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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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BA SCORE
82
good

712 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 20 | 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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piconaut

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-15-2013 04:30:31 | More by piconaut
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NickSMpls

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

12-15-2013 01:31:42 | More by NickSMpls
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Smarty_Pints

California

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

12-14-2013 15:18:52 | More by Smarty_Pints
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-13-2013 07:24:26 | More by XmnwildX12
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-13-2013 05:55:18 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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Mplsbrew

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-08-2013 22:02:25 | More by Mplsbrew
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spoony

Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (best by Feb. 23, 2014) into a chalice.

A-An average pour reveals a ruby-tinted brownish brew with active, fine carbonation. The head is short-lived and short in height, but the carbonation keeps a patchy cap on the top for the entire time.

S-The smell is heavy on the raspberry fruit, but rather than tart, the flavor is sort-of syrupy and earthy-sweet. Beneath the fruit is a bit of cocoa and bread crust from the malts and some grain.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with a syrupy, semi-sweet raspberry flavor mostly dominating a grainy, bread-crusty malt base. The finish dries up and gets lightly bitter. The fruit syrup flavor and carbonation combine for a cola-like flavor.

M-The feel is light to medium body with above-average amounts of fine carbonation.

O-This is an interesting beer, but not my favorite. The combination of raspberry syrup flavor and toasted/nutty malts make for a somewhat odd pair in the doses used here. More malty sweetness might help balance the raspberry and give the beer a better profile. The light mouthfeel is also a bit out of place and more body would make this brown go down better.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:41:41 | More by spoony
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StoutHunter

Michigan

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

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've haven't heard much about this beer, but a raspberry Brown Ale sounds like a pretty interesting combination, so lets see how it goes. For some reason there's was no date where the best by date usually is, 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good and it's got a nice festive look to it. It poured a dark reddish brown color that took on more of ruby and crimson color when held to the light with two fingers worth of tan head that that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but it isn't too Brown Ale like.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a toasted, grainy, brown bread and caramel malt like aroma that's mixed with a light nutty aroma that makes for a nice Brown Ale like aroma. Up next comes the raspberry which imparts a nice fresh raspberry aroma that is a little similar to raspberry jelly and it doesn't overpower the Brown Ale base. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that lived up to it's name and it was well balanced.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart all those nice brown ale aspects that I got in the aroma along with just enough nutty flavors to identify it as a Brown Ale. Up next comes the raspberrys which are on the slightly lighter side of medium and impart a nice fresh a natural raspberry flavor. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a lighter amount of medium tartness taking it's place and it has a tart raspberry and toasted malt aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer that has some nice balance to it.

M- Smooth, clean, a little tart, a little creamy, fairly dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and good example of a Raspberry Brown Ale and I think it could still pass as a decent example of a fruit beer since the raspberry is nice and noticeable. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not filling, and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a couple of these and I think this would be a good beer to pair with a holiday dinner. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, I thought it was pretty perfect and neither the Brown Ale base or the Raspberry were too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad but I wished it was Brown Ale like. I would buy this beer again, I would for sure get some next year and I'm sure I'll pick up a couple more bottles before they are all gone. I would recommend this to anyone who likes raspberry beers or anybody who thinks that a raspberry Brown Ale sounds good. All in all I was happy with this beer, I thought it was very solid and it had great balance. Good Job New Belgium thanks for another good beer that somehow managed to fly under my radar.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 22:38:18 | More by StoutHunter
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Ish1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

12-07-2013 04:05:55 | More by Ish1
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p-wagz

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-05-2013 03:54:05 | More by p-wagz
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Janis_Hoplin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-05-2013 03:34:48 | More by Janis_Hoplin
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

