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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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719 Ratings
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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 jdense


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace poured into Chimay chalice for Christmas day lunch.

Copper amber body, 1/4 finger white head quick dissipation with a bit of lacing. Big berry presence in the nose, a bit of bready malts, not much in the way of hops, though they became more noticeable after warming. The taste is berries, berries, berries, a bit of hops but they are overwhelmed by the raspberries. Smooth mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Too sweet to drink more than one bottle. An interesting holiday ale, but not something I'd drink outside the holiday season.

12-25-2009 20:45:23 | More by jdense
Photo of bmwats


3.69/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium dark ruby brown. Pours a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly, leaving a mere reminiscence of a head. Hefty, beer ring lacing.

S: Nose is a wheaty malt, with raspberry and cherry strongly accentuating.

F: Bready malt flavor with a little fruity sweetness. Well-balanced.

M: Light body, crisp and fruity.

D: Goes down easy. The relative heavy alcohol content is unapparent.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice coloration, fair head, and some strong lacing. Nose is at really good malt and fruit combination. Very well-balanced. Flavor is lightly malted and lightly fruity, neither aspect overwhelming the other... well done. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

03-17-2013 04:27:48 | More by bmwats
Photo of Gusler


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

10-17-2002 16:13:54 | More by Gusler
Photo of wholelottalove


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

appearance: amber with reddish hue, small light tan head

smell: very little comes through but the slightest hint of raspberry

taste: dominant flavor of raspberries with some extra sweetness from the malt; sweet, but not overpowering. very slight hoppy finish

mouthfeel: overall good feel; clean, refreshingly carbonated

drinkability: overall a pleasant beer, but more than one would be too much. furthermore, not something that would seem fitting out of the holiday season.

serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 05:51:39 | More by wholelottalove
Photo of Chambic


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

12.23.09 shared a 12-oz. bottle at City Beer Store

A: beautiful brown with ruby tint

S: tasty tart smell

T: long raspberry finish

M: lighter in body, with matching carbonation level

D: nice, friendly beer; good way to introduce "dark" and "tart" beers

01-06-2010 05:47:49 | More by Chambic
Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Like the name mentions, it comes out a standard brown ale color. When held up to the light it's still brown, but has many reddish features as well, has good clarity. There's an off white colored head that produces some good lacing and glass retention. A good looking beer.

I'm not a fan of fruit beers, but if I was, I'd say for raspberry fans, there isn't much room for improvement. Frambozen does have some traditional beer malt and hop aroma features, however the dominant smell is raspberries, hence the name. We're not just talking raspberries here though, we're talking fresh, sweet, and juicy raspberries. After that there are tones of of toffee malts and some floral hops.

Taste isn't nearly as good as the smell. Much like the smell, it's raspberries that dominate the flavor. My gripe here is that it doesn't taste as much like beer as the smell does. There's sweetness in the smell, but more of a tart, almost sour flavor from the raspberries, which kind of makes it like a wild or sour ale.

Mouthfeel is ok, it doesn't feel as clean as it looks. Slightly oily and a little yeasty. The tartness makes you pucker a little bit, and it doesn't finish that clean either, drinkablity is ok.

Overall it's a pretty good beer I guess. As I mentioned earlier I don't like Fruit beers and I'm not a sour fan either. However for the style and what it was going for I think it's creative and I can see why people would like to drink it. I don't regret trying it and I'd probably give it another shot in the future given the opportunity.

Thank you chugalug06 for this beer as an extra in a great trade!

04-01-2011 02:07:40 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of FatCaster


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Been waiting for this one for a while with big expectations. Did it meet them?


A--Poured into a mug, looks cola brown but is actually a raspberry red (shocking) and has a tawny and foamy head. Goes away pretty fast, but leaves a distinct lacing.

S--Yep, there's a lot of raspberry in this, but it's balanced out with some graininess. Had a (for me) sort of unpleasant hint of...carrot...?

T--Starts a bit sweet, mellows out to a sourdough taste and then finishes sweet with a tiny sting of bitter. Pleasant, but would be more pleasant with some turkey around a family table.

M--Low carbonation and filling, not refreshing. Pleasant and perfect for a winter feeling beer.

D--It's good, but bring a friend and have some with a meal rather than buy a six pack for a nightly beer or two.

