Feb 20, 2012

Oud Beersel Framboise

Oud Beersel Framboise

It seems as though, my favorite local beer shop has been increasing the number of lambics on its shelves as of late. I picked up this bottle of Oud Beersel Framboise last month and finally found a warm enough day on which to enjoy it. The 5% ABV was just what I was looking for — fruity, aromatic, funky and refreshing.


The lambic pours a murky ruby in color with a quickly falling, light pink head.


Earthy raspberries, sour funk, a touch of wood and very little sweetness come together in the aromatic nose.


I’m not entirely sure how old this bottle is, but it has an aged, cellared character. The raspberries are earthy with only the lightest touch of sweetness. The sour tartness is fairly sharp and fades slowly to a lingering bite on the tongue. The dry finish only adds to the aged character of this brew. The mouthfeel was thin with little to no carbonation.


This was a nice change of pace from the overly sweet examples of this style that I have recently had. It’s earthy, musty character had a sense of age on it. I thoroughly enjoyed the more natural fruitiness, the strong acidic tartness and the hint of oak that sort of comes and goes as it pleases. This is one that I will be on the look out for again.


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