Mill Street Raspberry Ale (Frambozen) | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mill St Fruit Beer is made from a blend of raspberries and a pale beer. This allows the wonderful flavour of the cherries to dominate the taste and aroma with the beer underpinning the natural sweetness of the fruit. The red colour comes entirely from the fruit.

Added by biegaman on 02-04-2007

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, served in a solid big-ass wine glass, appears a clear dark reddish brown colour, with one finger of creamy light beige head, which leaves a collared trail of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells strongly of baked raspberries, and bit of crusty, bready white grain. The taste is sweet framboises veritables, a bit of caramel malt, and fragrant green hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body on the light side of medium weight, fruity and fairly smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the raspberry and mildly sweet malt balanced throughout.

I like raspberries. I like good beer. I like good raspberry beer. I like this beer. Especially for a late-night dessert replacement.

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Photo of Sammy
2.64/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pink mucous-like, sampled at the brewpub. Neither bitter nor sweet, rather dry. Sugar, not getting the "rea raspberries" as marketed. Need a beer to wash away. Aroma of raspberry as ask in to some frozen soy concotion. Chick summer beverage for people who hate the taste of (macro-lager) beer.

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1.75/5  rDev -46.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.08/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at the Mill Street Pub Ottawa

Appearance - Clear purple/red/brown colour with a small size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a minute or two.

Smell - Malts, raspberry jam, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raspberry jam mixed with some malts and a sugary sweetness. There really isn't a whole lot of taste going on. It ends with a slightly sweet yet tart aftertaste.

Overall - Really nothing exciting going on here. I expected a little more tartness and bold flavours. It's more of a beer that will appeal to their female patrons sitting on their patio in the hot sun. Nothing worth seeking out for the beer geeks.

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Photo of liamt07
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler procured by Jason, served in a tulip. Growler labelled at 5.5%ABV.

Poured a reddish orange, lightly hazy with a nice cream head that doesn't hang around for too long. OK lace and retention. Sweet raspberries in the nose, light medicinal character and a 'seediness' that I tend to get from raspberries themselves. Taste is kind of similar, again a dry, seedy and raspberry laden body presents itself. Fairly watery in feel with a light bitterness that feels out of place in the finish. Drying and only mildly sweet. Not too attractive in most aspects and certainly far from the best raspberry beer I've encountered.

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brew pub.

Pours a clear reddish amber, thin off white head forms, settles to a medium ring, some solid lacing, good retention.

Smell is nice, raspberries, some caramel and biscuity malts, wheat, very fruity, light bit of tartness, very fresh fruit aroma, quite nice.

Taste is similar, although not as good as the aroma, some raspberry tartness, lots of fruit, caramel sweetness, wheat, lightly tart in the finish but still has a sweet edge to it.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A well done fruit beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this at the brewpub.

Pours a light coppery color with no head to speak of, just a ring of foam. The aroma is light with some raspberry concentrate and a bit of bready malt. The taste is off dry. The raspberry flavor is sweet but not overpowering by any means. The base ale is highly attenuated and provides a decent amount of dry malt flavors. The raspberry essence is aromatic and becomes more prominent as the tulip warms. The finish is equal parts English Pale Ale and somewhat natural fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is light and prickled with active carbonation.

This beer reminds me of Garrison Raspberry Wheat Ale, it has a lot of fruit syrup flavor but it isnt very sweet. Its pretty good stuff, though more beer nuance would help.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Artificial flavouring imparts artificial colouring, which typically leads to high appearance scores. I know it's a little cheesy and definitely cheap, but what can I say? It's not often you find purplish beer! And this one just so happens to be dense and perfectly clear and glisten like tinsel when held into the light. The pink head (whilst it lasted) was attractive too.

Likewise, artificial flavouring can make some pretty tantalizing aromas as well - provided they don't smell artificial, of course. This one does a decent job at cloaking its cloying, synthetic, candy-like aura, the kind of stuff that spoils many other fruit beers. In fact, were it not for the profundity of the raspberry smell I might have thought it all-natural.

But brewing with real fruit rarely results in such a weighty, intense, precision-perfect fruity essence. In a sense, this beer is a victim of its own vivid fruity flavour. Even real raspberries don't always taste so, well, raspberry-y. The synthetic syrup just mentioned is easily spotted in the taste, which concludes with a sickly sweet, almost plastic flavour.

To its credit, however, the beer is not only made up of saccharine syrups; there's a fair bit of malt in there too which adds a little body and also makes some minor contributions in the flavour department. All in all, the beer pairs favorably to the many of Belgium's more commercial, sweetened lambics (i.e., Mort Subite, Floris, etc).

But don't let that, or its name, fool you - there's little of anything Belgian about this. Everything about this is very much in the North American vein - that is to say an artificially flavoured beer-first kind of beverage that is affable enough, but far from spectacular. While I liked it, I can't see many occasions where I'd want another pint (let alone growler!)

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Photo of shamus
3.97/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i think that this is only available on tap and is very hard to find in Ottawa. We tried this at Johnny Farina's but since then everytime we go back they have been out, although it is on the menu. my wife likes this so much that we have made special trips to Johnny's for this (the food there is top notch anyway).

this is a very lovely fruit beer. it is not cloyingly sweet nor is the raspberry too faint. it's a wonderful balance of beer and real raspberry flava. Seek it out if you like this style and you will be rewarded.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Half pint at Mill Street Ottawa. From notes.

A - Poured dark copper with a hint of red. Half finger of white head. Bright. No visible carbonation, no lace and a ring of retention.

S - Raspberries, very sweet sugars, and jam.

T - Very sweet. Raspberries. Light wheaty malt.

M - Good carbonation, light body. Sweet finish.

O/D - Probably too sweet for me. Lot's of raspberry flavour and a light, but overly sweet while being fairly one dimensional. If they had chosen to go a little more in the tart direction, this might be a bit better. Not all that bad, just not my thing.

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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of bobsy
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually dumped half of this over myself and spent the rest of the evening smelling like a raspberry. Too bad really, as this is a nicely done fruit beer.

It arrives at the table a rich copper colour with a collar of white head, which is easily stirred up with a swirl. The aroma is dominated by fresh raspberry with wheat in the background. I can really taste raspberry puree, quite strongly, and there's no doubt in my mind that they use real fruit in this. Its fresh, vibrant and clean throughout, with good raspberry notes overlaying a lightly handled wheat and pale malt backdrop. Like a lot of fruit beers, the flavour is simple, but scores well for authenticity. The mouthfeel compliments the summery feel with its lightness, and bubbly carbonation.

A fruit beer isn't something I'd usually go for, and there's an element of completism in this. The nice thing is, I actually enjoyed it and would consider a glass or two in the summer.

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4.09/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dgilks
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden colour with no real head. Disappointing.

Very light raspberry jam aroma with some mild sweet malt. Interesting but yet dull.

A slightly tart, very light ale with a hint of raspberry flavour. Just a bit thin and uninteresting.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Okay.

A decent but completely uninspiring beer. This lacks raspberry flavour and really any flavour at all. Dull.

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Mill Street Raspberry Ale (Frambozen) from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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