Lindemans Framboise | Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans FramboiseLindemans Framboise
2,826 Ratings
Lindemans FramboiseLindemans Framboise

Brewed by:
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 buckit
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
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 +26.8%
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 +8.8%
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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Photo of Keffa
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from The Andersons on Brice Road in Columbus OH in a gift set with a Pomme Lambic (review coming later) and a thin, flute like glass.

Poured from a corked and capped bottle into said glass.

A: Pours a dark cherry red, with a 1 finger pink head that leaves very fine bubbled lace at each drink.

S: Raspberry, as it is named. The raspberry is very sweet, a little bit artifical smelling at times, like some raspberry candies. It is good though.

T: Sweet and tart raspberry, a very very very faint malt presence. Some yeast spice and a little bit of a funk in the background. Very heavy raspberry flavor, but that is what this beer is supposed to be.

M: Tingly carbonation, light body, a little creamy at times. Smooth.

D: This one is an easy drinker for me. Tart and sweet at the same time, no alcohol presence, and very clean finish.

The only downside I could see to this beer is that some may not like the sweetness that is associated with the fruit. I happen to like it. Good entry into beer for those who don't really like beer. My fiancée like it, and she cannot stand beer.

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Photo of kimbo33
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The REAL champagne of beers! This is nice and bubbly and fun to drink beer. It is very sweet and fruity so you can't drink 3-4 of these (and expensive) but great to split a 22 of with someone. The taste is a very natural raspberry, nothing fake going into this one. Does look a bit cheesy since it is so red, but that doesn't take away from the overall beer.

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Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep ruby color with a creamy red head that produces plenty of pink lace.

Fresh ripe raspberries with a bit of funk and tartness.

Sweet and lightly tart fresh raspberries. A little more sweetness than an actual raspberry. Delicious.

Smooth as can be with some light creamy carbonation. Medium bodied.

Drinks great. It is really just like a handful of fresh raspberries with each sip. Really a pleasing fruit beer.

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

A - Matte raspberry red, like an opalescent cranberry jelly.

S - Bushels of fresh washed raspberries, and cranberry compote.

T - Tart raspberry nectar. Touch of fresh blueberries. Sour cherries.

M - Full bodied and not overly syrupy. The finish coats your mouth with a lingering tart sweetness.

D - If you're a fan beers that are net sweet and tart then this lambic is grea. The sweetness isn't overly sugary, and the carbonation keeps it refreshing.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a champagne glass.

L - hazy red color with a white/pink head that hung around because of the high carbonation.

S - raspberries, yum.

T - full of sweet and tart raspberry flavor.

F - lighter bodied with a tingly feel.

D - goes down very easy.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy translucent deep red/purple body with a bubbly effervescent head. Smells of sweet, yet tart fresh raspberries. Initially tastes tart/sour from the citric acid, bitter with a beautiful sweet finish leaving a wet feeling in the mouth. Absolutely delicious, this is not really a beer to be consumed with a meal, but rather to be savored on its own. Everything is beautiful from the color/appearance to the taste.

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Photo of JaredWolgemuth
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a favorite among the fruit drinkers and left to sink among the beer drinkers of my group. It has an appearance that is pretty amazing, but I personally find it hard to qualify as a beer and not a malt. I am certain I will see it again as the Mrs. And Mrs. In lawnfindnthis to be an a plus drink.

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Photo of cjoc83
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy ruby-red with a beautiful pink head that leaves slight lacing.

The nose is all raspberry, sweet and tart, with a hint of a malt backbone.

Tastes just like it smells; Very sweet, but no overly so, tart, and very fruity. A delicious fruit lambic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy, although the carbonation, low as it is, makes for a nice crisp finish. The raspberries dance on your tongue for a few minutes after your last sip.

Drinkablility is above average, but this beer can be a bit syrupy and the sweetness can get a little over-bearing. This is also a quite pricey beer ($7 in my local beer botique for a 12 oz. bottle). Mostly I drink this every once in a while when I want something sweet and tart and fruity. An amazing beer but not something I drink regularly.

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Photo of tewaris
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Lindemans glass.

Appearance 4/5
Deep, dark, saturated pink with a lighter pink head. Medium retention and good lacing

Aroma 4/5
Strong raspberry and sugary sweet smell, and that's about it. Not anything complex but good nonetheless.

Taste 4/5
Very similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by strongly sweet and medium tart raspberry, with some tannic feel that's perhaps from barrels? Finishes quite clean for a beer this sweet.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Medium body with good carbonation, crisp feel and dry finish. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability 3.5/5
The sweetness is a little over the top but good otherwise.

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

Head of light red lasts for days and the lace just clings to the glass from the top to the bottom of the glass. Color is a deep reddish brown with the closest match a 25 of the SRM beer color chart. Smells of raspberry, apple, pear and red grape. Tastes are raspberry, apple, red grape, pear, currant, rhubarb, and some earthly tones. Lots of body in my mouth, creamy and full of body. A little sweet for any everyday drinking, but it would be good with desert of apple pie, cherry cobbler and many other sweet treats.

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Photo of thekoz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very red with a pinkish/reddish head.

Has very strong, sweet raspberry smell.

Taste is all raspberry with a touch of tart. Almost a syrup like flavor. Very low carbonation, but this is typical for a lambic.

In my opinion this is just too sweet of a beer to be enjoyable. I have heard that they artificially sweeten this lambic.

Will pass on this next time, and look for a more traditional lambic.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Lindemans flute glass.

