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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Reviews by spoony:
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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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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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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

May 04, 2015
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nathanmiller from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 05, 2015
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zestar from California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Jul 12, 2014
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budsandsuds8 from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Mar 18, 2014
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AlexFields from Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev -14%

Nov 18, 2014
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mtbdonn from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 15, 2015
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dec 13, 2016
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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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Gobzilla from California

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Mar 01, 2014
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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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eawolff99 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Feb 03, 2014
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kscaldef from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Jun 24, 2014
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Prospero from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Feb 12, 2014
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acurtis from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.5%

Oct 04, 2014
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Mar 08, 2014
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.46/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aug 09, 2015
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tom10101 from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -9.5%

Apr 21, 2014
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 03, 2015
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LoveStout from New York

4/5  rDev -9.5%

Oct 04, 2014
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quine from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Apr 10, 2014
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Jslay013 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Jun 04, 2014
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muskiesman from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Dec 05, 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