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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

721 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Obtained in trade with Oxymoron...thanks!
Best before:2/15/08 consumed on: 2/5/08
12 oz bottle> Fat stein

This one is reddish brown with amber hues with a one-finger deep, compact, smooth and tight creamy looking head with a big letter "C" formed in the middle. It's plenty sticky and had good retention.

Raspberry tarts with vanilla and a sour-tangy yeast aroma, it's pretty inviting.

This is tart and tangy raspberry all the way with a nice, smooth vanilla current that adds sweetness. The yeast and hops makes for a nice herbal and tangy effect and then strawberries pop out, the brown ale part adds a nutty, roastie malt balance that makes this one pretty nice.

Soooo damn smooth it's not funny. also has that light, champagne feel.

This is pretty high quality stuff, but still not enough to make me go for one more.

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Purplish red in color small head that stays for a while but no lacing on the glass. I definitely love the color though never seen it before.

S: The smell is of course raspberries but very syrupy raspberries the malts are picked up in the back of the nose.

T: Raspberries are the highlight of this fruit/brown hybrid but this brown ale definitely did not lose the brown taste. The two taste blend and mix well although it can be weird experiencing the sweet and bitterness combo.

M: Dry mouth but not very long and eventually becomes refreshing. It does feel a little watery though.

D: I would definitely drink this one again and would share it with my friends too.

Kemmerlin, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with ruby highlights and lots of lacing that doesn't seem to stick. This one foamed out of the bottle when opened.
Smells mostly of fruit. There's some dark malts behind the smell but the raspberries dominate.
Taste is not nearly as sweet as the smell. Pretty mellow with just a slight bitter tang. Smooth despite the carbonation which is not hard at all. Smooth and lush mouthfeel.
Pretty well done for a fruit beer. This would pair well with some mild cheese and nuts.

kirok1999, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish mid-brown with foaming head (in my amazing glass. Raspberry and malt in the aroma. Medium at best mouthfeel. Raspberry always in the mild brown, from start to finish.Drying aftertaste.
A serviceable fruit beer, but nothing to especially seek out.

Sammy, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of olimax
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit beers always sound more appealing to me than they end up tasting. A fruity brown ale from New Belguim promised to be the beer to break this trend and it didn't disappoint.

Appearance: Dark brown translucent with with a tan/pink medium head.

Smell - No surprises here - it smells like brown ale and rasberry. A very appealing smell.

Taste - Rasberry goes as well with brown ale as it does with dark chocolate. This is a very tasty and festive beer.

Mouthfeel - The low carbonation and smooth feel of this style of beer really helps make the fruit flavor work.

Drinkability - The rasberry is more tart than sweet which makes this beer very drinkable for a fruit beer.

I was told that this beer was better in past years but I can offer no complaints for 2007's incarnation. I just wish I had tried this beer before Christmas so I could have enjoyed many more over the holidays.

olimax, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of meechum
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade with Tayner..thanks

This is my first beer in this style..I can say I wasn't quite sure what to think before I opened it up and was a little curious..this is pretty darn good.

A - Poured into a Sam Adams glass..pours a brownish red...more on the red side actually and forms a light pinkish head that fell quickly and left very little lacing

S - A hint of fruity rasberry and a little boozy smell to it..nothing bad though

T - Much more than I was expecting..very fruity sweet with a big rasberry statement (it's in the title of the beer what did you expect?). The beer moves into a malty bread flavor and then with just a hint of bitterness..then leaving a rasberry after taste on the palate..pleasant

