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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 / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I served this in a glass stein.

Appearance- The cap is an off-white, pink tinged color. It stuck at about a half-finger width. It is really filmy and soapy.

The beer has a very cool, dark ruby and brown body. There are decent amounts of random bubbles climbing lazily up the glass.

Smell- A milk chocolatey and raspberry aroma drifts out of the stein. That is pretty impressive! The raspberry is more sweet than tart, but it does not smell "fake" or like an extract.

Taste- The front of the drink is all slight toasted malt, wheat bread in nature. The raspberry starts to tart the drink halfway through. It is near the finish that it gets to be a little more sweet than tart.

The chocolate is not really here. I keep trying to imagine that I taste it, but I cannot truthfully say it is here. I think it would have been a nice addition.

I also could have used more raspberry on the palate. Maybe to make it sweeter, or even more tart. Because the base bready malt is great and could use that compliment.

Mouth feel- This beer is very creamy and has a good amount of coating. Not watery, and certainly not too fizzy. Wonderful.

Overall- As this beer stands, it is pretty great. More raspberry would have pushed the taste score up easily. However they added raspberry to this drink was a good start, but not quite where it needs to be.

I really like the malt base on this one, and would like to try a brown from New Belgium because of it. This is a holiday beer I would gladly return to.

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Photo of DCon
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 12FL. OZ. (355ML) bottle of this brew from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.99. Poured from the Red labeled bottle w/ picture of a wreath from 1993 (per note on the side) into my 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has BEST BEFORE: 06FEB12 on the side of the bottle.

Aroma- Has a VERY sweet aroma with tons of raspberry in the background and a slight strawberry note. Tons of malt also.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that is off-white and has great retention, staying frothy and bubbly for good time. Has a reddish/brown colored body that is clear. Leaves extremely thick lacing behind.

Flavor- A gentle amount of raspberry hits the palate firstly and then ends up very sweet. Tons of malt is present too but no hops or any attributes that would suggest this is a brown ale.. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and goes down sweet.

Overall Impression- I was expecting much more from this one! Very light and not at all like a Brown Ale should be... I'm giving this one an average all around rating because of the raspberry flavor that pops out. If this wasn't around, I wouldn't give this one a chance at all! Wouldn't defer anyone from getting this brew but many better from New Belgium to go for! Looking forward to finding new Lips of Faith beer!

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Photo of isualum12
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: pours red in tone with decent visibility through the glass. Not a large amount of activity. There is a small lace head.
Smell: cranberry and raspberry are strong.
Taste: yep raspberry. I don't get the brown flavor but this is still great. It is sweet for sure.
Feel: feels like a standard fruity beer. Decent amount of carbonization but yet not over powerful.

I enjoyed this beer for sure.

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Photo of lstokes
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is very dark red-brown with a tiny off-white head. It smells mostly tart, and then the taste is also tart--not all that sweet, really, but definitely like a tart, fresh berry, combined with a weak brown ale. My boyfriend says it's like they isolated all of the parts of the berry without the natural sugar. It's a little bit chocolate and toasted biscuit in the malt underneath, but that's been dialed down, and there's honestly not much development throughout the glass. That raspberry bouquet is what stays after the swallow. It's a touch light in the mouthfeel, but it's possible that a thicker beer would drown out the raspberry complexity. We both quite liked it.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a medium copper color with 2 fingers of pale pink (!) head. Good retention and lace.

S: Raspberries predominate, a little caramel underneath. As the beer warms, a little funk emerges.

T: Leads with raspberries, caramel follows. Tart and bitter on the finish, and some semi-sweet caramel returns on the aftertaste. After the first few sips, the balance tilts a little more towards the caramel, but the raspberry never gives up. Nearer to the end, first roast, and then cinnamon join in.

M: Medium body, fairly fizzy and a bit creamy.

