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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

856 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 37
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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: 856 | Reviews: 399
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Photo of brownbeer
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.67/5  rDev +29%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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. :(

Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of mattster
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of boatshoes
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish ruby red with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades away fairly quick.

Smell: A very fruity and sweet aroma with hints of raspberries and roast malt. Very fruity and juicy upfront with a big jammy scent of raspberries and other berries. Sweet hints of sugar. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit, toast, chocolate, nuts, and yeast. Hops are very light. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and pretty sweet taste with big notes of raspberries with some roasted malt. Big upfront taste of sweet raspberry jam with some other berry fruit notes. Sweet notes of sugar. Roasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, toast, chocolate, nuts, caramel, and yeast. Very subtle earthy hops. Fruit flavor is pretty sweet but not overly syrupy. The chocolate comes in more towards the finish. A nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is fairly high.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a fruit beer. Sweet and jammy but not sickly sweet. Nice chocolate malt flavor comes through after the fruit.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of OStrungT
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of harlanhu28
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with an inch or so of head and reduces quickly down to a nice lacing..

No much of a hoppy nose more of a malty raspberry preserves..

Mouth feel quite light with a tinge of pucker..

I would have to say there is a very clean bittering hop flavor masked in the fruitiness.

The sour finish is quite good very malty.. For a beer of a complexity like this one i think New Belgium has hit a home run this year.. There are many ways to mess up a fruit beer.. New Belgium Frambozen has been a constant for me year after year..

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store at an event with Lauren Salazar.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of slight caramel malts with large amounts of sweet raspberries and strawberries.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the sweetness is not quite as overpowering. Mildly sweet caramel malts with very light hints of toastiness up front are joined quickly by moderately sweet raspberry flavors. Very slight cocoa powder makes an appearance near the end, fading out into a mildly sweet ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I thought this was an interesting beer; however the sweetness was too much for it to be as robust as it should be.

Photo of rastaman
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Yipes, not too good. Sweet sticky rasberry cola and brown sugar. Tasted like rasbery cordial on top of a below average brwon ale. I seriously have my doubts about New belgium. This was more like soft drink than beer, to sweet, not sourness/acidity or anything, just sweetness.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - finger width thick creamy head. Rich raspberry red coloring.

Smell - lots and lots of berries and sweetness to this one.

Taste - pretty much tastes like it smells with a nice malt build to finish the beer off.

Feel - So smooth and leaves your tongue with more berries.

Overall - something about this beer just makes me happy that it is Christmas season. Has a special little place in my heart and I could drink these all season.

Photo of LXIXME
2.44/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A big light brown head settles into a small bisquity head and light lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Sweetened raspberries dominate that aroma with some added light malts and other citrus fruits.

The taste is a light roasted malt with a light infused raspberry taste with some tartness to it.

A light to medium body and a light dry aftertaste with some lingering berry hints.

I was really looking forward to this, I usually enjoy New Belgium beers and I love raspberries but this doesn't live up to the standard set by either.

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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 brewQ
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, this one baffled me. I drink all the New Belgium brews and I've sampled many fruit beers including Belgian examples.

The ruby /brown color was excellent and when I saw the slight pink in the head I was prepared for a blast of fruit or wine like aroma and flavors. I didn't get there.

Maybe my receptors are off. I tried one slightly wamed and another well wamed and failed to get any big Raspberry to jump out at me.

Excellent maltiness and typical NB character but I felt cheated on the Raspberry sides A nice, albeit subdued, brew with very subtle fruit character to my tastes. A bit tart but in balance.

Maybe I had too many pop wines in my youth.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In honor of Overlord I poured this from the bottle into a Trinity (CO) tulip. Pours a nice deep brownish red with three fingers of slightly pink head. Smell was good. Mostly raspberries which is to be expected but it smelled more like a crate of slightly over-ripe, slightly musty raspberries instead of a handful of juicy fresh raspberries. Taste is a nice brown ale base well balanced with some tart fruitiness from the berries. Mouthfeel is nice, not too thin nor cloying with a touch of astringency. Overall this is a perfectly nice brew but doesn't really bring anything new to the table.

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a mix-n-match six pack.

A: A medium brown tinged with red, which is appropriate since it's a brown ale flavored with red raspberries. Forms a 1" thick head which quickly reduced by half but then stayed until two or three sips in.

S: Deceptive, but that may be because I was expecting something with a stronger smell. Initial smell of raspberry with subtle hints of chocolate. Almost had to stick my nose in the beer to smell anything past the first sip.

T: I'm going to be honest: This almost tasted like nothing at all. There was little if any tartness from the raspberries, and what raspberry flavors I noticed came on the finish, with a slight sour taste and a hint of something nutty.

M: Moderately thin, with a slight carbonated feel - though less than other fruit beers.

D: I'm torn on this. Since I only have one bottle, I can't be sure if what I'm tasting is consistent with what NB was going for, or if it's a bad bottle. I might try one other bottle (or a taste of somebody else's) just to make sure, but I won't buy any more than that unless the second taste wows me. That being said, it is a fairly drinkable beer that would be good for people who don't like beer, and if they liked it, I could easily see them drinking a few bottles as it's not cloyingly sweet like other fruit/dessert beers.

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Obtained in trade with Oxymoron...thanks!
Best before:2/15/08 consumed on: 2/5/08
12 oz bottle> Fat stein

This one is reddish brown with amber hues with a one-finger deep, compact, smooth and tight creamy looking head with a big letter "C" formed in the middle. It's plenty sticky and had good retention.

Raspberry tarts with vanilla and a sour-tangy yeast aroma, it's pretty inviting.

This is tart and tangy raspberry all the way with a nice, smooth vanilla current that adds sweetness. The yeast and hops makes for a nice herbal and tangy effect and then strawberries pop out, the brown ale part adds a nutty, roastie malt balance that makes this one pretty nice.

Soooo damn smooth it's not funny. also has that light, champagne feel.

This is pretty high quality stuff, but still not enough to make me go for one more.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, ruby brown with an off-white, slightly pink head that's about a finger and a half thick. Great retention. Leaves behind a nice sticky lacing that coats the glass from top to bottom.

Smell - The aroma's a bit muddled, but there's a hint of chocolate and raspberry that pokes through, along with a faint grass hop bitterness.

Taste - Fortunately, the flavor is much more pronounced. Starts with a nice hit of sweet dark chocolate before quickly shifting to a strong raspberry sweetness. This sweetness is short lived, and the beer finishes with a slight grassy bitterness that helps to cleanse the pallet. It's a quick, delicious flavor shot that begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable, finishing somewhat dry.

Overall - Does what Lost Coast's Raspberry Brown fails to do; namely, keeping the sweetness from becoming too cloying. Raspberry truffle in a drink; New Belgium nailed it. Perfect dessert beer. I could drink this late Christmas morning and not have a regret.

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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