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 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 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 PDXHops
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle- best before 6/3/12- poured into a Duvel tulip in March of 2011. Color is reminiscent of strong raspberry tea. Minimal head with no lacing, but a steady stream of carbonation keeps some bubbly patches around til the end.

Raspberry preserves are prevalent in the nose. Light tart notes keep things interesting. Very tasty stuff. A good balance of sweet and tart raspberry flavors. Midswallow, a burst of carbonation helps keep the palate refreshed. A bit musty, a bit earthy. An approachable, reasonably complex lambic. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml into pint glass.

Dark brown/red with an active but fast-settling head. Strong berry presence. Taste is berry jam- very tart and mildly acidic in the finish. Mouth-puckering, heavy berry-skin. Overall impression is this is very fruity, light on funk, and moderately sour. Fruit kind of dominates but I'm OK with that. Very easy to drink in large quantities, very refreshing. As it comes up to room temp a more robust vinegar element comes to the front.

I love this framboise. Very drinkable- One that doesn't require a notepad and a 10-way pour to enjoy. It's one I revisit often.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours deep red with a pink compact, rather tall head that takes some time to dissipate. Nice lacings. A bottle with a natural cork and steel cage always raises my expectations...

S: Lots and lots of sweet raspberries; it smells almost like ripe raspberries warmth by the sun. Dry sourness from the brett, but not as much as I thought. There's only faint gunpowder.

T: Ripe raspberries but not that sweet. Gunpowder is more present in taste compared to the smell; brettanomyces. Sour.

M: Rather long and dry aftertaste. Body is medium and carbonation is... actually there is no carbonation.

O: This is the first Framboise I've rewieved on BA; this one is nice like most products from Oud Beersel. The raspberries balanced the brett in a nice way.

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Photo of larryi86
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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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Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a flute. Lot105 good tile April 15th 2014.

A nice solid pop from the cork, and off we go. Crisp off pink/brown colored head with lots of carbonation. Gorgeous unique color. Head does not stay but lots of sounding carbonation snapping.

Smell is extremely sweet and strawberry fruit. Pretty basic but simple, hints of something obvious sweet coming.

Mild sweetness with a muted body. Very fruit punch like and tasting, I am constantly thinking Hawaiin Fruit Punch here, with a little bit of crispness. Faint sour on the finish but hardly noticeable at all.

Overall I think this one is a bit too sweet for my tastes I'll have to grab something else in this style.

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Photo of Offa
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, slightly hazy red with some brown, and a medium pink-beige head steadily shrinking to a ring.

Aroma is nice barnyard rustic yeastiness with lots of raspberry, fresh and clean.

Taste is light woody-funky yeastiness with faintly sweet-tart raspberry, dryish with a lingering gentle funky character at the end plus light woodiness and light sourness. It is very nice.

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 6/3/12. This beer pours a dark, dark brownish purple in color with a two finger, bubble bath like white head. There were also chunks of sediment in the pour and they dispersed along the bottom of my Founders snifter. The aromas are surprisingly of very fresh raspberries or a raspberry dessert. I expected them to be muted but they're actually quite pungent and feature both a nice sweetness and nice tart aspect. The flavors begin sweet before fading into a light raspberry tart. The finish is kind of strange, which could be from the sediment. It tastes kind of yeasty and bitter on the finish. It's almost like the flavor you get when you bite into raspberry seeds. It drinks fine and isn't overly sweet or tart. I can see why some people wouldn't like this and I can see why some people would. It's almost right in between sweet and sour framboise. I guess it depends on your preference. Overall, a pretty decent beer in my opinion.

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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 billab914
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a deep red, almost purple color with a very thin white head clinging to the edge of the glass.

The aroma has a very fresh raspberry puree flavor to it. It has a sweeter, raspberry pie like flavor coming through that I really like. It has a very moderate tartness to it, along with a very slight sourness. Definitely reminds me of my moms raspberry pie.

The taste is also not surprisingly strong with the fresh raspberry flavor. At first it has more of the fresh fruit, puree like flavor to it. Later, I get more of the raspberry pie like flavor with some sweet and doughy qualities to it. In the finish some tart and very slight sourness comes through and helps balance out some of the fruit sweetness.

The mouthfeel feel is medium bodied with carbonation being lower for the style. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It really reminded me of my moms raspberry pie, which is a good thing. The fresh raspberry flavor was very nicely done and the tart, slight sour flavors really helped balance it out some and make it a pretty easy drinking beer. Definitely not one of the sourer beers of the style though.

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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 nniicckkww
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in champagne flute. Nice 1 1/2" white/slightly pink head that stuck around for a few minutes. Raspberry aroma. Fresh crushed raspberries. Enticing. Ruby red and clear. Lots of bubbles dancing around up to the top of the glass.

