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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #11 - Framboise - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 72
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 18.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Framboise, French for "raspberry", is a Belgian-style fruit lambic. Made with more than 4,600 pounds of raspberries, 50% wheat at a gravity of 14°p it has all the makings of a great summer time beer. Highly carbonated, it produces a wonderfully pink, lacey head. The burgundy color foretells of intense raspberry aromas. A nice, sweet start finishing with a tart and acidic finish that is light and refreshing.

8 IBU
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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 72
Photo of tzieser
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy ruby color with a small head that fizzles into almost nothing. looks very similar to the other framboise i've had before.

smells very sour and tart (as it should). subtle hints of raspberry with some yeast smells. again-- very similar to the framboise i've had before.

tastes good. tart and sour flavors up front with raspberry follwing close behind. leaves an almost bitter flavor. alcohols are sort of noticible. this is a fairly good representation of the framboise lambic style. sweet, but the tartness definitely balances things nicely

mouthfeel is good. nicely carbonated as a lambic should be

drinkability is good-- but its too sweet to drink a ton of these

overall-- i got a cheap 6 pack of these and knew they were old, but theyve seemed to held up well. i probably wouldnt grab these again, but its certainly worth a shot if you want a lambic style beer. (883 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Split the bomber 3 ways.

A: Cloudy brown copper color. 1.2 finger of white head.

S: Sour rasberries. Tartness.

T: Tart fruit. The aftertaste is just overwhelming tartness. Think this one is past its prime a little bit.

M: Felt stale on the tongue. Again this beer is probably past its prime.

D: Too tart with not enough balance. Drain pour for me. (352 characters)

Photo of Avryle
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber of this on 3/15/08 with some apprehension as to the quality- arpx 2 y/o at only 5.3%. Scary. I didn't think it was as bad as the other two folks who split it with me.

A- Poured a cloudy pinkish brown with a fluffy creamy-pink head.

S- Pretty solid raspberry nose with some lambic sourness

T- Tart raspberry during intial taste. Finishes like over-ripe sour raspberries. I'm REALLY suprised at how this has held up- my expectaitions were low going in.

M- A bit on the thin side with little carbonation

D- A bit on the tart side for quick consumption. This would be good with a salad course. (613 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice 12oz bottle sent from gpcollen1 for my BA annv – Salud!

A semi-hazy pour of cherry red, nice rosy head bubbles up. Of course, raspberries in the aroma and the quaff. They start sweet, not to cloying, then finishes tart and dry. This is nicely done, but still after a full bottle, it starts to load up on you. A good desert beer, ‘cause it’s defiantly one and done. (373 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.04/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - this beer pours a light pink with a big fizzy short lived pink tinged tannish head, plenty of noticeable carbonation

S - smells of raspberry jam, a nice strong accurate raspberry aroma, not too strong but not too weak

T - the flavors are rather good, separate, the raspberry and the hoppiness are both pretty darn tasty, but the thop are a little to bitter to mesh with the raspberry well, overall it makes a very tart raspberry flavor with a hop finish

M&D - a bit too tart to be enjoyed thouroughly, and quite fizzy, which slightly disrupts the palate, a decent fruit beer, well above SA Cherry Wheat, but not on the same level as a Red Bach or the same planet as NG Wisc Belgian Red (692 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.15/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark red color with a thin pinkish off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity and tart with the smell of raspberries.

T: The taste is likewise all fruit. The label reads “beer with raspberry puree added” and that’s pretty much all you can taste. The tart and slightly sweet flavor of raspberries takes dominance with very little of anything else even coming close to being tasted. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Not very tasty, doesn’t go down too easily for me, not very filling, I suppose it’s drinkable if you like the raspberry flavor, but this beer really doesn’t do much for me. I don’t think this was one of the better choices of the 100BBL Series to pick for an encore. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Contra
2.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bottle, from session 11

This beer is all over the place. The smell is fantastic, with an aroma of fresh strawberries. The taste, however, does not quite live up to it. Very acidic and sour, it is a bit too much like a "malternitive" and not enough like a beer. The inital sip is actually fairly good, quite similar to the aroma. But as soon as that fades away, it's replaced by a sour taste. For this reason, I have to give the mouthfeel a fairly bad 2.0.

