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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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Reviews: 395
Hads: 864
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 41
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best before stamp of 12FEB10, last of a sixer I bought in November 09. Pours a pretty clear, dark copper color with a pinkish hue. Medium sized, small-bubbled reddish foam displays average retention and the beer leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass. The red-tinted foam is interesting and noteworthy.

Nose has plenty of raspberries there with some sweet, slightly toasty darker malts. The fruit smells pretty fresh and not forced or artificial.

Tastes better than I remember the rest of the six-pack tasting a month or so ago, seems like the flavors have melded together a bit more of the sweetness in the beer has come out to play. I remember the fruit vying for attention with an unnecessary hop content and darker malts, the latter still being the case. The tartness of the raspberries seems to be a bit much and there is not a whole lot of sweetness going on here to help balance it out. I am on the fence with this beer, one sip I think it is pretty tasty and then the next not so much. I guess it is just one of those beers I do not want much more than one in a sitting and there are plenty of other fruit beers out there I like better. Still, not bad, and quite an intriguing and thought provoking beer for me.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Enjoy By: 12APR15

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Straight up raspberry preserves. Like I stuck my nose into a jar of Smucker's jelly. And I'm not complaining.

T- Taste follows the nose only with a toasty malt quality. Very straightforward in its delivery. You want raspberry? There it is.

M- Slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Though there's certainly not a lot of complexity here, it accomplishes what it sets out to do: give a nice, fruity snap of sweetness along with the malty balance.

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Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale is actually much more red, albeit dark red, almost violet. For its darkness, the complete clarity is somewhat unusual. There are big lazy bubbles sitting on the glass as the head quickly dies down, and it looks like a soda somewhat except that a haze always remains on top and manages a little lacing.
Malts and tart raspberry show in the nose, but sourness takes a little more time to develop than I'd expect and only partially manifests, though a toasty note and touch of creamy sweetness complement well.
The sourness is on display more in the flavor though not especially strong. The brown ale base is evident with a toasty malt and possible a hint of caramel, while a mildly vinous dry note comes in the middle. The raspberry is pretty effectively utilized, but I'd like a bigger contribution both of sourness and fruit.
The feel is crisp up front with a little less on the end, the semi-dry to dry medium body pretty much the same. It's well carbonated and maybe moderately smooth.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured a ruby red-orange with one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma as comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, fruit, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, cream, roasted malt, and fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. I have to be completely honest here… I really didn’t enjoy this brew too much. It wasn’t as my doppelganger’s fiancée says, “nasty crap”. But one bottle was pretty much enough for all of us drinking this one. Four of us had a bottle while spreading mulch and none of us went back for another. While it wasn’t one of the worst brews I’ve ever had, it just wasn’t nice. Wish it would have not been a brown ale as that might have saved it. But to each their own I suppose…

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade. This is one of the better Fruit Beers I have tried, mostly because the fruit flavoring is not as in-your-face. Pours a dark ruby color with a thin light beige head and almost no lacing. Aroma is all raspberry. As mentioned, the raspberry flavor is less pronounced than in similar beers, it does taste more like a beer with raspberry added than a raspberry beer. Despite not being particularly strong, this would probably get old after the first couple. Finish is smooth but gets a little sour toward the end.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, malty and a small raspberry tartness. In the taste, a small tart raspberry and a nice caramel malt. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry tart raspberry in the aftertaste. Nice tart with big raspberry, with a decent brown ale under all of that.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well this beer lives up to its label completely. The color is brown with red tints and I swear the off-white head had a tinge of pink to it, hallucination maybe? It smells like a brown ale should with slight hints of the raspberries. The first taste is good and makes me think of raspberry flavored chocolate. This beer teases you with only the slightest tart flavor hiding, must have sour! I have heard others say this has too much raspberry but I disagree. This is a fine beer from New Belgium.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown (chocolate and chestnut) with a nice full light brown head at first that's gone quickly. Light carbonation .. not very lambic-like. Very strong raspberry truffle like aroma and flavor. Tates like a chocolate and raspberry Belgian truffle -- very rich and dessert-like. Medium bodied and smotth without the typical lambic airiness.

A definitely nice dessert beer !!

Per Label: "Ale Fermented With Real Raspberries"

Best Before: 03/28/04
Tasted: 06/01/06

(Z. Wood)

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Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a wonderful little brew with an exceptionally nice looking color with its dark syrupy brown with deep raspberry red tints and glowing even deeper when up to the light. Small off-white that fades fast and there isn't any real lace being left, which is fine by me cuz the glowing reddish quality is superb to see. Like looking into the heart of a raspberry jelly jar. Speaking of which, thats the smell of this delightful treat, fresh raspberry jam, albiet a bit subdued, but its there and freshly so. Some alcoholic hints and malts find there way past the raspberry jam aroma making this smell like a raspberry popsicle dipped in a alcoholic punch. Taste is exactly like the smell, a good amount of raspberry jam, somewhat lightly flavored and easier then I was hoping. Its not the raspberry tart of the New Glarus variety, not by a long shot, but this about being more calm and subdued, or at least it comes across that way. One dimensional in its character with easy fruity tang of raspberry jam all over the place, a touch of the alcohol pokes through along with a pleasant little orange flavor and finishes lightly of banana and sweet malts. Feel has a creamy start with a little fizz in the midway point with light carbonation and finishes with a tingley little raspberry zip and slight fruity dryness. Super drinkable and a nice little treat, would make for a great after meal dessert drink. Finished it no time and wanting more.

