La Choulette Framboise - Brasserie La Choulette
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4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
Picked this up from the World Market in Charlottesville, noticing that it was marked down for sale. I kind of presume that it has to do with the fact that the best before date stamped on it is Dec. 26, 2009, and it wasn't the fastest mover. Who knows, though... I snapped one up!
A: Plum-coloured pour, topped with a short-lived pinkish head. It leaves just the tiniest collar of lace, and there's really nothing to stick to the glass walls.
S + T: Raspberry dominates both the nose and the palate, by far. There's a soft malt on the nose that I don't detect as much on the palate. As it warms a bit, a slightly peppery note comes out on the nose.
M + D: Rather dry, but not incredibly so. It is quite refreshing and smooth, though, and that counts for a lot. Very nice natural flavours, and a clean finish make this very enjoyable brew. I might just need to pick up some more of those clearance items!
06-08-2009 01:48:49 | More by Proteus93
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
My girlfriend got this thinking it was a raspberry lambic, and not just a fruit beer. Lambic's are pretty much the only style she can tolerate and they have to be sweet and sour for her to like them. Well, her mistake turned into a free beer for me.
11.2oz bottle, capped not corked with a best by date of 4/30/2010.
Pours an reddish brown color with a great sized head, it fades fast and leaves no lacing though.
Smell has a light fruit aroma, not overpowering but nice and subtle.
Taste is good, not overly sweet but enough fruitiness to please (at least for me, not my gf), good carbonation really brings out the flavors, doesn't seem artificial like some turn out to be.
I would say this is very similar to Sam Adam's Cranberry "Lambic", if you enjoyed that beer, then you'll probably enjoy this one as well.
03-21-2009 03:04:49 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy rusty body with a fluffy white head that leaves plenty of lacing around the glass
Smell: Tart raspberries
Taste: Starts out with a semi-sweet/tart raspberry flavor that becomes slightly sour as the flavors develop; about midway through the flavor suddenly shifts and some other elements come into play; the raspberry flavors fade into the background and some woody notes takes over
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and sprightly, with plenty of carbonation
Drinkability: Difficult to consume in quantity, a nevertheless interesting diversion
09-07-2005 01:57:00 | More by brentk56
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
This beer pours a dark red-purple with a small bright pink head which quickly fizzles out to leave what looks like a man-in-the-moon face layer of tiny bubbles. It is cloudy. A good looking beer.
Smells like fresh raspberries. A big raspberry in your face! Sweet-tart like the fruit and a bit funky like a saison. Very refreshing. Kept putting my nose in the glass with this one, it just smelled soooo good. Tasted great too, very fresh. Each sip was a burst of frehsness and berries, mixed with a grassy outdoorsy funky taste to it in the finish. Like this beer was picked from the raspberry bush just hours ago. It was a little too sweet for my preferences though, not like a Lindeman's, because the finish was dry and it wasn't too sugary, but not even close to a Boon or Cantillon.
Mouthfeel was very carbonated but not thin. Not syrupy either, which was nice since it was a bit on the sweet side. Still, I drank this on a very hot day so it was oh-so refreshing, and I would definitely drink this again if I find it.
07-03-2006 15:39:38 | More by erica
4/5 rDev +4.7%
A clearish burgundy color, head betrays the fruit in its pinkness and is fine-bubbled. Just widely spaced dots for lace. Lightly sweet berry aroma, a hint of tartness and a speck of nutmeg. Not especially bright or astringent, and not overly raspberry either, almost plays out early like an iced tea with flavoring. As it rounds to a close, there's a light sense of drying, like grapefruit seeds. A softish interpretation, I like that it gets brighter near the close. For me, I like a little more tanginess, and perhaps some more down-home mustiness, but this is highly drinkable and not cartoonishly sweet.
06-07-2004 15:38:37 | More by ADR
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Lindemans flute glass. BBD of 08/01/2010.
