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Hopfenstark Framboise Forte Édition Spéciale (Oak Aged)
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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Fruit Beer
L’Assomption, Canada
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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9440) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle. Bright red colour with a light pink moussey head. Aroma is very oaky and vanillaish with lots of buttery chardonnay-like character. As it warms there is a lovely light raspberry fruitiness that comes out. Light leathery aroma and a touch of lemony citrus on the back. Light acidity that accentuates the crisp dryness of this beer. It’s sort of like drinking prosecco, with the same level of drinkability. As it warms more of the raspberry aroma comes out of the glass. I would love to be able to get my hands on more of this stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
Limited edition enjoyed at Mondiale 2008. This is the raspberry juiced beer aged for 3 months in oak, . The aroma is of the oak. The woody taste dominates. Much more enjoyable than a fruit beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 My Bottom Line:
The citrusy component of plump raspberries flourishes within the oak barrel’s inherent sagacity, as bubblegummy phenols colour this highly quenching and pleasantly tart Raspberry Saison.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam coers the cloudy pink red.
-Alcohol is absolutely absent in the flavor profile, so this can become a very treacherous beer; it is so drinkable!
-Cereal sweetness fits perfectly with the Fruit Loops-like yeast phenols.
-This one definitely shares affinities with some Jolly Pumpkin creations.
-The tartness and fruitiness are definitely reminiscent of Dieu du Ciel’s Solstice d’Été berliner weisse series. And that’s a good thing. ;)
-This is much more complex and even more enjoyable overall than their regular Framboise. The fact that there are 5 times as many raspberries as there are in their regular Framboise must help...

From the bottle and on tap at the brewery tasting room.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 2008-04-01. Hazy pink grapefruit coloured body with very little head (3+). Lightly must aroma, interesting fruit character - tart, mild funk, mild raspberry, something that insists that it is pineapple but I don’t believe it. (7+) Pleasantly fruity flavour, less funky than implied by the aroma. Lightly tart sour undertones, refreshingly so. (7+) Average to light bodied palate seems to suit it. (3+) Solid. Rather nice. Bottle generously shared by a friend

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle of the 2012 during their anniversary party, courtesy of Dany’s brother. Pours a not quite clear gold with a thin to medium sized white head. Cheesy and fruity on the nose. Soft raspberry and cereal. A little bit funky and acetic on the nose as well. Full of acetic acid right away, big and heavy with it. Lots of cheesy funk, heavy acetic acid, a touch of lactic. Aftertaste of cheese balls, a bit of raspberry and more acetice acid. Hmmm. Not sure what to make of this.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
Very special beer, lots of unique character. Opaque reddish pink with a departing head of slightly paler shade. An extremely phenolic offering which wears it nicely, but for the insistent plastic note that gives way solely because of the massive quantity of raspberries in there. The yeast has done a good job at attenuation because this would otherwise feel quite candy-like. Still, the palate is robust, medium-full, cerealic and hay-like. Perhaps its most astonishing feature remains the incredible drinkability – I could have believed that this is under 5%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
Bottle. Shared by the brewer, Fred @ Hopfenstark himself - thankyouthankyou! - Great guy - go buy his beer!. Hazy peach-coloured pour with a small drizzly head - looks like a friggin lambic!! Wonderful aroma - goddamn this guy makes great beer - acidic and lemony raspberry sourness, funky and sweetly oaky, definite tannins in there. The taste follows but even more acidic - very fruity and sour, and the oak deftly complements the overall character rather than overwhelms it. Slick, still body, decidedly alcoholic but I was amazed that the malt and fruit carried right through to the long, tart finish without fading. No word of a lie, this is GOOD STUFF, complex, refreshing, smooth and subtle. Please make more - then send me some!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 In short: A somewhat funky raspberry beer. Original and excellent.
How: Bottle at the brewery. First issue, freshly bottled.
The look: Cloudy orange-red body topped by a little off-white ring of foam.
In long: As expected the nose is very fruity (raspberries mainly) but also surprisingly funky with some barrel notes. In mouth the barrel doesn’t show much, the funkiness of the nose turns into a Saison-ish feeling, the intense raspberry flavour also hints on strawberries and all that is supported by a nice taste of dry hay/wheat. The beer is very dry and packs in quite a bit of tartness, acidity and sourness. Very mouth drying. The carbonation is appropriately pickling. No alcohol presence at all. This is an intense and tasty wild fruit beer. Fruit beer as sometimes seen as "girly" but this one is about as girly as a pack of chewing tobacco and a spittoon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle. Graciously shared by Fred of Hopfenstark during our weekend visit to Montreal. Thanks again Fred! Pours a hazy pink-orange-red with no head -- looks great! Aroma: Wow, that’s nice! Funky yeast, tart raspberries, light spices -- so fruity, it almost smells like a New Glarus Raspberry Tart, and that’s high praise indeed. Flavour: First thing to note is how balanced the oak is in this, which is always nice to see. Along with the oak there’s tart raspberries, some sweetness, light funk and the acidity is just right. Alcohol’s hidden. Medium bodied. This is simply fantastic!!


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