Frambozenbier | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit and Field 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 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 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 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 rastaman
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice fruit beer, i'd love to drink this on a warms summers day, it was very refreshing, relatively sour, a bit sweet, but had a nice dryness at the same time.

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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 Jikert
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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

This is my first experience with lambics. 12 oz. green champagne bottle, 2004 on the cork and Sep. 2014 printed on the crown - served slightly chilled in a flute. Pours a deep reddish pink with lots of carbonation and the second pour turns the beer opaque. At first the pinkish head is about and inch and a half, but it reduces to an 1/8 inch and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Initially the aroma is weak and not very complex, contributing raspberries (duh) and some malts. As it warms, it is more pleasing in the nose. There are earthy, outdoorsy aromas and the raspberry scents become stronger, sweeter, more syrupy, almost like candy. The first sip reveals a champagne-like effervesence and a strong raspberry flavor. It is both very sweet and very tart, but the sweetness dominates. As it warms the earthy/outdoorsy character from the aroma shows up on the palate. Didn't have raspberries to pair with it, but I had strawberries and they worked well, as did milk chocolate. It has a good mouthfeel with a decent body and is very carbonated until the end. Usually lots of carbonation is off-putting to me but it goes well with the sweet and tart aspects of the flavor. It's one of those beers you take sips of nonstop for an hour. Real good stuff but the flavor is too strong (not to mention the price) to have more than one in a session.

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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 hyuga
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not normally a fan of fruit beers, but I must say, I'm rather impressed by this one. First of all, this isn't a lambic, it's an oud bruin like the goudenband, just with rasperries. In my glass it's a dark brownish hue with a tinge of red and the appearance of being a bit cloudy. A big billowing head tops it off and leaves lots of lace. Good retention. This has a very powerful and pleasant aroma of fresh (real) raspberries and sweet malt. On the tongue, it's sweetish and mildly sour, a definite presence of raspberries, but it's not overpowering, it's balanced quite perfectly by the sweet bread malt. Finishes tart with a bit of bitterness, and leaves a tartness on the tongue. Probably the best fruit beer I've ever had.

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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 kmpitz2
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange/reddish brown color, with 2 fingers of head. The nose is nice tart raspberries. The flavor is not overpowering raspberry. It is a nice tart sour with raspberry taking a backseat. A nice offering. The beer is fairly thin, with a small bit of carb, but it works well. Better than other raspberry lambics I've had. Good drinkability. Easy to finish a bottle of this one.

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

Great frothy light tan, slightly pinkish hued head that becomes fairly rocky. Murky copper in color with a pinkish tint. Very nice raspberry jam aroma that is also reminiscent of a raspberry tart. Lace is thick and frothy, slightly sticky, and lasts for ages. Nice light to medium body with a soft carbonation. The start is a touch malty, but not much – the raspberry presence takes over much of the palate. The sweetness, however, is never overbearing or cloying though. There’s a slight tartness that picks up towards the finish. The aftertaste is fairly short lived. I enjoyed this brew. Other raspberry beers or lambics that I’ve tried have seemed to be very sweet, completely hiding the fact that they are actually beers…not this one.

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

This poured a deep red with some fizz and foam at the top. Not bad actually. Smell is delicious, Raspberries are very prevalent in this one. Tastes quite nice as well, Tangy and sour yet it still tastes like a beer. The sour and tangyness is very abundant in this which makes it very easy to drink.

This is really nice.

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

375ml, corked bottle covered in grease paper

Pours with a dirty burgandy almost pink body, fluffy sky pink head

Smell, tart rasberries, fresh fruit, over ripe bananas

Taste, dry biscuity flavour, tartness, rasberries, fruit of the forest, some mild alcohol, tart rasberry finish

A nice lambic, not quite as good as their kriek but still, a worthwhile purchase

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

dark colour of raisins. quite murky with a small, very tight bubbled, just barely purple tinted head.

aroma. blew out from under cork and a raspbeery got stuck in my nose. tons of raspberrys that semll like they have sat in your picking bucket for a little while, getting kind of smishy. yummy.

taste is fermented raspberries, with some sourness. lots of sour. then that sour turns into this delicious sweet, airy finish. the finish just comes out of nowhere and makes it all come together. this is pretty delectable stuff. not really quite beer tasting, but, it's very interesting. tastes like it was made in a basement.

mouthfeel is good, i mean, yeah, it's good. i could drink lots of this, but, one bottle is enough.

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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 Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother had been holding this particular 12oz bottle since late April and we decided it had to go last night. Since he's scaled back his consumption, the majority went to my fluted champagne glass. Liefmans raspberry lambic hit the glass and showed off a dark maroon color, copious carbonation and a tall bubbly pink-tinged head that quickly collapsed, leaving spotty lace.
The nose had that enticing sweet/tart aroma of raspberries (I should hope so!) and a bit of yeasty malt. The raspberry notes really superceded all other aromas. The taste had the immediate tartness of not-quite-ripe raspberries. This morphed to a general fruity sweetness laced with a light malt note before a mild sourness took hold for a bit of a puckering finish. Missing was the barnyard funk of wild yeast associated with Cantillon and some other lambics. The feel was light, crisp and dry.
Overall, Liefmans Frambozenbier landed somewhere between the cloying syrupy-sweet of Lindemanns and the wildly jaw-cramping tartness of Cantillon. I must confess I do also miss the funkiness that the Cantillon lambics possess. This one simply doesn't have it. Nevertheless, this made for a real nice dessert beer when paired up with a chocolate chip cheesecake.

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