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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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717 Ratings
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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

12oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a pretty reddish brown with a thin, almost pink head. Nice sour berry aroma. Medium bodied, slightly spritzy mouthfeel. Lots of raspberry in the flavor with some chocolate malt. Slightly sour in a good way. Not overly sweet. No discernible hops. Very drinkable.

I hadn't had this in a while, and I found it much better than I remembered.

11-23-2008 03:33:23 | More by homebrewhawk
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4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

Small ¼” head sitting on a really pretty pinkish/purple body. Good stream of carbonation bubbles.

Definite berry aroma; it’s a little tart and sweet smelling. Some doughy malt. Very inviting.

Light flavor for 6.5%, but I see that as a plus in its drinkability. The raspberry flavor isn’t over the top like it is in Lindemann’s, and there’s a fairly neutral, even level malt flavor complementing them. Finish really comes alive and the fruit really pops with a tart zing—very nice and refreshing! Mouthfeel is excellent: velvety rich, though not heavy or syrupy.

Frambozen didn’t quite live up to the hype, and I wouldn’t say it lives up to its price tag either ($10.99). However, I full enjoyed drinking them and would absolutely order this if it were on tap somewhere. I’d probably even buy a single bottle next year. Recommended.

12-09-2012 22:04:06 | More by JEdmund
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-10-2013 02:38:21 | More by damienblack
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-01-2014 16:24:41 | More by jucifer1818
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a rich ruby brown with a cream colored head laced with cherry color that fell relatively quickly but left some nice sticky lacing. The color brought back fond memories of Josta Cola with the berry red hues.

Smells of bready and caramel malts with a definite berry kick. Raspberry? okay, if you say so. it just smells very malty and very berry.

Taste, as if I was expecting anything else, was of strong berry tartness. There's a nice malt backbone of whole wheat bread and toffee that keeps the raspberry from overpowering. A hint of sweetness fights with a hint of bitterness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is pretty light with a good bit of carbonation, carrying the sour notes of the berries straight to the tongue and adding a bit of spice. Easy drinking and relatively smooth although a touch thin and empty.

Not bad on the whole. Nothing amazing, and I could see this one going well (and being a bit more enjoyable) with food. Not sure I would want to drink more than one or two, although it's clean and smooth enough that I could.

11-23-2008 19:03:55 | More by djeucalyptus
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-03-2014 04:05:05 | More by Michaeldmanley
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-13-2013 05:55:18 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-24-2013 03:35:58 | More by archero
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-28-2013 01:26:47 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the color is a deeper-reddish chestnut color, with a slight 1 cm head that literally fizzes out within seconds, leaving a slight edge layer on top, but nothing spectacular. Sitting at least 18 inches away, I can already smell the cranberries. Accompanying them is a sweet malt with hints of floral hops and maybe just a "sprinkle" of caramel as well. The first sip reveals a definite presence of rasberries and some slight brown maltiness. The hops are aparent on the swallow, and a "twang" of alcohol hits you on the very finish. The cranberries carry the load of this ale however; a little too much for my liking. The feel is a lot like a cherry cola. A shot of carbonation on your tongue that is stingy, but the body is more medium-bodied IMO, and the alcohol burn is there at the end. Not a bad brew in the end, but I couldn't have another. I guess I'm not a cranberry lover. The bottle is definitely the highlight of this one.

02-19-2005 22:30:08 | More by Fish113d
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium Globe Glass.

A. 2+ finger of raspberry hued head. Good retention. Color is dark red. Good lacing.

S. Malt, raspberries, yeast. Smells like a lambic, slight sourness.

T. Sweet/sour rapsberries. Almost tastes like a fruit wine. Biscuity malt, New Belgium's signature malt taste.

M. Medium/light bodied. Medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. Higher ABV for the style but you wouldn't know it by drinking it. Goes down very easy. Something good to look forward to during winter.

05-04-2010 16:18:43 | More by siradmiralnelson
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-07-2013 02:45:40 | More by tubeyes
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

About as good as it gets for a non-lambic Frambozen. In a chalice it offered up a nice muted malt smell and a hint of the raspberry to come. There is now sweetness to this assertive beer which makes it great and the cringe of tannins which can be present are also put to rest. Simply a great belgian very slightly tart brown with a blossom of raspberry flavors all coated in a soft fluff of chocolate. Masterfully done. Bravo New Belgium.

11-28-2005 18:45:16 | More by Higravity
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

New Belgium Brewing Company--Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale--12 oz. Bottle.

1998. 5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.) Hazy light brown color with a hint of purple. Nice head and lace. Light smooth raspberry flavored body with a hint of dry sweetness. Finishes tart and clean. Hint of Belgian yeast. Sampled 12/14/1998.

2000. 5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear bright deep red color. Mild toasted raspberry front with hop notes. Light red head. Sweet mildly toasted raspberry fruit body is smooth rich and tasty. Ends dry with lingering fruit and light spice. Sampled 12/16/2000.

