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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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Brasserie La Choulette visit their website

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 Proteus93
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Drew966
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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 scoobybrew
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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 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 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 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 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 RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Contra
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 blakesell
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 Cascadia
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 rattech
4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Almost purple, a reddish brown. A head quickly forms then dissipates. The color is wine like and was unexpected.

Smell: Sweet and raspberry jam. The smell alone makes me want to drink it.

Taste: Alcohol, raspberry, but not very sweet, bitter, or sour (the taste is very balanced). I am used to Lindman’s so this is a nice change of pace for me. Nothing particularly calls out to me, but as it warms up the bitterness begins to come out, it almost tastes like a raspberry leaves. It reminds me very much of a red wine diluted with a malt based liquid, and there is a “burnt rubber” note that is strangely not unappealing. I could see serving this with the main course of a dinner. I really enjoy the experience of drinking this beverage.

Mouthfeel: The body is not thin, but not exactly thick and the carbonation shines when testing for the mouthfeel, there are many tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: I am already past my first glass. This is a beverage that is so unbelievably balanced, which makes it seem boring. However, this balance is temperature dependant. When cold, it is bland and boring, as it warms it becomes more balanced, and as it approaches room temperature the bitterness and earthy tastes begin to shine. It reminds me of red wine, raspberry tea, beer, and fresh raspberries all at the same time. I need to make a dinner that revolves around this beverage; it should go phenomenal with rosemary.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a currant juice maroon. Can't see any bubbles in this raspberry haze. Not a lot of head, at least one that lasts very long. But the color is very cool. The aroma is a light whiff of raspberry and a barn. The fruity raspberry becomes more potent as it warms. Plus the eatrthy tartness of my lovely Bere de Garde. A little viney and dry. The palate is smooth, lightly carbonated and relaxing. A good French Summer beer. This stuff is very, very easy to drink. Not cloying or overwhelming at all. Especially if you like fruit in your beer.

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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 ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 erica
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Faustgeist
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 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 oberon
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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