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

St. Louis FramboiseSt. Louis Framboise
BA SCORE
66.4%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 330 ratings
St. Louis FramboiseSt. Louis Framboise
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 04-26-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,002
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
330
Liked:
219
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
13.35%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
30
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 330 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of BltByKrmn
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of taylor714914
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Quite the opposite from the Weyerbacher Riserva I tried before this. It pours a dark ruby with a 2 finger head and smells of raspberry candy. Full on raspberry candy. Taste is similar. There is nothing tart about this, and I feel as though I am drinking a raspberry syrup. Sweet and thick from start to finish, this is more like a raspberry punch than beer.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of barrelofbastard
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of PtypeNtype
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Holland
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of rdooley
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of MTNboy
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a burgundy color with some frothy pink head. The Lace was also very thick with huge bubbles. There was a bit of sediment to the body.

Smell: Mainly berries with a sour finish.

Taste: The raspberries are dominant and are sweet at first but finish very tart. There is some spice to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: There is allot of carbonation to this medium bodied beer.

Overall: Not bad, a little tarter than most frambroise that I have tried but that is not a totally bad thing. I do think the overpowering carbonation does create an issue with the tast.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap one sunny afternnoon at Kelleher's in downtown Peoria after a long walk down the riverfront. Served in a tulip glass, this deep purple brew had a 1/2 finger head of pink foam that stuck around quite a while.

Smells of fresh tart raspberries. Not very complex, but the smell of raspberries is very acurate...very close to sticking your nose in a bowl of freshly picked raspberries.

Tastes like raspberries buried under a mound of sugar. Has a candied quality to it, like a raspberry lolly-pop. Again, not a lot going on except pure raspberry acid sweetness.

This one is the only framboise lambic I've tried other than Lindeman's which I enjoyed much more. This is ok, but nothin' special. I would reach for Lindemann's over this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Fruit, syrups and balancing acidity set the tone for a taste that's almost un-beerlike. As the complement of raspberry engulfs the ale, its clear intent is to appeal to the sweet tooth, dessert ale seeker, and those only recently learning the Belgian ropes.

Its nearly cartoonish pour releases a deep mauve saturation that's clearly indicative of immense raspberry additions within. The strong scent and early taste of raspberry puree is nearly overwhelming- commanding all that tastebuds and olfactory sense receive.

But after the palate acclimates to the sheer sweetness, other balancing nuances begin to surface. Light apple cider and sparkling white wine give a pleasant acidity to accompany that already established by the berries. Natural fruit and spice character emit with currant, red grape, white pepper and faint herbal bitterness- presumably from its light hop additions.

But its steadfastness in the simple syrup realm limits any turn to dryness as the ale slowly fades in its sweetness and candied body, causing the ale to seem like soft drinks and wine cooler despite those delicate acidities and alcohols. Tangy and moderately tart, all this seems fruit-derived instead of the more coveted ale beneath.

One thing's for sure- it sells its raspberry character well!

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Photo of slvrmon82
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on a mini brewery tour. Found this at a round the corner store.

A - Pours a very thick dark purple. Lots of haze. Not a lot of carbonation. No head. Literally no head it dissipates as soon as it hits the glass.

S - Lots of raspberries and wild yeast. Very pungent upfront. No doubt what it is.

T - Very nice and fruity. Little sour then fruity and then funky at the end. Excellent taste but lacking the carbonation of a lambic.

M - Bad. Very thick and heavy. No carbonation after first sip. Literally. Little creamy but just no carbonation.

D - About average for me it was too sweet for the sour. I am having trouble finishing this 750ml and it is only 4%.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Kelp
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerSingh
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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 TwiggyCZ
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drabmuh
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Subvette
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of dcbeers
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of scottgoblue314
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 66.4% out of 100 with 330 ratings
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