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Framboise - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 69
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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Photo of thain709
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The body was cloudy and showcased a dark ruby hue...the head was one finger tall and pink in color...the creamy head fell to a thin cap and left attractive lacing

S - Sweet raspberries...earthy tone brings some dirt...candied sugar and other Belgian-esque spices

T - The raspberries do not hide themselves...there is an initial blast of sweetness from the raspberries...towards the middle they give off a tartness and that sets in for the finish...some winey characteristics are coming across...drying Belgian spices and yeast are lingering in the background

M - Medium bodied...smooth, soft carbonation, more tart than sweet

O - This is a very nice fruit beer...it's not as sweet as a lambic, so don't go expecting that...the raspberries do their job of being tart and sweet and provide enough flavor throughout

thain709, Jan 24, 2012
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

JohnGalt1, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of ryser2k
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ryser2k, Jan 20, 2014
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.

oline73, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

InspectorBob, Jan 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jwat, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

seeswo, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Kelp, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

oriolesfan4, Jan 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DRBiser, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a deep rusty maroon capped by an inch of a creamy neon pink head that laces. The nose is fresh picked, sweet raspberries, almost too sweet for my taste. As expected, the sweetness packs an even bigger punch in the taste, but blends well with the hearty raspberries and malt. It reminds me of blushing monk, but is definitely different (side-by-side?). This beer drinks with a near full body, slightly under carbonated, with sweet raspberries up front followed by an unexpected tannin-like bitterness in the finish. It's quite balanced and doesn't drink overly sweet. This beer is worth trying at the brewery and much better than their IPA in my opinion.

ThePorterSorter, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of cps98
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into a tulip glass. Has a really nice pink hue with a link pink head. Raspberry aroma hits the nose first and it is nice and powerful, not much else going on. The first sip hits the tongue and its tart raspberry and some sweetness from the malt. They work very well together. The beer is not overly sweet, the tartness of the raspberries keeps everything is check. It has a nice smooth medium to full bodied mouth feel. Carbonation was on the lighter side. I really enjoyed this beer. .

cps98, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Pours a hazy, opaque raspberry red with a purple shading.

S-Raspberry tartness dominates the aroma. Fresh and a little bit sweet.

T-As good as a fruit beer gets, in my mind. Tart raspberry flavors, some cranberry type extra tart notes and also some sugary sweetness underneath. Explosive flavors, but also subdued so as not to be overwhelming.

M-Tart, crisp, light bodied.

D-Extremely drinkable, especially for a style that is not usually a favorite for me. Fruity but not cloying, just a great balance of flavors.

HV

sholland119, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Selinsgrove last week.

Appearance: Pours a typical framboise color with a 1 finger slightly raspberry tinged crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Straight up raspberry goodness over a bit of doughy biscuit malt.

Taste: Same as nose but as others have said perfectly juxtaposed btw sweet and tart. A great feat worth mentioning.

Mouthfeel: A touch soft and messy. Could use a bit more body in my opinion.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable but the mouthfeel holds it back from a 5.0 in this category for me.

koopa, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SGB. Served in a 14oz. goblet.

A - Poured a slightly hazy, deep garnet-colored body akin to a red table wine with modest amount of carbonation and about half a finger of pinkish head that diminished to a thin ring of retention and left very minimal lacing on the glass.

S - While the aroma is a bit more subdued than the Razzmerry (if memory serves me correctly), this ale still possesses a juicy raspberry scent with just enough tart sourness to contrast the berry sweetness. A touch of vanilla surfaces as it warmed up a bit.

T - Well, as if it wasn't obvious, this ale packs a serious fresh raspberry flavor with a luscious fruit quality and a pleasant tartness to balance out the berry sweetness. The tartness extends into the finish and is complemented by subtle woody notes as well as hints of vanilla and oak. Lush and inviting!

M - Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel and a bit of a syrupy texture. Carbonation is spot-on, providing just a bit of prickle on the tongue. A mild sour tartness envelopes the tongue and extends well into the finish, contributing a bit of pucker.

D - SGB does it again with a stellar fruit beer. I must admit I was quite upset when I heard that Razzmerry was not going to be brewed this year. However, this is certainly a more than worthy replacement. A growler would definitely be going home with us if not for the unfortunate problems with their brewing equipment this month!

ffejherb, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Chaney
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went up to Selin's Grove to sample the goods after Troegs Splinter Black day. What a peaceful trek!

A: Poured a dark reddish-purple, almost maroon color, with a small, yet deadly Willy Wonka-style purple head that stayed active throughout the session. The brew had a milky quality to its appearance that was to die for!

S: Insane amount of tart raspberries, with a hint of vanilla to hold this dessert all together.

T: Very full raspberry delight with just the right amount of organic sourness. The foaminess only added to the enjoyment and aided in cutting through some of the fat.

M: Well carbonated, chewy, and enough suds to remind you that you are drinking a beer as opposed to a lambic. I couldn't image a better mouthfeel for this style.

D: I got to try the Phoenix Kriek as few weeks ago and was totally blown away. I feel the same way about this one.

Chaney, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of HopDerek
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 14oz goblet.

