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%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 869 |  Reviews: 395
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/5/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a very dark red/brown color body, with a medium sized head, off-white/light tan color, average diminishing, average lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet raspberries, hops. Strong taste of raspberry, tart, light sugary aftertaste. Sweet, not very complex flavor, but refreshing.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pleasant color this brown ale was. It was a red tawny port color with very little foam and no lace to speak of. The smell was of a tart raspberry nature with some hops in the background. The taste was of tart raspberrys with a hint of roasted malts and some hops. Not to thick and very pleasant on the after taste. A pleasant surprise for my palate and yours, if your looking for a tart fruity flavor in a brown ale.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to HardTarget for this and his most gracious recent shipment of goodies.

Best before 2/16/06 on the bottle.

Appearance: An amber, ruby colored pour with a fluffy off white head.

Smell: A light raspberry puree aroma with some malty sweetness in the background.

Taste: Raspberries, a light carmel flavor, some maple, and a touch of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp due to the nice carbonation.

Drinkability: By far the most interesting brown ale I've had. Nothing off but nothing outstanding. Highly sessionable and not a "raspberry punch in the face" like other fruit beers that are out there. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of scootercrabb
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of nygannon
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Lob
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SuperHop18
3.56/5  rDev -3%

Photo of RyanK252
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 pokesbeerdude
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice red/deep brown with an off white head that has a few purple/red hints to it as well.

S: raspberries are really the forefront, there are a few chocolate hints in there as well, all in all very sweet smelling, chocolate covered berries, the chocolate is definitely towards the milk chocolate.

T: raspberries everywhere, lots of chocolate, sort of a selzer water taste as well, nice sour flavor from the raspberries, almost no hop flavor, which is to be expected, tastes a lot like a raspberry tootsie pop.

M: thin, nicely carbonated, and tart, puckers the mouth a little bit, almost too much on the thin side, but not bad.

D: fairly nice, this is probably my favorite dessert beer. hands down my favorite seasonal from NB. I wish it were distributed a little more outside of Colorado. A fine beer, and definitely a reminder that Christmas is upon us.

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Photo of ortie
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of beernut7
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This unique tasty offering pours into a deep dark ruby color and a foamy pink head. The aroma of candied raspberries is very similar to many flavorful red wines. The initial sweet tanginess of the berries is supported and balanced by a generous malt profile and a deep spicy hop presence. This is a very tasty brew that, IMO, will also cellar very well.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MaxPowers
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A) It looked like a pretty deep brown when I was pouring, but held to light this is a pretty vibrant red. There was about a half finger of head, which settled to a dusting. Not much lacing.

S) Roasted malt sweetness, hint of chocolate, raspberry jam.

T) Not as much raspberry as I was led to believe by the nose, but certainly present in each sip. There was a wee bit of tartness. It balance with the brown ale pretty well, which was a bit of roasted malt, caramel, light chocolate and nuts.

M) Medium body with decent carbonation. A slightly dry finish that left an aftertaste of grass and stems.

O) This was a nice winter option right here. Glad I picked up a sixer.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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...

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Photo of craigbelly
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aforbes10
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of this at the local Nugget. Pours a crimson red with hints of brown. Nice white head that sticks around lengthily. Smells of raspberries, not surprisingly, and a nice subtle dark chocolate. Flavor resembles the aroma...tart raspberries up front with a touch of chocolate. Raspberry lingers well, but becomes a bit rich on the finish for my liking. medium mouthfeel with a hint of syrup. Drinks well, nice in what passes for winter out here in CA.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: ruby brown, good clarity, thin layer of pinkish tan foam, poor head retention

Aroma: cooked raspberries, wet cardboard, hint of iron, lactic sourness

Flavor: dry raspberry essence, yoghurt, Flemmish brown ale acidity, slight enteric bitterness in the background; finishes dry with an aftertaste of unripe raspberries, leaves, and the same bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, alcohol warmth felt in the back of the throat

Other comments: I swear I'm not being stuck up about this and dissing it just because it's not made in Belgium. It's just not very good! Pretty disapointing. Great color, though! I just don't get why nearly everyone has scored this beer 3.5 or higher. Are you afraid to pan a beer from New Belgium or something?

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Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Boilermaker88
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this fruit beer while in Phoenix over Thanksgiving. Had a "best before" date of 5-4-04 on the label. Poured a slightly cloudy maroon color with clear ruby edging and a small off-white cap for a head. Virtually no lace was left.
The aroma of nearly ripe raspberries dominated the smell. Some mild candy sugar and yeasty malt were cast in a supporting role. The flavor profile was a sweet/tart blend of raspberries and a lightly bready malt. The raspberry tartness really overshadows most of the rest of what this beer has to offer. The tangy fruitiness morphed into a mild sourness in the finish. The feel was dry and smooth.
This is a pretty tasty offering from New Belgium Brewing Co. It has a nice raspberry tang that makes it easy to quaff. Not quite on a par with Lindemans, but pretty close.

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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 kushlash23
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear red (with a hint of brown) hue. Moderate carbonation produces a 1/2 inch white head with decent retention.
S: Nice fresh, sweet, and tart raspberry note. Faint hint of caramel malt in the background.
T: Follows aroma fairly closely...a nice raspberry note with a mild caramel malt backbone.
M: Light body. Mild carbonation tingle. Sweet with a mildly tart finish.
D: A solid brew--especially for style, but just not special. An easily drinkable (and very sessionable) holiday beer...would be a great one for a larger gathering where the focus is more on the company and less on the beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I kind of like this seasonal beer. It's a little off the beaten path without being inaccessable. The beer pours to a nutty brown with ruby highlights. A thin tan head crowns the amber liquid while a lively carbonation makes it shimmer.

The smell is like a light nut brown ale, sweet with caramel and toffey, and a nice rasberry backing. Very earthy. Remniscient of a Lindeman's Framboise, though much less like a fruity soda pop and much more like a beer.

The taste is sweet with a nutty rasberry finish. Very similar to the nose, though the rasberry stands out a bit more. Not bad at all, and closer to my alley than the garden variety sweetened framboise.

The mouthfeel is lively and carbonated, but it doesn't prickle the tongue in a harsh way. The body is fairly light. The rasberry taste resides in the finish for a while after imbibing.

Drinkability is the one thing that I don't feel deserves at least a 4. It's good, but I can only take so much. Thus it makes a good seasonal... you like it when it comes out and by the time it's gone, you're sick of it anyway; but if it were around all the time I would probably be more likely to pass it up. No ridiculous cravings such as with other notable holiday releases, which could be good or bad depending on how you read into it.

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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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