Noble Star Collection: Framboise Du Nord | August Schell Brewing Company

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Noble Star Collection: Framboise Du NordNoble Star Collection: Framboise Du Nord

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August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by pourmeadrink on 11-18-2013

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4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of Benish
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bsp77
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Pinkish red with bubbly light pink head. Clings longer than most for the style.

Smell: Raspberries, both tart and sweet. Some lemon, oak, vinegar and pepper.

Taste: Initial tart onslaught of raspberry, but quickly becoming more complex to include lemon, oak and touches of pepper. All flavors linger on the palate for awhile after each sip.

Feel: Very light bodied and fairly effervescent. Exceedingly dry and tart finish.

Overall: I enjoy this even more than the base Star of the North beer. This is almost like a Lambic, and who would have ever thought that Schell's would have become the premier sour manufacturer in Minnesota.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass. Bottled in October of 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy reddish pink with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of pink head that quickly fade into a thin patchy layer. Lacing is light.

Smell: A tart, juicy, and very funky and yeasty wheat aroma with lots of raspberry scent. Big upfront scent of raspberries. Wheat and pale malt with hints of biscuit, yeast, straw, and cracker. Scent of Brett giving a tart cherry like presence. Funky cheese like scent from the bacteria. The raspberries and funk stand out and play off each other well. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a very juicy, tart, and funky wheat taste with a big helping of raspberries. Sweet upfront taste of the raspberries stands out. Wheat and malt with notes of yeast, biscuit, straw, and cracker. Strong taste of funk from the bacteria that reminds me of Belgian cheese. Some Brett as well giving some notes of tart cherry. The sweet raspberries and funk balance each other well. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp and fairly creamy. Tart and very juicy. Sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good take on a Berliner Weiss. The big funk presence is balanced nicely by the sweet raspberries. Another great example of a good tasting low ABV brew.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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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Noble Star Collection: Framboise Du Nord from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 187 ratings