M - Carbonation is high...almost soda like but not too bad

D - This certainly wasn't what I was expecting..which if very cool..I can't say that I would want this all the time or even more than one in a sitting but it's certainly a nice diversion from the normal and a very easy drinking beer

meechum, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice reddish brown brew with a tan head...head looks a little pink, couldn't tell if it was authentically like that or a reflection from the glass bouncing up through the head foam...interesting.
Smell - Pleasant whiffs of fresh raspberry and mild levels of malt. Nice. Not overwhelming in any ingredient.
Taste - very nice taste, great fruition of the smell. I didn't get much of the tartness as reported, I tasted a nice balance with no single ingredient seeming to dominate or weaken the flavor.
Mouthfeel - very smooth finish, medium body, little carbonation.
Drinkability - Usually not a big fan of the fruity beers, but this one seemed to stand out. I also did not feel the slightly higher ABV.
Genuine thanks to friend Linda for bringing us our first sixer, we've bought more since.
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Edited review after drinking the brew with a fresh palate. Smelled and tasted a bit of lactose-like sourness. Still a good brew, just lowered the whoop-whoop a little.

SaltyLime, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured dark ruby with a nice head on it. It smelled primarily of raspberry and and some malts. It tasted like raspberry all over, it was a little syrupy tasting. It has a bitter/tart after taste to it. Overall, it was a pretty decent fruit beer...it paired very well with white chocolate...

birchstick, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of trumpetego
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at City Beer Store in San Francisco.
Pours a beautiful dark ruby with a reasonably thick brown head. The head dissipates after a few minutes, but stays around enough to provide nice lacing.
Smell is truly exceptional. Sweet raspberries and malt. Reminds me a bit of Smuckers Jam.
The taste is disappointing. Despite the richness of the smell, I find the taste to be a bit thin. At first the front is just not good. A hint of hops and possibly a bit too much carbonation. This could be a reference to the hoppier end of the Brown Ale style, but I have always preferred the maltier Browns. As it warms, more berry flavors come through but these are much more tart than the nose would have you expect. Almost like cranberry rather than raspberry. Finish is more tart berry.
Although I find this disappointing, it is drinkable. I could see it being particularly good with sweeter fruit or chocolate desserts - something to contrast the tartness of the beer.

trumpetego, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby-red body with a frothy, bubbly, pink-tinted head.

Smell: Lightly tart-smelling aroma of juicy raspberries with a hint of toasted malts and a dusting of cocoa powder.

Taste: Raspberry jam with subtle hints of caramel, cocoa, and toast. A light sweetness doesn't hang around for very long. Slight tartness throughout. A tannic bitterness creeps into the taste near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability: A solid raspberry fruit beer, but one helping is definitely enough for me.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had a lot of this lately, so it's time to review it. I'll be honest - for a long time I really didn't like this beer, but I think I was still expecting something different.
Pours a medium dark walnut brown color with lots of red highlights. The head actually has a red or pink tone to it as well. Since this is from a growler, I've played around a little with doing an aggressive vs. careful pour and found that carbonation's normal to heavy with a lot of lacing as you work your way in.
The smell reminds me of toast with raspberry jam. Raspberry's the prominent flavor, but you can get a little bit of a burnt caramel and nutty flavor, too. Very nice.
The taste actually begins with the caramel, nutty, chocolate flavor of a brown ale, but then the raspberry takes over in the middle. It's sweet, but not insanely so. The finish is bready and fruity.
Texture is thinner than you might initially think, but it goes down way too easy. On the other hand, it's well carbonated and it laces like few of its kind can.
I really have grown to like this beer. It's not something for every day, but on a cold snowy weekend I nearly finished a growler by myself.

Domingo, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt sienna color with a beige head that retains well and leaves a good deal of splashy lacing

Smell: Lovely aroma of raspberry filled chocolates

Taste: Slightly tart raspberry and cocoa flavors dance together both before and after the swallow; just when you think one dominates, the other emerges; a touch of nuttiness for the holiday season as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Unlike so many fruit beers, this one is a real pleasure to drink; very different and really enjoyable; not the most complex beer out there but a very nice standard for the holiday season

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the pleasure and cannabanaceae, for the second opportunity

brentk56, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- About a 1" light pink tan head on a deep clear ruby body.
S- Sweet raspberries and juices hit the nose followed by a subtle malt body. Hints of grass hops in there too. Just a hint of nuts manages to come through also.
T- Light raspberries come through as almost a juice. The malt body balances out the fruits to make sure they aren't overpowering. Light tartness from the raspberries stays behind with a nice size bitterness on mid-tongue from the grass hops.
M- Medium to full body with medium/low carbonation.
D- Really easy to drink as a nice refreshing beer. I wouldn't mind more of this one at all. My 6-pack went very fast.

