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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

695 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%


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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mattmaples

Oregon

1.7/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2001 17:21:14 | More by mattmaples
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

1.95/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Average mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:49:07 | More by Doppelbockulus
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codewarrior

New York

2.08/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 23:33:58 | More by codewarrior
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spense727

North Carolina

2.09/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:46:16 | More by spense727
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womencantsail

California

2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 19:55:59 | More by womencantsail
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.33/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 17:52:10 | More by rastaman
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harrymel

Washington

2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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).

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 08:27:00 | More by harrymel
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 22:05:30 | More by LXIXME
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jerryjeff

Tennessee

2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:19:04 | More by jerryjeff
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GreenCard

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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?

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 19:49:58 | More by GreenCard
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boogyman

Washington

2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 05:07:34 | More by boogyman
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jsh420

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 00:18:11 | More by jsh420
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Its the holidays - and I was very much looking forward to the holiday brew from New Belgium, a brewery that has been one of my standards as of the past 6 months. That being said, this beer is pretty disappointing.

Appearance: Ooh la la. This beer is so festive. It pours a vibrant crimson red and seems to glow like an ornament. It has a fluffy head the dies very quickly but leaves traces on the glass.

Smell: Eeww la la. The smell is like highly concentrated raspberry syrup. I'll assume its raspberry by the name, but it mostly smells like fake fruit.

Taste: It begins with a dark malt flavor that sweetens up quickly into the afore mentioned artificial syrup flavor...which i have dubbed "Nast-berry".

Mouthfeel: Typical body. Its nothing special but nothing poor.

Drinkability: If you like the Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic or McCoy's Raspberry Ale, you might like this beer. This is also a good segue beer for people hooked on wine coolers. But for people who really like beer, this is not acceptable. I won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 08:30:52 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2004 05:30:11 | More by ColoradoBobs
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mghotbi

California

2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown with thin off-white head and copious sticky lace.

Smells bready and yeasty with just a hint of caramel malt and faint chocolate. Surprisingly, little in the way of raspberry aroma.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with prominent late carbonation.

Taste is complex with typical brown ale caramel sweetness giving way quickly to overpowering tart raspberry and ending with a clean dry finish. Alcohol is well masked by the tartness, but sneaks up on you quick. Tartness is a bit out of balance and tarnishes other good flavors.

A fine winter seasonal, sure to please beer afficionados and family members who like fruity concoctions as well. One by the fire is great, but I don't think it would make a good session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 23:43:59 | More by mghotbi
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warmstorage

California

2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, BevMo Sacramento (Arden Way), $7.49 for a six pack.

Poured into pint glass, cellar temp (maybe a tiny bit at the warm end: 54*F ambient.) Bottles states Best Before date of 26 Jan 07, advises to serve at 50*F, states 6.5% ABV.

Pours with a huge, tight head that is pinkish tinted tan. This changes to a much rockier, larger bubbled head as it dissipates. Head ultimately goes away almost completely; leaves some light lacing.

Smell is fruit (raspberries, duh) and a slightly sour, vegetal note. Hmm. It also smells like some household cleaning or renovation product that I just can't place: I want to say like the underlayment for the laminate flooring I put down, but that's not it. This smell isn't a horrible one, but not appropriate for beer, either. On further smelling, I get a sense of stale oil.

Taste is sweet fruit essence that dominates most other flavors. It has a fairly bright, tingly mouth. I like the flavor, since I bought it to be a raspberry beer, but it's a little too much of the essence/extracted style of fruit beer. Minimal hops detected. There is a light caramel sweetness and malt flavor. The brown ale provides a nice backbone for their use of raspberries (which would probably overwhelm a blonde or wheat.)

With the exception of the somewhat rank smell, it's a very, very average beer, bordering on mediocre.

I like this beer reasonably well, and am not unhappy that I had to buy a six pack to get it, but I wouldn't buy it all the time. As with many of NB's offerings, I can't shake the sense that they are undercutting quality, malt bills, and hop bills to keep pumping out the product and maintain/build the market share.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 01:11:04 | More by warmstorage
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shippos

New York

2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a hazy murky reddish brown witha thin thin head. lots of raspberry in the aroma, very siliar to rasp. jam/jelly almost seems a bit artifical. just a touch of sourness in the taste followed by a fairly average brown ale with a bit of raspberry mixed in. personally i'd like some sourness to counterbalance some of theoverpowering raspberry syrup in the aroma and give some more character to overall beer. not really worth picking up IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 15:27:54 | More by shippos
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tewaris

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

15.5 IBUs
OG 1.016
12 oz bottle with a best by date of 02/20/2011 poured into a Saison Dupont glass on 12/16/2010.

Appearance 5/5
Brilliantly clear, deep ruby brown with a light pink colored fluffy and persistent head that left excellent lacing.

Aroma 3.5/5
Mostly raspberries in the nose and they too are not strong enough: neither in terms of sweetness, nor flavor. Some lightly sweet milky notes that I am not sure I liked.

