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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Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 tony223366
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on June 18, 2011.

A: Purplish red and foggy. Kind of an odd color but it has a mostly white head that sticks around nicely.

S: Mostly raspberries and some nice funkiness.

T: Raspberries hit you first with a kind of funky sour finish. This is a bit cloying though. This is where the carbonation really comes in play.

M: Light to medium body with lots of carbonation.

O: This beer was borderline cloying for me. It ends up being very drinkable though. Just one at a time.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Bottled on 100526, so May 26th, 2010 I presume.

4.0 A: Plum color. Three fingers of frothy pink head. Retention is good with plenty of lacing left behind.

3.5 S: Immense raspberry aroma, but it is too sweet to come off as natural. Rather, the raspberry takes on a synthetic, artificial vibe like in the liquid centered hard candies. Far below that there is a mild mustiness and a very subtle tartness. Still, it smells good.

4.0 T: Like the peche, the taste is about as sweet as it gets without getting cloying/annoying. Again, raspberry liquid filled hard candy with watermelon flavored lollipops. Mild mustiness. Very, very light tartness.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Good amounts of super spritzy carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

4.0 D: I have a reduced respect for backsweetened fruit lambics, but I think they are generally really tasty. They remind me of sparkling grape juice that I loved drinking during Thanksgiving as a kid (still love it). Anyway, this hits the head as a raspberry soda type drink with a touch of real lambic character. Infinitely quaffable.

Disclaimer: I rate backsweetened lambics to the style of sparkling fruit juice, not actual lambics.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked it at the Gourmet Store at Siam Discovery in Bangkok. I was preparing for a romantic evening with my lady on the 58th Floor Club Room of the Lebua State Tower on the Chao Phraya riverfront. A fruit lambic ?? Always works. Split the beer into two small but sturdy pours into the available wine glasses. The liquid was a bursting rosy red crowned with a shouting pink head. Hardly any retention and no lacing at all. This was a little comical as I found the appearance to be very child friendly. The nose was full of raspberry tartness. This didn't smell like a beer at all, except for the yeast aroma that was unmistakably Belgianesque. For me, thats when the love affair and appreciation ended (for the beer) - the taste was too sweet for my liking, like a raspberry candy. Maybe i was not used to lambics, but this tasted artificially sweet. Of course, it was tart as hell, thankfully to give some credibility to the taste. Beer was medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, I wouldn't go out of the way looking out for this one again, though it definitely is a lady pleaser, and maybe suitable for an after dinner sit out.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 090818? Aug, 18 2009 or Sept, 18 2008?

A: Deep reddish purple in color. Real hazy. Quarter to half finger slightly pink, head that fades fairly fast. Leaves an awesome lacing.

S: Sweet raspberries all the way. Raspberry jam. A touch of tartness.

T: A touch of caramel maybe upfront, then total raspberry domination. Super sweet with hints of tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied. Higher carbonation. Sweetness lingers in your mouth.

O: Good beer for the style. Nothing I'll drink regularly, but nice to have something most people will enjoy.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured ruby red with a three finger pink head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberries, strawberries, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and cream. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I really enjoyed this one as a nice palate cleanser as it was not abrasive to the tongue at all and left a rather pleasant aftertaste. The fruit on this one was definitely the start of the show as one would expect from this style. This is a definite must try and could be a good gateway brew for some females who are fans of fruitier mixed drinks.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St.Louis Framboise

Pours a deep reddish color with a small pink head, decent retention. Aroma is full of raspberry and a hint of sour. In the taste, berries coupled with the apple cider like quality of the St.Louis geueze base beer. Tart, lightly sour, and very fruity. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, with a smooth feel and a lingering tart raspberry note. Overall, not bad, but I was hoping for more funk.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark red beer with some brown on the edges. Pink head that had decent retention and left some spots on the sides.

S - Sweet raspberries, a little tart. Actually that's about it, just a lot of fruit.

T - Sweet beer like raspberry jam with some real fruit flavor in there. Slightly tannic, but this one is easy to drink and I can imagine a lot of non-beer girls liking it.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with active carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, tastes fine, nothing overly complex or amazing, but I didn't hate it.

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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 Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This limbic pours out as a red bubbly liquid with a pink fizzy head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet and full of raspberries. The taste is also very sweet and should be drank like a dessert or something. Lots of sugary raspberries in this brew. The mouthfeel is a little thick but still has a good carbonation to it. Overall this could be switched with a Lindaman's and not many people would notice the difference.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.54/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok, so I am going to preface this by saying that this should be classified as a Flanders Red rather than a lambic, but I will rate it to the style shown here. I will mention that this is a passable attempt at a Flanders Red, so take what I've said and what I'm about to say into account if you are thinking of ordering this.

On tap at Eulogy, into a lambic flute.

Pours a beautiful ruby red, completely clear, with only wisps of head when it arrives. No lacing, and a swirl leaves a syrupy oily film on the glass. Looks like a lot of residual sugar for a lambic...

Aroma is sweet sweet sweet raspberries. No funk or sourness to be found. This was definitely back-sweetened. Same thing with the flavor, as a cloying sweetness overshadows the fresh taste of the raspberries. Syrupy and a bit too thick on the palate, a re-chracterization of this beer would do it good. If you like sweet fruit beers, this is one to try. If you are expecting a funky or sour lambic, stay away, because despite what others here have said, you aren't going to find anything remotely traditional here.

