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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

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

My first true lambic, ever. Pours a nice murky purple/red colorthat almost seems to glow when held up to the light. A solid foamy pink head that lingers a long time sits atop this nice looking beer. Smell is tart berries, yet sweet and slightly funky. Taste is very sweet and tart, a huge burtiung of sweet raspberries hits you and gives way to a huge tart flavor. Very smooth and unoffensive, every aspect of this beer is delicious. Good mouthfeel, full and fairly well carbonated. A very good beer, but does fall short of the best framboisen beer out there, Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of tjd25
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark opaque purple color, with a purple foamy head on top. The appearance reminds me more of a dessert cream than of a beer. The smell is extremely fruity and sweet, yet with drier hints of wood. Jam-like, quite creamy and buttery, but not really tart at this point. In the taste, the syrupy fruitiness tends to hide or at least to moderate the tart lambic features. Some lemon bites. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick and syrupy. A fruit lambic that’s probably more accessible than many other lambics, but I’m still no big fan of the style.

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Photo of mynie
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark raspberry red --not synthetic like soda or kool-aid, but like natural juice. 100% juice, too, not Ocean Spray. There's a small pink head and champagne carbonation.

Smells like real raspberry juice with just a hint of yeast. Nice and candy sweet but really not complex at all.

Tastes like raspberries with a strong yeast funk in the back. Tart upfront, sour in the middle, ending on strange yeast. Fine for little sips, but too sweet for my taste.

The sweetness started to get to me after a while. My girlfriend and I tried to finish a 750 ml bottle and couldn't. We started it first while eating some sharp cheddar, which helped cut the the sweetness greatly, but by the time that was gone it was too much to handle. It also sat a little funny in my stomach.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has been aging in my closet for over two years...since before they stopped selling this beer here in Texas for a while. I bought a few bottles to stock up when I heard they were being pulled from the shelves. I was hoping that this would be a typical Lambic in the fact that they get more sour with age. This is my first shot in hopes that the Lambic character will further develop in this beer and turn its balance from the sweet. Here is what happened...

Appearance: Beautiful beer that's color is a cross between Blood and garnet red. Nice! I had a pretty thick head of about an inch at first pour, and it was bordering on Pepto pink. It is a pretty clear beer though it is dark colored. The head mostly disappeared after a few minutes.

Aroma: Now the aroma from this beer is to die for! It's beautiful, and super rich in Raspberries. I have made quite a few Raspberry beers, and they have never smelled like this. I always get an earthy flavor rather than the fresh aroma that you have in this beer. I don't pick up any of the hay or horse blanket aromas that define the Lambic beers, but this aroma is exceptional nonetheless.

Taste: The taste is still pretty sweet for a Lambic beer. There is a little tartness that is more like the astringency that you get from drinking Purple grape juice. I suspect that this is as much from the fruit as the actual Lambic beer in here. It DOES seem a little less like Kool-Aid as what I remember it to taste like, so I don't think that my remaining bottles of this are a lost cause. I just don't think that this will ever develop into a Cantillon...and I had such high hopes. This is still a world-class beer. It started out that way, and it ages that way. I can't think of another style of beer that can lay down for 2+ years at 4% ABV and still be this bloody palatable! I'll be ready for a meaty DoppelBock after this, but I am going to enjoy every drop until the 750mL bottle is dry.

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Photo of palliko
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a rose wine color that, oddly enough sports a carnation pink head of foam, and good lacing. Aroma is rich in sweet fruits and berries. Initial taste is clean and bubbly with a tart raspberry flavor that has some strange underpinnings. Not a “beer” but not a wine cooler. Leaves a clean palate, at least. Might go well with Quiche Lorraine.

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Photo of KoG
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby red with a small pink head... thats just not right...

Smell is strong raspberries and a flowery essence. No malt anywhere.

Taste is very, very sweet. A splash of raspberry with no bitterness and finishing slightly sour.

Not bad, but too sweet for much more than a bottle, if the sweetness hasn't killed you by then. Might be nice after dinner with some ice cream or cake.

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Photo of danielharper
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL. My first lambic.

First beer I've ever had with a cork. Interesting presentation in the bottle -- makes me think more of wine than beer, probably the effect they were going for.

