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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

784 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 34
Gots: 39 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-03-2001)
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4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep ruby red, with a frothy creamy pink four finger head with a thick rich appearance. Body color gives to some minor carbonation and deep red chestnut with some brown hues. Neat looking brew.

Fruity nose and a soft raspberry aroma. Slight cream and malt thickness match nicely, with just a tiny bit of toast sticking out. Mild sense of chocolate but really buried, but has a good thick, not horribly sweet, and solid fruit angle.

Real nice simple palate. Mild raspberry with small milky notes of vanilla. Cream angle doesn't get too thick, but a sweetness works it's way out nicely. Raspberry finish and milky front almost with minimal like lactose quality.

Real nice mellow fruit beer. Nothing fancy, just real simple, drinkable and flavorful.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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2.72/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.84/5  rDev -21.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale is actually much more red, albeit dark red, almost violet. For its darkness, the complete clarity is somewhat unusual. There are big lazy bubbles sitting on the glass as the head quickly dies down, and it looks like a soda somewhat except that a haze always remains on top and manages a little lacing.
Malts and tart raspberry show in the nose, but sourness takes a little more time to develop than I'd expect and only partially manifests, though a toasty note and touch of creamy sweetness complement well.
The sourness is on display more in the flavor though not especially strong. The brown ale base is evident with a toasty malt and possible a hint of caramel, while a mildly vinous dry note comes in the middle. The raspberry is pretty effectively utilized, but I'd like a bigger contribution both of sourness and fruit.
The feel is crisp up front with a little less on the end, the semi-dry to dry medium body pretty much the same. It's well carbonated and maybe moderately smooth.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Fast on the heels of the Accumulation winter beer being made available up here in the Great White North, we now have a fruity Christmas offering, if the wreath on the label is to be taken seriously.

This beer pours a clear, very bright red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and moderately bubbly pink-tinged head, which leaves some low-lying frothy sea spout lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of sharp, rather fruity raspberry puree, lightly toasted caramel malt, a hint of acrid yeast, and the slightest of earthy, weedy hops. The taste is still pretty indulgent in the realm of fruity raspberry goodness - all over top of a bready and mildly chocolaty caramel maltiness, subtle earthy yeast, a touch of oily nuttiness, and well dialed-out weedy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are generally quite frothy, but innocuous all the same, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and more or less smooth, a slightly airy creaminess arising on its very own terms. It finishes still overbearingly fruity, the raspberry character reminding me of enough lifelong summertime experiences to really just forget anything else that is particularly seasonal about this affair.

When I hear the word 'frambozen', even though I'm familiar with its Flemish origins, back in my native tongue, all my feeble brain gets is 'frozen raspberry', from a sense of place and rudimentary French knowledge. Anyways, a nicely fruity brown-ish ale, the balance evident after more than a few mere sips.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -1.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.16/5  rDev +14.6%

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.