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Framboise - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
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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Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

AgentZero, Nov 18, 2011
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 AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

AngusOg, Jan 28, 2013
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 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!

Deuane, Jan 30, 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 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 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 brez8791
5/5  rDev +16.8%

brez8791, Jan 09, 2012
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?

DIM, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Satchboogie, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

seeswo, Dec 04, 2011
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 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.

Tucquan, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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

bigfnjoe, Jan 29, 2011
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...

philbe311, Dec 29, 2011
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 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.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of DRBiser
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DRBiser, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

DaveHack, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -6.5%

TimoP, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of kbutler1
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

kbutler1, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jwat, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Urbancaver, Dec 03, 2011
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.

number1bum, Jan 03, 2010
Framboise from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.