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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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