While spending a weekend in Great Barrington, Massachusetts back in October, I was introduced to a a new libation. While lunching at Railroad Street, my friend Lesleysuggested I try some of her raspberry beer. Served in a decorative flute glass, the flavor said “raspberry champagne” even though the label clearly called it a lambic beer. It was wonderful!
Upon returning to south Florida, I stumbled upon raspberry beer at my local Crown Wine and Liquor store. Mitch and I brought home a bottle to see if it was similar and in fact it was exactly the same. Lindenans Framboise is sold in 2 sizes, 12 ounce and 17.4 ounce bottles. It is quite pricey for a bottle of beer, but nothing about this drink says beer.
As I am always checking calories, I had to google this product to see how fattening it was. Surely it must have a lot of calories, as it tastes so decadently sweet! Though I have found some conflicting information, I believe that the caloric content is is just under 75 calories for a 5 ounce serving. It’s slightly carbonated quality makes it easy to sip and since it’s best served in a flute glass, it seems appropriate to drink it that way. If you are following Weight Watchers, a 5 ounce serving is just one point. It’s yummy enough to drink a glass and call it dessert!
I think this is a perfect bring your own bottle when visiting friends and family this holiday season. You’ll probably have the pleasure of introducing a new product, while you can enjoy a glass or two without calorie guilt. The gorgeous color is just perfect this time of year and drinking from a flute glass always seems special.
I found Lindemans Framboise at Crown Wine and Liquor on University Drive in Coral Springs. The 12 oz bottle sells for 6 dollars and change and the larger bottle closer to 11 dollars. Make sure to buy one to try and one to share! Let me know where you find yours and how you like it. Remember, celebrations don’t always have to be off limits!