Framboise
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #152
ABV:
2.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,972
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 14.29%
Reviews:
1,093
Ratings:
2,956
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SCORE
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Very Good
FramboiseFramboise
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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WindyBovine from California

4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

[1st Lambic] Bright raspberry nice soft hit to nose and tastebuds. Definitely fizzy feeling raspberries in mouth. Surprising pink head, lacy. Sparkly. Didn't know beer could run so fruit-juice like (incredibly fruity). Nice sour balance though to the sweet.

Dec 17, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark clear red when held to the light. The rose colored full head refuses to fall away. Great lacing. Aroma is fresh raspberries and a little funk. Flavor follow the nose with a nice mix of sweetness and bit of a tart finish. Feel is a bit thick and nicely carbonated. Over all a nice beer,

Dec 15, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this at European Street Cafe in Jacksonville Florida.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appears raspberry red with a nice foamy head that lasted.
Smells sweet, raspberry.
Taste follows the nose with enough sourness to keep my interest.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice Framboise, but only one per session as it is so sweet it'd be better as a desert beer.
I would definitely order again.

Dec 07, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty ruby red with almost no head. It smells like very sweet raspberries with a slight hints of sour funkiness to finish it off. The taste also has a very intense raspberry followed by a little bit of tartness to balance the sweetness. It's slightly more carbonated than other beers and it goes down as easily as soda. Overall very good.

Nov 10, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

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

750ml bottle, capped and corked. LBF02TFR. I think this means June 2, 2020.

The look is very hazy, dense red, almost opaque except I can see bubbles rising from the bottom with a back-light. Pink strawberry-colored head, thick and creamy, that recedes slowly, leaving sheet lacing.

Aroma is strongly raspberry. It is quite sweet. Like raspberry jam. Genuine fruit aroma, not artificial.

Taste is also raspberry, (again, genuine, not artificial) but not as pronounced as I was led to anticipate from the aroma. Sweet with a moderate tartness to somewhat balance it. No bitterness at all. The slightly tart raspberry carries through to the finish, leaving a nice flavor in the mouth. Again, the tartness is just barely there, not sour at all, but it does provide a little moderation of the underlying sweetness.

The body is substantial, a bit sticky even, with a notable effervescence. However, based on the packaging with a cap and cork, and a bit of out-gassing as I slowly worked the cork out, I was expecting a more highly effervescent beverage. It was not that. Perhaps it was too young for the bottle conditioning to build.

Overall, I found this to be a very tasty libation (perhaps you can tell... I'm having a hard time identifying it as a beer), and predominately a sweet drink. The tartness is just not enough to balance the sweetness. Therefore, it is too much to consume the entire 750ml in one sitting, so I'll put a stopper in. Maybe given time for the palate to refresh, I'll finish it later this evening.

Still, I am enjoying it, but I am also unlikely to buy another. Perhaps as a celebratory dessert beer. Perhaps. With its very low ABV, it has pretty much the same character and effect as sparkling raspberry juice, just with a more substantial body so it is more satisfying as an evening sipping drink.

I'm not sure how to rate this beer, so I'll just rate on the basis of did it hit the mark as I suppose was intended, and did I like it as a beverage.

Nov 02, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Burgundy red with pink head. Plenty foamy. Little rust spots on the cap.

S: Raspberry fills up the room. There's a bit more to the aroma than just that.

T: Very sour at first, but as my palate adjusts, it's just kind of like a nice raspberry juice. It's clearly aged and well-developed.

F: 250mL is about enough for single serving. It's too sweet to drink a large volume of.

O: It did come in a nice gift set. It's a very fruity experience--approachable enough that even someone who doesn't drink beer would appreciate it--If you're a beer drinker looking for a beer experience, you want the Oude Geuze.

Oct 18, 2020
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EmperorBevis from England

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and I didn’t pour in the last spoonful in case of bottle conditioning
Pours a dark red body with good raspberry milkshake froth head
Are ma is Raspberry bon bons
The taste is raspberry bon bon but a sourer finish
But that mouthfeel, its so solid bodied

Jul 20, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well this is just a tangy raspberry juice bomb - tart and tangy, dark red-brown body, pinkish fat head of foam - super juicy, moderately sweet, no bitterness at all natch', but a bit tangy and sour - though not quite puckeringly-sour - just tangy - medium-light feel, modest carbonation - hints of various dark berries, black and strawberry and currant... Nice, bright, and low alcohol - maybe a bit too fruity and sweet to be a regular thing - I prefer a Flanders red for this type of taste profile - but certainly worth a try - 'specially if you like raspberry juice...

Jul 19, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep red with a fizzy pink head. Aroma of well, raspberries and lots of them, also sour fruits. Taste is highly sweet raspberries balanced out by the sour lambic. Easy mouthfeel and quite an additive which makes for a balanced and decadent beer but a sipper despite the low abv. The intensity comes from the juicy raspberries. A great drink but don't buy often due to the hefty price tag.

Jul 04, 2020
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eppie82 from Illinois

1.42/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

This may be classified (somehow) as beer, but it's not beer. Not to me at least. It's really just sweet raspberry juice. Just think of that for the description I'm trying to write. Looks like it, smells like it and tastes like it. Overly sweet. It might be closer to that sweet raspberry juice syrup which you have to dilute with water before drinking actually.

I love Krieks and Lambic beer, but this is just a ridiculous take on it.

May 18, 2020
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’m a big fan of Kriek so so a raspberry version sounded like something I had to try. Very glad I did.

