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La Choulette Framboise - Brasserie La Choulette

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La Choulette FramboiseLa Choulette Framboise

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BA SCORE
86
very good

81 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie La Choulette visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-09-2003)
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crossovert

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 00:48:40 | More by crossovert
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Onibubba

Kentucky

2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 13:55:50 | More by Onibubba
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

10-28-2013 15:24:09 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Kelp

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -28%

01-20-2013 00:47:06 | More by Kelp
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 03:01:09 | More by FtownThrowDown
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leroybrown10

Missouri

3/5  rDev -21.5%

07-24-2013 01:56:16 | More by leroybrown10
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 23:13:22 | More by SolomonGrundy
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 01:12:10 | More by jrallen34
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emerge077

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 02:20:23 | More by emerge077
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

05-22-2013 03:45:14 | More by GRG1313
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

09-01-2012 02:40:56 | More by t0rin0
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:58:32 | More by Knapp85
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 12:43:59 | More by Cylinsier
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barebearbeer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-30-2014 18:55:24 | More by barebearbeer
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matjack85

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-28-2013 09:31:48 | More by matjack85
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-14-2013 22:40:27 | More by kaelingirl
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-22-2014 11:52:44 | More by djrn2
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palliko

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 14:21:08 | More by palliko
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rayjay

Hawaii

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 16:24:53 | More by rayjay
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -5%
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"...

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 21:37:20 | More by jwc215
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getgetgettleman

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 16:03:37 | More by getgetgettleman
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 17:08:28 | More by BeerBelcher
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MMAJYK

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 16:00:29 | More by MMAJYK
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 08:56:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 19:18:28 | More by womencantsail
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