Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

796 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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 Turbo
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hellpop65
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of shanny_koenig
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fetusonfire
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a fluted pint glass. The tenth beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a clear dark ruby red color with off-white soapy head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Tart raspberry, light chocolate and cereal notes.

T- Big raspberry notes that are slightly tart, some cereal malt notes, and light cocoa chocolate notes.

M- Medium body, watery finish, and low carbonation.

O- The raspberry flavor is pleasant and slightly tart. There is not much complexity and the body is pretty weak.

Photo of bluehende
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light raspberry red mixes with a light brown color and yields a relatively weak body. The nose is mostly fruity, raspberry, with an organic flowery aroma.

The flavor starts with a fruity raspberry and follows with a dry chocolate malt. There is a bit of coffee, barley malt and grain.

It's an enjoyable fruit beer with a light thin face.

Photo of RyanK252
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours brownish red amber with a light tan head that disappears.

S: Tart raspberry, a bit earthy, with a touch of chocolate.

T: tart raspberry dominates, some bittersweet chocolate notes, and a little roasted malt.

M: On the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Not much left to remind you of a brown ale, raspberry really takes over, but I'm not complaining. I could drink this all day.

Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep ruby red, with a frothy creamy pink four finger head with a thick rich appearance. Body color gives to some minor carbonation and deep red chestnut with some brown hues. Neat looking brew.

Fruity nose and a soft raspberry aroma. Slight cream and malt thickness match nicely, with just a tiny bit of toast sticking out. Mild sense of chocolate but really buried, but has a good thick, not horribly sweet, and solid fruit angle.

Real nice simple palate. Mild raspberry with small milky notes of vanilla. Cream angle doesn't get too thick, but a sweetness works it's way out nicely. Raspberry finish and milky front almost with minimal like lactose quality.

Real nice mellow fruit beer. Nothing fancy, just real simple, drinkable and flavorful.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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2.72/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.84/5  rDev -21.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale is actually much more red, albeit dark red, almost violet. For its darkness, the complete clarity is somewhat unusual. There are big lazy bubbles sitting on the glass as the head quickly dies down, and it looks like a soda somewhat except that a haze always remains on top and manages a little lacing.
Malts and tart raspberry show in the nose, but sourness takes a little more time to develop than I'd expect and only partially manifests, though a toasty note and touch of creamy sweetness complement well.
The sourness is on display more in the flavor though not especially strong. The brown ale base is evident with a toasty malt and possible a hint of caramel, while a mildly vinous dry note comes in the middle. The raspberry is pretty effectively utilized, but I'd like a bigger contribution both of sourness and fruit.
The feel is crisp up front with a little less on the end, the semi-dry to dry medium body pretty much the same. It's well carbonated and maybe moderately smooth.

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.