Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 11-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
869
Reviews:
395
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.62%
 
 
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43
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Photo of portia99
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Received as an extra in the Math Trade 3 BIF from fear025.

A - Pours a very clear brown color with deep red highlights. A thin cap of off-white foam sits on top briefly before falling to a thick, uneven collar and some sparse lacing on the glass.

S - A bit sweet with some brown sugar, caramel, some roast, a bit of milk chocolate and a bunch of raspberries. Quite fruity overall.

T - Roasty, grainy, a bit metallic. Raspberry is somewhat candy like. Some sugar sweetness and light astringency on the finish. Seems a bit like raspberry Jolly Rancher candy dissolved in a brown ale.

M - On the light side of medium bodied. Carbonation is mid-level as well. Underlying hop bitterness surrounded by candied fruit. Has almost a fruit punch feel to it.

D - Not exactly what I was hoping for or expecting, but not bad. The fruit doesn't seem that well integrated into the overall flavors and seems a bit artificial. Not bad, but could have been so much more.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best before 26 Feb 2012. This pours a nice amber color with a large tan head with a nice lacing. The smells are of a little fruit, some nuts, brown sugar. The feel is medium to light. The taste is more tart than I expected, but also light, a little fruit, brown ale, okay.

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Photo of beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, dark rosy amber color with less than one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Generally mild, featuring raspberry fruit that is fairly honest and not at all cloying. There is not much depth or variety present, which means that the smell is one-note, focused on raspberry fruit, but it does not stray toward smelling like bottled iced tea.

T: Begins dry, with faint toasted malt and earthy hop flavors. Acidic fruit develops during the middle, juicy despite the dryness. The finish is not bitter but rather clean, with enduring fruit that turns off-dry and develops a woody raspberry authenticity alongside resurgent earthiness that is delicate.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and slightly astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This fruit beer is easy to drink while retaining some authenticity thanks to a lack of obvious saccharine qualities. The brewer plays it safe to cultivate mass appeal, so the sensory profile tends to become repetitive--though never challenging. It is probably best served unaccompanied, or with lighter fare; it could be perfect with a soft goat's milk cheese to bring the unctuous funk that it lacks.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hear "frambozen" so I expect Belgian character. But when the expectations fail, what's left? Without the character of Belgian yeast, New Belgium lets the malt and fruit stand all on their own, with the yeast-neutral character of American brewing at heart. Does the beer have enough to give on that alone?

Without the highly spritzy visual texture of Belgian Framboise, the deep crimson beer delivers a more creamy appearance than champagne, which is my first clue that things are different here. As the brilliantly clear, dark beer settles; an even coat of foam skirts the glass evenly and laces wonderfully uneven- organic as ever even if foregoing the Belgian underpinnings.

One whiff off the glass and I'm udderly perplexed: There's the malt, there's the fruit, but where's the vinous, tawny, earthen, sour notes that pull them all together? They are all missing. Yet, after becoming accustomed to the scent, I begin to understand the clear-cut dialogue of toast and raspberry which play out simply, elegantly, and confidently.

With one taste, the raspberries rise and seem to be supported by toasty malts. On the next, the flavors of toast, chocolate, and nuts take hold and offer a glimmer of fruit complexities from left field. It's this dichotomy of malt and fruit that create such a melange that its balance is undeniable and forcefully appreciated. There's simply no other way to put it- the beer is all toast and raspberry and it makes no apologies for it. Beautiful in design, and shyly rewarding.

It's light to medium body is first bolstered by semi-dry malt textures, but then is cut by the acidity of raspberry tartness. As the malty textures prove to be fleeting, the alcohols rise to match the intensity of tartness to provide a mostly-clean, mostly-dry finish of fruit and light lingering malt sweetness.

As standard American-brewed fruit beers are concerned, Frambozen is head and shoulders better than most. But the problem is that there's so much in common with this beer and Belgian Framboise that the comparisons leave me wanting more of that Belgian character in this beer. Fair? Unfair? -to each their own, I guess.

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Photo of beersgud
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adrock7309
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a fresh bottle into a stemless chardonnay glass. Left me about an inch of pinky creamy head. Not much in the way of lacing here.

Nose is full of fresh candied raspberries. There is a bit of yeasty spice hiding out in the aroma as well and a bit wet paper smell.

