Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 37
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of arizcards
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with Pale, Chocolate, Carapils, C-40, C-80, and Munich malts. Hopped with Magnum and 11% raspberries by volume.

6.5% ABV, 16 IBU.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear deep ruby amber, forming a soapy light tan head with pink accents. The head has average retention and some lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is brimming with toast, red raspberries, suggestions of chocolate malt, nuts of all sorts, brown biscuits, and earthen hops. The mouthfeel is initially tart and spry, becoming quite rustic in the finish. Medium bodied. The taste begins with very earthy hops, followed by some slight acidity and fruitiness of the raspberries. The earthiness continues through the finish and lingers in the aftertaste with the sensation of dirt and moss. Toast and chocolate malt hang timidly in the background, and the earthy bitterness is mild. The raspberries come out in the late aftertaste. The beer is cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors and the alcohol is imperceptable.

Not a "typical" Belgian Frambozen, but a good brew in a similar vein. This one is kinda like a dirtier Fat Tire with raspberries thrown in. A good dessert brew, but not something that blows my mind like most other NBBC brews do.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Its the holidays - and I was very much looking forward to the holiday brew from New Belgium, a brewery that has been one of my standards as of the past 6 months. That being said, this beer is pretty disappointing.

Appearance: Ooh la la. This beer is so festive. It pours a vibrant crimson red and seems to glow like an ornament. It has a fluffy head the dies very quickly but leaves traces on the glass.

Smell: Eeww la la. The smell is like highly concentrated raspberry syrup. I'll assume its raspberry by the name, but it mostly smells like fake fruit.

Taste: It begins with a dark malt flavor that sweetens up quickly into the afore mentioned artificial syrup flavor...which i have dubbed "Nast-berry".

Mouthfeel: Typical body. Its nothing special but nothing poor.

Drinkability: If you like the Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic or McCoy's Raspberry Ale, you might like this beer. This is also a good segue beer for people hooked on wine coolers. But for people who really like beer, this is not acceptable. I won't buy it again.

Photo of MrNuggets
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This looks pretty good, Heavy head leaving a touch of lace. Brown from a distance but some red is noticed when you get up close. The smell is light malt with only a faint sweetness. Taste is maltly along with that sweetness that I expecting from this brew. Not at all as sweet as I was anticipating, but slightly tart. This is where the taste stops dead in its tracks. Some acicity in the finish which is cool. Got to day that this is probably the best fruit brew I've ever had.

Photo of zacharius
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a reddish brown body with a foamy white head with hints of pink that leaves belgian lace on the side of my glass. Aroma is of raspberries with a malty sweetness there is a hint of cellar characteristic. Taste is of raspberries then chocolate maltiness in the middle and a strong raspberry finish. A great fruit beer, not overly sweet at all. It has a hint of sourness likely from the raspberries but is no where near a lambic. A very refreshing brew but I don't think I could drink too many of these because of the acidicness.

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A ruby color, transparent, good carbonation. Head is an off white (pinkish) with low retention, and sticky lacing. Aroma: Fruit, raspberries, tart, and malt. Flavor: malt, raspberries with a tart/dry finish. Palate: light/medium bodied, syrupy and effervescent with an astringent finish.
Kinda like your workin’ man’s lambic.

Photo of Rio
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby color, with a moderate head that faded to a thin lace pretty quick. A bit of a raspberry aroma to it, but the smell seems dominated by a stale kind of smell, like wet hay.

Tastes strongly of raspberry, but with a real mild sweetness, with a bit of a tartness following it. Very smooth, with almost a bit of a dry feel to it.

A nice brew. First had it a year or two ago, on Old Chicago's glass night, and have a very nice goblet style glass to go with it. One of my favorite fruit beers, as many of them seem a bit too sweet for my tongue.

Photo of rastaman
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Yipes, not too good. Sweet sticky rasberry cola and brown sugar. Tasted like rasbery cordial on top of a below average brwon ale. I seriously have my doubts about New belgium. This was more like soft drink than beer, to sweet, not sourness/acidity or anything, just sweetness.

Photo of Boto
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: The beer pours a reddish-brown color. Not too much head, which doesn’t linger. What was there had a bit of a reddish-tan tinge to it. Aroma is pretty much that of tart raspberries. The taste of tart raspberries is the most evident, but not overly done. A bit of a neutral brown ale supporting it. Definitely another acquired taste, but this was pretty good!

Photo of budgood1
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a deep mahogany colour, with a ruby tinted thin head. nice lace left in the glass after every sip. very candy like aroma...raspberries and chocolate...caramel hints...very legit. the taste is a bit of letdown...there is definitely a light malt base with raspberry has a fullish body and you can detect the high 6.5 ABV. the alcohol is slightly spicy, belgian like...with a lingering fruity aftertaste. the problem lies in that this beer doesn't meld all the parts well. i like this brew as a holiday concoction, but i would have a hard time drinking more than two. and i really like raspberries. i would definitely like to have a bottle or two during the x-mas season, just for the festively sweet taste.

a nice beer. cheers go out to beer angel for providing the sample!

