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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

694 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 694
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Reddish mid-brown with foaming head (in my amazing glass. Raspberry and malt in the aroma. Medium at best mouthfeel. Raspberry always in the mild brown, from start to finish.Drying aftertaste.
A serviceable fruit beer, but nothing to especially seek out.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 23:48:14 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/17/13.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy reddish-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some earthy raspberry aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a fruity finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that mixes up the fruitiness from the raspberries and the base brown ale fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 05:33:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The pour seems to be amber mixed with ruby with a short lived off-white head.

S: Not a good nose at all. Seems to be a combination of metal, fake raspberry, raspberry syrup, chocolate, corn, and vegetables. Just quite the array of aromas, here.

T: The flavor is not any better. Lots of sugar and raspberry syrup. There's also a soda water flavor to it. It's watery overall and sort of like a raspberry flavored snow cone.

M: The body is on the light side of medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Sorry New Belgium, this is just not good.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 19:55:59 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a burnt sienna color with a beige head that retains well and leaves a good deal of splashy lacing

Smell: Lovely aroma of raspberry filled chocolates

Taste: Slightly tart raspberry and cocoa flavors dance together both before and after the swallow; just when you think one dominates, the other emerges; a touch of nuttiness for the holiday season as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Unlike so many fruit beers, this one is a real pleasure to drink; very different and really enjoyable; not the most complex beer out there but a very nice standard for the holiday season

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the pleasure and cannabanaceae, for the second opportunity

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 23:31:50 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 12:16:29 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 20:27:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear chestnut body reveals crimson and orange highlights when held to the light; and its frothy off-white head holds quite well while leaving some nice, thin lace throughout most of the glass. Bright, juicy raspberry dominates the nose, backed by a softly chocolatey and grainy malt. The body is medium and somewhat dextrinous with a fine, median carbonation that warms to become airy and smooth. Juicy, sweet and lightly tart raspberry returns in the flavor, again followed by a cocoa-ish, lightly chocolatey, subtly caramelish, and delicately biscuity malt that fades to again reveal raspberry. It's sublime bitterness never surfaces, but does a brilliant job at balancing from the wings; and it teeters nicely between sweet, tart, juicy and cocoa-ish. Quite nice! The cocoa-ish character of the malt gives it more depth than most raspberry ales, and lends greatly to its drinkability. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 00:36:26 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: lovely dark garnet hued, with a fine, dun-colored head atop, settling swiftly down.
Aroma: wonderful! Sweet, yet tart, like chocolate-covered berries, beautiful, complex, and brilliant.
Taste: bright and tangy, full of gorgeous fruity flavor and lush texture. Tasrtness first, then sweet, and very, very mellow.
Frombozen here has the distinct advantage over raspberry lambics of having this brown ale base to it, making it sturdier, tastier. The raspberries blend well with the ale, doesn't stick out so terribly much, aiding drinkability. A remarkable notion, excellently executed!

Thanks to Mr. Jeffboo for sharing!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 18:07:03 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 15 Feb 08,

This years version pours brownish/mahogany with 2 fingers of plum tinged/whiteish head along viscous/oily layers. Superior head retention & very good lacing

S: Chocolate & berries

T: Dry with tart raspberries & some oak up front. Slight sourness follows along with a hint of vanilla & more berries as this warms. Finishes pretty dry with a bit of chocolate, great tartness & more berries

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & some wine-like qualities (sticky & dry)

Drinks pretty easy, a lot better than most fruit beers, this one I could enjoy for 3 or 5! This a solid offering this year!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 05:44:24 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:01:11 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown with some red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the syrupy raspberry and is very sweet overall. I also get a little bit of caramel malt but it is hidden behind the sugary fruit notes. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of raspberry and sugar, with a little bit of caramel malt. The beer tastes nice, but it is very sweet and gets hard to drink as you go along. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 00:43:21 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a somewhat opaque, reddish, brown color with a foamy, one-finger, off-white head. It left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of raspberries, caramel and some vanilla.

T - Tasted very sweet with raspberry dominating the roasted caramel maltiness. Almost too sweet at times.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good. I found it to be more enjoyable with a meal (a good steak) compared to drinking it alone.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 22:01:52 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rated November 2004
Pours a rich brown color, that shows brilliantly clear ruby highlights when held up to the light. The beer is topped by an initially froth light brown head that seems to fade pretty quickly. The aroma is an interesting mix of raspberry and brown ale aromatics. The raspberry is not overwhelming, which I greatly appreciate as I am in the mood for a beer. The aroma is sour, with malty notes of toasted biscuits, and has raspberry notes of course, which do come to dominate as times goes on.

Surprisingly to me this beer is pretty dry, this is quite refreshing as I was expecting more akin to the Transatlantique in sweetness, I am so happy to be surprised. The beer is lightly sweet up front and moves to a solid hit of raspberry in the middle through to the finish. All in all this is a pretty straight forward beer, it has a nice dry raspberry character that is accompanied by a slight acidity that is probably from the raspberries.

Rated October 2003
Deep red clear color, pours with a tan head. A strong aroma of raspberry emanates from this glass, dominates all other aromas that might be in here. Quite dry, not sweet at all. The raspberry flavor is there, lightly acidic as well, and a slight tannic astringency in the finish. This is quite nice, I like that this is not over-sweetened and syrupy, like so many other fruit beer interpretations. There is a good amount of body that helps to carry this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 17:19:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this!
Best before 12Feb10, poured into suggested glassware:

Pours garnet with ruby highlights with a fluffy off-white (pinkish?) head. Creamy head leaves lacing.