Thanks to jeffboo for the bottle.

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Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear red-brown with under a finger of light kakhi-pink head.

Smell. Sour rasberries and a little toasty grain and caramel.

Taste. Raspberry juice, some toasty grains and caramel again, maybe a trace of molasses.

Mouthfeel. Lighter in body with medium, kinda prickly carbonation.

Overall. Not bad. Would be nice on a hot day. Lots of rasberry there and not too sweet.

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Photo of illidurit
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear copper color with an ecru/pink head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells like chocolate cake with raspberry icing. Tastes a lot like the icing with some cocoa and bread crust character. Even a little bit of roast. Pretty sweet overall with a touch of tartness, would work well as a dessert. Light and airy with high carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel but still drinkable.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better Raspberry beers that I have had lately. It pours a nice ruddy, yeasty brown colour with a small cap of white foam. The aromas are of tart raspberries, and nice belgian malts and yeast. The taste is very berry-ish, but also very belgian-y. This reminds me of a light alcohol Belgian dubble, mixed with a low abv lindemans framboise. Or something like that:-) The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is good. Nice!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 12 April 2015. Served in a snifter glass 2/1/15.

A- Medium dark purple-red body, one finger offwhite head with fair retention time, no lacing, small film and collar. Slightly copper in hue.

S- Raspberry jam, sugary fruit sweetness a bit like a Jolly Rancher. As it warms, the sugar fades into a background of mild milk chocolate sweetness and a bit of cocoa. Nice smelling beer.

F- Slightly astringent raspberry fruitiness with a good bit of earthy, almost herbal bitterness. As in the nose, I get a little bit more chocolate flavours on the back end, more of the darker variety. Slight booze on the backend. Flavour profile seems to be a bit of a mess here; although in the middle of the palate there seems to be a very brief glimpse of what they probably intended this beer to be- chocolate covered raspberries. Then it's gone.

M- Medium bodied, a bit syrupy on the feel, fairly prickly, stinging carbonation that might even be a bit much for my enjoyment of the beer. Bitter herbal earthy finish on the end, a bit of raspberry fruit. Not much chocolate on the finish.

O- Pretty decent, smells great as I would expect from fresh raspberries but the mix on the palate leaves a bit to be desired. Not a bad effort by New Belgium at all, but I think the carbonation and bitterness is a bit too much. I think the raspberry sweetness would otherwise be balanced out by the chocolate, toasted malts of the base brown ale; the earthy, herbal hop additions aren't really necessary.

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Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma between a brown ale and a fruit beer. Has a slightly tart aroma that compliments the raspberries.

Raspberry is more of a dominating element in the flavor. Not enough brown ale comes through. A touch of tartness as well. Nice flavor but I would like some more influence by the brown ale.

The body falls off a little too quick especially for this ABV. I do enjoy the carbonation however.

I enjoyed this beer. I would of liked other elements to come out more other than the raspberries.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear dark ruddy copper with three fingers of light tan head that faded into chunky film leaving patches sticky clinging lace. 
S: The nose is bursting with fresh fruit, sweet raspberry jam, and a hint of lighty tart fruit skins, touch of wood, sweet syrup and caramel.
T: Sweet and syrupy, raspberry isn't as potent as the nose, woody tasting, brown ale comes through a lot. Very caramely and plain. Finish has a tiny bit of dry raspberry tartness. Synthetic sweetness comes through a bit. Overall not great. 
M: Surprisingly thick body, slick mouth, low carb, leaves a sweet film in my mouth. 
O: Could be a bit dryer, pretty sweet, a little syrupy, aftertase is bad, average drinking.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear deep ruby, not much carbonation at all, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lots of raspberries, rather sweet, a fine line between artificial and good. Not much else though.

T-Extremely sweet raspberries. Almost like a fruit snack. But there is nothing else to the beer. And I decided it was too sweet.

M-Very light, watery not much carbonation at all.

O-Too much raspberries, too sweet, nothing else to this beer. If you absolutely love raspberries give it a whirl but not much of a reason otherwise.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light brown with mostly deep red hues mixed in and around the edges. A finger of creamy light brown head adorns and sticky, spongy lacing streams down.

The aroma is pleasantly sticky sweet, with some sweet malts coming in through the back. Definitely fruity, and maybe a hint of tart.