BlindPig, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into chalice. Pours a dark amber and appears ruby when held to a light. A one finger, off white head forms that doesnt last long at all, no lacing left behind either. I have to say of the handful of raspberry beers I've had this tastes the most like fresh raspberrys and not just some extract additive. One review summed it up perfectly by saying that when its cooler you notice more of a tart raspberry but as it warms a chocolate flavor emerges. Now I hate to sample from someone else's review but they hit the nail on the head. Either way the raspberry flavor is great and tastes fresh, a little too much on the tart side but overall good. Mouthfeel is suprisingly light and almost crisp. A pretty clean taste is left behind and the slightly higher alcohol content is not noticable. Overall a good beer and could see drinking this year round.

bunnyhustle, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of mattster
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Nice Brownish red color with pinkish frothy head of about 1 1/2 inch.

Smells of raspberries and malt, although rather subdued. Taste is of fresh fruit, a little bit of hops as well. Beer finishes well with very light but ever present aftertaste.

This was an enjoyable beer. I just bought a single but wish I had another. Not really a dinner beer, more of an after dinner beer.

mattster, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of WaveRebel51
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts off with a dark amber with a reddish-pinkish tint. Very little froth and carbonation. Smells delicious -- like a piece of raspberry chocolate candy. Needs to warm a little bit to bring out range of flavors. At cooler temperatures, the sour, tart raspberry flavor is too overwhelming. But when it warms up, the chocolatey malt taste becomes more prevalent. Still, would have liked to have a little more malt flavors come through. Taste just doesn't match the smell.

The tart raspberry taste can be a bit overwhelming to some, but it didn't bother me. A very unique beer that will either be a hit or miss, depending on individual tastes.

WaveRebel51, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of etenbus
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a goblet as directed on the label.

Pours a dark ruby color. The head was only one finger and had a distinct red tinge to it. It dissipated rather quickly.

The aroma was a little disappointing. I expected more fresh raspberry aroma. As it warms, more fruit does appear.

The flavor is stronger and more apparent. Raspberry comes out in the front, followed by a malty bitter finish. Not refreshing, but rather like a sipping beer at the end of the night.

The mouthfeel is acidic and on the effervescent side. Perhaps a bit thin with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability is not as high as I though it would be. Perhaps I was expecting what a raspberry lambic brings to the table--drinkability! But the brown ale part of this beer has a tannic bitter taste that for some reason doesn't mix with the raspberry as well as I expected.

It is a good beer, but not one you'd really have more than once per evening. But I'm not a huge brown ale fan anyway.

Ten minutes after finishing the beer, I can still taste the tart raspberries.

etenbus, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent two finger head with a good lacing and nice retention.

Smell: Raspberry and some caramel malts. Very simple, not too strong, but decent.

Taste: some rasberry sweetness comes out with some caramel malts. Some dry tannins follow but are decently balanced. Hop bitterness is faint. Sour taste is initial and provides a tartnes. Flavor combination is not ideal, but is decent.

Mouthfeel: Dry mouthfeel, seltzery/watery mouthfeel. Not very good.

A good beer to try once, but I'll pass on it next year.

jasonjlewis, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Thanks to Dorothy and Udo for the hook-up!

Best before 15 Feb '08

A: Pours a dark, dark ruby color. With a slightly off-white head that's fed briefly by some lazy effevescence. Pretty looking film of lace coats the glass.

