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

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St. Louis FramboiseSt. Louis Framboise

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good looking deep reddish purple brew; thin cream head.

Tons of tart raspberry on the nose.

Sweet and tart on the palate. Lots of raspberry, sugar, and a touch of syrup. No funk.

This is tasty, of course, but I'll pass in the future. It is too sweet and one-dimensional.

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Photo of puck1225
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice from a bottle. A deep hazy purple red color with a thin head and curtain lacing. Raspberry smell and taste. Taste is sweet with a bit of funk and sour pucker . A good beer for dessert!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant pink to cherry amber crowned by a quickly receding 1” pink tinted white foam collar.
S: I can smell the raspberries from about 3’ away.
T: Big raspberry flavors are balanced by citrus, lemony tartness and a light funk.
F: Juicy and light but very creamy and very soft on the palate
O: This is a yeast forward beer dominated by raspberries and yeast flavors without a lot of malt coming through. The balancing tartness keeps it from becoming a high school date beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a deep purple with a finger of dense pink head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of raspberries. lots of sweetness with a little bit of tartness
T: taste is tart and acidic with a good blast of raspberry flavor, slight oak and vanilla but mostly tart raspberries. Swallow is raspberries, lingering tartness and the slightest amount of funk
M: this beer is on the lighter side of things with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: This beer is pretty good. It isn't as good as some but it has plenty of fruit flavors, tartness and a decent amount of complexity. I think I might pick up another bottle to see how it changes after a year.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Fruit, syrups and balancing acidity set the tone for a taste that's almost un-beerlike. As the complement of raspberry engulfs the ale, its clear intent is to appeal to the sweet tooth, dessert ale seeker, and those only recently learning the Belgian ropes.

Its nearly cartoonish pour releases a deep mauve saturation that's clearly indicative of immense raspberry additions within. The strong scent and early taste of raspberry puree is nearly overwhelming- commanding all that tastebuds and olfactory sense receive.

But after the palate acclimates to the sheer sweetness, other balancing nuances begin to surface. Light apple cider and sparkling white wine give a pleasant acidity to accompany that already established by the berries. Natural fruit and spice character emit with currant, red grape, white pepper and faint herbal bitterness- presumably from its light hop additions.

But its steadfastness in the simple syrup realm limits any turn to dryness as the ale slowly fades in its sweetness and candied body, causing the ale to seem like soft drinks and wine cooler despite those delicate acidities and alcohols. Tangy and moderately tart, all this seems fruit-derived instead of the more coveted ale beneath.

One thing's for sure- it sells its raspberry character well!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as lambics go, im not sure this is my favorite, not tart enough, not acidic hardly at all, and lacking the wild fermentation characteristics i usually look for in the style, but as a fruited belgian ale, i absolutely love it, and its head and shoulders better than its immediate peers. natural looking purple pink raspberry color, a short lived stained pink head, and some chunks of yeast and maybe even a few raspberry seeds in there, it looks the part. the nose is great, jammy but not overly sweet, authentic fruity character and a little belgian yeast funk and fruit, but not the sourness true lambic usually possesses. i love the fruit flavor, not quite as true as the nose, mellowed by an oak hit here, but its still the chief flavor agent, and a genuine one at that. no corn sugar, no cavities, just true raspberry beer. its affordable and tasty, well carbonated and light, and overall extremely well made for what it is. not really passable as a sour, but im not sure its trying to be one. highly respectable brew here, better than some of the other fruit editions i think too, really summery and real fruity, i almost feel guilty for liking this as much as i do...

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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a framboise at a whiskey bar for the table expecting the usual and instead they brought a bottle of this gem out.

This pours a raspberry red in color, straight up. The aroma smacks of raspberry jam in its character and intensity. The flavor has a raspberry tartness with a sweetish but not cloying finish. Much preferred this to the more common “bar” framboise.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Quite the opposite from the Weyerbacher Riserva I tried before this. It pours a dark ruby with a 2 finger head and smells of raspberry candy. Full on raspberry candy. Taste is similar. There is nothing tart about this, and I feel as though I am drinking a raspberry syrup. Sweet and thick from start to finish, this is more like a raspberry punch than beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Shared with wife at Gainesville HOB. Pours deep red with pink head. Huge sweet raspberry aroma. Flavor is super sweet and tart raspberries and sugar. Something slightly weird on the back end like sweet-n-low flavor. Not bad. Wife liked it, but I have had better raspberry flavors in my beer. Slightly artificial was off-putting, but this smells great.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Rich lacings, beige and thick. Clear red color. After a while the dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Smells a bit sweet. Lots of raspberries. Some faint brett in the back. This smell like hard candy Pez.

