Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

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3.65 | pDev: 13.7%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red; fairly see-through.

Nice white head which dissipates but doesn't disappear; strong lacing.

Lush raspberry nose; hints of malt below. Enticing.

Medium mouthfeel.

Lotsa raspberry in the taste; very subtle chocolate undertones on the back end.

I could perhaps use a bit more chocolate malt backbone, but this is a nice beer. Released in winter, I'd honestly prefer it in the hot months...

Mar 25, 2019
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wingman14 from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Pours dark red with a nice foamy white head. Smell is big, dominated by raspberry and chocolate. Lots of fruity and malty aromas in there as well. Tase is littered with strong flavors, the fruit and chocolate come through strong, but not in an overly sweet annoying way. The chocolate starts the sip followed by the fruit and a nice chocolate aftertaste. This one has a medium body with a healthy dose of carbonation. Overall a great beer, and very surprisingly sessionable since the flavors are so strong. Definitely worth checking out.

Jan 03, 2018
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that formed a thick halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic and inviting! Massive aromas of rich, complex, fruity, sweet, raspberries and dark chocolate. There is also some aromas of bready, toasted malt and brown sugar, imparting notes of sweet cake. The predominate aroma of this beer, however, is delicious, mouth-watering, bright, fruity, raspberries and earthy, rich, semi-sweet, dark chocolate.

Taste: Damn, that delicious! Strong, massive really, flavors of delicious, mouth-watering, bright, fruity, raspberries and earthy, rich, semi-sweet, dark chocolate up front, followed by some bready, toasted malt, but like the aroma, the predominate flavor of this beer, however, is delicious, mouth-watering, bright, fruity, raspberries and earthy, rich, semi-sweet, dark chocolate. I love it!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent as there is a ton of carbonation to lift the raspberry flavor over the palate and tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What an unbelievably delicious beer! Tons of delicious, mouth-watering, bright, fruity, raspberries and earthy, rich, semi-sweet, dark chocolate wrapped up in an effervescent, crisp, quaff! Special and delicious! A fantastic beer, New Belgium, a fantastic beer! Highly, highly recommended!

Jun 20, 2015
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a barely translucent mahogany with a thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head that leaves generous lacing. Strong aroma is mainly fruity, almost like a cider but with a malty and subtly spicy (mainly cloves) undertone. Fruity, powdery flavor has malty and yeasty notes plus earthy and spicy hints, the latter being cloves and cinnamon. The fruit component is mainly sour apple with an undertone of cherry. Firm texture has a rather subtle and not persistent fizz. Pucker up for this one!

Jun 04, 2015
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the rotation New Belgium draft selection at Craft Beer Market in Edmonton.
Pours a clear, reddish-brown color with a beige head. Foam settles to a thin film, streaky lace lines.
Smell is toasted malt, and the raspberry sweetness does come through. Brown ale base, nice layers of flavors.
Taste is much the same, malty, fruity sweet and tart, slightly sour finish.
Decent carbonation, crisp mouth feel, dry finish.

Apr 05, 2015
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31Sam13 from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not to sweet or tart but well balanced. I really enjoyed this the few times I had it. It isn't a go-to, but fruit beers are generally not my mainstay...

Feb 28, 2015
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SierraFlight from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into shaker pint. Courtesy of Tim that night I didn’t have the right channel for the ’Hawks game and we watched T’s skiing video w/Kristy. Medium red-brown body with tan head and a few patches of lace. Aroma is dominated by toasted malt and raspberry. Taste is slightly tart raspberry, sweet toasted malt, hints of cocoa and nut on the swallow. Medium body, soft creamy texture, moderate carbonation, dry finish with lingering tartness.

Feb 28, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 12 April 2015. Served in a snifter glass 2/1/15.

A- Medium dark purple-red body, one finger offwhite head with fair retention time, no lacing, small film and collar. Slightly copper in hue.

S- Raspberry jam, sugary fruit sweetness a bit like a Jolly Rancher. As it warms, the sugar fades into a background of mild milk chocolate sweetness and a bit of cocoa. Nice smelling beer.

