Oud Beersel Framboise | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of gdfan47
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

im gonna come right out and say it! I like raspberries, call me nancy boy if you will.. having that off my chest..

a very nice bartender at the eulogy steered this towards me and my friend last night

it smells like sour raspberries and a little carbonation

its a good Raspberry Lambic that the sourness breaks through more than the sweetness does
sour and wonderful

i like the relativly low abv, i dont always get a chance to drink alot and I always want to try new things

overall i will def look for/ and try to drink this beer again, the only beer I have had so far that was remotly simular is Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus, only this is slightly less sour

this is a good gateway beer for those wanting to get into guezes and other sours

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Photo of crossovert
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12.7 oz green bottle. "Best before" 06.03.2012.

Pours a murky brown-fuschia with an odd colored pink/brown head. Not exactly a looker.

Smell is amazing though, just a nasal pounding of fresh raspberry, seeds and all. It is amazing.

Taste follows with an awesome kick of raspberry paired with some typical sour gueuze funk and a nice oak overtone. It isn't very sour, mostly tart raspberry. The malts are under toned with the yeast and raspberry bursting on the tongue.

The mouthfeel has a good carbonation and finishes nicely dry. The drinkability is of godlike proportions.

Framboise is one of my favorite styles, as is traditional gueuze. This brings a bit of both very nicely in a highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: crimson, clear with a little silt.

S: fresh raspberries, apple and cranberry juice.

T: raspberry concentrate with a slightly sour, slightly bitter, slightly malty finish that grounds the fruit and reminds you that it is still a beer.

M: soft on the palate, low but smooth carbonation throughout.

O: like a delicious raspberry soda with a dash of malt drink that is highly sessionable. I think I ordered three of them.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep pink color lambic with a medium light pink head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of fresh raspberries with lightly sweet undertone. Taste is very refreshing with taste of fresh raspberries with light tart notes. Lambic is not present but not overly dominant as presence of raspberries is huge. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very nice drink with huge refreshing notes.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. Although I'm a fan of almost all of the Cantillons, and not so much of the sweeter lambics like Lindemans, Sometimes I want something a little less challenging and more baalanced than some of the more sour Cantillons but far more complexx and less sweet than the soda-like lambics of the training wheel lambics. Oude Beersel occupies that spot for me.

Pours a beautiful hazy pink/red with a pinkish frothy head. Smells of tart raspberries with layered vinous aromas in the background. Somewhat acetic, but in balance. The taste is perfectly balanced to my liking. Sour, slightly woody flavors and a fresh raspberry zinginess followed by some more complex tannins and slight funk. Creamy and smooth in the mouth, perhaps a tad too much so. A little bit more astringency would be nice. Very enjoyable indeed.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked & caged green bottle poured into a wine glass, best before 06/10/2013.

Pours a nice dark ruby red with a small very lightly pink head. Nose is sweet, fresh and fruity with a small tart funky note.

The fruitiness is so well done in this, it's fresh and sweet without being cloying, the raspberry is so brite and sharp. The finish is well balanced and a bit tart. This isn't "sour" so much as it's tart (think sweet tarts here), but not puckeringly so. I could drink this all night and at just 5% the only pain would be in my wallet, although its quite reasonably priced compared to other quality fruit lambics.

Easily one of the best Framboise I've had to date, and it's just as good in bottle as on draft.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big rich raspberry nose with a touch of tartness, light lemon and a slight funk. It pours brilliant reddish brown with a thin whisp of a head. The palate is exquisite with just the right amount of lemony tartness with just a hint of sweetness in the back. The story here is deep, dry, raspberry flavors as raspberry as it is possible to get with traces of malt and wheat in the background. Light body with medium high carbonation. Nothing cloying or over sweet. Grab a bottle of this, a baguette, some smelly cheese and sit in the park all day and watch the roller skaters.

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Photo of antilogic
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had this on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Huntington Beach (CA)...Wow!

Color was a bit redder than amber. The foam on top was light and incredibly sour; great head retention. It had a very dry, crisp aroma to it that immediately sucked me in. Very unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of ChrisDotson
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle from 5 Points Bottle Shop. Poured into tulip glass at 50 degrees,

A: Amber brown purple appearance obviously at least 4 years old . little head and fairly cloudy with some black specks of yeast & trub. Overall right on

A: Unbelievable!!! Black Cherries, Molasses, and Orange marmalade toast on a frosty Belgian January morning. Some earthy and (not bad bjcpers) subtle smoky notes.

F: Rasberries dominate a subdued wet earth with a tinge of acidity but spot on and delicious. Not as sweet as a liefmans framboise but a tinge more than a rose de gambrinus.

M: tart m,edium light bodied and nice for the style

O & D: Overalla great framboise. It is of the more drinkable kind but still authentic. If you want a good fruit beer with some funk that you don't need 12 tums to finish this is your winner.

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Photo of Bobikel
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep crystal clear red with a small 1/4" head. Retention is decent, lacing is average.

Smell - Sour, green apples, and hints of raspberry. No noticible malt, or hops. Smells quite wonderful.