T: Rich raspberry taste, but sadly way too sweet.

M: Aftertaste is sweet. Body is medium and carbonation low.

O: This is not how I like my Lambics - this is like a beer with raspberry-lemonade.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

St. Louis Framboise Lambic: about 2 fingers of pinkish head, nice lacing;

Appearance: deep amber, hint of purple;

Smell: slight cranberry, good acidity;

Taste/Mouthfeel: strong dry raspberry flavor, sweet aftertaste, bitter raspberry seed throughout, well balanced (dry to bitter to sweet);


Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Enjoyed this one alongside a jam-packed quesadilla. It pours a deep ruby color with a slightly pink and purple type of tint to it. Opaque for the most part, although some light beams through the very extremities. The head is soft, foamy, and tinted a vibrant shade of pink as well - quick to fade with no lacing left behind.

St. Louis Framboise has an aroma that is jam packed with fruity goodness, right from the start. Raspberries take the center stage - what a shocker, I know. However there seems to be a solid cherry character on the nose, too, which works quite nicely with the raspberry. Soft and mostly sweet, but it never reaches the level of being sour or tart. It's safe to say that the aroma is a bit of a one-trick pony, but it's still quite nice and certainly refreshing. After all, it achieves what it has set out to achieve, right?

Up front, I get hit with a slight touch of tartness almost immediately, something I wasn't expecting based on the lack of "sourness" detected on the nose. However, the tartness subsides quickly and this beer is pretty far from being sour - it's actually rather sweet. Fruits jump out and run rampant from start to finish; a huge berry bonanza. Raspberries, blackberries, and cherries - juicy, ripe, and delicately sweet. There isn't much to balance the sweetness, however the sweetness really isn't high enough to need balance, so it works just fine. Thin bodied for the most part, slick and wet on the palate with medium-high carbonation and a slight snap on the mouth feel.

Pretty nice and refreshing lambic here. Not much "sour" happening, rather lots of sweetness. Huge raspberry flavor gets coupled nicely with a bit of cherry, too. Pretty similar to Lindeman's Framboise, though it's been quite a while since I've had that one, so I don't know if I can say for sure which one is better. Very close, though, and would both go well with this quesadilla.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap several times, but from memory. Looks really inviting, like I take a 36 oz tankard of this stuff! Smells of bread and ripe raspberries and floral-ness...I'd swim in this stuff. Taste is fruit forward, and lightly sour, but not over the top (although I love this too), and fresh raspberries (duh...) and bread. Mouthfeel is appropriate, carbonation is low, and everything is well balanced and considered. I'd drink this until the end of time.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear garnet in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high pink head that died down rather quickly and left large specks of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of raspberries in the nose.
T: The taste is filled with flavors of tart raspberries and also has some hints of sweetness. The tartness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable and drinkable fruit lambic that doesn't have artificial flavors and has much more tartness compared to sweetness. It almost feels like you're having a very strong raspberry sorbet.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is blood red with pink hues and a dark pink head. The nose is overly sweet and singular, loads of raspberry purée and raspberry syrup. Taste is just that with maybe a touch of tartness. Decent carbonation and syrupy feel. Simple and too sweet, no lambic notes or depth.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives a deep, clear garnet color with a whiff of foam sprinkled across. No retention nor was any expected.
Smell is raspberries, slight malt and sugar notes. Balance is very good, not overpowering.
Taste is the same, raspberries, light malt, slight oakiness, somewhat tart. Very well balanced.
Reasonably smooth, somewhat tart while still being refreshing and sweet. Dessert in a glass. The equal of Duchess du Bourgogne.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - dark brick red color with a pink head that left a sheet of lacing.

S - lots of raspberries, tart and sweet.

T - raspberry dominates the taste, sweet at first but then the tart takes over, good stuff.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation and easy drinkability.

O - a nice treat every once in a while.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 ounce bomber, corked and caged, poured into one of my Stone Double Bastard sampling glasses.

