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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

713 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 20 | 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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beertaster13

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fabulous beer, I've never had anything like it. Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head that has great head retention. The smell is of deep dark chocolate and raspberry. Smell like a nice truffle, hints of caramel and cream. The taste was fabulous, it is like drinking a chocolate covered raspberry, the chocolate upfront taste blends nicely with the raspberry sweetness. The milk/honey blends well with the chocolate. This is medium bodied and goes great with Raspberry Cheescake or chocolates, great dessert beer. The drinkability is down just because the beer is really sweet, more like a glass a night with dessert than a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 22:51:36 | More by beertaster13
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

04-21-2012 22:02:20 | More by TKEbeerman
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beerbrains

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-08-2012 04:39:07 | More by beerbrains
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pBRale

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-28-2012 02:42:32 | More by pBRale
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HideYaBeer

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

02-20-2014 20:53:02 | More by HideYaBeer
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TerryB

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-17-2012 16:30:30 | More by TerryB
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cheribom

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-22-2012 22:51:04 | More by cheribom
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Yoda22

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-21-2012 00:33:58 | More by Yoda22
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Bzilla

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

12-17-2013 02:22:41 | More by Bzilla
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BrutalBeerFan

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

10-04-2012 00:30:04 | More by BrutalBeerFan
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Trappeze Pub. Served in an Allagash Flute.

12 oz. / $5
half pour / $3

A - Light Auburn with a three finger beige head. Excellent lacing.

S - Raspberry and a hint of peanut butter and jelly sandwhich.

T - Raspberry sweetness with a solid malt background. Virtually no hops to speak of.

M - Light and crisp, very refreshing for a brown ale base.

O - One of the better fruit beers i've ever had. Really reminded me of a liquid peanut butter and raspberry jelly sandwhich throughout the drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 18:24:31 | More by Zach136
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smogfood

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

04-14-2014 17:24:11 | More by smogfood
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kp29

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

01-13-2013 02:22:30 | More by kp29
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woemad

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Poured a reddish brown, with a decent head colored somewhere between off-white and pink. Scents of raspberries (duh), a pleasing sweet and sourness. A little maltiness, but way in the background. The taste. is fruity, with a little bit of tart lemony flavor in there along with the raspberries, but not at the same level. There's also a bit of maltiness hovering in the background, just enough to make you aware its there. This is a very pleasing beer, perhaps not traditional enough to please hard core fruit beer drinkers, but quite tasty nonetheless. I had to grade it down in the drinkability area, as this is just too fruity for repeated pints. This would probably be great with a rich chocolate dessert. Now I want one. Doh!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 08:12:50 | More by woemad
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Cymbeline168

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-05-2013 04:39:30 | More by Cymbeline168
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CP20

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-19-2012 13:41:13 | More by CP20
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M1k3y

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-22-2013 05:19:00 | More by M1k3y
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a wonderful little brew with an exceptionally nice looking color with its dark syrupy brown with deep raspberry red tints and glowing even deeper when up to the light. Small off-white that fades fast and there isn't any real lace being left, which is fine by me cuz the glowing reddish quality is superb to see. Like looking into the heart of a raspberry jelly jar. Speaking of which, thats the smell of this delightful treat, fresh raspberry jam, albiet a bit subdued, but its there and freshly so. Some alcoholic hints and malts find there way past the raspberry jam aroma making this smell like a raspberry popsicle dipped in a alcoholic punch. Taste is exactly like the smell, a good amount of raspberry jam, somewhat lightly flavored and easier then I was hoping. Its not the raspberry tart of the New Glarus variety, not by a long shot, but this about being more calm and subdued, or at least it comes across that way. One dimensional in its character with easy fruity tang of raspberry jam all over the place, a touch of the alcohol pokes through along with a pleasant little orange flavor and finishes lightly of banana and sweet malts. Feel has a creamy start with a little fizz in the midway point with light carbonation and finishes with a tingley little raspberry zip and slight fruity dryness. Super drinkable and a nice little treat, would make for a great after meal dessert drink. Finished it no time and wanting more.

