Framboise and pear and apple crumble and creme fraiche. Yum.
Fruit beers are kinda divisive, aren’t they? Ladies are supposed to love ’em and real men are supposed to really loathe ’em. I can’t say that I subscribe to that point of view at all…especially when it’s a lovely Kriek or a Framboise.
I’ve just enjoyed a bottle of Bacchus Framboise – and it’s tasty, complex and interesting drop. Kriek is generally a Lambic (wild fermented) beer finished on whole cherries, whilst a Framboise is the same, but finished on raspberries.
Opening any bottle of Bacchus is a bit of an event, as they’re always half-size champagne bottles, nicely wrapped in paper.
This Framboise pours a dark garnety-ruby colour with a dusky rose-coloured, off-white head. The aroma is sweet and acetic with a real sense of “pippiness” from the raspberries – there’s also an accompanying ephemeral candyish sort of theme too. I really like it.
From the first sip you get a velvety mouth feel with a beautifully balanced tart and sweet flavour, all backed up by that extreme raspberry pippiness. The malt is thinnish but evident, but that’s entirely what you’d expect when the yeast, Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces and all the other wild-boy funsters get together to ferment this beer right out – I’d love know what the finishing gravity is, but I bet it’s something not far off 1.000
The aftertaste is classic Lambic and fruit: pervasively bitter with tart back notes, a certain yeasty phenolic “belgianness” frames the whole thing up and also hints at a slight mustiness that you’d expect from the style.
Bacchus Framboise is altogether less sweet and certainly less frivolous feeling than the Lindemans that I tried in the US (https://yeastismybitch.com/2013/09/30/lindemans-framboise-lambic/)