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 drabmuh
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I didn't bother to check the vintage. Poured into a St. Louis flute glass. Beer is clear and bright red. Forms a thin head of small and medium whitish bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strongly raspberry and really sweet. There are no sour notes in the aroma at all. I now know what kind of lambic this is going to be.

Its like drinking a raspberry soda. Its very sweet, not cloying, medium to thin in body. The beer is bright with raspberries candy flavor and strong berriness. Mild tartness but overall its just really sweet. When I noticed how sweet it was, I immediate picked up the bottle to see if there were dregs at the bottom. Nope, the bottle was completely clear straight through the bottom.

It is likely that this beer is filtered and sugar is added to the beer after filtration to emphasize the sweet fruit flavors. Its OK for what it is, not a huge fan of the sweetened lambics, but it definitely makes its points and achieves its goal. It is not likely I'll drink this again anytime soon, maybe if I serve chocolate mousse for dessert sometime.

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Photo of emerge077
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a duplicate entry, this label is the closest resemblance. This is basically a fruit beer, not lambic in any traditional sense of the word.

Bang! Cork goes flying. Into a Duvel tulip it pours a high clarity scarlet red with a ring of pink foam. A weak skim tries to hold together across the surface but can't. A little bit of clingy lace at it's edges looks nice though.

Pure raspberry aroma, likely from the fruit juice/syrup. Nothing vaguely lambic about it, one dimensional sweet raspberry juice.

Flavor is more of the same, sweet raspberry candy. There is minimal tartness in this, don't fool yourself into thinking this is lambic at all, it's no different than a wine cooler. Aftertaste of raspberry juice. Slightly less sweetened than Lindemans, but basically the same thing.

Feels like carbonated raspberry juice, and drinks about the same. Not worth the money...mix with vodka I guess? Not recommended.

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Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 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 tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head and carbonation, reddish/brown in color, cloudy

Smell: lots of raspberries

Taste: sweet raspberries and sugar

Mouthfeel: very sweet--almost syrupy, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: A fantastic lambic..a touch of sourness to meld with the sweetness. I could sip this all day.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, ruddy red color. 3/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong raspberry, slight tart malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and yeast. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is also a slight tartness present. Tastes of strong raspberry, sweet malt, yeast, slight tart malt, and slight earthiness. Overall, a little too sweet, but otherwise still good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

Pours a clear garnet with a nice thick pink foamy head that leaves minimal lacing behind. The nose, unsurprisingly, is loaded with raspberries, with a touch of oakiness and toffee as garnishes. The taste emphasizes the berries' tart and sour qualities, but does not overdo it as these temper/mellow as things progress. The oak from the nose is there as well, creating a soft boat upon which the berries float across the tongue. The body is a medium-moderate, with a pleasant touch of carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a tasty, tart, fruity lambic with, if one is inclined toward them, high drinkability.

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Photo of adamette
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Enjoyed on tap last night at Ballantines in Willoughby, poured into a St. Louis Kriek narrow tulip glass.

A Pink, thin head over a dark fruit punch, opaque pink/red body, looking exactly like a Lindeman's Framboise. 3.5

S Sweet raspberry goodness with maybe a hint of barley, grains. Again, it is hard for me to avoid a comparison to the very similar Lindeman's Framboise. 4.0

T Raspberries, sweet, some grains but they are way in the distance of the sweet, nectar like fruit taste. Lindeman's Framboise comes to mind again I am afraid. I think that it is a good taste, none the less. 4.0

M Some carbonation rising up and some syrupy thickness, a good sturdy feel and quite a big one for the level of ABV. 4.5

D Good but I am not sure that I will need to seek this one out again since Lindeman's Framboise is so much more available in my area. 4.0

Notes: Not my favorite style but that did not keep me from giving it a favorable review. If a framboise is what you are looking for then this is a good one.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best fruit beer I have ever had and I am not normally a fan!

The sourness of the lambic is beautifully balanced with the sweetness of the fruit and there is no unpleasant aftertaste at all.

The taste of this beer is really very good and I will actually consider buying this again

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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 jampics2
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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 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 stakem
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork date of 5/2008

Pours a brownish red color that is clear for the most part but has some faint particles if you look close. Very thin spotty lace here and there appears mostly white but has a hue of the brownish-red color to it. Aroma is mostly raspberry sweetness with a bit of funk. Taste is a blast of raspberry that is a mixture of sweet, sour and tart with a little bit of funkiness. Carb is fairly high with a light feel. Lingering taste of the fruit and a bit of creaminess left on the palate. Very easy drinking with a tart finish.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this framboise pours a ruby red with minimal carbonation and a thin white ring

S - raspberry, some faint yeastiness that distinguishes this from raspberry juice

T - super sweet for a framboise, not sour note i get from others like Lindeman's, this really tastes like a thin bodied raspberry preserves

M&D - smooth and champagne-like in dryness and proper serving, it is quite tasty, and the gf loved it, however i do enjoy the sour element in my framboise's

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Photo of birchstick
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby red with a really nice head

S - smells how a raspberry framboise should smell - sweet raspberries with a touch of funk

T - again, this tastes how a lambic should taste. Very sweet raspberries - it dominates the palate. There is a little bit of earthiness/funk at the end.

