Mort Subite Framboise | Brouwerij Mort Subite

Mort Subite FramboiseMort Subite Framboise
BA SCORE
3.75/5
198 Ratings
Mort Subite FramboiseMort Subite Framboise
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Mort Subite
Belgium
mort-subite.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,911
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
198
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
20
Trade:
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Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy red colored ale the color of red soda with a small pinkish white colored head.

Smells strongly of raspberry even from a great distance. Sweet and tart raspberry scent is overpowering.

Starts out with a sour raspberry taste. Slightly bitter and solidly sour. This has been sweetened but has a decidedly sweet-tart flavor. Medium level of bitterness but this is mostly raspberry.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK Frambose for those who like them more sour.

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Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

No Mort Subite beer looks anywhere near as eerie or intimidating as its name (which translates to 'sudden death') would imply; Framboise's orangey-red blush is especially delightful, if not flirtatiously inviting. Its deep carmine red allows light to pass through it, accruing the appearance a suitably ethereal lightness. Its bubbles are tiny but studious and tightly lock in place like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle; their delicate pink dye is angelic.

Raspberries are one Mother Nature's tastiest, most luscious fruits and, in my opinion, the brewery deserves no less than a perfect score, even if the scent is not one that they can take any credit for making, but rather, because they had the good mind to use it, to change not a thing about it, to fully exploit it, to showcase it for all its lusciousness and ambrosia and simply allow our nose the sweet, succulent pleasure.

Unfortunately, they did not exercise the same good judgment when drawing up the malt bill. Of the seven ingredients listed one of them clearly does not belong: corn. It may have been added in only microscopic amounts but there's enough in there that this palate could instantly recognize it. The alarms started to sound when the luscious, long-flowing jamminess of the berries became interrupted by a cloying, insipid staleness.

It doesn't take long before the sugar starts burning through the tongue like ammonium hydroxide, the summer-fresh fruits disperse and the palate (especially the teeth) are left swimming in an over saturated, savourless and syrupy reduction. And it definitely comes from the corn, not the raspberry juice, which, for its part, is exquisitely toothsome, even if we can lose track of it in the bat of an eye.

There is a widely accepted notion amongst beer geeks that fruit lambics should be divided into two camps: the sour traditional ones (Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen) and the sickly sweetened kinds (Chapeau, Lindemans). The former is to be revered while the latter is considered kitschy, industrial blasphemy. Although I subscribe to this distinction for the most part, I don't think that it's always accurate in carving up the world...

There is also (sometimes) joy to be had in those sugary, juicy, sickly-sweet drinks. There may be no style of beer in the world I appreciate and treasure more than authentic, traditional lambic, but that's not to say that I can't every now and then indulge myself in the guilty pleasure of one of these tooth-rotting, candy-coated treats - anyone who tells you otherwise is likely lying. It's a short, empty pleasure but a pleasure none the less.

Provided, that is, that the beer is well made. There are probably twice as many more bad (if not offensive) artificial, sugar-coated knock-offs produced than there is the real thing. A bottle of time-honoured, hand-crafted lambic will cost a pretty penny (upwards of 20 or 30 dollars, provided you can find one) but it's worth every penny. The syrupy sweet ones come much cheaper, but they're rarely worth it. This one, however, arguably is.

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Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 19/3/12

A hazy peachy pink with a short lived finger of light pink foam that doesn't last that long and leaves a single large ring of lace where the foam existed

S the raspberry smells jammy and sweet, its simple but quite nice almost like a liqueur or candy

T just a little tart but still sweet, some jolly rancher candy flavor in there too, just a little earthy

M a little slick and syrupy with decent carbonation, medium bodied with a grainy raspberry aftertaste

O I didn't mind this one, its pretty simple but I liked raspberry notes

not a funky brett monster that's for sure but quite enjoyable without the complexity of some better known lambics

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice slightly hazy reddish color with pink head. Raspberries, a light funk, some oak, and sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with lingering raspberry fruity notes.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a pinky, reddish amber color. Big, giant head with pink tints. Lots and lots of lacing.

S-A bit musty and quite sweet. Sweet raspberry. Like a mix between a Cantillon and a Lindemans framboise. The label says it's got artificial flavor in it, so that's not awesome. It smells fairly artificial.

T-The flavor is decently artificial but it has some fairly organic qualities. Sweet raspberries. I feel like I can grind the sugary taste in between my teeth. Strawberries too. Not a start as I want. I equate raspberries with tartness and it's sweetness makes me think more of strawberries.

M-Soft carbonation. A bit fuller than I expected. Sticky.

O/D-Like a bridge between Lindemans and Drie Fonteinen and Cantillion. Definitely closer to the former. Don't love the 'artificial flavor' thing here. That's why this is a $6 for a 375ml as opposed to a $20 375ml from the big boys.

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Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, coppery colour with a thin, but very dense white head. It looks like there's just a bit of pink or red colour in the foam. Nice lacing. Raspberries are front and center in the aroma, suggesting a bit of tartness that's very prominent in the flavour. Sweetness complements the tart character very well, keeping the raspberry fruitiness balanced yet still fairly intense. Some yeast and lambic flavours show through as well. Finishes dry with plenty of fruit carrying through to the end. Body is on the light side and it's quite drinkable.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to my friend Jen for the birthday gift!

