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 popery
2.42/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I think it’s a 2013 bottle (expiration is 2018). The beer pours a magenta brown. Appears quite cloudy, which might be due to my handling of the bottle. Small, fizzy pinkish head, dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma is sweet with an artificial tone. It could be from the sweetening, but I’m getting something that smells a lot like a diacetyl-ish buttery popcorn flavor. There are some decent raspberries underneath all of that. The taste is flat and watery. It’s very washed out. Some nice fruitiness, but there’s zero funk or depth. Fairly sweet, which isn’t aided by the watery character. Mouthfeel is a bit spritzy but a lot flatter than expected. I’ve had this beer before and remember kinda liking it. The cork came out of this bottle with no pop, so maybe, it’s just an issue with this bottle (and I had previously ticked this beer at 4.25, so I assume it was better then). Still, this wasn’t good.

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Photo of Geuzedad
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this beer on tap at The Birch in Norfolk VA. Served in a goblet. Color was dark ruby red with no head or lacing noted. Nose was raspberries with a slight hint of oak.

Taste was raspberries, much more tart than sweet with a very dry finish. No real funk or barnyard that I expected which was dissapointing.

Mouthfeel was light and clean, almost thought I was drinking wine instead of beer. Absolutely no carbonation noted whatsoever.

If you like wine then this is for you. This is a beer to get a wine drinker drinking with you and be none the wiser. It was OK but I would not order it again unless I wanted wine instead of beer.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured gently into a goblet. Thin lacing floats on top of a mahogany colored body. The carbonation bubbles are racing to the top of this one. It's darker than I expected. Smells like sweet vinegar; not much raspberry to be detected in the nose. The taste is immediately disappointing. Too sweet for me. There is only a faint tartness that I get mostly from the raspberry flavor, not much funk in this one. The balance reminds me of a flanders red in the vane of Monk's Cafe or Duchess. I would have a hard time recommending this one to anyone.

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Photo of jgasparine
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Poured a bright raspberry red with no head and no visible carbonation. The beautiful color is the only thing that saves the 'appearance' rating...

S- Smells cloyingly sweet... like raspberry Kool Aid mixed with Luden's Wild Cherry Cough Drops. None of the acidic, lactic or funky notes I would expect...

T- Overly sweet raspberry syrup with some medicinal notes. No detectable hop character. The finish is long and sweet at first, and then becomes SLIGHTLY tart... definitely not tart enough for the style.

M- Thin body with coarse carbonation... if this beer must be sweet, then I want to feel some unattenuated sugar... alas, it is thin...

D- Drinkability? Not so much. If it were to be sweet, like Lindeman's Framboise, then I'd want much more mouthfeel... on the other side of the coin, I was hoping for a nice tart raspberry flavor and didn't get that either. Ultimately, I finished the glass, but will not be ordering again anytime soon.

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Photo of Overlord
2.62/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Was looking forward to trying something from this brewery. Now, I may never go back.

Pours a pinkish raspberry red. Frothy pinkish white foam. Looks attractive.

Smells ... whoa, really sweet. Like Lindemans sweet. I thought this was an authentic Belgian lambic? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Tastes like artificially sweetened, Lindemans style, cough syrup added lambic. There's a hint of what might have been lurking underneath, but any sourness or actual authentic flavor has been destroyed.

Why? Why? Why?

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Photo of Crosling
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draught. Raspberry red color, with a non-pink foam. Artificial raspberry aroma, with zero lambic qualities to back up the fruit. Flavor is unbelievably sweet, not sour, with little other character besides raspberries. Thin body. Crappy, non-traditional lambic for Lindeman’s Framboise fans and pre-teens.

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Photo of ChrisPr
2.77/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From bottle, 6/11/10. Nice carbonation and color. Poured with a moderate head for a lambic. Aromas are nice, sweet raspberry and syrup. Mouthfeel is OK.