I have to say that I'm fairly disappointed. Finding a good lambic is pretty tough. I'll have to try some of the higher rated lambics because getting a dud sucks. (629 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is pretty cloudy with a reddish brown body and a slightly pink bubbly head. It has a sour raspberry aroma that almost smells like there is some brett or lacto in there. It has a good lambic sour bite to it, which is slightly surprising because the bottle says framboise "style ale" which made me think it would be an ale with raspberry added. It is very light bodied with high carbonation. There is a sour note in there somewhere that almost tastes like spoiled fruit, but it hides in the background and I can't exactly pin it down. (542 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by crosling...thanks for the opportunity. Pours a thin redish head over a cloudy brown liquid. Red edgings. Smells of raspberry (surprise!). Doesn't have the tannins I would expect from raspberry seeds.

Tastes raspberry, but not potent sweet. Some drying woody tapers the finish as the lacto tart rises to clean the palette. Simple, not particularly stellar. Md body and way too much carbonation for my preferences. (432 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
4.45/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Color is a light color, pink reddish color. No head , just around the glass, no lace.

Smell - Very fruity like rasberry and strawberry.

Mouthfeel -Very light, sweet. light carbination.

Taste - Very light, refreshing, like a wine, or winecooler, then it hits you with a beer taste at the end.

Drinkability - Not bad, light beer, worth a try though. Limited. (385 characters)

Photo of Applesauce1
3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A buddy of mine gave me a six-pack of this as a gift. Thanks, turbod33.

Appearance: maroon, transparent with about a 3/4" off white head off the pour; it seems to pour much like pop with a little crackling sound to for some carbonation
Smell: raspberries with some dark wine smell
Taste: not bad, but nothing too impressive; this is something that might good in the middle of the day with lunch or something being that it's so fruity; obviously raspberries dominate the taste; it's hard for me to put my finger on any other taste so im gonna stop here
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied; decent for a fruit beer
Drinkability: two in a row might not be too pleasing, but the one im on right now is going down pretty well

Note: this beer gets better the warmer it gets; i should've suspected that with a fruit beer; i think my next one i'll let sit out for about 15 minutes to let it warm up before i drink it (917 characters)

Photo of ciderfaerie
2.24/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance: blush, burnt orange, small ring of head with skeleton faces appearing intermitantly - spoooky

smell: not surprisingly sweet raspberry mixed with beer

taste: bitter beer left me wondering "where'd the raspberry go? i don't know!"

mouthfeel: nice carb for the tip of the tongue, but a little flat and bitter. no creamy fizz like lindemans (my fav)

drinkability: if forced i could drink this, but wouldn't choose it. it's like someone took my lindemans framboise and mixed it with Bud Light. : / (516 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
3.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to lpayette for shipping this one across the country.

Appearance: Looks shockingly like cranberry soda with a nice white head. There's the slightest haze to this beer, but other than that it's pretty vibrant.

Smell: Again a soda theme, except this time the raspberries make a presence. There's a light sweet malt undertone and a hint of candy. This is kind of appealing.

Taste: Raspberry soda in the taste as well with a suprising aftertaste that's heavily wheatish. There's also a slightly hayish characteristic, but it's too watery to appreciate it much.

Mouthfeel: Watery as I said above with a slight rough texture. It's crisp though, and that's a bonus.

Drinkability: This is a rather uninteresting beer, and so it's not so drinkable. If they brew it again, I'll probably have it to see how the recipe might change. (842 characters)

Photo of RedChrome
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Body was a light red color. A fluffy half inch light pink head shrunk to a slick very quickly. Nice amount of tiny carbonation can be seen bubbling up. Spotty bits of lacing.

