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Framboise Du Nord - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 172
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 22 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pourmeadrink on 11-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Five thousand pounds of raspberries were added to 70 barrels Star of the North, resulting in a 100 barrel batch, which was then fermented for an additional four months.
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Photo of nmann08
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a bright dark pink/red color with a very thin ring of head.

The smell is all raspberries, jam-like, a bit of butter and biscuit, a little like a scone maybe? The flavor is going, so if you have a bottle, drink it. It definitely falls out, the raspberries arent as tart and fresh and it has a little butterscotch character coming into play. Overall, this is holding up, but I think going fast. Still pretty tasty.

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Photo of stakem
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750ml poured into a snifter. I very much appreciate BA mdillon hooking me up with this. The brew pours a clear ruby color with a white head that is quick to fade.

The aroma contains seedy raspberry juice. A hint if sweet fresh cereal grains and yogurt. Overall a very mild aroma.

The taste includes that seedy raspberry quality. Sweet cereal grains like wheat that is hardly tart yet still refreshing. Almost has a cheesy or yogurt taste faintly across the back.

This is light bodied, moderately carbonated and very refreshing but lacking the snappy tartness I expexc in a Berliner. The raspberry is vibrant in color but faint in all other regards which is strange. Perhaps I need to try this again because my experience here did not live up to what others told me to expect.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Put a different name on this beer and people would give their firstborn child for it. Holds it's own with the very best of the style ... the fruit flavor is incredibly true and deep, almost as if you can taste the seediness of the berries, without being jammy or sweet, reminiscent of Atrial in that regard.

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Photo of joe1510
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml Cork & Cage
Hayward CO-OP

A pop... gunsmoke. Framboise du Nord takes on the appearance of a hazy ruby when filling the glass. This is a beer that manages to glow when backlit. The head takes on some color from body sporting a pinkish hue over the white base. The foam is active and crackles from the second it's poured to the second it fizzles to nearly nothing. A good looking beer to be sure.

A quick whiff and I'm hit with nothing but dense, rich, fresh raspberry puree. There is even some greenness along the lines of under ripe berries mixed in the bursting ripe. A wheaty twang, a little tactic, steps forward with each swirl of the glass. The wildness leans toward wildflowers and buttermilk. All of those qualities combine to make my mouth water.

The flavor profile very much follows the nose. Rich raspberry puree leads the way, what seems to be the greenness adds a touch of tart. A touch of woodsy notes seem to add tannins though it may just be the seeds. Wheat adds depth and a twang while the lactic quality brings that touch of outdoors, wildflowers, pollen, and the like.

A body that's light and effervescent fit this beer perfectly. The carbonation is lively but never moves too quickly. The tart is easily approachable but digs at the sides of the tongue and lingers. The finish is all at once fruity and dry, leaving me wanting another drink immediately after each swallow.

Star of the North was an amazing Berliner Weiss. With that as a base beer what could possibly go wrong? Answer: nothing. This beer is bursting with raspberry freshness, bursting with soft lactic tartness, and bursting with a wheaty twang all wrapped up into a staggering 3.8% package. While the raspberries mask some of the robust Berliner of the original but it also adds a delicious fruity quality. I wouldn't turn down either. Excellent!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. October 2013 bottling date. 750ml bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours bright red with a foamy light pink head with poor retention. Spotty and sparse lace. Amazing color but not much else.

Nose is outrageously aromatic. Big raspberry pulp mixes with a tart juiciness and light hay funk overtones. Nice.

Opens puckering raspberry seed and pulp. Juicy in the middle with a nice balance of sweet and tartness. Some plasticy notes towards the end along with more raspberry tartness. Dry and fruity finish. Pretty simple but very good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down clean and crisp. Clean finish with a slightly dry aftertaste. Spot on for the style.

Awesome, awesome, awesome is all I can say about this beer. Spot on nose, taste and feel. Really under the radar and certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- framboise to the t minus any carb. Has a musty earthy look to it.

S- Raspberry upfront, not sweet raspberry but sour raspberry. Has some sour puckering smell to it.

T- Kinda light on sour raspberry, like a raspberry berliner would. Very well done; I think anything more or less sour goes to the fruit beer category or sours category. Spot on there.

M- Nice and light with that berliner pop carbonation. Well done there too.

