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


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RATINGS: 709   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

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Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Draught. Raspberry red color, with a non-pink foam. Artificial raspberry aroma, with zero lambic qualities to back up the fruit. Flavor is unbelievably sweet, not sour, with little other character besides raspberries. Thin body. Crappy, non-traditional lambic for Lindeman’s Framboise fans and pre-teens.

Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Sample courtesy of Pailhead. Transparent reddish hue with pink film. Decent raspberry aroma was neither sour nor tart, but syrup like. Flavor is well balanced sweet and sour raspberry flavor. More it warms, finish gets a little more sour. Decent overall.

wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 1, 2005
375 cL bottle, snifter, 26.01.2009 bbe. Rich -but clear- sanguine hue with orange-brown tints. Initially large, frothy/foamy, light pink head that settles down fairly quickly. Aroma is almost completely straight forward raspberries, but they are rather fresh smelling unlike some seemingly artificially flavored lambics. Light ’damp forest floor’ aroma. Also, notes of a copper pot with heavy patina. Perhaps the faintest hint of vanilla. Starts off sticky sweet with a light balancing tartness. Natural tasting though, I’ll give it that. Mid-palate (and under the tongue) reveals a large dose of tannins, verging on having a medicinal quality. Bacterial sourness and a drying finish -or any finish at all, really- are noticeably absent. Okay, well, //very// restrained. Fairly chewy mouthfeel with a velvety texture broken up by fizzy carbonation. I must wonder whether this is intentional or, somehow, the bacteria simply did not take hold as it just doesn’t feel fully fermented. There’s also //zero// yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. ???

beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2005
After having the kriek and the gueze from this brewery I was very excited to try this beer, although I was very let down. This beer turned out to be very watery tasting and lacked a bit more complexity like i was expecting. Pours a dark ruby red with a white fizzy head that fell very fast. Raspberry was about all that came through in the flavor, no real lambic wild yeast qualities. Very light and spritzy on the palate with a light acidity and just a small hint of sourness.

Shag (3026) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Wow shocked to see the low ratings. I really enjoyed this one. A reddish pink appearance with a moderate head. The flavor was quite tart with plenty of raspberries showing up. There really isnt much else besides the raspberries that come out in the beer but thats ok with me. A slightly musky and funky feel to the beer. Not as sour as many of the fruit lambics Ive had, but for something more tame it works. And rating #1100! Woot!

FlacoAlto (4197) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2005
This beer is served on tap, it sits with a frothy thin tan head in my tulip glass. It is pretty darn clear with a rich amber color; it is dark enough that I can barely see through it. The aroma is a fruity mix of raspberry pulp and skins, it is tart, but in a raspberry sort of way, not in the typical Lambic fashion, and the beer is hardly funky at all. As the beer warms up the aroma seems to pick up note that make me think of fermented prunes.

The beer is served quite cold, but my first impressions is that the beer is tart and acidic, but quite a bit softer than a Cantillon product. Thankfully the beer is not sweet at all, this allows the raspberry flavor to be somewhat restrained and not so dominant. This is really a clean Lambic; tart sure thing, but it is missing that depth of complexity and funky barnyard / Farmhouse character that one expects in a good Lambic.

As the beer warms up the mouthfeel becomes fuller and more tannic (think raspberry skins). This is a nice quaffable fruit beer; not sweet either so none of that horrible sweet raspberry flavor is present. Definitely a good session beer. It does not reach contemplative though; a good Lambic, in my mind, is incredibly complex (this one isn’t), yet at the same time eminently quaffable and thirst quenching (this one is).

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ClarkVV (6759) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 On draught 9/3/2005 at Anam Cara. Blood red with a lighter, amber tinge to it. Ring of white bubbles is all that appears for a head and there is no lacing left behind. Transluscent clarity. Aroma of red raspberry jam, thick and sweet with vanilla and a touch of dryness. Light raspberry flesh/raspberry seeds. Tartness is fleeting and only faintly perceived. Flavor is quite sweet to start, granted it’s authentic tasting raspberry sweetness. Not syrupy, but the raspberries just don’t leave enough room for other (lambic) character. Actually, on the end, there is some light bacteria, but it’s very faint. Some black pepper, raspberry seeds, celery and plant stalks. Invigorating mouthfeel, lots of tiny CO2 bubbles in there, very compact. Some beaujolais wine-like character and low to moderate acidity, but it seems to come from the raspberries, certainly not any bacteria. No sourness whatsoever. Pretty simple, not worthy of the name, IMHO. Great fruit beer though. . . .

375 mL bottle, best before 6/21/2015 drunk on 1/11/14
Pretty close to the above draft experience. I will reiterate that there is some real raspberry flavor in here, though there is certainly some sugar of some sort in here as well. And that’s fine, they make no promises on the label, simply calling it Framboise. Vegetal notes become pervasive in the aroma, as it breathes, and there is more than enough powdered sugar flavor on the finish. Still, a passable fruit beer. Keeping the numbers unchanged

Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle: Nice rasberry aroma. The only problem is that it’s all sweet raspberry with very little tartness that I like in lambics. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with a very small white head. Again the flavor is mostly sweet raspberry. Slightest hints of tartness come in the finish with some light bitterness and some hints of wood. Not bad, but not what I was hoping for.

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
This beer was provided by Pailhead (thanks) after a quick run to Belmont Party Store on the Saturday of the Labor Day gathering. I was really looking forward to trying this but it was a let down and not near to the quality of the old Oud Beersel Kriek.

Beautiful ruby hue with a small fizzy head and developed some pink lace. The aroma has raspberry (duh), horse blanket and musty yeast esters and a touch of lemongrass. The taste is fruity and yeasty with a pale malt background. It is sweeter than expected and a bit syrupy, mostly it is one-dimensional. Does not have the taste of fresh fruit the better examples of the genre possess. Be interesting to future ratings of this beer as it becomes more widely distributed.

egajdzis (6626) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Poured a ruby red color with a small, pinkish head that left no lacing on the glass. Aroma of raspberries, light oak, and hay as well. Taste of sweet raspberry, almost becomes syrupy, grape skin tartness, and finishes lightly sour.

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