Frambozen | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CoolJosh on 06-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by slaintemhor:
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3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got to try a bottle of this in September of 2009 thanks to a friend who got it in a beer trade. The colour was a cloudy strawberry red with a very thick head. The aroma was quite yeasty, funky and tart but with no detectable berry scent. On the palate there was quick shot of raspberry, a tart mouth feel, some phenolic/adhesive bandage like tastes and along berry/bandage finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, eyebrews brings the pain at a recent tasting!

A Hazy ruby red pour with a light red head protruding. Looks like what a beer called frambozen should!

Lots of tart raspberries in the nose, with accompanying sour notes, but nowhere near as flooring as I thought. That's a definite plus for me as I tend to stay away from sours as much as possible.

There's those tart raspberries again! Some vanilla and cream to boot. I'm also getting hints of cherries here as well. It's a touch sour, but nothing I can't handle. I'm very pleased with this one, (after being completely let down by Magic Beans earlier) as Bullfrog has finally provided a terrific brew.

If anything, this is a bit over-carbonated. Still, a minor quibble in what is easily my favorite Bullfrog selection to date.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of augustgarage
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immense thanks to treyrab for this one! Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. The cork was among the most difficult to extract I've yet to encounter.

Beautifully clear carnelian body topped by a furiously active pale white head with just a touch of cherry blossom shading - that despite its inital merengue-like density and heft, recedes to a thin soapy smattering with great aplomb. Not much lacing, though the legs are viscous and thick. The last pour is opaque, and the fruit flavors are denser and come more to the front...

Incredible aromatics - positively bursting with sour earthy raspberry, in no way artificial, frozen, or commercial, just wild and pure fruit. This acidity is conjoined with a vinuous element from the oak, with a hint of sea-brine-funk from the yeast on the back-end. Delightful.

Bracing sourness on the palate - a puckering unripe acidity that overwhelms the specic fruit utilized. Hints of umeboshi, champagne vinegar, and raspberry jam come forward next, along with some lambic-like funk and low-level oaky tannins in the finish.

Light-bodied, not too much carbonation (though this along with the acidity might reduce the drinkability), perhaps a touch watery at times.

The raspberry no more takes center-stage than does the oak or yeast, making this a very well blended wild ale - one of the best I've tried, and one that clearly distinguishes the American Wild Ale from its Belgian predecessors.

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One beer I thought I would never try, but thanks to Beerloco it happened.

A: Mild carbonation, pinkish/redish body, and lots of sediment. The head was much like champagne and did not linger or leave any lacing

S: Tart raspberries mostly. A touch of wood, but not overly aromatic

T: More tart than it is sour. Like fruitiness that has some sweetness to it as well. Very similar to Juliet. Some oak notes that provide of touch of earthiness

M: More carbonation is present in the mouthfeel that in the appearance. Quite dry too. The body is fairly light as well

D: Very much a raspberry champagne in my opinon. Tasty yes and would go great with brunch. Half the bottle was enough but I would try it again if I had the opportunity

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Photo of miketd
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ygtbsm94 for this.

I didn't have big hopes for this beer - I've already been disappointed with Blue Cheer, Cherry bomb, Beekeeper, etc. The previous beers were not horrible, they just didn't live up to the top sours produced here. This one pours dark red with a nice white head. Aroma is great! Raspberry and some cheesy goodness. Flavor is nice, light fruit with the perfect carbonation. Great mouthfeel and a great beer. This one is up there with the best American wild ales.

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Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This super-rare bottle was shared by bring - thanks, Barry! Re-rating from notes after prior deletion of review.

A - Deep slightly hazy red color with a small white head.

S - Tart with fresh raspberry and oak. Very nice, but not too much to it really.

T - Flavor is fresh sour raspberries, oak, vanilla, and some funk. The Bullfrog mafia hyped this beer up like crazy, and it was in fact pretty solid - but not THAT good

M - Body is medium with a sharp acidic bite and fairly high carbonation.

D - Better than average. This is a good sour but not a game-changer.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to d0b for breaking this out. Review from notes.

Rusty orange red body, with light pinkish foam that had good retention. Clean seedy raspberry aroma with minimal levels of funk. A firm tartness in the first sips, and a clean distinctive raspberry flavor. A bigger sip had a tangy, lasting aftertaste. Very dry with a pleasant light effervescence and very light body. The tartness was clean and moderate, approachable for a sour novice. Definitely got the salivary glands working. It reminded me a tiny bit of De Wilde Zuidentrein from Flossmoor Station. Personally I would have gone for more unbridled wildness/funky yeast, but it was well rounded and tart, which made for an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ditmier brought this rarity over for New Years Eve... Thanks a ton buddy!! You and Molly are good people... Molly more so. :-)

Initial pour was crystal clear orange with a lite pinkish head.. good lace... later pours showed pretty heavy yeast... cloudy with a bit of pink too.

Nose is every bit as good as I was expecting... funky ripe raspberries... fruity and a bit vinous.

Flavor is amazing... just outstanding that after all this time, only minor acetic qualities are showing... still plenty of bright fruit with some great bretty funk... some tannic qualities really dry this out... wood or raspberry seeds? who cares?

