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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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854 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 35
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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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Ratings: 854 | Reviews: 398
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ballofruit for this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a medium brown color with a good head and a bit of lacing. The nose has a light amount of raspberry with some sweet malt taking up the biggest portion. Flavor has more raspberry, though it's not all that integrated with the base. Medium body with light sweetness. Boom.

Photo of cocoapuph
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into a tulip.

Had a really nice crimson copper color with about a quarter inch head and few rising bubbles.

Smelled of roasty almonds, raspberries and currants.

First sip was very refreshing as I was hit with crisp raspberries. As the beer warmed in my mouth, it turned into a nutty brown ale. Flavors didn't blow me away but the beer was very easy to drink. It reminded me of a snakebite but with raspberry instead of cider.

As I said before, the drinkability was high and had a light quenching feel to the beer.

Overall, this was decent and perfect for a hot summer day.

Photo of Ejayz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A) It looked like a pretty deep brown when I was pouring, but held to light this is a pretty vibrant red. There was about a half finger of head, which settled to a dusting. Not much lacing.

S) Roasted malt sweetness, hint of chocolate, raspberry jam.

T) Not as much raspberry as I was led to believe by the nose, but certainly present in each sip. There was a wee bit of tartness. It balance with the brown ale pretty well, which was a bit of roasted malt, caramel, light chocolate and nuts.

M) Medium body with decent carbonation. A slightly dry finish that left an aftertaste of grass and stems.

O) This was a nice winter option right here. Glad I picked up a sixer.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma between a brown ale and a fruit beer. Has a slightly tart aroma that compliments the raspberries.

Raspberry is more of a dominating element in the flavor. Not enough brown ale comes through. A touch of tartness as well. Nice flavor but I would like some more influence by the brown ale.

The body falls off a little too quick especially for this ABV. I do enjoy the carbonation however.

I enjoyed this beer. I would of liked other elements to come out more other than the raspberries.

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle with BB 02/12

A- pours a clear red/brown color with an off-white head with a decent amount of lace

S- sweet chocolate covered raspberries , with malt

T- was same as smell sweet malt and chocolate with a delicate raspberry taste that was in every sip, but never overpowerd this brown ale

M/O- smooth sweet milky raspberries in a delicious brown ale a creamy texture with a smooth finish sweet and fruity very good

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BEST BEFORE” date is “26FEB12.”

Appearance: Poured into a becker glass. The color is clean and clear dark amber/red. Three fingers of dense, billowy, buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly to leave a rocky cap, lacing along the glass, and a thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Very fruity. Lots of raspberry, which makes it smell much like pop (which is what we call soda in my hood). The brown ale also comes through in caramel and cocoa.

Taste: Really sweet and tart; it gets the cheeks puckering. Lots of raspberry juice followed by the brown ale elements of cocoa and caramel.

Drinkability: It is pretty good, but it does taste and feel much more like juice than anything else.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I served this in a glass stein.

Appearance- The cap is an off-white, pink tinged color. It stuck at about a half-finger width. It is really filmy and soapy.

The beer has a very cool, dark ruby and brown body. There are decent amounts of random bubbles climbing lazily up the glass.

Smell- A milk chocolatey and raspberry aroma drifts out of the stein. That is pretty impressive! The raspberry is more sweet than tart, but it does not smell "fake" or like an extract.

Taste- The front of the drink is all slight toasted malt, wheat bread in nature. The raspberry starts to tart the drink halfway through. It is near the finish that it gets to be a little more sweet than tart.

The chocolate is not really here. I keep trying to imagine that I taste it, but I cannot truthfully say it is here. I think it would have been a nice addition.

I also could have used more raspberry on the palate. Maybe to make it sweeter, or even more tart. Because the base bready malt is great and could use that compliment.

Mouth feel- This beer is very creamy and has a good amount of coating. Not watery, and certainly not too fizzy. Wonderful.

Overall- As this beer stands, it is pretty great. More raspberry would have pushed the taste score up easily. However they added raspberry to this drink was a good start, but not quite where it needs to be.

I really like the malt base on this one, and would like to try a brown from New Belgium because of it. This is a holiday beer I would gladly return to.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of DCon
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 12FL. OZ. (355ML) bottle of this brew from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.99. Poured from the Red labeled bottle w/ picture of a wreath from 1993 (per note on the side) into my 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has BEST BEFORE: 06FEB12 on the side of the bottle.

Aroma- Has a VERY sweet aroma with tons of raspberry in the background and a slight strawberry note. Tons of malt also.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that is off-white and has great retention, staying frothy and bubbly for good time. Has a reddish/brown colored body that is clear. Leaves extremely thick lacing behind.

Flavor- A gentle amount of raspberry hits the palate firstly and then ends up very sweet. Tons of malt is present too but no hops or any attributes that would suggest this is a brown ale.. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and goes down sweet.

Overall Impression- I was expecting much more from this one! Very light and not at all like a Brown Ale should be... I'm giving this one an average all around rating because of the raspberry flavor that pops out. If this wasn't around, I wouldn't give this one a chance at all! Wouldn't defer anyone from getting this brew but many better from New Belgium to go for! Looking forward to finding new Lips of Faith beer!

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4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: pours red in tone with decent visibility through the glass. Not a large amount of activity. There is a small lace head.
Smell: cranberry and raspberry are strong.
Taste: yep raspberry. I don't get the brown flavor but this is still great. It is sweet for sure.
Feel: feels like a standard fruity beer. Decent amount of carbonization but yet not over powerful.

I enjoyed this beer for sure.

Photo of lstokes
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +10.5%
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 -1.9%
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 +10.5%

Photo of scottfrie
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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 -11.3%
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.

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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