Bacchus Frambozenbier | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Bacchus FrambozenbierBacchus Frambozenbier

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by fullsweep on 11-09-2009

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 64
Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml, tissue paper-wrapped bottle - nice to see a return to my beer-swilling jurisdiction for this brewery, after having had their gueuze here a half decade or so ago.

This beer pours a clear, dark magenta colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and slightly bubbly pink-tinged white head, which leaves some low-lying continental ice shelf lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of fresh raspberry pie (the fruit, sugar, and graham crackers - oh yeah), a tame yeastiness, soft red wine acerbity, and some underlying caramel maltiness. The taste is sweet caramel malt, a lessened, but still heady raspberry jam fruit thing, soft nutty notes, a gently sour yeastiness, free-range dark and pale sugars, and a suggestion of well-faded red wine vinaigrette.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their frothy, low pressure sales tactics, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, just some of the raspberry tartness nosing around, to absolutely no one's chagrin. It finishes still good 'n fruity, faintly sour, and for the most part, sweet.

One of the simpler renditions of a sour raspberry ale from this part of the world, as the use of the Oud Bruin base really amps up the sugary quotient. Easy to drink, though, and nearing dessert territory - something tells me this would be killer with some vanilla bean ice cream.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2nd Nov 2012, mini-tasting evening @ home: 37.5cl cork and caged green bottle wrapped in its paper and poured into two flute shapped glasses.

Red body, thin wispy head on each glass.

The smell is all about raspberries as is the taste: nicely carbonated and semi-sour, a lot better than I thought it might be.

I tend to leave the Belgian fruit beers alone but I'm glad I decided to buy one of these the other year: sat in my home bar for well over 18 months and cooled for two days before opening.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red colour, thumb of beige head with solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Raspberries, raspberries and more raspberries with a touch of bready malt.

T - the raspberries are dominant but not synthetic, quite sweet but enough bready malt to remind you it's beer. Touch of pepper and a hint of sour mash.

M - Ligjter bodies ale that goes down smooth an finishes wet.

O - A tasty fruit ale that doesn't come across as overly synthetic. Well worth a try and certainly glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is a cloudy dark red, rather brownish. Small off-white head with good retention.

Smells like raspberry juice. Very sweet and rather artificial.

Taste is, not surprisingly, full of raspberry. A bit of cherry as well. Quite sweet, but with a very slight bitterness that balances it a bit.

Moderate carbonation. Sweet and sticky. Dries the mouth out somewhat. Light bodied.

Overall, a decent beer but not great.

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Photo of popery
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

The beer is a brownish burgundy color. The head is brownish pink and smallish, maybe a finger or so in height after a normal pour. There’s some lacing and retention is ok. The aroma is fairly pleasant. It’s very jammy. There’s a relatively mild cough syrup note, but it doesn’t hurt the overall smell too much. Some caramel malt flavor in the background. Mostly big jammy raspberry, a bit sweet but not bad. The taste is odd and not good. There’s a sweet raspberry juice flavor with nowhere near enough tartness. Simple sweetness, verging on splenda simplicity. Out of place woody bitterness. Mild caramel. More of that medicinal flavor. Pretty sweet. It’s fruity but there’s no depth or fullness to the fruit flavor. Not great. Pretty much no pucker. Carbonation is lower than expected. It’s a bit sticky. Aftertaste shows a bit of raspberry jam but also bleh malty sweetness. I’m not a fan.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours just like a cherry beer ruby hues and flashy head

Aromas push through of red fruits and syrup

taste is uber sweet sugary and candied with an aftertaste of beer with hoppy tones a bit sickly at times

Not overly fizzy actually a good mouthfeel

Pleasant and the missus likes it.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 375ml half-champagne bottle with a BB of April 2013. Comes in a posh paper wrapper. Purchased from a supermarket a while back and stored in my garage. A raspberry beer made using Flanders oude bruin as the base; the ingredient list mentions that sugar and sweetener have been added (so presumably it has been pasteurised/filtered).

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep reddish-brown hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam with a pinkish tinge; this lasts for a while before reducing to a persistent surface layer. Aroma of intensely sweet raspberries with an underlying vinegary sourness and subtle hints of malt and earthy yeast. Seriously fruity, but the acidity gives it some depth.

Tastes of juicy raspberries with mild acidity and a sweet, dry finish. Notes of raspberries, sugar, mild vinegar, subtle malt and faint earthy yeast. There is a synthetic quality to the sweetness, and a background harshness upon swallowing (possibly the sweetener). Mouthfeel is smooth, acidic and pleasingly tingly, with good carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of sweet raspberries and mild sourness.

Quite nice - not the best Belgian fruit beer I've had but a cut above many. The aroma/flavour are dominated by fruit, with faint undertones of malt and vinegar. The biggest flaw is the use of sweetener, which is noticible in the taste and spoils the overall character. A more acidic brew would have been much better. Despite this, it remains surprisingly drinkable - worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

raspberry red colour with a thumb sized, pinkish white bubbly head that settles to a thin, soapy lacing after about a minute.

Not as strong smelling as some other fruit beers that I have tried in the past, there is raspberries with a bit of sourness at the end but little else.

very sweet raspberry taste hits you initially with the odd taste of cherry as well. There is little evidence of beer here as it is hidden by the raspberry juice and sweet sugars. The finish is sour & bitter.

