Framboise - Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
Received this growler in a great trade with Stakem.. Thanks a bunch Adam!! A fantastic trade from front to back.
Shared with the normal peeps.. Pours sorta muddy red brownish.. pinkish head.
The brew is thick raspberry.... sorta jammy... big and sweet with plenty.... tons... TONS .. of fruit...
Flavor is more of the same... but in liquid form... great red raspberry on the palate... bordering on "tooo much".... how is that possible? Try it for yourself.... raspberry jam and still some background "beer flavor", but don't kid yourself, this is fruity and unapologetic.
I have no idea how the brewers pack so much fruit flavor in this growler without ever seeming artificial... always natural and always pleasing.... amazing really.
It would be epic to pair this up against a Lou Pepe and a New Glarus.... good times for sure. Thanks again Adam.... badass.
01-09-2011 09:38:49 | More by JohnGalt1
4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
Michael Thorpe coming through again, keeping me stocked up on the best of the Selin's Grove stable...Growler poured into a "perfect" pint glass...A dark blood red purple color, really beautiful. A light purple head, great retention and lacing, awesome...Great aroma os sweet raspberries(like you took some raspberries and squeezed them in your hand), sugar notes that are a touch candyish, with a tart finish. A little more tart then Raspberry tart, but still wish it was a stronger...The taste is a little of a letdown, the raspberries aren't as sweet and don't come off as "real" as the aroma, but its more tart so its meeting some of wants on the nose. The tart is a little take to me, slightly medicinal raspberry finish.
I'm being picky, but this is damn good, and really easy to drink. Try this.
01-01-2011 21:24:46 | More by jrallen34
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
Review from notes take at the brewpub on 12/8/10.
Poured into a sort of goblet, this brew appears a cloudy ruby color. A finger's worth of pinkish stained head appears and holds relatively strong. It recedes slowly leaving a curtain of lace all about the glassware.
The aroma of this brew smells of ripe raspberry with a light spice to the backend and a smooth sweetness is evident reminiscent of vanilla. It has a light earthy component to it that smells vaguely grassy as the brew warms.
The taste is all natural raspberry flavor upfront that has a perfect blend of sweetness verse tartness. It includes an earthy component but overall very fruity. Like the nose suggested there is a familiar smoothness that I attribute to vanilla in this brew without it coming right out and tasting like it. There is little to no indication of hops in this brew however it takes on a lightly toasted malt flavor as it warms up.
This brew has awesome drinkability, there is no problem throwing a couple of these back. It is medium in body with a light level of carbonation. I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers but I'll give them a try from time to time. If I needed to drink a fruit beer, I would be perfectly content with accepting any of the fine examples coming out of SGB. This brew can best be compared to the likes of NG: raspberry tart, however I enjoyed this one much more.
12-27-2010 20:50:43 | More by stakem
4.48/5 rDev +3.9%
Had this on-tap at the Selin's Grove 14th anniversary party. Served into a goblet.
A - Pours deep, dark, red with a bright red, borderline pink, head that leaves light lacing down the glass.
S - Lots of tart raspberries up front that remain thru the duration. A touch of bready, doughy, malt from the base beer helps balance it a bit but this one is all about the fruit. A touch dull when first poured but it gets better and better as it warms.
T - The huge blast of tart raspberries up front is delicious. As they begin to let up you get some sweetness and you begin to pick up some of the breadyness from the base beer. It is a perfect compliment to all the sweet, tart, raspberries. Finish is more raspberry tartness that lingers for some time, but in a good way. Why can't all fruit beers be this way? Easily one of the best.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Creamy feel with a bit of lingering tartness from the raspberries. This one is smooth as velvet with just the right amount of sweetness. The sweetness does take its tole over the course of an entire glass. I recommend this for desert.
O - Very, very, nice beer. I could put a few of these back no problem. A nearly perfect mix of tart raspberries and sugary sweetness. When it comes to fruit beers, Selin's Grove can literally do no wrong. From this Framboise to the kriek and saison de peche, all are world class and some of the best in the style. If you have a chance to try any of them I suggest you do, you will not regret it.
12-27-2010 00:02:04 | More by orangesol
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
Thanks to Brandon Chaney for hooking me up with a growler of this.
A: The beer looks pretty, and unsurprisingly appears the exact color of raspberries. There is a pinkish head of an eighth inch. This recedes hastily, leaving virtually no lacing behind. The carbonation level appears to be fairly low.
S: The aroma is all about raspberries.
T: The flavor is mostly sweet, with a slight tartness that occurs naturally from the raspberry itself. There's a lot of fruit in this brew!
M: The feel is medium bodied and coats the palate. The beer isn't syrupy or viscous, per se, but does feel dense, in a way.
D: A good offering and very enjoyable.
12-25-2010 01:46:20 | More by Huhzubendah
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
12-21-2010 17:44:34 | More by Hojaminbag
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
12-16-2010 12:56:50 | More by Chaney
4.65/5 rDev +7.9%
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
12-12-2010 22:45:24 | More by eagles22
4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
12-12-2010 05:00:41 | More by drabmuh
4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
12-12-2010 01:33:50 | More by akorsak
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
12-11-2010 18:05:58 | More by koopa
4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
01-31-2010 03:58:45 | More by Thorpe429
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
01-08-2010 15:16:49 | More by MasterSki
4.85/5 rDev +12.5%
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!!!
01-07-2010 22:08:16 | More by younger35
4.83/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
01-05-2010 21:46:34 | More by billzee
4.75/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
01-03-2010 22:33:22 | More by number1bum
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
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!
12-31-2009 20:42:23 | More by rhinos00
4.88/5 rDev +13.2%
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!
12-04-2009 05:33:29 | More by Solomon420
4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
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
12-04-2009 03:02:47 | More by padan7
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-29-2009 13:14:10 | More by sholland119
4.83/5 rDev +12.1%
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!
01-30-2009 07:20:38 | More by Deuane
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-29-2009 17:50:16 | More by Kegatron
4.72/5 rDev +9.5%
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?
01-18-2009 19:25:39 | More by DIM
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
01-12-2009 22:38:19 | More by HopDerek
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
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!
01-09-2009 23:50:29 | More by ffejherb
Framboise from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.