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 tony223366
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on June 18, 2011.

A: Purplish red and foggy. Kind of an odd color but it has a mostly white head that sticks around nicely.

S: Mostly raspberries and some nice funkiness.

T: Raspberries hit you first with a kind of funky sour finish. This is a bit cloying though. This is where the carbonation really comes in play.

M: Light to medium body with lots of carbonation.

O: This beer was borderline cloying for me. It ends up being very drinkable though. Just one at a time.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Shared with wife at Gainesville HOB. Pours deep red with pink head. Huge sweet raspberry aroma. Flavor is super sweet and tart raspberries and sugar. Something slightly weird on the back end like sweet-n-low flavor. Not bad. Wife liked it, but I have had better raspberry flavors in my beer. Slightly artificial was off-putting, but this smells great.

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

A: Pours a nice cranberry red with a decent head

S : A good raspberry smell

T : Tastes raspberry like I was expecting with a slightly tartish taste to it. Not as sweet as Lindemans but not as tart as something from Cantillion

M : Good carbonation

D : Easily drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as lambics go, im not sure this is my favorite, not tart enough, not acidic hardly at all, and lacking the wild fermentation characteristics i usually look for in the style, but as a fruited belgian ale, i absolutely love it, and its head and shoulders better than its immediate peers. natural looking purple pink raspberry color, a short lived stained pink head, and some chunks of yeast and maybe even a few raspberry seeds in there, it looks the part. the nose is great, jammy but not overly sweet, authentic fruity character and a little belgian yeast funk and fruit, but not the sourness true lambic usually possesses. i love the fruit flavor, not quite as true as the nose, mellowed by an oak hit here, but its still the chief flavor agent, and a genuine one at that. no corn sugar, no cavities, just true raspberry beer. its affordable and tasty, well carbonated and light, and overall extremely well made for what it is. not really passable as a sour, but im not sure its trying to be one. highly respectable brew here, better than some of the other fruit editions i think too, really summery and real fruity, i almost feel guilty for liking this as much as i do...

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Photo of tectactoe
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Enjoyed this one alongside a jam-packed quesadilla. It pours a deep ruby color with a slightly pink and purple type of tint to it. Opaque for the most part, although some light beams through the very extremities. The head is soft, foamy, and tinted a vibrant shade of pink as well - quick to fade with no lacing left behind.

St. Louis Framboise has an aroma that is jam packed with fruity goodness, right from the start. Raspberries take the center stage - what a shocker, I know. However there seems to be a solid cherry character on the nose, too, which works quite nicely with the raspberry. Soft and mostly sweet, but it never reaches the level of being sour or tart. It's safe to say that the aroma is a bit of a one-trick pony, but it's still quite nice and certainly refreshing. After all, it achieves what it has set out to achieve, right?

Up front, I get hit with a slight touch of tartness almost immediately, something I wasn't expecting based on the lack of "sourness" detected on the nose. However, the tartness subsides quickly and this beer is pretty far from being sour - it's actually rather sweet. Fruits jump out and run rampant from start to finish; a huge berry bonanza. Raspberries, blackberries, and cherries - juicy, ripe, and delicately sweet. There isn't much to balance the sweetness, however the sweetness really isn't high enough to need balance, so it works just fine. Thin bodied for the most part, slick and wet on the palate with medium-high carbonation and a slight snap on the mouth feel.

Pretty nice and refreshing lambic here. Not much "sour" happening, rather lots of sweetness. Huge raspberry flavor gets coupled nicely with a bit of cherry, too. Pretty similar to Lindeman's Framboise, though it's been quite a while since I've had that one, so I don't know if I can say for sure which one is better. Very close, though, and would both go well with this quesadilla.

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

(Served in a chalice)
Bottled 100406
A- The deep cranberry body is dens but clear with a pink sherbert head of foam on top that fades to a thin film and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The bright, dark red raspberry fruit dominates with an almost overripe aroma. Not a lot of support to follow.

T- The red raspberry fruit flavor taste a bit like jello with a dry tartness in the finish and a slight sweetness of raspberries lingers.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft tickle of fizz on the tongue.

D- The nice raspberry flavor is not overly sweet and does have a nice fruit flavor. This is definitely not a fruit lambic but it is a nice fruit beer. Just a bit more depth would be nice if I were to drink more than one.

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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 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 musicforairports
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-brown, less bright and purple than some, with nice head and some lasting lacing.

Smell is of tart berries.

Tastes is also full of berries, a bunch of underlying sweetness but the sourness prevails, in my opinion. Less raspberry-centric than Lindemans, but I can't decide whether it's sweeter or tarter. The tart/sweet flavor sticks around in the mouth long after the beer is gone.

Mouthfeel is thick, I think, for the style, but nothing bad on the palate.

This is a good framboise. It's only the fourth I've tried, but I'm curious to try more of these and other (non-fruit-oriented) lambics.

