Hopfenstark Framboise Forte Édition Spéciale (Oak Aged)
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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Fruit Beer
L’Assomption, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by Fred from Ho:St at BBD 2009. Pours a hazy peachy grapefruit juice color with a nice lasting off white head. Aroma is sharp red raspberry with plasticy phenolics, some acidity, wheat malts, dough, cracker, and some light earthy funk, wood, light oak and some toast/vanilla. Flavor is nice mineraly fruits, seeds, light metallic, wheat, some lemon hints, with a wine and fruit like acidity, a slight plastic note with vegetal hints, and even a slight hint of fennel, mint, licorice, and other herbs with the raspberry and oak. Strange beer, but I kinda liked it overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2009
2 year old bottle (only 1 of 2 bottle sold on this occasion) at Hopfenstark 3rd anniversary party. Poured an hazy peach brew with a very tiny head. Aroma is sour raspberries, wheat, honey, oak and herbs. Flavor is sour raspberries, wheat, malt, citrus, and berliner weisse like flavor. Very good all around fruit beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2144) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2009
750ml bottle at Host 3rd anniv, 1 years old, shared by MJGG (ty !).Pours hazy yellow with a small head. Aroma is fruity, tart and funky raspberries. Taste is a bit light but still tart and quite fruity. A bit grainy. Very drinkable. Nice funk and tart on nose and taste. Truly a great beer. I also had this year’s version of the beer and it was quite different. Lots of vinegar, some butter and less fruits. I would give that one a 3.4/5.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2009
1 an. Bouteille de 750 ml dégustée directement à la brasserie lors du party 3e anniversaire. Arôme: Odeur de framboises. Apparence: La couleur est blonde avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de framboises légèrement amères avec une pointe de boisée. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Amertume de la framboise en arrière goût. (Rating #2780)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5642) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2009
750 ml bottle. 1 year oak aged tasted @ Host 3rd anniversary. Hazy gold pour, with a reddish pink look almost no head. Well felt raspberry and oak sourness aromas with a hint of candy. Taste is all raspberries and lambic-like sourness. Pretty aggressive carbonation in this one leaves a very dry and enjoyable mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2009
Bouteille de 750 ml, vieille 1 an, dégustée au 3e anniversaire de Hopfenstark. Arômes fruités discrets, notes acides bien présentes. Robe dorée, légèrement rosée, légère mousse et effervescence moyenne. Plutôt bien équilibrée en bouche, les framboises et le chêne sont présents mais demeurent relativement discrets. Les céréales sont également apparentes. Finale lactique moyennement sûre. Intéressant. Note: la nouvelle version 2009 (vieillie 6 mois) présentait des fortes notes de diacétyl et d’acide acétique et était beaucoup moins intéressante.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
Pub. 2007 vintage. No head. Orange-rose colour. Sour scent, strong with no real fruit presence. tasty dry light raspberry. Finish has a building sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2009
Hazy peach in colour with a thin white head, patchy lacing. The aroma is wheaty, light fruit with only some raspberries, some tartness. The flavour is sharp, acidic, light in the raspberries again, some sweetness. Sour mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes sharp and acidic before turning sweet.

The aroma makes it seems like you shouldn’t expect much but the flavour and finish make up for that. A bit light on the raspberries though, the result of the oak aging?

Bottle at Mondial 2008, Montreal, Quebec.
Sampled on May 30, 2008.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4544)
- Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2009
Sour aroma is almost lambic-like but there are some sweet vanilla notes and an almost floral. soap-like component. Hazy amber coloured body is topped by a thin, white, large bubbled, fully diminishing head. Tart raspberry flavour with some lactic character. Wheat and raspberries linger in the aftertaste. I’m getting more fruit than funk but the underlying character is certainly Belgian inspired. Medium-light body with moderate unobtrusive carbonation that neither helps nor hinders enjoyment. Tulip glass. Bottle purchased at the brewery Jun-08.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2008
A pink rosy beer with a thin big bubbled white head. Very nice barnyard and raspberry aroma, strong Brett, and acids. Effervescent and tart in mouth, raspberry meeting Brettanomyces, woody notes and aged cheese. Rich and interesting. Thanks Hopfenstark! Bought at brewery.

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