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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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835 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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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 lstokes
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is very dark red-brown with a tiny off-white head. It smells mostly tart, and then the taste is also tart--not all that sweet, really, but definitely like a tart, fresh berry, combined with a weak brown ale. My boyfriend says it's like they isolated all of the parts of the berry without the natural sugar. It's a little bit chocolate and toasted biscuit in the malt underneath, but that's been dialed down, and there's honestly not much development throughout the glass. That raspberry bouquet is what stays after the swallow. It's a touch light in the mouthfeel, but it's possible that a thicker beer would drown out the raspberry complexity. We both quite liked it.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a medium copper color with 2 fingers of pale pink (!) head. Good retention and lace.

S: Raspberries predominate, a little caramel underneath. As the beer warms, a little funk emerges.

T: Leads with raspberries, caramel follows. Tart and bitter on the finish, and some semi-sweet caramel returns on the aftertaste. After the first few sips, the balance tilts a little more towards the caramel, but the raspberry never gives up. Nearer to the end, first roast, and then cinnamon join in.

M: Medium body, fairly fizzy and a bit creamy.

O: One of the better fruit beers I've tried. Unlike many that taste like a jolly rancher dropped into a generic lager, this has some really nice flavors going on. Had it for the first time on tap several months ago-- glad to finally have a chance to give it a review.

Photo of jsprain1
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Red brown with a thin off white head that has moderate-poor retention.
S- Aroma is a slight bit of malt sweetness but almost all lightly tart raspberries.
T- It's sweet all the way through. There is a bit of sweet bread, but it's mostly just raspberries. Finish is lightly tart.
M- Fairly full body. slick and a bit of a sweet residue.
O- It's an ok beer. If you really like raspberries, give it a whirl. I could enjoy one of these every so often. More then one and a half in a sitting might wear on the taste buds though.

Photo of Rusty18
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of scottfrie
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear dark ruddy copper with three fingers of light tan head that faded into chunky film leaving patches sticky clinging lace. 
S: The nose is bursting with fresh fruit, sweet raspberry jam, and a hint of lighty tart fruit skins, touch of wood, sweet syrup and caramel.
T: Sweet and syrupy, raspberry isn't as potent as the nose, woody tasting, brown ale comes through a lot. Very caramely and plain. Finish has a tiny bit of dry raspberry tartness. Synthetic sweetness comes through a bit. Overall not great. 
M: Surprisingly thick body, slick mouth, low carb, leaves a sweet film in my mouth. 
O: Could be a bit dryer, pretty sweet, a little syrupy, aftertase is bad, average drinking.

Photo of UnderPressure
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking clear, brown beer with a thick head that melts to a ring.

Raspberries in the nose. Some malty sweet aroma in the background.

Raspberry flavor up front. Sharp and tart. Some grainy, malty backbone there. But, the berries make for a tart, dry finish.

The mouthfeel is decent. Probably right for this beer, but on the thin side for me.

This beer has too much raspberry for me. I'm sure some people like it, but it's overly dry, fruity, and tart for my taste. But, I think it's still worthy of a craft beer lover's attention.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of harrymel
2.47/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best by: 24FEB12

A: brown with a finger of pink tinged foam which falls to a mirrored surface in minutes. No lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Smells like raspberries, sugar, and the slightest hint of classic brown ale.
T: Tastes like a brown ale with raspberry effervescence. Really delicate in the frambozen realm if you ask me, it's fleeting in presence and is quite disappointing.
M: Thin with low carb and wet finish.
O: Meh, likely won't have again. Might be good warm (as in, 100 degrees with a little honey jager in it).

Photo of Vashtar
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everything is good except for the head.

The smell is very nice.

The taste is also nice, but it's really strong, almost like sour punch straws. It sticks with you and has a monotonous aftertaste. Something about it seems well made, though. I WOULD NOT WANT A SIX PACK.

Mouthfeel is very basic, and I like it. Just right.

Photo of Mrpickles
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

Appearance. Pours a clear red-brown with under a finger of light kakhi-pink head.

Smell. Sour rasberries and a little toasty grain and caramel.

Taste. Raspberry juice, some toasty grains and caramel again, maybe a trace of molasses.

Mouthfeel. Lighter in body with medium, kinda prickly carbonation.

Overall. Not bad. Would be nice on a hot day. Lots of rasberry there and not too sweet.

Photo of millelacsmark
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TheFlern
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have you ever wondered what Fat Tire would taste like with a bunch of raspberries? Well wait no longer!!!!

I actually prefer this beer quite a bit more than Fat Tire.

Lets begin...

A: Redish amber in color. Slightly off white and slightly red head. Head is not dense or sticky. Lacing is decent.

S: Wow, lots of raspberries. That is pretty much all I can discern. Upon a swirl they smell tart and delicious.

Taste: This is where I get the brown ale characteristics. It reminds me a lot of Fat Tire. Its not to noticeable because of the raspberries. Its good but not great.

MF: The mouth feel is a little thin imo. I would have liked it to finish a little more dry and tart.

Overall: Good bang for the buck. Interesting new beer from New Belgium. Clearly, we all know they are capable of pumping out some great beer in the Lips of Faith series, etc. This beer is not one of those beers but if you enjoy their normal yearly and seasonal lineup then you'll greatly appreciate this beer.

Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of vasdef42
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of pwsoldier
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

Pours a deep ruby with a big-bubbled off-tan head that quickly reduces to a thin-looking ring. Lacing is mild and spotty.

The nose is comprised of ripe raspberries, and just that. Maybe a touch of caramel, maybe. I'm starting to get really think that you can't make a fruit beer without it being completely one-dimensional.

The palate is, again, one-dimensional with regards to flavor, but I dig the structure- nicely sweet with a tart fruit edge and a lingering juiciness on the dry-malt finish, the only time I can make out the 'brownness' of this.

Not a huge fan of this, but I don't hate it either. I can't stand anything that doesn't have complexity in its aroma/flavor, but the mouthfeel is alluring enough to always make me come back for another sip, which is a nice achievement.

Photo of jamesgaither
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of quirkzoo
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In honor of Overlord I poured this from the bottle into a Trinity (CO) tulip. Pours a nice deep brownish red with three fingers of slightly pink head. Smell was good. Mostly raspberries which is to be expected but it smelled more like a crate of slightly over-ripe, slightly musty raspberries instead of a handful of juicy fresh raspberries. Taste is a nice brown ale base well balanced with some tart fruitiness from the berries. Mouthfeel is nice, not too thin nor cloying with a touch of astringency. Overall this is a perfectly nice brew but doesn't really bring anything new to the table.

Photo of Magery
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mdvatab
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of gwguest
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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