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Belgian framboise

Framboise (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃bwaz]) is the name of two kinds of alcoholic drinks fermented with the raspberry (framboise is the French word for raspberry).


In English, framboise is used primarily in reference to a Belgian lambic beer that is fermented using raspberries,[1] It is one of many modern types of fruit beer that have been inspired by the more traditional kriek beer, which is made using sour cherries.

Framboise is usually served in a small glass that resembles a champagne glass, only shorter (could also be a goblet). Most framboise beers are quite sweet, though the Cantillon Brewery produces a tart version called Rosé de Gambrinus that is based on the traditional kriek style; the Liefmans brewery uses oud bruin beer instead of lambic to make its framboise beer, resulting in a very different taste. There are other beers outside of Belgium, however, that can be considered "framboise". For example, the Wisconsin Brewery known as the New Glarus Brewing Company produces a beer called "Raspberry Tart" and the description calls it a "Wisconsin Framboise Ale".[2]

Eau de vie[edit]

Framboise is also commonly used to refer to eau de vie distilled with raspberries.[3]


  1. ^ Atkins, Susy (21 November 2014). "Why it's not all about wine at Christmas". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  2. ^ "New Glarus Brewing". Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  3. ^ Halley, Ned (2005). Dictionary of Drink. Wordsworth Editions. p. 235. ISBN 978-1-84022-302-6.

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