Lindemans Framboise | Brouwerij Lindemans

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,039
Ratings:
2,770
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
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Photo of KatieSmith
4.91/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite drink! This is so fruity and sweet. Very enjoyable with a dessert, or even over some vanilla ice cream. Definitely a drink to have for taste and not for alcohol, due to the low ABV (2.5%) and high sugar content. This is still an amazingly fruity raspberry drink, with a deep pink color and carbonation. I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of daweidavid
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really like this one! Dark pink body with a small head. There are some raspberry, milky and tart taste to it. Lightly carbonated with a fresh aftertaste.

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Photo of Edith0703
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consider this beer as desert beer, really sweet. And the rose color really attract me. Taste delicious. I like the fruity honey tasting. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at L Mulligan Grocer, Dublin.
Luminous magenta-purple with pink trailers. 4
Chambord nose. 4
Big sugary fruit hit, a tart middle, raspberry skin, then a bit of lime rind to end. 3.5
Round, chewy, almost medium. 4

Far too sweet. But there’s a good lambic under there somewhere. Needs the right time and place - with chocolate truffle cake, maybe? Lindemanns gets a harder time than they deserve. 4

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Photo of Schimms
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Deep, dark plum red. Thin pinkish head.

S: Slight yeast funk, light raspberry.

T: Tart raspberry with slight sour yeast.

F: Dry with minimal carbonation.

O: A good Lambic. Look for New Glarus's fruity offerings, though, if you want world class!

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: frothy, bright, but deep red
Aroma: exactly like raspberry jam
Taste: raspberry jam, sparkling, but not overpowering. good sweet vs. tart balance.
Definitely would drink this again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours a clear red maroon colour with a pinky head that disapates quite quickly. Aroma raspberry, cherry. Taste tart fruits, raspberries, very nice and pleasant.

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Photo of Strix
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark pink with a frothy pink head that fades to nothing.

Raspberry and sour cherry in the nose.

Tastes like liquid pie filling, raspberry, slightly sour finish.

Medium-thick mouthfeel.

Nice blend of flavors here, a good change from my usual fare.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pink drank, white head, in the full inch range, good looker. Aroma was sugary confectioner sugar raspberries, too sweet.

Too sweet is an even bigger problem in the taste and mouthfeel. Y U DO DIS? It really compromises the entire beer. If you could get beyond this you might be able to enjoy some raspberry or sour notes, but instead, you just get a shit ton of sugary liquid.

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Photo of EMV
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep clear red/maroon color. Medium off-white creamy head.

S: Tart fruits, raspberry.

T/F: Semi-sweet up front and fruity. Raspberry mostly... finishes tart and clean. Syrupy... fairly carbonated... zesty.

O: A tasty lambic, and the beer your girlfriend has been waiting for. For the rest of us.... It's delicious, a guilty pleasure, and more of a dessert than anything. Stll... Lindemans is a classic so if you're feeling a lambic this is a great way to go.

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Photo of CalebM
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First ever lambic, and man was I excited to open it up. The bottle opened up with a very cheerful pop and the room instantaneously smelled of raspberries.

Look: Dark carmine, like an over-ripened raspberry. Fizzy and appropriate.

Smell: As I said, the aroma began pre-pour. This is the strongest, yet most natural fruit smell I've ever experienced in a beer--again, appropriate, given its a fruit lambic (and my first of the style). Lots of tartness and a little bit of yeast. The level of tartness makes me think of blackberries as well, although my nose may be tricking me.

Taste: If the beer weren't so sour and tart in the finish, I would say it's too sweet. The sweetness is rich, extreme and altogether brief. A better version of those non-alcoholic sparkling juices you see around holidays--strong raspberry, not much else. The taste is simple and pleasant.

Feel: Amiably effervescent. It's light, but combined with how it sticks to you mouth and its carbonation, the body is fuller than you might initially perceive.

Overall: Wonderful experience while fairly one-dimensional. Excited to try some more in the style--hoping to move on to some unfiltered lambics soon. Glad to have such a pleasant introduction into the style.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vibrant dark red with a fluffy bright pink head. Framboise sometimes tricks you into thinking you are looking at a glass full of raspberry jam, including little specks of seeds.

