I’m drinking pink beer. This is what’s at the forefront of my mind as I stare at the undeniably hot pink head on this traditional Belgian lambic. The lambic style is defined by the use of wild yeast for fermentation and flavoring with fruit rather than (and not in addition to) hops. Framboise is a raspberry lambic (thus the distinctive coloration) and a low alcohol (2.5% ABV) full-on dessert beer; virtually all of the the suggested pairings from Lindemans are desserts. There’s raspberry all the way through from nose to finish. The nose also has some yeasty notes, the middle is slightly fizzy and sweet which fades to a surprisingly tart finish. There’s a bit of lingering sourness as well, which I attribute to the yeast. If you don’t like bitter, hoppy beers, this may a beer you want to try but it’s definitely a special occasion brew, not an everyday drink, and it won’t appeal to everybody. All in all, I think it’s a relatively complex and fairly nice example of a true lambic.
I give it a 3.9 out of 5.