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 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 feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first taste of this stuff is the first pour from a freshly tapped keg.
Clear, deep rosy red appearance, perfectly pink head of full, fluffy foam.
Aroma: all raspberry, nothin' else, tart, but not too much beyond what comes with that fruit's flavor.
Taste: Puckeration right at the start, just a pinch of mouth-gripping tart, then it all rounds off. A fruity affair, but clean and neat on the tongue, after that initial bite. A tasty tango in the mouth, but mostly smoothness owns the day. Lip-pursing continues with consecutive sips, as the tartness hangs in there.
Very light in body, though, with a long, tangy, fruit finish.
"Like soda pop!" said someone (with zero familiarity with the lambic style)who sampled this with me. Yeah, is a commercial lambic, of that there is no doubt, but it makes for adequate dessert sipping, and isn't really bad at all.

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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 mrfrancis
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruby red with a puffy, lingering pink head. Unlike some others, I actually like the appearance of some of these commercial lambics.

S: Very sweet and confected on the nose with aromas of heavy cream, cake frosting, candy sugar, and red raspberry leading the way. I was hoping for a little more depth, or some authentic lambic character at the very least...

T: Notes of red raspberries, cream, vanilla, candy sugar, cake frosting, and tart cherries flit across the palate. The finish starts off sweet with sugar and raspberry flavors before a quick punch of acidic cherry and wild yeast asserts itself.

M: Light bodied, dry, firm, and spritzy. Very drinkable.

O: Of the St. Louis beers, this is by far the best one I've tried. Unlike many commercial framboise lambics, this one is not cloying.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good looking deep reddish purple brew; thin cream head.

Tons of tart raspberry on the nose.

Sweet and tart on the palate. Lots of raspberry, sugar, and a touch of syrup. No funk.

This is tasty, of course, but I'll pass in the future. It is too sweet and one-dimensional.

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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 puck1225
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice from a bottle. A deep hazy purple red color with a thin head and curtain lacing. Raspberry smell and taste. Taste is sweet with a bit of funk and sour pucker . A good beer for dessert!

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Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out into a tall Lindemans fruit glass. Deep ruby red color with purple-pink head. Aroma is full of sweet raspberries. Pleasant no funkiness. Flavor is better: sweet but not as sweet as Lindemans or Liefmans. It's got a touch of earthy, sweaty, biting brett character. Tartness really develops in the finish. Moderate body, bigger than an unsweetened lambic.

This is one of the bettered sweetened framboises I've had, but it's still disappointing. It's my first St. Louis lambic, and I didn't know until opening it if it was a traditional lambic or a modern commercial one.

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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 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 metter98
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear garnet in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high pink head that died down rather quickly and left large specks of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of raspberries in the nose.
T: The taste is filled with flavors of tart raspberries and also has some hints of sweetness. The tartness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable and drinkable fruit lambic that doesn't have artificial flavors and has much more tartness compared to sweetness. It almost feels like you're having a very strong raspberry sorbet.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of raspberries and raspberry juice but there is a slight hint of cleaning product aroma as well. Taste is of sweetened raspberries and raspberry juice with some grain/malt flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good fruit lambic but not as good as some similar ones I have had in the past.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12.7oz bottle.

Pours a slightly opaque dark red with some ruby hues and a nice light pink head.

Aroma is of fresh raspberries. Nice raspberry jam and some good fruit juice notes. Slight chalky yeast notes can alos be perceived. SLight tartness is perceived.

Flavor follows the nose. Nice fruit juice notes. Raspberries and more raspberries. A sharper tartness than other raspberry lambics I've had. Nice and balancing. Chalky and yeasty notes definitely are precent. Some slight phenols are perceived as well as some oak notes. Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing and dry with nice tartness.

Pretty good lambic. Every now and then I really enjoy these beers and this is definitely one of those days. Nice raspberry jam flavors mingle well with the yeast notes.

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