Smell is all sweet raspberries, maybe a little English muffin.

Medium body of nothing but raspberry juice. This is just slightly tart, not at all acidic, and crazy drinkable--definitely an apertif as intended. This gets that metabolism churning and feels like there really is no alcohol whatsoever. This is better than straight squeezed raspberries, with that slightly more substantial body, and a crisp sparkling feel.

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Photo of The_Dude_31
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a refreshing beer that is the perfect mix of flavor, sweet on the initial taste followed by a delectable sour that balances it all out. I can taste no alcohol, just tart raspberries. I drank it out of a Lindeman's glass, at 40 degrees. My first Lambic and excited to try a few more examples of this style.

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Photo of Premo88
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: gorgeous dark rasberry red that's 100% opaque -- light can't pass through it; 1-inch head of pink-red foam that sticks a little; keeps a very pretty collar and almost full skin of foam; if you like red, this beer is a work of art; slight bit of lacing ... great-looking brew ... halfway into the glass it's clearing up only on the very edges

S: light tart rasberries, very sweet but also with a vague hint of something sour; if you try hard, you can imagine a bit of barn must, but it's only barely there; tart apples, cranberries

T: tart, sweet rasberries ... almost sugary sweet but balanced by a huge sour presence, especially on the back end; like a rasberry-lemonade soda, no alcohol presence at all; at times the sweet is almost too much, but it's consistently backed up by the big sour flavor; everything comes very clean ... there's no obvious farmhouse/wild ale kind of musty barn or funk flavor showing up

F: fantastic ... what I'd expect out of a good Belgian ale, lots of carbonation to fill out a relatively light brew

O: I'm not ashamed to admit I love it ... very fruity, full of rasberry flavor, bordering on rasberry candy sweetness, with just enough sour flavor to remind you it is, after all, beer; it's plenty good enough that I'll try more of Lindemans beers, including this one from time to time ... and definitely during the summer -- this would pair perfectly with our Texas heat

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Photo of LloydDobler
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opens with a fresh "pop" as the cork comes loose. Deep burgundy color with a huge raspberry sherbet head that takes a min to settle. The nose gives away that this is packed with raspberry... and it IS! Jammy and sweet. A bit tart, but this really is just a candy beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Propolis tulip glass. Dark purple, and very dark red when held up to the light. 1 finger pinkish head disappeared quickly.

Smell: Nose of raspberry and blackberry. Notes of barnyard funk and Belgian yeast (apple, pear).

Taste: Flavors of raspberry, blackberry, notes of cherry, grape, and barnyard funk.

Feel: Low carbonation but has a fluffy feel. Mild sweetness hits the tongue first, but is taken over by medium tartness.

Overall: Very refreshing and tasty. My only gripe is that I wish the smell was as strong as the taste.

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Photo of m_penor
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generally I do not care for any type of flavored beer/lambic. However, Lindemans Raspberry Lambic is a jewel. I have this lambic numerous times throughout the year for something different and I absolutely love it every time. This lambic pours a gorgeous dark red with a pink head. The aroma is that of sweet raspberries. The taste is similar to the smell with a hint of tartness. This a very drinkable brew if you enjoy flavor.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml Bottle from The Trading House, Glasgow (£5.75):
This one was a really nice, quite sweet lamib with a low alcohol content that helped it go down very easily with a great balance & strong fruity taste that was dominated by raspberries as expected. The beer wasn't a very complex one but the taste still proved very enjoyable so this was a worry & it was a well done beer that proved highly drinkable.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't get me wrong, this is a fantastic lambic, my review is only lower because I've always had a hard time giving such a high rating to lambic a because they drink almost more like a sparkling wine than a beer. But a great look and taste with just the right amount of tartness. Highly recommended for fruit beer lovers.

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Photo of 303beer
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cloudy raspberry red with a thin raspberry colored head that dissipates rapidly. The nose is sweet raspberry jam. The taste is sweet raspberry. Nothin much else. The only reason I give this a lower score is because I don't get any beer out if it. It's more like carbonation in raspberry juice.

