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 AWolfAtTheDoor
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have had this once before, years ago, and merely a sip because it was so face puckeringly tart.. Got this as a Christmas gift, so here we go.

Poured into my pint glass. Vigorous pour yields a light strawberry colored head ontop of a truly ruby colored body. Decent lacing throughout the session.

Tart raspberries on the nose.

Yikes, first sip is smack you in the face tart. Further tastes yield tart raspberries. Beer is kind of a no brainer.

Mouthfeel is where I felt the bomb was really dropped, other than the horrendously tart raspberry profile. This beer is HIGHLY carbonated. How this is considered a beer is beyond me. It's like a wine spritzer or whatever those things are minus all the alcohol. If you like tart raspberries and CO2 levels of a Strawberry Fanta, GET THIS "BEER" NOW.

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Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: This was part of a box set with a tall fluted glass and one other bottle of Lindemans Pomme. It was poured from a green capped and corked 355ml bottle into the fluted glass from the box set. The label has a description of the beer but there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: The body has a reddish/violet color and good clarity. (Second glass has a little yeast sediment.) It is also full of bubbly carbonation rushing up to the head. Its head is tall and pink in color. Retention is good as it keeps a thin cap until the last sip. The head also leaves some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: I get funky yeast with heavy notes of raspberry, astringent white wine and pale tangy malt.

Taste/Palate: Right away I get loads of sweet/tart raspberry and tangy sour wheat notes. Deeper in there are bready and dry sour yeast notes moving in to balance the sweetness. It finishes with semi-crisp sweet/tart mouth puckering character. It feels well carbonated and slick. The carbonation helps to left up and move the beer over the palate. My lips and glass however are a bit sticky.

Notes: I really like the raspberry flavor here. It has some interesting tangy and sour notes with plenty of carbonation to keep it from getting overly cloying. Having said that, I still wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a lindemans gold rimmed flute.

Bright red in color with a 1 finger reddish pink head, great retention, bubbles are everywhere, champagne like carbonation is apparent.

Smells like strawberry syrup, a tartness as well as apperant as well as a mustiness.

Big strawberry sweetness on the palate is quickly matched by a tartness, the musty flavor is still there but everything works together well and has a good balance.

Light in body, the carbonation gives it an effervescent quality, quite refreshing. Drinkablity is as high as I hoped, I think that's more because strawberries aren't my favorite thing in the world. Other than that I don't have anything bad to say about it.

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Photo of krazyboi
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Dark ruby color with a strawberry milkshake colored foamy head that dissipates rather quickly.
S: Raspberries, raspberries, and raspberries. Tart aroma.
T: Starts off sweet, then gets a tiny bit bitter, and ends off tart and sour. Raspberry flavor throughout.
M: Light to medium thickness, with medium carbonation.
D: Easy to drink, but the tartness might be overbearing after a few glasses. I like it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Lindemans flute. No date or info available on the bottle.

Thanks to the fiancee for sharing this!

A - A puffy pink head crowns the beautiful clear red beer with some gorgeous thick lace adorning the flute as the beer disappears.

S - The aroma is full or ripe but grassy, fresh raspberries with a soft tart funk to the finish.

T - Tart raspberry flavor that's a cross between sweet syrup and fresh, tart raspberries leaves any sort of real lambic flavor in the dust. Still quite delicious though.

M - Spritzy carbonation and tart balancing the syrupy sweetness to the light-bodied, slightly funky brew.

D - Good drinkability for this brew, the large bottle wouldn't be a problem to put back through and evening provided you're quite fond of fruit beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass, the beer pours a hazy, almost opaque ruby coloring with no head, but a steady flow of bubbles. The smell is extremely sweet in raspberry aromas. The beer is highly carbonated, and the effervescence gives a lightness to the strong, sweet flavors and viscous, syrupy body. Tast and sweet finish, with a fruity aftertaste. Makes a great float, but it's a little tough to drink if you are evolved past Kool-aid and/or Sprite.

