Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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1.7/5 rDev -53.2%
They did adecent job with the two cherry but there is something wrong with this beer. It looked good, ruby/brown color and the mouthfeel was alright. It had a sharp smell and a weird bitterness to it. Bitter almond might describe it best. If this was from the hops I have never had a hop that tastes like this. I have also made plenty of fermented raspberry beverages and none of them had a bitter flavor (astringent yes but not bitter). I will try it again in case this was just a bad bottle.
11-03-2001 17:21:14 | More by mattmaples
1.95/5 rDev -46.3%
Pours a ruby brown color with a head that immediately reduces.
Smell is of spoiled raspberries. It's funky, and I don't enjoy it.
Taste is a bit astringent. I had great expectations for this and it is falling short. Tastes like vegetables and spoiled raspberries. I don't want anymore of this.
01-15-2012 23:49:07 | More by Doppelbockulus
2.08/5 rDev -42.7%
12oz from a 6-pack, poured into a chalice. Bottle freshness date reades 20 Feb 2011.
When New Belgium first got distribution in Chicago, my friends and I all marveled at the 22oz Fat Tires for sale at Jimmy's in Hyde Park. Then it came in kegs, and we marveled at the Fat Tire on tap at Jimmy's in Hyde Park.
We all admired the employee owned company, who had initially refused to distribute beer outside of the range of a shipping truck on 1 tank of gas. The creativity required to offset the increased carbon foot-print of their ever-expanding distribution network was also the subject of much debate and admiration.
About 6-months after all the enthusiasm surrounding the distribution schemes, earth-friendliness and all-around hippitastic-ness of the newest brewery to hit the local bar, we all realized that their beer was mediocre at best, and returned to our previous beverage-persuits. And my opinion of the New Belgium brewery, and of Fat Tire has not changed since that day. Anyway, to the review.
L: Pinkish deep brown with towering fluffy head. Takes 2 pours to fill the glass. As it opens up, it starts to look tremendously thin.
S: Cold thin raspberries. I wonder if the name comes out of using frozen water-logged raspberries? Almost no depth to the nose.
T: For all the head, the beer tastes flat ... nasty diet grape soda lef out overnight flat.
F: Paradoxically under-carbonated, and very thin.
D: Light enough to be drinkable in spite of its taste, but why would you? This is possibly a worse attempt at a raspberry beer than Fort.
11-26-2010 23:33:58 | More by codewarrior
2.09/5 rDev -42.4%
Appearance - Looks like raspberry. Like the color of Pocahontas's sun-burned skin.
Smell - Very fruity, like a raspberry Capri Sun.
Taste - Gross. Tastes like something Top of the Hill would make.
Mouthfeel - Better than every other part of this beer.
Overall - Perfect if you hate beer or anything that tastes anything like beer.
12-18-2013 02:46:16 | More by spense727
2.17/5 rDev -40.2%
A: The pour seems to be amber mixed with ruby with a short lived off-white head.
S: Not a good nose at all. Seems to be a combination of metal, fake raspberry, raspberry syrup, chocolate, corn, and vegetables. Just quite the array of aromas, here.
T: The flavor is not any better. Lots of sugar and raspberry syrup. There's also a soda water flavor to it. It's watery overall and sort of like a raspberry flavored snow cone.
M: The body is on the light side of medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Sorry New Belgium, this is just not good.
01-23-2011 19:55:59 | More by womencantsail
United Kingdom (England)
2.33/5 rDev -35.8%
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.
10-01-2004 17:52:10 | More by rastaman
2.4/5 rDev -33.9%
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.
05-16-2012 22:05:30 | More by LXIXME
2.4/5 rDev -33.9%
Best by: 24FEB12
A: brown with a finger of pink tinged foam which falls to a mirrored surface in minutes. No lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Smells like raspberries, sugar, and the slightest hint of classic brown ale.
T: Tastes like a brown ale with raspberry effervescence. Really delicate in the frambozen realm if you ask me, it's fleeting in presence and is quite disappointing.
M: Thin with low carb and wet finish.
O: Meh, likely won't have again. Might be good warm (as in, 100 degrees with a little honey jager in it).
