Lindemans Framboise | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Lambic - Fruit

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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Photo of zhanson88
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear ruby color with pinkish hues throughout. About 2" of pink head forms, very good retention and lacing. Carbonation looks moderate.

Smell: Sweet raspberries pretty much sums the nose up. Perhaps a bit of musty cork in there as well.

Taste: Sweet raspberry puree up front, in the middle and on the finish. Pretty one dimensional here. Some tart raspberries may be present on the back end and finish to cut the sweetness a bit.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Finish lingers on and is very sweet. Overall, a decent fruit beer, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Too sweet for my taste, but a decent change of pace.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Courtesy of BBF 2011. 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger fine, pastel pink head with decent retention. Beer is a clear, deep red-purple. Lacing is patchy and stringy with good stick. A real good looking beer.

Nose is extremely aromatic and singular. Sugary raspberries. Decent but again, plain.

Opens incredibly sweet raspberry puree. Overly sweet throughout almost like fruit juice or raspberry soda. Finishes with a surprising woody funk that rescues this one a touch.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down syrupy and oily. Finish is long with a lingering aftertaste. Like drinking cold raspberry jam.

Like most of the other Lindemans offerings, this one is way to singular and way too sweet. I'd rather have fruit soda. Its less sweet, less carbonated, and less syrupy.

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Photo of monitorpop
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep ruby red with a half finger pink head.

S: Tart berries.

T: Fresh raspberry, starts a bit sweet that fades to a tart finish.

M: Nice medium/high carbonation that matches up well with the taste. Leaves the mouth with a slight pucker.

O: One dimensional, but an enjoyable beer to change things up with.

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

It's very pretty to look at, very red, almost a deep purple color, although it had little in the way of head or lacing.

Smelled and tasted wonderful, like a big tart bowl of raspberries. Very sweet with little astringency and no bitterness to speak of. I happen to really like this lambic, it's easy to drink and is crammed full of raspberries, one of my favorite fruit beer flavors.

I had this at Hopper's pub, two glasses of it in fact. A wonderful session beer that's easy to drink and downright delicious. Body is medium to full, slick, and wet with sweet raspberry flavors.

I haven't had that many lambics because they're just not very common, but I'm glad that I can still get this one whenever I want it.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I appreciate my wife allowing me to share this -355 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

The color is deep burgundy and is translucent bordering on opaque with small faint head with tiny bead and carbonation is visible. Legs form, but no lace really. The smell is incredible -sweet fruit, just loaded with raspberry aroma like getting a whiff of jam. The feel is not so good for me. There is a sugary acidic quality which isn't terrible it just is way too far into the kool-aid sugary side.

This tastes more like simulated kool-aid than lambic. The fruit flavor is not artificial in fact it seems very fresh, but the sugar component takes away some of the acidity that you expect from this style. The carbonation is good for letting that go in the finish and there is some mild wood flavors which are pleasant in there too. Overall it is a poor excuse for a lambic compared to some of the finest -Cantillon for example. The acidity is so low and the yeast contributes very little to the taste. I guess if you want alcoholic kool-aid it isn't so bad ;/

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Photo of PhageLab
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Looks remarkably like cranberry juice, but a little muddled. Thin bit of head on top that settled to a nice ring.

S - Freshly picked raspberries. No artificial fruit smell or sugary mess, but raw fresh fruit.

T - Very tart up front with a mild sweetness. Raspberry flavor all the way, giving in to a sour finish. Nicely balanced.

M - Light bodied with a mellow carbonation level. Slightly sticky feel. Puckering.

D - Surprisingly delicious. I remember trying a lambic before and being unimpressed, but this has piqued my interest. Try it!

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Photo of DCon
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 750ML (1 PT. 9.4 FL OZ) bottle @ Trader Joe's in Creve Couer, MO for $13.99. Poured from the Green bottle into a 16oz Pint glass and has no freshness date (like all Lindeman's brews).

