Framboise - Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 16
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"This Belgian-style amber ale under went two weeks of fermentation before being transferred into wooden barrels. We added Oregon raspberries and then two years of waiting began."

First Release in December 2010 - 20 cases of 750ml bottles produced

Second Release in December 2011

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 11-22-2010)
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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear orange/pink... off white head... good retention and lacing.

Nose is big lactic sour with raspberry and some sorta tannic notes.

Flavor ... puckery tannic but the berries are present but seem to be dying off...

light body... very drinkable... not overly acidic and not acetic at all.

This one should be enjoyed sooner than later.

3.5/3.5/3.25/3.75/3.5

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of vissai
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jason for yet another bottle!

(A)- Pours a cloudy ruby red color. Some white froth and lacing.

(S)- Fruity, but massively floral/raspberry-like. A dry oaky part at the finish.

(T)- Again, fruity, but a heavy dry oak and vanilla profile. Like the smell was; rather floral, almost earth in the raspberry fruit.

(M)- A higher carbonation level. A nice balance of berry fruit, dry oak, and very subtle Brett funk.

(D)- Not as sour as expected, but it sure portrays the dry oak of the barrel effectively. Again, not as sour, but all the other elements of the beer combined together are quite nice.

Photo of piclee
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by starrdogg at a recent tasting. Thanks Matt!

The beer is pink, appearing cloudy and hazy. The head is small and diminishes rapidly, leaving sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma is the best aspect of this beer. Piquant raspberries with a pleasant earthy quality. The taste is decent, but certainly a step down from the nose. Sharp and acetic finish, stinging the palate. Overall, this was OK.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to starrdogg for sharing this bottle at last night's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice reddish-pink color with an average-sized light pink head. Sparse and spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries heavy raspberry with a bit of earth and funk, plus a touch of oak.

The flavor has a bit too much raspberry. It's really heavy there, which seems to be a common theme among raspberry wilds. There's simply too much acidity coming from the berries themselves, and the flavor overmatches almost everything else in the beer. With that said, there was a bit of funky earth in the background, though I'd say this would be much better with only half or two-thirds the amount of raspberries.

Light body with acidity and crisp carbonation. A bit too much fruit and acidity. Good beer; I especially enjoyed the nose.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MADhombrewer
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle. No bottle date but I bought it when it was released back in early/mid December 2011. This was the hardest cork and caged bottle I have every tried to open. Ended up having to use a corkscrew.

A- Grapefruit color. Small white head goes to ring around the edge of the glass. 3/5

S- Lemon and tart berries. 3/5

T- Lots of lemon flavors backed up by a small amount of berry and apple. Very tart. 2.5/5

M- Thin and very carbonated 2.5/5

O- Just ok. A little too sour for me at this point. Kinda one dimensional.
I would have liked the berries to have more of a presence. After about 10oz I wanted to be done with it and grab something else. Good thing I shared this with witchesbrew. She liked it a lot more than me. 2.5/5

Photo of djbreezy
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 750mL poured into a tulip.

appearance - pink hue, champagne like carbonation, good lacing

smell - fruity notes of raspberry

taste - raspberry dominant with a touch of oak here and there, some tart/sour features as well

mouthfeel - high carbonation, medium body, dry finish

overall - a bit light on flavor but good, has a champagne type vibe going on, wouldn't really classify it as a wild ale since it's not a blast of sour but good overall

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a light pinkish-orange with a tan-pink head. Fizzy, but it fades quickly.

S - Acidic mostly, some raspberry does come through at the end.

T - A soft wheat raspberry mixture.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body. Fairly mild and not overly sweet.

O - Overall nice tasting.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sideshowe for busting this out at a recent tasting.

Into the glass, Laurelwood Framboise pours a light amberish pink color with some skimpy thin bubbles up top, leading to nothing, no stick. Very still afterwards.

Smell is quite laden with raspberry scent, hay, oak, some underlining socks, and wet dog. A small mild sweetness from the malt or the wood(vanilla?)

