Lindemans Framboise | Brouwerij Lindemans

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88
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Lindemans FramboiseLindemans Framboise
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
Ratings:
2,798
Reviews:
1,048
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
393
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 2,798 |  Reviews: 1,048
Photo of BeerManDan
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Have you ever tasted Framboise as a wine? There isn't really that much difference! Color is a hazy ruby red with the aroma of raspberries. The taste has a slight tart/sweetness with a big raspberry after taste that just lingers & lingers on the palate for a long time. I fact, as I write this review, it has been at least an hour and I've still have the after taste in my mouth. I love the wine, but the beer is at least equal in quality, flavor & aroma. Wow! Number one beer from Belgium for me! By far best fruit beer on the market!

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Photo of Jon
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good starter lambic, Lindemans Framboise is perhaps the most popular of all lambics among novices. It pours a ruby red color with a bubbly, pink head. Attractive, but not stunning. Nose is an inviting bouquet of raspberry essence and some sugary notes. Flavorwise, a rush of tart raspberry flavor marries well with some sweet sugar notes. Almost becomes cloying compared to other, traditionally unsweetened lambic beers. Bubbly, effervescent mouthfeel lends well to this beer, though it could be improved. Drinks fairly well, but considering the residual sweetness that looms, it does not fare well when compared to "the real thing." A nice introductory lambic, but far from being the benchmark for the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy (bottle conditioned). Red robe topped by a huge, fluffy, pillow-like pink head that leaves excellent lace throughout the glass. The aroma is somewhat sour with light, dry fruit notes. There are some odd notes present from the lambic, but nothing off-putting. The body is medium with a lightly zesty carbonation. The flavor is astonishingly full of candyish sweetness and tart/sour raspberry with minimal characteristics from the lambic - some mustiness is all that really stands out. Obviously, this is geared toward the masses. The fruit is somewhat authentic in character, but it's also clearly overdone. It finishes semi-sweet with a splash of acidity and then some sticky sweetness left in the mouth. Makes a great apertif or after-dinner drink. Because of it sweetish and clean tasting character, the Lindeman's brands make a good entry into flavored lambics.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pinkish amber. Anyway this was great the color was good and the head was a pinkish color also that left a little bit of a lace behind. The smell of the fruit was very strong. It tasted like cotton candy from the fair. The sourness make its a little hard to drink these badboys down for a while and of coarse the price did not help either 10 dollars a bottle.

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Photo of putnam
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I usually agree with the consensus on this site, but here is a beer that has been unjustly criticized. Generations of cold-climate farmers have been striving to preserve their produce in ways that taste better, last longer and are more interesting. Lindemans represents the state of the art in natural fruit preservation. Drink it by the gallon for breakfast!

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

Dark red color with a pink head that leaves some lace all the way down. Raspberry aroma with a light wine scent. Sweet at first then the tartness balances it well. Finishes crisp but not dry. Very good. I can drink this anytime of the day. Tasty!!!

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

Deep ruby color, with a thin pink head. Aroma and taste dominated by raspberries. Fairly sour, and very crisp, with a light body. Almost like drinking a raspberry tart.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's suprisingly dark purple with a fluffy pink head. It smells like raspberry sherbet. The sweetness seems like it's about to overwhelm when the slightly sour taste hits and balances everything very nicely. Fortunately, it doesn't leave a sticky-sweet aftertaste. If you're up for a brunch, this would work better than champagne. It also hits the spot after dinner.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting brew that was different than the Peche in a few ways. Striking maroonish colour without any clarity. Significantly less head than my other try, reduces to a thin lace. Very strong raspberry nose, strikningly so. You can smell it nearly a yard off. Strong tart and sweet, raspberry taste. Very mild malt base. Smooth champagne body and sparkle.

Nearly a candy beer. Very strong raspberry flavor and tartness. I found it less drinkable than the peche because of the extreme tartness. Well worth the experience. These lambics are somethin'. Cheers!

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Photo of stingo
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this lambic to round out my dining experience at a local beer bar/restaurant. I found it quite pleasant indeed - very nice fruit flavor, but not cloying as some can be. Mouth was was good too - did not feel like drinking syrup. Highly recommended as a "dessert beer" if such a category exists.

