Oud Beersel Framboise
Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #164
Ranked #27,390
3.78 | pDev: 13.23%
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Very Good
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Reviews by FBarber:
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roughly 5 years old at time of consumption - (4 year best by date of 10/27/2018).

Pours a dark ruby color, completely clear. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly leaving just a thin ring of slight off white bubbles along the outside of the top of the beer.

Aroma is initially just a lovely bouquet of rich ripe tart raspberries. As your nose adjusts you get more of the underlying lambs coming through. Notes of barnyard funk, a touch of oak and some bright earthy notes.

Taste is much more balanced than the nose would imply. Light gentle notes of raspberry cascades across the palate with some slight funky tartness, hints of wheat and oak coming through. Not overly tart, but does become rather acidic as you consume the beer. Not sweet per se, but there is a touch of sweetness that cuts the acidity.

Feel is smooth, slighty tart - just enough to proceed a pucker on the palate. Prickly carbonation. Finish is abrupt and pretty dry.

Overall a really nice solid fruited lambic. This is admittedly an aged bottle, so Im not sure how it compares to it fresh, but this bottle was really nice.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 37.5cl. Green glass. Unbranded black cap and wire cage over a cork. Appealing pink label design.

5.0% ABV. Best before: 25.02.2019.

Served cold into a wine glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a framboise per the label. Expectations are high given the country of origin and style.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pink. Creamy and fizzy, receding fully inside 30 seconds.

BODY: Dark rose/pink. Not as vibrant as would be ideal. No yeast/sediment is visible.

Appears undercarbonated. It's definitely appealing, though, and has a nice colour.

AROMA: Powdered sugar and raspberries, with supplementary minor sour cherries. Sourness is ~3/10 in terms of intensity, and evokes authentic lambicus wild yeasts. Some drinkers might find it veers into medicinal/cough syrup character, but I think it avoids that. Not as tart or acidic and would be ideal, and the sourness could be more developed - e.g. via intricate bacterial notes.

Aromatic intensity is average. Seems too sweet, with not enough sourness.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Not real sour; maybe 2-3/10 in terms of intensity. Not real tart or bacterial. Lacks sufficient acidity. The sourness seems to come only from lambicus yeast and not bacteria. There's a definite raspberry taste, with nice notes of powdered sugar complementing. Cherry skin gives it a supple feel on the palate.

Lacks the artificiality and synthetic taste of inferior offerings.

It's well-carbonated, if a bit effervescent. Light-bodied and refreshing, with an apt smooth and wet feel on the palate. Again, it should be more acidic. Lacks the smackiness and twang of the best framboise style beers. More of a powdery soft comforting feel would be ideal.

It's not gestalt, but it doesn't want for balance or cohesion. Well put together, though sour enthusiasts might be let down by its merely mild sourness. It won't pucker the lips of even of the most casual sour drinkers.

OVERALL: Not a gestalt beer, but a nice one. It's a likable framboise, and my biggest criticisms are of its shortcomings and opportunities for improvement - not any flaws or errors. Very drinkable stuff. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, but don't expect a world-class brew. Nice work from Oud Beersel.

This could easily be aged for 5+ years to good effect. Would pair well with acidic salads.

B- (3.34)

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

fortunate enough to have this one on draft. a really great beer all up, enormously better than their base kriek i think. the fruit is less medicinal, and the lambic base comes through more. i see more grain, more sourness, and a better mouthfeel that isnt so weighted down by fruit sugars. the raspberry nose is robust, and the flavor is just as true. a little tart, a lot summery, and all fruit on the finish. clear in color, way more clear than the kriek, with a brilliant ruby red as its base, but not a whole lot of head. i smell what i taste, and im fine with that, although this is nowhere near as dynamic or compelling as the best framboise on the market. i do think its a step up from the elementary kriek in its fruit authenticity and its dryness, which is only medium, but way less sweet than the cherry. i also think its more drinkable for the same reason. again, nowhere near as good as some of the more mature beers they do, oude kriek for example, but awfully good and a darn good presentation of what raspberry can do in a simple base beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely rasberry pink/red with a nice white head.

Nose is wonderful fresh fruit rasberries - pure and simple and nothing synthetic.

Mouthfeel is clean, fresh, lightly citric and wonderfully balanced.

