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Lindemans Framboise | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans FramboiseLindemans Framboise

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

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 flaminghomer
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful beer, i didn't know that it poured a transparent deep red. i was expecting only hints of red. the smell is champange like. very fruity with sour apple.taste is the same. not as complex as i thought it might be. good raspberry and apple taste. i'd go into further detail, but at 5.99 a bottle i'd rather enjoy without distractions.

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

In all fairness I have never tried this style before this bottle, so my rating is being based on my taste. Not against others in the category.

That being said I was pleasantly surprised by this Lambic. The appearance was a beautiful deep ruby red, with a very small head that did not hang around more than a few seconds. The bubbles seemed almost artificial or soft drink like. The smell was raspberries and oh so light alcohol in the background. The taste was like raspberry perfume, and not only hit your tongue but also permeated your sinuses. There is also a bitter tart finish with a slight hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel was good, with a biting fizz that matched the tartness of the raspberry flavor. I gave the drinkability a good rating as well. This stuff goes down easy, although too sweet for my taste, but I would guess normal for the style. All in all a pleasant experience. I have always wanted to try this style, and was not disappointed in what I found.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a deep red almost purple color, a cloudy body, and has a pink head on top. Theres lots of little bubbles rising to the top. Present is a massive rasberry scent, and the taste of this brew is mainly comprised of a very acidic rasberry flavor. The tounge comes alive when this brew hits it. If you like the taste of rasberrys, then you will definately enjoy this brew.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Brew City

Served in a darling 8 oz flute with a gold rim and Lindeman emblems. Ruby glow and precious pink foam on top.

Everyone at the table can smell raspberries. Brilliant, fresh raspberry flavor with a sour finish. Ulimately, it's so sweet, you can't drink much, just sip. Just right for dessert.

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Photo of Foxman
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark murky red, with too much purple and too vivid to be called ruby. There's a quick and short-lived head, the color of a Valentine's card. There's static, sticky lacing.

So, what is the aroma? Hmmmm...let me see....maybe...raspberry? It's tart and sweet, as though I crushed the fruit between my fingers and then brought them to my nose. And beyond raspberry, well, that's pretty much it. But it's a good raspberry!

The flavor is raspberries, first, last, and always! The pungent sweetness washes over the tongue and puckers the cheeks, dominating fully and sweetly. There's a slightly earthy, musky note about midway before the fruit tartness asserts all over again. At the finish is a faint, barely discernible sourness reminding you of the yeast's presence, but then is quickly gone.

Really just medium bodied, its dense sweetness leaves a thick, syrupy feel, and pretty much numbs the tongue to any competitive flavor elements.

It's really quite simple-if you don't like raspberries, you won't like this. It so happens, though, that I love them! Still, it's so sweet and tart that it could have some limits on how much I'd drink. Yet, the flavor is a wonderful departure from so many other beers, so I'd gladly enjoy this, in moderation, but not too stricly so, if only to keep my insulin level where it belongs. OK, I felt the need to brush my teeth after this beer to prevent instant decay, but the bottom line is it's tart and tasty, and I'll gladly partake whenever the mood strikes me.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – I’m just starting to try this style so excuse my surprise, but man is this thing red. Purple-red, really, exactly like a raspberry. The head is the same damn color. It all looks cool as heck, though.

Smell – This has a very pungent aroma. The raspberries are pure and jump right out of the glass. I can’t smell anything except that strong raspberry aroma.

Taste – This is sweet and super sour raspberries, like a Shock Tart. I recently gave up eating hard candy, which I love, for dental reasons but this brings it all back. Terrific!

Mouthfeel – The lip-smacking cheek-sucking sweet and sour candy notes make you stand up and take note. This is light to medium in the body and a real “holder.”

Drinkability – I’m convinced! I loved this stuff.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The fragrance is profound -- fresh and vibrant with LOTS of raspberry. The aroma begins to take over a small room shortly after cracking the corked and capped bottle. Bubbles are tiny and vigorous. The color of the brew is perfectly raspberry with a pink sunset colored head that leaves gently sporadic lacings on the glass. I am unable to discern any of the usual properties of beer in the smell. All the malt, wheat, hops, and yeast are masked by the rich infusion of fruit. There is perhaps a slight hint of grapefruit citrus and banana in the nose.

The taste is of tart fruit with a pleasantly sour finish. This beer is unique, celebratious and fun but I couldn't make a habit of it. For all its charm, it's not exactly a session beer, is it? I bet some good framboise would go well over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. An ice cream float perhaps? Ooooo...gotta try that.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It be red. Really red, with a really small red tinged head.

Smells like chocolate, nuts, and bannana, J/K. I mean raspberry. A lot of raspberry.

Tastes like, well, raspberry. A lot of raspberry. Sickly sweet, but that is the nature of this beast. My wife loves it. I can take it in limited doses. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is like a coating of sugar. A great after dinner beverage.

Drinakable to the end. No perception of alcohol at all. Lots of fruit. Couldn't do this one often though.

