Framboise Du Nord - August Schell Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
02-01-2014 02:41:56 | More by SD-Alefan
4.44/5 rDev +9.4%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.
Appearance: Pinkish red with bubbly light pink head. Clings longer than most for the style.
Smell: Raspberries, both tart and sweet. Some lemon, oak, vinegar and pepper.
Taste: Initial tart onslaught of raspberry, but quickly becoming more complex to include lemon, oak and touches of pepper. All flavors linger on the palate for awhile after each sip.
Feel: Very light bodied and fairly effervescent. Exceedingly dry and tart finish.
Overall: I enjoy this even more than the base Star of the North beer. This is almost like a Lambic, and who would have ever thought that Schell's would have become the premier sour manufacturer in Minnesota.
11-25-2013 23:50:19 | More by bsp77
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
12-23-2013 08:18:59 | More by MattyG85
4.39/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
06-13-2014 00:28:02 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.36/5 rDev +7.4%
Star of the North refermented for an additional four months with raspberries. Pours pink with gold tones. One finger of head forms that settles to a thin cap. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.
The aroma offers a big blast of raspberries then I pick up the funky cheese qualities of the lacto. The wheat and brett is mostly covered up.
A complex flavor awaits the drinker. Raspberries with lip puckering sourness. Good wheat flavor and cheesy funk. Nice dry finish that compliments the sourness. For such a low ABV beer, it packs a lot of flavor.
Much better carbonated than the original. Effervescent and light bodied that is suited perfectly to a sour, dry beer.
Closest thing to a lambic to be bottled in MN. One of the best sours to ever come out of this state. Very impressive.
11-22-2013 22:58:00 | More by morimech
4.19/5 rDev +3.2%
Crimson color, saturated and slightly murky, initial finger of pinkish head that lasts momentarily and fades to a still glassy surface.
Distinct aroma of seedy raspberries, fully attenuated, dry and not sweet.
Juicy raspberry taste, slight fruit sweetness, tart and quenching. Nice as an apertif, really gets the salivary glands going. Dry aftertaste, the fruit seems to fade quickly. Very drinkable, easy to put down a lot if not for the price and limited availability. Somewhat fleeting and one-dimensional, not getting any of the Brett mentioned in press materials, just lactic acid, but it's bursting with raspberry fruitiness.
11-25-2013 01:50:45 | More by emerge077
Framboise Du Nord from August Schell Brewing Company
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