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

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #154
ABV:
2.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #32,518
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.03%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
113
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.29/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12.7 fluid ounce green glass bottle which has a dimpled base. Thin but hard clinging light pink foil tightly wraps the neck and covers the large crown cap. Main label has the words “Premium Framboise” above a pair of mouthwatering Raspberries. Recommended to be served at 5°C (that’s 41°F). Allegedly this stuff is the regular St. Louis Framboise (4.5%) but with more Raspberry juice/extract. Best Before 10-2006. No strength listed but research tells me that this is a massive 2.8% ABV...don’t think I will get drunk on this one!!!

Appearance: Gorgeous deep red body is pummeled on the pour by a highly excited flamingo pink that runs deep down into the body of the brew and quickly rises to form a thick luscious shrimp pink head. Lots of clotted lacing that hangs around for the entire drink. Looks inviting, but it is no surprise that this is the bets part of the St. Louis Framboise for me.

Nose: Rich in raspberries, but tilted heavily towards the sweet side of things, no tartness at all.

Taste: When heavily chilled, the sugary sweetness is depressed, but the sweet sucrose laden raspberries soon rise high and fill the mouth, it is not long before you are assaulted by sweet raspberries. Even as the Framboise warms in the mouth, the increase in viscosity can be detected and it is not long before it is too much to handle. Thick, sugary and heavy with raspberry syrup when warm.

Mouthfeel: As with the earlier Peche, this is soon becomes extremely cloying. Thick sugary raspberries are nicely received with the first chilled mouthful, but soon the sugars back up and pile on the forced raspberry fruit. Sugary sweet.

Drinkability: Like a glass of Orange Juice for breakfast, serve well-chilled this is a nice thirst quenching and tasty fruit drink in small doses. There are not that many great Framboise-lambics in existence for my money, perhaps Drie Fonteinen make the most authentic, but this one is just way too sweet & sickly, and sits firmly at the other end of the spectrum.

Overall: Don’t let it warm up, serve this one chilled as much as possible and it is passable!! I had to satisfy my curiosity and see what this one was like…..why do I hear the voices saying “told you so” in my head!?

Oct 09, 2005
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garymuchow from Minnesota

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.

Oct 08, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

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.

Jun 14, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

May 20, 2015
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MAB from Canada (AB)

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.

Mar 19, 2016
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Nov 06, 2012
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oelergud from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy green 12.7oz grass bottle, dimpled bottom and pry-off cap. Pink neck foil and a black and pink label showing raspberries.
Deep almost completely opaque burgandy body. Pinkish tan creamy head broken by large bubbles. Great retention and lace.
Raspberry sweet scent with a tart edge.
Good raspberry flavor with a moderate tartness. The aftertaste reveals the hops reluctantly along with abit of almond.
Medium body with some coating and a tart dry finish.
Good drinkability. A tart thirstquencher that wont knock you down.

-Oelergud

Apr 02, 2008
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WesWes from New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an intensely tart raspberry scent that refreshes and entices. The taste is good. It has a super tart flavor that goes down like liquid candy. It starts off a little sweet and finishes with sour raspberries; awesome! The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn tastey beer. I love the raspberry lambics. It's full of flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

Mar 14, 2006
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a reddish color beer with a nice medium size light pink head with average retention. Aroma of raspberry is clearly dominating with a nice mix between real raspberry and some syrup. Taste is also quite dominated by the raspberry with some very subtle sourness. This really reminded me of the Lindemans Framboise with a bit less tart and sourness.

Jan 03, 2006
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle Date 08/2007, Cork Date 08/2005, Sampled September 2007
I can only assume that is a best by bottle date as I purchased this a couple months ago. Very hazy, with an opaque, unhealthy brownish tinge to a somewhat reddish colored beer. Topped by a frothy, initially one-finger thick, dirty tan colored head. The beer is intensely aromatic with notes of thick, syrupy raspberries just jumping out as soon as I pop the cork. No matter how I dig, I can't get anything else out of the aroma except for raspberries; hints of tannin, a touch of sourness, but mostly just fleshy, sweet raspberry pulp.

Thickish feeling up front, it starts to get intensely sweet, but then some sourness kicks in to mitigate this a bit. This is really candy sweet, the sticky sweetness is just too much, I feel like I should be using this as a syrup (though it is not nearly that thick). Raspberry flavors, while not as dominant as the sweetness, play a huge role here in the flavor; between the two there is not much else that can be tasted. The finish has a touch of funkiness to it; slightly woody, perhaps a hint of musty mushroom and a very light acidity. I wasn't expecting this to be good, but for some reason I was not expecting something so much like raspberry syrup. I could see adding a touch of this to an authentic Berliner Weisse, it is just that concentrated. I certainly can't / won't be drinking much of this.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors

Sep 05, 2007
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass rose, make that ruby, with a ruby head which was odd and funky and low, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly raspberries, fresh and almost as if the seeds still remained in the beer. Behind the raspberries was a very low acidic sour aroma.

