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Framboise - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
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:
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(Beer added by: ffejherb on 01-09-2009)
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Photo of Tucquan
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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 duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

duceswild, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of NearTheGrove
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

NearTheGrove, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
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 jwat
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jwat, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of ASTASOLLILJA
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

ASTASOLLILJA, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of thain709
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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 sawsyon
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

sawsyon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

AutumnBeerLove, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +16.6%

brez8791, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

rfgetz, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of philbe311
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
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 mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -6.8%

mjtiernan, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of CharlieMurphy
5/5  rDev +16.6%

CharlieMurphy, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Satchboogie, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev -6.8%

pavpav12, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -6.8%

bauermj, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 seeswo
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

seeswo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Urbancaver, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of mgbickel
5/5  rDev +16.6%

mgbickel, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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 bigfnjoe
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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 kbutler1
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
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
Framboise from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.