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La Choulette Framboise - Brasserie La Choulette

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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie La Choulette visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of rattech
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Almost purple, a reddish brown. A head quickly forms then dissipates. The color is wine like and was unexpected.

Smell: Sweet and raspberry jam. The smell alone makes me want to drink it.

Taste: Alcohol, raspberry, but not very sweet, bitter, or sour (the taste is very balanced). I am used to Lindman’s so this is a nice change of pace for me. Nothing particularly calls out to me, but as it warms up the bitterness begins to come out, it almost tastes like a raspberry leaves. It reminds me very much of a red wine diluted with a malt based liquid, and there is a “burnt rubber” note that is strangely not unappealing. I could see serving this with the main course of a dinner. I really enjoy the experience of drinking this beverage.

Mouthfeel: The body is not thin, but not exactly thick and the carbonation shines when testing for the mouthfeel, there are many tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: I am already past my first glass. This is a beverage that is so unbelievably balanced, which makes it seem boring. However, this balance is temperature dependant. When cold, it is bland and boring, as it warms it becomes more balanced, and as it approaches room temperature the bitterness and earthy tastes begin to shine. It reminds me of red wine, raspberry tea, beer, and fresh raspberries all at the same time. I need to make a dinner that revolves around this beverage; it should go phenomenal with rosemary.

rattech, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shining ruby red with a nice head of mountanous salmon-tinged foam. Aroma of pure raspberry. Pulp, seeds, everything. With an interesting malty French/Belgian biere de garde base. Oaky with interesting funkiness as well. Interesting for sure. Taste is oaky, funky, and loaded with raspberry. Nice. Mouthfeel velvety and mouth coating. Luxurious and incredibly nice for a 750ml bottle of beer that cost only $6! Drinkability is awesome, and I will be visiting this beer again when I want a multi-diminsional fruit beer, with an awesome ale (biere de garde) base.

francisweizen, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of moulefrite
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If one could turn a fresh pint of raspberries into a beer, this would be a probable result. This beer really grows on you, and as you drink it you just don't want the experience to end. The color is amber with redish/pink raspberry tints, as if fresh raspberry juice had been poured into an amber ale. The head shows milky white with just a tiny tinge of pink, and is thick and longlasting-you could blow it out of your glass and it would hold together and float back to the surface, soft, and airy. Aromatics are all super fresh raspberry-oh so clean and bright! A real treat to drink, tangy just ripe raspberry fruit, zingy acidity, and then a refreshing as well as warming sensation of ale finishes things up wonderfully. This is just the thing for sipping on a hot summer day, slowly, while reading a book or listening to your favorite music. I bet it would be tasty served with a salad of grilled chicken breast with a raspberry vinegrette. If you like the style, walk the mile and find this beer!

moulefrite, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of scruffwhor
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a currant juice maroon. Can't see any bubbles in this raspberry haze. Not a lot of head, at least one that lasts very long. But the color is very cool. The aroma is a light whiff of raspberry and a barn. The fruity raspberry becomes more potent as it warms. Plus the eatrthy tartness of my lovely Bere de Garde. A little viney and dry. The palate is smooth, lightly carbonated and relaxing. A good French Summer beer. This stuff is very, very easy to drink. Not cloying or overwhelming at all. Especially if you like fruit in your beer.

scruffwhor, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of philipquarles
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle with a BBD of April 2010. Pours a hazy garnet red with a fluffy pinkish-white head. Smells strongly of sweet, authentic raspberry. The taste is again heavy on the raspberry, starting sweet and moving towards tartness. There is an underlying earthiness with some wood that hints at stems or something being present. Definitely tastes like pressed fruit vs syrup. Hints of grainy malt is barely noticeable as it warms. Dry finish. Very nice, full body with lower carbonation that works well to make it feel almost creamy. A really refreshing take on a fruit beer in an industry where artificial flavors are the norm.

philipquarles, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of ark57
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is an excellent beer for many occasions, though I suggest you pair it with a chocolate or raspberry dessert. It is based on the brewer’s Ambree (amber) with raspberry extract added. The color is amber with some red tints. It is slightly tart with a great raspberry aroma and flavor.

ark57, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of megahurts4
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

La Choulette Framboise

Appearance: orange-red, large fluffy head, and some good lacing.

Smell: tart raspberry.

Taste: raspberry and a mildly malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
This is a tasty framboise. It is mild and juice-like. This is very easily drank.

megahurts4, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of putnam
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wonder what the La Choulette team thinks about Liefman's Frambozen and Kriek -- or about Lindeman's Framboise.

