Frambozen - Bullfrog Brewery

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 75
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CoolJosh on 06-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by hopdog:
Photo of hopdog
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium reddish/amberish color with almost no head. Aromas of some funkiness, berries, fruity, and some woodiness. Tastes of berries, the same fruitiness, lightly funky, and vanilla.

Notes from and tasted on: 8/14/09

More User Reviews:
Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, eyebrews brings the pain at a recent tasting!

A Hazy ruby red pour with a light red head protruding. Looks like what a beer called frambozen should!

Lots of tart raspberries in the nose, with accompanying sour notes, but nowhere near as flooring as I thought. That's a definite plus for me as I tend to stay away from sours as much as possible.

There's those tart raspberries again! Some vanilla and cream to boot. I'm also getting hints of cherries here as well. It's a touch sour, but nothing I can't handle. I'm very pleased with this one, (after being completely let down by Magic Beans earlier) as Bullfrog has finally provided a terrific brew.

If anything, this is a bit over-carbonated. Still, a minor quibble in what is easily my favorite Bullfrog selection to date.

Photo of augustgarage
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immense thanks to treyrab for this one! Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. The cork was among the most difficult to extract I've yet to encounter.

Beautifully clear carnelian body topped by a furiously active pale white head with just a touch of cherry blossom shading - that despite its inital merengue-like density and heft, recedes to a thin soapy smattering with great aplomb. Not much lacing, though the legs are viscous and thick. The last pour is opaque, and the fruit flavors are denser and come more to the front...

Incredible aromatics - positively bursting with sour earthy raspberry, in no way artificial, frozen, or commercial, just wild and pure fruit. This acidity is conjoined with a vinuous element from the oak, with a hint of sea-brine-funk from the yeast on the back-end. Delightful.

Bracing sourness on the palate - a puckering unripe acidity that overwhelms the specic fruit utilized. Hints of umeboshi, champagne vinegar, and raspberry jam come forward next, along with some lambic-like funk and low-level oaky tannins in the finish.

Light-bodied, not too much carbonation (though this along with the acidity might reduce the drinkability), perhaps a touch watery at times.

The raspberry no more takes center-stage than does the oak or yeast, making this a very well blended wild ale - one of the best I've tried, and one that clearly distinguishes the American Wild Ale from its Belgian predecessors.

Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One beer I thought I would never try, but thanks to Beerloco it happened.

A: Mild carbonation, pinkish/redish body, and lots of sediment. The head was much like champagne and did not linger or leave any lacing

S: Tart raspberries mostly. A touch of wood, but not overly aromatic

T: More tart than it is sour. Like fruitiness that has some sweetness to it as well. Very similar to Juliet. Some oak notes that provide of touch of earthiness

M: More carbonation is present in the mouthfeel that in the appearance. Quite dry too. The body is fairly light as well

D: Very much a raspberry champagne in my opinon. Tasty yes and would go great with brunch. Half the bottle was enough but I would try it again if I had the opportunity

Photo of miketd
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ygtbsm94 for this.

I didn't have big hopes for this beer - I've already been disappointed with Blue Cheer, Cherry bomb, Beekeeper, etc. The previous beers were not horrible, they just didn't live up to the top sours produced here. This one pours dark red with a nice white head. Aroma is great! Raspberry and some cheesy goodness. Flavor is nice, light fruit with the perfect carbonation. Great mouthfeel and a great beer. This one is up there with the best American wild ales.

Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This super-rare bottle was shared by bring - thanks, Barry! Re-rating from notes after prior deletion of review.

A - Deep slightly hazy red color with a small white head.

S - Tart with fresh raspberry and oak. Very nice, but not too much to it really.

T - Flavor is fresh sour raspberries, oak, vanilla, and some funk. The Bullfrog mafia hyped this beer up like crazy, and it was in fact pretty solid - but not THAT good

M - Body is medium with a sharp acidic bite and fairly high carbonation.

D - Better than average. This is a good sour but not a game-changer.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to d0b for breaking this out. Review from notes.

Rusty orange red body, with light pinkish foam that had good retention. Clean seedy raspberry aroma with minimal levels of funk. A firm tartness in the first sips, and a clean distinctive raspberry flavor. A bigger sip had a tangy, lasting aftertaste. Very dry with a pleasant light effervescence and very light body. The tartness was clean and moderate, approachable for a sour novice. Definitely got the salivary glands working. It reminded me a tiny bit of De Wilde Zuidentrein from Flossmoor Station. Personally I would have gone for more unbridled wildness/funky yeast, but it was well rounded and tart, which made for an enjoyable experience.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ditmier brought this rarity over for New Years Eve... Thanks a ton buddy!! You and Molly are good people... Molly more so. :-)

Initial pour was crystal clear orange with a lite pinkish head.. good lace... later pours showed pretty heavy yeast... cloudy with a bit of pink too.