Taste is slightly puckering with tart raspberry flavor and some defining oak. In the middle a bit of the malt from the base amber comes out giving off a sweetness. The funk comes afterwards leaning to an earthy fruity finish. A strange yet satisfying taste.

Feel is pretty light and tame and there is not much bubbles. Glides down smooth like kinda like juice after 20 minutes out of the bottle.

All in all a intereswting take on the style. A lot of raspberry flavor yet refined and not super sweet nor tart. A in between within the two.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a hazy golden-amber color with pink highlights and a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of slightly tart raspberries and milder amounts of funk. Also present are small amounts of oak and lighter amounts of floral hops.

Tastes better balanced than it smells. Mildly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by bright and moderately tart raspberry flavors. Midway through the flavor profile dries up further with the addition of soft funk. Very light oak comes in near the end, carrying through to a mildly tart finish. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, a nice AWA from a brewery I hadn’t heard of previously. Well worth a shot.

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much for sending this one down, Paul. Finally got around to opening this one.

A: The pour is a hazed pinkish-orange color with a thin layer of white head.

S: A raspberry overload on the nose. Unlike a lot of framboise-type beers, minimal to no acetic acid/vinegar. A mild funkiness to it, but mostly the fruit and oak. There's a slight mineral quality to the beer that I seem to get a lot with raspberries.

T: Some grassy and earthy funk, but it's short lived and we're right back at the raspberries. Plenty of fruit flavor and a pleasant tartness. Some wet oak notes with a nice drying finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Just a great beer. One of the best raspberry sours I've had.

Photo of vkv822
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into large snifter.

Pours a clear grapefruit hued orange color with a thin bubbly white head and small particles floating throughout, I'm assuming from the raspberries. Not too impressive

The nose is of lactic, tart raspberries, with a light oak backing.

The taste is again of more tart raspberries. I really enjoy the flavor, but it just leaves me hoping for more.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation at first, but both fall off fairly quickly, leaving a pretty clean, almost watery finish.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer, but a bit lacking in the flavor and mouthfeel.

Photo of HopHead84
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/12/2011

Bottle purchased at Bridgetown Beerhouse. Poured into a snifter.

A: Perfectly transparent dark reddish orange with a frothy pinkish head.

S: Killer nose. The raspberry presence is huge. It mingles with oak and vanilla. Raspberry character is amazing. Lightly lactic and tannic and not really funky, just pure fruit.

T: Lightly tart up front with a subtle lactic sourness. Big raspberry flavor with a little oak and vanilla. Finish is dry with fruit and oak. Not super complex, but the fruit is vibrant.

M: Lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and tannic.

Overall: Good framboise with an outstanding aroma. Recommended.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bazillion thanks to msubulldog25 for sending this rarity my way. Fresh outta the box and into the glass... I'm thinking "hazy pink grapefruit juice" with the pour, maybe a bit darker than that, a bit of blood orange in there. Head isn't much to speak of, but it's the deeply cloudy color that impresses most.

Nose is a boisterous thing full of freshly cut wood, grapefruit, raspberry, dirt/grass. Tart, funky, fruity, yeasty.

Taste brings in everything the nose says it will, with wood, raspberry and yeast all balanced perfectly against and with one another. There's definitely a tartness that reminds me of sucking on grapefruit rind, and it's a pretty dry experience, lightly puckering. I find beers of this kind to have an especially important bond between taste and mouthfeel, and the pucker/dryness of this one goes well with the tart, woody, fruity and, indeed wild flavors. Yeast, fruit, wood, yeast, fruit, wood, tart, sweet, earth, tart, sweet, earth, ad infinitum. Long and lingering in all senses.

Who wouldn't love to savor and/or share a big bottle like this on a hot summer's day? I'm loving it right here on March 1st, and with that friendly ABV, the drinkability here is just about through the roof.

