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 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 Jacobob10
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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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 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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Photo of roblowther
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, corked & caged into a champagne flute. Pours a range of colors from light tan to ruby brown as the glass diameter increases. Finishes with a light tan head that leaves a beautiful lace ring. The smell is fresh fruit, with a tart note followed by a caramel malt back that is making my mouth water. The taste is sweet fruit, fresh cherries with a hint of oak. Not too sweet and not too tart, if I may pull a goldilocks. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy but with a nice carbonation to balance it. Drinkability is very good for the style but the style is very sweet, which is a bit limiting. A very solid entry, not the best of the style I've had but not too far shy. Mmmmm....I need to find some vanilla ice cream.

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

Appearance: Amber-brown in color, with a touch of haze, a moderate, persistent off-white head, thick glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation. As the beer is consumed, a complex spiderweb of broken lace appears on the glass walls.

Aroma: Earthy rustic aroma with prominent raspberry notes, vanilla, and wood.

Taste: Opens with a strong wave of tangy raspberries, which dominate the taste from start to finish. The expected rustic or barnyard yeast notes are present as well, but are fairly subtle. There is a restrained herbal bitterness at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example, somewhat restrained and understated when compared to Lindeman's Frambois. For those who find Lindeman's to be a bit too over-the-top, Leifmans Frambozenbier may be just right.

Presentation: Packaged in a 375ml green glass champagne-style bottle with a cork and wire cage closure, served in a champagne flute.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red color with a good head and nice lacing that sticks around.

Smell a slight amount of barley malt, but mainly this beer smells a sour smell of spontaneous fermentation that is balanced by a raspberry sweetness.

This beer has a nice sourness to it. Not overly sour, but pleasantly sour. This sourness is cut by a nice raspberry sweetness. I have only tried lindeman's before this. I first loved lindeman's, but as my palate expanded I recognized it's flaws. This beer is much more balanced and has a nice complexity and roundess to it.

The beer does not leave that much of a tartness on the palate and feels a little watery.

I could easily make a session out of this beer. I will seek this one out again.

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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 PEBKAC
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07 bottling; 12.7oz; 4.5%ABV; BB: 01/17 :o

Everything has been going in the tulip lately, from screwdrivers to chocolate milk, so this is no different.

Pours out a dirty ruby brown, kind of like that unhip cran/grape Juicy Juice(ecto-cooler ftw!) you brought to school with lunch as a kid. A strong head that rises & falls like soda, leaving just a splatter of lace & a halo hugging the sides.

I breathe in malt, Tropicana Fruit Punch, & Theraflu, which I personally tolerate pretty well(more artificial & just less medicinal tasting then any 'tussin).

The taste is more natural. Some sort of apple/raspberry mix(again, think Juicy Juice/Apple n Eve), followed by a shockingly beerish grain dryness & finish. Dry mouth is the only thing following(& the occasional floater) There is no aftertaste.

The soothing carbonation, the dry mouth that entices to keep on drinking, & the lack of almost any bitterness, make the roofies in your pocket totally unnecessary. :P

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (37,5cl), tasted in 2003.

Appearance: very dark red color, clear, brown foam very thin and plentiful (relatively low and stability)
Smell: Nose sweet and very fruity raspberry natural
Taste and mouthfeel: mouth fruity smooth. Fullness on the palate, balanced bodied and creaminess
Drinkability: Liefmans frambozenbier is a good beer in the style Flemish brown ale

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Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paper wrapped, 375ml corked and caged green bottle. 4.5%ABV on this with a best before date on the cage of 01/2017...
A - Light brown with red hints when held up to light. Poured into a tulip glass with a good inch of dense, off white head that slowly falls away.
S - The raspberry aroma comes through but not in a dominating way. Some apple cider type notes are in there too.
T - Just like the smell the raspberry comes at first followed by a touch of tartness all well balanced. Not as sweet as some other raspberry beers which is good.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation.
D - Not something to session but this is a nice, refreshing beer that I'd drink again.

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Photo of edbeered
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Happy Gnome, this pours an opaque burgandy color, with a small reddish white head that dissipates quickly and minimal lacing on the glass. The smell is fruity and sour. The taste, on one hand, is fruity, with raspberry, tart apple, and pear flavors. On the other hand there is a sourness that enlivens and balances, rather than detracts from the fruity flavors previously mentioned. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. The drinkability is good, especially if you like raspberries(and I do!), but one per sitting is enough for me. As lambics go, this is a very good one.

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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 Onslow
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is delicious tangy beer. It Pours with a massive head that has real staying power! It has a slice a of sweetness with a whipped topping of bitterness with a side of tang! A lot of different flavours going on in this brew... Overall, a good buy but maybe it needs more ...funk perhaps, i don't know but it needs something... but i did enjoy it!
'shared with The Capitol City Goofball'

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

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet with a small off white head that fell within a few seconds and remained as a solid ring around the top of the beer for quite some time. Even after a few minutes there was still a lasting layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma: Obvious raspberry in the nose along with some malty sweetness. I don't get any hops or really anything else in the aroma. The aroma has a god bit of an earthy quality that goes hand in hand with the sourness. The aroma is pretty complex in this beer.

Taste: Raspberry out the wazoo. The malt gives the beer some sweetness to go with the raspberry, and about the only balance to the sweetness is from the astringency from the dryness in the finish. The raspberry and mild sourness are the predominant flavors.

Opinion: This is a nice beer. I like that the raspberry is such a dominant flavor, but the overall mouthfeel isn't cloying in the finish, so you can actually enjoy the beer. Raspberry is such a versatile fruit in beer, and this is a nice example of a Raspberry beer. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of garbercury
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this for my girlfriend to compare with her favorite, Lindemans Framboise. This is the 2nd Liefmans I have been able to try and I found it at Vintage Wine and Beer. It was wrapped in paper and had a ABV listing of 5% I believe. Served in a Church Brew Works flute glass on a pleasant afternoon.

A--Deep ruby color which you would expect. Did not have an overwhelming carbonation to it, not much head.

S--Light and fruity. You can really smell the sugar overtones in this one.

T--This was like drinking a piece of candy. Now I am not panning the beer, it was not for me but it had a nice flavor.

M--sparkling and fizzy in the mouth, pop rocky

D--Listen, I am a Belgian fanatic with a very cool girlfriend. Having beers like this at your disposal makes the girlfriend happy while I put down a Abt 12 or Rochefort 10. If you like fruit beers, this is very good. Not up to the Lindemans standard but good, especially on a hot summer day...

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Photo of Bierman9
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a corked and caged 375ml bottle. Entire bottle itself was wrapped in paper decorated with young, near-naked kids hoisting oversized raspberries overhead. No freshness info found on the wrapping or label.

Pours a deep, dark, slightly cloudy, brownish-ruby color. Minimal head present, mainly some off-white bubbles hanging around the edge of the glass, with little lacing as well. Nose is ripe with sweetish raspberry notes tinged with a touch of tartness. Body is a bit less than medium, and with little carbo, it passes fairly smoothly across the tongue.

Flavor is replete with loads of raspberry, and there's a nice balance between sweet and sour here. No sharp edges or extreme tartness, like Rodenbach Grand Cru, though it does have a light bit of funkiness going on. Basically, this is a straight-forward, light, fruit-flavored bier. Dry in the finish, this is a decent bier for the style, all-in-all.

Thnx to Slander for tossing this my way at Split Thy Skull '06 in Brooklyn. Prosit!!!

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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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 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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Frambozenbier from Brouwerij Liefmans
4.06 out of 5 based on 155 ratings.
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