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Framboise - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 87
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 14.15%
Wants: 77
Gots: 7 | 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:
Beer added by: ffejherb on 01-09-2009

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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 87
Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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.


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Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.44/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by someone, I think Jason.

A - Very deep ruby color, little bit of purple on the edges. Great dark colored and purplish head on it that left some fantastic lace. Awesome looking beer.

S - Smells sweet, with a lot of rich raspberries and maybe a bit of sugar. Some slight earth tones.

T - A decent bit of tartness, with a lot of raspberries, although they are a bit sugary and like candy. That is not a bad taste, but seems to take it more from a great raspberry beer to something slightly artificial. Finish is a bit like chemicals.

M - Syrupy, lower carbonation, medium bodied but somehow feels heavier.

O - Some real positive things for this beer. It's good, great in some areas, but could still be improved upon.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of Deuane
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4.7/5  rDev +9%
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?

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Framboise from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.