The big smells up front are followed by a somewhat flat flavor. There is definitely some raspberry coming through but no tart backbone. It really is a bland flavored beer. I wish the malt/raspberry/hops or yeast would make a dominate play but overall blends together in a dissapointing way.

Its fully drinkable but not up to par with some of the other raspberry beers out there as in the Tart from NG.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was a mix of dark amber and deep crimson. A very intriguing color to say the least. To top it all off, the head was lightly pink and rose up to about a finger before it quickly settled back down into the beer. There were some nice sheets of lace left on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma of raspberries was very strong, though it wasn't a clean, crisp aroma. It seemed muddled and dirty. It intermingled with an overwhelming aroma of tootsie roll. Overall, a rich and heavy aroma. I did notice a sour component (not related to the berries) develop towards the end of the beer, but it was subdued.

Mouthfeel: On the light end of the medium-bodied spectrum and extremely smooth. There was hardly a hint of carbonation in the mouth, which seemed odd for a fruit beer.

Taste: The raspberries made themselves known on the tip of the tongue. The flavor was more of a sweet, candy-like raspberry flavor than that of fresh, tart berries. In the middle arose deep flavors of chocolate and caramel, reminescent of the tootsie roll quality in the aroma. A flash of sourness arose on the finish, with what possibly might have been a hint of bitterness.

This is an odd little beer. Not bad, but just . . . well, odd. I thought that this was supposed to be a try at a framboise lambic-style beer, but I see now that that is not what they were shooting for. At least I hope not. It is a raspberry flavored brown ale, and that is all. Not very tart, and a little on the sweet side, but nowhere near cloying. Definitely interesting.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best before stamp of 12FEB10, last of a sixer I bought in November 09. Pours a pretty clear, dark copper color with a pinkish hue. Medium sized, small-bubbled reddish foam displays average retention and the beer leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass. The red-tinted foam is interesting and noteworthy.

Nose has plenty of raspberries there with some sweet, slightly toasty darker malts. The fruit smells pretty fresh and not forced or artificial.

Tastes better than I remember the rest of the six-pack tasting a month or so ago, seems like the flavors have melded together a bit more of the sweetness in the beer has come out to play. I remember the fruit vying for attention with an unnecessary hop content and darker malts, the latter still being the case. The tartness of the raspberries seems to be a bit much and there is not a whole lot of sweetness going on here to help balance it out. I am on the fence with this beer, one sip I think it is pretty tasty and then the next not so much. I guess it is just one of those beers I do not want much more than one in a sitting and there are plenty of other fruit beers out there I like better. Still, not bad, and quite an intriguing and thought provoking beer for me.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

App: Nice ruby tint, clear and sanguine. Decent head with reddish hue. Minimal lacing and decent retention make for an attractive beer.
Smell: Deep and earthy notes of baked raspberries. More preserve like than fresh raspberries. Hints of wet soil and fruity tartness. Bit of dark chocolate
Taste: Chocolate and raspberry flavors well balanced. Malt present but not prescient. Slight berry sourness, not especially sweet. Allowed to warm a bit, the beer becomes more pronounced in its flavors, but no remarkable new flavors.
Mouth: A little thin, but not atypical of a brown ale. Could potentially benefit from additional body. Clean and dry it leaves little lingering besides a slight fruit tartness.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Red brown with a thin off white head that has moderate-poor retention.
S- Aroma is a slight bit of malt sweetness but almost all lightly tart raspberries.
T- It's sweet all the way through. There is a bit of sweet bread, but it's mostly just raspberries. Finish is lightly tart.
M- Fairly full body. slick and a bit of a sweet residue.
O- It's an ok beer. If you really like raspberries, give it a whirl. I could enjoy one of these every so often. More then one and a half in a sitting might wear on the taste buds though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/17/13.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy reddish-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and some earthy raspberry aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a fruity finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that mixes up the fruitiness from the raspberries and the base brown ale fairly well.

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Photo of atsprings
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip glass pours a dark pinkish brown with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is slight raspberry in front of dark malts. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet raspberries and subtle dark malts. The beer is fairly light with subtle carbonation. I suppose this one was worth trying, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep reddish-amber color with lots of soft and sticky foamy lacing.

S - A mild nose with light hop presence. Definitely picking up raspberry sweetness as well.

