Framboise De Hill
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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #147
Ranked #43,656
3.49 | pDev: 24.93%
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States
Very Good
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Notes: Aged with fresh raspberries, these bottles of framboise are FAR more sour than any of the other lambics and only intended for those who enjoy the most sour of beers!
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I believe this was a pour from a bottle at the Iron Hill Belgium Comes to West Chester event. Hard to be sure given the pour methods.

Pours a super muddy brownish color with some red highlights. Both the sample glass and full tulip were like this, so I don't think it was a bottom of the bottle dregs issue. No real head or lacing. Quite ugly.

The nose carries a good dose of raspberries as well as underlying earth. Moderate acidity. Flavor has moderate raspberry character. No underlying funk or anything other than acidity. Touch of breadiness. Body is medium and overall too heavy and chewy. Acidity is fairly strong.

I'm not sure what happened to the appearance or feel on this one, but it was quite odd. Otherwise, raspberry was nice but there wasn't any real depth to the beer.

Jan 27, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

2.25/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From 1/07/12 notes. Thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one at a local RB tasting. I believe this was on '08 vintage.

a - Pours a murky reddish-purple color with a few white bubbles and low carbonation evident. Looks a bit flat.

s - Smells insanely sour. Smells of vinegar, tart raspberries, oak, tannic, sour dark fruits. Bit too overboard on the vinegar for me.

t - Tate is even rougher than the nose. Smells of vinegar, sour raspberries and dark fruits, tannic notes, oak, light fruit. Burns a bit going down.

m - Medium body and no carbonation, and burns like acid going down. pretty rough and tough to drink a few oz's of.

o - Overall not a very good beer. It was flat and burned going down, and was basically vinegar with raspberries added. Wouldn't seek it out again.

Jan 25, 2012
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Verecund from Texas

1.57/5  rDev -55%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

October 6, 2011.

Pours a murky auburn-bordering-on-burgandy with just the faintest wisps of head. Almost flat; still; and the last ounce or two consists of light floaties.

Raspberry on the nose, though the acetobacter combines with the fruit to produce a fairly acidic and medicinal aroma. Light battery acid acidity.

Watered-down raspberries, whispers of highly-acidic funk base, and that tingly, medical and vinegary finishing bite. I don't have a lot of words for this one, but it doesn't do it for me. Watered down, flat, and bitingly acidic.

See above. Flat, without the bright, fruity off-setting notes found in something like Hanssens.

Heavy on the acetobacter. Really, really bad. The existence of this beer is one of the reasons that wild ales have inflated scores on this site - if you want proof that subpar examples exist, look no further.

Oct 07, 2011
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to FooFaa aka Dan for bringing this one to our IPA day celebration. It isn't an IPA but I didn't hear anyone complaining.

A - Pours fairly still with a small film of white head leaving little to no lace at all down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet raspberry puree, lots of vinegar, light sourness, dry oak tannins, and some wet leather.

T - Starts off with some sweet raspberries quickly giving way to a mix of strong vinegar sourness, wet leather, and dry oak tannins. It almost tastes like the flavors never really came together. The finish is a mix of light sweetness and strong tartness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Pretty sure this one is flat with a sweet, tart, feel none the less.

O - This one was ok. It smelled pretty good but the taste was a bit of a letdown. I still want to try the other verities of this one, I just hop they are a little better.

Aug 17, 2011
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crusian from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from awesome girlfriend from the DE location... last bottle this season... she tried to buy 2.
pours a dark cranberry color... darker than expected. Head is about a half inch, then is gone in a matter of seconds. the nose is sour cherries, full, abrupt, and in your face.
taste is much the same, a lot of sour cherry, but also a lingering sweetness on the finish. This is sublime. one of the best sours I have had.
if you like really sour.. this is good, if you like subtle sourness, this is not for you.

Mar 12, 2011
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craytonic from District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nearly flat; raspberry royal purple red pour with lots of floaters

Smell: Quite sour with lots of sweet raspberries, also some leather and mustiness

Taste: Very sour, almost burning, with a nice raspberry backbone. A bit vinegary; perhaps some oak notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Basically flat, this really dings the beer.

