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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395
Ratings:
867
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
20.22%
 
 
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Photo of drabmuh
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
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 Gagnonsux
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a cloudy ruby brown. The creamy head is a bit on the small side, but the light brown color is interesting due to a slight pink tint. The aroma is of fresh raspberries, definently not an extract smell, with an underlying toasted malt body. The taste has plenty of fresh raspberry flavor upfront, with all the tart and sweet nuances that you'd get if you had just popped a berry in your mouth. The underlying malt is ever present, with a flavor similar to Fat Tire, and serves as an excellent balance to the unique raspberry flavor. This is the best fruit beer that I've had, for raspberry fans this is a must try brew.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/30/04- Purchased at my local Safeway in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours a dark mohagany reddish color. Adequate head and light lacing.

Smell- Really not much of anything. A bit of rasperry fruityness at most.

Taste- Nice mix of raspberries and dark chocolate. More fruity than chocolaty. I guess it's the malt I taste in the background. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel- Goes down with ease as I drained it in about 5 minutes. Very nice carbonation level. Kind of like a soda.

Drinkability- Easily drinkable. Not as sweet as I expected. Kind of like a lambic, but not as sour. I nice change of pace drink that would be good during a cold or hot day. Glad I picked this one up.

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

Poured red with a short tan head and smelled of intense raspberry fruit. The body is a little thinner than the good framboises I've had from Belgium, but it wasn't sweet and thin either. The rich fruit carries over to the flavor and finishes with a quick dark bready malt character. This beer is maybe a little too balanced. A little more acidity could make it interesting.

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Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/5 inch head of a pink-cream color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of raspberry, sweet malt, yeast, and slight earthy aroma. Fits the style of Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and smooth with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, yeast, and raspberries. Overall, smooth, good blend, and nice body.

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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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark red orange amber, thin head and light lacing. Aroma of raspberries, a bit sour, slight malt. Rasberries up front with some dry malt in the middle. Finish is dry, sour, a bit bitter and not very noteable. A slight metallic aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. A miss, which is too bad; a raspberry beer would be a nice change.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks gbontrag

Pours a nice clear dark amber/ruby red color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head, some nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of some malts, but mostly raspberry. The taste is a little sour/bitter and a nice touch of raspberry, the finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice beer from New Belgium.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rated November 2004
Pours a rich brown color, that shows brilliantly clear ruby highlights when held up to the light. The beer is topped by an initially froth light brown head that seems to fade pretty quickly. The aroma is an interesting mix of raspberry and brown ale aromatics. The raspberry is not overwhelming, which I greatly appreciate as I am in the mood for a beer. The aroma is sour, with malty notes of toasted biscuits, and has raspberry notes of course, which do come to dominate as times goes on.

Surprisingly to me this beer is pretty dry, this is quite refreshing as I was expecting more akin to the Transatlantique in sweetness, I am so happy to be surprised. The beer is lightly sweet up front and moves to a solid hit of raspberry in the middle through to the finish. All in all this is a pretty straight forward beer, it has a nice dry raspberry character that is accompanied by a slight acidity that is probably from the raspberries.

Rated October 2003
Deep red clear color, pours with a tan head. A strong aroma of raspberry emanates from this glass, dominates all other aromas that might be in here. Quite dry, not sweet at all. The raspberry flavor is there, lightly acidic as well, and a slight tannic astringency in the finish. This is quite nice, I like that this is not over-sweetened and syrupy, like so many other fruit beer interpretations. There is a good amount of body that helps to carry this beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't seen this in Boise for years... Cool. Picked this one up at the COOP tonight. Poured into my Old Guardian goblet... thin tan head with a definite pinkish tinge. The brew is very clear walnut brown... just spots of lacing.

Nose is distinctive "real raspberry".... also shows a nice clean brown malty character with deep toast and hints of lite cocoa.