11-22-2008 03:59:32 | More by FatCaster
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a deep coppery reddish brownish color with an off-white head that settles quickly to a ring. Smells of extremely fresh raspberries. One of my favorite fruits and it's luring me in. Seriously, about as real as it gets with the fruit scent and something many others can't accomplish. Light caramel/chocolate malt under it. Taste also has an authentic raspberry flavor but it almost makes you pucker with tartness. The malt flavors seem less authentic and actually detract for the excellent raspberry addition. Mouthfeel is somehwhat light and lacking on the carbonation..it seems like there's more but it's just that tartness getting to me. Still, about good for drinkability to me. The smell is more realistic than any other fruit beer I've had so far. The tartness and somehow a tad too much malt make this less drinkable than it should be. So much better than I expected, though.

Thanks to tayner for the bottle...she's the greatest.

04-13-2008 00:09:54 | More by ncvbc
Photo of trumpetego


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz bottle purchased at City Beer Store in San Francisco.
Pours a beautiful dark ruby with a reasonably thick brown head. The head dissipates after a few minutes, but stays around enough to provide nice lacing.
Smell is truly exceptional. Sweet raspberries and malt. Reminds me a bit of Smuckers Jam.
The taste is disappointing. Despite the richness of the smell, I find the taste to be a bit thin. At first the front is just not good. A hint of hops and possibly a bit too much carbonation. This could be a reference to the hoppier end of the Brown Ale style, but I have always preferred the maltier Browns. As it warms, more berry flavors come through but these are much more tart than the nose would have you expect. Almost like cranberry rather than raspberry. Finish is more tart berry.
Although I find this disappointing, it is drinkable. I could see it being particularly good with sweeter fruit or chocolate desserts - something to contrast the tartness of the beer.

01-07-2008 04:03:40 | More by trumpetego
Photo of arizcards


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Picked up a couple of bottles for the holidays at AJ's for a $1.19 each.
This is a crimson brown colored brew that poured a fine head and is leaving a good lacing. Smell is wonderful, of raspberries and wheat. Taste is very interesting. It is am interesting combination of rapberries and chocolate and it finished with a dry hop sensation, very nice for this style. It is a bit on the thin side. Overall drinkability is not great. It is best suited for desserts, perhaps paired with a cheesecake.

11-30-2004 23:47:04 | More by arizcards
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

A- pours a clear dark ruby-brown with a two-finger light tan head with good retention and a bit of lace.

S- fresh raspberry juice, some toasted malt and just a bit of nuttines and caramel

T- tart, astringent raspberry juice almost makes me pucker. It isn't as tart after the first sip. Mid palate provides a bit if malt sweetness and a touch of caramel. The finish is tart and dry with a linger if raspberry.

M- light body, low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel with a velvety finish. Very nice.

O- once you get past the initial tart shock, this one is pretty enjoyable. It is labeled as a brown ale but lacks the malt profile for a true brown ale. However, it is one of the more enjoyable fruit beers I've had in a while.

01-09-2013 02:41:05 | More by Treyliff
Photo of hoffman


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

I was very impressed with the look of this beer as I poured it from the bottle, nice thick looking texture very deep red almost purple hues from this one. The smell is fruity, that is about it, nothing special, very present but not to impressive. I may have raised the taste a little high on this one, I typically do not enjoy fruit based beers but this one has a nice hop balance to the fruit base. A nice semi-creamy mouthfeel finishes well but seemed a little flat. The head is very minimal, to be expected from a fruity one. Overall I think a lot of people who typically drink macros would like this one even. Not bad for me, for a fruity one, but I do not think I will try again.

10-25-2005 01:03:20 | More by hoffman
Photo of crossovert


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

12 oz bottle.

It pours a dark red, not much brown in the color, the head is off-white with a pinch of rose. The head leaves some nice lacing as it recedes.

The smell is like a raspberry danish, very sweet. There is lots of raspberry, vanilla icing, and pastry dough.

The flavor is interesting. It has a very bready flavor, almost overpowering, a rye-like flavor. The rasberry is there with some tartness. It just seems like the two flavors don't really mesh. The mesh better as it goes, but that underlying bready/roasty/bitterness keeps it form being an awesome beer.