F- Slightly astringent raspberry fruitiness with a good bit of earthy, almost herbal bitterness. As in the nose, I get a little bit more chocolate flavours on the back end, more of the darker variety. Slight booze on the backend. Flavour profile seems to be a bit of a mess here; although in the middle of the palate there seems to be a very brief glimpse of what they probably intended this beer to be- chocolate covered raspberries. Then it's gone.

M- Medium bodied, a bit syrupy on the feel, fairly prickly, stinging carbonation that might even be a bit much for my enjoyment of the beer. Bitter herbal earthy finish on the end, a bit of raspberry fruit. Not much chocolate on the finish.

O- Pretty decent, smells great as I would expect from fresh raspberries but the mix on the palate leaves a bit to be desired. Not a bad effort by New Belgium at all, but I think the carbonation and bitterness is a bit too much. I think the raspberry sweetness would otherwise be balanced out by the chocolate, toasted malts of the base brown ale; the earthy, herbal hop additions aren't really necessary.

Feb 02, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date April 12, 2015 printed on the label. A new one to me from New Belgium,acquired the six pack from the local beer store.

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

A - It pours a semi-clear ruby colored body with about two fingers of bubbly pinkish khaki head. Has an almost cranberry juice sort of appearance.

S - The aroma is pleasant enough - lots of sweetened mild tartness in the vain of a fruit beer, with a very distinguished chocolate malt presence in the background.

T - The taste is well enough for what it is; a nice marriage of semi-tart raspberry and roasty chocolate malts. A slight medicinal edge, but for the most part everything is pretty authentic.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, and easy drinking. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, I'd call it a slightly above average representation of the style, but definitely drinkable and enjoyable. Would have it again if the occasion did arise.

New Belgium Frambozen -----3.5/5

Jan 31, 2015
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber/reddish hue with a decent cap of pink-tinged foam
Aroma-berries and malt
Taste-Rasberry, toasted malt, medium bodied. An interesting take on a holiday brew.

Jan 18, 2015
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 4/12/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a pretty ruby color with a pinkish-white head that fades leaving nice lacing and retention. The aromas are very malty with hints of sweet raspberries. Subtle caramel and cocoa notes, but the raspberries seem to shine. The flavors are sweet, but not overboard. It's not overly tart and it's definitely not sour. The raspberry notes aren't shy. Lots of malts. This beer seems balanced. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and creamy despite feeling light at times. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This beer is what it is. They advertise a brown ale with raspberries, and this is exactly what that is. It's nothing crazy, but it's solid.

Jan 15, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity with ruby highlights. Head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is tart raspberry dominant, with s slightly sweet, toasted caramel malt and floral hops providing subtle contrast. Becomes a bit medicinal as it warms.

Flavor reveals more tartness initially, with less intense raspberry notes that surface and fade just before the toastednutty malt and light caramel sweetness kick in.

The abv in this one is only detectable by warmth in the belly.

There's a touch of a fake fruit aroma and flavor, but the flavoring is nicely balanced, and I love raspberries. Lacks the depth of flavor of a new glarus, but not a bad brew.

Jan 15, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD 4/12/15. Pours a lovely clear medium garnet. Normal head volume, below normal lacing and retention. Rich nose of raspberries over a light sweet base that seems biscuit in nature. Light body with just a hint of smoothness. Well carbonated with a lively effervescence from the onset through the finish. The flavor profile is where this ale shines. Intense raspberry with a subtle underlying biscuit sweetness that never becomes prominent enough to balance the tart raspberry. It never hits the puckering stage, but the effervescence maintains a prickly tartness on the tongue. The finish is somewhat crisp and leaves you with a tart raspberry flavor. This one avoids the sickeningly sweet fault of many raspberry ales.

Jan 08, 2015
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is very clear with a dark red and copper color and very little head. The nose is faint, but quite pleasant with notes of raspberries and fresh bread.

