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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Ratings:
95
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
20.98%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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