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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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784 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 34
Gots: 39 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-03-2001)
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Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear red-brown with under a finger of light kakhi-pink head.

Smell. Sour rasberries and a little toasty grain and caramel.

Taste. Raspberry juice, some toasty grains and caramel again, maybe a trace of molasses.

Mouthfeel. Lighter in body with medium, kinda prickly carbonation.

Overall. Not bad. Would be nice on a hot day. Lots of rasberry there and not too sweet.

Photo of deaconblues
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I finally got to have a Frambozen again after nearly 5 years. Sadly, it wasn't as good as I remembered it being, but it was still decent. I poured it from the bottle into a tulip shaped glass. The appearance is rich brown with a hint of red. Pretty nice to look at. The smell is like...Fat Tire with lots of raspberries. Bu the taste was, well, not that great. Raspberries are present in the beginning, along with biscuity malts, but then it gets kind of sour. The sour finish keeps me from drinking more than one or two of these at a time. I figure I will buy another 6 pack next winter, but one 6 pack a year will definitely do it for me.

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose contains the obvious raspberry, along with white chocolate. On the palate, it's immediately fruity-- guess which kind of fruit? Gentle malt works a supporting role in the background but it's fruit and tartness that take center stage. This tartness continues into the finish, but keeps from becoming overpowering.

Unlike some other raspberry-oriented beers, Frambozen takes a more even-handed approach, striving for the proper dosage of raspberry and malt. Unfortunately, I think the result is at times muddled. It's okay but certainly short of amazing.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

164 reveiws as of this writing. I will say to start I'm not the biggest fan of raspberries. I found this brew to be pleasant. On the sweeter side of things, sort of like a breakfast treat. I wouldn't mind it being a touch tarter but it's nice as is.

Photo of TheFlern
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have you ever wondered what Fat Tire would taste like with a bunch of raspberries? Well wait no longer!!!!

I actually prefer this beer quite a bit more than Fat Tire.

Lets begin...

A: Redish amber in color. Slightly off white and slightly red head. Head is not dense or sticky. Lacing is decent.

S: Wow, lots of raspberries. That is pretty much all I can discern. Upon a swirl they smell tart and delicious.

Taste: This is where I get the brown ale characteristics. It reminds me a lot of Fat Tire. Its not to noticeable because of the raspberries. Its good but not great.

MF: The mouth feel is a little thin imo. I would have liked it to finish a little more dry and tart.

Overall: Good bang for the buck. Interesting new beer from New Belgium. Clearly, we all know they are capable of pumping out some great beer in the Lips of Faith series, etc. This beer is not one of those beers but if you enjoy their normal yearly and seasonal lineup then you'll greatly appreciate this beer.

Photo of tronester
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby red/brown with a thin tannish, almost purple head. Aromas of raspberry preserves, and malt. The flavor begins with a sharp acidic tartness, followed by some fresh raspberry flavor, thin a hint of malt. The aftertaste is very tart and raspberry tasting. Mouthfeel is good. Overall an interesting beer, pretty tasty, though the raspberries take control of most of the aroma and flavor.

Photo of tapman
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red/ruby in color, brownish with maybe a pinkish tint (my lighting is poor) and a 2 finger head. Looks closer to an dark amber than a brown, but not too far off.

Raspberry custard and/or raspberry yoglait yogurt.

Dark chocolate and raspberries. You can pick out that 'house' biscuit in there as well. Finishes kinda flat in the malt department, but nicely bitter, like eating fresh raspberries. There are some elements of 'natural flavoring' as well that come off a little plasticy.

Brightly carbonated, but less so than a belgian ale.

I could have used a heavier beer with more maltose to support the raspberries and give it a fuller texture, but still pretty good.

Photo of JDV
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark maroon to black pour with a dirty beige head with a pinkish hue. Smell is very nice. Fresh raspberries, a touch of tartness, and light brown ale like maltiness. Flavor is surprisingly nice. Very lightly tart and sweet fresh raspberry flavor, good rich mouthfeel and maltiness. Brown ale flavor in the finish a touch, and some sweet/tart raspberries in the after taste along with a hint of chocolate. Kind of like a raspberry truffle, but never cloying. Easily my favorite fruit beer, and a new Winter favorite.

