Spontanframboos – Mikkeller (Denmark)

Spontanframboos – brewed at De Proefbrouwerijrewed, 7.7% ABV, 375 ml., (Copenhagen N, Denmark)


on the back label in Danish:

“En Frambic brygget på: vand, malt, hvede, gammel humle, hindbær og gær. Lagret på egetræsfade”

google translate:

A Frambic brewed on: water, malt, wheat, old hops, raspberries and yeast. Stored on oak barrels”


  • Style: (flavoured – raspberry) Fruit Lambic
  • Taste: Authentic fruity sour-tangy-tart woody oaked complex raspberry
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $14 (after 12.5% off) – 375 ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure
  • What left an impression: authentic yet evolved raspberry flavour

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Pours light burgundy with a small 1mm fizzy head, a thick ring with a large island of retention, singular slow sporadic streams.

Nose: medium barnyard funk, cran-raspberry jelly with big wet woody overtones. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: big tart-controlled soft sour, light crisp

Mid-palate: big sour-tangy, light tingly bubbles, (lvl-1-sweetness), white wine vinegar, short pukey funk

Finish: fleshy raspberry, pomegranate, big wet oak exhale, some funk, residual wheat malt palate tart

Summary: A big depth of evolved raspberry flavour complemented by an equally big woodiness. Virtually no alcohol detection. Seamless transitions in and very sippable, lots of positive characteristics in this fruit lambic.

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.

Chapeau Peche Lambic (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Chapeau Pêche Lambic, 3.5% ABV – 37.5cl, (Ternat-Wambeek, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, malt, wheat, hop, yeast, sugar, flavour, peach (20%)

  • Style: (peach) Fruit Lambic
  • Taste Profile: apple juice sweetness -> yellow peach -> crisp sweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot Cambie
  • How much: $8, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50, it’s more for casual drinkers

Tasting notes: pours brilliant clear orangish/yellow with a nice-sized foamy head, good lacing, a bit of slow activity. Bright, fruity sweet mainly apple/light peach nose.

Attack: huge apple aroma, oncoming 7/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: mellow yellow peach, fizziness, continual sweetness

Finish: crisp, trace malts, sweet finish.

Quite simple and straightforward. Drinks pleasantly with ease though more like a cider than a beer.

Lindemans Pomme Lambic (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Lindemans Pomme Lambic (apple), 3.5% ABV – 750ml, (St Pieters Leeuw-Vlezenbeek, Belgium)

On the back label:

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

  • Style: Fruit Beer (apple)
  • Taste Profile: super-sweet sugars/tangy -> fruity red/sour green apple -> cloying tart finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$11, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good flavour, but not particularly complex

Tasting notes: pours apple juice yellow with bits of suspended sediment, good thick foamy head, lots of lacing, some slow activity. Bright, sweet and natural apple juice on the nose.

Attack: dense fruity sugars, 9/10-sweetness, medium tanginess

Mid-palate: med-high cloying, red apple, green apple, medium sourness

Finish: cloying, sweet, highly tart finish.

Drinks very much like a super-sweet and tart cider, but too sweet and cloying for my palate.

Chapeau Abricot Lambic Beer (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Chapeau Abricot Lambic – Brouwerij De Troch, 3.5% ABV – 375ml, (Belgium)

Ingredients on the back label: water, malt, wheat, hop, yeast, sugar, flavour, apricot (20%)

  • Style: Fruit Lambic
  • Taste Profile: fruity sweetness -> apricot/light tart/sour/cork -> light cloying finish.
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: sure if it’s on sale
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: more for non-beer drinkers

Tasting notes: pours transluscent dull orange with almost no head and no retention, sedimentation that looked like tiny bugs, or husks of some sort (??). Very fragrant fruity apricot on the nose.

Attack: light fruity 8/10-sweetness, very mild fizz

Mid-palate: apricot, light tartness, light sourness/tang, woodiness, cork

Finish: clean finish, light cloying

Quite basic and straightforward. Drinks much like smooth soda.

Chapeau Kriek Lambic Beer (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Chapeau Kriek Lambic – Brewery de Troch (LEFT: New label since 2012, RIGHT: Old label prior 2012), 3.5% ABV – 37.5cl, (Wambeek, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, hop, yeast, sugar flavour, cherries (20%)

  • Style: Fruit Lambic (Kriek)
  • Taste Profile: Creamy/fizzy/sweet -> cherry/wood/tart -> sticky/cloying/sugar overload
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: just once; also for non-beer drinkers/gals

Tasting notes: pours a deep vibrant blood red with a nice small lasting head, foamy CO2, lots of active streams. Aromatic shweeeeeet cherries and their juice on the nose, so sweet it’s almost candy-like.

Attack: mostly creamy/light fizzy mouthfeel, bright 9/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: fading sugars, dense fruity richness of cherries, light woodiness, med-sourness, light-med tartness

Finish: light stickiness of the sugars, mainly clean, minor sugar-overdose fading alertness

Initial blows your mind with the clean cherry coming through with a minor oaked backdrop. After a 1/3rd through, the sugars becoming cloying and the palate is no longer excited by the fruitiness or sugars. Sugar overload 1/2way through. Reminds me of a soda.

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.

Kriek Boon (2006) – Brouwerij F.Boon (Belgium)

Kriek Boon (2006) – Brouwerij F.Boon, 4.20% ABV – 375ml, (Lambeek, Belgium)

on the back label:

“KRIEK BOON is a classic among Belgian Beers, created in the 18th century by adding whole fresh cherries (more than 200g/lit) to a blend of young and old Lambic Beer, aged on oak casks.”

  • Style: Fruit Lambic
  • My Rating: A
  • Taste Profile: Sweet/sour cherry -> apple/oak -> clean crisp semi-sweet finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$7, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy dense brown with a light red hue, sediment, almost no head, and very little CO2 activity. Sweet and sour cherries on the nose, almost candy-like. Bold red cherry flavour up front, medium (5/10) sweetness, light sourness and tang, woody oak, red apple, light malts, finishing clean and semi-sweet. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, fantastic drinkability. It drinks like a juice, but not as sweet and hint of oak.

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.