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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

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694 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-03-2001)
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Photo of willgro


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Am i crazy that i thought this was an excellent brew? it did not have great head on it, but it was really good. it has some brown, nutty aftertaste, but the raspberry wasnt' too strong nor overwhelming. it wasn't too sweet either. i'm not too keen on raspberry beers (cept purple haze w/ some mudbugs) but this is really good and refreshing. just don't order one w/ the buds b/c its delicate and not too fully flavored.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 04:01:54 | More by willgro
Photo of mkorpal


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red with hints of brown, minimal head with hints of red, some lacing.

Smell: Brown ale notes, slight chocolate and a slight earthyness to go along with tart raspberries.

Taste: Tart raspberry, with earthy chocolate. The tart is from the fruit, but it almost feels like it could be from some wild yeast.

Middle of the road sweetness, with a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

It's pretty nice. If they were to do one thing with this beer, it would be to blend with a small amount of lambic. That would make this beer so much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 00:33:29 | More by mkorpal
Photo of midworken


2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
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
Photo of irish53b


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ale Fermented with Real Raspberries with a best before
15 Feb 08 printed on the bottle

Poured from bottle into weizen glass
deep cranberry color, nice head with lacing throughout

Floral aromas and note of chocolate comes through

Taste is of semisweet or dark chocolate. The tartness of the raspberries is balanced well by the malt. The first taste of this ale brought to my mind imported Swiss chocolate, a perfect treat for the holidays.

Mouthfeel is dry primarily due to the 6.5% ABV and the tart taste.
It is medium in body and has enough guts to pair well with a roast
or turkey dinner.

Overall this ale is a real treat, it is perfect for a holiday meal
or all by itself. I think one or two is enough as the high ABV doesn't
make it an ideal session brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 04:04:06 | More by irish53b
Photo of FatCaster


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been waiting for this one for a while with big expectations. Did it meet them?


A--Poured into a mug, looks cola brown but is actually a raspberry red (shocking) and has a tawny and foamy head. Goes away pretty fast, but leaves a distinct lacing.

S--Yep, there's a lot of raspberry in this, but it's balanced out with some graininess. Had a (for me) sort of unpleasant hint of...carrot...?

T--Starts a bit sweet, mellows out to a sourdough taste and then finishes sweet with a tiny sting of bitter. Pleasant, but would be more pleasant with some turkey around a family table.

M--Low carbonation and filling, not refreshing. Pleasant and perfect for a winter feeling beer.

D--It's good, but bring a friend and have some with a meal rather than buy a six pack for a nightly beer or two.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 03:59:32 | More by FatCaster
Photo of FungusBrewer


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've come to expect much from New Belgium. Beers like this remind me why. It pours a fleeting- weak lace; not amazing, but pretty none the less. Holding it up to the light I'm seeing a deep-rose amber color. It smells like chocolate covered raspberries, making me hungry. It tastes like chocolate covered raspberries, sating the hunger beast. Finally, a beer that tastes like what you've come to expect. Frambozen states it's a, "Raspberry Brown Ale". By the gods it tastes like a Raspberry Brown Ale. Rejoice, and drink up.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:58:02 | More by FungusBrewer
Photo of HalenRush


2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The thing that really jumped out at me about this beer is the color. When held up to the light, it has the most amazing deep red. I'm sure that can be attributed to the raspberry. But can almost be achieved without, like with Sammy Irish Red.

The taste is more strawberry than raspberry, and to me it tasted like strawberry soda. I'm sure it will be a hit with the ladies who think they are beer drinkers. That being said, I didn't think the strawberry flavor was overpowering. It was very pronounced and I couldn't taste the ale, but no, not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 01:21:24 | More by HalenRush
Photo of Meandmymonkey


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-red/mahogany brown color with a pinkish-thin head. Was lacking my sense of smell while tasting (sad, I know) but I could catch the heavy raspberry notes along with decent maltiness as well. Slightly sour tartness as well. Syrupy and sweet and a great partner to my delicious thanksgiving day meal/meals. Drinkability is good but wouldn't want to go overboard. A great beer to share with friends.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 02:18:59 | More by Meandmymonkey
Photo of cocoapuph


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into a tulip.

Had a really nice crimson copper color with about a quarter inch head and few rising bubbles.

Smelled of roasty almonds, raspberries and currants.

