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Frambozen | Bullfrog Brewery

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103 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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4.84/5  rDev +18%

Photo of treyrab
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In general, this beer reminds me of a blend between Consecration and Supplication, with nice fruit qualities and minor funk with a light, clean finish. A great beer deserves a great review.

A: Pours a hazy glowing red with slight brick colored characteristics. The head is white, but tinted rose colored and is very spritzy. The constant rapid flow of bubbles keep the head alive most of the time.

S: All in all, hands down incredible. I was expecting a blast of raspberries, but instead I got a blast of cherries with a hint of raspberry. It is a very robust smell coupled with lemon zest, lemon rinds, acedic qualities, vanilla and dry oak.

T: Again, reminds me of Consecration and Supplication blend. Not mouth puckering or incredibly funky, but just clean, sour and fruity. Nice raspberry and cherry flavors blended with lemon zest, vanilla and oak. For being 6ABV, this beer really captured the qualities of the Brett and ingredients superbly.

M,D: Pretty highly carbonated, but pretty much spot on for the style. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, I know this beer was hyped up to the clouds, but if you get the chance to try it, I think you will concur.

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Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Miketd for busting this out at a small Friday night get together.

A: Pours an interesting Ruby Red Grapefruit juice color with a small but plentiful head that remains until the last drop.

S: Beautiful raspberries paired with a great balance of funk and tart acidity aromas.

T: Mirrors the smell, raspberry, tart acidic notes, and a pleasant barn funkiness. Dry finish, but not too dry.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Great. I could do a bottle by myself without it being a chore. Probably one of the easiest drinking sours I've had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been fiercely debated in the Midwest forum. Lets remember folks, it's just beer! And this truly is one hell of a beer, at that.

I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of a case. When others were let down by availability, I did my best to share the wealth.

As I poured this into a tulip, I immediately noticed a body similar to that of Consecration in both color and haziness. A soft fizzy pink head is also released, only to die within a minute or two of pour. The body is a beautiful golden ruby red, and tons of carbonation bubbles rush up to the top.

This beer smells exceptional. The only qualm I have is that what should be raspberries is replaced with a tart cherry scent. I'm not going to complain too much as this scent is executed near perfect. Tons of vanilla oak produce a superb component. The brett comes out boldly to provide a breathtaking scent.

I did not hesitate in tasting the coveted and now controversial Frambozen. Really tart cherry/raspberry on the forefront. As my palate ventures further, it finds Brett everywhere. Not a funky/cheesy brett, more lemon and tart, very fitting for the style and incredibly mouth puckering. Sweet oaky vanilla on the finish really makes for a superb beer.

The mouthfeel is there, and the biggest reason why my score is so high in this area is because this beer is only 6 percent. I was expecting a much thinner beer. Very carbonated which really does this beer well.

I'm not the type that can slug back wilds all day, though I have a lot of respect and appreciation for the style as it is among my favorites. This beer really reminds me of Consecration, with no edge to either. If you want more vinous wine like, go with Consecration. If you want more lambic like then Frambozen is it.

NO grade inflation here. They make great beer, they deserve great ratings. I may have been a local at one point, though the hike took me 8 hours roundtrip today. I am a believer, Terry and Steve, you guys never let me down.


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Photo of younger35
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received this bottle from my main man over in the Cuse. This will officially be my first brew from Bullfrog but I have a few more in the cellar awaiting a monstrous August tasting. Thought this would be a nice 4th of July treat while watching golf. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a very hazy pinkish red with a fairly nice one finger bright white head that bubbles away very quickly. A spotty cap of bubbles remain and a super thin collar that leaves zero lacing.
Smell- Not necessarily the strongest nose in the world but it's has all the intangibles that makes me know this beer is going to be tasty. It's slightly tart with a big raspberry profile. Some malt vinegar and green apples add a bit more of that sharp acidic bite that I love. Lightly dirty and earthy with a bit of wet dog and mushroom but its very subtle and really only peaks in once the beer warms. Not a lot of wood in the nose but there is enough cream or vanilla to let you know it's definitely been barrel aged.
Taste- Whew, fiercely acidic and soured the raspberries are very potent. A crisp green apple and pear like profile adds to the blast of fruity sourness as well. More Lactic goodness than Brett for sure, just how I like it. Slightly vinegary as the acidity really seems to be more pumped up than usual because the raspberries are so potent. A bit of cheese funk or toe jam but it's really only on the finish and linger as the fruit drowns it out. The wood is also noticeable on the finish as it's slightly tannic and full of vanillin.
Mouthfeel- Light and zesty with a strong bite from the carbonation. Acidic and fruity on the tongue as it's lightly sour and quenching.
Drinkability- One of the best fruit American Lambics I've had (I think). It tastes A LOT like Uplands, just with way less barrel. The fruit is a bit more amped up and the sour is less quenching and intrusive. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. I know the bottle limit is low on this but seek it out either this year or the next. Thanks Adam - although slow and often dangerous behind the wheel, you can still serve a purpose!

