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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 35
Gots: 51 | 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 flexabull
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Tayner, thanks again!

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are mostly of fruits, raspberries, and not much else. Maybe a little cream as well.

Taste is tart, dry, fruity, but not overly so. Light nutty malt flavors, some crisp mineral like hops on the finish, but mostly this is just tart, raspberry flavors that sit well in the background and aren't overpowering.

Mouthfeel is crisp, pretty good carbonation. It's pretty good, but I guess expected a fuller thicker feel.

Drinkability is a good, and this is a pretty tasty fruit beer. I like that it's not overly sweet or fruity, but I would have liked this one to have a few more "beer" flavors.

Photo of johnyeast
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really impressed with the NBB Frambozen this year. A rich brown in color, a beige head, with a strong smell of raspberry and a slight smell of sourness. This translates right to the palate with a rich yet sweet tasting beer that leaves a slight tartness in the mouth at the finish. A very drinkable beer that has turned into my favorite this holiday season. I have found that you can have 4-5 and not be bogged down with the sweetness that tends to accompany many fruit beers. A great balance of malty-ness with the sweet and sour. I highly recommend.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Upon the pour, a pink hue is evident - that might be a first, especially within the head. What's especially telling is when I'm using the recently decorated Christmas tree as a the backlight for the beer, and it radiates like 100 tiny red fireflies, held in suspension by the winter chill.

Berries are obvious to the nose, confusing one to wonder whether this is a pint of beer or jam.

Sparkling on the tongue develops into a crisp, well-rounded and mildly dry beer that doesn't possess the syrupy characteristics I might have assumed.

Suprisingly good, with berries resting upon the outer edges of the tongue, providing a relaxing and interesting take on the season.

Photo of BeanBone
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A thick, dark burnt-umber body with ruby highlights. A huge, bubbly, off-white head with a rose tinge sits on top and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: There's certainly no doubt that this beer is infused with fruit. It reminds me of a good crisp grape juice with a bit of Ribena blackcurrant mixed in. Not much as far as hops or malt come through. This is intriguing, to say the least.

Taste: Tart, gushy berries mixed with a somewhat subdued roasted malt. If you go looking for the malt and alcohol, you can certainly find them underneath the fruit, but I'm not really picking up any hops here. Grape makes a bit or a return and, in a bizarre way, makes the beer remind me of red wine at times. You might think all of these flavors wouldn't mesh, but they actually come together pretty well. This tastes like an adventurous homebrew, not that that's a bad thing. The aftertaste cranks the malt up a notch or two and loses most of the raspberry.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body with lots of carbonation and a nice dryish finish.

Drinkability: While it goes down easily enough, and only clocks in at 6.5% ABV, I still probably wouldn't want to be drinking these all night. Interesting and pleasant enough, but more fitting for a glass or two than a full session.

Verdict: Frambozen is a solid and unique fruit beer; nothing more, nothing less. A nice change of pace as far as holiday seasonals go, there's a good chance that I'll be picking up another six-pack of this next winter.

Photo of hellbilly
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

crystal clear. dark cranberry juice brown color with a pink tinted off white head. the head doesn*t stick around but it leaves some random spots of lace.

the aroma is surprisingly mineral... flint/stone, tart raspberry, faint nutty chocolate, woody seeds and stems and some earthy spice.

odd thing about the flavor... there*s a numbing in the mouth similar to a cough drop? that mixes with raspberry, caramel with out the sweet, milk, a bit of woodiness from seeds and lots of "green" akin to herbs and grass with a tart crisp finish. it*s quite dry throughout while leaving an aftertaste full of raspberries (seeds and all). the body is a touch thin and the mouth feel is a bit bland and boring but it IS dry. the carbonation is prickly but really doesn*t help the whole texture "thing".

it does however improve when warm...

Photo of OStrungT
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with a slight ruby tint to it. It boasts a fluffy, tan head that fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a slightly tart raspberry aroma. It has the signature New Belgium biscuit aroma. I dont know why almost every New Belgium beer has so much biscuity aroma and flavor. It has a slight caramel sweet malt aroma also.

This beer tastes like it smells. A lot of biscuit malt up front. Some sweet caramel malt, and tart raspberry mix in.