Pours a deep cloudy garnet/red color with a light red head of about 2 fingers. Leaves spotty lacing.

Smells of raspberry juice.

Tastes like liquified raspberry jam with some notes of malts in there. Has the occasional sour taste to it, but it can't overcome the sweetness. The malt/sour notes are reminiscent of Festina Peche for me.

Light bodied, wet mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, with the ABV you can practically replace water with this.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rich red leaning towards a pinkish hue. Has a good head of frothy pink color. Laces better than expected. Almost looks artificial.

S-Artificial raspberry. Almost like a berry drink with preservatives. Can almost smell the acidity and tartness.

T-Quite sweet raspberry flavor. Not a hint of booze. Acidity and tartness balances it out quite well. A bit too sugary for my taste.

M-Light bodied and well carbonated.

D-Not exceptionally drinkable due to the excessive sugary flavor. But not bad either. Can see this being a bitch of a hangover.

I have tried a Cantillon Framboise before this, and you can clearly tell the difference. This beer is a great intro to the style but its not its best representation.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass

Appearance: Beautiful dirty red. A little carbonation.

Smell: Strong crisp raspberry smell. Simple and interesting.

Taste: It's like eating raspberries and drinking beer at the same time.

Drinkability: Great stuff. I could drink a couple of bottles of this. The flavor might get old after a while though.

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

- Clear and dark looking raspberry attacked red ale... quick fizzing head... leaves an off-white ring, and some floating specs... very pink and red head while it was fluffed up.

- Huge sweet raspberry pie scent, sweet... crust, bready, slight funk... great raspberry pie.

- Like a great juice.. touch of horse blanket funk riding behind a sweet juice of raspberry, sugars, roasty breads and a nice yeast touch... perhaps a bit oaky..

- Syrupy... rather thin, great carbonation, light bodied... mouth watering....

- Drinks great, a nice sweet desert brew... like the subtle funk... curious what this would be like with some good age on it.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is a deep red with a small pink head that laces beautifully down the glass.

S: Imagine you went out and picked a raspberry, crushed it, and smelled it. That is what this smells like.

T: Like a raspberry candy. Tart, fruity, and extremely sweet.

MF: Light, creamy, smooth, and tart.

D: After dinner beer. No more than a bottle at a time.

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Photo of larryi86
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL poured into snifter

A- Deep red, with a little red/pink two finger head

S- Bold raspberries, cranberries, hints of lemon and nice Belgian yeast.

T- Close to the nose, lots of tart/sour raspberries with hints of lemon standing out. Nice funk in the finish.

M- Nice medium body, a little creamy, very smooth.

D- Very enjoyable and easy drink. Great complexity, hit every area. Will be buying it again!

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

A: A clear deep red with a pink colored head.

S: A very nice aroma of tart mashed raspberries.

T: The flavor is much like the aroma. A sweet raspberry flavor followed by a tartness that dries out the mouth. There is also a little belgian funk in the flavor.

M: The tartness is what dominates the feel.

D: Very easy drinking lambic. Might be a little too extreme on the sweet and tart flavors, but it is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12oz. bottle

Appearance- I had never had this before, despite my love of raspberries. I grabbed my bottle opener and tore off the top, only to find it corked as well. So i grabbed my wine opener and as I was pulling out the cork i was almost expecting a champagne type pop. there wasn't a pop, and when i poured it it had no head. it was a nice ruby red color though.

Smell- the smell was unreal. it smelled like fresh raspberry jam. really awesome smell. not even a hint of anything sour or alcohol.

Taste- although this tasted good, it did not taste anything like I would have expected. it was like sparkling raspberry juice. no alcohol or sour flavor to it. and it was entirely to sweet.

Mouthfeel- I brushed my teeth when I was done because I felt like I has drank a glass of raspberry juice with sugar added to it.

Drinkability- I could drink it all day long as a fruit juice or a desert drink, but I was expecting a low alcohol raspberry champagne with a little sourness and a hint of sweet.

I would buy it again and age it to see if it would ferment more in the bottle and have less sweetness and more carbonation

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Photo of scott451
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A two finger pink head on a very slightly hazy deep ruby. The head soon diminished to a ring. Pink bubbly lacing stuck around to the end.

A ripe raspberry smell. As expected raspberries in the taste. Surprisingly dry with a tart finish. The Lambic comes to the fore at the end. A nice long finish. Excellent sweet sour balance.

Light body with good carbonation. A bit of a sticky lip afterwards. Drinkability is good

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Photo of ryantaussig
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02 Nov 2010

A: Deep rosy color. Slight head that dissipated instantly to a pink lace.

S: What can I say other than raspberries? Sweet aroma.

T: Lovely balance of sour and sweet. Raspberries obviously take the show. There is little alcohol or hop flavor to be detected. The acidity is very powerful. Not your typical beer profile, almost like a champagne.

M: Bubbly and entirely champagne-like. Finish is clean and crisp.

O: Low alcohol levels make it easy to drink in that respect, but the intensity of the sour flavor will cause one to drink it relatively slowly.


Revisited 05 Dec 2010

M: Now that I'm more familiar with the style, I just upped the score a bit.

O: Much better the second time around. I wasn't smacked in the face with the sourness. Being prepared for that makes all the difference.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a champagne flute. Poured a deep ruby red with a one finger light pink head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of only BIG TIME raspberry. The flavor was of sweet malt and raspberry. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was quite nice and refreshing. The flavor was a little fruity but still very good as with the aroma. If you like raspberry you could probably down a bottle of this without a problem. Could also be a good gateway brew for fruit lovers out there.

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