Framboise White | Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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4.26 w/ 66 ratings

Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Sarlacc83 on 10-08-2012

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 16
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of herman77
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -16%
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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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -12%
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 AlexFields
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of claspada
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
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 IrishColonial
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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 GoBeerGo
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Sarlacc83
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Framboise White from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 90.9% out of 100 with 66 ratings
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