Drinkability: Incredibly sour and flat, best shared with others. If it was slightly less sour and had at least some carbonation it would be a solid A-.

Oct 16, 2010
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BearsOnAcid from Washington

1/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Still burgundy color, looks like it would hurt you. Cringing vinegar and acid aroma. It feels like pins are attacking the inside of my nostrils. There is some raspberry scent but it's over powered by malt vinegar. Taste is like Hanssens Experimental Raspberry but undrinkable. It hurts my stomach and burns all the way down. It's basically raspberry flavored battery acid. Absolutely disgusting with an out of control acetobacter problem.

Aug 12, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jkwalking05 for sharing this beer.

Pours murky brown with a white head. The aroma is tart, with some funk and raspberry. It smells about like powdered kool-aid. The flavor is very nice, with tart raspberries and lemons. A very nice American made fruit lambic. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Feb 06, 2010
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one a while back from boatshoes... Thanks Fletcher!! Awesome Trade!!! Reviewed from notes. Shared with inflatablechair.

Brew is reddish orange.. more red... not alot of head and no real lacing.. no surprise.

Nose is surprisingly funky.. musky... lactic... sour raspberry essence.. no sweetness to speak of.

flavor has alot more raspberry... still very funky and sour.. more lactic but a bit of acetic characteristics still show.. pretty tannic and a bunch of wood... lite carbonation.. could use more bubbles.

This was really very nice.... surprisingly nice.... I have a 750 from the Delaware location and will be enjoying that with it's sour brothers sometime in the future with the Boise Boys.

Thanks again Fletcher... Awesome trade and we should do it again.


Jan 08, 2010
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Popkas from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours ruby red with just a handful of bubbles.

S: Ripe raspberry tart and a little funk.

T: Sharp and the front and a bite at the end with lovely raspberries between.

M: Mouth feel is slippery/smooth and fairly thin.

D: Only a 375 ml bottle and it went down smoothly, but I'd likely have only one per night.

Jan 01, 2010
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle purchased at the brewpub several months ago. I learned my lesson with the Kriek and its sediment. I poured the bottle into three glasses, starting with the last (and sediment filled) first. My review is based on the last glass (therefore first pour from the bottle).

A: The lambic is a dark, cloudy red color, proudly showing off its raspberry heritage. The darkness of the color renders it opaque. The ale is more or less flat, lacking even the faintest hint of bubbles.

S: The nose has maximized the lambic qualities. Vinegar is prominent, leaving an acetic scent in the nostrils. Raspberry and wood, sweetened by cherry, follow in short order.

T: Much like the nose, vinegar is strong although the raspberry is more than capable of standing up to it. The carbonation (or lack thereof) really brings out the fruit. The wood adds a vanilla flavor, cutting through both the vinegar and the raspberry. Despite the presence of fruit, the ale is quite dry with a prickly zest that flicks at my tongue. The more I sip, the more I like the contrast of sweet and sour, wood and dryness. That dryness is the lingering aspect, sticking around long after each sip is gone.

M: The mouthfeel is very much a lambic, sweet but ready to punch you in the gut. The fruit (both cherry and raspberry at times) and the funk never get boring.

D: The slurry at the bottom of the bottle makes finishing off a whole bottle impossible. I split this with ksak and don't think that I could get through the entire bottle alone. It's just too complex and filling.

Dec 25, 2009
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boatshoes from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer for the first time at the GABF in 2008 and was not overly impressed. However, Iron Hill Media was offering the Lambic, Framboise, and Kriek in bottles this past summer and I felt it was time to do some revisiting. Picked up a 13oz bottle of this (was pleased as it was significantly cheaper this way than their usual offerings), along with the kriek. Got around to reviewing this one first.

Appearance- Pours a very dark red, like unoxygenated blood, into my Rare Vos tumbler. A very minimal, thin sheet of pinkish head appears over the surface of the beer after a very aggressive pour. Not much carbonation going on but some yeast floaties noticeable in the beer and giving it a slightly cloudy haze.