S: Inviting aromas of fresh raspberries, chocolate, yeast, and bisuit-y malt.

T: Juicy, tart, and finally dry, raspberry flavors take center stage. Following closely is a subtle mix of the aforementioned chocolate, yeast, and biscuits.

M: Initially, it has the potential to be quite pucker inducing, but the underlying flavors take the edge off the tartness and round out the palate.

D: This is a very easy drinking fruit beer and should please many people.

GbVDave, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 15 Feb 08,

This years version pours brownish/mahogany with 2 fingers of plum tinged/whiteish head along viscous/oily layers. Superior head retention & very good lacing

S: Chocolate & berries

T: Dry with tart raspberries & some oak up front. Slight sourness follows along with a hint of vanilla & more berries as this warms. Finishes pretty dry with a bit of chocolate, great tartness & more berries

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & some wine-like qualities (sticky & dry)

Drinks pretty easy, a lot better than most fruit beers, this one I could enjoy for 3 or 5! This a solid offering this year!

russpowell, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of irish53b
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Frambozen
Ale Fermented with Real Raspberries with a best before
15 Feb 08 printed on the bottle

Poured from bottle into weizen glass
deep cranberry color, nice head with lacing throughout

Floral aromas and note of chocolate comes through

Taste is of semisweet or dark chocolate. The tartness of the raspberries is balanced well by the malt. The first taste of this ale brought to my mind imported Swiss chocolate, a perfect treat for the holidays.

Mouthfeel is dry primarily due to the 6.5% ABV and the tart taste.
It is medium in body and has enough guts to pair well with a roast
or turkey dinner.

Overall this ale is a real treat, it is perfect for a holiday meal
or all by itself. I think one or two is enough as the high ABV doesn't
make it an ideal session brew.

irish53b, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of rye726
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet at 45F, 2007 release.

Brown with shades of red, NIce tan head with a ruby tint. The smell is of a classic brown ale and fresh raspberries. The taste is well balance with sweet malts and tart berries. Well carbonated and a light body give a nice mouthfeel. It s a crisp brew that is very drinkable and refreshing.

rye726, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of hwwty4
4.72/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For full disclosure, I have to say this is my favorite seasonal of the year. I wait for this to come out like a kid counting down the days before Christmas.

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. Poured a dark red with a nice size (2 inch) tan head. Leaves very little lacing down the glass. The aroma is enticing with raspberry, and a sourness that stays in the back of the nostril. Part of it is the raspberries natural tartness but some of it is just the style of the beer. The best part of this beer is in the finish. It finishes with the taste of chocolate. It is amazing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation, allowing for a lingering taste even after you finished the beer. The drinkability is exceptional. If it was nonalcoholic I think I could drink a case in a sitting.

hwwty4, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best Before: 15FEB08"

a: Pours a dark brown with hints of red around the edges, leaves a small amount of cream colored head.

s: Inviting aroma of raspberries with just a hint of malt.

t: Tart raspberries dominate the palate. I don't taste much else.

m: Smooth, nice sourness/tartness. Carbonation level is appropriate.

d: Quite drinkable. A well made fruit beer: not too sweet, real nice raspberry flavor, enjoyable tartness. Goes down easy, wouldn't have guessed its 6.5% abv. This is better than I remember it being last year, but who knows, this is the first time I've reviewed it.
Another good seasonal from NB.

BradLikesBrew, Nov 15, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well this beer lives up to its label completely. The color is brown with red tints and I swear the off-white head had a tinge of pink to it, hallucination maybe? It smells like a brown ale should with slight hints of the raspberries. The first taste is good and makes me think of raspberry flavored chocolate. This beer teases you with only the slightest tart flavor hiding, must have sour! I have heard others say this has too much raspberry but I disagree. This is a fine beer from New Belgium.

ArrogantB, Nov 14, 2007
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.