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La Choulette Framboise - Brasserie La Choulette

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BA SCORE
86
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 6
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:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-09-2003

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ObiBeerCanobi
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Proteus93
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of erica
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of blakesell
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Contra
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of ngandhi
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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

Photo of scoobybrew
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Drew966
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Amalak
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of marburg
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +11%

La Choulette Framboise from Brasserie La Choulette
86 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.