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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

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695 Ratings
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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Photo of Domingo


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a lot of this lately, so it's time to review it. I'll be honest - for a long time I really didn't like this beer, but I think I was still expecting something different.
Pours a medium dark walnut brown color with lots of red highlights. The head actually has a red or pink tone to it as well. Since this is from a growler, I've played around a little with doing an aggressive vs. careful pour and found that carbonation's normal to heavy with a lot of lacing as you work your way in.
The smell reminds me of toast with raspberry jam. Raspberry's the prominent flavor, but you can get a little bit of a burnt caramel and nutty flavor, too. Very nice.
The taste actually begins with the caramel, nutty, chocolate flavor of a brown ale, but then the raspberry takes over in the middle. It's sweet, but not insanely so. The finish is bready and fruity.
Texture is thinner than you might initially think, but it goes down way too easy. On the other hand, it's well carbonated and it laces like few of its kind can.
I really have grown to like this beer. It's not something for every day, but on a cold snowy weekend I nearly finished a growler by myself.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2007 20:06:49 | More by Domingo
Photo of Craiger1967


3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 14:20:15 | More by Craiger1967
Photo of rlee1390


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear deep ruby, not much carbonation at all, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lots of raspberries, rather sweet, a fine line between artificial and good. Not much else though.

T-Extremely sweet raspberries. Almost like a fruit snack. But there is nothing else to the beer. And I decided it was too sweet.

M-Very light, watery not much carbonation at all.

O-Too much raspberries, too sweet, nothing else to this beer. If you absolutely love raspberries give it a whirl but not much of a reason otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:15:31 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Mikecap


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
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 2/23/2014. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart raspberry, raspberry skin, caramel, toast, light chocolate, brown bread, herbal, floral, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of raspberry fruit, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of tart raspberry, raspberry skin, caramel, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, floral, and herbal earthiness. Light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering note of raspberry, caramel, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of raspberry fruit, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly creamy, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice fruited brown ale. Good balance and robustness of raspberry, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:51:52 | More by superspak
Photo of PaulyB83


3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Medium reddish brown. Small white head that dissipated to a small ring.

S- Light raspberry of a syrupy sort with some light toasted malts.

T- Weak raspberry, much weaker than the nose. Some of the toasted malts are there but it is all much thinner than the aroma and a bit surprising how thin it is.

M- Pretty light and thin in the mouth. Not much puckering raspberry sourness or heavy malts.

O- When I saw this was a raspberry brown ale I was thinking it would be a light American Oud bruin but turns out it's just a regular English/American Brown ale with raspberries. None of the flavors are very full and it's a pretty watery beer. Nothing really off putting to me just kind of weak and not too sure fruit works with this style. The raspberry is a bit syrupy but many are and it's not heavy enough to be offensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 06:22:55 | More by PaulyB83
Photo of falloutsnow


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-02-23
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Frambozen shows its raspberry characters early on and keeps them going throughout the duration of the drink. Enjoyable, though a bit short on depth, which makes me think of having only one in a while. A six-pack to purchase one of and enjoy sporadically during the winter.

Pours a 2cm tall head of mostly white, with a slightly pink tint, head, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a somewhat frothy-like appearnace. Retention is average, the foam lasting about one minute in a quick decline to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of residual lacy foam drifting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is modest, a few small dots and lines cling to the perimeter of the glass. Body is a dark reddish-amber hue, with light bringing out more defined amber brown hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, fairly low in number and moderate in activity.

Aroma of raspberry preserves sweetened with a light caramel malt base.

Taste of fairly fresh, seedy rasbperries, slightly tart, with a mild chocolate and caramel malt base. Front of palate detects fresh raspberries with associated tartness and mild light to medium colored caramel malt sweetness. Mid-palate of fresh raspberries with their associated mild tartness and moderate dark caramel sweetness, a hint of esters thrown off by ale yeast. Back of palate of fresh raspberries, raspberry tartness, and slight caramel malt sweetness. Aftertaste is mild, of lingering raspberry tartness with slightly roasted malt flavor and caramel malt sweetness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth (3/5) and foamy (2/5) mouthfeel that suits this raspberry brown ale just fine. Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 07:09:49 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of 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
Photo of SportsandJorts


2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 23:26:44 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of spoony


3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (best by Feb. 23, 2014) into a chalice.

