Frambozenbier | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 02-17-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of Davvvie
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rose tinted tan liquid. Very cloudy. Aromas of raspberries and bread. The flavors are perfect. Together with subtle raspberry fruit and mellow grain flavors, there is a flavor of egg pastry. Like an eclair shell or Yorkshire pudding. This gives the bright fruit and earthy malt flavors a bridge. Viscous and fluffy. I could drink 10 of these.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok: it's obvious, I really, really liked this.

Had this on tap in Montreal. For just over $6 CAN, I had a whole pint of this poured, just for me. Yes, I noticed the dark red color, and boy, it smelled nice, but I really just wanted to taste this.

I loved it! I thought I was a Kriek fan, but this was something: sweet/tart raspberry goodness that lasts from the first sip to the last. It fills your whole mouth with flavor.

What I like about these type of fruit beers is that you can drink several of them, you don't have to limit yourself. All that flavor can be yours for only 4.5% alcohol. I would make this a session beer in an instant. I looked at the bottle I brought back, and I noticed it lists sugar as an ingredient: no wonder it goes down so easy!

This is a top beer for me.

I also managed to purchase a beautiful Liefmann's glass to sip this beer in from now on.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a garnet color with rusty red/pink glints. The diminutive head reduces to continents of foam in a hurry. Sheets of lace adorn the glass. The aroma is full of fresh raspberry with some almonds and homemade cherry pie. Tartness, malt sweetness and loads of fresh raspberries explode on the first sip. Oaky vanilla notes show in the background, as does a raspberry seed astringency. Acidity builds as the beer warms. Theres a great blend of sweet and dry in finish.

This is a fantastic fruit. Very fresh and complex tasting but not sour like a fruit lambic or overly sweet like a fake fruit lambic.

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Photo of danadeny
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at Anam Cara, and it was great. The body of Frambozen was thick, cloudy, and heavy. The color was a dark brown with highlights of amber. The head of the beer was of nice size. The smell of the Frambozen was of fresh raspberries ripened to perfection. The aroma was of real raspberries not of a concentrated candy smell. When the Frambozen touched my palate, the initial taste was of balanced brown ale. The taste progressed and blended with the perfect balance of raspberries. The aftertaste was tart, it was not over-powering---perfection! The finish was smooth; there was not a hop finish. The after taste of Frambozen faded quickly. The mouth feel was slightly dry...awesome. I felt that the drink ability was more drinkable than water.

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Photo of necoadam
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Half Time Beverages
2003 verison

Pours out a deep red color with a nice amount of carbonation which stays with you the entire time. Smell was full of raspberries with some sweet and sour aromas mixing around. Taste was mostly raspberries as well, but had some tartness to it. The tartness and flavors were soft on the palate, but yet flavorful. Carbonation is full but doesn't get in the way of the flavors. I could drink several of these, that's how much I like the taste. Truly a great lambic. Finishes somewhat dry. A new favorite of mine! Highly recommended.

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Photo of marburg
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rose colored beer that when held to the light reveals constant carbonation for a long time after pouring. Head is very light pink, almost white-ish and it disappears quickly. The fairly large bubbles combined with the disappearing act make for a head that looks more like the foam off a freshly poured Coke than anything else. Aroma is of raspberry, raspberry, and with just a hint of raspberry. A quick sip passes only over the front of the tongue and reveals a strong raspberry flavor. A little more time yields an amazingly balanced beer with a fabulous acidic quality, definitely a little sour. This beer is like a gourmet SweetTart -- and damn, I love it.

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Photo of peterjk
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage poured from a 375ml bottle into moinette goblet.


A: Dark red amber with copper / rose highlights.

S: Raspberry compote over warm yellow cake, vanilla, rich raspberry jam

T: Crisp tart raspberry up front, rich malt in the mid palette, crisp on the finish with dry wood, bitter herbs, yeast and tart raspberry jam.

M: Lots of small bubbles, silky foam with long dry finish

D: Hell yah! This beer has a perfect balance of flavor, finesse and depth. World Class

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Photo of goschool
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the 3rd Stop in Los Angeles.

I didn't expect this beer to be nearly as good as it was.

The pour is a dirty red color that's so dark it's almost brown. The head was good sized and it held its post throughout the glass.

The aroma is bursting with fresh, sweet and tart raspberries along with a dab of yeast.

