Noble Star Collection: Framboise Du Nord
August Schell Brewing Company

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Berliner Weisse
Ranked #68
Ranked #3,432
4.14 | pDev: 11.59%
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Noble Star Collection: Framboise Du NordNoble Star Collection: Framboise Du Nord
Notes: Five thousand pounds of raspberries were added to 70 barrels Star of the North, resulting in a 100 barrel batch, which was then fermented for an additional four months.
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Red body with a fleeting white head. Smells of acidic raspberry and some wheat. Tastes of wheat up front followed by lemon tartness. Raspberry flavor starts off slightly sweet and jammy before becoming quite tart, but only for a brief moment. Finishes grainy. Medium body and well carbonated. Tasty berliner, very fruit forward, but not so much so that the beer is lost.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a clear reddish color with a small, pink head of foam. It smelled of tart raspberries, wheat and hints of lemon. Very nice tart raspberry flavor with a subtle wheat finish.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Label has bottling date as 'SEPT 2017',
Cloudy, pinkish red colored body, with short lived pinkish white head. No lacing.
Lemon and raspberries on the nose.
Tart, with a touch of sweetness, taste of lemonade with pronounced raspberry component.
Rather dry, medium mouth feel. Lower level of carbonation.
Very pleasant Berliner, with the semi-sweet raspberry addition. Cypress wood tanks add some barrel nose and flavor.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vibrant Santa suit red with a thin blanket that manages to eek out some fine layers of lace on the glass, this has a good expression of sour raspberry with a bit of a lactic angle, but it's overall clean, and sort of like a popsicle with a crisp medium body and semi-wet finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it always shocks me that the same brewery that makes grain belt also makes these incredible berliners. this is killer beer, super heavy on the raspberry, they werent shy with it at all. its a somewhat opaque brick red color, less blood red and jammy than others, more deep, very very bubbly. it has a great aroma where the tartness of the berries and the lacto tartness team up to create a very mouthwatering smell, really lemony too with all the raspberries, and a lot less sweet than it looks like it should be. the flavor starts with the fruit tartness and moves into a relatively sour bacterial finish, but unlike many other fruited berliners, i can still taste the wheat malt base, and its dry and crackery and necessary to keep this from tasting like juice. lots of wood on this too, mild vanilla, soft edges despite the acidity, tastes quite mature. i think the bottle here is fairly old too, so it may have evolved some since it was released. the most impressive thing here for me is how dry this is, but how well the raspberry flavor still comes through. i like the ultra low abv too. awesome carbonation and overall a great take on the berliner. this series has really been incredible. i hope they keep it up!

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Photo of nmann08
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a bright dark pink/red color with a very thin ring of head.

The smell is all raspberries, jam-like, a bit of butter and biscuit, a little like a scone maybe? The flavor is going, so if you have a bottle, drink it. It definitely falls out, the raspberries arent as tart and fresh and it has a little butterscotch character coming into play. Overall, this is holding up, but I think going fast. Still pretty tasty.

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Photo of stakem
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750ml poured into a snifter. I very much appreciate BA mdillon hooking me up with this. The brew pours a clear ruby color with a white head that is quick to fade.

The aroma contains seedy raspberry juice. A hint if sweet fresh cereal grains and yogurt. Overall a very mild aroma.

The taste includes that seedy raspberry quality. Sweet cereal grains like wheat that is hardly tart yet still refreshing. Almost has a cheesy or yogurt taste faintly across the back.

This is light bodied, moderately carbonated and very refreshing but lacking the snappy tartness I expexc in a Berliner. The raspberry is vibrant in color but faint in all other regards which is strange. Perhaps I need to try this again because my experience here did not live up to what others told me to expect.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Put a different name on this beer and people would give their firstborn child for it. Holds it's own with the very best of the style ... the fruit flavor is incredibly true and deep, almost as if you can taste the seediness of the berries, without being jammy or sweet, reminiscent of Atrial in that regard.