Nose is every bit as good as I was expecting... funky ripe raspberries... fruity and a bit vinous.

Flavor is amazing... just outstanding that after all this time, only minor acetic qualities are showing... still plenty of bright fruit with some great bretty funk... some tannic qualities really dry this out... wood or raspberry seeds? who cares?

Body is light/medium.. with a solid medium carbonation.. wonderful beer and one that I never would have had the chance to try without my good buddy Ditmier... Thanks Homey.


Photo of PEBKAC
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A pallet-load of thanks & positive karma goes out to Avalon68, DrinknDrive, & even Mr. Doug McMinn himself for making the 3 hour drive there & back a little less hostile. It was my fault we left later then we wanted. Me & my lack of direction.

Shared twice over with the some of the local guys & gals, some that were just a little too pregnant or overburdened to take the trip down with us.

Tight cork. Each experience, slightly different. Tulip, snifter, slurping dregs directly from the bottle.

Faded strawberry & cider vinegar color. First time settled, second stirred up a bit on the express train over. Thin, rusty, filmy head, but lots of agitation below.

Smells of sour raspberries, dusty wheat, green apple, lemon, & just a little more sweat & musk then that.

I didn't dig the intense carbonation. It made me work that much harder. Tart & semisweet. Raspberry jam & apple cider vinegar. Pitty fruit bitterness & a little tangy radish bite. Drying wood. Yeasty. Sadly, I didn't get any vanilla. I like vanilla.

Thin body, harsh bubbles, very acidic. Biting. Not anywhere close enough to something like a Raspberry Tart, lambic, or any wild ale that I've had. Maybe something like a 70/30 mix of Liefman's Frambozen & champagne. Refreshing, but not what I thought I was paying $20 for.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml autographed bottle kindly shared by alfrantzell. Thanks, Arne.

Raspberry red pour, clear with a slight haze and a small white cap. Macerated raspberry aroma, both sweet and tart. Lightly woody and vinous. There isn't a lot else to the aroma, no distinct funkiness, but the fruit is nicely expressed. The taste is largely fruity, more tart than outright sour, with a hint of sweetness appearing mid-palate. The finish is faintly tannic and dry and there's a trace of acetic acid. Very light and spritzy. Pleasant stuff, nothing outrageous, but taken as a simple fruit beer it's quite good.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, have to thank treyrab and cooljosh for making this trip out to Bullfrog to make this tasting possible.

A: Hazy washed-out ruby color with lots of sediment churning through the beer as the carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass disturbing it as it tries to settle.

S: Tart raspberries with the classic pungent funk of sour, wild yeast. The tartness begins small and builds to overwhelm my nostrils.

T: Tart raspberries and wild yeasty sourness spikes rapidly and takes me completely by surprise. The taste starts with raspberries, and all of a sudden, my whole pallet is tingling with sourness. The vanilla from the barrel aging process comes through nicely in the finish, complementing the raspberry character almost like a creamsaver. The wild yeast also pushes its way in towards the end of each sip, covered slightly by cherry and raspberry.

M/D: Slightly overcarbonated, maybe, even for a wild ale. Tingly and tart early on, somehow, the finish is smooth and silky. The barrel aging adds a lot to this beer. This beer is really delicious...somehow managing to be both sweet and sour in the same instant, but not conflictingly so. Make the trip out to Bullfrog to get some if you can, because this is definitely a good one!

Photo of StormKing47
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bmoyer0301 with him and stakem. Finally...

A- Has a nice amber/brown color with a semi-golden hue. A decent amount of carb leading up to a thin white head. Would have expected more a deeper mahogany, but still looks good.

S- A bouquet of raspberries greets me and I am enticed for more. I love this smell and continue to inhale. As it warms it presents an earthy must and sharp acidic character that is pleasant, but also accompanied by a sharp and rich cheese aroma. A little more investigation and the more lactic sourness is unveiled and a fresh fruit juice aroma in the finish.

T- A great balance of lactic sourness and tartness from the fruits. There is a little tease of raspberries, but a lot more tartness, sharp acidity and a sweet vanilla undertone. A little underwhelmed wanted more sour raspberry, but it just wasn't there.

M- Has a lively amount of carb and a medium-thin body. A slight puckering, but more tart. Very refreshing and a manageable light acidity. Very well done.

D- Has a fair drinkability. The light acidity, sharp tartness and overall feel of this one is enjoyable. I would have liked to have more of the tart and sour raspberries, but they were hidden and tough to find. Glad I got to try it.

