Saison Framboise | Brasserie Trois Dames

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Saison FramboiseSaison Framboise

Brewed by:
Brasserie Trois Dames

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Phyl21ca on 11-21-2009

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 71
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle

Pours cloudy hazy amber orange with a thin off-white foam head. Smells like oak, tart funky raspberries, with earthy grassy pine. Tastes like tart funky raspberries, oak, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and thick with moderate high carbonation. Overall a real nice tart raspberry saison.

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Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours hazy and pink, with just the tiniest of heads that fades away quickly; minimal lacing

Smell: Tart raspberry and a hint of barnyard funk and bread

Taste: The funk and raspberry tones jut forward with peppery yeast and wheat bread flavors building through the middle; tart and fruity, with a slight amount of funk through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Overall: The fruit is deftly handled and combines nicely with the Brett and Saison yeast strains here; mouthfeel was a bit flabby, however

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Photo of drpimento
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basically a very nice blonde brett with a hint of natural raspberry. My bottle was missing a few ounces so I thought it might be flat. I was surprised when it popped upon opening. I got another surprise at the nasty grime on the inside of the cap and rim of the bottle. I wiped most of it away and the beer seems about unaffected. Almost no raspberry in aroma..

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Photo of Stevem68
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden Amber color. Aroma is tart and fermented. Has a flavor of tart fermented beer. It's sour but delicious. Overall this is a very nice sour.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml split this past weekend.

A really nice hazy pink pour with lots of foam. Big mix of tart and sweet raspberries, farmy wheat straw slowly gets taken over by lactic sourness/semi-funky gueuzeness and oak. Some red grape but I don't quite get a wine feel here. More like funky raspberry lemonade. Very foamy champagne-esque feel with a dry finish.

Raspberries rule.

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Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks big ROBD. Full review to iPad a few nights back.

A- Cloudy to murky deep golden brew from the 750ml to toe tulips. Tall foamy white cap to over to fingers with decent retention. Fat puffy ring remains but lace is spotty and somewhat rare.

S- Raspberries, funk and Saison yeast pretty much all in equal amounts. Musty red fruits, funky horsey band aid, tart citrus acids and pale wine grapes.

T- Funky throughout with musty horse spunk preceding the huge raspberries. Tart and earthy berries layered onto wet pale oak and spicy peppery Saison yeast. Funk seems to fade with time but never dies.

MF- Highly carbonated and foamy but very soft on the taste buds overall. Tartness both acetic and lactic cascades off the palate slowly after each sip ends.

A great mix of authentic raspberry fruits and funky Saison. Lemon lactic acid brings it all together splendidly.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep amber color. Opaque with lots of tiny bubbles. GIGANTIC cream-colored head when poured; could only pour a portion of the bottle at a time due to mounds of foam. Head dies down relatively quickly leaving a thick uneven coating of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Subtle aroma of raspberry mixed with that typical sour beer scent. Taste starts off kind of earthy then quickly progresses to a full fruity raspberry taste and ends with a sour, semi-dry finish. Very complex and refreshing. Medium body with lots of tingle from the carbonation followed by a slight puckering from the sour, semi-dry finish. Overall I found this to be an excellent but somewhat complex beer. Definitely a beer to drink slowly.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a delicious beer by all means, but easily one of the most overpriced bottles ive seen, at 24 or 25 bucks a go, yeah its swiss and those always cost more, but come on! we all agreed that this is 12 or 14 dollars good, but not this pricey no way. pale pink in color, heady as heck, as tall as a red wine glass and rising, busy yeast for sure, which is the best feature of this brew hands down. a nose of light raspberry, more like flavored seltzer than jam or framboise as i know it. the yeast is more dominant, funky and tart, a little acidic, but spunky and different, sour but not too much, its great. light wheat malt barely adds anything, just a launching pad for semisweet raspberry flavor, not totally authentic, and a fantastic yeast that adds more fruit with a drying pucker that is subtle but defined, and very enjoyable. im frustrated by the price too much to really enjoy all the subtleties, but this beer does have some depth of flavor. the carbonation is right on, the fruity sugars are cleaned up well, and its soft and light. easy drinking, but i feel compelled to savor such a pricey bottle. not super unique from the masses, but this is quality brew, i just find myself wishing for more raspberries. a nice mix between saison and wild ale overall.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a promise of the dry peppery-ness of Saison, but the tart fruitiness of Framboise, the Swiss beer strives for a taste, texture and balance of both artistic styles. But I've been here before and a I think I know how it ends.

As the ale pours, it reliquishes a beautiful rosy-mauve color. Hazy in its appearance, the ale projects a slightly richer visual texture that just ruby. As a frothy and airy head builds, the exuberant carbonation nearly overcomes the glass, yet as it settles, the foam sheets the glass with intricate lacing patterns. It's a very impressive appearance.

