Lindemans Framboise Lambic (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B+

Lindemans Framboise Lambic, 2.5% ABV – 355ml, (Belgium)

on the back label:

“Lindemans Framboise is a lambic made from local barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation raspberries are added, creating a secondary fermentation and yielding a beer of exceptional flavor and complexity.”

  • Style: (raspberry) Fruit Lambic
  • Taste Profile: sour-sweet/fizzy -> raspberry/tangy/tart/cassis -> mild barnyard/fruity finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $14 for a gift box (2*355ml+glass) (after 10% off), December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: in a cocktail
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: for casual drinkers/girls

Visual: foil cover, bottle capped, and finally corked – superbly sealed. Pours very dark blood red with almost no head, ringed retention, micro bubbles, lots of slow activity.

Nose: Super fruity natural raspberry juice on the nose

Attack: incoming 8/10-sourness, 6/10-sweetness, fizz-tingly mouthfeel

Mid-palate: ultra rich raspberry flavour, tangy, med tartness, hints of cassis

Finish: hints barnyard sourness, smooth med sweet fruity finish

Summary: Excellent rich raspberry flavour with good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Mort Subite Framboise (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B-

Mort Subite Framboise Lambic, 4.5% ABV – 375ml, (Kobbegem, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, malted barley, wheat, raspberry juice, corn, sugar, hops.

  • Style: Fruit Lambic
  • Taste Profile: Sour/tang fruit sweetness -> rich raspberry/oak/jam/yeast -> dried fruit chew/light tart rough finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5, Sometime 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, but not until I’ve tried every other beer out there
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes and also to non-beer drinkers

Tasting notes: quite a list of interesting stuff in this lambic, including wheat, corn, and the sugar even though it’s a low ABV beer. It has been matured in oaken casks too. Pours almost clear copper-reddish with almost no head, not much retention, slow activity, and the last few drops being very dark like drops of blood. A SUPER-fruity sour-tangy raspberry nose with hints of oak.

Attack: lots of tang, 5/10-puckery sourness, 8/10-gentle sweetness, filtered juice-like viscosity

Mid-palate: rich kapowie fruity depth of raspberries, the tang/tartness of fresh raspberries, oak, jammy, mild yeast, building sweetness

Finish: sugar finally dissipates, mild dried raspberry fruit chew flavour, light tart, mild roughness.

1st half is quite awesome chilled. As it warms up and you get used to the flavour, it starts leaving a stickiness in your mouth and isn’t quite as smooth.

Boon Framboise (2008) (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B-

Boon Framboise (2008) – Browerij Boon, 5% ABV – 375ml, (Belgium)

From Ratebeer.com:

“Framboise Boon is a traditional Belgian Lambic fruit-beer. It is brewed according to the traditional Lambic style of spontaneous fermentation. Only fresh raspberries (25%) and wildcherries (5%)are used for this Lambic beer. Framboise Boon is the missing link between beer and wine and is served chilled in flute glasses. NO artificial sweeteners, flavourings, preservatives or colouring agents. Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name.”

  • Style: Fruit Lambic
  • Taste Profile: Sour rasperry/cherry vinegar -> sweet malts/lingering acidity/funk -> woody/touch of salted caramel finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$6 (after 10% off), September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if you’re already a fan of fruit lambics

Tasting notes: Wow a beer from 2008; it’s nice that it’s cork-sealed. Didn’t serve in a flute glass, uh too late cause I poured it before typing this. Pours mauve-brown with a small foamy head and lots of floaties. I want to say something artistic about the opposing directions of the falling sediment and ascending CO2 bubbles but I can’t think of anything. Something like if Coca-cola made a snow globe. A very bursting WOW of a fruity raspberry nose; it’s almost as if it were crushed right in front of your nose. Intense. Drinks with a quite aggressive 8/10-sourness (almost vinegary), a mix of raspberry aroma with the sharp cherry sourness, sweet 7/10-malts in the background, medium cloying, lingering sour acidity on the palate (- pts), mild funk, finishing woody and a hint of salted caramel. Medium complexity, med-depth, good transitions, great balance, not a whole lot of carry/length. Floaties make it less appealing.

Framboise – Oud Beersel (Belgium)

Framboise – Oud Beersel, 5.0% ABV – 37.5cl, (Belgium)

from ratebeer.com:

“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. ”

  • Style: Fruit Lambic
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile:
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$6, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours translucent brownish-red with minimal head, not much CO2 activity. Luscious crushed raspberries on the nose. Initially a burst of full-bodied raspberries & raspberry juice, transitions into a very tart, sour, med-high sweet (7/0) oaked malts, minor barnyard, and finishes lingering tart and tangy with some residual cloying sugar. Medium complexity, medium-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. Overall solid and not overly aggressive.