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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Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of starrdogg
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Dyan for bringing over this rarity.

Pours a hazy pinkish-red with a thin white head. Smell is awesome: raspberries, oak, funky and some lacto sourness are all in there and blended rather nicely. Flavor is a bit of a let-down after the fantastic smell. The raspberry flavor isn't as bright as I'd hoped and it's not nearly as sour as I thought it was going to be. There's a nice amount of oak in the finish. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and mouth-coating. Overall, this is a tasty sour, but after the smell, the flavor didn't blow me away like I had hoped.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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 mothman
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to suitcase for sharing this one.

Pours a small beige head. Color is a ruby hued amber.

Aroma: A ton of raspberries, but very acidic with vinegar flavors. Oaky with some spice. Lemon citrus. Pretty fruity.

Taste: Very medicinal and acidic. A lot of raspberry and fruity flavors. Oaky with a touch of spice. Fairly one dimensional for a sour.

Mouthfeel: Tart and sour. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall: This was alright, but nothing too special. Just not to much going on here. Somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle sharred with many BA's at this years Darkness Eve Tasting. Big thanks to capra12 for bringing this bottle.

A- Thin white head dissipates quickly, no apparent carbonation in the appearance, dark red/brown color.
S- The aroma is really nice, raspberry up front, love the sour tartness coming out in the aroma Some wood/oak characteristics in the background.
T- Taste is really enjoyable, raspberry, cherry, oak comes out in the finish, sour and tart, puckering but nothing to overpowering.
M- Medium mouth feel, smooth drinking well carbonated, crisp dry finish.
O- Overall this is a solid Wild Ale, raspberry takes over this beer, easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Courtesy of Jon. Pours a cloudy amber red color with a collared head. Flat raspberry aroma, rubber, and slight diesel. Light mouthfeel. Raspberry flavors give way a slight medicinal note, also has some slight vanilla with hints of oak. Tart and comlex with a nice level of sourness. Overall, I enjoyed this beer but wanted a tad more out of it. Balanced without being overly fruity.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy raspberry pink-red body. Thin pale pink head.

S: Light raspberry notes, mild funky-brett notes. Hints of oak.

T: Like the nose, Bullfrog's Frambozen is characterized by mildness. Pleasant soft raspberry acidity, brett funk, and oak.

M: Smooth, moderate acidity. Refreshing light-to-medium body. Delicate tartness in the finish.

O: A nice raspberry sour -- if moderation is your thing, this is your beer. I tend to like a bit more assertive acidity and funk, but this still was a nice beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of StormKing47
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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 JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 stakem
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bmoyer0301 for sharing this with a few of us during his birthday tasting on 12/3/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a hazed ruby browning color that is quite cloudy. A cap of white head forms and quickly recedes to a thin layering of bubbles that collects around the perimeter of the glass. A leggy amount of lace clings to the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is quite sweet with a natural scent of raspberries and a light amount of funk that comes across with a bit of a cheese note to it. The funkiness like cheese increases in character towards the back of the nose as it warms.

The taste of this brew is funky and almost cheese-like along with a natural raspberry flavor that is very enjoyable. The tartness of this brew seems natural in an unsweetened raspberry sort of way and not all that influenced by the yeast. This brew gets tangy across the back of the taste and picks up a minor puckering quality. It lingers with a fruited taste that is significantly more noticeable through the finish than the front of the taste. Only once this brew warms up did I pick up on an oaky flavor that is a little drying on the tongue.

This is a light bodied brew with a very modest, lively level of carbonation that is fizzy in the mouth. It is tart and has a puckering quality with every sip. This brew has a pretty significant salivation factor, each sip made me want to dive back in for more. Once warm, this brew displays a bit of a vanilla flavoring and smoothness that made this very easy drinking.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From what I've heard and read, it seems to me that being in the right place at the right time (and with the right people) makes it easier to get a taste of this a couple of years after the release than it was if I had actually gone to the release. My gratitude goes out to Deuane for that.

Frambozen has a pinkish body and a small head that is a lighter shade of the same color.

The aroma still has a good bit of raspberry to it, coupled with tartness, lactic tartness and a little bit of both wood and vinegar.

After trying Frambozen, I'm really curious as to what it tasted like fresh; with three years on it is interesting, complex, and quite good. This isn't the variety of wild ale that is extremely puckering, and in fact all of the flavors are balanced pretty well. Up front I notice raspberries that come with yeasty tartness and what I would guess is a little bit of natural tartness. A woody oak flavor comes through next, followed by a suggestion of expensive red-wine vinegar. Score wise, Frambozen falls somewhere between a 4 and a 4.5.

