickly with just a hint of lacing. Color is raspberry. Aroma raspberry up front with other fruit notes and malt in background. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors a variety of fruit -- raspberry, strawberry, peach, orange with a noticeable malt background and mild hops in the finish. Enjoyable for an occasional treat.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Gorgeous dark ruby red with a finger and half thick pink head with decent retention and lacing.

Raspberries are obviously upfront, other notes of roses, cherries, strawberries, and faint vanilla. Very pungent and funky smelling. Smells more of a sweet wine than perhaps a beer.

First thing that I taste is raspberries (again) and strawberries, hops aren't noticeable at all so very malty. Minimal sourness in the aftertaste. I also taste a pretty 'unripened' cider within the mix. Other notes include straw, nuts, wild yeast, other tarty fruits, and maybe a little milk. Has a pretty crisp and refreshing kick, and goes down smoothly.

Definitely not as sweet as I imagined. It's balanced enough, or more so, has just the right amount of sweetness and tartness. I really like it.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium: Capped + cork, tulip glass.
Opacity: Deep veiled.
Color: Reddish brown.
Head: Pink creamy and foamy 2-3 finger.
Legs: Decent with potent swirl reaction.
Smell: Raspberries/Cherries/Flanders red/Roses.
Taste: Raspberries/Straw/Cider/Wild yeast.
Feel: Tart/Floral/Vinous/Funky.
Body: Medium slickness, a bit oily.
Carbonation: Soft crisp.
Overall: Unexpectedly powerful for the ABV, highly rich and has appetizer qualities. Interesting beer with lots of personality but not my type being a bit overly putrid. High quality stuff though.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 7/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 7/10 -
Freshness 2/10 - Intensity 8/10 - Complexity 10/10 - Appreciation 6/10

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Photo of barnzy78
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost 3k beers, and this is my first lambic? 12oz bottle, deep & dark rose body with a creamy pink head. Tart and sweet raspberry aroma - grandma's raspberry jam comes to mind. Very sweet raspberry flavors with some tartness in the aftertaste. Creamy and smooth body, lower carbonation, dry and tart finish with some sticky sweetness on the palate. Good flavors but too sweet for me. However I do plan on venturing into this style to gain a bit more experience.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look - Pours a beautiful ruby red with a strong tower of pink foam. A healthy layer lingers on top for a good while.

Smell - Raspberries and a strong sweet funk. More like a wine than a beer on the nose.

Taste - A sweet and sour explosion of funky fruity flavors. Not too extreme to force a pucker, but it does have a little kick.

Feel - Thin body and spiky carbonation reminds me a bit of a soda. It pairs up decently with the flavor.

Overall - A really refreshing and tasty brew. The cork under the cap under some foil was incredibly elaborate packaging and set my standards high, but it managed to get up to my expectations.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lindemans most rated ale and the only one with broad U.S. distribution that I haven't had. Glad to review now.
Originally, I saved this and New Glarus' Raspberry Tart for Christmas dinner to do a taste comparison paired with cranberry sauce. Somehow, it didn't work out that way. But, glad to have this fruity tart to counter the butter fat of the holidays.

An exquisite looking ale, just yummy. Smells are a bit too sweet. But the Tastes take Framboise back to excellent as the sweet is immediately balanced with tart. Stays luscious in the mouth. So, I thought I'd get a chunk of bittersweet chocolate. It was a match made in heaven.

It was too long a wait to have this Lindemans; but I will make up for it this summer in prime time.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour was a red maroon, foamy pink head. Aroma of over ripe raspberry, sugar. Taste was very sweet, very tart and sour, berry, candy, grape, thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of janubio
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a raspberries beer glass at Cervecería The Situation. Red colour, small head that fades soon, tiny pinky lace. Aroma of raspberries, vanilla, nuts, spices. Medium body, creamy texture, good carbonation. Sweet finish Taste of raspberries, vanilla. Again, too much sweetness and not that acid.

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Photo of tigerinatrance
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Preface: this is not quite beer. This is an animal all its own. If you were not told what this was, you would think this was some strange bubbly wine with a malt component added. This is my first review using the LSTFO system, instead of some stream of consciousness lesson in metaphors.

L: pours a deep, dark ruby red with a brown tint and a beige red-pink (magenta, but pinker) with a strong two finger head dissipating upon the first sips, but retaining until then. No lacing down the glass as it is consumed whatsoever. Foam falls down the side.

S: like a funky, maybe last its prime in a good way raspberry at peak sweetness. Almost like a strawberry pop, with no alcohol on the nose. Swirl it and it truly opens with a fresher, more authentic raspberry scent on the treble notes and a melted butter/very faint vanilla rhythm section.

T: tastes like nothing else. I’ve had a few bottles of this and they all have the same theme, but it tastes a little different every time I have it. This 750 ml bottle was its best showing for me. I think the alcohol range is surprisingly broad on runs of this stuff and this one was the lowest, which i appreciate and prefer for what it is, whatever the fuck it is. This bottle lacked a faintly astringent taste that I’ve encountered in prior bottles. This bottle- strong, super sweet, borderline artificial raspberry taste, but in no way artificial? A perplexing funkiness to it. It’s tart, no doubt, you have to like tartness to appreciate this. Slight creamy, milky taste to it. Some brews have this taste of the smell of a dirty sock that I kind of like to it, not like super dirty but like you wore them for a day or two and have pets in your home. Like... a slight taste of the smell of when a dog is dirty but it smells good. And I love it. This stuff is weird and not for everybody. But those of us who appreciate it, really frickin’ dig it. Tasty stuff. I’m sad when it’s gone.

F: again, feels like nothing else. Frothy, slightly milky, like if you added milk to some kind of raspberry sparkling wine and it worked out well. Slight wine stringiness in the mouth after. I love the feel of this stuff.

