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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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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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Tamarack22, Nov 16, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

JamesS, Feb 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +30%
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.

hwwty4, Nov 23, 2007
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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
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4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

Risser09, Apr 10, 2008
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4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
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!

BeerBob, Oct 21, 2002
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4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

Xadoor, Nov 15, 2005
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4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

olimax, Jan 19, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

nlmartin, Mar 06, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
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

humanawho, Oct 26, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
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!

chugalug06, May 03, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

jyeast101, Jan 02, 2009
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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.