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: 328 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of leroybrown10
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 1/25/09 at Julian's in Providence, RI, served in a small wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep pinkish purple color, with a short light pink head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: I didn't even need to bring the glass toward me to smell the raspberries. As soon as the glass was set in front of me I could smell them.

T: The taste likewise is tart and sweet with a strong raspberry flavor. There's a thin malt character and a very mild hops presence, but exactly what you would expect from the style. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer but it's just not the kind of beer I drink very often.

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Photo of battlekow
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Roman's Pub. It certainly has an interesting appearance; whether it's good or not depends on if you think cough syrup is attractive. It was capped by a very pink head that reminded me, morbidly, of the bloody froth that comes from people's mouths after a lung injury. Smells and tastes almost of straight raspberry, with a slight hint of a perfumy, floralness. You might think you were drinking pleasantly carbonated raspberry juice. It was so fruity that my girlfriend had to move on to "something more beery" after the first glass, which wasn't even a regular glass, maybe 8 oz. Basically, if you like raspberries, you will like this beer; otherwise, you will probably get sick to your stomach. Hell, you might get sick anyway, even if you do like raspberries.

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Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

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 Sandtownchuck
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%

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 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 ilikebeer03
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a deep purple with a finger of dense pink head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of raspberries. lots of sweetness with a little bit of tartness
T: taste is tart and acidic with a good blast of raspberry flavor, slight oak and vanilla but mostly tart raspberries. Swallow is raspberries, lingering tartness and the slightest amount of funk
M: this beer is on the lighter side of things with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: This beer is pretty good. It isn't as good as some but it has plenty of fruit flavors, tartness and a decent amount of complexity. I think I might pick up another bottle to see how it changes after a year.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.83 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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