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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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839 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 Slay40
1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of OStrungT
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with a slight ruby tint to it. It boasts a fluffy, tan head that fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a slightly tart raspberry aroma. It has the signature New Belgium biscuit aroma. I dont know why almost every New Belgium beer has so much biscuity aroma and flavor. It has a slight caramel sweet malt aroma also.

This beer tastes like it smells. A lot of biscuit malt up front. Some sweet caramel malt, and tart raspberry mix in.

This beer is refreshing. It leaves a biscuit like aftertaste.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and It tastes good, minus some of the biscuit malt flavor.

Overall: This beer was good, but as I have already said, a little too biscuitty for me. New Belgium should lay off that flavor just a little.

Photo of unclekeith
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jredner
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mostly fresh real raspberries. Not puree. Very slight heartier malt notes beneath the sweetness. Ruby colored with a thin white film for a head. Probably shouldn’t have had this after the New Glarus Raspberry Tart it just ruins other raspberry beers for my palate. Very light raspberry notes with a solid pumpernickel-tinged malt base. I really can’t taste any alcohol so the 7% is completely masked. Palate gets very thin, but the finish is lasting and a nice raspberry/malt mix.

Photo of beerluvr
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a decent light tan head settling over clear deep ruby liquid.Lots of candyish raspberry aromas in the nose. The berries carry over to the taste anong with a very slight sourness. Finishes on a fruity/tangy note...nicely made, but pretty much a one dimensional beer. Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.

Photo of mulder1010
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-- Poured a raspberry brown color. Highly carbonated. Dirty pink colored head. Started at two fingers beofre receeding. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Tart raspberry. Very juicy. Just a hint of carmel and a very sweet nose.

T-- Raspberry in the front and carmel in the back. Good amount of tartness to this.

M-- Medium high carbonation. Medium feel. Lots of raspberry to this and some carmel to balance it out. Long lasting tartness from the raspberries.

D-- Excellent. One of my favorite Christmas seasonals. ABV is up from previous years but still well hidden and easy to drink 2-3 in a sitting. Perfect for a sitting next to a fire. Good to have again.

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hwwty4
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For full disclosure, I have to say this is my favorite seasonal of the year. I wait for this to come out like a kid counting down the days before Christmas.

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. Poured a dark red with a nice size (2 inch) tan head. Leaves very little lacing down the glass. The aroma is enticing with raspberry, and a sourness that stays in the back of the nostril. Part of it is the raspberries natural tartness but some of it is just the style of the beer. The best part of this beer is in the finish. It finishes with the taste of chocolate. It is amazing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation, allowing for a lingering taste even after you finished the beer. The drinkability is exceptional. If it was nonalcoholic I think I could drink a case in a sitting.

Photo of Unchi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Look - reddish brown when held up to a light, clear, and with about half a finger of khaki-colored foam.

Smell - Not surprisingly smelling like raspberries. Not much else in the smell, at least not as discerned from my nose

Taste and Mouthfeel - very "ale-like" taste in general, but with a lambic type of twist. Raspberry flavor is prominent in the beginning and middle. Surprisingly not much sweetness until the end. Texture is fairly well-balanced.

Drinkability - not a bad brew, pretty close-tasting to other top fruit beers that I've tried before, but not very complex.

Photo of ssjkyle
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A) It looked like a pretty deep brown when I was pouring, but held to light this is a pretty vibrant red. There was about a half finger of head, which settled to a dusting. Not much lacing.

S) Roasted malt sweetness, hint of chocolate, raspberry jam.

T) Not as much raspberry as I was led to believe by the nose, but certainly present in each sip. There was a wee bit of tartness. It balance with the brown ale pretty well, which was a bit of roasted malt, caramel, light chocolate and nuts.

M) Medium body with decent carbonation. A slightly dry finish that left an aftertaste of grass and stems.

O) This was a nice winter option right here. Glad I picked up a sixer.

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of JCam9981
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of heerboth
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of capuchinpilates
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of whynot44
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, hazy deep brownish ruby color with a slightly pinkish off-white head that doesn't stick around.

Aroma is definite raspberry with a sweet malt background.

Taste is much the same but with a little more of the brown ale malt presence to balance it out decently. Starts out sweet raspberry then the malt comes in along with a more tart raspberry taste somewhat like a Lambic. Finishes slightly dry and tart. Very interesting! A little sweet for regular drinking but a very good desert ale.

Should go very well with dark chocolate deserts.

Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of ncvbc
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep coppery reddish brownish color with an off-white head that settles quickly to a ring. Smells of extremely fresh raspberries. One of my favorite fruits and it's luring me in. Seriously, about as real as it gets with the fruit scent and something many others can't accomplish. Light caramel/chocolate malt under it. Taste also has an authentic raspberry flavor but it almost makes you pucker with tartness. The malt flavors seem less authentic and actually detract for the excellent raspberry addition. Mouthfeel is somehwhat light and lacking on the carbonation..it seems like there's more but it's just that tartness getting to me. Still, about good for drinkability to me. The smell is more realistic than any other fruit beer I've had so far. The tartness and somehow a tad too much malt make this less drinkable than it should be. So much better than I expected, though.

Thanks to tayner for the bottle...she's the greatest.

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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.

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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