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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-03-2001)
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Photo of marc77
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.

marc77, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
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!

feloniousmonk, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of woemad
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!

woemad, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
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.

RenoZymurgist, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
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.

beerguy101, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
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.

BeerManDan, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
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.

Reidrover, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
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.

tavernjef, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of jeffboo
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.

jeffboo, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
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.

Dogbrick, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby in color with a thin creamy light pink colored head that quickly fades into a trace amount of lace. Nose is fresh raspberry and sweet malts. Crisp with a good amount of carbonation to tickle the mouth. Taste is a nice blend of tart raspberries and sweet malts with a bit of fruity citrus. The raspberries in both the aroma and taste seem very natural with no artificial notes that tarnish so many brews of this type. A delightful brew that makes for an excellent after-dinner drink.

Morris729, Feb 06, 2003
Photo of kwill
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark, reddish amber. There was very little head, but I think this was because I started pouring too gently and realized too late in the pour that there was going to be no head.

Taste is malty with a definite tart raspberry flavor. Aftertaste leaves a light fruity flavor that is neither too strong nor too sweet. Mouthfeel is a good balance with a slight carbonation. Would have received a perfect score in mouthfeel, but it was just a little too thick for an amber.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer and I am glad that I got a 6-pack so I can enjoy a few more.

kwill, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark ruby red color with a pale pink 1-1/2 finger head that leaves a nice pink lace down the glass chasing the deep red brew. The nice aroma of crisp raspberries is dominant as should be in this beer along with a mild vanilla background. So far, I feel like I am about to have a dessert in this experience. The flavor is a semi-sweet raspberry that again overpowers most. Everything else from the light hops to the roasted malt is nothing but background. It finishes with a cough syrup type flavor that is just short of desirable. Perhaps the complexity of this brew is buried by the raspberry flavor. It is a light to medium bodied brew that finishes lightly sweet. Drinkability is not too high. Not bad, but not great. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This fruit beer is a very good one. Raspberries & New Belgian Brewing - How can you go wrong?

This one is rather tasty and should be chilled. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected - not heavy like Belgian Lambics. The malt and hops are also strong in this one. Much more an ale in feel. I found this rather tasty and it went excellent with Lamb for Dinner. I recommend this one too. What a surprise - I seem to recommend every beer - but then I am a Beer Advocate".

AtrumAnimus, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely claret color with a huge pale pink head head, minor lace, a quite visually striking beer. Very pronounced natural aroma of raspberries, sweet, but with a wine or cordial characteristic. Taste begins with raspberry flavors, stinging carbonation, and a distinct alcohol note, beneath which are substantial bittersweet chocolate malts and spicy hops. Raspberry flavors rise to a tart sharpness towards the midpoint of the taste. Near the finish the hops assert themselves more strongly to vanquish the lingering raspberry notes. This beer is notable for the fact that the raspberry aroma and flavor seem completely natural and free of odd chemical flavors usually present in raspberry-flavored beverages. An absolutely stunning accomplishment in brewing. Would be excellent as a dessert beer.

Pegasus, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of tang214
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Granted I haven't tasted a lot of beers coming from this style but this is an excellent brew. I have always been impressed with New Belgium Brewing, Inc. and this just helps confirm that idea. Not to mention that I was worried that I may never get to taste this beer since it is one of their special releases. It pours a deep ruby color that has a full creamy head that lasts all the way down leaving a nice lace. The smell is as you would expect, strong of raspberries and the taste is just the same. It has the raspberries along with a decent malty flavor as would be expected with a brown ale. It continues on with that fruitness with the mouthfeel similar to that of a rich raspberry juice with some carbonation. It is very drinkable but the fact that it is so fruity makes me feel like I shouldn't drink it like regular beer. Overall, I find this brew to be quite excellent and will definitely get it again if it comes around again. Plus, this beer makes an excellent holiday brew in my opinion.

tang214, Dec 15, 2002
Photo of Bruiser81
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I would first like to say I don't like this style of brew to begin with but if I did I'm sure I would enjoy this one from my favorite brewery. A very dark red.It smelled like raspberry's and you can tell it is very fruity. Was the first fruity brew I've tasted and I did not like it. The taste was very fruity and tasted like raspberry's. It tasted like a wine cooler and I will not drink it again.

Bruiser81, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of hyuga
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 batch

Apparently this year it was brewed with the yeast strain normally used for their Abbey, or am I remembering what I heard wrong? Anyway, I think I do like this year's better. More malty and Belgian yeasty goodness along with what seems like a bit more hoppiness to offset the fruit, which in this beer's case is not at all a bad addition. Probably the best fruit beer I've had.

