Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

795 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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 Higravity
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About as good as it gets for a non-lambic Frambozen. In a chalice it offered up a nice muted malt smell and a hint of the raspberry to come. There is now sweetness to this assertive beer which makes it great and the cringe of tannins which can be present are also put to rest. Simply a great belgian very slightly tart brown with a blossom of raspberry flavors all coated in a soft fluff of chocolate. Masterfully done. Bravo New Belgium.

Photo of Metaltildeath
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of bobotron
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of jstevep00
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of SoCaliC8
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of eulerthegrape
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of patrick16o
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red hue with hints of light browns and oranges. Crown is good sized and a bit pillowy, disappates slowly clings to the sides of the glass. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise to the top. Aroma is very nice, raspberry right up front, then a solid helping roasted malts and just a hint of hops. The taste is wonderful. A solid roasted malt flavor up front, quickly followed by delicious sweet and tart raspberry and hints of hops down the back of my tongue. A medium bodied beer with a nice complex flavor. Very nice mouthfeel for a beer I could definately see myself drinking many more of.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle(room temp) a deep gold-brown with a good sized head that showed good lacing.

The smell is all raspberry and that's just fine with me as I want as much infusion of the fruit in this ale as I can get!

The taste is a wonderful mix of raspberry and malt and works so darn well, it's hard to put the glass down. I've enjoyed this brew for many years and will continue to as long as NB wants to brew it. ;^)

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle thanks to the generosity of babydoc. Deep scarlet in color when held up to light, with a moderate off-white head that fades quickly to a layer of faint bubbles. Smell is chocolatey with bready malt and fresh raspberry aroma. Taste is very tart, slightly sour, and dominated by raspberry, chocolate, and a touch of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated, and the sour/tart flavor of the raspberries mask any presence of hops, but this beer is a very interesting and unique. Great for a dessert, but i would not try to session these at all.

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served in a New Belgium globe glass.

A one finger head fades quickly leaving spotty lacing. Raspberry hued brown color.

Aroma of strong raspberry with brown sugar and bread.

Nice strong fresh raspberry flavor pairs with the malty sweet brown sugar, some chocolate and caramel notes. Medium roast and more bread. Tart fruit finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium body.

Overall a unique and excellent fruit beer. Perfect for Christmas time or anytime.

Photo of 1whiskey
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite winter seasonals. Despite the relatively high price, there always seems to be a sixer of this in my fridge during the fall and winter. On with the review...

12 oz bottle pours out a beautiful dark ruby color. Aggressive pour yields a thick slightly pinkish-tan head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Nice.

Smells slightly sour, of raspberries, with a somewhat medicinal quality. Almost like a mini-lambic. Not bad.

Taste is a wonderful mix of raspberry tartness, a strong base malt that counters the tartness with an appropiate level of sweetness, and a nice soft cocoa flavor. Not totally lost in the mix are some floral hops notes and a hint of that trademark NBB bisquit flavor. No one element overwhelms the other, it's all quite restrained and amazingly balanced. Finishes fairly clean w/ just a slightly sour aftertaste that is actually very pleasant. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, though you'll feel it in your belly for sure. Very "fresh" quality to it all. So well balanced...I love this beer. Not nearly as acidic as you might think, either.

Medium body is lightened by a very high level of carbonation. Normally I don't like that, but it seems to work really well with the tart quality. VERY drinkable. Too drinkable.

There seems to be this odd trend of bashing NBB lately, just because they have become quite successful from a buisness standpoint. Well bollocks to that! This is a well crafted beer from a brewery that should be a shining example of what American craft brewers are capable of. Enjoy!

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.

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

BBD of 15 Feb 08,

This years version pours brownish/mahogany with 2 fingers of plum tinged/whiteish head along viscous/oily layers. Superior head retention & very good lacing

S: Chocolate & berries

T: Dry with tart raspberries & some oak up front. Slight sourness follows along with a hint of vanilla & more berries as this warms. Finishes pretty dry with a bit of chocolate, great tartness & more berries

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & some wine-like qualities (sticky & dry)

Drinks pretty easy, a lot better than most fruit beers, this one I could enjoy for 3 or 5! This a solid offering this year!