Taste is upfront fruity with the raspberries, slight malts work their way in, and it finishes with a tart zing.

Body is light, with a slick feel and medium carbonation level.

Overall this is pretty good. The fruitiness and tartness detract from repetitively drinking this for me.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've haven't heard much about this beer, but a raspberry Brown Ale sounds like a pretty interesting combination, so lets see how it goes. For some reason there's was no date where the best by date usually is, 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good and it's got a nice festive look to it. It poured a dark reddish brown color that took on more of ruby and crimson color when held to the light with two fingers worth of tan head that that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but it isn't too Brown Ale like.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a toasted, grainy, brown bread and caramel malt like aroma that's mixed with a light nutty aroma that makes for a nice Brown Ale like aroma. Up next comes the raspberry which imparts a nice fresh raspberry aroma that is a little similar to raspberry jelly and it doesn't overpower the Brown Ale base. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that lived up to it's name and it was well balanced.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart all those nice brown ale aspects that I got in the aroma along with just enough nutty flavors to identify it as a Brown Ale. Up next comes the raspberrys which are on the slightly lighter side of medium and impart a nice fresh a natural raspberry flavor. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a lighter amount of medium tartness taking it's place and it has a tart raspberry and toasted malt aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer that has some nice balance to it.

M- Smooth, clean, a little tart, a little creamy, fairly dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and good example of a Raspberry Brown Ale and I think it could still pass as a decent example of a fruit beer since the raspberry is nice and noticeable. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not filling, and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a couple of these and I think this would be a good beer to pair with a holiday dinner. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, I thought it was pretty perfect and neither the Brown Ale base or the Raspberry were too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad but I wished it was Brown Ale like. I would buy this beer again, I would for sure get some next year and I'm sure I'll pick up a couple more bottles before they are all gone. I would recommend this to anyone who likes raspberry beers or anybody who thinks that a raspberry Brown Ale sounds good. All in all I was happy with this beer, I thought it was very solid and it had great balance. Good Job New Belgium thanks for another good beer that somehow managed to fly under my radar.

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Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured dark ruby with a nice head on it. It smelled primarily of raspberry and and some malts. It tasted like raspberry all over, it was a little syrupy tasting. It has a bitter/tart after taste to it. Overall, it was a pretty decent fruit beer...it paired very well with white chocolate...

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Photo of Reidrover
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok I tried this beer a year ago and didnt like it much..but thought I would give it a second look.
I poured this into my Chimay Chalice..very nice looking ruby/port colour..small light brown head..goes fast leaves some lace.
The aroma of this beer is heavenly..like fresh raspberries..not artificial at all.
Mm quite complex flavour..yes the raspberry is there but theres more sour plums and even lemon and a certain spiciness.
Very nice mouthfeel little sour at the end..but a great aftertaste.
Very nice beer I am happy I tried it again..this time in a glass.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jsh420
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

best by feb. 2011

pours dark cherry brown with a 2 finger reddish white head that left some spotted lacing

smells of raspberries and much much else but very nice

taste is where this beer falls off - sour tart musty raspberries that is disgusting - a huge let down after the nose

mouthfeel is light/medium but very forgetful after the bad taste

drinkability is bad - if the taste is not there why would i want to drink it - i only drank 4oz just so i could finish this review

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a trade with arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

12oz bottle served in a large wine glass.

L - dark brown color with a beige head that left a few spots of lacing behind.

S - sweet raspberry aroma.

T - some upfront sweetness turns towards a tart berry taste with a dry, bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with a lively feel.

D - not bad for starting or ending an evening.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Trappeze Pub. Served in an Allagash Flute.

12 oz. / $5
half pour / $3

A - Light Auburn with a three finger beige head. Excellent lacing.

S - Raspberry and a hint of peanut butter and jelly sandwhich.

T - Raspberry sweetness with a solid malt background. Virtually no hops to speak of.

M - Light and crisp, very refreshing for a brown ale base.

O - One of the better fruit beers i've ever had. Really reminded me of a liquid peanut butter and raspberry jelly sandwhich throughout the drink.

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Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a goblet, this has a clear, radiant ruby body when held to the light. Small offwhite head quickly falls to lasting collar and film lace, with spotty lace on the glass, as well. Active carbonation is very visible.
Aroma is a pleasant union of malt, fresh berry, and an earthy fresh mushroom note of yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Taste is evenly balanced between caramel and chocolate malt flavors and fresh raspberries. The berry character is a bit understated, and doesn't overpower. There is a yeast note that evokes fresh morel mushrooms, similar to what I picked up in Troegs Mad Elf. Finish is slightly dry, with a muted raspberry aftertaste. Just enough hops bittering to balance the malt and berry sweetnesss.
This is an excellent fruit beer, ideal with desserts or as a nightcap. Thanks to babydoc for sending this one my way.

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.