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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy Fruity reddish with lots of pink foam. Very sweet and also you can taste the raspberries. Aroma of raspberry, sugar, and a touch of the farm. Appropriate carbonation. Tangy finish and sediment. Refreshing, although drying aftertaste. A nice one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy garnet color with a bubbly violet head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing around the chalice

Smell: Wonderful aroma of raspberry puree with a dash of vinegar

Taste: Starts with a rich blast of raspberries that intensifies after the swallow just as the sour flavors emerge; the finish is mouth-puckering but flavorful

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well carbonated; a bit prickly on the tongue

Drinkability: Truly refreshing in a small dose on a summer's day

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like the perfect match between champagne, beer and raspberry juice. Good sour taste and very refreshing for those hot summer days. Leave a small head when pourred into glass that disapear too quickly. God save the Begian for being able to brew soem Lambic.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is from a 750, cork dated 2005.

Served in a vintage Liefmans flute glass.
Pours a reddish brown, with ample carbonation that even clings to the sides of the glass. Second pour yields some sediment, but the first pour was pretty clear. Visually you can see that the base beer is Goudenband, that is used to make it. The color is a little darker than other sweet lambics, more like a Flanders Red.

Leafy raspberry aroma, a little mustiness from the cork, but that blows off. Sweetness is present in the nose too.

Feel is spritzy, with a light tartness that seesaws with the sweetness. Flavors of sweet raspberry dance around, some oak tannins, then it finishes dry as the bubbles vanish on the tongue.

Works well as an aperitif or as dessert. The last 12.7 oz. bottle I had didn't seem to hold it's carbonation as well as this 750mL one. As far as sweet "lambics" go, this one has more to keep me interested than most out there.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle up in DC. Served in a Russian River "TION" goblet.

Pours a muddy brown color with a low off-white head and not much lacing or anything like that. The nose brings a tad bit of raspberry and a bit of a tea-like character. Flavor brings a bit of tea and light raspberry. Quite odd and not very tasty, unfortunately. Not everything works together, and the base beer doesn't quite work with the raspberry. Light body and some tea-like tannic character. Decent, but not something I would come back to.

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Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of light caramel colored foam on a dark amber body with good clarity.

S - Musty, slightly funky aroma of raspberries with some caramel malt notes in the background.

T - Raspberry flavors up front with some malt sweetness and just enough acidity to balance the fruit. Caramel malt flavors follow along with a bit of lemon/lime sweet-sour interplay. The raspberry flavors continue into the finish along with some earthiness.

M - Full bodied, with high carbonation and a dry, puckering finish.

D - Highly drinkable, as all Flemish beers tend to be. This beer isn't as complex as some others, but it has nice raspberry character and the finish really inspires you to go back for another sip.

I had this as a dessert beer with some good, 70% cacao dark chocolate. What can I say, raspberries and chocolate? It worked; it worked really well.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dusky orange-red with brilliant orange edges. The ecru cap (no hint of pink) is tight-bubbled, falls slowly and doesn't grace the glass with so much as a scraplet of lace. Thin, shredded sheets appear eventually. Since it doesn't have the girlie look that one usually associates with a raspberry beer, I wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen drinking one in public.

The nose is powerfully aromatic and is raspberrilicious. It's pretty much wall-to-wall fresh berries with just enough Belgian yeasty tang to set it apart from all those simple, overly sweet raspberry beer wannabees. There are no surprises, just berry-bursting goodness.

This is good beer. The raspberry fruitiness is neither too subtle, nor is it overwhelming. The thing that sets Frambozenbier apart from some others is exquisite balance and the interplay between sweet, sour and funky. It's less sweet than Lindemans Framboise and less sour than a true lambic; a good middle ground that should appeal to a wide range of people.

A sneaky sweetness becomes more apparent as I enter the second half of the bottle. I need to slow down and begin sipping because the sugar buzz is making my head spin. Thankfully, the balance is maintained throughout the long, sticky finish. While it borders on slick and syrupy, the mouthfeel thins out quite a bit as beer exits mouth.

