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

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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #11 - FramboiseHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #11 - Framboise

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BA SCORE
74
okay

72 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 20.25%
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:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-07-2005)
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Reviews by necoadam:
Photo of necoadam
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a pinkish/amber color with a huge head. Nose was strong raspberries with a hint of wheat. Taste was pretty much the same. Strong raspberries which doesn't want to show off any other flavors in this beer. There might be a touch of earth tones and/or wheat, but you'll have to dig deep to find them. Mouthfeel was decent with lively carbonation. If you like raspberries, go foro it. But I couldn't take more than 12oz of this stuff.

necoadam, Jan 13, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a beautiful dark red, slightly cloudy, with a small head. A big raspberry odor, very sweet. First taste, very fruity. Further sips let in some not too pleasant tartness. Rather bland. Mouthfeel was good. Drinkable, just not very exciting. Some work left to be done.

lordofthewiens, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber, a bottled on date on the side of the label.

A- Pale reddish amber with a thick haze, pink lace sticks a bit.

S- The aroma sits somewhere between fresh raspberry puree and a pack of Jolly Ranchers. Very fruity and very sweet.

T- Tart raspberry upfront with more earthy raspberry flavor middle to end. Slight maltiness has a mono-tone character, hops are non-existent to my palate. Sweetness coats the mouth in the finish.

M- Ample crispness within the moderate body.

D- A small glass is all I could do, more of a desert or early brunch beer to kick things off.

Jason, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical Harpoon 100 B. bomber with the gold foil. Pours slightly cloudy and supports a large, yet thin, wispy, slightly pink head. Nose is serious and fragrant fruit. If youre not familiar with/into lambics, this is unlikely to give you much enjoyment. Its quite sweet and then turns over to the expected, and actually hopped for, sour in the finish. Respectable stab at the style, gotta give any American brewery props for having the stones to try. Allways nice to try a limited edition brew from a worther suds creator like Harpoon

Billolick, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gave this brew a try at the Harpoon Brewery during a BA staff meeting.

Color was an electric red, with pinkish head. Fruity, yeasty aroma. Taste is tart and bready. Went down easily, but one was all I needed of this brew.

Harpoon has had better 100 Barrel Series offerings, but I give them kudos for taking on the Framboise.

fdrich29, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

far333, May 26, 2006
Photo of BadBadger
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours, suprise, a rasberry color. A descent head is present. The smell is slightly fruity. The taste was at best average, very little flavor of any note, including the added rasberrys. The mouthfeel is best discribed as watery. While not a total dissapointment, this is not a beer I would recommend searching out.

BadBadger, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured cherry/raspberry red, with a fluffy cloud like pink head. This beer looks like candy with a semi sticky head that has ok retention. The head is reminiscent of pink cotton candy. The beer smells like a crisp raspberry patch with a subdued sense of spice and malt. When you drink the first thing that hits your palate is intense fruit. Raspberries everywhere. There is a malty base that balances out the fruit a little. The beer finishes bitterly and then continues to smooth out. The beer could have a better body and though its good, the series of flavors come and go too quickly. The beer is smooth and easy to drink, but the raspberry explosion may be too intense to drink this beer all night. The intensity of fruit flavor in much stronger than the beer is thick.

Still a decent summer beer nonetheless, and I would have another.

tastybeer, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of Imbiber
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy red with a pinkish head. Raspberries dominate the aroma. Taste is of mild fruit, nothing much else; a bit cloying on the palate. The tame finish is a bit disapponting, but maybe I shouldn't expect it to be as great as some of the Belgian examples out there.

Pleasant enough but not a masterpiece of brewing.

Imbiber, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of jamesclark
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler purchased from the brewery in Boston.

The beer is mildly murky, rich red (cranberry) in color. The head is strong and extremely pink.

It has a sour raspberry aroma, mouth-wateringly tart. Perhaps there is a wheat smell underneath.

The taste is moderately sour and crisp, with lots of raspberry but also some lemony flavor. A little sweetness is there as well. Though it is sour and intensely fruity, it doesn't taste like a lambic - the sourness is weaker and not as complex.

Carbonation is moderate, and the mouthfeel is half puckery-sour and half creamy-smooth.

This is a reasonable fruit beer, it plays with the taste buds. This might be nice with dessert. I would prefer some additional flavor to balance out the raspberry - maybe malt or wheat for some body.

jamesclark, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad for the style. Fruit beer is a different animal from most brews, kind of a cross between a sprtizer and a beer IMHO. Pours a coopery pink/red with a decent initial head and slight lacing. Smell is mainly raspberries, but with a hint of malt undertone. Flavor has an astringent, fruity quality..a tad sour...not bad for a summer brew. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice dry quality. Easy on the drinkability scale...not a guzzler, but a a nice summer brew.

edchicma, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Boilermaker88, May 07, 2006
Photo of wedge
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brownish red/deep violet depending on light. Pretty nice looking pink(?!) head that fades to virtually nothing. Smells sharply of tart raspberries, sweet fruity candy. Sour puckers the mouth and tongue on first sip...a bit too forward. Other flavors try to come through but the sourness dominates. Mouthfeel is tingly sour, syrupy feel, almost soda-like, lively carbonation, with an acidic finish.

