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

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St. Louis FramboiseSt. Louis Framboise

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 326
Photo of akahn
2.43/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sitting at the bar, I think to myself, "I think I'll try this Belgian lambic, it's not Lindeman's so it's probably pretty sour, but not as sour as that Cantillon I had one time, that was a bit too sour for me." So I order the St. Louis and I get what is almost indistinguishably a raspberry soda. A nice color, sure, smells decent even, but it's just way to sweet, way too fizzy, and just kind of nasty. No balance. If you're looking for a traditional lambic, steer clear. If you're looking for a decent beer, you should probably look elsewhere. If you want a sweet raspberry soda-like beer and want to switch it up from Lindeman's this is the ticket.

At least my mom liked it, so we switched and I drank her EKU Pils.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish borwn color with a mild light head. Slight sparce lacing on the edges.

S: Plain and simple...raspberries

T: Good creamy raspberry flavors. Slightly tart and mildly acidic.

M: Creamy and dry. Pretty smooth and fruity.

D: Low ABV and very drinkable. I like this better than Lindemans and its MUCH cheaper.

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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 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 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 amcmaho1
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time venturing into Lambic territory...

Appearance: Beautiful dark red, dare i say raspberry color even? Frothy pinkish white head doesn't stay around very long. Some phenomenal lacing though.

Smell: everything associated with raspberry is in the nose, and lingers in the air around the bottle and glass. There's a little yeast smell in the nose, but the raspberry definitely does its best to mask it.

Taste: Would you believe it? Raspberry! A little tangy and sour, and definitely sweet. Unlike any beer i've had before (after all, this is my first Lambic). I'm wanting a little more tanginess, sourness, and/or funkiness out of this to counter the very sweet raspberry flavor; but the taste is still very enjoyable. *as it warms, the tanginess definitely increases.

Mouthfeel: Dry and a little thin, reminds me of champagne in a sense.

Drinkability: I'm very glad i've finally tried a Lambic, and will continue to explore the style in the future. On it's own, this beer is doing little for me, but pairing it with something (a dessert most likely) would probably make it much more drinkable.

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Photo of weasbri
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red with a nice thick pink head in my tulip glass.
Surprise, surprise, lots of raspberry aroma. Does smell a
little like "beer," as my wife would say.
So sweet on the tongue. Slight raspberry tartness but it is like drinking raspberry sorbet after it melts. Whatever beer flavor I might have thought there was is no longer available to my tongue. It is still trying to recover from the sweetness.
A good once in a while beer. I'm still surprised at how sweet it is. Sorbet beer, I tell ya. Might be good for cooking even, I imagine.

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Photo of icefisherman
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

this is a very delicious beer if you are in the mood for such a beer if not in the mood i could see this being very ungood with that said when poored it is a very dark red as i expected with a pink head also expected smells a bit syrupy and a bit like baccardi raz taste is once again good if you are in the mood all around a very drinkable beer easily the best i have had this year

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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 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 ryantaussig
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good color and nice pink head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing. Smells of raspberries. Flavor is a perfect balance of fruity sweetness and wonderful sour raspberry notes. More sour and less sweet than the Lindemans, but firmly more sweet and less sour than the Cantillon. Nice and bubbly and a typically high drinkability despite the sour notes. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

wow...after being HIGHLY disappointed from the Sam Adams lambic as one of the worst tasting drinks ever... i was hesitant to giving this a try

i was glad i did...

A- appearance of the lambic was burgundy red...just like cranberry juice at your house
S- smell was VERY sweet..similar to koolaid
taste- was a great tasting lambic...tasted just how a lambic should, like cranberry juice...or if you can imagine an airhead melted and in liquid was very sweet but good
M- clean, crisp taste
D- great for the first glass..but couldnt see myself drinking it all night

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Photo of yankiac
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark purply red with a pinkish head

S - Fruity and acidic. Raspberries stand out the most, but also a few others are also present

T - Exactly like it smells. Delicious! The Raspberry flavors stand out the most and it is very sweet

M - Like alcoholic cool aid.

D - It tastes great and is fairly light in body, yet the sweetness really reduces the drinkability.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

St. Louis Framboise ABV: 4.5%

A: The appearance is sort of like a cranberry juice. Leaves a redish head that instantly falls to minmimal to no head.

S: The smell is of wine and raseberries. Has a sour hint that just lingers in the nose for a little bit. Also, smells very sweet.

T: The taste is very tart that has an impressive kick of raseberries. Sweet and sour hint that makes you kind of pucker your lips. Can kind of taste something that may appear as a floral taste (possibly floral hops??) that comes to you in the aftertaste.

M: Lets just say that it has the consistency of a champagne due to its carbonation. The flavors are relatively balanced, but the raseberry taste may just be a little overpowering.

D: I would drink this beer again. However, I couldnt drink to much of it because of how sweet it is.

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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 ConchobarNessa
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep red with a little browning.Plenty of lacing and a solid head.

S- Intense raspberry aroma, very sweet smelling. Alot of Candy sugar was added to this brew. Slight mustiness, barrel? Weird that mustiness.

T- Very sweet, lots of sugar was added to this. Some mustiness. Great taste though, pretty much the sweetest beer I've had, raspberries very present.

M- Good carbonation, light body.

O- Superbly drinkable, great tasting, too sweet for a session beer though.

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

Deep red with earthy brown and copper hues with a quick diminishing 1 inch thick pink and tan frothy head. Little to no lacing. smells of tart raspberries (der!).

My initial taste is that there's very little tartness to begin. followed by the raspberries. I can't detect any bitterness at all. The fruit isnt overly tart and sweet and the flavors are perfectly balanced.

Very light beer, but slightly more carbonated than expected, given the head was so small. As far as drinkability, i could go for seconds or thirds of this beer without hesitation.

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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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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 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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