La Choulette Framboise | Brasserie La Choulette

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La Choulette FramboiseLa Choulette Framboise
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie La Choulette
France
lachoulette.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
97
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
6
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1
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of Faustgeist
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber and drops noticible sediment.

The carbonation is tight, champagne-like.

The Head is lingering but falls after 6-7 minutes to an open lace.

The nose is a pleasant cherry/rasberry sour with hints of hops on the tail, While the taste is bright with berry, yet surprisingly dry. In fact, my palate was detecting no residual sugars at all, oh, how well hidden they must be. ha!

The mouthfeel almost over carbonated, seeming to puch the liquid out of my mouth... rushed the finish.

And the finish. Lingering with bitter, hoppy notes, fruit certainly there, but not as strong as in the nose.

Conclusions? A nice alternative to high sugar framboise. I enjoyed my first 750ml quite a bit and shall return another bottle in a few weeks.

Best,
~Robin

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy red in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberries are present in the nose—without having any sweetness or tartness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a type of raspberry flavor similar to hard German raspberry candies (but without nearly all of the sweetness).
M: It feels very light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is especially easy to drink and seems rather unique as a fruit-flavored bière de garde. I could see this as a good choice for someone that wants to try a fruity beer but doesn't want something very sweet.

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Photo of TaySuth
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pinkish-red in color. Pours a nice two finger head although it quickly recedes leaving behind minimal lacing.

Smell: Great aroma of raspberries although it is balanced with some grain and yeast character. Very inviting.

Taste: Very complex flavor. Malt hits first quickly followed by a great raspberry taste. Very nice flavor from the yeast throughout. Rather hoppy as well yet without the bitterness. Really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, not too carbonated. Body is light but not in a bad way.

Overall: Very enjoyable framboise with a very good flavor and smell. I will definitely pick up another bottle if I see it.

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Photo of Cascadia
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It was a hot day, and I thought a nice framboise would be nice and refreshing, so I picked this one up. Pours a dark cherry color with a small head that quickly goes south. Smells just like raspberry jam. Taste is very pleasant, with raspberries, of course, being the strongest flavor, but not as completely over-poweringly fruity as some other framboise ales I've tried have been. Don't think I'd every want more that one, MABYE two of these in one sitting, but it's great on a hot day poured over ice. Good choice for the style.

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Photo of papat444
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before January 2017.

Hazy amber/light red body with average to thin head. Strong raspberry jam aroma which i liked. A bit more discrett in flavor but raspberry presence is felt. Cream, very mild acidity, much more malty. A good fruit beer choice IMO.

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Photo of therubicon
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thierrynantes
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance: ruby color, with tan foam head.
Smell : nose of raspberry and blackberry
Taste and mouthfeel: a flexible mouth, hazel-nut, fairly dry
Drinkability : Very good raspberry kriek
La Choulette brewery produces an amber beer, it used to the development of the fruit beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, amber/burgundy color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of raspberries, sweet malt, tart malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of raspberries, sweet malt, yeast, slight roasted malt, and slight tart malt. Overall, the raspberries don't overwhelm the beer, good blend and body.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with a best by date of 03/01/10 (working thru a backlog of review notes- this was consumed in February). Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Interesting to look at for sure, with a bright see-thru rose colored body and 2 fingers of pinkish creamy head. Served outdoors under a covered porch, this beer was practically glowing. Retention is decent, and some splotchy lacing is left behind.

Raspberry aromas, both tart and sweet, drown out just about everything but a bit of toasty malt. Quite fresh smelling, even though I'm right up against the best by date (wonder when it was bottled?).

A burst of raspberry flavor up front yields to a healthy dose of toasty malt and some tangy yeast. The sweetness is restrained and the finish is quite clean, making for a surprisingly refreshing beverage. Raspberries return at the finish, but it's more seeds (a bit tangy, a bit woody) than flesh.

Overall impression: If you're not into very sweet/very sticky fruit beers, give this one a try. Recommended.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appears to be a 12 oz. bottle, cool to see all these old beers coming back, haven't had this since 2006,

A: Pours a deep garnet with a fizzy pink head, light lace, fair retention.

S: Absolutely gorgeous raspberry fruit, jammy, full.

T: Dominated by sweet raspberry but not close to as beautiful as the nose, tad medicinal finish. Good flavour, but nothing striking.

