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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

721 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-03-2001)
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Reviews by rsdaugherty:
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

rsdaugherty, Dec 24, 2012
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Photo of brownbeer
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep red with a slightly pink head. Really, quite neat looking.

S- Sweet raspberry, brown sugar, caramel.

T&M- Fresh raspberry up front and then it fades into the malty brown ale. The fade has sweet chocolate, maybe vanilla, caramel, with a faint raspberry tartness. The flavors work well together but I think it could benefit from a creamier mouthfeel.

Good holiday beer for a raspberry fan who happens to like brown ales.

brownbeer, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer rests in the brewer's own goblet and radiates an opaque dark plum with soft glow. It starts with two fingers of purple-tinged tan head but that fades slowly, leaving a rich and delicate lacing.

Nose is of course, rasberries. It's very strong. I also smell some slight nut and hops hiding out back there somewhere but mostly its the berries. Nose signals hard sour- tart association in my brain and the back and sides of my tounge start salivating.

My tounge glimpes undead citrusy hops and the specters of earthy ones scurrying out of the path of the on-coming nutty malt truck, which is loaded down with huge rasberry taste that plays wonderfully off a big sour lactic character. The mouthfeel is thin but sticky. While I found this to be a tasty brew, it is so fulsome that one a night is enough.

I have tried this beer before and been underwhelmed, but if you can still get your hands on some of this year's you really should. Apparently the rasberry crop was special this year and it really shows. I'm on like my third six of this, we've been having fun baking with it. Do not pair it with rasberry chocolate by the way, they just cancel eachother out.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 15, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very surprised this one does not have higher reviews.

Not only does it have a very flavorful, well balanced raspberry aroma & taste, but there are amazing chocolate undertones to this beer. Literally like drinking a chocolate covered raspberry. Absolutely delicious. And not sicky sweet like you might think. Very smooth and easy going down. An absolute CRAFT beer. Truly a joy to drink. I wish I had a case.

chOAKbarrell, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Frambozen poured a dark ruby red with a big pinkish-tan, creamy head that lasted for the entire time and laced the glass on the way down. It had a tart, fruity nose. The taste followed suit - a big tart raspberry initial taste that mellowed as the beer warmed, with a smooth malt finish. This is one of my favorite holiday beers. The fruitiness is not overwhelming, and it's very drinkable. I have noticed that the taste can vary from batch to batch as well as draft vs bottles - some are fruitier and tarter than others.

Beaver13, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of babyhobbes
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is yet another beer powerball beer. This one from Tayner. Thank you!!

If you've ever seen fancy dark honey at a beekeepers table that is what this looks like. It's dark honey brown in color. Small off-white head. I can't think of another beer with quite this color.

Smells like berries and caramel malts. It sort of reminds me of a bock in odor.

Taste is berries with a slight EtOH backdrop. There isn't a lot of syrupy sweetness, it is just what one would expect with a handful of berries. This is terribly drinkable and a good choice for someone wanting a fruit beer without the typical wine cooler overtones.

I sure wish I could get something from New Belgium in Ohio. :(

babyhobbes, Jul 06, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Jason, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a goblet, this has a clear, radiant ruby body when held to the light. Small offwhite head quickly falls to lasting collar and film lace, with spotty lace on the glass, as well. Active carbonation is very visible.
Aroma is a pleasant union of malt, fresh berry, and an earthy fresh mushroom note of yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Taste is evenly balanced between caramel and chocolate malt flavors and fresh raspberries. The berry character is a bit understated, and doesn't overpower. There is a yeast note that evokes fresh morel mushrooms, similar to what I picked up in Troegs Mad Elf. Finish is slightly dry, with a muted raspberry aftertaste. Just enough hops bittering to balance the malt and berry sweetnesss.
This is an excellent fruit beer, ideal with desserts or as a nightcap. Thanks to babydoc for sending this one my way.

merlin48, Jan 04, 2005
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown with some red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the syrupy raspberry and is very sweet overall. I also get a little bit of caramel malt but it is hidden behind the sugary fruit notes. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of raspberry and sugar, with a little bit of caramel malt. The beer tastes nice, but it is very sweet and gets hard to drink as you go along. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 27, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

fenlop54, May 12, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Nice Brownish red color with pinkish frothy head of about 1 1/2 inch.

Smells of raspberries and malt, although rather subdued. Taste is of fresh fruit, a little bit of hops as well. Beer finishes well with very light but ever present aftertaste.

This was an enjoyable beer. I just bought a single but wish I had another. Not really a dinner beer, more of an after dinner beer.

mattster, Dec 01, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

GarrettB714, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Beautiful garnet but not much head or lacing.

Smell: Raspberries galore, with some spice and pepper.

Taste: Once again, raspberries with a light tartness. There is a nice malt backbone and a very light spicy finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, thick body that strangely seems a touch watery.

Drinkability: Pretty damn good for a Fruit Beer, which isn't really my thing. While I couldn't drink much of this, it is a nice sipping brew.

bsp77, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of mkrass
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mkrass, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of boatshoes
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this as an extra after winning Scray24's LIF. Thanks!

Appearance- Pours a medium translucent brown tinged with a touch of dark red here and there throughout the body. About a finger of fizzy pinkish head comes out off a fairly aggressive pour and dies quickly. No noticeable lacing or beading as I drink.

Smell- This one is really straightforward on the nose. Lots of fresh, jammy raspberries dominate. Little else comes across but smells nice and fresh.

Taste- Taste is also fairly one dimensional. Lots and lots of raspberry with just a touch of woody seeds and sweet malt showing through as well. Much better than many fruit beers that I've had. However, a somewhat misleading name as this is by no means a frambozen.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel I found to be rather thin and carbonation somewhat lacking, which contributed to a sense of wateriness. Drinkability suffered as a result and the one-dimensional nature also left me not particularly wanting another.

Overall, a solid fruit beer but lacking in complexity and mouthfeel. If you're into fruit beers (not fruit lambics mind you), this one is okay. Not my favorite by any means however.

boatshoes, Dec 30, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Janis_Hoplin, Dec 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Dinkel, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

TKEbeerman, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Hopinho
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Hopinho, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of j0501
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

j0501, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Jeffwildcat, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A murky crimson blood red with a pleasant off white fine bubbled creamy textured head leaves nice Belgian style lacing here fine and spread evenly. Aroma: A nice toasted malt character stands beside nice subtly spiced raspberry juice very nice could be festive for the holidays considering the label adorns wreath made of raspberry and hop vines. Taste: A pleasant mix of berries and characters of a nutty brown ale it all blends well a nice creative experiement here that came out decent. Mouthfeel: Creamy textured pleasantly smooth medium to light bodied fruit infused ale. Drinkability: Not usually a fan of the fruit additive in a beer but these guys do a nice job this one is pretty drinkable not a cloying offness in the mix of fruit and malts here they mix well.

WVbeergeek, Mar 01, 2004
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with a slight ruby tint to it. It boasts a fluffy, tan head that fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a slightly tart raspberry aroma. It has the signature New Belgium biscuit aroma. I dont know why almost every New Belgium beer has so much biscuity aroma and flavor. It has a slight caramel sweet malt aroma also.

This beer tastes like it smells. A lot of biscuit malt up front. Some sweet caramel malt, and tart raspberry mix in.

This beer is refreshing. It leaves a biscuit like aftertaste.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and It tastes good, minus some of the biscuit malt flavor.

Overall: This beer was good, but as I have already said, a little too biscuitty for me. New Belgium should lay off that flavor just a little.

OStrungT, Dec 13, 2008
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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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