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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: 70
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ffejherb on 01-09-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 31, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

nmann08, Jan 24, 2014
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.

mikesgroove, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big thanks to DaveHack for this pour.

This poured out as a vibrant red color with basically no head or retention. The smell of the beer has a big sweet raspberry aroma, lots of sugar in there. The taste of the beer is very sweet, lots of syrupy raspberry. The flavor isn't very tart. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied with a healthy carbonation. Overall it's very sweet, possibly appealing to a lot of people. I enjoyed it but not something I'll need again.

Knapp85, Jan 09, 2013
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
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 drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is pink / bright red with a nice white soft head of small and large bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, beer is hazy and carbonation is low.

Aroma is strong with sweet raspberries, a little tart.

Beer is medium to light in body, creamy in the mouth, bright and sweet up front, malt character is a little buried under the rest of the raspberry flavors but it's really nice overall. It's very raspberry, mild tartness at the back.

drabmuh, Dec 12, 2010
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
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3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I stand atop a spiral stair
An oracle confronts me there
He leads me on light years away
Through astral nights, galactic days
I see the works of gifted hands
That grace this strange and wondrous land
I see the hand of man arise
With hungry mind and open eyes

(Review #2112)

Dark ruby red pour, either it was opaque or just appeared to be in the dim light of the bar. The beer was pretty flat, no head at all, and little to no noticeable bubbling. Well it is supposed to be a Flanders red and not a genuine framboise (though I don't really know why they call it that anyway). Sweet raspberry aroma, slightly acidic (acetic), earthy. Taste was full of raspberry puree, mostly sweet with a touch of vinegar tartness, bready malts and some earthiness. Syrupy mouthfeel, low carbonation made it pretty mellow. Not bad, but not nearly as good as the kriek.

Rifugium, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

mendvicdog, Jan 06, 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%

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

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
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 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.

stakem, Dec 27, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

duceswild, Jan 05, 2013
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.

akorsak, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brandon Chaney for hooking me up with a growler of this.

A: The beer looks pretty, and unsurprisingly appears the exact color of raspberries. There is a pinkish head of an eighth inch. This recedes hastily, leaving virtually no lacing behind. The carbonation level appears to be fairly low.

S: The aroma is all about raspberries.

T: The flavor is mostly sweet, with a slight tartness that occurs naturally from the raspberry itself. There's a lot of fruit in this brew!

M: The feel is medium bodied and coats the palate. The beer isn't syrupy or viscous, per se, but does feel dense, in a way.

D: A good offering and very enjoyable.

Huhzubendah, Dec 25, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BARFLYB, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Kelp, May 04, 2013
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 Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Rhettroactive, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Michael Thorpe coming through again, keeping me stocked up on the best of the Selin's Grove stable...Growler poured into a "perfect" pint glass...A dark blood red purple color, really beautiful. A light purple head, great retention and lacing, awesome...Great aroma os sweet raspberries(like you took some raspberries and squeezed them in your hand), sugar notes that are a touch candyish, with a tart finish. A little more tart then Raspberry tart, but still wish it was a stronger...The taste is a little of a letdown, the raspberries aren't as sweet and don't come off as "real" as the aroma, but its more tart so its meeting some of wants on the nose. The tart is a little take to me, slightly medicinal raspberry finish.

I'm being picky, but this is damn good, and really easy to drink. Try this.

jrallen34, Jan 01, 2011
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.

thagr81us, Jan 17, 2011
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Framboise from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.