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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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721 Ratings
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-03-2001)
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

bh123, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Zraly
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark cherry-brown color. A thin "nutty pink" head floats atop. Smells of raspberry, cherry, and a slight presence of alcohol. Rather pleasing.

This tastes as warm as it smells. Initial flavors are sweet, rich choco-malts followed by a tartness of raspberries. Has a nice tingle and snap...and rather smooth for something that has such pronounced tartness. Citrusy nuances. Finishes dry and clean. Decent carbonation helps keep things from feeling too "syrupy" in the mouth. I'm thinking of Cherry Coca Cola for some subtle reasons.

I think this would be a charming beer to introduce to folks during the holiday season. It would make a great dessert compliment to a dark chocolate cake or mousse. Or all by itself.

Zraly, Nov 21, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

MNPikey, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

homebrewhawk, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

JEdmund, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

archero, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jucifer1818, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

damienblack, Oct 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Michaeldmanley, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

djeucalyptus, Nov 23, 2008
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

capuchinpilates, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

cmwilliq, Jan 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

EigenBeer, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

dt_gbpackersfan, Feb 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jerefreakinmiah, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

tubeyes, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

emwild12, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Fish113d
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Fish113d, Feb 19, 2005
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

siradmiralnelson, May 04, 2010
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

firstlighthiker, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Higravity
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Higravity, Nov 28, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

philbertk, Nov 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

dhbiker0889, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

nickhiller, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Westuh, May 29, 2014
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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