As the nose nears the glass, a fruity and tart scent overwhelms the olfactory senses- true raspberry in all its tart, sweet and earthy form. However, that's not without a soft wheat and straw backing that the more earthy notes emerge- damp hay, sea air, saddle leather and cork-like must all emit as the the scent transfers from fruit to funk heading into that first sip.

To taste, its the soft wheat and supple fructose sweetness that greets the palate first. But a followup of acidity allows for the beer's more wine-like taste to emerge. Acidic in the middle, raspberry flavor fuses with tart green apples, white grapes, dry cider, and a mature taste of weathered oak, brine, dried limes and wine-drunken cork round out the beer's closing taste.

Medium-light on the palate, the ale does that thing- ....that thing where the carbonation is so ingrained that the ale explodes not so much on the tongue or the palate but waits for the nucleation sites in the throat to erupt; creating a lump that nearly evokes choking hazard. But after that, what's left of sweetness yields a quick and lightly powdery dryness, sharp acidity and peppery prickle on the tongue throughout. Its finish is balanced with warmth and acidity with mild tannin bite.

I'll honestly admit that I was expecting a sweeter fruit beer with peppery Saison tendencies. However what I got was a dry ale that hinges on high sourness but dials it back for the sake of fruit preservation. Never candy-like the true fruit flavor layers this tart Saison with high complexity- in a way that had only been dreamed about.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy tan 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 of malt, grain, and slightly sour raspberry and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour raspberry and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750ml bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD. Poured into a Mort Subtite branded snifter glass.

Pours a beautiful hazed rose-like hue with a fat white head, amazing retention with lacing for days. Aroma is bready with some mild funk up front, wood, earthy berries come through and dominate the nose at the back end. Flavor is tart and funky - tons of barrel, vanilla notes, lemon zest and a big berry blast in the finish (almost perfume-like). A lot going on, but a perfect balance of flavors. The body is light and effervescent, champagne-like mouthfeel, finishing crisp and dry. Overall a very interesting and tasty beer, taking 2 amazing styles and making them a single cohesive unit that just be a greater sum than their parts. Tastes like they used whole fruit over, the all too often used, extract or syrup. I'm backing this one big time!

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Photo of beepill
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at the Mikkeller Bar SF grand opening on 8/9/13. Served in a Mikkeller tulip glass. Reviewed from notes taken on my phone.

A - Reddish-orange rusty-brown color. Excellent foamy head with great retention and lacing.

S - Fruity, candy-like first notes. A little bit of sweet funkiness and spice follows, with slight hoppiness smelled as I commenced drinking.

T - Tart, slightly sweet, slightly sour, just like fresh sour raspberries. A light bitterness at the end. Nice belgian-like maltiness. A very well-balanced taste experience. Not overpowering in any taste category.

M - Slightly carbonated. The nice thick foamy head probably kept this beer at the perfect balance while I was drinking it. Dryish aftertaste from the tartness and alcohol.

O - It was actually one of my favorite beers from the grand opening day at MBSF. Great balance of smells and tastes and looked and felt awesome the whole way through. This was my first experience with Brasserie Trois Dames and I look forward to enjoying more from them in the near future.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy rose color forming a big bubbled aired and soapy white head. Good retention and tons of lacings left in the glass

S: Tart and fruity. Spicy and citrus. Strong notes of raspberries. Candy, saison-like biscuity yeasts, malts and flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Raspberry juice. Very fruity. Mild tartness. A bit metallic. In overall, a slightly sweet taste which is also mild acid with a light bitter end

M: Light and refreshing body. Good carbonation. Fruity tartness mixed with a bitter hoppy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Very refreshing and pleasant beer. Big hooray to Trois Dames (as usual)

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Photo of Derek
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange-brown, floaty chunks, light tan head, thin ring of retention, very little lacing.

S: Raspberry cotton candy, bubble gum, pear, hint of funk.

T: Raspberry cotton candy, tart tange, biscuity, spicy, white pepper. Different but intriguing.

M: Dry with a light acidity.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Luke. A unique saison that is sometimes tame rasberry tartness, and other times quite tart.Jelly in a saison sandwich. Reddish tinge with lace and spidery, and fruity. This would appeal to men and to ladies, a rare unisex beer. Rising carbonation. Sweetishm ut not overally so. Taste of the real fruit with significant white pepper.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium reddish color ale with a rather small foamy head with minimal retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light raspberry with some tart notes. Taste is a rather singular mix between some fresh tart raspberries with some light acidic notes and a nice solid Belgian malt backbone. Body is fuller then average with average retention and no alcohol was apparent. Tends to be more of a fruit beer then a Saison but well done nonetheless.

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Saison Framboise from Brasserie Trois Dames
4.03 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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