A: pours a bright red hugh, barely translucent, with a thin white head on top. Surprising carbonation level. 3.5

S: tart raspberries dominate the nose. Very natural smelling. 4.0

T: taste follows the nose. Delightfully tart raspberries. Sweet and Sour. A one trick pony, but it does what it says it does... delivers lots of raspberry flavor. Dry finish. 4.0.

M: light and dry, with decent carbonation for the age. Even creams up a little in the mouth. 4.0

D: drinkable and enjoyable. I would have this again, but I wouldn't want to buy it/drink it in large quantities. 4.0

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12.7oz bottle.

Pours a slightly opaque dark red with some ruby hues and a nice light pink head.

Aroma is of fresh raspberries. Nice raspberry jam and some good fruit juice notes. Slight chalky yeast notes can alos be perceived. SLight tartness is perceived.

Flavor follows the nose. Nice fruit juice notes. Raspberries and more raspberries. A sharper tartness than other raspberry lambics I've had. Nice and balancing. Chalky and yeasty notes definitely are precent. Some slight phenols are perceived as well as some oak notes. Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing and dry with nice tartness.

Pretty good lambic. Every now and then I really enjoy these beers and this is definitely one of those days. Nice raspberry jam flavors mingle well with the yeast notes.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of raspberries and raspberry juice but there is a slight hint of cleaning product aroma as well. Taste is of sweetened raspberries and raspberry juice with some grain/malt flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good fruit lambic but not as good as some similar ones I have had in the past.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very bold red.
S: Cherrys. Which if it's supposed to be raspberry is weird but that's just the way it is I suppose.
T: Strong cherry flavor with some raspberry notes.
M: Sits like a jolly rancher.

Overall I thought this beer was a little fake tasting. The amount of fruit flavor was so intense the beer tasted unpleasant and overwhelming. Lindimans has a better showing in my opinion.

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Photo of TaySuth
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: One finger head of white bubble recedes down to a ring with some lacing. Dark red/medium purple in color.

Smell: Very nice and inviting. Raspberries dominate the aroma with a hint of hops.

Taste: Excellent flavor. Great tartness with raspberries and a nice, yet minimal amount of grain and hops.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated with a great body.

Overall: I really enjoyed this lambic. I will definitely be purchasing this one again.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a burgundy color with some frothy pink head. The Lace was also very thick with huge bubbles. There was a bit of sediment to the body.

Smell: Mainly berries with a sour finish.

Taste: The raspberries are dominant and are sweet at first but finish very tart. There is some spice to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: There is allot of carbonation to this medium bodied beer.

Overall: Not bad, a little tarter than most frambroise that I have tried but that is not a totally bad thing. I do think the overpowering carbonation does create an issue with the tast.

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Photo of tewaris
2.49/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled May 05, 2010. 12.7 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Framboise pours a deep red-brown color with a light pink head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma of raspberry preserves was noticeable even while pouring, so the strong raspberry sweetness in the aroma is hardly a surprise.

I am drinking this right after their Gueuze and I find it surprising that the base beer is completely dominated by raspberries... well, not technically the base beer but say the beers that started the same at different points in time? All I detect beneath the raspberries is a strange, chalky note.

The taste is way too sweet in an odd way, and that's when the sweetness should come as a pleasant change :/ I think it's sweeter than real raspberries, BUT the acidity is strong too. Anyway, I was curious and some googling yielded:

"This brew is made with fresh raspberry juice which is matured and blended with gueuze-lambic to produce a dry, sweet aperitif."

Yeah, this is way too sweet for the real fruit. I suppose this travesty is done to enhance the popular appeal, but to repeat myself once more, this is just too sweet!

The carbonation is ok but struggles to clean the sweetness off the palate. Eh, I am so disappointed, I don't even bother at this point.

4.5, 3, 2, 3, 2

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruby red with a puffy, lingering pink head. Unlike some others, I actually like the appearance of some of these commercial lambics.

S: Very sweet and confected on the nose with aromas of heavy cream, cake frosting, candy sugar, and red raspberry leading the way. I was hoping for a little more depth, or some authentic lambic character at the very least...

T: Notes of red raspberries, cream, vanilla, candy sugar, cake frosting, and tart cherries flit across the palate. The finish starts off sweet with sugar and raspberry flavors before a quick punch of acidic cherry and wild yeast asserts itself.

M: Light bodied, dry, firm, and spritzy. Very drinkable.

O: Of the St. Louis beers, this is by far the best one I've tried. Unlike many commercial framboise lambics, this one is not cloying.

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