Framboise Noir - AC Golden Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
From a 750 ml bottle (batch 1, brewed September 30, 2011 and bottled October 18, 2012 according to the label) into a tulip.
A-A normal pour produces about a half-finger of tannish-purple hued head that fades immediately and leaves no lacing. The beer is an interesting, dark blue-ish purple color. It is pretty dark, but not opaque and light gets through on the edges.
S-This brew smells massively sour with a lemon juice acidity and a lovely mixture of berry flavors, black berry, raspberry, boysenberry...they're all there. There is a light, oaky funk and dryness, and a bit of vinegar tartness, but I cannot discern much in the way of the caramel advertised on the bottle.
T-Like the smell, the taste is very sour. The berry flavors are still here too, and I taste a bit more in the way of plum and cola flavors. The barrels impart a nice dryness and vinous, oaky character, but the big flavors here are the sour berry and bracing acidity, which can get a bit Sweet-Tart at times, but is mostly delicious.
M-The feel is medium to full body for the style and there is a moderate carbonation to keep things from being cloying. The finish is tart and drying. A great match for the flavor profile.
O-This is one of the most sour beers I have ever tasted and it works pretty well. The berry flavors are complex, authentic and really well-done, and the funk level is just right. The mouthfeel is probably a high-point of this beer...it pairs perfectly with the massively sour flavors. This is not an introductory sour beer, but a full-on, lip-puckering monster, and if that is your thing, this is your beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2014 16:49:46 | More by spoony
4.38/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
this dropped in denver today, and it should absolutely blow up in the weeks to come. to me, this is hands down the best thing ac golden has released. i thought framboise noir would mean a dark wheated raspberry beer, but nope, this is a blackberry framboise, in so far as the two are linguistically congruent. beautiful dark fruit color, burgundy, purple, rich, not particularly heady but there is a thin layer of off white film. the nose is sour as heck, jawline sour, with berries on the back end, ripe and bursting with sunny dark fruit tart aromatics. the flavor is woody malt almost cherry sour at first, but it evolves into a really tart blackberry finish as authentic as any i have tasted. just bursting with flavor, its really incredible, I'm almost trying to pick seeds out of my molars. its that level. lots of sourness with the sweet ripe fruit in the finish, some wood to mellow, and enough carbonation to make it dance without letting flavor evaporate away. not to be missed, and the first of their beers worth the price they ask for them.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2014 02:21:21 | More by StonedTrippin
Framboise Noir from AC Golden Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.