Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 37
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-03-2001

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Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having enjoyed this one a lot when I lived in San Diego (I found it in a suburb of Phoenix) and again when I first moved to Denver, I rashly bought a case. I think I gave away 5 or 8 bottles to a hooker, but I digress. poured a clear dark reddish brown with a large lasting tan head. Aromas of raspberry and cocoa. Palate was light bodied, smooth and a bit tart. Flavors of raspberry and a bit of cocoa with a smooth slightly tart finish.

Photo of UnderPressure
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking clear, brown beer with a thick head that melts to a ring.

Raspberries in the nose. Some malty sweet aroma in the background.

Raspberry flavor up front. Sharp and tart. Some grainy, malty backbone there. But, the berries make for a tart, dry finish.

The mouthfeel is decent. Probably right for this beer, but on the thin side for me.

This beer has too much raspberry for me. I'm sure some people like it, but it's overly dry, fruity, and tart for my taste. But, I think it's still worthy of a craft beer lover's attention.

Photo of CPeterson
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- A deep dirty crimson brew that produces a nice head that leaves a solid skim and good lacing.

S -- Mild fruit sweetness, biscuity malts, and earth.

T -- A very mild fruit essence that promised to be sweet (or sour) and just couldn't stand up to the malt. Breadiness and earthiness in the middle, and finishes with a slight twinge of bitterness which makes for a semi clean finish.

M -- A little sticky on the finish but otherwise pretty uneventful.

D -- It's better than some, but not as good as others.

Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a darker brown color. Red hues show up on the sides of the glass when held to the light. One finger light tan head shows medium retention overall. Some light streaks of lacing on the glass.

S- Raspberries dominate the aroma. The only thing I did not care about was that damn New Belgium malt base they used. It would creep out of nowhere and it was all you could smell. The ending had a light sourness you could pick out which was nice.

T- Raspberries and a light funk in the front of this. It does have a nice flavor in the front but this gets overtaken in the middle with that malt base which lets you know it's New Belgium. The rest of the flavor in the beer is a mix of the malts and the raspberries trying to balance each other out.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Raspberries are left on the palate with more raspberries and malts left in the aftertaste. Flavors are a little off balance for the style they are looking to go for. Clean tasting just not crisp as it should be. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This was a good beer. The malt base that New Belgium uses almost kills this beer though. The ABV is well hidden along with most raspberry flavors in the ending of this beer. Almost a complete joy but oh so far away.

Photo of dstc
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice dark ruby color with little white head that disappears quickly leaving fine lace behind.

Smell: Fruity and sweet.

T: Wow there's a lot of raspberry in there! Very fruity taste and a little tart. Not too sweet.

M: Nice carbonation, smooth to somewhat watery.

D: Good beer but one of those that I can only drink one of at a time. Too fruity to be more than a nice after holiday dinner drink with dessert.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ballofruit for this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a medium brown color with a good head and a bit of lacing. The nose has a light amount of raspberry with some sweet malt taking up the biggest portion. Flavor has more raspberry, though it's not all that integrated with the base. Medium body with light sweetness. Boom.

Photo of Fugazme
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An odd looking beer as it is a deep, deep ruby color. Some hints of brown. No head to speak of. It was gone immediately.
Looks good, however.

Smell is of raspberry and is very sweet. Some maltiness, but very little. Smells nice.

Taste is decent. Can't help but think there is some sort of artificial flavor added. I don't think there is, but it tastes a touch artificial. Very sweet.

On the palate it is slightly bubbly but overall smooth.

This is an occasional beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby-red body with a frothy, bubbly, pink-tinted head.

Smell: Lightly tart-smelling aroma of juicy raspberries with a hint of toasted malts and a dusting of cocoa powder.

Taste: Raspberry jam with subtle hints of caramel, cocoa, and toast. A light sweetness doesn't hang around for very long. Slight tartness throughout. A tannic bitterness creeps into the taste near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability: A solid raspberry fruit beer, but one helping is definitely enough for me.

Photo of Craiger1967
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guiness Pint Glass

Appearance: Dary Ruby color, low head that disappears quickly, low lacing

Smell, a very raspberry Jam smell, low hops and hefty malt scent

Taste: this is a bit sweet for a brown ale, definitely not something I would normally buy, perhaps this is more of a desert beer than a session type ale.

Mouthfeel, with the addition of the raspberry it changes the feel of this beer, it has the malt feel to it and at the end of the drink it's a bit watery, overall it's not that bad of a beer, just not my thing.

If you are going to invest in a fruit type of beer, I think it best to stick with Lambics or Belgian styles that are conducive to fruit in general.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single bottle for ticking purposes... Best by Feb 2011

Served in a snifter--

A reddish clear purple-hinted brown. Pink hues in the head. Decent lacing.