Aroma- Welch’s grape juice from the beginning and tons of sweet malt and yeast. The background has no hops or any other ingredient present. Only hints of raspberry.

Appearance- Pours 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has an awesome hazy and perfect ruby red color body and doesn’t leave any lacing behind.

Flavor- Pure raspberries with the seeds included. Flavors are strong here and the esters play a big part in this flavor/mouthfeel. Light bitterness (of course).

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Med-High Carbonation, good puckering on the lips afterwards, and has an awesome raspberry flavor all the way through. The aftertaste is tart but not overpowering.

Overall- You can appreciate this beer if your a Belgian style fan or not. The tartness and sweetness is very appropraite for the style and I enjoyed this one greatly! I am very shocked at how much this one's strengths and attributes came out. I am going to be enjoying this one @ iTap very soon!

Note: do not try to get your buzz on with this one! It will be a very expensive time!

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

I don't want to come off as sexist - my fiancee drinks DIPA's and stouts with the best of them - but this is just about the girliest beer imaginable. Not to say I don't like it - it's more a raspberry soda than a beer though. Very dark red color with a pretty pink head sitting on top, lots of lacing. The smell is all raspberries, sweet and slightly sour.

The taste of this beer is very much the a slightly sour raspberry soda. Falls well on the sweeter side of the ledger. Will be too sweet for those seeking a more authentic lambic experience. The crisp carbonation and short, dry finish make it very drinkable though.

Not for those seeking a real beer flavor or those who dislike sweets in general. I enjoyed this one a lot as a kid and recently with a bittersweet chocolate torte. Great combo. Fun lambic if you don't take it too seriously.

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's as I needed some to make into an ice cream. Rest was poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice ruby hue with a good pink almost two finger head that faded to leave very nice side lacing and great clouding/haloing.

S - Nice fresh sweet raspberries and raspberry skin. Some light malt sweetness but mostly sweet, tart raspberries.

T - Similar to the nose its big, bold raspberries. Its a combination of fresh berries and almost the frozen puree/juice. Its a tulip of slightly alcoholic delicious raspberry juice!

M - Nice carbonation. Good carbonation for a lambic. Not dry finish, instead a very sweet one.

O - Overall this is really a go-to lambic. Cant beat it for the price really. Not too dry, not overly sweet, and not cloy/fake tasting or smelling. A very solid lambic that has stood the test of time.

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Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with a finger of pink head that fades to a ring and leaves mild lacing.

Smell: Lots of raspberry and super sweet.

Taste: Sweet raspberries with a mildly tart finish. Did I mention that this beer is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: Very sweet, but a nice brunch beer. A bit much to have a whole glass, perhaps a champagne flute would be a more appropriate serving glass.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Vivid red body, 2 fingers of bubbly pink head, leaving some quality lacing.

S - Sweet raspberry as expected, maybe some cherry too.

T - Sour raspberry, sweet rhubarb, rock candy, not quite the depth of flavour as their Kriek.

M - Full mouthful of tartness and carbonation.

O - Another good lambic from Lindemans.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355 ml foiled, corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark ruby red colored body, opaque in nature with a fluffly, bubbly and creamy pink head. Huge amounts of sticky lacing are left around the glass. A thick, bubbly retention cap remains across the surface getting larger around the edges. It really is an extremely nice appearance for a framboise lambic.

S: Raspberry purée, sweet and tart sour cherries, strawberry smoothie. Fruit seeds and skins with an almost ripened tannin scent come through towards the end. All in all, very red fruit centric, juicy and very sweet.

T: Again, the initial shock of puréed raspberries comes through first; skins, seeds and all. Cherry juice, strawberry JELLO cake, sugary red gum drops. It's extremely tart through and through, along with having a defining sweetness about it. Lindemans apparently sweetens their Lambics and it goes to show in this beer; just overly sweet. Nice to sip, though.