Just a bit puckering with a nice light body and ample carbonation.

I never expected to try this beer, and to be honest I never really wanted to seek it out because it was hard as hell to get, and believe that accounted for why people liked it. After trying Frambozen, I would say that is not the case. Although it is fairly subtle as wild ales go (not insanely sour), I enjoyed the range of well-balanced flavors.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice moderate shade of pink with a white head. Some good lacing as the beer goes down. Slightly pink on the sides of the glass. Nose is intense lactic sourness with a good dose of wild raspberries and a bit of earth. The taste is mostly lactic acid and raspberries, although there is a slight acetic character in there. Nick puckering mouthfeel. Really intense and overall a very pleasurable brew.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Scott!! Pours a fairly clear dark pink with a very thin white head that dissapated quickly. Smells like fresh raspberries, but not too strong. Some oak as well. Taste is similar- real raspberry flavor with a decent amount of tartness. Not overly sour though. Thin mouthfeel with little carbonation. Very good beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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 augustgarage
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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 AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An interesting blend of contrasting pink and orange, almost as if the colors are in a fight with themselves. Not really much head, and no lacing on mine. It does look bubbly and carbonated.

S - A little bit of oak influence, smells pretty nicely tart. The raspberries are in there, but quite deep, had to do a big inhale before I started being able to pick them out.

T - Raspberry is there, but somewhat muted, just a little too subtle for my liking. Nicely tart, a bit of an old wine/vinegar taste in there, but it does not detract. It's pretty solid.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with some nice carbonation. Good for the style.

D - I think the muted raspberry tastes makes this more drinkable as the sweetness does not become overpowering. This is a very good sour, would not mind having it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for sending me this awhile back. Opened up at the Sins tasting this past weekend.

A: The pour is an interesting blend of pink, orange, and red with very little head.

S: Lots of raspberries on the nose, as you might expect. A nice tartness from the fruit along with a seedy note. There is a mild vinegar to it, but not out of control at all.

T: The raspberry favor is not quite as intense as I would have expected, but still definitely there. There is a nice fruit sweetness along with a crisp acidity. Not terribly sour, but a good balance.

M: The body is light to medium with a mild level of carbonation. Not overly drying, and the acidity causes a bit of salivation.

D: A pretty nice beer from Bullfrog, though not quite to the level of BCB, for example. I was hoping for more tartness on the palate, but still enjoyable either way.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris. Beer poured into a tulip. Beer is red to brown and is completely hazy. Forms almost no head, tiny white bubbles that leaves no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks fine.

Strong raspberry aroma with great lactic sour notes overall. There is a nice subtle acetic note to the whole thing as well.

Tons of lactic in the mouth. Some nice sweetness and the tart in the back corners highlights the raspberry notes overall. Its a good beer and its holding up well in the bottle. Its not the most sour beer I've ever had but its damn good.

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Photo of boothbeer
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of rhinos00
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Frank for this one! Split the 750 mL bottle four ways for the second part of our sour graduation tasting.

A- Pours a hazy, dull reddish-orange. Thick, creamy off-white head. Great head retention.

S- One dimensional and off-putting. The raspberry aroma started to turn for the worst...almost like canned tomatoes. I did have a pour that was more towards the bottom of the bottle, but the others weren't much of an improvement. No funk here, just straight tomatoes...erghh...I mean raspberries.

T- Little disappointing. Pretty fruit forward with slight acidity. Raspberries prevalent here. Not much funk going on here at all. There was a little vanilla detected in the finish. For the most part, one continuos raspberry note from beginning to end.

M- Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation. Leaves the palate very wet.

D- Drinkable for a sour, just not that exciting.

Overall, this reminded me of a fruit beer rather than a sour. I'd much rather have Selins Grove Framboise or NG Raspberry Tart if I am going to have this type of beer. Still, I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Jmoore50
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting one. Reviewed from notes. There is a picture of a stinky foot, which gives you an indication of how this one was.

The appearance is really hazy, with a nice pink glow to it. It possesses a white fluffy head that turns into a ring around the glass. This thing had yeasty chunks floating around, evidence of time and the reproduction of yeast cells.

It smells like raspberries that are being consumed in a locker room after gym. There are some really harsh funk smells in the rear that distract from the berry goodness. This makes me think that it might be a little old and the potential was amazing a while back.

The taste is tart, raspberry, cherry or just plain wild berry, grainy. It has some real must, but gets better once the yeast are stirred around. The last few glasses had the most flavor, with the yeast holding the real sweet fruity flavors. Dry mouthfeel that reminded me of a sparking wine.

It was an okay beer, but nothing great.

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Frambozen from Bullfrog Brewery
4.07 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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