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Oud Beersel Framboise

Brewed by Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Beersel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Framboise is a classic among the Belgian beers created by adding whole fresh raspberries (250 g/l)to a blend of young and old lambic. Framboise Oud Beersel is the missing link between beer and wine and is served chilled in flute glasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hobsch (500) - Cologne, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle 0.375l. Pours deep red with light pink head. Aroma is full of raspberries and some cherries. Very fruity. Taste is light bitter, light to medium sweet, light to medium sour, raspberries, cherries. Aftertaste is rather sweet and somehow sticky. It reminds me of artificial sweetener. Strange. Could be much drier and sour. Ok but a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bosskie (399) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2014
Dark ruby transparent beer with a weak head and nice carbonation. Smell is berries and subtle wood. Quiet sweet. Taste is sour watery with an astringent finish. Citric peels finish and a herby alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1795) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle 375ml. Pours purple with low off-white head. No serious lacing. Aroma is of raspberries, cherries. Taste is of raspberries, cherries, acidity, fruits. Lambic features are only noticable via acidity for me. No serious funk. Palate: Light-medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Fruity. Mildly acid (less than expected). Good drinkability. Mouth drying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2014
Traditional framboise, i.e. made of pure lambic and fresh fruit without added sugar. Dirty pinkish, loose head, quickly degenerating but leaving a rim on the edge of the glass. Colour is burgundy with pinkish and orangey hue, transparent, almost clear after slow and careful pouring, but darkish red-brown with chunks of dead yeast after adding the deposit. Powerful, somewhat weird and amazingly complex aroma of indeed red raspberries but also tomato ketchup, old sherry, earth, wet hay, Worcestershire sauce, liquorice candy, pipe tobacco, barnyard, pomegranate and, very prominently, the kind of artisanal elderberry syrup my late grandmother tried to cure a persistent cough with. Taste kicks off with a citric acidity cleansing the mouth, medium carbonation, softened and sweetened by tons of fresh fruit (pure raspberry juice and raspberry bushes without any sign of added sugar, but accents of elderberry and tomato as well), tart and funky but not too agressive, mellow lactic acidity, ever more dry towards the finish, fruity esters, hay, ending very woody and leafy hop bitter. This is something else: couldn’t be further away from e.g. Lindemans Framboise. A purely artisanal barnyard beer, stubborn and demanding, very unlike the overtly sweet ladies’ framboises most people are more or less familiar with. A challenge, but I did like 3 Fonteinen’s framboise a bit better, not to mention the Cantillon products containing raspberries. It was a bad idea letting this sit in my cellar for a year: fruit lambics are at their best when they just left the brewery. I should re-taste this when young as soon as possible.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5116) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2014
375 ml corked & caged green bottle, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 5.0%. Beautiful deep red colour, moderate pink head. Strong and lovely aroma of ripe raspberries, a hint of cherry kernels. Fairly dry flavour, not very sour, raspberries of course, but not overwhelming. The finish is a bit "empty".

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle poured into a snifter. I drank this one right after the Geuze and Kriek.

A - Pours murky pink with a nice one finger tall pink head leaving very little lace down the glass. Not as bubbly as the kriek but close.

S - Smells of dulled raspberry puree, musty funk, light lactic sourness, wet oak, and some definite buttery notes that I am sure aren’t supposed to be there...

T - Starts off with a nice dose of dank funk quickly giving way to some light raspberry sweetness, drying oak tannins, and very dull lactic sourness. The finish is dry with some lingering sweetness. I don’t get a lot of the buttery notes I detected in the nose but this one is still a bit of a letdown.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. This one isn’t as carbonated as the kriek but it is still a little bit too much.

O - This was the worst of the three. The fruit was really only present in the taste and even there it was a bit dull. Add to that the disappointing nose and this one really isn’t on par with its counterparts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2872) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear strawberry ribena pour with a bubbly pink head, aroma has light raspberry, a hint of cheese and funk, taste has fresh tart raspberry, some funk, slight sweet, pleasant fruity lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (366) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep, clear ruby red with a small pink head. Aroma has both sour and unripe raspberries, as well as sweeter, more ripe ones. Smells very juicy, and besides a slight tartness, raspberries are the only prominent aroma to find. Taste has a great balance between the sour and sweet, and becomes the most sessionable of lambics that i have ever tasted. Very juicy raspberries, but still with that classic dryness to it. All this being said, it’s not crazy flavorfull. High carbonation and low, dry body. Higly recommendable for new lambic drinkers, that don’t want it too sweet either!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
poech73 (187) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2014
Framboise dominé par des saveurs aqueuses de fruit accompagné d’une petite effervescence, du sucre et de la levure. Surprenamment, je ne goûte quasi aucune acidité, ni aucun maltage si ce n’est quelques saveurs fromentées assez fluettes. La framboise revient en arrière goût de façon assez sympa. En finale, l’amertume s’exprime en asséchant langue avec douceur et une petite acidité sur des notes très pudiques. J’ai eu de meilleures framboises de celle-là!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGolem (682) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle 375 ml. Pours pinkish red with almost no lacing. Aroma and taste are fruity but I did not detect specific notes of rasberries. Loved the acidity of this one. Just enough sweetness. Refreshing and highly drinkable.

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