Framboise Noir
AC Golden Brewing Company

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4.42 | pDev: 7.24%
AC Golden Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and Francois.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark hazy purple garnet hue with a thin white head that gaffes to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of blackberry jam galore, rather sweet, light barrel notes. Just super berry jam goodness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great blackberry notes, jam, tart seeds and skins. Incredible blackberry jam notes. Super tart yet sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, tart, lightly flemmy.

O - Overall this beer had excellent blackberry characteristics, really excellent jam notes.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 28, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud

Light fizzy head, dark murky purple brown color.

Nose nice tart berry funk, tart blackberry, interesting earthy doughy but sea salty air thing, doughy malt.

Taste brings tart funk, big raspberry blackberry funk, tart sour tart, chewy malt, acidic funk, candy tart berry. Finish acidic funk, tart berry, candy sour notes. Finish flemmy tart funk, blackberry generic berry, tart flemmy.

Mouth is med bod flemmy tart funk and decent carb.

Dec 28, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful blackberry color. Little to no head. Blackberry tartness. Mouth puckering. Acidic with vinegar. Very sour and very easy to drink. I haven't had vsb yet, but this was up there for blackberry sours.

Jul 21, 2015
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Joey2timer from Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

By far the best offering from ac golden. This is the beer that first turned me on to sours and it is holding up great 2 years later. sharp acidity, lots of blackberries, some wood.

May 26, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared at DLD15. Thanks Tim for sharing this bottle with me and Dylan.

Pours a medium-dark shade of brown, perhaps a bit purple. Half finger white head that dies down fairly quickly. Smells of tart, acidic blackberries and plenty of oak, mild funk. It reminds me a bit of La Folie; but with an assload of blackberries. Very nice sweetness that is dry. Flavour is similar, tons of blackberry fruitiness, fairly sour and tart. Dry, not particularly jammy, but plenty of oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not quite jammy, fairly dry and smooth, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer with quite a bit of blackberries. Not sure it's better than New Glarus' rendition, but this is pretty dang good.

Apr 26, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Curran tonight.

Pours fairly dark crimson brown, slightly purple, with a quarter inch head, and a not a whole lot of lacing. The color on this one is really amazing.

Smells very strongly of juicy blackberry, with some lactic sourness, oak, and leather. Smells quite tasty.

Tastes great. This is one of the more oaky sours I've ever had, delicious, leathery, with some slight vanilla, and some juicy, but quite sour blackberry flavors. I'm picking up other indistinguishable dark fruit flavors as well.

This one is medium bodied, with a full, and tart but juicy mouthfeel. There is a fairly low level of carbonation. It's quite drinkable.

One of the best sours I've ever had, it's cool that a beer this good could (sort of) come from Coors.

Sep 25, 2014
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DahWag from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Batch 1, bottled 10/18/12.
Very tart, but smooth malt behind. Blackberry is ideal for this style, IMO.
Tart subsides as second pour warms, and the sour just sticks to your lips.
Don't know how much longer these should sit, hate to see it get funky.

Sep 16, 2014
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks like a dark Oud Bruin. So I guess a sh*tload of blackberries are in this, and you can see it. Very dark; and it is purple when you hold it up to the light. Very dark purple. Minimal lacing.

S- Great sour smell. That sour smell that makes your nose hair pucker. Definitely presence of blackberries. Some yeasty funk, but more sour blackberry.

T- Very sour blackberry. I would love to have that bottle along side this one. That is what I get.

M- Smooth, just the right amount of carb, maybe on the low side. Very well done.

O- This comes off as an Oud Bruin with lots of sour blackberries. Had this side-by-side with VSB a month after review of this beer with another beer buddy, and we both like AC Golden Framboise Noir over New Glarus Very Sour Blackberry

May 22, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.8/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 1. Brewed 9/20/11. Bottled 10/18/12.

Pours a murky super dark reddish-brown with a foamy beige 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 with malt, grain, funk, berry, wood, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with super sour fruit, funk, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell, but the taste doesn't match up in my opinion.

May 16, 2014
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 10/18/2012 courtesy of Cestlavie into a Prairie Teku glass. Split with Abbbp.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, with a beige head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing or crown.

Smell: Lots of blackberry, dark vinegar, with some prominent oak barrel notes and a vinous quality coming though as well.

Taste: Mouth-puckering sour that hits you square in the jaw. Acetic, but not undrinkably so. Berry is a little weaker here than on the nose, but not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Dry, nicely carbed but not too much. A good balance here. The beer really makes me salivate, too. This might be one of the most sour beers I've ever had.

Overall: Really, really sour. Very good, but it's a sipper for sure. I wish the blackberry were stronger in the taste.

May 04, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (batch 1, brewed September 30, 2011 and bottled October 18, 2012 according to the label) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about a half-finger of tannish-purple hued head that fades immediately and leaves no lacing. The beer is an interesting, dark blue-ish purple color. It is pretty dark, but not opaque and light gets through on the edges.

S-This brew smells massively sour with a lemon juice acidity and a lovely mixture of berry flavors, black berry, raspberry, boysenberry...they're all there. There is a light, oaky funk and dryness, and a bit of vinegar tartness, but I cannot discern much in the way of the caramel advertised on the bottle.

T-Like the smell, the taste is very sour. The berry flavors are still here too, and I taste a bit more in the way of plum and cola flavors. The barrels impart a nice dryness and vinous, oaky character, but the big flavors here are the sour berry and bracing acidity, which can get a bit Sweet-Tart at times, but is mostly delicious.

M-The feel is medium to full body for the style and there is a moderate carbonation to keep things from being cloying. The finish is tart and drying. A great match for the flavor profile.

O-This is one of the most sour beers I have ever tasted and it works pretty well. The berry flavors are complex, authentic and really well-done, and the funk level is just right. The mouthfeel is probably a high-point of this pairs perfectly with the massively sour flavors. This is not an introductory sour beer, but a full-on, lip-puckering monster, and if that is your thing, this is your beer.

Feb 08, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this dropped in denver today, and it should absolutely blow up in the weeks to come. to me, this is hands down the best thing ac golden has released. i thought framboise noir would mean a dark wheated raspberry beer, but nope, this is a blackberry framboise, in so far as the two are linguistically congruent. beautiful dark fruit color, burgundy, purple, rich, not particularly heady but there is a thin layer of off white film. the nose is sour as heck, jawline sour, with berries on the back end, ripe and bursting with sunny dark fruit tart aromatics. the flavor is woody malt almost cherry sour at first, but it evolves into a really tart blackberry finish as authentic as any i have tasted. just bursting with flavor, its really incredible, I'm almost trying to pick seeds out of my molars. its that level. lots of sourness with the sweet ripe fruit in the finish, some wood to mellow, and enough carbonation to make it dance without letting flavor evaporate away. not to be missed, and the first of their beers worth the price they ask for them.

Jan 16, 2014
Framboise Noir from AC Golden Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 86 ratings