However, flavor is disappointing. Syrup and artificial raspberry, even though I'm sure it's natural, right? The flavor is completely underwhelming. This beer is more Chapeau Banana than even Lindeman's Framboise. I'd like to taste the base beer without the fruit. Hugely disappointing.

Thank God for Cantillon, Girardin, Drie Fonteinen, et. al. There should be a clearer designation between authentic fruit lambics and these sodas, especially when you can buy authentic, quality lambic for the same expensive price.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A friend left an unopened bottle this in my fridge after finding a first bottle not very appealing. Perfect excuse for a review! Poured into a large champagne flute.

A – Pours a cloudy brownish-mauve (never really seen this color before) with zero head and lots of tiny bubbles, like a champagne.

S – Strong aroma of raspberries, and tartness. Almost like smelling a raspberry Jolly Rancher.

T – Sweet raspberries followed by an acidic and slightly metallic grapefruit/earthy aftertaste which lingers for a long time. Not much else is there. I hate to keep comparing it like this, but everything about this Framboise is more like raspberry flavored champagne than a raspberry beer.

M – Thin and fizzy. Finishes dry like…you guessed it!

O – Not my cup of tea, and I have had much better Framboise that have stronger beer characteristics. However, if you are looking for a raspberry champagne for New Years, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of rugbyfan13
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: a good color, dark red with little bits of black around the edges. No lacing, head disappeared quickly.

Smell: Currant, currant, and currant with some basil.

Taste: Some strawberry and currants, other small fruits. Very aqueous. Flavor starts off well, but soon turns into water. A bit disappointing really.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation. All the gas just made the beer feel, rough. That's the only way to describe it.

Drinkability: I didn't enjoy drinking the beer. The only reason I finished the beer is that I didn't want to throw it away. Part of my displeasure was from the carbonation and the fact that there was nothing really going for it.

A disappointing beer, not a bad one necessarily, but just, disappointing.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz. corked & caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Best before 06-03-2012.

(A)- Pours a dark yet pale burgundy color. Produced a nice cap of white foam. Not bad retention too.

(S)- A very funky and cheesy earthy dirt aspect in front of some tart fruits.

(T)- Backwards from the smell. Some nice tart raspberry fruits. Finishes dry and rather earthy in a barnyard sense.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Smooth, with some tartness in the fruits, but overall, a dry earthy dirt character to it.

(D)- A decent lambic. Definitely on the milder side. not very sour either, but just a little bit of tartness. Easy to enjoy though.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red, with dark bits of floaty yeast. Smells is sweet, seedy raspberries. Slightly artificial in the nose and taste. Not tart. A little too sweet.

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Photo of Xul
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent, rich raspberry red, capped by a one finger frothy pink head. Retention is poor as the head disappears almost immediately, leaving almost no lacing behind.

S: Sweet raspberry aroma up front...and in the middle...and in the back. Some very faint oak and sour notes are there if you're really looking, but this is way sweeter than I was expecting from an Oud Beersel lambic.

T: Better than the aroma, with some sour notes apparent on the front, but the sweet raspberry is still the dominant flavor. Some oak and a light funk on the second half. Finishes with a very lightly tart raspberry.

M: Medium body with low carbonation...not nearly enough bubbles for the style.

D: Pretty inoffensive and goes down fairly easily, but a huge disappointment. I was expecting something more along the lines of Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vielle...this is definitely not in the same ballpark.

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Photo of sholland119
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Teresa's Next Door. Oh, Andy, you let me down. Except for the Lindeman's tap, I expect your lambic taps to be, well, lambicky. Not this one.

A-Clear cranberry pour with some raspberry red and a frothy pink head.

S-Faintly sweet and fruity, but even this is understated. Where's the funk?

T-Not in the taste either. Rather sweet raspberry, with just a hint of tartness in the finish. This one could use more bite and balance.

M-My notes say ephemeral and who am I to argue?

D-Well, yeah, one was plenty. May be nice with dessert...


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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is dark pink with a bit of a purple tint to it and a big pink head.

