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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

798 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 41 | 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 AndyAvalanche
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Like the name mentions, it comes out a standard brown ale color. When held up to the light it's still brown, but has many reddish features as well, has good clarity. There's an off white colored head that produces some good lacing and glass retention. A good looking beer.

I'm not a fan of fruit beers, but if I was, I'd say for raspberry fans, there isn't much room for improvement. Frambozen does have some traditional beer malt and hop aroma features, however the dominant smell is raspberries, hence the name. We're not just talking raspberries here though, we're talking fresh, sweet, and juicy raspberries. After that there are tones of of toffee malts and some floral hops.

Taste isn't nearly as good as the smell. Much like the smell, it's raspberries that dominate the flavor. My gripe here is that it doesn't taste as much like beer as the smell does. There's sweetness in the smell, but more of a tart, almost sour flavor from the raspberries, which kind of makes it like a wild or sour ale.

Mouthfeel is ok, it doesn't feel as clean as it looks. Slightly oily and a little yeasty. The tartness makes you pucker a little bit, and it doesn't finish that clean either, drinkablity is ok.

Overall it's a pretty good beer I guess. As I mentioned earlier I don't like Fruit beers and I'm not a sour fan either. However for the style and what it was going for I think it's creative and I can see why people would like to drink it. I don't regret trying it and I'd probably give it another shot in the future given the opportunity.

Thank you chugalug06 for this beer as an extra in a great trade!

Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into strange tulip type glass -

A: Poured a translucent ruby color with light brown hues,one and half finger head that seemed to hold it's retention ,thick sticky webbing as it subsided,good carbonation.

S: Light raspberry hints with slight malts.

T: Raspberry upfront with a mild creaminess. some sour notes with a decent malt backing,some light chocolate hints as well.

O: Overall this was a light crisp and somewhat refreshing fruit beer,my first fruit beer and although It's not my favorite style I would drink it again as a desert beer or a night cap.

Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown with some red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the syrupy raspberry and is very sweet overall. I also get a little bit of caramel malt but it is hidden behind the sugary fruit notes. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of raspberry and sugar, with a little bit of caramel malt. The beer tastes nice, but it is very sweet and gets hard to drink as you go along. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Simple yet elegant lableing. Classy.

Appearance - Pours a slightly cloudy reddish deep amber color with a 1 1/2 finger tan head that dissipates slowly into a frothy coating that leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell - Smells of brown sugar and roasted malts overlayed with a raspberry tartness.

Taste - Starts out with the sweet tart raspberry flavor followed up by a toasty chocolaty malt flavor. The flavors blend together very nicely with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - A fair amount of carbonation help give this a medium bodied feel which was crisper than expected.

Drinkability - Smooth and tasty making it a very very drinkable offering.

I really enjoyed this offering as it was different than anything I had ever had. Highly recommend!!

Photo of jerryjeff
2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma-I'm getting the raspberry hints off of this with some mixed light chocolate type malt scent. It melds together for a pleasant scent which reminds me of something, I can't quite place it though. Some type of candy I think

Mouthfeel-Medium to light carbonation, not too much on the palette as far as the weight and body goes. Bit heavier than water.

Appearance-Poured to about 3/8" head, dissipated fairly quickly although the slight remainder is lacing pretty nicely. Poured into chimay goblet, getting a nice deep red/dark mahogany color.

Taste-A mix of the raspberry with some slight tartness and some sweeter malt tastes. A bit of residual sourness after the finish, but this has sort of a sweet theme. This seems one-dimensional to me and really isn't all that complex or good for that matter.

Drinkability-Body's light enough to have a few, abv 6.5% seems alright but I'm not really all that blown away. Sam Smith's fruit brews are easily better, price here is a bit of a prohibitive factor also.

Overall-truthfully I've grown accustomed to some of the fruit themed beers and this doesn't seem all that good. Better belgian fruit beers out there.

Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium rarely misses, and this lambic-style raspberry brown ale is an unusual treat, too.
Pours a wine-red, with large head. Detailed, artful lacing.
Nose is fresh and raspberry, naturally, but with a robust malty presence and a dry finish.
Taste is slightly tart, yet smooth and easy to drink.
Enjoyable and quite worthy.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a trade with arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

12oz bottle served in a large wine glass.

L - dark brown color with a beige head that left a few spots of lacing behind.

S - sweet raspberry aroma.

T - some upfront sweetness turns towards a tart berry taste with a dry, bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with a lively feel.

D - not bad for starting or ending an evening.

Photo of portia99
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Received as an extra in the Math Trade 3 BIF from fear025.

A - Pours a very clear brown color with deep red highlights. A thin cap of off-white foam sits on top briefly before falling to a thick, uneven collar and some sparse lacing on the glass.

S - A bit sweet with some brown sugar, caramel, some roast, a bit of milk chocolate and a bunch of raspberries. Quite fruity overall.

T - Roasty, grainy, a bit metallic. Raspberry is somewhat candy like. Some sugar sweetness and light astringency on the finish. Seems a bit like raspberry Jolly Rancher candy dissolved in a brown ale.

M - On the light side of medium bodied. Carbonation is mid-level as well. Underlying hop bitterness surrounded by candied fruit. Has almost a fruit punch feel to it.

D - Not exactly what I was hoping for or expecting, but not bad. The fruit doesn't seem that well integrated into the overall flavors and seems a bit artificial. Not bad, but could have been so much more.

Photo of JamesS
4.78/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a wonderful ruby-brown with wonderful head and excellent lacing. Nice deep scent with hints of roastiness under a very nice sweet raspberry aroma. Great taste, a wonderful malty and thick sweetness with a bit of nice roastiness to it, and a great sweet raspberry flavor; very much like a chocolate covered raspberry. Goes down very, very smooth. A wonderful brew.

Photo of robwestcott
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to codewarrior for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a deep black cherry with a thin, short lasting, off white head

not much in the aroma department other than subtly sweet, overripe berries.

hmmm... interesting, its a sweet treat certainly. not an everyday pour by any means. sweet raspberry syrup, and hard candy.

creamy, medium cabonation, medium bodied, super-sweet.

drinkable - one, maybe two if you want a sugar high.

Photo of womencantsail
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The pour seems to be amber mixed with ruby with a short lived off-white head.

S: Not a good nose at all. Seems to be a combination of metal, fake raspberry, raspberry syrup, chocolate, corn, and vegetables. Just quite the array of aromas, here.

T: The flavor is not any better. Lots of sugar and raspberry syrup. There's also a soda water flavor to it. It's watery overall and sort of like a raspberry flavored snow cone.

M: The body is on the light side of medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Sorry New Belgium, this is just not good.

Photo of boomer31
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up when I accidentally dropped a 6 pack at the liquor store and felt bad.

A - Pours a transparent amber with hints of red and a small touch of light brown head. Little stick on the glass

S - The brown ale comes thru in the nose with caramel malts then a hint of raspberries though very subtle

T - Up front malt then some funky raspberry, not fresh, almost syrup like then a bit of tartness. Kind of odd, not terribly balanced as the aftertaste is kind of dry but syruppy.

M - Nice low carb kind of sticky on the tongue with that odd raspberry flavor

D - It's an odd fruit beer that isn't terribly complex. Drinkable and approachable but just kind of off

It's always going to be tough to approach raspberry flavored beers after you've had NG Raspberry Tart. This just can't come close.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Mahogeny red/brown color that's a bright plum when held to light. Coral tinted off-white head. Big bubbly collar leaves lacey smithereens.

Smells like fresh, tart raspberries. Taste is, again fresh, tart raspberries. Some tannin type taste in there. Full, creamy body that combined with the raspberries makes me think of drinking raspberry yogurt...and I just ruined my beer.