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4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to natasharai for sharing this bottle.

Pours a cloudy rapberry color with a thin beige head.

Nose has lots of fresh mountain berries. Very nice blend of ripe and tart fruit along with hay, manure, horse blanket, oak and white wine.

Taste also has a deep rapberry presence as well as sour yeast, wooden wine barrels, and farmyad funk.

Clean, refreshing body is well carbonated. Nice dry, acidic finish. Tasty stuff.

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4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of natasharai
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Greg (Hophead101) for sending me this hard to get and delicious beer!!! :-)

Appearance: Poured with a small off white skily head that dissipated to a thin layer, which lasted through the majority of the beer. The head left almost no lacing on my glass. The beer is a rusty orange/red with a bit of haze to it.

Smell: Juicy raspberry is prevalent, creamy berry smoothie, light tartness, sweet tangy fruit.

Taste: Tangy berries, sweet juicy/ripe raspberries, sour bit, a little bit of a grassy flavor, and some woody oak flavors.

Moutfeel: Tangy bite, medium body, good amount of carbonation, and a smooth creamy feel.

Overall: Really good drinkability, nice juicy sweet ripe raspberry character, creamy texture and flavors. The ripe sweetness helps balance out the sour tangy flavors.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate.

Bottle from the brewery. Pours a light peachy pink. Really sharp aroma of lactic raspberries. As it warmed a bit, the aroma truly revealed itself as a beautiful raspberry cotton candy surrounded by tons of wild brett. Really awesome. Pretty full in the mouth. I keep contrasting this to 3 Fonteinen Hommage and Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, and I realize that I just like this more. It has the dry, sour bite of some of the more well-regarded raspberry lambics, but to me it is so much more rich in the mouth, and the soft sweetness of the raspberries is just outstanding. The acidity is clean and underbearing. This is not a lambic in that it's not spontaneously fermented, but it's a wild, fruity sour ale, and a really impressive one at that. So awesome, and I'm glad I was able to score some of this.

After a decent hiatus away from this, I had a nice pour from a bottle of this at a recent raspberry/framboise tasting. Really it has not denigrated at all, has a wonderful soft dry and sour profile with some vanilla, bright seedy raspberries, and a great full wild yeast that is signature Bullfrog to me. All things considered this might be their best beer. It trumped Hommage (one of my favorite beers at about 1-2 years) and Framboise for a Cure, Lou Pepe Framboise 2007, and many others. Largely this was due to its lack of acidity, a trait which many aged and fresh framboise really suffer from I find. A beauty!

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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to Dion, thanks man!

The look is nice with a deep dark reddish brown color, very hazy and thick looking. No head or lacing to speak of.

The smell is really nice like a great raspeberry tart dessert with some nice caramel overtones too. A true confectionary nature to this smell with just a slight tartness.

The taste has a very bright acidic raspberry that is great. Has some pie crust taste and a nice funky aftertaste with farmhouse malts as well. I enjoy this quite a bit.

The feel is great and the flavor lingers nicely, it has almost a thicker feel for a wild ale and less carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit!

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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle from 2009 poured into a Russian River stemmed glass. Cork did not want to come out and actually broke in my hand trying to work it free. After an impromptu opening by corkscrew, it broke free and yielded a nice pop of carbonation...and all of the liquid stayed in the bottle - no gushers. Definitely a good start.