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

12oz bottle into mug.

Dark brown, with a strong ruby red tint. The head is light tan with hints of red mixed in, and lasts forever. It eventually settles to a swirling frothy cap. Thick layered lacing from top to bottom.

The aroma is packed with raspberry and some milk chocolate, with some sweet grain. Smells almost like a dessert cookie.

Dark chocolate mixes beautifully with a syrupy raspberry flavor. There is some slight sticky bready grain. It's almost like a raspberry dessert cake. Medium bodied. The finish is smooth and creamy with lingering raspberry flavors.

I really enjoyed this one, it's a very unique beer. This is a great desser treat for anybody, and is probably a good beginner beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this!
Best before 12Feb10, poured into suggested glassware:

Pours garnet with ruby highlights with a fluffy off-white (pinkish?) head. Creamy head leaves lacing.

The smell is of raspberries - not typical "artificial", but the real sweettart raspberries. A "brown ale" toffee/cocoa maltiness comes through strongly and complements the berries nicely.

The taste is of sweet cocoa/chocolate/toffee notes with raspberries. Reminds me a bit of chocolate covered raspberries with a Chambord character. Wonderfully balanced - sweetness balanced by tart, slight roast and touch of drying bitterness in the finish. Much more complex than typical American fruit beer.

It has a creamy medium body with a nice smoothness and touch of effervescence.

Too often I'm disappointed by fruit beers, but this is head and shoulders above the average. Raspberries well-integrated into a nice brown ale. Not syrupy or artificial at all...not overly sweet... I would look forward to this winter seasonal if it were available in my area!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer is a soft ruby brown. An off white head recedes to chunks of bubbles while sheets of lacing coat the glass.

The beer smells bubbly, like champagne with raspberry, faint malts and hops, and perhaps subdued nuttiness.

The beer tastes bright and fruity with raspberry and cranberry notes. A silky malt body brings lingering notes of nuts and cranberry bread.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but spritzy and dry.

Overall this is my favorite New Belgium beer. It's not overbearing, it's clean and refreshing and I can always have several without feeling like its a dessert.

Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown (chocolate and chestnut) with a nice full light brown head at first that's gone quickly. Light carbonation .. not very lambic-like. Very strong raspberry truffle like aroma and flavor. Tates like a chocolate and raspberry Belgian truffle -- very rich and dessert-like. Medium bodied and smotth without the typical lambic airiness.

A definitely nice dessert beer !!

Per Label: "Ale Fermented With Real Raspberries"

Best Before: 03/28/04
Tasted: 06/01/06

(Z. Wood)

Photo of mactrail
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do think this has one of the best aromas of any fruit-flavored beer, which is probably why I've liked it a lot over the years. Fizzy, champagne mouthfeel, reddish tint to the amber color in the New Belgium snifter.

Taste is a little sour, in keeping with real-world raspberries, with enough roasted malt to give it some mellow beeriness. Not much sweetness and a light body. Fruit flavor comes through on a high note.

Aside from the powerful fruit nose, it's a subtle experience. I can see why some may not like the flavor, but I look forward to it every year as a favorite Christmas seasonal, an alternative to the dark raisin bombs.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt sienna color with a beige head that retains well and leaves a good deal of splashy lacing

Smell: Lovely aroma of raspberry filled chocolates

Taste: Slightly tart raspberry and cocoa flavors dance together both before and after the swallow; just when you think one dominates, the other emerges; a touch of nuttiness for the holiday season as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Unlike so many fruit beers, this one is a real pleasure to drink; very different and really enjoyable; not the most complex beer out there but a very nice standard for the holiday season

Thanks, Oxymoron, for the pleasure and cannabanaceae, for the second opportunity

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.