Monday, March 29, 2010

Lindemans Framboise Lambic


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (599) - Albany, USA - APR 30, 2010
Anyone who’s paid some attention to the beer market over the last few years knows the macro brewers have been targeting women and people who don’t usually drink beer with pseudo wheat beers infused with fruit and other gimmicks. I don’t think the Belgians who invented the lambic style of beer 500 years ago were trying to make "chick beer," just beer with a rich fruity component that was easy and fun to drink.

Therefore, no one should feel like less of a beer drinker for enjoying Lindemans Framboise Lambic. Sure, it tastes like organic raspberry jam and the alcohol is so low as to be unnoticeable, but bear in mind it’s an old world recipe - not something dreamed up by Madison Avenue executives.

APPEARANCE AND AROMA


I split a 12oz bottle with a friend by pouring it into two champagne flutes. I have seen some red beers before but none that were quite as vivid as this one. It could best be described as pure magenta with a purple haze. The head was fairly small, frothy and indigo-colored and dissipated rather quickly.

The aroma was akin to holding fresh-picked raspberries up to your nose. It was extremely fruity and very inviting as it smells totally authentic and not sugary, tart, or anything indicating this is a gimmick beer.

TASTE

My first sip of Lindemans Framboise Lambic reminded me of something I haven’t had in a long time - fresh raspberry jam (not gelatin-like jelly, but preserves with real fruit). It’s akin the taste of an indulgent piece of raspberry cheesecake or pie you might have at a wedding. The fruit flavor is just that strong.

Up front this beer hits you with a fairly intense flavor of tart, but sweetened, raspberry. It also finishes with a fairly sour, candy-like flavor which is just another great component to the palate. It’s hard to believe this is even truly beer since there doesn’t seem to be any presence of hops or malts, although the yeast does add an ever-so-slight muddy texture.

This is the kind of beer every drinker is inclined to either love or hate since the flavor is so pronounced and so distinct. If you don’t like or can’t appreciate the genuine tart raspberry flavor you’re probably not going to like this beer. Personally, I found the tartness was rather mild and well balanced with the sweet mild and sour finish.

DRINKABILITY

Niche beers like Lindemans Framboise Lambic tend to be all-or-nothing when it comes to taste and drinkability. I don’t think the taste of real raspberry will catch many drinkers off-guard, but for those who find it too tart they can remedy the problem by adding a little sugar.

What’s ironic is that this beer is easy to drink one swig at a time, but no more than that due to its intense flavor. It at least goes down very smooth and finishes clean as water with no aftertaste.

This is the lightest beer I’ve ever drank at only 2.5% ABV! That would explain why the beer drinks so much like fruit juice and does not even so much as give the average drinker a buzz until a few servings later.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I suppose the low alcohol and intense flavor might actually turn some drinkers away from Lindemans Framboise Lambic. I can certainly understand why, but considering just how tasty and fun it is to drink this beer I think it something everyone should try once. At about $8 for a 12oz bottle ($11 for a 750ml), it would seem to be a high ticket item, however, I can’t imagine anyone having buyer’s remorse after drinking this beer.

Grade: 8/10