A - Pours a dirty almost cranberry juice reddish hue with more than a bit of brown in the palate as well. Clarity is very good and plenty of carbonation streams up from the bottom of the glass. A thin finger of off-white foam that is somewhat fizzy lingers for a short minute or so and falls to leave a thick foamy collar, bubble islands on the surface and traces of foamy lacing on the glass.

S - From several feet away, I could already smell this beer. Quite sour and tart on the nose, plenty of lactic acid and a healthy dose of acetic as well - should be nice and sour judging by the aroma. Lots of raspberry character as well, fruity, jelly/jam-like, tart, a bit of fermented fruit aroma. Funky brett aromas too, mildly barnyardy, earthy and yeasty, a bit grassy, lower woody and vanilla-y oak mixed in for good measure. Seems to become fresher and more fruity/raspberry-y as it warms up. Barnyard picks up a bit as temperature increases in the glass too.

T - Tart up front for sure, but nowhere near the intensity I expected coming from the aroma. Super fruity too - raspberry takes the lead in the flavor profile and is dominant but not overpowering. Surprisingly fresh raspberry flavor - not quite fresh picked, but still bright and juicy. Woody and earthy yeast and barrel contributions. Light cheesy/aged hop bitterness and low level funk that is noticeable but well below the level found in the aroma. A bit oxidized but surprisingly not nearly as much as I expected after 5 years in the bottle.

M - Just on the light side of medium bodied with a medium carbonation...not as high as many wilds, but plenty of fizzy life and feel on the tongue - works quite well. Dry, tart and mildly funky - leaves behind a dry earthy brett character after the swallow that is offset a bit by lingering raspberry goodness. Not quite puckering from tart/sourness, but has a firm intensity that suits my tastes nicely and brings out the raspberry character really nicely.

O - Balanced and well nuanced wild ale. One of the best raspberry wilds I have ever had and certainly the best I have had in a long time. Wasn't sure what to expect from a bottle this old and not sure why I waited so long to open it. As it turns out, it was well worth the wait. If age hurt this at all, I can only imagine the greatness it once was. Really nice raspberry character throughout and lots of subtleties to complement and back things up.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Chris! Review from notes.

This beer has a reddish brown appearance and is quite hazy. There is just a small head with little lace to follow. Very nice tartness and raspberry notes in both the taste and the aroma. This is a really solid beer, and certainly one of the best raspberry sours brewed in the U.S. The feel is puckering and acetic, though not intensely sour. I found this to be very drinkable and enjoyable. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this from the bottle at dld. This was had during an epic sour tasting and it more than held its own. The raspberries and oak come throw for a very nice combination. A lot of times one thing or another dominates, this is a perfect combination. Sweet to start, some nice acidity then a smooth oak finish. This is really good.

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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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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to Nate for sharing this storied brew at CdC.

A: Cloudy red-amber body with a persistent cap of off-white head. Nice.

S: Raspberry essence, including both the flesh and stem. Vanilla, fruity tartness, and general sour goodness.

T: Sour raspberries up front, with dry oak, more fruit, and some vanilla afterward. This is really all about the raspberries, which is impressive given its age. Great.

M: Soft, still medium body. Ok.

O: This was my first experience with an (in)famous Bullfrog sour, and it was terrific. I wouldn't trade my whole cellar for another one, but it was a real treat to try.


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Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a rather clear dark amber color with a creamy tight off white head.

S-the nose has ton of juicy fleshy raspberry, the brett actually sits up front and is somewhat cheesy with some light oak notes underneath. The raspberries are so juicy and fleshy with a light sourness to it.

T-lightly spiced brett up front with light flavors of oak sitting quietly below. hints of acidity in the middle with a moderately sour raspberry flavor in the back. pleasant yeast strands pop up in the middle right behind the oak.

M-light bodied and lively on the palate, slightly prickly on the back of the throat with a fairly dry finish.

D-this is a nicely balanced sour with a light integration of brett and subtle oak flavors. the raspberries are subtle and sour with a great ripe taste to it.

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Frambozen from Bullfrog Brewery
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