Framboise | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
selinsgrovebrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ffejherb on 01-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
44
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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83
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A growler filled earlier this afternoon. Spare no price when it comes to SGBC fruit beers.

A: The raspberry ale is is a maroon color, straddling the line between Belgian brown and raspberry red. A small head, off-white, accompanies the first pour.

S: The nose is sweet raspberries, no hint of sourness, paired with a bready, spicy brown beer base. The fruit is the star but the underlying aromas as a strong support.

T: When it comes to fruit and beer, SGBC can do no wrong. Framboise, Kriek, Saison de Peche, each is world class in its own right. Framboise combines the sweet juiciness of raspberries with a Belgian base. The underlying body is chewy, an unobtrusive base for the sweetness of the fruit. And the fruit, how it lingers on the palate, sweet but not in your face. The yeast strain leaves a residual spice that reminds me of Saison de Peche. The raspberry lingers, a lasting impression from a world-class ale.

M: The mouthfeel is fruit-dominated, a sweet landscape of lush raspberries. It's hard to think of a negative comment for this ale.

D: I don't know the abv but it doesn't feel very high. I regret that I have a wife that I need to share this growler with. A top-notch ale.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is between red and purple, thin cap of purple tinted white froth. Scent is of pure, fresh raspberry puree, quite strong and tart, light sugary sweetness. Taste follows scent, raspberry puree, a notch lighter than nose dictated, lightly sweet notes linger, but not overly sweet like many other fruit beers. Medium to full bodied, smooth, light carbonation leads to light creaminess. Highly drinkable, one of the few in the style worthy of multiple glasses at a sitting.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Michael Thorpe coming through again, keeping me stocked up on the best of the Selin's Grove stable...Growler poured into a "perfect" pint glass...A dark blood red purple color, really beautiful. A light purple head, great retention and lacing, awesome...Great aroma os sweet raspberries(like you took some raspberries and squeezed them in your hand), sugar notes that are a touch candyish, with a tart finish. A little more tart then Raspberry tart, but still wish it was a stronger...The taste is a little of a letdown, the raspberries aren't as sweet and don't come off as "real" as the aroma, but its more tart so its meeting some of wants on the nose. The tart is a little take to me, slightly medicinal raspberry finish.

I'm being picky, but this is damn good, and really easy to drink. Try this.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Hobo Tasting #2 with mikesgroove. Big thanks to Mike for sharing this one with me! Served from growler into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a hazy deep dark red with a minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and raspberries. The flavor was of sweet malt and big raspberries. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew made me actually yell 'raspberries, raspberries, raspberries!' upon my first sip. It was a nice brew, but good lord raspberries... I would have loved to see some other flavors going on here for sure. Just too much missing in both the aroma and flavor to call this a good brew. It is worth trying if you like Krieks and raspberries, but that is about it.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by someone, I think Jason.

A - Very deep ruby color, little bit of purple on the edges. Great dark colored and purplish head on it that left some fantastic lace. Awesome looking beer.

S - Smells sweet, with a lot of rich raspberries and maybe a bit of sugar. Some slight earth tones.

T - A decent bit of tartness, with a lot of raspberries, although they are a bit sugary and like candy. That is not a bad taste, but seems to take it more from a great raspberry beer to something slightly artificial. Finish is a bit like chemicals.

M - Syrupy, lower carbonation, medium bodied but somehow feels heavier.

O - Some real positive things for this beer. It's good, great in some areas, but could still be improved upon.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-01-05 in Norristown, PA

A - Opaque purple with a 1/2-finger light purple/pinkish head a light lacing.

S - Tart, pungent, essence of raspberries. Not sweet swelling. Don't detect much else.

T - Tart raspberry wallops the tongue. There's just enough of a malt backbone to let you know you are drinking beer. They must have used a whole field of raspberries to make this beer. It's not sweet like a Lindemans. I'm at a loss for words to describe how good this is. I'd have it as an aperitif, with a meal and for desert.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Sticky, prickly and I think I got some raspberry seeds stuck in my teeth. Just right.

