Lafayette's Biere De Framboises | General Lafayette Inn & Brewery

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General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-14-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by tgbljb:
Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served as a pink colored beer with massive white chunky head. Great retention.

Smell is significant for some strong berry scents.

Taste has a tart berry character, which is refreshing, yet slowly becomes less enjoyable.

Leaves a tart berry sensation in the mouth.

A nice beer to try once, but not something I would revisit.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My other half got this one and I took a few sips,pours anice rasberry color with a light head aroma i of rasberry puree very nice and fruity.The taste was like taking a fresh raspberry off the tree very nice with a dry finish with some sour notes.I was peasantly suprised very nice beer.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wrote this under the wrong Framboise, correcting that mistake. While I did have the other recipe, I had this one more recently. On with the review!

I've had a framboise at the General before, but the recipe I had on 6/7/06 is different from what I had before. Whereas the other framboise had a dark red color and light texture, the Biere de Framboises is bright strawberry red and looks like it has the consistency of a smoothie. The bright, fruity flavor is also more pronounced. I swear, it looks like I should be drinking this surrounded by my girlfriends while watching "Waiting to Exhale." But its innocent appearance hides a bit of a kick, and it's not as thick as it looks. I believe the alcohol content was 7% or so, if memory serves me right. My very first impression after a taste was that it's like a high-class Lindemann's Framboise. It has traces of sourness that is like a geuze, without going all the way into Geuze Land. It maintains a nice balance of fruit and tart flavors from tap to room temperature to my belly. I really like this recipe, it makes it stand out from other Framboises. Eat its dust, Lindemann's!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 months went into this beer and it shows. 7% ABV. Served in a small champagne flute. Bright ruby in color with a tight pink head that holds well for the style. Very clean aroma with just a light raspberry fruitiness and a soft lactic note. The lactic character is very well done, as harsh aromas (ie. baby diaper) can often emerge from individual (rather than blended) lactic fermentations. The body is light with a very fine, soft effervescent carbonation giving a spritz to the tongue. The flavor is quite wine-like: dry, somewhat tart, and gently fruity. This is not an overly sweet, nor overly sour, framboise by any means. On the contrary, it is much more traditional, clearly utilizing an enormous amount of fruit, and without (it appears) any additional syrup added. The finish is dry - acidic - with the lactic characteristics becoming more apparent than they are in the mix of flavors as they cross the palate. Not as complex as Belgian examples tend to be, but quite refreshing in its own rite. An excellent effort.

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Photo of tempest
3.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, can't say I'm a fan. Sure it's a nice beer, but as lambics go, the flavor is thin and a little off. The mouthfeel is ok, btu not great, and the same goes for the raspberry flavors. One problem is that it isn't all raspberry, and while I unfortunately can't pick out the taste, I just know I don't like it. I say pass, the General has better beers.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful red with light soapy head.

S - Raspberry dominates with a little fruit must and red wine flavor.

T - Taste is tart, cheesey, winey, inky and vinegary. Very nice.

M & D - Delicately prickly mouthfeel and quite tart.

Impressive brew and so very close to home. Thanks Chris!

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Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The ale is a raspberry red color with a thick head.

S: The ale has a brettanomyces aroma that dominates and blocks out any fruit flavors.

T: The brett is so sour that drinking the beer is akin to chewing on a lemon. The sourness takes control and does not allow any other flavors to get through.

M: The beer is cause you to make a face, so enjoy the pucker factor.

D: Brett is a rough yeast, kicking around a beer and leaving it a mangled, sour mess.

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense ruby red with a 1 finger pink head.
Smell is of fruity raspberries that have been mixed in a blender. This is not a cheap, raspberry syrup smell either. It's of the real deal.
Taste is of slightly sweet but very tart raspberries. A bit of a cranberry juice taste can be detected in the mix too.
Mouthfeel wsa dry and sweetly tart and sour. It made me smack my lips together a few times with the sourness.
Drinkability is pretty decent considering this beer is usually a one and done deal for dessert. This is one to take your time with and sip and enjoy.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came in a little wine glass. It looked like a slightly foggy glowing cherry color with a thin, irregular head of faint pink.

Smells of light and dry tart raspberry with a bit of honey and some leafy greens. Overall, it was just really faint.

Tastes of fantastic fresh, wild raspberries, like you were on a hike and happened to come across a raspberry bush. There are some under ripe berries, super sweet ones, maybe some sticks, leaves and bugs. This is wild! You could maybe even call in an organic, honest raspberry There’s also a buttery quality in this one and it’s a little tart in the finish.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation that helps deposit some of the tingly tartness.

This beer has a special place within the style for me. New Glarus is the fresh plump raspberry, Lindeman’s is syrupy sweet raspberry, and Lafayette’s is wild! This one really rounds out the spectrum for me. Treat yourself to this one for sure if it’s convenient.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting interpretation on the Framboise lambic. Pours a ruby red with a thin pinkish head. Nose of tart cranberry and raspberry. Mouthfeel was tart and chewy, and made my lips pucker. This is one of the more sour lambics I have tried. Very tart and sour, with a dry raspberry flavor. If sweet lambics are not for you, then this may be worth trying. My sweet tooth still prefers Lindemans, however.

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Photo of WesWes
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a reddish/pink color with a 1/2" pink head that fades to lacing. The aroma is full of raspberries and earthy tones. It seems a bit weak, yet it proclaims it's 7.8%. The taste is above average. It has a decent raspberry flavor, but the sourness is weak. It's a bit dry and earthy as well. It would have been better served to be a little less powerful. Also, it seems as though the yeast hasn't had enough time to properly sour. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average lambic. I generally really like the raspberry ones, but this one could use a tune up. All in all, a decent drinker.