M: Well overcarbonated which makes carbonic acid a factor which I don't like here. Light-bodied, very fizzy.

D: A nice fruit beer, it's not artificial tasting, the nose is on par with Raspberry Tart which is saying something, the beer is worth it just for the nose in my opinion. If you like raspberries go for it.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - 330ml poured to a wine glass. Some foam-gush upon opening. Nice red color with a small off-white head. Mostly full cap and good lace left by the end.

S - Pure raspberry juice, authentic-not-syrup. Pretty sweet but good with thoughts of red Starburst, fruit snacks and lollipops. Very slight grassy and bready tones.

T - Again mostly all about the raspberry, with maybe a bit less intensity than the nose. Some stem&skin flavors and a bit of a biscuity malt finish. As it warms I'm reminded of raspberry iced tea.

M - Light feel, a bit on the thin side. Highish carbonation+foam level. Very easy drinking. ...Almost too easy drinking.

O - For a straight up raspberry fruit beer it's quite good. It's very straightforward and is what it is but doesn't come off as fake or cloying, drinks easy and refreshes. Almost nothing going on for a base beer but fruity solidity makes up for that for the most part.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very effervescent orange with a little blush thrown in, plus 1 finger of ivory colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Raspberry, woody hops

T: Follows the nose, a little dry as well up front. More of the same as this warms, a little tartness. Finishes a little fruity, with some wetness & a little tart

MF: Light body, fairly firm carbonation

A pretty easy to drink example of the style, nothing world changing here though

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark blood red color with a fluffy off-white head and some decent lacing.

S: The nose offers up some light tartness along with raspberries and a mild vinous character.

T: The flavor has some mildly sweet and tart raspberries along with a pronounced dryness but not too much in terms of sourness.

M: The body is medium with a full carbonation and a dry finish.

D: We picked this one up thinking it was a lambic. The nose gave some inclination it might be, but upon tasting it, you could tell it was not. Still, a decent enough fruit beer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drgonzo2k2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MMAJYK
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Bright reddish brown with oily head and nice retention.

S. Fresh under-ripened rasberry aroma. Light honey, light citrus fruits.

T. Raspberry taste with mellow not-too-sweet character. Nothing tart about it.

M. Light in the mouth and high carbonation.

D. A little too artifical tasting for me. Not my bag.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is mainly of raspberries and raspberry juice. Taste is much the same but quite watery in my opinion. There is more of a fresh raspberry flavor than other raspberry beers I have had in the past though. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In complete fruit-forward form, the strong overlay of raspberry finds favor with the seldom seen French biere de garde. Its lager-like smoothness, malty richness, supple spice and fruit become the catalyst for delivering the berries in all their sweet and tangy vibrancy.

The Framboise pours with the predicted deep ruby glow. Its haze diffuses and darkens its austere as its early formed head dissolves quickly back into the beer. Strong overtones of ripe raspberries strike the nose with a true-to-form flavor that's not overly candied or sweetened. While the taste also leads with bold rasberry overtones there's the malty, cakey lushness of grain sweetness, cream corn and wheat bread.

Change is subtle over the middle palate as its lush raspberry taste seeps deeply into the tastebuds, hinging on syrups and reductions. But a tangy wine-like acidity and mild carbonic bite balances the fruit, offering up their spicy palatability. Still, the starchy textures of grain, bread and slight corn supports it all on its biscuit viscosity.

The beer's exit from the palate leaves behind a medium body but a medium-full fruit flavor. As the raspberries have covered up much of the beer's French farmhouse nuances, its finish is long, semi-sweet and sangria-like.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date of June '08:

Pours ruby red with a fluffy off-white, pinkish head that descends to a thin, lasting cover.

The smell is of fresh raspberries with a grainy undertone.

The taste is of light sour and sweet with raspberry syrup. Tartness is subtle under a sweet blanket. As it progresses, a cherry sweetness mixes in with the raspberry. Dry finish.

Light to medium bodied, pretty smooth, though cough drop does come to mind, especially in the aftertaste.

An interesting brew - Above average for a fruit beer. Still, I prefer the ambree. This is a good one to have a romantic candle light dinner with I suppose...Fruity but still a "beer"...

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La Choulette Framboise from Brasserie La Choulette
3.86 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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