Taste - Very tart, but with a wonderful raspberry sweetness that really evens things out nicely. Again no noticible malt or hops.

Mouthfeel - Thick and slighly cloying on the back of the tongue, while at the same time highly effervescent.

Drinkability - This is an easy drinking smooth beer. I have no complaints.

Overall - This is quite an amazing beer. Usually I'm not so much a fan of fruit beers, but with the sourness of the lactic acids, it balances very well. Definately drink this one again!

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A young lambic, this one is only supposed to exhibit mild levels of funk and acid. dark reddish purple with a pink head. nose is real, fresh raspberry with an underlying oak, vanilla, funk and tannin. taste is well-balanced between sweet and sour and carries just enough funk to let you know this is the real thing. medium body. sort of slick with nice tingle from carbonation. very easy to drink, and a real pleasure that this is available at one of dc's best music venues. pfunk and oud beersel framboise... a winning combination for sure.

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Photo of nickfl
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Just under one finger of dirty white foam, with a tinge of pink appears on top of the slightly hazy, reddish brown body. It settles quickly to a thin film with a few fish eye bubbles.

S - Musty, funky sourness hits the nostrils immediately, followed by a beautiful note of sour, juicy raspberries. The funk consists of a single wet, earthy note and is free of sulphur.

T - Sweet, fresh raspberry flavor up front, followed by nicely restrained sourness. The sour fruit lingers through the middle and then slowly gives way to the musty, earthy finish. Notes of wet wood, black earth, and toasted oak all come to mind, but all of them are admirably restrained and are never rough on the palate. Somewhere in there I also detected some grassy, herbal hops that complemented the other flavors nicely.

M - Surprisingly round and full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry.

D - This is an unusually drinkable example of the style. If there is a weak point in this beer it is the aroma, which is a bit weak and lacks some of the spectacular complexity found in the nose of other classic fruit lambics. The flavor, however, is perfectly balanced and the funk and sourness are masterfully restrained to the point that they allow the beer to remain easy to drink while maintaining the complexity of a great lambic.

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Photo of k75
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap

pours a clear red with a much lighter head

aroma is complex with tartness, a bit of sweet fruit and some pleasant vinegar

taste is much like the aromas -slightly sweet, tart and acidic with hints of vinegar dressing (in the best way possible)

finish is sour, tart and appetizing

a unique version of framboise that isn't all sugary sweet.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer eructs for the 375ml green bottle into my snifter glass a limpid deep red with a decorous creamy light pinkish head that after its dematerialization leaves a fragile sheet of lace to enshroud the glass. Nose has a delicate sweet aroma of raspberries, with a nice tart background, a real foreshadowing of things to come; start is sweet, with a pleasant feel to the palate. Finish is sturdy in its acidity, the raspberries quite evident, and the aftertaste a tart dry that makes you pucker a bit, but what a treat, and to think at one time I disliked Lambic’s

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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 GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet at Hopleaf 3/12/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a cloudy bright pint color with a tiny light pink cap of foam.

S: Balanced aromas of fresh raspberry, vinegar, and earthy wood.

T: Fresh ripe raspberry (obviously!) and spice with vinegar, oak, and an interesting almond-esque flavor.

M: Starts off acidic and vinegar-y but quickly becomes earthy, spicy, and sweet with the aforementioned nutty almond dryness.

D: Awesome! Just about the perfect mixture of fresh and natural raspberry, spice, and tangy acidity.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Steelgaarden at the Bethlehem Brew Works earlier this week. Their beer selection is amazing and I always make it a point to try something special like this when I get out that way. Lambic's aren't normally my thing, but it's a style that I enjoy and respect well, because it's so out of the ordinary and representative of the range of flavors that beer can take on. This brew is no exception to that!

This had a good pour to it - the head and carbonation were low, but the color was a beautiful crimson red and the taste matched it. Nicely tart, sour, and yogurt-like, but not overly medicinal or band-aid like. It finished clean but the lambic taste lingered, and there wasn't any aspect of this that was too sharp. I loved the sentiment on the bottom too! It was plum-colored and very heavy, and complimented the top portion of the beer well. It took me quite a while to down this bottle, but it was nearly a dessert unto itself and the aftertaste and mouthfeel was nearly as a good as each sip.

I could hardly feel the alcohol in this, and for someone unaccustomed to this style of beer, it grew on me pretty quickly. It's not for everyone, but for those who like fruity beers with taste, substance, and durability, this will fit nicely. A shame that we don't have a place like the Steelgaarden here in Jersey!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can be completely honest when I say I had never even heard of this before last night. It shows up and gets poured into a glass for me and I am floored. Consumed on 06/09/10. Best by 2029. WOW.

The pour was very light, golden in color with a nice big head of white on top that hung around for most other glass. Nice haziness and cloudiness was around, but it was still light enough that I could see through the tremendous carbonation that was bubbling up. A very lively ale for sure.

