Framboise as a beer style scare me. I keep trying them out and have had a couple of great ones, though I have had more howlers. Fingers crossed this Amsterdam Brewery Framboise is a good one. Quick bit of background for you all about Framboise from lovely wiki:
"In English, framboise is used primarily in reference to a Belgian Lambic beer that is fermented using raspberries and in Dutch is referred to as a Frambozenbier (which sounds so much cooler!). It is one of many mordern types of fruit beer that have been inspired by the more traditional kriek beer, which is made using sour cherries.
Framboise is usually served in a small glass that resembles a champagne glass, only shorter (could also be a goblet). Most framboise beers are quite sweet, though the Cantillon brewery produces a tart version called Rosé de Gambrinus that is based on the traditional kriek style. The Liefmans brewery uses oud bruin beer instead of lambic to make its framboise beer, resulting in a very different taste. Recently, Framboise has become popular outside Belgium, and can now be found in pubs and supermarkets all over the world."
For my own personal taste, a Framboise needs to taste jammy and have the perfect mixture of sweetness and tartness. Get one element wrong and you can end up with a poor tasting lip balm infused undrinkable beer. So fingers crossed!
Brewery: Amsterdam Brewery
Country: Canada, Toronto
Price: $10.95 CAD
"Brewed with un-malted wheat and aged on Canadian raspberries with an intense fruit flavor and brilliant ruby red colour"
Sight: A deep red colour with a light foamy pink head, looks inviting.
Aroma: Raspberries (no surprise there), slight sourness tingle, which was I was hoping for.
Taste: Raspberries straight away hit the taste buds, with a tart, slight sour/sweet combo with a syrupy mouth feel. Very easy drinking and goes down way too easy!
Would I buy it again? Maybe. Though I have to be honest and say fruit beers aren't my preferred choice (Stout/Porters all the way). If I felt the need for fruit beer, this would be my first choice for a local brew. I enjoyed the tart raspberry of the beer, along with the fuller mouth-feel given by the wheat elements. Hasn't won me to over to the style let, also didn't make me do a drain pour so a win my books.
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