Photo of NClifestyle
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks pretty good in a pint glass, murky brown, a thick, fluffy head of red-tinged off white foam.
smell is pretty weak. a thin brown ale, with just a hint of fruit.
taste isn't bad. basically, solid brown ale with raspberry highlights.
mouthfeel is somewhat thin, not quite medium. nice carbonation, fizzy at times.
not an offensive beer, could be a session beer if you want something with a touch of sweetness.


Photo of WastingFreetime
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appears a dark red color, two finger eggshell colored head that has good retention and medium levels of lacing left behind with each sip. Smells mostly of chocolate covered raspberry cordial candies. Underneath that there is a very light yeasty and white bread aroma playing hide and seek with your nose. The flavor of the brew throws the emphasis a bit too much onto the tartness of the raspberries and de-emphasizes the chocolate malt. However, having said that, it is quite a nice change up to see a fruit beer that is not afraid to pair a darker malt with fruit...I just wish that the chocolate malt was truly allowed to display it's full potential in the flavor. Medium bodied, fairly well carbonated, almost sessionable.

Photo of match1112
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice deep burgandy color with just a thin head on top. fair amount of lacing from start to finish. upon prying the lid off there was an instant raspberry aroma that filled the room. the taste is very raspberry forward at first, then turns to the base beer which is not that impressive.mouthfel is lively with a good amount of carbonation. goes down smooth with a slight sour after taste. overall i'm glad i finally tried it but not looking forward to the other five in the fridge. for a fruit beer it's alright, but for a raspberry beer there are many others out there that are lots better.

Photo of Mdog
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brownish red, good head.

Smell: Lots and lots of raspberries.

Taste: For as much aroma this beer had of raspberries, it doesn't deliver in raspberry flavor. Mild breadiness with some fruit mixed in.

Drinkability: Better for smelling than drinking.

This beer smelled great but didn't quite give the sweetness and fruitiness expected. Pretty decent but nothing too great.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 2/22/09 and a best by date of 2/18/08. Properly cellared so not too concerned.

Sam Adams ultimate glass. Light or dark brown depending on thickness of glass.

Thin beige head. Chocolate and raspberry aroma.

Had some balance issues with the chocolate and raspberry on this one. I can't put my finger on ideas for improvement but the balance of the two flavors in this beer did not work for me as much as I was hoping for (I do like the combination).

Photo of ncketchum
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RoamingGnome for this bottle.

Served slightly chilled in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours an orange/brown with a pink/orange head. Head dissipates to leave a small amount of lacing.

S - lots of raspberry jam with a bit of malt

T - tart raspberries up front with a malt backbone and a bit of bitterness in the end. Not too fruity or sweet.

M - very smooth, refreshing with really no hint of alcohol

O - this is a nice offering from New Belgium, not an every day beer in my rotation but a good one to mix things up a bit on occasion. I was very happy with the fact that the raspberry didn't completely dominate, but had a strong presence. I will definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of WaveRebel51
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts off with a dark amber with a reddish-pinkish tint. Very little froth and carbonation. Smells delicious -- like a piece of raspberry chocolate candy. Needs to warm a little bit to bring out range of flavors. At cooler temperatures, the sour, tart raspberry flavor is too overwhelming. But when it warms up, the chocolatey malt taste becomes more prevalent. Still, would have liked to have a little more malt flavors come through. Taste just doesn't match the smell.

The tart raspberry taste can be a bit overwhelming to some, but it didn't bother me. A very unique beer that will either be a hit or miss, depending on individual tastes.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light brown with mostly deep red hues mixed in and around the edges. A finger of creamy light brown head adorns and sticky, spongy lacing streams down.

