Lindemans Framboise | Brouwerij Lindemans

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
2.5-4.0% ABV

Added by Todd on 11-01-2000

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#15,294
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2,884
pDev:
14.43%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,884 |  Reviews: 1,065
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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark red with a small pink colored head. A thin layer of bubbles remained on the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There's a moderate aroma of sweet raspberries.
T: Like the smell, there are sweet flavors of raspberries. The sweetness in the taste is not overpowering and there's even a bit of sourness in the finish.
M: It feels rather light-bodied on the palate and somewhat bubbly (not that syrupy).
D: This beer is very easy to drink. I would definitely have this again and pair it with a dessert at dinner or some Belgian waffles at Sunday brunch.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby red with pinkish foamy head. Smells like raspberry extract. Tastes like a sour raspberry gummy, very tart. I love sour candy and this is very similar.

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Photo of BArunnerchick
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It tastes good, but as a dessert beer I can't consider it a beer. My friends who truly hate beer enjoyed it, saying it was almost like a champagne/wine cooler. Easy to drink and a crowd pleaser for *most* women (excluding me, I prefer more classic beer).

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Photo of Strix
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark pink with a frothy pink head that fades to nothing.

Raspberry and sour cherry in the nose.

Tastes like liquid pie filling, raspberry, slightly sour finish.

Medium-thick mouthfeel.

Nice blend of flavors here, a good change from my usual fare.

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Photo of dar482
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer in general is very sweet and syrupy of artificial raspberry, not even jam. Lacking in tart quality and depth, this is a beginner brew, but unsatisfying for most.

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Photo of brystmar
2.06/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Someone brought this bottle over awhile back, finally decided to bite the bullet and pop it. Initial aroma makes me instantly question my decision.

Dark red body yields tons of white head. Great retention; sticky lace. Honestly gorgeous for a lambic.

Unfortunately there are more qualities to this beer than appearance. And my god is that smell offensive. Strong aroma of fruit extract blended with cherry & raspberry cough syrup. Abhorrent.

Taste is much better, but still not good. Way overly sweet; tastes like a liquified Jolly Rancher. Sugary, fake fruits dominate. Please god, make it end.

The sad truth is that this is what most people think of when mention the word Lambic. My usual response is this: "Lindemans is to Lambics as Chef Boyardee is to Italian Food." I stand by this assertion.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a lot of similarities between this beer on tap and in the bottle. But, there are some distinct differences. The beer is just as tart, sour, sweet, and tangy as ever, but the bottle version seems to hold a more viscous body, mainly to the lack of induced carbonation that I get from the tap. Less fresh, but more musky. More of a Flander's red flavor and texture in general. A little more dusty, woodsy, vineous, and earthy; maybe from the cork and complex cellering. Though fresher and ripe with fruit from the tap, I prefer the older and more raw flavor from the bottle. Both are winners.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a beautiful deep raspberry red color with a fizzy 1 inch light red head. There is nice ring lacing present as the beer is sipped.

S - Smells of rich raspberry, funky earth notes, and slight vinegar.

T - Delicious sweet/sour raspberry with a slight vinegar acidic flavor.

M - Good fizzy carbonation makes for a very crisp and smooth drinking beer.

D - A most excellent fruit lambic. I buy this one very often. I know that a lot of people have said that this is too sweet but I don't agree. I think that overall this is the best fruit lambic made by Lindemans and probably my favorite overall example of the style.

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Photo of Oxymoron
1.73/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I feel like a freshman in college again. Pours a mostly cloudy dark ruby red color. A very pinkish red head that was a bit fizzy. Decent retention though did not last through the tasting and no lace to speak of.

The nose is sweet with an almost imitational raspberry smell to it. More along the lines of a wine cooler than anything else. The raspberries dominate any malt or yeast aroma. Some minor vinegar notes but very limited and one dimensional overall.

The taste is very wine cooler-esk as well. Very sweet up front that just lingers into the finish. A big under attenuation note for sure. The raspberries comes out but does blend with a imitational furity note. Some minor malty notes but limited and really cant pick out anything minus the fruit. Some sour notes more along the acidic side but limited. Looking for more for a lambic.

The body is sweet, way to sweet. Looking for a much drier body.

I understand that this is a very low gravity beer and emphasizes the fruit aspect, but overall this is note enjoyable at all. Way too sweet, fake fruit notes, and limited beer notes makes this a drain pour.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: frothy, bright, but deep red
Aroma: exactly like raspberry jam
Taste: raspberry jam, sparkling, but not overpowering. good sweet vs. tart balance.
Definitely would drink this again.

