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

860 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 37
Gots: 54 | 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: 860 | Reviews: 402
Photo of JamesS
4.73/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a wonderful ruby-brown with wonderful head and excellent lacing. Nice deep scent with hints of roastiness under a very nice sweet raspberry aroma. Great taste, a wonderful malty and thick sweetness with a bit of nice roastiness to it, and a great sweet raspberry flavor; very much like a chocolate covered raspberry. Goes down very, very smooth. A wonderful brew.

Photo of hwwty4
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For full disclosure, I have to say this is my favorite seasonal of the year. I wait for this to come out like a kid counting down the days before Christmas.

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. Poured a dark red with a nice size (2 inch) tan head. Leaves very little lacing down the glass. The aroma is enticing with raspberry, and a sourness that stays in the back of the nostril. Part of it is the raspberries natural tartness but some of it is just the style of the beer. The best part of this beer is in the finish. It finishes with the taste of chocolate. It is amazing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation, allowing for a lingering taste even after you finished the beer. The drinkability is exceptional. If it was nonalcoholic I think I could drink a case in a sitting.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.67/5  rDev +28.7%
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 Risser09
4.67/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - I think this is an older bottling from 2006 - Cellar temp

Appearance: Cloudy brown ale with ruby and orange highlights. The head reaches 1.5" and is off-white in color. Decent retention with a tiny bit of lace.

Smell: Fresh and muddled raspberries. Very authentic raspberry aroma probably because they use the real thing. Sugary malt, fresh corn and strawberry.

Taste: A very juicy raspberry taste. I have never has such an authentic flavor in a raspberry beer. Sweet malts are subsidiary, but contain a perfect amount of sugar. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Chewy beer with a medium body. Very smooth and not much active carbonation. A little bit of dryness lingers on the top of the tongue. Not much alcohol.

Drinkability: Awesome. My new favorite raspberry beer. Perfect sweetness. Quenching and satisfying. Could easily stand alone as an aperitif or dessert.

Photo of BeerBob
4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Frambozen pours a deep raspberry red from a 12oz brown bottle. Huge raspberry milkshake head went well over two fingers and leaves a textbook lace down the side of the glass.

Nose is a fragrant deliciously appealing raspberry that leaves a warm and fuzzy feeling. Palate is... the second verse same as the first, what you smell is what you get along with a nice warm and fuzzy feeling you get knowing that you just had a very good fruit ale.

I have gone through some hit or miss fruit ales / beers before but Frambozen by New Belgium is right on the money, a nice fruit ale repast.

Thanks bditty187 for the trade so I could review this beer!

Photo of olimax
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit beers always sound more appealing to me than they end up tasting. A fruity brown ale from New Belguim promised to be the beer to break this trend and it didn't disappoint.

Appearance: Dark brown translucent with with a tan/pink medium head.

Smell - No surprises here - it smells like brown ale and rasberry. A very appealing smell.

Taste - Rasberry goes as well with brown ale as it does with dark chocolate. This is a very tasty and festive beer.

Mouthfeel - The low carbonation and smooth feel of this style of beer really helps make the fruit flavor work.

Drinkability - The rasberry is more tart than sweet which makes this beer very drinkable for a fruit beer.

I was told that this beer was better in past years but I can offer no complaints for 2007's incarnation. I just wish I had tried this beer before Christmas so I could have enjoyed many more over the holidays.

Photo of nlmartin
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came my way thanks to Tayner and others. Thanks to everyone who sent one of these my way. I drank several of these over the last few months and enjoyed them everytime.

Appearance: The beer pours a lovely chestnut brown. The head was an off biege coloration with good retention. Nice thick lacing remained behind on my glass.

Smell: Both sweet and tart raspberry assault my nose. The raspberry is supported by an understated chocolate.

Taste: Delivers an up front tart raspberry. The beer then slides into a short lived sweet chocolate wrapped raspberry.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very light body; however, the beer never is watery. The carbonation is active and seems to fit well. This beer has a nice balance of sweetness and tartness. A very nice beer treat that I wish came to Cincinnati.

Photo of chugalug06
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is over 6months old and is aging wonderfully! Frambozen is also one of my all time favorite brews... With that said, now for the review:

A - Amazing red color with great head and lacing. Head pours fluffy white and remains for quite sometime while the brew "settles". Color of brew is brown with amazing red tint...

S - Super raspberry! Elegant, smooth, delicious... Very berry and sugary scent.

T - Quite tart. Almost a sour brew... Not overly sweet and sugary. This is one brew New Belgium is still on top of their game on... Amazingly great taste, only a slight taste of booze... It would be hard to make it taste any better!

M - Very light body, yet rich and decisive. Carbonation is high and give a seltzer sort of feel... Perhaps NB could lay off a little priming sugar ;)

D - Phenomenal, it's all I can do to save a 6 pack into the summer months every year... Can't put it down, or pick up and take on a *small* sip. YUM, delicious!