Pours a deep reddish color with a think pink head into my (or rather, my fiancee's) oversized wine glass. I poured about two-third of the beer in and let it settle for a moment.

Smells strongly of fruit, not much else -- a strong raspberry/strawberry aroma. No alcohol to speak of, although there is a bit of tart in the nose to remind me that it's not just a fruit drink. Nose almost makes me think of bottled mustard in the tang -- not unpleasant, but reminds me of grilling burgers outside and opening the bottle. Very odd, considering all the fruit aroma in the nose.

Taste is actually pretty decent, to be quite honest. I didn't expect to like this beer very much, but it actually has a nice flavor to it -- strong taste of red fruits like strawberry and raspberry, again with the tartness to it that, again, makes me think of freshly-opened mustard. Doesn't bowl me over, but quite nice to sip.

Mouthfeel is quite interesting. It has a high carbonation level that makes me think of a wine cooler, but without the fake sugar aftertaste that those drinks typically have. The fruit tastes fresh, and real. Fairly thick mouthfeel that washes the inside of the throat and has probably left me with a red tongue.

Overall drinkability is decent, as this brew doesn't have anything truly offensive to me, but it's certainly not my preference. Would be a great intro to beer for drinkers of wine coolers, and I'm interested in trying one of the more "extreme" lambics, but I don't really see what's to get all worked up over.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap @ Pipers Pub

A: Served in a slender fluted glass. Color is a cloudy ruby color that seems, I don't know, lit from within somehow? Head was thin, but it lingers and leaves nice lacing.

S: Strong raspberry aromas with hints of cherries. Fruit smells are natural but strong. I know that lambics are supposed to smell like a wet barn or something, but I'm happy with this one. No barnyard smells. Very very faint funk is present, but so low it seems just there to say "yes, I'm a lambic".

T: Powerful raspberry/cherry flavors. Sweet with just a hint of tartness to keep it from becoming cloyingly sweet. Again, tastes natural. Very little pucker factor like in the "real" lambics, but hey, I like this.

M: Mouth coating sweetness, Low feel of carbonation. No alcoholic warmth. Hard to believe this actually has any in it.

D&N: I like this stuff. A lot. It doesn't smell like a hay pile on top of a wet saddle, it doesn't make my mouth pucker so tight I have to use a straw, but this is a really enjoyable experience for me.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Hazy, but with a pretty deep red color. Decent head and retention, rocky head.

Smell - Raspberries galore. There is a background funk in there, too - sort of like a "barnyard" or "horse" aroma.

Taste - This beer is really sweet, but has a background tartness. The raspberry flavor is great, and there is an underlying funkiness (probably attributable to wild yeast).

Mouthfeel - Thick and sweet. Not a beginner beer, unless you are a candy freak.

Drinkability - Too sweet for my tastes to consume en masse. A good beer, but one is enough.

Comments - This is a beer that is worth a try. Other Lindemans are also good, but this style is somewhat of an acquired taste, in my opinion.

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

This was a nice lambic and the first beer my girlfriend actually likes! It poured a nice ruby red color with a small reddish froth on the top that laced a little down the glass. The smell was quite sweet and smelt of the raspberries and not much else. The flavor was quite good with a good dose of lambic tartness and raspberry sweetness. The great carbonation made for a very nice mouthfeel and the dry aftertaste made me want another sip. This was good stuff, no Cantillon but pretty damn good.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've sipped this a number of times but finally gave in to ordering one myself. Fantastic, regardless that it tastes more like a Capri Sun than a beer. Raspberries were overwhelming in a good way, very sweet and easy to drink. Looks like cranberry jucie and seltzer mixed together. Though nor for everyone and every occassion, this is a great dessert beer and worth a try. The colder the better with this one.

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

First lambic ever tasted,

Pours a rasberry red, not a typical beer color at all. Pink tinged head that dissapates quickly but leaves some spottage on the glass.

Enters the mouth with a slight maltiness and maybe some wheat twang but the main flavor is rasberries. Sweet and a touch tangy sour at the finish. No hops whatsoever.