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I agree with Elgaupo this isn't beer as far as I am concerened. It's gonna be rated high by me, but more as a refreshing kool aid type drink..NOT BEER. It's very colorful and smells great but hey I can drink a cheery soda if i want that.............CHEERS

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very fruity and loaded with tingling carbonation. it is definitely not a mock lambic that is really a wheat beer. it is very flavorful and enjoyable. not a beer, but i can see myself having a lambic from time to time.

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

First had this one at the Orlando Beer festival last November. I have since bought some bottles. First of all, hard to call it a beer, more of a sparkling wine, maybe. Nice reddish color, and bit bubbly reddish head. Rasberries sure enough hit your nose. Tasted very smooth and very fruity. Slips down fairly easy, nice taste and feel to it.
The ladies will like it :)

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

Well I agree with those that have difficulty classifying it as a beer. After having removed the cork and smell the aroma, it comes across as a cross between a beer and a dessert wine. Has a good color and aroma. A different drink to have that I would recommend like some wines as an after dinner drink.

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Photo of packetknife
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color and smell are excellent. It tastes quite good. Remember to handle the bottle kindly and don't try to get every last-drop out, you'll end up pouring the sediment and making it a bit too bitter at times.

Great for female company. ;-)

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Photo of sprinkle
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright raspberry in color,true in the nose with a slight sourness.Not a classic belgian but a good drinker.Makes your mouth water,nice sweet raspberrys with a pleasent tart finish.

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Photo of jreitman
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing that hits you after getting through the beer's cork is the strong smell of raspberries. The smell itself is intoxicating. This beer is very light with a very fruity and slightly sugary character. Nice raspberry purple/red color. Definitely not a beer for every occasion but a good aperitif.

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Photo of Reverand
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was always skeptical of fruit beers until I had this. At first it looked like carbonated grape juice until the aroma hit my nose. My first taste was one of suprise and delight.This beer actually is really really good. I would not drink this everyday but for an appertif it is perfect.

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Photo of jackndan
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cool cap/cork combination. Pours like sparkling wine, with the same head. To me, at first this tastes like carbonated raspberry cough syrup. As it warms up, and I get used to it, its better. Its aroma is deep, very earthy, raspberry, that carries through to its taste. Absolutely not to my taste, but I think that's me and not the beer, and I've tweaked the numbers accordingly.

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Photo of aracauna
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at a tavern in Atlanta and it tastes more like what I would imagine a rasberry cider would taste like. There is very little of the typical beer flavor here. Maybe it's because I had it on draft, but I experienced little of the bitterness or bad smells that I have heard in complaints about this beer and other lambics. You've got to go into this beer with an open mind or it's going to catch you off-guard. Still, not as good as the La Trappe Trappist Ale I had in the same sitting.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow...what the hell, holy raspberries batman, it smells like my Grandmom just came over with a bucket of raspberries. ( which she really does). A very good beer of this style. Very drinkable. Not really my personal taste but I can definately appreciate this. I could never drink this brew everyday, but cool change of pace. Once or twice a year sounds about right. Overall a very cool brew.

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Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice balance between sweet and tart, but the raspberry flavor was so overwhelming that I could not get much sense of what else might be going on with the underlying malt. Not that I'm complaining that a raspberry lambic tasted too much of raspberries, but I would have liked a little more dimension.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Corked, capped and foiled in a sleek mini 12 oz magnum. No freshness date though most lambics have an extended shelf life.

Appearance: Deep rose in colour with a pinkish lace which stays for the duration.

Smell: Delicate and elegant ... lots of juicy raspberries in the nose. Syrupy and tart at the same time.

Taste: Crisp with a champagne like smoothness that cradles a effervescent body. Fresh raspberry juice like a Jolly-rancher or sweet tart ... very fruity with very vague beer like characteristics. Undertones of barnyard, horse blanket and apple peel flavours get masked much by the acidity. Finishes quite clean ... little in the after taste.

Notes: Very aromatic with lots of sweet tart fruit both in the nose and on the palate. Addictively good if you like syurpy fruit flavours ... a beer I would have at a morning brunch.

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