La Choulette Framboise - Brasserie La Choulette

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86
very good

84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
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:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of marburg
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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 leroybrown10
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Agold
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of gonzo000
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of philipquarles
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle with a BBD of April 2010. Pours a hazy garnet red with a fluffy pinkish-white head. Smells strongly of sweet, authentic raspberry. The taste is again heavy on the raspberry, starting sweet and moving towards tartness. There is an underlying earthiness with some wood that hints at stems or something being present. Definitely tastes like pressed fruit vs syrup. Hints of grainy malt is barely noticeable as it warms. Dry finish. Very nice, full body with lower carbonation that works well to make it feel almost creamy. A really refreshing take on a fruit beer in an industry where artificial flavors are the norm.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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 megahurts4
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

La Choulette Framboise

Appearance: orange-red, large fluffy head, and some good lacing.

Smell: tart raspberry.

Taste: raspberry and a mildly malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
This is a tasty framboise. It is mild and juice-like. This is very easily drank.

Photo of razorsdescent
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of scoobybrew
4.1/5  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.

Photo of MMAJYK
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.

Photo of blakesell
4.05/5  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.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of ngandhi
4.08/5  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.
ng

Photo of rayjay
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.

Photo of ark57
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is an excellent beer for many occasions, though I suggest you pair it with a chocolate or raspberry dessert. It is based on the brewer’s Ambree (amber) with raspberry extract added. The color is amber with some red tints. It is slightly tart with a great raspberry aroma and flavor.

Photo of palliko
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.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
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.

Photo of moulefrite
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If one could turn a fresh pint of raspberries into a beer, this would be a probable result. This beer really grows on you, and as you drink it you just don't want the experience to end. The color is amber with redish/pink raspberry tints, as if fresh raspberry juice had been poured into an amber ale. The head shows milky white with just a tiny tinge of pink, and is thick and longlasting-you could blow it out of your glass and it would hold together and float back to the surface, soft, and airy. Aromatics are all super fresh raspberry-oh so clean and bright! A real treat to drink, tangy just ripe raspberry fruit, zingy acidity, and then a refreshing as well as warming sensation of ale finishes things up wonderfully. This is just the thing for sipping on a hot summer day, slowly, while reading a book or listening to your favorite music. I bet it would be tasty served with a salad of grilled chicken breast with a raspberry vinegrette. If you like the style, walk the mile and find this beer!

Photo of Onibubba
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.

Photo of Pdrufo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mquartuccio87
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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