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Photo of joe1510
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml Cork & Cage
Hayward CO-OP

A pop... gunsmoke. Framboise du Nord takes on the appearance of a hazy ruby when filling the glass. This is a beer that manages to glow when backlit. The head takes on some color from body sporting a pinkish hue over the white base. The foam is active and crackles from the second it's poured to the second it fizzles to nearly nothing. A good looking beer to be sure.

A quick whiff and I'm hit with nothing but dense, rich, fresh raspberry puree. There is even some greenness along the lines of under ripe berries mixed in the bursting ripe. A wheaty twang, a little tactic, steps forward with each swirl of the glass. The wildness leans toward wildflowers and buttermilk. All of those qualities combine to make my mouth water.

The flavor profile very much follows the nose. Rich raspberry puree leads the way, what seems to be the greenness adds a touch of tart. A touch of woodsy notes seem to add tannins though it may just be the seeds. Wheat adds depth and a twang while the lactic quality brings that touch of outdoors, wildflowers, pollen, and the like.

A body that's light and effervescent fit this beer perfectly. The carbonation is lively but never moves too quickly. The tart is easily approachable but digs at the sides of the tongue and lingers. The finish is all at once fruity and dry, leaving me wanting another drink immediately after each swallow.

Star of the North was an amazing Berliner Weiss. With that as a base beer what could possibly go wrong? Answer: nothing. This beer is bursting with raspberry freshness, bursting with soft lactic tartness, and bursting with a wheaty twang all wrapped up into a staggering 3.8% package. While the raspberries mask some of the robust Berliner of the original but it also adds a delicious fruity quality. I wouldn't turn down either. Excellent!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Jeff for this one. October 2013 bottling date. 750ml bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours bright red with a foamy light pink head with poor retention. Spotty and sparse lace. Amazing color but not much else.

Nose is outrageously aromatic. Big raspberry pulp mixes with a tart juiciness and light hay funk overtones. Nice.

Opens puckering raspberry seed and pulp. Juicy in the middle with a nice balance of sweet and tartness. Some plasticy notes towards the end along with more raspberry tartness. Dry and fruity finish. Pretty simple but very good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down clean and crisp. Clean finish with a slightly dry aftertaste. Spot on for the style.

Awesome, awesome, awesome is all I can say about this beer. Spot on nose, taste and feel. Really under the radar and certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- framboise to the t minus any carb. Has a musty earthy look to it.

S- Raspberry upfront, not sweet raspberry but sour raspberry. Has some sour puckering smell to it.

T- Kinda light on sour raspberry, like a raspberry berliner would. Very well done; I think anything more or less sour goes to the fruit beer category or sours category. Spot on there.

M- Nice and light with that berliner pop carbonation. Well done there too.

O- Too the style, I would imagine this is 4.5+, but it just comes off as a nice transitional beer from more sour beers to stouts, etc.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very inviting dark pink with 1/2 inch of light white bubbly foam head that fairly quickly recedes.
S: Raspberry yogurt immediately comes to mind. Hint of strawberry, but otherwise fairly straight-forward here.
T: Tart raspberry that is quickly tempered by lactic acid (creamy, smooth notes). Pleasantly strong carbonation only serves to augment the experience here.
M: Tart, very light body, refreshing, bright, and toward the finish a note of creamy smoothness emerges. Superb.
D: Amazingly drinkable. A wonderfully refreshing summer beer. The definition of a session beer. Not complex, but what it does it does very well. Hats off to Schell's!

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Photo of Ri0
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

poured 750ml into teku. Bottled in Oct 2013.

A - Boom! As soon as I pulled the cork it geysered all over the counter top. I should have put it in the fridge for a few hours, but I am used to pulling beer from the cellar. Color is dark pink/red and had a nice 2 finger pink head. Thin collar and spots of lacing.

S - Fresh raspberry puree blended in a Berliner Weiss. Not too much yogurt or cheese, but I get why others pick it up.