Flavors follow nose in that the palate is initially quickly hit with a sweet fresh raspberry and then flavor immediately goes to a much more refined, sophisticated, tart and "adult" raspberry with a citric lime back palate and character. Pure and not synthetic. There is a real tart, fresh fruit quality that makes this incredibly drinkable and not like the soda pop raspberry drinks of others.

Very nice fresh raspberry finish with hints of citrus.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opens with a subtle 'pst'

A: Frothy white head and unpolished ruby body. Pieces of raspberry float about.

S: Overripe raspberries, and a touch of leathery funk

T: Big berrylicious blast, more sweet than tart. Funk and tartness pair off together but don't make much of an overall impact on the palate. Delightful berry finish starts off crisp but does not finish as dry.

M: Carbonation makes good play off of the fruit

D: A beautiful summer drink, but works just as well on a cool fall day.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 4/15/14.

Pours a very dark semi-opaque crimson red with a small 1/2 inch light red head that fades to a small cap. Random fingers of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is intense raspberry, other mixed berries (blueberry comes out), with only a slight funk/must smell. Taste is very similar to the nose with an intense berry flavor blast (mainly raspberry, other berries too) up front with only a slight bit of sour lambic coming through on the finish. A bit of fruit rind/stem bitterness after each sip. Carbonation level is somewhat high which makes for a crisp soda like mouthfeel. The beer leaves the palate a bit sticky after each sip, again like a soda. Overall, this is a fantastic raspberry lambic that is quite different from ones I have had in the past. A very tasty treat.

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Photo of larryi86
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Deep burgundy color with a small little pink head the fades quickly.

S- Slightly sour raspberry , big sweetness, hint of funk.

T- Really falls short, and is not what you would think of for a lambic. Medicine taste in the finish. It does start off with a nice tart raspberry flavor, but just goes downhill. Not sour.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is the first lambic I have not loved. This is not bad, but not the price. I was hoping for a solid lambic and got something that tasted like an ok fruit beer. If I wanted something that tasted like this I would buy more American fruit beers.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a purplish pink in color with reddish highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The brew definitely had raspberry aroma with some oaky funky character but did have acetic notes and some weird buttery notes that almost overpowered the whole nose; strange. The taste was quite dominated by the rasberrries but was more sweet than sour or tart but it did still have oaky funky and acetic accents. The brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, oaky, slight funky, and very mild tart finish. It drank very good but it definitely not a favorite for the style.

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Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6 Oct 2013

A - Pours a clear pinkish brown with half a finger of white head. Very small spots of lacing. Also, even a gentle pour results in some suspended sediment.

S - Initial smell has no fruit, just some tartness and a bit of funk. However, subsequent whiffs are loaded with raspberry aroma, both tart and sweet. The funk and raspberry never seem to blend together, but appear as distinct aromas.

T - Nice amount of tartness makes the tongue tingle initially, followed by a rush of raspberry, some earthy funk. Finishes tart, oaky and dry.

M - Light and crisp, with nice carbonation.

O - A good framboise. Definitely in the middle of the sweet/tart spectrum compared to others of the style. While it didn't blow me away, I could see revisiting this one in the future.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured ruby red with a two finger very light pink head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, sugar, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, sugar, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I have had this one multiple times in the bottle and couldn’t pass it up on tap. I definitely did not make a mistake here. Unfortunately, this one didn’t shine as the last bottle that I had. All of the right flavors were there, but they just weren’t as intense as I remembered the bottle being. The mouthfeel was a little light on the carbonation aspect compared to what I enjoyed about this out of the bottle. Still an absolute must try regardless of serving type.

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Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/11/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge tart/juicy raspberries, fruit skin, green apple, cherry, light lemon, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, toasted oak, light leather/funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/juicy raspberries, fruit skin, green apple, cherry, light lemon, hay, straw, grass, light pepper, toasted oak, light leather/funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruit tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart raspberry, fruit skin, apple, cherry, hay, straw, toasted oak, light leather/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some mild notes of oxidation in the aromas and flavors as well; but added some complimenting complexity to the overall profile. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, lightly crisp/creamy, and slightly acidic/tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent young fruit lambic style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oud Beersel Framboise from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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