S: Lots of sweet raspberries without nearly as much of the acetic acid that you get with a lot of raspberry lambics. A moderate sourness with some wet oak and grass. There's also a definite buttery aroma which is sort of unfortunate.

T: The tartness is nowhere near as assertive as I would have expected. A fair amount of grass and wet oak in terms of the funk. There's a decent raspberry flavor, but it's actually pretty sweet. At least I don't pick up any butter.

M: The body is medium with a light to moderate carbonation.

D: Nowhere near as good as their gueuze or kriek. Plenty of other good lambics out there that I would recommend instead.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle. "SB40" printed on side of cork. (A quick check of Alabama's online legislative info center [they call her ALISON] shows that in this year's regular session, SB40 is a bill removing the requirement that social security numbers be placed on hunting licenses. It's passed the senate, and has gone to a second reading in the house. A dogpile.com search of SB40 reveals a top result of "Girmi Kitchen Appliances.")

Anyway, on to the beer.... There's mention of champagne flutes on the bottle- so dangit, that's what it's going into- the lone surviving flute after an unfortunate bout with gravity in my kitchen. I never used the bloody things- so I'm really more broken up about the lip of the bowl onto which a flute fell.

Anyway...as I was saying...on to the beer...

Pours a darker peach-caramel colour, with a head that's just the pink side of white. The two-finger head sticks around, with marger 'merger' bubbles giving way to big empty cavities when they perish. Hmmm...there's a 'head decay' dental joke in that, but you can make it on your own.

The aroma leaps out of the glass on the pour. (Crouching fruit, hidden maltiness....) It's an airy slightly spicy kind of raspberry, but with a sweet soul that hugs you like your mama when you haven't seen her for months. There's some malt there, but it's hidden behind the raspberry bushes, like naughty teens on a weekend pass from boarding school.

The flavour is just not as great as the look and smell. There's no real fruitiness there, at least none you can find when you're dodging an overwhelming bitterness. It actually starts a bit medicinal, then the bitterness hits you, and you can't shake it even in the aftertaste. It's not a hop bitterness, It's a huge earthy, dry yet sticky bitterness. I'm hoping I just got an off bottle. I'll have to give it a try again sometime to see.

Mouthfeel is somewhat more watery than I'd like- but not yet 'last reel of 'Titanic'' watery. (Dear God, I had to pee so badly, I was regretting not walking out on that film earlier...Can you say "waste of celluloid", boys and girls? I say we substitute the word 'travesty' for the word 'Oscar'.)

Anyway, back to the glass...

Drinkability is below average, if for no other reason than the huge bitter bomb that was hiding in this bottle, like Barbara Eden when she starred opposite Dick York.

Be well

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Photo of ciderfaerie
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - amber, light brown red

smell - sour raspberry

taste - whoa! sour with slight raspberry

mouthfeel - metalic, bitter, not the best carbonation

drinkability - not amazing due to the metalic mouthfeel and bitterness, drinkable nonetheless. i do like the ultra sourness, but might enjoy a bit more raspberry

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this one while traveling through Ohio at West Point market in Akron. Cracked this one while hosting a Texas Hold 'Em/fine beer night at my place with DrewOSU and Pimpp.

A: Poured into my chalice at around 45 degrees. Date on the bottle said 09-25-2010. Highly fizzy on initial pour, which quickly evaporated, leaving champagne-like bubbles linger to the small off-white head. Body of beer was a slightly cloudy reddish/brown.

Smell: Lots of natural raspberries and brett-like wild funk.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Much like the smell. Fresh, natural raspberries trailing with some horse blanket/vinegar/even sauerkraut funk from the spontaneous fermentation. Not overly sweet, nice raspberry presence. Very dry and crisp throughout the tasting. As the drink warmed, the natural bacteria became very prevalent.

