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Frambozen | Bullfrog Brewery

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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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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 103
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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 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 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 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 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 MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave for sharing this brew. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - Looks like a framboise. A couple fingers of white foam that dissipates pretty quickly with a touch of lace. Orange-red color with a ton of suspended sediments and a few bubbles.

S - Unripened raspberry, light funk, graham cracker. Not eye-popping like the Cantillon Lou Pepe, but still pretty nice.

T - Taste is more sour than I expected, only a touch of funk, with a nice light fresh raspberry taste at the back end. There is some light woodiness in the aftertaste, but it's surprisingly clean.

M - Higher carbonation, with a super dry finish, medium body. Style-appropriate texture.

D - This was a pretty easy drinking brew. It's not super funky and crazy - just like an alcoholic raspberry cider. Solid brew - probably not as awesome as the initial hype, but better than the backlash.

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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 BARFLYB
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle split with a friend. Poured into a Duvel glass. My 1st and hopefully not last wild beer from BF.

A- Frambozen has a nice fruit punch red color that has some clarity to it, Im able to see through it, almost. On top lays a thin white skim that does not fully coat the surface, a few swirls takes care of that. Minimum lacing.

S- On first whiffs, this reminded me of blushing monk with some wildness to it. A light funk in the beginning progressed with time while a nice blast of raspberry and cherries is up front. Getting very light vanilla and oak. Light brett and barnyard.

T- Frambozen did not blow me away but I liked it more as time passed. A light mix of raspberry and tart cherry, pretty much a malange of dark berries. After that some funk/tart with a old sweat sock. This is followed by vanilla and oak/wood. Kind of reminded me of a funkier version of Weyerbacher Riserva.

M- A small step above light bodied with a nice light carb felt throughout the bottom of the mouth. At first the fruits take the stage which is followed by the tart/wild part of this beer. Crisp, light and refreshing.

D- Really could not drink this quick, I was savoring it. Small sips are the best for this. The ABV is low but the acidity gets in the way somewhat hindering the possibility for big gulps. Im glad I shared the bottle as a whole one of these would be a bit much, even for me, a guy who adores his sours.

Good Job Bullfrog.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled June 2009
The cork looks a bit amateurish in its insertion as it is put in way to far and requires a cork screw to take out. This is a bit of a gusher, but nothing that a quick pour doesn't mitigate. A solid pour starts out with a three-finger thick, lightly pink tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a hazy, dark pink tinged, red-amber color that shows a murky, bright red color when held up to the light. The aroma has an acidic, raspberry infused note to it that is noticeable as I pour this beer. A more focused look at the nose yields a raspberry seed and flesh note, that is more tart than anything, but does have a hint of fruity sweetness towards the back. The raspberry and acid is by far the most dominant note in the aroma, but the finish does see a touch of musty, earthy, lightly musky, phenolic Brettanomyces signature that becomes more noticeable now that I have recognized it. As you take a focused, multiple succession of draughts of the aroma the raspberry is noticed first, but the Brett becomes much more noticeable as it tries to banish the raspberry; it can never do this as the hit of tart, fleshy, tannic raspberry is the first thing you notice each time I come back to it.

The beer is tart up front, with perhaps just a wisp of a hint of sweetness. As it flows across the tongue the beer foams up a bit excessively, but it comes under control after venting for a bit. The finish has some spicy oak character, a touch of funky phenolics and some woody tannic astringency to it that provides a bit of sharpness as a contrast to the upfront tartness. The acidity seems to be mostly lactic in character, though the raspberry definitely contributes to some of the tartness. A touch of plastic, phenolic character spices the middle as does a peppery carbonic bite. The raspberry character is much muted compared to the expressive nose, this is definitely something I appreciate as this particular fruit can be a bit much for me; there is a nice fresh fruitiness as well as a raspberry flesh note, both of which give this beer a nice spicing, even a deep infusion, of that distinct raspberry signature note. Once the excessive carbonation has been driven off the body picks up some structure from the tannins, but still remains light and drinkable. The balance between the tart and sweet becomes a bit more equal as the beer warms up, though the tartness is still the more noticeable of the two.

I definitely like that the raspberry character is not overwhelming in this beer, I was a bit worried about that and excessive sweetness before I cracked this beer; thankfully this is quite dry and the raspberry character isn't totally overwhelming. I could wish that a little more of the base beer was noticeable under the raspberry character, but the oak is at a nice level, enough to add a complexity and depth, but without being overly noticeable. The combination of the oak and sharp fermentation character does make the finish just a touch hot, but again, nothing overly noticeable. In the end this is pretty nice, I could certainly wish for more complexity and a sharper acidty, but this is still is quite drinkable and even tasty & it does have a great balance between the notes that are found here.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Grant for sharing this at the wonderful tasting at his house awhile ago. Pours a very hazy reddish orange with a wispy head. Smells slightly woody followed by ripe fruit, but relatively lean. Tastes of really ripe, almost rotten fruit with some sour and more pleasant fruity notes underneath. Unfortunately, this whole fruity melange then edges into bandaid flavors wwhich turns me off. The mouthfeeel is tart, but alittle soft as well. It lacks the edge it should have. This beer has a great aroma, and a few promising notes, but overall disappoints. This is the brewery that the current fadsters are seeking out? I don't see it. If it were easier to get I'd reserve judgement until I'd have tried a few more. Since its such a pain to trade for any, I think I'll pass on any more.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter, the beer is pinkish red with a small fizzy white head. The crown quickly disappears, leaving a creamy ring of foam loitering near the edge of the glass.

