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Liefmans Frambozenbier

 (RETIRED)
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96
74
style
Formerly brewed at Liefmans (Moortgat)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
All-natural, no syrups added, only whole raspberries pressed into juice just before being added to the beer. Features a massive raspberry aroma and the fresh, lively character of champagne.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Cellared cc bottle. Pours turbid dark brownish ruby with minimal off-tan head and not much lace. Nose is earthy raspberries, mild funk. Gets a bit funkier in the finish, but the semi-sweet raspberry flavor takes top billing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2660) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! 2008 vintage The beer is a sunburst brown / orange color. The head is thin and wispy, leaving barely a trace of lacing on the glass. The aroma is initially rather subdued, with a slight mustiness and scents of berries. As the beer warms, the aroma grows in intensity. The flavor is very fruit forward, with a large dose of slightly sweet raspberries, followed by more subtle notes of funk and a mild tannic character. The finish is nice and brings some funkiness. This is an enjoyable fruit beer in the Flanders style. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-30-2011

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Picked this bottle up in DC. Served in a Russian River "TION" goblet. Pours a muddy brown color with a low off-white head and not much lacing or anything like that. The nose brings a tad bit of raspberry and a bit of a tea-like character. Flavor brings a bit of tea and light raspberry. Quite odd and not very tasty, unfortunately. Not everything works together, and the base beer doesn’t quite work with the raspberry. Light body and some tea-like tannic character. Decent, but not something I would come back to.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kristall-König (2312) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - AUG 9, 2011
Dunkle bräunliche Färbung, getrübt. Geruchlich intensiv himbeerig-kirschig. Dann im Mund ein süßlich-säuerlicher Oberton, der im Mittelteil von einem kräftigen Holzaroma Gesellschaft bekommt. Trocken im Abgang. Gut gelungenes Himbeer-Fruchtbier. Weich und vollmundig.Test vom 1.4.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zita (4921) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2011
red berries aroma,red, hazy, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, very nice berries finish. Nice bear.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2011
375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a palm tulip. Dated cage reads: LFR 06/2017 B7164 which leads me to believe that this is a 2007 vintage. A - When I popped the cork it didn’t seem too lively. A quick, but even pour yielded a white head that faded quickly. Some chunks flowed into the glass even though I stopped pouring with 2 or so ounces left. First off, this beer is pretty clear. Which lets the sediment and yeast float around and become quite visible. The body is a deep purple color with bits off white yeast that are really taking their time to settle back down. S - Raspberries and sugar. Its not fake and artificial, its just like very concentrated sweet, sweet raspberry syrup. No "funk" to speak of. T - Sweet natural raspberry syrup. There is this aftertaste, that almost seems savory. I can’t describe what it tastes like, but it makes the aftertaste slightly odd but still approachable. Very easy drinking, and the carbonation is quite nice. Slightly tart but certainly not sour. O - I’ve picked up a few older liefmans vintages because they are priced really well, and they succeed in what they are. This isn’t a lambic based traditional framboise, its an oude bruin brewed with raspberry juice. This particular vintage might be a bit past its prime, but its still refreshing and a decent fruit beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1790) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 10, 2011
Not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting something brash and sweet and was intrigued by something brown and sour but eminently drinkable (if you don’t mind sipping beer rather than stonking great quaffs). Tart, sour and just overtly raspberry. Quite wonderful. Why on earth was it retired?

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8986) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2011
Very very nice dark brown/red color, with a deep dark red glare coming through. Like the fruitesse framboise, that’s the good part. It’s not very different from that one. Again I don’t like the smell and taste, and it’s too low carbonated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (4311) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2011
First time i tasted this: did not like it one bit. It reminded me of wine. This was during the winter season. After that i tasted it again in summer and now i still drink this every once in a while (local pub has a few bottles left). Love the sourish taste but it also has some sweet notes.. Tastes natural, not syruppy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1763) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Again, this is another one of those brews that just completely hits the spot for me. It’s not over the top, it’s right where it should be. Slight sour, slight fruit, slight Flemish brown, I would drink this over and over and over if it were cheaper.


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