St. Louis 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): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 04-26-2005

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Reviews:
119
Ratings:
323
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
21.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 323
Photo of pweis909
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours purplish-amber. You know there is fruit there. Head is light. Aroma is distintly raspberry, though there is an undescribable funk in the finish. Tart, berry. Not subtle, but fun to drink, and light enough that it isn't going to get you soused. Lucious silky mouth. Drink as a refreshing dessert. I enjoy it, but can't imagine drinking two of them. You just wouldn't need to.

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Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked caged bottle into Lindemans flute. Another colorful red bubbling brew. Very similar in smell to Lindemans, with a little more alcohol. Taste is similar to smell- still sweet, but a touch less than Lindemans. Must be looking for a very fruity brew to enjoy at the right time.

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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 anotherpg
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pink, bright, frothy head. This smells straightly of raspberries -- what else? -- but the taste is well balanced. Not sticky-sweet, not pucker-your-lips sour, this is straight down the middle. It's not a soda-beer, it's a real fruit beer with style. Bubbly, good mouthfeel and ultimately, quite drinkable. It's one of the few beers that my wife, a beer hater, enjoys.

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Photo of peabody
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sugar sweet refreshing quaffable dirty amber drink with some white suds.
Smell is bright berry and malt sugars. Christmas candy in the shape of raspberries. This is so good. The specks show up in every pour. No need to worry, they go down easy!
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but than means you want more!
Thank god I can get this here in my hellhole of Ky.
Just a great lambic.

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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 chOAKbarrell
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$7, 7.5oz glass on tap at the Brickskeller in Washington DC.

Well worth the price, as this is not sold where I live. An absolutely delicous lambic. Wonderfully tart & sweet at the same time, but keeps an excellent balance, not tipping one way or the other. Light but not wimpy, absolutely refreshing. I could drink this stuff like it was juice. And I do. Liquid candy.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at New World Brewery in Ybor City

G - Poured in the official glass (which is basically a Pilsener).

A - Bright red, the color of raspberries, with a little pink foam that would be more aptly described as fizz, but some good patchy lace.

S It has an aroma between fresh raspberries and a melted popsicle, and of course a tart, sour tinge from both the fruit and the Lambic yeast. For the style, it is very straightforward.

T Framboise Lambic: this is one of the most delicious beverages on the planet. Not this brand specifically, though it is very tasty; Framboise is just ridiculously delicious. So, as a good representative of the style, it has a leg up on just about everything else. Great tart, fruity flavor, nice Champagne carbonation, though a much weightier body

M - Like rich (flavor-wise) fruit Champagne, with more weight.

D - This is not my favorite proprietor of the style, but it is always a very good option. I could drink a keg of this.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely gorgeious in the fluted glass--blood and cranberry red with light white fluffy head on tiop. Strong vinegar-lambic nose of wild yeast. Fruit is strong as well and spectacular, which just follows into the taste--lambic sour witha clear, clear, and balanced fruit--complex with every sip.

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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 MMAJYK
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Deep, dark pink with fluffy, lacy, retentive head that is a lighter shade of pink.

S. Crushed raspberries. Pure raspberry goodness. Makes you want to jump in the glass and swim around.

T. Fermented raspberries with a touch of lemony zest. Very sweet like Lindemans Framboise, but has a nice tart compliment to balance all the sweetness. Very nice!

M. Light and zingy in the mouth with high carbonation.

D. I could drink this all day-no questions asked.

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

Poured cold into large Reidel wine glass. The wide opening of this style glass, if tilted, insures this lively beer won't foam up.

A) Dark red cherry purple, short white head, cloudy and unfiltered

S) Very sweet, abundant berry fruits

T) Sweet rasberry puree. Tart, warming hint of alcohol

M) Ample carbonation, thick, very smooth

D) This is an excellent example of this style. The mild alcohol content says "its okay, have another"

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Photo of vandemonian
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck's St. Louis Framboise is a delicious lambic that is drier and sourer than some others (e.g. Lindermans).

A: Red brown color and a 2 mm head that fades quickly. 3.5

S: The smell is strong and amazing: a wonderful mix of sour lambic yeast products; tart raspberries; and sweetness. 5

T: Rasberry tartness into a slightly sour tang. This is drier than other lambics I've had. I love the long sour aftertaste. 4.5

M: Dry and thin with some carbonation. 4

O: Delicious sour framboise. 4.5

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Photo of angiesaysgobucks
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have this both on tap and in the bottle. The tap version is a little less sweet then the bottle version, and has a smoother taste.

Appearance: Beautiful lightish burgundy, nice white head
Smell: Very strong rasberry
Taste: Super sweet with loads of rasberry. Finishes with a very mild tartness.
Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbination, with a smooth/light body and a great aftertast.
Drinkability: Because of the sweetness, I would not recommend too many, but one is an absolute must.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Solid ruby red. Pink head with a nice halo of cream. Ok lace.

S - Bright, tart raspberries. Nose favors tartness over sweetness.

T - Whoa. Not overly sweet. Well balanced, tart raspberry with earthy sour notes. Green papaya, and earthy lotus.

M - Soft and lightly syrupy. Full body. Pleasant carbonation.

O - A fantastic, well balanced, flavored sour.

Served paired with the Not-So-Dirty cupcake (dark chocolate with a milk chocolate ganache) at Sweet Revenge in NYC. Most of the 5 parings our group ordered were great, but this one was particularly outstanding. The raspberry/chocolate combination is obviously, but what put this over the top is the way the earthyness of the sour pulled out some absolutely incredibly flavors from the chocolate. A highly recommended pairing.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was kinda scared to try this and have been putting it off... poured into a pilsner glass. a very pretty rasberry red color. somewhat cloudy but not too bad. The head was has a kinda wine look and smell. Hello raspberry is what i said when i smelled this. the taste is a very sweet but accepting taste. drinks like a koolaid in all honesty. This is a beer you could drink with a citrus salad of some sort. This is a wonderfully carbonated drink with a great finish and leaves you wanting another one. Wonderful.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a light, fleshy pink. sits clear, deep ruby with light pink, one-finger head

Smell: initial strong presence of tart raspberries that is cut down quite a bit as a moderate funky character creeps its way in

Taste: pure raspberry explosion with a medium-high tartness that is mellowed out a bit with the moderate funkiness. finish is semi-sweet with light, tart raspberries and a very light graininess

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with high-medium carbonation

Notes: not as tart and defintely funkier than Lindemans. seemingly a little more balanced and easier to drink due the less puckering quality

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Photo of mdjagsfan
4.84/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Light burgundy/ candy apple red

S - I agree with pballa4life. It smelled just like kool aid.

T - very sweet but also very delicious. Had a distinct rasberry taste to it, but wasn't overpowering.

M - excellent. left a nice aftertaste.

D - amazing. I could drink this all night, and plan to in the future.

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Photo of pjohnston007
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Raspberries, raspberries, and raspberries.

A: Reddish/brown liquid; chalky white head and lacing. Good lacing that retains well.

S: Raspberries.

T: Creamy, chalky, sweet, mildly acidic, fruity, and zesty.

M: Creamy, acidic, clean finish. Nearly dry.

D: All day, all night--wish it had a slightly higher ABV %.

I would love to do a side-by-side comparison with Lindemans Framboise. If anyone has done this, I would like to see your results.

By the way--that's my photo for this beer! =D

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