The brown ale adds a few woody notes but other than that it can't stand up to the fruit.

Photo of olmatty
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Pours a deep amber brown with some crimson highlights. head is off white with a pink hue and looks creamy and persistent. Some nice lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell-Nothing but tart, fresh raspberries, yet not overpowering.

Taste-A nice balance between tart raspberries and nutty, chocolatey brown ale which is slightly sweet. These flavors tend to surge and recede making for an interesting interplay.

Mouthfeel-Moderate body and tartness tends to lift the palate of the maltiness after each sip.

Drinkability-Tasty and interesting, but I doubt that I could drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

Look - reddish brown when held up to a light, clear, and with about half a finger of khaki-colored foam.

Smell - Not surprisingly smelling like raspberries. Not much else in the smell, at least not as discerned from my nose

Taste and Mouthfeel - very "ale-like" taste in general, but with a lambic type of twist. Raspberry flavor is prominent in the beginning and middle. Surprisingly not much sweetness until the end. Texture is fairly well-balanced.

Drinkability - not a bad brew, pretty close-tasting to other top fruit beers that I've tried before, but not very complex.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into snifter.

A: light for a brown ale, but very red -- presumably the raspberries. Sticky off-white head.

S: raspberry pie filling over malty brown ale.

T/M: Not overly sweet, but definitely heavy on the raspberry. Nice balance of fruity/sweet/tart and malty brown ale underneath. Average mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation.

D: above average for a fruit beer.

Photo of renniksdb
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let me preface this review by saying that I am typically a HUGE fan of New Belgium's stuff, and I also like fruit beers, but this one gave me mixed feelings. Please read the entire review though. But first, the beer:

It has a nice aroma. Raspberries. Maybe a little sweet malt.

The color is dark red. Not ruby, because there is some brown too, so more like a brick red. What you would expect given raspberries and brown ale.

The taste starts out with a strong, tart raspberry flavor. Again, expected, and good. The middle is more of a mild malt and some bitter from hops. But the finish is where I'm torn. It finishes tart/bitter, and remains that way. Personally, I'd prefer a sweeter finish after the tart start...that is if I was drinking this without food.

HOWEVER, I will say that this beer was a fantastic pair to a roast pork tenderloin my wife and I made with a thyme/chipotle dry rub and raspberry BBQ sauce.

So to underline my point...this beer was a little too tart to drink much on its own for my taste buds. I suggest pairing it with a sweet and/or savory meat. But you personally need to try this beer and decide for yourself! It's very unique, even for a unique brewery like New Belgium, and worth searching out.

**This added later. After trying again, I noticed allowing the beer to warm up more than your average brown ale helps balance the tart a lot.

Photo of jsh420
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

best by feb. 2011

pours dark cherry brown with a 2 finger reddish white head that left some spotted lacing

smells of raspberries and much much else but very nice

taste is where this beer falls off - sour tart musty raspberries that is disgusting - a huge let down after the nose

mouthfeel is light/medium but very forgetful after the bad taste

drinkability is bad - if the taste is not there why would i want to drink it - i only drank 4oz just so i could finish this review

Photo of TexIndy
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a NBB snifter. Best by 2/20/11 on back label. It was a rich ruby color with plenty of carb streams It had a large fluffy head that took a long time to settle into a constant small foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was dark chocolate covered raspberries and cocoa powder. Good but can be overpowering if not a fan of raspberries. The taste follows the aroma with choc covered raspberries blending well with a small but there brown ale base. Definitely a sipper due to the heavy fruit flavor. Mouthfeel was creamy with lots of carb and a slightly acidic, fruity aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent fruit beer. Highly recommend. Avail here in TX as seasonal release. Rotation - the raspberry flavor is strong so one at a time is enough. I enjoy the flavor so will get a couple each season. [O;O]

