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

Bottle courtesy of HogTown Harry- thanks man! Pours out a murky, muddy raspberry ice tea colour. Very little head or lacing which was surprising. Smells like raspberry jam. Taste is very good- very raspberry forward but not sweet. Very clean finishing with some sour notes. A very refreshing beverage. Drinkability suffers some as I found the carbonation levels to be very high. I've been drinking a lot of higher test beers lately, so a step back at a summer thirst quencher is a treat. Not quite BG raspberry tart level but a great fruit beer in its own right.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked in 2007

Pours out a dark and hazy deep red body much akin to black cherry Jello with a decent amount of carbonation. Head is a faintly pink stained off-white and is somewhat thin. Smell is a mix of over-ripe raspberries, vanilla, wood, and mild underlying lactic acid and even milder funk. Flavor starts off with very sweet raspberries which give way to some balsamic and lactic acid in the middle. The finish becomes surprisingly dry considering the initial sweet shock and more acidity can be found (but it is not as stated as the acid in the kriek). Aftertaste hints at toasted malts and chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little dense from the sugars, but the carbonation is lively enough to cut through. Overall, this is another good beer from Liefmans, but the overall sweetness can get to me, making drinkability not the tops.

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

Bottle Inspection: Paper wrapped 375 ml bottle corked and caged

Aroma: Intense fruity nose, raspberry jam, maybe some blueberries right off the bush.

Appearance: Reddish amber glass holds a stained tan head that laces dramatically

Flavor: Nice Belgian brown base rich with fruit syrup. Fruit is up front but allows some malt flavors through and a mild yeast note.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, firm carbonation, slightly oily finish.

Overall Impression: Fruity enough for the Mrs., beer enough for me. A nice middle road, full fruit beer that makes for a nice after dinner treat. Glad to see it in Texas, I’ll be getting some more.

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Photo of cichief
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep red with a pinkish head, very cloudy (perhaps the keg needed to settle longer)

S- Very fruity, sweet raspberries, little else.

T- Very fruity, not too sweet, slight sour finish, well balanced.

M- Very carbonated, medium body.

D- Nice dessert beer. Not the best of the style however.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish-orange color. Frothy large head retains well.
The aroma is a huge influx of definitive raspberry puree. Delicious.
Taste has a very pleasant rambunctious sourness to it. Sliced raw raspberry, with raw seed bitterness border lining the edges.
Mouthfeel is absolutely incredible. Flavors and carbonation bounce all across the palate and provide strong euphoric waves.
One 12oz. of this would be plenty enough.

A tasty offering from Liefmans, and definitely a solid choice for introducing someone to the realm of sour beers.

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Photo of crwills
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unlabeled green corked bottle wrapped in pink-and-white paper. 2006 vintage. The cork indicates best before February 2016, but that doesn't make a lot of sense to me given the ABV. I could be wrong.

Poured this into a champagne glass. Orangey pink when held up to the light, with a bubbly white head that fades fast for the first pour (somewhere between fridge and cellar temp) and sticks around for the second (closer to room temp).

Aroma is sweet candy sugar and raspberries, with the standard limited complexity of a fruit beer. Flavour is actually quite pleasant and restrained for the style. Sugary raspberry, some Belgian yeasts making themselves known, and a solid mouthfeel that's a bit overcarbonated but not too bad. Sour, tangy aftertaste makes this reasonably drinkable compared to some others of the same style.

Overall, "not bad for a fruit beer," with my usual caveat that I don't generally like them.

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Photo of Stephen63
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brilliantly red body and well preserved head.

S - Well as expected raspberry is what hits you sharply but pleasingly.

T - A well balanced raspberry flavour where the sweentess wins over the sourness. Slighlty astringent although begs the question "where is the alcohol"!

M - Lively enough for the style.

D - Not too strong so would have no trouble putting away a few of these.

I like raspberries and I like beer so this one was always going to be a winner. Not something that you would drink too often but certainly a great summer drink and one to enjoy every now and then.

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