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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Photo of FreshHawk
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby violet hued brown color with a small, foamy violet tinted head that disappears fairly fast with very little lacing.

S - Very enjoyable, strong raspberry aroma. Tart and just hints of sweetness, but not really fake fruit/sweet smell. Some yeast and maybe just a bit of lemon rind. Raspberries really prominent, but enjoyable and not fake smelling.

T - A lot of raspberry flavor with there being some sweetness and some tartness. More sweet than tart, but it isn't overly sweet or an artificial sweet flavor like some fruit beers. A bit like a watered down raspberry juice. Some yeast and beer like flavors, but definitely raspberry-centric.

M - Light body with a healthy carbonation. Thin and watery with a bit of a sticky, drying finish. A little fizzy and prickly mid sip.

D - Easy to drink if you want a fruity drink. Has enough beer like qualities and isn't so sweet that it's overwhelming. Very thin and watery, so that makes it a bit easier to drink as well.

Notes: ABV = 4.5%. Not a bad fruit beer. A lot of raspberry flavor with more sweetness, but just a touch of tartness. Luckily this one isn't overly sweet. Nice beer and worth trying if you like raspberries. A bit too much like watery juice for me to fully enjoy, but it isn't too bad.

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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 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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Photo of ADZA
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer comes in an attractive pink wrapping which just peels off to reveal a champagne styled corked green bottle,it pours a dark cherry colour with average carbonation which leaves a half finger head and hardly any lacing at all,the aroma is strongly dominated of fresh ripe raspberries and some cherry,it has an above average mouthfeel with a beautiful sweet raspberry tarty start that finishes with a nice acidic semi mouth puckering finish but not overly sour and very enjoyable,im not sure this is in the right category but for me it is definately one of the best examples in this style that ive tasted for ages and will buy again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A corked 375ml bottle poured into a flute glass. The ale appears a hazed crimson/purple color with about two fingers of fizzy light pink foam. Nose and flavor consist of fresh tart raspberries, black raspberry jam, raspberry puree, earthy yeast, sweet, sour, tart, black currants, some breadiness and caramel. Nicely effervescent with a medium body. Crisp and quenching. Never too sweet. Very nice!

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Photo of ricke
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brownish ruby color with a slightly pink medium sized head that settles slowly. A nice lid of foam remains on top of the liquid.

S: The smell is distinct, yet slightly more muted than the brewery's comparable beers (Goudenband and Kriekenbier). Here's the signature sweetish smell of the Goudenband combined with lovely aromas of raspberries. Notes of caramel, grass, Belgian-style yeast and earth reside behind the prominent smell of genuine raspberries. Some candy-like aromas, both from the yeast and the fruits I guess. A hint of vinegar and red wine wraps everything up.

T: The taste is very sweet at first, but then gets a little more tart in the middle. Lots of raspberries and caramel in the mouth, with pleasant notes of nuts, grass, fudge and earthy Belgian yeast. The taste is very candy-like in the mouth. Then the fruity tartness kicks in with notes of red-wine and a hint of vinegar. Also, I think I get a faint funky character somewhere beneath the fruitiness. The finish is mildly sweet and tart with notes of minerals and raspberry fruit pits. The taste is very reminiscent of fruit juice, but with enough edgy character to make it very interesting. It's very refreshing despite the sweetness.

D: Medium body with a rather gentle level of carbonation. The texture is semi-sticky at first, but a somewhat dry finish prevents the beer from getting cloying.

M: I really like some of Liefmans offerings, and although Frambozenbier doesn't reach the fantastic levels of Goudenband, it's still a really good beer. It's very well balanced with an almost perfect mix of sweetness and tartness. It's not overly complex due to the prominent raspberry character, which dominate the beer from start to finish. And as noted, this is really easy to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of ThickestHead
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes a hazed, nearly opaque reddish-brown with a medium reddish-tan head and average lacing.
Smells of barley malt and raspberries.
Tastes slightly tangy and sweet from the raspberry (but not as tart and sugary as say the Lindemanns Frambois Lambic), also of a grainy toasted malt and a yeastiness too.
Medium to full body with adequate carbonation.
This is my girlfriend's new favorite beer, which is fine by me since it is a step closer to actual beer and not overly 'juicy' and sour like the lambics she has been sticking with. It's nice enjoying one with her and not having to pucker from every sip I take.