12-05-2011 08:27:00 | More by harrymel
2.45/5 rDev -32.5%
Aroma-I'm getting the raspberry hints off of this with some mixed light chocolate type malt scent. It melds together for a pleasant scent which reminds me of something, I can't quite place it though. Some type of candy I think
Mouthfeel-Medium to light carbonation, not too much on the palette as far as the weight and body goes. Bit heavier than water.
Appearance-Poured to about 3/8" head, dissipated fairly quickly although the slight remainder is lacing pretty nicely. Poured into chimay goblet, getting a nice deep red/dark mahogany color.
Taste-A mix of the raspberry with some slight tartness and some sweeter malt tastes. A bit of residual sourness after the finish, but this has sort of a sweet theme. This seems one-dimensional to me and really isn't all that complex or good for that matter.
Drinkability-Body's light enough to have a few, abv 6.5% seems alright but I'm not really all that blown away. Sam Smith's fruit brews are easily better, price here is a bit of a prohibitive factor also.
Overall-truthfully I've grown accustomed to some of the fruit themed beers and this doesn't seem all that good. Better belgian fruit beers out there.
02-23-2011 04:19:04 | More by jerryjeff
2.5/5 rDev -31.1%
Appearance: ruby brown, good clarity, thin layer of pinkish tan foam, poor head retention
Aroma: cooked raspberries, wet cardboard, hint of iron, lactic sourness
Flavor: dry raspberry essence, yoghurt, Flemmish brown ale acidity, slight enteric bitterness in the background; finishes dry with an aftertaste of unripe raspberries, leaves, and the same bitterness
Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, alcohol warmth felt in the back of the throat
Other comments: I swear I'm not being stuck up about this and dissing it just because it's not made in Belgium. It's just not very good! Pretty disapointing. Great color, though! I just don't get why nearly everyone has scored this beer 3.5 or higher. Are you afraid to pan a beer from New Belgium or something?
12-23-2004 19:49:58 | More by GreenCard
2.6/5 rDev -28.4%
best by feb. 2011
pours dark cherry brown with a 2 finger reddish white head that left some spotted lacing
smells of raspberries and much much else but very nice
taste is where this beer falls off - sour tart musty raspberries that is disgusting - a huge let down after the nose
mouthfeel is light/medium but very forgetful after the bad taste
drinkability is bad - if the taste is not there why would i want to drink it - i only drank 4oz just so i could finish this review
01-17-2011 00:18:11 | More by jsh420
2.6/5 rDev -28.4%
A- Pours a dark clear maroon color that looks pretty good half finger of head that dissipates quickly to just some residual bubbles around the top of the liquid.
S- Definitely raspberry. Has a sorta pale kinda thing going on which is kinda weird but hey. Not much else on the nose other then sweet, almost tart raspberry.
T- Definitely tart dry raspberry. Dominates the palate on this brew. As it goes down you can get a sense for the brown ale aspect of this beer. Kind of a weird mix going on in my mouth that is kinda killing it for me. Leaves some odd tastes in my mouth.
M- Feels bubbly going in and down. Not as smooth as it could be but nothing to cry about. Alcohol is well hidden which is good.
D- For me, I couldn't have much more then one of these at a time. It just has some weird aftertastes that just kind don't do it for me. But for what it is, this is a beer I can see myself having with a fruity desert.
12-01-2009 05:07:34 | More by boogyman
2.63/5 rDev -27.5%
What a "mixed bag" this beer is!. Smoooth and lovely, nice head, good lacing, and a wierd smell and taste.
The previous reviewer hit it spot on. With a chocolate cheesecake or a smooth, not overly-sweet desert, this would be okay. I'm not crazy about raspberries, and raspberries are WAY UP FRONT in this brew.
At the brewery, on tap, this one was listed on 28 Dec, 2004, as 7.07% ABV (TWO decimal points!), which is different from what is indicated on the bottled versions.
In short, if you like chocolate covered raspberries, you're gonna LOVE this beer, because those two flavors are all you find here. Only enough hops (the guy at the brewery said only Magnum hops are used in Frambozen) to keep a tiny bit of bitter-sour balance: measures only 16 International Bitterness Units. By contrast, SIX kinds of malt are used: Pale, Chocolate, Carapils, C-40, C-80 and Munich.
Lambic lovers should love this, I suppose.
12-29-2004 05:30:11 | More by ColoradoBobs
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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