O: One of the better fruit beers I've tried. Unlike many that taste like a jolly rancher dropped into a generic lager, this has some really nice flavors going on. Had it for the first time on tap several months ago-- glad to finally have a chance to give it a review.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.55/5  rDev -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 scottfrie
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear dark ruddy copper with three fingers of light tan head that faded into chunky film leaving patches sticky clinging lace. 
S: The nose is bursting with fresh fruit, sweet raspberry jam, and a hint of lighty tart fruit skins, touch of wood, sweet syrup and caramel.
T: Sweet and syrupy, raspberry isn't as potent as the nose, woody tasting, brown ale comes through a lot. Very caramely and plain. Finish has a tiny bit of dry raspberry tartness. Synthetic sweetness comes through a bit. Overall not great. 
M: Surprisingly thick body, slick mouth, low carb, leaves a sweet film in my mouth. 
O: Could be a bit dryer, pretty sweet, a little syrupy, aftertase is bad, average drinking.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking clear, brown beer with a thick head that melts to a ring.

Raspberries in the nose. Some malty sweet aroma in the background.

Raspberry flavor up front. Sharp and tart. Some grainy, malty backbone there. But, the berries make for a tart, dry finish.

The mouthfeel is decent. Probably right for this beer, but on the thin side for me.

This beer has too much raspberry for me. I'm sure some people like it, but it's overly dry, fruity, and tart for my taste. But, I think it's still worthy of a craft beer lover's attention.

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Photo of harrymel
2.47/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best by: 24FEB12

A: brown with a finger of pink tinged foam which falls to a mirrored surface in minutes. No lace. Excellent clarity.
S: Smells like raspberries, sugar, and the slightest hint of classic brown ale.
T: Tastes like a brown ale with raspberry effervescence. Really delicate in the frambozen realm if you ask me, it's fleeting in presence and is quite disappointing.
M: Thin with low carb and wet finish.
O: Meh, likely won't have again. Might be good warm (as in, 100 degrees with a little honey jager in it).

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Photo of Vashtar
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everything is good except for the head.

The smell is very nice.

The taste is also nice, but it's really strong, almost like sour punch straws. It sticks with you and has a monotonous aftertaste. Something about it seems well made, though. I WOULD NOT WANT A SIX PACK.

Mouthfeel is very basic, and I like it. Just right.

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Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear red-brown with under a finger of light kakhi-pink head.

Smell. Sour rasberries and a little toasty grain and caramel.

Taste. Raspberry juice, some toasty grains and caramel again, maybe a trace of molasses.

Mouthfeel. Lighter in body with medium, kinda prickly carbonation.

Overall. Not bad. Would be nice on a hot day. Lots of rasberry there and not too sweet.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have you ever wondered what Fat Tire would taste like with a bunch of raspberries? Well wait no longer!!!!

I actually prefer this beer quite a bit more than Fat Tire.

Lets begin...

A: Redish amber in color. Slightly off white and slightly red head. Head is not dense or sticky. Lacing is decent.

S: Wow, lots of raspberries. That is pretty much all I can discern. Upon a swirl they smell tart and delicious.

Taste: This is where I get the brown ale characteristics. It reminds me a lot of Fat Tire. Its not to noticeable because of the raspberries. Its good but not great.

MF: The mouth feel is a little thin imo. I would have liked it to finish a little more dry and tart.

Overall: Good bang for the buck. Interesting new beer from New Belgium. Clearly, we all know they are capable of pumping out some great beer in the Lips of Faith series, etc. This beer is not one of those beers but if you enjoy their normal yearly and seasonal lineup then you'll greatly appreciate this beer.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby with a big-bubbled off-tan head that quickly reduces to a thin-looking ring. Lacing is mild and spotty.

The nose is comprised of ripe raspberries, and just that. Maybe a touch of caramel, maybe. I'm starting to get really think that you can't make a fruit beer without it being completely one-dimensional.

The palate is, again, one-dimensional with regards to flavor, but I dig the structure- nicely sweet with a tart fruit edge and a lingering juiciness on the dry-malt finish, the only time I can make out the 'brownness' of this.