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Photo of hollicetales
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this has got to be one of my favorite fruit beers...pours a deep decadent red with a nice thick pink head ...the aroma of fresh berries jumps right up into your nose...the flavor is intense full bodied raspberry with just a aftertaste hint of malt to let you know you are still drinking beer....it is tart with a decent bite...this is defintely a good one to use as an alternative to an apartif or dessert wine....this one sort of has gotten the wrap of girly beer as we usually recommend it to our non-beer crazed friends of the female persuasion...and i have yet to have one of them not say they love it and order it all the time...i really love the true fruitiness of this beer though....i can imagine it making a nice spring picnic wine.

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Photo of granger10
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very deep raspberry color with a small head that lasted throughout. Lace was present along the glass. The smell of this leaps out at me. Very strong fruity smell. The taste is intensely fruity. Very sweet upfront and tart in the finish. But the tartiness of the fruit isn't as strong as I would have thought. I think this is because of the yeast flavor that comes in the finish. It also brings out a dryness in the end. The flavor holds in my mouth well after I have finished drinking. The body is really smooth and the flavors work well. I could not drink this too often or too much at once because of the intensity of the fruit flavor (and the price) but it is good to have once in awhile. I don't know if these are beers or wines or what, but they are good.

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Photo of Stimack
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, this is my first time giving a Lambic a try. Actually got it for my wife who does not like beer much, plus I did want to give it a whirl. Well needless to say the raspberries where too much for her, so I drank the majority of it.

The presentation was very nice with a metal cap and a cork underneath in a 750 ML bottle. After opening it I could not believe it, wow, raspberry essence overwhelmed me! The pour produced a deep red brew with a pink colored head and had nice lacing through out. The smell is about the same now as it was on opening, lots of raspberries. The beers taste is all about the berries, with a very sweet flavor to it. It feels more like a soda based on the amount of carbonation and the very strong berry flavor.

Must say that I don’t think I am a fruit beer fan, but definitely would like to try a few others before I have a final decision on the matter. Over all it is a nice/interesting brew if you want to try something different. Not sure I would run out to get it again but might be a fun brew to have around when friends are around.

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Photo of necoadam
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First lambic I've tried yet, and I like it. I love the appearance on this beer. A darkish brick-red color with nice carbonation. Very nice. Smell is just plain wonderful. It's like an entire garden of raspberries up your nose. Just shear bliss. Taste is quite tartful. I like the aftertaste though, it's got that same aftertaste when you eat raspberries. Granted it is good, but I wouldn't want to drink 2 or 3 more of these. Wouldn't mind having one every now and then though. Good fruit beer.

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Photo of genaro
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation- a heavy green bottle with a cork under the cap. It had a rich raspberry aroma. The head was pink and the color was reddish grape. The lace was streaky. The taste was very sweet and fruity and well carbonated. Alcohol was noticeable in both the aroma and taste. This beer just wasn't suited to my tastes (or visa versa) and I don't believe I finished it. I realize it's a complex, highly rated beer but it tasted too sweet and fruity, almost like soda pop (albeit potent soda pop). Maybe I'm just not worthy.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted a few ounces from the glass my wife had .
Nice deep red appearance, great looking carbonation present..no head to speak off.
Great tart raspberry smnell and a little nice sourness.
Taste is very refreshing ..fresh wild raspberry REAL raspberry, Ive tasted many fruit beers were the fruit definatlly tasted artificial..this was the real thing.
Very refreshing and bubbly on the tongue.
This is certanlly drinkable, but its too sweet to have many..a great refresher..in the middle of a beer session.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heave to say, even people who don't really drink any other beer have a soft spot for this one. The only foray into lambics (or Belgians) that most people ever have, and there's a reason for the draw. Presented in a corked bottle (normal bottle cap, not wired). Pours a deep pinkish-purple with a frothy white head and substantial carbonation. Nose is, pure and simple, fresh raspberries. Taste is more of the same - sweetened raspberries up front, with a slightly acidic lambic finish that builds to a very acidid, puckery aftertaste. An amazing beverage, definitely beyond the bounds of what most traditonally consider a beer. Serve for special occasions, since it's definitely not for everyday drinking.

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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark purplish red.

Smells of overpowering raspberries and wood

Taste is a big raspberry punch in the taste buds. Tastes both sweet and tart, and lots of carbonation.
Has a cork/wood background taste too.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty, too much to drink all night though.

A dessert beer.

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Photo of stoutman
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe this is considered beer. These beers with corks should be called lite wines. Undertones of raspberries is a lie. It's full of raspberry tastiness and quite tart on the palate. Definitely a good buy if you're into fruit beer. Probably be a good brew to break the ice with chicks, expensive too. I'd give this slush a better overall if it tasted more like a beer.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing ruby, with a fizzy little pink head that goes away quickly. This resembles more of an Italian Soda (seltzer water with syrup) than a proper lambic.

Aroma is very strong raspberries with a touch of lambic sourness, far underneath the cloying sweetness that overrides it.

