Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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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
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Photo of PaBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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 dav
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of zdk9
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Looking through the glass reveals a ruby gem of a beer. There's a full finger of head and lacing that trails down in spurts like some sort of strange beer language characters.

S- Raspberry is the strongest smell there, but it's by no means superpowered. There's some dark wheat bread crusts, some herbage- rosemary and basil. Hints of maple syrup, but not a ton of this.

T- The taste has stronger raspberry notes, sweet and sour and earthy, and above all fruity- not a super fresh fruit, but maybe closer to a jam, or defrosted frozen fruit. Anyway it's still great fruit notes surrounded by malts and hops. A good bit of malt, like the bread crusts again.

M- Really nice balance- not at all too sweet, good bitterness on the back of the tongue with some lemony/ citrus/ roses type hop flavors.

O- One of the most balanced fruit beers I've had. You really taste the "this is a beer that was built around this fruit, but it's still a beer" rather than "here's a fruity beer". Nice job

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Photo of rundocrun
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a brownish-amber color. Has a finger of coarse off-white head. Poor retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Has a definite toasty, nutty aroma. Milk chocolate, caramel, hints of vanilla, but no noticeable raspberry.

T - Straightforward sweet milk chocolate and raspberry flavor. A litte over-sweet and lacking in tartness. Some mild astringent roasted grain character joins the mix in the middle and the finish is a little more noticeably tart, but retains some caramel flavor.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a sticky, syrupy finish.

Overall - For what this beer lacks in looks, it approaches redemption in the aroma and taste. A little too sweet and lacking on tartness for my liking, but in all, it does taste like a sweet, nutty brown ale with some raspberry thrown into the mix. I guess you can't fault NB for delivering what the label says.

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Photo of evilkorova
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of amrozga
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jcohen357
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ksherry112
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of joelBfrasier
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of jlb502
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a finger of white head. Nice retention, spotty lace.

S: Sweet and tart raspberries, some malt.

T: Great true raspberry flavour that lasts throughout the whole experience in the mouth. Light brown sugar character, like a raspberry cookie.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, creamy, thinner finish than I'd expect. Very mild acidity, slight tart at the end.

O: I finally got to try this legendary effort. While it's been around the Mountain States for a while it's never made it to CA until this year and it has in a big way. If it continues to come each year, I have another beer to add to my winter seasonal must buy list.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

At the time of this review, this is the #45 top beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - Fruit / Vegetable Beer" list. Shared by Thorpe, served in a Stone IRS glass.

Beer is brown and hazy with a thin brown head, no lacing, low retention, moderate carbonation, looks fine.

The aroma is sweet with a mild malt, some fruit.

Beer tastes like raspberry candy, sweet, cloying, like cough syrup gross. How does it taste so much more like raspberries and not smell like them at all?

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Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-20-2011
Freshness: Best by 02-26-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: New Belgium globe
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Clear beer, with a dark red, almost brown color. The head is off-white and a couple of fingers. Nice amount of lace is present.

Aroma is mainly of raspberry fruits - sweet and pleasant. The raspberries also come through strongly in the taste. This beer is sweet, but much less sweet than some raspberry lambics I've had.

Body and carbonation levels are medium. The finish is fruity but also a bit tart. Overall I really liked this beer - it's unique and delicious.

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

Into a diconic....

Interesting pinkish large frothy head with loads of lacing

The berry aroma hits the nose along with some tartness

Clean, simple flavor with a light malt.

I did not expect to like this but yeah, I do.

The berries are not over the top so it's not all fruity which is a good thing.
Goes down easily but don't think I would want more than a couple.

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Photo of Dunkelhund
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ballofruit for this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a medium brown color with a good head and a bit of lacing. The nose has a light amount of raspberry with some sweet malt taking up the biggest portion. Flavor has more raspberry, though it's not all that integrated with the base. Medium body with light sweetness. Boom.

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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 Ejayz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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 jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ommegoose
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma between a brown ale and a fruit beer. Has a slightly tart aroma that compliments the raspberries.

Raspberry is more of a dominating element in the flavor. Not enough brown ale comes through. A touch of tartness as well. Nice flavor but I would like some more influence by the brown ale.

The body falls off a little too quick especially for this ABV. I do enjoy the carbonation however.

I enjoyed this beer. I would of liked other elements to come out more other than the raspberries.

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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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