T - Strawberry fields forever, except raspberry. It is tart, but not overly, there is some sweetness. I can tell this was once a Berliner. Very good.

M - Light bodied and big carbonation makes for a fantastic mouthfeel.

O -Excellent take on a Framboise. Well done Schells!

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Photo of Benish
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Poured aggressively into glass, about a 1/2 inch pink head built up. It was pretty cool to look at with the fact the head being almost solid pink instead of the traditional white. The color of the beer was of ripen raspberries - an opaque dark red.

Smell: first smelled from the bottle and then from glass. On both occasions instantly picked up raspberry yogurt. It came with that lactic tartness that you smell in yogurt. Plus the aroma is intense; it makes you anticipate you will taste a whole lot of raspberries.

Taste: very very tart with a nice raspberry ting. A little bit of sweetness blended into the mix as well. The raspberries came in really sharp at the beginning but then became more distinctive toward the end with a dry finish. The aftertaste was like after eating raspberry yogurt, that lactic acid left behind in the mouth. Maybe the smell had me expecting more raspberries but overall it still tasted great!

Mouthfeel: very light bodied and a little thin. I think that's pretty much standard with a berliner weiss at low alcohol content. No complaint here. Outstanding.

Overall: this is a great beer, very glad I purchased this! I love the appearance, the smell, and the taste. The fact that I can enjoy this tasty beverage without a buzz is a huge bonus.

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Photo of shadetree67
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Ruby red in color. Stiff pour yielding 1/2 finger fizzy light pink head which dissipated quickly, very reminiscent of champagne. No lacing.

S. Tart Raspberries. Almost like Raspberry yogurt.

T. Follows the nose; a tart raspberry yogurt. I get some mineral qualities to the taste as well, similar to some wines.

M. Thin body (almost watery), high carbonation, and very dry.

O. After having Star of the North (the base beer for FDN), I had high hopes. Though this smells really good, the watery mouth feel is disappointing . All things considered, it is tasty but not something I would buy again at such a high price ($15).

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle courtesy of ObiWanKushnobi pours a hazed red color with a minuscule white ring. No head whatsoever.

Nose is pureed raspberries to the utmost freshness. The raspberry aroma is awesome, though there is not much else here.

Taste shows more raspberry awesomeness, but lacks much else. The malt body is incredibly light, even for a 3.7% Berliner. I was hoping for some more bacterial influence. Pretty tasty brew overall though and the fresh raspberries are well integrated.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Oct. 13

Pours a brilliant red. Head that quickly recedes. Looks delicious.

Aroma of a tart funk is apparent upon opening the bottle. Smells fantastic.

Flavors are a bit more understated than I would like. Mild acidic tartness with a slight raspberry sweetness on the finish.

Light bodied and lower carb for the style.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, pink head. Yeasty, berry aroma. Hazy, rose color. Extremely tart, wonderful raspberry flavor. It's bright and clear. The finish is raspberry, tart, and there's a touch of malt.

This is an absolutely wonderful Berliner. The Raspberry is fantastic and not overpowering. The tartness is fantastic, and the mouthfeel is insanely refreshing.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: deep red bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head. Head drops down to thin cap.

Smell: Juicy raspberrys. Hint of greek yogert and cheesy funk.

Taste: Mild tartness. Juicy raspberries. greek yogert and cheesy funk.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: Really great berlinner weisse with raspberrys! Raspberries do cover up a decent amount of the Star of the North. Similiar to a raspberry wild ale. Another great berlinner wiesse by August Schell. Its not super complex, but I really like it anyways!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderful aroma of fresh raspberies, nice steak of tartness (lemon) and mild sourness.
Beautiful pink color with pinkish white head. Attractive.
As Bry would say, "It's like angles came in my mouth. Female ones". :0)
Fresh raspberries in taste with nice tartness and a really dry finish. Such an enjoyable finish.
Really great tartness, no excess, just enjoyment.
Lighter body, but effervescent body. Bottom pour offers bigger feel, but still body.
Very good beer. Congrats to Schell's in this gem.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been anticipating this one since I purchased it a few days ago. Bottled Oct., 2013 so it has a few months on it.

