Lindemans Framboise | Brouwerij Lindemans

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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 JaredWolgemuth
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
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 +5.8%
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 +0.3%
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 +5.3%
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 -11.2%
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 -7.1%
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 -15.5%
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 +14.2%
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 +0.8%
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 +2%
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 +13.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.8%
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 +3.6%
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 +9.9%
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 +4.1%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a champagne flute at The Firkin.

Now, I've defended craft beer from those who would call it "girlie" and whatnot. It doesn't help that I'm given this rose-colored brew in a thin, feminine (if glassware has genders, this one would come to life in the Beast's castle as a soft-talking maiden, I think) glass like this one. Oh well, at least the beer is good. The nose comprises sweet raspberries, sugar-coated strawberries, and a slight bit o' miscellaneous wood. The taste is just a blast of sweetened raspberries, leaning toward that awesome blue raspberry flavor of our collective youth. A small bit o' minor tartness pervades, but the sweetness beats it back down into submission. Still, I love how this stuff tastes. Oh yes. The body is a nice medium, with a light carbonation and a sticky, syrupy feel. Overall, this stuff can be very addictive. I find myself hard-pressed to stop sipping once I have begun. It may not be the paragon of tart lambics, but this thing is definitely a tasty treat.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a champagne flute at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

This beer is as advertised, full of fruit. It pours a nice ruby cherry red color with a quickly evaporating pink foam head. The smell is so very much all raspberries I literally could feel the seeds in my teeth when smelling it. If there are other berries it wouldn't surprise me, but I only smell the raspberry aroma here. The flavor is pretty much the same story. This has the taste of raspberry, it's tart like juicy juice. I really hardly consider this a beer, but it is what it is. It's very drinkable, rather pleasant, and definitely a fruity drink that doesn't strike me as beer in the slightest.

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

Had this one as the third in a Lindemans tasting line-up and it was slightly different than the other two (peche and kriek). Typical framboise red/purple with a matching head.

This one seemed to be a bit sweeter than the other two, maybe due to less ABV? Not as many yeast funk aromas or flavors and pretty much sticks to the raspberry flavor. Finishes a hint drier than the others with a little, barely-there yeast tartness.

Again, just like most Lindemans offerings, this is goes down easy and has a great refreshing taste to it.

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Photo of Landfill21
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife loves the lambic and it is actually really tasty.

Poured into a pint glass. POurs into a deep berry color with a half finger head that laces down the glass as you drink it.

Smells of fruit. Raspberries, sweet taste at the nose with a small bite. Has a great aftertaste.

Has a med mouthfeel.

THis beverage is very easy to drink. Has a very good fruit taste.

I would recomend this to anyone.

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

Having never had Lambic before, I didn't know what to expect. It was described as "raspberry champagne". I definitely fell in love with Lindemans bottle label...if not the expensive import price.

However this did prove an enjoyable first experience for a person who doesn't really love beer, but just wanted a tasty drink at an acoustic open mid.

The appearance was pretty. A clear deep burgundy brown, with pinkish dense foam head, which although quickly disipated, kept its curvature and tracings to the side of my glass.

There was definitely a natural fruity fermented aroma. Not hoppy like beer, nor bubbly like champagne. But definitely not a fruit juice.

It tasted luscious. Full and sweet, lightly sour or tangy and fermented with tiny bubbles, a bit creamy with the foam, very much a fruit drink yet much richer than champagne wine or merely berry-flavored beer. (Such as Blue Dawg Blueberry Lager or Pyramid Apricot Ale.) A truly authentic character worth savoring.

Very drinkable as a session refreshment. although perhaps best with dessert and not a regular meal. It's not what you'd call 'thirst-quenching', but it is a drink worth sipping and savoring.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright red with a tiny bit of a brownish/dark tint to it. THe nose brings forward raspberries. This is to the exclusion of everything other than a bit of sweetness, likely coming from the raspberries. The taste is raspberries. The feel is nice and a bit sweet. Some moderate tartness, which I would guess is more related to raspberries than any wild yeast. Drinks fairly well and is a good way to introduce many to different types of beer.

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Photo of emerge077
2.14/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a champagne flute, no pop from the cork or fizz in the glass. Attractive pink foam and rose body, but the foam rapidly fades to a ring. Some spotty bits of lace here and there.

Sugary sweet raspberry candy in the nose.

Flavor is similarly cloying and overwhelmingly sweet. One note flavor of raspberry hard candy. Very light tannic tea leaf note when it warms up. Dull and fizzy feel, with a lingering sticky sweetness on the lips from the 25% raspberry juice and added sweeteners. Nothing even approaching tartness or resembling traditional lambic, this is simply sugary sweet liquid candy. Can't stomach much of this on it's own. Used this for an ice cream float, also recommended as a cocktail mixer.

For a traditional lambic, try Cantillon, Hanssens, Drie Fontienen, etc. A good beginner lambic is Boon, Oud Beersel, or Cuvee Rene. Lindemans uses artificial sweetener Acesulfame K (it's required to be listed on the european label, but not the US import label) rendering their base "lambic" more of a kiddie wine cooler than traditional lambic. This is simply a marketing tactic to appeal to a wider audience.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep raspberry red with a thick pink head and substantial carbonation and lacing. Smells of tart raspberries and sweet malts. Tastes of sour raspberries sweetened by malts and strawberries. Wonderful. Mouthfeel is quite nice and drinkability is great. It can't be too bad at a whopping 2.5 abv.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

355ml corked/capped bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours an opaque, reddish-purple tone with a solid two fingers of a thin pink head that somewhat quickly lapses into a collar around the glass, though a lasting cap is noted. pretty walls of pink lacing.

nose is replete with rasberries, not going out on a limb there. maybe a subdued note of funk.

as expected, taste follows through with straight rasberry domination; a touch of yeast in the background, maybe a muted floral suggestion. sweet (comes close to being too sweet) and rasberry tart. it works, however; pretty tasty. much better than i was expecting, although i should mention that this is a style i'm just getting more into (1st lambic review). that said, i'm pleasantly surprised.

light to medium-bodied with average carbonation; smooth and crisp. i would not rate it especially high for drinkability, however... this is more a dessert type of beer that you might revisit from time to time but IMO wouldn't want more than one at a sitting, despite the low ABV.

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