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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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 103
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 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 slaintemhor
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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 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 craytonic
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Finally gave in to the hype and picked up a bottle

Appearance: Cork is a pain to get out, had to wiggle and pry this one. Color on the pour is not bad, and some specks that might be raspberry? Head is not impressive though, no lacing. Nice bright red with some pink in it.

Smell: Raspberries, but lighter than I expected, with some light funk, must, and sweetness.

Taste: Frambozen light? The bud light of Frambozen? What was semi-present in the bouquet is non-existent on the palate. A bit musty, but not enough funk, the berries do not taste fresh and it doesn't taste like enough were added. Lacks the edge it should have. A bit simple and underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Once again, a bit light.

Drinkability: Like bud light, watery and flavorless enough that you could drink your fill, but why would you want to? Doesn't compare to Hommage, etc.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 miketd
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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 drgonzo3705
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
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 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 PEBKAC
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
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 nickd717
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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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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 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 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 Floydster
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with KingG, thanks again Joey, shared with Bill yesterday, drank from a snifter, color is a light pinkish red, 3/4 inch white bubbly head that goes away quickly, no lacing, aroma consists of ripe raspberries, bettanomyces, grassy accents, lemon, other berries, lactose, and candied sugar, flavor starts off with a light raspberry taste, sugary and tart in the middle, finish is light and does not pack the sour punch you hope for from a wild ale, it has a nice fruit flavor but lacks complexity and is not characteristic of the style in that it is mellow in taste, sweet, slightly sour, and sugary mouthfeel, light to medium bodied, high amount of carbonation, could have drank this whole bottle because it is light and goes down easy, overly smooth for a sour, no alcohol present in the flavor either, a bit hilarious to think about how much controversy this beer caused and then to see first hand that it did not really live up to its hype, it is a decent beer do not get me wrong, but I have had dozens of wild ales better than this one, worth trying but wish I did not trade so much for it now

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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 joe1510
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks go out to d0b for busting out this bottle yesterday. Frambozen pours with a tarnished copper body with a glass full of tiny floating particles that create some haziness. The off white head quickly shrunk to practically nothing but a quick swirl brings it back to life and it shows off a pinkish hue with the off white. A moderate collar is left behind after the head settles and leaves small sticky lacing.

As soon as I stick my beak in the glass I'm greeted by raspberries, both slightly green and ripe with stems. I mention stems because there's an earthy/leafy quality I can shake and that's the best I can describe. There's a light minerally character throughout with some muddled cherry and mild vinegar. The raspberries steal the nose in this one.

The flavor lays down exactly what the nose suggested. Raspberries lead the way with a soft tartness upfront that softens even more as the beer works through my mouth. A quick splash of vinegar hits on the finish but it's only slightly acetic. Underlying earthy qualities float around in the background and, again, remind me of slightly underripe raspberries with the stems intact.

The body is on the lighter side of medium with and airy carbonation which pushes it to a softer consistency. There's some tartness upfront and a drying finish that adds to the overall feel of this wild ale.

The mouthfeel and refreshing flavors make for an easy drinker, especially on a warm summer day. The raspberries tend to pop up front, and although they fade, it creates a refreshing flavor profile.

Frambozen is a solid brew from the guys over at Bullfrog. I'm glad I got the chance to try this brew and would like to try it again down the road to see if anything more develops. Thanks for sharing, Dave!

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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 hwwty4
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Akorask for this treat.

Joint review with BA Jtrockchalk. This beer pours cranberry red with rust hues along the edges. The carbonation is tight producing a massive 3 inch head and leaves absolutely no lacing. This is a really pretty beer. The aroma is raspberries up front with hay and apple cider vinegar. The flavor is muted tones of the aroma. Dulled raspberries with just a hint of vinegar. Very subtle sweetness lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel has a cakey dryness with just a slight carbonation. The head would have made you think there would be a crisper carbonation. Overall this beer is good, but a bit over-hyped in my opinion. It really feels like they were going for a Flanders Red but fell a little flat

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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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Photo of br3wmeister
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to natasharai for sharing this beer with me, I would also like to thank hophead101 for sending this beer to Natasha.

A- Large light pink head, moderate retention, moderate retention and okay lacing.

S- Large Raspberry aroma nice tartness lingering sweetness, strawberries, and light oak.

T- Large earthy sour beer, awesome sweet tart raspberries, good funky and fruitiness. Very nicely flavored beer.

M- Puckering tart to start with a nice dry finish.

This is a great frambozen, I am very glad I had the chance to try this beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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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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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Frambozen from Bullfrog Brewery
4.07 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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