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La Choulette Framboise - Brasserie La Choulette

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La Choulette FramboiseLa Choulette Framboise

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62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 90
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-09-2003

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Photo of Onibubba
2.38/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow. All I can say is, What happened to my bottle? Smell is heavy with cooked vegetables - carrots and peas. Overwhelmingly disgusting and leads to a drainpour.

Accidents happen, and the reviews for this beer seem quite good, but at over 10.00 a bottle, I feel mistakes must be mentioned when they occur.

I've tried to be fair with other aspects of this beer, but the smell was the worst I have have ever experienced in a beer.

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Photo of crossovert
2.41/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. 05.07.09.

It pours a brownish raspberry color with no head.

The smell is raspberry sorbet mixed with some brown sugar.

The flavor is much like finnish raspberry licorice. It has some herbs/spices including fennel and anise along with some caramel malt and raspberries.

Not my cup o tea though.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark reddish brown in color. Very nice head, about an inch and a half, on the pour. Smell is raspberries, some vinous qualities, and some acidic notes as well.
It has a good mouthfeel. But there is a slight metallic flavor in the taste. Some very weak raspberry and hints of cherries. If it was bigger and more tart it would be better. This comes across very watered down.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours a ruddy amber, with some haziness. About a finger of soapy head settles into just a thin attache at the edge of the glass, with little to no lacing. Nose is huge with, as you guessed, raspberries and a touch of Lambic leather. Very crisp and tangy like a bowl of crushed cherries and raspberries. Flavor fills your mouth with some kind of expanding creaminess. Not nearly as tangy or fuity as I expected. In actuality, it's a tad thin. Finish is long and carries a tad bit of sourness, but not as much as I'd like in my framboise Lambics. This expanding creaminess, punctuated by the tiny bubbles of carbonation, make this a beautiful drink, but the thin flavor keeps it from being excellent. A little on the expensive side, too, at $5.49/11.2oz. bottle. Worth trying if you see it, but not worth tracking down.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle into my Orval glass...The beer pours an ugly murky pink/purple, without much head, light carbonation...The aroma is a really nice sweet candy raspberry, a sweet fruit but lacking a bit in complexity...The taste is let down, light sweet to start with raspberries displaying but then there is a flat, wood, grain alochol finish the ruings it..The feel is light, not easy to drink.

Smells great, but that's it, a fruit beer not worth drinking.

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Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very fizzy at first, looks like seltzer bubbles. Dingy tea-like brown with a drip of vermilion in there. Foamy cauldron subsides into a bare skim, but upward streams of bubbles are constant. Hazy, dirty with suspended sediment.

Smells malty with a touch of raspberry soda or gummy candy sweetness.

Tastes malty like a Biere de Garde, with some fruity candy notes in the background. Very light tartness, nowhere near Lambic levels. Toward the end of the glass it takes on more unsweetened juice character. Started out fizzy, but flattened out. Glad I got the 33cL bottle and not the 750.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a pinkish looking color with very little head on top. The smell of the beer wasn't tart or overly sweet smelling. I was very surprised at how mellow the nose was. The taste of the beer was like a raspberry infused tea to me. I wasn't really sure if this is really how this was supposed to be or not. The flavors are just as mellow as the nose in this brew. The mouthfeel was on the light and watery side. Overall this beer was just very different than what I expected. It's not bad but it might not be what you're looking for.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle.

Dark purplish red with a light white head that retains a film.

Smells of raspberries, naturally, and also a bit citrusy.

The taste is fruity, mixed berries beyond the raspberries. Good grain tones underneath.

Mouthfeel is smooth and just a tad syrupy.

A good fruit beer. Worth trying if you're interested in a fruit beer but not so much in the sweetness of Belgian fruit lambics.

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Photo of palliko
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer that invites more and more encounters. Appearance is a translucent golden with a nicely white head of foam that leaves some lacing in your glass. A malt lovers dream: brown sugar, plums, barley and grapefruit hops form the aroma. Initial taste has more malt, sugar, milk chocolate, crackers and roasted grain. Next pears and apples appear, followed by a finish that sees hops on the scene, that linger for a while, reminiscent of Ovaltine. Very complex.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red color in a snifter. No head to speak of.

Sweet aroma of raspberries.

Raspberries first and foremost in the taste. The taste also had a champagne-like quality, like a rose champagne.

Sweet, not tart.

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Photo of rayjay
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Beaumont Market in Portland, OR. The first French beer I've ever had. Best before Oct 07. This one poured red with a tiny head. Nose is full of medicinal raspberries. More medicinal raspberries dominate the flavor. This is not a sugary beer, what a relief; it has a dry finish of raspberry essence. No detectable hops, but I'm sure they're in there somewhere. Pretty light and refreshing body. Carbonation is pretty live and makes for a good mouthfeel. Worth a shot but not the most exciting beer.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

This beer really reminded me of a raspberry flavored soda. There is good and bad in that comparison. It is very light, pleasantly sweet, and drinkable. However, it is not very "beer-y" (meaning it didn't really scratch my beer itch), nor was it very authentically fruity, and it wasn't very complex. Still, not bad.