O - This is sublime. I hearby declare this the best fruit beer I have ever had. Tops their own Phoenix Kriek and I agree with the previous reviewer, it tops the New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Wow.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SGB. Served in a 14oz. goblet.

A - Poured a slightly hazy, deep garnet-colored body akin to a red table wine with modest amount of carbonation and about half a finger of pinkish head that diminished to a thin ring of retention and left very minimal lacing on the glass.

S - While the aroma is a bit more subdued than the Razzmerry (if memory serves me correctly), this ale still possesses a juicy raspberry scent with just enough tart sourness to contrast the berry sweetness. A touch of vanilla surfaces as it warmed up a bit.

T - Well, as if it wasn't obvious, this ale packs a serious fresh raspberry flavor with a luscious fruit quality and a pleasant tartness to balance out the berry sweetness. The tartness extends into the finish and is complemented by subtle woody notes as well as hints of vanilla and oak. Lush and inviting!

M - Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel and a bit of a syrupy texture. Carbonation is spot-on, providing just a bit of prickle on the tongue. A mild sour tartness envelopes the tongue and extends well into the finish, contributing a bit of pucker.

D - SGB does it again with a stellar fruit beer. I must admit I was quite upset when I heard that Razzmerry was not going to be brewed this year. However, this is certainly a more than worthy replacement. A growler would definitely be going home with us if not for the unfortunate problems with their brewing equipment this month!

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Photo of Deuane
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The replacement for RazzMerry this year...can it live up to the lofty expectations?

A-Deep, dark, scintillating, vibrant ruby red with a whimsical pinkish hued head. Dollop of creamy head holds on strong and leaves spotty lacing.

S-An impressive blast of fresh raspberries along with a pleasant sour tartness and a hint of dry oak.

T-Not much of a shocker here but...BIG, FAT, FRESH and TART raspberries!! This beer is all about the fruit and it is perfect in it's simplicity. Almost brings a tear to my eye with every luscious sip!

M-Medium-light bodied but with fairly broad shoulders for being a light beer. The feel is almost perfect and never gets a clingy, sticky syrupy feel. Carbonation is fairly high and makes it zippy, almost spritzer like.

D-$6.50 a goblet...who cares! Without question one of THE finest fruit beers I have had the pleasure of drinking. An absolute tribute to the sweet tart pleasure of raspberries! A magical brew that will make you come back over and over again for more!

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Photo of koopa
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Selinsgrove last week.

Appearance: Pours a typical framboise color with a 1 finger slightly raspberry tinged crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Straight up raspberry goodness over a bit of doughy biscuit malt.

Taste: Same as nose but as others have said perfectly juxtaposed btw sweet and tart. A great feat worth mentioning.

Mouthfeel: A touch soft and messy. Could use a bit more body in my opinion.

Drinkability: Quite sessionable but the mouthfeel holds it back from a 5.0 in this category for me.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been chasing this one ever since I had the Kriek and then heard about this. 64oz. growler into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a .5 finger purple pink head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a striking, clear, dark purple. Lacing is patchy and sparse with ok stick. Solid.

Nose is straight raspberry pulp and seed. Fruity and very robust. Exactly as it should be.

Opens sweet crushed raspberries. A slight booziness is detectable here and there but fruit is powerful and dominant. Not overly sweet though. Nice tartness blends in and finishes with a raspberry seed bitterness. Sweet and tart fruit finish. Perfect.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly, silky and sticky in the mouth and goes down slightly boozy and dry. Messy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Again, very, very good.

Probably the best fruit beer out there. And as a pair, Selin's Grove's Kriek and Framboise outperform Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red. Do yourself a favor and go get this. It's an experience.

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Photo of Lucular
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty similar to NG Raspberry Tart. Tons of raspberry aroma and flavor. The main differences I noted are that this beer is more tart, maltier, and has more bitterness (I'm guessing due to a higher hop content). My wife interpreted the bitterness as making the beer taste more artificial compared to NG. Somehow the beer also tasted more soda-like to me, which would seem to be at odds with my earlier observations. Bottom line: this is a delicious beer well worth seeking out. And at $6.50 for a 14-oz pour it's more than reasonable!

