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Framboise | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This Belgian-style amber ale under went two weeks of fermentation before being transferred into wooden barrels. We added Oregon raspberries and then two years of waiting began."

First Release in December 2010 - 20 cases of 750ml bottles produced

Second Release in December 2011

Added by msubulldog25 on 11-22-2010

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by djbreezy:
Photo of djbreezy
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 750mL poured into a tulip.

appearance - pink hue, champagne like carbonation, good lacing

smell - fruity notes of raspberry

taste - raspberry dominant with a touch of oak here and there, some tart/sour features as well

mouthfeel - high carbonation, medium body, dry finish

overall - a bit light on flavor but good, has a champagne type vibe going on, wouldn't really classify it as a wild ale since it's not a blast of sour but good overall

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a hazy golden-amber color with pink highlights and a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of slightly tart raspberries and milder amounts of funk. Also present are small amounts of oak and lighter amounts of floral hops.

Tastes better balanced than it smells. Mildly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by bright and moderately tart raspberry flavors. Midway through the flavor profile dries up further with the addition of soft funk. Very light oak comes in near the end, carrying through to a mildly tart finish. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, a nice AWA from a brewery I hadn’t heard of previously. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bazillion thanks to msubulldog25 for sending this rarity my way. Fresh outta the box and into the glass... I'm thinking "hazy pink grapefruit juice" with the pour, maybe a bit darker than that, a bit of blood orange in there. Head isn't much to speak of, but it's the deeply cloudy color that impresses most.

Nose is a boisterous thing full of freshly cut wood, grapefruit, raspberry, dirt/grass. Tart, funky, fruity, yeasty.

Taste brings in everything the nose says it will, with wood, raspberry and yeast all balanced perfectly against and with one another. There's definitely a tartness that reminds me of sucking on grapefruit rind, and it's a pretty dry experience, lightly puckering. I find beers of this kind to have an especially important bond between taste and mouthfeel, and the pucker/dryness of this one goes well with the tart, woody, fruity and, indeed wild flavors. Yeast, fruit, wood, yeast, fruit, wood, tart, sweet, earth, tart, sweet, earth, ad infinitum. Long and lingering in all senses.

Who wouldn't love to savor and/or share a big bottle like this on a hot summer's day? I'm loving it right here on March 1st, and with that friendly ABV, the drinkability here is just about through the roof.

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Photo of nickd717
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to Arbitrator. At a tasting where we had Dave...no wait a minute, that was f-ing REDBRIDGE (!!!)...it only makes sense to also have Framboos...no wait, it's just Laurelwood Framboise. Whale fail.

Clear watery red pour with a minimal head. Doesn't look great. Some floaties in the beer.

Aroma is very nice though, with big sharp raspberry and funk.

The flavor is very good if a little weak. Big raspberry juice with medium tartness and a little funk. Better as it warms, and slightly bacterial.

Rather light on the palate with carbonation a little low for the style.

Pretty tasty stuff, if a little weak in some ways.

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Photo of Docer
4.54/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just snagged a bottle from the Bridgetown Beer house in NE Portland... 750ml, poured into a cheater pint.

- Light copper, slightly cloudy... glows of raspberry hues.. light fizzy bubbly white foam down to a small ring of lace.... small spotting.

- Wonderful sour and tart smells with a blanket of sweet and light raspberry and currants which can be smelled far from the glass... light grains, alcohols... smell is awesome.

- Lovely funky tart and sour hit. Bed of light sweet golden grains, funky hay, bready and biscuity yeasts... sour tart raspberry... not too overly sweet nor overly sour. A very well balanced and blended brew. Liking this one a lot.

- Light bodied, only slightly drying.. but yet tart. Touch chewy..

- Huge hit. Laurelwood has always brewed up stellar beers since its inception. This is a huge and rare hit. Nice to see it out at about the same time as Deschutes Dissident... because this I think is far superior.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear orange/pink... off white head... good retention and lacing.

Nose is big lactic sour with raspberry and some sorta tannic notes.

Flavor ... puckery tannic but the berries are present but seem to be dying off...

light body... very drinkable... not overly acidic and not acetic at all.

This one should be enjoyed sooner than later.


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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to starrdogg for sharing this bottle at last night's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice reddish-pink color with an average-sized light pink head. Sparse and spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries heavy raspberry with a bit of earth and funk, plus a touch of oak.

The flavor has a bit too much raspberry. It's really heavy there, which seems to be a common theme among raspberry wilds. There's simply too much acidity coming from the berries themselves, and the flavor overmatches almost everything else in the beer. With that said, there was a bit of funky earth in the background, though I'd say this would be much better with only half or two-thirds the amount of raspberries.

