Lindemans Framboise | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

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 Sachsenfreude
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance; hazy, ruby red body and a pale pink head. Nice head but retention needs improvement and beautiful lacing.

smell; very faint spicy hops. Sour and tart lambic aromas blend nicely with tart raspberries.

taste; tart and sour upfront, with a delicious wild raspberry tartness in the finish. Somewhat to sweet and a little cloying, the tartness isn't enough to mellow it out, a bit of bitter would go nicely here to even everything out.

mouthfeel; luscious and smooth. A bit creamy with a foamy finish. Puckers the mouth a bit from the tartness.

drinkability; an easy drink, tasty and smooth, just a stretch to call this beer.

Not really a beer for me, save it for the ladies.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A product of Belgium. From the label: "Lindeman's Framboise is a lambic made from local barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation raspberries are added, creating a secondary fermentation and yielding a beer of exceptional flavor and complexity."

This 355mL bottle was purchased as part of a gift pack containing two bottles and a Lindeman's glass. The bottle was corked, capped and covered in foil. There is no freshness date but as these have a long shelf life, I am not concerned. I'm not sure how well this was corked, as a small amount of liquid and gas escaped once the cap was removed. It was poured into the accompanying glassware.

An aggressive pour yields a huge four fingers of pink foamy head. The head retention is surprisingly excellent. Sticky lacing lines the glass. The brew is maroon hued with a little bit of carbonation visible through the glass.

As soon as the cork was removed, sweet raspberry aromas filled the immediate area. I took a whiff of the cork and wanted to take a bite out of it. Mmmmm. Up close, this lambic reveals tons of aggressively tart raspberry aroma. It smells a little dusty/wild but that aspect is definitely taking a backseat to the raspberry patch in my glass.

The taste follows the aroma closely. Tart raspberry flavors are so concentrated that my eyes begin to water. There is a little bit of funk in the finish, but the raspberry is so potent that making out traces of other flavors is a near-impossibility. This overflows into my nose, which becomes filled with the deliciously tart fruit after each sip. It's a sinus cleanser.

The mouthfeel is medium, and though the brew is free of debris, there are moments where you'd swear there was fruit pulp in your mouth. The carbonation is aggressive enough to give the feel of sparkling juice, which is not a far cry from what this is. Barley and wheat are undetectable and at 2.5% ABV, this might just as well be sparkling juice. It is both sweet and refreshingly tart, with no hop bitterness whatsoever. That makes it a sipper, but it sure is an easy drinking sipper. And if you could afford the moderately high price tag, you could sip this as long as you wanted and probably not ever feel the effects of alcohol. This isn't what most people think of when they think of beer, but as a rare treat, it is an awesome change of pace.

The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
Comparing Schlitz to Framboise is like comparing apples to raspberries. But when I'm in the mood for a fruity lambic, I would give two Schlitz for Lindeman's Framboise.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flute. 2 fingers of pink head rests like a pillow on top of a deep cranberry red body. There is some nice head retention which leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is mostly raspberry with a touch of funk. Big raspberry flavor - wow, really sweet. Lighter bodied with a nice burst of carbonation gives this a really nice mouthfeel, just not overly drinkable due to the sweetness.

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Photo of dfillius
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Thanks to Todd and Beth Lemley for this one!
A: 1/4 finger of head with fair retention. Hazy ruby red liquid. Pretty overall, but I'd prefer more head.
S: Strong raspberry puree, tiny bit of tartness. A bit of breadiness lurks. A little more diversity please. Nice overall though.
T: Sweet raspberry juice. Pleasant tartness could be stronger. Not cloying since the raspberry is so tart too. No breadiness in flavor.
M: Tart, full, syrupy, bubbly, a tad prickly.
D: I like it, I'd love to have a couple glasses, but not 2 pints. I would buy it again and would order another.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing this one, probably due to the price tag

A: Pours a deep purple color with a big soapy pink head. retention is decent

S: Tart raspberry, ripe and overripe raspberry, slight yeast aroma, but absolutely fruit forward

T: Super tart raspberry, and sweet overripe raspberry. Kind of balanced, but leans to the sour side

MF/D: Fizzly carbonation, medium feel, sweet & sour finish, really nice

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

This beer pours out, as I've experienced but a scant few times, an atypical color for a beer; this isn't a soft pink, though. This is a deep, thick magenta in color that can't be seen through. A dense pinkish-shite head one finger tall has very good retention and stays strong, leaving nice lacing.
This is a glass of tart raspberry right off the nose. There's a touch of sweetness, just nipping at the tart, with a light yeasty note.
Tart raspberry juice is the order in the flavor as well. The sweetness is light and just offsets the depth of the tartness, and too sweet is certainly not an accurate depictor here. The more beer-like qualities do lie underneath, but they're not lost; a light dusty yeast, a little earthy funk, and some dry malts are evident.
This is actually a bit sturdier in body and thicker than one might expect. It's got a clean feel to it, and a light crispness is in every sip. Carbonation is light to moderate.
This is a great gateway Lambic as I understand it and a great one for someone just getting into beer as well as an experienced beer drinker.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appears in a glass as a cranberry with rose head or something close to that. It's raspberry lambic, what can you say? It looks very nice with nice lacing!

