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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Ratings: 874 |  Reviews: 396
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Photo of whynot44
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, hazy deep brownish ruby color with a slightly pinkish off-white head that doesn't stick around.

Aroma is definite raspberry with a sweet malt background.

Taste is much the same but with a little more of the brown ale malt presence to balance it out decently. Starts out sweet raspberry then the malt comes in along with a more tart raspberry taste somewhat like a Lambic. Finishes slightly dry and tart. Very interesting! A little sweet for regular drinking but a very good desert ale.

Should go very well with dark chocolate deserts.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass, very fitting! Pours a clear raspberry red copper color with a 1 and a half finger off white head that has a slight reddish hue to it. Raspberry flavor fills my nostrils on my first smell, not overly so but pretty subtle. Some light roast notes as well. The taste is similiar to the smell in that the raspberry is pretty sublte but noticeable. Nice lace left on the glass as I drink this down. As fruit beer I would like to see this more fruit forward instead of being so subtle. The alcohol isn't really present at all and I would have no idea it was 7%. Medium mouthfeel.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DESTRO
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a red tinted brown with a small head. scents of raspberries dominate with an iron fist with a light toasted malt hiding in the backdrop. big raspberry presence in the flavor, tart and puckering, not sweet, paired with a healthy biscuit like malt (see fat tire). very tangy and truly unique. crisp and smooth, nothing amazing but nothing sub-par. overall a very interesting beer, being a fan of lambics and a good brown ale this does me just wonderfully. i had no idea this was 6.5% abv until i had drank all of them, be careful, she is a deceptive one. it complimented a night of mario kart double dash perfectly.

paid $5.99 for a 6 pack.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium Globe Glass.

A. 2+ finger of raspberry hued head. Good retention. Color is dark red. Good lacing.

S. Malt, raspberries, yeast. Smells like a lambic, slight sourness.

T. Sweet/sour rapsberries. Almost tastes like a fruit wine. Biscuity malt, New Belgium's signature malt taste.

M. Medium/light bodied. Medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. Higher ABV for the style but you wouldn't know it by drinking it. Goes down very easy. Something good to look forward to during winter.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of RyanK252
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | 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.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fabulous beer, I've never had anything like it. Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head that has great head retention. The smell is of deep dark chocolate and raspberry. Smell like a nice truffle, hints of caramel and cream. The taste was fabulous, it is like drinking a chocolate covered raspberry, the chocolate upfront taste blends nicely with the raspberry sweetness. The milk/honey blends well with the chocolate. This is medium bodied and goes great with Raspberry Cheescake or chocolates, great dessert beer. The drinkability is down just because the beer is really sweet, more like a glass a night with dessert than a session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of StevenNebulous
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Poured a reddish brown, with a decent head colored somewhere between off-white and pink. Scents of raspberries (duh), a pleasing sweet and sourness. A little maltiness, but way in the background. The taste. is fruity, with a little bit of tart lemony flavor in there along with the raspberries, but not at the same level. There's also a bit of maltiness hovering in the background, just enough to make you aware its there. This is a very pleasing beer, perhaps not traditional enough to please hard core fruit beer drinkers, but quite tasty nonetheless. I had to grade it down in the drinkability area, as this is just too fruity for repeated pints. This would probably be great with a rich chocolate dessert. Now I want one. Doh!

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Photo of mulder1010
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-- Poured a raspberry brown color. Highly carbonated. Dirty pink colored head. Started at two fingers beofre receeding. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Tart raspberry. Very juicy. Just a hint of carmel and a very sweet nose.

T-- Raspberry in the front and carmel in the back. Good amount of tartness to this.

M-- Medium high carbonation. Medium feel. Lots of raspberry to this and some carmel to balance it out. Long lasting tartness from the raspberries.

D-- Excellent. One of my favorite Christmas seasonals. ABV is up from previous years but still well hidden and easy to drink 2-3 in a sitting. Perfect for a sitting next to a fire. Good to have again.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of arizcards
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a couple of bottles for the holidays at AJ's for a $1.19 each.
This is a crimson brown colored brew that poured a fine head and is leaving a good lacing. Smell is wonderful, of raspberries and wheat. Taste is very interesting. It is am interesting combination of rapberries and chocolate and it finished with a dry hop sensation, very nice for this style. It is a bit on the thin side. Overall drinkability is not great. It is best suited for desserts, perhaps paired with a cheesecake.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop-top in the typical New Belgium style. Best before Jan. 30th '09...I'm a bit late with this one

Appearance: Very attractive bright garnet beer capped with a fluffy light tan head with good retention and decent lacing

Smell: Not at all what I was expecting. There's a decent caramelly presence up front, with that typical New Belgium biscuit character, as well as just a tiny hint of chocolate...the raspberry aromas are definitely present, but remain in the background.

Taste: Biscuit and caramel malts upfront with just a hint of roasted quality; then the raspberries come through, tart, juicy, and absolutely delicious. This is a true fruit beer; it's natural tasting, tart, and in no way artificial. Perfect balance between berry sweetness and tart qualities.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: High; but it's not the type you'd have several of in a row, just due to its style...this would be perfect for the end of a meal, or with some bread/camembert/jam as an appetizer...we tried it with a brie, apple, and puff pastry app, which was quite tasty as well

Conclusion: Other than traditional Belgian lambics, this is probably the best fruit beer I've tried...good job NB

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

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3.56/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of ark57
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was quite excited o try this beer. It is dark ruby in color and has a slight fruity and spicy aroma. But the raspberry does not come out as much in the flavor as I would have liked. You can tell raspberries were used, but the rich, malty body comes across as a more earthy spiciness. Still this is a good holiday seasonal.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of _morandi_
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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