The aroma is quite nice, defined by fresh and ripe raspberries. It's sugary and sweet, but doesn't smell like syrup or artificial puree. Oak is evident, as well as vanilla and earthy notes.

The taste is of sweet, fresh raspberries with some acidity. Other flavors are of oak, tannins, and a little vanilla. Tartness is at a very low level, and some lactic character is evident. It seems like more of a fruit beer than a Wild Ale or sour. I'm really enjoying the flavor, until it suddenly disappears. "No...it can't be," I tell myself while taking another sip. Sure enough, the finish leaves me plummeting into the abyss. In the end my palate is left wanting something, some sort of resolution or closure.

The beer is light bodied with a nice medium-high level of carbonation. Overall this beer was enjoyable, and though I found the finish to be far too abrupt its strengths evened things out in the end. Though the raspberries will undoubtedly fade with time, some age might do well for the flavor and finish of this beer. I'm interested to find out.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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 DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been fortunate enough to have this a few times, the most recently was at the Captain Lawrence release, courtesy of masterchiefMD. Thanks, Chris!

The pour is hazy raspberry red with a thin white head that falls off fairly quick. The nose is fairly simple but still very enjoyable, with a blend of fruity raspberries and a moderate sourness. The raspberry character has both, fruity sweetness and tartness. The palate opens with a surprising tartness (this character has really developed in the last 6 months), causing the salivary glands to awaken and be perceptive of the big fruit character, very ripe and vibrant. There is no real funk so as to speak, no mustiness, and the sourness is rather clean with a slight acetic character. Drying on the finish with a clean sourness, this beer is light in body, carbonated quite high. I actually like it, it feels quite spritzy, enhancing the drinkability. Solid stuff, this seems to be getting better with age.

Just don't expect a world class sour when you go into this one, and you will probably enjoy it a lot more.

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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 maximum12
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerisheaven, especially for going out of his way to get this for me after being frustrated & shut out at the release. I lift my Selin's Grove Brewing glass (hey, you sent me that too!) in the general direction of the southeastern U.S.

Pours a strange, rather translucent red, assumedly from the berries interacting with the wild critters & the base beer. After wrestling the bloody tight cork out, the smell hits you like a tiny sumo wrestler in bright spandex: whole wild fruits. One of the best smelling brews I've ever experienced.

The taste of Frambozen doesn't quite measure up to the smell, but how could it? Not to say it's bad, far from it! The tartness is spot-on, funky without getting all James-Brown-goes-to-jail, & the raspberries meld in with it to produce a taste that would please a sour-head; or, probably, somebody who doesn't like beer but came across this open bottle left on a bus in Atlanta. The barrel advertised on the bottle is missing except, perhaps, in a back-end smoothing that again kicks down the funk factory a notch.

Very approachable wild ale. The only knock I have here is that it drinks a bit thin initially, although less so once is begins to warm a bit. Drinkable? Never met a wild I want to go three or four rounds with, but for the style, this one is better than average.

Excellent wild. This is only my second Bullfrog, but I might just join their mafia if things like this keep appearing on my doorstep.

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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 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 illidurit
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy iceicebaby. Pours strawberry pink with a thin, fading white head. Aroma is pretty vivid with raspberry. Tart berry drupelets and even a seedy note to complete the picture. Flavor is medium-tart and acidic with a fresh raspberry note along with some sweeter grains and a touch of bretty chlorine funk. Pretty nice, needs more sour.

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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 tpd975
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice strange sort of amber with tones of pink showing through. The head is on the small side and shows no real retention.

S: Aroma is made up of very sour berries and oak. Rather simple to be honest.

T: Really liked the Magic Beans we had at the tasting this was just okay. Mostly tart raspberry. Nice acidity, with a good dose of oak. Once again simple.

M: Medium in body, okay carbonation.

D: Okay. If this was not a sour tasting where it was put up against other great sours this one may have faired better. It was just a bit underwhelming when compared to others we sampled.

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Photo of hopdog
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium reddish/amberish color with almost no head. Aromas of some funkiness, berries, fruity, and some woodiness. Tastes of berries, the same fruitiness, lightly funky, and vanilla.

Notes from and tasted on: 8/14/09

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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into goblet. Many thanks to FooFaa for sharing!

A - Poured a cloudy orange-ish/rosey pink body with about half a finger of fluffy off-white head that quickly reduced to a thin ring and left virtually no lacing.

S - Aroma offers a nice balance of tart and sour notes, raspberry sweetness and a healty dose of Brett, which gives off a slight band-aid quality.

T - Flavor is primarily tart and sour but with a subtle underlying fruity raspberry sweetness and a fairly assertive Brett character. Plenty of oaky tannins and woody notes offer a bit of dryness and astringency.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and vigorous carbonation resulting in a prickly mouthfeel. Finish is fairly dry and quite tart on the palate.

D - The sour character is much more pronounced than I had anticipated, but it never goes over the top. There was a lot of hype (and controversy) surrounding this beer, so I was glad to have had the opportunity to try this. Not my favorite in the Bullfrog pantheon, but a fine wild ale nonetheless.

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Frambozen from Bullfrog Brewery
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