Framboozled (Sour Series) | Arbor Brewing Company

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Framboozled (Sour Series)Framboozled (Sour Series)

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by decadance on 06-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 65
Photo of buschbeer
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It is a rosy orange color. It is crystal clear and topped with less than an inch of tan head.

S - The smell is tart, ripe strawberries. I can pick out the raspberries as well.

T - My first taste was tart with the strawberries and raspberries coming though. It had a soapy finish. After about a third of a glass I find the sourness coating my palate. The flavor is more like sour cherries at this point. It is puckeringly sour.

M - Moderate and slick. It is wine-like.

O - I have never been overly impressed with Arbor Brewing. I had heard that the sours were good. That is why I purchased this beer a couple years ago. I am very happy with my investment. The price was around $16. It is worth it every once in a while. There are not too many sours to choose from in my area, so it is nice to have a good option within a couple hours.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brownish orange color. murky and completely opaque. small off white head that fades quickly and leaves nothing behind.

Smell: fruit. berries, green apple. wooden character. vinegar. just a little bit of sourness. comes off too vinegary for me

Taste: opens up with a slightly sour mix of raspberries and green apple skins. very slight barrel character and earthy character. lots of acid vinegar at the end. Not as nearly as sour as other beers i have had but a nice mellow sour.

Mouthfeel: fairly light. light puckering tartness. pretty sticky

Overall: this is one of the better super fruity beers i have had. but as far as a sour wild ale goes its falls a bit short. could use more funk to it or mouthpuckering sour. falls on the lower end of the arbor brewing sours but is still a good beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart raspberry, raspberry skin, strawberry, oak, clove, pepper, hay, grass, straw, funk, red wine, vinegar, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruit, yeast, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry, strawberry, oak, clove, hay, grass, straw, pepper, red wine, vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Large amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart raspberry, strawberry, oak, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, red wine, vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of tart fruit, oak, and yeast flavors; with a good balance of malt/acidity and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, moderately syrupy, and very acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited sour ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruit, yeast ester, and oak barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on despite sizable acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml split and poured into a snifter. Vintage 2012.

A: Pours an opaque bright orangish ruby with minimal white head. Some small chunks of dark fruit floating around. A spot or two of lacing.

S: Load of fruit upfront, raspberry and strawberry dominate. Very much like a raspberry puree. A touch of tart funkiness in the background as well as oak.

T: As anticipated this is one tart brew. Like the aroma, raspberry and strawberry are the focus of this beer. Reminiscent of a gueze. Oak does make it through but is fairly faint in the background.

M: Puckering tartness, medium carbonation and body. A bit of stickiness after swallowing but still feels fairly clean.

Overall one of the fruiter wild ales I have tried. It has some great tartness that will really pucker you up. A must try for any fan of raspberries or strawberries.

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Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to alelover for this beaut - 2012 vintage:

Nice pulpy dark orange body with a minimal amount of head retention... fizzing away within a minute. Sorta looks like a glass of apple cider.

Fresh acidity - pear and apple skins. Some lemonade type aromas. Not nearly as sweet as I'd expected.

Nice and tart - dry and citric. The sour aspect of this beer is about as focused as a gueuze... super funky, super refreshing.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dull maroon with a small white head that recedes by the time I sit down.

Funky aroma with fresh fruit jam smells.

Lots of fruity jam in the flavor too. I get more of the strawberry than raspberry, but both are present. More funky than sour, although there is a bit of tartness. Brett melds well with the berries and a little oak is present too.

Light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Solid beer and pretty good sour. Nothing earth shattering, but a nice blend of fruit and brett.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sending me this one, Jay! Split with friends.

A: Pours a hazy dark iced-tea color with a thin light red head.
S: Strawberries and raspberries all the way. I get notes of straw and earth as well. Sweet smelling.
T: Clean fruity taste. Raspberries and strawberries follow the nose. This beer isn't especially sour but there is a touch of refreshing tartness.
M: Medium-full body, drying, but not a desert. Carbonation is low.
O: Very flavorful and easy to drink. A moderate sour but I would definitely drink this again. Thanks, jbck109.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

extra from andrew, thanks. raspberry is substantial in the aroma. Slightly red body, with an average head. Raspberry is the dominant taste, somewhat sour like vinegar, but brett smoothes it out. Very Decent drinkability. I wonder how this one would age.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Derek for the bottle and Richard for sharing.

Pours a bright reddish-pink with a short lived white head. Smells of the raspberries that were added to it. Definitely a bit of vinegar and maybe some other light fruit notes. A touch sweet, too. The flavor is sort of a mix between soda and sour beer. Highly carbonated with good raspberries and a sharp acetic sourness. A little bit of strawberry in there too, maybe some grass.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

106th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Thanks to Mark, Garry, and Steve for the hospitality while visiting HopCat in October 2011!