Light-medium body with a flat feel and a mild fruity flavor. Not much sweetness up front. A mish-mash of tart raspberries, bready malt, and grassy hops arrive at mid-palate and lead to a dry finish that doesn't linger for long. No booziness at all. Crisp, light, and refreshing, but a bit bland and uninspired.

As this beer is billed as a ``raspberry brown ale'', I expected something quite a bit darker, richer, and different. This strikes me as a standard raspberry beer that is similar to (but in no way comparable to) the raspberry beers produced by New Glarus and Founders. The bottle says this is a ``big, luscious celebration" of raspberries. While ``luscious'' is not the word I would employ to describe this beer, it was fairly enjoyable and refreshing and would make a nice summer beer. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much flavor to it (at least, not the flavors I would look for in a beer like this). I won't buy this again and if someone gives it to me, I think I'll try mixing it with something.

Jan 08, 2015
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JayQue from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad!!! I enjoyed one while eating snacks on New Year's eve. Poured into a flute glass, this beer is well carbonated and produces a medium sized fizzy off-white head. Head retention was less than average and not much lacing. The reddish/amber color and all the bubbles were nice.

Aroma is raspberries up front and a malty beer that cuts the sweetness.

Taste is similar. Fresh raspberries, not just sweet raspberry syrup. The malty beer part emerges after the initial sip. It cuts the sweetness, not as dramatically as some of the sours that feature fruit, but still provides a nice contrast to the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Enjoyable, a light beer for the cooler weather

Jan 02, 2015
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Redneckwine from Washington

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - A really delightful, bright ruby/brown color. One finger off-white head leaves a wispy cap and a touch of lacing.

Smell - Sweet and sour fruity berries backed up with malty toastiness and raw cocoa. Some floral/perfumey notes jump out too.

Taste - Up-front fruitiness definitely presents itself with signature sweet/tart, juicy raspberry, then wastes no time leaning on a lightly toasted malt body complete with nuances of earthy cocoa and coffee. Ghost notes of spicy, well integrated alcohol. Finish dries up very impressively; suggestions of berry and toasted bread remain.

Feel - Medium/light bodied feel and fairly well carbonated, but strangely feels a touch watery on the end. I sense they were trying to make this beer feel lighter than it probably should given the ABV, somehow; still, drinkability is really high.

Overall - A surprisingly tasty beer, which may seem like a gimmick at first, but make no mistake, this beer is extremely refined, well-crafted, and dangerously drinkable at its ABV. An outstanding offering that just feels right on a cold winters night.

Dec 30, 2014
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a fluted pint glass. The tenth beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a clear dark ruby red color with off-white soapy head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Tart raspberry, light chocolate and cereal notes.

T- Big raspberry notes that are slightly tart, some cereal malt notes, and light cocoa chocolate notes.

M- Medium body, watery finish, and low carbonation.

O- The raspberry flavor is pleasant and slightly tart. There is not much complexity and the body is pretty weak.

Dec 22, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Light raspberry red mixes with a light brown color and yields a relatively weak body. The nose is mostly fruity, raspberry, with an organic flowery aroma.

The flavor starts with a fruity raspberry and follows with a dry chocolate malt. There is a bit of coffee, barley malt and grain.

It's an enjoyable fruit beer with a light thin face.

Dec 20, 2014
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RyanK252 from California

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours brownish red amber with a light tan head that disappears.

S: Tart raspberry, a bit earthy, with a touch of chocolate.

T: Tart raspberry dominates, some bittersweet chocolate notes, and a little roasted malt.

M: On the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Not much left to remind you of a brown ale, raspberry really takes over, but I'm not complaining. I could drink this all day.

Dec 19, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep ruby red, with a frothy creamy pink four finger head with a thick rich appearance. Body color gives to some minor carbonation and deep red chestnut with some brown hues. Neat looking brew.

Fruity nose and a soft raspberry aroma. Slight cream and malt thickness match nicely, with just a tiny bit of toast sticking out. Mild sense of chocolate but really buried, but has a good thick, not horribly sweet, and solid fruit angle.