As expected the raspberry aroma was strongly present. Unfortunatly due to an allmost saccharin aroma the scent seems to come from raspberry syrup as opposed to fresh fruit.

Super sweet taste. Raspberries are cloying on all surfaces of the mouth. This is almost like tasting a double strength raspberry juice box. Not a beer I want to taste again.

Super carbonation tingling on all mouth surfaces. Watery beer movs quickly down the throat.

Not worth it. So sweet it can be a dessert by itself. Pass this one up unless you are on some damn fools' crusade to try all XYZ types of beer. An unusual let down from Harpoon. (803 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
3.72/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, I must thank Goldorak for this sample which he generously handed over from his cellar. Merci Martin!

Starts off well as it pours a deep, slightly hazy, caramel colour with soft pink highlights near the stem of my glass. A fine bead rises to supply the diminutive film of foam where there once lived a billowy cap of light pink foam which met its end too quickly.

Aromas are rounded and plentiful as a mix of raspberries, malt, and a touch of buttered toffee grace the olfactory on the first sample. Further exploration releases notes of freshly picked raspberries still in the pail with blades of grass torn off and left mingling with the fruit (convoluted way of saying fresh raspberries and grass shavings).

Flavours are consistent with the mouthfeel; that is, dry, powdery, and tart but with some substance. The tartness of the raspberries dominates the profile initially and is quite relentless but some malt manages to permeate along with a hint of hoppy grassiness. A subsequent wave of tart raspberries, accompanied by the bitterness of cranberries, cleanses the palate and leaves a quenching feeling and the drinker wanting more.

Quite drinkable, more suited to warmer temperatures and could use a touch more sweetness to balance, but a nice quenching brew all the same.

Santé

SMD (1,315 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
2.43/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber served at fridge temperature. Enjoyed in a tasting tulip; date on side of bottle reads 72805.

Appearance- Pours a very sexy pink parfait color, very hazy with a gorgeous light pink head. Structure here is amazing, with a full inch-thick crown that takes several minutes to tame. Although the beer sticks well to the glass on a slow swirl, it doesn't actually lace much. Still nice eye candy...

Smell- I can't imagine how much more raspberry puree could be crammed, jammed, or otherwise stuffed into my beer glass right now. The nose is all fruit, and boatloads of it.

Taste- Although the sole flavor here is of raspberries, I am disappointed at the levels by which they express themselves. The taste isn't even close to the intensity of the nose... in fact, it parallels a cheap, artificially flavored raspberry seltzer water. Weak, and surprisingly hollow overall.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- In the mouth, the carbonation's initial fierce bite intensifies to soda-like proportions... nullifying any subtle, pleasant character that a beer should impart. Worse, the beer has a flaccid, watery consistency that amplifies the intense effervescence. For a fruit beer, this falls horrifically flat where it counts. (1,234 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.61/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

AP: Cranberry red/red amber in color, very active and lively with a 2" thick white/red yogert in color, nice sticky legs.

Nose: Wheaty, fruity...cranberry and raspberry.

Taste: a wheaty and herbal raspberry flavor with some sour cranberry hints.

MF: Crisp and active, good bite. Very smooth due to the excellent retention of the frothy-smooth head. Medium body.

DA: This was the 12 oz "encore" edition of this one and it seemed really fresh. Not to "juicy" sweet like some Framboise can be, this one actually had the beer taste included. Not bad at all for the style. (579 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark raspberry color with a foamy one finger head. Dissipates quickly but holds fast on the sides. Bubblely.
S: Tart raspberries. Reminds me of raspberry rhubarb pie.
T/M: Raspberries hit first with a subtle maltiness in the background. Sweet this one is. Extra fizzy blast after the initial raspberry flavors. Sharpness on my teeth--that could just be my sensitivity. Dry mouthfeel. Tastes almost like raspberry seltzer.
D: Drinkable, but I think I'll stick to others from Harpoon. Good one to try, especially for desert. One and done for me. (557 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

9/7/2005 $4.00 22 oz. 5.30% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours an opaque pink/purple with about an inch of frothy pink foam that has a decent retention, aided by an effervescent carbonation.

