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Van Honsebrouck Bacchus Frambozenbier 
Posted: 22 May 2015  Beer Republic 6.5 
Bacchus Frambozenbier from Belgium Bacchus Frambozenbier has fresh raspberries added to their Old Brown beer and is then further matured in oak barrels.  This is not a traditional lambic fruit beer, but would best be enjoyed by those who like lambics.  Since few people actually know what a lambic is, no one much cares how closely this adheres to tradition.     
Avg price/liter: USD 13.59   ABV %: 5.4  Type: Lambic-Fruit  Belgium 
       


Bacchus was the Roman god of agriculture and wine, a Roman version of the Greek Dionysius before him.  Bacchus is also a white wine grape.  You get the idea that Bacchus is fruity, probably not in the gay way, but in the orange, apple, banana, and yes, raspberry kind of way.      

Van Honsebrouck, a family-owned brewery in Southwest Flanders (Belgium), brews the Bacchus line and wraps each of their bottles in silk paper.  The mother of the range is the Bacchus Flemish Old Brown, a Flemish beer with a wine-like taste.       

Bacchus Frambozenbier has fresh raspberries added to the Old Brown beer and is then further matured in oak barrels.  Sounds like a wine already, doesn't it?    

A problem many fruit beers face is that the fruit is so overpowering and sweet that the resultant beverage tastes more like spiked sodapop.  Bacchus Frambozenbier has a nice balance.  The pint I consumed on draught at a neighborhood bar went down very, very quickly.      

This is not a traditional lambic fruit beer, but would best be enjoyed by those who like lambics.  Since few people actually know what a lambic is, no one much cares how closely this adheres to tradition.  Drink up and start your own.             

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