Framboise White
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #234
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4.27 | pDev: 8.43%
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States
Framboise WhiteFramboise White
Notes: Belgian style strong wheat ale open fermented with our special blend of Belgian yeast, lactobacillus, and brettanomyces. Matured three seasons in chardonnay barrels with organic golden raspberries from Denison farm.
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Photo of IrishColonial
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent look and aroma. Lots of raspberry, citrus, slight barnyard, yeast on the nose. Taste is interesting. Tastes like Atrial mixed with Das Wunderkind. By that I mean it tastes like the wild bugs/yeast/etc that JK uses that makes the flavors so crisp. However, it neither has the raspberry flavor nor the farmhouse flavor that I wanted; a disappointing middle point. Further, while exhibiting a lively effervescence on the pour, the mouthful feels oddly flat, like that weird taste when carbonated water stays out too long. Maybe it is just past it's prime. Good beer and happy to have tried but a bit of a disappointment.

Update: newer batch, raspberry still lighter but melds well with the chardonnay barrel. Mouthfeel is also carbed and refreshing. Rating updated.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale golden body. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Raspberries. Wheaty grain and a faint acidity.

Taste - Much more tart. Sour raspberry. Grainy wheat. Some earthy funk in the back from the brett.

Mouthfeel - Light and very drinkable. Pleasantly sour. Puckering in the finish.

Overall - Not complex. Very straightforward, but a very drinkable sour.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big ups to rathakem for always hooking up the OR beery love. Enjoyed from a block 15 pilsner glass.
2013 vintage

a - beer pours a foggy yet champagne like golden yellow with a thin bubbly head that had some creaminess to it and hung out. Lively carb raced to the surface.

s - nose is dynamite. Eggy white wine and oak. Great fruitiness from the raspberries..floral even but with a great sourness.

t - taste matches the nose. Simply awesome. Golden raspberry, brett, oak, wine, with a wonderful sweet tartness.

m - easy drinker, nice carbonation. Great pucker but far from being overly sour.

o - was fortunate enough to have had the previous vintage of this brew before and loved it so i knew what i was getting into.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Jedwards for the final pre-move blowout cellar crash. Served in an Oerbier stem. Pours a tawny gold with a translucent clarity and no head. Nose expresses raspberries and cotton candy. Taste expresses some faint vinegary notes with the raspberries still present, but hidden in the background. Mouthfeel is light and bright with an easy carbonation and a pleasant, almost creamy acidity. Overall, the nose on this beer is nothing short of spectacular; however, this beer is an incredibly approachable and tasty sour. I'd love to get my hands on more of this beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Rathakem for this Block 15 beer!

375ml bottle with pressure cap and cork; minimal hiss when cork is freed from the bottle.

poured into Block 15 tulip glass.

Appearance: bright yellow bodied beer with a thin cap of fizzy head that drops away really quickly to no head.

Smell: acetic and vinegar greet the nose as the beer is poured you dont even have to put your nose near the beer and those smells are noticeable. Tart berries and maybe some lemon. Slightly sweet smelling wheat malts.

Taste: This beer is on the lower end of moderately tart. Flavors that contribute to the tart flavors includes prodominately a berry medley of raspberries and strawberries with a hint of lemon, rhubarb, and white grapes. The vinegar that was found in the nose of the beer makes its presence know about mid palate and it mingles with a hint of dusty funk. The vinegar continues through to the finish and help to build the tartness of the beer at the end. A hint of wheat malts adds a little balance in the for of a light sweetness that is noticed in the finish.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with almost, but not quite moderate carbonation levels. Drinkable and refreshing sour beer. The 8% abv is not noticable at all. Dry finish.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer. Another great sour by Block 15! Its in the middle of the pack when comparing all the sour beers that Block 15 makes. The Golden Raspberries was a unique ingredient to use in this beer. Made a nice and complex sour beer!

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Photo of AlexFields
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Pours a pretty pure clear yellow, some bubbles around edges but no head otherwise.

Mild sourness in the nose, mild fruitiness too, peaches or apricot maybe--I know of course that it's white raspberries but it's pretty different from normal raspberry character. Smells nice.

Fairly sweet fruitiness in the taste. Cherries, apricot, raspberry. Reasonably sour too. Very tasty.

Carbonation is light but refreshing, good drinkability.


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Photo of kawilliams81
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 ml cork n capped bottle into a Magic Chouffe tulip.

A- pours a light golden with zero head. No lacing.

S- vinegar, raspberries, strawberries, straw, light honey.

T- vinegar, pale malts, sour raspberries, funk, and more berry flavors in the after taste.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Light acidity and very low carbonation for a sour, which makes it very drinkable.

O- 6/10 sourness. very good beer. Nice light sweetness, vinegar and berry notes. Very enjoyable easy drinking sour.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: bottle, B/GIF (technically MsRif's) from Lopo87. Thanks!

Well, this is not your normal framboise, and actually, it's not really a framboise at all. A pour into a #properglassware Block15 goblet produced a clear golden liquid, fairly effervescent, with a small layer of bubbles for a head, which pretty much completely fizzled out. Lots of tannins in the nose, raspberry sweetness, grassy funk, with a touch of Brett. In the taste, white wine, raspberry, not very tart or sour, but a bit of seedy dryness in there, and a definite tannin-barrel quality, with lesser notes of citrus zest and Brett; a little bit buttery as it warmed. To me, the white wine was the dominant aspect, which is probably why I didn't care for the beer so much. Clean mouthfeel, light-medium body, a bit chewy. Not bad, just not really my thing. Perhaps a bit messy and needed time to even out.