Upsdell red body with persian red highlights. Decent clarity with a languid but steady ascent of tiny bubbles. A fizzy cosmic latte head diminishes to a thin layer of creamy foam with good retention and fragile acrobatic arcs of lacing.
Light malt aromatics at about the same level as the raspberry, which smells a bit more like jam than fresh fruit. Hints of black cherry as well...
Malt becomes richer on the palate, and lightly toasted. The impression is much like raspberry preserves on wheat toast, washed down by a hint of champagne. Not too sweet, but lacking any real tartness either. Short, dry finish which makes this eminently drinkable.
Light bodied and perhaps a little under-carbonated.
Don't open this expecting a lambic - the base ale seems more like a mild blonde Bière de Garde - which shouldn't be surprising as La Choulette is better known for that style. The rustic malt notes though are a welcome change from the borderline-cloying sweetness of many other examples of framboise.
10-17-2009 20:48:50 | More by augustgarage
4/5 rDev +4.7%
A: Pours a semi transparent pinkish brown color. The head is small, retains decently, and looks pretty fizzly.
S: Go to the store, buy raspberry jelly and you will have this...Raspberry notes seem tart and sweet. The malts are actually noticeable giving off some caramel. Cherry is on the nose as well
T: Flavor is a little bland and watery. Raspberry tartness and a little sweetness. Tangy and slightly sour at times, but a sweetness balances well. Malts give off a slight buttery caramel flavor
MF/D: A little thin in body, carbonation is low. The finish is a bittersweet raspberry
04-30-2010 01:42:04 | More by scottyshades
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
I picked up a bottle of this at Knightly Spirits in Orlando a few months back and shared it with my family over the Labor Day weekend. The beer poured a deep red color with a thick pink head that didn't last very long and gave way to a nice ring around the glass. The aroma was of fresh raspberries and a bit tart along with a touch of hop in the nose. The nose is different than a Lindeman's say as the raspberry taste is not syrupy. The taste is equally pleasing as the raspberry taste is refreshing and strong but there is also a nice carbonation body and a touch of hop bitterness that makes this beer easy to drink and pleasing to my lambic taste buds.
09-08-2006 03:03:43 | More by ggaughan
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
A: poured a purple with rose pinksh highlights with a finger of head and a little lacing.
S: lots of raspberry aromas dominate the nose with hints of wheat, syrup, and other berries. The raspberries sure over power the rest of the ingredients.
T: raspberries dominate the flavor like the nose with grainy and sugar notes that make the beer a bit sweet but not to overbearing.
M: light to medium body with a little carbonation and had a sliky grainy feel with sweet finish.
D: pretty decent fruit beer but is a little too sweet for my palate. I honestly thought It would have more tartness in the flavor.
05-30-2010 22:38:21 | More by Gobzilla
3.94/5 rDev +3.1%
(3.75) A: Beautiful clear raspberry colour with a thin head that quickly recedes to a ring. Satisfactory retention and minimal lacing.
(3.75) S: Raspberry jam, cranberries, dry woody elements, cracker-like grains, and orchard fruits. The raspberry is more of a natural and slightly sweet (jammy) aroma. The focus is definitely on the raspberry, with other fruit aromas that compliment it.
(4.0) T: Raspberry juice, grains, light wood, and tart cranberry. The raspberry is again the focus and it’s a very fresh and juicy berry taste. Other typical farmhouse qualities are a little difficult to pick out but the overall taste is very good regardless. A very pleasing dryness in the finish with a tartness and crispness throughout.
(4.0) M: Lighter bodied with a higher (fizzy) carbonation. The carbonation works well with the fruit focus.
(4.0) D: As a lover of the raspberry I have to say that this is very good. This would be an excellent spring/summer sipper outdoors somewhere.
08-19-2013 00:22:28 | More by Digimaika2
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a dark amber and drops noticible sediment.
The carbonation is tight, champagne-like.
The Head is lingering but falls after 6-7 minutes to an open lace.