Not a huge fan of this, but I don't hate it either. I can't stand anything that doesn't have complexity in its aroma/flavor, but the mouthfeel is alluring enough to always make me come back for another sip, which is a nice achievement.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In honor of Overlord I poured this from the bottle into a Trinity (CO) tulip. Pours a nice deep brownish red with three fingers of slightly pink head. Smell was good. Mostly raspberries which is to be expected but it smelled more like a crate of slightly over-ripe, slightly musty raspberries instead of a handful of juicy fresh raspberries. Taste is a nice brown ale base well balanced with some tart fruitiness from the berries. Mouthfeel is nice, not too thin nor cloying with a touch of astringency. Overall this is a perfectly nice brew but doesn't really bring anything new to the table.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not usually a fruit beer guy, but this brown ale packs a perfect mix of tart (NOT SWEET) raspberry fruit with some excellent caramel malts and the new belgium classic yeast notes. nose is sharp and puckery, with an boozey malty backbone. more balanced fruit in the taste, with a really smooth finish. this is a very sessionable beer and will be in my fridge again during this holiday season. a clever beer from new belgium, well done

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Photo of blakelive784
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a snifter -

A - pours a deep, transparent red/amber color, with a three finger head of nice cream. The head is thick and inviting, and has a pink tint to it.

S - Smells of cream, raspberries, and toasted malts. There are some fruity esters present beyond the raspberries that I can't pick out.

T - Opens nicely with balanced raspberry, malts and a nice hoppy bitterness to counter the tart fruit. The open is followed immediately by a not-so-nice raspberry extract bite that's almost medicinal. Too Welch's-esque for me. I don't find any brown ale characteristics either.

M - smooth and wet. Medium bodied.

D - The New Belgium folk almost pulled this one off, but it falls short. Not a bad beer, but you could easily find better fruit offerings.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having enjoyed this one a lot when I lived in San Diego (I found it in a suburb of Phoenix) and again when I first moved to Denver, I rashly bought a case. I think I gave away 5 or 8 bottles to a hooker, but I digress. poured a clear dark reddish brown with a large lasting tan head. Aromas of raspberry and cocoa. Palate was light bodied, smooth and a bit tart. Flavors of raspberry and a bit of cocoa with a smooth slightly tart finish.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store at an event with Lauren Salazar.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of slight caramel malts with large amounts of sweet raspberries and strawberries.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the sweetness is not quite as overpowering. Mildly sweet caramel malts with very light hints of toastiness up front are joined quickly by moderately sweet raspberry flavors. Very slight cocoa powder makes an appearance near the end, fading out into a mildly sweet ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall I thought this was an interesting beer; however the sweetness was too much for it to be as robust as it should be.

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Photo of mactrail
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do think this has one of the best aromas of any fruit-flavored beer, which is probably why I've liked it a lot over the years. Fizzy, champagne mouthfeel, reddish tint to the amber color in the New Belgium snifter.

Taste is a little sour, in keeping with real-world raspberries, with enough roasted malt to give it some mellow beeriness. Not much sweetness and a light body. Fruit flavor comes through on a high note.

Aside from the powerful fruit nose, it's a subtle experience. I can see why some may not like the flavor, but I look forward to it every year as a favorite Christmas seasonal, an alternative to the dark raisin bombs.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle received in a trade with a generous BA who I will have to pour through notes to identify. Sorry friend, but in the meantime thank you.

Pours brownish burgundy with a thin white collar and some thin whispy surface coverage.

Smells of freshly pureed raspberries which is a high five. Underneath lurks an oddly sickening medicinal presence which is raw dogs.

Tastes is at best underwhelming and at worst gross. Raspberry puree from the nose falls flat and lacks any real punch. Sourness is muddled while being neither sour nor tart and the medicinal creeper from such prequels as the nose of this beer jumps from his shadowy corner to awkwardly say hello. The fruit isn't fruity enough, oh the inappropriate jokes in poor taste that have been lobbed here...but I digress...and the sour aspects just aren't really sour. Adding to the disappointment is that the base brown ale just decides to show up and puff his chest when really he should just go sit his dumb ass on the bench. Swing and a miss, ass hat.

