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

Liefmans makes a return to Texas after an 8-year absence. Well, this pours out a dark, murky reddish-brown color with a small, quickly fading head. Aroma is very sweet and fruity, lots of sweet raspberry--almost boysenberry. Raspberry dominates the flavor as well, but it's not as cloying as say, Lindemans is. There's a decent balance of tartness and sweetness. There's very little sour beer funkiness, though--this is not a complex or interesting beer.

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

Purchased at John's Grocery in Iowa City, Iowa. Golly they get some weird stuff in there sometimes.

Pours standard for a Lambic, dark red with champagne bubbles and a nice, white head.

Smells of tart raspberrries and a nice funky yeast. Not at all too sour or funky--very nicely balanced.

Starts with rich, dry raspberries. Not kool-aidey at all. Some of the crispest fruit tastes I've ever come across in a beer. That moves into the sour middle and ends on dry, lightly cheesy yeast that leaves a dry, fruity taste in your mouth. Wonderfully balance

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

750 ml, purchased for my wife for Christamas, poured into oversized wine glasses.

A: Darker amber/caramel color with a red hue. Large 3 finger head, staying for a large duration of the glass.

S: Mild raspberries, earthy/oak scent.

T: Mild raspberries, oak taste. Mildly sweet and tart. Nice balance. Less sweet than Lindemans. Would actually complement dinner, not just dessert.

M: Carbonated and champagne-like.

D: Super easy to drink all night, not as sweet as Lindemans.

I actually enjoy the sweetness of Lindemans better, but this is more drinkable. The less sweet flavor can appeal to a broader audience. A 750ml of Lindemans is too much sweetness. I would have no problem polishing off a 750 of this.

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

Originally reviewed on August 14, 2006. Bottle. Fantastic bouquet aroma of tannined raspberries, including stems, but of the finest freshness. Sweet juicy berries right off the bush and right into the beer, the way berries added to beer should be. Running with this, a light caramel and then the galloping tides of sourness, precipitating in a luxurious blanket of steaming grains, lemon rinds and apple cores. Delicate, fragrant and intoxicating. Pour is a sensous ripe red raspberry juice, fringed with gold and topped with a creamy soft head, tinged florid amber. A single core of fuming carbonation. Flavor is redolent with sweet raspberry juice, frozen. Then a current of light malts sugars, mostly parched into oaky submission and glazed with sourness. Gentle and delicate. The sourness only dabs a parching sensation as it moves into a light haybarn grassy hop balance in the backend. The berries carry this whole train down the track. Edges of Brett crawl up my sinuses in the smack. A long heavy smack of raspberry caramel. Exquisite! Really the best summer beer a person could drink. As I continue to drink this, the impact and quality of the flavor becomes more static and less impressive, so I tend to pull it down some.

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

Caged and corked 355ml bottle.

Faded purple brown, with a small head which fades after a bit.Maybe this has a bit of age on it. Lots of fruit in the nose, along with a toffee-ish smell and a tart acidic whiff. The taste has the tartness and the acidity as well, but only after an earthy sweet raspberry hit. The sweetness is just a flash though, a beautiful swift splash of fruit. The bitter funk and sour acidity ride up behind it, dry it out and clear things away for the next sip. Pretty delicious. What remains is herbal and dark. Carmelized cranberry juice? Light body, but not transparent.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep purple brew with one finger of small tan head with a purple tint, tiny specks of lacing adorn the sides of the glass.

S - It smells like a bowl of fresh raspberries plus raspberry syrup.

T - Raspberries. A bit of raspberry seeds. A tiny bit of earthy notes as well. It is moderately tart and moderately sweet. The sweetness is a bit milder than I had expected.

M - Thin, a bit harsh, but extremely refreshing.

D - Fantastic, drinks like soda, a lot less sweetness though. It is pleasant. I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 ml corked, caged and wrapped green bottle. 4.5 % ABV, which is as listed on Liefmans website (as opposed to the 4% mentioned here). Best before February 2016 stamped on cap.

A- Very dark red maroon colour. Nice pink-beige head that settles to a thick collar. Good effervescence.

S- Sour raspberry with sweet notes. Faint touch of malt.

T- Raspberry tartness up front. Pale malt and water middle. Bitter/astringent raspberry seed finish. Slight winy fermented fruit flavour. Overall, the raspberry character dominates and is good.

MF- Nice full "round" feel. But astringency in finish diminishes the whole.

D- Wine flavour and astringency make this a beer I would not drink in quantities. ABV a little low for a sipping beer.

Not perfect, but the best raspberry beer I have had yet. If you like fruit beers, you should enjoy this.

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

I had this on-tap at Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beerfest a few years back but haven't seen it until I was in Toronto this summer.