M - smooth full...I like a little bit more carbonation in my framboises though.

D - This, like most fruity lambics, is very sweet, making it hard to drink a lot of this. Pretty good, especially for the price.

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Photo of velosuds
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml dark green bottle into a clear pint glass. Purchased today at John's Market Place for $9.49.

A-Pours a dingy reddish brown with one finger off white head that leaves modest lacing on the glass.

S-Raspberries, ripe, sweet raspberries.

T-Nice balance of tart and sweet raspberry with some mild hop bitterness. Very fruity and festive. Tastes great even after enjoying a few much more bitter IPAs tonight.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated. Feels too good to be beer.

D-I like the lambic style, especially framboise. This is very good. It is one style I could readily drink at anytime, day, or night.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a brownish-red in color with a small head. One thing I love about raspberry lambics is the bright raspberry color but this one is a bit dingy and uninviting.

Smell - The aroma on the other hand is beautiful. There's a deep richness to the raspberry smell like the fruit has been cut open and sprinkled with sugar.

Taste - The flavor is equally deep. This is not like that imitation fruit flavor you get with some efforts at the style. This is rich and elegant with a touch of sourness.

Mouthfeel - This is no lightweight in the mouth and the light sour notes just do make you pucker a bit.

Drinkability - I hate to admit that I chugged a fruit lambic but I just couldn't put this one down.

Update - I haven't had this in over three years to thought I'd get a bottle and compare it to my original review. Thankfully it hasn't changed a bit.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's.

Pours a pink color with a nice fluffy light pink head. Very attractive beer.

Smells like raspberries and sweetness with a little bit of funk thrown in.

The sweetness hits first with a kick of tartness thrown in at the same time. The finish is a bit of pleasant funk.

In the mouth it is sweet and creamy. Carbonation fits well.

Ok, this is just too sweet to drink too much. Not a bad beer and I will order it again, but I'm still unsure I can drink a whole one.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice. 2008 vintage.

This lambic pours a pinkish/purple color with a light pink head. Lacing is surpsingly stick, with chunks stinking randomly to the walls.

It smells great, its very sweet and raspberries are definetly the dominate flavor. There is also a great tart counterbalance.

The taste exceeds the smell, still dominated by raspberries. This lambic is a perfect combination of a very sweet start with an excellent tart finish. Simply outstanding.

Mouthfeel is nice and you can drink this all day.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap (!!!) at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO into a flute glass

Pours a lovely shade of pink. It looks like neon magenta lip gloss or something. Very attractive. The tiny head is bubblegum pink by comparison.

Raspberries dominate the nose (who would have guessed?). A mild funk shows through, but its notes are indistinguishable.

Light and sweet raspberry taste coats the whole tongue. There is a moderate amount of sour funkiness. I am not a lambic or sour expert by any means and am perhaps unequipped to discern the various flavors amongst the sourness, but this beer's funk quality really seems like just a generic sourness to me. Compared to the popular lambic/fruit ale Lindemens Framboise, this beer is more sweet and less tart.

The mouthfeel is light and prickly with carbonation. The feel and taste combine to make this more of a raspberry soda pop than a full-fledged beer. That isn't an insult, btw. Because of this effect, the drinkability is very good. I really could drink this all day.

I've enjoyed this beer quite a few times at Flying Saucer; it is pretty cool that they have this on-tap. Its light, refreshing, and makes for a great capper to an evening of beer.

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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 Traquairlover
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Mostly garnet red with a slight maroon tint. Forms small foamy pinkish head that slowly resolves to a blanket layer of foam on surface.

S = Raspberries and sourdough starter.

T = Raspberries, sweet-tart flavors like a hard candy. Decent, but a little too understated. Not nearly sour enough but not overly sweet for all that. Real problem is that it is just too understated.

M = Carbonation has a bit too much f a bite for me, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is a drinkable beer. It does not get cloying and is refreshing.

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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 thekanna
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC. The following review is compiled from the notes taken there:

A: Gorgeous radiant red/magenta with almost no head save for a pink layer that forms along the upper surface.

S: Great scent of fresh raspberries and other berries, and an overall sweetness.

T: Fermented, yet tart raspberries which have a slightly bitter hop note at the finish and citrus body. This tastes somewhat like carbonated raspberry soda or wine coolers.

M: Somewhat thin for the style.

D: Great as a session brew. Extremely drinkable, even to non-beer drinkers.

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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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