Framboise - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 71
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: ffejherb on 01-09-2009)
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Reviews by Tucquan:
Photo of Tucquan
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-01-05 in Norristown, PA

A - Opaque purple with a 1/2-finger light purple/pinkish head a light lacing.

S - Tart, pungent, essence of raspberries. Not sweet swelling. Don't detect much else.

T - Tart raspberry wallops the tongue. There's just enough of a malt backbone to let you know you are drinking beer. They must have used a whole field of raspberries to make this beer. It's not sweet like a Lindemans. I'm at a loss for words to describe how good this is. I'd have it as an aperitif, with a meal and for desert.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Sticky, prickly and I think I got some raspberry seeds stuck in my teeth. Just right.

O - This is sublime. I hearby declare this the best fruit beer I have ever had. Tops their own Phoenix Kriek and I agree with the previous reviewer, it tops the New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Wow.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ryser2k
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ASTASOLLILJA
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been chasing this one ever since I had the Kriek and then heard about this. 64oz. growler into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a .5 finger purple pink head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a striking, clear, dark purple. Lacing is patchy and sparse with ok stick. Solid.

Nose is straight raspberry pulp and seed. Fruity and very robust. Exactly as it should be.

Opens sweet crushed raspberries. A slight booziness is detectable here and there but fruit is powerful and dominant. Not overly sweet though. Nice tartness blends in and finishes with a raspberry seed bitterness. Sweet and tart fruit finish. Perfect.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly, silky and sticky in the mouth and goes down slightly boozy and dry. Messy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Again, very, very good.

Probably the best fruit beer out there. And as a pair, Selin's Grove's Kriek and Framboise outperform Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red. Do yourself a favor and go get this. It's an experience.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub on 1/24/09. Served in a 14 oz goblet.

Pours a deep clear ruby red with a small dollop of creamy pink head. This stays rich and creamy, with an fantastic release when swirled, leaving delicate spotty lacing behind. Wow, this is just a beautiful looking beer! The aroma naturally is fresh raspberry and vanilla sweetness with a touch of tartness in the back that gives this bouqet some balance and vibrancy.

The taste is ....wait for it...raspberries! This tastes just fantastic, with a crisp tart bite that never becomes souring. Sugary berry sweetness and notes of vanilla evens the profile and I'm also picking up some yeasty character and a light floral feeling bitterness in the back that rounds things out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a softer carbonation that is so smooth feeling, it enable the flavors to just glide along the tongue. Very nice overall feel here.

Well I was hard pressed to see how the SGB was going to give us our yearly raspberry beer fix when the news that the Razz Merry wasn't going to be brewed this year. Well I'm happy to report that this delicious Framboise does not disappoint in any way. Jam packed with intense tart raspberry flavor, this is another fantastic fruity work of art.

Photo of bbsaur
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Hobo Tasting #2 with mikesgroove. Big thanks to Mike for sharing this one with me! Served from growler into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a hazy deep dark red with a minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and raspberries. The flavor was of sweet malt and big raspberries. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew made me actually yell 'raspberries, raspberries, raspberries!' upon my first sip. It was a nice brew, but good lord raspberries... I would have loved to see some other flavors going on here for sure. Just too much missing in both the aroma and flavor to call this a good brew. It is worth trying if you like Krieks and raspberries, but that is about it.

Photo of Solomon420
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A HUGE freaking thanks to BA "FooFaa" for getting me this growler as part of Growling At The Moon. It was a pleasure for me to try this gem of a beer, and I have been a long time fan of Selins Grove.

Poured into a Rodenbach fluted glass.

A: dark red ruby color with pinkish purple foam for the head, lightly carbonated for this style when compared to others like NG Raspberry Tart (which up until now was my favorite in this style).

S: sweetness all around, ripe raspberry fruit with a tinge of tartness. Sweetness plays the dominant role, but not overpowering to the tartness, its a nice balance to the aroma.

T: holy shit....where do I begin with this one? First taste knocked me on the floor. Sweet raspberry, slight tart vinegar taste in the end. Bubbles slowly danced across the tongue. Pure bliss.

M: again, very easy on the palate, a wonderful beer to drink. Its sweetness to tart ratio is done perfectly. One not overpowering the other, well done! Compared to some of the other better raspberry beers, this one is lighter in carbonation, not a bad thing, just a notable difference. Still enough there to get the bubbles to dance along the tongue and mouth in a ballet laden with velvety smoothness. Soft and medium bodied. Awesome.

D: Wow, my only question is, "how do I get more of this stuff?". I can easily see myself finishing this growler tonight, but gotta wait to share some with the wifey tomorrow night.

Again, a true pleasure to drink and experience this fine beer. It only reassures me of the top quality beers that Selins Grove is putting out. Solid brew!

Photo of akorsak
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A growler filled earlier this afternoon. Spare no price when it comes to SGBC fruit beers.

A: The raspberry ale is is a maroon color, straddling the line between Belgian brown and raspberry red. A small head, off-white, accompanies the first pour.

S: The nose is sweet raspberries, no hint of sourness, paired with a bready, spicy brown beer base. The fruit is the star but the underlying aromas as a strong support.

T: When it comes to fruit and beer, SGBC can do no wrong. Framboise, Kriek, Saison de Peche, each is world class in its own right. Framboise combines the sweet juiciness of raspberries with a Belgian base. The underlying body is chewy, an unobtrusive base for the sweetness of the fruit. And the fruit, how it lingers on the palate, sweet but not in your face. The yeast strain leaves a residual spice that reminds me of Saison de Peche. The raspberry lingers, a lasting impression from a world-class ale.

M: The mouthfeel is fruit-dominated, a sweet landscape of lush raspberries. It's hard to think of a negative comment for this ale.

