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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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711 Ratings
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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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 ScorpyX


2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm going to admit something right off the bat. Fruit-flavored beers are very low on my enjoyment list. Never been a big fan. So that'll bias this review lower than usual. Here we go, though.

A: Great looking beer. A deep ruby red with a thick, two-finger width head that stays with it throughout the drinking. Leaves behind quite a lot of lacing.

S: Raspberry, raspberry, and raspberry. Great surprise there. Lot of sweetness in the smell.

T: Raspberry tartness at the forefront, a sharp, tart taste. Really big in the back of the throat. A little bit of malt flavoring, too.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth. If I was a fan of the fruit beers, this would probably be pretty high up there. As it is, not bad for the style, just far from my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 20:30:26 | More by ScorpyX
Photo of kiki3drt292


3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-10-2012 18:47:06 | More by kiki3drt292
Photo of Heavenisbeer


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is actually a very good looking beer, ruby red and blemish free, with a thin, but resilient head and firm, foaming lacing.

S: Very straightforward and expected: the raspberries take the lead, with some malty notes in the end. Smells of fresh berries rather than syrup.

T: Like the nose, simple but enjoyable. More sourness than the nose suggests, which I like. A lightly coated chocolate covered (tart) raspberry. This would go great with cheesecake.

M: Firm with some light carb. A little more body wouldn't hurt.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 07:55:43 | More by Heavenisbeer
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-10-2012 05:13:18 | More by jumbopanda
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-10-2012 01:40:49 | More by buckyp
Photo of GarrettB714


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-09-2012 04:38:48 | More by GarrettB714
Photo of imperialking


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-08-2012 19:07:15 | More by imperialking
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-08-2012 04:42:02 | More by rob99er
Photo of kpoole25


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had a ton of fruit beers but this is probably my fave. Just the right balance of fruit, you can tell it's raspberries but it's not like soda or zima (or like sucrets, which is how Boston Brewing's Cherry Wheat strikes me). Kind of on the tart side which is how I like it, a bit mouthwatering (a bit like a lambic). And also glad it's not another (primarily) wheat based fruit beer, it's a better balance to have the darker,richer malt and chocolate. Good job New Belgium!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 04:18:55 | More by kpoole25
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3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Tulip

A - A hazy amber/mahogany colored brew with a 1-2 finger slightly off white head. The head dissipated rather fast. It left a bit of broken lacing on my glass.

S - It smells allot like raspberries and chocolate. The raspberry aroma is rather strong but not in a sickening/over powering way. It also doesn't strike me as very tart either. I pick up toasted rye bread and brown sugar as well.

T - Allot more tart than the smell lead me to believe. Tart raspberries flood the palate and it almost made me pucker a bit. Underneath I definitely get chocolate and a touch of toasted bread. Bitterness is almost absent, and I don't pick up much hop flavors.

M - Lite and thin with medium-high crispness.

O - I thought the raspberry flavor was refreshing and tart, and the appearance was nice and inviting. I wanted a bit more malty chocolaty/biscuit like flavor to balance it out a bit though. I think I'd drink it again but probably not buy again. Worth a try but it's just not something that I like allot.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:11:02 | More by PintOHops
Photo of JosiahS


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: tulip

Dark cloudy brown color with a slick, almost milky, 1-finger tan head. Small splashy lacing. Big raspberries on the nose, a bit sour, faint chocolate and mocha as well.

Tart raspberries dominate the taste, a little sour as well. Beneath, i get mocha, chocolate, a little date and brown sugar. That's about it. The body is medium with a fair amount of carbonation.

Although a nice change of pace, this beer is too fruity and tart for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:03:22 | More by JosiahS
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3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a D'achouffe tulip.

A- dark ruby, Semi-transparent with a 2 finger light tan head. Some lacing remains on the glass.

S- toasted malts and some raspberry.

T- sweet toasted malts, raspberry, chocolate. No real sourness or tartness at all.

