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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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709 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of Rayek


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Deep garnet with good clarity and a steady bead. A foamy pink tinged cap has nice size and decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Raspberry and lemon struck me first. There's a woodsy and grassy backbone underneath.

T: Sweet and tart. Raspberry is the overarching theme here. Its flavor dominates. A mild roasted malt flavor comes through briefly before be supplanted by more raspberry and a sour lemon tartness. The sweet fruit flavor lingers through the finish and gets slightly medicinal at the very end.

M: The body is thick, syrupy and also dry. Carbonation feels just a touch high.

D: This is a nice holiday offering. The sweetness gives the beer an after dinner character that would go well with dessert. The raspberry flavor could stand being toned down just a touch for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 00:03:18 | More by Rayek
Photo of mattcrill


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to HardTarget for this and his most gracious recent shipment of goodies.

Best before 2/16/06 on the bottle.

Appearance: An amber, ruby colored pour with a fluffy off white head.

Smell: A light raspberry puree aroma with some malty sweetness in the background.

Taste: Raspberries, a light carmel flavor, some maple, and a touch of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp due to the nice carbonation.

Drinkability: By far the most interesting brown ale I've had. Nothing off but nothing outstanding. Highly sessionable and not a "raspberry punch in the face" like other fruit beers that are out there. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 14:51:56 | More by mattcrill
Photo of whynot44


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, hazy deep brownish ruby color with a slightly pinkish off-white head that doesn't stick around.

Aroma is definite raspberry with a sweet malt background.

Taste is much the same but with a little more of the brown ale malt presence to balance it out decently. Starts out sweet raspberry then the malt comes in along with a more tart raspberry taste somewhat like a Lambic. Finishes slightly dry and tart. Very interesting! A little sweet for regular drinking but a very good desert ale.

Should go very well with dark chocolate deserts.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 03:59:32 | More by whynot44
Photo of Gusler


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

I have had this on tap, from the bottle, and just wish they or someone would put it in an Oak aged whiskey cask “yummy”.

The pour is an opaque dark sanguineous color with the head moderate in sized and spumous in texture, the color a toothsome light tan and the lace a thick and sticky blanket to coat the glass. Nose is raspberry, hints of malt, sweet, and altogether quite pleasing to "Sniff" with the front nicely malt laden and somewhat sweet, the top light. Finish is tart and befittingly hopped with the acidity moderate and quite dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer that I sample often.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2002 16:13:54 | More by Gusler
Photo of wholelottalove


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: amber with reddish hue, small light tan head

smell: very little comes through but the slightest hint of raspberry

taste: dominant flavor of raspberries with some extra sweetness from the malt; sweet, but not overpowering. very slight hoppy finish

mouthfeel: overall good feel; clean, refreshingly carbonated

drinkability: overall a pleasant beer, but more than one would be too much. furthermore, not something that would seem fitting out of the holiday season.

serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 05:51:39 | More by wholelottalove
Photo of Chambic


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.23.09 shared a 12-oz. bottle at City Beer Store

A: beautiful brown with ruby tint

S: tasty tart smell

T: long raspberry finish

M: lighter in body, with matching carbonation level

D: nice, friendly beer; good way to introduce "dark" and "tart" beers

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 05:47:49 | More by Chambic
Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Like the name mentions, it comes out a standard brown ale color. When held up to the light it's still brown, but has many reddish features as well, has good clarity. There's an off white colored head that produces some good lacing and glass retention. A good looking beer.

I'm not a fan of fruit beers, but if I was, I'd say for raspberry fans, there isn't much room for improvement. Frambozen does have some traditional beer malt and hop aroma features, however the dominant smell is raspberries, hence the name. We're not just talking raspberries here though, we're talking fresh, sweet, and juicy raspberries. After that there are tones of of toffee malts and some floral hops.

Taste isn't nearly as good as the smell. Much like the smell, it's raspberries that dominate the flavor. My gripe here is that it doesn't taste as much like beer as the smell does. There's sweetness in the smell, but more of a tart, almost sour flavor from the raspberries, which kind of makes it like a wild or sour ale.

Mouthfeel is ok, it doesn't feel as clean as it looks. Slightly oily and a little yeasty. The tartness makes you pucker a little bit, and it doesn't finish that clean either, drinkablity is ok.

Overall it's a pretty good beer I guess. As I mentioned earlier I don't like Fruit beers and I'm not a sour fan either. However for the style and what it was going for I think it's creative and I can see why people would like to drink it. I don't regret trying it and I'd probably give it another shot in the future given the opportunity.

