Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 37
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-03-2001

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Ratings: 857 | Reviews: 400
Photo of Knobs303
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight Variation from year-to-year. Some years more sour, some more sweet.

Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the rotation New Belgium draft selection at Craft Beer Market in Edmonton.
Pours a clear, reddish-brown color with a beige head. Foam settles to a thin film, streaky lace lines.
Smell is toasted malt, and the raspberry sweetness does come through. Brown ale base, nice layers of flavors.
Taste is much the same, malty, fruity sweet and tart, slightly sour finish.
Decent carbonation, crisp mouth feel, dry finish.

Photo of Csikic93
2.54/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Too sweet for me. I feel like I'm drinking cranberry sauce.

Photo of 31Sam13
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not to sweet or tart but well balanced. I really enjoyed this the few times I had it. It isn't a go-to, but fruit beers are generally not my mainstay...

Photo of SierraFlight
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into shaker pint. Courtesy of Tim that night I didn’t have the right channel for the ’Hawks game and we watched T’s skiing video w/Kristy. Medium red-brown body with tan head and a few patches of lace. Aroma is dominated by toasted malt and raspberry. Taste is slightly tart raspberry, sweet toasted malt, hints of cocoa and nut on the swallow. Medium body, soft creamy texture, moderate carbonation, dry finish with lingering tartness.

Photo of bubseymour
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice easy drinking fruity beer. Seems lighter and a tad more watery than the ABV states, but its still a nice refreshing beer.

Photo of Stevedore
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 12 April 2015. Served in a snifter glass 2/1/15.

A- Medium dark purple-red body, one finger offwhite head with fair retention time, no lacing, small film and collar. Slightly copper in hue.

S- Raspberry jam, sugary fruit sweetness a bit like a Jolly Rancher. As it warms, the sugar fades into a background of mild milk chocolate sweetness and a bit of cocoa. Nice smelling beer.

F- Slightly astringent raspberry fruitiness with a good bit of earthy, almost herbal bitterness. As in the nose, I get a little bit more chocolate flavours on the back end, more of the darker variety. Slight booze on the backend. Flavour profile seems to be a bit of a mess here; although in the middle of the palate there seems to be a very brief glimpse of what they probably intended this beer to be- chocolate covered raspberries. Then it's gone.

M- Medium bodied, a bit syrupy on the feel, fairly prickly, stinging carbonation that might even be a bit much for my enjoyment of the beer. Bitter herbal earthy finish on the end, a bit of raspberry fruit. Not much chocolate on the finish.

O- Pretty decent, smells great as I would expect from fresh raspberries but the mix on the palate leaves a bit to be desired. Not a bad effort by New Belgium at all, but I think the carbonation and bitterness is a bit too much. I think the raspberry sweetness would otherwise be balanced out by the chocolate, toasted malts of the base brown ale; the earthy, herbal hop additions aren't really necessary.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date April 12, 2015 printed on the label. A new one to me from New Belgium,acquired the six pack from the local beer store.

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

A - It pours a semi-clear ruby colored body with about two fingers of bubbly pinkish khaki head. Has an almost cranberry juice sort of appearance.

S - The aroma is pleasant enough - lots of sweetened mild tartness in the vain of a fruit beer, with a very distinguished chocolate malt presence in the background.

T - The taste is well enough for what it is; a nice marriage of semi-tart raspberry and roasty chocolate malts. A slight medicinal edge, but for the most part everything is pretty authentic.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, and easy drinking. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, I'd call it a slightly above average representation of the style, but definitely drinkable and enjoyable. Would have it again if the occasion did arise.

New Belgium Frambozen -----3.5/5

Photo of hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber/reddish hue with a decent cap of pink-tinged foam
Aroma-berries and malt
Taste-Rasberry, toasted malt, medium bodied. An interesting take on a holiday brew.

Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 4/12/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a pretty ruby color with a pinkish-white head that fades leaving nice lacing and retention. The aromas are very malty with hints of sweet raspberries. Subtle caramel and cocoa notes, but the raspberries seem to shine. The flavors are sweet, but not overboard. It's not overly tart and it's definitely not sour. The raspberry notes aren't shy. Lots of malts. This beer seems balanced. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and creamy despite feeling light at times. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This beer is what it is. They advertise a brown ale with raspberries, and this is exactly what that is. It's nothing crazy, but it's solid.

Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity with ruby highlights. Head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is tart raspberry dominant, with s slightly sweet, toasted caramel malt and floral hops providing subtle contrast. Becomes a bit medicinal as it warms.

Flavor reveals more tartness initially, with less intense raspberry notes that surface and fade just before the toastednutty malt and light caramel sweetness kick in.

The abv in this one is only detectable by warmth in the belly.

There's a touch of a fake fruit aroma and flavor, but the flavoring is nicely balanced, and I love raspberries. Lacks the depth of flavor of a new glarus, but not a bad brew.

Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD 4/12/15. Pours a lovely clear medium garnet. Normal head volume, below normal lacing and retention. Rich nose of raspberries over a light sweet base that seems biscuit in nature. Light body with just a hint of smoothness. Well carbonated with a lively effervescence from the onset through the finish. The flavor profile is where this ale shines. Intense raspberry with a subtle underlying biscuit sweetness that never becomes prominent enough to balance the tart raspberry. It never hits the puckering stage, but the effervescence maintains a prickly tartness on the tongue. The finish is somewhat crisp and leaves you with a tart raspberry flavor. This one avoids the sickeningly sweet fault of many raspberry ales.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is very clear with a dark red and copper color and very little head. The nose is faint, but quite pleasant with notes of raspberries and fresh bread.

Light-medium body with a flat feel and a mild fruity flavor. Not much sweetness up front. A mish-mash of tart raspberries, bready malt, and grassy hops arrive at mid-palate and lead to a dry finish that doesn't linger for long. No booziness at all. Crisp, light, and refreshing, but a bit bland and uninspired.

As this beer is billed as a ``raspberry brown ale'', I expected something quite a bit darker, richer, and different. This strikes me as a standard raspberry beer that is similar to (but in no way comparable to) the raspberry beers produced by New Glarus and Founders. The bottle says this is a ``big, luscious celebration" of raspberries. While ``luscious'' is not the word I would employ to describe this beer, it was fairly enjoyable and refreshing and would make a nice summer beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much flavor to it (at least, not the flavors I would look for in a beer like this). I won't buy this again and if someone gives it to me, I think I'll try mixing it with something.

Photo of Lanstrum
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An interesting light raspberry frambozen

Photo of thdude5
1.81/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's either bad beer or good cough medicine.

Photo of torwart94
1.38/5  rDev -62%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

I've never been a fan of this style, but even so, this beer underperforms for the category.

Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad!!! I enjoyed one while eating snacks on New Year's eve. Poured into a flute glass, this beer is well carbonated and produces a medium sized fizzy off-white head. Head retention was less than average and not much lacing. The reddish/amber color and all the bubbles were nice.

Aroma is raspberries up front and a malty beer that cuts the sweetness.

Taste is similar. Fresh raspberries, not just sweet raspberry syrup. The malty beer part emerges after the initial sip. It cuts the sweetness, not as dramatically as some of the sours that feature fruit, but still provides a nice contrast to the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Enjoyable, a light beer for the cooler weather

Photo of Redneckwine
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - A really delightful, bright ruby/brown color. One finger off-white head leaves a wispy cap and a touch of lacing.

Smell - Sweet and sour fruity berries backed up with malty toastiness and raw cocoa. Some floral/perfumey notes jump out too.

Taste - Up-front fruitiness definitely presents itself with signature sweet/tart, juicy raspberry, then wastes no time leaning on a lightly toasted malt body complete with nuances of earthy cocoa and coffee. Ghost notes of spicy, well integrated alcohol. Finish dries up very impressively; suggestions of berry and toasted bread remain.

Feel - Medium/light bodied feel and fairly well carbonated, but strangely feels a touch watery on the end. I sense they were trying to make this beer feel lighter than it probably should given the ABV, somehow; still, drinkability is really high.