Bullfrog is a great brewery that makes great beer, but they make better ones.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this one. This is the one that caused the stir at the brewery when there was not enough for the crowd...
Appears a hazy, pink toned orange with a small white cap that quickly fizzles out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of raspberries, vanilla, strawberries, warmed sugar, and freshly baked pie crust.
Taste is of the aromas with a standout of rhubarb pie with cream topping, and apple.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, semi-dry, with vanilla tannins lingering.

Photo of boothbeer
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Graduation Sour Tasting- split 4 ways

A: Pours light red, almost pink in color. Nice 2 fingers width of off white head that has good retention.

S: Lots of oak and raspberry, but nothing really stands out. Kind of had a weird raspberry smell. Lacking in the aroma department.

T: Very fruity with a good amount of acidity. Flavor is almost straight raspberry. Pick up some oak as well. Actually really enjoyed the flavor.

M: Medium carbonation. Not too much body.

D: I could drink this all day. This would be a great beer to offer to a first time sour drinker. Just enough acidity to let you know it is a sour.

Photo of natasharai
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Greg (Hophead101) for sending me this hard to get and delicious beer!!! :-)

Appearance: Poured with a small off white skily head that dissipated to a thin layer, which lasted through the majority of the beer. The head left almost no lacing on my glass. The beer is a rusty orange/red with a bit of haze to it.

Smell: Juicy raspberry is prevalent, creamy berry smoothie, light tartness, sweet tangy fruit.

Taste: Tangy berries, sweet juicy/ripe raspberries, sour bit, a little bit of a grassy flavor, and some woody oak flavors.

Moutfeel: Tangy bite, medium body, good amount of carbonation, and a smooth creamy feel.

Overall: Really good drinkability, nice juicy sweet ripe raspberry character, creamy texture and flavors. The ripe sweetness helps balance out the sour tangy flavors.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice moderate shade of pink with a white head. Some good lacing as the beer goes down. Slightly pink on the sides of the glass. Nose is intense lactic sourness with a good dose of wild raspberries and a bit of earth. The taste is mostly lactic acid and raspberries, although there is a slight acetic character in there. Nick puckering mouthfeel. Really intense and overall a very pleasurable brew.

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An interesting blend of contrasting pink and orange, almost as if the colors are in a fight with themselves. Not really much head, and no lacing on mine. It does look bubbly and carbonated.

S - A little bit of oak influence, smells pretty nicely tart. The raspberries are in there, but quite deep, had to do a big inhale before I started being able to pick them out.

T - Raspberry is there, but somewhat muted, just a little too subtle for my liking. Nicely tart, a bit of an old wine/vinegar taste in there, but it does not detract. It's pretty solid.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with some nice carbonation. Good for the style.

D - I think the muted raspberry tastes makes this more drinkable as the sweetness does not become overpowering. This is a very good sour, would not mind having it again.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for sending me this awhile back. Opened up at the Sins tasting this past weekend.

A: The pour is an interesting blend of pink, orange, and red with very little head.

S: Lots of raspberries on the nose, as you might expect. A nice tartness from the fruit along with a seedy note. There is a mild vinegar to it, but not out of control at all.

T: The raspberry favor is not quite as intense as I would have expected, but still definitely there. There is a nice fruit sweetness along with a crisp acidity. Not terribly sour, but a good balance.

M: The body is light to medium with a mild level of carbonation. Not overly drying, and the acidity causes a bit of salivation.

D: A pretty nice beer from Bullfrog, though not quite to the level of BCB, for example. I was hoping for more tartness on the palate, but still enjoyable either way.

Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle from 2009 poured into a Russian River stemmed glass. Cork did not want to come out and actually broke in my hand trying to work it free. After an impromptu opening by corkscrew, it broke free and yielded a nice pop of carbonation...and all of the liquid stayed in the bottle - no gushers. Definitely a good start.

A - Pours a dirty almost cranberry juice reddish hue with more than a bit of brown in the palate as well. Clarity is very good and plenty of carbonation streams up from the bottom of the glass. A thin finger of off-white foam that is somewhat fizzy lingers for a short minute or so and falls to leave a thick foamy collar, bubble islands on the surface and traces of foamy lacing on the glass.

S - From several feet away, I could already smell this beer. Quite sour and tart on the nose, plenty of lactic acid and a healthy dose of acetic as well - should be nice and sour judging by the aroma. Lots of raspberry character as well, fruity, jelly/jam-like, tart, a bit of fermented fruit aroma. Funky brett aromas too, mildly barnyardy, earthy and yeasty, a bit grassy, lower woody and vanilla-y oak mixed in for good measure. Seems to become fresher and more fruity/raspberry-y as it warms up. Barnyard picks up a bit as temperature increases in the glass too.

