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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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724 Ratings
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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 22 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-03-2001)
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Photo of MrNuggets
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This looks pretty good, Heavy head leaving a touch of lace. Brown from a distance but some red is noticed when you get up close. The smell is light malt with only a faint sweetness. Taste is maltly along with that sweetness that I expecting from this brew. Not at all as sweet as I was anticipating, but slightly tart. This is where the taste stops dead in its tracks. Some acicity in the finish which is cool. Got to day that this is probably the best fruit brew I've ever had.

MrNuggets, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of zacharius
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a reddish brown body with a foamy white head with hints of pink that leaves belgian lace on the side of my glass. Aroma is of raspberries with a malty sweetness there is a hint of cellar characteristic. Taste is of raspberries then chocolate maltiness in the middle and a strong raspberry finish. A great fruit beer, not overly sweet at all. It has a hint of sourness likely from the raspberries but is no where near a lambic. A very refreshing brew but I don't think I could drink too many of these because of the acidicness.

zacharius, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A ruby color, transparent, good carbonation. Head is an off white (pinkish) with low retention, and sticky lacing. Aroma: Fruit, raspberries, tart, and malt. Flavor: malt, raspberries with a tart/dry finish. Palate: light/medium bodied, syrupy and effervescent with an astringent finish.
Kinda like your workin’ man’s lambic.

SeanChouffe, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of Rio
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby color, with a moderate head that faded to a thin lace pretty quick. A bit of a raspberry aroma to it, but the smell seems dominated by a stale kind of smell, like wet hay.

Tastes strongly of raspberry, but with a real mild sweetness, with a bit of a tartness following it. Very smooth, with almost a bit of a dry feel to it.

A nice brew. First had it a year or two ago, on Old Chicago's glass night, and have a very nice goblet style glass to go with it. One of my favorite fruit beers, as many of them seem a bit too sweet for my tongue.

Rio, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of rastaman
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Yipes, not too good. Sweet sticky rasberry cola and brown sugar. Tasted like rasbery cordial on top of a below average brwon ale. I seriously have my doubts about New belgium. This was more like soft drink than beer, to sweet, not sourness/acidity or anything, just sweetness.

rastaman, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of Boto
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: The beer pours a reddish-brown color. Not too much head, which doesn’t linger. What was there had a bit of a reddish-tan tinge to it. Aroma is pretty much that of tart raspberries. The taste of tart raspberries is the most evident, but not overly done. A bit of a neutral brown ale supporting it. Definitely another acquired taste, but this was pretty good!

Boto, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of budgood1
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a deep mahogany colour, with a ruby tinted thin head. nice lace left in the glass after every sip. very candy like aroma...raspberries and chocolate...caramel hints...very legit. the taste is a bit of letdown...there is definitely a light malt base with raspberry undertones...it has a fullish body and you can detect the high 6.5 ABV. the alcohol is slightly spicy, belgian like...with a lingering fruity aftertaste. the problem lies in that this beer doesn't meld all the parts well. i like this brew as a holiday concoction, but i would have a hard time drinking more than two. and i really like raspberries. i would definitely like to have a bottle or two during the x-mas season, just for the festively sweet taste.

a nice beer. cheers go out to beer angel for providing the sample!

budgood1, May 01, 2004
Photo of Lupe
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color with ruby highlights and a frothy, off-white head that leaves sticky rings of lace. Juicy raspberry aroma upfront with soft toasted malt scents in the backround. Flavor is similar to the aroma, starts with juicy raspberry, sweet with a little tartness. Raspberry subsides as toasted grain flavors come into the profile. Hints of cocoa and caramel lie in the backround. Medium in body and very smooth. Not dry like a lambic, nice and juicy. The raspberries balance very well with the brown ale. Highly drinkable and delicious. Very nice.

Lupe, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A murky crimson blood red with a pleasant off white fine bubbled creamy textured head leaves nice Belgian style lacing here fine and spread evenly. Aroma: A nice toasted malt character stands beside nice subtly spiced raspberry juice very nice could be festive for the holidays considering the label adorns wreath made of raspberry and hop vines. Taste: A pleasant mix of berries and characters of a nutty brown ale it all blends well a nice creative experiement here that came out decent. Mouthfeel: Creamy textured pleasantly smooth medium to light bodied fruit infused ale. Drinkability: Not usually a fan of the fruit additive in a beer but these guys do a nice job this one is pretty drinkable not a cloying offness in the mix of fruit and malts here they mix well.

WVbeergeek, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was quite excited o try this beer. It is dark ruby in color and has a slight fruity and spicy aroma. But the raspberry does not come out as much in the flavor as I would have liked. You can tell raspberries were used, but the rich, malty body comes across as a more earthy spiciness. Still this is a good holiday seasonal.

ark57, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of Countpopeula
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out of the bottle very clear, with a deep mahogany color. It had a thin, pail straw colored head with fairly poor retention, probably due to its moderate to low carbonation. The aroma was not all that I hoped it would be. It had a slight brown malt aroma, with just a hint of its fruitiness. There is virtually no hop aroma.

This was a very dry beer that was tart, sweet, and very little bitterness. There was none of the “nutty” flavor normally associated with brown ales; however there was a subtle chocolate flavor. The raspberry flavor was predominant throughout. There was a medium smooth body.

I did enjoy this beer; however it is the kind of beer that I would have to have in small doses. The tartness makes it hard to drink a lot of.

Countpopeula, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of BierReise
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.

BierReise, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of HochFliegen
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.

HochFliegen, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of Beaver13
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.

Beaver13, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of Dubblebock
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.

Dubblebock, Dec 25, 2003
Photo of DarthMalt
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!"


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.

DarthMalt, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
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.

Boilermaker88, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
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.

beerluvr, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
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!

francisweizen, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
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.

DESTRO, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of winomark
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.

winomark, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
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.

Quaffer, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of Zraly
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.

Zraly, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of Elemental
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.

Elemental, Nov 15, 2003
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.