Pours a wonderful deep plum purple with a solid head of pinkish bubbles of various sizes and consistencies. Provides nice streaks of off-white lacing. Sumilar to Kriek, as I reach the last few sips and the beer thins out, noticeable brown and mahogany hues show up on the outer edges. Murky consistency, dark and well carbonated. Very attractive beer.

Warm fruit pie aromas burst from the glass. Mashed, overripe raspberry and strawberry, vanilla, red apple, and powdered sugar. Very cidery. Smells unabashedly sweet (but not artificial) and wonderful, like fresh squeezed juice. Some cranberry and cherry underneath the berry juice, as well. Unlike Kriek, I don’t get any funk or sour notes on the nose.

That’s true for the tongue, as well. This is sweeter (though not cloyingly so) and pure juice. Almost exclusively ripe, pressed raspberries, blackberries, and cherries across the tongue. Quite sweet but with a nice tartness that keeps it honest. Apple and cranberry show up again on the backend. And again, quite cidery. No real sourness to speak of past the tart fruits. Don't know if that makes it somehow a poor representation of the style. But it is unbelievably drinkable if you like fruit juice sweetness in your beers.

Silky and soft feel, though medium-light in heft. Not syrupy at all. Perfect carbonation that provides a nice prickle on the back of the tongue.

Would certainly make for a fantastic dessert beer, but I'm digging it as a one-off slow sipper on a quiet night, as well. Just damn tasty, especially for a 2.5% ABV beer. Kriek is better and a little more complex, but this is damn wonderful, too.

Apr 11, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into stemless tulip on draught at Max's Taphouse Fells Point, Baltimore, MD.

The look is of raspberry puree, dark purple like color with a smoothie-like an appearance. The head is mild, high carbonated dissipation.

The smell is of raspberry sweetness and bit of sour notes.

Outstanding flavor, upfront you're hit with the sweet and tart flavors of raspberry with little to off-flavors. There is a slight but mellow sour flavor to the drink, but the mouthfeel doesn't make you notice it too much.

Mouthfeel is smooth syrupy berries.

Try any of their lambic's they're amazing.

Feb 18, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle. Foil wrap over cap over cork. Date code on label is 'L BD15SFR 34529' (likely 4/15/2019).
Cherry/raspberry red colored body. Quick to die down two finger pinkish, small bubble head. Leaves behind a few spots of lacing.
Aroma of wheat, a little funk, and lots of raspberry.
Taste is raspberry juicy sweet, a little vinegar, and a little funk.
Thinner mouth feel. Excellent carbonation.
A mix of sweeter raspberry juice and a funk base that comes close to the smell of carpet glue. Overall, the beer is not overly sweet and is an easy introduction to the Lambic style.

Jan 21, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow, so happy to finally try this one, got to try the Kriek the other night but was a few too many in to review/remember it lmao

Pours a deep opaque red with 2 fingers of pink tinted head that leaves pretty

Aromas of rich, tart berry, some honey, and a sugary sweet Belgian yeast note

The taste is heavy on the berry with a slight vinegar taste which actually helps cut through the sweetness here

This sips super easily, the sweetness makes for a thick swallow, so it is both decadent and light interestingly enough

I've been hearing about this one for so long, awesome to have something so authentically Belgian. Not overly sweet and sits just right, definitely need to get a bigger bottle next time around

Nov 21, 2019
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bret27 from California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like cranberry juice with thick pink head. Belgian lace.
Smells of raspberries.
Taste is mostly raspberries. Little barrel and funk possibly. Only bitter or sourness is attributed to tart raspberries. Greatly balanced by sweetness.
Perfect mouthfeel.
A great and authentic classic, as long as you enjoy sweet and fruity. A dessert beer.

Nov 08, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours ruby red with a 1/2 inch pink head. Moderate lacing. Light carbonation.

Aroma of sweet and tart raspberries. Slightly funky.

Taste follows nose: Sweet and tart raspberries. Wine like.

Full bodied, mouth puckering, semi-sweet finish.

A very good lambic. Sweet and tart.

Oct 24, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(250 ml bottle; L:GC15SFR003824; purchased single off shelf... poured into a teku)

L: hazy, pinkish cherry-red liquid; messy, pink-tinged foam; thick, bubbly collar holds, few tiny splotches of lace

S: raspberry jelly-filled (butter) cookie, hint of vinegary shrub - classic aromas... more confection that lambic; soft floral overtones

T: pretty much echoing the aforementioned cookie; sweetish, raspberry concentrate and accent of red wine vinegar in the aftertaste... as it goes, the sweet and tart separately and in tandem are moderate+ intensity, but possibly cancelling each other slightly... mellow note of ethanol down the middle in the finish...

F: a touch nectary up front, bouncing a bit, and washing out the back with a subtly slick, oily viscosity... carbonation is light+ and with the soft lambic bite, lends a little electric buzz to the palate

O: immensely-flavorful, arguably incomparable; a bit heavy-handed in the fruity additives, borders on childish in its character, but is readily paired with a variety of foods... this may have been the first Belgian beer I ever tried back circa 1997 - twas either this or Duvel or Chimay red (sampled all 3 the same evening)... first time seeing this lil bottle of it; glad I didn't have to spring for anything larger; more than enough (1586)

Oct 20, 2019
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vainosuomi from Virginia

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.

Jul 30, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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

Jul 24, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Jun 24, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

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.

Jun 19, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

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.

Jun 16, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

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.

Mar 22, 2019
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

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

Mar 03, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

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.

Jan 30, 2019
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