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Framboise

Review - Harpoon Brewery's 100 Barrel Series: Framboise

"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 14p 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." -- Harpoon Brewery

Not a moment is wasted once the cap is popped on this bottle. An intense blast of fresh raspberry fields launches onto your sniffer. We reached to find some other scents, but this beer is all raspberry, all the time. No malts, no hops, no yeast, just sweet sweet raspberry. It pours a medium red color with a delightfully large, pink fizzy head. Hardly any lacing is left behind, and the head doesn't stick around for too long, although this beer isn't about presentation, despite its high marks for its remarkable color and hazy body. Sean felt this one smelled like a raspberry popsicle. The initial flavor is as expected...sweet. However, it does quickly turn over to a tart taste, as one would expect to find in a fresh-baked raspberry pie. Mouthfeel is light with lively carbonation, leaving a watery finish behind. It gave MB sticky lips.

Reviewed on May 2nd, 2006 with MB.

Type:Fruit Beer
ABV:5.3%
Source:22 oz. Bottle
Score:19/30

Official Harpoon Brewery website