Photo of Lupe
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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 WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A murky crimson blood red with a pleasant off white fine bubbled creamy textured head leaves nice Belgian style lacing here fine and spread evenly. Aroma: A nice toasted malt character stands beside nice subtly spiced raspberry juice very nice could be festive for the holidays considering the label adorns wreath made of raspberry and hop vines. Taste: A pleasant mix of berries and characters of a nutty brown ale it all blends well a nice creative experiement here that came out decent. Mouthfeel: Creamy textured pleasantly smooth medium to light bodied fruit infused ale. Drinkability: Not usually a fan of the fruit additive in a beer but these guys do a nice job this one is pretty drinkable not a cloying offness in the mix of fruit and malts here they mix well.

Photo of ark57
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was quite excited o try this beer. It is dark ruby in color and has a slight fruity and spicy aroma. But the raspberry does not come out as much in the flavor as I would have liked. You can tell raspberries were used, but the rich, malty body comes across as a more earthy spiciness. Still this is a good holiday seasonal.

Photo of Countpopeula
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out of the bottle very clear, with a deep mahogany color. It had a thin, pail straw colored head with fairly poor retention, probably due to its moderate to low carbonation. The aroma was not all that I hoped it would be. It had a slight brown malt aroma, with just a hint of its fruitiness. There is virtually no hop aroma.

This was a very dry beer that was tart, sweet, and very little bitterness. There was none of the “nutty” flavor normally associated with brown ales; however there was a subtle chocolate flavor. The raspberry flavor was predominant throughout. There was a medium smooth body.

I did enjoy this beer; however it is the kind of beer that I would have to have in small doses. The tartness makes it hard to drink a lot of.

Photo of BierReise
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a beautiful cherry hue with a thin tan head. Aroma is a bit sour, raspberries, graham crackers, yeast and malt come to mind. Body is thin to medium and smooth yet effevescent. Flavor is tart and full of raspberries with an acidic finish. Overall not outstanding and rather weak in aroma and flavor.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear chestnut body reveals crimson and orange highlights when held to the light; and its frothy off-white head holds quite well while leaving some nice, thin lace throughout most of the glass. Bright, juicy raspberry dominates the nose, backed by a softly chocolatey and grainy malt. The body is medium and somewhat dextrinous with a fine, median carbonation that warms to become airy and smooth. Juicy, sweet and lightly tart raspberry returns in the flavor, again followed by a cocoa-ish, lightly chocolatey, subtly caramelish, and delicately biscuity malt that fades to again reveal raspberry. It's sublime bitterness never surfaces, but does a brilliant job at balancing from the wings; and it teeters nicely between sweet, tart, juicy and cocoa-ish. Quite nice! The cocoa-ish character of the malt gives it more depth than most raspberry ales, and lends greatly to its drinkability. Certainly worth trying.

Photo of HochFliegen
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a good beer. Had a nice head, colored a pale redish, that lasted the whole way down and laced all the way as well. The smell was of raspberry and a hop smell as well. The taste at first was dominated by tart raspberry and finished with a nice smooth malt taste. A very well made beer and one of my wifes favorites.

Photo of Beaver13
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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 Dubblebock
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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 DarthMalt
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this fruit beer while in Phoenix over Thanksgiving. Had a "best before" date of 5-4-04 on the label. Poured a slightly cloudy maroon color with clear ruby edging and a small off-white cap for a head. Virtually no lace was left.
The aroma of nearly ripe raspberries dominated the smell. Some mild candy sugar and yeasty malt were cast in a supporting role. The flavor profile was a sweet/tart blend of raspberries and a lightly bready malt. The raspberry tartness really overshadows most of the rest of what this beer has to offer. The tangy fruitiness morphed into a mild sourness in the finish. The feel was dry and smooth.
This is a pretty tasty offering from New Belgium Brewing Co. It has a nice raspberry tang that makes it easy to quaff. Not quite on a par with Lindemans, but pretty close.

Photo of beerluvr
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a decent light tan head settling over clear deep ruby liquid.Lots of candyish raspberry aromas in the nose. The berries carry over to the taste anong with a very slight sourness. Finishes on a fruity/tangy note...nicely made, but pretty much a one dimensional beer. Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better Raspberry beers that I have had lately. It pours a nice ruddy, yeasty brown colour with a small cap of white foam. The aromas are of tart raspberries, and nice belgian malts and yeast. The taste is very berry-ish, but also very belgian-y. This reminds me of a light alcohol Belgian dubble, mixed with a low abv lindemans framboise. Or something like that:-) The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is good. Nice!

Photo of DESTRO
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a red tinted brown with a small head. scents of raspberries dominate with an iron fist with a light toasted malt hiding in the backdrop. big raspberry presence in the flavor, tart and puckering, not sweet, paired with a healthy biscuit like malt (see fat tire). very tangy and truly unique. crisp and smooth, nothing amazing but nothing sub-par. overall a very interesting beer, being a fan of lambics and a good brown ale this does me just wonderfully. i had no idea this was 6.5% abv until i had drank all of them, be careful, she is a deceptive one. it complimented a night of mario kart double dash perfectly.

paid $5.99 for a 6 pack.

Photo of winomark
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium brown color with hints of red. Head has a pinkish hue.

Aroma: Quite fruity, with a sweet raspberry aroma that dominates. Some malt present.

Taste: Raspberry tartness attacks the palate. Slightly sour. Brings back old memories as a winemaker. Dry, tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Coating, but not syrupy. Lots of tart and fruity tines throughout. Lingering finish.

Drinkability: Not a favorite of mine, but worth trying. Hope you like raspberries more than malt and hops to really enjoy this one.

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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