orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Had this on-tap at the Selin’s Grove 14th anniversary party. Served into a goblet.
A - Pours deep, dark, red with a bright red, borderline pink, head that leaves light lacing down the glass.
S - Lots of tart raspberries up front that remain thru the duration. A touch of bready, doughy, malt from the base beer helps balance it a bit but this one is all about the fruit. A touch dull when first poured but it gets better and better as it warms.
T - The huge blast of tart raspberries up front is delicious. As they begin to let up you get some sweetness and you begin to pick up some of the breadyness from the base beer. It is a perfect compliment to all the sweet, tart, raspberries. Finish is more raspberry tartness that lingers for some time, but in a good way. Why can’t all fruit beers be this way? Easily one of the best.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Creamy feel with a bit of lingering tartness from the raspberries. This one is smooth as velvet with just the right amount of sweetness.
O - Very, very, nice beer. I could put a few of these back no problem. A nearly perfect mix of tart raspberries and sugary sweetness. When it comes to fruit beers, Selin’s Grove can literally do no wrong. From this Framboise to the kriek and saison de peche, all are world class and some of the best in the style. If you have a chance to try any of them I suggest you do, you will not regret it. BuckeyeBoy (8473) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2011
Growler pour thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out cloudy red/mahogany topped with a small head. Aroma was of sweet raspberry jam along with a little funk. Taste was full on sweet raspberries, along with some cherries, and the light funk/tart.
chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Michael Thorpe coming through again, keeping me stocked up on the best of the Selin’s Grove stable...Growler poured into a "perfect" pint glass...A dark blood red purple color, really beautiful. A light purple head, great retention and lacing, awesome...Great aroma os sweet raspberries(like you took some raspberries and squeezed them in your hand), sugar notes that are a touch candyish, with a tart finish. A little more tart then Raspberry tart, but still wish it was a stronger...The taste is a little of a letdown, the raspberries aren’t as sweet and don’t come off as "real" as the aroma, but its more tart so its meeting some of wants on the nose. The tart is a little take to me, slightly medicinal raspberry finish.
I’m being picky, but this is damn good, and really easy to drink. Try this. kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Growler. Poured into a tulip glass a murky, bright maroon color with minimal head that collars around the glass. The head is actually a light pink color. The aroma is all raspberry, almost like I am smelling a raspberry jelly! The taste is massively sweet with some minimal bitterness in the end similiar to biting down on a raspberry seed or something like that.Really not that tart at all. Light/medium mouthfeel with some carbonation. It does have an odd taste in it that I can’t quite put my finger on though that throws it off slightly for me. The 6.5% is not even noticeable at all over all the fruit flavors. Extremely easy drinking. Minimal lace at all. Well, it’s good if you just LOVE raspberries but its almost a little to much. Given the choice I would prefer the New Glarus raspberry beer over this. douglas88 (9629) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Growler. Pours a very cloudy red-ruby color with a small bubbly head. The aroma is wonderful; massive ripe raspberries, sour and sweet. The flavor is similarly divided between the sweeter and sour raspberry aspects, the sweetness wins out big time. Very natural and very smooth. Good.
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
At tap at Selin’s Grove - 01.29.2010
Poured a nice bright ruby-red with a nice white head and some good lacing as it went down. The smell was of pure raspberries--a bit tart with a lot of sweetness. The taste was quite similar--a little bit of acidity and tartness, but mostly just that pure raspberry flavor. As others have said, the brewery emphatically states that this is "NOT" a lambic, so it should not be judged as such. This is simply a very delicious fruit beer, rivaling Raspberry Tart, although not having quite as much complexity. The sweetness is played quite well, leading to a refreshing mouthfeel. Insanely drinkable--worth the three-hour drive in and of itself.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-31-2010 Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Growler, courtesy TheCheeseMan. Pours a dark and cloudy, thick looking, deep garnet color. A small, fading, pinkish-tan head leaves scant, skinny lines of jagged lacing behind. The aroma booms with wild, jammy raspberry, very fruity and sweet-tart in a natural, fresh picked sort of way. I don’t really pull much out of the nose besides the raspberry. Similarly, flavors are pretty one dimensional. Primarily sweet, with just a hint of raspberry and cherry tartness, there’s a faintly grainy background, though the jammy fruit runs the show. Medium-plus in body and initially smooth, the finish turns towards the sticky side. Nice fruit beer, just not my thing. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2009
@RLRL with Orlando group-thanks to TheCheeseMan-growler-pours a pink ring for a head and hazy red color. Aroma is raspberry. Taste is tart raspberry, some herbal. Medium body. hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Growler… This beer rocks!… Murky, dark, purplish red ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The bouquet is fresh raspberry rapture. Full-bodied and creamy with gentle carbonation. The flavor is of sweet raspberries with moderate acidity. Sweet raspberry finish. Very reminiscent of New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Big time kudos to TheCheeseMan for sharing his growler of this world class beer! SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Growler courtesy ChzMan. Dark brown with purplish hues. White carbonation. Similar to NG RT with a bit less raspberry impact and more tartness. Medium body, mildly juicy, balanced carbonation. Too sweet for me to drink a lot of, but tasty indeed.