Smell- Lots of fresh raspberry and tart funk on the nose. These two profiles dominate the nose and don't lend a serious amount of complexity, but very solid all the same.

Taste- Dominated by tart fresh raspberries. Lots of woody seediness as well, with a touch of iron. A healthy dose of sour funk in there as well. Surprisingly complex given the nose and quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The only place where this beer was slightly less than good for me. I found the carbonation levels to be a bit low even for a fruit lambic and the mouthfeel was a touch thin as well. These two elements affected the drinkability of the beer a bit as well.

Overall, very solid and much much better than my first experience with the beer. Worth a try if you can get ahold of it, but let me warn you than drinking a 13oz bottle of this seriously affected the stomach for about eight hours afterwards...

Oct 13, 2009
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mudshark698 from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours nice with little chunks of yeast and raspberry floating on top. Nice shade of deep red with a deep pink head. Nose has tons of raspberry with a bit of tartness. Smells nice.

The first taste of it is good, but then the sourness creeps in. This beer is very sour with a touch of vinegar. As I drink more the vinegar taste gets more assertive. I can taste lactose and yeast.

I could not drink more than one of these due to the tartness, but overall a nice sour.

Jul 08, 2009
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Honestly one of the best sours I have ever had. I was blown away by how good this one really was. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, the corked and caged 375ml bottle was enjoyed enormously on 07/05/2009.

Big pour here with a really tight, and very hazy looking ruby red color. Very nice little head of light pink color coming up and over the top nicely and leaving behind some really nice touches of side glass lacing. I was impressed and ready to dive in. I take the first whiff of this one and all that hits me is deep tart, vinegar like notes. Damn near overwhelming at first I have to say this was definitely very solid. Rich notes of fruit, hints of oak and a wonderful sour aroma just oozing out of this one. Really very well done. In fact I was a bit shocked by just how good this one came across, but then I took a sip and it was all over for me. Rich, wonderful tart fruits. Hints of vinegar like flavor just rushing across the palate, making me almost wince at first, but then I settled down, let it warm, and these wonderful, semi sweet flavors start to bubble up. Hints of raspberry and grape, and even a touch of strawberry all very much evident here from the first sips. Such a smooth, nearly perfectly carbonated body to it, I could have sipped on this one forever as it seemed nearly every sip was better then the one before. Insanely drinkable, this was literally the perfect nightcap for me.

Overall one of the best sours in a very long time. Hands down just simply wonderful. I would have no issue at all with going for this one again anytime. It was simply sublime and needs to be tried again. Please send me more if you got it!

Jul 07, 2009
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Floydster from California

2.18/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with hopdog, thanks for the opportunity Steve, shared with my girlfriend earlier today, poured into a wine glass

A-Dark purple and red mixture, not much carbonation at all, no pop or anything when I popped the cork which made me wonder if the bottle had been compromised
S-Sweet raspberries, mild tart, also some blackberries and cherries, candied sugar, and citrus
T-So much vinegar initially that it blocks everything else, could barely even tell there was raspberries in it and I would not have even made that distinction if they were not promminent in the aroma, does not get any less sour as it warms, so over the top puckering that my girlfriend almost threw uit up immediately
M-Vinegary, piercing, tarty, and sour mouthfeel, no carbonation, still medium bodied though, taste would not go away but you seem to be begging it to
D-Had four sips and poured the rest down the drain, the bottle was 3/4 full when we poured the rest of it out as well, so sour it hurts, like drinking vinegar, harsh drinkability

This was easily one of the most sour beers I have ever had, hurt your throat on contact, barely could swallow it, smell was pretty sweet too without much vinegar, would not drink again and not even close to being worth the money, not recommended

May 26, 2009
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HopHead84 from California

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jonathan for cracking this. The beer is dark ruby in my snifter with a small fizzy head that quickly disappears.

