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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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BA SCORE
82
good

850 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 850
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-03-2001

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Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 4/12/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a pretty ruby color with a pinkish-white head that fades leaving nice lacing and retention. The aromas are very malty with hints of sweet raspberries. Subtle caramel and cocoa notes, but the raspberries seem to shine. The flavors are sweet, but not overboard. It's not overly tart and it's definitely not sour. The raspberry notes aren't shy. Lots of malts. This beer seems balanced. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and creamy despite feeling light at times. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This beer is what it is. They advertise a brown ale with raspberries, and this is exactly what that is. It's nothing crazy, but it's solid.

Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity with ruby highlights. Head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is tart raspberry dominant, with s slightly sweet, toasted caramel malt and floral hops providing subtle contrast. Becomes a bit medicinal as it warms.

Flavor reveals more tartness initially, with less intense raspberry notes that surface and fade just before the toastednutty malt and light caramel sweetness kick in.

The abv in this one is only detectable by warmth in the belly.

There's a touch of a fake fruit aroma and flavor, but the flavoring is nicely balanced, and I love raspberries. Lacks the depth of flavor of a new glarus, but not a bad brew.

Photo of runyacm
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jdw275
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Harvest06
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jonaspb
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD 4/12/15. Pours a lovely clear medium garnet. Normal head volume, below normal lacing and retention. Rich nose of raspberries over a light sweet base that seems biscuit in nature. Light body with just a hint of smoothness. Well carbonated with a lively effervescence from the onset through the finish. The flavor profile is where this ale shines. Intense raspberry with a subtle underlying biscuit sweetness that never becomes prominent enough to balance the tart raspberry. It never hits the puckering stage, but the effervescence maintains a prickly tartness on the tongue. The finish is somewhat crisp and leaves you with a tart raspberry flavor. This one avoids the sickeningly sweet fault of many raspberry ales.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is very clear with a dark red and copper color and very little head. The nose is faint, but quite pleasant with notes of raspberries and fresh bread.

Light-medium body with a flat feel and a mild fruity flavor. Not much sweetness up front. A mish-mash of tart raspberries, bready malt, and grassy hops arrive at mid-palate and lead to a dry finish that doesn't linger for long. No booziness at all. Crisp, light, and refreshing, but a bit bland and uninspired.

As this beer is billed as a ``raspberry brown ale'', I expected something quite a bit darker, richer, and different. This strikes me as a standard raspberry beer that is similar to (but in no way comparable to) the raspberry beers produced by New Glarus and Founders. The bottle says this is a ``big, luscious celebration" of raspberries. While ``luscious'' is not the word I would employ to describe this beer, it was fairly enjoyable and refreshing and would make a nice summer beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much flavor to it (at least, not the flavors I would look for in a beer like this). I won't buy this again and if someone gives it to me, I think I'll try mixing it with something.

Photo of _morandi_
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moodyxc9
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattknueven
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lanstrum
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An interesting light raspberry frambozen

Photo of thdude5
1.81/5  rDev -50%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's either bad beer or good cough medicine.

Photo of northcoastwolf
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of torwart68
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of torwart94
1.38/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

I've never been a fan of this style, but even so, this beer underperforms for the category.

Photo of BigRizz62
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad!!! I enjoyed one while eating snacks on New Year's eve. Poured into a flute glass, this beer is well carbonated and produces a medium sized fizzy off-white head. Head retention was less than average and not much lacing. The reddish/amber color and all the bubbles were nice.

Aroma is raspberries up front and a malty beer that cuts the sweetness.

Taste is similar. Fresh raspberries, not just sweet raspberry syrup. The malty beer part emerges after the initial sip. It cuts the sweetness, not as dramatically as some of the sours that feature fruit, but still provides a nice contrast to the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Enjoyable, a light beer for the cooler weather

Photo of drew74
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warnerry
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.