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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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834 Ratings
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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 34
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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 Tamarack22
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not usually a fruit beer guy, but this brown ale packs a perfect mix of tart (NOT SWEET) raspberry fruit with some excellent caramel malts and the new belgium classic yeast notes. nose is sharp and puckery, with an boozey malty backbone. more balanced fruit in the taste, with a really smooth finish. this is a very sessionable beer and will be in my fridge again during this holiday season. a clever beer from new belgium, well done

Photo of blakelive784
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a snifter -

A - pours a deep, transparent red/amber color, with a three finger head of nice cream. The head is thick and inviting, and has a pink tint to it.

S - Smells of cream, raspberries, and toasted malts. There are some fruity esters present beyond the raspberries that I can't pick out.

T - Opens nicely with balanced raspberry, malts and a nice hoppy bitterness to counter the tart fruit. The open is followed immediately by a not-so-nice raspberry extract bite that's almost medicinal. Too Welch's-esque for me. I don't find any brown ale characteristics either.

M - smooth and wet. Medium bodied.

D - The New Belgium folk almost pulled this one off, but it falls short. Not a bad beer, but you could easily find better fruit offerings.

Photo of emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having enjoyed this one a lot when I lived in San Diego (I found it in a suburb of Phoenix) and again when I first moved to Denver, I rashly bought a case. I think I gave away 5 or 8 bottles to a hooker, but I digress. poured a clear dark reddish brown with a large lasting tan head. Aromas of raspberry and cocoa. Palate was light bodied, smooth and a bit tart. Flavors of raspberry and a bit of cocoa with a smooth slightly tart finish.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store at an event with Lauren Salazar.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of slight caramel malts with large amounts of sweet raspberries and strawberries.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the sweetness is not quite as overpowering. Mildly sweet caramel malts with very light hints of toastiness up front are joined quickly by moderately sweet raspberry flavors. Very slight cocoa powder makes an appearance near the end, fading out into a mildly sweet ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I thought this was an interesting beer; however the sweetness was too much for it to be as robust as it should be.

Photo of mactrail
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do think this has one of the best aromas of any fruit-flavored beer, which is probably why I've liked it a lot over the years. Fizzy, champagne mouthfeel, reddish tint to the amber color in the New Belgium snifter.

Taste is a little sour, in keeping with real-world raspberries, with enough roasted malt to give it some mellow beeriness. Not much sweetness and a light body. Fruit flavor comes through on a high note.

Aside from the powerful fruit nose, it's a subtle experience. I can see why some may not like the flavor, but I look forward to it every year as a favorite Christmas seasonal, an alternative to the dark raisin bombs.

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle received in a trade with a generous BA who I will have to pour through notes to identify. Sorry friend, but in the meantime thank you.

Pours brownish burgundy with a thin white collar and some thin whispy surface coverage.

Smells of freshly pureed raspberries which is a high five. Underneath lurks an oddly sickening medicinal presence which is raw dogs.

Tastes is at best underwhelming and at worst gross. Raspberry puree from the nose falls flat and lacks any real punch. Sourness is muddled while being neither sour nor tart and the medicinal creeper from such prequels as the nose of this beer jumps from his shadowy corner to awkwardly say hello. The fruit isn't fruity enough, oh the inappropriate jokes in poor taste that have been lobbed here...but I digress...and the sour aspects just aren't really sour. Adding to the disappointment is that the base brown ale just decides to show up and puff his chest when really he should just go sit his dumb ass on the bench. Swing and a miss, ass hat.

Mouthfeel of brown sugared watered down promises.

Photo of chugalug06
4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is over 6months old and is aging wonderfully! Frambozen is also one of my all time favorite brews... With that said, now for the review:

A - Amazing red color with great head and lacing. Head pours fluffy white and remains for quite sometime while the brew "settles". Color of brew is brown with amazing red tint...

S - Super raspberry! Elegant, smooth, delicious... Very berry and sugary scent.

T - Quite tart. Almost a sour brew... Not overly sweet and sugary. This is one brew New Belgium is still on top of their game on... Amazingly great taste, only a slight taste of booze... It would be hard to make it taste any better!

M - Very light body, yet rich and decisive. Carbonation is high and give a seltzer sort of feel... Perhaps NB could lay off a little priming sugar ;)

D - Phenomenal, it's all I can do to save a 6 pack into the summer months every year... Can't put it down, or pick up and take on a *small* sip. YUM, delicious!

A must try if you're a fan of fruited brews, or sours for that matter! More Frambozen please!


Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't initially realize this was a brown ale til I poured it. I was expecting a pale beer with some reddish pink hues. Instead it pours a medium brown with the reddish hints. The head doesn't stay long but early on it's an offwhite with touch of pink thrown in.

You'll either really like the smell or really hate it. It's like a cross between berries, cotton candy and icing.

I expected the raspberry flavor to be overwhelming, but it wasn't. It's a sweet beer, but not cloying and the raspberry really functions in the background, particularly in the finish.

This thing will clean your palate with the carbonation. There's an almost vinegar-like quality to it.

I liked the beer. One of the better fruit beers I've had. Is a good beer any time, but would make a fabulous warm weather beer.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +3.6%
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 -3.9%
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 +13.3%
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 -32.3%
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 +7.2%
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 -1.1%
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 -2.5%
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 +32%
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 -6.1%
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 -40.1%
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 -13.5%
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 -8.8%
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 +6.4%
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.

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.