St. Louis Premium Framboise
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #150
ABV:
2.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #29,319
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.03%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
112
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a raspberry red color with a modest pink head that soon diminishes to a ring. Lots of raspberry in the nose. The mouth gets the same with a slightly sweet base.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red/amber/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, cherry, plum, blackberry, red apple, red grape, fruit jam/skin/seeds, hay, grass, wheat, bread, candi sugar, light pepper/funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of raspberries, fruity yeast, and malt/sugar sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy raspberries, cherry, plum, blackberry, red apple, red grape, fruit jam/skin/seeds, hay, grass, wheat, bread, candi sugar, light pepper/funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and light yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy raspberries, cherry, plum, blackberry, red apple, red grape, fruit jam/skin/seeds, hay, grass, wheat, bread, candi sugar, light pepper/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity yeast, and malt/sugar sweetness; with an awesome malt/sour/tart/tangy fruit balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Touch of puckering sourness. Light-moderate increasing dryness from sour/tart/tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/acidic/tangy/tannic, and slightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 2.8%. Overall this is an outstanding sweetened fruit lambic! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity yeast, and malt/sugar sweetness; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/drying finish. Tons of authentic jammy raspberry fruit presence with balanced sweetness. Not as funky on the yeast as expected, but still highly enjoyable. A lot more acidity from the fruit, leading to a drier finish than other sweetened lambics I've had.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What a nice and pleasant drink. Very attractive visually with a pink cap and red body.
Slightly sweet raspberry dominates in both the aroma and flavor.
The lambic qualities are pretty low. Comes across more like raspberry juice than beer. There very little tart and no yeast flavors or nose. There is no bottle dating but another bottle I bought of kriek was bottles 2009, but who knows.
Smooth feel and fairly heavy for such a small beer.

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

Poured into a pokal, the appearance was a semi-thick dark purple color with an ever so slight transparency about it and a fairly quick run off for a little white foamy head. Not much lace, actually barely any lace.
The aroma had a superb sweet to tart blend of raspberry puree with some light touches of lemon and an eloquent little crisp grassiness in the background.
The flavor initially leaned sweet and ended bringing in subtle hints of tart raspberry. Slight sticky sort of raspberry aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine, somewhat low. ABV felt low and seemed mostly on par for what was projected. Finish was all about the raspberry.
Overall, nice semi-refreshing sweet to tart traits of a lambic confessing the raspberry flowing all in there. Would be a great beer during the Summer.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gift from Miguel. From Aldi. Labeled as Vieux Bruxelles Framboise Lambic. In Teku glass. After dinner. Not unpleasant, in fact nice. But doesnt seem a beer at all, more like a medicine for kids, like a new "apiretal"

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish color with pink colored head. Sweet raspberries, jam-like stickiness, and some light funk on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes like a slightly sweet-tart raspberry jam.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I reviewed their standard Framboise back in 2006, when I gave it an "ok" for a sweetened lambic. Now there's this one, which has the terrifying note on front "Malt beverage with natural flavors and Stevia"! Well, let's give it a go. I think I can be objective. I don't really know much about Stevia except from Breaking Bad.

A: Pours out a dark rose color with a moderate pink head on top, decent head retention for a lambic.
S: The nose is really sweet, with decent raspberry, but not funk or any interesting notes other than the sweet fruit.
T: Cloyingly sweet, with an acrid tinge on the edge. Tartness is restrained. Finishes overly sweet.
M: Thin, watery, though at 2.8% I guess I that's understandable.
O: Not a good lambic at all, to my tastes. Ok, maybe if you think Lindemann's is too tart and you wish it were sweeter, this would be the beer for you. I won't be buying it again though.

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Photo of MAB
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll state it up front-- I do not like fruit. Not to eat, and especially not in beer.

That said, this was easily the best Lambic that I've had. There is no hiding from the overall raspberriness, but it was sweet and tasty and it worked.
I won't be drinking a ton of these, but it was good for what it was.

Too bad about the 2.8% alcohol. Glorified fruit punch, in essence.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- This pours a very juicy red color that resembles raspberries , but at the same time it has a look of grenadine, when used in large doses, but not a big deal. The carbonation is very fine and champagne like, and at the same time it is dense and very aggressive....pop like. Lacing is modest by comparison but it does swiftly grab the side of the glass, and then disappears just a quickly!

S- Very much like tart, fresh raspberry that were just pick in the deep woods of Northern Alberta! There are hints of syrupy sweetness lingering on the nostrils too, plus grainy malt and funky wild Belgian yeast strains....very much as I would have expected! The finish is tart and slightly bitter too....