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Photo of Eaze_in_it
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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 RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – I’m just starting to try this style so excuse my surprise, but man is this thing red. Purple-red, really, exactly like a raspberry. The head is the same damn color. It all looks cool as heck, though.

Smell – This has a very pungent aroma. The raspberries are pure and jump right out of the glass. I can’t smell anything except that strong raspberry aroma.

Taste – This is sweet and super sour raspberries, like a Shock Tart. I recently gave up eating hard candy, which I love, for dental reasons but this brings it all back. Terrific!

Mouthfeel – The lip-smacking cheek-sucking sweet and sour candy notes make you stand up and take note. This is light to medium in the body and a real “holder.”

Drinkability – I’m convinced! I loved this stuff.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep coral-fuchsia color with a thin but lasting pink head served in a regular champagne glass at Firken in Libertyville, IL.

Delicate raspberries in the nose. Sweet and tart simultaneously in both smell and taste. Raspberry syrupy.

Mouthfeel is champagne like, crisp, dry, and slightly tart at the finish.

Drinkability is super high if you can handle fruity beers like this.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of tectactoe
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first lambic style beer, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Bottle was corked, capped, and wrapped in purple foil - quite the seal. Pours a deep ruby red, nearly purple in color. The head is a big, thick shade of fuchsia and lasts for a long while thanks to the volatile nature of the brew. Intense raspberry aroma with other berry notes tossed in. Very sour, tart, and perfume like for the aroma, almost tickles the nose. The taste is really something - enormous raspberry sweetness, very sweet and tart, almost a candy-like sweetness (think jolly ranchers, nerds, etc). The fruitiness tastes authentic, no medicinal or chalky flavors to be found. Despite the high level of tartness and "pucker" to the beer, it isn't cloying or syrupy or sticky. It's more juice-like - thin and crisp with high carbonation. Some alcohol is very lightly detectable on the back of the tongue (funny, because it's so low ABV, but it's definitely there). No bitterness, but I don't really think that's what this style is all about.

I normally don't like "fruit beers" but this really isn't a fruit beer.... It's a lambic. And now that I've had a lambic, I can definitely detect the difference. Though this lambic is more fruity heavy, sweet, and tart than fruit beers I've had, the fruit is much more authentic, inviting, and welcomed. The mouthfeel is better and the sweetness is refreshing, rather than sickening and overwhelming. This was my first lambic and I really enjoyed it - something nice to drink early in the day or when you need something dessert-like and quenching. I will definitely be seeking out more of this type in the future (lambics, gueuzes, sours).

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of brownbeer
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep burgundy with a pink head.

Strong, mouthwatering raspberries in the aroma. Not a lot of notes, just killer raspberry.

Taste is sweet raspberry and the spontanious fermentation balances out with a tart acidity.

In the end, this beer comes down to personal taste. Some say it's too sweet or it's not "beery" enough. All I know is that everytime I drink this I love it. Great as dessert, with chocolate, over ice cream, or if you're just having a bad day and want to be cheered up. Classic.

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Photo of ccapurso
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thrid trial of the Lambic type beers. Framboise Lambic from Lindemans Vlezenbeek, Belgium. Light alcohol but heavy taste of raspberries.

A- Pours a opaque dark fruity raspberry red colored fluid with fluffy purplish head that leaves minimal lacing.

S- Fresh raspberry puree on the nose is the dominant scent with light hints of wild yeast tang and tart. Candy sweetness fumes.

T-M- Taste is as interesting and intriguing as the process of making it. Very raw and fresh picked raspberry flavor fuel to buds with massive sour bite of active yeast. Highly carbonated mouthfeel with fruit juice-like smoothness. Not to shabby for a friut lambic.

D- I could have one of these every once and a while to share the massive fruit flavor of this beer. My girlfriend likes it! I'll be damn'd.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Shakerman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of JMD71
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This lambic had an excellent deep red to burgundy color with lots of carbonation. There was strong raspberry aroma that was very fresh smelling. The taste was very sweet & juice-like. The raspberry flavor was very sharp & strong in the palate & finish. You could really taste the fruit & seeds in the finish.

I found this very enjoyable, but would definitely need to split the 750ml bottle with a few others in the future. Split between 1-2 people, it is too sweet. After a glass or two, it becomes overpoweringly sweet...

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Photo of Dmann
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice lambic and the first beer my girlfriend actually likes! It poured a nice ruby red color with a small reddish froth on the top that laced a little down the glass. The smell was quite sweet and smelt of the raspberries and not much else. The flavor was quite good with a good dose of lambic tartness and raspberry sweetness. The great carbonation made for a very nice mouthfeel and the dry aftertaste made me want another sip. This was good stuff, no Cantillon but pretty damn good.

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Lindemans Framboise from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,884 ratings