A must try if you're a fan of fruited brews, or sours for that matter! More Frambozen please!

Cheers!

Photo of humanawho
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - deep red color with a strong head with a slight red hue

S - the aroma screams raspberry, can't make out much else but as if you smashed a very ripe raspberry in your hand

T - again all raspberry, nothing other than a showcase of raspberry; not syrupy or false; just fresh raspberry flavor

M - nothing outstanding but nothing bad just average

D - very drinkable not too sweet for me

Photo of Xadoor
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep ruby red. Head was very light tan and dusty rose which started frothy but settled into a thin layer of small bubbles across the top. Aroma was very mild, but slightly fruity. Taste started out a little dry and malty with only a hint of what was to come. A smooth raspberry flavour slowly moved in until it completely overtook the senses and lingered in the mouth until the next sip (or gulp). Finish was dry and tart. Mouthfeel is light and crisp and refreshing.

This is a fantastic beer. I only picked up a sixpack of it, but I'm definitely going back to get more before its all gone.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that formed a thick halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic and inviting! Massive aromas of rich, complex, fruity, sweet, raspberries and dark chocolate. There is also some aromas of bready, toasted malt and brown sugar, imparting notes of sweet cake. The predominate aroma of this beer, however, is delicious, mouth-watering, bright, fruity, raspberries and earthy, rich, semi-sweet, dark chocolate.

Taste: Damn, that delicious! Strong, massive really, flavors of delicious, mouth-watering, bright, fruity, raspberries and earthy, rich, semi-sweet, dark chocolate up front, followed by some bready, toasted malt, but like the aroma, the predominate flavor of this beer, however, is delicious, mouth-watering, bright, fruity, raspberries and earthy, rich, semi-sweet, dark chocolate. I love it!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent as there is a ton of carbonation to lift the raspberry flavor over the palate and tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What an unbelievably delicious beer! Tons of delicious, mouth-watering, bright, fruity, raspberries and earthy, rich, semi-sweet, dark chocolate wrapped up in an effervescent, crisp, quaff! Special and delicious! A fantastic beer, New Belgium, a fantastic beer! Highly, highly recommended!

Photo of johnyeast
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really impressed with the NBB Frambozen this year. A rich brown in color, a beige head, with a strong smell of raspberry and a slight smell of sourness. This translates right to the palate with a rich yet sweet tasting beer that leaves a slight tartness in the mouth at the finish. A very drinkable beer that has turned into my favorite this holiday season. I have found that you can have 4-5 and not be bogged down with the sweetness that tends to accompany many fruit beers. A great balance of malty-ness with the sweet and sour. I highly recommend.

Photo of patrick16o
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red hue with hints of light browns and oranges. Crown is good sized and a bit pillowy, disappates slowly clings to the sides of the glass. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise to the top. Aroma is very nice, raspberry right up front, then a solid helping roasted malts and just a hint of hops. The taste is wonderful. A solid roasted malt flavor up front, quickly followed by delicious sweet and tart raspberry and hints of hops down the back of my tongue. A medium bodied beer with a nice complex flavor. Very nice mouthfeel for a beer I could definately see myself drinking many more of.

Photo of Higravity
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About as good as it gets for a non-lambic Frambozen. In a chalice it offered up a nice muted malt smell and a hint of the raspberry to come. There is now sweetness to this assertive beer which makes it great and the cringe of tannins which can be present are also put to rest. Simply a great belgian very slightly tart brown with a blossom of raspberry flavors all coated in a soft fluff of chocolate. Masterfully done. Bravo New Belgium.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle(room temp) a deep gold-brown with a good sized head that showed good lacing.

The smell is all raspberry and that's just fine with me as I want as much infusion of the fruit in this ale as I can get!

The taste is a wonderful mix of raspberry and malt and works so darn well, it's hard to put the glass down. I've enjoyed this brew for many years and will continue to as long as NB wants to brew it. ;^)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served in a New Belgium globe glass.

A one finger head fades quickly leaving spotty lacing. Raspberry hued brown color.

Aroma of strong raspberry with brown sugar and bread.

Nice strong fresh raspberry flavor pairs with the malty sweet brown sugar, some chocolate and caramel notes. Medium roast and more bread. Tart fruit finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium body.

Overall a unique and excellent fruit beer. Perfect for Christmas time or anytime.

Photo of kwill
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark, reddish amber. There was very little head, but I think this was because I started pouring too gently and realized too late in the pour that there was going to be no head.

Taste is malty with a definite tart raspberry flavor. Aftertaste leaves a light fruity flavor that is neither too strong nor too sweet. Mouthfeel is a good balance with a slight carbonation. Would have received a perfect score in mouthfeel, but it was just a little too thick for an amber.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer and I am glad that I got a 6-pack so I can enjoy a few more.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle thanks to the generosity of babydoc. Deep scarlet in color when held up to light, with a moderate off-white head that fades quickly to a layer of faint bubbles. Smell is chocolatey with bready malt and fresh raspberry aroma. Taste is very tart, slightly sour, and dominated by raspberry, chocolate, and a touch of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated, and the sour/tart flavor of the raspberries mask any presence of hops, but this beer is a very interesting and unique. Great for a dessert, but i would not try to session these at all.

