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Framboise White - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 53
Gots: 12 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sarlacc83 on 10-08-2012

Belgian style strong wheat ale open fermented with our special blend of Belgian yeast, lactobacillus, and brettanomyces. Matured three seasons in chardonnay barrels with organic golden raspberries from Denison farm.
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 16
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375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale golden body. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Raspberries. Wheaty grain and a faint acidity.

Taste - Much more tart. Sour raspberry. Grainy wheat. Some earthy funk in the back from the brett.

Mouthfeel - Light and very drinkable. Pleasantly sour. Puckering in the finish.

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Pours a clear medium gold color with a small foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film and some small dots of lacing.

Aromas begin with tart golden raspberries and light oak and white wine vinious aromas. As it warms you get a really interesting Brett funk and complex wild yeast esters. Really funky for an American fruited wild ale.

The tastes sadly fall a little short for me. Same damp wood, white grape skin, fleshy golden fruit and emerging funk but all seem muted and dialed back. There is a decently fruity finish but also seemed faded.

Mouthfeel is a real suffering point for me as well as the carbonation is really low, almost still. Maybe an off bottle but the finish is a bit too watery and sweet without any balanced drying carbonation.

Overall this was a good but no where near great beer from Block 15. I had such high hopes after having the Golden Canary from them last year but this is no where near as solid. Some small improvement and tweaks could really ratchet this up to an elite level.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Aaron! Served in a Block 15 tulip. The nose has very delicate golden raspberry along with a nice acidity. Flavor is similar. Very delicate and highly drinkable. This was a really impressive offering The white raspberry was a really nice contrast to the standard variety, and presented a much softer acidity. The barrel character was smooth, and the sourness was kept at a level that made it very drinkable.

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Well, this is not your normal framboise, and actually, it's not really a framboise at all. A pour into a #properglassware Block15 goblet produced a clear golden liquid, fairly effervescent, with a small layer of bubbles for a head, which pretty much completely fizzled out. Lots of tannins in the nose, raspberry sweetness, grassy funk, with a touch of Brett. In the taste, white wine, raspberry, not very tart or sour, but a bit of seedy dryness in there, and a definite tannin-barrel quality, with lesser notes of citrus zest and Brett; a little bit buttery as it warmed. To me, the white wine was the dominant aspect, which is probably why I didn't care for the beer so much. Clean mouthfeel, light-medium body, a bit chewy. Not bad, just not really my thing. Perhaps a bit messy and needed time to even out.

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Huge thanks to Rathakem for this Block 15 beer!

375ml bottle with pressure cap and cork; minimal hiss when cork is freed from the bottle.

poured into Block 15 tulip glass.

Appearance: bright yellow bodied beer with a thin cap of fizzy head that drops away really quickly to no head.

Smell: acetic and vinegar greet the nose as the beer is poured you dont even have to put your nose near the beer and those smells are noticeable. Tart berries and maybe some lemon. Slightly sweet smelling wheat malts.

Taste: This beer is on the lower end of moderately tart. Flavors that contribute to the tart flavors includes prodominately a berry medley of raspberries and strawberries with a hint of lemon, rhubarb, and white grapes. The vinegar that was found in the nose of the beer makes its presence know about mid palate and it mingles with a hint of dusty funk. The vinegar continues through to the finish and help to build the tartness of the beer at the end. A hint of wheat malts adds a little balance in the for of a light sweetness that is noticed in the finish.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with almost, but not quite moderate carbonation levels. Drinkable and refreshing sour beer. The 8% abv is not noticable at all. Dry finish.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer. Another great sour by Block 15! Its in the middle of the pack when comparing all the sour beers that Block 15 makes. The Golden Raspberries was a unique ingredient to use in this beer. Made a nice and complex sour beer!

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Another great bottle thanks to Kelton!

A - Pours a hazy, bright golden orange with a thin white film that turns into a few bubbles on the edges.

S - Fruity, floral, chardonnay, and tart.

T - Rose, fruit and floral, tart and sweet fruits. The label says white raspberries, which I guess is what I am tasting. Very good.

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a - beer pours a foggy yet champagne like golden yellow with a thin bubbly head that had some creaminess to it and hung out. Lively carb raced to the surface.

s - nose is dynamite. Eggy white wine and oak. Great fruitiness from the raspberries..floral even but with a great sourness.

t - taste matches the nose. Simply awesome. Golden raspberry, brett, oak, wine, with a wonderful sweet tartness.

m - easy drinker, nice carbonation. Great pucker but far from being overly sour.

o - was fortunate enough to have had the previous vintage of this brew before and loved it so i knew what i was getting into.

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