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Liefmans Frambozenbier

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

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RATINGS: 528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
document (36) - USA - FEB 5, 2003
I don't know why, but I just LOVE this beer. It's hardly a stone's throw from the Goudenband, and in my opinion miles ahead of their kriek beer. Sour masking what sweetness there is, a fascinating mouthfeel to the carbonation, thick raspberry aroma. Many of the beers I love best I love for their interesting flavor and complex this, that or the other, but this beer simply compels me to drink more, more, more. Complex, interesting, sure, but most of all seductive. Could be genetic, though: My brother and I both found the beer to be astounding, while others drinking with us thought it unexceptional (the fools...)

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (3716) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 Re-rate (6/6/04) - draught at Out of the Vaults, Leicester. Even more delicious than I remember: this blows most beers away with its intense, sweet flavours. It looks, tastes and smells absolutely superb. // Draught, at the Dovetail, London. Maroon/brown colour, with a nice frothy head. This is sourer than many raspberry lambics I've tried, and seems closer to a more recognisable beer flavour (hence it's classification as a sour ale, I guess!) This was delicious when chilled, with a piquant flavour and icey, yoghurty quality to the texture. (original score 3.7)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4831) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Sampled from a 12 oz green corked bottle this beer poured a black cherry color with a huge light pink head. Well carbonated - you can hear the foam crackling like rice crispies. The aroma was a lovely tart and sour cherry and raspberry mix. The flavor was tart and sour with an intense raspberry element and a tangy, yeasty middle followed by a long tart berry finish. Intense yet strangely subtle. Outstanding.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3300) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
I’m a big raspberry freak, so I dig this luscious sweet and sour raspberry aroma that drifts across the room. Gorgeous nose. Beautiful dark garnet ruby color that has some duskiness to it with a huge light tan head. Beautiful. Sweet fruity raspberries to start with an ever so slight malty chocolate note in the middle before turning slightly sour and astringent to finish. Nutty, woodsy aftertastes. I thoroughly enjoy this stuff. 2003 bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Red and purple w/ brown hues. Lasting head and slight lacing. The nose was nothing but raspberries! The mouth had soury fermented fruit, raspberries, and vinious. Major effervescence and tart. Light bodied.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cyrenaica (966) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2007
I had this at the ’Beer Bistro’ restaurant in Toronto on June 21, 2007. My particular beer was a Liefmans Frambozenbier, 375ml, 4.5% abv, and wrapped in a paper wrapper. This poured a beautiful maroon colour right out of the bottle with a beautiful raspberry aroma. The mouthfeel was crisp with some carbonation on the tongue. The beer started with a malty flavour with a lot of rasberry in it and finished with a crisp taste with a hint of raspberry. A truly wonderful experience for a fruit beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Presentation: It was poured from a tap into a pint glass. Appearance: The body has a deep dark, nearly opaque presentation with slightly reddish/purple hue. There is some visible carbonation near the edges of the glass. At the top there is sits a tall thick pinkish/tan head. It is long lasting and make for some great lace rings on the glass. Smell: Its aroma has hints of raspberry, malt and some good funky yeast. Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a nice natural fruity raspberry taste mixing with a lightly sweet malt that gives a nice balance to the slight tartness of the raspberry. The touch of yeast adds some light earthy/funk and complexity. Its medium bodied with soft lightly fizzy texture and carbonation. Notes: I found this to have good balance of flavor and overall character.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Metalchopz (2207) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
Wow ! What an awesome brew. Bought at the Metro on Greber in Gatineau, Quebec. Best before date is December, 2012. Written 2002 - 19 on the cork. Pours a deep purple-brown-red with lots of yeast sediments (of different size and shape) floating at the bottom. Not much head and retention, which I guess is normal for this type of beer. Very nice aroma of raspberry with some Belgian yeast and slight sourness. The taste starts out with the sweet raspberry juices, then goes into the mild sourness and vinegar of a flanders red to then finish into the perfect mix of both of these worlds. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Very light dry and tarty finish. Love this beer ! Will have to get more for the cellar... now that I know that the best before date is a few lightyears ahead.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 12, 2003
500ml bottle, imported. Nice pop to the cork, and a quick whiff of tart and sweet strawberry or raspberry. The ale pours like champagne, with a quick, full head of very faint purple color. The berr is a nice deep rep/purple with quick bubbles fizzing to the surface. The first taste is powerfully pungent, with blasts of raspberry and lactic tongue bite. The overall effect is similar to a fruity champagne. Gotta get me another!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2004
Wonderful raspberry bouquet that begs to be tasted. Huge mousse-like red-tinged tan head on reddish borwn body. Head recedes slowly with excellent lacing. Nice strong raspberry sweetness with strong underlying malt flavour and a sweet yet tart yeast flavour that begs to be savoured. Balanced a bit on the sweet side but excellent nonetheless. High carbonation reminiscent of finest champagne. Bottle (green but wrapped in paper to keep out light - date on cork 2003).


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