Light body with acidity and crisp carbonation. A bit too much fruit and acidity. Good beer; I especially enjoyed the nose.

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Photo of vkv822
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into large snifter.

Pours a clear grapefruit hued orange color with a thin bubbly white head and small particles floating throughout, I'm assuming from the raspberries. Not too impressive

The nose is of lactic, tart raspberries, with a light oak backing.

The taste is again of more tart raspberries. I really enjoy the flavor, but it just leaves me hoping for more.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation at first, but both fall off fairly quickly, leaving a pretty clean, almost watery finish.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer, but a bit lacking in the flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jason for yet another bottle!

(A)- Pours a cloudy ruby red color. Some white froth and lacing.

(S)- Fruity, but massively floral/raspberry-like. A dry oaky part at the finish.

(T)- Again, fruity, but a heavy dry oak and vanilla profile. Like the smell was; rather floral, almost earth in the raspberry fruit.

(M)- A higher carbonation level. A nice balance of berry fruit, dry oak, and very subtle Brett funk.

(D)- Not as sour as expected, but it sure portrays the dry oak of the barrel effectively. Again, not as sour, but all the other elements of the beer combined together are quite nice.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much for sending this one down, Paul. Finally got around to opening this one.

A: The pour is a hazed pinkish-orange color with a thin layer of white head.

S: A raspberry overload on the nose. Unlike a lot of framboise-type beers, minimal to no acetic acid/vinegar. A mild funkiness to it, but mostly the fruit and oak. There's a slight mineral quality to the beer that I seem to get a lot with raspberries.

T: Some grassy and earthy funk, but it's short lived and we're right back at the raspberries. Plenty of fruit flavor and a pleasant tartness. Some wet oak notes with a nice drying finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Just a great beer. One of the best raspberry sours I've had.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a light pinkish-orange with a tan-pink head. Fizzy, but it fades quickly.

S - Acidic mostly, some raspberry does come through at the end.

T - A soft wheat raspberry mixture.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body. Fairly mild and not overly sweet.

O - Overall nice tasting.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of MADhombrewer
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle. No bottle date but I bought it when it was released back in early/mid December 2011. This was the hardest cork and caged bottle I have every tried to open. Ended up having to use a corkscrew.

A- Grapefruit color. Small white head goes to ring around the edge of the glass. 3/5

S- Lemon and tart berries. 3/5

T- Lots of lemon flavors backed up by a small amount of berry and apple. Very tart. 2.5/5

M- Thin and very carbonated 2.5/5

O- Just ok. A little too sour for me at this point. Kinda one dimensional.
I would have liked the berries to have more of a presence. After about 10oz I wanted to be done with it and grab something else. Good thing I shared this with witchesbrew. She liked it a lot more than me. 2.5/5

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle purchased at Bridgetown Beerhouse. Poured into a snifter.

A: Perfectly transparent dark reddish orange with a frothy pinkish head.

S: Killer nose. The raspberry presence is huge. It mingles with oak and vanilla. Raspberry character is amazing. Lightly lactic and tannic and not really funky, just pure fruit.

T: Lightly tart up front with a subtle lactic sourness. Big raspberry flavor with a little oak and vanilla. Finish is dry with fruit and oak. Not super complex, but the fruit is vibrant.

M: Lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and tannic.

Overall: Good framboise with an outstanding aroma. Recommended.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sideshowe for busting this out at a recent tasting.

Into the glass, Laurelwood Framboise pours a light amberish pink color with some skimpy thin bubbles up top, leading to nothing, no stick. Very still afterwards.

Smell is quite laden with raspberry scent, hay, oak, some underlining socks, and wet dog. A small mild sweetness from the malt or the wood(vanilla?)

Taste is slightly puckering with tart raspberry flavor and some defining oak. In the middle a bit of the malt from the base amber comes out giving off a sweetness. The funk comes afterwards leaning to an earthy fruity finish. A strange yet satisfying taste.

Feel is pretty light and tame and there is not much bubbles. Glides down smooth like kinda like juice after 20 minutes out of the bottle.

All in all a intereswting take on the style. A lot of raspberry flavor yet refined and not super sweet nor tart. A in between within the two.

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Photo of portlandjeff
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


I didn't know what to expect with this one. I heard there were only 20 cases of bottles made, and that it was a 2 year oak aged beer with oregon raspberries, so I decided to buy a couple bottles before there were any reviews, just in case I couldn't get them later. I also figured that whether these were great or just "meh", i should support any local brewery in their attempts to produce styles like these, so I felt comfortable shelling out a couple bucks for them.

Appearance is really nice. Light amber yellow with a rose pink hue. Big beautiful pillowy head with great retention. Creamy looking.