M: Bubbly, highly active carbonation levels but it retains a certain creaminess and smoothness. It's actually really very good in terms of mouth feel for the style. I'm really enjoying how this is delivering the flavors across the palate.

It looks good, it smells good, the body is good but the taste is just a bit too artificial and sweet for me. That's not to say the flavor isn't good, because it is; however, I wish they wouldn't sweeten this beer. Easily enjoyable with a Sunday morning brunch because of its bubbly, fruity nature and extremely low alcohol content.

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Photo of NODAK
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely an aroma filled with raspberries....starts off being a pretty sweet one, but ends up more tart and dry than anything in the end.

Pours into my tulip quite effervescent...a good plum color, no real head.

Taste, not surprisingly, is dominated by raspberries. The first hit of taste is of somewhat sweet raspberries....but this turns over quickly into a much more tart raspberry character that is a bit puckering and leaves a citric acid sensation behind on the lips. My acid reflux didn't exactly work well with this, nor was I prepared for it. That said, it's delicious...but having more than one would be out of the question for more than one reason (the acid AND the price!).

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355 mL corked and capped bottle.

appears plum purple in color, with a 1/2" head that is a little lighter in color. retains the head nicely, great lacing.

huge aroma of sugary sweet raspberry, like candy. taste starts sweet, then finishes extremely tart. nice flavor, just a bit over the top. light body, high carbonation fits the beer well.

overall, I liked the Lindemans Kriek much better. this one is a bit overpowering in flavor.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first time trying a Lambic.

Appearance: Pinkish red almost magenta color. Very beautiful. Looks like juice. The body is slightly hazy and full looking. The head is red like the body and retains well.

Smell: Malt vinegar. Raspberries. Some barrel and wheat. Hints of fruit and spice.

Taste: Sour, tart and very sweet. Taste like sparkling fruit juice with just a slight tinge of brewed malts. Finishes dry. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy. The balance is very good but I wish this beer had a better malt profile and more body. The alcohol is virtually non-existent.

Overall: This is a good desert beer. I think it could be more well constructed and have more malt character. would pair well with a simple plain cheesecake or chocolate cake.

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Photo of JMad
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a magenta color with a pink filmy head that didn't stick around. It smells of tart raspberries and grape juice. The taste is sweet at first with loads of raspberry flavor, then a tart wave washes through really attacking the back of the cheeks, it finishes sour and sweet. The beer is thick with lots of carbonation and a mouth watering aftertaste. This is the first true lambic I've ever had so I don't know what to compare it too but I thought it was pretty good.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy purplish red body with a pale purple head starting out a half inch tall in the wine glass before receding to just cover the entire surface. It is a beautiful looking beverage.

S - Strong aroma of sharp raspberry.

T - Very much flavored by the raspberries but there is an awesome sour note here that keeps me wanting more. The fruit and sour are a perfect combination in this beer. Extremely well balanced against one another.

M - Dry with very little carbonation to note. Each sip seems to feel better than the previous. Very nice texture to compliment the great taste.

~ This is a great beer and one that every beer lover, wine lover, wine cooler lover, and human being should be lucky enough to sample at some point in their lives. The quality is evident and the history is priceless.

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Photo of bogus564
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz, poured into a tulip glass.

I've been quite sick of late, so since I'm feeling a little better, I figured I'd give myself a small test with a beer that's not too high in the ABV department. Off we go...

A: Nice enough - raspberry colored with a 3 cm pink head that dissolves quickly into lace.It definitely looks like a framboise. And now, to see if the nose knows...

S: It smells of rasberries and sugar. The sweetness is malty, rather than definitive of raspberry.

T: Wow, this is sweet. Immediately after, wow, this is reasonably tart. The sweetness and tartness of the raspberry is overcome by the thickness of sweet, as it were. But it's not just raspberry; the tartness also seems to be lemony in nature. It's kind of like when people kill champagne by adding different fruits to it.