O- Too the style, I would imagine this is 4.5+, but it just comes off as a nice transitional beer from more sour beers to stouts, etc.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very inviting dark pink with 1/2 inch of light white bubbly foam head that fairly quickly recedes.
S: Raspberry yogurt immediately comes to mind. Hint of strawberry, but otherwise fairly straight-forward here.
T: Tart raspberry that is quickly tempered by lactic acid (creamy, smooth notes). Pleasantly strong carbonation only serves to augment the experience here.
M: Tart, very light body, refreshing, bright, and toward the finish a note of creamy smoothness emerges. Superb.
D: Amazingly drinkable. A wonderfully refreshing summer beer. The definition of a session beer. Not complex, but what it does it does very well. Hats off to Schell's!

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Photo of Ri0
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

poured 750ml into teku. Bottled in Oct 2013.

A - Boom! As soon as I pulled the cork it geysered all over the counter top. I should have put it in the fridge for a few hours, but I am used to pulling beer from the cellar. Color is dark pink/red and had a nice 2 finger pink head. Thin collar and spots of lacing.

S - Fresh raspberry puree blended in a Berliner Weiss. Not too much yogurt or cheese, but I get why others pick it up.

T - Strawberry fields forever, except raspberry. It is tart, but not overly, there is some sweetness. I can tell this was once a Berliner. Very good.

M - Light bodied and big carbonation makes for a fantastic mouthfeel.

O -Excellent take on a Framboise. Well done Schells!

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Photo of Benish
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Poured aggressively into glass, about a 1/2 inch pink head built up. It was pretty cool to look at with the fact the head being almost solid pink instead of the traditional white. The color of the beer was of ripen raspberries - an opaque dark red.

Smell: first smelled from the bottle and then from glass. On both occasions instantly picked up raspberry yogurt. It came with that lactic tartness that you smell in yogurt. Plus the aroma is intense; it makes you anticipate you will taste a whole lot of raspberries.

Taste: very very tart with a nice raspberry ting. A little bit of sweetness blended into the mix as well. The raspberries came in really sharp at the beginning but then became more distinctive toward the end with a dry finish. The aftertaste was like after eating raspberry yogurt, that lactic acid left behind in the mouth. Maybe the smell had me expecting more raspberries but overall it still tasted great!

Mouthfeel: very light bodied and a little thin. I think that's pretty much standard with a berliner weiss at low alcohol content. No complaint here. Outstanding.

Overall: this is a great beer, very glad I purchased this! I love the appearance, the smell, and the taste. The fact that I can enjoy this tasty beverage without a buzz is a huge bonus.

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Photo of shadetree67
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Ruby red in color. Stiff pour yielding 1/2 finger fizzy light pink head which dissipated quickly, very reminiscent of champagne. No lacing.

S. Tart Raspberries. Almost like Raspberry yogurt.

T. Follows the nose; a tart raspberry yogurt. I get some mineral qualities to the taste as well, similar to some wines.

M. Thin body (almost watery), high carbonation, and very dry.

O. After having Star of the North (the base beer for FDN), I had high hopes. Though this smells really good, the watery mouth feel is disappointing . All things considered, it is tasty but not something I would buy again at such a high price ($15).

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle courtesy of ObiWanKushnobi pours a hazed red color with a minuscule white ring. No head whatsoever.

Nose is pureed raspberries to the utmost freshness. The raspberry aroma is awesome, though there is not much else here.

Taste shows more raspberry awesomeness, but lacks much else. The malt body is incredibly light, even for a 3.7% Berliner. I was hoping for some more bacterial influence. Pretty tasty brew overall though and the fresh raspberries are well integrated.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Oct. 13

Pours a brilliant red. Head that quickly recedes. Looks delicious.

Aroma of a tart funk is apparent upon opening the bottle. Smells fantastic.

Flavors are a bit more understated than I would like. Mild acidic tartness with a slight raspberry sweetness on the finish.

Light bodied and lower carb for the style.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, pink head. Yeasty, berry aroma. Hazy, rose color. Extremely tart, wonderful raspberry flavor. It's bright and clear. The finish is raspberry, tart, and there's a touch of malt.

This is an absolutely wonderful Berliner. The Raspberry is fantastic and not overpowering. The tartness is fantastic, and the mouthfeel is insanely refreshing.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: deep red bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head. Head drops down to thin cap.

