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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 10-08-2005

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Reviews:
43
Ratings:
95
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
20.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 95
Photo of Brad007
4.72/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark red color with a reddish one-finger head into my chalice.

Aroma is very strong and full of tart raspberry. Definitely gets high marks for being so pungent.

Taste is full of tart raspberry that seems just a tiny bit cloying upfront. Carbonation is just a bit high but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel lingers with tart raspberry standing out the most. Carbonation fades at the back of the throat and it seems smoother. Very nice.

I like this beer. It leans more to the sweet side but is not as sweet as Lindemans or sour like Boon. It's in the middle and a good introduction to lambics. Great dessert beer and aging it may help it smooth out some more. You can't go wrong with it.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
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 patre_tim
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
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 +16.3%
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 WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of stephendr
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle- color of murky cranberry orange , and a soft rose delicate head - nose of sweet raspberry , sour , tart , and yeast – taste of sweet raspberry , sour strawberries , and yeast- body sweet / sour , and soft bubbles – aftertaste of sweet raspberry , and sour strawberries

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Photo of joepais
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked bottle poured into a Flute, Produced a nice pink frothy head that didn't last to long but looked cool. The body was a nice clear raspberry red color.

The aromas are a great fresh raspberry fruit with a light sourness.

Flavors are where this excels just enough raspberry sweetness to keep it drinkable and enough funky sour to keep it interesting. Light and crisp mouthfeel with great carbonation

A great desert brew, my wife and I really enjoyed it. I will grab the last bottle I saw at the store I will say that you must split the bottle I could see this getting a little overwhelming after a couple of glasses

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml green bottle from The Lighthouse. Pours a murky maroon body with a half inch of light pink head. Smells strongly like raspberry with some malt. Tastes strongly of raspberry - equally sweet and sour - with strong malt undertones. Farily sour and somewhat dry on the finish. Medium bodied with vigorous carbonation. Sweet and juicy, but just complex and sour enough to avoid the whole alco-pop or juicy-juice flavor. Not bad.

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Photo of psychoholicagogo
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a foil wrapped bottle with a label of simple design.

Appearance: Pours a rich reddish-purple color with a medium fluffy head of a color slightly paler than that of the brew.

Smell: Rich and sweet fragrance of red raspberries. Strong but not overly. Very inviting.

Taste: Very rich and sweet with a lightly tart finish. Similar overall to a Lindemans but not quite as immediately sweet. The tartness seems to build as the brew warms.

Drinkability: Best as a dessert beverage or for a treat. I couldn't drink a lot of it and given the sweetness I wouldn't want to. The small bottle I purchased is the perfect size in my opinion. I'll be purchasing this again I'm sure.

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Photo of oelergud
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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 socon67
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Rennpferd
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It poured a murky burgundy color. It had a two finger pinkish head that quickly turned into a lacing.

It smelled very sweet with a berry sugary tone.

It was very sweet with berry flavors. It had a punchy zing. It was smooth, refreshing and velvety.

It was very drinkable. It went down quick.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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 mynie
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Imstillthegman
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one for my wife...but now I am drinking it. Hope she doesn't mind.

Pours out a color somewhere between cranberry juice and raspberry puree. Pinkish head that leaves good lacing.

Nice smelling lambic. Not too sweet and not too sour. Raspberry and light yeast. Slightly acid.

Flavor is a bit more sour, though. Tart raspberry with some funk. These fruit beers aren't really my thing, but this isn't bad.

Smooth, medium body with good carbonation. Puckers me a little, but all in all it's an enjoyable Framboise.

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Photo of drpimento
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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 tomordonez
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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 jahmutro
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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 biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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 rec
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Far better than the Premium Cherry Kriek - keeping mind that I was never a fan of cherries to begin with.

A deep and vibrant marone-red fills the glass, with a strawberry coloured head that dissipates quickly but laces nicely.

The first sip is tart enough to make you pucker, less so than the Premium Cherry Kriek however. A strong, sweet raspberry flavour comes through like a freight train amidst the syrupy liquid.

Again the mouthfeel is generally fine with appropriate carbonation, and once again the aftertaste is dry and pleasant, with a light and sugary finish.

It's still not something I'd buy again, but I'm sure it'd be awfully popular with some of the ladies, and something you should all try.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- mostly clear bright red with a thick and foamy soft pink head, awesome retent

S- scent fills the room with raspberries, soapy

T- mouth puckering tart raspberries, soapy, and goad cheese like, milk fat, just of sourness going on

M- medium body, drying finish, filmy and sticky

D- this fruit lambics are always to damn sweet for me, but i love the mouth puckering tartness they pack, enjoyable

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red with a slight pink head. Syrupy raspberry nose. Flavor is like a raspberry spritzer. Very effervescent and refreshing...and surprisingly easy to drink. Fairly high amount of carbonation. Bit of a thick syrupy feel. Like I said: real easy to drink. Nowhere near a traditional lambic, but still pretty nice actually.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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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