This is a dark, muddy red colored drink with great, pillowy, airy and yet still liquid piles of rose/cream-colored foam on top.
The aromas are of fruit-flavored vitamin tablets. Meaty, brothy layers of raspberry essences reside therein. The flavors are quite juicy, with nervy, fresh raspberry flavors wound up tight around the La Choulette trademark earthy, stony elemental savageness.
Bitter, tart, and fruity yet sweet, low-acid and dry.

Eat with warm, soft-ripened cheeses -- the bloom on the food will match the drink, and raspberry fruit is a noble ameliorative for that kind of cheese anyway (brie and raspberry jelly has been packaged and marketed to oblivion. This is your chance to see what fruit and cheese combos are all about.)

putnam, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy red/brown topped by an off-white, reddish head. Smells like raspberries and beer, good beer with a nice malty aroma. Fruity and tart flavour with raspberries really dominating, but not over the top. Medium body and carbonation. Very refreshing and fruity with a nice malty ale base.

DrJay, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a corked bottle a deep red with a big fluffy pink head that settles leaving a nice amount of lace behind,the aromas has a real iron quality to it with some toasted grain and of course the raspberry essence all seem to come together very well.Now this is a no fufu framboise here immensly flavorful obviously the raspberry puree flavors are there but there is more to it there is real dry biscuity backbone to this with a iron like dryness to keep the raspberry puree flavors from becoming overly sweet.Well balanced and refreshing I love this beer I wish I had more,hell yeah.

This is 6.2% alc says right on the label.

oberon, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of Amalak
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Amalak, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

AndyEdgar, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright red color & is topped by a off white head with a pinkish hue. The aroma is of intense raspberries, almost a sticky sweet raspberry syrup. Underneath is a bit of musty aroma. Not too dry, perhaps a bit sweet, but definitely not a fake syrupy flavor. Has a good raspberry tartness & I really like that it is not sweet & syrupy. There is a nice pulpy raspberry skin tannin that adds a bit of complexity. Quite a good body to this beer, almost meaty with great chewy flavor. My only complaint is that perhaps the underlying beer character is drowned in a sea of raspberries. Though this is actually growing on me a bit as I sit here and sip this beer. Overall a beery great raspberry interpretation.

Gueuzedude, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simply put - good stuff. This is one of those beers I was reluctant to try, but once I did I realized that I'm much too closed to experimentation. This is a taste delight and one that is well worth considering for converting others from wine to beer.

The fruity tastes are full and luscious leading one to believe that it can be imbibed with impunity - that, Iam sure, is not the case, as this is substantial beer in all respects. The look is cloudy red amber and the head creamy, both in color and texture. The nose is all the berries (pun intended) and it is matched exquisitely to the aroma. A nice mouthfeel gets a bit if tartness from the acid component, but is moderate against the malty base. Easily and enjoyably drinkable.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rosey purple brew poured from a 750mL bottle, I expected, of course, lots of fruit. And that's more or less what one gets. A dry, cran-raspberry aroma hints ever so slightly at acidity and natural fruit flavors.

Silky textured and somewhat malty, I was a bit surprised at how straightforward this was. Raspberries that taste a bit forced -- a tad engineered, though I know it's not -- are, naturally, dominant. But when I drink this, I think "beer." Thinking about it more, I don't know if that's good or bad. But this is certainly a well-executed product.

marburg, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a crystal clear reddish purple with a small head that doesn't last at all. The smell is complex with the obvious raspberry coming through mostly. Some musty notes and other sweet things coming through as well. Taste is mild in the beginning, being mostly sweet. The middle brings hints of yeast and malt but fades fast to a dry fruity finish. Feels a bit like heavy champagne in your mouth but doesn't look nearly as carbonated. To be honest I love it. Yeah, it's a bit fruity but a great desert beer to share with friends.

CharlesRiver, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the tulip crystal clear reddish amber with a tall frothy amber hued head that lasted well and fell slowly to coat at the glass.

The aroma was raspberries. Plungins you nose in the sniffer was like smashing up fresh sweet aromatic raspberries.

The flavor was light with bittering that accentuated the raspberry presence. The raspberry flavor was well done and not overly sweet. The beer certainly dried on the palate over time.

The finish was dry with lasting raspberry flavor that becomes more dry and interestingly bitter the longer it contacts the palate. The body was medium light to almost light. The beer goes down like water, but could use more complexity all the way around.

75 cl bailed and corked bottle, best before end 2005 on label. Bottle says 6% ABV. I thought this was going to be a lambic prior to opening...oh well.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark red body with a foamy pink head. Size is pretty good and retention is decent. Nice legs stick to the glass as well as some fine lace coats.

S- A raspberry bomb comes off in fumes. Tons of raspberry and in the sweet way no sour touches.