The taste is loaded with raspberries. Tart up front, sweeter (not artificial or candied) towards the middle as sweet malts join in, and mainly dry with some tart and sweet notes to go with the yeasty undertow in the finish. I don't even care that this isn't the beeriest or beers. My penis is still in working order and I haven't begun pressing my lips onto a Kleenex after applying chapstick.

The mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation is just lighter than the average beer. I could drink this all day and all night. Did I mention how fantastic this is?

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Photo of Realale
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foam settles quickly to a whispy film. Color is a nice reddish-brown. Incredibly complex nose - malt, mouth-watering sour notes, and a hint of raspberry. Palate is loooooooong due to the delightful acidity. The raspberry note is just a supporting player on the palate. Its Goudenband with a bit of extra complexity due to the raspberry addition.

This is my kind of fruit beer - the fruit adds something that is not in the plain (Goudenband), without dominating, and its NOT sweet! Bottled in '99, resting in my cellar since the spring of '01.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow. just wow.

12oz, stuffed with a tight cork choked tightly by the caging. nice exterior wrap.. purchased at nebco in orange, ct.

murky brown with red light-drawn highlights.. almost see thru next to a lightbulb. aroma is raspberry... real fruit, but stronger. concentrated like puree. beery offsetting qualities.. a yeasty tang and mild malty element that adds subtle lactic notes. light feel and fruity with distinctively nutty finish. low on the carbonation scale, and absolutely simple to kick this whole 12oz'er back effortlessly. like raspberries but don't want something super sweet or sour? this is the beer for you.

tough to talk about this without repeating the word 'raspberry' a thousand times.. in a nutshell, this beer is the 'good part' of harpoon framboise.. take that beer and minus the foul brown qualities.. the watery wussiness and the downplaying of the natural fruit taste. liefmans makes extraordinary fruit beers for the middle of the road fruit drinker.

new glarus...liefmans...cantillon

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Photo of diamondc
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, corked on 02/2007

Appearance : dark, murky brown red .. with an inch of foam that takes its time setting down to a nice cap leaving some pretty lacing on the sides.

Smell : I got what is advertised on the bottle .. raspberries! Plus that instantly recognizable funky, vinegarish aroma of Goudenband.

Taste: Initially tart, then the sweetness of the raspberries coming through in the middle. A surprisingly mild bitterness at the end rounds out the gulp.

Drinkability/Mouthfeel : I'm torn between taking small gulps or just resting the glass on my lips. This raspberry flavor isn't cloying like Lindemans lambics can be. Still, I can't see myself 'sessioning' a fruit beer or having one more than once a week. Paired up with some dark chocolate ... can we say flavor orgasm?

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Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of geexploitation
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a heavy, dark brown body devoid of highlights and a slightly off-white head with a collar and nice lacing. The aroma is beautiful -- soft yet evocative raspberries, some sweet undertones from the malt, and that familiar Liefmans lactic character. On the palate, wonderfully balanced between authentic raspberry flavors first off (you can almost taste the seeds) and a sour yeast character. The malts aren't terribly flavorful, and seem to be there mostly as a platform for raspberries and for their very smooth mouthfeel. Great acidity throughout, along with perfectly subdued-but-potent carbonation. Everything here is so cohesive and smooth (and insanely drinkable). Good flavor, great mouthfeel, real fruit taste (not fake raspberry syrup, it seems) and low ABV make this a crowd-pleasing, quaffable brew that the purists can appreciate, too... or at least not look down on all that much.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TastyTaste
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark and muddy, murky without much head. Smell has plenty of raspberry in it, very clean and sharp. Taste is sweet and raspberry, like Kool-Aid This would be a great beer for the person who doesn't admire beer. Tasty and sweet, without being anything near cloying. Very good.

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Photo of clvand0
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark red color with very little head at all and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was very nice: raspberry and sweetness with a bit of musty. I was worried about the flavor because I really don't like the sour flavor of Lambics and I tend to stay away from them because of that. But this was great. It was lacking that extreme tart/sour characteristic that I don't like in the Cantillon styles. Very sweet and smooth. Extremely well done.

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Photo of rye726
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nice looking brew with a redish brown color. Nice foamy tan head.

The nose is of raspberries, solid malts and Belgian peppery funk.

The taste is similar, nice mixture of malts and fresh berries. Very natural and authentic. Not the fruitiest, but complex and very tasty. Some earthy sourness as well.

Crisp body and refreshing feel. This is what a fruit beer should be. A solid brew enhanced by a refermentation with real fruit.

