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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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851 Ratings
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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 35
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: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by Feb 2011.

Pours clear red with a two finger light tan head with a tint of pink, leaves good lacing and holds a small foamy cap.

Aroma is mostly raspberries, somewhat nutty, bready and malty, but mostly raspberries, good strength. As it warms the malt really starts to push through the raspberries nicely, balancing out the aroma.

Flavor is tart raspberries, some caramel and bready malt sweetness in the middle, finishes a bit tart with a lingering raspberry flavor. Again, as it warms the malts bring out more balance and I really start to enjoy it more overall.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, medium to high carbonation.

Starts out kinda one-dimensional...raspberries dominating, not much else going on, but let it warm up a bit and the base Brown Ale starts to come to life.

I will admit I'm not the biggest fruit beer fan but found this to be far superior to stuff like Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20 oz bottle best before 2-20-11

Pour led to a one-finger head that's tinged pink. Quickly recedes leaving a decent lacing Deep burgundy with ruby red along the edges of the glass.
Smell is slightly sour, yeasty dough and tart fruits with some bitter cocoa
Taste is like smell. Good but not great. Solid malt note but not sour enough for sour ale, not sweet enough for lambic but a solid middle ground.
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Deep garnet with good clarity and a steady bead. A foamy pink tinged cap has nice size and decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Raspberry and lemon struck me first. There's a woodsy and grassy backbone underneath.

T: Sweet and tart. Raspberry is the overarching theme here. Its flavor dominates. A mild roasted malt flavor comes through briefly before be supplanted by more raspberry and a sour lemon tartness. The sweet fruit flavor lingers through the finish and gets slightly medicinal at the very end.

M: The body is thick, syrupy and also dry. Carbonation feels just a touch high.

D: This is a nice holiday offering. The sweetness gives the beer an after dinner character that would go well with dessert. The raspberry flavor could stand being toned down just a touch for my tastes.

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.