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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

713 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 20 | 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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BierReise

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a beautiful cherry hue with a thin tan head. Aroma is a bit sour, raspberries, graham crackers, yeast and malt come to mind. Body is thin to medium and smooth yet effevescent. Flavor is tart and full of raspberries with an acidic finish. Overall not outstanding and rather weak in aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 20:34:13 | More by BierReise
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

A clear chestnut body reveals crimson and orange highlights when held to the light; and its frothy off-white head holds quite well while leaving some nice, thin lace throughout most of the glass. Bright, juicy raspberry dominates the nose, backed by a softly chocolatey and grainy malt. The body is medium and somewhat dextrinous with a fine, median carbonation that warms to become airy and smooth. Juicy, sweet and lightly tart raspberry returns in the flavor, again followed by a cocoa-ish, lightly chocolatey, subtly caramelish, and delicately biscuity malt that fades to again reveal raspberry. It's sublime bitterness never surfaces, but does a brilliant job at balancing from the wings; and it teeters nicely between sweet, tart, juicy and cocoa-ish. Quite nice! The cocoa-ish character of the malt gives it more depth than most raspberry ales, and lends greatly to its drinkability. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 00:36:26 | More by NeroFiddled
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HochFliegen

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a good beer. Had a nice head, colored a pale redish, that lasted the whole way down and laced all the way as well. The smell was of raspberry and a hop smell as well. The taste at first was dominated by tart raspberry and finished with a nice smooth malt taste. A very well made beer and one of my wifes favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 06:06:33 | More by HochFliegen
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Beaver13

Colorado

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

The Frambozen poured a dark ruby red with a big pinkish-tan, creamy head that lasted for the entire time and laced the glass on the way down. It had a tart, fruity nose. The taste followed suit - a big tart raspberry initial taste that mellowed as the beer warmed, with a smooth malt finish. This is one of my favorite holiday beers. The fruitiness is not overwhelming, and it's very drinkable. I have noticed that the taste can vary from batch to batch as well as draft vs bottles - some are fruitier and tarter than others.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 05:40:46 | More by Beaver13
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Dubblebock

Texas

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

Well, I have to thank the jolly ol' elf himself for leaving this treat under our Christmas tree. I have been curious about this beer ever since I saw it in a few stores earlier in the season. It seems to be one of the more underappreciated holiday brews, overshadowed by the Mad OSA Celebration Elfs of the brewing world. But the taste tells the tale, and this is one fine addition to any holiday table. It's a raspberry flavored beer, and it comes in a decorative bottle with a festive looking wreath on the label.

Pours very well, leaving a nice half-inch thick head. The beer is a rich, dark ruby red color. It looks great when you hold it up to the Christmas tree lights, diffusing the color into a vibrant, liquid red.

It has a nice nose, raspberries wafting forth and taking over the aroma. The taste is special and unique. Tart raspberries dominate the flavor of this beer, but you do get a firm malt backbone before the hops make a token appearance. It would have been easy to let the fruit take over in this beer, but it was surprisingly balanced overall. The raspberries are there, but they don't feel cloying or sweet.

The flavors gel more as the beer warms. It finishes a little dry on the palate, slightly sour towards the end of the bottle, but not unpleasantly so. Good mouthfeel. Deceptively drinkable, it would be easy to quaff a few of these at the holiday table or party. It matches up GREAT with a big ol' turkey and dressing spread, or maybe afterwards with a nice dessert.

Give the other holiday offerings a rest and try this undiscovered gem of a beer. It certainly made MY holiday a little brighter.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 23:02:17 | More by Dubblebock
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DarthMalt

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby. Ruby. Ruby.
Red Ruby.
Ruby Tuesday.
Do you recall, the most famous ruby of all?

Aroma of hard, bitter rasberry--crunched in one's molars--brings forth an autonomic jaw-tightening reflex.

First sip is disappointing, as raspberry foreplay is totally dashed by brown ale toasted malts, etc. [kinda' the brown/amber-ale-reskinned-as-a-Christmas-beer switcheroo going on here.].

Fruits come back for mid-field double play, and resulting in that quintessential Belgian quality:
"More, Please!"

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This is too American tasting, and too freaking cultured a fermentation, to come anything close to a good Kreik or -Bozen. But, as it stands, it's a good fruit beer that can actually serve as a gateway into the micro scene--where many a tired concoction has failed miserably in the past.