This beer took me by surprise. While it is not very much like other beers, it is also not much like other Framboise I've had. There's no sourness, just light sort-of-fruity sweetness. Still, I rather liked it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date of June '08:

Pours ruby red with a fluffy off-white, pinkish head that descends to a thin, lasting cover.

The smell is of fresh raspberries with a grainy undertone.

The taste is of light sour and sweet with raspberry syrup. Tartness is subtle under a sweet blanket. As it progresses, a cherry sweetness mixes in with the raspberry. Dry finish.

Light to medium bodied, pretty smooth, though cough drop does come to mind, especially in the aftertaste.

An interesting brew - Above average for a fruit beer. Still, I prefer the ambree. This is a good one to have a romantic candle light dinner with I suppose...Fruity but still a "beer"...

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Photo of getgetgettleman
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes of 2/26/11

A = Deep redish to orange hue. 2 finger froth with marbeled lacing. Good carbonation.

S = Rasberry jam, honey, and chocolate.

T = Fruit heavy. Chocolate and fruit truffle like. Oats.

M = The bubbly carbonation adds a fruit spritzer like quality. Light and bubbly on the front with a hint of citrus. Dry on the finish.

O = The rasberry tone reminds be of a spring beer. Yet the flavors remind me of a Christmas meal. Good choice for a special occasion but not a repeatable drinker.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In complete fruit-forward form, the strong overlay of raspberry finds favor with the seldom seen French biere de garde. Its lager-like smoothness, malty richness, supple spice and fruit become the catalyst for delivering the berries in all their sweet and tangy vibrancy.

The Framboise pours with the predicted deep ruby glow. Its haze diffuses and darkens its austere as its early formed head dissolves quickly back into the beer. Strong overtones of ripe raspberries strike the nose with a true-to-form flavor that's not overly candied or sweetened. While the taste also leads with bold rasberry overtones there's the malty, cakey lushness of grain sweetness, cream corn and wheat bread.

Change is subtle over the middle palate as its lush raspberry taste seeps deeply into the tastebuds, hinging on syrups and reductions. But a tangy wine-like acidity and mild carbonic bite balances the fruit, offering up their spicy palatability. Still, the starchy textures of grain, bread and slight corn supports it all on its biscuit viscosity.

The beer's exit from the palate leaves behind a medium body but a medium-full fruit flavor. As the raspberries have covered up much of the beer's French farmhouse nuances, its finish is long, semi-sweet and sangria-like.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Bright reddish brown with oily head and nice retention.

S. Fresh under-ripened rasberry aroma. Light honey, light citrus fruits.

T. Raspberry taste with mellow not-too-sweet character. Nothing tart about it.

M. Light in the mouth and high carbonation.

D. A little too artifical tasting for me. Not my bag.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is mainly of raspberries and raspberry juice. Taste is much the same but quite watery in my opinion. There is more of a fresh raspberry flavor than other raspberry beers I have had in the past though. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark blood red color with a fluffy off-white head and some decent lacing.

S: The nose offers up some light tartness along with raspberries and a mild vinous character.

T: The flavor has some mildly sweet and tart raspberries along with a pronounced dryness but not too much in terms of sourness.

M: The body is medium with a full carbonation and a dry finish.

D: We picked this one up thinking it was a lambic. The nose gave some inclination it might be, but upon tasting it, you could tell it was not. Still, a decent enough fruit beer.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - 330ml poured to a wine glass. Some foam-gush upon opening. Nice red color with a small off-white head. Mostly full cap and good lace left by the end.

S - Pure raspberry juice, authentic-not-syrup. Pretty sweet but good with thoughts of red Starburst, fruit snacks and lollipops. Very slight grassy and bready tones.

T - Again mostly all about the raspberry, with maybe a bit less intensity than the nose. Some stem&skin flavors and a bit of a biscuity malt finish. As it warms I'm reminded of raspberry iced tea.

M - Light feel, a bit on the thin side. Highish carbonation+foam level. Very easy drinking. ...Almost too easy drinking.

O - For a straight up raspberry fruit beer it's quite good. It's very straightforward and is what it is but doesn't come off as fake or cloying, drinks easy and refreshes. Almost nothing going on for a base beer but fruity solidity makes up for that for the most part.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appears to be a 12 oz. bottle, cool to see all these old beers coming back, haven't had this since 2006,

A: Pours a deep garnet with a fizzy pink head, light lace, fair retention.

S: Absolutely gorgeous raspberry fruit, jammy, full.

T: Dominated by sweet raspberry but not close to as beautiful as the nose, tad medicinal finish. Good flavour, but nothing striking.

M: Well overcarbonated which makes carbonic acid a factor which I don't like here. Light-bodied, very fizzy.

D: A nice fruit beer, it's not artificial tasting, the nose is on par with Raspberry Tart which is saying something, the beer is worth it just for the nose in my opinion. If you like raspberries go for it.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, amber/burgundy color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of raspberries, sweet malt, tart malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of raspberries, sweet malt, yeast, slight roasted malt, and slight tart malt. Overall, the raspberries don't overwhelm the beer, good blend and body.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TaySuth
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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La Choulette Framboise from Brasserie La Choulette
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.