Frambozscella | Birrificio Del Ducato

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Birrificio Del Ducato

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by zac16125 on 05-07-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StormAles
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver Square. Missed having this one a few times in the past - must be my lucky day.

This beer appears a hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with zero head, which obviously leaves absolutely nothing in the way of lace near the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of tart raspberries, a musty funkiness, gritty and grainy pale malt, white zinfandel vinous notes, and some tame peppery yeastiness. The taste is rather sour raspberries, cherries, and underripe strawberries, some farmyard funk, white Italian cheese, grainy wheat and pale malt, estery yeast, and a muddled earthy spiciness.

The carbonation is adequate in its merely supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more smooth than I might have been anticipating. It finishes off-dry, somewhat surprisingly, as the fruity character of the, um, fruit keeps things in a mildly balanced state.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough fruity sour brew, with rounded flavours that won't rend your palate asunder. Easy to drink, as the only thing difficult to swallow about this one is the elevated import price around here.

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of n2185
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale neon pink with no head.

Red wine, raspberry, and cherries are the primary attributes. Frambozschella is only lightly sour.

This is tart and sweet, but also flat and thin.

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Photo of Boozecamel
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleJ
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

How about a raspberry ale? Frambozscella is a dark purple colored liquid with an aroma that smells like it spent some time at the Goodyear factory. I smell raspberries indeed, but there is also a strong rubber ointment which leaves me disappointed. I feel that this could be much better, or maybe spotting an expensive Italian beer on the draft board took my expectation too high. Raspberries and rubber again, but the rubber is less extreme in the taste than in the aroma. Sure, I tried it, but probably not again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy red/amber with a small head.
Nose shows raspberry, soft funk and strawberry notes. Awesome.
Flavours are light but include raspberry, funk and a light astringency. Some elderflower too.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never simply settling for syrupy, overly fruity or sweeter ale, Del Ducato's framboise attains complete fermentation, fully fermented flavor development and a dry, crisp and shockingly refreshing finish. Raspberries rarely see this stage in brewing.

Hazy mauve upon its pour, the beer's short-lived rosy head folds back into the beer as flocculating yeast rise and fall through the glass like a lava lamp. Fruity and acute, the nose is awash with generous tart raspberries with a zinfindale backdrop and a moderate pepper spice to its funk and fauna. To taste, the thinly sweet flavors are of fructose tang and dry wafter-thin malt until the sour middle palate charges in quickly.

Upon the middle, the sweetness lifts and the sourness rapidly builds into something akin to dry merlot, champagne and white cider vinegar. Its sharp acetic taste garners the proportions of dried lime, crabapple and lemon peels. Its more leathery, woodsy and wild gamey flavors come in as the ale finishes, bringing with it the briny taste of sea water taffy.

Medium-bodied for sour ale, the beer's sharp acidity and gentle tannic spice make little work of the lingering sweetness or malt body and crispens the finish with ease. Tangy raspberry and funky wafts of horse hair return in aftertaste and aroma.

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Photo of lateralundertow
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a deep purple-brown. The head is a wispy but strong off-white one that holds up pretty well and drops some lace.
This beer has a funky undertone, good for the style but suppressed compared to the true greats. Raspberry makes a nice appearance, certainly not sweet sweet but at a good level, not overpowering or understated. It's quite dry, some tart and dusty notes underlying. It has more of the overall strength and character than many, but not quite enough to put it in the upper echelon.
The body is firm, a medium body with lots of crispness, some smoothness, and a tight dryness running through. It remains consistent from beginning to end.

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Photo of JohnnieNepal
1.75/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

not my thing compared to the plethora of wine aged beers that were opened at this tasting

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Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goatdavemac
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the driest beers that I've ever tasted.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, brownish-cranberry hue with a murky clarity. Head disperses quickly revealing chunks of what I assume is yeast floating on the surface. Nose is subdued and expresses dull raspberries and medicinal notes. Nice flavors - tart raspberries and acetic acid. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a tart, pleasant astringency. Overall, a solid framboise - not overly fruity but a decent sour. Not a beer that I would anticipate having aging potential.

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Photo of blameo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of random846
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kniles38
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KathyG
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured a dark red, almost purple body with minimal pink head and a mostly raspberry aroma with minor sweet and sour notes.
The taste isn't all raspberries but close as other fruit flavors are minimal at best.
Smooth, slightly woody, a sweet edge but mostly a sour, slightly acidic feel but beer is balanced so you'll get both aspects.
Dry, sharp finish and not a complex lambic/fruit beer but worth trying.

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Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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Frambozscella from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 59 ratings