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Photo of Myotus
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle (bottled 17Mar15) into a snifter.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of very light burgundy foam that halves itself after 30 seconds. Very dark burgundy in color. Rising bubbles are subtle. Lacing is subtle and thin.
SMELL: Very strong raspberries and mild earthy and funky yeast. That is it.
TASTE: Very strong raspberries flavors with a mild tartness dominate the beginning. Mild funky yeast and subtle earthy yeast enter right after as raspberry flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Clings to the back of the throat as it goes down. Finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: This was really good. I would of liked to have some sour yeast or bacteria to balance out the funky and earthy yeast flavors.

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Photo of richj1970
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Very dark red almost purple with 1-2 finger pink head. Decent retention and leaving some nice lacing.

S: Tart raspberries dominates the nose. Some light yeast esters.

T: All raspberry all the time. Very well balanced between sweet and sour.

M: Medium body with a nice effervence. Almost a champagne like feel to it.

O: Not a normal style for me, but a refreshing easy drinking beer and a nice departure from other things I've been having lately.

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Photo of TooGood
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks and tastes like a sour raspberry soda, it was exceptional. Poured a ruby red with minimal head and no lacing. Smelled of slight tart raspberry. Taste was spot on, a total sour raspberry bomb. This beer was gone in a flash, I couldn't stop drinking it. Awesome!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant! Holy hell, that is a damn fine beer.

Smells of sour raspberries with a little bit of a yeasty quality that makes it come off as, well, beer. The taste is a very sour but somehow incredibly balanced raspberry flavor that has a perfect blend of sweetness to match. The carbonation is very effervescent and prickly, reminiscent of a champagne. Aftertaste is sour raspberry and a little bit of yeast... just a nearly perfect fruit beer in my eyes. The way this makes my jaws "go" on every sip is fantastic. Yes, it's very sweet, but it's fantastic with the sourness. I think, ideally, I'd split a 12oz bottle of this, just because it'd make me crave more. I could easily go through a 12oz bottle, but I fear I'd get a little weary of it by the end of it.

This beer's phenomenal. Pricey, sure, but worth the experience a thousand times over.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO, sealed with a cork embedded underneath a crown cap. Listed at 2.5% and served well-chilled.

Pours an opaque, muddy reddish-purple hue, including a few crimson highlights around the edges of the glass, and kicking up just over an inch of soapy, pink-tinged froth at the surface. Decent retention; the head fizzles itself out over the next couple of minutes, with a bubbly, pinkish-purple collar and film left behind in its place. Generous lacing, too. Upon sniffing, my nose is immediately invaded by big notes of juicy, tart raspberry, along with some subtler notes of sour acetic acid and wheaty malts.

Pretty delicious stuff, though I find it to be extremely sweet. As expected, raspberry flavour dominates every other aspect of this beer, imparting an intensely tart, juicy berry character that lasts throughout the profile. Notes of red grape and wheaty malt are most assuredly in there, too, but they're a peripheral presence in comparison to the raspberry. Some sour acetic flavours show up late in the sip, but the funkiness of this lambic is very restrained; rather, it is mostly just very sweet and very tart. Stevia sweetness comes through in the aftertaste along with some lingering raspberry sourness; this beer doesn't come off as altogether "naturally" sweetened, but the stevia blends in well enough so as not be a major distraction. Light in body, but definitely not thin or watery - this lambic feels very smooth on the palate, with more weight than you'd expect from something that is only 2.5%. The carbonation levels are relatively soft, managing to weakly agitate the palate.

Final Grade: 4.22, a respectable A-. Lindemans Framboise has a long-standing reputation as a "beginner's sour", whatever that is. Taken as a fruit beer, this is quite an excellent product - but lambic junkies might be a little disheartened by its (mostly) one-dimensional flavour profile, and its distinct lack of significantly funky features. On the plus side, it's exceptionally light-drinking, with a lovely sour-tartness that is guaranteed to endear this beer to raspberry fans in general. At nearly $10/bottle in this market, it's not something I'd be very inclined to pick up regularly, but it's certainly worth a look in any case.

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Lindemans Framboise from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.93 out of 5 based on 2,770 ratings.
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