Smell: Juicy raspberrys. Hint of greek yogert and cheesy funk.

Taste: Mild tartness. Juicy raspberries. greek yogert and cheesy funk.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: Really great berlinner weisse with raspberrys! Raspberries do cover up a decent amount of the Star of the North. Similiar to a raspberry wild ale. Another great berlinner wiesse by August Schell. Its not super complex, but I really like it anyways!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderful aroma of fresh raspberies, nice steak of tartness (lemon) and mild sourness.
Beautiful pink color with pinkish white head. Attractive.
As Bry would say, "It's like angles came in my mouth. Female ones". :0)
Fresh raspberries in taste with nice tartness and a really dry finish. Such an enjoyable finish.
Really great tartness, no excess, just enjoyment.
Lighter body, but effervescent body. Bottom pour offers bigger feel, but still body.
Very good beer. Congrats to Schell's in this gem.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been anticipating this one since I purchased it a few days ago. Bottled Oct., 2013 so it has a few months on it.

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

The first thing you notice is the amazing color of this beer, a beautiful and hazy light red. The smell is amazing: fresh raspberries just picked from our backyard. A beautiful pour with a pink, foamy head that quickly dissipates.

The first taste is all raspberry, tart and slightly astringent. There is a bit of a yeasty finish and, perhaps just a slight, and not unpleasant funk. As the beer warms, there is a slight finishing bitter note that is quite nice. There are only hints of the base Berliner Weisse. The bottle says it is "aged in wood" but I did not pick up any of those notes.

The beer is light and effervescent on the tongue, very much like a champagne.

Overall, a very pleasant experience. I would like to drink this again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/30/2014.

App- Clear, dark pinkish-red body, nice half finger thick pink head that dissipates quickly. Looks bubbly, like champagne. Not much lacing.

Smell- Raspberry yogurt bomb. Some oak, a bit of vinegar, but its mostly lactic acid and raspberry jam. Smells very good to be honest.

Flavour- Sour raspberries, one dimensional. A bit lactic, a lot more vinegar than in the nose. A bit mouthpuckering. Finishes dry and oaky with some residual raspberry flavour.

Mouthfeel- thin bodied, a bit watery, decently sour, 4/10. Actually a bit less drinkable than Star of the North was. Certainly reflects the <4% ABV of the beer.

Overall- Less complex and interesting than Star of the North, but the raspberries add a nice fruity sourness to it. I enjoyed the raspberry yogurt smell but I can see why some people wouldn't care for it. Solid berliner, but SotN was way better without the raspberries.

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Photo of Etan
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Been waiting a while for this one to hit local distro.

A: Pours a pleasant ruby with almost no head.

S: Lightly sweet raspberry, lactic acidity. Clean nose.

T: Dryish raspberry, yogurty lactic note, little bit of fruity tartness, wash of fresh grain in the finish with more lactic notes.

M: Light-bodied, almost flat.

O: The raspberry flavor here is very nice (not too sweet), but the lack of carbonation and acidity is annoying. This doesn't live up to the base beer at all.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got classy with a goblet, and a corked and caged beverage. Bottled October '13.

This beer poured with absolutely no foam. However, this beauty sports a sumptuous, red raspberry-hued body.

Surprising blast of vinegar-y red raspberry syrup, this mixes with a general sugar sweetness, incredibly sweet.

This beer drinks exactly like red raspberry juice has been pressed into the goblet! More tanginess followed closely by red raspberries, FDN finishes with a subtle crackery feel. Very straight forward, but pure flavors, this is delicious stuff!

Sparkling and bubbly feel with a milky creaminess, this crisp feel and light body compliments the beer wonderfully.

Framboise Du Nord started a little shakey in the aroma department with that syrupy, vinegar quality. It rebounds significantly with the clean and strong flavor of tangy red raspberry on the palate, adding the creamy, snappy feel sent this beer to the next level! This is why I drink beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, fall 2013

A: Pours a really pretty pinkish red color. Getting a nice pink colored head. Sticks around a while. Leaves some lacing.

S: This smells like real raspberries. Almost jam like. You get some of that Berliner lactic yogurt like character but not as much as in Star of the North. The fruit almost takes TOO MUCH of that away for me. Tartness.