The flavor was moderately sweet with a forced nature like saccharine and a moderate raspberry flavor that seemed a bit artificial. The flavor began on the palate very well, but transformed into a chalky bit of flavor near the end. The beer was lightly sour in the flavor, but not at a very high level.

The finish was lastingly fruity and chalky with a raspberry impression into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and the carbonation was moderate. This beer seemed to be artificially flavored and sweetened. Not bad, but not wonderful.

37.5 cl bottle, 12-04 on label, 10-2002 on cork.

Feb 15, 2006
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Jul 05, 2013
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Beertracker from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Jan 27, 2012
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On Tap at Maduro in Madison for three bucks. Served in the propper brewery glassware.

This beer comes with some major strings attached. For starters, if you order this at a bar, someone is going to insinuate that you are either: A. gay, B. a woman, or C. both. Secondly, if there are any women with you, they’ll probably drink it up before you have a chance to even taste more than a sip. That’s what happened to me tonight anyways.

Now the appearance is great. It’s a glowing bright magenta with a great frothy pink head. The aromas are huge and very fruity. They’re mostly raspberry with a little strawberry. The taste too is all fruit. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing. IT’s very sweet but not sickeningly sweet making drinkability pretty good. I would think that a lady could drink this one all night.

Here’s the problem. There is almost no tartness nor sourness. In fact there really isn’t anything lambic about this beer.

Other than that though, this is pretty tasty stuff.

Mar 29, 2006
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Feb 13, 2014
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Hunter from Arizona

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 08, 2018
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very solid ruby red color with a fluffy pink head over top that sits nicely after pouring. Nose is all about candied strawberry. Way too sweet, but nice with fruity strawberry notes. Nothing artificial, but very full. Flavor is strong strawberry, with a very mild tart tinge and very strong sweetness. I'd like a stronger sour and funk. Feel is moderate, with a slight slickness and a moderate carbonation. I'd really like to see less sweetness. This one is made more like candy and its a shame. Let the true lambic shine through.

Feb 22, 2006
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drpimento from Wisconsin

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.

May 05, 2010
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mynie from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a little white head. Standard Lambic pour.

Smells like sweet Framboise with the slightest hint of yeast funk. Maybe a little above average for a Lambic, since the funk and the fruit went together so well.

What was said for the nose, ditto for the taste. Nice balance, not too sweet, not too sour, not too funky.

I finished off a night of horrible drunken excess at the Map Room with this little treat. Two guys from Three Floyds were next to me at the bar when I was ordering it, and I started to mumble about how Boby LaPointe sings the song "Framboise" in an awesome scene in Truffant's _Shoot the Piano Player_. I'm not sure if the guys from FFF were digusted with me or merely annoyed or didn't even care, but I'll never forget how much I struggled trying to properly pronounce the name of an obscure French folk singer after downing 64 oz of Alpha Klaus, along with several other beers. Cheers to the Map Room for having so many good brews on tap.

Jan 04, 2007
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allengarvin from Texas

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.

Dec 31, 2016
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

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.

Jan 09, 2009
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emerge077 from Illinois

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.

May 17, 2010
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fisherman34 from Canada (MB)

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pinkish brown in colour with medium carbonation. Strong raspberry jam aroma. Sweet raspberry is the dominant flavor, along with some strawberry notes. Enough acidity to keep the sweetness in check. Medium finish, and not nearly as cloying as I would have expected. A nice aperitif, but not overly complex.

Dec 29, 2005
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matjack85 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Feb 02, 2013
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Golden2wenty1 from Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the City bar on State St here in Madison. Kind of surprised to see a premium lambic at a college bar downtown, but I guess the girls need to drink something.

Pours a clear magenta with a film of white bubbles in a tall thin glass. Smell is tart, tangy raspberry juice, some grain maybe. Taste, again with the tart raspberry juice and some sour, tangy yeast. Syrupy, bubbly mouthfeel. All a little artificial tasting. Very similar to our local Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss, which is tough to finish without thinning it down with some Honey Weiss. Tasty enough I suppose. Not something I'd care to drink too often, but was fine to try. I'm sure girls would love it. A malternative crossover perhaps.

Oct 12, 2005
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 113 ratings