The nose is a pleasant cherry/rasberry sour with hints of hops on the tail, While the taste is bright with berry, yet surprisingly dry. In fact, my palate was detecting no residual sugars at all, oh, how well hidden they must be. ha!
The mouthfeel almost over carbonated, seeming to puch the liquid out of my mouth... rushed the finish.
And the finish. Lingering with bitter, hoppy notes, fruit certainly there, but not as strong as in the nose.
Conclusions? A nice alternative to high sugar framboise. I enjoyed my first 750ml quite a bit and shall return another bottle in a few weeks.
02-17-2006 22:21:47 | More by Faustgeist
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
$10.99 for a 750ml
A: deep copper red color
S: deep raspberry with malt backbone, earthy
T: lots of earthy raspberry with biere de garde qualities, a bit sweet but that is to be expected
D: a bit sweet, drinkable but a touch cloying
M: nice and rounded with malt and raspberry
07-05-2010 23:49:34 | More by wisrarebeer
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
A: The beer is quite hazy red in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberries are present in the nose—without having any sweetness or tartness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a type of raspberry flavor similar to hard German raspberry candies (but without nearly all of the sweetness).
M: It feels very light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is especially easy to drink and seems rather unique as a fruit-flavored bière de garde. I could see this as a good choice for someone that wants to try a fruity beer but doesn't want something very sweet.
04-09-2013 23:59:09 | More by metter98
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
Appearance: Pinkish-red in color. Pours a nice two finger head although it quickly recedes leaving behind minimal lacing.
Smell: Great aroma of raspberries although it is balanced with some grain and yeast character. Very inviting.
Taste: Very complex flavor. Malt hits first quickly followed by a great raspberry taste. Very nice flavor from the yeast throughout. Rather hoppy as well yet without the bitterness. Really good taste.
Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, not too carbonated. Body is light but not in a bad way.
Overall: Very enjoyable framboise with a very good flavor and smell. I will definitely pick up another bottle if I see it.
02-16-2012 01:25:27 | More by TaySuth
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
It was a hot day, and I thought a nice framboise would be nice and refreshing, so I picked this one up. Pours a dark cherry color with a small head that quickly goes south. Smells just like raspberry jam. Taste is very pleasant, with raspberries, of course, being the strongest flavor, but not as completely over-poweringly fruity as some other framboise ales I've tried have been. Don't think I'd every want more that one, MABYE two of these in one sitting, but it's great on a hot day poured over ice. Good choice for the style.
06-17-2007 21:00:17 | More by Cascadia
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: ruby color, with tan foam head.
Smell : nose of raspberry and blackberry
Taste and mouthfeel: a flexible mouth, hazel-nut, fairly dry
Drinkability : Very good raspberry kriek
La Choulette brewery produces an amber beer, it used to the development of the fruit beer.
11-18-2007 09:31:17 | More by thierrynantes
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
750 ml bottle with a best by date of 03/01/10 (working thru a backlog of review notes- this was consumed in February). Poured into a Duvel tulip.
Interesting to look at for sure, with a bright see-thru rose colored body and 2 fingers of pinkish creamy head. Served outdoors under a covered porch, this beer was practically glowing. Retention is decent, and some splotchy lacing is left behind.
Raspberry aromas, both tart and sweet, drown out just about everything but a bit of toasty malt. Quite fresh smelling, even though I'm right up against the best by date (wonder when it was bottled?).
A burst of raspberry flavor up front yields to a healthy dose of toasty malt and some tangy yeast. The sweetness is restrained and the finish is quite clean, making for a surprisingly refreshing beverage. Raspberries return at the finish, but it's more seeds (a bit tangy, a bit woody) than flesh.
Overall impression: If you're not into very sweet/very sticky fruit beers, give this one a try. Recommended.
05-24-2010 20:23:37 | More by PDXHops
La Choulette Framboise from Brasserie La Choulette
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.