Framboise - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 74
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: ffejherb on 01-09-2009

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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 44
Photo of Chaney
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of eagles22
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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.

Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of koopa
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of younger35
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
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!!!

Photo of billzee
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of number1bum
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of rhinos00
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Photo of Solomon420
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

Photo of padan7
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Read what other folks say

http://www.pubcrawler.com/Template/ReviewWC.cfm/flat/BREWERID=2606

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of Deuane
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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.

Photo of DIM
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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?

Photo of HopDerek
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Framboise from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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