Body is light/medium.. with a solid medium carbonation.. wonderful beer and one that I never would have had the chance to try without my good buddy Ditmier... Thanks Homey.


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Photo of PEBKAC
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A pallet-load of thanks & positive karma goes out to Avalon68, DrinknDrive, & even Mr. Doug McMinn himself for making the 3 hour drive there & back a little less hostile. It was my fault we left later then we wanted. Me & my lack of direction.

Shared twice over with the some of the local guys & gals, some that were just a little too pregnant or overburdened to take the trip down with us.

Tight cork. Each experience, slightly different. Tulip, snifter, slurping dregs directly from the bottle.

Faded strawberry & cider vinegar color. First time settled, second stirred up a bit on the express train over. Thin, rusty, filmy head, but lots of agitation below.

Smells of sour raspberries, dusty wheat, green apple, lemon, & just a little more sweat & musk then that.

I didn't dig the intense carbonation. It made me work that much harder. Tart & semisweet. Raspberry jam & apple cider vinegar. Pitty fruit bitterness & a little tangy radish bite. Drying wood. Yeasty. Sadly, I didn't get any vanilla. I like vanilla.

Thin body, harsh bubbles, very acidic. Biting. Not anywhere close enough to something like a Raspberry Tart, lambic, or any wild ale that I've had. Maybe something like a 70/30 mix of Liefman's Frambozen & champagne. Refreshing, but not what I thought I was paying $20 for.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml autographed bottle kindly shared by alfrantzell. Thanks, Arne.

Raspberry red pour, clear with a slight haze and a small white cap. Macerated raspberry aroma, both sweet and tart. Lightly woody and vinous. There isn't a lot else to the aroma, no distinct funkiness, but the fruit is nicely expressed. The taste is largely fruity, more tart than outright sour, with a hint of sweetness appearing mid-palate. The finish is faintly tannic and dry and there's a trace of acetic acid. Very light and spritzy. Pleasant stuff, nothing outrageous, but taken as a simple fruit beer it's quite good.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, have to thank treyrab and cooljosh for making this trip out to Bullfrog to make this tasting possible.

A: Hazy washed-out ruby color with lots of sediment churning through the beer as the carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass disturbing it as it tries to settle.

S: Tart raspberries with the classic pungent funk of sour, wild yeast. The tartness begins small and builds to overwhelm my nostrils.

T: Tart raspberries and wild yeasty sourness spikes rapidly and takes me completely by surprise. The taste starts with raspberries, and all of a sudden, my whole pallet is tingling with sourness. The vanilla from the barrel aging process comes through nicely in the finish, complementing the raspberry character almost like a creamsaver. The wild yeast also pushes its way in towards the end of each sip, covered slightly by cherry and raspberry.

M/D: Slightly overcarbonated, maybe, even for a wild ale. Tingly and tart early on, somehow, the finish is smooth and silky. The barrel aging adds a lot to this beer. This beer is really delicious...somehow managing to be both sweet and sour in the same instant, but not conflictingly so. Make the trip out to Bullfrog to get some if you can, because this is definitely a good one!

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Photo of StormKing47
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bmoyer0301 with him and stakem. Finally...

A- Has a nice amber/brown color with a semi-golden hue. A decent amount of carb leading up to a thin white head. Would have expected more a deeper mahogany, but still looks good.

S- A bouquet of raspberries greets me and I am enticed for more. I love this smell and continue to inhale. As it warms it presents an earthy must and sharp acidic character that is pleasant, but also accompanied by a sharp and rich cheese aroma. A little more investigation and the more lactic sourness is unveiled and a fresh fruit juice aroma in the finish.

T- A great balance of lactic sourness and tartness from the fruits. There is a little tease of raspberries, but a lot more tartness, sharp acidity and a sweet vanilla undertone. A little underwhelmed wanted more sour raspberry, but it just wasn't there.

M- Has a lively amount of carb and a medium-thin body. A slight puckering, but more tart. Very refreshing and a manageable light acidity. Very well done.

D- Has a fair drinkability. The light acidity, sharp tartness and overall feel of this one is enjoyable. I would have liked to have more of the tart and sour raspberries, but they were hidden and tough to find. Glad I got to try it.

Bullfrog is a great brewery that makes great beer, but they make better ones.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this one. This is the one that caused the stir at the brewery when there was not enough for the crowd...
Appears a hazy, pink toned orange with a small white cap that quickly fizzles out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of raspberries, vanilla, strawberries, warmed sugar, and freshly baked pie crust.
Taste is of the aromas with a standout of rhubarb pie with cream topping, and apple.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, semi-dry, with vanilla tannins lingering.

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Photo of -NESTO-
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of boothbeer
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Graduation Sour Tasting- split 4 ways

A: Pours light red, almost pink in color. Nice 2 fingers width of off white head that has good retention.

S: Lots of oak and raspberry, but nothing really stands out. Kind of had a weird raspberry smell. Lacking in the aroma department.

T: Very fruity with a good amount of acidity. Flavor is almost straight raspberry. Pick up some oak as well. Actually really enjoyed the flavor.

M: Medium carbonation. Not too much body.

D: I could drink this all day. This would be a great beer to offer to a first time sour drinker. Just enough acidity to let you know it is a sour.

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