Not bad tasting as far as things go, but this just isn't beer to me. Very one-dimensional. This seems just like eating raspberries or a drinking a heavy fruit juice near the end. Perhaps fruit beers just aren't my "thing"...too unbalanced. A curious choice for the 100 Barrel Series and a bit of a disappointment.

wedge, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one quite a bit more than anticipated.

It pours a reddish amber colour with a Strawberry Quik-eqsue pink foamy head. Residue on the glass is minimal, but it is there.

The smell is sweet and tart with raspberries obviously dominating the aroma. It borders on sweet candy but stays primarily in the fruit aroma camp.

The flavour is tart throughout. Sweetness tries to seep in in the middle and the finish, but tartness remains dominant. There is a subtle earth maltiness in the finish as well that helps to keep the balance a bit and saves the tartness from going a bit overboard. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, but there's a bit of chewiness here as well.

I enjoyed this one. It's one of the few fruit brews (in any style) that I could enjoy more than one of on a given evening. I'm very surprised to see this one rated so low. Give it a whirl.

SixpointJMH, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.73/5  rDev +18%
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.

scooter231, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of blackie
2.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: The pour creates a low, light pink head that quickly recedes to just a collar around the glass. The beer is a reddish, amber color.

smell: Big, tart raspberry aroma up front...seems pretty genuine. Some moderate malt sweetness in there, but most is covered by the raspberry. Not much else.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a light medium with a slickness left after the swallow. A strange, medicinal, astringent type mouthfeel is also left.

taste: A blend of tangy raspberry and a lighter caramel malt. Soon after the swallow, the rapberry and malt sweetness recede and the tartness becomes dominant...an lingers into the finish along with a vitamin C feeling.

drinkability: not that bad, but drinkability is limited by the tartness and lack of complexity/balance

Received this bottle from ppoitras as part of BIF 24. The number 72805 is printed on the front label.

blackie, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of tzieser
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

tzieser, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of auxiliary
4.5/5  rDev +42.4%
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.

auxiliary, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of TrickKnee
2.35/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have tries almost every 100 barrel series and I cant believe they made this one, let alone bringing it back, that is right, heard from the rep that they will making 6 packs of this for their return series with three others, one being the oatmeal stout. I felt like i was drinking rasberry puree. They did a much better job with the rasberry flavor in the new UFO.

TrickKnee, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 22 Oz bomber Via Newbie BIF.

Pours a hazy burgundy colored beer with a light pink head.

Smell is strongly of raspberries and wheat malt with a little bit of an acid edge.

Taste is sharply sour at the beginning like a Berliner Weiss. Not that much fruit flavor mostly apple and pear flavors. After a while a bit of raspberry flavor appears.

Mouthfeel is light.

Drinkability is just OK. Sort of a pseudo lambic here not complex like a real lambic it is more like a raspberry Berliner Weisse.

Zorro, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pinkish red body with a light pink foamy head. Decent lace and retention. Light tart raspberries with some malt sweetness backing it up. Flavor starts off with a very light tartness and some fruit sweetness. Raspberries are noticeable. Strange earthy flavors were present that seemed out of place. Finishes slightly sweet and fruity. Decent body with plenty of carbonation. OK Drinkability. Decent attempt at a fruit beer but nothing I would try again.

meathookjones, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.13/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light pink head over the slightly cloudy raspberry-hued brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, with slow-falling foamy lacing. Aroma is raspberries, but with some malt backbone it, smells like a raspberry soda. Taste is softened raspberry, with a bland maltiness and a touch of tart. Leaves me wanting something more. Mouthfeel is smooth, yet leaves a void waiting to filled, and drinkability is okay as well, although the aftertaste is bitter rather than fruity. Not one of my favorites in the series, but what can you do?

ppoitras, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of kmo1030
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

brown tinged pinkish red with a pink head. fruity slightly citric nose with slight yeastiness, maybe a hint of wheat. taste is like raspberry juice, sweet and tart. slight lemony citrus flavors as well. i get a little bit of wheat here too. fruity and sour, but not really framboise like. carbonated juice mouthfeel. decent drinkability because it's certainly not bad, and if your not expecting beer or framboise form the taste it's actually fairly good. overall nice to see an attempt at the style even if it falls short.

kmo1030, Nov 11, 2005
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #11 - Framboise from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
74 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.