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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 roadhouse
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a ruby red color with a three-quarter inch pink tinted off-white head that sinks down to a skim fairly quickly. Leaves some pretty nice lacing.

Aroma is straight up raspberries. Sometimes it's sweet, sometimes it's tart, or even in between. Either way, it's good.

The taste is initially tart and full of raspberries, but it quickly becomes sweet right upon the swallow. In the finish the tartness returns to outweigh the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a nice effervescent carbonation.

Definitely one of the best fruit beers that I've had, but it's not quite as good as Liefman's Goudenband or Kriek. Very drinkable either way.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a corked and caged bottle wrapped in purple paper. The cage dated it good until 01/2017.

Poured a brownish copper brew with garnet highlights and a slightly pinkish head.
The aroma is full of fresh raspberry with a hint of the character of a sour beer but it is very cleverly masked by the raspberry.
The flavor is also very fruity with a quick rush of carbonation giving way to a full sweet fruity flavor that is rich in raspberry and dark berry notes. It finishes very clean with a hint of carbonation lingering on the palate. Very drinkable and a much better training wheel beer than lindemans as it isn't so sweet.

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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 generallee
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep dark, nearly opaque presentation with slightly reddish/purple hue. There is some visible carbonation near the edges of the glass. At the top there is sits a tall thick pinkish/tan head. It is long lasting and make for some great lace rings on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has hints of raspberry, malt and some good funky yeast.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a nice natural fruity raspberry taste mixing with a lightly sweet malt that gives a nice balance to the slight tartness of the raspberry. The touch of yeast adds some light earthy/funk and complexity. Its medium bodied with soft lightly fizzy texture and carbonation.

Notes: I found this to have good balance of flavor and overall character.

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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 BelgianAleSlut
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip, light foam. Color of purplish-brown and has nice aroma of raspberry. Hard not to compare with Lindemans Framboise, of which I have shared around a dozen with my girlfriend.

Color of this seems more authentic (natural), and aroma, while similar, seems more muted than Lindemans.

Lightness of beer creates a nice tingly mouthfeel and is refreshing to the palate. Good tart/sourness that helps keep the beer fresh on the tongue.

Could be just this night, but discovered I could not drink more than one glass of this before having to switch to something else.

Overall, a very good lambic but for the same price I (and girlfriend) choose Lindemans Framboise. That could change if I am able to try a few more of these.

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

Man, it's going to be Tres Disappointing (that's French for, Very Decevoir) if Liefmans is really lost to us, forever. I found this bottle at a Green's in Atlanta while I was there amidst plentiful Goudenband and Kriek... and it's the first time I've seen this beer.

This is just really, really good.

A nice hazy brown with ruby and violet highlights and a tenacious head with copious lacing.

A rich, full, bready, sweet, raspberry nose. A little funky sourness.

Taste has the malty sweetness of an oud bruin, musty and warm. Raspberry flavor is bright and full, without being overpowering. Sweetness is a bit on the heavy side, but nowhere near as overpowering.

Nice crisp mouth, dry, clean finish.

An easy drinker. Let there be more.

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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 Jacobier10
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My roommate was nice enough to share part of his large bottle with me.

Beautiful dark ruby color with a one-finger head. The aroma is what it should be...all raspberry. The taste is very sweet and fruity. Light, refreshing, and slightly syrupy. Goes down easy, but I did not want more when I was done.

This was a step up from Lindemans in my opinion, but nothing like a Cantillon. I prefer my lambics a little funkier than this, but it's a good option for those who want something in between the two.

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

Pours rich murky maroon with a mild beige head. Smell of fresh raspberry puree. Taste is perfectly, lightly sweet, noticeably tart and well balanced. Good rich body and perfect lightly bubbly carbonation. Very easy drinking and a fantastic tasting and all around beer. Will definitely get more of this!

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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 tprokop7
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy and reddish-brown, with a slightly colored head. Smells of sour raspberries, as one would expect. Drinking it, I liked it much more than the rasp. lambics I've had... definitely has more character. The only reason for the low drinkablilty is how sour the stuff is. I'm pretty sure my stomach would have hurt after one or two more. Still, overall a great beer. I'm lucky I got to try it on draft, with the questionable future Liefmans faces.

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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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Frambozenbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 155 ratings