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Photo of claspada
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium gold color with a small foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film and some small dots of lacing.

Aromas begin with tart golden raspberries and light oak and white wine vinious aromas. As it warms you get a really interesting Brett funk and complex wild yeast esters. Really funky for an American fruited wild ale.

The tastes sadly fall a little short for me. Same damp wood, white grape skin, fleshy golden fruit and emerging funk but all seem muted and dialed back. There is a decently fruity finish but also seemed faded.

Mouthfeel is a real suffering point for me as well as the carbonation is really low, almost still. Maybe an off bottle but the finish is a bit too watery and sweet without any balanced drying carbonation.

Overall this was a good but no where near great beer from Block 15. I had such high hopes after having the Golden Canary from them last year but this is no where near as solid. Some small improvement and tweaks could really ratchet this up to an elite level.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25


Capped and corked 375ml bottle from Luke, thanks! Snifter.

A: The cork comes out with almost no sound. The color is vibrant golden with perfect clarity from resting for a number of months. The white head is fast fading. Stray bubbles ascend and disappear.

S: Fresh golden raspberry with a little diaper and pervasive horsey funk. There's some stinky cheese, oak, leather, floral notes, and lemon as well. I get just a little vinegar and a touch of sweet malt.

T: Soft tartness with a delicate lemon citric acidity. The raspberry flavor is restrained but nice. There's a bit of leather and oak, as well as some horsey funk. Fruit becomes more expressive from the midpalate through the oaky finish. Lactic notes are evident throughout. The finish is complex with lingering golden raspberry flavor and a dash of acetic acidity.

M: Upper light to lower medium body with very low carbonation that quickly disappears. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and lightly tannic.

Overall: Block 15's sour program continues to impress me with its tasteful use of an array of different acids. This is a very nice beer. I think carbonation would have taken it up a notch, but I enjoyed it a lot nonetheless.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL from brewery. Served in tulip.

A: Bottle opens with a soft plip. Beautiful gold color with bubbles throughout. No head after aggressive pour. No legs.

N: Bushels of the golden raspberries. Tannins and oak underpin the fruit. A nice touch of vinegar. Some lemon sourness.

T: Raspberry and oak, as one might expect. Slight buttery off flavor that fades as the beer warms. Honey, grape, and melon from the chardonnay. Lemon. Sweet undertone holds up the crisp sourness.

M: 8% is well hidden. Dry and crisp as a fall day.

O: A commendable sipper with some minor flaws. Perhaps the funk will start to show and this one will add a second level of complexity. Recommended for now, but it's not a show stopper.

Update 1-28
After having a bottle and giving this time to evolve, it's deserving of a higher score than a 3.73. The brettanomyces have added a base for the white raspberries to flourish. The beer now has horse blanket and a more prominent vinous flavor. The diactyl is now gone. This is really getting good, and I recommend opening it if you're only sitting on 1 bottle.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pale yellowish white in color with pale yellow highlights and a very thin head that left hardly any lacing sticking to the glass. Nice fruity aroma upfront on the nose which I believe are from the white raspberries with good acidic character, oaky notes and signs of vanilla. The vanilla character was more apparent on the palate alongside white raspberry fruit, oaky accents, acidic notes, citrus flavors and hints of butter. The brew was medium to light in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which an oaky, acidic, fruity, sweet, and tar buttery finish. Really solid all around and was definitely glad I got to try this brew

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Aaron! Served in a Block 15 tulip. The nose has very delicate golden raspberry along with a nice acidity. Flavor is similar. Very delicate and highly drinkable. This was a really impressive offering The white raspberry was a really nice contrast to the standard variety, and presented a much softer acidity. The barrel character was smooth, and the sourness was kept at a level that made it very drinkable.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting beer for me. Once again, a capped and corked 375ml bottle from Block 15. Once again, I had to laugh, because sealing it that way is so very optimistic for a beer that's not very carbonated. But let's see what this is all about, shall we?

A vigorous pour into a Duvel tulip produces a fairly small, thin head with big, wispy bubbles that clear quickly and leave no lacing. Aside from the chill haze, this looks like a cheap lager.

But it sure doesn't smell like one! I know right away this is going to be tart. There's plenty of funk, a little barnyard, and a hint of raspberry. If I hadn't read the label and known this was brewed with white raspberries, I might have picked out a different fruit.

Once I taste it, there's no question. Sour to a degree that it makes one of my eyes twitch, I can clearly taste raspberries. This is so light and refreshing, so tart...

This is nothing but clean in the mouth. It's lightly carbonated, thin and acidic. There's nothing sweet or sticky to detract from the very satisfying finish.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Kudos to Block 15.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his UCLA vs. USC viewing party.

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with raspberry, wood, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with a nice fruity finish. There is also a distinct buttered graham cracker flavor that I am enjoying. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 10.20.12.
Another great bottle thanks to Kelton!

A - Pours a hazy, bright golden orange with a thin white film that turns into a few bubbles on the edges.

S - Fruity, floral, chardonnay, and tart.

T - Rose, fruit and floral, tart and sweet fruits. The label says white raspberries, which I guess is what I am tasting. Very good.

D - Lower carbonation with a lighter body. A tart, Pucker of a finish.

O - Very pleasant, sweet and tart, nicely balanced.

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Framboise White from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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