Flavor mirrors the nose and is actually pretty dry... just clean malts and sorta jammy raspberry essence.... pretty refreshing actually. Body is a bit on the light side, but plenty of smooth small bubble carbonation makes it seem a little creamy.

I am enjoying it more than I remember, but I still am only going to want this one bottle.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to the kindness of gbontrag.

Clear deeply brown colored beer with a very tall and thick tan head. The head has a pink tint to it. Best head that I have seen for quite sometime.

Smell is sweet and malty with a clear scent of raspberry but not too strong. Hint of chocolate and coffee in there but not too strongly.

Taste is raspberry sweet tarts at the start. Good flavor of raspberry and a not too sweet this is actually about as tart as a real raspberry in your mouth. Tart and raspberry, that sums up the taste completely.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A definite must try for those who do not like sweet fruit beers. To me this OK but not really great. It is nice and all but I would expect more complexity.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle indicates this is best before 12 Feb 2010.

Appearance: rich amber brown with one finger of tan head. Pretty nice.

Smell: toasty, nutty aroma of a good brown ale. Just the faintest hint of raspberry. Pretty good.

Taste: a lot more raspberry than in the nose, but it is pretty good nonetheless. The fruit tastes natural and complements the brown ale well; a little of the nuttiness and caramel shine through. So far this is among my favorite of New Belgium's offerings.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: this is quite a drinkable beer. When I'm in the mood for a fruit beer this is what I'm usually seeking: a good base beer with just a little natural fruit added.

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Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Best by 2/16/06
Appears a reddish, muddy brown with a 3 finger, fluffy tan head that slowly fades out. Scattered tight lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, a dab of cocoa, caramel, and obvious tart raspberries.
Taste is of the same aromas with a the raspberries and candy like sweetness coming together up front before leading into a mild tartness that seems to be an interesting blend.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, leading to tartness in a somewhat thin textured medium body.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from my Secret Santa 2006, nvsblman.

A: The ale is a deep, raspberry red color, dark almost to the point of murky brown. The head pours with a bit of raspberry red color as well and leaves a bit of lacing in the glass.

S: Even when the ale is cold, there is a strong raspberry aroma. It comes across as more natural and tart than syrupy.

T: The ale continues the strong raspberry presence that I found in the nose. The flavor has a light sweetness but is more remarkable for the strong natural tartness that it has. That fruit flavor is built on a nutty biscuit malt body that provide a bit of grainy sweetness to interact with the tartness.

M: The mouthfeel is a nice blend of sweet, nutty grains and a tart, sometimes sweet, raspberry.

D: Moderate abv and nice subtle fruit taste make this a good one. The tartness of the raspberry is what keeps me going back for a sip.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle(room temp) a deep gold-brown with a good sized head that showed good lacing.

The smell is all raspberry and that's just fine with me as I want as much infusion of the fruit in this ale as I can get!

The taste is a wonderful mix of raspberry and malt and works so darn well, it's hard to put the glass down. I've enjoyed this brew for many years and will continue to as long as NB wants to brew it. ;^)

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright clear ruby/plum color. Poured a rocky 2 finger reddish tinged head with fair retention. Heavy lacing, but in patches (not really lacing, but like intermittent gobs). Never seen a color quite this...very appetizing.

S: Pretty much just rasberries. There is a bit of a sweet malt foundation.

T: More raspberries (duh). Unlike in aroma, the brown ale taste in prominent too and balances very nicely with the rasberries (as it kind of sweet and musty). Nice bitterness in the finish to clean it all up.

M: Light body and thin. Ample carbonation. Clean and dry in the finish.

D: Very drinkable, but the sweetness would eventually catch up withi me. An interestingly pleasant beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity with ruby highlights. Head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is tart raspberry dominant, with s slightly sweet, toasted caramel malt and floral hops providing subtle contrast. Becomes a bit medicinal as it warms.

Flavor reveals more tartness initially, with less intense raspberry notes that surface and fade just before the toastednutty malt and light caramel sweetness kick in.