Smells is nicely of real raspberries. An underlying brown ale is muted enough to not be a distraction. The flavor has more of the base beer, but still a great amount of raspberries.

There is something in the finish and in the mouthfeel that reminds me of infected beers... It is almost overcarbonated... Finishes dry. The beer seems to bubble off my tongue: if this is infected, it is early in the stages. If it isn't infected, then the feel is quite off for my style.

This is an interesting and tasty beer-- I like it, except for the feel.

Photo of scottfrie
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear dark ruddy copper with three fingers of light tan head that faded into chunky film leaving patches sticky clinging lace. 
S: The nose is bursting with fresh fruit, sweet raspberry jam, and a hint of lighty tart fruit skins, touch of wood, sweet syrup and caramel.
T: Sweet and syrupy, raspberry isn't as potent as the nose, woody tasting, brown ale comes through a lot. Very caramely and plain. Finish has a tiny bit of dry raspberry tartness. Synthetic sweetness comes through a bit. Overall not great. 
M: Surprisingly thick body, slick mouth, low carb, leaves a sweet film in my mouth. 
O: Could be a bit dryer, pretty sweet, a little syrupy, aftertase is bad, average drinking.

Photo of mgdeth
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This beer has a great deep ruby-brown color. Carbonation is good, as are head retention and beer lace. Appealing.

Smell - Raspberry dominates the smell, but it works well with the malt aroma that is present as well. I do not detect hops.

Taste - The initial taste is a lot like chocolate cake with a cherry or berry topping. The beer is very sweet, almost too sweet. The hops are not assertive, but do offset the sweetness a little. The fruit taste is overdone, and is cloying.

Mouthfeel - For a brown ale, this has a hearty mouthfeel. The label says 6.5% alcohol, so the overall body of the beer seems appropriate.

Drinkability - Due to the strong aftertastes in this beer, it is not highly drinkable. One of these and I start to get an astringent feeling in my mouth. This is not wholly unacceptable, but is not that good either.

Comments - Drink this one instead of a dessert wine. I'll bet it would go really well with cheesecake, or even cranberry sauce. I can see how many folks may not like this one, but the taste has sort of grown on me (but the aftertaste is not so great). Worth a try - get it in a mixed six pack if you can.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent two finger head with a good lacing and nice retention.

Smell: Raspberry and some caramel malts. Very simple, not too strong, but decent.

Taste: some rasberry sweetness comes out with some caramel malts. Some dry tannins follow but are decently balanced. Hop bitterness is faint. Sour taste is initial and provides a tartnes. Flavor combination is not ideal, but is decent.

Mouthfeel: Dry mouthfeel, seltzery/watery mouthfeel. Not very good.

A good beer to try once, but I'll pass on it next year.

Photo of Offa
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is interesting and definitely has a raspeberry-mixed-with-brown-ale character but to me ultimately is not satisfying, seems a bit characterless and isn't my style, as I expected.

Deep, dark brownish red, it has a medium pink-tan head steadily thinning to a wispy top but leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is caramel, toast, raspberry.

The taste is heavily toasted bread, hints of caramel, hint of red wine,tart raspberry that is most prominent in the finish, followed by bread and a cracker aftertaste. It is mostly sweet-tart and toasty .

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a mix-n-match six pack.

A: A medium brown tinged with red, which is appropriate since it's a brown ale flavored with red raspberries. Forms a 1" thick head which quickly reduced by half but then stayed until two or three sips in.

S: Deceptive, but that may be because I was expecting something with a stronger smell. Initial smell of raspberry with subtle hints of chocolate. Almost had to stick my nose in the beer to smell anything past the first sip.

T: I'm going to be honest: This almost tasted like nothing at all. There was little if any tartness from the raspberries, and what raspberry flavors I noticed came on the finish, with a slight sour taste and a hint of something nutty.

M: Moderately thin, with a slight carbonated feel - though less than other fruit beers.

D: I'm torn on this. Since I only have one bottle, I can't be sure if what I'm tasting is consistent with what NB was going for, or if it's a bad bottle. I might try one other bottle (or a taste of somebody else's) just to make sure, but I won't buy any more than that unless the second taste wows me. That being said, it is a fairly drinkable beer that would be good for people who don't like beer, and if they liked it, I could easily see them drinking a few bottles as it's not cloyingly sweet like other fruit/dessert beers.

Photo of Vancer
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Holiday party ale – good start, a ruby brown with sliding laces. Aroma was also malty, with just hints of raspberry. Taste, well, malty with, of course, undertones of raspberry and some cherry and chocolates.

Mouth is very tart and crisp, the carbs pack a punch and will awaken your taste buds. Very tangy, but perhaps a bit to sweet, you just can’t drink more that 2 before your mouth starts puckering up.

