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Framboise Du Nord - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 27
Gots: 21 | 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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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 30
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3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
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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3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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Framboise Du Nord from August Schell Brewing Company
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