Framboise | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of fdig23
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

Appearance: deep murky purple with a lighter purple head. One of the more striking looking beers I've seen.

Nose: Pure raspberry puree. There's a hint of malts hiding in the background but just imagine the richest raspberry dessert you've ever had and that's what you've got.

Taste: Intensely, overwhelmingly raspberry. A bit sweeter than I expected with much less tartness. If they did a wild/lacto-ed version of this it would be incredible. For someone who doesn't really like overly berry-forward things, I still found this to be an incredibly rich and tasty brew. Oh yeah there's a bit of breadiness under the berries but it's barely noticable.

Mouthfeel: I wish it was a bit fuller, but overall pretty nice.

Overall: Impressive that this much raspberry flavor can be pumped into a beer. Definitely something I'd only want once, but I'm glad to have tried one and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of Wilb
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I stand atop a spiral stair
An oracle confronts me there
He leads me on light years away
Through astral nights, galactic days
I see the works of gifted hands
That grace this strange and wondrous land
I see the hand of man arise
With hungry mind and open eyes

(Review #2112)

Dark ruby red pour, either it was opaque or just appeared to be in the dim light of the bar. The beer was pretty flat, no head at all, and little to no noticeable bubbling. Well it is supposed to be a Flanders red and not a genuine framboise (though I don't really know why they call it that anyway). Sweet raspberry aroma, slightly acidic (acetic), earthy. Taste was full of raspberry puree, mostly sweet with a touch of vinegar tartness, bready malts and some earthiness. Syrupy mouthfeel, low carbonation made it pretty mellow. Not bad, but not nearly as good as the kriek.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big thanks to DaveHack for this pour.

This poured out as a vibrant red color with basically no head or retention. The smell of the beer has a big sweet raspberry aroma, lots of sugar in there. The taste of the beer is very sweet, lots of syrupy raspberry. The flavor isn't very tart. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied with a healthy carbonation. Overall it's very sweet, possibly appealing to a lot of people. I enjoyed it but not something I'll need again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cps98
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into a tulip glass. Has a really nice pink hue with a link pink head. Raspberry aroma hits the nose first and it is nice and powerful, not much else going on. The first sip hits the tongue and its tart raspberry and some sweetness from the malt. They work very well together. The beer is not overly sweet, the tartness of the raspberries keeps everything is check. It has a nice smooth medium to full bodied mouth feel. Carbonation was on the lighter side. I really enjoyed this beer. .

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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 duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of NearTheGrove
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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 jwat
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ASTASOLLILJA
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of thain709
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The body was cloudy and showcased a dark ruby hue...the head was one finger tall and pink in color...the creamy head fell to a thin cap and left attractive lacing

S - Sweet raspberries...earthy tone brings some dirt...candied sugar and other Belgian-esque spices

T - The raspberries do not hide themselves...there is an initial blast of sweetness from the raspberries...towards the middle they give off a tartness and that sets in for the finish...some winey characteristics are coming across...drying Belgian spices and yeast are lingering in the background

M - Medium bodied...smooth, soft carbonation, more tart than sweet

O - This is a very nice fruit beer...it's not as sweet as a lambic, so don't go expecting that...the raspberries do their job of being tart and sweet and provide enough flavor throughout

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

To me the gold standard of American (heck, world!) framboises is New Glarus Raspberry Tart. We happened to be driving up the Susquehanna and found the Selin's Grove, and of course had to try the framboise, thinking... no, *hoping*... that it could be ask good as the NGRT. Well colour me red and stick me with thorns! It is as good if... dare I say it?... better! Gads this is a wonderful beer. It is not, apparently, strictly a lambic but a raspberry ale (I'll have to learn that difference better). Smooth, low-head, sweet-tart just like a raspberry should be. My wife's description was 'feels like you got hit in the face with a raspberry". Yep, that's about it. The largest problem with this is that is is SO quaffable one might not get up after a couple. Try it!

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Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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 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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Framboise from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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