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Photo of philbe311
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white colored head... Decent retention... Ruby red in color with a faint glow and some aubergine highlights... A couple of stray carbonation bubbles...

S - Sweet sultry raspberries and a lot of them... Perhaps even some faint strawberry notes mixed in as well... A bit sugary, perhaps some faint brown sugar notes... A very slight tartness...

T - Sweet raspberry jam... A touch of candied sugars... Mostly sweet overall with just a slight bit of tartness on the palette...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... A bit dense... A bit sticky as well... Fills the mouth evenly...

D - Yet another outstanding offering from Selin's Grove... Perhaps just a slight bit cloying overall... Even and consistent sip after sip... I would drink this on any occasion and recommend fellow BAs do the same...

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Photo of DIM
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a deep dark cherry red. It was served to me with a cool looking pink head.

s: Fresh vibrant raspberries with nice sharp tart bit to them.

t: Here as well, big fresh tart raspberries. I got a little malty woodines as swell. Absolutley stunning and perfect.

m: Thick but not syrupy. Fizzy carbonation.

d: I had this for desert and it made me not want to leave. Why is this place so far away?

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Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Chaney
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went up to Selin's Grove to sample the goods after Troegs Splinter Black day. What a peaceful trek!

A: Poured a dark reddish-purple, almost maroon color, with a small, yet deadly Willy Wonka-style purple head that stayed active throughout the session. The brew had a milky quality to its appearance that was to die for!

S: Insane amount of tart raspberries, with a hint of vanilla to hold this dessert all together.

T: Very full raspberry delight with just the right amount of organic sourness. The foaminess only added to the enjoyment and aided in cutting through some of the fat.

M: Well carbonated, chewy, and enough suds to remind you that you are drinking a beer as opposed to a lambic. I couldn't image a better mouthfeel for this style.

D: I got to try the Phoenix Kriek as few weeks ago and was totally blown away. I feel the same way about this one.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a deep rusty maroon capped by an inch of a creamy neon pink head that laces. The nose is fresh picked, sweet raspberries, almost too sweet for my taste. As expected, the sweetness packs an even bigger punch in the taste, but blends well with the hearty raspberries and malt. It reminds me of blushing monk, but is definitely different (side-by-side?). This beer drinks with a near full body, slightly under carbonated, with sweet raspberries up front followed by an unexpected tannin-like bitterness in the finish. It's quite balanced and doesn't drink overly sweet. This beer is worth trying at the brewery and much better than their IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of DRBiser
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Selin's Grove Framboise has a body with shades of purple and red, and a small pinkish head that manages to leave one or two spots on my glass.

This beer smells like raspberries. There isn't a whole lot more to say; fresh, tart, sweet and juicy. Nice.

The raspberries provide both sweetness and tartness and are completely dominant in this beer, and it's great. If you really try to look you can taste a hint of what seems like Belgian yeast in the background, adding just a hint of spice. Mostly, I would guess that although you don't taste the yeast, it is responsible for adding just a hint of dryness to the beer and keeping it from being cloying. Whether the yeast is responsible or not, this beer is certainly not cloying, it is mostly tart and a little sweet and very good.

Lively, ever so slightly effervescent carbonation keeps this beer from becoming syrupy, because the body is surprisingly big on this one.

You can try to sip, you can try to savor, but you will catch yourself gulping.

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Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of seeswo
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a tulip

A- pours a very dark reddish purple with a really nice looking, one finger lavender head, which fades very quickly. I adore the color of the head, it's really special

S- the aroma is of raspberries, but not very strong. What I am getting is very good though

T- the flavor is of tart raspberries. I'd like it a little more tart, actually. Might be a little too sweet. Very good, regardless

M- body is a little on the thin side, but I wouldn't want anything thicker with the strong flavors in this one

D- oh hell yeah. New Glarus Raspberry Tart is one of my favorite beers, and while this isn't better than that, it's pretty damn close

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Framboise from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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