T- Big flavor! Very much of intense, tart raspberry, with hints of extract perhaps, sour bacterial/yeast spores that are slightly musty. Sweeter sour candy flavors are blended in but the overall taste is of very refreshing berries! The finish is mouth puckering, right at the top of the palate and there is a lingering aftertaste!

M/O- Light in body for sure, heavy on the carbonation that is very zingy on the palate, and super refreshing, this is a very highly drinkable beverage that I think would go well with French Vanilla Ice cream, dark chocolate, or it does very well on it's own. I look forward to enjoying this on a hot summer day in the near future! Jolly Good Stuff!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

250ml bottle - more 'diet' beer from this Belgian brewery, it would seem.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and yet somewhat fizzy pink head, which leaves some menacing storm cloud lace around the glass as things gently subside.

It smells of semi-sweet, and equally tart raspberry puree, grainy caramel malt, a bit of wan yeast, some faint artificial sweetener, and a tame, hard to discern bitterness. The taste is sweet raspberry, cherry, and blackberry fruitiness, bready caramel malt, a waning yeastiness, free-range sugars of various denominations, and still very subtle earthy, weedy hop bitters.

The bubbles are adequate in their faintly fizzy and frothy goings-on, the body a sturdy middleweight, and buoyed by fruit and extract sugar alike in its agreeable smoothness. It finishes sweet, sure, but moderated just enough by the titular fruit and its garden bush friends to make me consider a full go of this one.

Overall, not a bad fruit and sugar (hah) forward lambic (wait, what? oh, now I see), the raspberry flavouring doing well to hold onto the reins, as such. A pleasant enough dessert-friendly offering, I would posit, especially if any vanilla-flecked ice cream were to be discovered in the vicinity.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark plum color with a pinkish-purple head. The aroma is of tart raspberries, and the taste is similar. Effervescent, moderately sweet, but also with a touch of acidity and funk. This is a sweetish, softdrink-like lambic, but is interesting and fun.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours red with a healthy pink head of foam.

Smell is of sweet and sour raspberries with a hint of Brett.

Sweet raspberries dominate though I do get some tart notes and again, a hint of Brett. The 2.8% abv doesn't get in the way at all. Lol.

A very good fruit beer; not so good a Lambic.

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Photo of tomordonez
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours into a nice dark red color with medium head and high carbonation. Smells fruity with some wood. Definitely raspberries. Tastes better than a Lindemans framboise. Fruity but upscale. It stays away from the typical sangria-like flavor to a more thoughtful lambic

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Photo of patre_tim
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Reddish pink body with a slight amber tinge at the edge near the head, pinkish white head, medium low fine bubbled carbonation, slight cloudiness from some angles.

S: Raspberries, sour lambic fermentation- almost musty scent, slightly sweet raspberry candy.

T: Sweet and tart sour raspberry scent, very little lambic musty taste, a little malt in the aftertaste. Sweet and sour, very reminiscent of raspberry salad vinaigrette.

M: Medium syrupy body, medium low carbonation.

O: Very nice lambic, as many fruit lambics its fruity but tart and flavourful. Would go well with cheesecake.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up while on vacation in Florida. My wife and I shared this bottle on the patio in a nice warm evening. I hope that doesn't make me over-rate the beer.

I poured this into stemless wine glasses. This beer was ruby red with about a finger of really light/airy foam. You can see a lot of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

I smell a ton of fresh raspberries. It was nice to pull this smell in multiple times over.

This was a very enjoyable framboise. I recommend this as a dessert to cap off a very nice meal.

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours maroon with bubbly carboantion and an active head.

S - Semlls of fresh raspberries. Very sugary sweet.

T - Intense sweet and tart flavor of raspberries. Drinks like a dessert wine.

M - Light, sweet, and the sugary vibe makes it a novelty as a dessert cordial, or a cocktail beer.

O - My wife loves this, and while it is too sweet to have more than occasionally, I do find it enjoyable.

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Photo of jahmutro
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle $45 pessos in Superama, Mexico city, Polanco

poured into 300ml glass with nice foam on top

Color: very nice red raspberries

Smell: really fruity and bit sweet

Taste: nice sour long lasting, with nice raspberries feel, not too sweet, medium carbonation

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle poured into a Blanche De Bruxelles glass with details about freshness date on back label.

A:
The pour produce ruby magenta color with velvety and thick pink beige head with good retention. Plenty of lacing patches and flecks were left and seem to stick forevermore.