Thank you chugalug06 for this beer as an extra in a great trade!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:07:40 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of FatCaster


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been waiting for this one for a while with big expectations. Did it meet them?


A--Poured into a mug, looks cola brown but is actually a raspberry red (shocking) and has a tawny and foamy head. Goes away pretty fast, but leaves a distinct lacing.

S--Yep, there's a lot of raspberry in this, but it's balanced out with some graininess. Had a (for me) sort of unpleasant hint of...carrot...?

T--Starts a bit sweet, mellows out to a sourdough taste and then finishes sweet with a tiny sting of bitter. Pleasant, but would be more pleasant with some turkey around a family table.

M--Low carbonation and filling, not refreshing. Pleasant and perfect for a winter feeling beer.

D--It's good, but bring a friend and have some with a meal rather than buy a six pack for a nightly beer or two.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 03:59:32 | More by FatCaster
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep coppery reddish brownish color with an off-white head that settles quickly to a ring. Smells of extremely fresh raspberries. One of my favorite fruits and it's luring me in. Seriously, about as real as it gets with the fruit scent and something many others can't accomplish. Light caramel/chocolate malt under it. Taste also has an authentic raspberry flavor but it almost makes you pucker with tartness. The malt flavors seem less authentic and actually detract for the excellent raspberry addition. Mouthfeel is somehwhat light and lacking on the carbonation..it seems like there's more but it's just that tartness getting to me. Still, about good for drinkability to me. The smell is more realistic than any other fruit beer I've had so far. The tartness and somehow a tad too much malt make this less drinkable than it should be. So much better than I expected, though.

Thanks to tayner for the bottle...she's the greatest.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 00:09:54 | More by ncvbc
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at City Beer Store in San Francisco.
Pours a beautiful dark ruby with a reasonably thick brown head. The head dissipates after a few minutes, but stays around enough to provide nice lacing.
Smell is truly exceptional. Sweet raspberries and malt. Reminds me a bit of Smuckers Jam.
The taste is disappointing. Despite the richness of the smell, I find the taste to be a bit thin. At first the front is just not good. A hint of hops and possibly a bit too much carbonation. This could be a reference to the hoppier end of the Brown Ale style, but I have always preferred the maltier Browns. As it warms, more berry flavors come through but these are much more tart than the nose would have you expect. Almost like cranberry rather than raspberry. Finish is more tart berry.
Although I find this disappointing, it is drinkable. I could see it being particularly good with sweeter fruit or chocolate desserts - something to contrast the tartness of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 04:03:40 | More by trumpetego
Photo of arizcards


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a couple of bottles for the holidays at AJ's for a $1.19 each.
This is a crimson brown colored brew that poured a fine head and is leaving a good lacing. Smell is wonderful, of raspberries and wheat. Taste is very interesting. It is am interesting combination of rapberries and chocolate and it finished with a dry hop sensation, very nice for this style. It is a bit on the thin side. Overall drinkability is not great. It is best suited for desserts, perhaps paired with a cheesecake.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 23:47:04 | More by arizcards
Photo of bmwats


3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium dark ruby brown. Pours a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly, leaving a mere reminiscence of a head. Hefty, beer ring lacing.

S: Nose is a wheaty malt, with raspberry and cherry strongly accentuating.

F: Bready malt flavor with a little fruity sweetness. Well-balanced.

M: Light body, crisp and fruity.

D: Goes down easy. The relative heavy alcohol content is unapparent.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice coloration, fair head, and some strong lacing. Nose is at really good malt and fruit combination. Very well-balanced. Flavor is lightly malted and lightly fruity, neither aspect overwhelming the other... well done. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 04:27:48 | More by bmwats
Photo of brewQ


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 21:45:30 | More by brewQ
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New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 19:15:43 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear deep ruby, not much carbonation at all, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lots of raspberries, rather sweet, a fine line between artificial and good. Not much else though.

T-Extremely sweet raspberries. Almost like a fruit snack. But there is nothing else to the beer. And I decided it was too sweet.

M-Very light, watery not much carbonation at all.

O-Too much raspberries, too sweet, nothing else to this beer. If you absolutely love raspberries give it a whirl but not much of a reason otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:15:31 | More by rlee1390
Photo of MurphyMacManus


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into snifter.

A: light for a brown ale, but very red -- presumably the raspberries. Sticky off-white head.

S: raspberry pie filling over malty brown ale.

T/M: Not overly sweet, but definitely heavy on the raspberry. Nice balance of fruity/sweet/tart and malty brown ale underneath. Average mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation.