2002 batch

Dark red, almost opaque brew topped with a huge reddish off-white (raspberry colored!) head. Kind of fizzy, goes down to a thin lace. I must say, it's a great looking beer. And the aroma, wow, HUGE aroma. Powerful natural raspberry aroma that almost knocks you back, in a good way. Underneath are subtle hints of spicy hops and a bit of grainy malt. Again in the palate, raspberry dominates. The tangy raspberry goes quite well with the spicy hops, which are second in the medium body. Grainy malt hangs in the background in a subtle way, yet is the big supporter for this brew at the same time. Tingly mouthfeel from the overall spiciness. It even warms, with what I expect is not so high an ABV. Great choice for a winter brew. I wonder how many pounds of raspberries are used per batch for this beer? It must be a generous amount, because it's hard to find this much fruitiness in a beer brewed with fruit, with the exception of a fruit lambic. Would be great for pairing with chocolate, raspberry desserts, or just plain raspberries. Good holiday brew.

hyuga, Nov 02, 2002
Photo of beernut7
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This unique tasty offering pours into a deep dark ruby color and a foamy pink head. The aroma of candied raspberries is very similar to many flavorful red wines. The initial sweet tanginess of the berries is supported and balanced by a generous malt profile and a deep spicy hop presence. This is a very tasty brew that, IMO, will also cellar very well.

beernut7, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of BeerBob
4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Frambozen pours a deep raspberry red from a 12oz brown bottle. Huge raspberry milkshake head went well over two fingers and leaves a textbook lace down the side of the glass.

Nose is a fragrant deliciously appealing raspberry that leaves a warm and fuzzy feeling. Palate is... the second verse same as the first, what you smell is what you get along with a nice warm and fuzzy feeling you get knowing that you just had a very good fruit ale.

I have gone through some hit or miss fruit ales / beers before but Frambozen by New Belgium is right on the money, a nice fruit ale repast.

Thanks bditty187 for the trade so I could review this beer!

BeerBob, Oct 21, 2002
Photo of bditty187
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear ruby-brown hue, it is an absolutely gorgeous color, the off-white head never develops much height, maybe a fourth of a finger, sparse in the middle, fuller around the rim. Laces rather well, very webby. The nose is raspberries and malt, there is pretty good depth to the raspberries, a little sweet, a little tart, a little like pie, yet I can’t help but say this is a one trick pony. Yes, the malt is noticeable but what does it really do? It has an inviting aroma nevertheless. The palate is impressive, that is all I can say. The maltiness is very sturdy, typical of a Brown Ale, hence the name. The raspberry taste is very pie-like, a touch tart and a touch sweet, I detect more chocolate notes than I have typically. The finish is largely “brown ale” in nature, the hops are not noticeable, the bitterness is minimal; the aftertaste has a burst of raspberry and then maltiness. Drier than you’d expect, the taste is far from cloying. This beverage begs to be paired with cheesecake or a chocolate cake. This fruit beer is much different than 99% of its competition. I look forward to Frambozen every year; it is worth a six-pack for sure. I do like it better on-tap however. This is an impressive beverage. I would recommend this to anyone who thinks fruit beers are either “girly” or “too sweet.” This ale is damn tasty. Recommended.

bditty187, Oct 18, 2002
Photo of Gusler
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this on tap, from the bottle, and just wish they or someone would put it in an Oak aged whiskey cask “yummy”.

The pour is an opaque dark sanguineous color with the head moderate in sized and spumous in texture, the color a toothsome light tan and the lace a thick and sticky blanket to coat the glass. Nose is raspberry, hints of malt, sweet, and altogether quite pleasing to "Sniff" with the front nicely malt laden and somewhat sweet, the top light. Finish is tart and befittingly hopped with the acidity moderate and quite dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer that I sample often.

Gusler, Oct 17, 2002
Photo of mattmaples
1.7/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

They did adecent job with the two cherry but there is something wrong with this beer. It looked good, ruby/brown color and the mouthfeel was alright. It had a sharp smell and a weird bitterness to it. Bitter almond might describe it best. If this was from the hops I have never had a hop that tastes like this. I have also made plenty of fermented raspberry beverages and none of them had a bitter flavor (astringent yes but not bitter). I will try it again in case this was just a bad bottle.

mattmaples, Nov 03, 2001
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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.