A: Roasted dull red. Half (soft white) fingernail head on gentle pour that disappears in the blink-of-an-eye...POOF - gone!

S: Loads of funk with sweet fruit purée (mostly strawberry and raspberry). Hint of oak and maybe even toasted nuts.

T: Crisp and tart. Loads of raspberry with a wonderful 1-2 punch of sweet and sour. The oak balances the beer very well and it is quite enjoyable, but definitely different.

M: Light body and soft, soft carbonation.

O: This beer is hugely different than anything I have experienced before, but definitely in a good way! The complexity is fierce and it develops quite a bit as it warms. Great job for a brewery that doesn't focus on this style of beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

727th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750ML C/C


Thanks to Kzoobrew for this one

App- In the middle of some darker tones mixed with the color of the berries. Had a quick to form maybe 1/2 in to 1 in head and went away as quick. A small bit of cling and lace.

Smell- Had a lot of pop but when put up against some things at CF7 was just a bit short. A nice blend of oak and ripe fruits and just a touch of some funk and yeast. A really nice smelling beer.

Taste- Well this is where this beer shined. The balance struck from the base strawberry beer and the oak and the addition of the tart raspberries made this a really nice beer.

Mouth- Right on the cusp for me, but I'm going with a medium body and a medium carbonation.

Drink- Kevin, this beer was awesome. I am grading it kinda hard but it had some stiff competition at CF7. I do have to saw this was the hit of the party on a rarity level and was very well recieved. I would love another bottle of this to have every once and a while.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes dictated into voice notes on my iphone.
This was shared at a recent tasting... by oreo? funkyaudio? Can't remember.

this is a murky muddy rusty color with a wispy cloud of bubbles and some small hanging lace chunks remain after a swirl, but almost immediately disappear back into the body. The legs are practically non-existent. I'll be honest-- this beer isn't really a looker. Doesn't look terrible-- but this is the definition of average.

The nose holds cherries and raspberries. Some light sweetness from an underlying base beer.

The beer is very thin and undercarbonated. The thin feel and mild aroma really translates to a taste experience that is really pretty bland. The little bit of sourness is not enough to save this one from being not very complex or interesting.

Is this terrible? No. Would I want to get myself a bottle? No.

The biggest fault is a little acetone bite on the finish. Overall, not one I'd seek out, but it's nice to see more smaller breweries getting into sours. It gives me hope that a couple years from now will give us many delicious options.

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Photo of 7ways
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an extra from the ever generous Romulux. Thanks for introducing me to another great brewery I've never heard of.

Darkish rusty brown, and hazy. The head disappears as fast as Cantillon, but it leaves more lace.

Musty, funky nose, smells like vinegar and fruity hard candy. Very dank, kind of like Avery Brabant, but much less bold. So yeah, pretty nice.

Very rich, complex, and tongue twisting. The strawberry and raspberry tastes still remind me of candy from a gumball machine. Could use a little more sweetness for balance. Well integrated flavors, but too much acetic acid character for me. Slightest hint of adhesive. Finishes long, dry, and rather clean considering the initial impression.

A little more carbonation and they would have nailed it.

Despite flaws that are easy to point at, I really enjoyed drinking and trying to figure out this beer. The vinegar aspect doesn't ruin it like some Flemish reds I've had lately, and I bet a lot of people will love this. Also, very impressed that this is the first sour beer they have ever done.

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Photo of decadance
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Per the press release: Strawberry Blonde aged for 9 months in oak barrels, re-fermented with raspberries and strawberries, the newest addition in our sour series.

A - An cloudy amber hue. Minimal head. Looks like their Strawberry Blonde - big shock there, it is the same base beer, but this has undergone a transformation...

S - Tart Raspberries dominate the nose, which some other subtle sweet fruits. The tartness is evident in the nose, but it does not seem like peel the paint off the walls sour.

T - This beer bares little resemblance in taste to the strawberry blonde, which I think is good. The tartness is complex; not entirely one note. The fruit comes through, reminiscent of Consecration honestly. The raspberry flavor is initial, balance both the sweet and tart nature of the fruit. The strawberry flavor is more subtle, as the nose led me to believe, but it is there, pushing through the background. This is a complex beer, the yeast is even evident, providing a definite different note of tartness. Develops even more when warming. An excellent taste.

M - There must be brett involved. It finishes dry, though not so dry as to make your mouth smack. It does feel a little thin however, my main, and perhaps only, complaint.

O - Honestly, this is the best beer I have had from Arbor. I know their sour series is just getting started, and with that will come a learning process, but this beer is complex and enjoyable. I think any sour fan would do wise to search this brew out.

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Framboozled (Sour Series) from Arbor Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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