Photo of mactrail
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do think this has one of the best aromas of any fruit-flavored beer, which is probably why I've liked it a lot over the years. Fizzy, champagne mouthfeel, reddish tint to the amber color in the New Belgium snifter.

Taste is a little sour, in keeping with real-world raspberries, with enough roasted malt to give it some mellow beeriness. Not much sweetness and a light body. Fruit flavor comes through on a high note.

Aside from the powerful fruit nose, it's a subtle experience. I can see why some may not like the flavor, but I look forward to it every year as a favorite Christmas seasonal, an alternative to the dark raisin bombs.

Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt sienna color with a beige head that retains well and leaves a good deal of splashy lacing

Smell: Lovely aroma of raspberry filled chocolates

Taste: Slightly tart raspberry and cocoa flavors dance together both before and after the swallow; just when you think one dominates, the other emerges; a touch of nuttiness for the holiday season as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Unlike so many fruit beers, this one is a real pleasure to drink; very different and really enjoyable; not the most complex beer out there but a very nice standard for the holiday season

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the pleasure and cannabanaceae, for the second opportunity

Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this!
Best before 12Feb10, poured into suggested glassware:

Pours garnet with ruby highlights with a fluffy off-white (pinkish?) head. Creamy head leaves lacing.

The smell is of raspberries - not typical "artificial", but the real sweettart raspberries. A "brown ale" toffee/cocoa maltiness comes through strongly and complements the berries nicely.

The taste is of sweet cocoa/chocolate/toffee notes with raspberries. Reminds me a bit of chocolate covered raspberries with a Chambord character. Wonderfully balanced - sweetness balanced by tart, slight roast and touch of drying bitterness in the finish. Much more complex than typical American fruit beer.

It has a creamy medium body with a nice smoothness and touch of effervescence.

Too often I'm disappointed by fruit beers, but this is head and shoulders above the average. Raspberries well-integrated into a nice brown ale. Not syrupy or artificial at all...not overly sweet... I would look forward to this winter seasonal if it were available in my area!

Photo of Beaver13
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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 russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 15 Feb 08,

This years version pours brownish/mahogany with 2 fingers of plum tinged/whiteish head along viscous/oily layers. Superior head retention & very good lacing

S: Chocolate & berries

T: Dry with tart raspberries & some oak up front. Slight sourness follows along with a hint of vanilla & more berries as this warms. Finishes pretty dry with a bit of chocolate, great tartness & more berries

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & some wine-like qualities (sticky & dry)

Drinks pretty easy, a lot better than most fruit beers, this one I could enjoy for 3 or 5! This a solid offering this year!

Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Dark brown, with a strong ruby red tint. The head is light tan with hints of red mixed in, and lasts forever. It eventually settles to a swirling frothy cap. Thick layered lacing from top to bottom.

The aroma is packed with raspberry and some milk chocolate, with some sweet grain. Smells almost like a dessert cookie.

Dark chocolate mixes beautifully with a syrupy raspberry flavor. There is some slight sticky bready grain. It's almost like a raspberry dessert cake. Medium bodied. The finish is smooth and creamy with lingering raspberry flavors.

I really enjoyed this one, it's a very unique beer. This is a great desser treat for anybody, and is probably a good beginner beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of 1whiskey
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite winter seasonals. Despite the relatively high price, there always seems to be a sixer of this in my fridge during the fall and winter. On with the review...

12 oz bottle pours out a beautiful dark ruby color. Aggressive pour yields a thick slightly pinkish-tan head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Nice.

Smells slightly sour, of raspberries, with a somewhat medicinal quality. Almost like a mini-lambic. Not bad.

Taste is a wonderful mix of raspberry tartness, a strong base malt that counters the tartness with an appropiate level of sweetness, and a nice soft cocoa flavor. Not totally lost in the mix are some floral hops notes and a hint of that trademark NBB bisquit flavor. No one element overwhelms the other, it's all quite restrained and amazingly balanced. Finishes fairly clean w/ just a slightly sour aftertaste that is actually very pleasant. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, though you'll feel it in your belly for sure. Very "fresh" quality to it all. So well balanced...I love this beer. Not nearly as acidic as you might think, either.

Medium body is lightened by a very high level of carbonation. Normally I don't like that, but it seems to work really well with the tart quality. VERY drinkable. Too drinkable.

There seems to be this odd trend of bashing NBB lately, just because they have become quite successful from a buisness standpoint. Well bollocks to that! This is a well crafted beer from a brewery that should be a shining example of what American craft brewers are capable of. Enjoy!

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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