M- light body and carbonation.

O- picked up a single bottle because I saw this beer all winter and always wanted to try it. I am glad I just got 1 bottle. This beer is ok but has no good characteristics or anything that stands out.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:52:44 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of Unchi


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-06-2012 13:59:42 | More by Unchi
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-06-2012 03:58:25 | More by PhatAtUT
Photo of midworken


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep, dark red body giving way to a creamy red head. These colors really let you know what lies inside...
Upfront aromas of juicy, tart raspberries - overpowering other flavors that come through.
Taste is overly sweet. Raspberries are overpowering here as well. I'll try letting it warm up a bit more... nope - the "beer" part of this still isn't showing through. More of a juice than a beer. The beer in this brew is more of a medium to carry the raspberry flavor, it's a bystander who watches the raspberry take all the glory. I would like to see a more harmonious existence between the beer and raspberry. The taste appeals to a specific crowd of beer drinkers (which is fine), but doesn't necessarily appeal to me. It is tempting to rate this down, but in view that this is a fruit beer, it does deliver decently according to it's style.
Loved the looks of this beer, was OK with the smell and taste. If they are wanting to have the raspberries as the showcase in this beer, they could have still added some spices that would play along with the raspberry to give this beer some more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 20:20:12 | More by midworken
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

01-01-2012 01:30:25 | More by 13esd
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North Carolina

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

Pours a ruby amber with a half inch of dense, off white head that has decent retention. The nose is predominantly raspberries. The taste is intense raspberries up front with some caramel malt undertones in the finish. This is a medium bodied beer with a good deal of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer if you really like raspberries. In my opinion it's a little sweet and one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 01:52:03 | More by tdm168
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-29-2011 17:34:20 | More by PaBeerLover
Photo of beagle75


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, dark rosy amber color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Generally mild, featuring raspberry fruit that is fairly honest and not at all cloying. There is not much depth or variety present, which means that the smell is one-note, focused on raspberry fruit, but it does not stray toward smelling like bottled iced tea.

T: Begins dry, with faint toasted malt and earthy hop flavors. Acidic fruit develops during the middle, juicy despite the dryness. The finish is not bitter but rather clean, with enduring fruit that turns off-dry and develops a woody raspberry authenticity alongside resurgent earthiness that is delicate.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and slightly astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This fruit beer is easy to drink while retaining some authenticity thanks to a lack of obvious saccharine qualities. The brewer plays it safe to cultivate mass appeal, so the sensory profile tends to become repetitive--though never challenging. It is probably best served unaccompanied, or with lighter fare; it could be perfect with a soft goat's milk cheese to bring the unctuous funk that it lacks.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 16:56:06 | More by beagle75
Photo of dav


3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-28-2011 14:14:19 | More by dav
Photo of zdk9


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Looking through the glass reveals a ruby gem of a beer. There's a full finger of head and lacing that trails down in spurts like some sort of strange beer language characters.

S- Raspberry is the strongest smell there, but it's by no means superpowered. There's some dark wheat bread crusts, some herbage- rosemary and basil. Hints of maple syrup, but not a ton of this.

T- The taste has stronger raspberry notes, sweet and sour and earthy, and above all fruity- not a super fresh fruit, but maybe closer to a jam, or defrosted frozen fruit. Anyway it's still great fruit notes surrounded by malts and hops. A good bit of malt, like the bread crusts again.

M- Really nice balance- not at all too sweet, good bitterness on the back of the tongue with some lemony/ citrus/ roses type hop flavors.

O- One of the most balanced fruit beers I've had. You really taste the "this is a beer that was built around this fruit, but it's still a beer" rather than "here's a fruity beer". Nice job

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 06:32:32 | More by zdk9
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 02:17:04 | More by rundocrun
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-26-2011 20:16:00 | More by evilkorova
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-25-2011 20:52:54 | More by amrozga
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-24-2011 16:08:42 | More by Jcohen357
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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