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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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712 Ratings
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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 32
Gots: 20 | 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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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-13-2013 05:55:18 | More by CB2maltygoodness
Photo of Fish113d


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the color is a deeper-reddish chestnut color, with a slight 1 cm head that literally fizzes out within seconds, leaving a slight edge layer on top, but nothing spectacular. Sitting at least 18 inches away, I can already smell the cranberries. Accompanying them is a sweet malt with hints of floral hops and maybe just a "sprinkle" of caramel as well. The first sip reveals a definite presence of rasberries and some slight brown maltiness. The hops are aparent on the swallow, and a "twang" of alcohol hits you on the very finish. The cranberries carry the load of this ale however; a little too much for my liking. The feel is a lot like a cherry cola. A shot of carbonation on your tongue that is stingy, but the body is more medium-bodied IMO, and the alcohol burn is there at the end. Not a bad brew in the end, but I couldn't have another. I guess I'm not a cranberry lover. The bottle is definitely the highlight of this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 22:30:08 | More by Fish113d
Photo of siradmiralnelson


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium Globe Glass.

A. 2+ finger of raspberry hued head. Good retention. Color is dark red. Good lacing.

S. Malt, raspberries, yeast. Smells like a lambic, slight sourness.

T. Sweet/sour rapsberries. Almost tastes like a fruit wine. Biscuity malt, New Belgium's signature malt taste.

M. Medium/light bodied. Medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. Higher ABV for the style but you wouldn't know it by drinking it. Goes down very easy. Something good to look forward to during winter.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 16:18:43 | More by siradmiralnelson
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4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About as good as it gets for a non-lambic Frambozen. In a chalice it offered up a nice muted malt smell and a hint of the raspberry to come. There is now sweetness to this assertive beer which makes it great and the cringe of tannins which can be present are also put to rest. Simply a great belgian very slightly tart brown with a blossom of raspberry flavors all coated in a soft fluff of chocolate. Masterfully done. Bravo New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 18:45:16 | More by Higravity
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing Company--Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale--12 oz. Bottle.

1998. 5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.) Hazy light brown color with a hint of purple. Nice head and lace. Light smooth raspberry flavored body with a hint of dry sweetness. Finishes tart and clean. Hint of Belgian yeast. Sampled 12/14/1998.

2000. 5.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear bright deep red color. Mild toasted raspberry front with hop notes. Light red head. Sweet mildly toasted raspberry fruit body is smooth rich and tasty. Ends dry with lingering fruit and light spice. Sampled 12/16/2000.

2001. 6.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Clear raspberry shaded deep ruby red color. Pink tan head. Medium lace. Mellow rich raspberry chocolate front. Cream raspberry sweet malty mild chocolate body. Complex rich smooth fruit malt. Citrus end. Sampled 11/7/2001.

2002. 6.00% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Clear dark red brown color. Pink mild lacy head. Rich floral roasted raspberry mild hop front. Zesty raspberry toasted caramel cocoa dry sweet mild citrus raspberry body. Tangy citrus malty hop end. Mild yeast. Sampled 1/8/2003.

2004. 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Creamy lacy light red head. Clear rich deep ruby color. Floral raspberry hop front. Complex tangy dry rich mild sweet chocolate caramel mellow Belgian spice raspberry body. Crisp spicy mild hop end. Nice! Sampled 11/4/2004.

2005. 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Clear bright ruby red color. Rich tangy raspberry fruit hop front. Clean crisp tangy mild chocolate raspberry citrus body. Tangy mild sweet mild hop mellow Belgian spice end. Sampled 10/14/2005.

2006: 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy lacy head. Clear thin bright dark ruby red color. Toasted raspberry front. Mild sweet Belgian wheat infused fruit ester toasted body. Tangy mild hop wheat fruit spice end. Odd buds tonight. Still nice. Sampled 11/19/2006.

2007: 7.00% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) 6-Pack --$8.49. Tight mild lace head. Clear dark red brown color. Floral mild cocoa raspberry Belgian hop front. Mild tangy dry sweet raspberry toffee ester body. Mild sour citrus hop clean dry end. Well blended. Sampled 11/12/2007.

2008: 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Big dense foamy lacy rocky pink tan head. Clear rich bright dark red brown color. Rich raspberry cocoa nut front. Mild sweet rich malty slightly sour brown dough raspberry infused smooth tasty body. Puckery clean dry citrus lingering raspberry spice hint end. Sampled 6/23/2009. 6-Pack--$10.99.

