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Framboise - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

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

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ffejherb on 01-09-2009)
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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 younger35
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this brew from BeerTruth because I wooped his ass in something (too many ass kicking's to remember). I absolutely love the Peach Saison by Selin's Grove and I've heard great things about this bad boy. Damn I love fruit beers. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a dark and murky pinkish red with almost zero head what-so-ever. After a few seconds a small fizzy white cap appears then dissipates as quickly as it came. A super small collar remains along with zero lacing.
Smell- Holy balls... Loads and loads of luscious tart raspberries just permeate my glass. Honestly, not much else in the nose. Raspberries and a touch of alcohol. Simple, yet amazing.
Taste- Tastes exactly like you think it would! Starts with a nicely tart kick of macerated raspberries that are SO fruity and awesome. There is a slightly bitter undertone between the raspberries that I'm assuming are a bit of noble hop. The alcohol is noticeable but definitely not overbearing. Other than that this beer is just 100% raspberries, slightly tart with a tinge of sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Very thick and luscious with a velvety smoothness that is perfecto. A small amount of carbonation lends to this most excellent feel.
Drinkability- Off the charts. I can't necessarily say that I like this better than New Glarus Raspberry Tart but it's at least just as good. I am definitely confident in saying that New Glarus has a challenger out there in the fruit beer category. I haven't had enough brews from Selin's Grove yet to knock NG off their pedestal but man this is tasty. Thanks much Adam!!!

Photo of Deuane
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The replacement for RazzMerry this year...can it live up to the lofty expectations?

A-Deep, dark, scintillating, vibrant ruby red with a whimsical pinkish hued head. Dollop of creamy head holds on strong and leaves spotty lacing.

S-An impressive blast of fresh raspberries along with a pleasant sour tartness and a hint of dry oak.

T-Not much of a shocker here but...BIG, FAT, FRESH and TART raspberries!! This beer is all about the fruit and it is perfect in it's simplicity. Almost brings a tear to my eye with every luscious sip!

M-Medium-light bodied but with fairly broad shoulders for being a light beer. The feel is almost perfect and never gets a clingy, sticky syrupy feel. Carbonation is fairly high and makes it zippy, almost spritzer like.

D-$6.50 a goblet...who cares! Without question one of THE finest fruit beers I have had the pleasure of drinking. An absolute tribute to the sweet tart pleasure of raspberries! A magical brew that will make you come back over and over again for more!

Photo of billzee
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub on 12/30/09 (also purchased a growler to share back home). Pours a beautiful ruby red with small amount of lighter colored head. Smells like raspberry sorbet with vanilla swirl. The taste does not disappoint. If you like raspberries, you will love this beer. A crisp tart bite and sweet raspberry flavor offered in perfect balance. Medium body with very mild (just enough) carbonation to make this very smooth. This beer is amazing.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of number1bum
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought a growler of this back from the brewpub. Pours a cloudy, murky beet red color with some light pink foam on top. Keeps a thin lace.

Smell just jumps out of the glass with very appetizing fresh raspberry aromas. Slight tartness to them but they just smell fresh and juicy. Not much more to it than that but it's exceptional.

Taste is also bursting with fresh raspberry flavor. It's both sweet and tart, but it's not too sweet, nor too tart. Maybe it's most easily described in relative terms. It's not as sweet as Lindeman's framboise, nor as tart as an authentic Belgian lambic. I'd be more inclined to label this a fruit beer than a lambic actually. It's extremely good and I cannot imagine a way in which it could be made to tastier. That's what a 5 is supposed to be, right?

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty crisp. Maybe not quite as crisp as it could be, but it's quite smooth.

This is simply an outstanding beer from Selin's Grove. Tasty as hell and very drinkable. Highly recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of DIM
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a deep dark cherry red. It was served to me with a cool looking pink head.

s: Fresh vibrant raspberries with nice sharp tart bit to them.

t: Here as well, big fresh tart raspberries. I got a little malty woodines as swell. Absolutley stunning and perfect.

m: Thick but not syrupy. Fizzy carbonation.

d: I had this for desert and it made me not want to leave. Why is this place so far away?

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 eagles22
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: nice beautiful maroon color with small off white head with wonderful lacing

Smell: fresh red ripe raspberries! exceptional

Taste: ton of sweet and just alittle sourness from raspberries but man is this some good stuff I'm glad I bought a growler of this stuff.

Mouthfeel: very low carbonation on this brew which makes it very drinkable and a nice smooth finish

Drinkability: off the charts this can be drunk all day

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 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 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.

Read what other folks say

http://www.pubcrawler.com/Template/ReviewWC.cfm/flat/BREWERID=2606

Photo of sawsyon
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me the gold standard of American (heck, world!) framboises is New Glarus Raspberry Tart. We happened to be driving up the Susquehanna and found the Selin's Grove, and of course had to try the framboise, thinking... no, *hoping*... that it could be ask good as the NGRT. Well colour me red and stick me with thorns! It is as good if... dare I say it?... better! Gads this is a wonderful beer. It is not, apparently, strictly a lambic but a raspberry ale (I'll have to learn that difference better). Smooth, low-head, sweet-tart just like a raspberry should be. My wife's description was 'feels like you got hit in the face with a raspberry". Yep, that's about it. The largest problem with this is that is is SO quaffable one might not get up after a couple. Try it!

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.

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 Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Review from notes take at the brewpub on 12/8/10.

Poured into a sort of goblet, this brew appears a cloudy ruby color. A finger's worth of pinkish stained head appears and holds relatively strong. It recedes slowly leaving a curtain of lace all about the glassware.

The aroma of this brew smells of ripe raspberry with a light spice to the backend and a smooth sweetness is evident reminiscent of vanilla. It has a light earthy component to it that smells vaguely grassy as the brew warms.

The taste is all natural raspberry flavor upfront that has a perfect blend of sweetness verse tartness. It includes an earthy component but overall very fruity. Like the nose suggested there is a familiar smoothness that I attribute to vanilla in this brew without it coming right out and tasting like it. There is little to no indication of hops in this brew however it takes on a lightly toasted malt flavor as it warms up.

This brew has awesome drinkability, there is no problem throwing a couple of these back. It is medium in body with a light level of carbonation. I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers but I'll give them a try from time to time. If I needed to drink a fruit beer, I would be perfectly content with accepting any of the fine examples coming out of SGB. This brew can best be compared to the likes of NG: raspberry tart, however I enjoyed this one much more.

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