D: I don't know the abv but it doesn't feel very high. I regret that I have a wife that I need to share this growler with. A top-notch ale.

Photo of philbe311
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white colored head... Decent retention... Ruby red in color with a faint glow and some aubergine highlights... A couple of stray carbonation bubbles...

S - Sweet sultry raspberries and a lot of them... Perhaps even some faint strawberry notes mixed in as well... A bit sugary, perhaps some faint brown sugar notes... A very slight tartness...

T - Sweet raspberry jam... A touch of candied sugars... Mostly sweet overall with just a slight bit of tartness on the palette...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... A bit dense... A bit sticky as well... Fills the mouth evenly...

D - Yet another outstanding offering from Selin's Grove... Perhaps just a slight bit cloying overall... Even and consistent sip after sip... I would drink this on any occasion and recommend fellow BAs do the same...

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this growler in a great trade with Stakem.. Thanks a bunch Adam!! A fantastic trade from front to back.

Shared with the normal peeps.. Pours sorta muddy red brownish.. pinkish head.

The brew is thick raspberry.... sorta jammy... big and sweet with plenty.... tons... TONS .. of fruit...

Flavor is more of the same... but in liquid form... great red raspberry on the palate... bordering on "tooo much".... how is that possible? Try it for yourself.... raspberry jam and still some background "beer flavor", but don't kid yourself, this is fruity and unapologetic.

I have no idea how the brewers pack so much fruit flavor in this growler without ever seeming artificial... always natural and always pleasing.... amazing really.

It would be epic to pair this up against a Lou Pepe and a New Glarus.... good times for sure. Thanks again Adam.... badass.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hobo tasting number two at the main street pub. shared with calton as always.

the pour was really nice, pours out a deeply clouded and hazed raspberry color, little in the way of head but soo thick looking, almost like puree you could not see anything at all through this. aroma is raspberries, i have never smelled sooo many in my life. its was like straight juice with little to nothing in the way of beer or alcohol at all. no tartness, nothing just sweet juice in the aroma. this carried over into the flavor but to a fault. there was no tartness and nothing in the way of anykind of alcohol at all. incredibly drinkable, however it just was too one sided, too much in the way of juice and fruit and not enough beer, tartness, sourness, or anything else to offer it balance. it really was like puree of raspberries.

overall the most over powering fruit i have ever come across in a beer, but almost to a fault. needed a little bit more to balance it.

Photo of DrDietz
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this poured from a growler during the bottle share at the Jackie O's bottle release. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark brown with a mild amount of pink head that goes away.

Smell: Sweet, floral raspberries dominate. Just a hint of tartness. Simple yet fantastic.

Taste: Sweet but tart. Tons of raspberry. This is a really good fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with a tingle of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice raspberry beer. Would be a super brunch beer. Easy to drink.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Wilb
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a tulip

A- pours a very dark reddish purple with a really nice looking, one finger lavender head, which fades very quickly. I adore the color of the head, it's really special

S- the aroma is of raspberries, but not very strong. What I am getting is very good though

T- the flavor is of tart raspberries. I'd like it a little more tart, actually. Might be a little too sweet. Very good, regardless

M- body is a little on the thin side, but I wouldn't want anything thicker with the strong flavors in this one

D- oh hell yeah. New Glarus Raspberry Tart is one of my favorite beers, and while this isn't better than that, it's pretty damn close

Photo of rfgetz
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is between red and purple, thin cap of purple tinted white froth. Scent is of pure, fresh raspberry puree, quite strong and tart, light sugary sweetness. Taste follows scent, raspberry puree, a notch lighter than nose dictated, lightly sweet notes linger, but not overly sweet like many other fruit beers. Medium to full bodied, smooth, light carbonation leads to light creaminess. Highly drinkable, one of the few in the style worthy of multiple glasses at a sitting.

Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At tap at Selin's Grove - 01.29.2010

Poured a nice bright ruby-red with a nice white head and some good lacing as it went down. The smell was of pure raspberries--a bit tart with a lot of sweetness. The taste was quite similar--a little bit of acidity and tartness, but mostly just that pure raspberry flavor. As others have said, the brewery emphatically states that this is "NOT" a lambic, so it should not be judged as such. This is simply a very delicious fruit beer, rivaling Raspberry Tart, although not having quite as much complexity. The sweetness is played quite well, leading to a refreshing mouthfeel. Insanely drinkable--worth the three-hour drive in and of itself.

Photo of padan7
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stoudt right now ...
pretty good but no passion. But that's another review.

Selingsgrove is about a delicious passion. The food & the beer are etheral.

I had this on tap 3 weeks ago at the brewery. I had samples of the Triple & Coffee Love Buzz & Pumkin. Could have drank any of these in "mass" quantities. But chose the Framboise because it was the most unique and I can get other triples & coffee & pumkin beers but couldn't compare the Framboise with any other beer I've had.

It looks like a goblet of raspberry juice.

It smells like raspberry juice.

It tastes heavily & heavenly of raspberries. This is almost like raspberry juice that someone said "let's make beer out of this." Truly a good thing as it is wonderfully delicious and light and flavorful. This is not sweet. A nice tartness that keeps the palate clean.

The tast over powers the mouthfeel.

Drinkability would be the equivalent of chain smoking. If I didn't have the in laws with me...

Just a wonderfully delicious beer. Perfectly balanced? Nope. Just as yummy as any beer I've ever had.

Like raspberries? Check. Then giddyup! A tour de force for you taste buds.

Such a good place for food as well. If you like fresh & tasty & creative go for it. The brewpub is not perfect just perfectly wonderful.
Been there maybe 10 times in three years (4+ hour drive to get there). Can't wait to go back.
Service can be spotty, not tons of seating.
If you can deal you will enjoy. The best food of any pub by far.

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Framboise from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.