Fresh raspberry in the forefront. Just a pinch of barnyard/leather funk. Delicious. Sour finish that is crisp. The raspberry flavor is so fresh. This beer would have been one dimensional if not for the funk in the middle. Very drinkable. No cloying sweetness.

On of the few good examples of framboise that I have had on tap. Yum. My wife was very pleased with the choice!

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle, best before of 2011, thanks to bobsy for sharing!

Pours a pretty pink color with highlights of darker dried blood. Black particles near the bottom of the bottle and the last inch is black sludge. Thin head on the pour and retreats to placidity.

Nose is amazing, the raspberries are fresh picked and squeezed in this one - or so it smells. Sweet, though perhaps a little artificial. A hint of tartness but otherwise all sweet raspberry juice.

Which is the downfall in the taste, the sweetness is not balanced enough - light tartness, a hint of lemon acidity, fresh berries, hint of wood. But all in all this is all about the raspberries. Low carbonation (to style), slightly syrupy and thick body for the style, easy to drink no doubt but it just doesn't do it for me at this sweetness, not refreshing.

Thanks for pulling this out Rob, this is a treat!

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Photo of lawaaaw
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep red color with a pink head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: smells sour with hints or berries...yum!

Taste: berry taste is not as prominent as in lindemans. One can taste the alcohol a bit more in this lambic. It is fruity and good though!

Mouthfeel: light, with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: I would drink this again but I'd rather have a lindemans

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Photo of Avagadro
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Oude Beersel Framboise holds a dingy purple color, with a slightly pinke head of admirable persistence, and decent retention atop a clear body.

S: Fresh raspberries, topped off with a touch of funk. I was hoping for a much wilder aroma.

T: I am amazed by how impressive the kriek was, and how taciturn the framboise is. It has faint hints of the funk that was so pronounced in the kriek, but is overall dominated by a fresh raspberry flavor. I don't know the tastes of my fellow European beer drinkers, but this seems to fall short of the two major American demographs' expectations: it is too sweet for those who love the wild nature of true lambics, yet, too wild for those who enjoy sweet fruity beers.

M: Medium body, with some obvious residual sweetness, and a slightly sticky texture.

D: Overall, this is not at all what I had hoped for. While, it still resembles a true lambic, its dominant fresh raspberry flavor destroys any merits it receives from the funk. It's not a terrible beer, but I certainly didn't pay $8 to drink this.

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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 pasadoit
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Bier Stein

A: Dark red. Thin pink head.
S: Raspberry. Tart and sweet.
T: Raspberry dominates. A bit too much for my taste.
M: Typical mouthfeel for the style.
D: Too sweet to put done more than one.

Oud Beersel Framboise
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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 metter98
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin pink head that faded away rather quickly but left a ring of bubbles floating around the collar and lacy patterns in the center.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of raspberries in the nose with notes of both sweetness and tartness.
T: Like the smell, flavors of raspberries dominate the overall taste, which has a mild to moderate amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink because the fruity and sweet flavors do not overpower the taste.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute) best before 15.04.2014
A- The fizzy cranberry colored foam head sits on a deep red dense body with strands of racing microbubbles popping to the surface. The base of the glass looks like crystal clear grape jelly. S- The notes of dry tart fresh raspberries ends with a slightly green note. There is a jelly donuts filling quality with a full raspberry aroma and some dry dark fruit hints underneath.
T- The dry tart flavor leads to a softer but bright raspberry finish. There is a softer bretty grapefruit flavor underneath that lingers a moment in the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fine scrubbing bubble fizz in the finish.
D- The full fruit is nice and not sweet with some soft lambic wild characters underneath. Easy to drink.

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Photo of gamwich
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a best by 09.08.2016 date. The beer has large bubbles of head that dissipate quickly, with little to no lacing. It is ruby/brown in color; pink on the edges and dark in the middle.

The aroma is pleasant, tart raspberries, a tad sour and funky. The flavor is fairly tart up front followed by lots of sweet raspberry and a tart, acidic finish. There is very little carbonation.

This is a nice, relatively straightforward lambic. It is well balanced, not too complex but also not too demanding - definitely quite quaffable.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark red...almost purple with a medium white head. The Kriek looks WAY prettier. Scent is slightly funky with a LOT of raspberry and pomegranate aromas. This could easily be mistaken for a pomegranate beer. Taste is a little too sweet for my liking. I LOVED the Kriek, from this brewery, so was hoping for something as sour... Definitely not a sour beer..way more sweet. Still very tasty with great raspberry and pomegranate flavors. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and a bit over-carbed. Drinkability is fair.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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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Oud Beersel Framboise from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
3.77 out of 5 based on 361 ratings.
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