I remember the first time I had Lindeman’s Framboise. I was with the epic-ness that is Tim Van Loan and we were on our way to Dolores Park in San Francisco for a picnic of sorts. We stopped by Bi-Rite Market to pick up food and drink and the conversation went something like this:
TVL: “Okay, I am going to introduce you to the most deliciously epic beer…see, it’s a beer that doesn’t taste like a beer, but it’s an explosion of flavors in your mouth!! Have you ever heard of Framboise?!”
Me: “Uh, no….doesn’t that mean raspberry in French?”
TVL: “Who cares what it means in French, in Tim Van Loan language it means AWESOME!!!”
(at this point I must have backed up a bit because TVL was scaring me with the intensity of his words)
Me: “Uh, okay…I’ll give it a go.”
Now, I have to tell you, recommendations of “epic proportion” from TVL are a dime a dozen, so I didn’t really have high expectations (sorry, TVL! :-P) but as soon as I tasted it, I knew I was hooked. Framboise is a fruit lambic beer, usually flavored with fruit or syrup, and has a sour finish. However, Lindeman’s Framboise has quite a sweet flavor to it. It has also got a lovely carbonation and is especially tasty on a warm afternoon. If you don’t like sweet beers, stay far, far away from this one. But if you like sweet cocktails, this beer is for you. And at 2.5% ABV, you can drink this for a while before worrying about getting drunk.
Five out of Five pints!