Framboise - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 86
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 78
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: ffejherb on 01-09-2009

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Photo of philbe311
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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...

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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.


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Photo of kbutler1
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler. Poured into a tulip glass a murky, bright maroon color with minimal head that collars around the glass. The head is actually a light pink color. The aroma is all raspberry, almost like I am smelling a raspberry jelly! The taste is massively sweet with some minimal bitterness in the end similiar to biting down on a raspberry seed or something like that.Really not that tart at all. Light/medium mouthfeel with some carbonation. It does have an odd taste in it that I can't quite put my finger on though that throws it off slightly for me. The 6.5% is not even noticeable at all over all the fruit flavors. Extremely easy drinking. Minimal lace at all. Well, it's good if you just LOVE raspberries but its almost a little to much. Given the choice I would prefer the New Glarus raspberry beer over this.

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Photo of number1bum
4.74/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of thain709
4.18/5  rDev -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'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

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Photo of younger35
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
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!!!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2L growler into a tulip. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over.

Appearance: There is no color to call this besides raspberry red. Solid all the way through, like it was a glass of raspberry juice. A small off-white head sits on top and fades to nothing as the glass goes on.

Smell: Sweet raspberries. A little bit of tartness at the end. Nothing else really presents itself.

Taste: The flavor starts out sweet and syrupy with a strong raspberry flavor. The raspberry flavor carries all the way through, blotting out any other flavors. If anything, it is a little sweeter than a raspberry, with just a little bit of tartness toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and a little syrupy, with light carbonation and a fuller than medium body.

Overall: Good raspberry beers rank among my favorite style, and this definitely tastes like sweet raspberries, but there is just not the complexity to really drive this beer into the great category.

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Photo of Lucular
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty similar to NG Raspberry Tart. Tons of raspberry aroma and flavor. The main differences I noted are that this beer is more tart, maltier, and has more bitterness (I'm guessing due to a higher hop content). My wife interpreted the bitterness as making the beer taste more artificial compared to NG. Somehow the beer also tasted more soda-like to me, which would seem to be at odds with my earlier observations. Bottom line: this is a delicious beer well worth seeking out. And at $6.50 for a 14-oz pour it's more than reasonable!

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Photo of HopDerek
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of fdig23
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

Appearance: deep murky purple with a lighter purple head. One of the more striking looking beers I've seen.

Nose: Pure raspberry puree. There's a hint of malts hiding in the background but just imagine the richest raspberry dessert you've ever had and that's what you've got.

Taste: Intensely, overwhelmingly raspberry. A bit sweeter than I expected with much less tartness. If they did a wild/lacto-ed version of this it would be incredible. For someone who doesn't really like overly berry-forward things, I still found this to be an incredibly rich and tasty brew. Oh yeah there's a bit of breadiness under the berries but it's barely noticable.

Mouthfeel: I wish it was a bit fuller, but overall pretty nice.

Overall: Impressive that this much raspberry flavor can be pumped into a beer. Definitely something I'd only want once, but I'm glad to have tried one and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of eagles22
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Photo of cps98
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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. .

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Photo of billzee
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of Solomon420
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of padan7
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of sawsyon
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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