M: Light- to medium-bodied, reasonable carbonation, sweet/tart finish, rolls over the palate in a thick way.

O: Good, not outstanding. It has a lot going for it, but there are better framboise lambics out there. It would have gone well with a nice grilled cheese sandwich or a chili dog.

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Photo of clint1019
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An Amber Red color with a huge pinkish head and a snowstorm of bubbles.

S - Extremely fruity raspberry aroma. Has the smell of fresh picked raspberries.

T - Has a champagne-like flavor with light and refreshing raspberry flavor and a slight sourness.

M - Very light bodied and very dry. The bubbles almost dance on your tongue.

O - A very nice change of pace from your typical craft beer. Has a nice raspberry sweetness to it, but the amount of carbonation in this lambic balances the sweetness very nicely. Many fruit beers are so sweet and have very little carbonation to balance out the sweetness, so they just feel so heavy and the sweetness is almost unbearable. Not the case with this beer. It is very light and refreshing. Nice Job Lindemans

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" pink head. Dark body looks pretty much like raspberry syrup. Smells mildly of raspberries but nothing else. Taste is pretty strongly of sour raspberry and it's strong enough to strike me as syrupy. Raspberry lovers must go nuts for this, but to me this is more raspberry syrup than it is a beer. It's interesting that compared to their Kriek scores in BA the Kriek scored higher among the BA management than the BA users, and the Framboise had it reversed. I'd side with the BA management. I think the Kriek is a little more interesting, whereas this example is pretty much just fruit syrup.

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Photo of MathBadger
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured (repeatedly) into a champagne flute from a 750 ml bottle.

Appearance: Deep red with a foamy, pink head. Nice, almost champagne level of carbonation initially, which decreased fairly quickly.

Smell: Sweet raspberry, just a hint of sourness.

Taste: Solid but not overwhelming raspberry flavor. Sweet, but balanced well by the sourness. Lingering notes of something slightly tart which built as I drank more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: I found this to be a pleasant beer to drink with a lot of interesting character. I liked this less well, however, than the New Glarus Raspberry Tart which I had recently. I found the raspberry flavor in that to be more pronounced and the feel of the beer to be less cloying.

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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Raspberry red with no light shinning in with a frothy white-red frothy head that goes down to a lacing that clings tight to the edge.

Smell: Sweet raspberry and lambic sourness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet and delicious with a lighter body that seems to get sweeter the more you drink it. Sourness blends equally well with the sweetness. Smooth and light with an even taste.

Overall: I've never meet a girl who did not like this beer and those women who say they hate beer, I'm quick to recommend this to. Has never failed as they always leave with a smile on their face. As for men, I drink this on a regular basis when I don't want to fell bogged down with beer carbs...I guess you could say that this is my "light" beer. Oh so lovely!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sets the standard for this style. Pours a deep ruby raspberry red with a thin pink head, high carbonation, and fast fade. Sticky pink lace.

The aroma is amazing. Pure raspberry with some funky yeast notes.

Full on raspberry, champaign, and hints of funk. Tart and richly sweet.

This would be awesome on some vanilla ice cream.

A definite rich and sweet tart sipper. The example of its style.

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Photo of fastd03
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lindeman's is the standard-bearer of lambic brewers, and their framboise is no exception. Tasting like a delicious combination of champagne and raspberries, this beer is the perfect drink to order almost any girl on a date. And if you're like me, it's pretty difficult to resist stealing a sip or two for yourself!

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Photo of DavidST
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never realized before just how lot the ABV on this is, interesting.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Lindeman's Fluted glass. no freshness date.

This pours a darker reddish color with a nice light reddish white head. The smell is sweet, and fruity, I'm not sure it reminds me of raspberries. The feel is light. The taste is sweet and tart, a little bit of raspberries, a little artificial, but good enough, I do like the tartness. I get it maybe once a year, its too sweet for me to have anymore than that, but its not in any way bad.

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