D: above average for a fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 00:28:56 | More by MurphyMacManus
Photo of Kromes


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear reddish dark brown with a pinkish tan colored head. Good lacing down glass.

S: A grainy toasted malt with raspberry jam aroma. Very nice and simple aromas.

T: The flavor starts out with tart raspberry and the flavor remains all the ways through to the finish. The toasted malts show up as it passes over the tongue along with a slight herbal hop flavor and bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation level is about right.

D: The flavor is good. But would be a little much after one or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 01:28:11 | More by Kromes
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light brown with ruby red hues. Filtered clear. A nice red tinted head.

Very raspberry smell. Really about the only thing I pick up.

Malty body with a tart raspberry kick. Very light on the brown ale flavor and an nice approachable sour real fruit kick from the raspberry.

Very light but creamy mouthfeel.

This would be a good beer to introduce someone to sour beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 21:22:48 | More by bfields4
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 2/23/2014. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart raspberry, raspberry skin, caramel, toast, light chocolate, brown bread, herbal, floral, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of raspberry fruit, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of tart raspberry, raspberry skin, caramel, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, floral, and herbal earthiness. Light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering note of raspberry, caramel, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of raspberry fruit, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly creamy, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice fruited brown ale. Good balance and robustness of raspberry, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:51:52 | More by superspak
Photo of NatetheGreat


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking beer: brown with auburn highlights (no I'm not a hair stylist). Great white head. A pleasure to look at.

Aroma of raspberry and malt, mixture of tart and sweet. Some slight herbal character making it's way through.

I've had a few of these now, and the raspberry taste just seems too strong, getting in the way of the rest of the beer. Sometimes it's not too bad, with some cocoa coming through creating a satisfying taste, but mostly, it's just too fruity.

Mouthfeel not bad but a bit thin, IMO. Easy to drink with interesting flavor until I got really tired of the overpowering berry. I've got mixed feelings about it, but overall, not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 14:59:41 | More by NatetheGreat
Photo of Rio


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby color, with a moderate head that faded to a thin lace pretty quick. A bit of a raspberry aroma to it, but the smell seems dominated by a stale kind of smell, like wet hay.

Tastes strongly of raspberry, but with a real mild sweetness, with a bit of a tartness following it. Very smooth, with almost a bit of a dry feel to it.

A nice brew. First had it a year or two ago, on Old Chicago's glass night, and have a very nice goblet style glass to go with it. One of my favorite fruit beers, as many of them seem a bit too sweet for my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 05:04:51 | More by Rio
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace poured into Chimay chalice for Christmas day lunch.

Copper amber body, 1/4 finger white head quick dissipation with a bit of lacing. Big berry presence in the nose, a bit of bready malts, not much in the way of hops, though they became more noticeable after warming. The taste is berries, berries, berries, a bit of hops but they are overwhelmed by the raspberries. Smooth mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Too sweet to drink more than one bottle. An interesting holiday ale, but not something I'd drink outside the holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 20:45:23 | More by jdense
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light brown with mostly deep red hues mixed in and around the edges. A finger of creamy light brown head adorns and sticky, spongy lacing streams down.

The aroma is pleasantly sticky sweet, with some sweet malts coming in through the back. Definitely fruity, and maybe a hint of tart.

Taste is upfront fruity with the raspberries, slight malts work their way in, and it finishes with a tart zing.

Body is light, with a slick feel and medium carbonation level.

Overall this is pretty good. The fruitiness and tartness detract from repetitively drinking this for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 01:46:56 | More by EgadBananas
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear garnet reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head with a slightly pinkish hue that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet/syrupy artificial raspberry and light aromas of cocoa + chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly grainy sweet malts with moderate flavors of syrupy sweet artificial raspberry. That is followed by a light flavor of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness balance out the sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Decent but nothing special - unfortunately the raspberry smells and tastes artificial. I like the combination of the chocolate with the raspberry though.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 02:22:46 | More by dbrauneis
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Upon the pour, a pink hue is evident - that might be a first, especially within the head. What's especially telling is when I'm using the recently decorated Christmas tree as a the backlight for the beer, and it radiates like 100 tiny red fireflies, held in suspension by the winter chill.

Berries are obvious to the nose, confusing one to wonder whether this is a pint of beer or jam.

Sparkling on the tongue develops into a crisp, well-rounded and mildly dry beer that doesn't possess the syrupy characteristics I might have assumed.

Suprisingly good, with berries resting upon the outer edges of the tongue, providing a relaxing and interesting take on the season.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 03:20:34 | More by mdcrouser
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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