Taste 2/5
Light sweetness and some flavor of raspberries but nothing remotely resembling "wow". Finishes clean with some tannic notes and some hoppiness. I hated it.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability are ok (3/5 on both). This beer is full of mediocrity in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 10:10:29 | More by tewaris
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle received in a trade with a generous BA who I will have to pour through notes to identify. Sorry friend, but in the meantime thank you.

Pours brownish burgundy with a thin white collar and some thin whispy surface coverage.

Smells of freshly pureed raspberries which is a high five. Underneath lurks an oddly sickening medicinal presence which is raw dogs.

Tastes is at best underwhelming and at worst gross. Raspberry puree from the nose falls flat and lacks any real punch. Sourness is muddled while being neither sour nor tart and the medicinal creeper from such prequels as the nose of this beer jumps from his shadowy corner to awkwardly say hello. The fruit isn't fruity enough, oh the inappropriate jokes in poor taste that have been lobbed here...but I digress...and the sour aspects just aren't really sour. Adding to the disappointment is that the base brown ale just decides to show up and puff his chest when really he should just go sit his dumb ass on the bench. Swing and a miss, ass hat.

Mouthfeel of brown sugared watered down promises.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 02:27:00 | More by BarrytheBear
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thagr81us

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured a ruby red-orange with one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma as comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, fruit, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, cream, roasted malt, and fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. I have to be completely honest here… I really didn’t enjoy this brew too much. It wasn’t as my doppelganger’s fiancée says, “nasty crap”. But one bottle was pretty much enough for all of us drinking this one. Four of us had a bottle while spreading mulch and none of us went back for another. While it wasn’t one of the worst brews I’ve ever had, it just wasn’t nice. Wish it would have not been a brown ale as that might have saved it. But to each their own I suppose…

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 10:49:56 | More by thagr81us
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Mikecap

Louisiana

2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a reddish brown with a finger of frothy, almost fizzy white head, lines the glass with a splotchy lace.

S: Tart fruit..definite raspberry maybe some strawberry as well. Don't get a ton else except some biscuit and maybe a touch of grass.

T: Up front tart raspberry but not super sour by any means. The raspberry tastes a bit too artificial and there is a lingering sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with a pretty high carbonation and a fizziness to it that doesn't sit extremely well. Tart finish with very low bitterness.

O: This is interesting...but not really my cup of tea. Glad I bought a single.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:34:22 | More by Mikecap
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Bruiser81

Kansas

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I would first like to say I don't like this style of brew to begin with but if I did I'm sure I would enjoy this one from my favorite brewery. A very dark red.It smelled like raspberry's and you can tell it is very fruity. Was the first fruity brew I've tasted and I did not like it. The taste was very fruity and tasted like raspberry's. It tasted like a wine cooler and I will not drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2002 15:29:20 | More by Bruiser81
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chumba526

Oregon

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It appears reddish brown in color with a small tan head.

It smells a little of caramel and toffee and raspberries, it also has a bit of an earthy flavor to it.

I taste quite sweet. There is a bit of a caramel and a toffee flavor as well as a yeasty bread flavor. These flavors back up the strong sweet raspberry flavor. There is little tartness to the raspberry it is primarily just sweet.
The carbonation is moderate low.

The drinkability is ok but it is too sweet to drink a lot of them.

Overall, this is an ok beer but it seems to be a bit one dimensional and a little bit too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 01:50:41 | More by chumba526
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ScorpyX

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm going to admit something right off the bat. Fruit-flavored beers are very low on my enjoyment list. Never been a big fan. So that'll bias this review lower than usual. Here we go, though.

A: Great looking beer. A deep ruby red with a thick, two-finger width head that stays with it throughout the drinking. Leaves behind quite a lot of lacing.

S: Raspberry, raspberry, and raspberry. Great surprise there. Lot of sweetness in the smell.

T: Raspberry tartness at the forefront, a sharp, tart taste. Really big in the back of the throat. A little bit of malt flavoring, too.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth. If I was a fan of the fruit beers, this would probably be pretty high up there. As it is, not bad for the style, just far from my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 20:30:26 | More by ScorpyX
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levifunk

Wisconsin

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - pour is clear dark red. must be filtered. nice pink head forms.

s - candy raspberry dominates. is this fake raspberry? the nutty brown ale base is faint.

t - tastes like a nutty brown ale with raspberry syrup added. wtf BA? this is NOT a 3.8, B+, beer. and what is this alcohol bite?

m - med/light body. carbonation is fine.

overall - I don't know if its just because I am spoiled with NG Raspberry Tart or what, but this is clearly raspberry syrup. I don't care if the website says they use real raspberries. Maybe they use 10% real and 90% artificial flavoring. Its not a horrible beer, but its far from a good one, especially from a brewery that knows how to make good beer. I won't buy this again, and I didn't finish even the half bottle pour I had.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 17:08:08 | More by levifunk
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