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La Choulette Framboise - Brasserie La Choulette

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BA SCORE
86
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-09-2003)
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Photo of TaySuth
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: Pinkish-red in color. Pours a nice two finger head although it quickly recedes leaving behind minimal lacing.

Smell: Great aroma of raspberries although it is balanced with some grain and yeast character. Very inviting.

Taste: Very complex flavor. Malt hits first quickly followed by a great raspberry taste. Very nice flavor from the yeast throughout. Rather hoppy as well yet without the bitterness. Really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, not too carbonated. Body is light but not in a bad way.

Overall: Very enjoyable framboise with a very good flavor and smell. I will definitely pick up another bottle if I see it.

TaySuth, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

megahurts4, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Pdrufo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Pdrufo, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Agold, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of crossovert
2.35/5  rDev -38.5%

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.

crossovert, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

cbutova, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of getgetgettleman
3.63/5  rDev -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.

getgetgettleman, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Appears to be a 12 oz. bottle, cool to see all these old beers coming back, haven't had this since 2006,

A: Pours a deep garnet with a fizzy pink head, light lace, fair retention.

S: Absolutely gorgeous raspberry fruit, jammy, full.

T: Dominated by sweet raspberry but not close to as beautiful as the nose, tad medicinal finish. Good flavour, but nothing striking.

M: Well overcarbonated which makes carbonic acid a factor which I don't like here. Light-bodied, very fizzy.

D: A nice fruit beer, it's not artificial tasting, the nose is on par with Raspberry Tart which is saying something, the beer is worth it just for the nose in my opinion. If you like raspberries go for it.

Halcyondays, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

Offa, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

SolomonGrundy, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

jrallen34, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

$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

wisrarebeer, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Gobzilla, May 30, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

750 ml bottle with a best by date of 03/01/10 (working thru a backlog of review notes- this was consumed in February). Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Interesting to look at for sure, with a bright see-thru rose colored body and 2 fingers of pinkish creamy head. Served outdoors under a covered porch, this beer was practically glowing. Retention is decent, and some splotchy lacing is left behind.

Raspberry aromas, both tart and sweet, drown out just about everything but a bit of toasty malt. Quite fresh smelling, even though I'm right up against the best by date (wonder when it was bottled?).

A burst of raspberry flavor up front yields to a healthy dose of toasty malt and some tangy yeast. The sweetness is restrained and the finish is quite clean, making for a surprisingly refreshing beverage. Raspberries return at the finish, but it's more seeds (a bit tangy, a bit woody) than flesh.

Overall impression: If you're not into very sweet/very sticky fruit beers, give this one a try. Recommended.

PDXHops, May 24, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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scottyshades, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a cloudy, amber/burgundy color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of raspberries, sweet malt, tart malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of raspberries, sweet malt, yeast, slight roasted malt, and slight tart malt. Overall, the raspberries don't overwhelm the beer, good blend and body.

Tone, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

womencantsail, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

augustgarage, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

philipquarles, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

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!

Proteus93, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

Drew966, May 17, 2009
Photo of scoobybrew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

scoobybrew, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

Cylinsier, Mar 12, 2009
La Choulette Framboise from Brasserie La Choulette
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.