Lindeman’s Framboise: A beer for non-beer lovers…

I think the cat adds a certain je ne sais quoi, non? Photo courtesy of

I think the cat adds a certain je ne sais quoi, n'est-ce pas? Photo courtesy of

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!

  • Andrei

    I'm glad you like it. I'll take the real fruit lambics though. *backs away* 🙂
    Seriously, you should try their Cassis or Kriek, I think they're better.

  • Marie Williams

    Sounds delicious! I'm not a huge fan of lambics as they're a little too sweet for my taste, but every once in awhile they are a nice treat. I might have to try this one out. 🙂

  • Colleen

    Kreik and Cassis are my favorites! Scott likes the Peche, as well… it's a bit too sweet for my tastes. Pomme is pretty good, but also in the sweeter range. (We love Lindemann's…)

  • pintmuse

    I like the real fruit lambics as you well know…and I've tried both the Cassis and Kriek. I still like the Framboise better, tho…

  • Andrei

    Marie, remind me to introduce you to real lambics one of these days, not the back-sweetened ones.

  • pintmuse

    Marie, don't let Andrei try to persuade you to away from Lindemans…granted, it's probably not the most authentic lambic but it's still very good! 😛

  • Andrei

    I'm not persuading away from anything, just opening up horizons. 🙂

  • Tim

    First of all, I know the international language of “epic” and framboise definitely translates to “epicly AWESEOME!!!!1!!!!11!!1”- its a scientific fact.

    That being said, real fruit or reel froot- it's tastes rad no matter what. And taste > “details” says I 😉

    In all seriousness- its a delicious beer that i'm addicted to and it makes everyone happy. cuz it's made with awesome. nuff said 🙂

  • pintmuse

    Agreed and agreed!

    Thanks for being a good sport, TVL. 😉

  • Marie Williams

    I definitely will! I am always open to new beers and new tastes and I would love to try one. 🙂

  • Patrick Barry

    I found your website since you talked about going to the SF beer week opening gala (I’ll be there too), and I couldn’t resist sharing a pun: your picture caption should read “n’est-ce paw?”

  • Anonymous

    Haha…agreed! 😉