S:
The smell is mainly from raspberry also with plum and raisin, vague herbal-like spice.

T:
Sourness and citric zest from raspberry and other fruits take a lead then expose sweetness and slight tart finish.

M:
The body is rich, chewy, mild carbonated, rather dry finish.

O:
My first Lambic could say that it did not disappointed, easy and enjoyable drink.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date: 7 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 750ml bottle, corked and caged

Poured aggressively from the fridge, 1-finger head, reduces to thin bubbly head, rather runny lacing, color is super deep crimson magenta, pale beige head. Aroma is quite light, of very tart raspberries, and maybe a touch of currants? Taste is very tart, like sugar-covered raspberries eaten right out of the bowl. Lots of funky yeasts and bacteria make for a delightful table lambic. Table lambic? Did I just make that up? You know what I meant.

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Photo of emerge077
2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a duplicate entry, both labels say "premium framboise" on them. Review added here for context purposes.

Bang! Cork goes flying. Into a Duvel tulip it pours a high clarity scarlet red with a ring of pink foam. A weak skim tries to hold together across the surface but can't. A little bit of clingy lace at it's edges looks nice though.

Pure raspberry aroma, likely from the fruit juice/syrup. Nothing vaguely lambic about it, one dimensional sweet raspberry.

Flavor is more of the same, sweet raspberry candy. There is minimal tartness in this, don't fool yourself into thinking this is traditional lambic at all, it's no different than a wine cooler. Aftertaste of raspberry juice. Slightly less sweetened than Lindemans, but basically the same thing.

Feels like carbonated raspberry juice, and drinks about the same. Not worth the money...mix with vodka I guess? Not recommended.

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Photo of drpimento
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Creates a bit of a quandry tho - I like the beer both as a tart beer and yet, I also like the sweet tart beers. What to do. Anyway, this stands fine on its own. Pours with a nice light purple foamy frothy head and lots of lace. Color is an almost opaque purple. Aroma is currants, spice and yeastoids. Flavor is like aroma, tart and almost no sweetness. Finish is like flavor. Drinkable. Not a lot tho.

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Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10.24.09 Lost Review (Last One!)

Out of a 750ml corked, caged, and foiled bottle. Pours a dirty, earthy purple color with some honey highlights, very small whitish head that settled into a very light ring. The aroma is of sweetened raspberry puree and red grape juice; sweet with a sour punch. Big sweet raspberry flavor but not over the top, red grape juice, a bit of an earthy dirt character to it. It has a nice natural raspberry sour aspect that keeps the brew in check. Light to moderate feel with an almost champagne like carbonation. Sweet but not cloying. There is enough of a sour punch to keep in line. While tasty and fairly balanced, one glass is enough. Sweet but not ridiculously sweet. Far from a sour bomb.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

First this beer was aweful to get the foil off of. Foil fell in my beer. :(
A= pours a hazy reds color with a small head that falls fast and leaves some spotty lacing.
S= this one smells like the berries were picked a little to early but they are definitilly there.
T=like a serious raseberry fruit juice. Almost too sweet and sugary. Not too impressive. Fruit juice.
M= like fruit juice that's over sugared. Like koolaid that you made real sugary when you were a kid.
D= not too great. Lots of sugar and belly rot.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They don't put "Premium" on something unless it's totally awesome, right?

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby-hued body with a thin, fine ring of off-white bubbles.

Smell: Raspberries, raspberries everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

Taste: Juicy, faintly tart raspberries swarm the palate with a fair amount of sweetness (could be considered downright dry when compared with anything off the Lindemans line-up). There's just a little bit of acidity and just a little bit of sourness in the otherwise sweet finish. Hmm, well I guess that's it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: In Lambic World, it's somewhere between the grace and finesse of Cantillon and the liquefied lollipops of Lindemans, and, though not overly complex or a world-class fruit lambic, it was still reasonably enjoyable for the one lone bottle.

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Photo of illidurit
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cantillon tumbler. Pours the color of raspberry preserves with a pink-ecru head. Some wet spotty lacing. Aroma is raspberry sorbet with enough sharpness to wake up the salivary glands. Raspberry pancake syrup flavor, sweet orange, and a little bit of that tannic raspberry seed tartness. Not dissimilar to NG Raspberry Tart but that isn't a lambic. I prefer less bordering-on-artificial sweetness and more complexity from a wild beer. Sticky mouthfeel, very effervescent. File this one somewhere between Lindemanns and Boon, probably closer to the former. Easy to drink, works well as a dessert beer or a beer to pair with chocolate.

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St. Louis Premium Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 112 ratings