The smell is of raspberries - not typical "artificial", but the real sweettart raspberries. A "brown ale" toffee/cocoa maltiness comes through strongly and complements the berries nicely.

The taste is of sweet cocoa/chocolate/toffee notes with raspberries. Reminds me a bit of chocolate covered raspberries with a Chambord character. Wonderfully balanced - sweetness balanced by tart, slight roast and touch of drying bitterness in the finish. Much more complex than typical American fruit beer.

It has a creamy medium body with a nice smoothness and touch of effervescence.

Too often I'm disappointed by fruit beers, but this is head and shoulders above the average. Raspberries well-integrated into a nice brown ale. Not syrupy or artificial at all...not overly sweet... I would look forward to this winter seasonal if it were available in my area!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 22:44:17 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely a brown ale with raspberries mixed in. I find it earthy and hearty and deeper, which reacts with the raspberries very well. Combines to make a hearty, yet somewhat refreshing ale, even though it's more robust than the standard weak fruit beers. This is actually bringing some good character. I like it and could definitely go for more than one since it's bringing true raspberry flavor and not a bunch of syrupy junk. A nice production from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 05:16:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A murky crimson blood red with a pleasant off white fine bubbled creamy textured head leaves nice Belgian style lacing here fine and spread evenly. Aroma: A nice toasted malt character stands beside nice subtly spiced raspberry juice very nice could be festive for the holidays considering the label adorns wreath made of raspberry and hop vines. Taste: A pleasant mix of berries and characters of a nutty brown ale it all blends well a nice creative experiement here that came out decent. Mouthfeel: Creamy textured pleasantly smooth medium to light bodied fruit infused ale. Drinkability: Not usually a fan of the fruit additive in a beer but these guys do a nice job this one is pretty drinkable not a cloying offness in the mix of fruit and malts here they mix well.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 17:26:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a finger of white head. Nice retention, spotty lace.

S: Sweet and tart raspberries, some malt.

T: Great true raspberry flavour that lasts throughout the whole experience in the mouth. Light brown sugar character, like a raspberry cookie.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, creamy, thinner finish than I'd expect. Very mild acidity, slight tart at the end.

O: I finally got to try this legendary effort. While it's been around the Mountain States for a while it's never made it to CA until this year and it has in a big way. If it continues to come each year, I have another beer to add to my winter seasonal must buy list.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:19:34 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

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

I do think this has one of the best aromas of any fruit-flavored beer, which is probably why I've liked it a lot over the years. Fizzy, champagne mouthfeel, reddish tint to the amber color in the New Belgium snifter.

Taste is a little sour, in keeping with real-world raspberries, with enough roasted malt to give it some mellow beeriness. Not much sweetness and a light body. Fruit flavor comes through on a high note.

Aside from the powerful fruit nose, it's a subtle experience. I can see why some may not like the flavor, but I look forward to it every year as a favorite Christmas seasonal, an alternative to the dark raisin bombs.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:28:06 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

not usually a fruit beer guy, but this brown ale packs a perfect mix of tart (NOT SWEET) raspberry fruit with some excellent caramel malts and the new belgium classic yeast notes. nose is sharp and puckery, with an boozey malty backbone. more balanced fruit in the taste, with a really smooth finish. this is a very sessionable beer and will be in my fridge again during this holiday season. a clever beer from new belgium, well done

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 05:09:03 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured red with a short tan head and smelled of intense raspberry fruit. The body is a little thinner than the good framboises I've had from Belgium, but it wasn't sweet and thin either. The rich fruit carries over to the flavor and finishes with a quick dark bready malt character. This beer is maybe a little too balanced. A little more acidity could make it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 06:50:26 | More by tempest
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

C+

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 03:56:42 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from my Secret Santa 2006, nvsblman.

A: The ale is a deep, raspberry red color, dark almost to the point of murky brown. The head pours with a bit of raspberry red color as well and leaves a bit of lacing in the glass.

S: Even when the ale is cold, there is a strong raspberry aroma. It comes across as more natural and tart than syrupy.

T: The ale continues the strong raspberry presence that I found in the nose. The flavor has a light sweetness but is more remarkable for the strong natural tartness that it has. That fruit flavor is built on a nutty biscuit malt body that provide a bit of grainy sweetness to interact with the tartness.

M: The mouthfeel is a nice blend of sweet, nutty grains and a tart, sometimes sweet, raspberry.

D: Moderate abv and nice subtle fruit taste make this a good one. The tartness of the raspberry is what keeps me going back for a sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 01:47:07 | More by akorsak
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Zorro

California

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to the kindness of gbontrag.

Clear deeply brown colored beer with a very tall and thick tan head. The head has a pink tint to it. Best head that I have seen for quite sometime.

Smell is sweet and malty with a clear scent of raspberry but not too strong. Hint of chocolate and coffee in there but not too strongly.

Taste is raspberry sweet tarts at the start. Good flavor of raspberry and a not too sweet this is actually about as tart as a real raspberry in your mouth. Tart and raspberry, that sums up the taste completely.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A definite must try for those who do not like sweet fruit beers. To me this OK but not really great. It is nice and all but I would expect more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 04:37:04 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks gbontrag

Pours a nice clear dark amber/ruby red color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, some nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of some malts, but mostly raspberry. The taste is a little sour/bitter and a nice touch of raspberry, the finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice beer from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 04:01:42 | More by Wasatch
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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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