Framblanc | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
cascadebrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Framblanc is a blend of sour blond ales aged for up to 14 months in oak wine barrels with more than 3,500 pounds of white raspberries. Fresh aromas of raspberries, green grapes, white peaches and pears earned Framblanc the Gold Medal at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards.

Added by SkiBum22 on 02-26-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,648
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
47
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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7
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of freshflesh
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle - thanks be to sour-head friends everywhere! Aged with white raspberries, apparently, which explains the name.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent sudsy Mercator Projection lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of tart lemon and underripe raspberry fruit, white wine vinegar, musty barrel staves, gritty and grainy pale malt, a further muddled stone fruitiness, hints of earthy yeast, and some plain leafy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is rather tart and acerbic peach, raspberry, and lemon/lime 'fruit' (like a thoroughly stripped-down version of what one might expect them to be), bready and crackery pale malt, white balsamic wine vinegar, some vanilla-tinged oakiness, ephemeral funky yeast notes, and more understated leafy, weedy, and gently perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly average in its palate-taunting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of smooth, once one's senses get attuned to the heady astringencies here, that is. It finishes off-dry, the fruity tartness, complex vinous wood, and underloved base malt coming to a minor state of detente.

Overall, this is definitely one of the better sour beer offerings that I have yet to come across, in that, yeah, it's freaking tart, man, but there's a whole slew of other well-considered balancing elements existing here that make sipping on this a real pleasure. Worth checking out, should you get the chance!

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shimmering burnt gold with a fuzzy white collar.

The nose exhibits tons of fresh, seedy, acidic and bright raspberry paired with wine barrel.

Taste is sharp and acidic oak, lemon and raspberry with a light, thin bubbliness and a chewy, mostly dry finish.

2016 vintage

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Photo of Shaneb818
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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2.38/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of scottfrie
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. 2015.

A: Pours a light golden color with a fuzzy white film that faded to thick and lasting collar.
S: Funky, musty, tart raspberry nose with light earthy spice and a clean tart bite. The nose is full of that characteristic complex Cascade funk. Smells great.
T: Bright and clean balance between beautiful sweet and juicy yet tart raspberry, clean lacto, and earthy funk. Not as sharp as some raspberry sours can be. Very juicy, flavorful and smooth. Like a earthy blackberry garden. Not cloying or overly jammy.
M: Fluffy full carbonation, dry and crisp mouthfeel with a clean tart lactic bite but not overly acidic. Medium body. Carbonation is thick, but mouthfeel finished really dry.
O: Amazing. Very smooth juicy and delicious. Perfect raspberry flavor with tons of complex funk.

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Photo of tshanahan
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of motherofgod
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Moose90
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a luminous golden hue into the glass, a thin white head leaves some spotty bits of lacing.

S — Smell is strong and fruity with wonderful notes of raspberry and white peach.

T — Taste is of white wine and dry white oak, balanced with an acidic and tangy raspberry tone.

M — Medium bodied, with a prickly carbonation level and lasting finish.

O — One of my favorites from Cascade, great raspberry notes and plenty of dry barrel character.

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Framblanc from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 47 ratings