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Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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3.63/5
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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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Reviews:
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Photo of Kromes
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear reddish dark brown with a pinkish tan colored head. Good lacing down glass.

S: A grainy toasted malt with raspberry jam aroma. Very nice and simple aromas.

T: The flavor starts out with tart raspberry and the flavor remains all the ways through to the finish. The toasted malts show up as it passes over the tongue along with a slight herbal hop flavor and bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation level is about right.

D: The flavor is good. But would be a little much after one or two.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a beautiful, clear mahogany-red with one finger of creamy tan head.

Malty aroma with chocolate, vanilla, and lighter raspberry notes.

The taste has more raspberry action than the aroma. The raspberry is more tart than sweet. The fruit intro is followed by chocolate, vanilla, and sweet malts.

Medium bodied, sticky and tart, and moderately carbonated.

Less raspberry action than expected but I think that's what I liked about it.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is that of a reddish ale... flemish red in tone without any cloudiness. large head with large bubbles that fade. nose of yeast protein... then opens of into nice smokey earthy brown ale. palate is quite earthy and nice but lacks a lot of volume of the palate... mild sweet. some raspberry. citrus hop if any resembles of sour. not a sour ale at all but curious to see what would happen with a year of two of aging... overall decent accented brown ale.

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Photo of SamN
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz longneck, served in the proper NB goblet-esque glass.

A- Surprisingly dark ruby red color, with a decent brown head tinted with crimson. Visible carbonation when held to light. Very attractive considering it's holiday nature. Might not be as appetizing as a regular year-long brew; looks like fizzy cranberry juice.

S- Again with the cranberry juice; mouthwateringly tart and sweet nose, backed with light, classic ale malts. No discernible hops present. Delicious smelling!

T- Tart, slightly sweet with more ale grains in the taste. The actual raspberry flavors are dimmed a bit, but come to life in the slightly sticky sweet aftetaste. Decent, but I was expecting more fruits in my mouth.

That sounded really gay. My apologizes.

M- Medium light body with a wonderful smoothness. Felt almost zero carbonation.

D- This beer would become tiring quickly; the tartness would quickly lead to palate fatigue and would overpower the next beer. Best enjoyed as a one-beer treat with good friends and family at Christmas time.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 2 finger white head with pinkish highlights. Body is brown and red when held up to light. Head retention and lacing are above average but unusual color of beer pushes the appearance score higher

Smell is of cranberry juice and pale malt. No hops are detected. Fruit is the dominant aroma here

Taste is of tart, sweet cranberry juice. Even though it's labeled a raspberry brown ale, I'm not getting any characteristics of a brown ale. Reminds me of a slightly less sweet Framboise

Mouth feel is good. Carbonation is lively but not too much. Body is pretty light and head stayed around for awhile adding a cappuccino like froth

Drink ability is pretty good. Cant believe this beer is 6.5% abv, very session able. Was hoping that the beer would have more flavors of a brown ale to go with the fruitiness but unfortunately it doesnt.

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Photo of boogyman
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark clear maroon color that looks pretty good half finger of head that dissipates quickly to just some residual bubbles around the top of the liquid.

S- Definitely raspberry. Has a sorta pale kinda thing going on which is kinda weird but hey. Not much else on the nose other then sweet, almost tart raspberry.

T- Definitely tart dry raspberry. Dominates the palate on this brew. As it goes down you can get a sense for the brown ale aspect of this beer. Kind of a weird mix going on in my mouth that is kinda killing it for me. Leaves some odd tastes in my mouth.

M- Feels bubbly going in and down. Not as smooth as it could be but nothing to cry about. Alcohol is well hidden which is good.

D- For me, I couldn't have much more then one of these at a time. It just has some weird aftertastes that just kind don't do it for me. But for what it is, this is a beer I can see myself having with a fruity desert.

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Photo of harlanhu28
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with an inch or so of head and reduces quickly down to a nice lacing..

No much of a hoppy nose more of a malty raspberry preserves..

Mouth feel quite light with a tinge of pucker..

I would have to say there is a very clean bittering hop flavor masked in the fruitiness.

The sour finish is quite good very malty.. For a beer of a complexity like this one i think New Belgium has hit a home run this year.. There are many ways to mess up a fruit beer.. New Belgium Frambozen has been a constant for me year after year..

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Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown sugar color with a raspberry hue. Seriously the body of foam is tinted pink like a lambic but with much smaller bubbles. Nose is all raspberries dusted with fresh brown sugar. Same character in the taste, like a well crafted brown ale with a raspberry finish. Nice and malty as it starts and adds a tart finish from the fruit. Only a couple things going on in this beer, not too complex but done right. Luscious mouthfeel, medium and not too bubbly. A great holiday beer, I need to go back and get the six pack.

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Photo of wnh
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a brilliant, bright ruby red, tinted copper at the edges, with a large, frothy tan head tinted ever-so-slightly pink. Quite unique, but not at all unexpected in a beer brewed with raspberries. Large sheets of lacing left behind once the beer is gone.

Smells largely like a brown ale with a mild fruity twist. Toasted bready malt takes center stage, with a light nuttiness underneath and tart, ripe raspberries just poking through.