The abv in this one is only detectable by warmth in the belly.

There's a touch of a fake fruit aroma and flavor, but the flavoring is nicely balanced, and I love raspberries. Lacks the depth of flavor of a new glarus, but not a bad brew.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Enjoy By: 12APR15

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Straight up raspberry preserves. Like I stuck my nose into a jar of Smucker's jelly. And I'm not complaining.

T- Taste follows the nose only with a toasty malt quality. Very straightforward in its delivery. You want raspberry? There it is.

M- Slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Though there's certainly not a lot of complexity here, it accomplishes what it sets out to do: give a nice, fruity snap of sweetness along with the malty balance.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Good lacing. Head and lacing were both excellent for a fruit beer, which is usually deficient in this category.

S: A sweet, fruity smell of raspberries, malt, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of raspberries (of course), malt, and some caramel. Very vibrant and flavorful. Not nearly as tart as you might expect.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable fruit beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown (chocolate and chestnut) with a nice full light brown head at first that's gone quickly. Light carbonation .. not very lambic-like. Very strong raspberry truffle like aroma and flavor. Tates like a chocolate and raspberry Belgian truffle -- very rich and dessert-like. Medium bodied and smotth without the typical lambic airiness.

A definitely nice dessert beer !!

Per Label: "Ale Fermented With Real Raspberries"

Best Before: 03/28/04
Tasted: 06/01/06

(Z. Wood)

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

12oz bottle, enjoy by 12 April 2015. Served in a snifter glass 2/1/15.

A- Medium dark purple-red body, one finger offwhite head with fair retention time, no lacing, small film and collar. Slightly copper in hue.

S- Raspberry jam, sugary fruit sweetness a bit like a Jolly Rancher. As it warms, the sugar fades into a background of mild milk chocolate sweetness and a bit of cocoa. Nice smelling beer.

F- Slightly astringent raspberry fruitiness with a good bit of earthy, almost herbal bitterness. As in the nose, I get a little bit more chocolate flavours on the back end, more of the darker variety. Slight booze on the backend. Flavour profile seems to be a bit of a mess here; although in the middle of the palate there seems to be a very brief glimpse of what they probably intended this beer to be- chocolate covered raspberries. Then it's gone.

M- Medium bodied, a bit syrupy on the feel, fairly prickly, stinging carbonation that might even be a bit much for my enjoyment of the beer. Bitter herbal earthy finish on the end, a bit of raspberry fruit. Not much chocolate on the finish.

O- Pretty decent, smells great as I would expect from fresh raspberries but the mix on the palate leaves a bit to be desired. Not a bad effort by New Belgium at all, but I think the carbonation and bitterness is a bit too much. I think the raspberry sweetness would otherwise be balanced out by the chocolate, toasted malts of the base brown ale; the earthy, herbal hop additions aren't really necessary.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, "Best Before 17Feb13", pours red in color topped with a thin, off-white head. Sweet and tart raspberry fills the nose coupled with some brown sugar and a hint of caramel perhaps. Tastes are sweet raspberry up-front with brown malts, it's tart and a little sour on the finish with a very slight grassy/herbal hop presence, while finishing semi-dry while the raspberry lingers. Thinner mouth-feel with lower carbonation. Overall, pretty one-note and rather cloyingly sweet. I like raspberries, but this was just okay.

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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 Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this on tap, from the bottle, and just wish they or someone would put it in an Oak aged whiskey cask “yummy”.

The pour is an opaque dark sanguineous color with the head moderate in sized and spumous in texture, the color a toothsome light tan and the lace a thick and sticky blanket to coat the glass. Nose is raspberry, hints of malt, sweet, and altogether quite pleasing to "Sniff" with the front nicely malt laden and somewhat sweet, the top light. Finish is tart and befittingly hopped with the acidity moderate and quite dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer that I sample often.

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