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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

838 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-03-2001

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Photo of boogyman
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Photo of warmstorage
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.69/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of jsh420
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
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

Photo of IreRican
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of shippos
2.74/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of Skye1024
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of bh123
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Pillowburn
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of McAndrew
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of mghotbi
2.76/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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…

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of Mikecap
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of CSam24
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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