The roles are reversed, happily, on the palate. Tart, juicy raspberries on the entry, clean and quenching, turning earthy and nutty in the middle before fading into well-toasted bready malt. The fruity raspberry flavor lasts for the entirety, and thankfully plays a much larger role than the nose indicates.

Unlike many fruit beers I've had, the flavors here are well integrated. The brown ale provides a nice canvas for the raspberry without fading too far into the background, pushing too far into the foreground, or being at odds with the fruity notes.

Medium bodied and soft, with just a touch of fruity acidic bite. A well-made, enjoyable beer. Seems like it'd be a good match for a traditional Thanksgiving feast.

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Photo of Rayek
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Deep garnet with good clarity and a steady bead. A foamy pink tinged cap has nice size and decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Raspberry and lemon struck me first. There's a woodsy and grassy backbone underneath.

T: Sweet and tart. Raspberry is the overarching theme here. Its flavor dominates. A mild roasted malt flavor comes through briefly before be supplanted by more raspberry and a sour lemon tartness. The sweet fruit flavor lingers through the finish and gets slightly medicinal at the very end.

M: The body is thick, syrupy and also dry. Carbonation feels just a touch high.

D: This is a nice holiday offering. The sweetness gives the beer an after dinner character that would go well with dessert. The raspberry flavor could stand being toned down just a touch for my tastes.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep red with a slightly pink head. Really, quite neat looking.

S- Sweet raspberry, brown sugar, caramel.

T&M- Fresh raspberry up front and then it fades into the malty brown ale. The fade has sweet chocolate, maybe vanilla, caramel, with a faint raspberry tartness. The flavors work well together but I think it could benefit from a creamier mouthfeel.

Good holiday beer for a raspberry fan who happens to like brown ales.

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Photo of elniko
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Rich deep ruby amber coloring, one finger head and nice lacing. Really good looking brew.

S: Raspberry tones are in the nose but do not overwhelm. Slight tinge of alcohol apparent as well. Solid nose.

T & M: Wonderfully balanced. The raspberry as with the nose does not overwhelm the taste but provides a wonderful tartness. Mouthfeel is tart as well, this is a beer that lingers after a sip.

D: Very drinkable, one of the best fruit beers that I've had.

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Photo of Offa
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is interesting and definitely has a raspeberry-mixed-with-brown-ale character but to me ultimately is not satisfying, seems a bit characterless and isn't my style, as I expected.

Deep, dark brownish red, it has a medium pink-tan head steadily thinning to a wispy top but leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is caramel, toast, raspberry.

The taste is heavily toasted bread, hints of caramel, hint of red wine,tart raspberry that is most prominent in the finish, followed by bread and a cracker aftertaste. It is mostly sweet-tart and toasty .

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Photo of illidurit
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear copper color with an ecru/pink head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells like chocolate cake with raspberry icing. Tastes a lot like the icing with some cocoa and bread crust character. Even a little bit of roast. Pretty sweet overall with a touch of tartness, would work well as a dessert. Light and airy with high carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel but still drinkable.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 2/22/09 and a best by date of 2/18/08. Properly cellared so not too concerned.

Sam Adams ultimate glass. Light or dark brown depending on thickness of glass.

Thin beige head. Chocolate and raspberry aroma.

Had some balance issues with the chocolate and raspberry on this one. I can't put my finger on ideas for improvement but the balance of the two flavors in this beer did not work for me as much as I was hoping for (I do like the combination).

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop-top in the typical New Belgium style. Best before Jan. 30th '09...I'm a bit late with this one

Appearance: Very attractive bright garnet beer capped with a fluffy light tan head with good retention and decent lacing

Smell: Not at all what I was expecting. There's a decent caramelly presence up front, with that typical New Belgium biscuit character, as well as just a tiny hint of chocolate...the raspberry aromas are definitely present, but remain in the background.

Taste: Biscuit and caramel malts upfront with just a hint of roasted quality; then the raspberries come through, tart, juicy, and absolutely delicious. This is a true fruit beer; it's natural tasting, tart, and in no way artificial. Perfect balance between berry sweetness and tart qualities.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: High; but it's not the type you'd have several of in a row, just due to its style...this would be perfect for the end of a meal, or with some bread/camembert/jam as an appetizer...we tried it with a brie, apple, and puff pastry app, which was quite tasty as well

Conclusion: Other than traditional Belgian lambics, this is probably the best fruit beer I've tried...good job NB

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with a half inch white head. There appeared to be almost no carbonation present, although there was excellent lacing all over my pint glass.

Aroma of cherries and honey. A little funky.

Good sour flavor, a lot like chocolate covered cherries. A sour cherry, malty flavor prevades with almost no hop bitterness detectable.

Medium-full mouthfeel although the flavor dies out quickly on the palate and doesn't linger much, I'm guessing due to the fact that it was a tad bit flat.

Good enough to have a few as they are not too sweet and have a good beer backbone but this beer would be great if it just had a little more carbonation in it.

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Photo of ThirdLap
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle has been sitting in my fridge for a few months. Served at fridge temp into a tulip, then allowed it to warm up a bit.

