Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale
BA SCORE
3.63/5
869 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 11-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,286
Reviews:
395
Ratings:
869
pDev:
13.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
58
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 869 |  Reviews: 395
Photo of Harvest06
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jonaspb
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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

Photo of moodyxc9
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattknueven
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lanstrum
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An interesting light raspberry frambozen

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Photo of thdude5
1.81/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's either bad beer or good cough medicine.

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Photo of northcoastwolf
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of torwart68
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of torwart94
1.38/5  rDev -62%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

I've never been a fan of this style, but even so, this beer underperforms for the category.

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Photo of BigRizz62
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of drew74
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warnerry
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redneckwine
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is supposed to be a brown ale? Very fruity sweet, overall not a bad tasting beer for whatever it is they were going for

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acostuhhh
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 869 ratings
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