A-An average pour reveals a ruby-tinted brownish brew with active, fine carbonation. The head is short-lived and short in height, but the carbonation keeps a patchy cap on the top for the entire time.

S-The smell is heavy on the raspberry fruit, but rather than tart, the flavor is sort-of syrupy and earthy-sweet. Beneath the fruit is a bit of cocoa and bread crust from the malts and some grain.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with a syrupy, semi-sweet raspberry flavor mostly dominating a grainy, bread-crusty malt base. The finish dries up and gets lightly bitter. The fruit syrup flavor and carbonation combine for a cola-like flavor.

M-The feel is light to medium body with above-average amounts of fine carbonation.

O-This is an interesting beer, but not my favorite. The combination of raspberry syrup flavor and toasted/nutty malts make for a somewhat odd pair in the doses used here. More malty sweetness might help balance the raspberry and give the beer a better profile. The light mouthfeel is also a bit out of place and more body would make this brown go down better.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:41:41 | More by spoony
Photo of StoutHunter


3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've haven't heard much about this beer, but a raspberry Brown Ale sounds like a pretty interesting combination, so lets see how it goes. For some reason there's was no date where the best by date usually is, 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good and it's got a nice festive look to it. It poured a dark reddish brown color that took on more of ruby and crimson color when held to the light with two fingers worth of tan head that that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but it isn't too Brown Ale like.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a toasted, grainy, brown bread and caramel malt like aroma that's mixed with a light nutty aroma that makes for a nice Brown Ale like aroma. Up next comes the raspberry which imparts a nice fresh raspberry aroma that is a little similar to raspberry jelly and it doesn't overpower the Brown Ale base. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that lived up to it's name and it was well balanced.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart all those nice brown ale aspects that I got in the aroma along with just enough nutty flavors to identify it as a Brown Ale. Up next comes the raspberrys which are on the slightly lighter side of medium and impart a nice fresh a natural raspberry flavor. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a lighter amount of medium tartness taking it's place and it has a tart raspberry and toasted malt aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer that has some nice balance to it.

M- Smooth, clean, a little tart, a little creamy, fairly dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and good example of a Raspberry Brown Ale and I think it could still pass as a decent example of a fruit beer since the raspberry is nice and noticeable. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not filling, and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a couple of these and I think this would be a good beer to pair with a holiday dinner. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, I thought it was pretty perfect and neither the Brown Ale base or the Raspberry were too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad but I wished it was Brown Ale like. I would buy this beer again, I would for sure get some next year and I'm sure I'll pick up a couple more bottles before they are all gone. I would recommend this to anyone who likes raspberry beers or anybody who thinks that a raspberry Brown Ale sounds good. All in all I was happy with this beer, I thought it was very solid and it had great balance. Good Job New Belgium thanks for another good beer that somehow managed to fly under my radar.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 22:38:18 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of ZoomanCru


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

App: Nice ruby tint, clear and sanguine. Decent head with reddish hue. Minimal lacing and decent retention make for an attractive beer.
Smell: Deep and earthy notes of baked raspberries. More preserve like than fresh raspberries. Hints of wet soil and fruity tartness. Bit of dark chocolate
Taste: Chocolate and raspberry flavors well balanced. Malt present but not prescient. Slight berry sourness, not especially sweet. Allowed to warm a bit, the beer becomes more pronounced in its flavors, but no remarkable new flavors.
Mouth: A little thin, but not atypical of a brown ale. Could potentially benefit from additional body. Clean and dry it leaves little lingering besides a slight fruit tartness.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 03:51:14 | More by ZoomanCru
Photo of beatenbyjacks


3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - finger width thick creamy head. Rich raspberry red coloring.

Smell - lots and lots of berries and sweetness to this one.

Taste - pretty much tastes like it smells with a nice malt build to finish the beer off.

Feel - So smooth and leaves your tongue with more berries.

Overall - something about this beer just makes me happy that it is Christmas season. Has a special little place in my heart and I could drink these all season.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 21:29:23 | More by beatenbyjacks
Photo of artoolemomo


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has little retention. The head is a dark off-white/beige while the body is a maroon/dark amber with hints of maroon which appears as dark amber with light crimson notes when held up to the light. There are hints of rose in the head as well.

Nose- Pretty heavy raspberry and not much else. Simplistic but inviting. Maybe a hint of cherry. Swirling doesn't reveal much at all. Good amount of presence but really not much complexity.

