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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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713 Ratings
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Ratings: 713
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-10-2014 04:24:16 | More by harpus
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh new 12 oz bottle (best before 30Jan09) poured into my St. Feuillien goblet, Frombozen is a dark reddish brown with a bubbly off-white head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is sweet raspberry, chalk and musty wood. Served just above fridge temp, the smell is moderate, with the raspberry growing as it warmed.

Taste is big on raspberry but not overly sweet, the brown ale providing a firm, spicy bitterness. The caramel malt goes well with the tartness of the berry.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, rounded, but with a dry finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I still don't think I want more then 1 at a time. While not my favorite style, the raspberry went well with the Belgian style brown ale. I wish this had been a sour brown instead, but I didn't expect that when I bought it and do not hold it against them.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 04:39:56 | More by ccrida
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4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
6.5% ABv, Serve at 50°F, Best Before 24FEB13

A - Steady carbonation rises from the glass' nucleation point through the vibrant dark ruby colored beer to keep the loose pile of light pastel pink foam afloat. As the suds slowly sink, they leave drifts of lace all over the glass.

S - Frambozen opens with a robust raspberry aroma that's reminiscent of the fruit-filled lambics of Belgium though not quite as sweet. In fact, more tartness than anything blankets the faintly roasted brown malts which provide a complimentary cocoa and chocolate quality, however dull. Exactly what I'd imagine a brown ale with raspberries added smells like.

T - Gently raspberry fruitiness nudges the base maltiness of this beer with a tartness which works very well with the mildly roasted malts which provide a touch of chocolate to the beer. Cocoa and hops linger on the finish with a dry earthiness.

M - Medium-bodied and well carbonated, this brown ale starts with a classic dryness which lingers and is aided by tart raspberries for a refreshing and soothing beer with a light, crisp bite.

O - New Belgium carefully manages to extract the core concept of a fruity framboise and applies it to a brown ale while maintaining the beer qualities keeping it level and fruity without being completely fruity. Frambozen is a nice winter seasonal that offers gentle festive cheer without being over the top fruity or strong; these could be kicked back by the 6-pack at family gatherings no problemo.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 23:14:06 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle indicates this is best before 12 Feb 2010.

Appearance: rich amber brown with one finger of tan head. Pretty nice.

Smell: toasty, nutty aroma of a good brown ale. Just the faintest hint of raspberry. Pretty good.

Taste: a lot more raspberry than in the nose, but it is pretty good nonetheless. The fruit tastes natural and complements the brown ale well; a little of the nuttiness and caramel shine through. So far this is among my favorite of New Belgium's offerings.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: this is quite a drinkable beer. When I'm in the mood for a fruit beer this is what I'm usually seeking: a good base beer with just a little natural fruit added.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 20:19:23 | More by flagmantho
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Good lacing. Head and lacing were both excellent for a fruit beer, which is usually deficient in this category.

S: A sweet, fruity smell of raspberries, malt, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of raspberries (of course), malt, and some caramel. Very vibrant and flavorful. Not nearly as tart as you might expect.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 13:11:15 | More by avalon07
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4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle(room temp) a deep gold-brown with a good sized head that showed good lacing.

The smell is all raspberry and that's just fine with me as I want as much infusion of the fruit in this ale as I can get!

The taste is a wonderful mix of raspberry and malt and works so darn well, it's hard to put the glass down. I've enjoyed this brew for many years and will continue to as long as NB wants to brew it. ;^)

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 20:50:54 | More by Bitterbill
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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red orange amber, thin head and light lacing. Aroma of raspberries, a bit sour, slight malt. Rasberries up front with some dry malt in the middle. Finish is dry, sour, a bit bitter and not very noteable. A slight metallic aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. A miss, which is too bad; a raspberry beer would be a nice change.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 03:26:48 | More by LiquidAmber
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South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
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…

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 10:49:56 | More by thagr81us
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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 08:46:33 | More by Dogbrick
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%

04-23-2013 03:04:12 | More by iL0VEbeer
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 18:25:39 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 02:57:06 | More by tavernjef
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 02:43:01 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 21:03:52 | More by RBorsato
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 08:20:05 | More by illidurit
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3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, "Best Before 17Feb13", pours red in color topped with a thin, off-white head. Sweet and tart raspberry fills the nose coupled with some brown sugar and a hint of caramel perhaps. Tastes are sweet raspberry up-front with brown malts, it's tart and a little sour on the finish with a very slight grassy/herbal hop presence, while finishing semi-dry while the raspberry lingers. Thinner mouth-feel with lower carbonation. Overall, pretty one-note and rather cloyingly sweet. I like raspberries, but this was just okay.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 02:20:09 | More by barnzy78
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 18:12:48 | More by francisweizen
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright clear ruby/plum color. Poured a rocky 2 finger reddish tinged head with fair retention. Heavy lacing, but in patches (not really lacing, but like intermittent gobs). Never seen a color quite this...very appetizing.

S: Pretty much just rasberries. There is a bit of a sweet malt foundation.

T: More raspberries (duh). Unlike in aroma, the brown ale taste in prominent too and balances very nicely with the rasberries (as it kind of sweet and musty). Nice bitterness in the finish to clean it all up.

M: Light body and thin. Ample carbonation. Clean and dry in the finish.

D: Very drinkable, but the sweetness would eventually catch up withi me. An interestingly pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 16:12:49 | More by Haybeerman
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-30-2014 00:24:26 | More by cjgator3
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

07-24-2014 18:58:03 | More by KAF
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 16:19:42 | More by ArrogantB
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-04-2014 04:13:43 | More by Lare453
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-20-2012 16:25:18 | More by enelson
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-29-2014 19:01:17 | More by atrocity
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

07-20-2012 00:34:07 | More by IPAchris
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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