TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Lindermans Framboise is a lambic beer by style. True lambic beers come from only one place, the Senne Valley, an area just west of Brussels, in Belgium. Lambics are wheat beers that are spontaneously fermented, which means they are fermented by wild airborne yeasts that live in the atmosphere. Only a handful of Belgian brewers actually brew lambic, and pure, unblended lambic beer is a very sharp, acidic, sour beer. Lambics are aged in wooden barrels for up to two or three years. They are then blended and bottled.
Some lambics are matured in the wood with the addition of fruits, the most common being cherry(kriek), raspberry(framboise), and peach(peche), though other fruits and berries can be used. Because of their sour, and tart nature, some of these fruit beers are sweetened as well. Lindermans Framboise is one such beer that is sweetened to cut though some of that sharp, sour edge making this beer more appealing to a broader variety of beer drinkers. In fact this beer style is a favorite among people who really don’t like beer. And that is the great thing about the variety of beer styles that are out there. You might not like them all, but there is a beer out there that non beer drinkers will enjoy. I prefer the more acidic, sour, sharp traditional lambics, but Lindermans Framboise is always a very tasty beer, and one I enjoy.
Lindermans Framboise pours to a beautiful ruby red color with a pink head and a lively carbonation. The nose is just packed with fresh, vibrant, raspberry aromas. The palate is tart, and sweet, with more raspberry flavor on the tongue, and a refreshing tartness. This beer finishes with more fresh raspberry flavors, with a slight sour edge. Raspberry really dominates this beer, but with the sweet and sour edge it really is a pleasing beer. This beer screams desert. I would match this with a raspberry tart and clotted cream. This would also work well with roasted pork, and as an ingredient in a vinegarette.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Draft: Awesome looking beer, great raspberry color, killer pink looking head. Damn this was sour, like a grape wine but damn this was sweet. Huge raspberry sour flavor, this hit me in a good way. pstorvik (60) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Bottle at 55 F. Wow - I wasn’t prepared for the exposion of raspberries. Pours with considerable effervescence with this short lasting white head. Color a muddy ruby with strong raspberry aroma. Initial flavor very sweet, then sour and somewhat dry finish leaving one swallowing a couple extra times. Very strong and delicious raspberry flavor. Medium very effervescent body. I’m going to try my hand at brewing this stuff so I can afford to drink more of it. xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle. One of my first ’alternative beers’ years ago, and a real joy when you first discover it. Since becoming more of a beer nerd, this has diminished in my view. IT’s still pleasant enough, but it’s easy to get sick of it after drinking a little. Sour pucker raspberry syrup aroma, strong aroma. Beautiful garnet red with pretty red foamy soapy laced head. Extremely sweet, semi-tart. Candy, carbonated, fizzy. Pleasant. Gets old after a glass or two. Now that I’ve had Liefman’s, I’d much rather have that framboise. Will I be loving sour, completely unsweet lambics soon ?! ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2006
absolute heaven in a bottle.gorgeous dark red color accents the very nice fluffy pink head. smells of ripe raspberries. tastes like ripe raspberries. not even the slightest nuance of aclohol. my favorite lambic so far. goes perfect with a bowl of vanilla ice-cream.
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2006
This beer was pink and served to me in a champagne flute. Needless to say I was ridiculed by my guy friends. A man’s beer, this is not, but if one were to bring a frew bottles to a party, it might as well be catnip to women. Tastes like club soda with fruit juice, and chicks dig stuff like that. (I gave the appearance a low rating because of the color) beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2006
(12.31.05) On tap at Firkin’s. Hazy deep red having a large white head with good lacing. Good carbonation. Strong raspberry fruit aroma. Sweet tangy raspberry flavor. Tastes like a sweet raspberry pop and a stretch to believe that this is really a beer. Poured reminder into my glass of Champagne which vastly improved its flavor (the Champagne’s!). Good dessert beer. Sampled at a special New Year’s Eve dinner with visiting family members at Firkin’s. ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Tasted like punch. Deep red color, pink frothy head. The fruit taste is a little overwhelming at times. It comes across a little tart. Have a date? She doesn’t like beer you say? Order this. Big hit at parties. Again, its super fruity. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2007 Bottle..probably a few years old. Pours red and slighty syrupy. Champagne like carbonation with small head. Aroma is malty and very strong notes of raspberry (of course). Flavor is sweet, malty and full of raspberry flavor. Mildy sticky and syrupy in the mouth. Finish is slightly tart. Very remeniscent of a jolly Roger hard candy. Not bad, but there are better examples out there. A decent dessert beer. Also good beer to use when trying to expand a BMC drinker’s beer horizons, as it’s easy to find. BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Pours a sticky, bright red color. Tastes and smells super sweet. Where’s the alcohol? This is kind of like drinking rapsberry-juice concentrate. I had higher expectations for this one...maybe its better if you mix it with something?