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La Choulette Framboise - Brasserie La Choulette

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-09-2003

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Photo of Cascadia
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Faustgeist
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$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

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of erica
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of blakesell
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of Contra
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Offa
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.1/5  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.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of Drew966
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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La Choulette Framboise from Brasserie La Choulette
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.