Poured a clear dark garnet red color with a thin pinkish head that fades over time to leave only a pink ring of tiny bubbles on the edges, nice lacing. Smells of raspberries primarily, but once it warms up a bit other notes of brown sugar, allspice, vanilla, and grainy malt are noticeable. Tastes of tart raspberries, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and a touch of grain and citrusy pop in finish. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Sweet and tart. Another excellent fruit beer concoction from Selin's Grove, easy to drink and very pleasant tasting. The only thing preventing me from going back for more is the higher price than the other brews.

HopDerek, Jan 12, 2009
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.

rfgetz, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tanger for sending a growler of this much-wanted brew. Shared at the BA Gathering at Goose Island, and served in my Red Hook pint glass. I'm going to review this as a fruit/vegetable beer, as Selin's never makes the claim that it is a lambic and/or uses wild yeast.

A - One finger of pinkish foam that dissipates quickly to a ring and haze. Not much in the way of lacing. Murky purple-red-brown color.

S - Initially was a little muted due to the cold, but when it warmed, sweet jeebus, there was a lot of raspberry. It's definitely in the jam/purée/preserves side of things, and not raw or unripened ones either. Balanced out by a nice graham crackery/pie crust malt character.

T - The taste is more in the direction of fresh, raw, ripe raspberries. Great tartness, well-hidden ABV, and a pleasant real fruit sweetness that lingers into the aftertaste. You could argue it's one-dimensional, but what a dimension!

M - The texture is thicker that New Glarus' offering, the closest point of comparison, with a lower but still tingly carbonation. Initially sticky, but finishes quite dry that complements the tartness. More beer, less soda.

D - Shockingly drinkable, and not diabetic (although I was tempted to drop in a scoop of ice cream at one point). This doesn't look as nice, and the smell doesn't "pop" as much as Raspberry Tart, but otherwise this is a worthy competitor with a superior texture. Highly recommended.

MasterSki, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of rhinos00
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Frank for hooking me up with some local PA beer. Poured from a growler into a flute glass.

A- Pours a murky maroon color with purplish hues towards the edges of the glass. Near zero visibility. Produced two fingers width of white, purplish colored head. Reduced to a thick, foamy ring throughout consumption. Lots of lacing.

S- Raspberries, raspberries, and more raspberries! Such a pleasant fragrance. Fresh and ripe raspberries give off a tremendous sweetness with a hint of tartness. Very one dimensional, but done very well.

T- Upfront, the raspberry flavor is unmistakable. Almost gives off a woody, fruit flavor. As consumed, the sweetness of the raspberry grows all the way to finish. Finishes with a rich, non-artificial sweetness with just enough off a tartness to give some contrast. These raspberries are fresh!

M- Light bodied with just enough carbonation. If anything, it could have used a little more (might be b/c it lost some in the growler fill). Finishes more on the dry side, but still plenty of moisture is left on the palate.

D- I had to force myself not to drink this beer so fast. It's been a long time since I have had to do that with a beer. The more and more I think about, I can finish this growler with ease...hard to say with many other fruit beers.

Overall, this beer should be changed from a lambic to a fruit beer. Still, this is a phenomenal beer. I enjoyed the New Glarus Raspberry Tart just a little bit better in terms of taste, but oddly enough I found this beer to be way more drinkable. One of the best tasting and most drinkable fruit beers I have had to date. Highly recommended!

rhinos00, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Selin's Grove Framboise has a body with shades of purple and red, and a small pinkish head that manages to leave one or two spots on my glass.

This beer smells like raspberries. There isn't a whole lot more to say; fresh, tart, sweet and juicy. Nice.

The raspberries provide both sweetness and tartness and are completely dominant in this beer, and it's great. If you really try to look you can taste a hint of what seems like Belgian yeast in the background, adding just a hint of spice. Mostly, I would guess that although you don't taste the yeast, it is responsible for adding just a hint of dryness to the beer and keeping it from being cloying. Whether the yeast is responsible or not, this beer is certainly not cloying, it is mostly tart and a little sweet and very good.

Lively, ever so slightly effervescent carbonation keeps this beer from becoming syrupy, because the body is surprisingly big on this one.

You can try to sip, you can try to savor, but you will catch yourself gulping.

Hojaminbag, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Selin's Grove 14th anniversary party. Served into a goblet.

A - Pours deep, dark, red with a bright red, borderline pink, head that leaves light lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of tart raspberries up front that remain thru the duration. A touch of bready, doughy, malt from the base beer helps balance it a bit but this one is all about the fruit. A touch dull when first poured but it gets better and better as it warms.

T - The huge blast of tart raspberries up front is delicious. As they begin to let up you get some sweetness and you begin to pick up some of the breadyness from the base beer. It is a perfect compliment to all the sweet, tart, raspberries. Finish is more raspberry tartness that lingers for some time, but in a good way. Why can't all fruit beers be this way? Easily one of the best.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Creamy feel with a bit of lingering tartness from the raspberries. This one is smooth as velvet with just the right amount of sweetness. The sweetness does take its tole over the course of an entire glass. I recommend this for desert.

O - Very, very, nice beer. I could put a few of these back no problem. A nearly perfect mix of tart raspberries and sugary sweetness. When it comes to fruit beers, Selin's Grove can literally do no wrong. From this Framboise to the kriek and saison de peche, all are world class and some of the best in the style. If you have a chance to try any of them I suggest you do, you will not regret it.

orangesol, Dec 27, 2010
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.

Kegatron, Jan 29, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Rhettroactive, Jan 19, 2014
Framboise from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.