Light bodied and fairly well carbonated with a crisp finish and a nice sour aftertaste.

Not really like a beer at all, it's more like a carbonated raspberry juice with a sour finish. It is a nice enough drink but it's just not enough like a beer for me & it was rather overpriced.

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Photo of kjyost
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired at the MLCC, BB 14-02-2014. Poured ~6 C into a perfect pint glass

Pours a rice ruby red / brownish beer that is clear with a nice reddish head that drops quickly, though leaves a lacing ring. The beer has a ton of raspberry on the nose and little else, though it is exactly what the beer advertises itself to be (12.5% raspberries? Wow.) The taste and mouthfeel disappoint though as it is a one dimensional beer with a sticky sweet nature that kills the beeryness of it. Almost like raspberry juice, though with a hint of malt behind it. I had been hoping for some sourness as I had thought this may be their Oud Bruin with raspberries. A good summer sipper I suppose, but certainly could be much, much more...

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Love the paper labeling on this one with the pic of the guy from the 50's! Upon unwrapping, this pours a brown-ish color with chocolate cola/raspberry hues...awesome! There isn't much of a head, but it does start out cherry cola color and is thin and doesn't retain well. Lacing is quite nice with plenty of small patches of foam clinging to the side of the glass.

S- Plenty of deep raspberry, candied syrup and a medley of tart concentrated fruit juice. There is a Belgian sourness about this but it is balanced well by jammy sweetness and a fullness that is of yeast/bread.

T- Raspberry creme truffle, hints of jammy caramel malt sweetness, some balancing tartness...not much else to say here but it's very very good....dessert like in fact!

M/O- Surprisingly this is medium-full in body and quite smooth upon the palate. The carbonation is plentiful yet smooth and allows the tart/sweet characteristics to bloom and provide lots of flavors! A real treat and I recommend this one! Another winner!

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Photo of Dzu
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice.
L: Dark turbid red wit a weak white foam head.
S: Raspberry, spiсes, sourness.
T: Sweet ripe raspberry, weak sourness.
F: Low carbonation, tight body.
O: Instead of Bacchus Oud Bruin very interesting beer.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Reddish copper body with a thick light pink head.
S: Raspberries predominantly. Estery as well.
T: Repeats the nose. Some bread in there. Only slightly sour. Slightly sweet.
O: Very drinkable and fairly classy for a mass produced fruit beer. One for a summer evening after a day on the allotment.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL green bottle wrapped in a paper wrap, and then poured into a pint glass. This is a raspberry beer, and a near relative to the kriekenbier, the cherry version also created by Bacchus/Honsebrouck.

A: thick head of four fingers in depth, pinkish-plum coloured foam; beer is a deep red, almost as dark as a red wine. Head dissipates moderately slowly (perhaps more quickly than the cherry version) and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: no apologies here, this smells of raspberry fruit and not much else.

T: tastes of real raspberry, and VERY sweet. There is definitely some beer in there somewhere, but it's also downplayed. I'm not sure which Belgian style this is based on, but it's clearly Belgian, from the hints that can be picked up. Although I enjoyed this a lot, it's hard to say how often you'd want something this sweet.

M: slightly more crisp and carbonated than the cherry beer. Has a mild carbonated bite to it, but with a syrupy feel underneath.

D: would definitely drink this again, but not sure how often.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark brown with a slight white head that left a nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Raspberry and a slight beet of almost strawberry jam smell in there as well.

T: Unripe raspberry, almost like the blue raspberry stick pops. Has a slight sweetness to it as well, interesting.

F: Full body mouth feel with a nice amount of carbination.

O: A super nice beer, man the more of them I try the more I love sour beers!!

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Photo of Arthuros
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Old dark with a raspberry twist. Takes away the bitterness of the ciderey underlying beer, and sweetens the top notes. A little heavy, heavily carbonated, but quite surprisingly drinkable.

A very unusual beer but worth a try.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark purple/crimson, little to no head, leaves barely any lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is that of deep, dark berry tartness and wavering sweetness, that reminds one of a the faint memory of jam or a freshly baked pie sitting to cool on the table top.

Taste is very thorough in that the raspberry sourness is there in force, but not overpowering and actually, quiet pleasant. There is a slight follow up of the quintessential beer taste, some very distant malt and hops, but the raspberry dominates this brew as it was meant to. A delicious fruit beer that will turn even the most doubtful taster into a fan. To be enjoyed as much as possible and undoubtedly a beer to keep stocked for the winter season.

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Photo of Shilnikoff
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 375 ml, Paper-wrapped | Best before end of 03-09-2016 | Bar code 5 411081 004316
Served in snifter glassware

Appearance: Dark, Brown, when lighted up - nice cognac or black tea color between orange and red | 15 mm foam quickly disappeared | Almost no bubbles
Smell: Delicious Raspberry
Taste: Light, Raspberry (Beer contains 12,5 % of natural raspberry juice), Sweet wine, not to much carbonated
Mouthfeel: Balanced (you feel similar notes over the all tongue areas), Sweet, Slightly acid
Overall: Fantastic Flemish Fruit Beer! Order it for your lady, she will like it 100 % :)

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Bacchus Frambozenbier from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.73 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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