O: overall, I love this... whatever it is. It’s not going to get you drunk off one bottle, but it will get you varying levels of buzzed depending on which batch, I feel like. I’ve only ever had New Glarus’ take on a framboise before and it’s notably better, but I still love this style and this particular rendition of it. I’ll be buying it till they stop making it.

Drink this on a relaxing evening with your lady who will undoubtedly love it, pair with something slightly spicy, like an Asian salad or spicy fish tacos. The acid cuts through the spice and compliments savoriness, to me.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From cervezas belgas. In Teku glass. At lunch, with rice soup + turkey steaks. The natural acidity of the framboise makes its sourness a bit too intense, becoming slow to drink yet not unpleasant. Little foam. Avg 2.56

25 Nov 2018. De Alcampo. En copa Teku. En almuerzo, con macarrones bechamel con atun. Acidez mucho mas controlada de lo que la recordaba, haciendo que sea una experiencia mucho mas agradable que la primera vez que la probé. Espuma esta vez correcta

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark cherry color. Just above average body with plenty of almost champagne like carbonation. Aroma is an intense raspberry almost cherry like smell. There's a little bit of malt, yeast and a little funk.
Taste is very similar , sweet with a small amount of a sour funk to balance it out. Overall it's an excellent beer but it does come off like sparkling juice

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Photo of spectru
1.95/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My spouse bought a gift pack containing two champagne-side bottles of Lindemans lambic beer and two glasses, flutes that she said were 'cute'. Framboise pours a deep purple with a pink head. the smell is very fruity, raspberry. I shared with two others. The flavor together with the mouthfeel was pretty bad. It's like carbonated strong raspberry juice and extremely tart. We all three concurred. no one finished their gals, not even the small cute flutes. The remainder of the bottle was poured down the sink. I think the other large bottle, Lindemans Peche, will remain in the fridge for awhile.

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Photo of Wg1041
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours purple, looks almost soda like. Smells like delicious raspberry. Very sweet. Almost no bitterness. More sweet than sour. The lambic part seemed missing. However it tasted great if you group it on its own.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this. Although it is only my first officially rated lambic. Pours purple. Light purple head. A little bit of lacing. Some funky fruity aroma and barnyard-ness happening. Taste is of sweet and slightly sour raspberries. Feel is medium carbonation with a tart, dry finish. Overall, I really like it.

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Photo of Eaze_in_it
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My thoughts on this "beer..." I would more classify this drink as a slightly alcoholic soda. Don't get me wrong, the taste is VERY good. Very sweet, very good dessert drink. This would be a great gift to a person that does not like beer, but you insist that there is one they would like and buy them this. As long as you insist to call this beer, you win that argument.

However, the reason I give it a 3.5 overall is because this barely qualifies as beer. I wouldn't even call it beer. Yea yea, lambic yeast, blah blah. Drink it and look me in the eye and call it beer. Do you like alcohol with your beer? Then don't buy this.

As a mildly alcoholic drink, this is one of the best. As a beer, not great!

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Photo of MikeGray
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is more raspberry-like than raspberry juice. The smell is incredible and fruity. I was surprised to see how red in color it was. It looked and tasted similar to a sparkling wine. Overall, this is a delicious and refreshing beer.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't sure what to make of this. Tasted like a tarty sweet raspberry dessert type of juice. Only lambic I've had so hard to judge. Wasn't bad, quite interesting, not sure what to make of it.

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Photo of CantDrinkEveryBeer
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark violet with a thin, pinkish head. Looks like a wine from a glance.

Smell: Rich and redolent. Mashed fruit – raspberries, strawberries, red grapes – and sugar.

Taste: Sweet and tart, the raspberries are a very strong presence in the flavor of this beer. A slightly bready taste from the yeast, and the finish is that familiar sour tickle on the tongue that only comes from eating a fresh raspberry. And did I mention it's sweet?

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and dry, the hefty carbonation gives a pleasantly light feeling to something that would otherwise feel more on the desert side.

Overall: A delicious lambic, well-brewed and very satisfying. It's something I found has wide appeal; my mother, for instance, never drinks beer, but thoroughly enjoyed this offering. I like it quite a bit myself – I think I'll keep a bottle around as a tasty alternative to wine, something I'm not quite as fond of as beer.

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Photo of EMH73
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy color with a one inch pink head that was fairly well retained and left a couple rings of lacing. Smell is raspberries with a slightly sour element. Tastes of sweet and tart raspberries, with sweet being the dominant element, just a hint of yeast. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry mouth feel.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a stange. The appearance was a fairly deep glossy red color with about a finger’s worth of a foamy pink head. Once the head dissipated, there was some pink lacing around the glass. The smell had some sour and sweet raspberries, sour cherries that held the lead and then a light yeasty/breadiness came through to lighten the touch of sweet sugar. The taste combined all of the previously mentioned flavors pretty nicely and gave a decent combined tart to sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Overall, this was a very nice sweet Lambic that would make a nice dessert beer for the flavorings, but because of the low ABV, probably not a night cap.

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Photo of Delekhan
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank several bottles poured into pint glasses.
L: A dark, gorgeous burgundy absolutely beautiful to look at.
S: I love raspberries and it has a very strong raspberry smell.
T: Similar to the nose but has a very sharp tart aftertaste was a little much for me at times but it was really good.
F: The feel was almost syrupy which was a not too awesome for me.
O: An awesome beer for the style and a beer that really got my wife into exploring beer alongside me which is awesome. Definitely worth it with the blend of sweet/sour just wish the tartness wasn't so strong in the aftertaste.

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Framboise from Brouwerij Lindemans
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