Mouthfeel of brown sugared watered down promises.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is over 6months old and is aging wonderfully! Frambozen is also one of my all time favorite brews... With that said, now for the review:

A - Amazing red color with great head and lacing. Head pours fluffy white and remains for quite sometime while the brew "settles". Color of brew is brown with amazing red tint...

S - Super raspberry! Elegant, smooth, delicious... Very berry and sugary scent.

T - Quite tart. Almost a sour brew... Not overly sweet and sugary. This is one brew New Belgium is still on top of their game on... Amazingly great taste, only a slight taste of booze... It would be hard to make it taste any better!

M - Very light body, yet rich and decisive. Carbonation is high and give a seltzer sort of feel... Perhaps NB could lay off a little priming sugar ;)

D - Phenomenal, it's all I can do to save a 6 pack into the summer months every year... Can't put it down, or pick up and take on a *small* sip. YUM, delicious!

A must try if you're a fan of fruited brews, or sours for that matter! More Frambozen please!


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Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't initially realize this was a brown ale til I poured it. I was expecting a pale beer with some reddish pink hues. Instead it pours a medium brown with the reddish hints. The head doesn't stay long but early on it's an offwhite with touch of pink thrown in.

You'll either really like the smell or really hate it. It's like a cross between berries, cotton candy and icing.

I expected the raspberry flavor to be overwhelming, but it wasn't. It's a sweet beer, but not cloying and the raspberry really functions in the background, particularly in the finish.

This thing will clean your palate with the carbonation. There's an almost vinegar-like quality to it.

I liked the beer. One of the better fruit beers I've had. Is a good beer any time, but would make a fabulous warm weather beer.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Like the name mentions, it comes out a standard brown ale color. When held up to the light it's still brown, but has many reddish features as well, has good clarity. There's an off white colored head that produces some good lacing and glass retention. A good looking beer.

I'm not a fan of fruit beers, but if I was, I'd say for raspberry fans, there isn't much room for improvement. Frambozen does have some traditional beer malt and hop aroma features, however the dominant smell is raspberries, hence the name. We're not just talking raspberries here though, we're talking fresh, sweet, and juicy raspberries. After that there are tones of of toffee malts and some floral hops.

Taste isn't nearly as good as the smell. Much like the smell, it's raspberries that dominate the flavor. My gripe here is that it doesn't taste as much like beer as the smell does. There's sweetness in the smell, but more of a tart, almost sour flavor from the raspberries, which kind of makes it like a wild or sour ale.

Mouthfeel is ok, it doesn't feel as clean as it looks. Slightly oily and a little yeasty. The tartness makes you pucker a little bit, and it doesn't finish that clean either, drinkablity is ok.

Overall it's a pretty good beer I guess. As I mentioned earlier I don't like Fruit beers and I'm not a sour fan either. However for the style and what it was going for I think it's creative and I can see why people would like to drink it. I don't regret trying it and I'd probably give it another shot in the future given the opportunity.

Thank you chugalug06 for this beer as an extra in a great trade!

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into strange tulip type glass -

A: Poured a translucent ruby color with light brown hues,one and half finger head that seemed to hold it's retention ,thick sticky webbing as it subsided,good carbonation.

S: Light raspberry hints with slight malts.

T: Raspberry upfront with a mild creaminess. some sour notes with a decent malt backing,some light chocolate hints as well.

O: Overall this was a light crisp and somewhat refreshing fruit beer,my first fruit beer and although It's not my favorite style I would drink it again as a desert beer or a night cap.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown with some red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the syrupy raspberry and is very sweet overall. I also get a little bit of caramel malt but it is hidden behind the sugary fruit notes. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of raspberry and sugar, with a little bit of caramel malt. The beer tastes nice, but it is very sweet and gets hard to drink as you go along. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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