First sip was very refreshing as I was hit with crisp raspberries. As the beer warmed in my mouth, it turned into a nutty brown ale. Flavors didn't blow me away but the beer was very easy to drink. It reminded me of a snakebite but with raspberry instead of cider.

As I said before, the drinkability was high and had a light quenching feel to the beer.

Overall, this was decent and perfect for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 07:44:53 | More by cocoapuph
Photo of Optifron


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 21:11:45 | More by Optifron
Photo of spense727

North Carolina

2.09/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Appearance - Looks like raspberry. Like the color of Pocahontas's sun-burned skin.
Smell - Very fruity, like a raspberry Capri Sun.
Taste - Gross. Tastes like something Top of the Hill would make.
Mouthfeel - Better than every other part of this beer.
Overall - Perfect if you hate beer or anything that tastes anything like beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:46:16 | More by spense727
Photo of Silenus


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has a nice mix of dark malty flavors and sweet raspberry overtones. It seems to sit right on the fence of a good summer quaff (a la Purple Haze) and a beer you’d warm slightly and sit with by the fire during a snow storm. The flavors are balanced between the thicker malts, fruity raspberries and just enough hops to cut the sweet. The color has the nice red tint you’d expect without looking like it had been mixed with a sugar syrup. I’m saving a few to try next summer after a day in the yard. I think it’ll still rise to the occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2005 19:04:33 | More by Silenus
Photo of trumpetego


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at City Beer Store in San Francisco.
Pours a beautiful dark ruby with a reasonably thick brown head. The head dissipates after a few minutes, but stays around enough to provide nice lacing.
Smell is truly exceptional. Sweet raspberries and malt. Reminds me a bit of Smuckers Jam.
The taste is disappointing. Despite the richness of the smell, I find the taste to be a bit thin. At first the front is just not good. A hint of hops and possibly a bit too much carbonation. This could be a reference to the hoppier end of the Brown Ale style, but I have always preferred the maltier Browns. As it warms, more berry flavors come through but these are much more tart than the nose would have you expect. Almost like cranberry rather than raspberry. Finish is more tart berry.
Although I find this disappointing, it is drinkable. I could see it being particularly good with sweeter fruit or chocolate desserts - something to contrast the tartness of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 04:03:40 | More by trumpetego
Photo of harlanhu28


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with an inch or so of head and reduces quickly down to a nice lacing..

No much of a hoppy nose more of a malty raspberry preserves..

Mouth feel quite light with a tinge of pucker..

I would have to say there is a very clean bittering hop flavor masked in the fruitiness.

The sour finish is quite good very malty.. For a beer of a complexity like this one i think New Belgium has hit a home run this year.. There are many ways to mess up a fruit beer.. New Belgium Frambozen has been a constant for me year after year..

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 07:45:03 | More by harlanhu28
Photo of deaconblues


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I finally got to have a Frambozen again after nearly 5 years. Sadly, it wasn't as good as I remembered it being, but it was still decent. I poured it from the bottle into a tulip shaped glass. The appearance is rich brown with a hint of red. Pretty nice to look at. The smell is like...Fat Tire with lots of raspberries. Bu the taste was, well, not that great. Raspberries are present in the beginning, along with biscuity malts, but then it gets kind of sour. The sour finish keeps me from drinking more than one or two of these at a time. I figure I will buy another 6 pack next winter, but one 6 pack a year will definitely do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 23:48:55 | More by deaconblues
Photo of crazyjoedivola


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20 oz bottle best before 2-20-11

Pour led to a one-finger head that's tinged pink. Quickly recedes leaving a decent lacing Deep burgundy with ruby red along the edges of the glass.
Smell is slightly sour, yeasty dough and tart fruits with some bitter cocoa
Taste is like smell. Good but not great. Solid malt note but not sour enough for sour ale, not sweet enough for lambic but a solid middle ground.
Becuase it's a safe middle ground this is a very drinkable beer good intro to craft holiday beers

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 05:36:25 | More by crazyjoedivola
Photo of Countpopeula


3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out of the bottle very clear, with a deep mahogany color. It had a thin, pail straw colored head with fairly poor retention, probably due to its moderate to low carbonation. The aroma was not all that I hoped it would be. It had a slight brown malt aroma, with just a hint of its fruitiness. There is virtually no hop aroma.

This was a very dry beer that was tart, sweet, and very little bitterness. There was none of the “nutty” flavor normally associated with brown ales; however there was a subtle chocolate flavor. The raspberry flavor was predominant throughout. There was a medium smooth body.