I would like to see NB pursue this baby into full, North American, fermee spontenee glory.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 23:29:23 | More by DarthMalt
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Boilermaker88

California

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this fruit beer while in Phoenix over Thanksgiving. Had a "best before" date of 5-4-04 on the label. Poured a slightly cloudy maroon color with clear ruby edging and a small off-white cap for a head. Virtually no lace was left.
The aroma of nearly ripe raspberries dominated the smell. Some mild candy sugar and yeasty malt were cast in a supporting role. The flavor profile was a sweet/tart blend of raspberries and a lightly bready malt. The raspberry tartness really overshadows most of the rest of what this beer has to offer. The tangy fruitiness morphed into a mild sourness in the finish. The feel was dry and smooth.
This is a pretty tasty offering from New Belgium Brewing Co. It has a nice raspberry tang that makes it easy to quaff. Not quite on a par with Lindemans, but pretty close.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 17:38:33 | More by Boilermaker88
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a decent light tan head settling over clear deep ruby liquid.Lots of candyish raspberry aromas in the nose. The berries carry over to the taste anong with a very slight sourness. Finishes on a fruity/tangy note...nicely made, but pretty much a one dimensional beer. Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 00:12:53 | More by beerluvr
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francisweizen

Alaska

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

This is one of the better Raspberry beers that I have had lately. It pours a nice ruddy, yeasty brown colour with a small cap of white foam. The aromas are of tart raspberries, and nice belgian malts and yeast. The taste is very berry-ish, but also very belgian-y. This reminds me of a light alcohol Belgian dubble, mixed with a low abv lindemans framboise. Or something like that:-) The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is good. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 18:12:48 | More by francisweizen
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DESTRO

Nevada

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a red tinted brown with a small head. scents of raspberries dominate with an iron fist with a light toasted malt hiding in the backdrop. big raspberry presence in the flavor, tart and puckering, not sweet, paired with a healthy biscuit like malt (see fat tire). very tangy and truly unique. crisp and smooth, nothing amazing but nothing sub-par. overall a very interesting beer, being a fan of lambics and a good brown ale this does me just wonderfully. i had no idea this was 6.5% abv until i had drank all of them, be careful, she is a deceptive one. it complimented a night of mario kart double dash perfectly.

paid $5.99 for a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 08:09:32 | More by DESTRO
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winomark

Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium brown color with hints of red. Head has a pinkish hue.

Aroma: Quite fruity, with a sweet raspberry aroma that dominates. Some malt present.

Taste: Raspberry tartness attacks the palate. Slightly sour. Brings back old memories as a winemaker. Dry, tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating, but not syrupy. Lots of tart and fruity tines throughout. Lingering finish.

Drinkability: Not a favorite of mine, but worth trying. Hope you like raspberries more than malt and hops to really enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 14:44:53 | More by winomark
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was a mix of dark amber and deep crimson. A very intriguing color to say the least. To top it all off, the head was lightly pink and rose up to about a finger before it quickly settled back down into the beer. There were some nice sheets of lace left on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma of raspberries was very strong, though it wasn't a clean, crisp aroma. It seemed muddled and dirty. It intermingled with an overwhelming aroma of tootsie roll. Overall, a rich and heavy aroma. I did notice a sour component (not related to the berries) develop towards the end of the beer, but it was subdued.

Mouthfeel: On the light end of the medium-bodied spectrum and extremely smooth. There was hardly a hint of carbonation in the mouth, which seemed odd for a fruit beer.

Taste: The raspberries made themselves known on the tip of the tongue. The flavor was more of a sweet, candy-like raspberry flavor than that of fresh, tart berries. In the middle arose deep flavors of chocolate and caramel, reminescent of the tootsie roll quality in the aroma. A flash of sourness arose on the finish, with what possibly might have been a hint of bitterness.

This is an odd little beer. Not bad, but just . . . well, odd. I thought that this was supposed to be a try at a framboise lambic-style beer, but I see now that that is not what they were shooting for. At least I hope not. It is a raspberry flavored brown ale, and that is all. Not very tart, and a little on the sweet side, but nowhere near cloying. Definitely interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 23:37:41 | More by Quaffer
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Zraly

Virginia

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

Beautiful dark cherry-brown color. A thin "nutty pink" head floats atop. Smells of raspberry, cherry, and a slight presence of alcohol. Rather pleasing.

