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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
very good

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 33
Gots: 21 | 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 WastingFreetime


3.63/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed from notes.

Appears a dark red color, two finger eggshell colored head that has good retention and medium levels of lacing left behind with each sip. Smells mostly of chocolate covered raspberry cordial candies. Underneath that there is a very light yeasty and white bread aroma playing hide and seek with your nose. The flavor of the brew throws the emphasis a bit too much onto the tartness of the raspberries and de-emphasizes the chocolate malt. However, having said that, it is quite a nice change up to see a fruit beer that is not afraid to pair a darker malt with fruit...I just wish that the chocolate malt was truly allowed to display it's full potential in the flavor. Medium bodied, fairly well carbonated, almost sessionable.

01-17-2012 23:26:38 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of MuscleConfusion


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-17-2012 14:39:01 | More by MuscleConfusion
Photo of ncketchum


3.63/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to RoamingGnome for this bottle.

Served slightly chilled in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours an orange/brown with a pink/orange head. Head dissipates to leave a small amount of lacing.

S - lots of raspberry jam with a bit of malt

T - tart raspberries up front with a malt backbone and a bit of bitterness in the end. Not too fruity or sweet.

M - very smooth, refreshing with really no hint of alcohol

O - this is a nice offering from New Belgium, not an every day beer in my rotation but a good one to mix things up a bit on occasion. I was very happy with the fact that the raspberry didn't completely dominate, but had a strong presence. I will definitely pick this one up again.

01-17-2012 03:36:17 | More by ncketchum
Photo of samie85


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

A- Pours a brilliant ruby color with two fingers of light tan head.

S-Smells strongly of raspberries and some biscuity malts.

T-Starts off with mildly sweet raspberries and then turns tannic and slightly bitter.

M-The mouthfeel is actually quite nice with a medium body, low carbonation, a slick feel.

D-While not exactly my thing, I could see how some would really like this beer; it is primarily a one-note beer with raspberries being the note.

01-17-2012 03:33:47 | More by samie85
Photo of Doppelbockulus


1.95/5  rDev -46.3%

Pours a ruby brown color with a head that immediately reduces.

Smell is of spoiled raspberries. It's funky, and I don't enjoy it.

Taste is a bit astringent. I had great expectations for this and it is falling short. Tastes like vegetables and spoiled raspberries. I don't want anymore of this.

Average mouthfeel.

01-15-2012 23:49:07 | More by Doppelbockulus
Photo of atone315


3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-15-2012 15:04:07 | More by atone315
Photo of oldvines


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-15-2012 00:03:00 | More by oldvines
Photo of notchucknorris


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

A: Brownish is color with a bit of a ruby hue when held to light. Thin light brown head.

S: Syrupy raspberry aroma along with some grape cough syrup. Maybe a touch of chocolate as well.

T: I don't know, this one just didn't quite do it for me. The raspberry is there, but it has a strange sourness and a bit of an off bitterness. Some malt and chocolate in the background don't help the flavor much. Wasn't really my thing.

01-14-2012 04:39:55 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of ScorpyX


2.85/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

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%

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.

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
Photo of buckyp

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
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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%

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!

01-08-2012 04:18:55 | More by kpoole25
Photo of PintOHops


3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

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


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

01-08-2012 02:03:22 | More by JosiahS
Photo of kawilliams81


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

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%

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.

01-04-2012 20:20:12 | More by midworken
Photo of 13esd


2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

01-01-2012 01:30:25 | More by 13esd
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-31-2011 01:52:03 | More by tdm168
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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