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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 10-08-2005

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43
Ratings:
96
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
20.98%
 
 
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.29/5  rDev -37.6%
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!?

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Photo of champ103
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours an almost blood red color. A two finger pink head forms and leaves some patchy lace as it gently recedes.
S: Raspberries come wafting out of the bottle as soon as I crack the cap. Very sweet and sugary, almost cake like.
T: A huge cloying sweetness of raspberries and fruit cake. An ever so light grainy flavor as the taste lingers.
M/D: Over carbonated and seltzer like. At the same time very syrupy. The cloying sweetness and high carbonation makes this hard for me to drink.

I thought I would give the Lambic-Fruit style another shot. I am not one to just say a style sucks, but I have not enjoyed any of these kind of Lambics. Something to try if you like sweet wine coolers, or maybe some champagne.

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Photo of emerge077
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
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 Gueuzedude
2.64/5  rDev -28.1%
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

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Photo of jjanega08
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
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 DaPeculierDane
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.01/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Byeast
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This rasberry brewed lambic poured a dark ruby color , with a puffy pink head. Smell is very strong and sweet rasberry odor , some hints of strawberry in there to. Taste is also mainly rasberry and sweet strawberry , moves from sweet to mouth puckering tartness. Mouthfeel is fairly light with a lingering red sweetness. A drinkable fruity lambic , just a little on the tart side. I wouldn't want to drink more than one.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

During the pour, this raspberry lambic style has a fantastic bouquet of raspberries and frothy pink head. The first taste was typical of the sweet but tart fruit flavor of the style with a significant "pucker factor". The high carbonation and low alcohol content of this beverage makes it easy to drink. The finish is a bit long and sweet.

I'm a fan of Lambic styles since introduced to them many years ago. While this St. Louis product is big on flavor, there is a fair amount of lingering sweetness, almost cloying, that isn't present in other high quality lambics. Perhaps the higher sugar increases the quality of mouth feel where the low 2.8% alcohol level falls short.

A glass of this brand would be enjoyable and it would be fine for a casual drink. But if I'm looking for something a little tighter on the tongue, I think I'll look somewhere else.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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 BlindPig
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Was a pretty red body with a pink thin head.
S- Big raspberry and a light tart sweet aroma.
T- Big raspberry that was very dominating. A light tartness managed to make its way through also but that was pretty much all I picked up.
M- Thin to medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- Tasty but just doesn't taste like what I would expect a true lambic to taste like.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 MAB
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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