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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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835 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 34
Gots: 52 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JEdmund
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small ¼” head sitting on a really pretty pinkish/purple body. Good stream of carbonation bubbles.

Definite berry aroma; it’s a little tart and sweet smelling. Some doughy malt. Very inviting.

Light flavor for 6.5%, but I see that as a plus in its drinkability. The raspberry flavor isn’t over the top like it is in Lindemann’s, and there’s a fairly neutral, even level malt flavor complementing them. Finish really comes alive and the fruit really pops with a tart zing—very nice and refreshing! Mouthfeel is excellent: velvety rich, though not heavy or syrupy.

Frambozen didn’t quite live up to the hype, and I wouldn’t say it lives up to its price tag either ($10.99). However, I full enjoyed drinking them and would absolutely order this if it were on tap somewhere. I’d probably even buy a single bottle next year. Recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/17/13.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy reddish-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some earthy raspberry aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a fruity finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that mixes up the fruitiness from the raspberries and the base brown ale fairly well.

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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, ruby brown with an off-white, slightly pink head that's about a finger and a half thick. Great retention. Leaves behind a nice sticky lacing that coats the glass from top to bottom.

Smell - The aroma's a bit muddled, but there's a hint of chocolate and raspberry that pokes through, along with a faint grass hop bitterness.

Taste - Fortunately, the flavor is much more pronounced. Starts with a nice hit of sweet dark chocolate before quickly shifting to a strong raspberry sweetness. This sweetness is short lived, and the beer finishes with a slight grassy bitterness that helps to cleanse the pallet. It's a quick, delicious flavor shot that begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable, finishing somewhat dry.

Overall - Does what Lost Coast's Raspberry Brown fails to do; namely, keeping the sweetness from becoming too cloying. Raspberry truffle in a drink; New Belgium nailed it. Perfect dessert beer. I could drink this late Christmas morning and not have a regret.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of the bottle 11/15/2012

Appearance: Pours a dark cherry reddish copper. Light, pinkish, strawberries and cream head. Fills my Allagash glass to the brim

Aroma: fruity, cherries, a bit of raspberry. Lightly fruity. bit of spice. nutmeg?

Taste: Light malty sweetness. Dark cherries. a bit of tart raspberry finish. A little lingering astringency.

Mouthfeel: Small bubbles tickle the tongue. On the sweet side of things, inducing salivation. Has long lasting tarty sweetness. leaves a coating of sweetness.

Overall: A nice, light Christmas beer. I don’t like many fruit beers, but this is pretty good. Could do away with the lingering astringency. Would pick up a six pack if it was on the shelf.

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4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with a quick disappearing head.

Aroma- Tart raspberries, slight alcohol

Taste- Creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation, tart raspberry... and thats about it for me... the tartness is overpowering any other flavors. It kind of reminds me of champagne.. all in all this a really good holiday beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very brite brown amber color with deep red hues. A nice tan colored head forms above the beer.

The aroma is of malt, fruit, raspberries, and some hints of toffee/caramel also accompany the other aromatics.

The beer starts off sweet and slightly malty and finish with a nice bright tartness. The raspberry really comes through in the finish.

The beers is crisp and bubbly on the tongue.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Not a ton of complexity but a great pairing of the malt aroma and the raspberries.

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.