2001. 6.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear raspberry shaded deep ruby red color. Pink tan head. Medium lace. Mellow rich raspberry chocolate front. Cream raspberry sweet malty mild chocolate body. Complex rich smooth fruit malt. Citrus end. Sampled 11/7/2001.

2002. 6.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Clear dark red brown color. Pink mild lacy head. Rich floral roasted raspberry mild hop front. Zesty raspberry toasted caramel cocoa dry sweet mild citrus raspberry body. Tangy citrus malty hop end. Mild yeast. Sampled 1/8/2003.

2004. 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Creamy lacy light red head. Clear rich deep ruby color. Floral raspberry hop front. Complex tangy dry rich mild sweet chocolate caramel mellow Belgian spice raspberry body. Crisp spicy mild hop end. Nice! Sampled 11/4/2004.

2005. 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Clear bright ruby red color. Rich tangy raspberry fruit hop front. Clean crisp tangy mild chocolate raspberry citrus body. Tangy mild sweet mild hop mellow Belgian spice end. Sampled 10/14/2005.

2006: 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy lacy head. Clear thin bright dark ruby red color. Toasted raspberry front. Mild sweet Belgian wheat infused fruit ester toasted body. Tangy mild hop wheat fruit spice end. Odd buds tonight. Still nice. Sampled 11/19/2006.

2007: 7.00% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) 6-Pack --$8.49. Tight mild lace head. Clear dark red brown color. Floral mild cocoa raspberry Belgian hop front. Mild tangy dry sweet raspberry toffee ester body. Mild sour citrus hop clean dry end. Well blended. Sampled 11/12/2007.

2008: 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Big dense foamy lacy rocky pink tan head. Clear rich bright dark red brown color. Rich raspberry cocoa nut front. Mild sweet rich malty slightly sour brown dough raspberry infused smooth tasty body. Puckery clean dry citrus lingering raspberry spice hint end. Sampled 6/23/2009. 6-Pack--$10.99.

2009: 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Mild lace thin off white head. Clear bright rich dark ruby raspberry brown color. Smooth raspberry Belgian chocolate front. Crisp zesty complex Belgian fruit ester mild sweet malty light cocoa raspberry infused rich delicious body. Clean mild hop dry end. Sampled 11/9/2009. 3 @ $1.69 Each.

2010: 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Big foamy lacy lasting pink head. Clear bright red raspberry brown rich deep red color. Mild raspberry light toasted cocoa mild hop aromatic front. Zesty crisp dry mild citrus sweet sour hint soft toasted chocolate malt tangy festy smooth raspberry body. Dry clean rich refreshing raspberry citus mild hop end. Rich Seasonal Brown Ale. Sampled 11/11-12/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $10.99 @ Ballard, Seattle Fred Meyer on 11/11/2010.

11-15-2010 05:50:24 | More by philbertk
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

02-08-2014 17:49:52 | More by EigenBeer
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-09-2013 09:11:13 | More by emwild12
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-07-2012 22:14:06 | More by dhbiker0889
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-20-2011 04:14:46 | More by nickhiller
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-24-2014 02:34:35 | More by vwbus7
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BEST BEFORE” date is “26FEB12.”

Appearance: Poured into a becker glass. The color is clean and clear dark amber/red. Three fingers of dense, billowy, buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly to leave a rocky cap, lacing along the glass, and a thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Very fruity. Lots of raspberry, which makes it smell much like pop (which is what we call soda in my hood). The brown ale also comes through in caramel and cocoa.

Taste: Really sweet and tart; it gets the cheeks puckering. Lots of raspberry juice followed by the brown ale elements of cocoa and caramel.

Drinkability: It is pretty good, but it does taste and feel much more like juice than anything else.

12-17-2011 05:52:07 | More by TheQuietMan22
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

06-11-2013 03:03:14 | More by capuchinpilates
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2.63/5  rDev -27.5%

What a "mixed bag" this beer is!. Smoooth and lovely, nice head, good lacing, and a wierd smell and taste.

The previous reviewer hit it spot on. With a chocolate cheesecake or a smooth, not overly-sweet desert, this would be okay. I'm not crazy about raspberries, and raspberries are WAY UP FRONT in this brew.

At the brewery, on tap, this one was listed on 28 Dec, 2004, as 7.07% ABV (TWO decimal points!), which is different from what is indicated on the bottled versions.

In short, if you like chocolate covered raspberries, you're gonna LOVE this beer, because those two flavors are all you find here. Only enough hops (the guy at the brewery said only Magnum hops are used in Frambozen) to keep a tiny bit of bitter-sour balance: measures only 16 International Bitterness Units. By contrast, SIX kinds of malt are used: Pale, Chocolate, Carapils, C-40, C-80 and Munich.

Lambic lovers should love this, I suppose.

12-29-2004 05:30:11 | More by ColoradoBobs
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-12-2013 23:17:48 | More by firstlighthiker
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

05-29-2014 00:45:43 | More by Westuh
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-15-2013 22:07:48 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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