Aroma is deep horse funk. Sour and sweaty gym socks, deep herbal funk. Grapefruit popping through now with hints of bready malts and a light and well balanced profile start dancing around in the air. Then a took a sip and my lips puckered and all moisture left my mouth, a tremendous amount of sour and funky notes coming out of this. What the hell is it? This would hold a candle to any of the big ones out there people swear by. Just ridiculous. Finish with the ripest, tartest grapefruit that I have ever come across, this is simply sublime with a huge flavor, huge everything really. I was simply amazed by the depth and complexity of this beer. Outstanding.

Overall great, A must try. One of the highlights of my day. I will do my best to seek this one out again, sometime, somewhere.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Festival in Pasadena, CA on Feb 18, 2006. $3.00 for a 6-8 oz. "taster" in a fluted glass.

Let me start off by saying that I am not a big fan of fruit flavored lambics. I've tried the ultra sweet ones (e.g., Lindemans) and the ultra pucker ones (e.g., Cantillon) and they were OK, had their good points and bad, I could appreciate what they had done, but overall, I have yet to find any that I really just enjoyed sitting there and drinking. Well, I finally found one. Fresh raspberries, but in a subtle, toned down way that allows the beery lambic to also be present. Not overly sour, but enough sour to keep it from being boring. I liked it so much I wanted to try it again today, but it was already gone, finished off on the first day of a 2 week festival.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded red. Nose is oddly funked. Seems almost like old shoes. Maybe some honey too. Flavor is firm raspberries. Not a whole lot of funkiness to it. But there is a good fruit flavor to it. Similar to the intensity of lindemans, but you can easily tell this is all natural. It gets a 4.5 on flavor because the fruit is so balanaced and natural. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is low but silky. This is a nice lambic. The fruit is a bit too intense, but it still works out.

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Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifull deep ruby red with a creamy, pinkish head. The nose is a perfect blend of tart raspberries, musky oak and funk. Taste is also well balanced. Rich sweet raspberries complimented by sour funkyness. Full silky body is well carbonated and has a nice dry finish. A fantastic brew from Oud Beersel.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Served at 48 degrees F. Beer is BRIGHT RED! no head, carbonation low.

Smells tart or sour, fruity. Definitely some raspberries in there.

Beer is buttery in the mouth, medium bodied, and very sour not tart. Hurts my mouth to drink it. Finishes completely and wet, a very interesting beer. Even though the beer didn't seem carbonated, once in my mouth it was filled with carbon and it helped to bring out the sour notes in the beer (probably too much). Drinkability is really high and so is mouthfeel. Overall a great great beer.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pretty excited to find this beer the last time I was downtown since I am a big fan of Oud Beersel's Oude Gueuze Vieille and Oude Kriek Vieille. I have never seen this one before so I snapped up the last bottle available.

This one pours a hazy brown with a slight tint of red. There's a purplish colored frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving no head to speak of. Tart raspberry and funky barnyard aromas waft out of the glass. Some hints of vinegar too.

Tastes quite tart and funky. There's a sweetness here too but it's not at all sticky or cloying. The sweetness is balanced by the with a nice dryness, hints of vinegar and the bretty funk. The mouth is medium bodied and lightly dry, especially in the finish

Not bad for a sweetened framboise, not overly sweet and enough tartness to provide a nice balance. It doesn't rise to the great heights of the more "traditional" offerings from Oud Beersel but it's still excellent in it's own right.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into a 3 Fonteinen wine-style glass. Best before 06 03 2012. Oops!

A: Slightly hazy garnet-tinted brown body under a finger of fine tan foam that quickly settles into a persistent ring. Solid, but unremarkable.

S: Rich, dark, tart raspberries dominate entirely, but there are also some nice touches of earthy, barnyardy funk. Simple and excellent.

T: Follows the nose precisely: sweet & sour raspberry essence is predominant throughout, with muddy, earthy funk and powerful lemony acidity playing supporting roles. The finish is the only disappointment, as the intense flavors die off surprisingly quickly into a dull bitterness with only a hint of lingering tartness at the back of the soft palate. Excellent overall.

M: Impressively creamy, well-carbonated, and soft. Goes great with the solid sourness.

O: This was terrific, far better than I was expecting given the prior reviews. It's certainly nothing like Framboos or LP Framboise, but I might like it even more than Rose de Gambrinus; it certainly has more raspberry presence than that beer, but it has a far better fruit/funk balance than something overly sweet like Boon or Girardin Framboises. Great stuff, definitely a buy again if I see it.


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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark red colour, with a small, pink head, lots of Belgian lacing, good retention.

S: Raspberry, strawberry, with lots of funk.

T: Tastes heavily of raspberry puree, very fruity, with a nice tartness to balance out the sweetness, a bit of horse blanket and lactic acidity as well, a very tasty beer.

M: Tart, funky, smooth, not as dry as Cantillon, but definitely a traditional lambic feel, though a little sweeter than most.

D: A very good fruit lambic, funkier and tarter than Lindemans, not as dry as Cantillon, but a solid drinking beer, a very good lambic, in my opinion, very tasty and drinkable.

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