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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #11 - Framboise

Formerly brewed at Harpoon Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 8   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Framboise, French for "raspberry", is a Belgian-style fruit lambic. Made with more than 4,600 pounds of raspberries, 50% wheat at a gravity of 14°p it has all the makings of a great summer time beer. Highly carbonated, it produces a wonderfully pink, lacey head. The burgundy color foretells of intense raspberry aromas. A nice, sweet start finishing with a tart and acidic finish that is light and refreshing.
Released again in late 2006 in 12oz bottles and draught.

ENCORE SERIES: Summer 2006

Lizabeth's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy dark reddish brown with a diminutive white head. Smells and tastes like raspberry rhubarb pie.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
No real head--just a thin layer of fine pink bubbles. Lace is also absent. The color is an orange-red and cloudy as would be expected. Some raspberry aromas, not as sour as I’m used to in a Framboise. There’s also a creamy smell. The sourness comes through on the flavor. A raspberry sweettart. Full bodied and high carbonation as typical of this style. The aftertaste starts sweet but quickly goes to a dry, lip puckering tartness. As a framboise, this is not nearly as sour as the Belgian counterparts. Considering this is not Belgium, this is a very good substitute to the lambics. And the price is far more palatable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2009
the epitome of alcopop...massively sweet raspberry flavor...just a big sugary mess with nothing else there...felt more like i was drinking a soda than a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (5724) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Session #11:
Hazy reddish coloured body with a nice ruby tint and a thinnish off-white head that ends up fading fast. Nice aroma of pure raspberries, icing sugar, malt and some funky fruityness near the end that lingers. Light to Medium-bodied; Tart raspberry taste up front not showing much in the palate with a decent maltyness and a subtle sweetness. Aftertaste shows some puckering fruityness with some sugared sweetness and not much else. Overall, not a good beer - this one is lacking very much, even for a small-production fruit-beer. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from K&E Discount Beverage in New Paltz, New York on 24-December-2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Pours out a light reddish/pinkish/purpleish color with a small rose colored head. Aroma is very nice of raspberries, bread and some tartness...it was also suggested by a fellow taster that it smelled a bit like seaweed...and honestly I could see that. Anyway the taste totally lets you down. The aroma is good and then down the tubes it goes. Very watery, little to no flavor of raspberries, just some tartness/sourness and slight malt, but other than that this one was a let down

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2008
22 oz bomber from Pineypower thanks Dean. Pours your standard looking very ugly purple/brown body with a small lavenderish bubly head. Aroma was on with lots of raspberry puree aroma ontop of some grainy malts. Very thin body with average carbonation that makes this one feel more like a seltzer then a beer. The flavor reallly is a let down with lots of sourness and tartness apparent but no real fruit raspberrt coming through. Pllllllt total dropped ball on this one Harpoon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
Sampled at 2007 Brewnosers’ Christmas Gathering. About 2 years old at time of sampling. Amber colour with a pink tint and a light pinkish fizzy head. Aroma seems more strawberry than raspberry with some woody and earthy notes. Strawberry leads the flavour as well with some dry yeastiness and oak. Light bodied, dry but refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 15, 2007
From a 750ml bottle, pours a deep reddish brown with a light white head and lace. Intense fruity aroma, light-medium body, slightly dry flavor balance where tart fruitiness dominates at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rocbyter (2079) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Strong raspberry aroma. Dark red color with some foam. Tart taste. Highly carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dlovell2 (1804) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Poured red with a pink head. Rasberry Aroma. Dry Rasberry taste. Very fizzy almost like a champagne.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tonyc603 (43) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Reddish color with a light pinkish head, it seems to be very tart and raspberry flavor sof course. Seems not quite as much Belgian character as I would have hoped for. I would still probbaly buy Lindeman’s over this one.

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