Photo of Crosling
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught. Brilliant red color, with a light hints of pink in the head. A nice vibrant and enticing fruitiness in the nose with the malt base barely noticable and the raspberries taking everything over. Light in body, faintly hopped with notes of raspberries, fruits and a touch of chocolate and caramel. A bit dull in the aroma and a bit sweet. An ok brew.

Photo of ThirdLap
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle has been sitting in my fridge for a few months. Served at fridge temp into a tulip, then allowed it to warm up a bit.

A - Pours a very dark red with a short-lasting but big head. Lots of lacing.

S - Sour, fruity, and a bit funky.

T - Raspberry and tart. I know it's a fruit/vegetable, but this tastes like it's halfway to a decent sour.

M - Medium carbonation. Mild tartness, relatively thin bodied for the style. Very nice finish.

D - Surprisingly low. I kinda like this beer, but somehow don't want another. I want something fuller, with more character.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a fluted pint glass. The tenth beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a clear dark ruby red color with off-white soapy head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Tart raspberry, light chocolate and cereal notes.

T- Big raspberry notes that are slightly tart, some cereal malt notes, and light cocoa chocolate notes.

M- Medium body, watery finish, and low carbonation.

O- The raspberry flavor is pleasant and slightly tart. There is not much complexity and the body is pretty weak.

Photo of loren01
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cola colored with a reddish/brown color to the head. Lots of lacing down the pint glass.

S: Smells very fruity. Faint nutty and smell as well. I'm also picking up a hint of chocholate as the beer reaches the bottom of the glass.

T: Taste is very sweet of raspberries, also a slight malty flavor. I do like the taste, however it doesn't taste like any beer I've ever had. I don't mean this in a bad way but, it tases more like a raspberry flavored crystal light or snapple drink.

M: Fairly light on carbonation, very smooth.

D: I'm not a huge fan of fruity beers really at all. I can see myself drinking this once in a while I suppose, however not more than 1-2 at a time, it was really too sweet for me. I bet this beer would be real good in some sort of marinade or paired with something else while cooking.

Photo of budgood1
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a deep mahogany colour, with a ruby tinted thin head. nice lace left in the glass after every sip. very candy like aroma...raspberries and chocolate...caramel hints...very legit. the taste is a bit of letdown...there is definitely a light malt base with raspberry has a fullish body and you can detect the high 6.5 ABV. the alcohol is slightly spicy, belgian like...with a lingering fruity aftertaste. the problem lies in that this beer doesn't meld all the parts well. i like this brew as a holiday concoction, but i would have a hard time drinking more than two. and i really like raspberries. i would definitely like to have a bottle or two during the x-mas season, just for the festively sweet taste.

a nice beer. cheers go out to beer angel for providing the sample!

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby with a big-bubbled off-tan head that quickly reduces to a thin-looking ring. Lacing is mild and spotty.

The nose is comprised of ripe raspberries, and just that. Maybe a touch of caramel, maybe. I'm starting to get really think that you can't make a fruit beer without it being completely one-dimensional.

The palate is, again, one-dimensional with regards to flavor, but I dig the structure- nicely sweet with a tart fruit edge and a lingering juiciness on the dry-malt finish, the only time I can make out the 'brownness' of this.

Not a huge fan of this, but I don't hate it either. I can't stand anything that doesn't have complexity in its aroma/flavor, but the mouthfeel is alluring enough to always make me come back for another sip, which is a nice achievement.

Photo of Countpopeula
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out of the bottle very clear, with a deep mahogany color. It had a thin, pail straw colored head with fairly poor retention, probably due to its moderate to low carbonation. The aroma was not all that I hoped it would be. It had a slight brown malt aroma, with just a hint of its fruitiness. There is virtually no hop aroma.

This was a very dry beer that was tart, sweet, and very little bitterness. There was none of the “nutty” flavor normally associated with brown ales; however there was a subtle chocolate flavor. The raspberry flavor was predominant throughout. There was a medium smooth body.

I did enjoy this beer; however it is the kind of beer that I would have to have in small doses. The tartness makes it hard to drink a lot of.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red orange amber, thin head and light lacing. Aroma of raspberries, a bit sour, slight malt. Rasberries up front with some dry malt in the middle. Finish is dry, sour, a bit bitter and not very noteable. A slight metallic aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. A miss, which is too bad; a raspberry beer would be a nice change.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark ruby red color with a pale pink 1-1/2 finger head that leaves a nice pink lace down the glass chasing the deep red brew. The nice aroma of crisp raspberries is dominant as should be in this beer along with a mild vanilla background. So far, I feel like I am about to have a dessert in this experience. The flavor is a semi-sweet raspberry that again overpowers most. Everything else from the light hops to the roasted malt is nothing but background. It finishes with a cough syrup type flavor that is just short of desirable. Perhaps the complexity of this brew is buried by the raspberry flavor. It is a light to medium bodied brew that finishes lightly sweet. Drinkability is not too high. Not bad, but not great. Cheers!

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