Photo of craytonic
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: ruby-pink pour, decent head for the style.

Smell: Very nice, light funky mustiness, fresh raspberries, and a moderate sourness. Enticing

Taste: Raspberries very present, more-so towards the bottom of the bottle (it was a bit thin up top). Behind them I found a light wet leather funkiness, golden raisins, vanilla, hay, and french oak. I poured it a bit cold but it opened up substantially as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Could use a touch more carbonation, very soft.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one and look forward to their new releases, glad to see more breweries working in this area. You may not believe it, but I enjoyed this substantially more than framboise for a cure.

Photo of nickd717
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to Arbitrator. At a tasting where we had Dave...no wait a minute, that was f-ing REDBRIDGE (!!!)...it only makes sense to also have Framboos...no wait, it's just Laurelwood Framboise. Whale fail.

Clear watery red pour with a minimal head. Doesn't look great. Some floaties in the beer.

Aroma is very nice though, with big sharp raspberry and funk.

The flavor is very good if a little weak. Big raspberry juice with medium tartness and a little funk. Better as it warms, and slightly bacterial.

Rather light on the palate with carbonation a little low for the style.

Pretty tasty stuff, if a little weak in some ways.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a clear grapefruit pink body with golden tones against the light. The head in three separate glasses varies a bit, but on the whole it's lackluster, rising only to a quarter-inch in height and receding rather quickly. No lace. Looks kind of like juice, actually. There are some floating strands of protein or fruit pith that are a little off-putting, actually.

S: The aroma is wonderful. A captivating aroma of raspberries that reminded a couple of us of the vibrant, funky character of true framboise. Oak, lactic sourness, raspberry-skin tannins. Unanimously impressive to those at the table.

T: This is where the beer begins to disappoint a bit. The raspberry character is still somewhat reminiscent of true Belgian lambic; the pith is well-captured, with a mild tannic presence that is accentuated by soft oak. The beer is more tart than sour, though; it straddles the line between fruit beer and wild ale. It's lightly funky in the finish, but again, it never expresses true bacterial character. It's kind of doughy.

M: Light-medium bodied. It's actually watery on the back-end, and falls off fast. The raspberry skins never build to an off-putting level, instead scrubbing off the tongue relatively quickly. It has a clean finish.

D: I thought it was decent, but it needs some work to run with the best of the style.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good lord, that was a *horrible* 'Blazers game tonight ~ a home blowout loss to the Knicks? FAIL. Time to break out the Framboise to ameliorate ill feelings. This is a gold foil-wrapped 750ml green bottle from a limited December '10 release; poured to a teardrop 'La Rulles' glass.

A: A sultry auburn pour with a fizzy, fast-dying head of whiteness. Remarkably devoid of character after some early sizzle; the result (after a few seconds) is utterly devoid of carbonation and lace, a mildly murky dullness that won't impress even the most forgiving 'beer geek'. A few floating bits, suspended like 'sea monkeys', but no lace or head at all.

S: MMM. HMMM. Forget the look, we're talking deep, rich and nasty funkiness here. Loads of tartness (raspberries) in every sniff. Not much else. if I could smell color, this smells of 'pinkish-red'.

T: Tart and doughy, there's unadulterated fruitiness in every sip. Lots of murky/musty raspberry and a vague woodiness (thank you, oak barrels). The warmer it gets, the more green barrel-ness shows, oak and raspberry. rolls around across the tongue, perfectly fiery and soft all at once.

M: Chew through this one and the reward is pure and fruity tartness. Medium mouthfeel at best, but smooth and creamy with each sip. Brash tartness is there, but seems like an afterthought.

D: Really likable, although not quite as complex as your best framboises. Sure as hell not too fruity, nor too sugary. Very likable ~ though a little too brash to be lovable. You like raspberries? and fruit beers? Not in the same league as New Glarus' masterpieces, nor a number of raspberry-based wilds, yet still very tasty and super drinkable (says the guy who finished a bottle in under an hour).

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