T - There is certainly raspberry here. The raspberry flavors are tart and floral. Its mild and more in the form of the essence of raspberry actually. There's also a chalky, chocolate nutty flavor. The flavor notes here seem to be on the artificial side.

M - Drinks like a light lager all the way through.

O - You can detect raspberry but overall this is a pretty weak beer.

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Photo of cocoapuph
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into a tulip.

Had a really nice crimson copper color with about a quarter inch head and few rising bubbles.

Smelled of roasty almonds, raspberries and currants.

First sip was very refreshing as I was hit with crisp raspberries. As the beer warmed in my mouth, it turned into a nutty brown ale. Flavors didn't blow me away but the beer was very easy to drink. It reminded me of a snakebite but with raspberry instead of cider.

As I said before, the drinkability was high and had a light quenching feel to the beer.

Overall, this was decent and perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass from AK brewing company!

Appearance: Poured a dark blood-red, but was crystal clear with ample light brown foam. The color was brilliant!

Aroma: Distinct raspberry, reminiscent of frozen yogurt. Subtle malts were barely tangible.

Flavor: It was like drinking a chocolate covered raspberry. Very little hop support prevented this from tasting more like a soda than a beer. I tried to rate this according to the style and not my taste, but with that being said, it probably should be called a Brown Raspberry Ale as the raspberry doesn't disappoint, while the nuttiness of a brown is largely absent.

Mouthfeel: Luscious, creamy, and not surprisingly very sweet as well. So sweet it will be hard to drink another one.

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Photo of NateMac13
3.56/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Hunter
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice ruby red color, light brown head of foam with short retention.

Fruit is present in the aroma, but not overly sugary. The same aroma of malt that hits you in NB's Fat Tire is in here, too.

Again, fruit comes out in the initial sip, but it's more subtle than most fruit beers. The malt seems subdued by it, however. Finishes with a nice aftertaste of raspberry and nutty malt.

Very nice. For a "macro" microbrew this is well-made. A nice holiday offering, particularly if most fruit beers strike you as too sweet.

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Photo of SuperHop18
3.56/5  rDev -3%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased for my wife but she didn't really care for it so I was forced to drink more than anticipated

Look: Dark red in color with a 1/4 inch off white head and ok retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: The nose reminds me of raspberry iced tea

Taste: Very raspberry forward and a bit malty with a touch of chocolate. The beer reminds me a bit of a chocolate covered raspberry

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and mildly carbonated

Overall: Unique and not something I could drink all the time

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Photo of illidurit
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear copper color with an ecru/pink head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells like chocolate cake with raspberry icing. Tastes a lot like the icing with some cocoa and bread crust character. Even a little bit of roast. Pretty sweet overall with a touch of tartness, would work well as a dessert. Light and airy with high carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel but still drinkable.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a decent light tan head settling over clear deep ruby liquid.Lots of candyish raspberry aromas in the nose. The berries carry over to the taste anong with a very slight sourness. Finishes on a fruity/tangy note...nicely made, but pretty much a one dimensional beer. Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.

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Photo of Elemental
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

deep brown and red with a small thin head. Slightly fruity smelling as expected. But the Raspberries don't really come out until the first taste. Its got a lot of body like a typical beer but with a powerful raspberry taste. Its slightly bitter but yet sweet depending on the tine of sip. It starts bitter but ends sweet. A nice different beer from New Belgium.

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Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Best by 2/16/06
Appears a reddish, muddy brown with a 3 finger, fluffy tan head that slowly fades out. Scattered tight lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, a dab of cocoa, caramel, and obvious tart raspberries.
Taste is of the same aromas with a the raspberries and candy like sweetness coming together up front before leading into a mild tartness that seems to be an interesting blend.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, leading to tartness in a somewhat thin textured medium body.

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Photo of _morandi_
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NClifestyle
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks pretty good in a pint glass, murky brown, a thick, fluffy head of red-tinged off white foam.
smell is pretty weak. a thin brown ale, with just a hint of fruit.
taste isn't bad. basically, solid brown ale with raspberry highlights.
mouthfeel is somewhat thin, not quite medium. nice carbonation, fizzy at times.
not an offensive beer, could be a session beer if you want something with a touch of sweetness.

cheers...

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.67 out of 5 based on 869 ratings.
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