This beer is refreshing. It leaves a biscuit like aftertaste.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and It tastes good, minus some of the biscuit malt flavor.

Overall: This beer was good, but as I have already said, a little too biscuitty for me. New Belgium should lay off that flavor just a little.

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a somewhat opaque, reddish, brown color with a foamy, one-finger, off-white head. It left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of raspberries, caramel and some vanilla.

T - Tasted very sweet with raspberry dominating the roasted caramel maltiness. Almost too sweet at times.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good. I found it to be more enjoyable with a meal (a good steak) compared to drinking it alone.

Photo of HalenRush
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The thing that really jumped out at me about this beer is the color. When held up to the light, it has the most amazing deep red. I'm sure that can be attributed to the raspberry. But can almost be achieved without, like with Sammy Irish Red.

The taste is more strawberry than raspberry, and to me it tasted like strawberry soda. I'm sure it will be a hit with the ladies who think they are beer drinkers. That being said, I didn't think the strawberry flavor was overpowering. It was very pronounced and I couldn't taste the ale, but no, not overpowering.

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours off brown to amber color, generous white head.

Nose is obviously raspberry, but a suggestion of strawberry is there as well. Fruits & Creme, as in a pie, are the aromas. Very dessert like.

Palate isn't the in your face fruit that you get from a typical Belgian lambic, rather this one is more subdued fruit, but nonetheless a little tart/sour.

Easy drinking.

Photo of Meandmymonkey
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-red/mahogany brown color with a pinkish-thin head. Was lacking my sense of smell while tasting (sad, I know) but I could catch the heavy raspberry notes along with decent maltiness as well. Slightly sour tartness as well. Syrupy and sweet and a great partner to my delicious thanksgiving day meal/meals. Drinkability is good but wouldn't want to go overboard. A great beer to share with friends.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/5/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a very dark red/brown color body, with a medium sized head, off-white/light tan color, average diminishing, average lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet raspberries, hops. Strong taste of raspberry, tart, light sugary aftertaste. Sweet, not very complex flavor, but refreshing.

Photo of ccrida
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh new 12 oz bottle (best before 30Jan09) poured into my St. Feuillien goblet, Frombozen is a dark reddish brown with a bubbly off-white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is sweet raspberry, chalk and musty wood. Served just above fridge temp, the smell is moderate, with the raspberry growing as it warmed.

Taste is big on raspberry but not overly sweet, the brown ale providing a firm, spicy bitterness. The caramel malt goes well with the tartness of the berry.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, rounded, but with a dry finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I still don't think I want more then 1 at a time. While not my favorite style, the raspberry went well with the Belgian style brown ale. I wish this had been a sour brown instead, but I didn't expect that when I bought it and do not hold it against them.

Photo of iasanlee
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with amber highlights. Off-white head has a pink hue to it, and dissipates quickly.

Aroma of roasted malts and raspberries. Some subtle toasty notes.

Tart raspberries dominate, with some sweet caramelly toastiness. Sour raspberries last through the finish.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Raspberry tartness lingers on the tongue.

Drinkable. Raspberry flavor really controls the flavor, where a touch more malt flavor and nuttiness of a Northern brown would compliment this one.

Photo of largadeer
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear but very dark mahogany in color, purple highlights give this a really pretty color. The off-white head shows a hint of purple as well, rising to a two finger height.

Smell: Chocolate covered raspberries immediately come to mind. Nicely balanced between sweet and tart aromas, but lacking in depth. This would be really nice if it were a bit more bold.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toasted grain and mildly tart berries - this tastes somewhat like one of those healthful breakfast cereals with freeze dried berries in it. There's a touch of chocolate, mild caramel sweetness and light acidity. Medium-light in body, rather dry on the whole actually. Not a bad brew, but something's missing here - depth of flavor I suppose? It's certainly decent, but it sounds better on paper. I could see this being good if executed better.

Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear magenta with a thin beige head, and some lacing.

smell is of fruit, nuts, molasses, and a little brown sugar.

taste is tart, raspberry, cranberry, some hops, slight sweetness in the back, and ends a little bitter.

overall a nice fruity brew.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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 +14.1%
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 +1.7%
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 +3.6%
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 +13.8%
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 +5.2%
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 +16%
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 +26.8%
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 +7.2%
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 +3.3%
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.

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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