What type of beer is Limbo Series Raspberry
Limbo series is a Flemish Primitive ale with Raspberry. I think this makes it a fruit beer, which is just any type of beer with added fruit for flavouring.
Flemish primitive ale
This is a new term that Mikkeller and its partners have trademarked. It is basically a nod to Flemish painters and the hallmark is their Mikkellenis yeast which is non alcohol forming and gives a passionfruit type taste to beers.
They have defined a Flemish Primitive Ale as…
– Having typical body, taste and aroma coming from alternative micro-organisms (fx. Coffee beans)
– Alcohol between 0 and 5 % volume
– Maximum 10 EBC (color range)
– Maximum 10 IBU (bitterness range)
– Made of only water, yeast, malt and hops as ingredients
– Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij by a gypsy brewer
Mikkeller don’t usually add a lot to their beers above the basics. You would expect raspberry here tho or you might be worried.
Limbo Series Raspberry includes…
- Mikkellenis yeast
The raspberry should add raspberry tartness and this particular yeast is supposed to add passionfruit and farmyard flavours. Having previously tasted a few of their beers with this yeast it does add a distinctive flavour.
One of the major downsides of any fruit beer is the calories and added sugar. The beer needs to be sweet and in general, the more acidic the fruit the more sugar is needed.
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That is pretty surprising. There is a lot more carbs and sugar than the Yuzu flavoured Limbo Series and i will be significantly more acidic being a citrus fruit. Do they need all this sugar?
This certainly puts me off buying any more than one.
It is a mildly boring label by Mikkeller standards. There is the usual figures, seemingly praying towards a raspberry but the colours are a bit monotone and dull.
The beer itself is not a great colour. I looks a bit like dirty dishwater, a pale dirty red brown
You at least get a good nose of raspberry which is the least you can expect form a fruit beer. Also with a fruit beer the fruit blocks out most other more subtle smells.
A lot of fruit beers you will try are made with extremely citrus like the Mikkeller Limbo Yuzu. However with the raspberry here, I would describe it as tart rather than overtly acidic, which I certainly prefer.
The mikkellenis yeast comes in with the distinctive passionfruit type flavour to mix with the raspberry and it does it well enough.
The beer doesn’t taste refined, it certainly tastes unfiltered, a bit raw and “primitive” as it is described.
As for the body, it certainly isn’t lacking but it does have a large amount of carbs and sugar to produce that. The mouthfeel is ok as well, for the same reasons.
The high carbs and sugar does make it taste quite sweet but I thought it would be worse
It comes across as a rustic but decent fruit beer, I don’t think having more than one is worth the sugar and calories tho.
6/10 – it is an easier and more pleasant than their Limbo Series Yuzu but the calories and sugar are very high. Not for multiple beers.
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Where to buy?
I think this particular beer is not running buy you can look for more by Mikkeller at their website
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Is Limbo Series Raspberry gluten free?
It would appear that this is not gluten free
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Limbo Series Raspberry vegan?
Mikkeller state their limbo series is vegan but the website i bought this from is not confirming that. If in doubt i would say it is not vegan friendly
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
It is an easier and more pleasant than their Limbo Series Yuzu but the calories and sugar are very high. Not for multiple beers.