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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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Bottled on 100526, so May 26th, 2010 I presume.

4.0 A: Plum color. Three fingers of frothy pink head. Retention is good with plenty of lacing left behind.

3.5 S: Immense raspberry aroma, but it is too sweet to come off as natural. Rather, the raspberry takes on a synthetic, artificial vibe like in the liquid centered hard candies. Far below that there is a mild mustiness and a very subtle tartness. Still, it smells good.

4.0 T: Like the peche, the taste is about as sweet as it gets without getting cloying/annoying. Again, raspberry liquid filled hard candy with watermelon flavored lollipops. Mild mustiness. Very, very light tartness.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Good amounts of super spritzy carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

4.0 D: I have a reduced respect for backsweetened fruit lambics, but I think they are generally really tasty. They remind me of sparkling grape juice that I loved drinking during Thanksgiving as a kid (still love it). Anyway, this hits the head as a raspberry soda type drink with a touch of real lambic character. Infinitely quaffable.

Disclaimer: I rate backsweetened lambics to the style of sparkling fruit juice, not actual lambics.

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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 thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured ruby red with a three finger pink head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberries, strawberries, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and cream. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I really enjoyed this one as a nice palate cleanser as it was not abrasive to the tongue at all and left a rather pleasant aftertaste. The fruit on this one was definitely the start of the show as one would expect from this style. This is a definite must try and could be a good gateway brew for some females who are fans of fruitier mixed drinks.

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

25.4 ounce bomber, corked and caged, poured into one of my Stone Double Bastard sampling glasses.

A: pours a bright red hugh, barely translucent, with a thin white head on top. Surprising carbonation level. 3.5

S: tart raspberries dominate the nose. Very natural smelling. 4.0

T: taste follows the nose. Delightfully tart raspberries. Sweet and Sour. A one trick pony, but it does what it says it does... delivers lots of raspberry flavor. Dry finish. 4.0.

M: light and dry, with decent carbonation for the age. Even creams up a little in the mouth. 4.0

D: drinkable and enjoyable. I would have this again, but I wouldn't want to buy it/drink it in large quantities. 4.0

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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 portia99
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a clear ruby red with some yeast floaties marring the clean look. A thick two fingers of slightly dirty pink pillowy foam sits on top and shows excellent staying power.

S - Lots of fresh raspberries fill the aroma, slightly tart, very juicy. A bit of earth, a fair amount of sugary candyish sweetness. Smells pretty good.

T - Sweet up front with tons of raspberry flavor to back it up. Remains sweet and fruity through the middle of each sip and ends with a crisp and clean tartness that only serves to entice you into gulping down the next sip. Another beer that can be classified as a dessert in a glass.

M - Medium bodied, crisply tart mixed with sweet and fruity. Carbonation is ample and very tingly on the tongue, especially when combined with the fruity tartness on the finish.

O - An enjoyable fruit lambic - one with over the top fruit. First time trying this one...surprising given how available this one is. Not the best Framboise I've ever had, but solid quality, enjoyable, reasonably priced and easy to get...sounds like a winner to me - thinking I'll be getting this again in the near future.

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Photo of icefisherman
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

this is a very delicious beer if you are in the mood for such a beer if not in the mood i could see this being very ungood with that said when poored it is a very dark red as i expected with a pink head also expected smells a bit syrupy and a bit like baccardi raz taste is once again good if you are in the mood all around a very drinkable beer easily the best i have had this year

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle with the large crown cao. $6.35 from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Clear red with a pink head that turns whitish as it fades. Quite a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell: A little tart with tons of sweet raspberry-- like preserves. There is the slightest bit of tangy funk and a hint of acetic.

Taste: Just huge raspberry flavor with both sugary sweetness and a little tartness. Like the smell, just a hint of acetic.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sticky. Could be a little lighter, spritzier. Finish is sticky sweet.

Overall: I don't want to, but I really like it. My wife called me a girl. If you want a funky, sour Framboise, this is not it. This is a sweet one, but with enough real lambic character that it doesnt taste like Lindemans.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Absolutely delicious. Definitely a dessert drink.. and by that I mean, a drink you have in place of dessert! It was so fresh and tastey.. I had to have three glasses! The aroma of raspberries is overwhelming, and the taste will knock your socks off. Worth a try, as I think it may be one of the best in it's category.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - dark brick red color with a pink head that left a sheet of lacing.

S - lots of raspberries, tart and sweet.

T - raspberry dominates the taste, sweet at first but then the tart takes over, good stuff.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation and easy drinkability.

O - a nice treat every once in a while.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This limbic pours out as a red bubbly liquid with a pink fizzy head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet and full of raspberries. The taste is also very sweet and should be drank like a dessert or something. Lots of sugary raspberries in this brew. The mouthfeel is a little thick but still has a good carbonation to it. Overall this could be switched with a Lindaman's and not many people would notice the difference.

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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 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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St. Louis Framboise from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.83 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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