Aroma:

Fresh raspberry jam, supplemented by loads of sugar.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Extremely tart, lacking the sweetness that was apparent in the nose. Berry flavor dominates through midsip, but is then replaced by the alkaline taste of raspberry seeds. Completely lacking in complexity. This beer is all raspberry, with nothing else to balance it out. Palatable, but unexceptional. (588 characters)

Photo of ikats
3.66/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rasberry is, fittingly, all over this beer.

I want to say that this beer pours dark amber, but it looks more brown with some red highlights to me. Head builds up as you pour, but then disappears fast and without a trace. I must say that appearance of this beer is not very inviting.

Aroma is full of raspberry. Reminds me of raspberry jam. Suddenly, I am in the mood for raspberry jelly donut. Now, is this good when you are tasting a beer? I find it enjoyable.

Sweet raspberry is complimented by some sourness in the taste. Nothing like it would be in a lambic. Sour candy comes to mind.

After tasting this beer, I have skimmed through some reviews and found that a lot of BAs seem to be disappointed with this offer from Harpoon's 100 bbl series. I can understand why, but since I had very few expectations from this beer, I found it to be quite drinkable and enjoyable. Light, dessert drink. Good for people who do not like that "beer" taste (my dad noted that he likes it, but does not consider it beer).

I just noticed that today my bottle celebrated its 1st birthday. The beer was bottled on July 28, 2005. Since Framboise is quite light at 5.3%, I understand that after one year, it is probably somewhat old in human years. Take this into account if you want. (1,284 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a cloudy reddish color with brown tints. There was a fairly good sized pink head on it when it was poured, but it was gone very quickly. The nose is definitely raspberry, but a little weaker than I would have expected or liked. The flavor is that of a tart raspberry lambic, but a little weak of flavor and body. A decent enough attempt, but I don’t think that I’ll be buying any more. (416 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
2.64/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured ruby red with head comprised of tiny tiny bubbles that went away quick and left no lacing...pretty average
Aroma was actually good. REAL earthy raspberry smell.
Taste was very tart...no sweetness or balance. Just pure tart strawberry.
Mouthfeel was expected. Some carbonation but it wasnt too much.
Drinkability was not so much. It took me a while for the one bottle. If the taste wasnt so puckering and bland, it would be a good beer. But due to the taste, I would not drink this ever again. (503 characters)

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pink grapefruit colored with an inch high pink frothy head. Aroma of raspberries and yeast and the slightest hint of hops. Flavor is initially tart, followed by crisp sweetness. Not overly sweet and the yeast aroma has not emerged in the flavor. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, a bit puckering with moderate carbonation. Refreshing and enjoyable and a great way to get my daily allowance of vitamin C. (404 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented in a 22oz bottle I liberated a few weeks ago in CT. Poured into a couple small flute glasses as I shared this with my wife. Has a rusty coloration and a fizzy pink-tinged head that settled quickly into a thin skim and left no lace.
Nose had a raspberry sorbet aroma with an earthy, slightly funky nose-tweak. Very light hint of butter, too. Tart but not reaching a puckering crescendo like a true lambic. Not syrupy-cloying either but trying to balance on the fence between the two. Earthy malt flavor mid-palate. Sour finish but not something that'll make your eyes water. Feel was light and a bit listless.
Often when you try to straddle a fence, you slip and bust your sack on the slats. Pretty much describes what's happened here. Trying to compromise between a face-scrunching frambozenbier and a sickly sweet version only made this brew miss on both counts. An okay brew but nothing to get all worked up over. (927 characters)

Photo of scooter231
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A grapefruit/strawberry juice color with good head. Smells fruity- mostly peaches and raspberries, sugary. Taste reminds me of a girly drink- almost a smirnoffy type thing, or an arbor mist type thing. Tangy and girly. Mouthfeel is juicy with a dry finish. Drinkability is okay for the style- it's just not my favorite type of beer. (332 characters)

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