The nose smells strongly of sweet raspberries. It smells like candy with the slightest amount of tartness. Raspberry syrupy sweetness with a little oak. The taste is very sugary sweet. Tastes like raspberry candy. I read on another side that the ABV is 4.8%, and I believe it. This is liquid raspberry candy. On the first few sips I get a low level of tartness, but my mouth quickly becomes attuned to it and it's not too noticeable after a while. There's a small amount of oak to the flavor.

Medium bodied with a very low level of prickly carbonation and sticky, candy mouthfeel.

Apr 04, 2009
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at North Wales location on loan.

Poured a cloudy red and orange with some brown hues. Thin pinkish white head had not much retention or lacing. Smells of sour barnyard funk and raspberry jam. Tastes of tart raspberries with a touch of sour barnyard and some brown sugar. Medium in body with low carbonation. Tart with nice sour notes. Easy to drink, a nice dessert beer.

Mar 22, 2009
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of my secret santa. Pours a clear deep red with a small pink head. Aroma of raspberries, tartness, and oak/wood barrel. Flavor is quite tart with lots of sweettart candy notes and a sweet finish. Some lacto and yogurt-y notes too. Quite nice, a touch on the too sour/acidic side, but certainly enjoyable.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Mar 10, 2009
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Iron Hill North Wales but was told that this was a loaner keg from the Media location. Served in a flute.

Pours a rosy colored tangarine with a thin, sturdy white head that's got a bit of a pinkish hue to it as well. Swirling leaves a pleasant looking cascade of lacing back. The aroma is only lightly tart but I do get a BIG BLAST of barnyard funk and sourness right up thee ole' nose. Yes, I'm also picking up some raspberry puree sweetness in the back as well but it's got it's hands full trying to compete with other flavors in the nose.

The taste starts out with that same deep and intense funk up front. The sourness in this seems to be more lactic in nature and not overly acerbic or stinging. It definitely takes some time getting used to though. Raspberry flavor premeates the profile, adding just a touch of balancing sweetness, and is most noticable towards the finish. Maybe it could use a bit more sweetness to balance the sourness? The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with an almost prickly and effervescent feel that keeps the flavors moving nicely. This is definitley most welcome, as it helped with the tougher flavors going down.

Tart and funky with a splash of raspberry, this was a solid Fruit Lambic. Definitely a sipper though!

Mar 10, 2009
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The cork pulls out with hardly a whisper of a pop. Not surprisingly the beer pours quite flat, with not head, not even a few lonely bubbles. The beer is a deeply red-purple stained color that shows a hazy, raspberry red color when held up to the light. The aroma is scented strongly with raspberries, which are noticeable as soon as I start to pour this beer. Sweet raspberry fruit notes definitely dominate, at times I get a hint of lactic acid, perhaps a touch of mustiness, but really that could all be in my mind; the nose is all about the raspberry character.

The beer feels fairly flat as it first hits my tongue, it picks up a hint of a prickle though as it rolls across the tongue. The beer is much more sour and dry than I was expecting; the sweet raspberry aromatics had me expecting some initial sweetness, but my first sip was all sour. The sourness has notes of lactic acid up front, but finishes with a light burn of acetic acid that gets more pronounced as the beer warms up. The acetic acid actual causes a bit of burn as it slides down my throat. This has flavors of sour raspberries, but without the sweetness it is hard to realize just how much raspberry flavor is packed into this beer. There is a touch of sweetness here towards the finish that accentuates the fruity raspberry notes, but it can be hard to notice under the assault of acidity.

The acetic acid in this can be just a bit too much at times, even if it isn't overwhelming similar to vinegar; there is enough here that it makes it very hard to drink or even sip. This is best in very small doses.

Jan 24, 2009
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep copper/red color
S: definite raspberry nose and tart - could use a bit more sourness - oakiness is noticeable
T: very nice for an American frambois - sour but not overpowering like Cantillon, oak notes are present too - could have used a little bit more funk and sourness for my taste
M: nice and clean
D: very drinkable and refreshing

Jan 01, 2009
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