2009: 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Mild lace thin off white head. Clear bright rich dark ruby raspberry brown color. Smooth raspberry Belgian chocolate front. Crisp zesty complex Belgian fruit ester mild sweet malty light cocoa raspberry infused rich delicious body. Clean mild hop dry end. Sampled 11/9/2009. 3 @ $1.69 Each.

2010: 6.50% ABV--16 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Big foamy lacy lasting pink head. Clear bright red raspberry brown rich deep red color. Mild raspberry light toasted cocoa mild hop aromatic front. Zesty crisp dry mild citrus sweet sour hint soft toasted chocolate malt tangy festy smooth raspberry body. Dry clean rich refreshing raspberry citus mild hop end. Rich Seasonal Brown Ale. Sampled 11/11-12/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $10.99 @ Ballard, Seattle Fred Meyer on 11/11/2010.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 05:50:24 | More by philbertk
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-09-2013 09:11:13 | More by emwild12
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-07-2012 22:14:06 | More by dhbiker0889
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-07-2013 02:45:40 | More by tubeyes
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-04-2014 07:21:23 | More by Ristaccia
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-20-2011 04:14:46 | More by nickhiller
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “BEST BEFORE” date is “26FEB12.”

Appearance: Poured into a becker glass. The color is clean and clear dark amber/red. Three fingers of dense, billowy, buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipated slowly to leave a rocky cap, lacing along the glass, and a thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Very fruity. Lots of raspberry, which makes it smell much like pop (which is what we call soda in my hood). The brown ale also comes through in caramel and cocoa.

Taste: Really sweet and tart; it gets the cheeks puckering. Lots of raspberry juice followed by the brown ale elements of cocoa and caramel.

Drinkability: It is pretty good, but it does taste and feel much more like juice than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 05:52:07 | More by TheQuietMan22
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2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

What a "mixed bag" this beer is!. Smoooth and lovely, nice head, good lacing, and a wierd smell and taste.

The previous reviewer hit it spot on. With a chocolate cheesecake or a smooth, not overly-sweet desert, this would be okay. I'm not crazy about raspberries, and raspberries are WAY UP FRONT in this brew.

At the brewery, on tap, this one was listed on 28 Dec, 2004, as 7.07% ABV (TWO decimal points!), which is different from what is indicated on the bottled versions.

In short, if you like chocolate covered raspberries, you're gonna LOVE this beer, because those two flavors are all you find here. Only enough hops (the guy at the brewery said only Magnum hops are used in Frambozen) to keep a tiny bit of bitter-sour balance: measures only 16 International Bitterness Units. By contrast, SIX kinds of malt are used: Pale, Chocolate, Carapils, C-40, C-80 and Munich.

Lambic lovers should love this, I suppose.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2004 05:30:11 | More by ColoradoBobs
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-24-2013 03:35:58 | More by archero
Photo of EigenBeer


3/5  rDev -17.4%

02-08-2014 17:49:52 | More by EigenBeer
Photo of Westuh


3/5  rDev -17.4%

05-29-2014 00:45:43 | More by Westuh
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head to speak of. Some bubbles which quickly disappear. Nice brown color with red along the edges.

Smell is hard to describe beyond 'typical beer smell.' But I mean that in a nice way.

Raspberries dominate the taste, which would make this a good offering for non-beer people. Very drinkable. It might go well with some chocolate which isn't too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 01:00:50 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

05-12-2012 19:37:02 | More by Skye1024
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

06-11-2013 03:03:14 | More by capuchinpilates
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2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It appears reddish brown in color with a small tan head.

It smells a little of caramel and toffee and raspberries, it also has a bit of an earthy flavor to it.

I taste quite sweet. There is a bit of a caramel and a toffee flavor as well as a yeasty bread flavor. These flavors back up the strong sweet raspberry flavor. There is little tartness to the raspberry it is primarily just sweet.
The carbonation is moderate low.

The drinkability is ok but it is too sweet to drink a lot of them.

Overall, this is an ok beer but it seems to be a bit one dimensional and a little bit too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 01:50:41 | More by chumba526
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-15-2013 22:07:48 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-27-2014 13:13:51 | More by DerekQXQX
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 20:34:13 | More by BierReise
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-13-2013 02:55:54 | More by zachary80
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-12-2013 23:17:48 | More by firstlighthiker
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-13-2013 21:44:53 | More by iKrystin
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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