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Beer Bistro in Toronto on June 21, 2007. My particular beer was a Liefmans Frambozenbier, 375ml, 4.5% abv, and wrapped in a paper wrapper. This poured a beautiful maroon colour right out of the bottle with a beautiful raspberry aroma. The mouthfeel was crisp with some carbonation on the tongue. The beer started with a malty flavour with a lot of rasberry in it and finished with a crisp taste with a hint of raspberry. A truly wonderful experience for a fruit beer.

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Photo of beeragent
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a light purple, forming a 1/2 inch head. The aroma was completely dominated by the raspberries. Sweet and intense. The taste was also strong sweet raspberries. Very tasty and enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel. Low abv. and great flavor make this a very drinkable fruit beer. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. The flavor is not that complex, as it is normally dominated by the fruit flavor, but the simplicity is always welcomed. Not something that I could drink more than one of in a sitting, but a beer I will definitely be enjoying again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a very healthy head that leaves some nice lacing and sticks around as a cap. Smells of freshly macerated raspberries and brown sugar. There is enough acid from the raspberries to make the aromas quite fetching. A whiff of spice at the end. The taste is pretty similar. Sweeter than many framboises, but with enough acidity to keep it interesting, but not as sweet as Lindemans, for instance. There is a slight spiciness and seedy bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth and this is extremely drinkable- it is so balanced and so low in abv that you can keep drinking them.

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Photo of biegaman
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vivid, clear tone of cherry pomegranate that makes the beer seem instantly appealing. Despite the deep colour all transparency remains in tact, up against the light anyhow. Since its bubbly white head faded quickly I feel robbed of contrast. A little more mousse would have been becoming. Still, a beer this pretty must surely be luscious...

There is a slightly complicated pedigree behind Liefmans Frambozenbier so try and follow with me. Like all of this brewery's beers, this is a blend. It starts off as the Oud Bruin that is fermented in open vessels and then matured for up to 8 months. It is then blended with the very special Goudenband. Finally, raspberry juice is added. Got it? Good...

It's no surprise then that the aroma is dominated by sweet and sour as well as fruity and acidic. It has plenty of roasted caramel, raisins and nuts. There is slight vinegar, a touch of tartness and a dab of subdued spiciness. There is a discernible amount of mildewed, antiquated, musty oak. As if all that wasn't enough, luscious, fruity raspberries abound.

Frambozenbier is flavoured like the most tasty fruit salad I could ever imagine. Using an authentic artisan balsamic as base, we toss ripened strawberries, young cherries, skinned apples, juicy currants and, of course, plump raspberries in with wild honey and caramel drizzle. Summer berries topped with honey and balsamic make me foam at the mouth.

If what I described above sounds good to you, then I guarantee you will not only like, but love, this beer. It isn't overly nor artificially sweet like other synthetic, faux-Lambics. It isn't overly sour like the authentic, traditional ones either. It achieves some sort of mouthfeel nirvana through the blending of two wonderful Flanders Oud Bruins and fruit juice.

This particular bottle was a 2006 vintage sampled in 2009 (the brewery stamps their 'best before' ten years from the date of bottling) and is still drinking wonderfully. I'm not sure of how different (for better or for worse) this would be if left for the remaining 7 years. I've heard the Goudenband can mature upwards of 25 years so it stands to reason this could too.

Granted, expect to loose a lot of the fruit character - not that that would be such a bad thing. This beer may be mass-appealing and mindlessly enjoyable because of the fruit component but it's remarkably intricate for its base beers and, more importantly, the blending ultimately responsible for the final product. This is artistic beer, period.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My God. Can you say brilliant? I mean, this seriosly has to be one of the most unique brews I've ever had. Fruity, juciy, and tasty. The only thing I don't like is the fizzy mouthfeel. This is my first lambic, and it tastes like black cherry cola. Marvelous. I'm really at a lack of words. I'm moving to Belgium.

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Photo of Cfahooligan
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

( I had this on draft not bottle.)

This is a very rich in color beer. It's cherry brown. Extremely rich in color. A warm delicious and inviting color. Very tastey. It is almost scary how easy it is to drink this beer. It isn't very strong but it is so mellow but sweet it goes down like candy. With out being too sweet. Dane the bartender at Anam Cara gave this my favorite description for this beer. He said it tastes like drinking a tooties pop. It's very true. It's just the reverese though. It's chocolate on the outside, fruit in the center. Just how many licks does it take to get to the center fo a tootise pop? Well I had about 8 of them when Dave introduced them at Anam Cara for the pre-party to the Belgian beerfestival.

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