T - Tart up front for sure, but nowhere near the intensity I expected coming from the aroma. Super fruity too - raspberry takes the lead in the flavor profile and is dominant but not overpowering. Surprisingly fresh raspberry flavor - not quite fresh picked, but still bright and juicy. Woody and earthy yeast and barrel contributions. Light cheesy/aged hop bitterness and low level funk that is noticeable but well below the level found in the aroma. A bit oxidized but surprisingly not nearly as much as I expected after 5 years in the bottle.

M - Just on the light side of medium bodied with a medium carbonation...not as high as many wilds, but plenty of fizzy life and feel on the tongue - works quite well. Dry, tart and mildly funky - leaves behind a dry earthy brett character after the swallow that is offset a bit by lingering raspberry goodness. Not quite puckering from tart/sourness, but has a firm intensity that suits my tastes nicely and brings out the raspberry character really nicely.

O - Balanced and well nuanced wild ale. One of the best raspberry wilds I have ever had and certainly the best I have had in a long time. Wasn't sure what to expect from a bottle this old and not sure why I waited so long to open it. As it turns out, it was well worth the wait. If age hurt this at all, I can only imagine the greatness it once was. Really nice raspberry character throughout and lots of subtleties to complement and back things up.

Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.84/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pink with a similar colored head. Smell is sweet and funky and enjoyable. The taste fails to match the smell. The beer lacks body and is not as tart as I like my wild ales/sours to be. The mouthfeel is also uneventful. The flavor and tart seem to dissapear way too quickly for my liking. From a person who likes wild ales and sours, this one falls flat.

Update: I recently had an aged bottle of this and it is much more balanced.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been fortunate enough to have this a few times, the most recently was at the Captain Lawrence release, courtesy of masterchiefMD. Thanks, Chris!

The pour is hazy raspberry red with a thin white head that falls off fairly quick. The nose is fairly simple but still very enjoyable, with a blend of fruity raspberries and a moderate sourness. The raspberry character has both, fruity sweetness and tartness. The palate opens with a surprising tartness (this character has really developed in the last 6 months), causing the salivary glands to awaken and be perceptive of the big fruit character, very ripe and vibrant. There is no real funk so as to speak, no mustiness, and the sourness is rather clean with a slight acetic character. Drying on the finish with a clean sourness, this beer is light in body, carbonated quite high. I actually like it, it feels quite spritzy, enhancing the drinkability. Solid stuff, this seems to be getting better with age.

Just don't expect a world class sour when you go into this one, and you will probably enjoy it a lot more.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Scott!! Pours a fairly clear dark pink with a very thin white head that dissapated quickly. Smells like fresh raspberries, but not too strong. Some oak as well. Taste is similar- real raspberry flavor with a decent amount of tartness. Not overly sour though. Thin mouthfeel with little carbonation. Very good beer.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to natasharai for sharing this beer with me, I would also like to thank hophead101 for sending this beer to Natasha.

A- Large light pink head, moderate retention, moderate retention and okay lacing.

S- Large Raspberry aroma nice tartness lingering sweetness, strawberries, and light oak.

T- Large earthy sour beer, awesome sweet tart raspberries, good funky and fruitiness. Very nicely flavored beer.

M- Puckering tart to start with a nice dry finish.

This is a great frambozen, I am very glad I had the chance to try this beer.

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Miketd for busting this out at a small Friday night get together.

A: Pours an interesting Ruby Red Grapefruit juice color with a small but plentiful head that remains until the last drop.

S: Beautiful raspberries paired with a great balance of funk and tart acidity aromas.

T: Mirrors the smell, raspberry, tart acidic notes, and a pleasant barn funkiness. Dry finish, but not too dry.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Great. I could do a bottle by myself without it being a chore. Probably one of the easiest drinking sours I've had the opportunity to try.

Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bmoyer0301 for sharing this with a few of us during his birthday tasting on 12/3/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a hazed ruby browning color that is quite cloudy. A cap of white head forms and quickly recedes to a thin layering of bubbles that collects around the perimeter of the glass. A leggy amount of lace clings to the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is quite sweet with a natural scent of raspberries and a light amount of funk that comes across with a bit of a cheese note to it. The funkiness like cheese increases in character towards the back of the nose as it warms.

The taste of this brew is funky and almost cheese-like along with a natural raspberry flavor that is very enjoyable. The tartness of this brew seems natural in an unsweetened raspberry sort of way and not all that influenced by the yeast. This brew gets tangy across the back of the taste and picks up a minor puckering quality. It lingers with a fruited taste that is significantly more noticeable through the finish than the front of the taste. Only once this brew warms up did I pick up on an oaky flavor that is a little drying on the tongue.

This is a light bodied brew with a very modest, lively level of carbonation that is fizzy in the mouth. It is tart and has a puckering quality with every sip. This brew has a pretty significant salivation factor, each sip made me want to dive back in for more. Once warm, this brew displays a bit of a vanilla flavoring and smoothness that made this very easy drinking.

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Frambozen from Bullfrog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.