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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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836 Ratings
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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
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 djeucalyptus
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich ruby brown with a cream colored head laced with cherry color that fell relatively quickly but left some nice sticky lacing. The color brought back fond memories of Josta Cola with the berry red hues.

Smells of bready and caramel malts with a definite berry kick. Raspberry? okay, if you say so. it just smells very malty and very berry.

Taste, as if I was expecting anything else, was of strong berry tartness. There's a nice malt backbone of whole wheat bread and toffee that keeps the raspberry from overpowering. A hint of sweetness fights with a hint of bitterness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is pretty light with a good bit of carbonation, carrying the sour notes of the berries straight to the tongue and adding a bit of spice. Easy drinking and relatively smooth although a touch thin and empty.

Not bad on the whole. Nothing amazing, and I could see this one going well (and being a bit more enjoyable) with food. Not sure I would want to drink more than one or two, although it's clean and smooth enough that I could.

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

12oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a pretty reddish brown with a thin, almost pink head. Nice sour berry aroma. Medium bodied, slightly spritzy mouthfeel. Lots of raspberry in the flavor with some chocolate malt. Slightly sour in a good way. Not overly sweet. No discernible hops. Very drinkable.

I hadn't had this in a while, and I found it much better than I remembered.

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

Been waiting for this one for a while with big expectations. Did it meet them?


A--Poured into a mug, looks cola brown but is actually a raspberry red (shocking) and has a tawny and foamy head. Goes away pretty fast, but leaves a distinct lacing.

S--Yep, there's a lot of raspberry in this, but it's balanced out with some graininess. Had a (for me) sort of unpleasant hint of...carrot...?

T--Starts a bit sweet, mellows out to a sourdough taste and then finishes sweet with a tiny sting of bitter. Pleasant, but would be more pleasant with some turkey around a family table.

M--Low carbonation and filling, not refreshing. Pleasant and perfect for a winter feeling beer.

D--It's good, but bring a friend and have some with a meal rather than buy a six pack for a nightly beer or two.

Photo of aforbes10
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this at the local Nugget. Pours a crimson red with hints of brown. Nice white head that sticks around lengthily. Smells of raspberries, not surprisingly, and a nice subtle dark chocolate. Flavor resembles the aroma...tart raspberries up front with a touch of chocolate. Raspberry lingers well, but becomes a bit rich on the finish for my liking. medium mouthfeel with a hint of syrup. Drinks well, nice in what passes for winter out here in CA.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice red/deep brown with an off white head that has a few purple/red hints to it as well.

S: raspberries are really the forefront, there are a few chocolate hints in there as well, all in all very sweet smelling, chocolate covered berries, the chocolate is definitely towards the milk chocolate.

T: raspberries everywhere, lots of chocolate, sort of a selzer water taste as well, nice sour flavor from the raspberries, almost no hop flavor, which is to be expected, tastes a lot like a raspberry tootsie pop.

M: thin, nicely carbonated, and tart, puckers the mouth a little bit, almost too much on the thin side, but not bad.

D: fairly nice, this is probably my favorite dessert beer. hands down my favorite seasonal from NB. I wish it were distributed a little more outside of Colorado. A fine beer, and definitely a reminder that Christmas is upon us.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright clear ruby/plum color. Poured a rocky 2 finger reddish tinged head with fair retention. Heavy lacing, but in patches (not really lacing, but like intermittent gobs). Never seen a color quite this...very appetizing.

S: Pretty much just rasberries. There is a bit of a sweet malt foundation.

T: More raspberries (duh). Unlike in aroma, the brown ale taste in prominent too and balances very nicely with the rasberries (as it kind of sweet and musty). Nice bitterness in the finish to clean it all up.

M: Light body and thin. Ample carbonation. Clean and dry in the finish.

D: Very drinkable, but the sweetness would eventually catch up withi me. An interestingly pleasant beer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. It has a striking deep red amber color, ample head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is mostly cranberries with some hints of brown bread.

Flavor is certainly rich in berry goodness with cranberries and raspberries. There's a nice tartness from the cran but also some sweetness to balance it out. It would be interesting to taste the base beer (without fruit) to see how it compares.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the tart flavor but it has a nice level of carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability is very good for a fruit beer but I really enjoy it as an end-of-the-evening sort of treat.

Photo of humanawho
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - deep red color with a strong head with a slight red hue

S - the aroma screams raspberry, can't make out much else but as if you smashed a very ripe raspberry in your hand

T - again all raspberry, nothing other than a showcase of raspberry; not syrupy or false; just fresh raspberry flavor

M - nothing outstanding but nothing bad just average

D - very drinkable not too sweet for me

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

This is yet another beer powerball beer. This one from Tayner. Thank you!!

If you've ever seen fancy dark honey at a beekeepers table that is what this looks like. It's dark honey brown in color. Small off-white head. I can't think of another beer with quite this color.

Smells like berries and caramel malts. It sort of reminds me of a bock in odor.