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Photo of dizknee24
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-grapish and rasberry color.

S- rasberries and sugar. Almost overpowering

T- Raspberry candy . it was way to overpowering for me. too much sugar maybe some sweetner?

M - again could not get past this sugar

D- very low on the drink ability in my mind.

no not feeling it too much

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Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Vibrant ruby red and clear, with a moderate, pink, frothy head.

Aroma-Fresh raspberry jam with a hint of citric tartness. I can't smell this without picturing raspberries-it's like perfect essence of raspberry.

Flavor-Tastes like drinking liquid raspberries. Very sweet up front, but the tart finish comes through to cut the sweetness. Tastes like dessert. The flavor is quite good, but verges on cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body and medium high carbonation. The sweetness verges on cloying, but there is enough carbonation and tartness to give a refreshing, semi-crisp finish.

This isn't a nice, funky fruit lambic, but isn't trying to be one. It's a sweetened fruit lambic and that's what it comes across as-sweet and fruity. Very tasty in the right circumstances (palate cleanser or paired with a variety of desserts.)

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the small 250ml bottle, at a local pub

A- Dark red, a small but extremely dense pink/purple head has perfect retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass

S- Yeast is right there but i'm not talking about the classic yeast aroma. This time it is (not perfectly in my opinion) blended with raspebberies and an aggressive tart feel. It's a nice aroma but the tartness has some spicy character that makes you feel like this beer is not delicate on the nose

T- Sourness is right there, even before raspberry. Of course raspberry builds up and gets stronger, with a very pleasant juicy feel, as you drink, but the overall feel is mainly a wine-like sourness: that's a very strong flavour. The sour feel is bit too prickly on the palate, where a 'chemical' acid feel is left in the aftertaste

M- As for the smell, i feel that even the mouthfeel is too aggressive. The tartness gets boring after a while and though your tongue still loves that juicy raspberry flavour your palate starts feeling bad with excessive acidity . Mix this with excessive carbonation, and you'll get a beer that really burns on your palate despite being a sirupy drink

D- For reasons i already mentioned, the drinkability is not that high as you may expect for a 2.5ABV drink. Being tart is not itself bad, but it gets bad if there's not much else beyond that

A beer that has some serious flaws, though it still does its job as an appetizer

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very nice ruby red color with a 2 finger purple head that leaves some good lacing

S: Just like raspberry puree, with a little bit of pungent yeast

T: Tart raspberry soda, with a bit of a beer-y kick. Slightly sour, due to the tartness

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation

D: I think I could drink this all day and not have a problem at all. The raspberries are definitely in the fermentation stage, but the abv is so low that it is easily quaffable

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Photo of AdamMY
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

While it has an interesting raspberry red appearance, with a light pink head that leaves plenty of lacing. The smell is somewhat faint but very heavy in terms of strawberries.

The flavor tastes far to much like juice, a mix of strawberries and cranberries, with little else to show for it. While I love the mouthfeel of lambics quite effervescent, but they are so incredibly flavorful that they border on undrinkable.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark red, very carbinated, with a white 1/2 creamy head. Looks like a mixed drink.

Smell - Sugary, raspberries, some yeast.

Taste - Very fruity and sweet. Bittersweet and sour. Simular to a wine cooler yet very natural flavor tasting, much like fresh juice from a juicer. The yeast is hidden but still present under the raspberry flavor.

MOuthfeel - Very carbinated, thin and bittersweet, wouldnt want to drink a regular beer right after this one. A little bitter on tounge and palette.

Drinkabilty - Its more of a chic drink to be honest. I could see many of these being slammed by a non beer drinking female. Very low alcohol and sweet fruity makes this very drinkable. A nice change on occasion, but come on, this aint beer.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +14.2%
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 -4.6%
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 +1.3%
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 +10.8%
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 +3.1%
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 -5.2%
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 +13.4%
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.


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Photo of LuthersMug
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.9%
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 +10.8%
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 -4.6%
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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Lindemans Framboise from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,860 ratings