Taste- Starts off much like the nose with a healthy amount of raspberry flavor. Some black tea bitterness on the finish. Some grain. The raspberry seems more generic on the palate- it has sort of a Jolly Rancher taste to it. Pretty thin tasting but at least the fruit flavor is not cloying. The raspberry does become less generic and has more presence as the beer opens up. As the beer opens up more, it develops a little bit of tartness which definitely gives the overall flavor profile more depth. But other the raspberry, this beer is rather boring. Above average in my opinion but not much beyond that. The is a slight earthiness that has some chalk to it on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. Mild carbonation with a slight grittiness on the finish.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing but also sort of boring. Fairly reasonable price for a beer that uses real fruit.

Overall- Not bad for a seemingly low end fruit beer. Not amazing but definitely above average. I would definitely give this a try and could even see myself buying it again. That is not something I say about a lot of fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 05:02:20 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer


3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a garnet reddish brown with two fingers bubbly off-white head. Head dissipates quickly but leaves lacing behind.

Smell:Tart raspberries, breadiness, cocoa.

Taste: Watered down raspberries, slight tartness. Not much chocolate which really came out in past versions balancing the tartness. That is not here in this years version but the tartness is not nearly as strong this year either.

Mouthfeel: Kind of watery, really takes away from the beer.

Kind of disappointed with this years frambozen. Had it the past two winters and it was excellent both times. Seems to be watered down this year. Nonetheless it is still easy drinking and has been growing on me the more i drink it. Just doesn't stack up with the previous years this beer was released.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:15:54 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear garnet reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head with a slightly pinkish hue that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet/syrupy artificial raspberry and light aromas of cocoa + chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly grainy sweet malts with moderate flavors of syrupy sweet artificial raspberry. That is followed by a light flavor of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness balance out the sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Decent but nothing special - unfortunately the raspberry smells and tastes artificial. I like the combination of the chocolate with the raspberry though.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 02:22:46 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of bmwats


3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium dark ruby brown. Pours a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly, leaving a mere reminiscence of a head. Hefty, beer ring lacing.

S: Nose is a wheaty malt, with raspberry and cherry strongly accentuating.

F: Bready malt flavor with a little fruity sweetness. Well-balanced.

M: Light body, crisp and fruity.

D: Goes down easy. The relative heavy alcohol content is unapparent.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice coloration, fair head, and some strong lacing. Nose is at really good malt and fruit combination. Very well-balanced. Flavor is lightly malted and lightly fruity, neither aspect overwhelming the other... well done. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 04:27:48 | More by bmwats
Photo of barnzy78


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, "Best Before 17Feb13", pours red in color topped with a thin, off-white head. Sweet and tart raspberry fills the nose coupled with some brown sugar and a hint of caramel perhaps. Tastes are sweet raspberry up-front with brown malts, it's tart and a little sour on the finish with a very slight grassy/herbal hop presence, while finishing semi-dry while the raspberry lingers. Thinner mouth-feel with lower carbonation. Overall, pretty one-note and rather cloyingly sweet. I like raspberries, but this was just okay.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 02:20:09 | More by barnzy78
Photo of vkv822


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip
Best By: Feb17, 2013

Pours a ruby red with faint brown hues and a thick, foamy off white, perhaps very faintly pink hued, head with great retention and thick lacing.

Primarily lightly tart raspberry in the nose.

More raspberry upfront, with a mild earthy/nutty malt backing. Not much hop presence.

Medium-light body with low, foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable, well done fruit beer. Lots of raspberry, fairly sweet, with a complimentary malt backing.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 09:35:26 | More by vkv822
Photo of Zach136


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Trappeze Pub. Served in an Allagash Flute.

12 oz. / $5
half pour / $3

A - Light Auburn with a three finger beige head. Excellent lacing.

S - Raspberry and a hint of peanut butter and jelly sandwhich.

T - Raspberry sweetness with a solid malt background. Virtually no hops to speak of.

M - Light and crisp, very refreshing for a brown ale base.

O - One of the better fruit beers i've ever had. Really reminded me of a liquid peanut butter and raspberry jelly sandwhich throughout the drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 18:24:31 | More by Zach136
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a clear dark ruby-brown with a two-finger light tan head with good retention and a bit of lace.

S- fresh raspberry juice, some toasted malt and just a bit of nuttines and caramel

T- tart, astringent raspberry juice almost makes me pucker. It isn't as tart after the first sip. Mid palate provides a bit if malt sweetness and a touch of caramel. The finish is tart and dry with a linger if raspberry.