Overall - A surprisingly tasty beer, which may seem like a gimmick at first, but make no mistake, this beer is extremely refined, well-crafted, and dangerously drinkable at its ABV. An outstanding offering that just feels right on a cold winters night.

Photo of VeganUndead
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is supposed to be a brown ale? Very fruity sweet, overall not a bad tasting beer for whatever it is they were going for

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a fluted pint glass. The tenth beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a clear dark ruby red color with off-white soapy head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Tart raspberry, light chocolate and cereal notes.

T- Big raspberry notes that are slightly tart, some cereal malt notes, and light cocoa chocolate notes.

M- Medium body, watery finish, and low carbonation.

O- The raspberry flavor is pleasant and slightly tart. There is not much complexity and the body is pretty weak.

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light raspberry red mixes with a light brown color and yields a relatively weak body. The nose is mostly fruity, raspberry, with an organic flowery aroma.

The flavor starts with a fruity raspberry and follows with a dry chocolate malt. There is a bit of coffee, barley malt and grain.

It's an enjoyable fruit beer with a light thin face.

Photo of RyanK252
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours brownish red amber with a light tan head that disappears.

S: Tart raspberry, a bit earthy, with a touch of chocolate.

T: tart raspberry dominates, some bittersweet chocolate notes, and a little roasted malt.

M: On the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Not much left to remind you of a brown ale, raspberry really takes over, but I'm not complaining. I could drink this all day.

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep ruby red, with a frothy creamy pink four finger head with a thick rich appearance. Body color gives to some minor carbonation and deep red chestnut with some brown hues. Neat looking brew.

Fruity nose and a soft raspberry aroma. Slight cream and malt thickness match nicely, with just a tiny bit of toast sticking out. Mild sense of chocolate but really buried, but has a good thick, not horribly sweet, and solid fruit angle.

Real nice simple palate. Mild raspberry with small milky notes of vanilla. Cream angle doesn't get too thick, but a sweetness works it's way out nicely. Raspberry finish and milky front almost with minimal like lactose quality.

Real nice mellow fruit beer. Nothing fancy, just real simple, drinkable and flavorful.

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale is actually much more red, albeit dark red, almost violet. For its darkness, the complete clarity is somewhat unusual. There are big lazy bubbles sitting on the glass as the head quickly dies down, and it looks like a soda somewhat except that a haze always remains on top and manages a little lacing.
Malts and tart raspberry show in the nose, but sourness takes a little more time to develop than I'd expect and only partially manifests, though a toasty note and touch of creamy sweetness complement well.
The sourness is on display more in the flavor though not especially strong. The brown ale base is evident with a toasty malt and possible a hint of caramel, while a mildly vinous dry note comes in the middle. The raspberry is pretty effectively utilized, but I'd like a bigger contribution both of sourness and fruit.
The feel is crisp up front with a little less on the end, the semi-dry to dry medium body pretty much the same. It's well carbonated and maybe moderately smooth.

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Fast on the heels of the Accumulation winter beer being made available up here in the Great White North, we now have a fruity Christmas offering, if the wreath on the label is to be taken seriously.

This beer pours a clear, very bright red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and moderately bubbly pink-tinged head, which leaves some low-lying frothy sea spout lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of sharp, rather fruity raspberry puree, lightly toasted caramel malt, a hint of acrid yeast, and the slightest of earthy, weedy hops. The taste is still pretty indulgent in the realm of fruity raspberry goodness - all over top of a bready and mildly chocolaty caramel maltiness, subtle earthy yeast, a touch of oily nuttiness, and well dialed-out weedy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are generally quite frothy, but innocuous all the same, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and more or less smooth, a slightly airy creaminess arising on its very own terms. It finishes still overbearingly fruity, the raspberry character reminding me of enough lifelong summertime experiences to really just forget anything else that is particularly seasonal about this affair.

When I hear the word 'frambozen', even though I'm familiar with its Flemish origins, back in my native tongue, all my feeble brain gets is 'frozen raspberry', from a sense of place and rudimentary French knowledge. Anyways, a nicely fruity brown-ish ale, the balance evident after more than a few mere sips.

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