T: Similar to the smell, you get all that fresh raspberry fruit flavor. I literally got a fruit seed in my mouth on a sip. There is some tart berry and lactic character right up front. Smooths out a little in the mid-palate. Finish is dry and clean with lingering berry flavor. Very easy to drink, but again I think I like the Star of the North more.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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Photo of jhawth
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a chalice from a beautiful bottle. Pours a cloudy, pinkish red. Agressive pour yields finger-width head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma: Sweet raspberries, musty/funky wheat notes, slight woodiness

Taste: follows nose, though raspberries are more tart than sweet and are less present than expected. Starts with raspberries, then wheat malt notes and slight yeastiness become apparent. Finishes very, very dry.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, very tart, very dry.

Overall: Very nice, thirst-quenching berliner. Raspberries are an interesting twist on the style.

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Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an August Schell Noble Star Series chalice.

Pours a hazy maroon color, with a small raspberry colored head which fades quickly, and leaves spotty lacing. the aroma is very tart and has raspberries, barnyard funk, bread dough, wheat, yeast, and some acidity.

The first thing I notice when drinking this beer is sweet and tart raspberries, along with wheat, yeast, some acidity, biscuit malt, crackers, and some oak. Complex, and well made.

Light to medium bodied with high carbonation, and a sweet and tart raspberry aftertaste. An excellent example of a Berliner Weissbier. A must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

August Schell Noble Star Collection: Framboise du Nord Berlin-style wheat ale with raspberries added. August Schell Brewing Company, New Ulm, MN. Bottled October '13. Ale aged in wood.

Bright, ruby red, opaque, short pink head.

Aroma: tart and fruity, wheat, with lots of raspberry aromatics. Intriquing, arresting.

Taste: Big, dry sourness on the palate at first. The nose did a switcher, as you'd think you'd be met with sweetness. Fruit is adding some sweetness, just enough to keep the tart at, let's say, half-bay. Well-attentuated, with sweetness held back, only contributing flavor, and creating balance. The first Noble Star, the Berliner Weisse, sans fruit, was a full-on explosion of sourness. A crazy attack of the dry and tart wheat ale that is so rare to find. Hey, they explain the whole process on that little card around the neck. Here it is:

This would make a great after-dinner toast for a gathering of friends. Me, I'm drinking it solo, so I can take these notes, but at around $13 a bottle, it is best reserved for celebrations and sharing with your best pals. It's an intensive ale, exceedingly sour, and exceptionally dry. I like it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass. Bottled in October of 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy reddish pink with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of pink head that quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Lacing is light.

Smell: A tart, juicy, and very funky and yeasty wheat aroma with lots of raspberry scent. Big upfront scent of raspberries. Wheat and pale malt with hints of biscuit, yeast, straw, and cracker. Scent of Brett giving a tart cherry like presence. Funky cheese like scent from the bacteria. The raspberries and funk stand out and play off each other well. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a very juicy, tart, and funky wheat taste with a big helping of raspberries. Sweet upfront taste of the raspberries stands out. Wheat and malt with notes of yeast, biscuit, straw, and cracker. Strong taste of funk from the bacteria that reminds me of Belgian cheese. Some Brett as well giving some notes of tart cherry. The sweet raspberries and funk balance each other well. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp and fairly creamy. Tart and very juicy. Sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good take on a Berliner Weiss. The big funk presence is balanced nicely by the sweet raspberries. Another great example of a good tasting low ABV brew.

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Photo of maximum12
2.36/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

OK. Thanks to me for buying this bottle, though I had a bit of sticker shock. August Schell, getting all up in there? Huh. Fat old champagne style bottle with a fancy little card/necklace, split with my wife.

The pour looks like something I ate off a plant in the Boundary Waters over Labor Day: all raspberry, all the time. Aroma is a bit conflicted: raspberries, but with a raging river of cheese-gone-bad funk. Gotta say I like the former over the latter.

Framboise du Nord lets me down. Star of the North was clean & wheaty & fresh, while this beer descends into rank French cheese - & as a good cheese devotee, not in a good way. The raspberries stave off total disaster, but funky raspbery cheese isn't my ideal. Lacking the tartness, acidity of the original. I'm going to get through this, but not with much zeal.

Big let down. Star of the North was dead on, this one misses the target by half wheel of cheese. Not a very good beer.

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Framboise Du Nord from August Schell Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.