There are some beers out there that are above and beyond the normal threshold for what most of us would call beer. The Lineman’s Framboise is a style of lambic from Belgium that combines the sour flavors of Brettanomyces with the wonderful sour flavors of raspberries into a wonderful assault on your taste buds.
Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic (Belgium)
Lambics are a form of spontaneously fermented beers from Belgium. They are brewed and then opened to the night air, allowing the local wild yeasts and bacteria to get at the wort and ferment away. After it is done fermenting, it is aged in large wooden casks, where they further develop sour flavors. In the case of the Framboise, raspberries are added to the lambic and allowed to ferment and breakdown the fruits, developing a very nice flavor. If cherries are used instead of raspberies, the resulting brew is called a Kriek. Lindeman’s is one of the bigger brewers and distributors of Lambic’s.
Aroma: Strong raspberry and tartness off the beer, the scent is so strong, it permeates the air around the glass.
Appearance: A vibrant red with a billowy head of medium bubbles that lingers well.
Flavor: Jess made an “O” face when she first tasted this beer, a la York Peppermint Patty commercials; and I got the happy chills upon my first mouthful. A strong burst of tartness and raspberry fills the palate. There are no hops to it at all, but since they use aged hops with no flavor or bitterness left, this is not surprising.
Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue, with a medium carbonation. It circles the mouth with tartness, leaving a clean feeling after drinking.
Overall Impression: Nothing really needs to be said about this beer. They make their beer the same way they have been making it for hundreds of years and nothing needs to be changed. If you get a chance, you have to try this amazing beer.
For those that think that a framboise is a wonderful drink unto itself, I have a special surprise that I will share tomorow.