This tastes as warm as it smells. Initial flavors are sweet, rich choco-malts followed by a tartness of raspberries. Has a nice tingle and snap...and rather smooth for something that has such pronounced tartness. Citrusy nuances. Finishes dry and clean. Decent carbonation helps keep things from feeling too "syrupy" in the mouth. I'm thinking of Cherry Coca Cola for some subtle reasons.

I think this would be a charming beer to introduce to folks during the holiday season. It would make a great dessert compliment to a dark chocolate cake or mousse. Or all by itself.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 23:58:17 | More by Zraly
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Elemental

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

deep brown and red with a small thin head. Slightly fruity smelling as expected. But the Raspberries don't really come out until the first taste. Its got a lot of body like a typical beer but with a powerful raspberry taste. Its slightly bitter but yet sweet depending on the tine of sip. It starts bitter but ends sweet. A nice different beer from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 04:00:40 | More by Elemental
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marc77

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tralucent deep ruby hue. Spotty, strawberry cream colored head manages sparse lace. Acuate waft of sugary, but vibrant raspberry hits the nose at first, then is ensued by subtle notes of dry cocoa and light biscuit. Dark caramel hints and earthy, damp hay tones arise upon swirling. Paradoxically pungent yet mellow in aroma. Intriguing. Rounded, burnt sugar cookie sweetness incipient in flavor is complemented by a combination of ripe raspberry and blurred caramel. Salty biscuit and trace woody, leathery undertones surface as it breathes and attempt contrast, but raspberry flavors are pervasive. Full bodied, agreeably dextrinous in mouthfeel and reminescent of berries and cream. Tartens a notch late, with an nearly overshadowed kriek feign. Finishes with quickly fading acidity yielding to sweet cocoa and raspberry. It's been a while since I've had this, and I'm pleasantly surprised. There's sufficient body and malt character to balance the fruit flavor. The residual sweetness does eventually weigh a touch heavily on the palate, but overall it's quite a unique, flavorful and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 02:37:16 | More by marc77
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Appearance: lovely dark garnet hued, with a fine, dun-colored head atop, settling swiftly down.
Aroma: wonderful! Sweet, yet tart, like chocolate-covered berries, beautiful, complex, and brilliant.
Taste: bright and tangy, full of gorgeous fruity flavor and lush texture. Tasrtness first, then sweet, and very, very mellow.
Frombozen here has the distinct advantage over raspberry lambics of having this brown ale base to it, making it sturdier, tastier. The raspberries blend well with the ale, doesn't stick out so terribly much, aiding drinkability. A remarkable notion, excellently executed!

Thanks to Mr. Jeffboo for sharing!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 18:07:03 | More by feloniousmonk
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rated November 2004
Pours a rich brown color, that shows brilliantly clear ruby highlights when held up to the light. The beer is topped by an initially froth light brown head that seems to fade pretty quickly. The aroma is an interesting mix of raspberry and brown ale aromatics. The raspberry is not overwhelming, which I greatly appreciate as I am in the mood for a beer. The aroma is sour, with malty notes of toasted biscuits, and has raspberry notes of course, which do come to dominate as times goes on.

Surprisingly to me this beer is pretty dry, this is quite refreshing as I was expecting more akin to the Transatlantique in sweetness, I am so happy to be surprised. The beer is lightly sweet up front and moves to a solid hit of raspberry in the middle through to the finish. All in all this is a pretty straight forward beer, it has a nice dry raspberry character that is accompanied by a slight acidity that is probably from the raspberries.

Rated October 2003
Deep red clear color, pours with a tan head. A strong aroma of raspberry emanates from this glass, dominates all other aromas that might be in here. Quite dry, not sweet at all. The raspberry flavor is there, lightly acidic as well, and a slight tannic astringency in the finish. This is quite nice, I like that this is not over-sweetened and syrupy, like so many other fruit beer interpretations. There is a good amount of body that helps to carry this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 17:19:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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woemad

