Have you ever met a woman who claims to not like beer? Now, I’m not trying to stereotype here, and don’t even think of pulling the sexist card on me – but if this scenario ever happens to you, or if you are a woman who thinks that you don’t like beer, then I will promptly introduce you to the Mort Subite Framboise; a Belgian Fruit Lambic brewed with real raspberry juice that will change your mind.
Unless you have experienced a Fruit Lambic before (and if you claim to not like beer then you haven’t), this is like no other beer you have ever tasted! Right from the start the 375ml corked, green wine-shaped bottle will entice you – two raspberries hide in the corner of the front label surrounded by oak barrels and unfamiliar names. When you open this beer though, it is immediately evident that these raspberries are not hiding. This is a fruit forward beer than brings rich fruit sweetness and a delicate champagne like carbonation along with a big shot of tart raspberries. Be prepared to change your mind about what beer can be.
The underlying issue with the common misconception that beer doesn’t taste good is that the vast majority of people that make this claim just haven’t tried real beer. And that is easy enough to understand; everyday we are attacked by commercials and ads for commodity grade beers and the lifestyles that they will conjure up. These are the types of beers that you are subjected to typically, unless you have been on the hunt for real beer, or you have chatted with me. Try real beer, and then you can confidently say that beer is delicious, and mass produced commodity beer is gross. I’d say that’s more accurate.
Thus, as an introduction to the world of real beer, especially from a woman’s perspective, the Framboise is the perfect starting point. I am not merely claiming that women will enjoy this beer because it is fruity – men and women alike will love this beer if you have any taste at all for sweet fruit – it is simply in my experience that every single woman I have ever introduced to this beer has done a 180, and now loves the good stuff. Its science.
But don’t take my word, go buy one. It is 4.5% abv, and are at most all LCBO locations and are scattered across the United States. In fact, the United States has a staggeringly large selection of fruit lambics.
Open the Framboise up cold right out of the fridge and pour it into a fluted pilsner glass or a champagne flute as I did. The spontaneous fermentation (many yeast strains are allowed to penetrate this beer during fermentation creating a spicy, and naturally tart beer) creates an tremulous amount of natural carbonation, and when you pour it you will see that no matter how soft your spill it, a big fluffy head will ensue. But look at this beer…
It glows ruby red with a bright pink airy head that is alive with excitement. Bubbles are bursting all over as carbonation rises from the bottom just to make new ones on top. Into the light this beer glows with deep golden reds and a hazy, yet excited overall body.
The nose is intensely sweet and tart with the unmistakable scent of fresh raspberries. Big fruit sweetness plays off here with blackberries, apple juice, grapes, and a hint of tart lemon on the end. As your nose draws close you can feel the bubbles snapping at you, indicating a very crisp and refreshingly sweet beer. Zero hop bitterness is noticeable.
Let a touch of this beer onto your palate at first and you will see what all the fuss is about. This beer is pure fruit. Sharply carbonated and sugary sweet raspberry juice-like beer powers its way into ever taste bud and flows through your mouth. Instantly you will be filled with the overwhelming flavor of tart, but very sweet raspberries and touches of rich blackberries. Two big things stand out here; the raspberry sweetness and the effervescent nature of the mouthfeel.
This combination is perfect with this beer. The sweetness is everywhere and is only balanced a touch by hints of lemon zest and sugary tart berries. But when I say balance, I don’t really mean it. This is a sweet beer, no question about it. The tart flavors and rich carbonation make it discernible from just juice, it is hard to get any malt flavor out of it – but make no mistake, this stuff is delicious.
The finish is surprisingly dry and quick with another flash of fruit tartness but quickly fades into a clean refreshing end. This beer is truly unique, and I double dare you to try it with a dense flowerless chocolate cake. It is also amazing with New York Cheesecake, anything chocolate, and with brunch on the patio in the sun. And just for those who don’t love raspberries, they also make a cherry version called Kriek…