Frambozenbier is another delicious offering from Brouwerij Liefmans. I liked their Kriekbier and I like this one just as much. I don't usually think in these terms, but this beer would go great with any number of quality chocolate-raspberry desserts.

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decent head and better lace. The color is dark reddish amber where there is a slight cloudiness.

This is surprisingly light smelling Framboise. It's probably the weakest part of this brew.

Strong raspberry aftertaste. Overall, this is a more-sweet, less-sour lambic--truly a dessert beer. Full bodied with a low carbonation.

This is not a daily offering, but it is a very pleasant brew. I'd love to check it against other Framboises.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

2008 vintage

The beer is a sunburst brown / orange color. The head is thin and wispy, leaving barely a trace of lacing on the glass. The aroma is initially rather subdued, with a slight mustiness and scents of berries. As the beer warms, the aroma grows in intensity. The flavor is very fruit forward, with a large dose of slightly sweet raspberries, followed by more subtle notes of funk and a mild tannic character. The finish is nice and brings some funkiness. This is an enjoyable fruit beer in the Flanders style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark brown that carries ruby hues. A sizeable creme head falls and leaves a lot of lacing. Hello. My name is raspberries. Can you smell me? MMyess. Flavor is a nice smooth raspberry tone. Very well put together and nice, but a bit one sided. There aren't really any other characteristics. Definitely isn't sweetened beyond what is natural, just like the kriek I have had about 50 times so far. Nice slick feel with a slightly biting carbonation. It's nice. Just like the kriekbier, but it's raspberry instead. Love me some fruit beers.

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Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby brown with a white head that soon becomes a patch.

The smell is of fresh raspberries. Sweettart candyish.

The taste is of fresh raspberries. Sweet barley malt backing. Sweetness backed by a tartness. Light, fruity finish.

The body is light, even towards thin. Drying raspberry hangs on.

This is a nice fruit beer with enough to it to let you know you're still drinking a beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small champagne shaped bottle, corked and caged. 2003 on the cork. This tasty nectar pours dark, cloudy plum with a creamy tan head, showing excellent retention and leaving nice lacing. minor sediment in the final yeasty pour. Nose is the expected fruit and a touch of must. This is a tasty, fruity, complex lambic. Notes of rasberries, strawberries, melon, honey, with a very mild sourness only picked up in the finish. Lovely and refreshing, I wonder how the extra year in the bottle has effected this one. This bottle was a joy to sip and slug, fine summer beer, would be fine with any type of summer chow or dessert.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened the other day to share with some dudes. Beer is kind of a dirty brown with a minimal head with no staying power and moderate / steady carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet with raspberries and mildly funky (although not as funky as the kriek). Kind of smells like seeds.

Beer is much more fruit forward than I expected. Tastes really good. There is a lot of sweetness from the fruit followed nearly immediately by some mild funk and woodiness. The beer is thin overall and has a dominant fruit presence. Very nice.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date November 2015; Sampled March 2008
Pours with a frothy, almost two-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits on top of a murky dark, concentrated plum colored beer that shows a lightly hazed, cranberry red color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite raspberry driven; pulpy, raspberry aromatics jump out at me as I pour this beer and are only concentrated and amplified upon further inspection. To be honest I can't smell anything but raspberry; thankfully the raspberry character is quite fresh smelling and is not in any way artificial smelling.

Sweet tasting, though not syrupy; it is sweet like a lightly watered down fruit juice. A slight nuttiness / seed character is noticed just before a solid, fleshy raspberry flavor kicks in. Interesting, because I was not expecting it, just like the aroma, this has very little flavor to it that reminds me at all of beer; malt, hop even funk and fermentation derived sourness are all drowned out by the dominant, though perhaps not overwhelming raspberry character.

This really does taste a lot like a fruit juice; it is quite refreshing and really doesn't seem like it has any alcohol to it. It practically disappears, it is so easy to drink. I have a hard time thinking of this as beer though.