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Poured a reddish brown, with a decent head colored somewhere between off-white and pink. Scents of raspberries (duh), a pleasing sweet and sourness. A little maltiness, but way in the background. The taste. is fruity, with a little bit of tart lemony flavor in there along with the raspberries, but not at the same level. There's also a bit of maltiness hovering in the background, just enough to make you aware its there. This is a very pleasing beer, perhaps not traditional enough to please hard core fruit beer drinkers, but quite tasty nonetheless. I had to grade it down in the drinkability area, as this is just too fruity for repeated pints. This would probably be great with a rich chocolate dessert. Now I want one. Doh!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 08:12:50 | More by woemad
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head subsides quickly atop a bungundy and brilliantly clear brew. Aroma is of sour raspberries with with the lightest touch of a stale hop scent. Flavor is pretty nice as there is a nice interplay between the chocolaty malt and the sweet and sour raspberry flavors though i don't detect any hops which may be what the brewers intended though i like a little hoppiness in all my beers. A carbonic bite actually gives this beer a bit more of a raspberry attitude. Very nice beer to drink and a good beer to give to hardcore fruit beer drinkers to illustrate the balance of fruit and malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 05:33:50 | More by RenoZymurgist
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beerguy101

California

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is raspberry and slightly malty. A medium bodied fruit beer. The raspberry flavor is fairly pronounced. There is also a very slight lambic like quality to this beer. The berry flavor really dominates and it a mix of fruit sweetness and a lambic like tartness to it as well. The brown ale qualities are present as well, but they are far in the background. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. It’s a interesting beer, but it a little to sweet for my tastes. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 19:40:30 | More by beerguy101
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BeerManDan

California

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

What a pleasant color this brown ale was. It was a red tawny port color with very little foam and no lace to speak of. The smell was of a tart raspberry nature with some hops in the background. The taste was of tart raspberrys with a hint of roasted malts and some hops. Not to thick and very pleasant on the after taste. A pleasant surprise for my palate and yours, if your looking for a tart fruity flavor in a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 00:23:12 | More by BeerManDan
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Reidrover

Oregon

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

Ok I tried this beer a year ago and didnt like it much..but thought I would give it a second look.
I poured this into my Chimay Chalice..very nice looking ruby/port colour..small light brown head..goes fast leaves some lace.
The aroma of this beer is heavenly..like fresh raspberries..not artificial at all.
Mm quite complex flavour..yes the raspberry is there but theres more sour plums and even lemon and a certain spiciness.
Very nice mouthfeel little sour at the end..but a great aftertaste.
Very nice beer I am happy I tried it again..this time in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 04:04:32 | More by Reidrover
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a wonderful little brew with an exceptionally nice looking color with its dark syrupy brown with deep raspberry red tints and glowing even deeper when up to the light. Small off-white that fades fast and there isn't any real lace being left, which is fine by me cuz the glowing reddish quality is superb to see. Like looking into the heart of a raspberry jelly jar. Speaking of which, thats the smell of this delightful treat, fresh raspberry jam, albiet a bit subdued, but its there and freshly so. Some alcoholic hints and malts find there way past the raspberry jam aroma making this smell like a raspberry popsicle dipped in a alcoholic punch. Taste is exactly like the smell, a good amount of raspberry jam, somewhat lightly flavored and easier then I was hoping. Its not the raspberry tart of the New Glarus variety, not by a long shot, but this about being more calm and subdued, or at least it comes across that way. One dimensional in its character with easy fruity tang of raspberry jam all over the place, a touch of the alcohol pokes through along with a pleasant little orange flavor and finishes lightly of banana and sweet malts. Feel has a creamy start with a little fizz in the midway point with light carbonation and finishes with a tingley little raspberry zip and slight fruity dryness. Super drinkable and a nice little treat, would make for a great after meal dessert drink. Finished it no time and wanting more.

Thanks to jeffboo for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 02:57:06 | More by tavernjef
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jeffboo

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown in color with maybe a tannish pink head. It has a somewhat fruity aroma of raspberries and earth. It has a nice light to medium body that holds a chocolate covered raspberry flavor well. Not overly complex but a nice after dinner drink with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 19:46:26 | More by jeffboo
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade. This is one of the better Fruit Beers I have tried, mostly because the fruit flavoring is not as in-your-face. Pours a dark ruby color with a thin light beige head and almost no lacing. Aroma is all raspberry. As mentioned, the raspberry flavor is less pronounced than in similar beers, it does taste more like a beer with raspberry added than a raspberry beer. Despite not being particularly strong, this would probably get old after the first couple. Finish is smooth but gets a little sour toward the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 08:46:33 | More by Dogbrick
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.