The smell is heaven. Strong tangy raspberries with maybe a touch of malt but not too much else as the raspberries are very overpowering.

Taste is tart and sweet. Or sweet and tart. Hmm... The taste is nice. Although this is even more delicious when served with the proper desert (vanilla ice cream on this occasion), I do not find it sessionable on it's own. The mouthfeel leaves a very tart aftertaste just due to the strong raspberry potency but it explodes across the tongue with little sweet splashes of raspberry goodiness. I enjoy the framboise and will enjoy it in the future with even greater ranges of accompaniments.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Maroon body. Pink one finger foamy head. Sweet Raspberry front end, sour finish. The alcohol is hidden but noticeable. There is so much complexity, from start to finish that a single sip is like having three different drinks. It feels great in the mouth the way it goes in smooth, bites softly, and morphs in the back of the mouth. This is the 2nd time I've had this beer, but I ruined the first bottle by accidentally getting cork dust in the bottle. Rookie move. But I'm glad I tried this again, it was amazing. The only thing that ultimately detracted from it was the sweetness takes away from some of the drinkability. Can't have too much of the stuff in one night because it's a little overpowering.

THIS IS WHAT WINE WISHES IT WAS.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep magenta with a nice brightness in the light. Head is slightly pinkess, nice. Decent lacing. Corked bottle.

S - Bursting forth with a yeasty raspberry and oakiness.

T - Strong, sweet and tart raspberries. Very authentic, has an earthy and oak flavour infused in it. Much better than a syrupy wine cooler.

M - Crisp and clean.

D - At only 2.5%, not that strong, but you could definitely have a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of KajII
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Flute glass]

Poured a murky cranberry-red with an average sized fizzy pink head that was fully diminishing and had good lacing.The aroma was overwhelming with the scent of raspberries with mild notes of a sweet yeast. It tasted sweet and very much so raspberry in the beginning and ended about the same with a slight tartness and mildly acidy at the finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and dry in texture with a lively carbonation. Overall a very tasty Lambic.

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Photo of zdk9
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last of the bottle used to make delicious Valentine's Day concoctions.

A- It's very hazy and light blood red, with the foam floating into pink territory.

S- Smells fruity, musky, raspberry seeds, some wheat perhaps. Intriguing.

T- Tastes very fruity, and a big burst of sweet and tart. It reminds me a lot of concentrated raspberry juice, or pure cranberry juice. Tartness combined with some sweetness and not so subtle fruit flavors. Good, but not very complex.

M- Just as I would expect with the amount of tartness.

D- Drinkable...hmm. I can't say I'd like to drink a lot of this, but it does make a great mixer, and probably one glass would be fine.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Blood-red body with a two-finger pinkish head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Practically raspberry juice.

T: Tons of citric tartness. A good amount of raspberry sweetness, but it isn't at all cloying or medicinal. A hint of mustiness.

M: Light and effervescent, maybe slightly heavier than champagne.

D: This seems to be polarizing among lambic purists. Personally, I love the stuff. I would totally serve this at my wedding.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes at Old Chicago (2001): Absolutely georgeous candycane pink colored head. Very frothy and does collapse fairly quickly. Aroma of very fresh raspberries. Extremely cloudy beer as compared to the peche I had just before this one. Nice tartness that is a symbiotic flavor between the lambic strains and the raspberries. Classic beer indeed.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Lindemans' flute glass. The small glass aided in producing a large three finger pink head over a deep red body.

Straight up raspberry aroma. Not too surprising, but fairly powerful.

Of course, raspberry flavor, but also nice and tart. A little funky yeast blends in as well. Very sweet.

Very easy to drink for the low abv. High carbonation. Will not be a regular, but my wife loves it.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours clear, light beet red. sits clear, reddish plum with pink, one-finger head which clears away to only a ghostly presence after a handful of minutes

Smell: the simple, linear aroma of tart raspberries is just as expected. full and in your face, the sweet raspberry juice dominates and is accented by light sourness and funk

Taste: through the distracting buzz of your glands by the insane tartness, sweet raspberry puree with a diluted funkiness is all there is to be experienced here. the semi-sweet finish will reveal a very light graininess, but otherwise this is a one man show.

Mouthfeel: a medium-high carbonation adds a little bite and helps lighten the load to a light-medium body

Notes: expectantly monotonous yet delicious. if it werent for the extremely low abv, this would be a very dangerous brew

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Photo of JizackFH
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY this evening. Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a beautiful red ruby color. It has a nice 2-finger pink head, that left great lacing on the glass. There are also some carbonation bubbles visible.

S - The smell is raspberries. Very sweet smelling, but good.

