Framboise is another name for raspberry. More specifically, it's French for
raspberry, and in parts of Belgium French is spoken. Pierre Celis, founder
of Celis Brewing of Austin, Texas, is from Belgium. He brewed a Raspberry
beer at his Texas brewery. Hence, Celis framboise. The future of the Celis
brewery is unclear, given that the Miller Brewing Company now owns it
completely and has not revealed it's plans for the brewery. Miller has owned
an interest in Celis for years, and actually reduced the number of states
the beer was distributed too.
Back to framboise. In Belgium, framboise is a style of wheat beer that is
spontaneously fermented (meaning that wild, airborne yeast ferment it) to
which raspberries are later added. Celis version is brewed with raspberry
juice imported from Belgium rather than whole fruit. It is also fermented by
the addition of custom yeast to the wort, or unfermented beer. It's a tasty
fruit beer that falls somewhere between a sweet Lindeman's and a sour Boon
example of the style.
Celis Raspberry is light pink in color with a spritzy cotton-candy head and
a strongly raspberry nose. The palate is light and tart from the wheat,
perfumy, fruity with raspberry, and oddly enough reminiscent of mustard. The
fruit isn't cloying and there is a subtle sourness in the finish similar to
what you'd find in a Belgian framboise beer. Not a sweet beer to be sure,
but would make a nice dessert beer, perhaps accompanying a flaky raspberry
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
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