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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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709 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 18 | 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 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 22:17:37 | More by BlindPig
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 06:52:07 | More by bunnyhustle
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 09:34:14 | More by mattster
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 07:16:56 | More by WaveRebel51
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 05:45:39 | More by etenbus
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 06:53:45 | More by jasonjlewis
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 00:43:41 | More by GbVDave
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 05:44:24 | More by russpowell
Photo of irish53b


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 04:04:06 | More by irish53b
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 18:53:43 | More by rye726
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 00:26:24 | More by hwwty4
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 19:32:10 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of ArrogantB


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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 16:19:42 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Wasatch


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks gbontrag

Pours a nice clear dark amber/ruby red color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, some nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of some malts, but mostly raspberry. The taste is a little sour/bitter and a nice touch of raspberry, the finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice beer from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 04:01:42 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ClockworkOrange


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a nice mahogany reddish brown with about an inch of light brown foam. Smells of raspberries with slightly nutty notes. Tastes of crisp, tart raspberries, with a nice level of sweetness to balance out the tartness. Nuttiness comes through towards the finish. Moderate carbonation, crisp and rather refreshing. I wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 04:36:31 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of dstc


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice dark ruby color with little white head that disappears quickly leaving fine lace behind.

Smell: Fruity and sweet.

T: Wow there's a lot of raspberry in there! Very fruity taste and a little tart. Not too sweet.

M: Nice carbonation, smooth to somewhat watery.

D: Good beer but one of those that I can only drink one of at a time. Too fruity to be more than a nice after holiday dinner drink with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 18:40:23 | More by dstc
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Frambozen is a great looking deep garnet color with a quarter inch mocha colored head. The aroma is primarily raspberries with a malty background. The taste is similar to the aroma; a big raspberry flavor with a malty background, but there is a pronounced tartness as well. It has a similar body to a raspberry beer I made myself in that it is thinner than I would like. Apparently it takes more after the raspberry side than the brown ale side. Overall though, I like it and would drink it again...if I could get my hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 05:01:42 | More by drseamus
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New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours brownish-red with thin foam head which disappears quickly.

S - Strong berry smell with slight smokey-grain undertones.

T - Again, berries, with a note of cola and vanilla. Quite sweet.

M - Smooth and filling.

D - Quite easy to drink. Nothing too outstanding, but pretty much what one would expect from a raspberry ale. Reminds me of a raspberry and vanilla cola. I can see how this might be just a little too sweet for some people, as it was almost borderline for myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 16:16:40 | More by RevDru
Photo of akorsak


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

A 12 oz bottle from my Secret Santa 2006, nvsblman.

A: The ale is a deep, raspberry red color, dark almost to the point of murky brown. The head pours with a bit of raspberry red color as well and leaves a bit of lacing in the glass.

S: Even when the ale is cold, there is a strong raspberry aroma. It comes across as more natural and tart than syrupy.

T: The ale continues the strong raspberry presence that I found in the nose. The flavor has a light sweetness but is more remarkable for the strong natural tartness that it has. That fruit flavor is built on a nutty biscuit malt body that provide a bit of grainy sweetness to interact with the tartness.

M: The mouthfeel is a nice blend of sweet, nutty grains and a tart, sometimes sweet, raspberry.

D: Moderate abv and nice subtle fruit taste make this a good one. The tartness of the raspberry is what keeps me going back for a sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 01:47:07 | More by akorsak
Photo of goochpunch


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a reddish brown with a somewhat thin yet frothy off-white pinkish head. Leaves some spotty lacing. When held up to direct light it resembles a deeper tawny port. Nose is faintly sweetish and of raspberries, but the strongest aromas that come out are of the roasted and toasted malts. A bit of cocoa is in there as well. Malt flavor is at first toasty and cocoa-like then moves into a raspberry sweetness and tartness. Finishes nice and dry. Only strike against this is that the malt body kind of thins out before the finish, but it tastes good overall. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, the carbonation is just fine. Not too prickly. Flavor has a bit of richness yet finishes lighter and refreshing/dry/tart, making this highly drinkable. Definately one of the better fruit beers to have.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 04:08:17 | More by goochpunch
Photo of Zorro


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to the kindness of gbontrag.

Clear deeply brown colored beer with a very tall and thick tan head. The head has a pink tint to it. Best head that I have seen for quite sometime.

Smell is sweet and malty with a clear scent of raspberry but not too strong. Hint of chocolate and coffee in there but not too strongly.

Taste is raspberry sweet tarts at the start. Good flavor of raspberry and a not too sweet this is actually about as tart as a real raspberry in your mouth. Tart and raspberry, that sums up the taste completely.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A definite must try for those who do not like sweet fruit beers. To me this OK but not really great. It is nice and all but I would expect more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 04:37:04 | More by Zorro
Photo of BeerSox


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Dark brown, with a strong ruby red tint. The head is light tan with hints of red mixed in, and lasts forever. It eventually settles to a swirling frothy cap. Thick layered lacing from top to bottom.

The aroma is packed with raspberry and some milk chocolate, with some sweet grain. Smells almost like a dessert cookie.

Dark chocolate mixes beautifully with a syrupy raspberry flavor. There is some slight sticky bready grain. It's almost like a raspberry dessert cake. Medium bodied. The finish is smooth and creamy with lingering raspberry flavors.

I really enjoyed this one, it's a very unique beer. This is a great desser treat for anybody, and is probably a good beginner beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 05:03:02 | More by BeerSox
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby mahogany, clear, small head, low carbonation.

Mild raspberries and bitterness. Little nectar sweetness.

Strong raspberry blast. Tart and sweet.

Smooth with mild to moderate carbonation. Low foamation.

This is definitely a raspberry beverage. Fairly balanced. Modest and refreshing, a nice drink. It would have been great for thanksgiving.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 20:36:46 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of beeragent


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle, with a freshness date of Jan.27, 2007. The beer poured a nice dark brown, finishing in a deep brownish-red, with a 1 inch head, leaving nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is almost of dirty raspberries, if you can imagine that. Not bad, but not exactly pleasant. The mouthfeel is medium, and the taste is almost like a raspberry soda. Raspberry, with a good amount of carbonation. Still, this is a very enjoyable beer, but not a beer that I would drink more than one of in a sitting.

Note, this review was made when I didnt know jack sh*t about beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 07:43:27 | More by beeragent
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2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Best before Jan 2007. Well worn copper penny color.
Small tan head with a pink tint.

Decadent raspberry chocolate cake aroma.

Raspberry flavor starts out nice, a little sweet a little tart, but quickly becomes cloying.

Body is thin.

Decent beer, but it becomes a little to sweet to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 03:48:34 | More by Padron4KM
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