T- A ton of sweet raspberries. It is hard to say a lot more, some light malt and Belgian yeast, maybe bread?

MF- High carbonation stings the palate in a light body with a very foamy feel.

This one is just a massive fruit bomb, really easy to drink and really refreshing. Tons of raspberries, not a bad way.

cbutova, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby hue with a nice creme head that falls to nothing in a short amount of time. Nose is very fruity, big surprise. Almost seems to be a bit of a cotton candy edge to it as well. Nice smooth levels of taspberries are here. They don't overpower or kill the palate. A sour edge kind of kicks in on the back side, but nothing that wrecks the experience. A smooth level of carbonation hits you on this. It's a nice fruit beer. For my personal taste, it could be a bit sweeter, but overall I have to say that it is fairly nice.

RblWthACoz, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - hazy dark ruby red color with a thick frothy pink head that settles a little into a thick chunky collar

S - rich raspberry aroma, followed by subtle wheat malt scents

T - light malt with balanced, but prominent, raspberry flavor

M - light-medium body with high carbonation

D - This is an excellent framboise. I had this while it was relatively young. I think it would age wonderfully though. Either way, it's definitely worth trying if you like the style.

scoobybrew, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Choulette Framboise pours a reddish copper color with a pinkish head from a brown 750 ml corked and caged bottle. The aroma is very nice, and all raspberry. The flavor is pretty much all raspberry too. Very well done with an authentic raspberry flavor. Not something I would drink often, but I wouldn't hesitate.

Drew966, May 17, 2009
Photo of ngandhi
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice Flander's Red that might have done well without the addition of raspberry extract.

Though mildly sweet, La Choulette is dominated by great Belgian dark ale flavors -- earthy cocoa powder -- complemented by the berries. This hand in hand interaction between the beer and fruit makes the raspberries seem almost naturally a part of the beer -- some weird byproduct of the yeast, perhaps.

And though this is quite nice at first, the beer fades to cough syrup. Suddenly, all that great natural flavor vanishes and we begin to approach something more like Duchess de Bourgogne, but with a bit more depth. Medicinal raspberry takes over and all that lovely, dusty cocoa is lost in the calm, resigned finish.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of Contra
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the idea of fruit beers, but they're generally poorly done. When I saw this beer on sale, I had to try it out. Fortunately, it did not disappoint in the least.

The aroma is sweet, very strawberry/raspberry, almost rhubarb like. Flavor is well balanced - not sticky sweet, but rather mellow. There's little to say about the appearance, just a murky brown color with almost no visible carbonation. Not to knock it, there just isn't anything worth mentioning.

Overall, one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Of course, that's fairly limited, since I'm hesitant to try them. Very tasty.

Contra, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Offa
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find this to be a very enjoyable, balanced beer with some good light complexity to carry the raspberry,which dominates but not entirely, so this is not a one-dimensionally fruity beer.

Hazy deep red-amber, it has a small fizzy off-white head soon thinning to foamy ring & wisps.

Aroma is a lot of raspberry, hints of chocolate, faint hint of toast, and berry ice cream. It is pleasant but less complex than the taste.

Taste is more interesting and complex, light, sweetish up front, before a dryish finish and then lightly sweeter aftertaste. It has light tartness throughout. It has definite raspberry but with hints of toast, creamy chocolate, and faintly earthy yeastiness underneath, giving it some depth and a little complexity and interest. It is very enjoyable.

Offa, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of blakesell
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In an attempt to experiment and doctor with the beer, we went awry, not taking into account that the beer could be mildly infected beforehand...

I went at this beer trying to add honey to sweeten it, but the top blew off with much more force than the one I had previously and the cork won't fit back in, so, on to a more traditional review.

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Belgian tulip chouffe glass.

Appearance- A medium red with a gigantic head of froth reaching to the top of the glass with only a quarter of the bottle poured. Head dissipates to a lopsided cream sticking to the glass all the way. Large off-kilter bubbles all thru this beer.

Smell- Sweet raspberries and light malts. A simple biscuity malt presence and mustiness.

Taste- Sweet lightness upfront with big raspberry within. A nice malt balance, something different that must be the yeast. I was going to attempt to artificially sweeten the beer, but in this case, that is entirely unnecessary. A drying finish.

Mouthfeel- Lingering finish of smooth raspberries. Smooth overall. No detectable alcohol.

Drinkability- Very, with this beer as light as it is, many could be enjoyed to wind down the day. I should have held onto a few of them, sadly, I polished this one off quickly. Has a very Saisonlike feel overall.

blakesell, Sep 22, 2007
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La Choulette Framboise from Brasserie La Choulette
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.