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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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BA SCORE
82
good

854 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 34
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale is actually much more red, albeit dark red, almost violet. For its darkness, the complete clarity is somewhat unusual. There are big lazy bubbles sitting on the glass as the head quickly dies down, and it looks like a soda somewhat except that a haze always remains on top and manages a little lacing.
Malts and tart raspberry show in the nose, but sourness takes a little more time to develop than I'd expect and only partially manifests, though a toasty note and touch of creamy sweetness complement well.
The sourness is on display more in the flavor though not especially strong. The brown ale base is evident with a toasty malt and possible a hint of caramel, while a mildly vinous dry note comes in the middle. The raspberry is pretty effectively utilized, but I'd like a bigger contribution both of sourness and fruit.
The feel is crisp up front with a little less on the end, the semi-dry to dry medium body pretty much the same. It's well carbonated and maybe moderately smooth.

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12oz bottle. Fast on the heels of the Accumulation winter beer being made available up here in the Great White North, we now have a fruity Christmas offering, if the wreath on the label is to be taken seriously.

This beer pours a clear, very bright red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and moderately bubbly pink-tinged head, which leaves some low-lying frothy sea spout lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of sharp, rather fruity raspberry puree, lightly toasted caramel malt, a hint of acrid yeast, and the slightest of earthy, weedy hops. The taste is still pretty indulgent in the realm of fruity raspberry goodness - all over top of a bready and mildly chocolaty caramel maltiness, subtle earthy yeast, a touch of oily nuttiness, and well dialed-out weedy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are generally quite frothy, but innocuous all the same, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and more or less smooth, a slightly airy creaminess arising on its very own terms. It finishes still overbearingly fruity, the raspberry character reminding me of enough lifelong summertime experiences to really just forget anything else that is particularly seasonal about this affair.

When I hear the word 'frambozen', even though I'm familiar with its Flemish origins, back in my native tongue, all my feeble brain gets is 'frozen raspberry', from a sense of place and rudimentary French knowledge. Anyways, a nicely fruity brown-ish ale, the balance evident after more than a few mere sips.

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Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish ruby red with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades away fairly quick.

Smell: A very fruity and sweet aroma with hints of raspberries and roast malt. Very fruity and juicy upfront with a big jammy scent of raspberries and other berries. Sweet hints of sugar. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit, toast, chocolate, nuts, and yeast. Hops are very light. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and pretty sweet taste with big notes of raspberries with some roasted malt. Big upfront taste of sweet raspberry jam with some other berry fruit notes. Sweet notes of sugar. Roasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, toast, chocolate, nuts, caramel, and yeast. Very subtle earthy hops. Fruit flavor is pretty sweet but not overly syrupy. The chocolate comes in more towards the finish. A nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is fairly high.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a fruit beer. Sweet and jammy but not sickly sweet. Nice chocolate malt flavor comes through after the fruit.

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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