Taste is berries with a slight EtOH backdrop. There isn't a lot of syrupy sweetness, it is just what one would expect with a handful of berries. This is terribly drinkable and a good choice for someone wanting a fruit beer without the typical wine cooler overtones.

I sure wish I could get something from New Belgium in Ohio. :(

Photo of ncvbc
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep coppery reddish brownish color with an off-white head that settles quickly to a ring. Smells of extremely fresh raspberries. One of my favorite fruits and it's luring me in. Seriously, about as real as it gets with the fruit scent and something many others can't accomplish. Light caramel/chocolate malt under it. Taste also has an authentic raspberry flavor but it almost makes you pucker with tartness. The malt flavors seem less authentic and actually detract for the excellent raspberry addition. Mouthfeel is somehwhat light and lacking on the carbonation..it seems like there's more but it's just that tartness getting to me. Still, about good for drinkability to me. The smell is more realistic than any other fruit beer I've had so far. The tartness and somehow a tad too much malt make this less drinkable than it should be. So much better than I expected, though.

Thanks to tayner for the bottle...she's the greatest.

Photo of joe1510
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

I received this in a trade awhile back from Taynor, thanks a million Dana! New Belgium's Frambozen pours darker than I expected. Glowing mahogany with cherrywood highlights adorn the glass. A healthy finger and a half worth of ecru head formed on the pour and slowly fell to a half finger as I watched, leaving thin sheet lacing on it's way down. As I take a closer look there seems to be a pinkish tint in the head from the raspberries used. A really appetizing beer!

There seems to be a dusty somewhat nondescript bready maltiness laying down a base for pure raspberry jam. The longer my nose sits above the glass the more intense the jam becomes and the more the maltiness falls by the wayside. The maltiness isn't anything to get excited about but the raspberry jam smells delicious.

The jam comes through a little tart upfront but sways quickly into a pleasant sweetened raspberry. The tart and sweet play off each other very nicely butting heads throughout without ever fighting too much to get in the way. That nondescript bready maltiness comes through in the back but, fortunately, the raspberry seems to push it back far enough to keep from being distracting.

The mouthfeel is good for the style. It seems to lean toward the lighter side of medium but has a little stick on the back of the throat. Even though there isn't much carbonation present it keeps flowing at a healthy pace with the lighter body.

One of these is enough for me in a sitting, just like with most fruit beers. It certainly is refreshing though. This is a good brew to sip on a lazy Sunday with a big brunch.

A solid fruit based beer from New Belgium. This is my first sampling of it and I wouldn't hesitate to try it again. As I work through the bottle the sweetness seems to grow, so one bottle is plenty in a sitting but it's an all around good beer.

Photo of Risser09
4.67/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - I think this is an older bottling from 2006 - Cellar temp

Appearance: Cloudy brown ale with ruby and orange highlights. The head reaches 1.5" and is off-white in color. Decent retention with a tiny bit of lace.

Smell: Fresh and muddled raspberries. Very authentic raspberry aroma probably because they use the real thing. Sugary malt, fresh corn and strawberry.

Taste: A very juicy raspberry taste. I have never has such an authentic flavor in a raspberry beer. Sweet malts are subsidiary, but contain a perfect amount of sugar. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Chewy beer with a medium body. Very smooth and not much active carbonation. A little bit of dryness lingers on the top of the tongue. Not much alcohol.

Drinkability: Awesome. My new favorite raspberry beer. Perfect sweetness. Quenching and satisfying. Could easily stand alone as an aperitif or dessert.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

164 reveiws as of this writing. I will say to start I'm not the biggest fan of raspberries. I found this brew to be pleasant. On the sweeter side of things, sort of like a breakfast treat. I wouldn't mind it being a touch tarter but it's nice as is.

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

Dark maroon to black pour with a dirty beige head with a pinkish hue. Smell is very nice. Fresh raspberries, a touch of tartness, and light brown ale like maltiness. Flavor is surprisingly nice. Very lightly tart and sweet fresh raspberry flavor, good rich mouthfeel and maltiness. Brown ale flavor in the finish a touch, and some sweet/tart raspberries in the after taste along with a hint of chocolate. Kind of like a raspberry truffle, but never cloying. Easily my favorite fruit beer, and a new Winter favorite.

Photo of nlmartin
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came my way thanks to Tayner and others. Thanks to everyone who sent one of these my way. I drank several of these over the last few months and enjoyed them everytime.

Appearance: The beer pours a lovely chestnut brown. The head was an off biege coloration with good retention. Nice thick lacing remained behind on my glass.

Smell: Both sweet and tart raspberry assault my nose. The raspberry is supported by an understated chocolate.

Taste: Delivers an up front tart raspberry. The beer then slides into a short lived sweet chocolate wrapped raspberry.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very light body; however, the beer never is watery. The carbonation is active and seems to fit well. This beer has a nice balance of sweetness and tartness. A very nice beer treat that I wish came to Cincinnati.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of olimax
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

Photo of meechum
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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.
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.

Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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...

Photo of trumpetego
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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