I did enjoy this beer; however it is the kind of beer that I would have to have in small doses. The tartness makes it hard to drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 04:41:49 | More by Countpopeula
Photo of craigreed


3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from a local craft beer store 99 Bottles

A - bright reddish copper color that leaves a very small cream colored head that fades away in to a very thin cap leaving little to no lace behind

S - Raspberry hits me directly up front, almost tickling my nose with the sour notes. I do also get a deep chocolate backbone that blends wonderfully

T- Obvious brown ale base that is complemented with a perfect amount of raspberry acidity that then takes over. It is a very nice balance of malt and raspberry, but the raspberry definitely leaves the lasting impression (as it should).

M - I would say it is light bodied to medium bodied with great overall mouthfeel. It ends a bit dry with a tinge of sour on the tip of the tongue. Great!

D - I think overall this beer is very drinkable. It was a bit disappointing it wasn't more sweet. The brown ale infused with the sour raspberries made for a great beer, but for some reason I was longing for a sweeter middle.

Overall a great beer, and was excited I bought the last one out of the cooler! Would recommend trying at least once!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:44:16 | More by craigreed
Photo of renniksdb


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let me preface this review by saying that I am typically a HUGE fan of New Belgium's stuff, and I also like fruit beers, but this one gave me mixed feelings. Please read the entire review though. But first, the beer:

It has a nice aroma. Raspberries. Maybe a little sweet malt.

The color is dark red. Not ruby, because there is some brown too, so more like a brick red. What you would expect given raspberries and brown ale.

The taste starts out with a strong, tart raspberry flavor. Again, expected, and good. The middle is more of a mild malt and some bitter from hops. But the finish is where I'm torn. It finishes tart/bitter, and remains that way. Personally, I'd prefer a sweeter finish after the tart start...that is if I was drinking this without food.

HOWEVER, I will say that this beer was a fantastic pair to a roast pork tenderloin my wife and I made with a thyme/chipotle dry rub and raspberry BBQ sauce.

So to underline my point...this beer was a little too tart to drink much on its own for my taste buds. I suggest pairing it with a sweet and/or savory meat. But you personally need to try this beer and decide for yourself! It's very unique, even for a unique brewery like New Belgium, and worth searching out.

**This added later. After trying again, I noticed allowing the beer to warm up more than your average brown ale helps balance the tart a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 23:38:02 | More by renniksdb
Photo of Craiger1967


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guiness Pint Glass

Appearance: Dary Ruby color, low head that disappears quickly, low lacing

Smell, a very raspberry Jam smell, low hops and hefty malt scent

Taste: this is a bit sweet for a brown ale, definitely not something I would normally buy, perhaps this is more of a desert beer than a session type ale.

Mouthfeel, with the addition of the raspberry it changes the feel of this beer, it has the malt feel to it and at the end of the drink it's a bit watery, overall it's not that bad of a beer, just not my thing.

If you are going to invest in a fruit type of beer, I think it best to stick with Lambics or Belgian styles that are conducive to fruit in general.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 14:20:15 | More by Craiger1967
Photo of olimax


4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruit beers always sound more appealing to me than they end up tasting. A fruity brown ale from New Belguim promised to be the beer to break this trend and it didn't disappoint.

Appearance: Dark brown translucent with with a tan/pink medium head.

Smell - No surprises here - it smells like brown ale and rasberry. A very appealing smell.

Taste - Rasberry goes as well with brown ale as it does with dark chocolate. This is a very tasty and festive beer.

Mouthfeel - The low carbonation and smooth feel of this style of beer really helps make the fruit flavor work.

Drinkability - The rasberry is more tart than sweet which makes this beer very drinkable for a fruit beer.

I was told that this beer was better in past years but I can offer no complaints for 2007's incarnation. I just wish I had tried this beer before Christmas so I could have enjoyed many more over the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 05:30:15 | More by olimax
Photo of wholelottalove


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: amber with reddish hue, small light tan head

smell: very little comes through but the slightest hint of raspberry

taste: dominant flavor of raspberries with some extra sweetness from the malt; sweet, but not overpowering. very slight hoppy finish

mouthfeel: overall good feel; clean, refreshingly carbonated

drinkability: overall a pleasant beer, but more than one would be too much. furthermore, not something that would seem fitting out of the holiday season.

serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 05:51:39 | More by wholelottalove
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