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

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Ratings:
869
Reviews:
395
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.62%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a clear dark ruby-brown with a two-finger light tan head with good retention and a bit of lace.

S- fresh raspberry juice, some toasted malt and just a bit of nuttines and caramel

T- tart, astringent raspberry juice almost makes me pucker. It isn't as tart after the first sip. Mid palate provides a bit if malt sweetness and a touch of caramel. The finish is tart and dry with a linger if raspberry.

M- light body, low carbonation and creamy mouthfeel with a velvety finish. Very nice.

O- once you get past the initial tart shock, this one is pretty enjoyable. It is labeled as a brown ale but lacks the malt profile for a true brown ale. However, it is one of the more enjoyable fruit beers I've had in a while.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 JuicesFlowing
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer is a soft ruby brown. An off white head recedes to chunks of bubbles while sheets of lacing coat the glass.

The beer smells bubbly, like champagne with raspberry, faint malts and hops, and perhaps subdued nuttiness.

The beer tastes bright and fruity with raspberry and cranberry notes. A silky malt body brings lingering notes of nuts and cranberry bread.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but spritzy and dry.

Overall this is my favorite New Belgium beer. It's not overbearing, it's clean and refreshing and I can always have several without feeling like its a dessert.

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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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3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I sipped one of these last week and wasn't horribly impressed. 6.5% ABV confirmed. Best before 02/17/13.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger head of pink-beige colour, poor thickness, limited cream, and good retention for the above average ABV (5+ minutes). Body colour is a vibrant light amber/red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Raspberries, light tartness, clean malts, a fleeting vague hint of soap, and a bit of sourness. A fairly strong fruity aroma. Pleasant and inviting. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Raspberry sweetness and some tartness. Quite sugary/sweet. Fruity all around. Clean malty foundation. Hopping is floral and vague. Balanced but simple. Lacks complexity and subtlety. That said, it's a pleasant easy drinking beer and it's pretty well executed for what it is. Clean and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thin. Slightly overcarbonated. Good palate presence, though it could use a bit more body.

Dr: Very drinkable, but not unique or special. I might have it on draught if I'm in the mood for a fruit beer. A decent offering from New Belgium.

As a side note, I think the moniker is misleading. Don't expect anything remotely close to a framboise in the sour sense of the connotation.

C+

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