T - Tastes of raspberries. It is sweet, but not too sweet. It is very fruity and has a hint of malt that comes into play. The taste is delicious.

M - It has a medium body and tingly carbonation. It is sweet but not cloying. Goes down very easy.

D - This has excellent drinkability. I could drink this stuff all day. It goes down super easy, and the flavor is great. I'm sometimes not the biggest lambic fan, but this is a great beer. I would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of scottakelly
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a deep purple with a light purple head. High level of carbonation makes for an effervescent drink. This beer is all about the raspberries. Huge raspberry aroma. An even larger raspberry flavor with few other competing flavors. This is a very sweet beer, but also very tart. The tartness cuts the sweetness and makes this an enjoyable beer. However, it is still too sweet to be very drinkable.

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Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Yard House in Denver, CO. Served in a goblet.

A: Pink tinged copper with mild haze. Champagne like carbonation supports a small peach tinted cap that falls to a patchwork film. Leaves patches of lace behind.

S: The nose is sweet overall, with a strong raspberry presence. A mild tartness keeps the sweetness in check.

T: The raspberries are front and center with an unsweetened fruit flavor. A lemon tartness brings up the rear. The tart fruit flavor in the finish lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium body is somewhat syrupy and has the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is a very nice Lambic. I have a good friend who claims not to be a beer drinker, yet loves this beer. I'm rather fond of it too.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours ruby color with a foamy, long lasting, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of raspberries some spicy hop notes. Flavor is similar to aroma. Medium, tart body. Long, sweet finish with some tartness. All around good brew for ladies.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Very nice deep purple color and white head.
S- Raspberry. All you can smell.
T- Raspberry.
M- Syrupy raspberry.
D- Like Raspberry Soda. If it matters, it taste like strong, nice, genuine natural raspberry soda.

Nuff said. I down these for my wife when she orders them at the bar and doesn't finish a whole glass.

I however enjoy other lambics with a nice sour taste.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep purple light purple frothy head leaves to disk. Lots of cling lace.

S - Cellar smells. Not much here.

T - Shazam! Tart raspberries mixed with subtle malt.

M - Wonderful balance and perfect carbonation.

D - Low ABV and tasty. I could drink a 6er.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 12/31/10. This was a 2 liter growler filled at Als of Hampden. Something interesting for the ladies to drink during the NYE festivities and you better believe for this growler fill price I'm getting a tick in.

Poured from the growler into the most appropriate glass I have. (A short hybrid type of flute/quasi wine glass with lizards on it.) Appears a bright, festive hazed red color with a quickly receding fizzy pink stained head. A swirl agitates some bubbles from the solution but fails to formulate a head or lacework.

This brew smells of bright sweet raspberry. A tiny bit of cheese and funk fall on the backend but the fruity sweetness almost completely covers those scents up. The fruit comes across the nose a bit medicinal smelling as it warms but it still is pleasant smelling.

The taste is sweet with raspberry with a salivating amount of tartness/acidity. There is a light funky cheese flavor present but it is heavily masked by the sweetness of this brew which again is somewhat medicinal in character. This brew is quite fruity and natural tasting despite the over sweetness of it.

This is a light bodied offering with modest, prickly carbonation. Quite drinkable for what it is, my only gripe is that it is a bit too sweet. This isn't something I would drink on a regular basis but for what it is, it isn't bad. This brew quite frankly is liquid fizzy adult candy.

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Photo of buckit
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From bottle purchased at Anderson's General Store in Northwest Columbus.

I tried my first fruit lambic in the mid 1990's and have been hooked on them ever since. The Miller Lite "man-law, don't fruit the beer" commercials were grossly ignorant. Beer comes in different styles, colors, and flavors. Fruit lambic is just happens to be a style of beer that engenders strong feelings on both sides of the issue.

Poured into a Lindemans flute. Color is is red as the finest ruby. Lovely pale pink two-fingered head that faded to a bead toward the bottom of the glass. Smells strongly of raspberries (as it should, in my opinion), and faint alcohol. Bold, yet smooth raspberry taste, sweetness up front, malt in the middle, and a subtle, yet tart finish.

It would be easy to drink a ton of this as it has relatively low alcohol and is smooth to a fault. But, at $9.99/bottle, it is not in my budget to do so. Maybe it's better that way...absence making the heart grow fonder and that sort of thing.

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Photo of bvarn
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably the tastiest thing I've ever put in my mouth.

Tastes like a Juice Squeeze with a faint malty aftertaste that let's you know that it's got some alcohol in it. Tangy and fantastic. Great in tiny sips that you let float around your mouth for a while before swallowing. Impossible for me to get drunk off of because I drink it so slowly. I like this beer cold, around 40-45 degrees F.

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Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from large bottle into Lindemans flutes.A deep red bubbling brew with strong raspberry smell. Taste is wonderful raspberry with a slight addition of malt. Do not expect to taste beer flavored by raspberry, it is the opposite. Could not find myself drinking too many in a night, but a fun,enjoyable,different beverage.

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