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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Photo of aepb1
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ruby red body, big pink bubbly head

S- Raspberry! Not much else to speak of

T- Very raspberry but not sickly sweet, nice tartness mutes and balances the sweet for a well-rounded taste

M- Light and high carb as it should be

D- I like the balance and the no overly sweetness of this brew

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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 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 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 morebeergood
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 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 DCon
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought Beer from Lukas Liquor in a Mix-A-Six. (4th Beer of Night)

Appearance: Pink/Red, No head like better Lambics

Smell: Raspberry/Cranberry mostly

Taste: Juice, Berries, Awesome All-around but I've had better Lambics

Mouthfeel: gets your taste buds going, champagne-like, and has a light body

Drinkability: Easier to drink than an OJ in the morning

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a finger and a half of pink foam. It is a red color remenisent of raspberry jam.

S: smells like straight raspberries.

T: it tastes like raspberries but a tiny bit off, but it is slightly tart. It finishes almost cleanly. It is rather sweet.

M: medium and very sparkly due to carbonation. It is a good mouthfeel.

D: it is a bit sweet that is almost overwhelming, however it could be nice depending on the time.

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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 smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large three-finger pink head; leaves a lot of chunky lace on the glass. Settles slowly, leaving a frothy dome. Dark Burgundy color and reasonably clear.

Sour and dry raspberry aroma. Classic framboise without the candy sweetness that some have.

Strong sweet-tart flavor. Far more candy-like than the smell suggests. Good faux-raspberry flavor. The aftertaste is short but is similar to that of a dessert. Well-balanced. Would likely taste great with some stinky cheese.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12.7 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottle date 090818.

A - Pours a cranberry color. Nice and deep. Has a good 1 inch head.

S - As expected a nice fruit aroma from this. Strong raspberry smell.

T - Immediately reminds me of a champagne. You get the raspberry taste quickly.

M - Comes across dry. Has a medium amount of carbonation.

D - You can have a couple of these and be just fine. Not a session for sure.

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Photo of Brew33
1.99/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle of this at Jungle Jim's. Was hoping for a classic Lambic but what I got was a sickeningly sweet beverage more soda like than anything.

The appearance is good. Ruby red with a scant head. The aroma is odd. VERY sweet. No funk, no acidity, nothing like a real fruit Lambic. The taste is more of the same. Soda sweetness. Yuck! No tartness, no acidity, just big, sugar sweetness. Artificially sweetened I'm sure. The yeast and bacteria make themselves known briefly. The mouthfeel was fine. The drinkability suffered because it tastes and drinks like high fructose corn syrup.

Avoid. Nothing like the offerings from some of Belgium's better breweries.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle a while back and I've been waiting for the right time to crack it. Figured with the cooler weather it would be nice to sit back and enjoy one last summery note.

A - Pours a hazy crimson (thanks to this being unfiltered) with a nice light pink slightly less than one finger head. That quickly dissolved leaving thin wisps along the surface along with some slight side lacing.

S - Nice sour and tart aromas, along with some sweetness. Some really good fresh raspberry and just a little bit of yeasty funk.

T - Pretty much the same as the aroma. Nice raspberry flavors with some good tartness upfront with a nice dry finish. All in all pretty good.

M - Light/medium on the mouth with just a slight, slight stickyness. Really good carbonation.

D - This lambic has alot going for it. Its an all around concise package. A solid lambic that doesnt break the bank.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark red with a bit of a brownish tint. Slight off white head with a bit of purple in there. Nose brings raspberries and quite a bit of sweetness. Taste is more raspberries and some sugar. There is a tiny bit of earth in the background. Feel is light to medium with decent carbonation. A bit cloying. Overall, a nice introduction for a novice, but not a terribly great beer.