App: Nice ruby tint, clear and sanguine. Decent head with reddish hue. Minimal lacing and decent retention make for an attractive beer.
Smell: Deep and earthy notes of baked raspberries. More preserve like than fresh raspberries. Hints of wet soil and fruity tartness. Bit of dark chocolate
Taste: Chocolate and raspberry flavors well balanced. Malt present but not prescient. Slight berry sourness, not especially sweet. Allowed to warm a bit, the beer becomes more pronounced in its flavors, but no remarkable new flavors.
Mouth: A little thin, but not atypical of a brown ale. Could potentially benefit from additional body. Clean and dry it leaves little lingering besides a slight fruit tartness.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 03:51:14 | More by ZoomanCru
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atomicskier1889

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-03-2013 02:35:42 | More by atomicskier1889
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PStriedl

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-01-2013 20:28:10 | More by PStriedl
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ConradKenney

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-01-2013 17:40:00 | More by ConradKenney
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - finger width thick creamy head. Rich raspberry red coloring.

Smell - lots and lots of berries and sweetness to this one.

Taste - pretty much tastes like it smells with a nice malt build to finish the beer off.

Feel - So smooth and leaves your tongue with more berries.

Overall - something about this beer just makes me happy that it is Christmas season. Has a special little place in my heart and I could drink these all season.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 21:29:23 | More by beatenbyjacks
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unclekeith

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-27-2013 05:44:37 | More by unclekeith
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artoolemomo

Oregon

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

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has little retention. The head is a dark off-white/beige while the body is a maroon/dark amber with hints of maroon which appears as dark amber with light crimson notes when held up to the light. There are hints of rose in the head as well.

Nose- Pretty heavy raspberry and not much else. Simplistic but inviting. Maybe a hint of cherry. Swirling doesn't reveal much at all. Good amount of presence but really not much complexity.

Taste- Starts off much like the nose with a healthy amount of raspberry flavor. Some black tea bitterness on the finish. Some grain. The raspberry seems more generic on the palate- it has sort of a Jolly Rancher taste to it. Pretty thin tasting but at least the fruit flavor is not cloying. The raspberry does become less generic and has more presence as the beer opens up. As the beer opens up more, it develops a little bit of tartness which definitely gives the overall flavor profile more depth. But other the raspberry, this beer is rather boring. Above average in my opinion but not much beyond that. The is a slight earthiness that has some chalk to it on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. Mild carbonation with a slight grittiness on the finish.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing but also sort of boring. Fairly reasonable price for a beer that uses real fruit.

Overall- Not bad for a seemingly low end fruit beer. Not amazing but definitely above average. I would definitely give this a try and could even see myself buying it again. That is not something I say about a lot of fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 05:02:20 | More by artoolemomo
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bennett_loves_good_beer

Wyoming

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a garnet reddish brown with two fingers bubbly off-white head. Head dissipates quickly but leaves lacing behind.

Smell:Tart raspberries, breadiness, cocoa.

Taste: Watered down raspberries, slight tartness. Not much chocolate which really came out in past versions balancing the tartness. That is not here in this years version but the tartness is not nearly as strong this year either.

Mouthfeel: Kind of watery, really takes away from the beer.

Kind of disappointed with this years frambozen. Had it the past two winters and it was excellent both times. Seems to be watered down this year. Nonetheless it is still easy drinking and has been growing on me the more i drink it. Just doesn't stack up with the previous years this beer was released.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:15:54 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear garnet reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head with a slightly pinkish hue that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet/syrupy artificial raspberry and light aromas of cocoa + chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly grainy sweet malts with moderate flavors of syrupy sweet artificial raspberry. That is followed by a light flavor of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness balance out the sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Decent but nothing special - unfortunately the raspberry smells and tastes artificial. I like the combination of the chocolate with the raspberry though.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 02:22:46 | More by dbrauneis
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brewskis4drewski

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-18-2013 07:55:17 | More by brewskis4drewski
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

11-17-2013 01:15:15 | More by Texasfan549
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TickleMeTony

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2013 05:14:51 | More by TickleMeTony
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GeorgeH

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-13-2013 02:22:02 | More by GeorgeH
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deadliest

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-07-2013 18:44:03 | More by deadliest
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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