What I remember liking about this was the subtleties of the raspberry flavor. The more popular raspberry favorite, Lindemans Framboise is far too sweet. Unlike the Lindemans, the Liefman’s offering is not made as a traditional lambic so it’s considered a fruit beer - – though it’s quite similar.

The bottle comes in an almost tissue paper wrapper. When poured the dark, murky purple liquid forms a slight pink head in the wine glass. The aroma is of tart raspberry that grows in strength as it warms. The sweetness of the fruit hits the tongue first and is immediately followed by a strong tart finish. It’s never too sweet nor too tart. It’s sounds odd, but the taste is rather refreshing.

Since my return, I’ve seen this in a few more locations so perhaps it’s gaining wider distribution. This is a good thing.

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

29 September 2006, 2005 Vintage

Ruby brown colour with a small head. Aroma is irony and metallic, sour fruit and berries. Taste is fruity (raspberries, cherries), juicy and malty with a slight sourness. It's sweet but not oversweet. Medium bodied and woody mouthfeel. A well made and balanced fruit beer.

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Photo of rayjay
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage. Actually, "2.004" according to the cork. Bought at the Bier Stein in Eugene (highly recommended).

Watch out for that bubbly red head, it foams out of the top of the glass for about 40 seconds after you pour it. Raspberry red.

A sugary raspberry dessert sauce is what dominates the nose. Not grainy smelling like a lambic would be.

Thick, sugary, and vigorously carbonated. This one actually hurt my teeth. I found it to be too sweet to accompany our dessert. A pretty tasty treat like candy. No accompanying tartness or earthiness, which would be nice for more balance.

Splitting a bottle would be best, as to avoid a diabetic coma. All that sugar made me pretty tired. A neat little beer for a snack, but I don't see this pairing with food very well.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me get this out of the way...Wow! As soon as I popped the cork, the sweet smell of razzleberries seemed to fill the room. I have never had a beer as aromatic as this one. Nothing complicated about the smell, it's all rasberry.

Poured into a Duvel glass out of habit. Dark dark brown color with red highlights. The head is mocha, but is gone in no time leaving very little lacing. Tiny fizzy bubbles throughout.

Taste is, in a word, awesome. My only benchmark for comparison would be a Lindmann's Framboise. And while this is sweet, it is not overly so, and has a simple tartness in the follow through. I had this with some London Broil and mushrooms, and it was an outstanding combination. I really like the balance the tartness brings to this beer.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and full, drinkability was high, but then, no real alcohol to speak of in this "beer," and this did seem to have more in common with a rasberry club soda than a beer. That being said, I am going to pick up more of these on my next trip to Atlanta, and seek out a few lambics (other than Lindmann's), some JP's, and saisons. I'm now officially intrigued by The Sour!

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

Poured a hazy ruby tinged amber ale with a decent 1 finger tan head. This ale was finely laced and finely carbonated.

Raspberries, bready caramel, hint of vanilla/oak, and a nice belgian sour funk.

This is a very nice fruit beer. Fruity but certainly not sweet. The tart raspberry goes great with the funky brett sourness, and the roasted caramelly malts and hint of oak are all there and go gerat together.

Almost champagne like in mouthfeel with its light and sparkly body. Nice balance and interplay between the malts, fruit, and tangy yeast funk.

Insanely drinkable, but then again i like raspberries and oud brun. Would make a great session brew on a hot summer's night, or a great dessert beer. Also a good beer among many to introduce one to the vast and awesome realm of belgian beer.

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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 bennetj17
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish plum color, thin head at first dissolves leaving a dish-soap like frothy film. The aroma is a bit weak, dominated by tart raspberry and perhaps a hint of alcohol and vinegar. Tastes of mildly sour rapsberries that sweetens up a bit after a few sips. The fruit flavors start out strong but fade toward the finish. Light bodied, there is strong tingly carbonation initially. This is a simple fruit beer, and was easily drinkable. I liked the hint of sour flavor, but it could have been stronger.

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

pours a slightly hazy burgundy colour with a big pale pink head. the head lingers for a long time and forms lots of light lace down the glass.

aroma is great. raspberry and some sour notes. bit of sweetness.

taste is good. sweet, but not syrupy. raspberry, but not super strong. tart with just a little funk.

mouthfeel is good. slightly high carbonation works well. my wife thinks it tastes like a sparkling wine.

drinkability is great. it's fairly low ABV and really tasty. i might have to pick up another couple bottles of this one.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark ruby red, with a nice thick pink hue head reducing to a whisp,

Smell - sweet, sugary, raspberry, hint of tartness

Taste - sweet as it hits the tongue, finishes a little sour but overall a sweet sensation. lots of lacing.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation on the tongue, slightly thin.

Drinkability - a nice refresher, reminds me of a very sweet berliner weisse, nice summer garden drink. Perhaps would tire after a couple due to sweetness, may start to crave something hoppier. Overall a nice pleasant change from to the usual summer beer selections

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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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