Drinkability: A nice, sweet after-dinner drink, but it had a little too much "wild" funk for me to tolerate.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml green bottle. best by date of 08.03.2010
cork is labeled "SB46"

poured into tulip.

almost clear, dark copper with ruby amber tones. foamy 1-finger head fizzles away to thin wisps and bubbly ring. later just half ring. no lacing. (note: the dregs are a scary dark black, with black and brown flakes of gunk...)

syrupy raspberry aroma - almost artificial, like fruit roll-ups! hint of maltose. very faint funk. trace of earthiness.

fruity raspberry jam flavor quickly counteracted with a surprisingly mild acidity but also a medicinal, phenolic note. mild to moderate flash of bitterness. trace of funkiness and maybe a woody note?

lightly syrupy feel. acidic texture towards the finish. light to moderate carbonation has a neutral presence.

nope... this doesn't do it for me...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purple and Pink Drank, pink head, almost 2 inches of it. A little too sweet aroma, more tart and berry would be preferred.

Taste was surprisingly overly sweet. Really my least favorite of the Oud Beersel stuff. Too sweet. Dominates the other aspects of the beer. Very carbonated, as if the head didn't speak to that already.

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Photo of botham
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a snifter. pours a drab ruby red with brown mixed in and a white soapy rim that lasts for minutes.

aroma is of ripe mashed raspberries with a very light funk that works as a base to the fruit. very simple in the nose, but quite concentrated.

taste is of raspberries, with a light sweetness and a very light funk. think lindemans framboise with half the sugar and this would be it. nice.

mothfeel is medium bodied and lightly tart, with a tart and a sweet profile after the fact.

drinkability is decent. sweet raspberries with little else. it could be better with a sour or funky note, but it ends up being little more than fruit juice without much sugar on the palate.

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Photo of pastradul
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tall tulip.

produces minimal head with lots of bubbles along the glass.

the nose is a sweet rasberry fruit sweetness with a slight amount of tart or sourness...

the taste is def on the sweeter side then the tart side. lots sweet across the palate. with a small amount of tartness, hoped that the tartness would pick up as the brew warmed but it never went anywhere.

not bad by any means but nothing I will buy again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty mostly pinkish with a slight purple edge to it, nice pink head, very frothy and big at over 1.5". Aroma was definitely sweet fruit raspberry forward.

While Oud Beersel makes great lambics and gueuze, I feel the framboise suffers the same problem that Lindemans framboise does. It forgoes a nice sour mouthfeel, for a balance of tart/sour and sweet. Too much sweetness here for my tastes. Its still good, but not as good as their other efforts.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel is nice, but I just can't get over the sweetness. Can't pull any oak out of this one.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gave this a shot after really enjoying a Cantillon framboise earlier in the week.

Appearance- Nice deep red color. Minimal head. I love the color of these beers.

Smell- Fairly muted. Not getting as much funkiness as expected. None of the tartness, just a mellow raspberry.

Taste- Um, some raspberry. Surprisingly sweet. I was looking for some lambic sour funkiness, but it's sort of sweet and bland. Doesn't really seem like a lambic. Just a raspberry beer. But the raspberry isn't even that prevalent. A hint of lime.

Mouthfeel- Pretty decent. Not as much carbonation as I'd like.

Drinkability- Goes down easy. It's inoffensive.

Totally eh. Those looking for a good sour lambic should look elsewhere. Those looking for a moderately raspberry flavored mellow beer could do worse.

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Photo of rarbring
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew is clear red, rather dark, has a pink head that settles rather quickly and fizzy, little lacing, some curtains.

The smell is very much raspberries, raspberry jam, some other sour fruits like redcurrant, rhubarbs or sour grapes.

Starting sweet, raspberry jam on white bread, then mostly acidity, vinegar, rhubarbs, a slight bitterness like cherry seeds or grape-fruit peel.

Low carbonation, rather small body, soft and fresh, a coarse dry finish.

The raspberries did come out well, not too sweet and stuffy, the sourness of the lambic saves the brew and makes it refreshing.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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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