Framboise
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #150
ABV:
2.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,348
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 14.29%
Reviews:
1,087
Ratings:
2,943
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Brouwerij Lindemans
 
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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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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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.

Sunday at 01:46 AM
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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

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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cardfan212 from Minnesota

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.

Jan 12, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

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 until 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; a cream like foam sitting on a dense raspberry sorbet (that melted.) Smells are a bit sweet, but not off-putting. But Tastes take Framboise back to excellent as the sweet is immediately balanced with tart that occasionally is semi-dry in between salivary bursts. 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 Lindemans raspberry; but I will make up for it this summer in prime time.

7/31/20 Had as refreshment. So I still need to do some pairings with Framboise. I always was reflecting on Lindemann's importer, Merchant du Vin, and how important they were in the four decades of setting standards for American crafters to meet and, sometimes, improve upon. That aside, I'm going to keep count over at UnTappd.

Jan 03, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

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.

Nov 23, 2018
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janubio from Spain

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.

Oct 31, 2018
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tigerinatrance from New York

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.

Sep 28, 2018
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