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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 Derek
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, 4.5%, purchased in Quebec.

A: Hazy amber-brown, off-white head, almost no retention, hints of lace.

S: Raspberries & hints of funk.

T: Raspberry, dry biscuit, light sweetness & tartness, a little grass & leather.

M: A little thin, light residual sweetness, very little acidity.

D: An easy drinker.

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Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark cranberry red color with a small pinkish-beige head that slowly dissolves leaving very litle lacing. Very sour aroma of raspberries, syrup and alcohol. Very tasty despite its overly fruity aroma. A nice balance of tart/ sour funkiness and raspberry fruit flavor.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Packaged in 750ml bottle with Christmas tissue paper wrapping.

A: Pours a dark cranberry red color with a creamy tan head.

S: Sweet fruity nose from the fresh berries.

T: Tart raspberries for flavor, with a smooth texture. Very similar to their kriekbier. Some sugary sweetness from the berries are detected in the beginning that fades very nicely to a smoothing sourness. Nice dessert beer or wine substitute. Well balanced, tart and nicely brewed.

M: smooth and silky, tart with some spicy alcohol.

D: great drinkability as a dinner sipper.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A-This beer has a deep red body with a gentle carbonation and an off-white head that last and last.

S- The smell of tart fresh raspberries has a faint earthy quality.

T- The dry taste of raspberries has a slight tartness but nothing mouth puckering. There is a light malt flavor in the background but it is not sweet or dry, pretty neutral.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft fizz texture at the finish.

D- this beer has good fruit qualities and a nice depth to it. Not much malt flavors yet the fruit doesn't seem to be overpoweringly sweet or tart.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, corked and caged bottle. 2007 on cork, top of cage says "01/2017" on it. My bottle also says 4.5% ABV instead of the 4.0% stated on the BA website. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with pretty much no head at all. Lacing is OK. The aroma is sweet and tart raspberries, along with a slight funky/vinegary aroma. Taste is tart and sweet raspberries, and a little bit of funk. I love raspberries so I like the taste of this a lot. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a great choice as a dessert beer, but I'm pretty sure I couldn't drink more than 2 of these at a time (1 is enough). I'd definitely have this again in the future.

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Photo of pat61
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant ruby red with a finely bubbled white foam cap.
S: Big tart raspberry nose.
T: Has the big raspberry flavors and the tartness but strikes me as a little too sweet.
F: Medium light body and medium high carbonation.
O: Refreshing and a classic but just a little too sweet.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle wrapped in paper. 2006 vintage.
Clear, deep amber with a reddish, nearly purple, hue. The head settled a few minutes after the pour to a thin cap, kind of a beige colour with a pink tint. There's definitely raspberry in the aroma, a little on the earthy side, sweet and slightly musty. Strong sweetness in the flavour, lots of fruit up front with a vanilla creaminess towards the middle. The finish dried out somewhat, leaving a pleasing tartness on the palate. Nice texture overall. Quite enjoyable and one of the better fruit beers I've run into lately.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked, capped, and wrapped. Pours a hazy red/purple, thick pinkish head forms, settles to a ring, lots of lace. Smell is sweet, raspberries, sour and funk. Taste is sweet, then sours, tart raspberries through the middle, maybe some vanilla, sour fruit kick in the end. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Pretty enjoyable, see how it is in a few years.

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Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dark brown but light reveals it to be a mahogany brown pout. A small, dense tan head dissipates to nothing.

The aroma isn't bad with a malty sweetness playing against a hint of funk. The dominant note is sweetened raspberry which is almost candy like.

Definitely a sweet sour. Tart cherries combine with some lactic. Again, it's tasty but the sweetness makes this reminiscent of a Chinese sweet and sour dish.

Medium-light body with a crisp, moderately high carbonation is good and accents the fruit flavours.

As you can probably tell, I'm split about this beer. The flavours underlying the whole thing are good but the post fermentation addition of sugar to sweeten the beer is unwanted and unneeded. On the whole, it's a decent beer and one which is fairly approachable for a sour.

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