12-22-2010 01:39:14 | More by crossovert
Photo of froghop


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

pours a clear magenta with a thin beige head, and some lacing.

smell is of fruit, nuts, molasses, and a little brown sugar.

taste is tart, raspberry, cranberry, some hops, slight sweetness in the back, and ends a little bitter.

overall a nice fruity brew.

11-24-2008 20:23:04 | More by froghop
Photo of willgro


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Am i crazy that i thought this was an excellent brew? it did not have great head on it, but it was really good. it has some brown, nutty aftertaste, but the raspberry wasnt' too strong nor overwhelming. it wasn't too sweet either. i'm not too keen on raspberry beers (cept purple haze w/ some mudbugs) but this is really good and refreshing. just don't order one w/ the buds b/c its delicate and not too fully flavored.

01-04-2006 04:01:54 | More by willgro
Photo of rundocrun


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a brownish-amber color. Has a finger of coarse off-white head. Poor retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Has a definite toasty, nutty aroma. Milk chocolate, caramel, hints of vanilla, but no noticeable raspberry.

T - Straightforward sweet milk chocolate and raspberry flavor. A litte over-sweet and lacking in tartness. Some mild astringent roasted grain character joins the mix in the middle and the finish is a little more noticeably tart, but retains some caramel flavor.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a sticky, syrupy finish.

Overall - For what this beer lacks in looks, it approaches redemption in the aroma and taste. A little too sweet and lacking on tartness for my liking, but in all, it does taste like a sweet, nutty brown ale with some raspberry thrown into the mix. I guess you can't fault NB for delivering what the label says.

12-27-2011 02:17:04 | More by rundocrun
Photo of elgiacomo


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

12-06-2010 00:08:40 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of DarthMalt


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Ruby. Ruby. Ruby.
Red Ruby.
Ruby Tuesday.
Do you recall, the most famous ruby of all?

Aroma of hard, bitter rasberry--crunched in one's molars--brings forth an autonomic jaw-tightening reflex.

First sip is disappointing, as raspberry foreplay is totally dashed by brown ale toasted malts, etc. [kinda' the brown/amber-ale-reskinned-as-a-Christmas-beer switcheroo going on here.].

Fruits come back for mid-field double play, and resulting in that quintessential Belgian quality:
"More, Please!"


This is too American tasting, and too freaking cultured a fermentation, to come anything close to a good Kreik or -Bozen. But, as it stands, it's a good fruit beer that can actually serve as a gateway into the micro scene--where many a tired concoction has failed miserably in the past.

I would like to see NB pursue this baby into full, North American, fermee spontenee glory.

12-20-2003 23:29:23 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of aforbes10


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

11-18-2008 05:12:22 | More by aforbes10
Photo of crazyjoedivola


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

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.
Becuase it's a safe middle ground this is a very drinkable beer good intro to craft holiday beers

01-11-2011 05:36:25 | More by crazyjoedivola
Photo of Rayek


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

11-22-2009 00:03:18 | More by Rayek
Photo of mattcrill


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Thanks go out to HardTarget for this and his most gracious recent shipment of goodies.

Best before 2/16/06 on the bottle.

Appearance: An amber, ruby colored pour with a fluffy off white head.

Smell: A light raspberry puree aroma with some malty sweetness in the background.

Taste: Raspberries, a light carmel flavor, some maple, and a touch of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp due to the nice carbonation.

Drinkability: By far the most interesting brown ale I've had. Nothing off but nothing outstanding. Highly sessionable and not a "raspberry punch in the face" like other fruit beers that are out there. Worth a try for sure.

02-11-2006 14:51:56 | More by mattcrill
Photo of whynot44


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Medium bodied, hazy deep brownish ruby color with a slightly pinkish off-white head that doesn't stick around.

Aroma is definite raspberry with a sweet malt background.

Taste is much the same but with a little more of the brown ale malt presence to balance it out decently. Starts out sweet raspberry then the malt comes in along with a more tart raspberry taste somewhat like a Lambic. Finishes slightly dry and tart. Very interesting! A little sweet for regular drinking but a very good desert ale.

Should go very well with dark chocolate deserts.

10-29-2005 03:59:32 | More by whynot44
Photo of Jason


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-06-2013 01:23:08 | More by Jason
Photo of Janis_Hoplin


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-05-2013 03:34:48 | More by Janis_Hoplin
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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