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

The first thing you notice is the amazing color of this beer, a beautiful and hazy light red. The smell is amazing: fresh raspberries just picked from our backyard. A beautiful pour with a pink, foamy head that quickly dissipates.

The first taste is all raspberry, tart and slightly astringent. There is a bit of a yeasty finish and, perhaps just a slight, and not unpleasant funk. As the beer warms, there is a slight finishing bitter note that is quite nice. There are only hints of the base Berliner Weisse. The bottle says it is "aged in wood" but I did not pick up any of those notes.

The beer is light and effervescent on the tongue, very much like a champagne.

Overall, a very pleasant experience. I would like to drink this again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/30/2014.

App- Clear, dark pinkish-red body, nice half finger thick pink head that dissipates quickly. Looks bubbly, like champagne. Not much lacing.

Smell- Raspberry yogurt bomb. Some oak, a bit of vinegar, but its mostly lactic acid and raspberry jam. Smells very good to be honest.

Flavour- Sour raspberries, one dimensional. A bit lactic, a lot more vinegar than in the nose. A bit mouthpuckering. Finishes dry and oaky with some residual raspberry flavour.

Mouthfeel- thin bodied, a bit watery, decently sour, 4/10. Actually a bit less drinkable than Star of the North was. Certainly reflects the <4% ABV of the beer.

Overall- Less complex and interesting than Star of the North, but the raspberries add a nice fruity sourness to it. I enjoyed the raspberry yogurt smell but I can see why some people wouldn't care for it. Solid berliner, but SotN was way better without the raspberries.

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Photo of Etan
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Been waiting a while for this one to hit local distro.

A: Pours a pleasant ruby with almost no head.

S: Lightly sweet raspberry, lactic acidity. Clean nose.

T: Dryish raspberry, yogurty lactic note, little bit of fruity tartness, wash of fresh grain in the finish with more lactic notes.

M: Light-bodied, almost flat.

O: The raspberry flavor here is very nice (not too sweet), but the lack of carbonation and acidity is annoying. This doesn't live up to the base beer at all.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got classy with a goblet, and a corked and caged beverage. Bottled October '13.

This beer poured with absolutely no foam. However, this beauty sports a sumptuous, red raspberry-hued body.

Surprising blast of vinegar-y red raspberry syrup, this mixes with a general sugar sweetness, incredibly sweet.

This beer drinks exactly like red raspberry juice has been pressed into the goblet! More tanginess followed closely by red raspberries, FDN finishes with a subtle crackery feel. Very straight forward, but pure flavors, this is delicious stuff!

Sparkling and bubbly feel with a milky creaminess, this crisp feel and light body compliments the beer wonderfully.

Framboise Du Nord started a little shakey in the aroma department with that syrupy, vinegar quality. It rebounds significantly with the clean and strong flavor of tangy red raspberry on the palate, adding the creamy, snappy feel sent this beer to the next level! This is why I drink beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, fall 2013

A: Pours a really pretty pinkish red color. Getting a nice pink colored head. Sticks around a while. Leaves some lacing.

S: This smells like real raspberries. Almost jam like. You get some of that Berliner lactic yogurt like character but not as much as in Star of the North. The fruit almost takes TOO MUCH of that away for me. Tartness.

T: Similar to the smell, you get all that fresh raspberry fruit flavor. I literally got a fruit seed in my mouth on a sip. There is some tart berry and lactic character right up front. Smooths out a little in the mid-palate. Finish is dry and clean with lingering berry flavor. Very easy to drink, but again I think I like the Star of the North more.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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Noble Star Collection: Framboise Du Nord from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 193 ratings