Active carbonation, medium bodied. Very pleasant and sweet. Reminds me of a wine cooler. Overall pretty drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an odd bottle of beer. The cork under the cap thing is different. The beer pours a dark reddish color and had a head that left quickly. It smells of raspberries... well actually it smells like raspberry Altoids. It nearly tastes like them too. It seems more like a sour fruit drink than a beer, but I assume that is what lambics are all about. I don't have anything to compare it to, but I do like this beer and think it is beyond what I expected of it's style. Now I need to expand my knowledge of Lambics. My curiosity has been stirred.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Aromas of plastic, raspberries, woody hints and earth make up the nose. Once again, this is a pinky red colored beer, in which an insane amount of residual sweetness resides and hunts your wildest unbeery fantasies. Strong overwhelming raspberries, balance is inexistent. You just need tartness in that kind of beer, typical sticky palate, very low carbonation.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Lindemans flute strange glass)
A-Deep red body with a high carbonations of tiny bubbles. The head is a rocky red that fades within a few minutes.

S- Bold smell of raspberries and a little goaty hay aroma. Mostly tart raspberries stand out in the nose. It also has a nose of floral hops hidden behind the fruit.

T- The taste starts off with a nice sour raspberry flavor and gets more tart as it develops Some floral hops and cherry flavors develop with a hint of red licorice flavor. A subtle sweetness is also present.

M- A light mouthfeel with a little champagne fizziness to follow. No pucker or alcohol warmth in this brew.

D- I think this is a beautiful example of a young lambic framboise. I have had the " real" lambics and I do like their tart pungent characteristics but I think this beer is also nice in its own regards. It is not real sweet but it has big fruit flavors. Very nice.

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Photo of Paddez
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, pink, somewhat purple brew topped by a fluffy, pinkish head. Some distinct lacing clings to the glass.

Smells like raspberries, obviously. Quite sweet with some tardness trying to balance out the sugary aspect.

The taste is has a base of lambic sourness, but the sweet somewhat artificial raspberry flavours dominate the brew. Some notes of sour apple and earthiness are there to accompany the raspberries to a tart finish. The raspeberry flavour isn't exactly presented in a subtle way, and is somewhat overwhelming though. I will not deny that I really like the taste, but the intenseness of it adds to the soda-factor of the beer.

Syrupy mouthfeel, good carbonation though.
Quite drinkable, especially if you're thirsty. Would be a good pick on a hot day.(Although it's quite expensive, even here in Belgium)

This beer walks the thin line line between tasting like beer and tasting like soda, and in my opinion crosses it. The added artificial ingredients and aroma's somewhat ruin my appreciation for the brew. Everyone who's ever had Fanta "Red Fruits" will agree that the taste of the two shows a remarkable resemblance. Hence the lower score.

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Photo of ski271
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very attractive bottle that’s corked, capped and foiled (odd). A deep red… uh… beer? Only a very small, pink, fully-diminishing head and hardly any lacing to speak of. OK, so lambics aren’t your typical brew, but it was the raspberry that dominated everything from start to finish and made this beer so memorable. The aroma is wicked sweet of raspberry, but as it warms up it smells more like roses. The taste is strong of raspberry sweetness, and there’s a sourness that builds as the bottle goes down. You know, I think this is just overkill. Too much berry, too sweet, too acidic. It started out interesting and pleasant, but it really wore me out quickly. If you’re really into fruit beers, it’s worth a try. Otherwise, I’m going to have to disagree with the majority of the reviews and say it really not worth trying, especially when you take price into account. Well, I’m glad I tried it, but doubt I’ll have it again.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle:

Pours a brilliant clear red with a pinkish head that bubbles up quickly and disappears just as fast. Smell is very sweet, not surprisingly, with an aroma that just screams "fresh-off-the-bush rasperries". Taste: rasperry essence assaults the tastebuds, with a fair amount of sweetness, which is then balanced out by the intense tartness of this brew. A very simple, yet pleasing flavor experience. Aftertaste is dry and slightly sour, not in a bad way at all. Drinkability is not too high unless you can handle a bit of sweetness. I have used this beer to get people who are in the "I don't like beer because it tastes bad" category to cross over into the world of better beer.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out light crimson with a frothy pink ring of carbonation. Smell is intensely sweet and raspberry like, I almost hesitate to rate it so highly, but it is very appealing and hence, it gets the good score despite the lack of character.