A - Pours a very dark red with a short-lasting but big head. Lots of lacing.

S - Sour, fruity, and a bit funky.

T - Raspberry and tart. I know it's a fruit/vegetable, but this tastes like it's halfway to a decent sour.

M - Medium carbonation. Mild tartness, relatively thin bodied for the style. Very nice finish.

D - Surprisingly low. I kinda like this beer, but somehow don't want another. I want something fuller, with more character.

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Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Tayner, thanks again!

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are mostly of fruits, raspberries, and not much else. Maybe a little cream as well.

Taste is tart, dry, fruity, but not overly so. Light nutty malt flavors, some crisp mineral like hops on the finish, but mostly this is just tart, raspberry flavors that sit well in the background and aren't overpowering.

Mouthfeel is crisp, pretty good carbonation. It's pretty good, but I guess expected a fuller thicker feel.

Drinkability is a good, and this is a pretty tasty fruit beer. I like that it's not overly sweet or fruity, but I would have liked this one to have a few more "beer" flavors.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really impressed with the NBB Frambozen this year. A rich brown in color, a beige head, with a strong smell of raspberry and a slight smell of sourness. This translates right to the palate with a rich yet sweet tasting beer that leaves a slight tartness in the mouth at the finish. A very drinkable beer that has turned into my favorite this holiday season. I have found that you can have 4-5 and not be bogged down with the sweetness that tends to accompany many fruit beers. A great balance of malty-ness with the sweet and sour. I highly recommend.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Upon the pour, a pink hue is evident - that might be a first, especially within the head. What's especially telling is when I'm using the recently decorated Christmas tree as a the backlight for the beer, and it radiates like 100 tiny red fireflies, held in suspension by the winter chill.

Berries are obvious to the nose, confusing one to wonder whether this is a pint of beer or jam.

Sparkling on the tongue develops into a crisp, well-rounded and mildly dry beer that doesn't possess the syrupy characteristics I might have assumed.

Suprisingly good, with berries resting upon the outer edges of the tongue, providing a relaxing and interesting take on the season.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A thick, dark burnt-umber body with ruby highlights. A huge, bubbly, off-white head with a rose tinge sits on top and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: There's certainly no doubt that this beer is infused with fruit. It reminds me of a good crisp grape juice with a bit of Ribena blackcurrant mixed in. Not much as far as hops or malt come through. This is intriguing, to say the least.

Taste: Tart, gushy berries mixed with a somewhat subdued roasted malt. If you go looking for the malt and alcohol, you can certainly find them underneath the fruit, but I'm not really picking up any hops here. Grape makes a bit or a return and, in a bizarre way, makes the beer remind me of red wine at times. You might think all of these flavors wouldn't mesh, but they actually come together pretty well. This tastes like an adventurous homebrew, not that that's a bad thing. The aftertaste cranks the malt up a notch or two and loses most of the raspberry.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body with lots of carbonation and a nice dryish finish.

Drinkability: While it goes down easily enough, and only clocks in at 6.5% ABV, I still probably wouldn't want to be drinking these all night. Interesting and pleasant enough, but more fitting for a glass or two than a full session.

Verdict: Frambozen is a solid and unique fruit beer; nothing more, nothing less. A nice change of pace as far as holiday seasonals go, there's a good chance that I'll be picking up another six-pack of this next winter.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

crystal clear. dark cranberry juice brown color with a pink tinted off white head. the head doesn*t stick around but it leaves some random spots of lace.

the aroma is surprisingly mineral... flint/stone, tart raspberry, faint nutty chocolate, woody seeds and stems and some earthy spice.

odd thing about the flavor... there*s a numbing in the mouth similar to a cough drop? that mixes with raspberry, caramel with out the sweet, milk, a bit of woodiness from seeds and lots of "green" akin to herbs and grass with a tart crisp finish. it*s quite dry throughout while leaving an aftertaste full of raspberries (seeds and all). the body is a touch thin and the mouth feel is a bit bland and boring but it IS dry. the carbonation is prickly but really doesn*t help the whole texture "thing".

it does however improve when warm...
6/3/7/3/14/3.3

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Photo of OStrungT
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with a slight ruby tint to it. It boasts a fluffy, tan head that fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a slightly tart raspberry aroma. It has the signature New Belgium biscuit aroma. I dont know why almost every New Belgium beer has so much biscuity aroma and flavor. It has a slight caramel sweet malt aroma also.

This beer tastes like it smells. A lot of biscuit malt up front. Some sweet caramel malt, and tart raspberry mix in.

This beer is refreshing. It leaves a biscuit like aftertaste.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and It tastes good, minus some of the biscuit malt flavor.

Overall: This beer was good, but as I have already said, a little too biscuitty for me. New Belgium should lay off that flavor just a little.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a somewhat opaque, reddish, brown color with a foamy, one-finger, off-white head. It left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of raspberries, caramel and some vanilla.

T - Tasted very sweet with raspberry dominating the roasted caramel maltiness. Almost too sweet at times.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good. I found it to be more enjoyable with a meal (a good steak) compared to drinking it alone.

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