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Photo of stirgy
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass and poured a bright and clear burgundy red raspberry color and was topped with a small pink head of foam. The aroma is of tart raspberries. This is a light and thin bodied lambic style beer – but really is more like a fruit wine really. That taste is tart, dry and fruity, with a small citric bitterness from the hops. The tart raspberries take over everything. Enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit cloudy and a deep ruby brown with a thin skim of pink bubbles. Smells of raspberry puree, a bit earthy. Very tart with lost of raspberry and a strawberry undertone. Green, earthy, raspberry seeds. The tart raspberry character really lingered and it tastes amazingly fresh. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, very dry and crisp. This is a great showcase for raspberries, tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler provided by GoodbyeOhio and TheBestEver at our semi-regular, homegrown beer tastings. Much appreciated!
Bright, vivid maroon. Excellent clarity. White head, hinting towards pink, holding a collar throughout the entire glass. Softly funky aroma, musty and moldy, like an old basement. Fresh, tart raspberries. The first sip is surprising, revealing a very light body and delicate flavor. Airy on the palate, moved along by wispy carbonation. Mustiness is present, maybe even funkier than some lambics actually brewed in Belgium, although still quite mild. Just an odd, sharp, brettanomyces moldiness permeating the raspberry. Fruit flavor is right up front, although restrained, starting out with mild sweetness, easing into a moderately tart finish. Tangy in the end, fruity tart with a wild yeast edge. Finishes bone dry. Amazing.
Surprisingly authentic feeling. I'm curious as to how the brewers made this. Rather light, but I could easily be fooled into thinking this is from Payottenland. I was shocked when I learned this was around 7% abv. Based on the overall feel, I was guessing 4% or so.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starts out promising, but slowly begins to disappoint.

Looks beautiful in the 6 oz. glass, deep blood red with a foamy, loose-bubbled head. Very very pretty.

Smell is a bit muted, sharp raspberry, concord grape skins, very clean.

Taste is clean -- in my mind, almost too clean...bright raspberries, watered-down lactic acid. Lacks the funk of true framboise, and the depth of flavor found in such raspberry flavor bombs as New Glarus Raspberry Tart.

Mouthfeel follows the path of the lactic acid, and comes out very thin, a little seltzery with strong big bubbles.

Drinkability is pretty good -- you could drink more than one 6 oz. serving, but I wasn't inspired to order another glass.

This brew straddles the funk and the fruit, and ends up in the middle, not pungent enough, and too clean. I'm just spoiled by so many good international examples, and this really isn't that far off...a little retooling, and this could be a real winner.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Introduced as an overflowing delicious looking tall narrow stem wineglass with loads of side carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides and rising up to create a thin tan island of frothy head cap over a mahogany purple jewel like pour releasing some light rays.

Quite a dessert treat nose of fresh raspberry air easily rising with a meld of bubble gum and table sugar mirroring a raspberry layer cake.

First swigs: Tart pucker of lemony cranberry and anastringent feel. This is dry with a surprisingly clean flavor forgetting finish. Slightly more vinous than than the "leading brand" framboise. Earthy and minerally leaning towards a copper penny metallic twinge. That is to say, rather complex and fun to sip. Finishes with tonic water.

Feel is medium bodied with a bit of over expressive carbonation. Could stand to be more restrained, yet that is hardly a dent in the rock solid drinkability. If only GLI were to let these go for a couple bucks less.

Last swigs: Earthy cranberry & raspberry sipper. For my tastes, some more lingering fruit would rock the house. Endless pucker. Also, the menu expounds upon 460 pounds of raspberries were thrown into the mix here. $6.00 a wine glass. 7.0 % ABV is completely hidden.

Beer is good. Happy local brewpub beering.

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Photo of Jarod
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Kennett Square Connoisseur tasting.

This beer poured a hazy bright red color that had deep ruby tones to it. It had a strawberry white cream colored head was visible when first poured, lasted a moment then fell to nothing. No lace. The aromas that came from the glass were of raspberries, cranberries and sweet sugar. Like pure fresh squeezed juice. The flavors were of sweet and sour berries, some citrus tones, and tart cranberries which aided in the tartness of the beer and gave it a dry feeling on the tongue IMO. The finish was sour, tart, fruity and dry. Not what I am used to in this style of brew. I even commented to the brewer on how dry it was and how refreshing it was to drink instead of the fruity beers that the wife drinks. It was stated that there were over 450 lbs of whole berries used in making this beer and it took 6 months to make. What a treat it was. A perfect dessert beer.

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Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a murky raspberry red. It was served to me with a short-lived pink head.

s: Earthy raspberries, very little else.

t: At first, I think I tasted some woody flavors. This was quickly overwhelmed by earthy, mildly funky, very fresh raspberry flavors.

m: Big bodied and creamy.

d: Not as tart as I would expect from a lambic, but I enjoyed this one anyway. Makes for a great night cap.

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Photo of ark57
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite impressed with this beer, though I thought it was more like a Fruited Sour Flemish Ale then a Lambic. Anyway, It has a ruby coolr and a pinkish head. The aroma is not strong, but hints of fruitiness are there. There is a sour wininess that ends with sweet raspberry. It is not too sweet and not too sour. It is a little high in alcohol to drink too long, but it is a great sipping beer that goes great with dessert.

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Lafayette's Biere De Framboises from General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 19 ratings