The aroma is pleasantly sticky sweet, with some sweet malts coming in through the back. Definitely fruity, and maybe a hint of tart.

Taste is upfront fruity with the raspberries, slight malts work their way in, and it finishes with a tart zing.

Body is light, with a slick feel and medium carbonation level.

Overall this is pretty good. The fruitiness and tartness detract from repetitively drinking this for me.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear garnet reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head with a slightly pinkish hue that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet/syrupy artificial raspberry and light aromas of cocoa + chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly grainy sweet malts with moderate flavors of syrupy sweet artificial raspberry. That is followed by a light flavor of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness balance out the sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Decent but nothing special - unfortunately the raspberry smells and tastes artificial. I like the combination of the chocolate with the raspberry though.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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 MobBarley
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good fruit beer: ( review from a guy who isn't a big fan). Pours a ruby red cast with decent tan head and some moderate draped lacing. Smells of a raspberry pastry...little else. Taste is at once fruity and sweet and earthy with a sting of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly thick...maybe a tad too carbonated. The beer seems to be stuck firmly between "refreshing" and "hearty". Drinkability is good: this is a tasty beer. Decent. Period.

Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is that of a reddish ale... flemish red in tone without any cloudiness. large head with large bubbles that fade. nose of yeast protein... then opens of into nice smokey earthy brown ale. palate is quite earthy and nice but lacks a lot of volume of the palate... mild sweet. some raspberry. citrus hop if any resembles of sour. not a sour ale at all but curious to see what would happen with a year of two of aging... overall decent accented brown ale.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head to speak of. Some bubbles which quickly disappear. Nice brown color with red along the edges.

Smell is hard to describe beyond 'typical beer smell.' But I mean that in a nice way.

Raspberries dominate the taste, which would make this a good offering for non-beer people. Very drinkable. It might go well with some chocolate which isn't too sweet.

Photo of brewQ
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, this one baffled me. I drink all the New Belgium brews and I've sampled many fruit beers including Belgian examples.

The ruby /brown color was excellent and when I saw the slight pink in the head I was prepared for a blast of fruit or wine like aroma and flavors. I didn't get there.

Maybe my receptors are off. I tried one slightly wamed and another well wamed and failed to get any big Raspberry to jump out at me.

Excellent maltiness and typical NB character but I felt cheated on the Raspberry sides A nice, albeit subdued, brew with very subtle fruit character to my tastes. A bit tart but in balance.

Maybe I had too many pop wines in my youth.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Obtained in trade with Oxymoron...thanks!
Best before:2/15/08 consumed on: 2/5/08
12 oz bottle> Fat stein

This one is reddish brown with amber hues with a one-finger deep, compact, smooth and tight creamy looking head with a big letter "C" formed in the middle. It's plenty sticky and had good retention.

Raspberry tarts with vanilla and a sour-tangy yeast aroma, it's pretty inviting.

This is tart and tangy raspberry all the way with a nice, smooth vanilla current that adds sweetness. The yeast and hops makes for a nice herbal and tangy effect and then strawberries pop out, the brown ale part adds a nutty, roastie malt balance that makes this one pretty nice.

Soooo damn smooth it's not funny. also has that light, champagne feel.

This is pretty high quality stuff, but still not enough to make me go for one more.

Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear deep ruby, not much carbonation at all, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lots of raspberries, rather sweet, a fine line between artificial and good. Not much else though.

T-Extremely sweet raspberries. Almost like a fruit snack. But there is nothing else to the beer. And I decided it was too sweet.

M-Very light, watery not much carbonation at all.

O-Too much raspberries, too sweet, nothing else to this beer. If you absolutely love raspberries give it a whirl but not much of a reason otherwise.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into snifter.

A: light for a brown ale, but very red -- presumably the raspberries. Sticky off-white head.

S: raspberry pie filling over malty brown ale.

T/M: Not overly sweet, but definitely heavy on the raspberry. Nice balance of fruity/sweet/tart and malty brown ale underneath. Average mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation.

D: above average for a fruit beer.

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.