Flavour is very similar to the nose, a strong wallop of sweetness with a varying raspberry tone that makes several subtle changes as it swirls in one's mouth. Tartness is also present. I can see how this beer could be seen as one dimensional, or too sweet for some people, but I really enjoy this kind of flavour, and hence, high marks again.

Mouthfeel is what I would call full yet bubbly. It's not oily at all, yet it does feel full in the mouth. Drikability meanwhile is exceptional, this is a hard drink to set down.

Overall, another enjoyable lambic by Lindamens...

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a wonderful dark red with a foamy, almost pink head.

Smell: The smell is of strong, tart, fresh raspberries. Nothing really else.

Taste and Mouthfeel: An incredibly sweet and fresh raspberry taste immeadiately greets your mouth. It says "Hello" and then leaves, leaving behind an incredibly tart flavor that clings forever. The raspberry flavor is incredibly complex, and quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: This is another excellent lambic from Lindemans. They can do no wrong I feel. The flavor of this is incredibly tart, but not overbearing, which really ups the drinkability. This is a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark pink beer with a huge bubbly head that leaves mark throughout my glass. Aroma is totally overpowered by raspberry syrup with extreme sweetness. Taste is mostly covered by the sweetness of the syrup and with some subtle sourness coming from the lambic base. This is one of my guilty pleasure beer because even thought I agree that is doesn’t respect all traditional guideline of lambic-fruit, the syrup is real good and refreshing…

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Photo of kbub6f
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head is a sick, strawberry ice cream color. It's thick and foamy. The beer is a hazy, dark, rosy red. Lacing is filmy, thin but sticky with weirdly shaped sheets. The aroma is far too sweet: sugary raspberry syrup all but completely masks a little barnyard funk. Front is syrupy sweet raspberries and flowers. A little green apple, maybe. Raspberry syrup again dominates the middle; some melons poke through. Feel is full and spritzy. Finish is a little tart, but is again overpowered by sugary raspberries. This is just kind of gross. I have a slight sweetness intolerance to begin with, so this just hurts. Definitely the weakest of the Lindemans in my book.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at steal the glass night at CAH (along with the peche). Served in the official Lindemans footed flute, this beer is an opaque berry red just dying to be stain someone's white linen tablecloth. Pinkish head retained well in the appropriate glass.

Smells of raspberry, like a sorbet. Taste is tart and fruity. This isn't meant for February. This beer screams Sundays in summer. Fruit coats the mouth, carbonation is fine to carry it through to a reasonable finish. The tartness, like the bitterness in other beers, is a taste to be acquired, I'm sure.

This is drinkable, but it really should be paired with a sweet desert, such as a chocolate cake or a tray of Oreo cookies.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, it's hard to see how this classifies as beer if you just judge from the taste alone, I doubt I'd ever have guessed! That having been said however, this is one tasty concoction!

Pours a deep soda-like red from it's capped and corked bottle. (If you are familiar with it, this looks exactly like Faygo Rock n' Rye) The smell is gorgeous, like juicy ripe raspberries. You can literally smell it across the room! The taste is that of a frothy raspberry smoothie almost with only traces of it's beer-like nature off in the background. This is one sweet and syrupy brew! Though that isn't a bad thing as it still remains on the lighter side in the mouthfeel department.

I've got to say I've never had anything quite like this, but it's definatly delicious and if I'm in the mood for dessert, I know right where to look.

Uncle Hamish says: "Wha?! Whut ye dew waith moi' bier lud? Whut tha' 'ell ais thais sweet crrraap!"

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Photo of foXXtail
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whether or not lambics are your thing - this beer is the absolute best in its class, hands down. Everything about it says raspberry.

I pours a deep purple red topped off by a healthy pink head reminiscent of champagne. The smell rising from this beer is unlike anything I have ever smelled before – it’s the concentrated essence of raspberries. Not fake raspberry perfume smell, but the freshness of real berries plucked straight from the bush. The nose of this beer carries the feeling of summer days in it.

The taste is all that is promised by the nose. A strong raspberry sweetness hit first, quickly giving way to a tart flavor. The raspberry taste is backed up very subtlety with more traditional beer flavors, most notably a mild earthiness. The mouthfeel of the beer is bright and highly carbonated with just a tad of syrup thickness to provide some body.

This beer is not for everyone, and it's certianly not something I would drink everyday, but it is the top dog in the world of raspberry lambics.

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