Framboise - Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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4.68/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-24-2012 02:46:56 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.18/5 rDev -3%
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
01-24-2012 13:41:48 | More by thain709
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
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!
01-22-2012 16:21:01 | More by sawsyon
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-30-2011 00:34:35 | More by rfgetz
4.63/5 rDev +7.4%
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...
12-29-2011 04:19:05 | More by philbe311
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
12-14-2011 03:37:52 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
12-05-2011 04:10:34 | More by oline73
3.83/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
11-18-2011 18:32:45 | More by AgentZero
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
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
01-29-2011 14:59:18 | More by bigfnjoe
3.75/5 rDev -13%
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.
01-22-2011 23:56:03 | More by kbutler1
3.73/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
01-17-2011 17:27:01 | More by thagr81us
3.78/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
01-16-2011 04:47:34 | More by mikesgroove
Framboise from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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