Real nice simple palate. Mild raspberry with small milky notes of vanilla. Cream angle doesn't get too thick, but a sweetness works it's way out nicely. Raspberry finish and milky front almost with minimal like lactose quality.

Real nice mellow fruit beer. Nothing fancy, just real simple, drinkable and flavorful.

Dec 15, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale is actually much more red, albeit dark red, almost violet. For its darkness, the complete clarity is somewhat unusual. There are big lazy bubbles sitting on the glass as the head quickly dies down, and it looks like a soda somewhat except that a haze always remains on top and manages a little lacing.
Malts and tart raspberry show in the nose, but sourness takes a little more time to develop than I'd expect and only partially manifests, though a toasty note and touch of creamy sweetness complement well.
The sourness is on display more in the flavor though not especially strong. The brown ale base is evident with a toasty malt and possible a hint of caramel, while a mildly vinous dry note comes in the middle. The raspberry is pretty effectively utilized, but I'd like a bigger contribution both of sourness and fruit.
The feel is crisp up front with a little less on the end, the semi-dry to dry medium body pretty much the same. It's well carbonated and maybe moderately smooth.

Dec 12, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Fast on the heels of the Accumulation winter beer being made available up here in the Great White North, we now have a fruity Christmas offering, if the wreath on the label is to be taken seriously.

This beer pours a clear, very bright red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and moderately bubbly pink-tinged head, which leaves some low-lying frothy sea spout lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of sharp, rather fruity raspberry puree, lightly toasted caramel malt, a hint of acrid yeast, and the slightest of earthy, weedy hops. The taste is still pretty indulgent in the realm of fruity raspberry goodness - all over top of a bready and mildly chocolaty caramel maltiness, subtle earthy yeast, a touch of oily nuttiness, and well dialed-out weedy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are generally quite frothy, but innocuous all the same, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and more or less smooth, a slightly airy creaminess arising on its very own terms. It finishes still overbearingly fruity, the raspberry character reminding me of enough lifelong summertime experiences to really just forget anything else that is particularly seasonal about this affair.

When I hear the word 'frambozen', even though I'm familiar with its Flemish origins, back in my native tongue, all my feeble brain gets is 'frozen raspberry', from a sense of place and rudimentary French knowledge. Anyways, a nicely fruity brown-ish ale, the balance evident after more than a few mere sips.

Dec 10, 2014
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish ruby red with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades away fairly quick.

Smell: A very fruity and sweet aroma with hints of raspberries and roast malt. Very fruity and juicy upfront with a big jammy scent of raspberries and other berries. Sweet hints of sugar. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit, toast, chocolate, nuts, and yeast. Hops are very light. A pretty decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and pretty sweet taste with big notes of raspberries with some roasted malt. Big upfront taste of sweet raspberry jam with some other berry fruit notes. Sweet notes of sugar. Roasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, toast, chocolate, nuts, caramel, and yeast. Very subtle earthy hops. Fruit flavor is pretty sweet but not overly syrupy. The chocolate comes in more towards the finish. A nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is fairly high.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a fruit beer. Sweet and jammy but not sickly sweet. Nice chocolate malt flavor comes through after the fruit.

Dec 05, 2014
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Enjoy By: 12APR15

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Straight up raspberry preserves. Like I stuck my nose into a jar of Smucker's jelly. And I'm not complaining.

T- Taste follows the nose only with a toasty malt quality. Very straightforward in its delivery. You want raspberry? There it is.

M- Slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Though there's certainly not a lot of complexity here, it accomplishes what it sets out to do: give a nice, fruity snap of sweetness along with the malty balance.

Nov 27, 2014
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simplejj81 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

I liked it even though it was 5 mos past its best buy date. I think it will taste of more berries if it were fresh. I learned my lesson, even if my beer cellar is organized that doesn't mean my fridge is. ugg

Nov 03, 2014
Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 876 ratings