Thanks to jeffboo for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 02:57:06 | More by tavernjef
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a cloudy ruby brown. The creamy head is a bit on the small side, but the light brown color is interesting due to a slight pink tint. The aroma is of fresh raspberries, definently not an extract smell, with an underlying toasted malt body. The taste has plenty of fresh raspberry flavor upfront, with all the tart and sweet nuances that you'd get if you had just popped a berry in your mouth. The underlying malt is ever present, with a flavor similar to Fat Tire, and serves as an excellent balance to the unique raspberry flavor. This is the best fruit beer that I've had, for raspberry fans this is a must try brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 00:40:41 | More by Gagnonsux
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mulder1010

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-- Poured a raspberry brown color. Highly carbonated. Dirty pink colored head. Started at two fingers beofre receeding. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Tart raspberry. Very juicy. Just a hint of carmel and a very sweet nose.

T-- Raspberry in the front and carmel in the back. Good amount of tartness to this.

M-- Medium high carbonation. Medium feel. Lots of raspberry to this and some carmel to balance it out. Long lasting tartness from the raspberries.

D-- Excellent. One of my favorite Christmas seasonals. ABV is up from previous years but still well hidden and easy to drink 2-3 in a sitting. Perfect for a sitting next to a fire. Good to have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:38:06 | More by mulder1010
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of babydoc.

Pours a deep ruby, with brown tinges. A small pink and tan head forms on top of the beer.
Aroma is very strongly raspberries (well duh), sweet and toasty malt, yeasty characteristics, and a bit of hops. Alcohol is present in the nose, but it well balanced with the rest of the aromas.
Taste is tart raspberries, caramel and toasted malts, a slight alcohol warming while going down, and just a little bit of hop bitterness. A very distinctive belgian yeastiness also is present.
Overall, a very interesting beer and an excellent fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 03:16:05 | More by LuckySevens82
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: lovely dark garnet hued, with a fine, dun-colored head atop, settling swiftly down.
Aroma: wonderful! Sweet, yet tart, like chocolate-covered berries, beautiful, complex, and brilliant.
Taste: bright and tangy, full of gorgeous fruity flavor and lush texture. Tasrtness first, then sweet, and very, very mellow.
Frombozen here has the distinct advantage over raspberry lambics of having this brown ale base to it, making it sturdier, tastier. The raspberries blend well with the ale, doesn't stick out so terribly much, aiding drinkability. A remarkable notion, excellently executed!

Thanks to Mr. Jeffboo for sharing!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 18:07:03 | More by feloniousmonk
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. It has a striking deep red amber color, ample head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is mostly cranberries with some hints of brown bread.

Flavor is certainly rich in berry goodness with cranberries and raspberries. There's a nice tartness from the cran but also some sweetness to balance it out. It would be interesting to taste the base beer (without fruit) to see how it compares.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the tart flavor but it has a nice level of carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability is very good for a fruit beer but I really enjoy it as an end-of-the-evening sort of treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 04:11:43 | More by GilGarp
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby color with mahogany highlights and a pink tinged tan head that retains well and leaves beautiful lacing...really impressive looking. The aroma has fresh, tart raspberry notes in spades, along with dark chocolate and toffee, sour cherry juice and a bit of alcohol...not particularly complex but very inviting nonetheless. The flavor is reminiscent of a dark chocolate truffle with a raspberry filling, notes of sour cherries and raspberries, some chocolate and toffee, lactic sourness, NB's trademark yeast, biscuit and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is good but just shy of great because of the acidity. The is a particularly tasty offering from New Belgium, not a training wheels fruit beer by any means...probably my favorite offering from this brewery so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:15:07 | More by silver0rlead
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rawfish

California

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby tinged brown and clear with a small pink tinged head. Poor retention and messy lacing left behind. Glows when it's held up to the light.

Berries up front, thin and uplifting dried cranberries and raspberry. Hay and crusty rye bread, nice blend like jam on toast.

Raspberry juice immediately distinguishable but not syrupy or over the top, dry crusty bread, grassy hop, lemon zest, spearmint. The fruit is light on it's feet and adds a nice flash to what would be a sessionable amber. Dries well and doesn't leave much acidity on the palate.

Crisp and snappy carbonation pairs well with the berry. Hops dry very well and clean. Alcohol could be toned down a twinge but otherwise near perfect.

Terrific holiday beer that features the fruit without being over done, malt and drying hops balance well then cleanse the palate for the next sip. Crisp, uplifting and makes this beer feel like a celebration.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 07:17:09 | More by rawfish
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.