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Photo of obywan59
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather murkey-looking rosy-purple color with a gorgeous pink 1 1/2 finger head that leaves light lacing.

Smell of raspberries with a bit of funk. Lighter on the aroma than Lindeman's.

Taste is of raspberries again, with more pronounced funk. Very earthy, but pleasant. Very sweet up front, but it's the tartness that lingers.

Medium bodied with light prickle of carbonation.
Syrupy enough to hold the flavor well.

Very good. Compared to Lindeman's this is more funky, perhaps a bit less sweet, less carbonated, and way less aromatic. I would try this again.

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

Appearance - Clear rose body with a light pink pancake batter head.

Smell - Sweet raspberry.

Taste - Really sweet and very acidic. Delicious. Not very complex, but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Full effervescent carbonated body. Refreshing as hell.

Overall Drinkability - Delicious lambic, but maybe not enough complexity to achieve a high score.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at the Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego, the beer was served in a mini-snifter. The beer pours a syrupy, deep, vibrant blood red color. The beer has a good lacing as you drink, and maintains a thin film of head. The nose is syrupy/sugary sweet raspberry. Legitimate raspberry flavors with dark sweetness and decreased carbonation when compared with something like Lindeman's. Very smooth, with a slight tartness on the finish. Body is thicker and more smooth than other fruit lambics, too.

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

(Served in a chalice)
Bottled 100406
A- The deep cranberry body is dens but clear with a pink sherbert head of foam on top that fades to a thin film and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The bright, dark red raspberry fruit dominates with an almost overripe aroma. Not a lot of support to follow.

T- The red raspberry fruit flavor taste a bit like jello with a dry tartness in the finish and a slight sweetness of raspberries lingers.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft tickle of fizz on the tongue.

D- The nice raspberry flavor is not overly sweet and does have a nice fruit flavor. This is definitely not a fruit lambic but it is a nice fruit beer. Just a bit more depth would be nice if I were to drink more than one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, raspberry red color with a one-finger, pink head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of raspberries and that's about it. Sweet aroma.

T - Good raspberry taste with a sweet flavor that turns to a tart bite as it goes down.

M - It was crisp and puckeringly sharp - not too much but definitely there. A light bodied ale.

O - This is a pretty nice lambic. Nice blend of sweet and tart.

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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 rapidsequence
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle with the large crown cao. $6.35 from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Clear red with a pink head that turns whitish as it fades. Quite a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell: A little tart with tons of sweet raspberry-- like preserves. There is the slightest bit of tangy funk and a hint of acetic.

Taste: Just huge raspberry flavor with both sugary sweetness and a little tartness. Like the smell, just a hint of acetic.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sticky. Could be a little lighter, spritzier. Finish is sticky sweet.

Overall: I don't want to, but I really like it. My wife called me a girl. If you want a funky, sour Framboise, this is not it. This is a sweet one, but with enough real lambic character that it doesnt taste like Lindemans.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL capped bottle at 42 degrees into a Boon Kriek glass.

A: It pours a glowing red color with a half-finger of pinkish-cream-colored head that recedes quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S: Fresh-picked raspberries and some horseblankety mustiness.

T: Raspberries galore with some sour notes but nowhere near as much as other fruit lambics.

M: It has a relatively light body and heavy carbonation but the flavors stick around for some time.

D: It is not as sour as I would prefer but it is still good and highly drinkable. Unfortunately, this lambic - and every other one - costs about $6 bucks per 12 oz so I do not drink many.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared this one with the wife on a glorious day off...

Poured form 375ml bottle into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Pours a light burgundy with a one finger light lavender head. Good amount of head retention, an decent amount of lacing. Wow, this one looks awesome...

S - Smells sweet, with lots of berries coming through...

T - Wow, this one is sweet. Really good, but still pushes the limit of sweetness. Rasberry pushes out front from the begining and rides the wave all the way through the finish...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Was anticipating it to be a little more watered down. Carbonation level is perfect. Enough to let you that it's their, but nothing over the top...

D - Could not see myself drinking more than one of these. To sweet for my tastes...


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Photo of washburnkid
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good for before dinner, or right after. Especially good when you have someone to share it with (personally I can only take a few ounces of sweetness in one sitting).

The color is gorgeous...looks just like raspberry tart. Ruby, with light purple head and lacing. Aromas are balanced sweet/tart, tons of berries. The smell makes my mouth water immediately. Flavors follow. Pure raspberry goodness. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation. This one is a sipper for sure. Lambics are such a treat, and this one delivers exactly what I'm looking for.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-brown, less bright and purple than some, with nice head and some lasting lacing.

Smell is of tart berries.

Tastes is also full of berries, a bunch of underlying sweetness but the sourness prevails, in my opinion. Less raspberry-centric than Lindemans, but I can't decide whether it's sweeter or tarter. The tart/sweet flavor sticks around in the mouth long after the beer is gone.

Mouthfeel is thick, I think, for the style, but nothing bad on the palate.

This is a good framboise. It's only the fourth I've tried, but I'm curious to try more of these and other (non-fruit-oriented) lambics.

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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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St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.83 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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