Pours a hazed pinkish orange, thick voluminous light pink head forms, soapy and huge, very slowly settles down to a thick layer, drops a ton of lace on the glass. Smell is fresh raspberry juice, not much else, light hay, horse blanket, some lemony acidity, bit of wheat/bread, mostly just a pleasant raspberry juice. Taste is very sugary and sweet at first, brown sugar, very sweet raspberry juice, some honey and bread through the middle, ripe berries and light tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, goes down easy, although a bit on the sweet side I like it. Thanks Jen!

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Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber reddish color with a thick two finger head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice predominant aroma of raspberries with a Lambic tartness. Hints of caramel malt and wood.
Intense sweet taste of ripped raspberries with a clear tartness base. Occasionally funky. Hints of lemon, soap, sweetener and oak. Dry and acid aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation with tiny bubbles.
It is just overly sweet (why the hell they even added sweetener?). Though, it should be a good pairing with desserts.

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Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, slightly murky red-pink with a finger and a half of faint pink head. Nice delicate lacing.

Smell. Guess what I smell??? Rasberries!!! A lot like the blue rasberry popsicles I used to get in the park as a kid ...maybe a bit more like the real berrys than that, but ya, sweet rasberries.

Taste. Rasberry again!!! haha A little sweet and a little tart. Maybe just a little watery too. Nonetheless, tasy and refreshing.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium-strong, smooth carbonation. Nice.

Overall. Refreshing and tart with just enough sweetness. Perfect for this first really warm evening of the spring.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

A - Pours a dark ruby red, slightest haze, two fingers of head with solid retention and some nice chunky lacing.

S - Super sweet, fresh raspberries, hint of mustiness, and reminiscent of kool-aid.

T - Loads of raspberries, and tons of sugar, hint of caramel, light hoppy bitterness, dry vineous wine and a sweet champagne flavour that lingers.

M - Super light, bubbly and reminsicent of champagne, smooth going down and a hint of dryness on the finish.

O - This stuff is tasty and although quite sweet, I don't know that it ventures into the category of overly sweet. Still possesses those light beer characteristics that keeps it in the lambic field and out of the cider realm from a tasting perspective. I would buy this stuff again, though more than likely for my wife as a way to ease her into the world of beer!

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overwhelming sweet raspberry ale.

Presentation: 25 Cl. bottle. Relatively simple design of white fonts over a black background with an image of raspberries. Back shows different narratives in several languages noting the main intent and brewing procedure alongside a brief overview of ingredients. Shows best by date (09-09-11) Notes Alc. by Vol. (4,3%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium pink pour. Generous head with good retention, shrinking down to a persistent surface lump, and fair rich lacing.

S - Overwhelmingly sweet nose of raspberry. Minor nuances under it get lost in an instant.

T - Taste explodes where the nose left it with an almost mono-thematic raspberry sense woven with an enormous sweet sense. Very syrupy.

M - Light to medium body with fine carbonation and a thick finish.

D - It´s actually not that bad for such a single minded brew but remains rather boring and repetitive.

Notes: The fruitiness and the raspberry sweetness is not so much the problem as it is losing lambic complexities under the fruit and sugar. Almost forgettable unless there is an occasion to share the oddity.

** This is marketed in Spain as Xtreme Framboise. Seems to belong under this entry but if a noticeable different brew it may require its own entry.

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Photo of tbryan5
2.25/5  rDev -40%

Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wicked ruby red, very gem-like with steady carbonation bubbles. One strange pinkish grey head about an inch high of tight, crumbly topped froth that never settles, it sits atop like a king on a throne with layer after layer of gluey-stringy lacing after each sip. Aroma is super sweet raspberry, light and juice-like with a zing. Taste is quick and easy of tart raspberry, somewhat thin, a touch to sugary sweet, not as rich or thick as other lambics. Mellow, light creamy body, good juice-like grab and thinnish texture. But overall quite fast and easily thin. Even though this isn't as rich or thick as I'd like, its still way to easy to drink.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of peensteen
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright blood red colour, minimal white head, some lace left on the glass. Smell is of sweet raspberry, tart, slight sour notes, deep down there is some funk...sort of a let down in the nose. Taste is Big raspberry, lightly sour, sweetness takes over from here there is also a semi sour tart finish. High carbonation, medium weight, syrupy sweet feel. Okay overall, a little too sweet for my liking but I might have this again down the road.

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Photo of kwjd
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pinkish-orange colour with huge white head. Nice lacing around the glass. Smells of sweet raspberry, almost like a raspberry pie. Flavour is quite tart from the raspberry. I really get nothing but raspberry, but it still is delicious. Nice carbonation level. Really easy to drink and I get to the end of the bottle before I realize. A bit expensive in Ontario at over $4 a bottle though.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com... aged for almost two years... poured into a Mort Subite Framboise glass...

Poured quite a dark rose pink colour with some orange tinges.. light dusty pink head poured very thick and meringue like then faded very slowly leaving a steady trail of thick lacing rings around the glass...

Aroma - Lots of tart and sour raspberry fruitiness, some other fruit sweetness coming through - peach and water melon, light lambic funkiness, very faint biscuit notes, some woodiness...

Taste – Very nice sweet and sour raspberries - quite tart also... some faint mustiness, light saltiness, again some biscuit malt just noticeable, rose wine notes..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... light bodied... very refreshing and drinkable - would be good on a hot summer day rather than the coldest night of the year which it currently is !!

Overall - A surprisingly good Framboise, although i think the aging has helped - i've had this fresh and it was much sweeter.... definitely worth a try....

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Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mort Subite Framboise from Brouwerij Mort Subite
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 198 ratings
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