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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

835 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 tewaris
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of chumba526
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

At the time of this review, this is the #45 top beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - Fruit / Vegetable Beer" list. Shared by Thorpe, served in a Stone IRS glass.

Beer is brown and hazy with a thin brown head, no lacing, low retention, moderate carbonation, looks fine.

The aroma is sweet with a mild malt, some fruit.

Beer tastes like raspberry candy, sweet, cloying, like cough syrup gross. How does it taste so much more like raspberries and not smell like them at all?

Photo of winomark
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium brown color with hints of red. Head has a pinkish hue.

Aroma: Quite fruity, with a sweet raspberry aroma that dominates. Some malt present.

Taste: Raspberry tartness attacks the palate. Slightly sour. Brings back old memories as a winemaker. Dry, tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating, but not syrupy. Lots of tart and fruity tines throughout. Lingering finish.

Drinkability: Not a favorite of mine, but worth trying. Hope you like raspberries more than malt and hops to really enjoy this one.

Photo of levifunk
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of SportsandJorts
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: pours a brownish red. looks brownish with garnet hues. a small tannish head that fades quickly to a lacing on the sides

Smell: raspberry first and the strongest. weaker nutty/ chocolate malts are there but quite hidden

Taste: opens up with raspberries, sweet and just a touch on the tart side. followed up by some slightly chocolatey and nutty malts. the malt is quite light in the taste. raspberry come off a bit too strong

Mouthfeel: fairly syrupy. otherwise a bit sweet.

Overall: Like a few of new belgium beers, I love the idea but it doesn't fall quite where i want it.

Photo of Bruiser81
2.94/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of ScorpyX
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Best before Jan 2007. Well worn copper penny color.
Small tan head with a pink tint.

Decadent raspberry chocolate cake aroma.

Raspberry flavor starts out nice, a little sweet a little tart, but quickly becomes cloying.

Body is thin.

Decent beer, but it becomes a little to sweet to drink more than one.

Photo of midworken
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep, dark red body giving way to a creamy red head. These colors really let you know what lies inside...
Upfront aromas of juicy, tart raspberries - overpowering other flavors that come through.
Taste is overly sweet. Raspberries are overpowering here as well. I'll try letting it warm up a bit more... nope - the "beer" part of this still isn't showing through. More of a juice than a beer. The beer in this brew is more of a medium to carry the raspberry flavor, it's a bystander who watches the raspberry take all the glory. I would like to see a more harmonious existence between the beer and raspberry. The taste appeals to a specific crowd of beer drinkers (which is fine), but doesn't necessarily appeal to me. It is tempting to rate this down, but in view that this is a fruit beer, it does deliver decently according to it's style.
Loved the looks of this beer, was OK with the smell and taste. If they are wanting to have the raspberries as the showcase in this beer, they could have still added some spices that would play along with the raspberry to give this beer some more complexity.

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of mtparty37
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Jcohen357
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of ironchefkook
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Magery
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of KevinGordon
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Beestin
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chillwave22
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tjkramer95
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of HalenRush
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The thing that really jumped out at me about this beer is the color. When held up to the light, it has the most amazing deep red. I'm sure that can be attributed to the raspberry. But can almost be achieved without, like with Sammy Irish Red.

The taste is more strawberry than raspberry, and to me it tasted like strawberry soda. I'm sure it will be a hit with the ladies who think they are beer drinkers. That being said, I didn't think the strawberry flavor was overpowering. It was very pronounced and I couldn't taste the ale, but no, not overpowering.

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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