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

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Ratings: 327 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of ilikebeer03
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Whole Foods on Houston St. in the city on Halloween. I'm begnniing to move onto bigger-bottled imports and figured this would be a good beer to start on. I've never met a Belgian beer that I didn't like, and this proved no exception. Although the taste wasn't as complex as I wish, this is very drinkable and a pleasant brew both to sip, and to view!

The pour was good - a deep ruby hue with a plum head on top of it. The lacing isn't there, but seeing how thin this beer is, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise. There's lots of raspberry here, but with a syrupy, carbonated feel to it. Think of an organic soda without the bubbles and you'll have some idea of what this tastes like. Not too tart, not too sweet, and not strong at all - this is perfect for after dinner and the novice drinker who's never had a lambic before. The syrup-like notes are the only ones that stick with the aftertaste. Whether that's a good or bad thing is up to your preferences!

This has "session beer" written all over it! If I was given this blindfolded, I might think that it was a juice that was a bit past it's prime. I could easily see myself drinking a few lambics of this ABV% in a given night, but not more than a bottle of this one in a given sitting. This has a textbook taste and mouthfeel of a lambic, with the easy to drink aspects of a succint raspberry beverage. I'm glad I started my foray into big bottles on this!

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Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of aquazr1
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of leroybrown10
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jampics2
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Engine. Just had to try it, I know it's a low APV girlie beer ;)

No head, murky browish red, not so appealing.

Raspberries, malt sweetness, tart nose.

Huge raspberry sweet taste. Awesome how fresh and refreshing this is, but too sweet to be compared with authentic lambics. Like Lindemans, but even sweeter perhaps. Touch of sour, but mad accessible.

Nothing too great about the m/f. No body, so light and effervescent.

Goes down like candy, but should count as beer due to extra sugar. Like a wine cooler. Meh.

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Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morebeergood
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Third beer of the night of Christmas eve. Paired with a chocolate-almond-raspberry tart. Served in a champagne glass. The bottle says this is a 2006 vintage. Opaque body, with a reddish pink color. Cotton candy colored head. Smell was very fruity and sugary. Flavor was all about the raspberries. Extremely tasty. Sugary on the palate, but has a decent drinkability because it's not overly sweet. Definitely a dessert beer. More of a lambic for those who prefer sweeter ones over tart & crisp ones.

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Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a clear ruby red with some yeast floaties marring the clean look. A thick two fingers of slightly dirty pink pillowy foam sits on top and shows excellent staying power.

S - Lots of fresh raspberries fill the aroma, slightly tart, very juicy. A bit of earth, a fair amount of sugary candyish sweetness. Smells pretty good.

T - Sweet up front with tons of raspberry flavor to back it up. Remains sweet and fruity through the middle of each sip and ends with a crisp and clean tartness that only serves to entice you into gulping down the next sip. Another beer that can be classified as a dessert in a glass.

M - Medium bodied, crisply tart mixed with sweet and fruity. Carbonation is ample and very tingly on the tongue, especially when combined with the fruity tartness on the finish.

O - An enjoyable fruit lambic - one with over the top fruit. First time trying this one...surprising given how available this one is. Not the best Framboise I've ever had, but solid quality, enjoyable, reasonably priced and easy to get...sounds like a winner to me - thinking I'll be getting this again in the near future.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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 DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of WynnO
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of CSO
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 2007 vintage bottle. Poured into a St Louis flute.

A: Slightly hazy copper, with brilliant ruby highlights. The pink tinged cap is generous out of the gate. It slowly settles to a 1/8" blanket of dense foam. Leaves lots of rocky lace behind.

S: Quite sweet. Raspberry and cherry dominate the nose. As the beer warms, sour lemon comes through, as well as a slight mustiness.

T: The sweet and tart raspberry flavor out front is almost syrupy. It makes up the bulk of the beer's flavor. An extremely tart lemon flavor comes along after a second or two to completely offset the sweeter fruit. The beer finishes very tart, dry and puckering. The raspberry flavor lingers on the tongue long after the beer has left the mouth.

M: The syrupy body has just the right level of champagne tingle to it.

D: This is a perfect dessert beer. I had mine after a nice meal and found it more than up to the task. Definitely a style I have to be in the right mood for. But when I am, this is one I'd happily go back to.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.82 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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