Taste finds a bit more sourness, at least on the finish, but still is far too sweet for me -- I don't have a sweet tooth at all, and this is just a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is very thin.

Drinkability, I suppose I could drink more, but with something this cloying, why would I want to?

I think it's time for me to try a gueuze.

These fruit lambics are just a bit too sweet for me. Still, this might not be a bad way to introduce people into the style, and maybe in the summer, as a dessert drink, this could find favor.

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Photo of paganbeast
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very sweet with the taste of true raspberries. The aroma is certainly an indication of the flavor. The beer leaves a syrupy texture on the tongue. An impressive beer, especially the truth in the flavor of the raspberries. But too sugary to drink very often, or very much of at one time.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red with a big head that produces a lot of pinkihs colored lace. Aroma is blackberries, raspberries and strwaberries to me. Taste is super tart (this will make you pucker) followed by a little bit of a deeper malt flavor. Drinkable but very sweet and hard to get past just one.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, capped and corked, served at cellar temperature into a goblet on 12-27-03. Pours a deep ruby red with an ambitious head that eventually falls into ring and island lacing. Nose smells exactly like fresh blackberries(yes, blackberries) just picked from my garden in early summer, along with a definite note of musty old tennis shoes. Mouthfeel is TART, berry-like, and has plenty of fizzy carbonation. Taste is boldly sweet and tart, red raspberries here(contrasting the fresh blackberry nose), with a note of grain and sweet malt that balances nicely. I also taste what seems like wild mushrooms(morels) in the background. I haven't seen this described in other reviews, but I'm guessing it's the wild yeasts. Not an unpleasant note by any means, but it's there. I didn't notice this in the Lindemans Kriek, but the "mushrooms in the background" element simply add to the complexity of this very fine Lambic.
More complex than any other fruit Lambic I've had, very tasty, and a very enjoyable experience. Drinkability, obviously, depends on how many you plan to drink. It's a perfect dessert by itself, or as a companion to desert.

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Photo of dmarch
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't feel to manly drinking this beer. Served in a tall thin glass. Hazy reddish in color with a huge pink head. Very much a girly looking beer. I should be ashamed for enjoying this, but I do. I didn't even touch the glass yet, but I could smell the raspberries from a mile away. Some may call the sweetness excessive, but it gives it the character of a raspberry sorbet. A great drink for after dinner to end the night on. Bottom line is don't go looking for that traditional "funky" lambic character. This is liquid desert,

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my 1st Lambic. It was from a bottle and had to be imported to Utah since I cant find any here.
Chilled it and served it. Had a very nice larger pinkish head. The smell was quite powerful very fruity & sweet. The flavor is very very sweet, almost overpoweringly so. It starts smooth and sweet and finished rather sour or tart.

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Photo of dedalus
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the barkeep uncorked this one for me, which is good because i remember more than a few nights of wrestling with a wine cork, giving up, going back fifteen minutes later once i gave my hands a rest, and failing again, and so on ad infinitum...

anyway, the pub had a real lindeman's lambic flute, and when poured into it the beer looked really impressive: bold purplish red with a nice head of light red foam.

the smell was alarmingly sweet at first, but then i inhaled again and there was the signature lambic sourness and funkiness in the background. lots of raspberry, flowers, perfume, and damp cloth in the nose here.

the taste was a full-on blast of sweetness, at least at first. when i started worrying that i had wasted my money, the perfume, the sourness, and the underlying lambic "wet-sweater" flavors came through. not as powerfully as they would in, say, a cantillon, mind you, but enough to inject the kind of complexity into the flavor that you come to expect with a lambic. since i was having this beer for dessert, the sweetness wasn't really a problem, but the sweetness alone wouldn't have been nearly as satisfying as it was in combination with the other flavors.

nice, spritzy carbonation in the mouthfeel made this a great beer to have with the thick, palate-dulling chocolate cake i was shovelling.

this is a very drinkable beer, as long as you stick to one or two bottles. after that the sweetness might be just too much to handle. my first lambic was a cantillon rose de gambrinus, so i was prepared for something much paler, sourer, funkier, and drier than what i got with the lindemans. but it was a pleasant surprise, not as complex or challenging as a cantillon, but just as satisfying on a simpler level. not every beer has to be an horizon-broadening experience, and not every night calls for myriad levels of culinary complexity. all in all, a sweet, tasty dessert beer with enough complexity to make it a must-try.



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Photo of moulefrite
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good drink, yet certainly made in an "international" style. The emphasis is on pleasing the masses with a good dose of sweetness. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you. I just enjoy the drier style my-self, though It took a while to get to this point. Anyway, this thing pours an almost too red to be red, shade of red-very deep and extracted in color, it appears almost not natural. The flavors and aromas cry out raspberry! Yet the cry is a sweet one with just enough tart to make everybody think they are being really adventurous and bold lambic imbibers. Hope this will get people to branch out and try other examples of the style, until then I'll finish mine with a lick of the lips and a big ahhh!

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