M- light body, low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel with a velvety finish. Very nice.

O- once you get past the initial tart shock, this one is pretty enjoyable. It is labeled as a brown ale but lacks the malt profile for a true brown ale. However, it is one of the more enjoyable fruit beers I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:41:05 | More by Treyliff
Photo of mwilbur


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear red (with a hint of brown) hue. Moderate carbonation produces a 1/2 inch white head with decent retention.
S: Nice fresh, sweet, and tart raspberry note. Faint hint of caramel malt in the background.
T: Follows aroma fairly closely...a nice raspberry note with a mild caramel malt backbone.
M: Light body. Mild carbonation tingle. Sweet with a mildly tart finish.
D: A solid brew--especially for style, but just not special. An easily drinkable (and very sessionable) holiday beer...would be a great one for a larger gathering where the focus is more on the company and less on the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 05:04:39 | More by mwilbur
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer is a soft ruby brown. An off white head recedes to chunks of bubbles while sheets of lacing coat the glass.

The beer smells bubbly, like champagne with raspberry, faint malts and hops, and perhaps subdued nuttiness.

The beer tastes bright and fruity with raspberry and cranberry notes. A silky malt body brings lingering notes of nuts and cranberry bread.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but spritzy and dry.

Overall this is my favorite New Belgium beer. It's not overbearing, it's clean and refreshing and I can always have several without feeling like its a dessert.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:31:22 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hear "frambozen" so I expect Belgian character. But when the expectations fail, what's left? Without the character of Belgian yeast, New Belgium lets the malt and fruit stand all on their own, with the yeast-neutral character of American brewing at heart. Does the beer have enough to give on that alone?

Without the highly spritzy visual texture of Belgian Framboise, the deep crimson beer delivers a more creamy appearance than champagne, which is my first clue that things are different here. As the brilliantly clear, dark beer settles; an even coat of foam skirts the glass evenly and laces wonderfully uneven- organic as ever even if foregoing the Belgian underpinnings.

One whiff off the glass and I'm udderly perplexed: There's the malt, there's the fruit, but where's the vinous, tawny, earthen, sour notes that pull them all together? They are all missing. Yet, after becoming accustomed to the scent, I begin to understand the clear-cut dialogue of toast and raspberry which play out simply, elegantly, and confidently.

With one taste, the raspberries rise and seem to be supported by toasty malts. On the next, the flavors of toast, chocolate, and nuts take hold and offer a glimmer of fruit complexities from left field. It's this dichotomy of malt and fruit that create such a melange that its balance is undeniable and forcefully appreciated. There's simply no other way to put it- the beer is all toast and raspberry and it makes no apologies for it. Beautiful in design, and shyly rewarding.

It's light to medium body is first bolstered by semi-dry malt textures, but then is cut by the acidity of raspberry tartness. As the malty textures prove to be fleeting, the alcohols rise to match the intensity of tartness to provide a mostly-clean, mostly-dry finish of fruit and light lingering malt sweetness.

As standard American-brewed fruit beers are concerned, Frambozen is head and shoulders better than most. But the problem is that there's so much in common with this beer and Belgian Framboise that the comparisons leave me wanting more of that Belgian character in this beer. Fair? Unfair? -to each their own, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 07:00:55 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of kojevergas


3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I sipped one of these last week and wasn't horribly impressed. 6.5% ABV confirmed. Best before 02/17/13.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger head of pink-beige colour, poor thickness, limited cream, and good retention for the above average ABV (5+ minutes). Body colour is a vibrant light amber/red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Raspberries, light tartness, clean malts, a fleeting vague hint of soap, and a bit of sourness. A fairly strong fruity aroma. Pleasant and inviting. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Raspberry sweetness and some tartness. Quite sugary/sweet. Fruity all around. Clean malty foundation. Hopping is floral and vague. Balanced but simple. Lacks complexity and subtlety. That said, it's a pleasant easy drinking beer and it's pretty well executed for what it is. Clean and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thin. Slightly overcarbonated. Good palate presence, though it could use a bit more body.

Dr: Very drinkable, but not unique or special. I might have it on draught if I'm in the mood for a fruit beer. A decent offering from New Belgium.

As a side note, I think the moniker is misleading. Don't expect anything remotely close to a framboise in the sour sense of the connotation.


Serving type: bottle

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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