Frambozen | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CoolJosh on 06-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 64
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of starrdogg
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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%
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 FreshmanPour77
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jsilva
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Doodler
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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 JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
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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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -2.4%
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 -1.2%
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 +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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Photo of StormKing47
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Frambozen from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 103 ratings
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