Smell is sweet and tart. Berry presence is strong, but not overwhelming, allowing the yeast character to shine though. No detectable hop presence in the nose. Smells like a fresh berry tart dessert..

Taste is great. There's just the right amount of sweetness. This has a very traditional profile for the style. The aging and the wild yeast subdued the sugars perfectly, leaving just enough to counter the berry and beasty tartness. There's definitely lambic-like tartness, and this isn't just another fruit beer masquerading as a framboise. Lightly sweet, tart, a little funky, fresh and crisp berry flavor, no oxidized or metallic off-flavors - really enjoyable. No detectable heat. Really smooth. Flavors show nice complexity and are well integrated.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Light and crisp, decent carbonation, makes you pucker up a little although it's not too sour.

Drinkability is very high. The only thing that stops me from drinking more and more is availability and price.

I'm always skeptical about a brewery's first attempt at any sort of barrel aged sour style. Doing it right takes a lot of skill, and it seems it generally requires a lot of experience to attain good results. I don't know what happened before this beer, or behind the scenes to develop this one before it was released, but laurelwood did a great job on this framboise. I'll buy more bottles if I can find them, and I eagerly anticipate future sour beer releases from them in the future.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a clear grapefruit pink body with golden tones against the light. The head in three separate glasses varies a bit, but on the whole it's lackluster, rising only to a quarter-inch in height and receding rather quickly. No lace. Looks kind of like juice, actually. There are some floating strands of protein or fruit pith that are a little off-putting, actually.

S: The aroma is wonderful. A captivating aroma of raspberries that reminded a couple of us of the vibrant, funky character of true framboise. Oak, lactic sourness, raspberry-skin tannins. Unanimously impressive to those at the table.

T: This is where the beer begins to disappoint a bit. The raspberry character is still somewhat reminiscent of true Belgian lambic; the pith is well-captured, with a mild tannic presence that is accentuated by soft oak. The beer is more tart than sour, though; it straddles the line between fruit beer and wild ale. It's lightly funky in the finish, but again, it never expresses true bacterial character. It's kind of doughy.

M: Light-medium bodied. It's actually watery on the back-end, and falls off fast. The raspberry skins never build to an off-putting level, instead scrubbing off the tongue relatively quickly. It has a clean finish.

D: I thought it was decent, but it needs some work to run with the best of the style.

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Photo of vissai
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good lord, that was a *horrible* 'Blazers game tonight ~ a home blowout loss to the Knicks? FAIL. Time to break out the Framboise to ameliorate ill feelings. This is a gold foil-wrapped 750ml green bottle from a limited December '10 release; poured to a teardrop 'La Rulles' glass.

A: A sultry auburn pour with a fizzy, fast-dying head of whiteness. Remarkably devoid of character after some early sizzle; the result (after a few seconds) is utterly devoid of carbonation and lace, a mildly murky dullness that won't impress even the most forgiving 'beer geek'. A few floating bits, suspended like 'sea monkeys', but no lace or head at all.

S: MMM. HMMM. Forget the look, we're talking deep, rich and nasty funkiness here. Loads of tartness (raspberries) in every sniff. Not much else. if I could smell color, this smells of 'pinkish-red'.

T: Tart and doughy, there's unadulterated fruitiness in every sip. Lots of murky/musty raspberry and a vague woodiness (thank you, oak barrels). The warmer it gets, the more green barrel-ness shows, oak and raspberry. rolls around across the tongue, perfectly fiery and soft all at once.

M: Chew through this one and the reward is pure and fruity tartness. Medium mouthfeel at best, but smooth and creamy with each sip. Brash tartness is there, but seems like an afterthought.

D: Really likable, although not quite as complex as your best framboises. Sure as hell not too fruity, nor too sugary. Very likable ~ though a little too brash to be lovable. You like raspberries? and fruit beers? Not in the same league as New Glarus' masterpieces, nor a number of raspberry-based wilds, yet still very tasty and super drinkable (says the guy who finished a bottle in under an hour).

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Poured into snifter. Pours a light layer of head. Color is a grapefruit pink.

Aroma: Sour and tart. A nice amount of raspberries. Jolly ranchers, sour patch kids, and warheads. A bit acidic. Nice aroma.

Taste: Not as sour and tart as I was expecing from the nose. There is more funk here than sour. It starts out sour then goes to funk. Lemon acidic flavors. Sharp raspberries. Sour patch kids. A bit weak compared to the nose.

Mouthfeel: A bit sour and funky. Lower carbonation with a lighter bodied. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, I was pleased with the nose, but the taste was a bit muted. It was pretty drinkable but I think time will help sour this up.

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