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

Pours a cherry red color, hazed from sediment, nice soapy cap of pinkish hued head. Scent is a big whiff of raspberry sweetness, not much more else to it. Taste thankfully isnt as sweet as the scent was leading towards, much more tart raspberry but there is a decent amount of sweetness. Lacks the funkyness i expect from the style. Body is medium, bubbly and the drink only touches the dryness im used to in the style. A good lambic that knocks artificial ones out of the water but doesnt touch the more respected brands in composition although it comes close in quality of ingredients.

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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 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 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 mothman
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Hopcat

Pours a light pink hued head. Color is a dark bright ruby red.

Aroma: Raspberry jam and yeast. Some very faint tart notes here. Smell very artificial.

Taste: Artificial raspberry sweetness. Tastes like candy or raspberry pop-sickle. Not too much of a lambic in my opinion. Just too fake.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and sugary. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and clean with raspberries.

Overall, this is a pretty bad lambic. Not sour or tart. Taste was artificial. Not very drinkable.

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

330 ml bottle poured into a champagne flute.

Deep reddish amber with a fizzy head that soon shrinks to a small collar of foam. This sticks around pretty well and leaves a bit of wispy lacing.

A bit of a woodsy aroma seems to be lurking underneath plentiful raspberry. Tastes pretty good. At first, much more sweet than tart, but it never approaches Lindemans Framboise-level sweetness (tastes more "beery", too). Toward the swallow, the balance shifts towards tartness (say, 55% tart). The finish is sticky and satisfying, with a surprising brief hit of bitterness at the swallow.

Overall impression: Not something I'd drink all the time, but a nice change of pace. Went down nice and easy out on the porch on a sultry afternoon.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this one with the woman since she enjoys the lambics. Bottle says "07" cork says "05" Poured into my oversized wine glass the beer is a sediment filled blood red. About a half finger of pink head leaves no lace.

The aroma is pure sweet raspberries and cherries. Just a touch of funk in the background. Otherwise all fruit all the time.

The flavor is full on raspberry. Sweet and lightly funky. That's it. Dry finish.

Light to medium body. Loads of carbonation.

Overall a typical framboise. Nowhere near Razz tart but decent.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Brasserie Beck, Washington DC; April 2010
Having just finished my meal, and completely unsolicited, the waiter brought me a couple beers to sample that had been pulled from the tap list. This one was actually a great way to end the meal. The raspberry character is dominant, but manages to taste of real, if still sweetened, fruit that is decadent without being heavy. This really can pair quite well with the right, time, place and meal; and this has done just that here, low in alcohol, and a sweetened, big, real fruit flavor that works great as a dessert. Surprisingly I find myself enjoying this much more than I would ever have expected to; I would give this a solid 4.0/4.2 for this particular moment in time.

On Tap at 1702, Tucson, April 2010
The beer arrives from the tap with a hazy plum color and is topped by a wispy, ring of a pale hued head. The aroma smells sweet, with a pulpy raspberry fruitiness, a sort of green raspberry-seed like edge to it and it really just reminds me of smelling a jar of raspberry jam.

The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma suggested, but it is still definitely a sweet beer. Flavors of raspberry jam or sweet raspberry syrup are quite in evidence and this really works as an end of the meal dessert. The raspberry character has a nice pulpy, fleshy, fruit flavor to it and there is even some tannic, astringency here that seems to be derived from seeds or raspberry skin. There is a light, lactic tartness here that is mostly drowned out by the sweetness. The texture has a definite, sugary viscousness to it, though I wouldn't say this is a heavy beer at all.

This is very quaffable, it is refreshing like a glass of raspberry juice; really juice is what this "beer" is. It is simplistic and even enjoyable if you take it for what it is.

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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 kshankar
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with a red/pink foam. Lacing is plentiful, foam has good retention.

Aroma is fruity. Raspberry and not much else

Taste is sugary and huge doses of raspberry. Tart

Mouthfeel...light, carbonation is fine. Drinkability is high. Good for a dessert, and a pretty good lambic as well.

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