Beer Review: Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck - Bacchus Frambozenbier

  • ABV: 5%, Style: Fruit beer
  • Best before end 13 December 2013
  • Brewed in Ingelmunster, BE
  • Served: 375ml bottle poured into a Abstrakt snifter

Bacchus Frambozenbier

Each bottle is 12.5% raspberries. That sounds like a lot of raspberries. Technically this is meant to be a sour beer with fruit. I’m sure I’ve tried it before. Mainly because of the nice paper wrapping presentation. I don’t remember it being sour. 

While I’m not really into Belgian beer, I figure that the fruit will take the edge off it. However in researching this beer I came across a wonderful diatribe into why fruit beer is terrible. Enjoy.

Aroma: Raspberries of course! It seems pretty genuine a scent, not fake raspberry flavouring. There’s a sharpness to the smell that make it seem more like the actual fruit. The sourness is noticeable too so the overall effect is raspberry yoghurt with a hint of booze.

Taste: The raspberries entirely cover the taste of the beer. The malt only appears as part of the finish. The sweetness is quite balanced considering the fruit content. I suppose that the raspberry itself is a rather tart fruit but I’d still expect this beer to be more sickly with the amount of raspberries it’s got in it. If you really concentrate on the idea of a sour beer while drinking it, you can just about tell it’s a sour. I get absolutely no Belgian yeast though.

Mouthfeel: Nice and fizzy which adds to the pop-like feel of this beer. The fruit makes it quite rich and leaves a bit of a syrupy feel on the palate.

Overall: While it’s quite a pleasant, fruity raspberry drink with alcohol, Bacchus Frambozenbier is beer for people who don’t like beer. 3.5/5

Bacchus Frambozenbier

- 25th April 2012, Sustainable Alcoholic

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