Photo of crazyjoedivola
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20 oz bottle best before 2-20-11

Pour led to a one-finger head that's tinged pink. Quickly recedes leaving a decent lacing Deep burgundy with ruby red along the edges of the glass.
Smell is slightly sour, yeasty dough and tart fruits with some bitter cocoa
Taste is like smell. Good but not great. Solid malt note but not sour enough for sour ale, not sweet enough for lambic but a solid middle ground.
Becuase it's a safe middle ground this is a very drinkable beer good intro to craft holiday beers

Photo of tapman
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red/ruby in color, brownish with maybe a pinkish tint (my lighting is poor) and a 2 finger head. Looks closer to an dark amber than a brown, but not too far off.

Raspberry custard and/or raspberry yoglait yogurt.

Dark chocolate and raspberries. You can pick out that 'house' biscuit in there as well. Finishes kinda flat in the malt department, but nicely bitter, like eating fresh raspberries. There are some elements of 'natural flavoring' as well that come off a little plasticy.

Brightly carbonated, but less so than a belgian ale.

I could have used a heavier beer with more maltose to support the raspberries and give it a fuller texture, but still pretty good.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a beautiful crystal-clear ruby color with an off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty--nutty and toasty with a pleasant fresh raspberry aroma. The flavor is a nice marriage of tart raspberry and nutty malts. The finish is crisp and clean with a bit of tart raspberry lingering. The carbonation is moderate and body medium. Overall this is a very flavorful and well crafted beer that can be drunk all night.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a crystal clear deep ruby hinting at dark brown, with a thin, fluffy light khaki head with pinkish hues that settles into a thin cap fairly quickly. Very good lacing, decent retention. Very striking color.

Nose is primarily raspberry, though hints of chocolate come through underneath. The nose isn't too sweet or vivid, and matches the flavor fairly well - fairly authentic, in fact.

The flavor is very reminiscent of the nose. Big raspberry notes steal the show without being too bright or over the top, with just the right balance of sweetness - enough to really pull off the feel of authenticity without being at all cloying. Underlying hints of chocolate and a light nuttiness only add to the overall effect. Hops are invisible, other than to add a nice, clean finish and keep the beer balanced. Just a bit of tartness towards the finish. Quite nice, I really enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, crisp carbonation with perhaps just a bit too much bite. Would love a bit more creaminess; there's just a wee bit of it here, more would have really made this one shine. Just a bit of residual stickiness.

Nicely drinkable as well - very balanced, very tasty, though it's enough of a specialty beer that a couple of these would still likely do me for a while. Well done beer overall though, fitting in with many of my New Belgium impressions - solid, well done, very good even, though not quite spectacular.

Note - the tanginess does seem to build after awhile, and this gets a bit old in that last couple of ounces. Still, quite a tasty beer overall.

Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This raspberry brown ale is a stunning ruby red when held to the light and the nose is cheerfully tart. I have tried this beer on a few occasions, and each time the first sip was the most exciting. Immediately, the tart raspberries go straight to your jaw, but before you have time to pucker, the smooth, sweet dark malts save the day and mellow things out. While this first sip is the most exciting, a few sips later, the layers open themselves up. First, the raspberry spikes with light tartness and then there is this wave of chocolate that wraps the whole thing up and lastly, there is a sweetness left on the tongue.

A great take on a fruit beer, as so many these days are limited to wits and blondes. If in the mood, I would not hesitate to purchase this brew again, because, c'mon, each sip is like taking a bite of chocolate covered cherries.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, tulip, at The Monk's Kettle on new year's eve.

Light copper red wine color with a white head with moderate retention.

Dominated by raspberry that's a little metallic. Dark caramel.

Definite raspberry, duh! A good bit of sourness with some weak caramel. It really is a Brown Ale with raspberry added that I like more than I expected.

Thin and soft in the mouth with aggressive sour raspberry.

For me not so much, but well executed.

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.