St. Louis Premium Framboise
St. Louis Premium Framboise is a fruit beer based on traditional geuze lambiek. During the brewing process 25% juice is added, produced from Willamette raspberries.
Before the St. Louis Premium range saw the light in 2001 (to take advantage of the increased market demand for sweeter fruit beers) Van Honsebrouck had been brewing the St. Louis Framboise.
This framboise was based on lambiek and had an initial alcohol content of 5% which was subsequently lowered to 4.5%. For a while, this beer was marketed under the Dutch brand names “St. Louis Frambozen” and “St. Louis Frambozenbier”, but these names are no longer used.
At various points in time, the beer went under the names of “Gueuze Framboisée” and “St. Louis Framboise”. Since the alcohol percentage was reduced to 2.8% and the “Premium” range was launched they stopped producing any further versions of this beer.
This St. Louis Premium Framboise will appeal to beer lovers of all ages thanks to its modest alcohol volume and its fruity character.
2.8 % ABV
Just like all St. Louis Premium fruit beers, this framboise is produced on the basis of a traditional geuze lambiek.
The lambiek is brewed in the artisanal way and matures in oak barrels to acquire the characteristic spontaneous fermentation.
St. Louis Premium Framboise has gueuze lambiek as its base. This basic beer is brewed with malted barley, unmalted wheat and hops.
Sugar and raspberry juice (including the pips) are added to the brew.
Colour & Transparency
This framboise has a dark red/pinkish colour and is relatively clear. It comes with a beautifully creamy head which again is slightly pink.
5 °C / 41 °F
This beer is enjoyed from the elegant glass that was designed for all St. Louis Premium fruit beers.
Character, Tastes & Aromas
This St. Louis Premium Framboise is a summery thirst quencher. Thanks to its low alcohol content, you can enjoy more than one. Pronounced aroma of raspberries with a lovely balance of sweet and sour.
No strong taste of malt or hops but that is not this beer’s intention.
An aperitif beer par excellence that will liven up any summer garden party whatever is on the menu.
In the kitchen it will enhance the preparation of summery desserts and it goes very well with spicy dishes that use ginger or cinnamon for example.
Keeping and Storage
As this beer was intended to be a thirst quencher, it does not have the necessary qualities for laying down. There is absolutely no point in keeping it.
Bottle ✔ On Tap ✔
This Framboise is available both bottled and on tap far beyond Belgium’s borders. If you want to try it out, you will not have any major difficulties in locating this brew through the better off-licences and (online) beer shops, wherever you live.
In its home country this beer also has a fairly wide distribution and is readily available.
Other Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck Beers
You must be logged in to leave a comment
IZEGEM - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck is proud to present ‘Het Bierkasteel’ (the Beer Castle); a brand new multi-purpose space designed and built for events, relaxation, brewery visit and beer experiences. ... [ more ]
INGELMUNSTER - The inhabitants of West Flanders are known as entrepreneurs. The region around Kortrijk is considered to be the ‘Texas of Belgium’. Exaggerated? Read the story of Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck and you wil... [ more ]
IZEGEM/INGELMUNSTER - Summer 2015: the first test brews are flowing out of the tanks at Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck’s new brewery in Izegem. There have been no rash or rushed decisions from these brewers.... [ more ]
INGELMUNSTER - Hans Mehuys has been wielding the mashing stick at the Van Honsebrouck brewery for over a quarter of a century. Six years ago he was appointed as Brewmaster and Head of Production. ... [ more ]
PAJOTTENLAND - Lambic (lambiek) is one of the oldest beer styles in Belgium. It is a spontaneously fermented beer, a so-called flat beer, coppery blonde to a... [ more ]
The Kriek Lambic from St. Louis has been allocated its own glass, in the same way as the Gueuze Fond Tradition. These glasses are different from those used for the beers in St. Lou... [ more ]
Beer Tourism Newsletter Signup
Enter your name and email address on the right and click "SignUp" to join.